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Coworking Consultant, CWSC Content Director
Marc created, Sinèrgics, the first coworking with social return, a concept characterized by its involvement in promoting projects with social values. He is the former Director of the first Utopicus coworking in Barcelona. From 2011 to 2018 he was responsible for CREC Coworking business & sales strategy.
Currently Marc is focussed on coworking space concept creation and business strategy. He works with small operators and big brands, from hotels on the beach to offices in prime areas, as well as local governments and private investors alike.
Trained as Industrial Designer he prefers to believe they taught him how to use design to solve problems. He’s interested in strategy games, dogs and gravel biking.
He is the chief curator of the Coworking Academy, the premiere academy which creates spaces for learning and networking, so that you can grow your skills to develop your business.
“What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
Architect & Founder of DINAMO10 Creative Hub
Joana Carvalho is an architect and founder of DINAMO10 Creative Hub. She started this community with the belief that collaboration and cooperation are the fundamentals for creative work and business success.
After 4 years in Barcelona, in 2007 she returned to her hometown to establish her architecture studio and to to kickstart one of the first cowork spaces in Portugal in 2010, aiming to scale on impact rather than in size.
In 2016 she co-founded Viana tech Meetups, which intend to be a meeting point for professionals in the tech sector, where her role is to connect this community to the creative sector.
Since 2017 D10 is part of the European Creative Hubs Network, a community that promotes innovation through the cultural and creative sector. Since 2019, as a member of Creative Commons Portugal, she aims to implement projects with relevance to the creative community, such as CC Local Point, an initiative of DINAMO10.
Aniket started his first coworking space at the age of 21. SPACEPLEXX is the first coworking space in Surat. Over the past 3 years, SPACEPLEXX has activated a coworking market with a rather traditional business ecosystem and curated a platform for entrepreneurs/freelancers, essentially bringing together more like-minded individuals.
He is super passionate about peer-peer learning, building and fostering communities and is an avid food connoisseur.
He envisions to build spaces around the idea of ‘blurring boundaries’, a constant attempt to create spaces that help people feel contained in a space, as well as feel connected to other spaces.
He does various local events to engage communities in a more unique style, for a more meaningful reason. He is also associated with many global event communities like Fuckup Nights and Pechakucha nights and various other local events that happen in his city.
‘Don’t Just Exist, Belong’ – Aniket Gupta
Founder Indy Hall
Alex Hillman is always thinking about the intersection of people, relationships, trust and business.
These days, he splits his time between running Indy Hall (Philly’s oldest coworking space), teaching creative people how to bootstrap their own business, and collaborating with people and organizations towards the goal of helping 10,000 people become sustainably independent by 2029.
He’s worked globally with hundreds of coworking operators and thousands of business owners, executives, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to deploy his lessons in the intersection of business and community building.
Alex’s expertise has been contributed to everything from academic research to mainstream media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, WIRED magazine, and many more.
Co-Founders HUBUD & Co-Founders CU Asia
Psychotherapist, Cultural Theorist and Author
Aaron Balick, PhD is a psychotherapist, cultural theorist and author applying ideas from depth psychology to culture and technology. He is an honorary senior lecturer at the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex (UK). His books include The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self and the illustrated children’s self-help book Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress and most recently, The Little Book of Calm: tame your anxieties, face your fears, and live free. Aaron is the director of Stillpoint Spaces International, a psychology, co-working, therapy, and events hub in Berlin,London, Paris, and Zurich. Aaron lives in London.
Co-Founder & CEO Bethaus
Christoph Fahle co-founded Betahaus in 2009, which became as today one of Europe’s biggest and most influential co-working spaces. As a CEO of his company he guides the international growth and partnerships. Besides he helped corporations and companies as a strategy advisor to learn more about the transformation of work and the co-working phenomenon. He is also Board Member of European Coworking Assembly, Hardware.co and NIDA Madrid as well as Mentor at Seedcamp and Axel Springer Plug’n Play. Today he is passionately working on combining co-working with co-living by creating new formats like Betahaus Camp together with DNX and Copass.
Community Builder Auroville
Michael was born from a German mother and a Spanish father. He grew up in South of France and explored as much as the classic world has to give: he went to University; got master degrees in law, business, finance and economy to become a lawyer specialized in tax system.
Realizing quickly it wasn’t his thing; he got a master in management and worked for an energy multinational company. Again, it wasn’t clicking; the power of money, career and prestige was not comforting his deep need for meaning and connection to something of a higher sense.
In 2010, fed up with what the system was offering him, he quit everything and went travelling to Asia looking for answers to his existential inquiries. He found “by chance” Auroville on his path… here they would say that Auroville called him. He immediately felt home there… the only place which allows him to simply be himself and not hide behind a mask of hypocrisy.
While discovering volunteer work in Auroville during one year in the office for volunteers, he was surprised to discover how satisfying this activity was. This led him to the question “how can volunteers seem to be happier than employees in regular companies?”. It is with this question that he started a PhD research on the impact of volunteerism on the meaning of work in the 21st century regarding the place of money and career.
During this research he continued to get more and more involved in Auroville, taking part in numerous different activities mostly around community building and community living. In 2016, he decided to settle in Auroville because it seemed to be the only place on earth offering the space to realize his discovered dream: creating a community incubator based on the principles of impermanence, self sufficiency, sustainability, DIY, community spirit and experimentation on construction, energy, economy, and collective intelligence. This project actually started with the EDE held in Auroville in December 2016 where he designed the economy week.
He continued then his journey with YouthLink where he is currently working: organizing with Kavitha Selvaraj certified EDE courses and projects incubators (including communities).
Founder & Community Manager at Canvas Coworking
Falling into the startup ecosystem, I found my calling: to help women find a fulfilling purpose to their life, by finding solutions to problems they care about, that are good for people and the planet, and that make a profit. My background in banking and finance makes it easy for me to understand the numbers, which others can find daunting and stressful…so I break it down into specific, manageable actions that create an impact.
Founder of Canvas Coworking Inc. a coworking space that is an office away from home, for entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Toowoomba region.
Project Manager on the WiRE Program, providing entrepreneurial skill development and networking to women who live outside of metropolitan areas. As a woman living and building a business, in a beautiful regional city which is a great place for raising a family, I want other women to feel connected and supported. In today’s digital world, your physical location need not be limitation to achieving the impact you seek to bring to the world.
My personal project is CoderDojo Toowoomba – exposing kids to the exciting world of CREATING with technology. Just like you teach your kids to swim, kick a ball, play a musical instrument or learn a language…teaching them to code, connect circuits and use sensors expands their horizons, feeds their curiosity and prepares them for the future!
Head of Strategic Projects, Spacecubed
Ophelie is head of Strategic projects at Spacecubed in Western Australia looking after new space projects, strategic partnerships and the platform. She has been involved with Spacecubed since the beginning in 2012 and has played a major role in activating the community which has now over 3000 members.
Spacecubed doubled in size in the last 18 months and managed to secure partnerships with major property groups and universities. Ophelie and her team have largely contributed to this growth and create a thriving startup ecosystem in Perth.
Spacecubed has 5000sqm of shared working and event space, enabling over 750 people per day to explore their passions, including industry-specific hubs such as the CORE Innovation Hub focused on the Resources and Energy sector.
Ophelie has a deep passion for innovation, startups and growing businesses, especially where companies are looking to have a social impact and are helping to shape tomorrow’s economy.