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Distil Your World

The London Visionary: Mischa Dohler

“To me, London is innovation, energy and creativity.”

- Mischa Dohler

There are some questions that draw you beyond yourself, challenging you to rethink how you see the world. Together, The Macallan’s Whisky Maker Steven Bremner and Michelin Star chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca travelled to London to explore the mastery behind one of the world’s greatest cities, all in a quest of finding an answer to the driving question: can you distil the essence of a city?

They spent time with the people who make London tick, truly immersing themselves and going behind the scenes to uncover the unique flavours and scents that define London.

On this journey they met one of London’s innovative visionaries, Mischa Dohler.
 

Breaking Out of the Box

Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London and director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, Mischa is always looking forward. He drives cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and the arts. He is constantly pushing boundaries by taking the perspective that breaks constraining boxes, whether that is a mindset, approach, or idea through innovative thinking.

Within his recent work, Mischa explains that in the near future, the 5G Internet of Skills will enable us to download skills, so for instance he believes we’ll be able to download and learn the skills of professionals and visionaries, even possibly to be able to cook as well as the Roca brothers.
The Macallan Distil your World Robots at Kings College
According to Mischa, “My vision is that in 10, 20, 30 years’ time, we will be able to execute physical skills, so there will be muscle movement and touch through the internet in the very same way that we transmit sound and video today. It will democratise skills in the same way as today’s Internet has democratised knowledge.”

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Distil Your World London

Now available to watch on Prime Video, journey together with The Macallan and the Roca brothers as they immersed themselves in the city, unearthing its vibrant community spirit and uncovering the unique flavours and scents that define London.

Modern Day Renaissance Man

Not only a professor, Mischa is an engineer, a composer and pianist, and is fluent in six languages. His breadth of skills and deep desire to glean knowledge from the world makes him a sort of contemporary ‘man of the Renaissance’, who studies, composes and investigates. Immersed in this ecosystem of transformation, Mischa has a deep vision for the city’s coming decades and beyond.
The Macallan Distil your World Character Mischa Dohler Portrait

There’s a parallel between science and creative thinking, because when you grow, you do so by questioning what is accepted. And science questions all processes, even those that work, looking for variables, and doing away with what doesn’t work. The same is true of creativity. You need that rebel spirit to provoke the questioning, asking, why not?

Jordi Roca
The Macallan Distil your World Character Mischa Dohler Playing with Robots
London Skyline for Distil Your World

An Epicentre of Innovation and Creativity

Landmark innovations have occurred in London and King’s College. James Clerk Maxwell- one of the fathers of modern physics- worked here, as well as scientist Michael Faraday, who discovered the principles underlying electromagnetic induction. London is a centre of culture and revolution, where the complexities of the world can be investigated and discussed.

When The Macallan and the Roca brothers met Mischa, they gained insight to a facet of London that they had not yet encountered. People in this city like Mischa stand for entrepreneurship and success, and carry with them a respect for the past, hand in hand with a vision for what could be, and what London could become. It was this sense of innovation that was carried forward in our quest to distil the city.

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