An Art Director/Designer based in New York City, Joe specializes in digital media. He graduated with distinction from the American University of Beirut with a BFA in Design and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons in New York. Joe believes in using the creative process to promote cross-cultural dialogue, leaving traces of Latin and Arabic typography and design wherever he goes. You can spot some across 3 continent and in such locales as Paris, Beirut, Italy, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, both coasts of the US, and of course the infinite on-line universe. Heavily influenced on the diverse cultures and languages he was brought up with, Joe's favorite dish in fact is a stew of serifs and sans-serifs. As traditional Mezze goes, you can always drop by for a sampler. Find Joe on the 5th floor of Euro RSCG in New York.
Karan Gera is the Founder of Monsieur Singh Lassi. Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Karan moved to New York City in 2002 to work in advertising. While on assignment as a Strategist for a major yoghurt brand, Karan conceptualized the idea for Monsieur Singh Lassi. He realized the way yoghurt was being sold was not really as beneficial as claimed. Karan then reacquainted himself with Lassi, an Indian yoghurt drink and began traveling throughout India to learn more. Now, Monsieur Singh Lassi is on a mission to help people “have yoghurt the right way”. Karan lives in NYC with his wife, Shikha and daughter, Izar.
André’s resume includes the New York City Public Schools, The Ford Foundation, Miramax Films, Urbanworld, Film Movement, Universal, HBO, Picturehouse, and Dreamworks. His production credits include the 2007 BET Awards Post Show and “Starrbooty”, his project with RuPaul, a festival hit during the summer of 2007. He managed product placement & clearances for “Rocket Science” and his feature “Dirty Laundry” received the NAACP Image Award & GLAAD Media Award nominations. André directed and produced “The Prep School Negro”. He started touring with the educational version in 2009 visiting nearly 200 high schools, colleges, universities and conferences with workshops booked through 2013. Now living in New York City, the Philadelphia native serves as a consultant and advisor for Connecticut College's Mellon Undergraduate Research Program in the Arts and Humanities, as a member of the Advisory Board for Ready Willing and Able: The Doe Fund, Inc., on the Jury for the Academy Awards Student competition, the Blacksoil Film Festival and has served as a Reader for The Gates Millennium Scholars Program as well as a speaker at The Gates Millennium Scholars Program Leadership Conferences. André also serves on the Alumni Board of Directors of Connecticut College from where he received his BA. He also received his Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Tufts University.
Gregorio was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. At 17 he decided to explore different Latin music genres by backpacking and performing in streets, buses and beaches around South America. After his adventure, Gregorio earned his degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his studies, Gregorio was influenced by Jazz which propelled him to create The Gregorio Uribe Big Band – a 16 piece musical experience that blends Afro-Colombian rhythms with funk grooves and powerful big band arrangements. Gregorio’s energetic and innovative approach to the music of his country has led him to share the stage with such renowned artists as Grammy-winners Ruben Blades and Carlos Vives, and to perform at venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In February 2012, Gregorio released his solo album, Pluma Y Vino, at the Blue Note. Gregorio performs with his Big Band the first Thursday of every month at Zinc Bar in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City.
Mario heads up Nievera Williams, one of America's leading landscape architecture firms. Dividing his time between Palm Beach, New York City, and East Hampton, Mario and his business partner Keith Williams, have completed numerous high profile projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean -- and are currently working on projects in China as well. A Bachelor's degree holder in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University, Mario is actively involved with the American Society of Landscape Architects and donates his firm's design and consulting services for many non-profit organizations. Chances are, if you’ve leafed through the pages of Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, or Elle Decor, then you’ve seen some of Mario’s sublimely designed outdoor spaces.