WLG-X brings together some of the world’s most exciting creators and innovators across tech, design, film and music. We're currently busy building the programme, so keep an eye out for more speaker announcements.
Check out our first tranche of international speakers below!
Alayna Van Devort
NZ-born Alayna Van Dervort attended university at SFAI and Bard University in America. After an extensive career directing major international projects in the non-for-profit and contemporary art industries, Alayna joined the Artificial Intelligence team at Amazon in 2016. As Manager of the Artificial Intelligence for Good Program, Alayna works with organizations on the front lines of Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning positive-impact projects in education, environmental advocacy, accessibility, healthcare, child sex trafficking and global crises. “When we aim to solve big problems, we need to have the right tools to be successful. Artificial Intelligence has the capability of being the most powerful & important equalizer of our time.”
Liz Manashil earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Post graduation, Liz spent several years as a film critic for the PBS/Hulu series Just Seen It (which she also helped produce and direct).
Overlapping this, Liz worked with distribution guru Peter Broderick. Her debut feature, Bread and Butter, was called “an absolute must-watch for women everywhere” by HelloGiggles. It was released by The Orchard and can be seen on video-on-demand nearly everywhere.
Liz is currently in post-production on her second feature film, Speed of Life, and lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Laura Palmer, and her partner, Sean Wright. She is the Manager of Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative.
Mark D. Moore worked for NASA for 32 years before joining Uber to become the Engineering Director of Elevate Vehicle Systems. Uber has developed a transformative vision for urban mobility called Elevate to implement short-range aerial ridesharing that will provide a fast, on-demand aviation alternative to ground highway gridlock. Throughout his entire career, Mark has developed advanced aircraft, with a focus on Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (VTOL). Over the past decade, he has pioneered the development of Distributed Electric Propulsion technologies as the fundamental enabler of new types of electric vertical flight aircraft.
At NASA, Mark led three rapid concept to flight demonstrator teams – including the SCEPTOR X-57, the first NASA manned X-plane (Experimental Airplane) in over 25 years. He is also the creator of the Puffin Personal Air Vehicle – described by Wired as “way cooler than a jetpack” – spurring the gold rush into the wild wild west of electric VTOL aviation.
Ty Stiklorius is the Co-Founder and CEO of Friends at Work, a management, entertainment and social-impact company which supports the careers of artists including John Legend, Alanis Morissette, Ryan Adams & Lindsey Stirling. Ty is also a principal at Get Lifted Film Co, John Legend’s production company – which has served as Executive Producer on the Oscar-winning film La La Land and the hit series Underground. Recently, Ty won an Emmy for her work as an Executive Producer of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.