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Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification. He is the Original Creator of the gamification framework: Octalysis, and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards.
Yu-kai is the Founder of The Octalysis Group and has been a regular speaker/lecturer on gamification worldwide, including at organizations like Google, Stanford University, LEGO, TEDx, SxSW, Gamified India, Huawei, the Innovation Center in Denmark, Kingdom of Bahrain, and many more.
As one of the earliest pioneers in Gamification, he started his work in the industry in 2003. In 2015, Yu-kai was rated #1 among the “Gamification Gurus Power 100” by RISE, and was also awarded “Gamification Guru of the Year Award” for both 2014 and 2015 by the Gamification World Congress.
He has helped a variety of companies, from seed stage startups to Fortune 500 companies such as Google, LEGO, Accenture, eBay, Huawei, Fidelity, AIG Japan, Verizon, HP, Ericsson, Cisco, Wells Fargo, and more.
His work has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The World Journal, Business Insider, PBS, and many more.
Yu-kai is a Board Director for Morf Media, a gamified training and learning platform. He is also a Board Advisor for many companies including BALANCE Edutainment (creators of Pacha’s Pajamas), Loki Studios (creators of Geomon and sold to Yahoo), The Catch (Gamified Dating Site), Lucky Diem, and many more.
Joris’ global career in creating engagement spans across 17 years, 15 countries and 7 languages. As one of the world-leading experts in Octalysis design he leads organizational growth and client implementation for the Octalysis Group. He is also an International Keynote speaker on Gamification with appearances in several renowned conferences.
As a high level diplomat in the Netherlands Foreign Service Joris was responsible for creating creating innovative training and virtual engagement approaches with rebel groups, government soldiers, and public-private partnerships. His assignments led him to live and work in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Congo, Cambodia, Germany, Laos, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Thailand. He also authored and coached the virtual training missions for the NATO mission in Afghanistan (ISAF).
He continued his engagement consulting services as Global Advisory Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers, working with the United Nations and the World Bank.
Prior to joining The Octalysis Group, Joris focused on the Human Resources Industry, implementing innovative ways for virtual, distance HR and Project Management methods worldwide. He resided in Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong, where he headed up large corporate entities.
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Jerry Fuqua has over 25 years of experience building and scaling technology companies, consulting for Fortune 500s, and working for government agencies.
He was an early pioneer of commercial web services, and Co-founder and CTO of World Point Interactive, where he raised initial seed funding which ultimately led to approximately $15 million of subsequent funding.
He was also Co-founder and CTO of Internet Information Systems (Surgery.com), Inc. where he scaled revenue to over $5 million before helping to raise a $10 million Series A Round from Venture Capitalists. Jerry Fuqua spent many years as the Principal of Fuqua Associates, where he consulted for companies and Fortune 500s such as Sony, Hawaii Internet Technology Solutions, Hele.net, and more.
Jerry was on the Executive Committee of the MIT-Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB), which focuses on the success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. Jerry was the Event Chair for the 2012 VLAB forum on Gamification – “Gamify Everything – from Monetization to Social Benefit,” as well as the Gamification Session Chair for the Chinese Information and Networking Association (CINA) 2012 Conference on Mobile Opportunity.
Jerry received a Doctorate in Oceanography and an MBA in International Business from the University of Hawaii. He received his Bachelors in Mathematics and Masters in Physics from UCLA.
Victoria Pan is a consultant, specializing in gamified solutions in Training and Learning. At the Octalysis Group, she designs engaging gamified products for companies in the United States and Asia.
Victoria started her career as a software engineer for Cisco Systems where she built diagnostic interfaces to improve the productivity flow within the company. She also led front-end development at Design My Meals, a startup that focused on making meal planning delightful.
In addition to her experience designing engaging UX/UI, she has also spent more than five years as an educator. In that capacity, she witnessed a strong lack of engagement and motivation among students, which inspired her to become deeply immersed in the psychology and gamification of learning.
Victoria earned her B.S. at UCLA in Computer Science and Engineering and when she’s not designing and creating engaging apps or teaching, she enjoys biking, playing video games, building miniature models, and solving puzzle games.
Tiago is an Octalysis Associate, working on gamification projects in U.S. and South America.
Tiago started his career as an automation engineer for Siemens, designing industrial projects for some of the greatest Brazilian companies. Six years into Siemens and he decided to leave to cofound a health promotion startup to deal with one of the greatest challenges of the century: engagement and cost reduction in the healthcare world.
Along this journey, he read, watched and commented on everything gamification-related available online and developed a good practical understanding of UX/UI, user behavior and gameful design.
When Tiago is not creating gameful experiences and reading about games, he likes to play board and card games, study about life – the greatest game of all time? – and do the most playful thing possible: play with his little son. It is said that he will only stop searching for games when he finds the rules of the perfect one.
Sabrina Bruehwiler is a Consultant specialized in Gamification and Behavioral Design with over 8 years of experience in Visual Communication and User focused Design.
Leading and Consulting Startups in Africa and Europe to improved customer engagement through behavioural science and game design, Sabrina has an in-depth experience on a global scale.
Sabrina has worked in a variety of industries reaching from technology, gaming, art and design, advertising, e-commerce and education, giving her a diverse experience and understanding to create inimitable competitive advantages in the marketplace.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communication with Specialisation in Non Fictional Illustration from the University of Luzern and is currently studying an EMBA at Kingston Business School.
She continues to support the industry as a keynote speaker at a number of international events.
Ivan is an Octalysis gamification expert with more than 10 years experience in IT, Finance, Healthcare, Marketing, Media, and Telecommunications.
He has a broad experience in behavioral design and in designing and developing gamification solutions that engage people and increase loyalty. He has worked on a number of projects for companies in Bulgaria, Estonia, Israel, Ireland and Canada. In the past 3 years he has lead the design and implementation of gamification platforms for market leaders in the telecommunication and finance sectors in Europe.
In his earlier career Ivan has worked for internationally renowned organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, TeliaSonera and Bocconi University. He has a master’s degree in Strategic Management and an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management.
Ashish Pratap is a Game Designer and Associate Gamification Consultant with a Computer Science degree from India and MBA in International Business consulting from Germany.
During his ten-year career with companies such as Ubisoft, Walt Disney, SAP and co-founder of few startups, he has made a significant contribution to the development of games and Gamification products. With Octalysis he wants to use the best of his experience and make engaging products with a focus on human centric design.
Creating video games helped him to understand what drives user engagement and working on a business model of free to play deepend his concept of freemium economics, psychology, behavioral economics and data driven approach to market a product.
He has also researched and written a master thesis on the topic influence of data and motivation to drive Gamification and engagement. He has also been actively involved in social organizations like Teach for India and Me to We where he also volunteered to build a classroom for unprivileged children in the Amazon forest, Ecuador.
Massimo is a Gamification instructor and Business Development Lead in Southeast Asia. Massimo is based in Bangkok, where he co-directs the Design, Business and Technology Management (DBTM) international program offered by Thammasat Design School (TDS) in conjunction with Thammasat Business School (TBS).
His interest lies at the intersection of human-focused design, human-centred design, platform business design and strategy, and social innovation.
In addition to teaching, Massimo is an advisor for social startups. With a multidisciplinary background in economics, urban planning and design, he has worked in leading international institutions including UN-Habitat and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS).
Simón Duque is an expert in Gamification belonging to the ranks of the Octalysis Group. He has worked on different projects with clients around the world in countries such as the United States, Australia, Chile and Colombia.
His first steps in the Gamification world were purely academic, thanks to a research that Purdue University (USA) and the National University (Colombia) granted him. He focused his studies on discovering the specific correlations between different socio-economic variables and the different player types used in videogames and in Gamification.
During his research, he took the MBA course "Design for Instincts" at Purdue University and also joined the "SAKSHAM" initiative, which aimed to bring entrepreneurship and economic development proposals through Gamification to vulnerable sectors in India.
After finishing his research, he worked as a Gamification consultant and designer for different companies in Chile and Colombia, addressing sectors such as eCommerce, health care, manufacturing industry and education.
Simón is an Industrial Engineer graduated from the National University of Colombia. He currently devotes his free time to completing his studies of Specialization in Strategic Project Management (also at the National University of Colombia), adding more languages o his knowledge list (currently composed of Spanish, English, French, German and a little Japanese), practicing Competitive Archery, playing the drums/piano and of course, playing different types of video games, giving priority to those of Blizzard Entertainment.