Alvaro Figueredo
Alvaro Figueredo is a Guatemalan economist with a successful track record in the information technology industry. His experience includes working for small companies (high tech start ups) to big corporations such as Microsoft. His involvement in complex negotiations whilst selling projects to large organisations, afforded him the unique capacity to recognise the importance of human interaction in commercial success. He has a MSc. in Organisational and Social Psychology from The London School of Economics and a PhD in Innovation Management from the University of Cambridge, He is part of the commercialisation of science research team of the Cambridge Integrated Knowledge Centre. His research focuses on what determines the technological trajectories of generic disruptive technologies, in the early stages of commercialisation of science, on the relationship between technology and productivity and on innovation entrepreneurship. He is a visiting Professor at Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas (INCAE), and at Universidad FranciscoMarroquín, both in Central America.
email: alvaro2611@gmail.com

Miguel Imas

Miguel Imas is Senior Lecturer in organisation theory, creativity and change at the Faculty of Business & Law, Kingston University. Miguel’s research focuses on violence, creativity, sustainability and change among communities, workers and indigenous organisations in Latin America and Africa. He holds a BSc in Social psychology and a PhD in Organisational-Social Psychology from the London School of Economics. He is a keen photographer and filmmaker. He enjoys poetry, drama and literature. He believes passionately that art plays an important role in translating human experiences around the world so others can appreciate and understand them and by doing so construct more participative and collaborative organisation and management.
email: J.Imas@kingston.ac.uk


Garrick Jones
Garrick Jones is Partner in the Ludic Group and Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Social Psychology at LSE. He is particularly experienced in working with organisations on Innovation Strategies using Collaborative Learning and Design.  He has worked with teams to develop and launch Collaborative Environments in Europe, Africa, the United States and Asia. His research is focused on large scale group decision support systems, innovation and creativity in organisations, culture and education.
e-mail:
g.a.jones1@lse.ac.uk

Mayeda Jamal

Mayeda Ali (Jamal) is Assistant Professor at the Linköping University in Sweden. She initiated her PhD studies in Organizational and Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, later transferring to Department for Media and Economic Psychology at the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden). Mayeda is interested in studying everyday decision making processes and how they relate to individual and social development. She recently designed a project in India where ‘Spritivity’ was used to reach marginalized/oppressed groups of young girls living in State Institution, creating a platform for collaborative decision making and critical action by the participants. She is currently exploring how decision theory and creative, rich multi-media based communication methodology (such as Spritivity) can be successfully combined within empowerment oriented action research initiatives to facilitate communication and action for participatory community/individual development.
e-mail: mayedajamal@yahoo.com


Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Sevasti-Melissa Nolas is a social psychologist with an interest in innovative social change programmes and policies in the areas of health, children and young people. Her thesis looked at the practices of working in an inclusive and participative way in the context of a youth inclusion programme and its evaluation in the UK. She has published in the areas of organisational change and innovation, knowledge management and qualitative research methods. She worked as a Research Officer with the LML evaluating the Positive Futures programme between 2004-2006. From 2007-10 Melissa was Research Fellow at CAMHS Evidence-Based Practice Unit, University College London and Anna Freud Centre. She is currently Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Middlesex
e-mail:
S.Nolas@mdx.ac.uk

Gonzalo Olmos
Gonzalo Olmos is an audiovisual researcher in the LML. He was project manager for the Positive Futures Young People’s Views Pilot Project (2003) and a research officer at national rollout of Young People's Views Project (2004-2006). He holds a MSc in Oganisational Social psychology and from the London School of Economics and is Member of the International Advertising Association. His interests include photography, political communications, advertising and audiovisual research.
e-mail gonzalo@olmosphoto.com <http://www.lml.lse.ac.uk/G.E.Olmos@lse.ac.uk>

Marcelo Ramella

Marcelo Ramella is principal researcher with the Bermuda Monetary Authority. He has been involved in teaching and research at the LSE since 1995. He has worked extensively for the European Commission and the UK Government, especially, for the Department for International Development, the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, and the Home Office. Within the LML, he was project manger on the SaRA project. He is interested in concepts, policy and practice concerning marginalised young people, and in particular, in the uses of audio-visual language for enhanced communication and understanding transformation.Email: M.Ramella@lse.ac.uk


Thorsten Roser

Thorsten Roser is founder and Director of The London Research and Consulting Group (LRCG), a network of knowledge entrepreneurs emanating from the LSE. He is a qualified Business Psychologist who has worked in Corporate Management, Media Sciences, Knowledge Management, New Organizational Forms and Innovation. Thorsten graduated from the University of Heidelberg and has been involved in teaching and research at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Surrey School of Management (SOM) the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) and the Technical University Berlin (TUB). Within the LML, Thorsten is a consortium member of InCaS EU (Intellectual Capital Statements made in Europe). He is affiliated with various research groups at the LSE, including the Complexity Group, the Knowledge Organizations and Development Network (KODE)
E-mail: thorsten.roser@lrcg.co.uk


Viviane Schwager
Viviane Schwager completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and holds an MSc in Organisational Psychology from the London School of Economics. She also received her PhD from the same department. Her PhD research investigates the role of play and extended language in fostering creativity and aiding decision-making. The thesis provides, as its first objective, an in-depth narration of what actually happens within collaborative spaces. The second objective is to understand how these environments function and provide Group Decision Authoring and Communication Support (GDACS) that facilitate creative decision-making. First, play enables participants to establish a background-of-safety, a concept coined by Sandler and Sandler (1978), as a psychoanalytical cognitive model that identifies safety as a feeling quality within the ego and motored by the ego, which is usually taken for granted. The ego tries to maximize safety experience, rather than avoid anxiety, allowing students to risk being creative. Secondly, play nurtures the decision-hedgehog (Humphreys and Jones 2006) which positions decision-making through the construction of narratives making the rhizome that constitutes the body of the hedgehog with the fundamental aim of enriching contextual knowledge and creativity for decision-making. Her findings mainly contribute to EDS Innovation Theme 4: Spaces, Processes and event design but are also used to support other research areas and initiatives within LML.
Email v.schwager@lse.ac.uk