OUR TEAM

The Creativity Conference is made possible by a world-class team of creative experts

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We thought about the kind of conference we would wish to attend, and made that!

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MAXIM JAGO

Conference Director

Maxim Jago is a multi-award winning filmmaker, screenwriter, author, consultant futurist, and public speaker. He’s the author of some of the standard texts used by film schools around the world, as well as books and articles exploring emerging technology and trends. He’s also well known for his online and public training courses in film production and post-production.

As a consultant futurist, Maxim provides support and perspective on developments for several media and technology organizations. He’s Chief Innovation Officer for the film distribution company FilmDoo, and Chief Futurist for Core.Live.

Having directed over 30 short films, and two feature films, winning awards as a director and screenwriter, he's a regular speaker at film festivals and media technology conferences such as Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, Raindance, TIFF, NAB, IBC, BVE and SxSw.

Maxim brings far-reaching experience and understanding to the future of advanced technology for creativity and storytelling.

AIDAN RHODE

Public Relations and Creative Design

Aidan is a filmmaker and photographer from Derbyshire, England. He has directed and produced short films with the BFI, IET, Arts Council England and several other organisations, and has edited for a number of content creators on YouTube, in addition to running his own channel on the platform.

 

Outside of filmmaking, he is also a percussionist, actor, writer and runner. He has gained substantial experience by assisting on shoots with the BBC, Army, Off The Fence Productions, and local filmmakers, and aspires to work in the film industry in the future.

 

He plans to study Geography at the University of Manchester in September 2021. Aidan can be found online @aidan.rhode and at www.aidanrhode.com

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SONYA BLEIPH

Web Design Consultant

Sonya Bleiph is a multimedia creative practitioner based in London. She started as a post-production editor for music videos and short films for independent artists back in Moscow. She moved to the UK to pursue an interdisciplinary Human Sciences degree at UCL to broaden her understanding of human culture and nature through a combination of sciences and humanities. In the meantime, she has been gaining experience in marketing and media at various work placements.

 

Later Sonya joined an entertainment collective Peremena London as a Creative Director to run art and music events exploring contemporary underground nostalgia and queer culture of the Russian diaspora. Her fine art and digital pieces were exhibited in several galleries in London. Sonya has enrolled in Film Making MA course at the Central Film School. Currently, she freelances as a graphic and web designer as well as an art director for the photoshoots and film productions. Her visual portfolio is available to view at www.bleiph.gallery

MADALINA BENDERSCHI

Creative Assistant

Maddie is an enthusiastic researcher, conference and events producer. She is the president of the UK-Japan Student Conference, a space for cross-cultural pollination and a liberal discussion hub for issues facing future leaders. Previous editions delved into nuclear weapons and climate change, while UK-JP 2021 will explore ethics and technology. She has worked with the Battle of Ideas, Europe’s biggest debating festival numbering over 100 sessions and 400 speakers.

Her passions pivot around grassroots politics, inequality, and human wellbeing — topics evident in her research interests. In the past, she has studied urban sustainability in East London community gardens. An Anthropology graduate from UCL, her dissertation analysed Britain’s democratic legitimacy from the vantage point of climate activists. She is currently working with Imperial College to develop a guided journal supporting young people’s mental health during crises such as climate change and Covid-19.

UDOKA MAYA

Conference Host

Udoka is a writer, director and creative who is in the final year of a BSc in Anthropology at UCL. Her dissertation focuses on representations of disability in prophetic films. During her time at UCL she has written and directed several plays with original music and soundscapes, as well as performing work with the National Youth Theatre.

Udoka is passionate about international solidarity and climate justice — in 2017 she was selected to participate in the British Council International Study Visit to Bangladesh and in 2019 was awarded ACU funding to conduct research into Nigerian arts and cultures at the University of Ibadan. When she isn’t studying or writing, she is the photographer and creative director for food startup Oosum. Udoka is currently working on producing her first short film, a documentary on food in diaspora."

SEAN MCALLISTER

Creative Intern and Host

Sean is a diligent, creative, and forward-thinking individual, with a keen eye for detail. He is currently enrolled at BSc (Hons) Management with Marketing at The University of Manchester, with an abundance of experience across the retail and hospitality sectors. 

 

Sean was invited to work with The Creativity Conference in what would be his first professional placement and has gone on to additional marketing roles with student-led pro-bono marketing agency ReBrandMe, and popular football kit outlet Cult Kits Ltd.

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EINAR ERLENDSSON

Icelandic Project Management

Einar is a key Adobe Partner and influencer in Iceland, having worked in the media for over 35 years. He has also been a part-time teacher for Icelandic photographers for 25 years.

He is the CEO and owner of a photography processing lab with a staff of 17 and has produced photo exhibits, multi-vision shows, shown in Iceland, Europe and USA. Einar is the owner and General Manager a Digital Asset Management company, and founded FocusOnNature in 2008. He is also the founder and owner of Hugbunadarsetrid ehf., Adobe Certified Gold Reseller in Iceland. He was the Technical Producer of the Iceland Revealed image exhibit Smithsonian Museum.

 

His experienced includes work as the layout editor for the Iceland Revealed photography book project, and taking the role of Icelandic local project manager for a Good Morning America direct broadcasting from the Holurhaun volcano eruption with a over 35 in staff. He has held countless project manager and visual presentations production roles in Iceland or for staging overseas.

ABBY MCGOVERN

Creative Consultant

Abby was quite simply the glue that held together the entire inaugural Creativity Conference in January 2021. Her creative designs, social outreach, inspiration and energy drove the whole project and made The Creativity Conference possible.

Performing in an array of West End Shows, including Billy Elliot, Matilda and Oliver, Abby has relished in the joys of the creative industry from a young age. Recently graduating from UCL with a BSc in Anthropology, her passions invite studying humanity in all its material, cultural and technological aspects.

Since her appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, she went on to Direct numerous plays at UCL. Having worked with Pearson Education and Debatemate, co-leading a Debating programme at the Bamboo Schools in Nepal, her interests lie in watching young people flourish creatively in education.

Co-founding the start-up Humble Warrior Elixirs during her first two years of University, Abby’s experience stretches across varied fields, aiming to bring enthusiasm and light to every corner.

KRISTIAN RADEV

Conference Host

Kris is a writer and researcher who's previously served as a moderator on a number of different events. He holds a Bachelor of Science in anthropology from UCL.

Often fuelled by his curiosity for human culture in all its facets, his creative and interdisciplinary background encompasses numerous different fields: from market research, to tech, to private investigation, to fashion styling, to publishing and editorial.

He's worked on both creative and commercial productions for the likes of Investigation Discovery, National Geographic Kids, Panasonic, Škoda, Sky, the London Shakespeare Workout Prison Project. His writing has appeared in The London Magazine, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Monocle, among others.