Pause Fest 2020: First Three Speakers Announced!


There is one thing that has been a constant at Pause Fest - that is an incredible amount of creators, builders and doers from the diverse backgrounds compacted in one space and time, then celebrated for the eternity.

Pause Fest 2020 Presents: The very first three international speakers.


David Speaker2020


David Sheldon-Hicks, Co-Founder and ECD

Founded on a love of storytelling and technology, Territory Studio has established a reputation for creatively led narrative design. Today, David’s multidisciplinary team thrives on future vision challenges, attracting diverse briefs across entertainment, technology, arts & culture and brand content.

Credits include Spy Museum, Ready Player One, 007 Elements, Blade Runner 2049, Ghost in the Shell, The Martian, and more.


Barbara Speaker2020


Barbara Soalheiro, Founder

The creator of Mesa, a team based work system designed to solve complex challenges by unleashing human potential to process more and execute faster. Barbara has worked with Google, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Natura, to name a few.

Before Mesa, Barbara was Editor-in-Chief of Colours magazine the groundbreaking magazine founded in the 90’s by Oliviero Toscani and Tibor Kalman.


Paul Speaker2020


Paul Francis, Global Head of Sport Science

Paul is the Head of Sport Science for adidas globally, leading the internal teams and the external network to find new opportunities to change lives through sport.

With over two decades of experience in elite sport with the mindset of a ‘problem solver’, Paul has worked with some of the greatest athletes and performance minds,  in the pursuit of making each athlete better.


Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Pause Fest is seeking expressions of interest for a range of guest speaking opportunities on its talent-stacked roster for 2020.


The speaking applications for future builders end on July 19.

But you can, APPLY NOW TO SPEAK at Pause Fest 2020.