Innovative creative and corporate leaders will reinvent the way you think about design and business.

Hear from these industry leaders on the main stage and in pre-conference workshops at “Gain”!

  • Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator, The 99, and founder and CEO, Teshkeel Media Group
  • J Allard, former chief experience officer and chief technology officer, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft
  • Paola Antonelli, senior curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, as main-stage moderator
  • David C. Baker, president, ReCourses, Inc.
  • Jeremy Clark, senior experience design manager, Adobe
  • Scott Dadich, creative director, WIRED, and executive director of digital magazine development, Condé Nast
  • Soraya Darabi, co-founder and head of business, Foodspotting
  • David Droga, founder and creative chairman, Droga5
  • Erica Eden, senior industrial designer, Smart Design, and co-founder, Femme Den
  • Karin Fong, partner/director, Imaginary Forces
  • Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director, Friends of the High Line
  • Jonathan Harris, artist, computer scientist, designer and founder of number27
  • Jon C. Iwata, senior vice president, Marketing and Communications, IBM
  • Larry Keeley, co-founder and president, Doblin, and partner at Monitor
  • Matthew Loyd, vice president, Brand Experience, and creative director, method
  • John Maeda, artist, author, computer scientist and president of the Rhode Island School of Design
  • Su Mathews, senior partner, Lippincott
  • Clint McClain, senior director, General Merchandise Marketing, Walmart
  • Mateo Neri, co-founder soyu natural teas and co-founder Entrepreneurial Mentorship Initiative, Art Center College of Design
  • Doug Powell, founder, designer and business strategist, Schwartz Powell
  • Curt Schreiber, vice president and director, VSA Partners
  • Marije Vogelzang, eating designer, and owner and founder, Studio Marije Vogelzang and Proef


Speaker biographies

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Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator, The 99, and founder and CEO, Teshkeel Media Group

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is a Kuwaiti clinical psychologist and the creator of The 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype, which has received critical acclaim from around the world. Forbes magazine recently named The 99 one of the “top 20 trends sweeping the globe” and President Barack Obama praised Al-Mutawa as one of the most innovative at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. Al-Mutawa has a master’s degree and PhD in clinical psychology from Long Island University, as well as a master’s in organizational psychology and a MBA from Columbia University. He has extensive clinical experience working with former Kuwaiti prisoners of war and with the Survivors of Political Torture unit of Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media from Tufts University, the United National Alliance of Civilizations Marketplace of Ideas Award and The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award, presented at the 2009 World Economic Forum.


J Allard

J Allard, former chief experience officer and chief technology officer, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft

J Allard spent the last 19 years at Microsoft where he helped birth over 40 new businesses and products. In the 1990’s he shaped the company’s internet strategy and shipped internet technology across all versions of Windows. After a sabbatical in 1999, he returned to the company to form the Entertainment and Devices division and to start the Xbox program. Following the launch of Xbox 360, he shifted focus on building a strong design capability and the technology roadmap across Microsoft’s consumer products. Allard holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science as well as an honorary doctorate from Boston University.


Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli, senior curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art

Paola Antonelli is senior curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, where she has worked since 1994. Through her exhibitions—among them Design and the Elastic Mind in 2008—teachings and writing, Antonelli strives to promote a deeper understanding of design’s transformative and constructive influence on the world. She is very proud of a recent acquisition into MoMA’s Collection: the @ sign. She is working on several exhibition ideas and on the book Design Bites, about basic foods taken as examples of outstanding design.


David Baker

David C. Baker, president, ReCourses, Inc.

David C. Baker, author of the forthcoming RockBench Press title Managing (Right) for the First Time, is a leading management consultant for the creative services field. Through ReCourses, Inc., he has guided hundreds of firms through management issues, difficult transitions and growth. He has written for nearly every industry publication and has spoken at nearly every industry conference and conducts a dozen yearly seminars on specific management topics. Baker’s work on management topics is unusual, thoughtful and frequently contrarian but it stems from working in the trenches and looking at what really works. He provides objective, expert advice on best practices, either for existing problems or to plan against future ones. You may already know what he points out, but he will put the pieces into context, save you from experimenting and bring solutions that may not have occurred to you yet. Baker will gently pull you out of the marinade of indecision and warm up the grill.


Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark, senior experience design manager, Adobe

As senior experience design manager for Adobe, Jeremy Clark heads up the experience design team's external projects, where his team of designers, developers and producers craft unique, inspirational solutions in partnership with real world customers with a focus on Adobe's platform and authoring products. His team has recently produced projects including the WIREDReader for the iPad, New York Times Reader and others with MTV, FOX and CNN. In his eleven years at Adobe he has worked on various design teams and was instrumental in helping shape the direction of Flash as a product manager and designer for three releases.


Scott Dadich

Scott Dadich, creative director, WIRED, and executive director of digital magazine development, Condé Nast

Scott Dadich is the creative director of Condé Nast's WIRED, where he oversees design, photography and production for the magazine. In addition, as executive creative director of digital magazine development, he is leading the creative efforts to build digital editions of Condé Nast's titles for electronic reading devices. WIRED’s reader app for for iPad was introduced in May 2010 and was downloaded nearly 100,000 times in its first month of availability. Dadich is the only magazine professional in history to have won both the National Magazine Award (NMA) for Design and the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) Magazine of the Year award three consecutive years in a row: 2008, 2009 and 2010. Dadich has received more than 100 other national design and editorial awards, including 50 gold and silver design and photography medals from the SPD. Dadich served as President of the Society from 2008–2009, rebuilding and redesigning the organization's website and identity. In addition to his work on the print and digital versions of the magazine, Dadich directed the 2007 redesign and relaunch of Wired.com and was the creative director for the ten-hour PBS television series Wired Science. Previously, Dadich was creative director of Texas Monthly, which was nominated for 14 National Magazine Awards during his tenure and won for General Excellence in 2003. In 2009, Dadich debuted designs for his first two books, Dan Winters' long-awaited monograph, Periodical Photographs, for Aperture and American Photography 24.


Soraya Darabi

Soraya Darabi, co-founder and head of business, Foodspotting

Soraya Darabi began her career as manager of digital partnerships and social media at the New York Times, where she successfully led the drive to market NYTimes.com across multiple social media platforms. In 2009, her New York Times multimedia Inauguration Day campaign on Facebook won first prize at the INMA Awards for excellence in marketing. Darabi was named one of AdAge magazine’s “25 People in Media to Follow on Twitter” and was on the “Silicon Alley 100” list in 2009. In June 2010, Fast Company featured Darabi on the cover of its annual “Most Creative People in Business” issue. She recently served as product lead at drop.io, a real-time online sharing and collaboration and presentation service based in New York City. Darabi now dedicates her time to the geolocation-based application startup Foodspotting.com, and to a social platform for modern architects, Architizer.com. Darabi leverages her social media expertise to help important nonprofit causes, including Charity: Water and the Robin Hood Foundation. For the last three years she has volunteered as a new media strategist for Goods4Good.org and is now co-founding the initiative Engendering Change to raise visibility for women in technology. Darabi earned her BA in English literature at Georgetown University.


David Droga

David Droga, founder and creative chairman, Droga5

After leading several acclaimed advertising agencies in Australia, Singapore and London, David Droga founded Droga5 in 2006 in New York City. Named “US Agency of the Year” by Creativity magazine in 2007, the award-winning Droga5 is now the fastest growing, and one of the most recognized, independent agencies in America. Droga has been inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement and was the first recipient of the 'Boards magazine Lifetime Achievement Award. While in London, he was nominated Best Creative Director in the UK’s “Best of the Best Awards” and named “World’s Best Creative Director” by Advertising Age. In Australia, Creative magazine has named him “Australian Creative Person of the Decade.” He sits on several boards, including the One Club, Magnum and New Museum, and lives with his wife and three children in Manhattan.


Erica Eden

Erica Eden, senior industrial designer, Smart Design, and co-founder, Femme Den

Erica Eden is a senior industrial designer at Smart Design and a founding member of the Femme Den. She has expertise in diverse fields, including home, health and packaged goods, but her favorite design challenge is to create an emotional connection through product design, especially in the kitchen. The first product she ever designed, while earning her master’s in industrial design from Pratt Institute, was an electric tea kettle that is easy to pour, especially for her grandmother with dexterity issues. Her work has been praised in a number of international design magazines. She also finds any excuse to travel and learn about diverse cultures, food and fashion around the world. Femme Den is a team of researchers, designers and engineers from Smart Design who are at the forefront of exploring design and gender.


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Karin Fong

Karin Fong, partner/director, Imaginary Forces

Karin Fong directs and designs for film, television and environments. She is a partner at production and design company Imaginary Forces. Fong has designed title sequences for numerous feature films, including Ray, Charlotte’s Web, Dead Man on Campus, The Pink Panther 2, Terminator Salvation and Going the Distance. Her work in television has earned her an Emmy for main title design. Karin directs commercials, counting Target, Chevrolet, Herman Miller and Honda among her clients. Other projects include combining cinema with architecture for environments including Las Vegas, Times Square and Lincoln Center. Her recent work includes designing cinematics for the Sony PlayStation game God of War III. She is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Art, where she teaches design for film and video. Her work has appeared in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, The Wexner Center, Artists Space and in numerous publications on design and film.


Robert Hammond

Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director, Friends of the High Line

Robert Hammond is executive director of Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit conservancy that manages the High Line, a public park built atop an abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan’s west side. Hammond co-founded Friends of the High Line with Joshua David in 1999. Together they worked with the City of New York to save the High Line from demolition. Friends of the High Line has raised more than $170 million in public and private funding and manages the park under a licensing agreement with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Before the High Line, Hammond helped start several businesses and consulted with nonprofit organizations. He was awarded a 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. He is a self-taught artist, and served as an ex-officio member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2005. Hammond graduated from Princeton University in 1993.


Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris, artist, computer scientist, designer and founder of number27

Jonathan Harris makes projects that reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other. Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, his projects range from building the world’s largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean (with a warm hat). He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online dating, modern mythology, anonymity, news and language. After studying computer science at Princeton University, he won a 2005 Fabrica fellowship and three Webby Awards. His work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, the state of Vermont (for which he co-designed the state quarter), Print magazine (which named him a 2008 New Visual Artist) and The World Economic Forum (which named him a 2009 Young Global Leader). He has given talks at Google, Princeton and Stanford Universities, the TED Conference and at two hippy forest gatherings. His projects have been shown at The Museum of Modern Art, Le Centre Pompidou, and have appeared on CNN, NPR, BBC and Bhutanese television. Born in Vermont, he now floats between Brooklyn, the open road and cyberspace, documenting his life with one photo a day.


Jon Iwata

Jon Iwata, senior vice president, Marketing and Communications, IBM

Jon Iwata leads IBM’s marketing, communications and citizenship organization. This global team is responsible for market insights, the marketing of IBM’s portfolio of products and services, communications and corporate affairs, and stewardship of the IBM brand, recognized as one of the most valuable in the world. Iwata and his team have led the development of IBM’s “Smarter Planet” strategy, which describes the company’s view of the next era of information technology and its impact on business and society. Iwata is a member of the IBM Operating Team, responsible for day-to-day marketplace execution, and the IBM Strategy Team, which focuses on long-term issues and opportunities. He is vice chairman of the IBM International Foundation. Iwata joined the communications function of IBM in 1984 at the company’s Almaden Research Center in Silicon Valley. In 1989, he joined IBM corporate headquarters in Armonk, New York. He was appointed vice president of Corporate Communications in 1995 and senior vice president, Communications, in 2002 before assuming his current role in 2008. Iwata is a member of the Technology Committee of the Museum of Modern Art and is a trustee of the Arthur W. Page Society. From 2006–2007, he served as chairman of The Seminar, a professional group consisting of chief communications officers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University, and is co-inventor of a U.S. patent for advanced semiconductor lithography technology.


Larry Keeley

Larry Keeley, co-founder and president, Doblin, and partner at Monitor

Larry Keeley is a strategist who has worked for thirty years to develop more effective innovation methods. He is president and co-founder of Doblin Inc., an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation systems that materially improve innovation success rates. Doblin is now a member of Monitor Group, where Keeley is a group leader. BusinessWeek named Keeley one of seven “Innovation Gurus” that are changing the field and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. In 2010, BusinessWeek also selected Keeley as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world, an honor Keeley found to be a head scratcher since he is not actually a designer. Keeley teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at the Institute of Design in Chicago, where he is also a board member. He lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is an adjunct faculty member for their core MBA and master’s of manufacturing management programs. He is a senior fellow of the Center for Business Innovation in Boston and is on the board of Chicago Public Radio where he has charted a strategy for what has become an innovation engine for public radio across the U.S.


Matthew Loyd

Matthew Loyd, vice president, Brand Experience, and creative director, method

Matthew Loyd is vice president of brand experience and creative director at method, a design-centric, non-toxic cleaning products company based in San Francisco. He applies his passion for innovation and culture-building to lead strategic brand design and marketing communication—handling advertising, online experience, PR, advocacy, consumer insights and creative. He has received numerous awards working with some of today’s most known brands and most dynamic challengers. Loyd has a bachelor's degree in graphic design and is currently pursuing an MBA in design strategy.


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John Maeda

John Maeda, artist, author, computer scientist and president of the Rhode Island School of Design

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist and educator whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked to integrate technology, education and the arts into a 21st century synthesis of creativity and innovation. Maeda became president of the Rhode Island School of Design in June 2008. At RISD, Maeda seeks to champion the necessary role that artists and designers play in the 21st century creative economy. A former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Maeda taught media arts and sciences there for 12 years and served as associate director of research at the MIT Media Lab. He has published four books, including his most recent, The Laws of Simplicity. In 2008 Maeda was named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine. A native of Seattle, Maeda earned bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT, followed by a PhD in design science from the University of Tsukuba Institute of Art and Design in Japan and a MBA from Arizona State University.


Su Mathews

Su Mathews, senior partner, Lippincott

Su Mathews is a senior partner in design in Lippincott’s New York office. She has over 15 years of experience in the creation and development of branding, identity systems, publications, interactive media, annual reports, wayfinding and promotion projects for global organizations. Her clients have included The Art Institute of Chicago, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Hyatt, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Random House, among many others. Recently, Mathews helped lead the development and launch of Walmart’s brand revitalization, a massive repositioning that contemporized the brand while retaining the values of its legacy and heritage. Prior to joining Lippincott, Su was an associate partner at Pentagram Design. Her work has been cited for excellence AIGA, Communication Arts, Graphis, I.D., Mohawk Show 9 and Print magazine. Mathews holds a BFA in graphic communication and an associate degree in advertising design, both from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She has previously taught a senior semester graphic design course at FIT.


Clint McClain

Clint McClain, senior director, General Merchandise Marketing, Walmart

Clint McClain leads Walmart’s marketing efforts for all general merchandise categories, including Home, Electronics, Apparel, and Hardlines. He has over a decade of experience in a broad range of marketing companies—developing brands, leading businesses and driving innovation to meet customer needs. For the past three years McClain has been directly involved in the development of the enormously successful new brand strategy for Walmart. This includes working on the repositioning, creating new advertising campaigns, developing a new look and feel for the brand and rolling out a fresh brand voice for customers. Additionally, McClain’s team developed the Walmart Smart Network, a new communication channel that will reach 140 million shoppers every week. Prior to Walmart, McClaine spent much of his career at Coca-Cola, where he managed several non-carbonated beverage businesses including Minute Maid Juice Drinks. During his time at Coca-Cola, McClain led the development of Minute Maid Heartwise, launched the Disney Beverages and developed and launched a line of Bacardi Mixers. He has also worked in brand management roles at several leading companies, including Tyson Foods and Gallo Wines.


Mateo Neri

Mateo Neri, co-founder soyu natural teas and co-founder Entrepreneurial Mentorship Initiative, Art Center College of Design

Mateo Neri is a partner at söyu natural teas, a new beverage venture created to help fight obesity in schools and promote social causes and programs for the youth. He also co-founded the Entrepreneurial Mentorship Initiative (EMI) at Art Center College of Design to help alums launch their own ventures and teaches a class on taking ideas to market. Neri has co-founded five corporations over the past 17 years creating web applications, enterprise software and online products still in the market today for Fortune 1000 companies. He has also successfully raised several million dollars in angel funding and loves working with passionate entrepreneurs.


Doug Powell

Doug Powell, founder, designer and business strategist, Schwartz Powell

Doug Powell is a designer, entrepreneur and business strategist. Together with his wife Lisa, Powell founded Schwartz Powell Design, a Minneapolis-based graphic design firm building successful relationships with a wide range of clients from Target to Andersen Windows, and from Hazelden to Carleton College. In 2004, following their daughter Maya’s diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes, the couple launched Type1Tools to bring well-designed, kid-friendly tools to the daily experience of managing this complex disease. The success of Type1Tools lead to the expansion of the business into HealthSimple® with a vision to help the millions of people living with chronic health problems better manage their conditions and live healthier lives. HealthSimple was acquired by McNeil Nutritionals, a division of Johnson & Johnson, in 2007. Powell is a frequent commentator and conference presenter, and he curates Merge, a blog focusing on design and entrepreneurship.


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Curt Schreiber

Curt Schreiber, vice president and director, VSA Partners

Curt Schreiber is vice president and director of the Chicago-based design agency VSA Partners, Inc. Since joining VSA in 1991, Schreiber has been instrumental in growing the company from a small office of 15 to a cross-disciplinary firm of 150 creative professionals. Schreiber currently guides VSA’s work for the IBM Corporation, providing solutions that range from brand strategy and identity to corporate marketing communications and digital presence. Notable past client relationships include Chicago Board of Trade, Coca-Cola, Converse, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Harley-Davidson, Target, Time Warner, Cole Haan and Nike. His work has been recognized by more than 200 international design and communications organizations, publications and competitions, and is included in the permanent collection of the U.S. Library of Congress. He was a 2004 nominee for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. A passionate advocate of the arts in Chicago, Curt is a member of the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as AIGA. His private collection includes a variety of folk, ornithological and mid-century modern pieces.


Marije Vogelzang

Marije Vogelzang, eating designer, and owner and founder, Studio Marije Vogelzang and Proef

Marije Vogelzang is a pioneer in the field of eating design. After graduating from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2000, Marije Vogelzang was determined to move beyond traditional food styling and create a new direction in the field of design. She developed her vision to create designs based on the verb “to eat” and became an “eating designer.” She started a catering business, now a restaurant, called Proef, in 2004 in Rotterdam and expanded to Amsterdam in 2006. In 2010 she started Studio Marije Vogelzang, a small firm that works with the food industry, creates eating-based art installations, and designs and develops restaurant concepts, long-term medical projects for hospitals and various social projects for clients around the world. Vogelzang frequently lectures internationally about her work and vision. She shows the exploration and potential of a new approach to the act of eating and a new approach to design.