László Ágoston sociologist. Through his work over the past five years his interests have led him from pure market research and opinion polling to a deeper understanding of socio-economic structures and phenomena, such as socially responsible companies and the research and improvement of quality of life. Later he became fascinated by think-tanks that bridge the gap between science, journalism and politics. He founded the Publicus Institute, and more recently the Kreater Social Innovation Laboratory, which coordinates collaboration between socially responsible for-profit organizations and NGOs bringing together ideas and investors.
Hesna al Ghaoui is an award-winning journalist and editor. She has reported news for the Hungarian Television from more than twenty countries, among them several war zones. Her work has received Hungarian and international recognition, among them the Prima Primissima award for excellence. She has made documentary films about investigating child mortality in Uganda and the challenges of international aid programs in Afghanistan. Her book In the land of wars details her experiences in the front lines. Hesna has a background in legal studies and she is a regular speaker at conferences and universities as well as a jury member at international television festivals. Her reportage show entitled Babel - the world with Hesna launched four years ago explores surprising and exciting life stories around the world.
After travelling around the world for a year to set up the first edition of Seedstars World, a global seed stage start-up competition focusing on emerging markets, Alisée is now managing the company, the flagship brand of the global organisation, which has activities in 65+ emerging markets such as Nigeria, Colombia, Morocco and the Philippines. Convinced that the future of technology does not lie in the developed world and stressing the dynamism of so-called “emerging” countries, the organization runs competitions to find the best entrepreneurs and connect them with corporations and governments, develop businesses with public and private partners and invest in the top high-growth companies. Their last competition involved 4,200 applications, 700 pitches and a top 100 who visited their base in Switzerland. Alisée graduated from the University of Lausanne in Management and Economics and obtained her MSc in International Management at Bocconi University with the highest honour. She travelled extensively from Singapore to Italy, California to France & Switzerland, living in Singapore for eight years and then in the Silicon Valley for two years. She started her career as a product manager for luxury brands at L’Oreal Group, including Giorgio Armani Cosmetics and Lancôme Make-up, and was a part of the Italian team at Voyage Privé, a leading European start-up. She was also a member of the Harvard Model Congress Europe, where she won the Award of Excellence and has recently been nominated Innovation Fellow at WIRED UK.
Balázs Alpár works as a music composer, sound designer, music trainer and producer. He finished his studies at the Composition Department of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Later he continued his studies in the fields of media composing and jazz in Vienna, where he is currently writing his PhD thesis about genre alloying. Besides music, the aim of his activities is to urge communication and cooperation between widely understood genres and mentalities. His bands are the chamber symphonic Fugato Orchestra and Fele Királyság, a band which mixes jazz-rock with music comedy. With the internationally successful *Fugato Orchestra*, he organized a crossover competition in 2010, which contributed to creating pieces mixing the characteristics of improvized jazz with classical music. He regularly composes soundtracks for movies, advertisements and theater pieces. He created the musical design of the Palace of Arts in Budapest. Since 2009 he is the art director of the workshop Kontra Műhely, which aims to inspire the collaboration of young artists and sociologists.
Amoeba was founded in Budapest in 2010, with the slogan “Music Changes Shape, But Never Loses the Funk.” The band is often found jamming in the city's vibrant music scene, merging funk, future soul, improvisatory jazz, hip-hop and broken beat instrumentally, often appearing on Slam Poetry stages as well. They are lead by one of the most favoured musicians in the Budapest club scene, bass player and singer Peter Sabák, also known as soloist Dizko Stu, sometimes referred to by his fellow musicians as ‘the String Tsar’, who also appears in various other formations, including Másfél and Akkezdet Phiai. Other band members are the guitarist Viktor Sági, also called VANIS, drummer Levente Boros, also known as Lev Toystore, and keyboardist Szabolcs Bognár, who all team up to play in Fixi4 as well.
With a passion to present themselves to the world with nothing less than finished products, they released their debut album "Keep the Funk Alive" in 2015, with a multicultural group of guest vocals / lyricists, including the Birmingham singer Call Me Unique, Ghanaian-English Mensa, French John Milk, Ghanaian-Hungarian Sena, the American ILLspokinn, as well as Hungarian-born Dalma Berger. The album-launch was held on the famous A38 ship in Budapest and was a great overnight success, triggering a series of shows and appearances for the group, as well as arousing interest towards their future endeavours. Due to the international appeal, they are currently working on the production of the debut album of UK-based singer-songwriter "Call Me Unique", which promises to be "one-to-watch."
Andrew Evans is a writer and traveler who explores the world in the modern context. As National Geographic's “Digital Nomad,” Andrew uses new technology to experience the world in the old-fashioned manner: with rich observation and the joy of uncertainty. As a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler Evans travels the globe, creating interactive travel experiences for readers through the internet, digital mapping and social media. In 2009, Evans rode from Washington to Antarctica—primarily by bus—sharing the uncharted 12,000-mile journey with his readers in real-time online. In 2010, he embarked on a 2-month, 20,000-mile journey around Australia for National Geographic. In 2011, he crossed the Atlantic by ship, and reported on an unknown oil spill from the world’s remotest island. Evans is the author of four books, including bestselling guidebooks to Ukraine and Iceland. Andrew lives in Washington, DC but works mainly in hotels, airports and on airplanes. Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk’s Bio/Nano Programmable Matter group, which is developing advanced software tools for designing living and nanoscale systems. Trained in microbiology and genetics, his work explores the real and imagined technological, societal, and economic landscapes created by advances in life science. He was co-chair of the biotechnology and bioinformatics program at Singularity University and has written articles on genetics for The Atlantic, Wired UK, and Huffington Post. His current work is exploring how to rapidly design and build cancer-fighting viruses. "Andrew Keen is an entrepreneur and author. He is particularly known for his view that the Internet and Web 2.0 may be debasing culture. Keen is especially concerned that the Internet undermines the authority of learned experts. In 2006 in an essay in The Weekly Standard, Keen wrote that Web 2.0 is a ""grand utopian movement"" similar to ""communist society"" as described by Karl Marx. He describes Free Culture proponent Lawrence Lessig as an ""intellectual property communist"". His book The Cult of the Amateur, is critical of free, user-based Web sites such as Wikipedia that attempt to provide information. Keen discusses often-overlooked problems with participatory technology and describes the Internet as a mirror of our culture. ""We see irreverence, and vitality, and excitement. We see a youthfulness. But we also see, I think, many of the worst developments in modern cultural life, and, in particular, I think we see what I call digital narcissism, this embrace of the self.""" Miklós Antal, economist, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He now studies macroeconomic aspects of sustainability transitions, yet previously he was engaged with energy modeling at the Central European University in Budapest. He got his PhD in economics and MSc in Engineering-Physics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. His multidisciplinary research interests are reflected by a number of publications in respected scientific journals, both in natural and social sciences. His commitment to sustainability is not restricted to academic life, he is the scientist who also ”walks the talk”: his cell phone was hip ten years ago, he avoids flying (which can be a challenging principle to follow at times) and actively encourages his environment to explore the joys of green living.