Announcing our featured speakers at Advancing Research 2024

December 7, 2023

Advancing Research 2024 is your opportunity to collaboratively re-assess the state of the practice, consider the increasingly complex demands being placed upon research teams and leaders, and work together to define clear roles, set goals, and establish scalable solutions for achieving them. We’re especially excited that this year’s events will take place at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. The main conference will be held March 25-26, with in-person workshops on March 27.

But who will be speaking at Advancing Research 2024? Introducing our featured speakers…

Tricia Wang

Tricia Wang, a social scientist, consultant, and thought leader, is on a relentless quest to ensure technology serves humanity, fostering social impact at the intersection of data and humanity. Renowned for helping companies unearth pivotal customer behavior insights to unlock growth, Tricia co-founded Sudden Compass and has advised industry giants like Google, Spotify, and P&G. As an acclaimed speaker, Tricia’s enlightening keynotes and her TED Talk delve into AI, data, and their societal, economic, and personal impacts. Currently penning a book on how humans can be more human in the age of AI, Tricia is documenting an emerging skillset amongst those who work well with AI.

Victor Udoewa

Having started his career in the design and development of computational tools for scientific applications, Victor shifted his focus to the social impact space and Information and Communications Technologies for Development, both community and international development. He is a practitioner and advocate of participatory design, a meta-methodology he’s used in service and system design for governments, multilateral institutions, nonprofits, for-profits, and communities, to facilitate skill-building and improved employment opportunities for community members. Bitten by the “civic-innovation bug” he is now focused on creating or improving government products and services for citizens, immigrants, and refugees.

Victor has a particular love for design, learning, and design education. He advocates bringing practices such as positive deviance, pluriversal methods, and systems practice into civic design. He helps leads an equity-centered meetup group and Justice by Design as part of his work to decolonize design. Outside of work you can find Victor teaching salsa, singing with his a cappella group, volunteering as a health trauma and crisis counselor, or (mostly) hanging out with his family.

Steve Portigal

Steve Portigal is an experienced user researcher who helps organizations to build more mature user research practices. Based outside of San Francisco, he is principal of Portigal Consulting, and the author of two books: Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries and Interviewing Users.

He’s also the host of the Dollars to Donuts podcast, where he interviews people who lead user research in their organizations. Steve is an accomplished presenter who speaks about culture, innovation, and design at companies and conferences across the globe.

Neil Barrie

Neil Barrie is an industry thought leader with papers and pieces published in Fast Company, Guardian and Forbes.

Led brand strategy development for the likes of Airbnb, Netflix, Pinterest, Disney, Depop and N26.

(Ad)venturing background at Zag, the ventures arm of BBH partnering with finance, media and entertainment disruptors.

Commercially Creative: during both his years as CSO of Chiat Day LA the agency achieved the joint highest global Effie ranking, sits on the IPA’s Executive Leadership Group and mentor at Techstars Berlin.

Failed Rock Star: graced the stages of London, Paris and Leicester.


We hope you join us at Advancing Research 2024 at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC March 25-27!