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Anna Higgs

Head of Entertainment, Facebook

Anna Higgs is a creative leader working at the forefront of storytelling and audiences.

As Head of Entertainment Media Partnerships for Northern Europe at Facebook, Anna leads a team partnering with producers, music artists, creators and public figures to help connect great work with the right audiences. Because side hustles are all the rage, Anna is also a columnist for Creative Review, specialising in career coaching advice for creatives with the ‘Ask Anna’ monthly feature and is Deputy Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee.

Before joining Facebook Anna was Creative Director at global culture channel NOWNESS, bringing the best emerging and established filmmakers together with bold audience strategies. During her time there, she developed, commissioned, produced and distributed dozens of series, hundreds of single films and curated thousands of acquired short films. She also spearheaded a move to 50/50 gender balanced commissioning across all films, winning a Webby Award for Best Cultural Site along the way.

Prior to NOWNESS, she was a commissioner and Head of Digital at Film4, leading cinematic innovation with projects including Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth, Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45 and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank. This move built on a strong track record as an independent producer working across film, TV and digital projects.

Anna’s work has seen her named as one Creative Review's ‘Creative Leaders 50’, alongside the likes of Felix Barret, Gorillaz and Maria Balshaw. In 2012 she was selected as one of the inaugural Time Out ‘Culture 100’, a celebration of the "innovators, visionaries and pioneers behind what's now and what's next. A search for the most original and influential people in the UK creative and media industries" alongside creative innovators such as Danny Boyle, Stella McCartney, Grayson Perry, Jonathan Ive, Zadie Smith, Thomas Heatherwick and Alan Rusbridger.

Grayson Perry CBE RA

Turner Prize-winning Ceramicist and Artist

Vince Kadlubek

Co-Founder & CEO, Meow Wolf (USA) - named one of the 'Top 5 experiences in the world' by Time Out & investors include George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones author

Honor Harger

Executive Director - ArtScience Museum (Singapore)

Robert Lowe

Head of Value Creation, LEGO Ventures

Luisella Mazza

Head of Global Programs & Operations, Google Arts & Culture

Boon Gee Ng

Senior Director, Gardens by the Bay (Singapore) - one of the world's leading tourist attractions with 9.7 million visitors in 2018

Axel Rüger

Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts (formerly Director, Van Gogh Museum)

Stella Kanu

Founder & Executive Producer, Black Women in Theatre and Executive Director, LIFT Festival

Clive Humby OBE

Clive Humby OBE - Chief Data Scientist, Starcount & Co-founder, Dunnhumby (created Tesco Clubcard & ACORN geodemographic system)

Wayne McGregor CBE

British Choreographer & Director, and Artistic Director, Studio Wayne McGregor

Kiruna Stamell

Actress, inc. National Theatre, Life’s Too Short, Moulin Rouge - on representations of disability and the disabled experience

Catherine Devine

Business Strategy Leader - Libraries & Museums, Microsoft (formerly Chief Digital Officer at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC)

Ryan Gaspar

Director of Brand Partnerships, Microsoft

Alex Beard CBE

CEO, Royal Opera House

Liz Tran

Founder, Reset (NYC) (Wellness advisers for Facebook, MTV & formerly VP Talent, Thrive Capital - Warby Parker, Kickstarter, Harry's, Slack & More)

Arike Oke

Director, Black Cultural Archives

Siobhan Reddy

Studio Director, Media Molecule (Sony Interactive Entertainment; Creator, LittleBigPlanet & named in Fortune's '10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming')

Rankin

Photographer, Publisher & Film Director, Co-Founder, 'Dazed & Confused'

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Executive Director, Foundation for Future London

Marcus Davey

Chief Executive & Artistic Director, The Roundhouse

Clare Reddington

CEO, Watershed & Visiting Professor, University of the West of England

Patrick Foret

Director of Business Initiatives & Partnerships, Art Basel

Jennifer Coleman-Peers

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Institute of Imagination

Rafe Offer

Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Sofar Sounds (formerly Global Marketing Director, Disney; Global Marketing Director, Coca Cola; and Director of Innovation at Diageo)

Nia Williams

Director of Learning & Engagement, St Fagans National Museum of History

Julio Bruno

CEO, Time Out Group

Stella Hall

Festival Director, Festival of Thrift (Winner, The Observer Ethical Awards)

Alex Fleetwood

Head of Studio, Niantic London (creators of Beasts of Balance & Pokémon GO, formerly Founder, Hide & Seek)

Katrina Larkin

Co-Founder, Fora & Co-founder, The Big Chill festival

Robert Diament

Co-host (with Russell Tovey), Talk Art podcast & Director, Counter Editions & Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate

Annette Mees

Head of Audience Labs, Royal Opera House

Alexa Joyce

EMEA Future Ready Skills Lead, Microsoft

Michael Rodrigues

Chair, Night Time Industries Association & MD, Time Out (ANZ)

Caroline McGinn

Global Editor-in-Chief of Time Out

Guy Armitage

Founder & CEO, Zealous

Alice Mayor

Founder - We Built This City

Jide Adetunji

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, GUAP

Simon Walker

Founder & CEO, Marquee TV (Netflix for arts & culture fans)

Sophie Harding

Trends & Insights Director, Mindshare UK

HAM the Illustrator

Illustrator, Music Producer & Visual Storyteller

Victoria Hume

Director, Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance

Leo Kellgren-Parker

Founder, LIVR - the world’s first virtual reality content platform dedicated to theatre

Charlotte Appleyard

Director of Development & Business Innovation, Royal Academy of Arts

Charlotte Wood

Senior Marketing Manager, Art Fund

Jonny White

Founder, Ticket Tailor

Josh Lane

Corporate Development Manager, Art Fund

John Cassy

Founder, Factory 42

Matt Muir

Writer & Journalist