Elizabeth Segran

Staff Writer, Fast Company

Elizabeth Segran is staff writer at Fast Company, whose work has appeared in a range of publications including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Salon.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in the field of South and Southeast Asian Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality. She is an expert on India, having devoted a decade to studying its history, literature, culture and gender dynamics.  She is a global nomad who grew up in Brussels, Paris, Singapore, Jakarta and London before moving to New York to attend Columbia University. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA with her books, her husband and her baby girl.

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Francesca Sarti

Founder, Arabeschi di Latte

Francesca Sarti, born in Florence and based in London, is an architect with an interdisciplinary attitude, who has always combined fields of interest, experiences and research, focusing on the world around us through a critic and creative filter. After working in the contemporary art world, in 2001 she founded the food design studio Arabeschi di Latte. Blurring the boundaries between food and design, Arabeschi di Latte has created and exhibited a variety of food-related projects such as a pop up café, special dinners, performances, installations and workshops around the world. Arabeschi di Latte uses food as an angle to investigate and communicate cultural conditions, traditions and rituals. Arabeschi di Latte creates events and projects for brands and istitutions including Selfridges, Marni, Fendi, Kenzo, Zegna, Molteni, Boffi, Bitossi, Pitti Immagine, The New York Times, RCS, San Pellegrino, MAXXI, Fiorucci Art Trust and the London Fashion College.

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Alexandra Fattal

Business and Finance Italian Correspondent, The Economist

Alexandra Fattal is The Economist's Milan correspondent and writes about Italian business and finance. Before moving to Italy she was online editor for the Middle East and Africa, based in London. She previously worked in The Economist's New York office, and for the European Parliament in Brussels. Alexandra studied History at Cambridge University, and International Relations at the London School of Economics.