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.

ROBIN WALTERS

Conference Manager

Robin is a senior convention education manager, senior meeting planner, and speaker care expert. She has over 16 plus years’ experience having started her career managing conferences and exhibits in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has spent the last eight years in Washington DC managing conference Call for Speakers process, session content, and providing speaker care for more than 1,200 speakers in person and virtually. 

 

Outside of this, Robin has been an independent travel agent for more than 15 years. Being a travel agent has provided her with logistics experience in group events such as poetry conferences, music festivals, and incentive travel throughout the world. Having traveled extensively herself, she still has quite the bucket list. 

DIRK VANDEREYKEN

Public Relations

Inspired by a class dissertation on The Lord of the Rings, Dirk wrote his first novel – an adult science fantasy story – at age 11. It got published to critical acclaim 3 years later, making Dirk Belgium’s youngest author ever and earning him his city’s Medal of Cultural Merit. This opened a lot of doors for him and Dirk became Regional Director of the Role-Playing Game Association for Belgium at age 15.

Dirk continued to hone his writing skills as a journalist, columnist, critic and editor for more than two dozen print and online magazines, while he also wrote two more novels in English. He was hired to do ghostwriting on two film scripts, as well as writing the film script and the entire audio play for Modiphius Entertainment’s huge Achtung! Cthulhu franchise. 

 

While doing all of this, Dirk started his own PR bureau, Badass PR (definitely ask him about the name!), mainly handling public relations for films, TV series, and the hospitality business. With Badass Intensive Courses and Badass Intensive Acting Studios, he also teaches acting (for film & TV), improv, singing, presentation & debating techniques, communication, lie detection, hypnosis, directing, and writing.

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EINAR ERLENDSSON

Icelandic Local Project Management

Einar has a B.Sc. in Image Science from Westminster University. After his studies he was employed to set up a Department of Medical Illustration at the National Hospital in Iceland. After going private 3 years late he was soon running The Photography Processing Lab in Iceland with a staff of 17. The processing lab had very diverse projects in addition to high quality film processing. Large exhibit prints and multi-visual slide shows with sound and narration are just a couple of examples. It was then he met foreign photographers when they brought their landscape photography films for processing. He was inspired by the guests eyes of those photographers. It was then he got the dream to build a festival in Iceland, similar to “Arles Les Recontres de la Photography”, but with focus on nature photography. The project was simply named FocusOnNature. It was not easy to launch such project in 1990. In 1995 he sold the photo processing lab and went fully digital, specialising in scanning, digital image processing and Digital Asset Management. 

When the financial crash hit Iceland 2008 he decided to follow his dreams. He pulled out the FocusOnNature project and started setting up and administrating photography workshops in Iceland with renown American instructors. Same year he became an Adobe Partner & Influencer.  

Today Einar is the CEO of an Adobe Gold Certified Reseller company he founded 2012. He has continued to be involved in various projects, production exhibit prints, colour grading proofs for printing of photography books and photography exhibits. He was the Technical Producer of the Iceland Revealed, two years Smithsonian Museum photography exhibit. He also oversaw lay outing and printing off the book published in relationship to the Smithsonian exhibit. In February 2015 he vas the liaison with the Icelandic Civil Protection Institution to get accepted and all permits for ABC to broadcast live via satellite for Good Morning America from the volcano eruption Holuhraun up in the highlands of Iceland during mid winter.  With a team of 37, both technicals, administrator and a talent from ABC, local experts and selected rescue service individuals he was responsible for getting 1 tons of equipment to the volcano site and all execution of the whole project which was immensely successful.

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.

AIDAN RHODE

Assistant Manager

Aidan is a filmmaker and photographer from Derbyshire, England. He attended the Cannes Film Festival in 2021; has directed and produced short films with the BFI, IET, Arts Council England and several other organisations, as well as editing for a number of content creators on YouTube, in addition to running his own channel on the platform. 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.

 

Outside of filmmaking, he is also a qualified drone pilot, percussionist, actor, writer and runner. 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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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.

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

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.

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."