The inspiration and conversation ignited at City Nation Place Americas has brought focus to the essential work of place branding and we are delighted that New York City gets to play a recurring role as host city and backdrop for this important annual gathering.
City Nation Place combines all of the critical elements of placemaking in one place, at one time: tourism, economic development, planning and cutting edge leaders. The compelling program makes it the most intensive and experiential conference of its kind.
Country Branding and Place Making as we know them today are dynamic concepts; what used to work yesterday may not be what would work tomorrow. Bringing together professionals representing different entities that thrive in this industry for a couple of days to connect and share their knowledge is golden.
Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival® and the overall TIFF organization. He is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Festival programming, as well as maintaining relationships with the Canadian and international film industries. For five consecutive years, Toronto Life has named him one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
Born in London, Bailey grew up in England and Barbados before migrating to Canada. He began programming for the organization in 1990, headed the organization’s Perspective Canada programme and founded its Planet Africa section, and worked both as a film programmer and film critic for 20 years before taking on his current role. He reviewed for Toronto's NOW Magazine, CBC Radio One and CTV’s Canada AM. He presented international cinema nightly on Showcase TV's national program The Showcase Revue, and produced and hosted the interview program Filmmaker on Independent Film Channel Canada. He has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, Cine Action! and Screen, among others.
Bailey currently sits on the Advisory Council for Western University's School for Arts and Humanities and for Haiti's Cine Institute film school. He is past co-chair of the Arts & Culture Working Group of Toronto's CivicAction. In 2016, Bailey joined the board of CivicAction. He is also a former board member of Tourism Toronto, and previously taught a course in programming and curation at the University of Toronto.
Photo credited: Matt Barnes photographer courtesy of TIFF.
Deborah has served as the President of Campus Philly since October 2010, doubling the organizations partnerships, budget, staff and programs in that time. Prior to Campus Philly, Deborah was vice president at The Melior Group, a market research and consulting firm in Philadelphia and served as a director of research and strategy at Visit Philadelphia, the regional tourism marketing organization from 2003 to 2008.
Deborah's early career began in academics. She received a Bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College in Political Science and a Master's degree and Ph.D., also in Political Science, from the University of Chicago. She was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University and has taught at Bryn Mawr as a visiting lecturer as well. Within political science, Deborah's academic work focused on political philosophy.
Deborah serves on the board of overseers of the Jewish Grad Network of Greater Philadelphia is a past board member of Bryn Mawr’s Alumnae Association. In 2014 she was recognized as a “Most Admired CEO” in the nonprofit category by the Philadelphia Business Journal; in 2016 she was awarded a Brava Award for leadership by SmartCEO; and in 2017 she received a Globy Award for educational leadership from the Global Philadelphia Association.
A futurist, strategist and frequent keynote speaker, Chris leads a team that has completed more than 100 visioning, strategy, planning, policy and branding projects for destinations and cities around the world. Chris holds a Masters degree in Studies of the Future, is an adjunct instructor in placemaking for New York University and is a member of the Project for Public Space’s Leadership Council, the Urban Land Institute and Destination Marketing Association International. In 2013, Chris was recognized as the place branding “Thought Leader of the Year” at the World Sense of Place Summit for his development of place branding methodologies.
Sylvie Gallier Howard is Chief of Staff of theDepartment of Commerce. She assumed this position in January 2016 after servingas Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development duringthe Nutter Administration. In addition to supporting day-to-day operations, Ms.Gallier Howard’s responsibilities include communications and marketing,coordinating legislative activities, international relations, and rolling outnew programs. She has spearheaded several priority initiatives, such as thelaunch of Kiva City Philadelphia, a zero-interest micro-business loan program,and the City’s successful effort to become the first World Heritage City in theU.S.
Prior to joining government, Sylvie spent her entire career in the non-profit sector. For six years, Mrs. Gallier Howard was the Principal and Founder of Clementine Consulting, providing guidance to non-profits and social enterprises working in areas such as education, social justice,economic development and immigration. Mrs. Gallier Howard has also served as the Executive Director of two community-based non-profits in Philadelphia: The Northwest Fund and The Empowerment Group. At the Empowerment Group, Mrs.Gallier Howard started Philadelphia’s first bilingual Spanish-English entrepreneurship training program.
Mrs. Gallier Howard serves on the board of directorsof the Global Philadelphia Association and the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia.She has a B.A. in International relations from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.A. in Sociology from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Ecuador (a graduate school started by the United Nations Development Program to promote development in Latin America). Mrs. Gallier Howard is fluent in Spanish and French and is the mother of four boys – including twins:Demetrius, Bahari, Jai and Karim.
Since 1992, Charles Gauthier has been steering the DVBIA with vision and a commitment to the future of Downtown Vancouver.
Charles has guided the DVBIA to a legacy of accomplishments and prestigious honours. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba he has a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Manitoba.
Rebecca Gehman is DCI’s Director of Talent Attraction and co-author of “Talent Wars: What People Look for in Jobs and Locations.” She has spoken about talent attraction marketing at conferences for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Southern Economic Development Council, Northeast Economic Development Association, and more. Rebecca Gehman is also an Account Manager at DCI, and has played a pivotal role in content creation, media relations, marketing strategies and brand development for more than a dozen economic development organizations. Since joining DCI in 2012, Rebecca has had the opportunity to work with top place leaders, including three world leaders, two governors, and six mayors (and counting).
Prem Gill is Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC. The agency is designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing British Columbia’s dynamic and diverse creative sector including motion picture, music and sound recording, interactive and digital media, and magazine and book publishing.
Prem has been named one of Canada's 100 most powerful women, Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50”, Community Catalyst by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and listed as one of The Globe and Mail’s 10 Women Who Matter in Film and TV. She brings more than 20 years of experience from the digital media and entertainment industries to her current role as CEO, where she is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand BC’s creative economy to reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.
Before Creative BC, Prem spent eight years with TELUS, most recently in the role of Director of Production & Original Programming. Her commitment to the advancement of BC’s creative economy can be seen through her achievements there, including the successful development and launch of the StoryHive program and TELUS’s Optik TV community channel.
For many years, Prem has championed Canadian creativity as a representative and spokesperson to media, industry and government at all levels. Previous roles and responsibilities have included government and regulatory affairs, independent media consultation, cross-platform marketing, communications, research, public affairs and multicultural programming.
Prem is currently Vice-Chair of the National Screen Institute and sits on the Board of Directors for Advantage BC and The Actors Fund of Canada. She is on the Advisory Board of the Women in View Festival, and was previously a board member of the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Brandom Gengelbach is an economic development professional with 15 years of diverse foreign and domestic experience in Nashville, Indianapolis, and Brisbane, Australia. Brandom joined the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce as Executive Vice President of Economic Development in 2016, overseeing business attraction and retention efforts. The Fort Worth Chamber is the largest chamber in the DFW market, with more than 2,000 member companies.
Ray Hoyt joined the Tulsa Sports Commission in September of 2010 as the Executive Directorbut quickly assumed senior leadership with the Tulsa Regional Chamber as the Senior Vice President of both Visit Tulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission. Within his first year in this expanded role, Ray succeeded in raising over $3.5 million in private monies, under a campaign known as “VisitTulsa 1.0.” That campaign’s success led to VisitTulsa 2.0, in which investors “doubled-down” an additional $6.4 million for an event closing fund. In late 2014 Ray worked with the VisitTulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission Boards to consolidate into one Regional Tourism Board. Now President of Regional Tourism, Ray recently led the Board to secure $1.2 million in additional lodging tax annually through a change in a city ordinance.
Prior to his arrival in Tulsa, Rayserved as the Director of National Games for the National Senior Games Association, an organization with whom he had been associated since serving as inaugural Executive Director for the Tucson Sports Commission 1994-1997.
The convention and tourism leader, the Walt Disney Company, recognized Ray’s success in Tucson.Subsequently, he joined the Disney’s Wide World of Sports team in 1997 ultimately leading the event management team, which ran over 40 AAU National Championships, the USTA National Clay Court Championships, Disney’s Indy 200, the Walt Disney World Marathon, POP Warner Super Bowl Championships and more - totaling to over 200 separate events annually. Ray’s impact led to more profitable events as defined by higher per-athlete spending and increased room nights sold per event.
Ray graduated from Illinois State University, with a BS degree in Parks and Recreation Administration and is an active member of both the National Association of Sports Commissions and Destination Marketing Association International, among other organizations.
Away from the office, Ray enjoys golf, cycling, and spending time with his family. Ray lives with his wife Tricia and their two children, Riley and Regan; Ray’s elder daughter, Alyssa, resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband.
Mr. Hunden and his Chicago-based firm offer extensive experience in the economics of
placemaking, primarily via transformative real estate projects. He has provided economic
development, market and financial feasibility, impact, developer selection and planning
expertise for more than 500 projects and studies over the past 20+ years, totaling more
than $3.5 billion in developed real estate. The firm completes approximately 60
assignments per year with its 12-person professional staff. Hunden’s background in
economic, real estate and tourism development combine to make him a unique resource
for communities looking to develop their destinations and projects in a viable,
transformative and sustainable way.
Ethan Kent works to support Placemaking organizations, projects, and leadership around the world. During over 19 years at PPS, Ethan has traveled to more than 750 cities and 55 countries to advance the cause of Placemaking and public spaces.
Having worked on over 200 PPS projects, Ethan has led a broad spectrum of Placemaking efforts, providing comprehensive public engagement, user-analysis, planning and visioning for high profile public spaces on six continents. Utilizing lessons learned through his project work, Ethan regularly creates and conducts Placemaking training courses for professionals of various disciplines, from city planning staff in Vancouver, BC, to community development corporations in Detroit; from public housing developers in Sweden to traffic engineers in New Jersey. He has also trained hundreds of professionals across Australia and New Zealand, building the Placemaking movement there over the last decade.
Highlights have included: Times Square and Astor Place in New York; Congress Square in Portland, ME, Kennedy Plaza in Providence, RI; Pompey Square, Nassau, Bahamas; Garden Place in Hamilton, New Zealand; Sub Centro Las Condes in Santiago, Chile. He has also worked with some of the most high profile developments in the world to help maximize public space outcomes in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Parramatta and Sao Paulo.
Ethan studied sociology, environmental studies and economics as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College. He explored local development issues in the context of globalization during a year of travel around the world as a participant in the International Honors Program. Ethan did his graduate work at Antioch University Seattle’s Center for Creative Change, in Environment and Community.
Chris Knight is the Global Commercial Director for fDi Intelligence. Chris has been working in the
field of foreign direct investment and advising governments for over 10 years. Chris is an expert in
the benchmarking of locations, analysing and interpreting FDI trends worldwide and how best to
market and promote your location.
Chris has worked with over 80 economic development organisations worldwide in all aspects of
foreign direct investment including: lead generation, event organisation and management, best
practice, investment promotion and location benchmarking propositions. Chris has extensive
experience working in global markets including Asia, Europe, North America, South America,
Africa and Middle East.
Previously Chris worked as a senior analyst for OCO Global in Belfast where he worked with
many different projects including economic development strategy and lead generation, with many
of the largest investment promotional agencies throughout the world.
Over the past few years, Chris has started to run training workshops on best practice in FDI.
These have been in Poland, Brazil, Johannesburg and UK.
Global FDI trends on inward and outward investment projects
Impact of Brexit and current world affairs on FDI
How locations can attract international inward investment and strengthen their brand
Best practices in lead generation, aftercare and account management
How best to market your location
Plotting big data against properties to see the competitiveness of a region
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Born and raised in New York City, Daniella is a fast-talker who enjoys navigating international cities with the same proficiency as she does the NYC Subway. Her professional and personal experiences can be drilled down to two words: Digital Traveler. Daniella began her career in destination marketing by managing the North American marketing and sales activities for a portfolio of international destinations, hotels and convention centres.
Daniella directs digital strategy and tactical marketing programs for DCI’s destination clients. She has grown DCI’s digital influencer database to include more than 350 influencers and travel bloggers, and has developed a rigorous qualification process for vetting new influencers and negotiates influencer marketing contracts on behalf of the company’s destination clients. Prior to joining DCI, Daniella worked for the digital brand strategy consulting firm, L2inc, where she conducted digital strategy for consumer and luxury brands, invaluable experience that she has been able to transfer to destination clients.
Daniella earned her MBA in marketing and brand strategy from New York University Stern School of Business, and vows to continue to plug this in her bio until she’s finished paying off her graduate loans in 2036.
Steven Pedigo Director, NYU Schack Institute Urban Lab & Director, Creative Class Group
Steven Pedigo is the director of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab, an applied research center examining the intersection of real estate, cities and urban development, and a clinical assistant professor of economic development at the NYU School of Professional Studies. In addition to his role at NYU, Steven is the director of research for the Creative Class Group. As an expert and strategist in economic development, regional cooperation and placemaking, Steven has advised an array of cities, Fortune 500 companies and major media outlets across the globe. His city and urban development clients represent communities of all sizes and geographies: New York, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Washington, D.C., Brisbane, the Yukon, Tulsa, Portland, Newark, San Diego-Tijuana, Miami, Mexico City and many others. His corporate clients include: BMW, Art Basel, Converse, Starwood, Philips, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Pinewood Studios, Zappos, Kraft and others. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate degrees from the H. John Heinz III School for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Larissa Perdomo has been head of the Uruguay Country Brand team since June 2014. She has been Image and Communications Manager at the Uruguayan investment and export promotion agency (Uruguay XXI) since 2009, contributing to the creation and management of the Uruguayan country brand project, and coordinating this activity from Uruguay XXI with the Inter-ministerial Advising Committee for Foreign Trade.
Larissa has a degree in Communication Sciences from Universidad de la República, Uruguay. She has specialized in corporate communications, developing press campaigns and publicrelations and acting as a consultant to several companies and organizations for more than 15 years. She has a post gradúate degree in culture management and public policie s from“Universitat de Barcelona”,Spain; and has specialized in social media and marketresearchwithintheMaster’sdegree in Communication and Media Receptionat“ Universidad Católica del Uruguay”. Larissa participates in the Endeavor´s Mentoring programme at IEEM Business School at the “Universidad de Montevideo” and has achieveda Program for Management Development (PMD) at the ISEDE Business School of “Universidad Católica del Uruguay”.
In recent years she has taken part in Country Brand international forums and workshops with specialists in NationBranding. She coordiantes the Jeremy Hildreth consultancy for “Redibero Region Image” Project (Ibero-American Network of Trade Promotion Organizations) within the framework of IDB Regional Public Goods programme.
Larissa has worked as a professor of corporate communications and public relations in the Uruguayan Association of Marketing Executives (ADM) and has trainedmanyexecutivesfromcompanies and organizations in their relationship with the media. She also lectures on country branding for the Tourism degree program at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay.
Before joining Uruguay XXI, Larissa was an independent consultant and has provided communication consultancy services including, but not limited to, the Uruguayan Chamber of Commerce and Services, IBM, STORAENSO, BIMBO, FONDATION FORGE, BBVA, ENDEAVOR, and PNUD.
Hugh Riley is the Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO), a capacity in which has served since 2008.
He oversees the CTO’s operations in Barbados, North America, the UK and Europe and leads the organization’s initiatives to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year-round, warm-weather destination.
Mr. Riley joined the staff of the Caribbean Tourism Organization in New York City in 2002 as director of marketing, after having worked in a number of senior tourism positions in the U.S, Canada and the Caribbean over a period of twenty years.
He got his start in marketing communications with McCann-Erickson Advertising and later in sales management for radio stations. He is a BBC trained broadcaster and worked as an on-air radio personality and interviewer. He earned a communications degree at Thomas Edison State University and studied tourism management at the University Of Surrey.
He is a frequent speaker on travel and tourism at regional and international conferences and is widely quoted in industry publications.
Adam Sacks is the founder and President of Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company dedicated to quantitatively-based consulting to the travel sector. Over the past twenty-two years, Adam has worked with hundreds of destinations, industry associations, and companies around the world in the areas of opportunity and risk assessments, policy analysis, and economic impact.
Adam’s work has provided the foundation for billions of dollars in capital investment decisions by hotel companies, developers, and investors. Destination marketing organizations around the world rely on Tourism Economics data and scenario models to inform global marketing investment allocations.
Adam also supports trade associations in the aviation, hotel, and broader travel arena with forecasts widely considered to be an industry standard. And by examining the economic merits of travel facilitation, taxation, and tourism promotion initiatives, Adam’s work has influenced local, regional, and national government policies.
He is an authority on measuring the economic impact of visitor activity and has analyzed the impacts of cruising, gaming, timeshare, hotels, new attractions and destination marketing.
Adam regularly presents to corporate strategic planning teams on the threats and opportunities facing their businesses and is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Advisory Board.
Don Skeoch has beenthe Chief Marketing Officer for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism), the City of Los Angeles’ official tourism marketing organization, since 2011. He is responsible for marketing and promoting Los Angeles as the premier destination for leisure travel and meetings & conventions to both the domestic and international consumer and travel trade.
Renowned both nationally and internationally as a global brand marketer, Skeoch leads L.A. Tourism’s global brand strategy, market-growth and innovation initiatives, as well as the organization’s global digital and communicationsefforts. He oversees the activities of L.A. Tourism’s international marketing offices in London, Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu and representation in Japan, Germany, France, South Korea, Scandinavia, India and the Middle East. He is a strong believer in growing talent and empowering a team.
Previously, Skeoch served in the dual role of Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco’s largest cultural attraction. Other roles in his extensive marketing career include Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Universal Studios Hollywoodand Senior Vice President of International Marketing for Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts. He established his marketing credentials by quicklyrising to a marketing leadership role at Pepsi-Cola.
Skeoch has been active in the tourism industry for more than a decade previously serving as Executive Board member of the San Francisco Travel Association and currently as Committee Chair of Visit California, BrandUSA CMO Roundtable and IGLTA Board of Directors.
He holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and an honors degree from Brown University with an emphasis in economics and organizational management.He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
In 2017, Los Angeles welcomed a record 48.3 million visitors, making it one of the most visited destinations in America.
Kristian’s role at the New Orleans Visitor & Convention Bureau enables him to focus on the strategic direction and messaging of the New Orleans tourism industry. He creates and oversees the implementation of public relations and communications strategies to brand New Orleans as the nation's premier business and leisure destination and is responsible for positioning the NOCVB as one of the top CVBs in the country. He supports the president and CEO as a spokesperson for the tourism industry on all levels, supervises the day-to-day operations and management of the communications staff and manage activities of outside CVB partners.
Prior to joining the NOCVB I 2015, Kristian was with the New Orleans-based Peter A. Mayer Advertising, Louisiana's largest full-service advertising, public relations and marketing agency, He and his team serviced approximately 20 accounts per month ranging all categories including Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, GE Capital, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana, Hancock/Whitney Bank, The National World War II Museum and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, among others.
He has held numerous leadership positions in the city and region, including serving on the Host Committee for Super Bowl XLVII, serving on the city's team of BP oil spill communications specialists, and working with key city and state officials on Louisiana's recovery efforts post-Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Sonnier began his career as a public relations manager at the Resort at Squaw Creek in California.
Tourism is a $6.47 billion industry for New Orleans, employing more than 80,000 people and attracting 9.28 million visitors annually.
Günter is an insightful strategist with significant experience in place branding. Holding a B.Sc. in Psychology, his thinking about cities and countries is heavily influenced by the collective unconscious. Günter treats places as stories. He developed a unique, narrative-based brand strategy approach, which draws parallels between branding and mythology, dreams, and stories. As the lead strategist, he developed change strategies, design techniques, and effective communications tactics for various places around the world.
Daniel Valverde Bagnarello has wrought his career in marketing for over 20 years. He holds both a Master in Digital Marketing and a Master in Management from IE Business School, a seat in the British School of Costa Rica's Advisor Committee and also one in the Latin American Country Brands Forum.
Although he started in advertising, Daniel's career path has led him over the years from a copywriter’s desk at a BBDO network agency, to the commercial director's seat in one of the most successful company holdings in the Central American region devoted to global trade. Along the way he has skilled in the management of multinational marketing teams praising that success in his field lays on two major pillars: The first, embracing data as the main source to spark creative initiatives. And the second, committing to talent development as a KPI.
Currently, Daniel is the Country Brand Director behind "essential COSTA RICA", the country brand that showed the greatest annual growth in America according to the Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking 2017/2018. He also leads the country brand's Technical Unit that comprises representatives from Procomer (Costa Rica's TPA), CINDE (IPA), ICT (Tourism Bureau), COMEX (International Trade Bureau) and Costa Rica's Chancellery (Foreign Affairs Bureau).
Mitch Whitten is vice president of marketing at Visit Fort Worth, responsible for brand, strategy and tourism. Fort Worth, 16th largest city in the nation, was named a top destination to watch by Condé Nast Traveler in 2017. His previous experience includes marketing and communications leadership at SMU, a private university in Dallas, and retailer Pier 1 Imports.
After working for several years in a Vancouver chartered accounting firm, Robert first joined Creative BC when it was BC Film + Media. At that time, he became part of the organization's newly forming tax credit team.
Now Creative BC's Vice President, Robert markets British Columbia internationally as a destination of choice for projects and companies seeking a world class creative industries centre in which to do business. In his role, he leads the administration of Creative BC's tax credit and granting programs, balancing attraction of international business with support for BC's domestic content creators.
During his tenure with the organization, Robert has become the expert on motion picture tax credits, originally helping to launch the BC film and television tax credit program in 1998. He went on to play an integral role in the evolution of British Columbia’s motion picture industry tax policy.
EmrahYucel is a world-renown branding expert and designer based in Los Angeles, USA. Through his two highly-decorated companies, Iconisus and I Mean It Creative; he offers motion picture advertising and destination branding services, respectively.
Holding a Master's degree in Art, Design, and Architecture, Yucel was selected the “Graphic Designer of the Year" at the age of 21. His eye-catching designs for famous Broadway plays led him to become one of the most sought-after creatives in Hollywood. The list of his campaigns for famous Hollywood projects includes, but not limited to: Kill Bill, Frida, Avatar, American Horror Story, Fifty Shades of Gray among others.
In 2001, EmrahYucel co-founded Iconisus, an agency providing visual design, advertising, and branding services to major Hollywood studios and TV networks.
In 2008, he founded I Mean It Creative, an independent consultancy, specializing in advertising, strategic brand consulting, and destination branding. Believing that “Great brands are exceptional storytellers, and great branding is exceptional storytelling,” Yucel’s story-based approach to destination branding became a quick hit. He created the ‘Turkey: Home’ campaign for the Turkish Ministry of Tourism, which has been running since 2013. He also created the destination brand campaigns for the City of Gaziantep and the City of Izmir. Emrah and his team also delivered destination branding projects all around the world such as Big Island in Hawaii, Leiki Free Trade Zone in Nigeria, Kenya Free Trade Zone.
Among the many prestigious awards Yucel received are; Key-Art Awards, PromaxBDA Awards, Webby Award, Sunset Billboard Award. In 2009, he and his team were awarded the "Designer of the Year" by International Design Awards.
Yucel is a highly sought-after speaker, who recently gave a keynote speech at United Nations WIPO in Geneva Switzerland in the Intellectual Property Day.
Yucel currently resides in Los Angeles.