1-31 October 2023
Speakers line-up

Freelance Business
MONTH

  • Matt Mottola
    CEO, The Human Cloud | Author, Venture Partner, Forbes Contributor on the Freelance Economy
    Matthew Mottola is a global leader in helping enterprises embrace freelance workforces at scale.

    He is currently CEO of The Human Cloud, the leading authority for leaders embracing the freelance economy, along with advising, investing, and contributing in Forbes on the freelance economy.

    Prior, Matthew founded Venture L, a venture backed freelancer SaaS, led the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit, a tech stack enabling enterprises to scale freelance programs over $100m, was early at Gigster, Silicon Valley's leading software development freelancer network, and freelanced himself for over 10 years.

    Matthew has spoken across 50+ international stages, been nominated a top 50 remote work expert to follow, and featured in Fortune, Bloomberg, YPO, and Yahoo Finance to name a few.

    In Matthew's words: "My career looks like a dog chasing his own tail. I freelance, I help enterprises hire freelancers, I build software that connects the two. Literally thats it, and I've been fortunate to see how the best companies in the world scale their workforces strategically through freelancers and freelance programs."
  • Joy Batra
    Author of ''The Freelance Mindset'', featured in Oprah Daily | Lawyer | Occasional Actor
    Joy Batra is founder of Quartz Consulting, a freelance consulting firm that has advised start-ups, venture capital firms, and Fortune 500 companies. She previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Gunderson Dettmer, JioSaavn, briefly as a Bollywood actress (long story), and most recently as Head of Legal at Syndicate Protocol. Joy has lived or worked in India, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, the UAE, and the UK. She currently splits her time between NYC and Boston. Joy holds a JD/MBA from Harvard University. Her book, "The Freelance Mindset: Unleashing Your Side Hustles for Better Work, Play, and Life" was endorsed by Daniel Pink, Dorie Clark, and Arthur C. Brooks, and was named a best graduation gift by Oprah Daily.
  • Rafael Espinal
    President of Freelancers Union
    In his current role as Executive Director of the Freelancers Union, Rafael Espinal brings his wealth of experience and dedication to advocacy to support and champion the rights of freelancers and independent workers. Under his leadership, the organization has expanded its reach and impact, providing valuable resources, support networks, and lobbying for policy changes that benefit the growing independent workforce. Espinal's relentless commitment to ensuring fair treatment and equal rights for freelancers highlights his ongoing passion for creating a more inclusive and just labor market, making him a respected and influential figure within the freelance community.
  • Raquel Suarez
    Global Head of Talent Home Care and Europe, Unilever
  • Alp Sezginsoy
    Expertera Founder | DOJO Co-Founder | TEDx Speaker | Agile Workforce Strategist | Future of Work Summits Founder |
    Alp is an enthusiastic entrepreneur with background in consulting, investment banking, and expertise on the Future of Work, On-demand Economy, particularly on the Uberization of Workforce. He is currently working heavily to build global talent pipelines, while enabling new ways of working.
  • Travis Bennet
    COO, Doerscircle
    Ambitious, entrepreneurial leader with 15+ years' marketing + agency experience. Currently running all growth and go-to-market strategies for Doerscircle - an ecommerce platform enabling the future of hybrid work.
  • Zukhriddin Shadmonov
    Deputy Director of Digital Economy Research Center, Ministry of Digital Technologies, Uzbekistan
    Zukhriddin Shadmonov leads the Digital Economy Research Center under the Ministry of Digital Technologies in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The primary focus of the center is to develop freelance programs for local freelance IT specialists. Uzbekistan aims to establish itself as the leading IT hub in Central Asia by 2030, with the assistance of freelance IT talents.
  • Branka Anđelković
    Co-founder and Programme Director of the Public Policy Research Center, Serbia
    Branka Anđelković is a Co-founder and Programme Director of the Public Policy Research Center, Belgrade based think tank. Her current research interests are focused on labour markets, employment relations and economy of innovation in the context of knowledge-based economy and digital transformation. Branka is the lead author and editor of several pioneering studies about the platform economy and digital work in Serbia and Southeast Europe. She serves as the Principal Investigator for Serbia in the Fairwork project, a collaborative effort involving researchers from 39 countries. The project aims to assess digital platforms and employers based on fairness and the principles of decent work.

    She holds MAs in public administration from Harvard University (United States), and in international relations from the Central European University (Hungary). Her BA is in comparative literature and theory of literature from the University of Belgrade (Serbia).
  • Nadina Iacob
    Digital Economy Consultant, The World Bank
    Nadina Iacob is a consultant at the World Bank. Her research is driven by the desire to explore the potential of the digital transformation and its implications across a variety of policy areas. In her recent work, she has focused on issues related to the impact of digital technologies across multiple sectors as well as emerging discussions on data governance regulations. During her career, Nadina has contributed analyses and studies for a variety of organizations including the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the German development agency GIZ. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School (Berlin, Germany).
  • Glen Hodgson
    Secretary General, Freelance Movement
    With over twenty years' experience in communications, public affairs and lobbying, Glen leads Freelance Movement, a stakeholder initiative on the future of work in Europe. Glen was previously responsible for the Nordics, Baltics and Central & Eastern Europe within an international communications agency. Prior to this he worked for the European institutions as well as governments, blue-chip international companies, start-ups and NGOs as a lobbyist, strategist and communications advisor.

    Glen was also the Secretary General of a European trade association for five years. Today, Glen is a respected commentator on European affairs, digitalisation and labour market issues, as well as a frequent presenter, moderator and panellist at European policy events.
  • Hush Naidoo
    Chair, The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea)
    Hush is a highly astute entrepreneur, businessman and globally renowned photographer with three decades of experience. He has the unique ability to capture humanity at its best through moments that transcend generations. These include events, portraits, board members of listed companies, multinational executives, Hollywood actors and accomplished global leaders such as Oprah and Nelson Mandela. He worked with SAFTA events for more than a decade – capturing the best of the best in TV and film across South Africa.

    Hush is among few remaining photographers who experienced the industry during its transition from analogue to digital. He provided photography solutions to a wide array of clientele - ranging from people to architecture, capturing the brand stories of companies such as Edcon and KFC.

    Hush has a lifelong commitment to going the extra mile, putting the needs of others first. He is privileged to lead Safrea in achieving its next set of milestones, positively impacting the freelancing industry.
  • Bekka Prideaux
    Leadership development and change management coach
    Bekka is a Leadership Development coach and consultant who works specialists, freelancers, and business leaders as they build the careers they want to build. Bekka has over 30 years leadership, change and project experience, gained in a variety of sectors, functions and roles, 15 of them as a freelancer. She has delivered results in high profile leadership roles and enabled clients to do the same. Bekka brings curiosity, fun and pragmatism to her work with top multinationals and small businesses alike. She believes that developing our curiosity muscles is what helps the great freelancers stand out from the good ones.
  • Úna Herlihy
    Co-Founder, The Indie List
    Úna Herlihy is the co-founder and curator of The Indie List, Ireland's first and only marketplace where freelancers can find work, network and be part of a like-minded community. She started her career in creative agencies McCann-Erickson and BBDO, but ultimately was destined to listen to her internal entrepreneur and has been working as an independent consultant, facilitator and connector of people since 2005.

    Apart from being passionate about creativity and the creative process, she is a board member of AsIAm, Ireland's autism charity. She lives in the south-east of Ireland with her artist husband, 3 children and a sad collection of mal-nourished house plants.
  • Adrian O'Flynn
    Head of Creative & Innovation at Get Your Stories Straight
    Adrian is Head of Creative and Innovation at Get Your Stories Straight. He started freelancing in 2015 and has since grown a digital agency which has raised over €100,000,000 for their charity clients, with a team of one full-time employee and 15 freelancers.

    Adrian will uncover insights as to how he has engaged freelancers to help him achieve such growth.
  • Sasha Smith
    Chief Operating Officer at Plannernet
    Sasha Smith is the Chief Operating Officer at Plannernet. In her nearly 15 years with the company, she has driven innovation and integration of freelance workforce solutions for the meeting & events industry through her leadership of Strategic Account Management, Customer Success, Supplier Relations, and IT Solutions. Leveraging her variety of experience, Sasha's passion is designing bespoke solutions that allow freelancers and enterprises to build flourishing relationships and partner seamlessly.
  • Jon Younger
    Leadership development and change management coach
    Jon is a multifaceted professional, renowned as an author, educator, early-stage investor, and unwavering champion of the freelance economy. Holding a PhD from the prestigious University of Toronto, Jon's journey is a rich tapestry of a 45-year-long career adorned with captivating projects.

    He has shared his expertise as a lecturer on the future of work at esteemed institutions like the University of Michigan, the Indian School of Business, the Copenhagen School of Business, Wharton, and several other renowned universities. Alongside his academic pursuits, Jon is a Partner in "The Human Cloud" with Matt Mottola, delving into the transformative potential of freelance work.

    Since 2018, Jon has contributed his insights as a Forbes Contributor, offering a unique perspective on the evolving world of work. He is also a co-author of influential books, including "Agile Talent" (Harvard) and "HR From the Outside In" (McGraw-Hill), among others.
  • Rich Parker

    CEO, Plannernet
    Rich Parker is a highly accomplished executive with over two decades of experience within the meeting and events industry. Prior to serving in his current role as Chief Executive Officer, he joined Plannernet as Chief Operating Officer from 2013-2019, and held a variety of executive roles at Advanced Health Media from 2002-2013. Parker is a CPA, CVA, and CCWP, highlighting his financial and contingent workforce expertise as well as his commitment to excellence.

    Rich is passionate about the freelance economy and small businesses, aiming to evolve Plannernet's compliant sourcing solutions while staying at the forefront of connecting a community of freelance planners with clients of all sizes. He is driving Plannernet towards a future of continued success and growth in the dynamic world of meeting and event planning.
  • Sarah Martens
    Moderator | Video coach | Team facilitator
    Sarah has been working as a freelance facilitator, presenter and actress since 2019. After making countless self-tape audition videos and presenting many videos and livestream events during the pandemic, she decided to help other entrepreneurs presenting themselves and their businesses on video.
  • Kritika Narula
    Freelance journalist and content consultant | Consultant writer at UNICEF India
    Kritika Narula is a freelance journalist and content consultant working with clients across the US, UK, and India. She writes about careers, education, technology, health, culture, and the future of work. She specialises in community-driven marketing and extensively hosts webinars, workshops, panels, etc for her clients as a part of the content marketing strategy.

    A mental health advocate, she is also a volunteer committee member at Generation Mental Health, a global mental health not-for-profit.
  • Adam Fillary
    Professional Networking Strategic Advisor | Director of Strategy, Meetings & Events Support Association (MESA)
    With a speciality in networking, Adam's ability to connect has opened many doors. Benefitting from both serendipity and strategy, Adam has created a myriad of opportunities for all.

    He combines his insights about the human spirit, behavioural science, anthropology, and organizational culture with a passion. Adam describes himself as a humanist, anti-technologist, and sacrificial lamb on a mission to understand people and their comfortability better or lack thereof in groups.
  • Jennifer Lemmert
    Independent communications consultant, Jennifer Lemmert, LLC
    Jennifer Lemmert helps leaders shine and employees connect, making a powerful impact at their companies and within their industries. She's a storyteller with nearly 20 years of corporate communications and marketing experience with heavy hitters in the government, non-profit, healthcare, finance, and hospitality industries. After losing her job in the pandemic, Jennifer launched her consulting business and has never looked back. She lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and three sons.
  • Sebastien Aguilar
    Founder and Chairman of SimplyFI, Founder of #FIRE Belgium 8k+ investors community
    Sebastien teaches people how to build wealth on autopilot, with evidence-based investing optimized for performance and peace of mind. He also runs FIREBelgium.com, a community of personal finance enthusiasts who empower each other to build financial freedom in their lives.

    Sebastien is not a financial professional, but he learned the hard way that you don't need to take crazy risks nor pay expensive managers or banks to invest well in the stock market. Instead, you need common sense knowledge and a simple plan.

    After consistently saving and investing during his career he reached financial independence at 33. Today, he teaches busy professionals how to invest simply and effectively via index ETFs, a method proven by countless studies to generate better returns than most professional managers and that requires less than 5 min per month to manage.
  • Nicolina Werther
    Success & Leadership Coach
    Nicolina Werther is an intuitive success and business guide who helps sensitives and creatives grow their business with success, joy and ease. She combines a background in the performing arts and as a well-being practitioner with teaching entrepreneurial thinking and leadership skills. Nicolina's courses and bespoke coaching programmes are designed to help her clients align their inner world with their outer aspirations and build a career or business that is prosperous as well as fulfilling. Nicolina hosts the fortnightly podcast "Building for Bliss" and her clients describe her work as empowering, growing them as a person as much as a professional.
  • Adrian Ashton
    International award-winning enterprise consultant
    International award winning enterprise consultant - using toys, games, and quizzes to help businesses, charities, social enterprises, universities, and others, to better get to grips with messy problems.
  • Briana Stuart
    Performer | Choreographer | Dance Entrepreneur | TEDx Speaker
    Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Briana Ashley Stuart is a performer, choreographer and dance entrepreneur. She received her BFA in Dance & Sociology from the University of Michigan and has since worked internationally as an independent artist as well as with a number of companies and artists, notably, StepAfrika!, SJEwing & Dancers, ZIKIT, 4Hoogkindertheater, among others. In 2018, she created STU Arts Dance, a dance consultancy organization that utilizes dance and movement as a means of personal and professional development through engaging dance programming for special events, teambuilding activities, etc.

    She has also been featured in Together Magazine, BRUZZ, Le Soir, & BX1 Media. Currently, she is working on her latest work, Moving Meditations, a multidisciplinary work about healing which will premiere March 25, 2023 at KVS Brussels as well as Gorges Ocloo's latest work the Golden Stool, the story of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, premiering at Toneelhuis in Antwerp on April 27, 2023.
  • Fay Goldstein
    Co-founder and CEO, Folio | Former Marketing Director in Venture Capital, Startups, and NGOs
    Fay has 10+ years of experience leading branding and communication efforts for non-profits, government agencies, tech companies, and a VC firm. Prior to founding Folio, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Entrée Capital. In the past, Fay was the Strategic Communications and Development Manager at Upstream Security and the Managing Director of a US-based political communications NGO. Fay graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University and holds an MBA from Reichman University.
  • Antonia Loncar
    Communication Expert, European Commission | Senior Communications and Project Manager en Europe's MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV)
    Seasoned communication professional specialised in strategic communications, EU project management and online content development. With more than 12 years of experience, 10 of which in EU Affairs, Antonia works across sectors helping private, public, not for profit and international organizations find their voice and shape their digital communications. Freelancer since 2021, she currently works at the intersection of media, tech and AI helping public discussions create a safe framework to grow together rather than in parallel and at different speeds. Fluent in 5 languages, she has a MA in International Relations, BA in Comms and is currently also pursuing a PhD in Politics hoping to grow and give a research framework to her experiences.
  • Bozhidar Ivanov
    Content Writer | Marketing Manager of Open Sofia and Tiger Technology
    Bozhidar has been writing since he was old enough to hold a pen. After finishing his English and Creative Writing degree, he set his sights on marketing and writing content that informs and entertains.

    He has written over 100 articles for brands like Myprotein, Freelance Business Community and Open Bulgaria, plus countless social media posts, short stories, poems, and pages in his journal.

    He has been on a journey to uncover the secrets of great writing, and he is eager to share what he has discovered, before the wisdom slowly drives him mad.
  • Eleanor Mayrhofer
    Freelance webdesigner
    In her 25 year design career Eleanor has done everything from book compositing to designing mobile apps to methodology and agile process design for global creative teams. She's worked on projects for clients such as Chronicle Books, Vodafone, BMW, Audi, Bosch-Siemens Hausgerät, T-Online, and more.

    She escaped corporate life in 2010 to start her own eCommerce business selling printables. Her work was noticed by Goop, Martha Stewart, The New York Times and Pottery Barn Kids. For the past two years she's been having a really good time helping expat business owners in Germany get their websites launched in a day.
  • Chris Raulf
    Founder and President of Boulder SEO Marketing | International SEO Expert | Lecturer in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital and Content Marketing,
    University of Strasbourg
    Chris Raulf is the founder of Boulder SEO Marketing, a top-rated Denver-based SEO agency. He's also the founder of Chris Raulf SEO Consulting & Training. Chris and his team assist local, national, and international customers with all of their search engine optimization needs. Chris is a globally recognized international SEO expert. He frequently speaks at events around the world. Besides teaching his own classes in Colorado and around the United States, he's also a lecturer in online marketing for the University of Strasbourg, France.
  • Georgina Fezler
    Digital Marketing Specialist, Budapest Pride | Founder, Slow Social Agency | Slow and Ontological Coach
    Been a freelance strategist, and content creator (photography, video, copy) for more than 10 years now. Full-time freelancer for years and have a small agency where we work together with other freelancers. Local and international clients turn to us for social media strategy and content creation, we have developed a method called Slow Social - that embraces slow values and maximizes value for social content creation. I am a coach, an integral psychology learner, and a practitioner. We have been using AI for content creation since 2022 and currently have local (Hungarian) and international research about AI-assisted content creation. Would love to present that as well in October.
  • Jen Corcoran
    Award-Winning LinkedIn Training | Trusted Advisor for Introverts, Empaths and HSPs | #1 Trusted Marketing Advisor UK and Top 10 Business Advisor UK
    Jen Corcoran is an Award-Winning LinkedIn Training, Trusted Advisor for Introverts, Empaths and HSPs, on a mission to help sensitive, introverted and empathic female coaches, consultants and trainers to toot their horns on LinkedIn in an aligned, easy and fun way. With her authority marketing, she helps them super boost their LinkedIn profiles, make genuine connections and attract consistent ideal clients using her 4-stage PACT framework (Presence – Action – Connect – Track). Jen was titled as #1 Trusted Marketing Advisor UK and Top 10 Business Advisor UK in 2020.