Graça Fonseca is the Deputy Mayor of the Lisbon City, in charge of Economy, Innovation and Education. Graça Fonseca is in office since 2009. Graduated in Law and Socialiology, Graça Fonseca has worked as Chief of State of the Portuguese of Interior as well as for the Secretary of State of Justice.
Bill started Workbar — Boston’s first coworking space — in 2009 as an experiment. Years later Workbar has expanded, opened multiple locations and weaved its way into the fabric of Boston’s startup, independent professional and broader business community. Prior business include cofounding PickupZone, a package pickup service that in 2012 was acquired by ShopRunner.
Sarah Drinkwater is the head of Campus London, Google’s first physical hub for startups, providing work and event space, mentorship and education programs, as well as access to a vibrant startup community.Prior to Campus, Sarah led a global team of community managers around Google Maps, while also launching Campus for Mums in the UK as a volunteer project. Besides London and Tel Aviv, Google plans to open campuses in Warsaw, Seoul, Sao Paulo and Madrid.
Damiano Ramazzotti is the COO of Talent Garden, one of the leading coworking space network in the digital sector in Europe and CEO of WeTipp, an online platform aimed at helping non profits, grassroots organisations and coworkers spaces in engaging their members through their passions and skills. Before becoming involved in this field, he worked for many years in the framework of European programs for youth.
Sophy heads up the Central London Research team at DTZ. She studied for an MA in History and International Relations before going on to achieve an MA in Philosophy. Over the past two years, she has produced research on the UK market for investors, as well as authoring various reports addressing the challenges facing the UK’s commercial real estate market. Sopht Moffat is the co-author of « The Coworking Revolution » report, published in 2014 by DTZ.
Sajid Islam – Dreamer, Metapreneur, Entrepreneurship Enthusiast. Returned to Bangladesh after 18 years in the USA with the dream of setting up a sustainable startup ecosystem. With that idea in mind, in 2013, he established Shetu – a startup mentorship program – and Hubdhaka, a coworking space that provides freelancers, startups and small businesses a shared professional workspace.
Amanda Gray is an American/ Slovenian journalist based in Berlin, Germany. After completing her Masters degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of New Mexico she moved to Berlin where she started working as a freelance reporter focusing on arts and culture for a variety of publications across the globe. She launched the « Coworking in the Balkans » project.
Paulo Soeiro de Carvalho is director general for the areas of Economy/Investment, Entrepreneurship, Innovation/Knowledge, Strategic Clusters and Employment for the Lisbon City Council. Paulo Soeiro de Carvalho is a researcher and an expert in Foresight, Strategy and Innovation, with more than 15 years of experience in consulting, teaching and training projects in those fields.
Andrea Kolokasi started her career Regus Plc, as Business and Projects Manager. In 2003 she joined Workspace, London’s leading provider of space to new and growing companies, to manage two of its centres. In 2012, Andrea helped launch Workspace’s coworking offering, Club Workspace, as Head of Club Workspace and is currently leading the development of the network across London.
Anthony Gutman is the co-founder of Remix Coworking, an ambitious coworking space project with already two locations in Paris, France. A graduate of Paris X university and of Sciences-Po Paris, Anthony is also the founder of Passworld Agency, the initiator of the musical industry’s first web sites. He founded Passworld Morroco and is the co-founder of the strategic planning agency Wallace.
Takayuki Hagihara is the founder and principal of Ubiquitous Lifestyle Laboratory – ULSL, a cloud service provider of reservation and sponsoring systems for shared spaces founded in 2013. He was a project manager of “Workstyle revolution with IT” of Japan Information Technology Service Industry Association – JISA. The project proposed Ubiquitous Workstyle Maturity Model which supports enterprises to adapt teleworking and coworking era.
After taking 5 years off to have and raise her daughter, Iris transitioned into project management for a boutique design firm. It was during this time that she discovered Coworking and most importantly NextSpace, becoming one of the first members of the flagship space in Santa Cruz. It wasn’t long until Iris became NextSpace very first COO and through the years powered through the ranks to become Chief Community Officer.
Cristina used to work at Cobot making the lives of coworking space managers easier. Between early 2013 and April 2014, she led 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.
Stefan Rief studied Architecture and Urban Planning. Stefan is now Head of the Competence Centre Workspace Innovation at Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. The research activities of the Competence Centre focus on the impacts of spatial and technical work environments on performance, motivation and well-being of the employees. He is the author of the book « The Fascination of Coworking ».
Mischa is an Architect and Economist. She is passionate about the interplay of technology, globalization, inspiration, creative clusters and happy working and living ecosystems. Her strategic insight focuses on the real estate industry, city branding, talent management, social media, digital natives and the grassroots CoWorking revolution. She worked, a.o., on the Xavier Niels’ 1.000 Start-Ups project, the world’s biggest incubator, in Paris.
Magith Noohukhan has been at XING for over three years. As a XING Evangelist he represents the company and XING platform at conferences and events all over Europe. Magith has made it his mission to spread the word about a better working life and to impart XING’s raison d’être – enabling professionals to grow. XING recently started a collaboration with coworking operators in Germany.
Manuela is a researcher and facilitator in service design processes and a global trend analyst. She is co-founder of We Push, an initiative based in Barcelona, London and Bogotá dedicated to inspire, guide and support companies and organizations through the ideation and development of their innovation projects. She is also co-author of _coworkshops, a training model focused on group dynamics, co-creation and visual prototyping of ideas and concepts.
Alex Hillman cofounded one of the first and longest running coworking spaces, named Indy Hall, in 2006. Alex believes in these 3 truths : 1) True communities & great collaborations start with the foundation of trusting and meaningful relationships; 2) Learning is a part of everyday life, and we learn best from each other; 3) Do, or do not. There is no try. JFDI. As a consultant, Alex is focused on helping build communities that are hyper-connected, highly productive, and self-sustaining.
OuiShare is a do-tank/think-tank community engaged in the open/collaborative economy. Through events, editorial work and supporting services, it connects practitioners, researchers and governments to promote and better understand emerging collaborative and sustainable practices. I investigate new forms of collaboration through both theory and practice, including in the context of coworking communities.
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. Grind #1 and Grind #2 are located in New York City. Grind #3 is located in the center of downtown Chicago. All have 100+ workspaces.
Matija Raos founded the Coworking Croatia initiative, which later developed into CIPA. Matija is a design-led problem solver, creative director and strategist passionate about storytelling, community building, and actions that have social impact. After working in a corporate environment with world-renowned brands he decided to explore freelance career hoping to work on projects that can make the world a better place.
Founder of Creative Blueprint and Foundery Coworking, Toronto (Canada)
Ashley Proctor is the founder of Creative Blueprint. In addition to managing the CB Gallery and CB Artist Work Studios, Ashley runs Foundery Coworking & Events in Toronto, Canada. As a founding member of the Coworking Toronto and Coworking Ontario regional collectives, Ashley created and launched COHIP – the first Coworking Health Insurance Plan, available to all artists & independent workers in Ontario.
Christian Cordes is the initiator of the Coworking Deutschland Conference. Christian manages Schiller40, a coworking space located in Wolfsburg and which operates with the tight support of the City.
Lorenzo Cappellini is a coworking manager at Multiverso, a growing coworking spaces network in central Italy. The philosophy of Multiverso is to create collaborative workspaces which could be highly adaptable to the social and economic background. Lorenzo worked for Mars Inc. and the University of Florence before being involved in coworking and fascinated about collaborative business.
After a ten year stint at the United Nations, Steve founded three companies in three years. These include Hubud, Bali’s first coworking space. Through Hubud, Steve helped pioneer a modern working environment, drawing over 1,200 people to work in Bali. He is exploring how work practices are changing and how education can help people take control of their lives and find their place in an increasingly borderless world.
Co-founder DojoGroup, Paris (France)
Joel Grea is co-founder of DojoGroup, a full ecosystem of coworking spaces, businessclubs and accelerators in Europe, China and North America. Deeply involved in environment protection and member of Al Gore’s Climate Leadership Corp., he identified entrepreneurship as one of the most powerful tools to shape tomorrow’s world. Both startup coach and business angel, he opened in 2014 the first Dojo franchises in France and Canada.
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.
Carolina is no stranger to the coworking world, both as a consultant and owner of workspaces. She is a strong proponent of community involvement and of the importance of creating synergy between businesses and their communities. She is now Director of Partnerships known as eMerge Americas, a strategic private and public sector initiative to establish a technology corridor in the Americas and Miami as the technology hub of the Americas.
Bernard Perelsztejn is the founder and owner of THE LOFT-Coworking Brussels. Created in 2011, The LOFT moved in May 2014 in a business center located in uptown Brussels to become THE LOFT@367LOUISE. Bernard launched his own startup, Good Morning News, a daily newspaper in 11 languages distributed in hotels and cruise ships in more than 120 countries. He is now launching NoGluten Shop, a web-shop of gluten free products.
After 14 years working for Dell, Liz founded Link Coworking in Austin, Texas. Link has more than doubled in size since 2010, and Liz has become a prominent voice in the coworking movement, hosting more than 300 international attendees at the annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) – the largest coworking conference in the Americas. Liz proudly serves as a board member of the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces.
Marc Navarro is the Community Builder & Project Manager of CREC, a coworking space located in Barcelona. He’s in charge of this coworking community, promoting new ideas and creating synergies in and out. He also leads different initiatives related to CREC and innovative projects. His experience in product development, cultural production and freelance industrial design before the creation of coworking spaces gives him a wide vision of business, empathy and pragmatism.
Adam Teterus is the Prodigious Point Man for Indy Hall, a coworking community in Old City. As a leader of the longest-running coworking space in the USA, he teaches skills needed to operate and maintain a collaborative, sustainable community. Adam firmly believes that all good things begin and end with an invitation to participate. He also firmly believes that comics are way cool and that Marvel’s Man-Thing is criminally underrated.
Sophie is the co-founder of Copass the first global federation of collaborative workspaces. Less than one year after the private beta, about 300 spaces have joined this global network and now welcome workers from all around the planet. At Copass, Sophie is in charge of customer and space relationships as well as exciting stuffs like finance and legal aspects.
Ricardo Dória is the founder of Aldeia Coworking, the first coworking space in the south of Brazil. Along with these entrepreneurship efforts, Ricardo is also part of the Global Shapers Community and helps communicating and accelerating the Curitiba’s creative economy by being the lead organizer of the Pecha Kucha Nights Curitiba, an event of micro-fun-lectures where people from the city present their work to the community.
Entrepreneur and founder of welance: Coworking Space & community of creatives in Berlin Kreuzberg.
Philipp has a passion for new work models. “I have been working with(in) flexible professional structures for over ten years and strive to establish lasting connections between people & business fields ». Philipp is a member of the Freelancer’s Movement.
Lisa first became acquainted with NextSpace while still working with a public accounting firm. While tasked with completing our taxes one year, she quickly sparked up what is now a dynamic professional relationship with our CEO, Jeremy. She was additionally on the board of Santa Cruz NEXT. Since joining the team as Controller, Lisa has grown to be the organizational backbone of NextSpace.
John Milhado is the Executive Director in Europe for ALLIANCE Business Centers NETWORK. He is responsible for the development and growth of ABCN’s European operation. At present, John is combining consultancy tasks at Alliance with his operational job as managing director of the Color Business Centers Group, one of the larger groups in the Netherlands with 13 locations throughout the country.
Ulrich is a psychologist and a certified business coach, specialized in coaching for expats, managers and entrepreneurs as well as a soft skills trainer in the field of intercultural communication. He is founding partner of Coachingspiele SL and co-author of the German version of biopolis®, an innovative coaching tool in form of a board game. Ulrich is co-creator of _coworkshops, a workshop series centred on cooperation, co-creation and service development in Coworking centers.
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.
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.
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.
Born among the vineyards, Stéphanie created the job of her dreams : consultant in tourism an cultural engineering, she never stops discovering new facets of wine. Since 2012, Stéphanie is concierge at l’Arrêt-Minute, Pomerol. Nowadays, she shares her time between L’ Arrêt Minute and La Mezzanine, always one the rural circle, always prompter by the desire to share, to exchange, to laugh, to cry or share good bottles of wine
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 is a partner at Global Enterprise, co-organizing the Coworking Europe Conference and the Intrapreneurship Conference. Anis is the cofounder and transformer in chief of transforma bxl, a coworking and innovation space in the middle of a private parc in Brussels and focuses on activating entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystems through his work in the fields of Coworking and Intrapreneurship.
Vanessa Sans is a core team member of the Coworking Europe and Coworking Spain conferences. She has more than 10 years experience in the cultural and creative sector of Barcelona. She never felt comfortable working for the traditional labour market, this discomfort inevitably lead her to find Coworking culture three years ago. Vanessa is the founder and chief transformer at transforma bcn, a coworking space focussed on the social and cultural change in the center of Barcelona.