Mônica Luz Lobo is both an accomplished architect and lighting designer. She graduated as an architect and urban planner from Santa Úrsula University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 1997, she founded LD Studio where she is currently the creative director and working in architectural lighting. Her work features in many local and international publications, and she has won a number of awards at home and abroad.
Being committed to the development and dissemination of the profession of lighting design, she co-founded AsBAI (Brazilian association of architectural lighting designers), is member of the international committee of EILD (Encuentro Ibero Americano of Lighting Designers), and is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). At IALD, she has served on the board of directors as director at large since 2017, and has her CLD certification. She also frequently attends and lectures at major Brazilian and international conferences, fairs and workshops.
IALD Immediate Past President
Douglas Leonard has eighteen years of professional practice in the area of architectural lighting design. During his career, he has led projects of diverse scale and complexity, in the health, corporate, educational, commercial and hospitality sectors in Chile and other countries in the region, which add up to more than twenty million square feet.
Before getting involved in lighting design practice, he completed 10 years of experience in the field of interior design, corporate identity and organizational development, working as a consultant and helping the transformation of the image, communications and culture of corporate environments.
Leonard has been a co-founder of the local lighting design association (DIA), is part of the organizing committee of the Ibero-American Meeting of Lighting Design (EILD) and is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), where he currently serves as president. Prior to his current role, Douglas served as president’s selected director (2016 +17) and director at large (2018). He has a degree in architecture at the Central University of Chile and has a diploma in organizational development from the Catholic University of Chile.
Christopher Knowlton is an award-winning lighting designer and co-founder of London based independent lighting design studio, 18 Degrees. His passion for lighting and the belief that lighting can really enhance people’s lives has driven his lighting career from a very early age and propelled it to where it is today. His fascination with light started in theatre and is now practiced daily within the built environment where he manipulates light to augment environments inside and out. His work spans theatre, events, fine art and architecture. A passionate advocate for lighting in all forms, and with a creative flair that enthuses his audiences, Christopher regularly speaks at events throughout the world sharing his knowledge and expertise with professionals and students alike.
Christopher also plays an active role in the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) where he currently sits on the IALD Board of Directors as treasurer. He has previously participated as director at large (2019/2020) as well as IALD regional coordinator for the UK (2012/2020). Fully entwined into the lighting community, he has volunteered as a member of the IALD Enlighten Europe and Americas Content Advisory Committees (2015), and as committee chair for IALD Enlighten Europe in Barcelona, Spain (2016). He is also a judge for the Knight of Illumination Awards, which recognizes the work of lighting designers in the events sector.
IALD Interim CEO
Ashley Robbins, CAE is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and Interim Executive Director of the IALD Education Trust. Ashley is based in Chicago, IL USA and has been with the IALD since 2013, helping the IALD make an impact globally while working closely with the members as Director of Membership and most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer.
She has earned the prestigious Certified Association Executive credential and her previous association management experience includes the Australian Institute of Management and the Chicago Medical Society. Ashley has lived and worked internationally in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. As an alumna of Ball State University with a degree in Physiology and Health Science, Ashley has developed a deep passion for lighting and an interest in light and the impact on health. Ashley has a true interest for people and culture and appreciates building relationships with people in different parts of the world.
Since 2013, Ashley has served on the Board of Directors for the Ball State Alumni Association in Chicagoland. It is Ashley’s lifelong journey to challenge herself and to continue to learn new ventures. For the last three years, Ashley has studied Spanish at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Chicago. In her free time, Ashley enjoys gardening, biking and recently picked up tennis.
Susanne is the Director of Public Sector Marketing at Verizon. Over the last 10+ years, Susanne has held roles of increasing responsibility leveraging her deep domain and marketing knowledge. Most recently, she has served as the Senior Manager of SLED Marketing and the Acting Director of PS - Field Marketing. Prior to joining Verizon, Susanne led Public Sector Marketing for Signify as a member of the US Market Organization, R&D and Innovation teams. She also served as the Global Leader of the Smart Cities initiative in the fastest-growing market segment in the company’s Global Systems business.
Susanne earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Princeton University, a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Urban Studies & Planning and a PhD in Media Arts & Sciences from the MIT Media Lab. A native of Austria, Susanne has lived and worked in the United States, Australia and Europe and currently calls Massachusetts home. When not talking about smart cities or urbanism, she likes to do yoga, cook and spend time with her husband, Peter, and their twins, Klara and Max. Susanne has been an active member of the IES for over ten years, having presented at IES events, served on committees as well as the Board of Directors and currently as Board President.
IES Executive Director
Colleen Harper is the Executive Director of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). She joined the organization in March 2022 after serving as Executive Director of the Audio Engineering Society (AES). Prior to her tenure at AES, Colleen served as the Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). Her extensive experience also includes serving the National Investor Relations Institute as Director of Professional Development; as Association Manager for the global meeting and association management firm Meeting Expectations; as Assistant Manager of Membership for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; and as the Director of Membership and Organizational Relations for the Geoprofessional Business Association.
Colleen has a BA in English from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management degree from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2012 and was an Association Forum of Chicagoland’s Forty Under 40 Award recipient in 2014. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Society of Association Executives.
IES Vice President
Frank Agraz has worked in the energy efficient lighting community for 27 years and is currently Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Eco Engineering. He is responsible for improving the customer experience and raising awareness of Eco Engineering as a leading design-build lighting retrofit provider. Prior to his current role, he founded Maneri-Agraz Enterprises, a national turnkey energy services company. Frank joined the IES in 2000 and has served in several capacities: District 4 Chair, Past President of the Houston section, and Industrial committee member. Mr. Agraz is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP and is currently its Exam Committee Chair, the group that develops and maintains the content of the annual exam. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Industrial Distribution.
IES Past President
Antonio Garza has been a member of IES since 1998. He is a mechanical & electrical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in lighting, including a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in Lighting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Residing in Monterrey, Mexico, Garza is a partner in Iluminacion Total, a firm that does design, specification and sales work for all types of lighting projects. He teaches lighting at the College of Art, Architecture and Design of the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). He is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP (National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions). Garza is past President of the Mexico Section and sits on the Board of Directors of the IES since 2015.
IMC Chief Customer & Marketing Officer
Dorothy Belshaw has 20+ years in the home and gift tradeshow industry. Prior to IMC, she was SVP at George Little Management (GLM) serving as Director of NY Int’l Gift Fair. From 2001-2007, she supervised GLM’s Los Angeles office & West Coast gift shows. She graduated from Hamilton College.
IMC Chief Accounting Officer
Brian Archer is the Chief Accounting Officer at IMC. He has been at IMC since April 2014 and his responsibilities include oversight of the accounting, treasury, risk management, payroll and financial reporting functions. Prior to joining IMC, he was a finance executive for publicly-traded gaming and hospitality companies for 11 years and an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for eight years. Over the course of Archer’s career, he has helped lead several mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, public and private financing transactions and equity offerings.
Archer resides in Las Vegas and is a certified public accountant. Archer received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
IMC / LightFair Senior Vice President / Show Director
Dan Darby is senior vice president and show director of LightFair, leading exhibitor and sponsorship sales, show development and design, event production and Conference.
With more than three decades of experience in the trade show industry, he has worked on some of the largest, market-leading events including the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, NY NOW, Surf Expo and The Original Miami Beach Antique Show. Most recently he was Vice President of Marketing at Informa North America overseeing centralized marketing services for the company’s Infrastructure, Construction and Real Estate portfolio which includes The International Surface Event and The World of Concrete.
Darby is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is an active member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), serving as a member of the Southeast Chapter Board of Directors (2011-2020), chairman of the Southeast Chapter (2017), an IAEE CEM Faculty Member (2013-2017) and an IAEE National Education Committee Member (2018-2019). He is a 2018 IAEE Chapter Merit Award recipient.
IMC / LightFair Vice President
As Vice President of Conference, Michelle Moore is responsible for the overall direction, implementation and management of LightFair’s conference program. She works closely with the Conference Advisory Committee to manage the process of vetting and selecting keynote speakers, course speakers, conference tracks and educational sessions. In the wake of Covid-19, Michelle successfully led the transition to LightFair’s first virtual conference and on-demand offering, LightFair Connect, with 50 sessions. Additionally, she manages event registration and the annual LightFair Innovation Awards—a prestigious recognition of exhibitors and their latest products. She serves as the liaison with the judges committee and manages the well-attended awards program at the show.
Michelle has over twenty years’ experience in hospitality, meeting and trade show management, and has been with LightFair since 2010. In 2007, she received her CEM (Certified in Exhibition Management) by IAEE and earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation by the Events Industry Council in 2014.
Michelle is originally from North Carolina and a die-hard UNC Tar Heel fan. In her spare time she likes to travel and spend time with family.