Team

Susanna Barla

Susanna is a seasoned entrepreneur and a senior advisor to globally-known brands, nonprofits, and startups, she facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships between clients, understanding business & brand development, marketing and communications strategy, design, and how to integrate it all together.  What binds all these elements together is her overarching mission to reconnect people to be in harmony with nature.

 

To fulfill this mission, she employs a strategy inspired by the Nordic Economic model, and adapted to the US, the UK and the rest of the world. Drawing on the lessons she learned through her prior success in marketing luxury products, Susanna adapts these methods to the world of environmentalism – with the ultimate goal of influencing the world’s most well-known corporations to become more eco-conscious.

 

Her motto?  “Compete with brands and make caring the new currency”.

 

In 2016 she extended her vision and created the AYD foundation, a platform devoted to raising awareness of, and giving financial aid assistance for refugees, as well as to provide long term solutions for their successful futures.

 

Susanna holds a BA from the University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion). Her 14+ years experience working in brand & business development, marketing and communications, as well as in creative direction in the luxury fashion and design sectors, have led to her working with numerous brands and clients: Maison Martin Margiela, Paule Ka, Rick Owens, Louis Vuitton, White Cube London, Thyssen – Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Annenberg Foundation, DDB Worldwide Communications Group.

Linz Wilbur

Linz Wilbur is a researcher, strategist and filmmaker, alumna of the University of Hawaii with a degree in political science focusing on peace and conflict resolution in the high seas through scientific research and conservation. As a student researcher at the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology, she participated in a National Science Foundation supported project on population genomics and ecotypic divergence in the most dominant lineage of marine bacteria, SAR 11; and a project supported by the DOE -Joint Genome Institute that hopes to provide the first comprehensive assessment of the microbial community structure in what may be the largest biome on (or in) the planet supporting microbial life, the subseafloor basement biosphere.

 

As an independent researcher and strategist with the Institute for the Future, Blockchain Research Institute, and Governance Lab, she analyzes how startups, NGOs, governments and Fortune 500 companies could change because of data, governance and institutional technology. Driven to start making films that look deeper, she joined production company Planetary Collective, making short film Overview, and the feature documentary Planetary. She was also a field producer for True Blue Films, working on Mission Blue and Sea of Hope featuring Sylvia Earle.

Elon Rutberg

Elon Rutberg is a multidisciplinary artist, creative director, writer and songwriter. Rutberg is a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Drama Program. In 2009, he directed Beau Willimon’s “Couple’s Therapy” as part of the 24 Hour Plays, Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company.

 

Rutberg wrote the teleplay for the PBS Live from Lincoln Center presentation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Passion, which subsequently won the 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program. He later wrote the teleplay for the 2006 live presentation of Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’ The Light in the Piazza.

 

In 2012, Cruel Summer – for which Rutberg was the screenwriter – debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

Rutberg co-wrote nine out of ten tracks on Kanye West’s 2013 album Yeezus, as well as “Wolves” and “Waves” for 2016’s The Life of Pablo. In 2015, he co-wrote “FourFiveSeconds”, featuring Rihanna, Paul McCartney, and West. In 2017, he co-wrote “I See You” and served as album co-creative director for Dirty Projectors’ self-titled album.

 

For his efforts, he has received two Grammy Award nominations: New Slaves (Best Rap Song, 2014) and Bound 2.

 

Elon’s 15+ years experience working in the entertainment industry & the arts have led him working with numerous clients: Kanye West, Rhianna, Woody Allen, Grimes to name a few.