Marta Melvin Network Programme & Strategic Projects Background: My professional experience spans roles in B2B (creative and digital industries), central government (energy), HE (innovation support & export trade development), public and third sectors (entrepreneurial business ecocsystems); and UK, European, USA and East Asian business environments. I've substantial experience handling strategic internal and external comms, marketing management, stakeholder engagement, programme management, partnership development, new product and service development and business development. I'm a broad thinker motivated by operational and strategic challenges. I love connecting the dots, solving problems, and taking ownership to act effectively, initiating smarter ways of working where necessary, to make stuff happen. My role at Forum is a combination of hands-on involvement and tactical day-to-day leadership alongside consideration of the bigger picture. I oversee the team responsible for engaging the Network with Forum's experience and people, developing and delivering a compelling annual international programme to stimulate discussion and insight, networking and learning, using a range of channels. I have also been the driving force behind a project to optimise Forum’s use of its CRM database to refine and strengthen Forum’s information sharing, business development and client relationship management capabilities. I’m thrilled to be working amongst such a smart, driven, interesting and fun group of people connected by Forum’s shared collective vision. What would you dream Forum project be? As a keen signal spotter for Forum's Futures Centre I'm able to stay close to exciting disruptive innovations and innovators driving sustainability and helping the world to work better. I'm particular interested in food security, sharing spare capacity, recycling, upcycling, repurposing and reuse. What floats your boat when you are away from work? I've lived in London for 23 years and still love stepping out to explore what the 33 boroughs have to offer: roaming spaces of the Hackney Marshes, Olympic Park, Greenway and canals and waterways of the Lea Valley; the diversity of public and private spaces for music, art & photography, markets, film, food and drink.