#alienadventures: 2 countries, 3 cities in 1 week #Zara #NokiaWorld

So next week is rather busy.

Besides getting the invitation to sit on a panel discussion at the Nokia World global conference, I received another call from ZARA (who are finally opening in SA in the next couple of months) to visit their HQ and see their operations…all in the same week. Who doesn’t want to find out how ZARA do what they do so well?

So I’ve managed to juggle both.

So I leave this weekend for La Coruna in Spain, then transfer to London on Wednesday (via Madrid on Tuesday), just in time to join the Nokia World panel discussion in the afternoon. It should be interesting. The panel session is entitled: Black Swans, purple cows and everything in between. Who wouldn’t be intrigued? Here’s the agenda for the day.


The people I am with on this panel with are a fascinating bunch.

Philip Dodd is an award-winning BBC broadcaster and chairman of the agency Made in China, developing business and cultural relationships between Chinese and European companies and governments. He has been named one of the top 50 design gurus by ‘Design Week’ magazine and one of Britain’s top five cultural entrepreneurs by ‘Elle Deco’.  He first went to China as Director of the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) with Tony Blair, and has been working one week each month in China since 2004. He has worked with the city government on Shanghai eArts, the largest digital festival in the world, was the concept and content consultant on the British Pavilion at the recent World Expo, is the senior China advisor to Art HK, the largest and most successful artfair in Asia, has worked for Hutchison Whampoa Group and is developing mobile content for phones with European and Chinese partners., His company has recently launched a major networking club for Chinese students and creative companies and is working on a new major Design Fair for next year in Shanghai. He was called in The Guardian, one of the two most acute analysts of the changes of his generation and is credited with helping to develop the Cool Britaannia brand for the UK.

Mary McDowell is executive vice president in charge of Mobile Phones, responsible for the business and product development of Nokia’s global mobile phone operations.  Prior to this role, Mary served as executive vice president and chief development officer, leading the Corporate Development unit. When Mary joined Nokia in 2004, she held the position of executive vice president and general manager of Enterprise Solutions, responsible for the development and marketing of Nokia’s range of business-oriented devices and solutions.  Before joining Nokia, Mary served 17 years at HP-Compaq.

Parmesh Shahani heads the India Culture Lab, a newly formed experimental think tank within the Godrej group dedicated to probing the textured nature of modernity in contemporary India, and also serves as Editor at Large for Verve, India’s leading fashion and luxury magazine. In the past, he has founded Freshlimesoda.com, India’s first online youth magazine, and worked across the Indian mediascape at organizations like Elle, the Times of India group, and Sony Entertainment Television. He has also worked in the corporate world with the Mahindra group, where he helped set up a corporate venture fund and worked on other group wide innovation activities. Parmesh’s first book called ‘Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India‘ (Sage Publications) was released in April 2008. He is a TED Fellow and has a Masters degree in Comparative Media studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Can’t wait.

2 Responses to “#alienadventures: 2 countries, 3 cities in 1 week #Zara #NokiaWorld”
  1. So incredibly jealous! enjoy!

  2. obialone says:

    You live a charmed life! Have fun! Take peeektures!

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