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Drew Jones, PhD

Founding Partner

Drew Jones, Ph.D., is an organizational consultant, management professor, and writer. He has consulted with large and small firms over the past 15 years, and has written three books, including the first book (co-written) on coworking. His most recent book, The Fifth Age of Work: How Companies Can Re-Design Work to be More Innovative in a Cloud Economy– provides a roadmap to a future world of work. He has been involved in coworking since 2007, and most recently was co-owner and partner at Conjunctured Coworking– Austin, Texas’ first coworking space. He is based in Austin, Texas.

Drew has been a speaker at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC), Steelcase Workspring, Bisnow, IFMA, Gensler Consulting Summit, Conference Board, and SXSW on the topics of culture, space, design, leadership.

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David Walker

Founding Partner

David Walker is a Partner at OpenWork Agency, a global workplace strategy consultancy with roots in the coworking industry. One, of the original pioneers of the global coworking movement, David brings nearly a decade of experience working in the coworking industry. Prior to co-founding OpenWork Agency, David co-founded and led operations at Conjunctured (2008-2014) in Austin, one of the original 50 coworking spaces in the world. Conjunctured received global acclaim for not only being an innovative workspace alternative, but also for its unique community-first approach to work and thought leadership in the coworking industry. Today, there are 65 coworking spaces in Austin and over 28,000 spaces across the world. David’s personal mission is to help evolve outdated models of work into dynamic, ecosystems of collaboration.

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Sven Govaars

Change Practitioner

Sven has over 35 years experience in architecture, real estate, and workplace strategy applying design thinking and change management with successful results. His background allows him to help clients generate powerful insights - amplifying the strength and actions of their people, teams and overall organization. Sven has been exploring central questions to align work, workers and the workplace critical to an organization’s success - an imperative in these volatile times. Today being “in solution” means focusing on what matters most and resolving today’s challenges while embracing future possibilities. In the midst of the pandemic, Sven facilitates virtually to guide, coach and teach positive workplace change and behaviors.

Sven is a Certified Prosci Change Practitioner, Denison Certified Partner, and Fitwel Ambassador. He holds a Master in Corporate Real Estate (MCR) and Senior Leader in Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) designation from CoreNet Global. He is also a trained facilitator from the Institute of Culture Affairs (ICA). You can access articles, talks and Sven’s blog (https://svengovaars.com/). Sven holds a M.Arch from UNM and a BA degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley. He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Vanessa Sans

Coworking + CoLiving Consultant

Vanessa Sans since 2015 is helping organisations and entrepreneurs to embrace new models of the collaborative economy, specifically coworking and coliving.
She began her career in the industry at Utopicus in 2011, one of the biggest coworking players in Spain. In 2012, she founded Transforma Barcelona, a coworking space encouraging the creative and cultural industry. She has been the core team member of Coworking Europe and Coworking Spain conferences from 2013 until 2018, the Coworking Africa Conference and Coworking India Conference from 2015 to 2017 produced by SocialWorkplaces. She actually is running the coworking agency Happy Working Lab.

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Alexandra Ramió

Coworking + CoLiving Consultant

Alexandra Ramió is enthusiastic about new business models and innovation since she graduated and launched her first business as cofounder team of SocialCar, disruptive car rental solution and peer to peer platform in 2011. Then in 2016 she started working in the hospitality sector and restaurants in the sales and operations departments. In 2019 she joined Utopicus, one of the biggest operators in Spain, as space manager of its different buildings in Barcelona. In 2020, she joined Happy Working Lab as coworking and coliving consultant.