Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Academy Award Winning Documentarian
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Academy Award Winning Documentarian
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. In the past 15 years, she has made more than a dozen multi-award winning films in countries around the world. Her films include A Girl in the River, Song of Lahore, Peacekeepers: A Journey of a Thousand Miles and Saving Face.
In 2012, Time magazine included Sharmeen in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013, the Canadian government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at its annual summit in Davos.
Robin Chase Co-Founder, Zipcar
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is also co-founder of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things.
Piera Gelardi Executive Creative Director & Co-Founder, Refinery29
Executive Creative Director and Co-Founder, Refinery29
Piera Gelardi is Executive Creative Director and founding partner of the award-winning lifestyle digital media company, Refinery29. She leads a growing team of creatives who bring the brand to life online and in real life through original content, branded campaigns, video, and events. She and her team have won numerous awards and honors including CLIO Image, American Illustration, Webby's, Digiday Publishing, and a spot on the Inc 500 list of most innovative companies. In 2014, Piera co-authored Refinery29's first book, the New York Times best seller, Style Stalking. Piera was also a jury member for the 2015 CLIO Image Awards and holds a seat on the AIGA/NY Board of Directors.
Randy J. Hunt VP of Design, Etsy
Randy J. Hunt
VP of Design, Etsy
Randy J. Hunt is VP of Design at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers, researchers, writers and artists creating the end-to-end brand and product experience, both online and off. Etsy operates markets and designs technologies that enable creative entrepreneurs to sell their goods and services to customers around the world. Etsy was honored with the National Design Award in 2014.
Architecture & Design
Richard Meier Managing Partner, Richard Meier and Partners
Managing Partner, Richard Meier and Partners
Richard Meier is an abstract artist and architect. He has designed several iconic buildings including the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. He received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1984.
Charles Renfro Principal, DS+R
Charles Renfro is a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Mr. Renfro has taught at Rice University, Parsons, the School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University.
Annabelle Selldorf Principal, Selldorf Architects
Principal, Selldorf Architects
Annabelle Selldorf is the Founder and Principal of Selldorf Architects. Ms. Selldorf is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a Board Member of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award in Architecture and in April 2016 received the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Primo Orpilla Founder and Partner, Studio O+A
Founder and Partner, Studio O+A
Primo Orpilla is the Co-Founder of Studio O+A, the San Francisco-based design firm that has offices for AOL, Facebook, Yelp, and Levi Strauss, among others.
Marcus Fairs Editor in Chief, Dezeen
Editor in Chief, Dezeen
Marcus Fairs is the founder and editor in chief of the international design magazine Dezeen. A furniture design graduate, Fairs began his journalism career writing for publications including Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, and Condé Nast Traveller. He launched icon, the international architecture and design magazine, in 2003, and edited the publication until November 2006, when he launched Dezeen.
Spencer Bailey Editor in Chief, Surface Magazine
Editor in Chief, Surface Magazine
Spencer Bailey is the editor-in-chief of Surface magazine. He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek, and worked at The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair, and Esquire.
Susan S. Szenasy Publisher and Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine
Susan S. Szenasy
Publisher and Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine
Susan S. Szenasy is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Metropolis, the New York City-based magazine of architecture, culture, and design. She is a frequent lecturer and panel moderator on broad-ranging design topics, and is the co-founder of R.Dot (Rebuild Downtown Our Town), a coalition of New Yorkers who came together after the 9/11 tragedies to contribute their expertise to building the 21st century metropolis at the site of the former World Trade Center.
Ian Parker Contributor, The New Yorker
Contributor, The New Yorker
Ian Parker is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the recipient of the National Magazine Award for Profile Writing for his 2004 article “The Gift.” He has profiled a range of cultural figures, including the poet James Fenton, the photographer Sebastião Salgado, the journalist Chrisopher Hitchens, and the singer Elton John.