Stephen Van Elst

Global Creative Innovation Director, Imagination Detroit

Stephen Van Elst is an international award-winning Experience Director with extensive industry experience, including appointments with Fitch Worldwide, Spinifex Group and Imagination. Having cut his teeth in Imagination’s London office in the early 2000s, Stephen returned to his native Australia where he led Iloura (now Method Studios) in reshaping the company’s creative offering, as well as building Boffswana, the award-winning experiential technology division.

Stephen moved to Los Angeles in 2013 as ECD of Spinifex Group and was promoted to Chief Creative Officer in 2017. Stephen returned to Melbourne in 2019 and rejoined Imagination as Global Creative Innovation Director, where he now leads global teams working at the frontier of experiential digital media.

Stephen Van Elst, Global Creative Innovation Director