Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2021: Her and now – Uniting purpose & power for equality

November 20th, 2021|Events, Projects|

I was delighted to be Master of Ceremony for the opening day of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2021. A platform that aims to celebrate women’s leadership and create the conditions for more decision-making power for women, the #WFGM21 is a chance to gather and reflect on key issues where women are disproportionately affected, and have the potential – in business, politics, and society – to effectuate sizeable change. The first of five days was devoted to #Women4ClimateAction (other key themes were women in tech, women’s health and inclusive business), and brought together a terrific range of speakers to [...]

Jewish Life in Germany: The Third Generation on the Move

September 1st, 2021|Events, Projects|

It was a thrill on so many levels to host this panel for DW Culture – as our first in-person event since the start of the pandemic – and as part of the official celebrations marking 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany. The idea was to explore what it means to be Jewish in Germany today, with a focus on the increasingly diverse narratives of young, Jewish creatives. Joining me in the atrium of Berlin’s Jewish Museum were mezzo-soprano Shai Terry, writer and journalist Dmitry Kapitelman, and Deborah Feldman, author of the bestselling memoir "Unorthodox.” Hetty Berg, the museum’s Director, and Rabbinical [...]

Arts.21 on Tour – City, Country, Culture

August 21st, 2021|Projects|

In August I was back on the road again – finally! – for DW’s Culture Magazine Arts.21. With the pandemic still hampering travel plans it was a special edition that stayed close to home, but anyone who’s ever been to Germany can imagine we were still spoiled for choice as festivals picked up again and museums opened their doors. So we checked out some of the cultural highlights of summer 2021 in Germany, which included stops at the Rheingau Music Festival, Berlin’s own “Tanz im August” dance festival, and fresh insights into the modern landscape painting of my native Canada at [...]

RawMaterials Summit 2021 In Focus

June 18th, 2021|Events, Projects|

EIT RawMaterials is the world’s largest consortium in the raw materials sector and it was a huge pleasure teaming up with them once again for their flagship event. Held virtually from their offices in Berlin, the RawMaterials Summit 2021 brought their growing community together around topics such as Education and Innovation, the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA), and the Circular Economy. As European industry gears up to deliver on the ambitious goals outlined in the EU Green Deal, sustainable supply of the critical raw materials essential to the green transition is a strategic imperative. EIT RawMaterials aims to drive [...]

PVC 2021

May 13th, 2021|Events, Projects|

Good things come to those who wait, and that couldn’t have been truer for the PVC 2021 conference! The World’s leading forum on polyvinyl chloride was postponed in the spring of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and after a year of patience, planning and rejigging, we got it off the ground in 2021 as a completely virtual event. It was great fun developing the sessions for a fully interactive, virtual conference experience, and facilitating meaningful exchange between speakers and our 450+ remote participants. Circularity and innovation featured large on the program with keynotes from materials scientist and broadcaster [...]

10 Years EU MODEX Anniversary Show

March 28th, 2021|Events, Projects|

As many parts of the world were feeling the effect of climate-related natural disasters, a deep dive into the history and workings of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism couldn’t have been more timely. I was honoured to help EU MODEX celebrate its 10th anniversary, and transform what would have been an in-person event into an exciting television and live-stream broadcast. Thanks to the terrific team at TIDE-TV in Hamburg that took on this project for the European Commission … with first-person stories from a decade of Civil Protection exercises it not only galvanized a diverse expert community, but also [...]

The Allure of Sports in Western Culture

November 25th, 2019|Projects, Publications|

Proud to have a chapter in this impressive volume, The Allure of Sports in Western Culture, edited by the intrepid duo of John Zilcosky and Marlo Burks. After organising a successful symposium on the subject back in 2016 at the University of Toronto, they decided to collate the various contributions into a book. The result is a labour of love that brings together the work of historians, philosophers, literary theorists, and yours truly for an athlete perspective in an exploration of our collective fascination with sports from classical antiquity to the present day. Critics were resounding in their praise for [...]

Arts on the Edge: Can AI be truly creative | Arts.21-Talk

June 3rd, 2019|Events, Projects|

Artificial intelligence was a key theme at DW’s 2019 Global Media Forum in Bonn – the opportunities and risks that it presents, and its pervasive presence in every part of our lives. The arts are no exception, and with complex fields like music composition, film direction, and even visual arts increasingly influenced by algorithms and machine learning, the question of whether AI can ever trump human creativity is the subject of much debate. But what values or biases might it incorporate into the creative fields? Should we be worried AI will get the better of our artistic consciousness? What [...]

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