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Paul Markillie

Paul Markillie is Innovation Editor at The Economist. Paul writes about new technologies and their implications in business. He travels widely, visiting many universities, research organizations and companies, interviewing a wide range of scientists, engineers and business executives. He was one the first journalists to spot and write about the emergence of additive manufacturing (popularly known as 3D printing) and civilian drones.

His highly acclaimed special report “The Third Industrial Revolution” (April 2012) followed an extensive series of interviews which Paul carried out worldwide. This report described how digitalization is radically altering global manufacturing, supply chains and labor markets with advances in areas such as robotics, materials and additive manufacturing. The report also predicted that as manufacturing goes digital it will change the economics of production, lowering the cost of entry in particular areas and resulting in some manufacturing moving back from countries like China. This report has been followed by others exploring subjects as diverse as autonomous cars, artificial organs and electric aircraft. A recent study also looked at how developments in materials science will deliver new materials for the future.

Mark Strauss
Interior Design Media

Mark Strauss is the President of Interior Design Media, the global, industry-leading design publication, website, and events brand serving the interior design industry.

Beginning his media career in advertising sales in 1976, Mark became the National Sales Manager of the largest B to B magazine of its time. He was named Publisher of Interior Design magazine in 1994, which under his leadership has experienced strong, continuous growth. He headed the development of Interior Design’s website for the industry's largest and most engaged design audience.

In 2010, a book publishing division was added to the portfolio.  Leading the charge, Interior Design Events was launched in 2011, creating in person experiences that connect the industry and promote thought leadership and collaboration across a wide range of practice areas.

A leader in the design community, Mark is an active participant in many industry organizations including the International Interior Design Association and Council of Interior Design Accreditation where he sits on the board. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and is also the Chairman of the Interior Design Hall of Fame.



Dick Doyle
Vinyl Institute

Doyle has extensive experience in legislative and regulatory advocacy as well as industry and community relations. Doyle provides leadership and direction in transforming the Vinyl Institute into the leading association representing the interests of North American vinyl resin producers and their customers.


Joe Tankersley
Unique Visions: Imagineering Your Tomorrows


Former Walt Disney Imagineer, writer, futurist, and storyteller, Joe Tankersley will show you how to “Imagineer Your Future.” For more than two decades, Joe has helped organizations imagine and realize their visions for better tomorrows. His work combines his skills as a writer/producer and storyteller with the tools of strategic foresight. He creates deeply immersive explorations of possible futures with strategic narratives that broaden horizons and stimulate innovation.

Joe has worked with multinational corporations and major foundations. His recent projects have explored the future of the workforce, retail, innovation, strategic disarmament, climate change and senior hunger. Onstage, Joe uses his story telling skills to make the future come to life. He mixes substantial research with real world examples to help audiences see how these possibilities relate to their own future.   

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