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Co-founder

Pierre-Yves Paslier

Pierre is a London-based Innovation Design Engineer. He started his career as a Packaging Engineer for L’Oréal in the daytime and hacking 3D-printers in his living room at night.

He then decided to study design at the Royal College of Art and in 2013, he co-designed one of the first consumer delta 3D-printers.  His passion for innovation led him to co-found two startups, Gravity Sketch (3D creation in VR) and Notpla (edible packaging). Driven by the urge to act on our plastic crisis, he’s now 100% focused on Ooho, the edible water bottle as Co-CEO of Notpla. 

Pierre is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub and a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of Imperial College London Dyson School of Design Engineering.

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Co-founder

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez

Rodrigo is an inventor, designer, architect and engineer. He has a Master of Architecture with Honours from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, as well as postgraduate qualifications from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (India), Industrial Design at Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile), the Umeå Institute of Design, Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

 

As a lecturer, he has collaborated with different institutions such as Cornell University (USA), CEPT (India) and Kingston University(UK). He won the Gold Medal in the 2nd Improvisation World Championship celebrated in 2009 Santiago de Chile, has been awarded with the National Dyson Design Award, the British-Spanish Society-Telefonica Award.

 

He has also won the GAUDI European Competition on Sustainable Architecture three times.

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  • LinkedIn
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UK Import Supply Lead

Yogith Krishna

An accomplished and certified agile professional with more than four years comprehensive work experience in European and Asian markets while working with Fortune 500 companies on their supply chain operations, digital technology transformation projects, and product delivery.

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Academic Director Retail Design Lab, UHasselt

Prof. Dr. Katelijn Quartier

Katelijn Quartier is an assistent professor in retail design at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts of Hasselt University, where she is also the academic director of the Retail Design Lab knowledge center. She and the Lab are researching what the store of tomorrow should look like, what the role of design and other spatial cues play in it, and what the role of the physical store should be as such. Starting from scientific insights, Katelijn advised Belgian and international retail chains to improve their store experience.

 

In addition to research, she teaches retail design in theory and practice to both students and professionals. She has presented her work at various international conferences and and she has published, among others, in Retail design: theoretical perspectives; and in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

 

Before her academic career, Katelijn worked in retail design practices such as Fitch in London and Claessens-Erdmann in Amsterdam. The combination of experience in practice with theoretical training is what makes her unique.

CONNECT WITH HER:

  • LinkedIn
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Digital Advisor

Marco Guastamacchia

On a mission to spread innovation, Marco has been working for the last years at Microsoft to recruit and onboard the greatest startups, scaleups and ISVs in the market. Currently he is a Digital Advisor, providing Digital Transformation consulting for Retail, Fashion & CPG customers to support the creation of their future visions, transformative journeys design and solutions building.

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  • LinkedIn

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