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We've worked with some inspiring people over the years. Find out who by searching for a name, place or sector using the search bar below.  Alternatively browse our list of this month's featured people.
Charles Armstrong

Charles Armstrong

Western Balkans Start Up Youth Entrepreneur Challenge

Charles is one of the most visionary and important supporters of London's "creative class". He runs several creative hubs and is behind a innovative new residential development. He partnered with British Council during the Western Balkans Start Up Youth Entrepreneur Challenge

Fabio Cruz

Fabio Cruz

CityMix São Paulo

Fabio is a photographer based in São Paulo

Acacia Montagnolli

Acacia Montagnolli

CityMix São Paulo

Acacia is a documentary photographer based in São Paulo, regularly participating in critical image and street photography study groups

Agel Teles Pimenta

Agel Teles Pimenta

CityMix São Paulo

Agel is currently studying a Master's degree in Aesthetics and Art History, the Museum of Contemporary Art in University of São Paulo - USp

Bianca Turner

Bianca Turner

CityMix São Paulo

Bianca is a multimedia artist, designing video installations and performances, exploring the dialectic between theatre and video, and the perception of time and space on stage through images

Delphine Dallison

Delphine Dallison

Creative Hub Making Vietnam

Delphine manages MAKLab Glasgow as well as coordinating the network as it grows across Scotland and the UK and is Librarian for MAKLab on the Maker Library Network, linking to international maker spaces.

Donna Holford-Lovell

Donna Holford-Lovell

Creative Hub Making Vietnam

Donna is director and curator of Fleet Collective, a multi-disciplinary collective based in Dundee.

Christine James

Christine James

Creative Hub Making Vietnam

Christine has a background in fashion design and co-founded Blick Studios in 2007 after returning to Northern Ireland from Italy to set up her own fashion design business and spotting a gap in the market for creative workspace in Northern Ireland

Peter Jenkinson

Peter Jenkinson

Creative Hub Making Vietnam

Peter ​is an independent cultural broker and leads cultural development initiatives globally including with the British Council and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Adam Molyneux-Berry

Adam Molyneux-Berry

Creative Hub Making Vietnam

Adam Molyneux-Berry is the Managing Director of iceHubs Global – an international network of technology innovation hubs transforming local sustainability challenges into sustainable businesses.

Jonathan Robinson

Jonathan Robinson

Creative Hub Making Vietnam

Jonathan ​is an entrepreneur, author and anthropologist, founding director of The Guardian’s forthcoming civic space, and a director of the Together Foundation and a co-founder of openº.

Shelagh Wright

Shelagh Wright

Creative Hub Making Vietnam

Shelagh Wright works with a diverse range of people and projects around the world on cultural and creative economy policy and sustainable practice.

Yann Seznec

Yann Seznec

Playable City Lagos

Yann is an artist and musician based in Edinburgh. His work focuses on interaction, physical sound, and unusual approaches to musical software and hardware.

Desiree Craig

Desiree Craig

Playable City Lagos

Desiree loves technology and social enterprises. She is especially interested in exploring ways technology can be leveraged to design solutions that improve the quality of human life, particularly in the areas of education, health and lifestyle. 

Inua Ellams

Inua Ellams

Playable City Lagos

Born in Nigeria, Inua is a poet, playwright and performer, graphic artist and designer and founder of the Midnight Run—an international, arts-filled, night-time, playful, urban, walking experience. Identity, displacement & destiny are reoccurring themes in his work. He lives and works from London.

Jeremiah Ikongio

Jeremiah Ikongio

Playable City Lagos

Jeremiah is a performance and new media artist. One focus in his creative work is on modernising urban metropolises leading to gentrification.

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Playable City Lagos

Simon is a game designer who specialises in enabling people to play in real, social spaces. He designs experiences that amaze, exhilarate, activate and occasionally baffle.

Bankole Oluwafemi

Bankole Oluwafemi

Playable City Lagos

Bankole is a serial creative and co-founder of Big Cabal Media and is currently the executive editor of techcabal.com, Nigeria’s largest technology blog. He travels and conducts imaginary orchestras in his spare time.

Logo Oluwamuyiwa

Logo Oluwamuyiwa

Playable City Lagos

Logo Oluwamuyiwa is a photographer and filmmaker living and working in Lagos. His approach also revolves around conceptual and documentary style photography.

Tosin Oshinowo

Tosin Oshinowo

Playable City Lagos

Tosin is a registered architect in Nigeria and since 2012 has been lead architect at cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A), an architecture design consultancy practice based in Lagos, executing notable projects in the city.

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivou

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivou

Playable City Lagos

Gbadebo is a practicing architect, writer, designer and activist.

Ju Row Farr

Ju Row Farr

Playable City Lagos

Ju is a founder member of Blast Theory, renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting.

Shaïna Silva

Shaïna Silva

Playable City Lagos

Shaïna is an Experience Designer with a passion for social impact in emerging markets.

David Li

David Li

David Li has been contributing to open source software since 1990. He is a member of the Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb.

Adrian Cockle

Adrian Cockle

Unbox Caravan

Adrian is a senior digital professional with twenty years experience leading projects and teams based out of UK. Currently he is an independent professional after nine years as the Head of Digital at WWF.

Pete Collard

Pete Collard

UNBOX Caravan

Pete is a contemporary design curator, writer and researcher based in London. He graduated from Sussex University in 2005 with a BA in Art History and Italian and went on to complete two MAs, the first in History of Design and Material Culture at Brighton University and the second in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston.

Ersinhan Ersin

Ersinhan Ersin

CityMix São Paulo

Ersin is a visual artist who is focused on interaction between virtual spaces, light and body, including the tension between real and synthesised experiences. Ersin’s art practice combines a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and virtual reality.

Robin McNicholas

Robin McNicholas

CityMix São Paulo

Robin is co-founder & Creative Director at Marshmallow Laser Feast. He has lived & worked within digital arts since the CDROM. Robin’s interests are routed in creating people-centered, live interactive work.

Annette Mees

Annette Mees

UNBOX Caravan

Annette is a director and artist based in the UK. She is currently a Creative Fellow of WIRED and The Space. She makes interactive experiences that explore big ideas about how we want to live together and the futures we want to create

Rachel Rayns

Rachel Rayns

UNBOX Caravan

Rachel is Creative Producer at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, UK. Her background is in lens based media, creative learning and general lifehackery. Upon graduating Rachel founded Soup Lab: a gallery, co-op project space and motion picture film lab interested in how old and new technologies can work together.

Barnaby Steel

Barnaby Steel

CityMix São Paulo

Barnaby is a visual artist working within convergent digital arts, he is a co-founder of Marshmallow Laser Feast. Driven by a desire to explore ways of experiencing content, his work breaks away from traditional formats and engages with new technologies as a means of creating unique experiences

Gary Stewart

Gary Stewart

UNBOX Caravan

Gary Stewart is an artist interested in how socially engaged arts practice can cross international and cultural boundaries, stimulating shared authorship through mixing material created through various encounters across multiple sites.

Eleanor (Nell) Whitley

Eleanor (Nell) Whitley

CityMix São Paulo

Eleanor (Nell) is a creative producer working across the arts, technology and social impact. She is executive producer of studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, leads community development at Somerset House and is an associate of Impact Hub.

Ebru Alkanat

Ebru Alkanat

Creative Enterprise Training Participant

Ebru Alkanat founded her own fashion label after spotting a gap in the market for stylish clothes for women during and immediately after pregnancy. She took part in Creative Enterprise training in Istanbul in 2015.

Asa Calow

Asa Calow

Participant - 'Living Research: Making in China'

Self-taught creative technologist, civic hacker, amateur biotechnologist, mathematician, and co-founder of MadLab.

Catharine Rossi

Catharine Rossi

Participant - 'Living Research: Making in China'

Cat is a design historian interested in researching, teaching, and communicating ideas about design past and present for a wide range of audiences.

Gorkem Cetinkaya

Gorkem Cetinkaya

Creative Enterprise Training Participant

Gorkem Cetinkaya is the founder of a creative hub in Eskisehir, Turkey. He took part in our Nesta Creative Enterprise training programme in May 2015.

Basar Under

Basar Under

Creative Enterprise Training Participant

Basar Under is an alum of our Nesta Creative Enterprise training in Turkey. His company Sonik Butik specialises in music production.

Irini Papadimitriou

Irini Papadimitriou

Irini Papadimitriou is a curator, producer and cultural manager, working at the forefront of digital culture. Between roles at the V&A and Watermans, Irini finds time for serial collaborations with the British Council Creative Economy.

Professor Jon Rogers

Professor Jon Rogers

Digital Futures UK/MX

Jon's work explores the human intersection between digital technologies and the design of physical of things. After some searching for a fitting self-description Jon is happy to be called a "creative technologist", a title which just about encompasses his highly innovative work.

Salim Tannous

Salim Tannous

Made By Many Particpant

Salim Tannous is the Founder & Director of the Beirut Creative Cluster; an internationally recognized and award winning organization that gathers 50 companies from the creative industries.

Lauren Bowker

Lauren Bowker

Creative Entrepreneur

Alchemist Lauren Bowker leads T H E U N S E E N with material science, knowledge and visions infused by Magick. She was recognised in the 2014 British Council/ h Club 100 Creative Entrepreneur awards.

Adebayo Adegbembo

Adebayo Adegbembo

Global Futr Lab Participant 2015

Adebayo is the founder and lead Programmer at Genii Games Limited. He is taking part in British Council/ FutureEverything's Global Futr Lab At FutureEverything, Manchester in February 2015.

Salem Al-Mansoori

Salem Al-Mansoori

Global Futr Lab Participant 2015

Salem Al-Mansoori is an award-winning interdisciplinary designer, and a maker of generative, data-driven, narrative-based works. He is taking part in British Council/ FutureEverything's Global Futr Lab At FutureEverything, Manchester in February 2015.

Venzha Christ

Venzha Christ

Global Futr Lab Participant 2015

Venzha Christ is a new media artist who has set up a new media art lab called ‘HONF’ in Yogyakarta. He is taking part in British Council/ FutureEverything's Global Futr Lab At FutureEverything, Manchester in February 2015.

Bhavani Esapathi

Bhavani Esapathi

Global Futr Lab Participant 2015

Bhavani Esapathi is a writer and researcher on digital culture & tech innovation within the creative sector. She is taking part in British Council/ FutureEverything's Global Futr Lab At FutureEverything, Manchester in February 2015.

Hee-Eun Kim

Hee-Eun Kim

Global Futr Lab Participant 2015

Hee Eun Kim is a researcher studying digital media and all the related fields of creative media in CrossMediaLab at Ewha Womans University in Korea. She is taking part in The British Council/ FutureEverything's Global Futr Lab At FutureEverything, Manchester in February 2015.

Nozomi Matsuyama

Nozomi Matsuyama

Global Futr Lab Participant 2015

Matsuyama is an award winning creative film maker from Osaka, Japan. She is taking part in British Council/ FutureEverything's Global Futr Lab At FutureEverything, Manchester in February 2015.

Ivan Pasichnyk

Ivan Pasichnyk

Global Futr Lab Participant 2015

Ivan Pasichnyk is an experienced engineer and CEO of Ukrainian start-up Ecois.me. He is taking part in British Council/ FutureEverything's Global Futr Lab At FutureEverything, Manchester in February 2015.

Anab Jain

Anab Jain

Superflux is an Anglo-Indian design practice based in London, with roots and networks in Ahmedabad, India.

Yuri Suzuki

Yuri Suzuki

Yuri’s work blends technological know-how and great ideas with playful, thought-provoking results.

Kerem Alper

Kerem Alper

YCE

Kerem Alper is the co-founder of ATÖLYE Istanbul a creative community space, which promotes collaborative working.

Dai Qin

Dai Qin

YCE

In 2012 Qin and her team started the digital publishing/reading service, Douban Read. The platform encourages non-professional writers to publish their non-fiction works. The Douban Read app, has been downloaded by more than 4 million users, with 400,000 actively using it per month.

Katherine Jewkes

Katherine Jewkes

Recife: The Playable City Partner

Katherine is Digital Associate at National Theatre Wales, where she helps people to playfully integrate digital technology into their creative practice.

H.D Mabuse

H.D Mabuse

Recife: The Playable City participant

Brazilian artist H.D. Mabuse remixes visual arts, design and music, often for social good.

Ben Barker

Ben Barker

UnBox LABS 2014 participant

Ben Barker is an experience designer and founder of design practice PAN Studio, producing interactive objects for installations and immersive theatre, and creating experimental objects designed to find new ways of enriching everyday living.

Cassie Robinson

Cassie Robinson

UnBox LABS 2014 participant

Cassie is a Director of the Point People, a network whose tag line is "Where Worlds Meet."

Nikhil Shah

Nikhil Shah

YCE

Nikhil Shah, co-founder of Mixcloud and independent record label ManMakeMusic, is part of the British Council's Creative Entrepreneur network.

Nhat Linh Phan Gia

Nhat Linh Phan Gia

YCE

Nhat Linh, Founder, Yxine Film Fest

Tom Higham

Tom Higham

Tom is Executive Producer at FutureEverything, one of the UK's leading festivals in digital art and innovation.

Bassem Elhady

Bassem Elhady

YCE

Bassem is an Egyptian Computer and Systems Engineer and Social Entrepreneur. He co-founded social media firm Kijamii and TEDxCairo.

Rohan Gunatillake

Rohan Gunatillake

CLI Participant 2011

Rohan is a producer and consultant specialising in cultural innovation.

James Bridle

James Bridle

YCE

James Bridle is a writer, artist, publisher and technologist usually based in London, UK. His work covers the intersection of literature, culture and the network.

Clare Reddington

Clare Reddington

YCE Finalist

Clare Reddington is the Creative Director of Watershed. She was a finalist in the UK Young Interactive Entrepreneur 2009 and was featured in Wired magazine's ‘100 people who shape the Wired world’ in the last three years.

Elena Fortes Acosta

Elena Fortes Acosta

YCE

Elena is director of Ambulante, a non-profit organisation working to support and promote a documentary film culture in Mexico

Ridwan Kamil

Ridwan Kamil

YCE

Ridwan Kamil is an award-winning architect based in Bandung and founder of the Bandung Creative City Forum. In 2013 he was elected mayor of Bandung, a post he will hold until 2018.