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Mariana Duarte Silva

Co-Founder & Director, Village Underground Lisboa

Graduate in Business Management, co-founder and CEO of Village Underground Lisboa, a cultural and coworking hub for the creative industries. An award-winning project "Best New Project of the Year" by Time Out magazine and "One of the Best Seven Things to happen in Lisbon" by Visão magazine.

Mariana herself was awarded the Innovation in Business Prize by Máxima and Jornal de Negócios in 2014 and was chosen as one of the 12 women entrepreneurs to have their own image replicated in a Barbie, as a part of the "You can be whatever you want" campaign. She was also a part of the "50 Women that do more for Lisbon" list, chosen by Time Out magazine. She worked for 18 years in the music industry promoting new talents in bands and electronic music DJs. 3 of those years were lived in London, where she devoted herself to producing several events to promote Portuguese music, using her vast expertise in press relations, advisory and public relations in the music industry.

As the founder of Village Underground Lisboa, a reference in the entrepreneurial world, and as a key figure in the more alternative side of culture in a global and creative "new Lisbon", she has been asked to take part in international conferences in Dubai, Lyon and Madrid and also in Portugal, at events such as Creative Mornings, Resident Advisor, Microsoft Conference, Martinhal Hotel Resorts, Rock in Rio Innovation Week, Start-Up Guide and Start-Up Portugal.

In 2016, Executiva magazine published an interview with her, titled "Underground Entrepreneur” and, in 2017, Forbes Portugal devoted two pages to her career as the founder of one of “the capital’s most emblematic spaces”. She published an opinion piece in Monocle about Lisbon’s cultural revolution and was featured on the cover for the first issue of the American magazine Perfect Strangers.

Simon Cronshaw

Co-Founder, & REMIX Summits

Peter Tullin

Co Founder, REMIX Summits &

Jonathan Robinson

Founder, Civic and Global Impact Hubs

Philip Long

Director, V&A Dundee

Mariana Duarte Silva

Co-Founder & Director, Village Underground Lisboa

Jim Beirne MBE

Chief Executive, Live Theatre

Sophie Harding

Trends & Insights Director, Mindshare UK

Ella Goldner

Co-Founder & GM, Zinc

Annette Mees

Head of Audience Labs, Royal Opera House

Brett Wigdortz OBE

Founder and Honourary President, Teach First; Chair, National Citizen Service Trust; Co-Founder & CEO,

Laura Jordan Bambach

Chief Creative Officer, Mr President, Founder, CANNT Festival & Co-founder, SheSays

Eric Nuzum

Podcast and Media Consultant - Former SVP, Original Content Development, Audible (Amazon) & VP Programming, NPR

Ksenia Zemtsova

Co-Founder, Art Night

Philippine Nguyen

Co-Founder, Art Night

Rick Gibson

CEO, British Games Institute (BGI)

John Cassy

Founder, Factory 42

Rachael Norton-Drew

Festival & Company Manager, York Mediale

Liat Rosenthal

Creative Producer - Uniqlo Tate Lates

Isobel Colchester

CEO, Poet in the City

Hadrian Garrard

Founding Director, Create London

John McGrath

Artistic Director & CEO, Manchester International Festival & The Factory

Chris Gourlay

Founder & CEO, Spacehive

John Beasley

Chief Marketing Officer, Vero - True Social (ex VP Marketing EMEA Monster & Head of Brand Red Bull)

Freya Murray

Program Manager and Creative Lead, Google Arts & Culture

Lisa Westcott Wilkins

Founder, DigVentures

Lauren Zawadzki

Partner, Deco Publique

Elena Gifford

Partner, Deco Publique

Andy Lanning

Executive Creative Director, Magic Leap & Creator, Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel)

Charlotte Appleyard

Director of Development & Business Innovation, Royal Academy of Arts

Anna Burkey

Co-Founder, Foundry658 - new Creative Industries Accelerator by State Library Victoria & Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Holly Tucker MBE

Founder, Holly & Co (Founder of and UK Ambassador to Creative Small Businesses)

Isabel Soden

Chief of Play (Founding Director, Writer/Director, Strategist), Reuben Feels

Sharon Ament

Director, Museum of London

Rupert Barrington

Series Producer, BBC Dynasties

David Jubb

Artistic Director, Battersea Arts Centre

Pip Black

Co-Founder, Frame

Ged Matthews

Freelance Placemaking Creative Producer

Prof. Andrew Chitty

Creative Economy Champion, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Daniel Stevens

Advocacy & Communications Manager, Knowledge Quarter London