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Bruce Byers is a commercial photographer of over 30 years. His clients and personal work has taken him from the studio in NYC, to a vast number of countries around the globe. He has taught photography at New York University, Peters Valley Workshops and has lead many trips to Cuba. His documentary style will show you his approach to capturing the real life photographs during the workshop. ....Read more

Architect and planner Miguel Coyula worked at the Cuban Ministry of Construction from 1971 to 1990, first as a researcher and later as a specialist in the department of International Relations. He also served as Secretary for Agricultural and Industrial Development for the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON), travelling widely through the former Eastern Bloc and Soviet Union.....Read more

Alex Fuster is the son of Jose Fuster, the brilliant artist who is the “Gaudi” of Cuba. Fusterville is the lifelong work of both father and son. This fishing village, Jaimanitas, has been transformed into Fusterlandia, an immersive experience in art, design and fantasy created of ceramic mosaics. Jose has said, “Welcome to the present and the future, here we are and here is where we will be.”....Read more

Greg has dedicated the last 20 years of his life to studying people who thrive. As an internationally recognized pioneer in the fields of happiness and health, his acclaimed research has taken him to all seven continents and over 60 countries. His early findings culminated in a system of nine choices that is continually being studied at leading institutions, including the Mayo Clinic,....Read more

Julie Lasky is a journalist, editor and critic best known for her writings on design and popular culture. From 2012 to 2015, she was the deputy editor of the New York Times’s weekly Home section, for which she wrote a monthly column on new design called “The Details.” Prior to that, she was editor of Change Observer, a Rockefeller Foundation-funded channel of the critically acclaimed ....Read more

Sandra Levinson is the President and Executive Director of the Center for Cuban Studies, and was one of the Center's founders in 1972. In September, 1999 she opened the Center's Cuban Art Space, where she serves as the director/curator. Before working with the Center, she taught political science at the City University of New York and political sociology at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute served as co-host for the PBS NYC Channel 13 show, “Free Time,” and was the New York Editor of Ramparts magazine.....Read more

Based in New York, Richard Maxwell is a political economist of media and a professor of Media Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. His research has focused on international communication, surveillance and data protection, the environmental impact of information and communication technologies, and labor in high-tech industries. ....Read more

Jerry Michalski (ma-call-ski) is the founder of REX, the Relationship Economy eXpedition. He is a pattern finder, lateral thinker, Gladwellian connector, facilitator and explorer of the interactions between technology, society and business. From 1987 to 1998, Jerry was a technology analyst, focusing not on quarterly earnings but rather on which technologies would be useful and which would be distractions, ....Read more

Juan Jesús Gesen Musa works as a technical specialist at Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, School. He is an expert who teaches students the restoration process in the workshop and quality control in the field. He leads educational tours of the work underway in Old Havana´s historical center. As a hobby, he is a pastry chef, making confections for many happy Quinceañera celebrants....Read more

April is a sharing economy and Sharing Cities expert, focusing on the linkages and opportunities between the sharing economy and cities; policy; travel and tourism; and emerging markets. She advises companies, local and national governments, entrepreneurs, think tanks, investors and development banks, working across for-profit and non-profit models.....Read more

Dr. Gregory Stock, a biotech entrepreneur, bioethicist, best-selling author and public communicator is a leading authority on the broad impacts of genomic and other advanced technologies in the life sciences. He founded the influential Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine in 1997 and served as its director for ten years....Read more

Ned Sublette is the co-author, with Constance Sublette, of The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry, and is the author of The Year Before the Flood; The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square; and Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo.....Read more

Ian Williams is from Liverpool, and his variegated career has ranged from a mao tai drinking competition with Chinese Premier Chou En Lai and arguing English Literature with Mme Mao, to speechwriting for then British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. Rum: a Social and Sociable history of the Real Spirit of 1776, was Ian’s fourth book.....Read more

Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab, where he heads research on Media Cloud, a system for quantitative analysis of agenda setting in digital media, and Promise Tracker, a platform that allows citizens to monitor powerful institutions using mobile and web technologies. ....Read more

David Zweig is the author of Invisibles: Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of the Workplace (Penguin Random House, 2014). Invisibles has received coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among many other publications. The book made numerous year end "Best Of" lists and has been translated into six languages. ....Read more

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