Speakers

MICHAEL KOMAROV,
Founder of Work Station Coworking, Moscow (Russia)

Michael Komarov is the founder of the Work Station coworking space, in Russia. Work Station, opened in august 2012, is based in the Gorkiy Park, in the center of Moscow. In 2013, Michael Komarov plans to open two new coworking spaces, one in Moscow and the second in the Yaroslavl city, 200 kilometres far from Moscow. 

ASHLEY PROCTOR,
Foundery, Toronto (Canada)

Ashley Proctor is the founder of Creative Blueprint, providing studios, services and support for artists and entrepreneurs.  She also runs Foundery, a newly renovated downtown coworking and event space. Ashley is a founding member of the Coworking Toronto and Coworking Ontario collectives and has been named as a Finalist for the Toronto Business Development Centre’s Excellence in Perseverance Award, a.o.

CRISTINA MARTINEZ-SANDOVAL RIERA,
Gracia Work Center, Barcelona (Spain)

Cristina Martinez-Sandoval Riera is the founder and manager of Gracia Work Center (2007), one of the first coworking centers in Barcelona. Deeply involved in the coworking movement in Spain, Cristina teaches about coworking at Barcelona Activa. She currently works with VIDEOSEMPRESA.NET on a documentary entitled « From San Francisco to Barcelona, searching for the origin of coworking ».

JAMES FRIEDENTHAL,
managing-director Club WorkSpace, London (UK)

James heads Club Workspace, a fast growing network of members’ co-working venues across London. Club WorkSpace is part of Workspace Group PLC. James started his career with Spacia in 2000, the then property arm of Railtrack, which managed and let the national portfolio of railway arches. James joined Workspace in 2005.  

ANNA BIDOWETZ,
co-founder Betahaus Cologne, Cologne (Germany)

Anna Bidowetz studied Arts and Management. While starting a master’s program in economics she co-founded betahaus Cologne which had to close down in April 2013. Now she is writing her master’s thesis « Learnings from my insolvency – an error analysis ». She always focuses on the challenge of linking creativity with entrepreneurship. 

BENJAMIN DYETT,
co-founder Grind, New York (US)

Benjamin was a mild-mannered lawyer who woke up one day and, together with some partners, decided, Hey, let’s change the future of work. So, along with his friends, Stuart and Karina, and Co:, Cool Hunting, Behance, Magic + Might and Breakfast, he created Grind, a platform for working in a whole new way, outside the system. Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised successful start-ups. He has long experience in real estate and corporate law. 

CECILIA THAM,
mastermind MOB / Makers of Barcelona (Hong Kong / Spain)

Born in Hong Kong, educated in the US and currently lives in Barcelona, Cecilia Tham tries to be a maker in today’s digital age. Having studied first biology and later received her Master in Architecture from Harvard University, she decided to move to Europe. She is the founder of MOB, Makers of Barcelona, a collaborative facility and community in the heart of Barcelona, as well as partner in the architecture firm, Habitan Architects, and co-founder of the makerspace, MADE.

ANDRE PEGORER,
founder Nex Coworking, Curitiba (Brazil)

André Pegorer is a professional journalist who founded Nex Coworking in 2011, in Curitiba, in the south of Brazil. Since 2001, he uses collaboration tools on projects in Government, Nonprofit Organizations and Private Companies. He believes in coworking as a radical collaboration platform and he is currently working on an expansion project of Nex to other cities of Brazil.

MANUEL GERRES,
Head of Startup relations, SBB Swiss Railway company (Switzerland)

Manuel Gerres is the Head of Startup relations at the SBB CFF Swiss Railway company. A.o., Manuel Gerres supervises the Startup Coworking space set up by the organisation in Zurich.  

CLAIRE CARPENTER,
founder The Melting Pot, Edinburgh (UK)

Claire has pioneered of the concept of coworking in Scotland, especially when focused on the social change sector. The Melting Pot (TMP) is Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation, providing dynamic resources for social change makers. Every year TMP works with approximately 150 ‘Members’ (from individuals to large organisations) and holds approximately 5.000 public events. The Melting Pot is an inspiring place to work, meet and bring ideas to life.

ALEXEI KOMISSAROV,
Head of the Entrepreneurship Dept, Moscow Mayorship (Russia)

Alexei Komissarov is the head of the Department for Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship at the Moscow Mayorship. Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in a joint MBA programme of Kingston University, Alexei Komissarov’s department works on the modernisation of the Moscow’s industrial and innovation ecosystem. Coworking a started to play a role in this move.

YVONNE FIRDAUS,
founder GarageBilk, Düsseldorf (Germany)

With 13 years cross-cultural work experience as development manager in South-East-Asia, Yvonne Firdaus founded the first Coworking Space GarageBilk Düsseldorf in 2010. Yvonne recognized then coworking as a relevant platform for social change. GarageBilk is a member of the Economy for the Common Good and a pioneer company, creating the Common Good Balance Sheet.

RAFA DE RAMON,
founder Utopic_Us, Madrid (Spain)

Entrepreneur and Cultural Manager. Degree in Business Administration by Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Specialized in International Management, Stockholm University; Master in Management of Cultural Beings by SDA Bocconi Milano (Italy). Coordinator and Director of several cultural organizations in Spain and Italy. Specialist in ideation and management for innovative projects in cultural and creative sector. Founder and CEO of utopic_US and Zinc Shower. 

EMIL STEGLICH-PETERSEN,
founder of Republikken, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Emil Steglich-Petersen is the founder and the general manager of Republikken, in Copenhagen. While studying history Emil started the coworking space Republikken in 2005. During the last eight years, Republikken has grown up as a major player in the coworking and innnovation field in Denmark.  It has now more than 130 tenants, a cafe, conference space and a varity of workshops/fablabs.  
JULIANNE BECKER,
co-founder Workation Retreat, Berlin (US-Germany)

Julianne Becker is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and communications specialist, hailing originally from St. Louis in the US. She moved to Berlin in 2010 from Vietnam, where she had been film advisor and communications manager for WWF. Currently she is founding her own company, consulting for co_llaboratory, programming director of Social Media Week Berlin, and project manager for Moviemiento, a cultural non-profit. 

AMI SHPIRO,
CEO of Innovation Warehouse (UK)

Ami Shpiro is serial entrepreneur who began his career as a computer scientist for the Israeli military. Ami has co-founded numerous commercial enterprises, from software systems to property development. In 2009, Ami conceptualised a model for a community of collaborating start-ups, now known as Innovation Warehouse, which includes a Coworking space. This model has taken shape in the wake of, and in collaboration with, the City of London’s economic development.  

RACHEL YOUNG,
founder Camaraderie Coworking, Toronto (Canada)

Rachel opened Camaraderie Coworking in Feb 2010, and has coached many spaces along the way. She believes in the coworking movement, and encourages spaces to ditch the idea of competition in favour of collaboration. She is a Founder of CoworkingToronto, CoworkingOntario, and  CoworkingCanada. 

JEAN-BAPTISTE ROGER,
CEO of La Fonderie and co-founder of La Cantine, Paris (France)

Jean-Baptiste Roger is the CEO of the Paris Region Agency for Digital Development “La Fonderie”. Graduated in political science and former parliamentary attaché, Jean-Baptiste worked six years as a political adviser for the President of the Paris Region before becoming CEO of “La Fonderie” in November 2011. Jean-Baptiste is also a founding member of the first coworking place in Paris “La Cantine”.

CHRISTOPH FAHLE,
co-founder Betahaus, Berlin  (Germany)

Christoph Fahle has a Master in Media Science and Business Administration. He is one of the coworking pioneers in Europe. With five friends he started the betahaus network back in 2009. Since then he is actively involved in supporting and advancing the coworking movement. He is current focus is education at coworking spaces. 

CAROLINE MCLAREN,
co-founder Hub Sydney and Hub Adelaide, Sydney  (Australia)

Caroline McLaren is Managing Partner at Third Spaces CoActiv8. She is championing the growth of collaborative workspaces and communities in Australia. Caroline co-founded Hub Sydney and Hub Adelaide in 2013. She consults to companies and government groups to foster their own coworking communities.  . 

MICHAL KOSTAL,
Founding member of The Surf Office  (Canary Island, Spain)

Michal Kostal is a founding member of The Surf Office, an innovative workspace which tries to introduce a work-life balance into the coworking community. The Surf Office is located at the paradise island of Gran Canaria. Michal is a life long surfing evangelist and he has worked as an advisory consultant at Ernst & Young for almost five years. 

RICARD FAURA,
Head of Knowledge Society Service, Government of Catalonia (Spain)

Ricard Faura is the Head of Knowledge Society Service in the Government of Catalonia, Ministry of Business and Employment. He manages the Catalan ICT Point Net. Ricard Faura has written books about Anthropology and the Knowledge Society: “The plot of Prats de Mollo” (1992), “Anthropology Cyberspace” (1999) and “Learn to think” (2003)”. He strongly believes in the role of coworking as one ingredient of the Catalonia economical reboost.

CAROLINA RENDEIRO,
CEO Right Space Management, Miami (US)

Carolina jumped into a new venture this past year with the Miami Innovation Center, MIC caters to  startup and small businesses with a mix of offices, research labs and coworking spaces all under one room occupying 3.800 square meters. She will share her thoughts on this project along with the « Culinary coworking space » her latest venture,  making the best use of « kitchen downtime in restaurants » to help local culinary entrepreneurs succeed.

RAMON SUAREZ,
founder Betagroup Coworking, Brussels (Belgium)

Ramon Suarez is the founder of the Betacowork coworking space in Brussels, a hub for entrepreneurs and professionals. He actively promotes tech startups in Belgium, Startups.be and the Global Entrepreneurship Week. He speaks regularly at international conferences, namely about coworking and tech entrepreneurship. Ramon also blogs as the correspondent of Loogic, the leading Spanish blog about web entrepreneurship.

OXANA ZHELEZNOVA,
founder Serebo Lab, Moscow (Russia)

Oksana Zheleznova is the founder of Serebro Lab, an « intellectual laboratory » that has conducted surveys on coworkings and on coworking target audience, as well as a portrait of freelancers in Russia and worldwide. Graduated in marketing, Oxana started Serebro Lab as a result of getting disappointed with traditional career growth and office lifestyle.

RICHARD KENNY,
Contact Centre Segment Manager E&A at Plantronics, London (UK)

Richard joined is responsible for marketing to Plantronics’ Enterprise and Contact Centre customers across Europe & Africa. Richard’s expertise is in understanding current requirements and how these will change based on future trends which take on board the flexible and smarter working environments with a space for every type of work and worker enabling them to communicate, collaborate, contemplate and concentrate.  

CARLOS GONCALVES,
founder Avila Business Center and Coworking, Lisbon (Portugal)

Carlos Gonçalves is the founder and CEO of the Avila Business Centers and Avila Coworking, in Lisbon. In 2010, developed the myOffice app, the first worldwide virtual office application for mobile, partnering with two other Portuguese Companies. In 2013, Carlos Gonçalves was named International Director of the Global Workspace Association, and co-writes the book “Out of the Office”, about the future of workspaces, with an integrated augmented reality mobile app. 

OLIVIA CZETWERTYNSKI,
markting manager Utopic_US, Madrid (Spain)

Olivia Czetwertynski is in charge of the Communication and Marketing of utopic_US and works on its expansion since its opening, in 2010. She’s participating actively in the development of the coworking movement in Spain, she co-organizes the Coworking Spain Conferences. Olivia held a Master Degree in Advertising Management, she’s specialized in Social Media strategies and campaigns and worked as Account Director in main advertising agencies in Belgium, Canada and Spain.  

JACOB SAYLES,
co-founder Office Nomads and founder of Open Coworking, Seattle (US)

Jacob Sayles started Office Nomads in Seattle in 2007 with business partner Susan Evans. In 2009 he cofounded Coworking Seattle, now The Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance, which explores the wider coworking movement in a local setting. And in early 2012, Jacob founded Open Coworking, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and facilitating greater collaboration between coworking spaces around the world.

SHAZIA MUSTAFA,
director at Third Door WorkHub & Nursery, London (UK)

Third Door is a flexible shared workspace with an onsite nursery which, launched in May 2010. Shazia’s Eureka moment came whilst struggling to brainstorm business ideas with a friend whilst juggling a 5 month old baby and wishing for ‘a productive place to work and meet near my baby’. The UK Deputy Prime Minster and his team chose Third Door as the venue to announce new legislation on extending flexible working to everyone .
AXEL KUBORN,
founder Silversquare, Brussels (Belgium)

Axel Kuborn is the founder and the manager of Silversquare, created in 2007 in Brussels, Belgium. Silversquare was created to offer an office environment for startups and small companies: it was one of the first in Belgium to propose the Flex/Shared Office model for an affordable price. Silversquare’s environment is closer to mainstream business centers in terms of feeling and quality, but remains focused on flexibility and networking for its members the way coworking sees it. 
SARA BIGAZZI,
communication manager Toolbox, Turin (Italy)

Sara is a freelance strategic planner, working on communication, events and training for international brands. In Toolbox Coworking, she has been fostering the community since the opening in 2010, in Torino, and acted as a spark for the settlement of the first italian Fablab, inside a coworking space.

WILLIAM VAN DEN BROEK,
co-founder Mutinerie, Paris (France)

William is a co-founder of Mutinerie, a coworking space in Paris. He created Mutinerie with his brothers Antoine and Eric and our childhood friend Xavier. William is now working on the creation of a rural extension of Mutinerie, where it will be possible to leave the city and cowork from a few days to a few months surrounded by nature, calm and friendly people.

ALBERTO BASSI,
co-founder LAB121, Alessandria (Italy)

Alberto Bassi is one of the founder of Lab121 association, a non-profit coworking community in Alessandria, north-west of Italy. Lab121 is a steady growing community, thanks to coworkers, to the hosts, to the coworking centre site, to local public institutions and to some private partners. Lab121 hold in September 2012 the first italian coworking conference, the ‘Espresso Coworking Conference’.

ANNA KLEMENTZ,
co-founder Loffice, Budapest (Hungary)

Loffice is the first coworking office in Budapest. Since this first location, Loffice expanded and by today has 4 locations in the buzzing center of Budapest and 1 office in Vienna. By today we count over 2000 members. Our members enjoy access to start-up and business meetings, contemporary exhibitions and events, seat-host service, a coffee-lounge, and evening programmes as lectures, film and music.
GARY CIGE,
adviser for the European Commission, Brussels (Belgium)

Gary is the founder and former CEO of Zilok.com, the first worldwide rental marketplace and co-founded several other startups. Gary acts regularly as a consultant for small startups and larger companies. After heading Criteo’s acceleration program and advising a swiss early stage fund in 2012, he’s currently Entrepreneur in residence at Le Camping, the main startup accelerators in Paris and work on new potential ventures like a Techshop-like space in paris called « L’Usine ».  

ANDERSON COSTA,
founder Movebla Magazine, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Anderson is a professional journalist and digital communications consultant, working with internet since 2003. Founded Movebla as a way to talk about new ways of work in Brazil. Author, in partnership with Deskmag, of the 1st Coworking Survey for Brazilian Spaces. 

LIU YAN,
founder of Xindanwei and ASK LAB, Shanghai (China)

Liu Yan is the founder and Chief Catalyst of ASK LAB – a social enterprise that is dedicated to the participatory and experiential learning and co-creation. She established Xindanwei in 2009, a Shanghai based coworking center, international innovation hub and one of the « World Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in China ». She is the author of “Coworking Manual” – to set up coworking community. She is also the leader of Startup Weekend Shanghai.  

GREGORY ORTIZ,
marketing director Multiburo, Paris (France)

Leading player since 14 years in the business center industry. In 2012, Gregory proposed Multiburo a new version of the shared spaces which is a new collaborative place closer to the coworking spirit : “Le spot Multiburo”. The first Spot has opened in May 2013 and turned out to be a real success. Several other spots will open in 2013 and 2014. Gregory is convinced that the historic business center model need to move and become more hybrid, more open, more collaborative and flexible. 

NICOLAS BERGE,
co-founder Les Satellites, Nice (France)

Nicolas Bergé has cofounded Les Satellites in Nice, and has collaborated with many communities in the French Riviera. Coworking has helped Nicolas sense the pulse of the talented and engaged people living in Nice and around. Today, Nicolas is working to make Nice a nicer place for independants and entrepreneurs. 

PIER PAOLO MUCELLI,
founder eOffice, London (UK)

Pier Paolo Mucelli, Founder of eOffice, among the pioneers of the coworking concept in Europe, set up the first centre in Soho, London in 2002. Also running CoworkingLondon.com and recently launched a online platform for real estate OpenOffices.com. 

CRISTINA SANTAMARINA,
leader of the Coworking Wiki project, Berlin (Germany)

Cristina works at Cobot making the lives of coworking space managers all around the world a bit easier every day, and since early 2013 she leads the Coworking Wiki project, an open sourced, community supported compilation of useful information for coworking space operators and members. Cristina is also involved with technology and women issues, attending or speaking at conferences to get more women into technology through initiatives like Rails Girls. 

CARSTEN FOERTSCH,

Co-founder Deskmag, Berlin (Germany)

Carsten is editor of Deskmag.com and co-founder of Deskwanted.com. With his academic background as social scientist, he is passionate about new trends in urban affairs and the creative labor market, two things which are perfectly combined in the concept of coworking. Instead of just analyzing it, he decided to be a part of it, by encouraging it and putting it on the map through Deskmag and Deskwanted.

LIZ ELAM,
Link Coworking, GCUC Coworking Conference, Austin (US)

Liz Elam opened Link Coworking in Austin (Texas), in september 2010. She is a recognized leader in the national coworking scene and produced the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) 2012 the day before SXSW Interactive. Besides, Liz is founding member of the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces (LEXC) and is serving as the first President.

MATTIA SULLINI,

Cowo Combo and Fab Lab Firenze, Florence (Italy)

Mattia Sullini is a freelance illustrator based in Florence. He begun in 2009 with the project 22A|22 to experiment with hybrid spaces for both coworkers and artisans. The general aim remains valid, even if split in the two projects he is running: Combo, a coworking part of the Cowo network, and FabLab Firenze, an association of makers and tech enthusiasts.

ALEX HILLMAN,
Co-founder IndyHall, Philadelphia (US)

Alex is best known for starting Philadelphia’s Indy Hall coworking community in 2006, years before coworking became a darling of the mainstream press and workers around the globe. Since, Indy Hall and Alex’s work have been featured in national and international publications. He’s a well respected coach & instructor for other aspiring community builders and coworking catalysts. Many credit Alex with their starts.

TONY BACIGALUPO ,
Co-founder New Work City, New York (US)

Tony Bacigalupo has cofounded New Work City, worked with the Downtown Alliance to build the Hive at 55, and has advised and worked with countless other communities in New York and around the world. He also co-authored a « I’m OUtta Here: How coworking is making the office obsolete » and continues to work on helping grow the independent workforce.

MANUEL ZEA BARRAL,
founder Coworking Spain, Madrid (Spain)

Manuel Zea Barral is an architect, founder of 2arquitectos in 2006. In 2007 founded one of the first coworking in Spain: WorkingSpace. In 2010 founded the directory Coworkingspain.es. 2012 organized the first Coworking Spain Conference. In 2013 author of the book Living Coworking. The coworking philosophy as new way of work. And all this years investor of three start ups. 

JEAN-YVES HUWART,

Founder Global Enterprise and Coworking Europe Conference, Brussels (Belgium)

Jean-Yves Huwart is the CEO of Global Enterprise, the company behind the Coworking Europe Conference. Jean-Yves Huwart is an international consultant covering the future of innovation ecosystems. He created the Intrapreneurship Conference and is the author of four books. Jean-Yves operates his own Coworking space in Belgium. 

ANIS BEDDA,
Partner Global Enterprise, Brussels (Belgium)

Anis Bedda is a partner at Global Enterprise, co-organizing the Coworking Europe Conference and the Intrapreneurship Conference. Anis was the ideas manager of HUB Brussels where he was responsible for designing and business development strategies in order to foster the events pipeline of HUB Brussels, until its unfortunate closure. He now focuses on activating entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystems through his work in the fields of Coworking and Intrapreneurship.  

VANESSA SANS,

Coordination leader Coworking Europe 2013, Barcelona (Spain)

Vanessa Sans is a core member of the team organizing Coworking Europe 2013. Vanessa has a Master in International Business Administration and more than 10 years experience as an Event and Communication Manager in the cultural and creative sector of Barcelona. Nowadays, Vanessa is leading Transforma Bcn, a new coworking space placed in Barcelona with 4 other more people.