Nelly Ben Hayoun
Dubbed the “Willy Wonka of design and science”, Nelly is on a mission to bring chaos, subversion and disorder into the design,scientific and business world. Revolutionary and visionary, Nelly uses takes examples from the design world, and helps audiences bring innovation and change to the corporate world.
Dubbed the “Willy Wonka of design and science”, Nelly Ben Hayoun is cool, quirky, ground-breaking and inspirational. She is on a mission to bring chaos, subversion and disorder into the design, scientific and corporate worlds.
Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is a designer of extreme experiences that aims to bring the sublime to life. She is an award-winning French designer and filmmaker who creates multi-dimensional experiential projects at the intersection of science, theatre, politics and Design. Wired awarded her their inaugural Innovation Fellowship in 2014, and Icon magazine recognized Dr. Ben Hayoun as one of the top 50 designers 'shaping the future' for her pioneering “total bombardment” design philosophy.
Her laboratory, NBH Studios, is committed to shaking up the world; she is the founder and director of the International Space Orchestra the world’s first orchestra of NASA space scientists and astronauts; and most recently she founded the University of the Underground, a subversive tuition-free educative and cultural programme that is on course to create disorder in academia.
Her award-winning projects include an immersive installation that imagines the experience of a sonic boom, a reclining chair simulating the 3 stages of a rocket launch, and two feature-length documentaries; the International Space Orchestra (IFFR 2013) and Disaster Playground (SXSW 2015).
In 2018, Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun has completed her 3rd documentary film, I am (not) a Monster.
Her various roles include Chief of Experiences at WeTransfer, Designer of Experiences at the SETI (search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Member of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Permanent Committee The International Academy of Astronautics(IAA), advisor to the United Nations Virtual Reality Labs, Research Director at Brooklyn based design Institute A/D/O, advisory board member at AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts), associate fellow at Hannah Arendt Centre, Bard College for Politics and Humanities.
Dr. Ben Hayoun currently splits her time between London, Amsterdam and New York City.
As a keynote speaker, Nelly's enthusiasm and intelligence make her the perfect choice for any company looking for ways to bring innovation and change to their business practices.