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Creative Clusters, 2008, Glasgow: Featured Speakers

 

Lewis Pinault
Lewis Pinault is a Senior Director at LEGO and General Manager of LEGO Play for Business, which specialises in hands-on, playful applications for team learning, creative innovation, and effective collective decision-making. Lewis has been involved as a client, research-practitioner, and licensed facilitator in the group’s core application, LEGO Serious Play, since its inception nearly ten years ago.

Previously, he worked as a consultant specialising in change management and transformation, beginning with The Boston Consulting Group, ultimately becoming a Partner with Coopers&Lybrand. Nurturing a lifetime fascination for the commons resources of the oceans and outer space, and the http://www.troakley.com/ collective behaviours that determine how they are shared and used, Lewis holds degrees in Political Science, Ocean Engineering, and Japanese Studies from MIT, an MSc in Sea-Use Law from the London School of Economics, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii, where he was a NASA Space Grant Fellow specialising in Mediation, Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

He is the author of the best-selling Consulting Demons and The Play Zone. At LEGO, Lewis works closely with industry and national space agencies to open the frontiers of exploration and discovery in the belief that anyone can learn by building and playing.

Currently, he is leading the integration of LEGO Serious Play into the online Serious Games environment, and championing and exploring LEGO’s role in bringing collectively designed and driven robotic experiments to the Moon and beyond. Most recently, he presented at Google Zeitgeist 2008, on ‘LEGO in 3D Space, Creating New Play and Business’.


 

Olivia Grange
Minister Grange spent her formative years in Kingston’s toughest neighbourhood with her grandmother. Her talents were quickly spotted by a young Edward Seaga, the then MP for West Kingston and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, who would go on to become Prime Minister in 1980. He began to transform the infamous slum into a community. Grange got involved with organising cultural programmes for youth in the community and later became the first president of the Chocomo Lawn-based Victor’s Youth Club.

She attended Patricia Stevens Finishing School and Ryerson University in Canada, where she got her first taste of politics. She co-founded Contrast, Canada’s first black cheap oakley sunglasses community newspaper, managed a number of promising reggae acts such as Carlene Davis and Leroy Sibbles as well as platinum selling artists Shabba Ranks and Lady Patra, and began work with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

In 1980, after a summer of volunteer work on an Indian reservation, Ms. Grange returned to Jamaica on holiday. Edward Seaga, who had just become prime minister, immediately invited her to work with him in West Kingston.

Olivia ‘Babys’ Grange is not just Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Entertainment and Sport, she’s one of Jamaica’s most prolific talents and campaigners – a business-woman, activist, social worker, as well as mother and grandmother.


 

Caroline Thompson
Caroline Thomson is the Chief Operating Officer of the BBC – part of the central trio running the BBC with the Director-General and Deputy Director-General. She is the member of the BBC’s Executive Board with responsibility for Policy & Strategy and also all major infrastructure projects including Digital Switchover, the BBC’s move to the North West and property portfolio projects worth more than £1 billion.

As the media industry goes into a period of prolonged turbulence, the BBC is unveiling a new multi-million pound initiative for regional audio-visual production clusters. Caroline makes a major statement positioning the BBC at the heart of the UK creative economy.


 

Dame Cheryll Sotheran
Cheryll Sotheran is a world renowned museum professional who was appointed as the first Chief cheap oakleys Executive of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. Cheryll’s philosophy and management approach has been characterised by her commitment to positioning museums at the heart of their communities. She has also been chairperson of both the New Zealand Art Gallery Directors Council and the Art Galleries and Museums Association of New Zealand.

She was appointed Senior Director Creative Industries at Industry New Zealand in December 2002 and has continued in that role for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, with responsibility for ensuring the delivery of a growth strategy for New Zealand’s creative sector.


 

Edna Dos Santos Duisenburg
Edna dos Santos Duisenberg is a development economist who started her international career at the United Nations in 1983. She joined the Minerals & Metals Branch of the Commodities Division of UNCTAD in Geneva, and for 12 years was in charge of intergovernmental action in the area of iron ore and steel-related commodities. In 1995 she joined the Cabinet of the Secretary General and was Chef de Cabinet for 10 years.

In 2005 Ms. Dos Santos became Chief, Creative Industries Programme of UNCTAD. In this capacity, has been leading UNCTAD’s policy-oriented, research and technical cooperation work on this innovative topic. She put forward a number of pro-active initiatives for promoting international and national action in the area of creative industries, hence creative economy.

She has been sensitizing governments and creative practitioners about the development dimension and the economic potential of the creative industries to diversify sources of income and increase trade gains in developing countries. She revitalized and is the Chairperson of the UN- Multi-Agency Informal Group on Creative Industries. She is building synergies among the UN system and promoting joint-projects for enhancing the creative economy in developing countries.


 

Ching Lee Goh
Ching Lee joined the Ministry of Culture in 1984 and since then has been a key figure within the development and promotion of the performing arts in Singapore.

Her roles have been varied – including research, policy planning and management for both the visual and literary programmes as well as her strong interest in the performing arts.

This has led her to become the Senior Director of Performing Arts at the National Arts Council and Director of the Singapore Arts Festival. The annual arts festival has since taken on a bolder and more adventurous character, with programmes that bridge disciplines, the traditional and the contemporary.

Her work has been instrumental in establishing solid international arts relations, including a cultural exchange between Singapore and the annual Edinburgh International Festival. She has also been responsible for Singapore Seasons, a programme presenting Singapore artists in overseas capitals.


 

Alex Poots
Alex Poots showed his enthusiasm and talent for music at City University in London, where he studied towards his BSc in Music. Here his ears were opened to a huge range of different sounds, from Inuit to classical to Western contemporary.

This broad taste is evident from the range of musical productions Alex has been in charge of including work at the Tate Modern, Fat Boy Slim’s concert on Brighton Beach and the English national opera.

Alex is currently the director of Manchester International Festival where his experience in this industry has generated “innovative and ground breaking new work” showcased at this large contemporary event.


 

Jonathan Mills
The Australian born composer impressed the selecting panel and chair at the Edinburgh international festival in 2006 and was subsequently chosen as the new Director. Described in Scots as a “ken speckle character”, his forward thinking reintegrated the visual arts into the festival, for which he was praised.

He has outlined the festival programme for the next five years, culminating in the Olympic year of 2012 having already demonstrated his efficiency in 2007 when he organised the large international event in just 5 months. Prior to his role in Edinburgh Jonathan was the artistic advisor for the Brisbane Biennial international music festival, artistic director for the Melbourne festival

Prior to this role in Edinburgh, Jonathan took on similar directing positions back in his home country of Australia. These included large events such as the Brisbane Biennial international music festival and the Melbourne festival.


 

Blair Jenkins
Born in Elgin, Blair Jenkins first joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1980 after beginning his journalistic career with Aberdeen’s Evening Express newspaper.

He worked on the Nine O’Clock News and produced Reporting Scotland before joining Scottish Television in 1986, going on to become the station’s director of broadcasting. He was also chairman of Bafta Scotland for five years.

Blair was Head of News for BBC Scotland for a number of years, before becoming Chair of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission in 2007.


 

Gordon Torr
Gordon was born in South Africa and has worked as a journalist, a high school teacher and in advertising. He has worked on many of the world’s largest multinational brands and with an extraordinary variety of creative people.

While researching and writing his book Managing Creative People, Gordon founded The Unfactory, a consultancy specializing in how to help companies get the most out of their creative people by stimulating creativity and innovation within their organization.


 

Michael Keane
Michael Keane works at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at QUT in Brisbane, Australia. Michael is currently working on two projects:

1) Governance, investment and human capital in China’s creative clusters (this presentation)

2) A creative business guide for international firms and entrepreneurs in China.

Both projects are partnered by the Australian Research Council and leading Chinese government policy centres. Michael also wrote Created in China: The Great New Leap Forward


 

Anne Bonnar
Anne Bonnar’s passion for the arts and culture was clear 30 years ago, when she spent her student days selling ice cream at Glasgow’s Citizens’ Theatre. She moved on to various arts management roles at prestigious venues across Scotland and London, including as General Manager at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre. Her expertise lie in PR and marketing, producing and touring theatre commercially.

She co-founded the arts management consultancy Bonnar Keenlyside with Hilary Keenlyside in 1991, specialising in leading major change, organisational development and recovery projects. Anne has most recently been appointed as Transition Director for Creative Scotland.

Anne also is a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Theatre of Scotland.