A serial entrepreneur and former global CEO / co-founder of idea couture — a global innovation firm acquired by a fortune 500 co. Previously advised global clients including Samsung, HTC, Burberry, and UBS. Idris earned graduate degrees from London Business School in Business and Brunel University London in Technology Management. Idris has published 5 books on business.
Co-Founder / Chief AI Officer
Previously a software developer with AI start-up wondereur AI. Javier studied computer engineering at the University of Toronto and Brunel University London with a major in Artificial intelligence. He also completed a Design Thinking program from University College of London.
Chief Technology Officer
A seasoned technology leader with over 25 years of technology experience with top global digital agencies and global brands, most recently VP Technology with Critical Mass. His experiences included managing and mentoring global, distributed, and local development teams for Critical Mass, Blast Radius, Idea Couture, Softchoice Corporation, Sapiens, amongst others, he’s very well versed in working with creative, business, and technical teams.
Chief Strategy Officer
An experienced product manager with a background in management consulting at PwC and Deloitte. With capabilities as a business strategist, design researcher, and software developer, Jaraad leads teams to tackle and distill multifaceted problems. Jaraad has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and holds post-graduate degrees from Imperial College in Innovation Management and Goldsmith University in Consumer Behavior. Jaraad is the published author of “What you don’t know about Gen-Z”.
Head of Creative Conversations
Robert is an established writer whose work has graced the pages of several noteworthy publications. He previously worked at HYPEBEAST as an editor, overseeing a small team of writers responsible for covering relevant pop-culture musings. Robert has also written for Highsnobiety, PAUSE, and FashionBeans, amongst others.
A design pioneer and visonary. Paul co-founded Umbra with childhood friend Les Mandelbaum that began his 40 years history of original design. Umbra produced a prolific flow of innovative product under Paul’s visionary leadership and in 2000 saw Paul Rowan’s design added to the permanent collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Paul received numerous award and was later inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends as a Visionary.
Executive Advisor - Strategic Deals
Highly experience in building creative and technology IP for decades. He has managed hundreds of staff across innovations for Nike, Jordan, Microsoft, EA, Sony, Disney, Intel, Apple, and more. Widely recognized results and awards within the design, marketing and technology growth sectors.
Jamie Anderson recently retired as Deputy Chairman and member of the Global Banking Operating Committee and co-chair of the Equity Commitments Committee of RBC Capital Markets. He has provided financial and merger and acquisition advice to a wide range of international companies. He has a B. Comm from the UoT and an MBA w from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation.
Director Of Strategic Partnerships & Collaborations
Ilana is an experienced retail executive, with a demonstrated track record in building and growing brands. Ilana worked in New York City for more than 12 years, where she launched Marc New York Performance, a brand of activewear at G-III Apparel Group. Ilana later joined CAA-GBG, where she developed brand partnerships, retail strategy and licensing opportunities for talent, brands and retailers. Ilana has a Fashion Marketing degree from Parsons in New York and a BBA from Schulich School of Business in Toronto.
Alyssa is a recent graduate of OCAD University, with a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. During her time at OCAD U, Alyssa found her focus interest in editorial design, branding, and illustration. She loves to explore and broaden her artistic pursuits by integrating a fine arts background and design studies. Her background includes business freelance graphic design experience in print and branding.
Machine Learning Engineer
An ambitious and resourceful Italian that loves to learn, create, and improve himself. Worked all around the world in a variety of workplace realities, all linked by the development and use of Artificial Intelligence techniques. Luca has a Master's in AI from the University of Amsterdam, which is allowing him to be part of one of the most promising and dynamic disciplines of computer science.
Michael is a front-end developer hailing from Toronto. His experience includes helping agencies create compelling front-end experiences, and interactive websites. When he's not creating website magic, he can be found writing music or building synthesizers. He's travelled the world extensively as a touring musician, and brings that same passion for music to his work.
Sam is a DevOps engineer with years of experience executing DevOps strategies to bridge operations and development processes. He is passionate about emerging technologies, cloud computing, and DevOps engineering. With previous experience at a MedTech company, he also holds a bachelors degree in Business Technology Management from Ryerson University.
General Manager of Commerce
A highly motivated and commercially astute multi-disciplinary professional who has lived, and worked in countries all over the world. Adrian has a BA in Economics from Western University while also holding a postgraduate degree from the Grenoble Ecole de Management in Luxury Goods Management, and a Juris Doctor from the Chinese University in Hong Kong.
Creative Projects Designer
Jasmine is a fashion designer and stylist with years of experience in the industry. Since graduating from Parsons School of Design she has worked from mass market to high end brands in multiple locations such as New York, London, Germany and Hong Kong. Through her keen eye and fashion sensibility she is able to communicate a cohesive story in a compelling way. “Fashion is a glimpse into one’s identity.”
Executive Creative Producer
Equal parts integrated strategist, EP and CD. Simon loves creativity, technology and innovation. Enjoys collaboration and producing creative solutions for clients, brands and Intellectual properties. 20+ years of Innovation experience including bespoke digital solutions for Google, Samsung, Intel, InBev, Toyota to name a few. a A vast array of custom creative tech initiatives on every type of screen spanning digital campaigns, across web, apps, games, Ai, VR, AR, XR, technology installations, live events, music, film and broadcast spanning web 1.0, web 2.0 and now web 3.0. At age 8, Simon began making games in BASIC on a Sinclair ZX80. He loves art, culture and code combined. Any creative use of 1’s and 0’s.
Josh is a marketing professional with years of international experience in the industry. Hailing from Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, and more he uses his experience to build cool campaigns and awesome ideas. He's equipped with a Master's degree in Consumer Behaviour from Goldsmiths, University of London. In his free time, he is passionate about fine art, history, and mastering the difficult art of Kendo.
436c616e6b is from Omaha, Nebraska where she works as an API engineer for UCL. She has 12 years experience as a Java software engineer with a focus on APIs and micro-services. In her spare time she is an avid cyclist, lover of all sci-fi podcasts and is attempting to work through the primary Ashtanga yoga series.
72 65 6d 62 72 61 6e 64 74 is a leader in our HCI department responsible for supporting our product development and UX team, His research is in the area of human-computer interaction, with major areas of focus in the architecture of highly-performant AI-powered UI's, in interaction and application models for IoT, in developing methods for ubiquitous computing, and in post-WIMP interaction methods.
6d 65 6c 69 68 is an experienced anthropologist and has been working in the field studying sociohistorical, archaeological, linguistic and biological aspects of humanity before machines. His research interests are focused on biological, technical and cultural diversity and the forces that threaten both. His operates with the conviction that rappers and scientists are both storytellers who have the ability to change the world.
73 68 72 65 79 has more than 20,000 hours of HR experience and she believes the future of HR is 360 degree including listening to the voice of employees through Alexza as HR leaders focus on optimizing the combination of human and automated work. This is driving a new priority for HR: one which requires leaders and teams to develop fluency in contextual voice intelligence while data-powered HR will become more personal, human and intuitive.
Robot Partnerships Lead
76 69 6b 61 73 is responsible for creating new revenue opportunities through pro-active engagement with UCL Strategic Enterprise Partners. He leads a global team responsible for developing new joint go-to-market programs and brand collaborations. He is UCL's main interface with our most valued brand and design partners, quarterbacking the design packages to the product team.