Creative changemaker Emma Segal brings over two decades of experience in designing and producing local and international manufactured consumer goods. She has a wealth of experience in sustainability, design and systems change that she brings to our dynamic creative approach to challenging the status quo by design. With formal training in international relations, graphic design and illustration, she has a wide range of work from creating multi-million dollar programs for companies such as Disney and La Senza, to projects with the CBC, Fashion Magazine and Fortnight Lingerie. She works extensively in textile print, catalogue, book, retail and package design. Her experience also includes creating large scale fashion shoots, apparel production trips to India, Thailand and China, New York fashion shows & magazine press visits. Emma has won several design & illustration awards, and her work has been seen in Harrods, Nordstrom, Barneys, Fred Segal, Galleries Lafayette, movies, TV shows, fashion magazines and on celebrities.
Disrupt is headed up by sustainability strategist, designer and social change agent Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, recognized internationally as a leading expert in disruptive design, sustainability and education. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change. In addition to being a TED speaker, Leyla is a well seasoned and respected author, award winning designer, activator and educator. She started the award winning, multi-disciplinary design studio Eco Innovators in 2009, which has become a leading provider of unique educational resources for design thinking through sustainability. Leyla is the founder of The Un-School of Disruptive Design, pioneering social and environmental change by and through design. Her work spans across a variety of locations, fields and mediums, and is driven by her strong desire to effect, create, and see positive pro-sustainability change in the world.
Using innovation, strategy & design Dagny's work pushes the boundaries of how we think about everyday decisions and builds the capacity in others to have real impact on today’s pressing issues. She is the co-founder and CEO of Vessel, a library system for reusable coffee cups to disrupt the disposable cup sector.
Her appointment with non-profit, business and government players has traversed five continents and navigates complexity to forge deeper understanding and actionable interventions for increased sustainability and positive peace. With a foundation in international peace, conflict & development, her work bolsters others and addresses “wicked problems” through novel ventures, engaging and sound frameworks, interventions, workshops, popular education pieces and media.
She teaches at Parsons The New School for Design, was formerly the Managing Director of Strategic Global Affairs for New Hope Natural Media and is co-founder of Thread Count Creative and Vessel. A Tishman Scholarship recipient for “outstanding achievement in sustainability,” and a Ph.D (c) at Universitat Jaume I in Spain, Dagny has spoken at major conferences globally including United Nations Habitat II, Structures for Inclusion, Green Festivals and Natural Products Expo West.
As an experienced actioner and ideator, she understands that a sustainable paradigm for the future is not simply the pursuit of a healthy environment, but a revolution in the understanding of interconnectedness.
Tim Grant is a specialist in life cycle assessment (LCA) with twenty years experience developing and applying LCA with a wide range of companies and organisations. im was a founding member and is the current Secretary of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS).
e is a co-author of the book Life Cycle Assessment: Practices Principles and Prospects (CSIRO, 2009).
Tim works across many different sectors in LCA including packaging, agriculture, energy, fuels, water products, buildings and waste management. In addition, he has worked on the development of LCA databases for Australia.
THE WORLD NEEDS TO BE CHALLENGED IN THE WAY WE ENGAGE, DISTRIBUTE, AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE
WE HAVE DEVELOPED A WAY TO DO THIS, AND CALL IT THE CIRCULAR EDUCATION MODEL. THIS MODEL PUTS YOUR NEEDS AT THE FOREFRONT, INTEGRATING A LEVEL OF AUTONOMY OVER YOUR OWN EDUCATION AND UPSKILLING.