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World-class innovation consultants, creativity experts, and professors of creativity and change leadership from six countries and three continents will join us to share their knowledge, skills and tools in 10+ Applied Creativity training sessions split into four tracks: Business & Leadership, Branding & Marketing, Education & Parenting, and Life & Society.

 
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CLARA KLUK

Global Innovation Expert

Clara is a partner of PIENSA, an international consulting firm based in México that specializes in organizational development and creativity facilitation, and one of the co-founders of the Center for the Certification in Creativity.

As a creativity and innovation consultant and facilitator with more than 20 years of experience, Clara has worked with medium and large organizations from various industries across Mexico, Latin America Europe and Asia – facilitating creative and innovative thinking, helping manage change and transition, and enhancing teamwork and leadership.

An artist, a painter and a visionary, Clara is recognized in he creative community for the human-centered creativity and innovation tools she has designed and developed.

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TIM HURSON

Global innovation Expert, Speaker & Author

Throughout his career, Tim has helped Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 organizations in the US, Canada, and the UK create innovation, marketing, new product, and workplace transformation programs.

Tim is a faculty member of the Creative Education Foundation, a founding director of Facilitators Without Borders, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Lessing Institute, and one of the founders of Mindcamp.

He speaks regularly about how to use the principles of productive thinking and creative leadership to manage change rather than be swamped by it, he has written numerous articles on enhancing creative intelligence in the workplace, and is a periodic contributor to Creativity in Action, the journal of the Creative Education Foundation. Tim is also the author of Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking.

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ELIZABETH TALERMAN

Brand and Organizational Strategy Expert

Elizabeth works with organizations to establish meaning, clarify purpose, streamline decision-making and turn strategy into action. Her background in research, communications and brand building are foundational to identifying patterns and insights for catalyzing change and accelerating growth.    

Over the past 30 years, Elizabeth has worked with innovation leaders across the globe from Johnson & Johnson, Unicef, Fisher-Price, The Prince of Wales Foundation, IBM, Pepsi, Columbia Sportswear, Stimson Center, MacArthur Foundation, Harvard Business School, United Way and more.

Elizabeth teaches in the School of Visual Arts Masters in Branding program, is a frequent lecturer at Barnard College, has lectured extensively at Columbia University’s Strategic Communications masters program and served 16 years on the board of Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter.

 
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LAURA Barbero SwitalskI

Creativity Expert & Facilitator

Laura is a partner of Darwin Associates, a consulting firm in Buffalo, New York, specializing in in organizational growth, creativity and change leadership. She works as a facilitator, trainer and coach with organizations across North America, Central America, and Europe to facilitate creativity and innovation, help manage change and transition, and enhance teamwork and leadership.

Laura is a founding member of CREA Conference, and the co-founder of the Center for Certification in Creativity, an organization devoted to the dissemination of creativity and the development of creative leadership and facilitation skills, in partnership with the International Center for Studies in Creativity, where she serves as faculty and program director.

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TIM SWITALSKI

Creative Leadership Expert & Facilitator

Tim has worked with several multinational corporations across the globe, to help people develop their leadership potential, build cohesive teams and enhance their creative thinking skills. He has developed expertise in a broad variety of fields, including higher education, health care, consumer products, nuclear energy, youth services and community development. As president of Darwin Associates, he provides training, facilitation, coaching and consulting services to international clients focusing on the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Change Leadership, Creativity and Innovation.

Tim is a founding partner of the Center for Certification in Creativity (where he serves as faculty, mentor and coordinator), and one of the founding members of CREA Conference (where he currently coordinates the Immersion program).

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ISMET MAMNOON

Creative Parenting and Innovation Catalyst

First a financial consultant, then a serial entrepreneur, Ismet was first drawn to creativity and innovation when she became a parent. Today, she is part of Innovation Bound, a company that helps individuals within organizations define and develop innovation strategies that work for them.

She has worked with large organizations, entrepreneurs, governments, academics, NGOs, educators, parents, and children all over the world - in the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Her clients range in age from 5 to “undisclosed”.

Ismet holds an M.S. in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, and she is a certified facilitator of FourSight, MBTI, Polarity Thinking, and Accelerated Learning.

 
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DORTE NIELSEN

Global Creative Education Expert

Previously an awarded art director, Dorte has been teaching creativity and creative thinking at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, in Denmark, for the past 11 years.

Apart from teaching, she also delivers fully tailor-made Creative-Problem-Solving workshops for companies, as a consultant and a facilitator. She is the Chairman of Creative Circle (the Danish society for creative industries) and she has authored several books on the topic of creativity and creative thinking.

Dorte holds a Master of Science in Creative Studies from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, and is certified in both MBTI and FourSight.

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GUI SARKIS

Creative Leadership Facilitator

Gui is a recovering serial entrepreneur who helps leaders in organizations use their creativity to solve wicked hard problems.
As an expert in Design Thinking, Creative Problem Solving, and many other innovation frameworks and assessments, he has worked with large organizations, small businesses, and startups. By designing and facilitating educational journeys for his clients, he empowers them to harness their own creative potential, learn new creative problem solving skills, and face complex challenges with competence and confidence.

Gui is particularly talented at working in social entrepreneurship, and he’s a skilled Outdoor Leadership facilitator able to create upbeat and introspective activities that drive personal growth.

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Expert, People Side of Innovation

As a co-founder of Ouzia and Congaz, Ingrid has been working on projects of realising culture change, building entrepreneurial teams, developing innovation programs for larger companies, and building HR in young, innovative companies.

She lectures on team composition for entrepreneurial teams for Imperial College, London, the University of Brussels (VUB) and Erasmus College in Brussels. She has been a keynote speaker and facilitator at innovation conferences in Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, Canada and Pakistan.

Ingrid is a certified MBTI-trainer Type I & II, and a certified FourSight trainer; she is currently studying at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, SUNY.

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Marketing Strategy Expert at Brand Architects

Mihai has worked in Brand Management for local power-brands and as Marketing Director for Molson Coors and eMAG, part of Naspers. In 2015, he founded Brand Architects to help boards and marketing teams win the market conquest through strategy, differentiation, and brand transformation. He has received 25 MARCOM awards, including 2 Grand Effies — the highest Marketing accolade in Romania.

Mihai currently teaches Marketing Strategy at the Maastricht School of Management and at the Entrepreneurship Academy.

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SIMONA bACIU

Founder & Visionary at Transylvania College

Simona is a passionate educator with more than 25 years of experience; she is the founder of Transylvania College, The Cambridge International School in Cluj-Napoca — the only school in Romania to offer a complete educational track from nursery through high school, on two lines of study.

After founding and developing Transylvania College, she decided to share her experience and insights in a book called The Teacher Within: A Mindful Journey Toward Well-Being For Teachers In The 21St Century.

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TUDOR MIHAI

Founder & Facilitator at Innovating Society

Tudor is an innovation facilitator and trainer with expertise in Dutch Design Thinking. After having studied and worked mostly in the Netherlands for companies such as Schiphol Airport, Albert Heijn, Municipality of Rotterdam, he recently founded an innovation agency in his home country, Romania. His goal is to raise awareness about the practice of design thinking, and help local companies develop new ideas that will transform into successful products on the market.

 
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RAZ BURCIU

Founder, Product Designer & Facilitator at Just Mad

Raz's mindset revolves around the phrase "What if?". With over 7 years of experience in the product design field, his work resides at the crossroads of business, creative direction and innovation. He believes that the worst place to be stuck in is your own comfort zone.

As a certified UX specialist and Design Sprint facilitator, he helps forward thinking businesses accelerate the innovation process, deliver value and grow.

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Ana Oarga

Founder, Product Strategist & Facilitator at Just Mad

Ana is all about creativity, diversity, innovative ideas and striking, bright colours. After 7 years of working in the tech field across corporate, agency, and start-up environments for both B2B and B2C businesses, she has gathered extensive knowledge at the intersection of design, product development and business.

As a certified UX specialist and Design Sprint facilitator, Ana helps companies deliver tangible results for their customers and bring digital products to market and beyond.

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Peer STOOP

Educational Partner at The Entrepreneurship Academy

Peer is the Executive Director of Team Academy International; he has an extensive expertise as a trainer, coach, and consultant in management, cross cultural communication, and diversity management.

In the past couple of years, Peer has contributed to the innovation of the local private education system, through his instrumental role in opening the Entrepreneurship Academy in Romania — the first entrepreneurship faculty to be open in South-Eastern Europe.

 
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Anca Rarău

Founder of Brandocracy

Anca has over 20 years of experience in strategic and operational marketing, brand positioning, customer experience, employer branding, research, and PR. Throughout her career, she has won several awards for marketing campaigns' efficiency (Effie Awards), as well as for PR and CSR projects.

In 2018, Anca launched Brandocracy — a concept based on the approach to brand strength from an integrated perspective: business, branding, marketing, organizational culture and customer experience.

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MATEI SCHWARTZ

Brand-driven innovation Strategist & Facilitator.
Co-founder & President of Crea-Est

Matei uses brand theory, applied creativity, and a healthy dose of skepticism to help individuals, teams, and organizations bond, build enduring brands and drive positive change in their world.

He is the Co-Founder, ex-Strategy Director and now Senior Advisor of CNS Factory — an award-winning brand-driven innovation consultancy, with experience in helping small to Fortune500 organizations spanning several industries, on two continents — Europe and North America.

Matei graduated with honors from the world’s first Master’s in Branding at School of Visual Arts NYC — where he has served as Teaching Assistant for the Business & Brand Strategy class. He recently accepted an offer to become a Graduate Assistant for the Creative Studies Department of SUNY Buffalo State College; he is currently studying here on a full scholarship to earn his Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership.



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ANDREEA NIȚOI

Brand & Creativity Consultant and Facilitator.
Co-founder & Executive Director of Crea-Est

Throughout her professional career, Andreea has focused and improved her expertise in the people side of innovation — helping individuals, teams, and organizations discover, train, and apply their creative superpowers.

She has designed and facilitated over 100 brand, creative, and design thinking workshops for small to Fortune500 organizations, leading national and regional NGOs, and State institutions across two continents — Europe & North America.

In the past two years, she has served as Managing Partner & Lead Facilitator for CNS Factory. She is also the Executive Director of CREA-EST, a professional association that strives to promote applied creativity in our part of the world. CREA-EST is the parent of Rebranding Creativity, the first applied creativity conference within the Eastern Block.