Featured Speakers

The prominent civic, nonprofit and business leaders participating in Creative World.

Meet Our Speakers

Aakif Ahmed

Executive Vice President and co-founder, Convergence Center for Policy Reconciliation

Alex Lopez Negrete

President and CEO, Lopez Negrete Communications

Anas (Andy) Shallal

Founder, Busboys and Poets, Artist and Social Activist

Ariana Austin

CEO of French Thomas and Founder/Creative Director, Art All Night: Nuit Blanche

Bailey Skiles

Operations Leader, TAG Media of Booz Allen Hamilton

Bilal Askaryar

Turquoise Mountain, Kabul, Afghanistan

Cynthia Gayton

Owner, Gayton Law; Adjunct Professor, GWU Law School

Dan Abh

Community Coordinator, Convergence Arts Initiative and the Church at Convergence

David Baldwin

President and Chief Synthesist, Aquarian Technology Systems

Deborah Sokolove

Professor of Art and Worship and Director, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, Wesley Seminary

Dennis Cheek

Executive Director, National Creativity Network; Co-Chair, Global Creativity United

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Founder and Curator, Nomad Yard Collective, Artist Union DC

Don Diduck

President, Verigon Canada

Evan Burfield

Co-founder and Co-CEO, 1776

George Koch

President and CEO, Center for the Creative Economy; Chair Emeritus, Artomatic

George Tzougros

Executive Director, Wisconsin Arts Board; Chair, National Creativity Network Board

Georja Skinner

Division Chief, Creative Industries, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, State of Hawaii

Hanna Oblin

Musician & Band Manager; Graduate Student, IESEG School of Management, France

Hansel Bauman

Chief Architect and Co-founder and Project Director, DeafSpace Institute, Gallaudet University

Jack Figel

Founder and Chairman, Orientale Lumen Foundation and Orientale Lumen Conferences; Publisher, Eastern Christian Publications

Jay Smith

Cultural Architect, Convergence Arts Initiative and the Church at Convergence

Joel Daly

Partner, Head of Creative Experience, Artemis Ward; Founder, Creative Mornings DC

Jonathan Ortmans

President, Global Entrepreneurship Network; Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Co-chair, SPARK Global Entrepreneurship

Josh Belhumeur

Partner/Strategy, Brink Media

Julian Hunt

Founder and Principal, Hunt Laudi Studio; Founder, Dupont Underground

Kate Goodall

Chief Operating Officer, S & R Foundation

Laura Possessky

Partner, Gura & Possessky, PLLC

Lorna Quandt

Assistant Professor, Educational Neuroscience Program; Director of both Motion Light Lab and Action and Brain Lab, Gallaudet University

Maryann Lombardi

Executive Director, Lerner Auditorium, George Washington University

Maryse Robert

Director, Department of Economic Development, General Secretariat, Organization of American States

Matthew Gilbertson

President and Director of Design, MGA Architecture

Mazi Mutafa

Executive Director, Words, Beats & Life

Melissa Malzkuhn

Creative Director and Founder, Motion Light Lab, Gallaudet University

Michael Palmieri

Executive Director, Creative Lab Hawaii; CEO, Palmieri Media Group

Nicholas St. Johnstone

Senior Property Specialist, International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group

Nicole Gallub

CEO, Pelonkey, Inc.

Patrick Kabanda

Consultant, Office of the SVP and Chief Economist, The World Bank

Phoebe Cade Miles

President and co-founder, Cade Museum of Creativity + Invention

Rasmus Tscherning

President, Creative Business Cup, Denmark

Rev. Larry Golemon

Executive Director, Washington Theological Consortium

Rev. Lisa Cole-Smith

Pastor and Creative Director, Convergence Arts Initiative and the Church at Convergence

Rev. Robert K. Martin

Dean and Professor of Christian Formation and Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary

Richard Bendis

CEO, Innovation America; CEO, Biohealth Innovation

Richard Miles

Vice President, Cade Museum of Creativity + Invention

Ricky J. Pesik

Deputy Head, Indonesian Creative Economy Agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Sean Gray

Founder, Fan Death Records and Accidental Guest Recordings

Teresa Rusin

Manager, Integrated Marketing and Events, TechShop - DC/Arlington

Theo Adamstein

Founder, Foto DC and Foto Week DC

Tiombe Tallie Carter

Principal and CEO, Tallie Carter Law PC; CEO and President, IDARE Enterprises; Founder CreativesMX Marathon

Trinidad Peralta Zaldivar

Chief, Culture, Solidarity, and Creative Affairs Division, Office of External Affairs, Inter-American Development Bank

Tyrone W A Grandison

Deputy Chief Data Officer, US Department of Commerce

Uwe Brandes

Professor and Director, Urban and City Planning Program, Georgetown University