Meet the freelance experts

Director of the College of Extraordinary Experiences and coach at McKinsey & Company. An expert in productivity and innovation

Claus Raasted is a specialist in productivity and innovation, and has been pushing the limits of the possible for twenty years.

He serves as the Director for The College of Extraordinary Experiences and is a Coach at McKinsey & Company. He is a prolific author, with 34 books to his name, and recently did 100 Innovation Keynotes in 100 Days. Raasted also has a past in reality TV, but these days, who hasn't?

Join this session to learn how to be efficient as a creative and have things done that add value to your as a creative professional. If you want to do more with less and work differently, then Claus is the one you need to learn from.
Senior Producer for Live Events @ Scriberia

With a background in design and illustration and a passion for projects that are well-organised whilst still feeling spontaneous, Emily joined Scriberia 8 years ago when the company was still in its infancy. Within that time, Scriberia has grown from 5 to 25 employees, plus a network of freelance creatives. Leaders in their field, Scriberia clarifies complexity with an aim to make thinking, working and communicating easier for everyone. Their London studio creates and delivers vision maps, animations, illustrations, infographics, scribing, murals and workshops for clients all over the world.

Founder of Collargig, managing principal at Wilba Capital

Founder of Collargig, a smart freelancing marketplace that connects underserved professionals with world-class gig opportunities.

Join Ayo's session as he will share the trends that are evolving in the freelance economy, what type of customers exist and how their behaviors and expectations differ. He will also share where to find clients: be it an individual, business or enterprise level customers and how to retain them over a long period of time

Freelance pricing consultant, founder at Lift-off

Filip is formally a mag.oec. (business school graduate), has 3-years of entrepreneurial experience, has taught business planning at his alma mater, and was a marketing manager in a IT company for 5 years, then stepped out to form his solo consultant practice.

Trough it all, he has worked with mostly freelance consulting clients on the topic of market strategy and pricing, and has devoted a large amount of time answering questions about those topics for free on his LinkedIn, Quora account and, recently, YouTube. Along with that, he is involved in professional pricing projects all over the world.

Creative director and solopreneur, founder of Freelance Success

Alistair Webster is a creative director, marketing consultant and founder of Freelance Success, an educational platform designed to teach aspiring freelancers how to build sustainable, thriving freelance businesses doing the work they love. For the last ten years, he's been working freelance – building businesses, and working with some of the biggest brands in the world – from, to the University of Oxford. He's passionate about sharing everything he's learned along the way, and sharing the exact steps he follows to launch new businesses, build multiple income streams and work from anywhere.

Business consultant, coach and mentor

Maja has 20+ years' experience as an advertising professional across automotive, technology and innovation focused brands. She has worked with and for talented people, run departments, built and led client teams in the UK, Europe and globally, building long-term client relationships while collaborating with creative and strategic teams to deliver innovative ways of working.

Maja lived in many countries, Philippines, Germany, US, UK and now has settled in Amsterdam embracing the Dutch culture. With a multi-cultural background, she has a good grasp of cultural differences and understands what makes people tick.
Freelance graphic designer and online advisor

During his career Antonio have worked with major brands and International Companies such as: Conde Nast Group, The New York Times, Greenpeace, Kickstarter, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, SABMiller, Heineken, Volkswagen, Visa, IPG Media-brands among others.

Based in Berlin, currently he works with Lomography as brand ambassador (since 2012) and he is part of 99designs, a global creative community with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and offices in Oakland and Berlin creating go-to design and online solutions for businesses, agencies and individuals.

An award-winning photographer, business owner at Lucia Gaggero Portraits

Lucia's style of contemporary photography and her ability to empower people, gives her clients the experience of perceiving themselves as gorgeous as ever.

Born in Italy, she has always been fascinated in art, literature and photography. She defines her work as "Haute Couture", because like a fashion designer, she tailors each and every shooting on wishes and desires of my clients.

Trainer and senior professional organiser

As a team trainer and senior professional organizer Karen Visser shows teams and professionals how to work smarter, not harder. Her training programmes, workshops and coaching helps professionals to get more focus, less stress and more results. By working smarter, they decide where to put in their attention, time and energy.

Independent creative director

Robert is a freelance creative director, storytelling strategist delivering limitless experiences defined and shaped by culture first – everything else is just infrastructure.

Robert worked with brands such as SO Group, Petrofac, 100% Design, Euroshop, Mercury Music Prize, Avanti, Bausch and Lomb, Ray-Ban, X-Ray, Oakley, and more.

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Author of The Freelance Bible

Alison describes her key skill as transforming creative ideas into a business reality. She accomplishes this with the films she produces, the creative entrepreneurs she mentors, SMEs and freelancers she advises and in her Penguin published book, The Freelance Bible. Alison has an unique skillset in that she has formal academic training (INSEAD MBA); has worked at senior level in many media companies; is an entrepreneur who has established several businesses and is a Nesta accredited Creative Enterprise trainer and mentor.

Founder of I support creatives

Katrijn is an expert in project management and her goal is to help creatives excel in what they love to do most. By analysing obstacles, bigger dreams, manifestos, she quickly derives what needs to be done to achieve a bigger goal. By dividing large projects into micro achievable goals, monitoring micro results, being a sounding board, she keeps a clear overview of what needs to be done. By supporting her clients every step of the way, helping them to stay focused, motivating them to make choices, they are growing in their expertise.
Business mentor for creative professionals

Gabrielle Chipeur is a creative business mentor who's spent the last 16 years at the crossroads of design, technology and online education, owning her own freelance business for the last 11 years. After struggling for six years while she juggled small children, client projects and a pesky need for sleep, she transformed her business to be highly profitable and even more fun. She's now made it her mission to teach other creative professionals to do the same so they can love their work again, attract the best clients and charge what they're worth.
Sir Freelance-a-lot, product design consultant, agency owner of Meridian Collective

Tom is a Croatia-born, London-based Product Design Consultant, Founder, Speaker, Techstars Mentor and Stand-up Comedian with over 15 years of experience across the digital and organisational landscape.

Tom helps companies building software to implement UX and design principles into their process and save on development costs and shorten the product's time to market.

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