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Demand Solutions brings together some of the world's most creative minds from the creative industries to discuss and share innovative solutions to development challenges.

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Hear from the world's leading creative minds, and the region's most promising entrepreneurs from the creative and cultural industries, as they present their ideas on how to improve lives at Demand Solutions.

Demand Solutions will cover:

  • Kreatopolis
  • Urban art
  • Design with social purpose
  • Mindfactures
  • Tourism and cultural heritage
  • Virtual reality
  • Art, artists and the media
  • Creativity and climate change


Daan Roosegaarde Artist and
Bruce Katz Centennial Scholar
Brookings Institution
Adrián Suar Producer
Maite Rico Deputy Director
Keiichi Matsuda Hyper Reality Expert
Elías López Editorial Director
The New York Times en Español
Jose Miguel Sokoloff Global President
MullenLowe Group
Craig Swann Founder
Braulio Flores Director Strategic Partnerships
Mechi Martinez & Mariano Breccia Creative Directors of 12-na
Nicola Gryczka Head of Gastromotiva International, Brazil
Sebastian Errazuriz Artist, designer and activist
Johanna Blakley Director at USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
Esteban Quispe The genius of Patacamaya
CARA SANTA MARIA Host #TalkNerdy Podcast & @SkepticsGuide Rogue
RICHARD BLUM Chairman Blum Capital Partners & Founder And Trustee, Blum Center For Developing Economies
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GABRIELA FRIAS Business Anchor Portfolio Global, CNN
TORSTEN KOLIND Co-Founder and CEO of Younoodle

Daan is internationally known for creating social designs exploring the relation between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. His projects, which range from fashion to architecture, are interactive designs where the viewer and the space become one. This connection, established between ideology and technology, results in what Roosegaarde calls 'techno-poetry'. Roosegaarde has won the INDEX Design Award, the World Technology Award, the Charlotte Köhler Award, amongst others. Selected by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker, Daan Roosegaarde has been a frequently invited lecturer at international conferences such as TED and Design Indaba, and a regular TV media guest at De Wereld Draait Door and CNN.

Twitter: @SRoosegaarde

Bruce J. Katz is the inaugural cross-disciplinary centennial scholar at the Brookings Institution, where he focuses on the challenges and opportunities of global urbanization and leads the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking. Katz regularly advises cross-sector metropolitan, national, and global leaders on public reforms and private innovations that advance the well-being of metropolitan areas and their countries. He is also co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013), a distillation of his work on the promise of the emerging cities-first economic and governance landscape.

Twitter: @bruce_katz

Having started to act at age 13, Adrián Suar founded Pol-Ka in 1994, the main production company of fiction that marked a before and after in the TV industry in Argentina. Since then, Adrian has produced more than 30 TV hits including singles and daily programs, exploring all genres. The quality of the series as well as its talented human capital catapulted Pol-ka to the international market, becoming a production plant of successful formats and adaptations of prestigious, multi-awarded series, thanks to partnerships with networks like HBO, Disney Media Networks, Televisa, Turner Broadcasting System Latin America, Inc., VISTA and Disney Channel. Later on, Adrián also decided to venture into film production, with numerous titles to his credit including "Son of the Bride", a film nominated for an Oscar in the "Best Foreign Film" category. Always alternating between his producing and acting roles, his prolific contribution to the big screen has earned both the public’s and the critics’ acclaim, which have turned some of his films into smash hits at the box office.He has also cultivated success and awards in theater industry, with several different plays where he acts as protagonist and/or producer. His continuous work over the years and his popular recognition as a mogul of television fiction in the country, have awarded him numerous recognitions, including being named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in 2009.

Maite Rico is the Deputy Director of EL PAIS, Spain’s most prestigious newspaper. She is responsible for the Weekend Edition. Maite was El PAIS correspondent for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and special correspondent to multiple events in Latin America. She covered the wars in Bosnia, Somalia and Libia. She is the co-author, with Bertrand de la Grange, of Marcos, the great imposture, and Who killed the bishop? , autopsy of a Criminal Crime. Maite Rico has a degree in Geography and History from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Master in Universal Journalism from the Autonomous University of Madrid/EL PAIS.

Keiichi Matsuda (BSc. MArch) is a designer and film-maker. His research examines the implications of emerging technologies for human perception and the built environment. Keiichi is interested in the dissolving boundaries between virtual and physical, working with video, architecture and interactive media to propose new perspectives on the city. He has exhibited his work internationally, from London’s V&A Museum to the Art Institute of Chicago, the New York MoMA, and Shanghai EXPO. He has been published extensively in print and online, and has won awards for design, drawing, speaking and filmmaking.

Elias is the editorial director of The New York Times in Spanish, where he oversees all aspects of the web platform, including the selection of articles to be translated, audience growth strategy, the development of original reporting and daily coverage by the editorial team based in Mexico City. He has been part of The New York Times since 2007. He was the editor for the international section specialized in Latin America, and one of the directors of Room for Debate, a digital forum in the Opinion section. Between 2003 and 2007 he worked as a reporter and editor at The Miami Herald. He graduated as a journalist at Florida International University and was selected for the Kiplinger Fellowship in digital journalism from Ohio University in 2015. Elias is Venezuelan and currently resides in Mexico .

Jose Miguel Sokoloff is Global President of MullenLowe Group’s Creative Council, Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of MullenLowe SSP3 (Colombia). He is also one of the most internationally awarded and respected advertising creatives and peace proponents in the world. Sokoloff’s philosophy of employing soft power over force for effective behavior change manifests in the communications he has designed throughout his career to address cultural and societal issues in ways that transcend borders and challenge norms.
Native to Colombia, Sokoloff’s most recognized work for the Colombian Ministry of Defense has propelled him from advertising creative to cultural figure, having spoken and appeared across a variety of widely recognized platforms with mass audiences such as TED Global, NPR’s This American Life, and WIRED, in addition to the ad industry’s most renowned forums such as the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

For 20 years, Craig’s passion has been using technology to connect people and music – through innovative, intimate and interactive experiences. In the mid 1990’s, Craig founded the award-winning interactive agency CRASH!MEDIA, and in 2001 developed the internet’s first online music studio, Looplabs. Millions of people have benefited from Craig’s innovations, including Steve Jobs, who demoed Looplabs for the launch of the Safari Browser at an Apple Keynote. Craig has since become an industry thought leader in the interactive music space; authoring books, speaking internationally, teaching, curating technology events and developing / licensing customized online music experiences for top global brands. These companies include: Microsoft, Sony, Coca-Cola, HP, Vodafone, AOL, Bacardi, Heineken and many others. Currently he is focused on developing new interactive music products and experiences that break down barriers to making music – while connecting the world. Craig has received special recognition at SxSW and has won the prestigious Webby Award.

Prior to his current role, Braulio served 15 years as CIO, at ICBC Broadcast Holdings, leading the development of digital strategy, innovation with a proven success in business development, creating and initiating revenue opportunities in the radio and media industry. While at WBLS one of the leading stations in NYC he developed the digital infrastructure from CMS to streaming platform, ideated and brokered digital content relationships for world famous talent like Steve Harvey and Wendy Williams. Monetized the previously unsold portfolio of celebrity digital assets growing revenue 63x. Spearheaded evaluation, execution and selection process for the digital infrastructure leading to partnerships with RedDot, Ando Media, Triton Digital and LookThink. Directed creation of digital footprint for Circle of Sisters, a 50,000 person expo, including digital monetization opportunities from national sponsors including MetroPCS, Scholastic, Aetna, Verizon and McDonald’s. Braulio’s current aim is growing Looplabs’ growing digital eco-system by developing broader outreach and strategic growth with a focus on operations and implementation.

Mechi Martinez and Mariano Breccia are the Creative Directors of 12-na, a creative platform which uses recycling as a way of expression. 12-na´s work has been amplifying and growing throughout 10 years of experience and the constant dialogue with communities and artists who involved themselves in the collective process of “doceñar”.

Nicola holds a BA in Hospitality Management and Entrepreneurship from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, and an MA in International Negotiations and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute Geneva.
Gastromotiva is a Brazilian Social Enterprise, dedicated to promoting the central role of food and its ability to respond to modern challenges at the crossroads between a great number of complex, global and local issues: health, social inequalities, food security, climate change, biodiversity, water, waste, country relations, and economics.
Nicola runs Gastromotiva´s organizational expansion, representing the organization on an international level and developing strategic partnerships and alliances in order to scale impact, drive sustainable food policies and start a Social Gastronomic Movement.
Currently present in Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa.

Twitter: @nickycg

New York based Artist, Designer and Activist Sebastian Errazuriz has received international acclaim for his original and provocative works on a variety of areas and disciplines. Tackling everything from political artworks to giant public art projects, conceptual sculptures to experimental furniture and product design, his work is always surprising and compelling, inviting the viewer to look again at realities that were often hidden in front of their own eyes. Sebastian Errazuriz’s work has been included in exhibitions and collections alongside the most celebrated artists, achitects and designers in numerous international exhibitions. The coverage of his creations has been a successive string of viral responses. His collection 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers generated 35 Million hits on google and his Wave Cabinet has over 10 Million online views. Errazuriz has been fea- tured in multiple magazine covers and portrayed in thousands press articles. He has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. In addition, his work has been featured in mainstream TV on BBC, CNN, ABC, and NY1.

Twitter: @holysebastian

Johanna Blakley is a TED speaker and media scholar at the University of Southern California, where she performs research on global entertainment, entertainment education, celebrity culture, fashion, digital media and intellectual property law. Blakley developed course materials on cultural diplomacy for the Masters in Public Diplomacy program and she teaches courses on transmedia storytelling. She is an English Ph.D. with a background in the high-tech industry, including a stint at Vivendi Universal Games.

Esteban Quispe, known as "the genius of Patacamaya" is a Bolivian indigenous, and a young self-taught inventor, who builds robots from electronic waste. Since he won several local student science fairs, he earned a scholarship at the Catholic University of Bolivia to study robotics, where he is enrolled at Mechatronics Engineering program. His robot, the "Bolivian Wall-E" has appeared in international mainstream media, such as CNN and A+J, where a video about him has nearly 20 million views. He was born in the small Andean community of Anchallani, in the province of Loayza 17 years ago, and currently lives in La Paz.

Luis Alberto Moreno is the president of the Inter–American Development Bank since October, 2005.
Prior to joining the IDB, Moreno served as Colombia's Ambassador to the United States for seven years. Previously Moreno served as representative for the Andean Region of WestSphere Capital, a private equity firm, and as senior advisor to the Luis Carlos Sarmiento Organization, a leading financial group in Colombia.
Moreno held several senior positions in the administration of Colombian President César Gaviria starting in 1991, including President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, the Colombian government's industrial finance corporation, and Minister of Economic Development.
Moreno has published widely on Colombian and international politics and economics. He holds bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Economics from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from Thunderbird University. In 2012, he received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service

Twitter: @MorenoBID

Richard C. Blum is Chairman of Blum Capital Partners, L.P. and Co–Chairman of Newbridge Capital, LLC. Mr. Blum earned his B.A. and M.B.A degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He was the recipient of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business Alumnus of the Year Award in 1994 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the School.
Mr. Blum serves as a director on a number of boards, including Playtex Products, Glenborough Realty Trust and is Chairman of CB Richard Ellis. He also serves as Co–Chairman of the World Conference on Religion and Peace and is Founder and Chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation and is a board member of the World Wildlife Fund and the Wilderness Society. He is also a trustee and a member of the executive committee of The Carter Center, founded by former President Jimmy Carter.

Twitter: @Blum_Center

Gabriela Frias is co-anchor of CNN Dinero, CNN en Español. For more than 13 years, she has presented financial news from Latin America and the world for CNN, interviewing world leaders, reporting on the global financial crisis, and travel to high profile events such as the G-20 in Mexico and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Gabriela, who graduated with honors from Carlos Septíen School of Journalism in Mexico City, is recognized as a leader in business journalism in Latin America.

Twitter: @gfrias

Torsten Kolind is the co-founder and CEO of YouNoodle, the San Francisco-based startup which focuses on helping companies and governments engage with communities of entrepreneurs and innovators.
Prior to YouNoodle, Kolind was CEO of Venture Cup, the largest entrepreneurship competition in Denmark. He holds a master of science in biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark, and has spent time at University College London, Southern Methodist University (Texas) and Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile) as part of his studies.
Kolind has judged entrepreneurship competitions at Stanford, MIT, and Imperial College London, among others.

Twitter: @tkolind

Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster.
Cara currently cohosts/coproduces the Saturday morning television show "FabLab" on Fox and reports on local issues for "SoCal Connected" on KCET. She also hosts the digital companion series for the popular competition reality show "America's Greatest Makers" on TBS. Cara is the creator and host of a weekly science podcast called "Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria" and cohosts the popular "Skeptics' Guide to the Universe" podcast.
Previously, Cara was a regular contributor to "TechKnow" on Al Jazeera America and "Real Future" on Fusion. She also cohosted "Brain Surgery Live" on National Geographic Channel as well as "TakePart Live" on Pivot TV (she was also a producer on the series). Before that, she was the Senior Science Correspondent for The Huffington Post and costarred in "Hacking the Planet" and "The Truth About Twisters" on The Weather Channel.
Cara has made appearances on BBC America, CBS, CNN, Current TV, Fox, Fox News, G4tv, Nat Geo WILD, Science Channel, SundanceTV, and the Travel Channel.

Twitter: @CaraSantaMaria

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Meet the most innovative and disruptive startups from the creative industries from Latin America and the Caribbean as they pitch their solutions for improving lives at Demand Solutions Venture Night.
The participating startups were selected through a competition and evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Don´t miss this special evening!




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