Digital Speakers Biographies 2012

A leading expert in the field of the creative economy, Andrew is particularly interested in entrepreneurship, copyright and policy-making. A lawyer by profession, he joined the British Council in 1999 to establish a new unit to support the British Council’s interest in the emerging agenda around creative industries. He led the strategic development of that programme until 2010. Since 2007 the Creative and Knowledge Economy has been one of three central areas of British Council activity.  In 2010 Andrew left the British Council to establish his own agency, Andrew Senior Associates Ltd, which provides specialist advice on the development of the creative economy, with a particular focus on nurturing and stimulating entrepreneurship within the sector.  Andrew has advised UN agencies on the creative economy and is much in demand as a conference chair, speaker and lecturer across the world. He continues to seek to devise programmes and initiatives that will assist in the development of the global creative economy.

A Change Agent and Digital Engagement Strategist Katz recently returned from a year in Geneva where she showed the UN ( ITU) how to revitalise their brand, and how to use social tools and platforms to engage massive communities of new stakeholders across the world.  She was the brains behind b.TWEEN, UKs first cross-sector market place:  a dynamic network of where digital disruptors from companies big and small come together to figure out how they can exploit emerging technologies to make more interesting things, and more money.  In previous lives she made music, wrote screen plays, built installations, curated international festivals and made screen based products look nice. She is proud to be an RSA fellow.

Chris is the founder of Blighty Ltd,  an online firm specialising in internet marketing and social gaming.  Founded in 2007 Blighty ltd employ 5 people in London and 20 people in Hyderabad, India.  Chris founded Blighty (taken from the Hindi word for foreigner) with his partner Nicolas Jacquart.  Blighty’s online game now has 2,800,000 registered players and they have made over $1 million revenues from this site alone.  Digital Blighty also specialise in online marketing (SEO, PPC and social media) for a wide array of clients including Imperial University  and Johnson and Johnson.