Liz ElamFOUNDER OF GCUC GLOBAL
Liz Elam has built a career—and a thriving business—on the tenet that working one’s way up from the bottom instills tenacity, creates resilience and develops overall excellence. That belief, blended with an innovative spirit and a competitive yet collaborative drive, has propelled her to the forefront of the coworking movement.
She is the founder of the largest coworking conference in the world, Liz has led the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) from inception to its current incarnation, expanding from the US to South America, China, Canada, UK, Latin America and Australia along the way. She is a partner in the Deco Group a coworking consultancy.
Liz boldly forayed into the entrepreneurial world in 2010, founding Link Coworking in Austin, Texas when there were just four coworking spaces in Austin, now there are over 70. Liz expanded Link to 3 locations and when Liz sold Link Coworking to Common Desk in the spring of 2019 it was the 4th largest in Austin. She is the first woman in the world to successful exit her brand in the Coworking industry.
Stormy McBrideDIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Stormy entered the coworking world back in 2015 after working in the event industry throughout college. With her love of organization and event planning coupled with her project management skills, she entered the industry as an intern and never left.
Since her start in the industry, Stormy has served as a community manager then general manager to the Link Coworking locations in Austin Texas. On from there she became the producer for GCUC USA.
Stormy now serves as the Director of Operations for GCUC Global, managing events in the UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Latin America and China day in and day out.
She is most in her element when she is working with teams across the globe to create impactful event experiences that help support the coworking industry.
Justin HarleyExecutive Producer of GCUC UK
I am a passionate and enthusiastic follower of all things Coworking & Shared Space. I was founder of the UK’s largest Coworking management software platform Hubcreate, acquired by essensys in 2016. I am proud to bring GCUC to the UK and still help operators with their operational challenges.
Having recently joined Yardi to develop the Yardi Kube software brand I am excited that a true enterprise software business is investing and developing software solutions with the goal of flexible workspaces more efficient, profitable whilst providing the best guest experience.
Tim DevittProducer of GCUC UK
Despite being new to the coworking sector after a twenty year career in the diamond industry, I am hugely excited to have the opportunity to be part of the fast growing coworking sector. I have a background in client relationship management and bringing decision makers together whilst at De Beers with extensive international experience in West Africa, India and Hong Kong and more recently having ran my own consulting company.
Since starting at GCUC, I have been struck by the extraordinary passion and knowledge of all my new connections and am looking forward to bringing decision makers and game changers together to share their knowledge and build an unstoppable community.
Ashley ProctorExecutive Producer of GCUC Canada
As one of the original voices of the coworking movement, Ashley Proctor has been building collaborative communities since 2003.
Ashley worked to develop and launch the Xpace (2004), Creative Blueprint (2006, 2015), Foundery (2011) and 312 Main (2018) coworking communities, artist studios, and gathering spaces.
As one of the founding members of the Coworking Toronto and Coworking Ontario collectives, Ashley also created COHIP— the world’s first Coworking Health Insurance Plan.
Ashley served as the founding Executive Director of 312 Main, leading her team to establish a sustainable, accessible and community-driven Centre for Social and Economic Innovation in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Ashley continues to shape the coworking industry as the Executive Producer of GCUC Canada, and is in her element while creating the conditions for meaningful connections, sustainable development and social change.
Ashley now travels internationally to speak about the coworking movement, transformation and social impact while consulting and collaborating on impactful, multi-dimensional projects with creative community builders from around the world.
Bob ZhengExecutive Producer of GCUC China
Bob Zheng is the founder and CEO of People Squared, Shanghai and Beijing based coworking spaces that Provide well-equipped work environments for freelancers, self-employed professionals and startup teams to work together. Being a entrepreneur for 4 years, Bob is very knowledgeable about the startup environment in China and has built good relationship with many local startup communities.
Bob was the pioneer in bring western coworking model to China. He brought the vision – “ Space for People”, in meaning of creating collaborative workplace that gather like-minded people to work and share ideas in the coworking space.
Brad KrauskopfPartner GCUC Australia
Brad Krauskopf is the founder and CEO of Hub Australia, Australia’s largest privately held coworking space provider, which works with thousands of growing businesses across the country. Hub was launched in 2011 and quickly established a national presence after receiving significant private equity investment in 2017 from Wingate to grow its network. With more than 20 years’ industry experience which includes global expertise gained in Madrid and Boston, Brad has firmly established his position as the driving force within the Australia coworking movement and flexible workspace industry.
Jonathan O'ByrnePartner GCUC Singapore
Jonathan O’Byrne is the founder and CEO of Collective Works, Singapore’s pioneer CBD coworking space. Jonathan started the business in 2012 to build alternative working environments designed to help his high performing business clients thrive. In 2016 Collective Works entered into a landmark joint venture agreement with major developer CapitaLand to develop cutting-edge coworking spaces in Grade A Properties.
A lifelong expatriate, Jonathan has lived on three continents, moving to Singapore in 2010. His international experience informs his understanding of culture and community and gives him a unique approach to Coworking which has led him to become an industry thought leader.
Jonathan’s work is rooted in the belief that you can improve the way people experience the world through a focus on human interaction and design. Through Collective Works Jonathan is providing a support system for businesses and building collaborative eco-systems of like minded business people.