James Wallman is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, futurist, keynote speaker, and government adviser.
He has written 2 bestselling books about the experience economy, Stuffocation (Penguin, 2015) and Time And How To Spend It (Penguin, 2019).
He runs strategy, innovation, and futures consultancy The Future is Here. Recent clients include KPMG, HSBC, IDEO, Avis, Facebook, and Marriott International. He has given talks from TEDx at the London School of Economics to the Collision Conference in Las Vegas, Google HQ in California, and 10 Downing Street.
His opinions have appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Economist, and Wired. He has appeared on TV and radio from Australia to Brazil and the US.
He advises the British government on the experience economy: he is a ‘Sector Specialist, Experience Economy’ at the UK’s Department for International Trade.
He holds an MA in Classics from the University of Oxford; an MA in Journalism from the University of the Arts London; and a Diploma in Entrepreneurship from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.
James lives in London with his wife and two children, who are 8 and 5 years old and make him very happy 🙂
Dr Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. It makes his heart sing. He is convinced that if we befriend both psychology and spirituality, and succeed in introducing them into our lives, we will all become super-heroes, and gain super-
strengths of awareness, courage, resilience, and compassion. Isn’t this an amazing prospect? Dr. Itai Ivtzan is a positive psychologist, an Associate Professor at Naropa University, teaching and researching at the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based.
He is also an honorary senior research associate at University College London (UCL). Over the past 20 years, Dr. Ivtzan has run seminars, lectures, workshops and retreats in the UK, US, and around the world, at various educational institutions and at private events. He is a
regular keynote speaker at conferences. He published several books, as well as more than 50 journal papers and book chapters. His main areas of research are positive psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality.
Dr. Ivtzan is confident that mindfulness meditation has the power to change individuals – in fact, whole societies – for the better. Accordingly, he has been investing much time in studying mindfulness academically, writing books about it, teaching it, and training mindfulness teachers. He is the author/co-author of:
– Awareness is Freedom: The Adventure of Psychology and Spirituality
– Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Science of Meditation and Wellbeing
– Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life
– Applied Positive Psychology: Integrated Positive Practice
– Handbook of Mindfulness-Based Programmes: Mindfulness Interventions from Education to Health and Therapy
Rosie Acosta is a world-renowned Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Holistic Health Coach. She is also the founder of Radically Loved: Yoga, Health + Wellness and host of the top-rated iTunes podcast, Radically Loved.
As a product of inner-city LA, gangs, drug-use and violence permeated Acosta’s youth. She overcame the prospect of prison through yoga and meditation and is extremely effective at using these tools in order to help others access their potential and overcome adversity. It is her driving belief that we are all born with limitless potential, that we all have a place in this world, and that it is part of our journey to be Radically Curious, Radically Inspired and Radically Loved.
Acosta has a diverse client list ranging from Olympic, NFL and NBA athletes to at-risk youth and Afghanistan veterans. She is a featured teacher for Yoga Journal and Wanderlust, a featured speaker for SHE RECOVERS, and has also been featured in Yoga Journal, FOX News Latino, Mantra, mindbodygreen, Well+Good, Evolve and POPSUGAR, among others.
A fourth-generation physician whose paternal grandparents fled Germany in the early 1930s to build a new life in Mexico, Julio Frenk catalyzed his deep gratitude for the kindness of strangers into a lifelong mission to improve the health, education, and well-being of people around the world.
Dr. Frenk became the sixth president of the University of Miami in August of 2015. He also holds academic appointments as Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and as Professor of Health Sector Management and Policy at the Business School.
Prior to joining the University of Miami, he was the dean for nearly seven years of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Julio Frenk served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. There he pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation’s health system and introduced a program of comprehensive universal coverage, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for more than 55 million previously uninsured Mexicans.
He was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of its kind in the developing world. He also served as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization and as senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among other leadership positions.
Dr. Frenk holds a medical degree from the National University of Mexico, as well as a master of public health and a joint Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization and in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He has received honorary degrees from ten universities.
His scholarly production, which includes over 170 articles in academic journals, as well as many books and book chapters, has been cited around 19,000 times. In addition, he has written three best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body.
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico. He serves on the boards of the United Nations Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has received numerous recognitions, including the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health, the Bouchet Medal for Outstanding Leadership presented by Yale University for promoting diversity in graduate education, and the Welch-Rose Award for Distinguished Service from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
In 2017, he was elected as a member of El Colegio Nacional, one of the most prestigious groups of intellectuals, artists, writers, and scientists of Mexico.
Julio Frenk was born in Mexico City in December 1953. He is married to Dr. Felicia Knaul, a social sector economist, and has four children.
In summary, Dr. Julio Frenk has an extensive professional record spanning three decades and a career that has included leadership positions in all relevant aspects of public health and higher education: research, teaching, analysis of public policies, institution-building, international cooperation, and national public service. He has also been involved in various initiatives to reform higher education.
Adriana Moreno-Zarate is an experienced Yoga and Meditation teacher. She holds several certifications from different schools and traditions of Yoga as well as a certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher. She holds certifications on Restorative and Yoga Nidra as well as Reiki . She integrates mindfulness into her yoga classes which are vigorous, yet profoundly restful, safe and exceptionally restorative. Further, Adriana is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. She has also been trained to offer Trauma-informed Mindfulness.
She studies and researches the effectiveness of Mindfulness practices as tools to disengage from automatic addictive behaviors. She is particularly interested in mindful eating and guides her students to recreate a healthier relationship with food using mindfulness.
Elisa Juarez is a social impact program officer and corporate responsibility coach for small and medium size businesses. In this capacity, she has a proven record of helping company’s develop local corporate engagement strategies that is good for team, community and business.
Elisa sits on the board of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation where she helps promote high-profile sustainable programs including the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, and Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT).
Elisa graduated with Honors from Brown University, and has an MBA from the IAE. She also has a Corporate Social Responsibility certificate from Harvard’s Business School Executive Education.