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Cindy Gallop

Founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld

Reading English at Somerville College, Oxford kindled a love affair with theater and led Cindy to begin her early career in the UK as a theater publicist, until an audience member’s observation that ‘You could sell ice to an Eskimo’ led her to make the move into advertising. She worked at Ted Bates, JWT and GGT before joining Bartle Bogle Hegarty in London in 1980 to run large global accounts such as Coca-Cola, Ray-Ban and Polaroid. In 1996 she moved to Singapore to help start up and run BBH Asia-Pacific, where she ran the Levi’s Asia-Pacific business, and in 1998 she moved to New York to start up BBH in the US, which began as Cindy in a room with a phone. Four years later, BBH New York had won clients like Johnnie Walker, Unilever and Levi’s, and was named Adweek’s Eastern Agency of the Year. In 2003 Cindy was voted Advertising Woman of the Year.

After all her success in the agency world, Cindy resigned as Chairman of BBH New York in 2005 in order to do something different. Today she continues to work in branding, marketing and business innovation as a consultant while also operating at the cutting edge of digital and the internet as a tech entrepreneur. She launched MakeLoveNotPorn at TED 2009 with this talk as an attempt to counterpoint the way in which hardcore porn has become default sex education, by encouraging an open healthy dialogue around how real people have sex, and will take this forwards in 2012 as MakeLoveNotPorn TV. In 2011 she published ‘Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior’ as a short TED e-book available on Amazon and iTunes.

As a highly action-oriented person, Cindy observed that the single biggest pool of untapped natural resource in this world, is good intentions – both human and corporate – that never translate into action. She launched IfWeRanTheWorld at TED 2010 as the marketing and business platform of the future, to turn human and corporate good intentions into collective action, one microaction at a time, to deliver Action Branding – you are what you do – and build your Action Graph. Harvard Business School considers IfWeRanTheWorld such a ‘unique and innovative business model’ they wrote it up and taught it as a case study in March 2011 when it was only a year old in beta.

Cindy has a significant reputation as a highly compelling and inspirational speaker at events and conferences all around the world. Cindy’s 30 years of experience in brandbuilding, marketing and entrepreneurialism, combined with a razor-sharp analytical mind, wide-ranging business experience, future-forward approach to technology, a compellingly charismatic presence and a uniquely inspirational approach, equip her perfectly to address the theme of leadership and inventing the future across a range of business sectors.

Glenn D. Lowry

Director of The Museum of Modern Art

Dan Goods

Visual Strategist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA (USA)

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Joshua Topolsky

CEO & Editor-in-Chief, The Outline

Amanda Sharp

Co-Director & Co-Founder, Frieze Art Fair

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Director, Cultural Institute, Google

Sree Sreenivasan

Chief Digital Officer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Duane Bray

Partner at IDEO

Julia Kaganskiy

Director of NEW INC, New Museum

Doreen Lorenzo

President of Quirky

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Founder & CEO, Common

Seb Chan

Chief Experience Officer (CXO), Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Josh Rubin

Editor-in-Chief & Founder at Cool Hunting

Timothy J. McClimon

President, American Express Foundation & Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express

Brad Wilson

President, ACE Hotels

Tod Machover

Professor of Music and Media, MIT Media Lab

John L. Gray

Director of The National Museum of American History

Terri White

Editor-in-Chief, Time Out New York

Andrew Lih

Associate Professor, American University and author, The Wikipedia Revolution

Eamonn Store

CEO, The Guardian (US)

Dr. Beth Harris

Dean of Art History at Khan Academy

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Executive Director of Rhizome

Timothy Shey

Director, Development, YouTube Spaces

Stephanie Ruhle

Anchor & Managing Editor, Bloomberg Television

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Camilla Velasquez

Director of Payments & Multichannel at Etsy

Merritt Price

Head of Design, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Anita Contini

Program Lead, Arts and Culture, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Jake Barton

Principal & Founder, Local Projects

Randy Weiner

Creative Producer

Dawn Rodney

Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing, National Geographic Society

Marissa Shorenstein

New York State President, AT&T

Jen Willig

Co-founder of motive & former CMO of RED

Erik Fabian

Director of Brand & PR for Moleskine America

Cindy Gallop

Founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld

Nick O'Flaherty

Strategy Director at Wolff Olins

Jess Butcher

Co-founder and CMO, Blippar

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Founder of Fueled

Dr. Steven Zucker

Dean of Art and History at Khan Academy

Sean Lyons

Global Chief Digital Officer, Havas Worldwide

Betty Liu

Anchor, Bloomberg News & Host of “In The Loop with Betty Liu”

David van der Leer

Executive Director, Van Alen Institute

Alexa Clay

Co-Founder, League of Intrapreneurs | Founder, Wisdom Hackers

Fabien Riggall

Founder & Director, Secret Cinema (UK)

Chris Wild

Director, Retronaut

Rytis Vitkauskas

Co-founder and CEO of YPlan

Colin Vernon

Cloud Platform Lead, littleBits

Ryan Seashore

Founder & CEO, CodeFirst

Lindsay Siegel

Director, Zahn Innovation Center, CCNY

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VP, Emerging Media, Razorfish

Joe Hall

Founder, Ghetto Film School

Ruth Shapiro

‎Director of Business Development, MoMA

Allegra Burnette

Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

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Co-Founder, CultureLabel.com & REMIX Summits

Ryan Fix

Founder, PUREHOUSE

Colin Walker

Director of Policy, West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts

Adrian Ellis

Founder of AEA

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Director of Strategy & Branding, LaPlaca Cohen

Calder Zwicky

Associate Educator, Teen & Community Programmes, MoMA

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Founder & CEO, iStrategyLabs

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Founder, FIRST

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Founder, 30 Weeks & Founder, Snaps

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Co-founder, RUNA

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Chief Content Officer and Executive Editor, Mashable

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Senior Director of Outreach, Indiegogo

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Global Head & GM of Mobile and Connected Devices, Bloomberg

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Director of National Grantmaking, ArtPlace America

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Supervising Producer, The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Emily Hawkins

Director of Partnerships and Business Development, CrowdRise

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Founder, STORY

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Vice President, Maker Media and Co-founder, Maker Faire

Gillian Ferrabee

Director, Creative Lab at Cirque du Soleil Media (Canada)

Lindsay Miller

Managing Director, Dubai Design District

Wayne Losey

Chief Creative & Playmaker, Modio3D

Nick Fortugno

Co-founder and Game Designer, Playmatics

Anne Hamburger

President, En Garde Arts

Paola Prestini

Composer

James Shulman

President, ARTstor

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Co-Founder and Editorial Director, Narrative.ly

Ian David Rosenbaum

Percussionist

Joseph V. Melillo

Executive Producer, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Caralyn Spector

Arts Policy Advisor, National Endowment for the Arts

Laurent Gaveau

Head of the Lab, Google Cultural Institute

George Fertitta

CEO, Bloomberg Associates

Laura Walker

President & CEO, New York Public Radio