John Davies is a research fellow on the creative and digital economy at Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation. He works on the interface of economics and data analysis. Particularly in the domains of creative activity and places, and in the use of social media and web scraped data. Past projects have included mapping the geography of employment in the UK's creative and high-tech economies and identifying activities at the intersection of technology and art using data from a social network. He has also used social media data to understand people's engagement with London's historic buildings and networking at a tech conference. He has built interactive maps of England's museum access and the state of London nightlife, and written on topics in the data economy and the effects of digital technological change. John is on the UK Intellectual Property Office's research advisory committee. Prior to Nesta he has worked for English Heritage, a leading economics consultancy and the UK civil service.
Dr Eka Ikpe is Lecturer in Development economics in Africa. She has researched and written on a range of issues in development economics and security and development. Eka teaches on the MSc Degree Programmes at the King’s African Leadership Centre (ALC) and the BA Degree Programme in International Development at the King’s Department of International Development. Eka is also the International Lead for the ALC and the King’s Department of International Development and sits on the King’s Global Challenges Research Fund Taskforce. Eka has participated in a range of policy influencing projects including: contributing to a UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Africa Report on UK Trade with Africa in a Post-BREXIT era; training of Liberian legislators on security sector reform oversight; contributing to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Conflict Prevention Framework and co-authoring the Women Peace and Security Action Plan; participating in the European Union-Africa Research Network; co-authoring a research study on security and development in the Sahel for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; and co-authoring a background document for the UK Department for International Development proposed framework for support to security and justice provision to the poor.
Genevieve Pace is a project manager, creative industries specialist and Africa advocate. She currently manages Creative United’s business support programme that provides creative businesses in England free advice and access to loan finance. Last year she planned and delivered an international creative enterprise exchange with a partner organisation based in Nairobi. Genevieve’s academic background is in International Relations and Psychology which she studied at the University of Pretoria. She’s since gone on to work in a range of organisations in the creative and cultural sectors, and has been involved in managing a start-up and running her own design business in South Africa. She’s a business mentor for TERN, The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network, and a regular speaker at international conferences and events. Genevieve is passionate about entrepreneurship, promoting the growth of the African creative economy and its contribution to development in Africa, as well as looking at the impact of policies and how Africa’s creative and cultural outputs are valued internationally. Connect with Genevieve on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Yemisi Mokuolu is an independent theatre and festival producer and creative & cultural industry consultant who is best known for her work promoting African creative content and developing creative potential across Africa. As a producer, her credits include; “Amnesty @ Edinburgh Festival” in 2012, the “Out of Africa” festivals, “Asa Baako – One Dance” festival in Ghana and “Oliva Tweest: An Afrobeats Musical”. As a consultant, she has worked for agencies which include; Arts Council England, British Council, Creative Skillset, Goethe and UNITAR providing research, mentoring and training programmes to develop the cultural and creative industries across Europe and Africa. www.hatchevents.com and www.hatchafrica.com. Twitter: @hatchevents @hatchafrica @out_of_africa
Morag Shiach is a Professor of Cultural History in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Since 2012 she has been the Director of Creativeworks London, a KE Hub for the Creative Economy, which was funded by the AHRC. She was also CI on London Creative and Digital Fusion, which was funded by the European Regional Development Fund, 2012-15. Since October 2016 she has been PI on a Creativeworks follow-on project, Creative Hubs and Urban Development Goals (UK/Brazil) which is focussed on the creative economy in São Paulo. She has recently published a book of essays based on the work of CreativeworkscLondon (co-edited with Tarek E Virani), Cultural Policy, Innovation, and the Creative Economy: Creative Collaborations in Arts and Humanities Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Yudhishthir Raj Isar is an internationally recognized policy analyst, advisor and public speaker who straddles various worlds of cultural theory, experience and practice. His work focuses on contemporary arts and culture across the world, notably the cultural and creative industries. Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris. Eminent Research Visitor (2011-2013) and Adjunct Professor (2014-2016) at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Co-founder of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE). Trustee of several cultural organizations and consultant to international organizations and foundations. Past President of the association Culture Action Europe. Earlier, at UNESCO, he was notably Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development and Director of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. In 2013 he was the editor and lead writer for the 2013 United Nations Creative Economy Report
Dr Caspar Melville is convenor of the MA in Global Creative & Cultural Industries and lecturer in music at SOAS, University of London. Formally a music journalist and editor of New Humanist Magazine, he has published in a wide range of journals including Blues & Soul, Touch, Village Voice, On The One, The Telegraph, The Guardian, New Humanist Magazine, openDemocracy, Soundings and Popular Music. His first book, Taking Offence (Seagull books) was published in 2012. He lead the CreativeWorks London -funded project 'Valuing Tradition: Copyright and Mali's jelis', and he is currently undertaking research as part of the ARHC-funded project Bass Culture, on the impact of Jamaican music on the UK.