MARK YOUR CALENDAR: #UNFINISHED20 will take place Sept 27th – Oct 4th, 2020!
Marina Abramović - has pioneered performance art, creating some of the form's most important early works. Exploring
her physical and mental limits, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in her quest for
emotional and spiritual transformation.
Priya Parker - is helping us take a deeper look at how anyone can create collective meaning in modern life, one gathering at a time. She is a master facilitator, strategic advisor, author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters, and host of the New York Times podcast, Together Apart.
Anand Giridharadas - is the author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, The True American and India Calling. He is an editor-at-large for TIME, was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times, and has also written for The Atlantic and The New Yorker.
Perry Chen - is an artist and the founder of Kickstarter. Often exploring social or technological models, he approaches his work with an openness to form and context. In his practice, Perry often explores questions that arise from the inherent complexity and uncertainty of the past, present and future.
Chris Wiggins - is an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University and the Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times. At Columbia he is a founding member of the executive committee of the Data Science Institute, and of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics as well as the Department of Systems Biology, and is affiliated faculty in Statistics.
Jerry Michalski - is the founder of Open Global Mind, a project to help humans make better decisions together. Jerry was on the front lines of the tech revolution for a dozen years as a tech-industry trends analyst during the dot-com boom. He is creating Design from Trust.
Adam Davidson - is co-founder and CEO of Three Uncanny Four Productions. Adam has been part of the podcast industry almost as long as its existed. He co-founded NPR’s Planet Money and led the show for its first several years. He served as senior podcast strategy advisor to the leaderships of NPR, the NY Times, and The New Yorker. He is an awarded journalist.
Adam Horowitz - is an interstitial imp in between neuroscience, human computer interaction and experiential art. His work aims to expand possibilities for introspection. Currently a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab in the Fluid Interfaces Group, Adam comes from work in brain research at the MIT McGovern Institute studying Mindfulness Meditation & Mind-Wandering
Gill Cassar - heads 1t.org – a World Economic Forum initiative whose vision is to conserve, restore and grow 1 trillion trees by 2030. Gill is a former strategy consultant, a collaborative problem solver and partnerships facilitator, focused on improving outcomes for nature.
Ida Benedetto - is an experience designer who provokes new insight through adventure and play. Major projects include the Night Heron Speakeasy and Starbuck’s National Anti-Bias Conversation. She has researched the design of transformative social experiences by comparing sex parties, funerals, and wilderness trips.
Oshoke Abalu - , a story teller, architect and futurist, was the Chief Architect for MetLife’s $1 billion inclusive workplace redesign. She pioneers human-centered design solutions that infuse consciousness, energy flow, and symphony into global workplace transformations. She is a gifted design thinker.
Ariane de Bonvoisin - is an author, speaker, coach, change expert and entrepreneur. Her professional background spans The Boston Consulting Group, Bertelsmann, Sony, Charlie Rose in strategic and investment roles. She is the best selling author of several books on the subject of change, pursuing your dreams and health and also launched Mindful365 app.
Jurgis Didžiulis - is Artistic Activist, Corporate Edutainer, Inspirational Troubadour, Purposeful Performer, Motivational Musician. Jurgis DID is hard to pin down with conventional labels. He combines musical performance, motivational speaking, stand-up comedy and interactive co-creation to forge exceptional experiences.
Lydia Caldana - is a global brand strategist, trend forecaster and consumer insights analyst. She identifies emerging behaviors and technologies that guide macro shifts in society to help brands navigate change and develop long-lasting relationships with consumers.
Moon Ribas - is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her feet that allows her to perceive earthquakes taking place anywhere in the planet through vibrations in real time. She then translates her seismic sense on stage.
Sol Liebeskind - remains one of the most influential artists in the Jazz/Soul scene in Argentina. A performer at the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival and an artist-in-residence at the prestigious Jazz Club Thelonious, she has delivered dozens of experiences over the last decade.
Ian Daily - is Head of Brand Strategy at Live Nation. Ian has been writing and thinking about culture since 2003, when he was senior writer for Details at Conde Nast in New York City. His stories have taken him everywhere from The Congo to backstage with Ozzy Osbourne.
Rukmini Callimachi - is a New York Times foreign correspondent and four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Rukmini
has become the go-to reporter on the Islamic State. For her Times podcast “Caliphate,” which
tracks the rise of ISIS from their encrypted, online chatrooms to their spread across four
continents, Callimachi was awarded the 2018 Peabody Award.
Agustin Uriburu - is a Brooklyn-based Argentinian Cellist, Guitarist, Composer and Arranger. He currently leads the Agustin Uriburu Quartet, and is a cellist, guitarist & arranger for the acclaimed Singer-songwriter, Sol Liebeskind.
Grace Francis - is Chief Experience Officer at Karmarama/Droga5 London. Grace answers creative and commercial challenges for organisations including Coca Cola, Universal Music Group and Disney. They are the founder of elsewhere life design studio and lecture at Hyper Island and UAL.
Dan Byron - is the leader and vocalist of the band Byron. The band has released 7 studio albums and 3 live DVDs: "Acoustic Drama", "Live Underground" (filmed in Salina Turda) and "Electric Marching Band", in which he sings with the Bistrița Garrison Marching Band and a choir of students.
Isabella Nardini - is an Experience Designer & Founder of Love Is In The Cloud. Through her work, she is constantly experimenting with new ways to unleash creativity by building tailored experiences that move people's senses. She designed the physical working Experience behind MESA, a method created to unleash people’s full potential.
Art By Lia Perjovschi - Lia Perjovschi (b. 1961, Sibiu, Romania) is the founder and coordinator of CAA CAA (Contemporary Art Archive and Centre for Art Analysis) an organic work-in-progress project (under different names since 1985) and KM (Knowledge Museum), an interdisciplinary research project from 1999-today. Her activity can be summarised as a journey from her physical body to the universal body of knowledge and was shown in more than 700 exhibitions, lectures, workshops around the world
SóCiro - 's path through music began at a young age. His references, both musical and lyrical, vary between regional music, rock, rap, Brazilian-kitsch (brega), and samba. Everything that is real and that makes you feel. With sincere, striking lyrics and a unique identity, SóCiro begins a new stage in his career. Nowadays he is part of the official team of the Organic project, a project that unites rap, MPB, and a lot of grooves, which, in less than a year has reached more than 50 million listenings in his songs.
Dr. & Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed - is the only theologian in the world to establish such links between humanities, gender studies and religious sciences. During his adolescence in Algeria, L. Zahed has been trained to become an imam by studying Quran exegesis - Tafsir al-Quran - and the pillars of the Islamic orthopraxy - usul al-fiqh. He is now master of cognitive psychology, graduate from the Ecole Normale Superieure in cognitive sciences and currently writing his PhD thesis in anthropology of religion matters at the EHESS on the theme of Islam and homosexuality.
David Moscovici - has graduated from careers in the legal field, public speaking training, policy analysis, and competitive debating to become the Co-Founder and Creative Lead of Critique Gaming and build meaningful mature video games. He’s a former coach of Romania’s high schol national debating team, World Universities Debating Championship EFL Finalist and Oxford IV Debating Tournament ESL Winner.
Sarah & Saullo Roston - are a couple of awarded musicians from São Paolo that mix traditional Brasilian music with modern rhythms. Their music is featured in films and TV shows and has fans around the world.
GAVI - singer, and songwriter from Espírito Santo, has been gaining space in the Brazilian music scene, reinventing black music by joining groove, new R&B, and electronic music. The artist released her first EP, entitled “A Conta-Gotas” (2017), with three songs, including “Meu Bem”, a song that has more than 250 thousand views on Youtube.
Barroso Eus - is an actor, singer, composer, and poet. In music, he presents himself as “Barroso Eus” with his alternative style, his contemporary mix of elements of Brazilian Music and Rock Black Music. He is releasing his first album "Vendo Sonhos", with authorial compositions and releases he has been working since November 2019.
Simon Cook - has worked in the branded communications industry and Cannes Lions for over a decade. He worked agency-side before joining the business. Simon founded the Global Chief Marketing Officers Growth Council and is leading the expansion of the Lions brand.
Patricia Cohen - covers the national economy for The New York Times and is the author of In Our Prime: The Fascinating History and Promising Future of Middle Age (Scribner).
Jason Hoelscher - is Gallery Director and Associate Professor of Art at Georgia Southern University. Hoelscher has exhibited his paintings in galleries and museums in Atlanta, New York, Denver, Berlin, Hong Kong, Paris, Stockholm, and has written for such publications as Burnaway, ARTnews and ArtPulse.
Peter Barabas - is Editor in Chief - TV News at Euronews, Europe’s most watched channel. He is a senior news leader who has produced major global coverage over two decades, at ProTV Romania, the Associated Press news agency before joining Euronews where he manages its international newsroom broadcasting in 12 languages around the world.
Asha Curran - is CEO of GivingTuesday, the global generosity movement. She was Chief Innovation Officer and director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y. Asha serves as Chair of the board of directors of Guardian.org, a nonprofit for advancing civil discourse and issues-driven journalism.
Senta Slingerland - lives in London and works as a freelance curator and brand strategist for clients such as Accenture Interactive, Twitch, This Is Beyond, Mesa and METRO. She's also the founder of cultural consultancy City.Shapers. Senta is the former Director of Brand Strategy at Cannes Lions.
Matheus Leston - develops works that, from a critical perspective, tension the relations between art and technology, and between music and visuality. He is the creator of the audiovisual projects Orquestra Vermelha, Moiré, Menos, and Ré. He was also part of the Patife Band and composed several soundtracks for series and films.
Florin Piersic Jr. - is a Romanian stage and film actor, director and author. He is best known for his award-winning performances in local and international film productions – “Q.E.D” (2014) and the Amazon Prime TV series “Comrade Detective” (2017) - but also for his roles on the theatre stage.
Nae Șovăială - is a Constructive communication trainer and believes the world could be a better place if people learned to express themselves with more clarity, structure & logic. He has been teaching the art of persuasive & rational communication for 12 years. He has co-founded the Romanian Association for Thinking and Oratory.
Doru Trăscău - is a Bucharest born self-taught musician, motorcycle addict, and father of two. He started playing guitar at 17 and didn’t stop ever since. 2000 marks the year of his debut band, AB4. In 2008, Doru starts a new project: The Mono Jacks. The newly formed band quickly becomes a reference for the local scene.
Steven van Groningen - is CEO and President of Raiffeisen Bank, one of the top banks in Romania. He owns this position since 2002 and he is among most admired CEOs in the country. Steven and his wife, Valeria, share a passion for arts, sports and philanthropy.
Andrei Olaru - has a BA in international business and a Masters in Security and Diplomacy and he is currently a Founder and the Studio Lead of Critique Gaming, a game-dev studio that builds intellectually mature games. He's a former debate trainer (at ARDOR and the British Council), a former coach of Romania’s high school national debating team and an ESL Finalist of the Oxford and the Cambridge Intervarsity Debate Competitions.
Cosmin Vladimirescu - is the Country Manager for Mastercard Romania. Since 2013, Cosmin has been managing the business relationships with financial institutions, as well as with other stakeholders, from both the public and the private sectors, continuously seeking innovation and coordinating the company’s operations and big projects.
Octavian Nica - is a business consultant and freelance data analyst. He's been active in the debating community in one way or another for the past 9 years - first as a debater, and then as a trainer and judge. For the past year, he's been an assistant coach for Romania's high school National Team for the World Schools Debating Championship.
Christina Asquith - is an awarded journalist. She has written for The New York Times, The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian and was a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her book, “Sisters in War: Love, Survival and Family in the New Iraq” is based off of the 18 months she lived in and reported from Baghdad, Iraq.
Zoli Toth - was raised surrounded by music. And that’s how he ended up hearing and listening to it anywhere: in the whirr of spring, the plates dropped on the kitchen’s floor and in the city’s stir. You most likely know him from Sistem, or Dosarele Bach, Titanum or Cantus Mundi.
Șerban Pitic - is a trainer, coach & teacher of argument, debate, public speaking and communication strategies. With over 15 years of experience in training people of all ages from middle schools to high school, from students to teachers and professionals, from entrepreneurs to politicians.
Cristiana Pasca-Palmer - Over the span of her 30-year career, Dr. Cristiana Pasca-Palmer has been a trailblazer in redefining humans relationship with the planet and promoting economic and social policies that enable development in harmony with nature. She was a researcher at Harvard and Tufts and the UN Biodiversity Chief.
Diana Stafie - is Foresight Strategist & Founder of Future Station, a consultancy practice focused on strategy building by using foresight methodology and tools. Understanding "How the Future of... might look like" is the core mission. Diana designs and runs Future Scenarios and Trends Scanning projects, Trends lectures and future-related keynotes.
Marinela V. Ardelean - is a wine critic, author and juror in international wine and spirits competitions such as Mundus Vini and Meininger's International Spirits Awards. In her home-country, Romania, she is known for organizing RO-Wine |The International Wine Festival of Romania, while in Italy, her second home, she is professor at Italian Chef Academy.
România, te iubesc - is one of the most popular investigative TV show in Romania. It is hosted by Paula Herlo, Alex Dima, Rareş Năstase, Cosmin Savu, Paul Angelescu and Cristian Leonte.
Isabela Constantin - is currently an Artificial Intelligence Resident at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, after just having finished her Master Degree in Computer Science at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The focus of her research projects is on developing fair and robust machine learning algorithms with socially desirable properties.
Art by Tehching Hsieh - Tehching Hsieh was born on December 31st 1950 in Nan-Chou, Taiwan. Starting in the late 1970s, Hsieh made five One Year Performances and a ‘Thirteen Year Plan’, inside and outside his studio in New York City. Using long durations, making art and life simultaneous, Hsieh achieved one of the most radical approaches in contemporary art.
Art by Dan Perjovschi - He is an artist that lives and works in Bucharest and Sibiu Romania. His solo exhibitions include: “The black and white Cape Town Report” A4 Art Foundation Cape Town (2019), The Prize Drawing“ Kunsthalle Hamburg (2016), “Unframed” Kiasma, Helsinki (2013); “Not over” MACRO, Rome (2011); “What Happen to US?” MoMA, New York (2007);
Art by Alfredo Jaar - He is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. He is known as one of the most uncompromising, compelling, and innovative artists working today. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice and Sao Paulo.
Julio Papi - is a “Legend of fitness” and has worked in over 45 countries, based in Bucharest, Product Manager in World Class Romania and Manager Director of Move On Fitness Education. BSc in Sport Sciences and BSc in Physiotherapy, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher by the Ramamami Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute of Pune, black belt Kyokushinkai Karate and with amount of other professional certifications.
The Reverend Patrick Malloy - is an Episcopal priest and the Sub-Dean of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York. He is also the Cathedral’s liturgist, holding a Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. The Cathedral is the largest church building in the United States and arguably the third-largest church in the world.
Art by Yves Klein - French artist Yves Klein (1928-1962) conceived the work of art as a trace of communication between the artist and the world; invisible truth made visible. Yves Klein’s practice revealed of a new way of conceptualising the role of the artist, conceiving his whole life as an artwork. ‘Art is everywhere that the artist goes’, he once declared. According to him, beauty existed everywhere, but in a state of invisibility.
Art by Huang Yong Ping - Born in 1954 in Xiamen, Fujian province (China), HUANG YONG PING died in Paris (France) in 2019. He was one of the most famous, controversial and provocative Chinese Avant-garde artists. Kamel Mennour and Huang Yong Ping have been working together since 2009.
Art by Antoine Bertin - works at the intersection of science and sensory immersion, field recording and sound storytelling, data and music composition. His creations take the form of listening experiences, sound sculptures and audio meditations on the realm of the living.
Octavian Lup - is one of the most brilliant cellists of his generation, being one of the top Romanian soloists who managed to establish themselves on the most important national and international stages. Laureate of many competitions in Romania and abroad, Octavian Lup has performed on four continents of the world, along with big names in the field of classical music.
Rafael Butaru - is a violin graduate of “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca. He is currently concertmaster of The "George Enescu" Philarmonic , of National Opera House in Bucharest, a member in Romanian Chamber Orchestra and he is the founding member of Ludens Piano Trio and ArGenTango .
Anya Glushkova - is a Move On Fitness Education and Move On Pilates Academy Master Trainer. Teacher at Move On courses, having presented in events and courses in Russia, Italy, Czech, Turkey, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria. She was a rhythmic gymnast in Russia.
Mesa - is a global company that created a team-based work system designed to solve complex challenges by unleashing human potential to process more and execute faster. Every Mesa has a leader: one person who is deeply committed to serving that problem and delivering its mission. This person is not a specialist on any given subject and can deliver excellent solutions in any field. Because a Mesa Leader is a specialist in what it takes to really create the new: humbleness, curiosity and courage; all fundamental aspects of trust.