The great-grandson of Émile Hermès, Guillaume de Seynes represents the sixth generation of the Hermès family.
He joined Hermès in 1997 at La Montre Hermès in Bienne, Switzerland, and in 1999 became Managing Director. In 2006, he was appointed Executive Vice-President of Hermès International. Since 2011, Guillaume de Seynes has been Managing Director of Hermès International in charge of Manufacturing Division and Equity Investments. He is also Chairman of Comité Colbert, the French luxury association.
Ménéhould de Bazelaire du Chatelle studied Literature, Latin, Greek and History at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Working for four years at the Drawing Department in the Louvre Museum in Paris she joined Hermès as a curator of the Émile Hermès Collection in 1986.
The Émile Hermès collection is unparalleled. It is the secret garden of a passionate man with eclectic tastes, who cultivated a youthful spirit throughout his life. Émile Hermès collected pieces patiently, during quiet moments in auction halls, on exotic trips and at the whim of chance encounters. Once his office was filled, it took up a whole floor of the building at 24 Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in Paris. Its inspiration is, in its every aspect, the culture of the horse, a figure that made the city come alive and gave the landscape its beauty.
Lou Weis is a Creative Director and Strategist with twenty years' experience across the creative industries. He has created shows for international art and design festivals. Lou co-founded Broached Commissions in 2011, a gallery-based research-driven furniture and object design studio, and is the vehicle through which he expresses his passion for history and concern for the unsustainable nature of our material culture.
His works include a furniture collection for renowned Hotel Hotel Canberra, creating the first ever design show for UCCA, Beijing and being the only studio represented at the prestigious Design Miami and Basel shows.
An experienced research and development leader with a focus on disruptive technologies, Sue Kaey runs the world's first robotic centre. Her background in commercialisation helps successfully bridge the gap between ideas and implementation. Sue recently developed a research and development project supported by the Queensland government to explore the vision capabilities of Softbank's social robot, Pepper. Keen to make sure that women contribute to the development of the technologies of the future, Sue believes that everyone can be a roboticist and that science should be accessible to everyone.
Dr Jared Donovan is a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design at the Creative Industries Faculty of Queensland University of Technology where he teaches in the Interactive and Visual Design discipline. He is also co-lead of the Design Fabrication research platform at the Design Lab. His main research interests are in the areas of Gestural and Emodied Interaction. Participatory Design, Design Robotics and Performance Robotics with the aim to find better ways for people to interact with and be involved in the design process to spark discussion and debate.
Jared has been involved as Co-Director in the production of a number of creative performances combining robotics, dance, music and interactive and visual design. He was the academic lead of the QUT Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy from 2013-2016 and co-edited the book, Design and Anthropology.
Roland Snooks leads the progressive architecture practice Studio Roland Snooks and research collaborative Kokkulga. He worksat the forefront of new computational design processes and robotic fabrication techniques. Based in Melbourne but operating globally, Studio Roland Snooks has a passion for experimentation, questioning the norm and developing unconventional solutions and how these impact new technologies in architecture and construction.
The work of the pratice has been published internationally and exhibited widely including at the FRAC Collection in France, the Beijing Biennale, and the National Gallery of Victoria. Roland Snooks is also a senior lecturer at RMIT.