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Adam D’Angelo is the co-founder and CEO of Quora, the Q&A platform that empowers people to share and grow the world’s knowledge. Since 2009, Quora has grown serve over 100 million monthly unique visitors from around the world. He previously served as chief technology officer at Facebook, where he oversaw new product development and managed the engineering team. In addition, he guided the site’s architecture and infrastructure and started the company’s growth team. Prior to serving as CTO, he led the Facebook Platform team and, as an engineer, built the initial infrastructure for news feed and the first generation of the company’s advertising targeting and delivery systems. Adam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology.
Adam is the co-founder and principal artist of Prezi. He created the very first prezis in early 2000 for his personal projects and he is still a pioneer in visual storytelling and conversational presenting.
He always loved presenting ideas visually and believes that our future will require us to be more creative, more conversational and to be faster, better communicators. Adam believes sharing ideas visually to help people make better decisions is the way forward.
Adina Popescu is a creator of mixed reality simulations that integrate viral, mobile, and interactive elements into storytelling, and is leading the way for creating the entertainment of tomorrow, working closely with Brett Leonard and Scott Ross (ILM/Digital Domain) at Virtuosity Entertainment.
She worked as a creative advisor to Conservation International (CI) on new forms of engagement via immersive & viral storytelling and has been an advisor to Peter Seligmann (CEO of CI) directly – which led to Conservation International’s VR experience Valens Reef @ Chris Milks company WITHIN.
She has been working with the team of CI on the ‘Nature is Speaking’ campaign, working alongside Media Arts Lab and Lee Clow and has advised Media Arts Lab on storytelling in VR/AR and social Media.
She has a deeply rooted interest in Nature Conservation and was curator of a conference format called ‘Parley for the Oceans’ – organized on behalf of Pharrell Williams and Bionic Yarn, aiming to find biomimicry solutions in industrial production.
Recipient of AUC’s Distinguished Alumni Award, Ahmed Zahran ’02 holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from AUC, a Master of Science in economics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, a diploma in philosophy and literature from the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin, and a certificate in social entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from AUC, Zahran worked in Tunisia for two years as a financial planning analyst for Shell’s gas distribution activities. He then worked with Shell Trading in London as a finance adviser for the European Emissions Trading System. Upon returning to Egypt, Zahran worked at the Egypt Kuwait Holding Company as the business development manager for renewable energy and clean development mechanisms, establishing the company’s carbon trading and renewable energy business.
Currently, Zahran is the co-founder and CEO of KarmSolar, an Egyptian joint stock company established in 2011, working in the field of off-grid solar innovations. KarmSolar won the Wharton University Innovation Tournament in 2012 and the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition (Global Track) in 2014. KarmSolar managed, in a short time, to become Egypt’s largest private off-grid solar integrator and one of the leading innovative companies in solar energy applications in the country.Zahran and his team convert agriculture and industry-based, diesel-run operations to solar energy while making them cheaper, easier to use and economically sustainable. The team has developed award-winning, high-capacity solar pumping stations, including the region’s largest off-grid Hybrid Pumping and Irrigation System.
Zahran is also co-founder and a former board director of Nahdet El Mahrousa, one of the largest youth-run NGOs in Egypt, which works on various youth development projects.
Alessio studied Business/Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen and San Diego State University. After studying in the US, he dropped out of university to start tellM, an app that provided an anonymous newsfeed for friends. With two fellow students and one lecturer they founded a company and launched the app at various Universities in California. After tellM failed to gain sustainable traction and a following split of the founding team, Alessio eventually hired a new team and iterated tellM into the now known Jodel.
Alessio, now as a single-founder, was responsible for product/tech, marketing, community, financing, and HR in the early days of the company. Being a product guy, he nowadays keeps his focus on product, strategy&vision and HR.
Alex Caccia is an entrepreneur with start-up experience in media, technology, manufacturing and a background in finance and investment banking. After a career as a fund manager, and subsequently in investment banking, Alex founded successful sports equipment business WaterRower Ltd. In 1999 Alex joined Sportal, a European dotcom startup, where he was head of advanced technology development. In 2003 Alex was involved in The Cloud (wifi Aggregator, sold to Sky in 2010). From 2005-2010 Alex was CEO of Marmalade Technology Ltd, a leading mobile applications cross platform software SDK. In 2012, Alex founded an exercise technology business called Muoverti Ltd., and in 2015 co-founded Animal Dynamics, a spin-out form Oxford University.
Alex Jaimes is a scientist and innovator and the current head of R&D at cloud infrastructure service DigitalOcean. He’s been a startup CTO, advisor, and has held leadership positions at Yahoo, Telefonica, IDIAP, FujiXerox, and IBM TJ Watson, among others. Within years of its launch, DigitalOcean managed to establish itself in a market crowded by the likes of Amazon, Linode and Rackspace. So far, it has raised more than $120 million towards its goal of becoming the de facto hosting service for discerning developers.
Alex John Beck is a Dutch-American photographer, raised in London, England, now based in New York City. Working across genres, his interest lies in the impact and adaptation of people within their environment. Alex’s projects focus on the tight feedback loop between technology and its users.
Alexander Ljung is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SoundCloud, the world’s largest music and audio platform with more than 175 million monthly users. Since its inception in 2007, Alex has been responsible for overseeing SoundCloud’s vision, strategy and leadership. Under Alex’s leadership, SoundCloud has accomplished exponential growth and, today, has more than 12 million creators heard on the platform every month.
Alexander studied Creative Writing and Drama in Leipzig. After a few years as a jazz bass player in Montréal, he decided to join the Berlin startup scene. Following his time working at various startups, he became a reporter at Business Punk, a vibrant business and lifestyle magazine covering thriving businesses and inspiring talents who will influence our future.
His book „Schneeschippen in Kanada“ came out late 2016.
After studying civil engineering at the University of Karlsruhe Alexander Zosel was Vice President of Innovation at the Swiss corporation Biometry.Com AG, among other things. He is now applying his profound expertise as a successful serial entrepreneur on behalf of the Volocopter. He conceived the VC200 and developed its design. As a paraglider and gyrocopter pilot he lives out his passion for flying that constantly motivates him to consider new developments.
Alvin has spent the last decade campaigning on issues of social justice, human rights, and public policy. Earlier this year he was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 EMEA for his work. In 2016 he founded The Fourth Group, a global community creating a new politics for the fourth industrial revolution. In a year, the group now has over 1,500 members and hubs in London, Paris, Bogota, Barcelona, Bucharest, and Berlin. The community works together to develop solutions to the challenges and opportunities of the digital age. They have developed fact-checkers, chatbots, and an online School of Politics. The Fourth Group is also developing the world’s first politician AI.
Angel Adelaja is founder and CEO of Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services, an urban farming and Ag-tech company in Nigeria. She studied Epidemiology at Michigan State University and Biology at Temple University but found interest in agriculture and entrepreneurship, which led her to start her own businesses. Through Fresh Direct, she is creating jobs for unemployed urban youth and women by lowering the bar of entry into agriculture through the use of her container farm technology, a cost effective solution to help young Africans compete with the import market rather than competing with rural farmers. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a mentor to aspiring young entrepreneurs.
Angel supports individuals, groups and organizations to connect with their true purpose and visions and supporting them to get the right tools and strategy for their growth. As an entrepreneur, he understands the world as a field of possibilities and he strongly believes that the future is in the hands of entrepreneurs, who take responsibility for their society and next generation.
He is an international expert for co-creative project development, therefore he trains people around the world and gives impulses as speaker. His goal is to create a new way of leadership and doing business – driven by a joint purpose: connected, peaceful, inclusive, mindful, respectful and caring.
Ankit Shah is a behavioral design expert who leads strategy and consulting at Dopamine Agency. With a strong academic/research background and a wide portfolio ranging from Fortune 50 clients to leading venture-Backed startups; he has helped capture attention and engagement at scale.
Anne Boden is CEO and founder of Starling Bank. Prior to Starling, she was Chief Operating Officer of Allied Irish Banks Plc and Head of EMEA, Global Transaction Banking across 34 countries for RBS and ABN AMRO.
Anna has more than 30 years experience in banking, having begun her career at Lloyds Bank, before moving on to Standard Chartered Bank and then UBS in Zurich and was recently recognised as one of the Global Power Women in FinTech. She holds a BSc in Computer Science and Chemistry, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of IT.
Anne Kjær Riechert is CEO and co-founder ReDI School of Digital Integration. She is a 2006 graduate from KaosPilot in Denmark, a hybrid of a business and a design school. From 2006-2009, she worked as a corporate social responsibility consultant. In that capacity, she developed and implemented Samsung Electronics’ award-winning corporate social responsibility strategy for Scandinavia. In July 2010, Anne moved to Japan, where she spent 2 years researching open social innovation and received the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowship. In 2012, she moved to Berlin to set up the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, which is associated with Stanford University. The lab focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social change toward global peace. In 2015, in response to the refugee crises, Anne co-founded ReDI School of Digital Integration, a vocational training program teaching programming and tech skills to asylum seekers and refugees. In 2016, Anne was recognized by Capital Magazine as “Young Elite – Top 40 under 40” in Germany.
ReDI School of Digital Integration was founded in 2015 by a team convinced that technology can break down barriers and bring people together to build new solutions to old problems. The idea of ReDI was sparked by the insight that amongst the refugee population there are incredible talents eager to learn and eager to contribute, who could help fill the 51.000 open IT jobs in Germany.
Annina Roescheisen is a multimedia artist, humanist and philanthropist. Her creative practice acts as a visual language that breaks down elitist thinking, illuminating empathy and human connections. Literature, music, and poetry serve as inspiration in her practice, namely through religious iconography, Medieval Art, German Romanticism, Gothic Architecture, and fairytales. Through various mediums, such as video and sculpture, it is her belief that Art can advocate for social change. (Photo credits : Patrick Desbrosses)
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the types of self-inflicted cellular and molecular damage that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations.
Avi is the CEO and co-founder of Sixgill, a cyber intelligence platform that detects and defuses cyber threats before they become cyberattacks. Its disruptive technology, automatically and covertly monitors and analyzes illegal activity on a massive scale. Sixgill exposes malicious activity at the earliest stages of the cybercrime lifecycle with unprecedented accuracy – often before the damage is done.
Avi has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and leadership experience in the technology and network security industry. Prior to Sixgill, Avi served in key roles at legendary disruptive companies at their earliest stages including Checkpoint (creators of first software firewall that uses stateful inspection), and Vocaltec (creators of first VOIP). He also led state of the art technological projects for the Israel Defense Forces. Avi holds a BSc. in Computer Engineering and MBA in management of Hi Tech firms, both degrees from the Technion – Israel institute of Technology.
Mr. Dilaver is an entrepreneur, creator, and an accomplished executive. He successfully launched over 10 brands worldwide and has developed over 80 products. Prior to Firefly, Mr. Dilaver was the CEO of San Francisco-based United Brands Inc., and built the company into a successful global player in food technology. He serves as an advisor and a board member for a technology company and an investment fund. He studied Economics at University of California, Berkeley. He loves kitesurfing around the world and building large-scale art installations at Burning Man.
Barry Lunn, the Founder and CEO of Arralis takes a design led approach to tech entrepreneurship. Barry’s approach to solving difficult technology problems is as much artistic as it is actual physics.
Arralis is a hardware start-up bringing millimetre-wave technology to the masses for the first time. It is the future of autonomous vision and wireless communications. Arralis customers include the biggest aerospace companies in the world and they have raised €50million to bring this technology to mass market applications including self-driving cars.
Brad Folkens is the co-founder and CEO of CloudSight, where he leads the effort to build the world’s first visual cognition platform to power the future of AI. He earned his Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics degrees with honors and immediately went to work building profitable companies, first with the award winning PublicSalary.com HR Tool, and later with his co-founder, Dominik, grossing over $1m/year in revenue.
Branden Spikes served as the technology right hand of Elon Musk for over 15 years at Zip2, PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX, where he helped pioneer, architect and build some extraordinary technology. He then founded Spikes Security in 2012, with a mission to solve the most pressing cybersecurity challenge, browser malware. He now serves as a startup investor, advisor, and technology evangelist for web browser isolation.
VP and Managing Director of Samsung NEXT Ventures, Brendon Kim has been investing in early stage startup companies for over 20 years. He is currently a Vice President/Managing Director of Samsung NEXT Ventures. The Ventures team invests in compelling early stage software and services startups, bringing the power of the Samsung platform to accelerate their growth. Prior to joining Samsung, Brendon was a co-founding general partner of Altos Ventures where he was a lead investor and board member in numerous early-stage software and services companies. Before co-founding Altos Ventures, he was a strategy and management consultant in the media, consumer and technology industries. Brendon received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and his BA from Princeton University.
Bryant is a serial entrepreneur and technologist, having built several successful businesses in the mobile advertising and web design & digital publishing space. His current company, Webflow, is transforming the way people build for the web by marrying design with a codeless interface. Webflow has over 600,000 users and powering websites for the Fortune 500, to thousands of small businesses.
Bryony is a sex futurist who speaks globally about the impact technology is having on intimacy. Her podcast Future of Sex reaches thousands every month to explore the merging worlds of sex and tech. Mashable has called it “the podcast helping women to build the future of sextech”, and it has been featured in global media such as TechCrunch, Vice, Thrillist, The Humanist and HuffPo.
Since launching in Oct 2016, the podcast has toured visiting various cities in the US and Australia, and in the summer of ‘17 will be coming to Europe for the Future of Sex – Summer Series.
As a leader in sextech, Bryony also co-ran North America’s first sextech hackathon, encouraging more women to enter the industry and innovate around the often overlooked components of sexuality: education, assault reporting and women’s health.
Cathy Twigg began her career at MTV Films where she was responsible for discovering new talent and adding projects to the development slate. Over her industry tenure, Cathy has served at Dreamworks Television Animation, Sony Pictures Television, Bandeira Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation working on several live-action television series and notable projects including Toonsylvania, Invasion America, KUNG FU PANDA, MONSTERS VS ALIENS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, SHREK THE HALLS, MADAGASCAR, MADAGASCAR 2, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, TIGERLAND, SLAP HER, SHE’S FRENCH and THE LOVE LETTER.
Using her well-rounded film, animation, television and worldwide product distribution experience, she has produced, directed and written several short films and web series and is currently developing the company’s IP for VR, interactive, feature and television projects.
Charles is a French/Colombian artist and chef. He conducts research on sensory and food aesthetics in Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. He has published over a dozen papers in scientific journals on the role of the senses perception, and multisensory experience design. At the intersection of science, art and entrepreneurship, Charles aims to inspire solutions for important challenges in the human/food relationship. He is currently part of the Crossmodalism movement in London.
Charlotte Slingsby is the founder of Moya Power: London based wind energy harvesting startup, developing a flexible building textile to scavenge from existing infrastructure. Our future relies on farming green energy, therefore their mission is to capture abundant ambient wind energy from wasted urban space; creating energy generating hubs. Working together with CrossRail they have tested the potential in underground train tunnels, and have been recognised by Forbes 30u30 and Shell LiveWIRE.
Australian Concert Musician, Chris Lloyd:pianist is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London. CL has performed throughout Australasia, North America and Europe, and is primarily interested in developing new performance techniques in line with the ever-changing cultural demands of the 21st Century. Aside from performance, CL is an artistic advisor, curator, festival programmer, has given masterclasses at the University of Cambridge, and was founding member of Crossmodalism.
Christian Raters is the founder and CEO of Lyrebird Game + Audio GmbH, a game audio and game development company based in Berlin that specializes in sound design, recording and mixing, adaptive game sound implementation, 3D audio, restoration, game design and development
Before building his own startup Christian graduated as Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production) and worked as a freelance audio engineer for many years.
Today, in addition to his work as a company manager, he is lecturing at several educational institutions such as SAE Institute Berlin, Riverside Studios, Music Pool Berlin and Gangway Street College.
Christoph Gerber, a native Berliner, is the founder of Lieferando.de, which he merged with TakeAway and took public in 2016. He is now the founder and CEO of Talon.One – a promotion API/ back-end company, which lets you create any kind of promotion without being limited by your development or product team. He has a dog, loves a cooking and being offline.
Entrepreneur and Business Angel focusing on consumer product innovation in digital media and mobile internet, Christophe founded and is currently Chairman of txtr.com, the largest eBooks distribution network in Europe with shops launching in over 20 countries. Christophe was the founder of gate5, a global leader in mobile navigation software, which he sold to Nokia in 2006. Today the unit which emerged fromgate5, Nokia Maps, employs more than 1000 Employees in Berlin. Christophe was also cofounder of Plazes.com, a company which pioneered “checking-in”, co-founder of PhoneDeck.com (mobile to browser service) and Eye’Em.com. Christophe is active in the Berlin tech scene and was involved in the creation of many of the City’s startups inclunding Brands4Friends, StudyVZ, Plista, Barcoo, AppAware, Amen, Readmill and SoundCloud.com.
Corinne is co-founder of TomTom and Managing Director of its consumer business, such that she’s not just changing the world: she’s also helping people navigate it. She helped grow TomTom into a global player across multiple categories that last year made $1.1 billion in annual revenue. To top it all off, she is a staunch women in leadership advocate and, 2 years running, has been voted one of the top 50 most inspirational woman in European tech.
Cornelius is Co-Founder and CEO of Opinary, which seeks to burst the filter bubble and enable meaningful interaction online. Opinary’s technology visualizes opinions and lets over 40 million monthly users share their views, building on the notion that if you really want someone’s attention, you’re best off starting with a question. Opinary thus helps leading publishers and global brands engage and understand their audiences at scale. Prior to that, Cornelius helped start up McKinsey’s office in Lagos, Nigeria and graduated with an MBA from Harvard.
Cortney Harding is a professor, author, and consultant working at the intersection of music and virtual reality. Harding works with technology companies to partner with music artists and labels to create immersive, groundbreaking virtual reality content. Her knowledge of both the music and technology industries position her to uniquely create experiences that move both industries forward.
Harding is the author of , “How We Listen Now: Essays and Conversations About Music and Technology”, published in January 2016. She is a professor at the Clive Davis School of Music at NYU, and has been a frequent speaker at conferences like SXSW, Further Future, Canadian Music Week, SF Music Tech, and the Right Tech Summit. Harding received an MPA from New York University, and her BA from Wellesley College. She lives in New York City, and is at thirty-two time marathoner and ultra-marathoner!
Damian Bradfield is the President and CMO of WeTransfer, based in Los Angeles. His background combines experience with the some of the world’s leading creative companies (Stella McCartney, J Walter Thompson) with launching and mentoring a range of design and tech start-ups (Kuvva, Present Plus). He brings together the ambitious, international strategic thinking of the former with the quicker, nimbler energy of the start-up world. He first joined WeTransfer as Chief Strategic Officer in 2010 and played a pivotal part in building it into the leading, much-loved creative brand it is today. Nowadays the site has 40 million active users who transfer one billion files every month. In 2015, WeTransfer took its first round of investment (series-A of $25million by HCPE) and Damian moved to LA the following year to spearhead the company’s US operations.
In his dual role heading the American office and leading the brand’s marketing, growth and content departments, Damian personifies WeTransfer’s commitment to supporting and showcasing the best creative talent. To this end he has brought in Gilles Peterson and Troy Carter to work with the company and set up content partnerships with the likes of FKA twigs, Rankin, Sampha and Nelly Ben Hayoun, among many others.
Damian’s professional and cultural interests include moving beyond buzzwords to create genuinely human companies, the role of doubt as part of the creative and commercial processes, and how the ambivert personality type works in a collaborative professional world. He regularly blogs on these topics as well as consulting for a range of businesses, awards schemes and non-profit organizations. Damian has been interviewed and profiled by titles including Fast Company, Designweek, Mr Porter, 33Voices and LA Weekly.
Dan is one of our co-founders and manages operations at Gfycat. He has extensive experience in project management in the technology sector, including medtech company Haemonetics. An avid redditor, Dan noticed the advent of the GIF on reddit in lieu of videos. His frustration with the low-quality, slow-loading GIFs he saw led to the creation of Gfycat. His engagement with the Reddit community led to Gfycat’s viral adoption among redditors, leading to Gfycat’s organic growth to 90 million monthly active users.
Dan Zakai is Founder and CEO of Mindspace, a rapidly growing global provider of beautiful and inspiring coworking spaces for teams of all sizes. Since starting Mindspace in 2014, the company has opened multiple locations in Israel, established its leadership as an upscale co-working provider in Germany with buildings on Friedrichstraße, Berlin and Rödingsmarkt, Hamburg, and raised over $15M to expand further, with at least 3 new spaces and communities opening up at prime locations in Berlin and Munich this year. Dan is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to Mindspace, he founded in 2008 a solar energy company, which was later acquired. Earlier, Dan worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and HSBC. Dan holds a BA in Law & Business Administration from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Dan is married and a proud father of four children.
Dana is the co-founder and CMO of Inception, a leading 360 & VR destination of choice for premium content for millennials. Launched in 2016, Inception is available across all leading VR platforms and works with some of the biggest entertainment names in the world, including DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Time Out, and Playboy. Prior to Inception, Dana led Business Strategy, Marketing and Planning for the Microsoft Israel Research & Development Center. Before this, she was Head of Amdocs Global Marketing. Dana has a B.Sc. Industrial Engineering from Ben Gurion University and an MBA from NYU.
Daniel Nathrath is the co-founder and CEO of Ada, an AI health companion that helps people assess their health and provides doctors with diagnosis decision support. Grounded in six years of research and development, Ada’s personal health companion app was launched in 2016 with the mission to give everyone access to high quality, personalised health information and care. Since the company’ worldwide launch, Ada’s users have generated over a million health assessments, and its diagnosis support technology is being piloted by NHS practices in London and medical research institutions in Germany.
Daniel has lived and worked in Germany, Denmark, the UK and the USA as Founder, Managing Director and General Counsel at several internet startups. He also spent some years as a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He trained as a lawyer in Germany and the USA, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago.
Daniel is an Organization Designer. Through his company, Conductal, Daniel uses Social System Design to create incentives and processes that spark creativity and enable business agility at scale in startups and established organisations.
Beyond Conductal, Daniel is a visiting lecturer on System Design at Oxford University, a Co-founder of Crossmodalism, an Associate Fellow of London University, and a Fellow of the RSA.
Daniel Pinchbeck is the best-selling author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. His latest book, How Soon is Now?: From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation, looks at the ecological crisis as a rite of passage or initiation for humanity and defines a new post capitalist “operating system” for civilization.
Daniel has written for the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, Esquire, and other publications. He is a founder of evolver.net and the web magazine Reality Sandwich and was featured in the 2010 documentary 2012: Time for Change. He also directs the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture (www.planetaryculture.com).
David is the founder of Unity Technologies, which creates high-performance end-to-end platforms for the development of rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Since its founding in 2004, the company has raised nearly $700 million and currently has more than 5 million registered developers across the world. David served as Unity’s CEO between 2004 and 2014. In addition to being a restless entrepreneur, David is a partner at Nordic Makers, a group of ten Nordic-based angel investors who work closely together to help people build great and enduring companies.
David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994 as a creative outgrowth of his wide-ranging interests in a variety of subjects (particularly folklore) and his professional expertise in the computer industry. Handling everything from researching and writing articles about urban legends to managing the site’s technical infrastructure, David saw snopes.com (which antedated the development of automated search engines) quickly become the go-to place for Internet users to query about anything questionable they encountered online, establishing it as the oldest and best known online fact-checking outlet operating today.
In additional to his 20+ years experience researching and writing about the facts behind a multitude of topics, David’s educational background includes a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas (San Antonio) and about a zillion course hours of post-graduate classes at California State University, Northridge taken with no particular degree program in mind. His previous employment encompassed stints with the News-Chronicle (newspaper), Teledyne Electronics, the U.S. Postal Service, JPL, Digital Equipment Corporation, Rocketdyne, and Health Net (HMO).
David Okuniev is Co-founder and joint CEO of Typeform, a platform that helps you collect data in a conversational way. He’s also a designer working to make the web a little more human. When he’s not playing his ukulele, he’s hanging out with his family and eating lots of hummus.
Didier Rappaport is the CEO and co-founder of Happn, the 100% mobile app which is revolutionising dating and allows users to meet people they have crossed paths with in real life, using a unique combination of real time and hyperlocation. Today the application has 30 million users worldwide and operates in about 40 cities. Didier began his career in setting up an international trading company. In the 90’s he discovered the digital world and created the first platform for B2B services devoted to the textile trade on an international scale. He then set up another platform, SourcesIT, this time devoted to IT professionals.
In 2005, Didier co-founded Dailymotion, where he served as chief operating officer.
Diva is Founder and CEO of Solenica, a hardware startup that brings sunlight into homes with a portable solar-powered robot called Caia. Solenica went through the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Diva has a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge and she attended Singularity University in 2010. Diva was nominated “Top 50 Influential Women in European Entrepreneurship” by EU-Startups and in 2017 has given her first TEDx talk in Rome on Italian vs US startups.
Dominik is a young entrepreneur and Blockchain expert from Italy. He has been in the Blockchain space for more than 5 years now, with several Blockchain startups in Switzerland and the UK. For the past 2 years has been focused on realizing the “Machine Economy” through IOTA. He firmly believes in the potential of Blockchain, especially in mobility, but generally has a pragmatic view and is focused on applications with clear business models behind them. In IOTA he leads the non-profit foundation and oversees partnerships and the overall realization of the project’s vision.
Dr. Andy Yen is the Founder and CEO of ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted email provider. Today, ProtonMail is used by millions of people and organizations around the world, including journalists and activists. He is a long time advocate of privacy rights and has spoken at TED, SXSW, and the Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.
Dr. Yen was previously a researcher at CERN. A physicist by training, he holds a PhD in Particle Physics from Harvard University, and prior to that studied Physics and Economics at Caltech.
Originally a particle physicist who pursued research at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland for 6 years, Elina was one of the leading researchers that discovered the Higgs boson, which lead to a Nobel Prize in physics 2013. After discovering the Higgs, Elina quit her science job to focus on women’s reproductive health. She then developed the algorithm behind Natural Cycles an effective and user friendly natural birth control method. Through analysing women’s body temperature the Natural Cycles mobile app identifies women’s fertile days for the purpose of both preventing and planning a pregnancy. Additionally, pregnant women monitor their temperature in the app to early detect sinking hormonal levels to be able to prevent a possible miscarriage. Elina continues to pursue research through Natural Cycles, and has now published two clinical studies concerning women’s reproductive health in a peer review journal. In January 2017 Natural Cycles became the first approved contraceptive app.
Former OIympic swimmer Dr. Elvira Fischer started her academic career at UCLA, where she received a BSc in Psychobiology and then continued pursuing a MSc. and a PhD in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences at the Max-Planck Institute in Tübingen. Continuing as a neuroscientist and researcher she worked at various world leading facilities such as the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) in Tübingen and the Danish Centre for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DRCMR) in Copenhagen. With more than 15 years experience in neuroscience and human behavior research, Elvira joined iMotions in September 2016, where she works as a neuroscientist and product specialist to support clients like Harvard, Stanford, Unilever or BMW in their endeavour to utilize insights into human behavior and emotional responses. Working with iMotions’ state-of-the-art technology, she enables clients all over the world to drive innovative ideas and technological advances.s
Dr. Florian Hoos is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Technische Universität Berlin. Florian has worked as a Professor at HEC Paris for social entrepreneurship and impact measurement, and as consultant and coach for startups and corporations. He was listed among the 40 best Business School professors under 40 in the world by Poets & Quants in 2014, and has been awarded numeros awards including the award for the best HEC Paris Professor in 2014, the “Best Teaching Style Award 2015” of HEC Paris’ MBA program, and the “Prix Pralong” award for a social entrepreneurial project carried out on the Ivory Coast in 2010. He is also an active researcher who publishes in leading international journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics.
Noah is the Chief Operating Officer & “Futurist-in-Chief” for the Dubai Future Foundation, a policy & innovation think tank created by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He is part of a team that identifies emerging opportunities, develops strategic partnerships, and prototypes future initiatives, ranging from Blockchain to 3D printing to the Museum of the Future and more.
Former German Vice-Chancellor Philipp Rösler commands an impressive CV. His career in politics has seen him serve as Minister for Economics and Technology, Minister of Health, and as Federal Chairman of the Free Democratic Party. He currently serves as a Member of the Managing Board, and Head of Regional and Government Engagement at the World Economic Forum.
Thomas Fritz is leader of the work group “Music Evoked Brain Plasticity” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and visiting professor for Empirical Music Research at the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM) at the University of Gent. His research interest is the psychology of music, and includes the neuroanatomy of how music is processed in the auditory pathway, musical immersion with novel typs of musical interfaces, and how music relates to human evolution.
Prof. Schildhauer is founder and director of the Institute of Electronic Business – the first affiliated institute of the University of Arts Berlin since April 1999. In October 2000 he started the ‘electronic business’ course of studies. This course was the first of its kind in Germany and Europe on a university level. In 2005 he developed a Master study program in partnership with the University of St. Gallen, which is called ‘Leadership in digital communication’. Beside the setup of the course of studies, the Institute of Electronic Business concerns with practically orientated research especially in the fields of e-business strategies, e-learning, knowledge-management, e-government and social media design in relation to electronic business. Since May 2007 he is appointed as executive director for the Berlin Career College at the Central Institute for Postgraduate Studies and further education at the University of Arts, Berlin.
Since 2012 Prof. Schildhauer is one of the executive directors of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society gGmbH, where he is responsible for the research topic ‘Internet based innovation’. Since 2000 Prof. Schildhauer works as university lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. Further international experience he got by visiting and working on research projects at the MIT in Boston, USA. Furthermore Prof. Schildhauer worked in 2003 and 2012 as visiting professor at the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. In the field of science Prof. Schildhauer realized many national and international publications, e.g. the ‘Lexikon of Electronic Business’ published by the Oldenbourg Verlag and the ‘Social Media Handbuch’ published by the Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.
As a member in many scientific boards of direction he gives advices to many start-ups, e.g. www.jovoto.com and international companies in relation to e-business, marketing and IT strategies. Furthermore he is a member of the jury of Innovationspreis Berlin-Brandenburg, a member of the Scientific Advisory Council ‘Industrie 4.0’ at the National Academy of Science and Engineering and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Edda advocates for sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. She’s the founder and CEO of Undress; an online marketplace to list, discover and borrow quality clothing. It’s the share economy for fashion, welcome to the future.
Edda is also the founder of Australia’s largest sustainable fashion runway show, Undress Runways. Exhibiting since 2011, the event engages 50,000+ people each year to celebrate sustainable designers. Edda is a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Eddie Miller is the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of greenRush, the world’s largest online marketplace in Cannabis. Eddie is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first business at 16 years old and developed it into the largest New Year’s Eve ticketing marketplace. His expertise in creating marketplaces expanded to other high profile ticketing and experiential businesses, with his most successful efforts in: newyearseve.com, balldrop.com, and pubcrawls.com.
Miller entered the Cannabis industry in 2013 to start greenRush. Using his expertise in marketing and building marketplaces, greenRush has grown to be the largest online marketplace in Cannabis. The greenRush platform includes tens of thousands of consumers, hundreds of retailers, and over 20,000 products. greenRush operates across hundreds of cities in California, Nevada, and Colorado.
Miller is considered a Cannabis industry expert and recently started his own cannabis investor series. He has also contributed to several national media outlets including but not limited to Forbes, USA Today, and ABC.
Croatian refugee and school dropout turned entrepreneur with background in architecture and electric mobility and strong interest in sustainable technologies. Winners of the AgTech FoodTech Summit 2016, Finalists of the Internorga Leaders Club Gastro Start Up 2017.
Before being an entrepreneur, Erik was a professional sportsman in whitewater canoe slalom and became world champion in 2007. Erik decided to actively quit his sports career and found a company. After graduating from business school HHL Leipzig, he founded an eCommerce company www.vaola.de , which he handed over to his management at 70 employees. Since 2014, Erik is into artificial intelligence and founded www.fredknows.it – a company automating customer support via a chatbot. Erik is a father of three small kids aged 8, 5 and 2 years.
Born in 1977 in Sweden, Erika Lust is a filmmaker, mother, writer and entrepreneur; plus the owner and founder of Erika Lust Films, where she offers an alternative to the mainstream porn industry.
She is the creator of award-winning crowdsourced erotic project XConfessions.com where people share their sexual stories and fantasies. Each month Erika chooses two and turns them into captivating, arousing, cinematic explicit short films driven by sexually intelligent and sex-positive narratives, that reflect her views on sex as a healthy and a natural part of life that we should celebrate.
She has recently launched the online cinema www.EroticFilms.com to keep campaigning for a more ethical porn consumption. Erika and her team license films from a growing movement of directors that is trying to change the industry from within. Films that are done under the same ethical production values Erika has at Erika Lust Films.
Eva Kaczor is an international certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Psychologist and Health Expert who supports her students to develop a thriving body, an extraordinary mind and a strong spirit.
Being the founder of YOGIS ON SOUND, she creates yoga journeys with DJ Sets at festivals such as Burning Man. With YOGA MEETS ART Eva brings yoga into galleries, e.g. with her bespoken class every Wednesday at König Gallery in Berlin.
Having had a career as a brand strategist and being a fan of conscious leadership, Eva also facilitates yoga and mindfulness practices during business workshops and conferences, supporting the flow of creativity within the group.
Fabian Siegel is a passionate entrepreneur who, prior to launching Marley Spoon in 2014, built a global leader in online food ordering at Delivery Hero, co-founded Europe’s largest online payments brand ClickandBuy International, Germany’s first online auction business Kikin, and a financial services startup Strateer. He is now investing in startups and building Marley Spoon, a global company available in six countries worldwide.
As a Berlin native, Felix has been building things online since 1996. He is a serial entrepreneur and investor widely credited as a driving force in Berlin's startup ecosystem since its humble beginnings. He has founded and operated several successful startups including Plazes, the pioneering Geo-spacial company, acquired by Nokia in 2008 and Amen, an opinion sharing app, acquired by Tape.TV in 2011.
He is an active angel investor and advisor to well-known companies including Soundcloud and DataMiner. Passionate about all things frontier tech, Felix is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and has shared his views in publications such as WIRED and the New York Times.
Florian Dohmann is independent consultant for data, ai & digital transformation, technologist & artist from Berlin.
As a consultant he operates across sectors (i.e. automotive, retail, traditional industry) and supports clients with strategy, design and prototyping to build up sustainable data & ai capabilities.
He is a data science professional, strategist, keynote speaker, guest lecturer at several universities and partner at the Berlin based entrepreneur network katapult:NOW.
Furthermore, he is part of the art collective YQP NYC/Berlin. In their artistic work they explore the human worth in our digital world and blend technology with interactive storytelling.
Florian Eder is POLITICO’s Managing Editor, Expansion, overseeing the newsroom’s Brussels coverage. Prior to joining POLITICO, Florian was EU correspondent for Die Welt, covering EU politics and policies from Brussels where he arrived at the peak of the euro crisis in 2011. Florian spent three years in Die Welt’s Berlin newsroom as an editor and previously worked as Italy correspondent for the Financial Times Deutschland.
Florian Huebner founded uberall.com, is leading it as Co-CEO, and is responsible for product and technical development of uberall’s Location Marketing Cloud. He studied at the Technical University in Karlsruhe, Sydney University in Australia (NICTA) and the University of Southern California in the USA. As a consultant for McKinsey & Company, Florian spent several years working in strategically advising leading, blue-chip firms.
Since 2004 Florian Richter and his media production service Sound & More are serving the needs of well-known artists and corporations by fabricating high-quality content in the audio department. Furthermore his excellent qualification results from his 10-year working experience at the legendary Studios 301 Cologne. A shortlist of clients includes names like: Robbie Williams, One Republic, Kettler GmbH, Wilson Sporting Goods and many more. Currently he is producing media content as the copartner of High Tide Studios in Hennef near Cologne. During the last three years a close cooperation with Fraunhofer IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany was established. Main topic of the joint efforts and research is to develop new technologies by seeing through the eyes of the user and identifying his needs.
Florian Schweitzer was one of the co-founders of btov in the year 2000. Since then he has worked on btov’s private investor network and investment business. Florian has graduated with a degree in management from the University of St. Gallen, where he developed START, an entrepreneurs’ organization with friends. Jointly with Dr. Jochen Gutbrod and Luca Martinelli, he is responsible for the Digital Tech Fund of btov. Florian has represented the interests of Business Angels in Switzerland in the Board of the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA), Chapter Seed Money & Venture Capital, from 2007 to 2015.
‘Fascinated by Frequencies’
Born in 1976 and Raised in the City of Oss, The Netherlands.
After many years of soul searching an life trial and error, Fred met former BOOKING.COM CEO at a meditation course. After working there for 5 years with Stef as his mentor, he started his own company in 2005. After 3 good years the crisis hit hard and brought Fred’s company on the brink of a personal bankruptcy and Fred sunk in a burnout in 2011.
Laying on the Dutch beach in the Sun one day made him feel better, more energized and positive again. Fred wondered why nature had this calming effect on his body and mind and got obsessed by the idea whether it would be possible to trigger the same hormonal responses in the brain by simulating and combining the various stimuli that happened on the beach.
With the Help of the University of Delft and several neuro- and bio scientist of TNO he started his researched and eventually started building his team with which he created the SENSORY REALITY Pods&Platform with had its global market introduction at SXSW in March 2017:
Gadi Amit is a San Francisco based technology designer behind some of the most innovative and lasting products created over the last two decades. Founder of the award-winning NewDealDesign, Gadi leads a multidisciplinary team matchmaking people, culture and technology to build joyful experiences for the world’s top brands and disruptors like Intel, Microsoft, Google, Fitbit, Herman Miller, Deutsche Telekom and Verizon.
With the motto ‘we mix brains, bravery and magic to make people smile,’ Gadi and his team have won over 100 design awards, including the United States National Design Award for an unrelenting commitment to crafting delightful and workable solutions for real people. Gadi was selected by Surface Magazine as one of their ‘Power 100’ in 2016, listed by Fast Company on their ‘1000 Most Creative People’ list, and selected by Fast Company Magazine as the Most Innovative Design firm of 2016.
Gavin is founder and current director of Parity Technologies Ltd. He has pushed the state-of-the-art in analysis tools and programming languages, as well as co-founded several technology startups, including Grid Singularity and Ethereum. He is the co-designer of the Ethereum Protocol and author of its formal specification, he created and wrote the first functional Ethereum implementation, designed and stewarded the Solidity language, was the project chief of the IDE, and designed and implemented the Whisper protocol.
Gian Casanova is the managing director of Futurice Germany in Berlin. Gian has over 15 years of relevant industry experience from different management positions at professional IT services and consultancy companies. He has managed large, international software development and consultancy projects for major companies, mainly in the automotive sector. Gian holds both a Master Degree in Computer Science and BA. His passion is to help customers to succeed in the Digital Transformation.
TR Editor since 2006. Reports mostly about mobility and energy topics. Believes that complex problems often have simple, easy understandable but wrong solutions.
Hector was born in Mexico City, and has always been fascinated by the tension between technology, art, and design. His major focus is attempting to harness that tension to create products and experiences that make our lives more productive, enjoyable, and inspiring. Uncertain of his direction he graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the UDLAP, and a MA in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute of Ivrea in Italy.
Between obtaining his degrees he took on real jobs doing interface design for HP, among others. Next, he joined the MIT Mobile Experience Lab and later found his way to Google, where he’s worked on multiple products (Android, Android TV, Sky Map, Docs, Maps, etc) and led teams on multiple continents. Presently he leads Design for all Google Search and Assist related products. He now resides in California with his wife and daughter, bikes to work every day, and is still trying to answer that fundamental question: How can we make tech + art + design = happiness?
(Picture credits to Toby Peet.)
Henrik Zillmer is CEO of AirHelp, a leading global airline claims management company. Since 2013, AirHelp has assisted more than 1.5 million passengers receive their rightful compensation from the airlines as the result of delayed, canceled or otherwise disrupted flights. Prior to AirHelp, Henrik was Director of Product Management at Rocket Internet. He started more than 10 companies in Europe, Asia and USA within insurance/SaaS, travel and e-commerce.
His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud of Saudi Arabia is an entrepreneur and pioneer in the creative and technology sectors. With a determined and business-driven belief in the power of ‘artistic technology’, he has contributed to works and investments in education, job creation and social empowerment. He is also Founder & CEO of NA3AM (New Arab Media).
NA3AM has established itself as a gateway to new Arabian entertainment, identity and creativity: a Vision 2030 incubator and powerhouse for talented individuals at home and abroad, focused on building new and needed perspectives in global perceptions, and narrative. NA3AM creates comics, events, games, film and sponsorship programs to highlight and celebrate the “New Arab”. In late 2014, NA3AM won the Audience Award and Demo Showcase at Slush in Helsinki for its innovative vision of technology investment as a cultural and economic bridge between the Middle East and Europe.
Most recently, NA3AM introduced the “Saudi Girls Revolution” franchise to the world, with its first comic, Latifa. Created by Fahad, the title character is the Middle East’s FIRST female superhero. Her following game The Bedoin Blade is available free on the App Store and Google Play.
As a notable youth leader in the world of technology across the Arab region and internationally, Fahad became Facebook’s Head of User Operations‐Arabic in 2008, making a significant contribution to the launch of the website’s Arabic version. He consulted on Saudi Arabia’s first ever Start-up Weekend and in 2011 was named “Most Influential International Youth” at the Arab Youth Media Forum. In 2013, Fahad took on the role of mentor at the Unreasonable Institute, as part of the “Unreasonable at Sea” tech entrepreneurship program, sailing from South Africa to Ghana alongside Sir Richard Branson, the Honourable Desmond Tutu and Founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg.
Ian Forrester is a well known and likable character on the digital scene in the UK. Living in Manchester, UK where he works for the BBC’s R&D north lab. He specialises in open innovation and new disruptive opportunities; by creating value via open engagement and collaborations with startups, universities, early adopters and hackers.
His current research is into the area of future narrative and storytelling, with a technology he calls Perceptive Media. Its a new approach to broadcasting; which pairs the best of broadcast with the best of internet technology; creating a experiences like sitting around a camp fire telling stories.
Dr. Ijad Madisch is co-founder and CEO of ResearchGate, a professional network that connects the world of science and opens up research to all. Following his own frustrations as a researcher isolated in his lab, Ijad founded ResearchGate in 2008 together with his friends, fellow physician Sören Hofmayer and computer scientist Horst Fickenscher. ResearchGate has since grown to more than 12 million scientists around the world. Ijad spent several years working as a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, focusing on tissue engineering and radiology. Under Ijad’s leadership, ResearchGate has attracted a group of renowned investors, including Bill Gates, Benchmark, Founders Fund, Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and Wellcome Trust.
Self-produced, independent, engaged, Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums, Heap has developed a strong collaboration with her loyal following both on and offline in recognised, pioneering ways. Her graceful tunes such as signature track Hide & Seek populate movies and TV shows, accompany dance and theatre performances. A respected ‘artist’s artist’, Heap’s penned songs with Taylor Swift, Mika, Josh Groban and Deadmau5 among others.
Heap’s been nominated for 5 Grammys, winning one for engineering and another for her Taylor Swift’s contribution on the album 1989. In her self built home studio also sits an Ivor Novello award, The Artist and Manager Pioneer award and an honorary Doctorate of Technology. Her studio and stage work along with a team of engineers. The project has attracted worldwide attention from artists to Universities and within the press for humanising music tech in performance.
Becoming a mother in 2014, combined with being free of labels and management for the first time in her 20 year career, she released her song Tiny Human, as an experiment for Mycelia: her vision for a sustainable music industry ecosystem. Wishing to explore potentials for new business models in light of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts, Heap released the song complete with a rich set of metadata to empower services to think differently and invite them to collaborate with her for further development of their services. From her first thoughts in Forbes to appearing at the WEF, Davos this year, Mycelia continues to inspire.
Imogen has also written the entire score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which has set new standards in Theatre.
Jacey Bingler is Chief Communications Officer at Ecosia.org. She is in charge of Ecosia’s general outreach, business development and PR. In short: Attracting new users that will help Ecosia plant as many trees as possible. She recently traveled to one of the company’s planting sites in Indonesia and now knows: leeches falling from trees are nothing for the faint-hearted. Having visited Orang-Utan rehabilitation centers, a Tengkawang nut factory and a sugar palm forest, she is also more convinced than ever that success should be measured in trees, not in profits. Jacey believes that when made accessible to a global community, Tech for Good can have a huge impact on the most pressing issues of our time.
Best known for creating Vimeo, Jake is a serial entrepreneur who’s helped establish companies like CollegeHumor, Tumblr, Bleacher Report, and MakerBot. In 2014 he cofounded Keezy, which makes fun & easy music apps.
Jakob Luickhardt is the chief portfolio officer of the smart Lab, the thinktank within the Daimler AG. Like a swarm association people from car2go, smart and Daimler Mobility Services work together and develop customer centric connected car services around and about the car to ease the live in the city. The two first ready to services are rolled out now – the in-car-delivery ready to drop and the private car sharing ready to share, the Airbnb for the automotive industry.
James is CEO at Emoticast where we are on a mission to bring the universe of popular culture (music, sounds, interactive content, you name it) into your chat stream making the communication more engaging and emotive. Formerly James was the Founder of IdeaPlane and served as its CEO. Prior to founding IdeaPlane, he was one of four founders of MySpace International and played an integral part in its global expansion, which included launching MySpace sites in 17 languages across 30 countries. He qualified as a corporate finance and private equity attorney at leading international law firm Linklaters which included a secondment at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Fabricant holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Law from Cambridge University.
itse founded Takeaway.com in 2000. Not only did he turn the concept of ordering takeaway on its head in most of continental Europe, but he led the company to its September IPO, raising $368 million. Inspired at a family gathering in a remote area of Holland, he came up with the idea for the online food delivery marketplace of the future. Today, Jitse leads a company that has a market cap of around $1.8 billion and serves around 7 million customers.
If you haven’t heard directly of John Acquaviva’s works, the chances are -whatever your involvement with electronic music is – that you will be aware of his work and influence within the electronic music community. The Italian-Canadian artist may be best known for his involvement with the techno titan Richie Hawtin, and the forming of the highly influential labels Plus 8 Recordings and Definitive recordings, however his influence and reach extends in swathes beyond these considered pillars of dance music culture.
John is Co-Founder of Plus Eight, which partners with innovative music technology companies to support growth expansion and provide strategic and operational guidance. He is a world-class DJ with over 30 years of experience and one of the largest networks in the electronic music community. He co-founded Beatport LLC where he was an active board member until its acquisition by NASDAQ-listed SFX Entertainment, Inc. He was also instrumental in bringing to market Final Scratch, a revolutionary technology for DJs. He currently serves on the Board of Pacemaker DJ, Livid Instruments and the Technology & Innovation Committee of the Association for Electronic Music. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. John R. Smith is an IBM Fellow and Manager of Multimedia and Vision at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He leads IBM’s Research & Development on Visual Comprehension including IBM Watson Developer Cloud Visual Recognition, Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA), IBM Multimedia Analysis and Retrieval System (IMARS), Dermatology Image Analysis, and Video Understanding for Augmented Creativity. Dr. Smith served as co-General Chair of ACM Intl. Conf. on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR-2016) in New York City. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Multimedia from 2010 – 2014, Associate Editor-in-Chief from 2006 – 2010 and Standards Editor from 2003 – 2006. Dr. Smith led IBM’s participation in MPEG-7 / MPEG-21 standards and served as a Chair of the MPEG Multimedia Description Schemes Sub-Group and co-project Editor of MPEG-7 Standard. Dr. Smith is a Member at Large for the ACM SIGMM Executive Committee and Fellow of IEEE.
Jon Darrall-Rew is European Director of the Global Purpose Movement, and is co-founder of Synergy Forum. He is a leadership consultant and works as a coach with individuals and organisations. He teaches both traditional Tibetan Buddhism and a global approach to the spiritual path. He lives in Berlin, Germany.
Jon von Tetzchner is co-founder and CEO of Vivaldi Technologies, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser and other services for the web’s most demanding and savviest users. He co-founded Opera Software where he served as CEO for 15 years. Jon steered Opera from a small basement nook shared into a global company with more than 900 employees in 13 countries. Under his leadership, Opera was an early pioneer in mobile web browsing and more than 350 million people used Opera to enjoy the web on their terms.
Jon is now steering Vivaldi which was came out with its final version in April 2016. He and his team are making a personal and a feature – rich browser that takes into consideration the needs of every user. Vivaldi is self-funded and aims to be this way where the employees hold equity.
Julian is the co-founder and managing director of 99chairs. Together with Frank Stegert he has founded 99chairs in 2014 which has grown to the leading interior design platform in Europe. They have both met during university at TU Munich, where they nailed their entrepreneurial roadmap with a Manage & More Scholarship and furthermore Julian became part of the leading team at Tirendo. In January 2017 Julian was voted to the Forbes List of the ‘30 under 30’ Founders in Europe’s in Retail and E-commerce, which has shown even more that the company has dropped a product on the market that the zeitgeist was longing for.
Before co-founding Parity Technologies Ltd. as their COO, Jutta oversaw the IT security audit for the Ethereum foundation before the launch of the public blockchain in 2015. She also is a co-founder of Project Provenance Ltd., a London based start-up that employs blockchain technology to make supply chains more transparent, and a co-founder of Grid Singularity.
To join Ethereum and start Provenance she left management consultancy McKinsey where she advised clients in banking and telecommunications on IT strategy. Jutta holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics
Founder and CEO of Funderbeam, the global startup stock exchange built on blockchain. Funderbeam combines three stages of investor journey into one: startup analytics, investing, and trading on the secondary market. Powered by blockchain technology, the marketplace delivers capital to growth companies and on-demand liquidity to investors worldwide. Member of Startup Europe Advisory Board at European Commission. Kaidi is a former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. Co-Founder of Estonian Service Industry Association. A lawyer by training, she co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000 — landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and, in turn, the country’s booming electronic economy.
Karim Mustaghni is a young entrepreneur, investor & artist. He is an expert on unlocking creative potentials and achieving exceptional goals faster through exponential creativity. He has shown that as co-founder/advisor/investor at startups and non-profit organizations around the world. Karim is currently the founder & CEO of creatvs.com (in beta) and Regional director Germany for the Kairos Society, a global community for the world’s most disruptive young entrepreneurs rethinking broken industries. He is a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, a Sandbox fellow and has been a speaker in the European Parliament on the topic of building a better European Startup Ecosystem.
Karsten is a Senior Editor with WIRED Germany in Berlin. He moved back to his native Germany in 2014 after 16 years in San Francisco. As a business and technology correspondent for a variety of publications, Karsten got to meet Google while still in beta, Jeff Bezos when Amazon was predicted to be a dot.bomb, and the Tesla roadster when there were only two of them. More at www.kalemm.com
Kathleen Breitman is the CEO of Tezos, a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network
Prior to Tezos, Kathleen was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a degree from Cornell University. At $200 million, Tezos ICO is already the biggest ever, and it’s still going strong.
Khalid Meniri is a serial entrepreneur and an award winning creative director and founder of SixAgency. A thought leader and advocate for unobtrusive and honest design, focused on user-centered architecture and subtle visual human interface. Khalid specializes in creating interactive digital applications and seamless mobile commerce experiences.
Khalid began his career as a mobile network architect for Siemens, soon becoming a user experience architect and interface designer, working on digital initiatives for some of the most respected professional beauty brands in the world. He then founded SixAgency, an interactive studio to design and develop native apps partnering with forward thinking brands that include Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Moda Operandi, L’Oréal, Unilever, Tommy Hilfiger, Elizabeth Arden, Taylor Swift, Shu Uemura and TIGI.
Lindsay Gellman is a freelance reporter currently based in Berlin on a Fulbright fellowship, where she covers technology startups. Previously, she was a reporter with The Wall Street Journal in New York, where she covered business schools and millennial workers.
Liviu is the CEO and co-founder of Cyborg Nest, a company aiming to help people expand their perception of reality by adding artificial senses to their life. Cyborg Nest launched their first artificial sense, the North Sense, a miniature piece of technology connecting the owner to the earth’s magnetic field. In his previous roles, Liviu spent his time leading projects driven to impact social and fiscal layers of the society. Liviu was the COO of Videre est Credere, and spent time in managing undercover networks of people capturing human rights violations in the most remote places on the planet.
Lukas Taido is a Berlin-based audioartist, musician & sound-researcher. His works reach from CD releases, film/tv-music and theatre music, to audio-art installations. His recent activities increasingly focus on using advanced multichannel audiosystems for artistic projects in unusual places – from 18th century castle courtyards (Weimar, Germany) to planetariums (London); from galleries (Plattoon) or the stage of the “Volksbühne” (Berlin), to the 128. floor of the Shanghai Tower (China)
Lukasz Gadowski is an internet entrepreneur and investor. His track record includes: co-founder at Delivery Hero, co-founder and partner at Team Europe (company builder), and co-founder and advisor at Point Nine Capital (early stage venture capital). Also, he was a founding investor and/or company builder at studiVZ, Mister Spex, brands4friends.com, SponsorPay, HitFox Group, Käuferportal, and others. Lukasz Gadowski serves or served as chairman at most of the aforementioned companies. Further, he is co-founder and was founding editor at gruenderszene.de, today one of Europe’s largest entrepreneurship magazines.
Lukasz Gadowski is also member of the supervisory board of Spreadshirt AG .
Magnus Olsson is the Chief Xperience Officer and Co-Founder of Careem Networks. Magnus looks after product and technology. A geek at heart, Magnus started his first company at the age of fifteen. After moving to the Middle East in 2006, Magnus couldn’t wait to ditch his suit and tie and roll his sleeves up. You will often find him picking up a customer phone call, or chatting to a Captain about his day. Careem is his passion and he loves to hear customer feedback at every opportunity.
Marcel is a German Engineer turned actor. Having co-founded and joined multiple startusp in his past he is now focusing on producing and starring in movies that shape the way we see our environment. Currently he is building a production company for social impact interactive fiction VR movies.
Marie Ekeland is co-founder of daphni, a European venture capital fund. She is also co-founder and vice-president of France Digitale, an association joining forces between founders and investors to develop the French digital ecosystem. She began her career in 1997 at J.P. Morgan in New York as a computer scientist. In 2000, Ms. Ekeland joined CPR Private Equity as a venture capitalist and moved to Elaia Partners in 2005. Ms. Ekeland holds a math & computer science degree from the University of Paris IX Dauphine and an economics degree from the Paris School of Economics.
Mark Reeder grew up in Manchester, England. During the mid 70s he worked for Virgin Records. In 1978, he left the UK to live in Germany, where he became Factory Records man in Berlin. He helped to bring Joy Division over to play their one and only concert in Berlin in Jan 1980. During the 80s, he played in bands Die Unbekannten and Shark Vegas, and co-managed all girl avant-garde band Malaria! He was also the live sound engineer for German punk band Die Toten Hosen. Shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall, he produced what would become the last album of communist East Germany, for their state-run record label AMIGA. After which, he formed his own record label in East Berlin, called Masterminded For Success (MFS) which helped launch the careers of artists such as Cosmic Baby, Mijk van Dijk, Ellen Allien, Dr Motte Johnny Klimek, Corvin Dalek or Paul van Dyk.
In 2007, Reeder put MFS on ice and returned to music production and remixing (Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, John Foxx, Yello, or New Order, as well as many new and young artists such as The KVB) specializing in 5.1 surround sound mixes. In 2011 producer Joerg Hoppe (DEF-Media) asked Reeder to score the soundtrack to a documentary film he was putting together about West-Berlin. This documentary idea eventually became 2015’s highly acclaimed film ‘B-Movie (Lust & Sound in West Berlin 79-89)’ a biopic depicting Reeder’s life in 80s West-Berlin, using original super8 and vhs footage from the era. The film has taken him around the globe. Reeder has recently returned from a two month tour of China, where he showed B-Movie, produced two Chinese bands, gave talks, DJ’d and presented his new album ‘Mauerstadt’.
As founder and CEO Markus has grown Babbel to the world’s most successful language learning app. Babbel employs a team of 450 in Berlin and New York and currently has more than 1 million paying subscribers. Babbel was named the world’s most innovative company in education by Fast Company Magazine.
Before Babbel, Markus worked at Native Instruments. He began his career as a lecturer at New York University, following two years as a lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin. His special interest is communication development and the future of learning. He started programming computers in 1984.
Marta Cecilia Pigazzini (1983, master degree in Physics), co-founder, since 2003 has coordinated the development of the experimental apparatus for the Light in Light exhibition. She has worked as main project manager for the realization of four events (Science Festival of Genoa, in 2003 and 2005, and of Como, in 2005; Vilnius Capital of Culture, in 2007). Winner of regional INGENIO grant in 2007 for the development of the “Sky and Sun” project, which allowed her to create the first bulk transparent nanocomposite today used in the CoeLux lighting systems. She is co-author of 2 patents in the field of lighting technologies ns in the field of lighting technologies.
Martin Michaelis is a licensed Mediator, Leadership Coach and Lawyer who works and lives in Berlin, Germany. He creates and facilitates programs for cultural change and leadership in organizations and post-conflict societies. He is co-founder of artofteal, an initiative supporting holistic workplaces. He graduated in Law at the University of Freiburg and in Political Science at the University of Mainz. Martin has worked as a mediator and lecturer in post-conflict societies including the Middle East, Caucasus and Western Balkans.
Martin is the CFO of INFARM. Previously, he has been running the EuropeanPioneers Accelerator Program of the European Commission as well as Startupbootcamp Accelerator Programs in Tel Aviv and London. Before that he worked in Banking and Consulting. Martin holds a Masters in Management from ESCP Europe, where he studied in London, Paris and Madrid.
Martin has been loving and living design and innovation his whole career. He moved across a broad range of design disciplines from visual, interaction, usability, service to system design and to be leading design as a strategic endeavor. Right now,he is on the mission to map, build and inspire a future we want to live in. As Chief Designer and futurist for SAP’s Innovation Center Network & Chief Innovation Office. He crafts future outlooks, strategies and products, define and run innovation frameworks to find out what’s next for SAP and the future of work. Martin was named 1 of 100 most innovative minds in Germany by the biggest financial newspaper Handelsblatt in March 2017.
As CTO & President at Native Instruments, Mate Galic steers the company’s strategic direction and leads NI’s partnerships with music tech innovators & startups. Since its founding, NI has continuously grown through its partnerships with music creators & technologists focused on digital music.
NI today is a global leader in music creation products and technologies with teams in Berlin, LA, London, Paris, Shenzhen & Tokyo. As it continues to develop products for the music industry, Mate’s mission is to further advance a paradigm of developing inspirational music technology that is profoundly innovative for musicians of all backgrounds and capabilities, around the world.
Originally a sound engineer, Matt Aimonetti became an internationally known software developer, technical writer and open source contributor. As CTO and Co-Founder of Splice, he found a way to mix his passions: software, music and entrepreneurship. Splice streamlines the fragmented process of creating and sharing music, freeing musicians to spend their time and energy on the creative process. Splice simplifies music creation by bringing all of the steps into one, frictionless digital home. Matt is based in Santa Monica, CA where he likes building robots with his daughter, playing with sound gear with his son and enjoying a good meal with his wife.
Matthias Kröner is the board chairman, CEO and founder of the multi-award winning company Fidor Bank AG, launched in 2006. Celebrated by City AM as one of ‘the most influential leaders in fintech’, Matthias is a passionate and knowledgeable entrepreneur who has developed many innovative concepts into successful business models.
He studied business management in Munich and at Cornell University in New York. In 1993 to 2002 he built the DAB Bank, the first continental European online broker and in 1997, at the age of 32, he became the youngest director of a German bank at Direkt Anlage Bank AG. In 1999, Matthias IPO’ed DAB Bank at a value of 500 million EUR.
Matthias is also an acclaimed speaker and presenter at international banking-, web- and social media-events. With his vast experience of creating new media, Matthias is an expert in marketplace positioning. His written works on money management have made Matthias an accredited international bestseller.
Matty Mo is a Stanford educated 3x ad tech founder and investor turned data-driven conceptual artist working under the title, The Most Famous Artist.
As TMFA, Matty has incubated a group of fine artists, launched a creative agency offering “instagramable” experiences as-a-service for brand partners worldwide, provided on-demand art studio spaces to a global network of artists, and most recently, he programmed an artificial intelligence to paint his masterpieces.
A curiosity-driven dreamer and always a keen observer, Maurizio, a father of four, likes to discover and understand differences of people’s lifestyles and their cultures. He’s fascinated about how technologies impact our day life and what about their influence in the society and cultures. He gained his early experience at the Rossi Group family business and worked in the 90s on growing the business.
In 2005, Maurizio, along with his partner Riccardo, co-founded H-FARM, an innovative platform that supports the creation of new business models and the digital transformation and training of large international corporations toward the open innovation. Structured as a campus where a young community of over 600 people work and about 300 study, H-FARM is considered a one-of-a-kind company.
H-FARM is the first company in the world to choose a model formed of both incubation and acceleration activities for young businesses and digital transformation services for traditional enterprises. Thanks to the major network of partners and investors established in its first 10 years, every year H-FARM analyses and evaluates over 1000 projects and selects the best ones to enter different programs every season. An academic study program from pre-school to graduate-level studies are part of H-FARM.
Dr. Maxim Schnjakin has been involved with the Bundesdruckerei (Federal Printing Office) since 2014 as the Principal Secure Identity in the innovation office.
The Bundesdruckerei is one of the leading suppliers of high-security technologies world-wide. With its future-enabled ID systems, the latest in chip technology and biometric processes, the Bundesdruckerei Group is responding to the global increase in demand for security and the permanent expansion of international security standards.
Melissa Eddy has been the Berlin Correspondent for The New York Times, since January 2012. She began covering Germany for The Associated Press in 2000.
Over the years, she has watched Helmut Kohl resign and Angela Merkel rise; she’s delved into the Energiewende and the COP21, migration and integration; the controversies surrounding the “fake news” and Germany’s struggle with digitization.
Melissa is a graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School. She was a 1996-7 Fulbright Fellow for Young Journalists in Germany. Since 2016 she has been a member of the RIAS Berlin Commission.
Michael Buckwald is CEO and Co-founder of Leap Motion, a software and hardware company developing 3D motion-control technology for VR/AR/MR. Prior to Leap Motion, Michael was CEO of Zazuba.com, a business appointment service acquired by a major national yellow pages company. He also ran the first deployment of computers to Madagascar with the One Laptop per Child program. Michael earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and political science from George Washington University.
While moving positions from London to Berlin, Michael Cassau found the process of acquiring new furniture, like most, wildly inconvenient. Noting that he was able to order a car without owning a car, stream an album without owning a record, and eat a meal of any cuisine without cooking, he began shifting his focus toward items most frequently cycled out of use: electronics. Fascinated by the intersection of ownership and experience, Cassau had an actionable strategy in mind: offer a pay-as- you-go on-demand system that promotes a logical, and more environmentally-friendly approach toward gadget ownership.
Michael Shmilov has been a key member of the Viber Management team working alongside with the founding team since the launch of the company in December 2010. As Chief Operating Officer, Michael is responsible for the operational running of the fast-moving business. Viber has gained more than 800 million users since its launch. In his previous role as Viber’s Head of Product, Michael was responsible for the long-term vision of the Viber platform, product planning, design and UX.
Prior to Viber, Michael was Product Manager for iMesh, one of the world’s first peer-to-peer file sharing services. Michael’s love to product design and user experience drove him to establish a design and development studio and ‘UX Storytelling’, a hub designed for the UX and product management community to share stories and ideas.
Michelle Keinan is not nice.
She is powerful, uplifting, brave, honest, wickedly funny, smart, and deeply caring – but if you want nice, you’re knocking on the wrong door.
Nice keeps you small, polite, likable. It makes sure you don’t ruffle any feathers or make anyone uncomfortable.
It doesn’t throw your limitations out the door and it doesn’t change lives.
But that is what Michelle was born to do.
Michelle is a transformational mentor and a somatic healer – and she goes deep to the heart of your self-sabotage and teaches you how to excavate it and powerfully LET IT GO. She works on all levels, rewiring your heart, brain, and body patterns, teaching you to balance your female/male energy and most importantly opening the space for you to have a life beyond what you even allow yourself to consider is possible – and all on your terms. No stress, no systems, no rhetoric – just freedom, fun and, most importantly, possibility. Life how you want it, without sacrificing yourself. Doesn’t that sound nice?
Mike Butcher is currently Editor of TechCrunch Europe. In addition he is involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub (@TechHub), in London initially. A long time journalist, Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. He is a former editor of New Media Age magazine, the leading new media weekly in the UK, and the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine
Rechtsanwältin (attorney-at-law) at Bird&Bird LLP. Prior, Miriam worked at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in Germany, Lumesse GmbH and at JBB Rechtsanwälte, a Berlin based law firm with its main focus on IT/IP law. Miriam also leads the Certification Working Group of the OpenChain project hosted by the Linux Foundation.
Misha is a serial entrepreneur with nearly two decades of experience founding and running successful technology companies.
He started his first business, Fabric Technologies, building computers in his bedroom which grew to a team of over 120 people before a merger with a publicly listed competitor in 2011. He plays an active role in the European tech eco-system as an advisor, angel investor and mentor and currently serves on the Board at NEX Abide Financial and Workplace Fabric.
In 2013, a chance meeting with adventurer and self-professed mapping geek, David Cowell sparked the beginning of his most ambitious project to date, combining his passion for mountains and technology – to build FATMAP, the world’s leading adventure platform and the most precise and detailed 3D map of the outdoors – a 1:1 map in virtual reality. Competing with established mapping giants has called for an innovative approach to business models and partnerships. Using gaming technology and disruptive models from the tech and music industry FATMAP is on a mission to map the world in human scale detail and build the highest resolution computational map of our planet.
Moon Ribas is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her arm that allows her to perceive earthquakes through vibrations in real time. Since 2007 Moon has been experimenting with the union between technology and her body to explore the boundaries of perception and to experience movement in a deeper way. Some of her previous research includes transdental communication, 360º perception and the Speedborg. In 2010 she co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as an artistic and social movement.
Mounira is the founder of Connected Business a company that focusses on creating community and supporting business people to bring compassion and mindfulness into their work life. Her vision is to find a way to work with each other that includes the diversity and passion of the whole person, that aims to find solutions for the greater good as a community and is fun at the same time. She also wants to bring love & compassion into this environment because she believes that change in the inside inspires change outside and will contribute to world peace.
Before launching Connected Business, Mounira headed the YouTube Space Berlin and YouTube PR, while dedicating 20% of her working time to spreading Mindfulness at Google. Mounira has 15+ years management experience leading international brands like YouTube, Red Bull & BMW. She is also a business coach, Forrest Yoga teacher, Search Inside Yourself teacher and facilitates mindful leadership trainings across the world. More: connected-b.com.
Nelli Lähteenmäki is a serial entrepreneur passionate about building useful, impactful and scalable businesses.
Nelli is the CEO & Co-Founder of YOU-app, a wellbeing app that helps people succeed in sustainable, positive behavior change, through micro-actions and semi-anonymous peer group communities. The app has been widely featured in the app stores, also #1 in the main page of the US App Store in the fall 2016.
Nelli is an engineer by background, an avid road cyclist and a lead singer of a rock band. She is the co-author of the Book of YOU (published by Penguin Books in 2015).
Nick Seneca Jankel is the author of best-selling book Switch On: Unleash Your Creativity With the New Science & Spirit of Breakthrough (Watkins, 2015) and a Cambridge-educated scientist, philosopher, purpose-driven entrepreneur and wisdom teacher. He has advised No.10 Downing Street; lectured at many of the world’s most prestigious universities; spoken on his work at Talks At Google, TEDx, The Economist Summit, and the leading academic conferences.
Nick is the chief architect of the Bio-Breakthrough Way, he has been a transformational coach on BBC TV and MTV. He is founder of Switch On Worldwide, a leadership and personal development company that brings the Bio-Breakthrough Way to the world within innovative leadership programs and products to unleash conscious breakthrough creativity.
Nico is the founder of Dalia, a Berlin-based tech and data startup that harnesses the app economy to distribute millions of micro surveys to gather and analyze real time data on consumer attitudes, public opinion and market trends across the world. Before launching Dalia, Nico headed the consulting arm of a leading German opinion and market research institute. He has studied economics, statistics and public policy at Columbia University and Sciences Po, and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.
Nicole Shanahan is an attorney in California and a research fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center of Legal Informatics, a joint center between Stanford Law School and Computer Science. She is the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP an integrated patent management technology, and a legal technologist who specializes in the utilization of structured databases, APIs, UI/UX, automation and SaaS.
Her research at Stanford is entitled “Smart Prosecution,” an ongoing, multi-disciplinary project applying data science to the prosecutorial process and involving partnerships with district attorneys and police departments. Apart from the practical applications of legal technology, she is formulating an economic theory, entitled “Coasean Mapping” to predict the pace and nature of society’s adoption of legal artificial intelligence.
Nikolaus Röttger has been editor-in-chief of WIRED Germany since 2014. He and his team are based in Berlin, the epicenter of the German digital and start-up scene, covering technology, digital culture, science, business and design. Before Nikolaus joined WIRED Germany, he was editor-in-chief of the online magazine Gruenderszene.de and founding editor of the business lifestyle magazine Business Punk. His work experience includes the Financial Times Deutschland, Yahoo Germany, sueddeutsche.de and jetzt.de.
Oleg Gutsol is a Canadian software developer and entrepreneur, currently leading global growth at E-Residency, previously, a co-founder and CEO of 500px, a photography social network, and a content licensing marketplace for photographers. He has been writing software starting at age 9. His professional focus is on artificial intelligence and collective governance. Beside building businesses and writing software, Oleg is an advisor to Founder Institute, an angel investor and an Ironman triathlete. He also helps other companies start and grow through O2 Ventures.
Born in 1970 in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Pablo Dobner is the co-founder of Erika Lust Films, where Erika Lust offers an alternative to the mainstream porn industry. Before creating the production company with Erika in 2004, he worked in the advertising and publishing business in Spain in companies like Editorial Planeta, Lorente Grupo de Comunicación and Tiempo BBDO.
In 2016 he launched together with his wife and partner Erika Lust the non-profit project The Porn Conversation http://thepornconversation.org/. A project offering tools for parents to teach the younger generations about online porn in order to campaign for more equipped and alert young beings, who are ready to make better choices; driven by knowledge, and not by fear.
Pablo is a Berlin based entrepreneur, Biodanza teacher, Yogui, coach and consultant. His life has been a journey of searching for his own path by integrating the practical world of business and the integral world of yoga and dance. His goal in life is to lead processes of enhancing human consciousness with gratitude and love to help create a better world. His main focus in Berlin is to expand and share with the world his visions and thrive by helping to create a world in which consciousness and mindfulness are the key to evolve as specie.
Paolo Di Trapani is a physicist, a Professor of Optics at Insubria University in Como, IT (publications in laser-nonlinear optics, and a dozen of patents), and the President/CEO of CoeLux. In addition to academic activities, in 2001 Paolo created Di Luce In Luce, a wide-audience- oriented theatrical performance, which proposes an indoor, true, physical reconstruction of spectacular optical atmospheric phenomena: clear skies and storms, fog and rainbows, the colours of sky/sun lights and shadows, the glimpse of the sun during an eclipse through a foliage, etc. are all staged indoors together with examples of paintings, architecture, literature, photography, music and cinema masterpieces. By witnessing this experience, a regained awareness of light occurs and people start noticing the beauty of the outdoors as they have never seen before, while art gets connected back to everyday life
Pascal de Lacaze from Berlin plays music at events around the globe. His focus on rhythm and dance has made him friends in many communities: Dancers dig how his innovative DJ style connects with his energetic, modern drumming. Bands and Kirtan artists appreciate his steady, rocking world percussion and transcendental grooves. Since 2010 Pascal organizes Ecstatic Dances in Berlin. He is the resident DJ, accompanies his DJ sets with live percussion and co-creates live dance journeys.
Pascal Kaufmann is a neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur who pushes the limits of the unknown. For years, Pascal has been obsessed with robots, cyborgs, artificial intelligence and brain research. As a neuroscience graduate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, he researched the interface between living brains and robots at Northwestern University. His vision – to think with the power of 1,000 brains – gave rise to the concept of “Corporate Brains” with self-learning algorithms, opening the new field of Brain Technology. Pascal is a certified pilot and has navigated his way through some of the most renowned research laboratories and investment banks.
Paul is committed to changing the cultural conversation about psychedelics through his platform, The Third Wave.
Part social entrepreneur, part psychedelic advocate, Paul pushes accepted norms to develop more effective systems in which we live. Considered an expert on the burgeoning topic of microdosing, he has hosted seminars for hundreds of people in places like Berlin, Amsterdam, Portland, and New York City.
For three years, Paul built and ran a remote online teaching business while living in Thailand, Portugal, and Mexico. He is currently in the process of establishing a Public Benefit Corporation focused on responsibly re-integrating psychedelics into Western society.
Paul Kurtz is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity and the co-founder and CEO of TruSTAR Technology. Paul began working on cybersecurity at the White House in the late 1990s. He served in senior positions relating to critical infrastructure and counterterrorism on the White House’s National Security and Homeland Security Councils under Presidents Clinton and Bush.
After leaving government, Paul has held numerous private sector cybersecurity positions including founding the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (Acquired by Tech America), Executive Director of SAFECode, Managing Partner of Good Harbor Consulting in Abu Dhabi, and CISO of CyberPoint International.
Paula Schwarz built prototypes for solutions to social challenges together with her team at Startupboat.
For her activities, she was awarded with the Impact Award of Ashoka in Greece, named among the 30 best social entrepreneurs under 30 in Europe and invited to join the economic council of Germany, as well as the creative council.
She has employed scouts in Afghanistan, Uganda, Jordan and Greece who coach and mentor entrepreneurs that are building solutions under extreme conditions. Paula is half Greek and half German, 26 years old and lives in the academy of Startupboat on the island of Samos – 1000meters from the Turkish border.
Already an established first-mover in VR, Pete Blumel is an award-winning veteran producer of real-time, story-driven immersive entertainment with over 22 years of experience in feature film, animation and AAA interactive production.
He served in a key producer role at Activision’s Infinity Ward game development studio where he became intimately involved in the creation and production of the CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE series and GHOSTS video games for over 8 years. Prior, Pete spent over 10 years at DREAMWORKS SKG where he held roles of increasing responsibility, first at Dreamworks Feature Animation and later at Amblin Entertainment.
Phil Max Schöll is a Berlin-based designer and video artist.
In 2008, he founded his studio welt/raum/grafik and specialized in video productions for unusual formats such as immersive 360°-installations, mappings and architectural projections.
Most recently, he won the ’Genius Loci’-Facade-Projection Competition in Weimar, did a 360°-audiovisual concert with the Munich
Philharmonic Orchestra and gave a lecture at Mutek_IMG in Montreal.
Philip Leonhard Siefer was born in Hamburg in 1982, he holds a Dipl. Ing for Mediatechnologie, and found einhorn Products in 2015, creating a media madness about orgasms.
In 2014 Philip & Waldemar challenged fellow founders to join a pledge for sustainable businesses, reinvesting 50% of their profits, called the Entrepreneur’s Pledge. More than 90 experienced entrepreneurs joined the call. He and his Co-Founder Waldemar made their pledge come true in February 2015 with a sustainable Design Condom, breaking records in crowdfunding.
Since then einhorn became popular through different TV Shows and the home made TV Show Condom CEO.
Philipp has studied Film- and TV directing at FAMU Prague and editing at the Filmuniversity Potsdam Babelsberg. Directing his first narrative 180° panorama film „The Imagonaut“ (premiere: Berlinale Talents International Filmfestival 2014) he startet to think outside the rectangular frame. At INVR.SPACE he is responsible for developing narrative concepts for Virtual Reality and creative postproduction workflows
A bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering helped Prateep Beed to learn the basics of innovation & design. Soon he realised that machine design is far from humanised design since prototypes often lack the individualism required to cater to the needs of everyone yet at an individual level.
He then pursued further studies in Cognitive Psychology & Neurosciences to better understand and relate to the human mind. Prateep went on to complete his PhD in 2010 in Neurosciences. At present, he works as a senior research scientist at the Charité University Medicine, Berlin.
Given the interdisciplinary academic background, Prateep in 2016 founded Sensory.eu to consult individuals and businesses on how to leverage potential from the advances in neurosciences be it in decision making, analytical thinking or holistic systems solutions using both knowledge from fundamental neurosciences and cutting-edge neurotechnology.
Rafael Laguna is the co-founder and CEO of Open-Xchange, a global leader of web-based communication, collaboration and office productivity software. From DNS, to secure data storage and end-to-end encrypted email, OX provides service providers unparalleled support, trusted services and an open source architecture that make it the only integrated stack developed for truly global scale.
Ramzi Rizk is a founder and CTO of EyeEm, a photography company building the world’s leading computer vision technology to connect its global creative community of 20 million photographers with iconic brands. At EyeEm, Ramzi leads a team developing EyeEm Vision, the company’s image recognition technology that keywords, captions and ranks photos based on aesthetics. Before founding EyeEm, Ramzi was a PhD candidate researching privacy in Social Media, and an engineering manager leading teams focused on mobile and web innovation. Ramzi is a passionate software architect, photographer and pianist. He loves product, scalable architecture, and the magical space where product, engineering and business meet.
Based in Washington D.C. Rebecca is a photographer, photo editor and social media specialist, currently working as the Image Coordinator and Social Media Specialist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Rebecca has worked at NASA for nearly 8 years and is charged with sharing images of our universe with the media and public through channels such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Prior to working at NASA, Rebecca worked as a photojournalist and photo editor for outlets including National Geographic Television & Film, Roll Call Newspaper, and USA Weekend Magazine.
Reza’s journey started while studying at the London School of Economics. Frustrated by the lack of high-quality yet affordable accommodation for young people in London, he decided to tackle this problem by creating his own lettings agency called Share in the City. Over time, this has evolved into The Collective, one of the most innovative and fastest-growing property companies in London.
Following a number of smaller scale schemes around London, The Collective launched the world’s largest co-living building, The Collective Old Oak, in May 2016, offering 550 rooms. It was fully let by the end of the year. The company currently has a total 2,000 beds in its portfolio and development pipeline, with two new co-living towers currently under development in Canary Wharf and Stratford. Additionally,
Reza was recently listed as one of the Evening Standard’s most influential people in London and as one of Property Week’s Top Forty under 40. The Collective Old Oak won the Creative Spaces Award in 2016 from Estates Gazette and British GQ listed it as the second best thing in the world in 2016, just behind Drake.
Richard Sharp is Shazam’s Chief Technology Officer, responsible for taking great technology and delivering scalable, global, and most importantly, magical products. Prior to Shazam, Richard led the product team responsible for banking-comparison products at Google, and more recently, he was CTO at Yieldify, a Google Ventures-backed marketing technology startup. Richard holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, where he remains a teaching fellow and director of studies for computer science
Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman is an iconic DJ, recording artist and technology pioneer. He is regarded as one of the leading protagonists of future thinking in electronic music and continues to push the frontiers of music, art and technology forwards in 2017. Hawtin uses his passion and influence to introduce new audiences to wider cross-cultural experiences and has collaborated with a number of artistic visionaries including Anish Kapoor, Andreas Gursky and Raf Simons, and recently performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Guggenheim (New York), and the Grand Palais (Paris). In 2016, he launched his own technology company, PLAYdifferently, and the tech-fund Plus 8 Equities, investing into innovative companies who use technology to drive music forwards.
Rishi Patel is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Plus Eight Equity Partners. He has 13 years of finance experience, 10 of which was spent working with corporations and the private equity community as an investment banker on Wall Street. He has worked at Morgan Stanley & Co., Perella Weinberg Partners LP and Jefferies LLC and has executed over $11 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. He received his undergraduate degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Planet, leading global strategic efforts for the company. Prior to Planet Labs, Robbie spent 9 years at NASA. He helped to formulate the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames Research Center and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie had two tours at NASA Headquarters. He served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House; and the White House recognized NASA as a model for openness in government. Robbie also served on the founding team as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA – where he incubated $650M Space Technology Program that focused on advanced technology. Robbie received a MBA from Georgetown University, a Masters of Science Space Studies from the International Space University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University and was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow.
Robert Hoffmann has been the CEO of United Internet’s business applications business, 1&1 Internet, since 2012 and a member of the management board of United Internet since 2013. Under his leadership the company successfully launched Europe’s most successful website builder, 1&1 MyWebsite, the innovative and market-leading cloud server line and successfully expanded the 1&1 portfolio to Online Marketing and productivity with partners like Open-Xchange, uberall and ePages. The company has also risen to be the European leader in new top level domains. Under his leadership the company acquired Arsys in Spain, home.pl in Poland and entered into a strategic partnership with Warburg Pincus, supporting a potential future IPO of 1&1 Internet SE.
Dr. Robin Berzin is the Founder and CEO of Parsley Health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin went to medical school at Columbia University -where she co-founded the physician communication app Cureatr – and later trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.
She is a certified yoga instructor and a meditation teacher, writes for a number of leading wellness sites, and speaks regularly for organizations including Stanford Medicine X, The Clinton Foundation, Health 2.0, Summit at Sea, and Further Future, on how we can reinvent health care.
Robin joined Smartrecruiters as Managing Director following the companies acquisition of Jobspotting in January of 2017, a company that Robin co-founded. SmartRecruiters, founded in 2010 out of San Francisco, makes it easier for employers to find the right people by providing them with a software that integrates with existing recruiting channels and centralizes the entire process from potential candidate to employee.
Jobspotting on that other hand, which was founded in 2013 out of Berlin, is a recommendations engine that suggests relevant jobs to users based on their skills and experience with the use of by Skills Graph and Semantic Analysis technology. Over the past 3 years Jobspotting has managed to expand to 10 countries and provide relevant jobs for five million users.
By combining Jobspotting’s matching algorithms with SmartRecruiters’ integrated recruitment software, together they have the potential to form a comprehensive marketplace that meets the demands of both employers and job seekers. Since being founded in 2010 out of San Francisco SmartRecruiters has raised $55 million dollars in funding.
Robin is also an investor for Haak & Compagnie with several seed investments. Prior to joining Jobspotting, Robin co-founded the Berlin-based Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator and invested in over 40 international companies. He managed investments from the follow-up fund, the portfolio and operations of the accelerator. Robin also worked in M&A in the Marketing & Classifieds Division and also in Digital Ventures at Axel Springer SE, Europe’s leading digital publisher.
Rolf Schrömgens is an innovative German entrepreneur, who is best known for his role as Founder and Managing Director for trivago GmbH. Pushing the boundaries of data-driven product development and rethinking the way that tech companies nurture and develop their talents are among his expertise. Parallel to spending his time at trivago, he is also President of the Entrepreneur’s Organization in Germany. Previously, Rolf was head of VP Product & Strategy at Ciao.com. Born and raised in Mönchengladbach, Rolf attended HHL (Leipzig Graduate School of Management).
Ryan Heath began writing for national newspapers in his native Australia in 1999 and is the author of two books including the cult classic “Please Just F* Off, It’s Our Turn Now,” about Baby Boomers and Millenials. He worked as a speechwriter for the British civil service, then the European Commission as its digital spokesperson in the push to end mobile roaming charges. Ryan moderated the European Parliament presidential debate in 2017 and is regular TV commentator.
Ryan has spent the past decade creating identities for companies such as Google, UNICEF, and Vevo. Working in the media space, he has helped communicate food, water, population, and resource issues via Food Inc., the G8 summit, and other organizations. In 2013, he entered the tech world with Avbl to help the freelance world connect in real time. In 2014, he created Isabel, a smart food system for the growth and transportation of deliciously efficient produce. After many years of research, he believes AI/AR to be one of the best solutions to feeding 10 billion. Plant Vision by Huxley augments operations for the scaling of efficient growth systems.
Ryan Walsh is a partner at Floodgate, a venture capital firm that looks to invest in companies that are going to change the world before the world has realised they’re going to do it. So far, they’ve raised $400 million for funds that invest in these kinds of startups. Not only were they an early investor in Twitter, but they were the ones who spotted a fledgling Refinery29 and saw Lyft’s potential to be the peer-to-peer transportation solution of the future. Before joining Floodgate, Ryan directed product management for Apple Music and the iTunes store at Apple, and was previously Vice President of Product at Beats by Dre.
Sabrina Hoffmann is editor-in-chief of Business Insider Deutschland. Previously, she was head of social media at The Huffington Post Germany. She did her journalistic training at Focus magazine.
Sam Mac Donnell is the CTO at HotelTonight and builder of technology and teams that deliver innovative mobile experiences since before mobile was cool. Sam was previously Director of Engineering for Core Technology at Autodesk and prior to that he managed and architected mobile services at Adobe and Macromedia. He earned his coding stripes at various startups and companies developing connected services in gaming, mobile, aerospace and telecom.
Sam is the founder and chairman of Fnatic. Since 2004, Fnatic’s pro-gamers have won 1000’s of tournaments, over 10m USD in prizes, in more than 20 games, the most out of any brand. Boasting over 8 million fans on social media, and millions more watching their games each month, they have a clear mission to lead the New World Sport into every household, through content, products and experiences. In 2015, they launched Fnatic Gear, an esports equipment brand on Indiegogo. Previously Sam has also founded NEVERBLAND, Conjure, and Slate App (sold to Extreme Reach).
Sam is a Senior Technology Reporter for Business Insider UK.
Previously he worked as Startups and Innovation Editor for Techworld, based in London, and The Daily Mail. His writing has also appeared in The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, City A.M., and elsewhere. He has also appeared on the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Channel 5, Reuters TV, and spoken on Russia Today and Shares Radio.
In 2015, Sam was shortlisted for Technology Journalist of the Year by the UK Tech Awards and in 2016 Sam was nominated as one of the 30 young journalists to watch by MHP Communications.
Samuel Huber is an french entrepreneur, founder of Advir.co, first programmatic solution for brand placements in VR and AR. He previously created Kout.io (VC funded), sold one mobile app and failed a few. Before that, he was the youngest strategy engineer in Formula One.
Sandra has 20+ years Marketing experience in Tech companies. Her passion is helping businesses in Germany – regardless of big or small, new or old – to grow through the transformative power of technology. Latest activities at Google include providing access to skills and educational programs that can empower participants to thrive and succeed in an increasingly digital world. She has extensive experience in building and leading high performing and diverse teams, which succeed in a fast paced environment.
Scott Heiferman is on a mission to spark real community everywhere. He is the co-founder and CEO of Meetup, helping 30 million members use the internet to get off the internet. He started Meetup after seeing the potential for community renewal around the terrorism of 9/11. Today, Meetups bring people together around technology, fitness, career, health, parenting, creative passions, and other self-organized topics in 100+ countries every day. Meetup employs over 180 people at its New York City headquarters
Sebastian Borek is an international founder with background in the German Mittelstand. After high-school, Sebastian was attracted by „the Big Apple“. In New York, he experienced the first big startup boom and even an IPO, just to found my own company right after.
Since then, Sebastian is passionate about big ideas and people that are working on changing the world. He is co-founder and the entrepreneurial mind behind the Founders Foundation. Prior to that, he started companies in the US, Europe, and Brasil. His most recent stop was at a company builder in Berlin.
Sebastian knows the culture of Mittelstand all too good. He led and restructured a family-owned business in the past. Based on this he knows that the pot doesn’t boil if you watch it. His profile is unique but ideal for his new task ahead: „I want to bring both worlds together, because only then we can build up a solid entrepreneurial environment in our region.“ – As innovativ as New York, as down-to-earth and action-oriented as OWL.
Shamash is founder of Teach Mindfulness and the world’s first Museum of Happiness. He’s author of the international bestseller Mindfulness for Dummies and 5 others books on Mindfulness. He’s been a mindfulness teacher for 20 years, speaking at both Fortune 500 organisations and startups around the world. He’s passionate about bringing kindness into the heart of mindfulness. He’s created a online 8 week program called Kindfulness, helping people combine mindfulness with kindness, relaxation and playfulness, both at work and home.
Shaul Olmert is Co-Founder and CEO of Playbuzz, an award-winning storytelling platform that empowers publishers, brands and agencies worldwide to create interactive content for editorial and commercial purposes. Native of Israel, Shaul spent most of his professional career in the United States where he held several executive positions in digital media ventures, with an emphasize on games and entertainment content products. His previous roles include Vice President of Digital Products at MTV Networks, President of SundaySky, Chief Marketing Officer at Conduit, Director of Business Development at I-play and investment professional at STI Ventures.In his free time, Shaul is a Director and Adviser to many digital media ventures. Shaul holds a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University.
Shermin is the founder of BlockchainHub. What originally started in Berlin has panned out internationally to a decentralized network of autonomous Hubs. Shermin was a curator of theDAO, a bold attempt to run a fully decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO), a company without managers on the Ethereum Blockchain.
Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. Among others, her films have screened in Cannes and at dOCUMENTA.
Siraj is a Partner at Atomico, based in Zurich and London, where he focuses on sourcing, evaluating and negotiating new investment opportunities, particularly those deeply-rooted in technology
He is also the co-founder and former CTO of The Climate Corporation, a San Francisco based technology company at the forefront of precision agriculture. Started in 2006, the company created a large-scale computational model for agronomy that formed the basis of an online service for analyzing and improving crop yields. Climate was acquired in 2013, at 150 employees, by Monsanto Company, and now operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary
Prior to this, Siraj was an early hire at Google, working in a variety of engineering leadership roles, including on the Google Books and Patent Search projects. He holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a BA Hons. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Socrates Corona is a native Mexican medicine man who travels the world to spread the ancient teachings of his ancestors and his family. Inspired by his grandmother a chief in the Wixarika tribe he learned how to create a therapy out of drumming sounds and singing.
“I give my life to the service of showing the people how to heal themselves through the medicine work”.
Socrates grew up in several cities in Mexico – his grandfather decided to leave the native tribes and his father became a marine. At the age of 14 years Socrates felt the calling to follow his native roots. He went all the way to the sacred place of Wirikuta – where he reconnected to the history of his ancestors and decided to leave his normal life and go back to learn more about it.
The native family re-adopted him being happy that he went back to the family. The elders and several Maracames (medicine men from the tribe) started to teach him because they saw that they have the gift to sing and do medicine work. His biggest teacher was his grandmother – she inspires him until today and is his guide.
Sohini Chatterjee provides strategic advice to foundations, think tanks, and governments on global human rights and security issues. She served as an appointee in the Obama administration, working in the Policy Planning Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She led multiple White House and Department of State initiatives and directives on global development. Her work was focused on mass atrocities and conflict, transnational organized crime, and strengthening civil society and the rule of law. Prior to that, she worked for the World Bank’s Development Prospects Group on the economic and political effects of migration and long-term scenario planning. Previously, she was an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, worked on the first ever international trade case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and provided legal and strategic advice to various governments and companies on a wide array of international legal matters. She also served as a pro bono trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Washington, D.C., where she was lead counsel in numerous trials involving domestic violence and family law.
Digital Anthropologist & Psychologist, Tech Innovator and Researcher with a passion for studying and improving human behavior. Sonja mostly works on applied research with the goal to better understand human existence in its social context. For this, she innovates, tests and experiments with new technology. Her research is funded by DARPA, DHA and NASA. Examples of some of Sonja’s projects are: Gamification of storytelling to build a mobile game for behavioral change to improve sleep quality, use of VR and AR to improve psychological health, use of VR to study team cohesion for space missions, a mobile app for anger management, psychometrics development to help successful future Mars missions.
Sönke Kirchhof studied political science in Hamburg and Film- and TV Production at Filmuniversity Babelsberg. He has been working in the fields of VR, stereoscopic Filmmaking, VFX and CGI Postproduction as well as Research and Development for more than 15 years. He is CEO and Executive Producer at the Virtual Reality Full Service Studio INVR.SPACE GmbH. At INVR.SPACE GmbH he is in charge of all business related operations as well as deciding on creative and technological approaches. He is also founder and CEO of reallifefilm international GmbH, working as Producer and Stereographer for various projects.
Dr. Sophie Chung is the CEO and founder of Junomedical, a digital health platform that is providing patients worldwide access to high-quality affordable healthcare. After earning her MD degree from Medical University of Vienna, Sophie gained first-hand experience in treating patients as a doctor in Australia and provided access to healthcare whilst working at an NGO in Cambodia. Prior to founding Junomedical in 2015, Sophie worked at digital health startup Zocdoc in New York, and for McKinsey & Company in Berlin.
Ståle Fredlund Husby is a Norwegian born, serial entrepreneur. He is currently co-founder and CEO at Relink. This Nordic, venture backed startup, uses machine learning and AI to match applicants to jobs and jobs to applicants. Ståle has spent the last 10 years on building and scaling media and technology startups. His latest company, plapre.com, was acquired in 2014.
As one of Germany’s most accomplished Internet executives, Stefan Groß-Selbeck has been successfully building, launching and running digital businesses and platforms for the past 15 years. He is passionate about establishing new markets and businesses and transforming traditional industries with his first-hand experience as an executive of highly innovative digital companies.
Stefan joined BCG Digital Ventures in 2014 as a Partner and Managing Director. In this role, he manages the firm’s operations across Europe and directs the Global Innovation and Investment Center in Berlin. His experience spans the consumer, mobility and financial services sectors, and he is actively involved in the startup community as an angel investor and an advisor. Prior to BCG Digital Ventures, Stefan was the CEO of XING AG, Europe’s leading social network for professionals. He held leadership roles at eBay from 2002 until 2009, including his position as the Vice President and Managing Director of eBay Germany, which is eBay’s biggest market outside of the U.S. During this time, he grew eBay Germany to over $10B in gross merchandise volume and $1B in revenues. He was also a Managing Director at ProSieben Digital Media GmbH and Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group GmbH.
Outside of BCG Digital Ventures, Stefan is a mentor at Axel-Springer Plug&Play, and he regularly speaks on business model innovation and market disruption at industry events. He was also a former visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Alexander von Humboldt-Institute für Internet and Society, which reflects his strong commitment to education and academia
Stefan Hermann is a User Experience Designer based in Berlin. His focus lies in designing and managing hybrid software and hardware products. He is putting it to a good use as an Ecosystem Developer at Geeny, an IoT platform from Telefonica NEXT. Stefan holds MA in Design from the University of Applied Science Potsdam.
He founded StartHardware.org, an initiative to teach children to program digital hardware. Stefan actively engages with the tech community teaching and running workshops. He led several workshops in physical computing and health hacking including a hackathon for Bayer Healthcare.
After his martial arts career as 3 times, European champion in Vietnamese martial arts Qwan Ki Do Stephane started developing a deeper relationship to Asian healing crafts. His expertise lies in TCM, Qi Gong, Thai Yoga Massage – to deepen my knowledge he studied multiple years in China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. This fascinating journey of martial arts and healing work started in 1988.
“Heaven is in everything: follow the light, hide in the cloudiness and begin in what is.”— Zhuangzi
Stephen Brobst is the Chief Technology Officer for Teradata Corporation. Stephen performed his graduate work in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his Masters and PhD research focused on high-performance parallel processing. He also completed an MBA with joint course and thesis work at the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stephen is a TDWI Fellow and has been on the faculty of The Data Warehousing Institute since 1996. During Barack Obama’s first term he was also appointed to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in the working group on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD). In 2014 he was ranked by ExecRank as the #4 CTO in the United States (behind the CTOs from Amazon.com, Tesla Motors, and Intel) out of a pool of 10,000+ CTOs.
Susan Danziger is the Founder/CEO of Ziggeo, an award-winning cloud-based video technology company. Named a Woman of Influence and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Susan is also a contributor to Forbes on entrepreneurship. She previously founded (and sold) DailyLit, a pioneer in digital serialization.
Serial entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of KiraKira, engineering educational company & mobile 3D modelling app. KiraKira is an Intel-Capital backed startup based in Silicon Valley, partnering with companies like HP and Autodesk to democratize access to 3D modelling and 3D printing. Studied art and engineering at Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design. Featured in Fast Company this year as 100 Most Creative People in Business.
After studying at Bonn University & UCLA, Sven graduated with a Master´s degree in Art History, English, and Political Science. He started his career as press officer for CIEE Germany. In 1998 he founded a pr & web design agency, before he worked for five years as senior consultant, project leader and coach in strategic management & reorganization projects for customers as Detecon Consulting, Tarkett or Deutsche Telekom. 2002 Krüger joined Deutsche Telekom, and took over responsibility for Telekom´s marketing strategy & planning for their business customers segment. Since June 2005 he held various management positions with T-Systems, Europe´s leading ICT-provider, where among other projects, he executed the sponsorings with Team Shosholoza in the 32nd America´s Cup, as well as the engagement with the BMW Sauber F1 Team in the Formula One series, and was responsible for global advertising/media, corporate events and trade shows, as well as the corporate image & design of the brand worldwide.
In February 2017, Sven took over as Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for all marketing activities of T-Systems International.
Sven supports selected clients as a systemic coach, and writes about marketing, technology & society in his blog svnkrgr.com
Szabi is the CEO of Turbine, a team of AI researchers, biologists and medical doctors simulating the inner workings of cancer cells.
Turbine’s goal is to transform the way drugs are tested and discovered. By digitalizing the trial and error part of research that takes years with biological experiments, the team is working to get better drugs to patients, faster.
Raisin GmbH, is a young and quickly growing FinTech company, which builds an online portal with transparent and fair banking products for customers in Europe. Since our foundation in 2013, we were able to raise €60 million from well-known investors. Tamaz graduated with honors in law from the University of Giessen and in International Economics from Tbilisi State University. He also holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Giessen.
Prior to building and scaling Raisin, Tamaz spent 10 years with McKinsey & Company, the last 3 years as Principal also leading the McKinsey Savings and Investment Products Service Line for EMEA countries. He served some of the largest retail, universal, and wholesale banks throughout Europe and in Asia.
Tebjan Halm has studied mathematics and computer science and is a vvvv core developer since 2004.
He also does contract work as software consultant and developer of large scale media projects for several agencies in europe.
Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord MBE is the CEO of the Bayer Foundations and the global head for foundation and donation work in the Bayer Group. His special interest areas are frontier science, social innovation and transfer of business excellence into the non-profit sector.
Tim Schumacher is co-founder and chairman of Eyeo.com (makers of Adblock Plus), and active German angel investor. He cofounded and was the longtime CEO of the publicly traded company Sedo AG, which currently has revenues of 130m euros per year and maintains approximately 350 employees. Since 2012 he has dedicated his professional career to the German startup scene, acting both as a business angel and mentor for young companies with economic potential. His current startups, among many others, are Eyeo/Adblock Plus, Aklamio, Hitfox and Ecosia.
Dr. Tina Klüwer is CTO and co-founder of parlamind, a Berlin-based A.I. and NLP startup. Before founding parlamind in 2015 she worked more than 10 years as a researcher at the Language Technology department of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Communication Science department of University of Bonn, and the Computer Science department of Freie Universität Berlin. She holds a PhD in Computational Linguistics from University of Saarland. Her research and work revolves around the question how we can build machines that engage in human-like conversation using natural language.
2011: B.Sc. Audio Production, Middlesex University, London, UK
2014: M.Sc. Media Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Ilmenau, GER
since 2014: Researcher at Fraunhofer-Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, Ilmenau, GER
Tolgay Azman is Editor in Chief at Business Punk. Business Punk is one of the most vibrant business and lifestyle magazines with a huge and highly engaged community in Germany covering thriving businesses and inspiring talents who will influence our future.
Tom is a general partner at GV. Prior to GV, Tom was a design director at IDEO Europe. He founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform where 100,000 users from more than 170 countries solve challenges for social good. Tom also launched OIEngine, a SaaS platform with clients including Harvard Business School and the Knight Foundation.
Prior to IDEO, Tom was managing director of Marcos, a British sports car manufacturer and founded Magnom, a magnetic filter startup. Tom’s filter designs have been widely used in Formula One, superbikes, agricultural equipment, and central heating systems. He has also angel-invested in more than 20 companies, including as the founding investor in Mile IQ (sold to Microsoft).
Tom has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and has been featured in WIRED UK’s Top 100 Digital Power Brokers list every year since the list was established. He has also been included in the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 Most Influential People.
Tom Wheeler is a business, social and creative entrepreneur. In 2010 he launched IR Global, which has grown to become the largest professional services network of its type in the world. He formed Sinchi Collective in 2014, a popular electronic music blog and creative collective based out of Amsterdam. Then launched Sinchi Tribe, a non profit focusing on the preservation of indigenous culture and knowledge in 2016. Following an existential crisis in his twenties, his travels took him from working with plant medicines in the Amazon to trekking solo through Greenland to spending time with remote aboriginal communities in Australia. These experiences have had a profound influence, shaping his career and his definition of happiness and aspirations for the future.
Ukrainian born Vicki Rox is a mothership of human connection. She is part storyteller, writer, and maven of musing modern masculinity. Vicki feels most alive when emboldening humans to swim in the possibilities of everyday interactions.
After 7 years as a top Ad Exec in NYC, she left frustrated by the lack of meaning in the corporate machine. She’s dedicated the past 18 months solo backpacking the world capturing and sharing stories of humanity. Vicki’s writing has appeared on VICE and Aplus, and she has been featured in TIME magazine and the Dr.Oz show.
Vince Steckler is Chief Executive Officer and board member of Avast, a global leader in digital security products for consumers and businesses. Through Vince’s leadership, Avast has transformed into a dynamic, full service security provider that goes beyond traditional security solutions and detection methods to advance its mission of making the internet safe and accessible for everyone. Vince led Avast’s acquisition of AVG Technologies in 2016 and now oversees more than $700 million in revenue and all global operations for the combined company.
Prior to joining Avast in 2009, Vince was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Consumer Sales at Symantec Corporation. Vince joined Symantec in 2000 as Vice President of Public Sector Business and started Symantec’s business of serving U.S. local, state, and federal governments. He also held the position of Symantec’s Vice President for Asia/Pacific and Japan and was responsible for all enterprise and consumer business in that region. Prior to joining Symantec, Vince had 20 years experience in software development, systems analysis and engineering, project management, and business development.
Vince holds two B.S.’s from the University of California, Irvine, one in Mathematics and the other in Information and Computer Science.
Xavi is Head of Production for BaDoinkVR, the world’s leading virtual reality adult entertainment production company. He has over 7 years experience in product design and user experience. He joined the company in 2014 and is in charge of overseeing all of BaDoinkVR products including VRCosplayX, the first cosplay VR site, and 18VR.
BaDoink initially launched in 2006 as a premier online adult entertainment destination with a robust proprietary technology platform. In 2015, the company launched the VR platform and has since been consistently cited as one of the leaders in the future of virtual reality from Forbes, VentureBeat and VICE.
Yaël is a former CIA analyst, national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, diplomat, CSR strategist for a Fortune 5 company, and head of a global political risk firm. She speaks, writes and consults on topics at the intersection of security, political and humanitarian issues. She has been published in the New York Times, TIME and The Huffington Post and has appeared on CNN, CBS News and C-SPAN. She is the founder of Kilele Global, providing intelligence-based advice to help companies operating in emerging markets do so smartly and with purpose.
Yoni Bloch is an Israeli musician and the founder and CEO of Eko, a media and technology company pioneering a new medium in which stories are shaped by viewers as they unfold. Eko has partnered with media companies, independent creators and top brands to create experiences for highly-engaged, digitally native audiences, and has positioned itself as the leading tech platform for the creation and delivery of interactive entertainment.
Eko was founded by Bloch and his band in 2011 after they wanted to create a unique music video that fans would want to play over and over again. When they discovered that no technology existed that would support their vision of online seamless interactive play, the co-founders set out to develop such technology themselves.
Under Bloch’s leadership, Eko is creating interactive videos with Sony, MGM, CBS, Warner Music and many more. Eko Studio, which provides the company’s authoring tools free of charge, is also home to a large and growing community of creators. Eko investors include Sequoia Capital, Intel, NEA, WPP and Samsung.
Zoe Adamovicz is an entrepreneur and occasional angel investor.
Zoe is passionate about building technology businesses that are impactful, positive and at the same time profitable and powerful. Prior to Neufund, she founded Xyo, a company that re-imagines how people discover apps, Priori Data (app store intelligence), and ConciseSoftware which provides software development and engineering services.
She is also a mentor at the Gaza Sky Geeks, where she supports technology entrepreneurship in the challenging area of the Gaza Strip and helps introducing Blockchain. Zoe is an expert in technology entrepreneurship and venture capital.