We invite you to engage in disruptive dialogues with the following speakers, whose transformative achievements within and outside their fields inspire innovative ideas and positive change.


Richard AddisRichard Addis, Moderator, The Art Center Global Dialogues
Founder, Shakeup Media

Founder of Shakeup Media, Richard Addis consults on design and content strategies for print and the Web with the understanding that design is an increasingly important part of newspaper journalism. Shakeup Media’s most recent project was the redesign of all editions of the Financial Times. Prior to launching Shakeup Media, Addis was Editor-in-Chief of two national newspapers, the Daily Express (UK) and The Globe and Mail (Canada), and most recently, Editor of the Weekend Edition of the Financial Times.


Stephen BayleyStephen Bayley
Design Commentator

Stephen Bayley is one of the world’s best-known commentators on design and contemporary culture. He is the author of more than ten books, nearly thirty exhibition catalogues, countless articles and broadcasts. In 1989, with Terence Conran, he co-founded London’s Design Museum. In the same year he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s top artistic honour, by the French Minister of Culture. His books include In Good Shape (1979), The Albert Memorial (1981), Harley Earl and the Dream Machine (1983), Sex, Drink and Fast Cars (1986), Commerce and Culture (1989), Taste (1991), Labour Camp (1998), General Knowledge (2000), Sex (2001), A Dictionary of Idiocy (2003), Life’s a Pitch (2007) and Design: Intelligence Made Visible (2007). He is presently the architecture and design correspondent for The Observer.


Blaise AgueraBlaise Agüera y Arcas
Software designer, Microsoft Live Labs

In 2004 Blaise founded a company, Seadragon, to develop ideas in scalable architecture, design and user experience for interacting with massive visual information. He wrote software, raised funding, hired the engineering and management team and was the principal author of the company’s IP portfolio. Microsoft bought Seadragon at the beginning of 2006. Since joining Microsoft Live Labs, Blaise has become the architect for Photosynth and as well as Seadragon.

Outside Microsoft, Blaise has applied computational techniques in a variety of fields, including neuroscience and the history of science.


Harry EyresHarry Eyres
Journalist, Financial Times

In an unusually wide-ranging journalistic career, Harry Eyres has been a theatre critic, wine writer, poetry editor and most recently creator of the Slow Lane column in the Financial Times. Eyres is also a poet, author of the collection Hotel Eliseo (Hearing Eye) and contributor to poetry anthologies. He holds an M.A. in English from Trinity College, Cambridge, an M.Sc. in Environmental Assessment and Evaluation from the London School of Economics, and the Diploma de Estudios Hispanicos from Barcelona University.


Dr. Joann FletcherDr. Joann Fletcher
Egyptologist and writer

Dr. Joann Fletcher teaches Egyptian archaeology at the University of York, and as part of the University’s Mummy Research Team has examined human remains from a range of countries including Egypt, Yemen, Peru and Ireland. As a consultant to a number of UK museums, she uses their collections in her educational work to promote an understanding of both the past and the science involved in its study. Her latest publications include the forthcoming Cleopatra the Great (2008) and The Search for Nefertiti (2004). As a regular consultant to the media, she has contributed to The Guardian’s science section, the BBC’s History website and the forthcoming ‘Mummy Forensics’ series for The History Channel.


Peter HeadPeter Head
Director, ARUP

Peter Head is a champion for developing global practice that demonstrates how public and private monies in the built environment can be more effective if these sectors adopt sustainable development principles. He is a civil and structural engineer who is a recognized world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology and sustainable development in cities. His many awards include the Royal Academy Silver Medal, Award of Merit of IABSE and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.

Head joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead its planning and integrated urbanism team globally. In 2002, the Mayor of London appointed him as an independent Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission. Head is also project director for the Dongtan Eco-city near Shanghai, as well as other city developments in China. He is a sustainability advisor for the London Olympics development project and is working on several zero carbon urban regeneration projects in the England.


Ron HavivRon Haviv

Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced some of the most compelling images documenting conflict and humanitarian crises from around the world since the end of the Cold War. Numerous museums and institutions have featured his work, including The Louvre, the United Nations and The Council on Foreign Relations. A co-founder of the photo agency VII, his work is published by magazines worldwide. Haviv has received awards from World Press, Pictures of the Year and the Overseas Press Club. He has published two critically acclaimed collections of his photography — Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul.


David W. HughesDavid W. Hughes
Professor of Astronomy, University of Sheffield, UK

David W. Hughes is emeritus professor of astronomy at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, where he spent more than forty years lecturing on physics and astronomy. His research focuses on comets, asteroids and dust particles in the solar system and their impact on Earth, as well as the origin of the planets and the history of astronomy and astrophysics. Hughes was a co-investigator on the European Space Agency’s GIOTTO space probe to Comet Halley. Asteroid 4205 is named David Hughes in honour of his contribution to astronomy research and its popularization. He has published more than 200 research papers, has lectured widely and has appeared on television and radio. Hughes trained at Birmingham and Oxford Universities.


Chris LefteriChris Lefteri
Materials expert and product designer

An accomplished designer in his own right, Chris Lefteri is an internationally recognized authority on materials and their application in design. His achievements in this area have created a bridge among manufacturers, the chemical industry and the design industry.

Lefteri’s eight books on design and material innovation can be found in many design studios around the world. He has also delivered white papers and has curated exhibitions on materials and design at conferences and universities across Europe, North America and Asia.  He is a regular contributor to international design magazines. Lefteri is also a visiting professor at LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore.


Fotini MarkopoulouFotini Markopoulou
Theoretical physicist

Fotini Markopoulou is a theoretical physicist who works on the problem of quantum gravity, the search for a new theory that will unify or replace general relativity and quantum theory.   Her work explores the microscopic structure of space-time and the role of causality at very high energies, often using ideas and methods from other fields.  

Born in Athens, Greece, she received her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Imperial College, London.  She held postdoctoral positions at Pennsylvania State University, Imperial College and the Albert Einstein/Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Berlin. In 2001, she moved to Canada where she became a founding member and faculty at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, a research institute devoted to foundational issues in theoretical physics.


Robert MatthewsRobert Matthews
Academic, writer, and journalist

Robert Matthews read physics at the University of Oxford and is currently Visiting
Reader in Science at Aston University, Birmingham. He is also an award-winning
science writer and a contributor to The Financial Times, New Scientist, BBC Focus and the online publication www.thefirstpost.co.uk. His most recent book is 25 Big Ideas (OneWorld 2005).


Thom MayneThom Mayne
Architect and Founder, Morphosis

Thom Mayne is a Pritzker Prize Laureate, architecture’s highest honor, and Principal of the prominent architectural design firm Morphosis. He is also the founder of the influential Southern California Institute of Architecture. Mayne is the recipient of 25 progressive architecture awards, 54 AIA awards, and numerous other design recognitions. Challenging traditional forms of architecture by focusing on change and contradiction, he represents a shift in design process, technique, and philosophy. Mayne also holds a tenured faculty position at the School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA.


David OrrellDavid Orrell
Scientist and writer

David Orrell is an applied mathematician and author of popular science books. He studied mathematics at the University of Alberta, and obtained his doctorate from Oxford University on the prediction of nonlinear systems. He has worked as a lecturer at University College London, and as a senior scientist at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He currently works for a biotechnology company in Oxford. He is the author of Apollo’s Arrow (published in the U.S. as The Future of Everything), on the limits of scientific prediction, and The Other Side of the Coin, on new economic theories.


Dr. Charles PasternakDr. Charles Pasternak
Academic scientist, author

Dr. Charles Pasternak is an academic scientist at the University of Oxford and University of London. His latest books are Quest: The Essence of Humanity (2003) and What Makes Us Human? (2007). Pasternak is Director of the Oxford International Biomedical Centre, a charity whose mission is to promote healthcare, research and education in developing countries, as well as to enthuse youngsters into science. He holds an Honorary M.D. from the University of Bucharest and is a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Bigna PfenningerBigna Pfenninger
Founding editor, The Drawbridge

Bigna Pfenninger is the founding editor of The Drawbridge, a London-based independent quarterly delivering thought, wit and reflection through words, photography and drawing. In turn critically nonsensical and radically serious, it gathers international views and insights on timely topics that pay tribute to the progressive reader.


Lynda SaleLynda Sale
Partner, Sale Owen; artist

Lynda Sale is a marketing consultant and professional artist. Having graduated from Cambridge University in philosophy, she began her business career at Barclays Bank, rising to become Head of Planning. Sale was also one of the youngest Board Directors at Valin Pollen, then the largest corporate communications consultancy in the United Kingdom. Now a partner of Sale Owen, she specializes in strategic marketing and environmental projects. Sale trained in fine arts at Escuela Massana in Barcelona and the University of the Arts, London.


Dr. Alfonso SauquetDr. Alfons Sauquet
Dean, ESADE Business School

Dr. Alfons Sauquet, Professor of the Ramon Llull University at ESADE, was recently appointed Dean of ESADE Business School. Sauquet, up to now Vice-Dean of Research and Knowledge, was previously Director of the ESADE Combined Undergraduate and Master in Business Management and Administration. He earned both his Ph.D. in Education and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. In addition, he holds an MBA from ESADE and graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Psychology and Education. Sauquet has lectured widely, including at HEC Paris, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Wharton School in Philadelphia and the Copenhagen Business School. He is a member of the Academic Board of the Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations (AHRMIO). He was invited by UNESCO to be a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme.


Bernard TabaireBernard Tabaire
Journalist, editor

Bernard Tabaire is a Ugandan journalist working as the weekend editions editor of the privately owned Monitor newspaper in Kampala. He was educated in Uganda and the United States. Most recently, he was a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism/Green College at Oxford University. While on the fellowship, he wrote a paper entitled, “The Press and Political Repression in Uganda: Back to the Future?” which has since been published in the Journal of Eastern African Studies. Tabaire is also a commentator on public affairs on KFM, a radio station affiliated with the Monitor.


Sara WheelerSara Wheeler

Writer Sara Wheeler’s books include the bestselling Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, of which a Daily Telegraph reviewer wrote, “I do not think there will ever be anything better written about the Antarctic.” Her work has been translated into many languages including Spanish. Wheeler is currently writing a book about the Arctic, which she has visited many times. (Photo by Niall McDiarmid)

Save The Date

March 7, 2008

Don’t miss the first Art Center Global Dialogues: Disruptive Thinking presented in Barcelona, Spain.  

Registration begins on November 15. For more information, contact: globaldialogues@artcenter.edu.