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Lawrence Bloom

Lawrence Bloom is currently Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, a UN Inter Governmental Organisation which advises, assists and enables in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on behalf those Countries with which it has Treaties.

Lawrence was recently appointed as Global Ambassador to Zero G Colony the initiative that is hosting the first concerts from Space in partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. The inaugural event will be headlined by superstar Lady Gaga. The concert will celebrate all the technical and social breakthroughs that are creating a better world. It is expected that over two billion people will be partying and committing to create a safer future for humanity.

He was recently voted by SALT magazine as among the top 25 most Conscious Global Leaders, and some months ago received an award at the UN from the Humanitarian Innovation Forum for Conscious Leadership.

Lawrence was appointed the first Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Urban Management and he is a current alumnas of all Agenda Councils. He is former Chairman of the UN Environmental Programme, Green Economy Initiative, Green Cities, Buildings and Transport Council. Lawrence also served as an active member of the Corporate Responsibility Advisory Group of the ICEAW.

His passion is to support what is breaking through that which is breaking down, in the current system. He considers this action will enable the emergence of a societal model and a society, whose understanding around the interconnectedness of all things will harmonise conscious economics, social wellbeing and environmental responsibility into a healthy, thriving and abundant culture.

Richard Marks

Richard’s time as a business and legal affairs executive at Universal, Disney and Paramount combined with his years in private practice at Greenberg Traurig and, for the past decade, The Point Media, allow him to provide clients with a unique legal skill set.  

 

He represents clients such as New Regency, Legendary, ITV, IDW, Machinima, Electus, DirecTV, Relativity, Ovation, Fabrik, Shout Factory and MRC in connection with their development and production of programming for exploitation in all media and on all platforms.  He has been engaged as such by clients as varied as Warner Bros., ICM, HMRC and Celador.

 

He has brokered carriage agreements with AOL, MTV, and domestic and foreign radio and television broadcasters; negotiated numerous sponsorship agreements; and notably assisted Robert Sillerman in the acquisition of “American Idol.”

David Sherman

David is a partner in the Unscripted Television department at WME. David represents some of the most prolific production companies and producers in Broadcast and Cable, including A. Smith & Co. (NBC’s American Ninja Warrior), Collins Ave. (Lifetime’s Dance Moms), ITV Studios (Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen), Keshet DCP (ABC’s Rising Star), and T Group (Food Networks’ Mystery Diners).

 

He also represents some of TV’s most popular hosts and personalities, including Howie Mandel (NBC’s America’s Got Talent), Mario Lopez (NBC’s Extra), Baron Davis (former NBA star and host of Esquire’s How I Rock It), Jay Glazer (Fox’s NFL on Fox), Kristin Cavallari (E!’s, The Fabulist), Kevin Pereira (TruTV’s Hack My Life), and The Robertson Family (A&E’s Duck Dynasty). Prior to joining WME in February 2005, Sherman worked in advertisement sales at CBS Television.

David Hurwitz

David is a veteran television producer based in Los Angeles, CA., and is at the forefront of groundbreaking, high-stakes, entertaining television programming. Known for his ability to bring audiences to the edge of their seats through the use of explosive scenes, cutting-edge interactive technology, and compelling stories, David continues to develop and produce non-scripted content in the broadcast, cable, and digital worlds.

 

David’s past work includes Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (NBC), The Million Second Quiz (NBC), Bam’s Bad Ass Gameshow (TBS), Fear Factor (NBC), Stars Earn Stripes (NBC), American Gladiators (NBC), and the Emmy-nominated BrainSurge (Nickelodeon).

Ryan McDonough

Ryan co-founded Accompany, an intelligent, adaptive virtual chief of staff product, and serves as CFO. He was previously CFO at Ning, where he shepherded the business from a freemium model to focusing exclusively on its subscription business, increasing the paid user base by 5x. The turnaround resulted in Ning’s acquisition by Mode Media. Prior to that, he was a partner at early stage fund Constantin Ventures and an engagement manager at McKinsey. He holds an MBA from Wharton and BA from UC Berkeley.

Chris Rezendes

Chris is the Founder/ Co-Founder of INEX Advisors, IoT Impact LABS, and IoT Capital PARTNER. Chris and the teams he works with focus on the deployment of IoT-enabled solutions designed to address grand challenges. With INEX clients, LABS Sponsors, investors, early stage IoT companies and SMB pilot hosts, Chris and the teams he works with are proving that we can intentionally instrument the physical world to create resilience: profit, sustainability and greater equality. Chris has 25 years of experience in real-time, mission-critical, embedded and wireless technology markets as an analyst, advisor, and general manager, and now as an entrepreneur and investor.