Aina is a brand and innovation-focused entrepreneur, most recently CEO of the global health and fitness app 8fit. Over the past decade, Aina has worked as a strategic advisor and consultant to some of the world’s leading brands and organisations including Facebook, Merck and more. In addition to her work building impactful brands, companies and digital products, she’s committed to fostering ethical, inclusive and diverse workplaces.
Dr. Alan Nichol is the co-founder and CTO of Rasa, and a maintainer of the leading open source library for building conversational AI. He is also the author of the DataCamp course “building chatbots in python”. He holds a PhD in machine learning from the University of Cambridge and has years of experience building AI products in industry.
In 1981, aged just 15, he construed and built one of the first skateboard halfpipes in Germany together with a few friends. Whilst studying for his degree in civil engineering he developed his first patent and in his capacity as ìSerial Entrepreneurî and self made man he is now an entrepreneur through and through. With his enthusiasm and belief in his vision regarding mobility of the future in the third dimension he brings much innovative buzz.
Alexandra is a Senior Advisor to Oceana. She lends her environmental expertise and influence to help guide the organization’s global campaigns to protect and restore the oceans. She is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.
Alice is the co-founder & CEO of TheFamily, a startup accelerator that provides entrepreneurs with the most favorable environment for success all over Europe: education, tools and access to capital. She discovered the tech world almost by accident. She first worked with art galleries and artists’ collectives, and then some engineers, before she was struck with the desire to help those new players of economic growth, startups.
A recognised style influencer, Amber conceptualised and launched rewardStyle at the age of 23 as a solution to monetise her fashion blog, venzedits.com. Her experience in almost every niche of the fashion industry—shop girl, editorial stylist, fit model, retail buyer, and jewelry designer—provided unique perspective in crafting the proprietary tools that would fuel rewardStyle’s global success.
Dr Ana Trbovich is co-founder and COO of Grid Singularity, green energy blockchain venture pronounced 2018 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. She serves as Governing Board Member of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), EU body supporting innovation in Europe, and Vice-Chair of the Energy Web Foundation, which strives to unleash blockchain’s potential to accelerate the energy transition.
Andrius is a seasoned FinTech and business development specialist and currently the Head of People at Revolut – one of the fastest growing start-ups in the world, and the UK’s first digital bank unicorn. Andrius’ colourful professional profile consists partly of a highly successful corporate world at Euromonitor International in Vilnius and London, with the other half coming from his experience in various technical start-ups.
Angel is the co-founder and CEO of Ambrosus. As a frequent speaker on innovation, technology, and economic development, he is a leading authority and expert on blockchain technology and its social impacts. In 2018, he was personally awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Monaco, by Prince Albert II. Most recently, he has been listed as the youngest member of Forbes 30 under 30 in the Europe list for 2019.
Arnd is VP Marketing at Lilium, a company that is revolutionising air travel with an on-demand air taxi service. Previous to joining the Munich-based startup, Arnd was Chief Marketing Officer at Esprit Group. With a track record of delivering brand and commercial development for iconic brands, he has also worked at Disney and Avery Dennison.
Avid is the COO of Kobalt Music. Prior to joining Kobalt, she was a General Partner at GV and started investing at Accel Partners in 2006. She also co-founded Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands acquired by Wolf & Badger in 2015, and held product management roles at Tellme Networks, eBay, and Skype.
Founder at Mesa, Barbara is passionate about making work be the best it can be: the perfect combination between pleasure and results. She’s been helping organizations such as Netflix, Google, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and Samsung make bold moves in a world of constant change and runs a multinational company dedicated to solving the world’s largest problems. She’s also worked with some extraordinary professionals such as Kobe Bryant and Cindy Gallop.
Barnaby joined Oxford VR as Founding CEO in March 2018 to lead the company’s commercial and technical development. He spent the previous seven years as Founding CEO of Ieso Digital Health, building the company from clinical trial into the UK’s leading provider of live online cognitive behavioural therapy, delivering evidence-based mental health therapy services in multiple NHS contracts and also to Medicaid patients in the US.
Ben Bradlee Jr. is a journalist and author. As a journalist at The Boston Globe, he oversaw the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal which has had world-wide impact, and resulted in the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight.” His most recent book, on the election of Donald Trump, is entitled “The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America.”
Björn is a tireless and passionate brand disruptor and has spent the last decade leading some of the most popular tech, food and consumer brands. As the CBO & CPO of the world’s largest Co-Living brand QUARTERS, he is redefining how we’ll live in the future. Formerly as Global VP Brand & Creative, Björn took the recipe-kit brand HelloFresh from the early clip-arty days to a global food brand that went IPO in 2017.
Bruce is the founder of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) and co-founder of Tweed Marijuana Incorporated. Canopy Growth was the first cannabis producing company in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange (TSX, July 2016) and included on a major stock index (S&P/TSX Composite Index, March 2017). He began his career at Newbridge Networks Corporation and has since held positions that include General Manager and Re-Founder of Computerland.ca, and President and Co-Founder of webHancer Corp.
Bruce is an author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Juenger to Jules Verne. His nonfiction works include The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier. His most recent book is a collection of Italian fantascienza stories.
Cal has interviewed many of the world’s most influential individuals such as Muhammad Ali and Serena Williams. Now, as a NYT bestselling author, keynote speaker, and Big Questions podcast host, he travels the world teaching large companies, universities, and associations about leadership, storytelling, innovation and teamwork. He has delivered keynotes for industry leading organisations including Facebook, Pixar and Twitter.
Carlos is the founder & CEO of room rental platform, Badi. After starting his professional career as an auditor at PriceWaterHouseCoopers, he decided to leave his job and become an entrepreneur. At only 25 years old, he knew how to identify they key issues that mattered in both the urban and social economy and decided to launch a platform that would connect room supply and demand directly, making it possible for people to find their perfect flatmate.
Chris has spent a decade living on the edge of social technology. He has designed products and experiences for Google and Uber, founded startups, and changed the world by giving away many of his creations, including the hashtag. His skillset is broad, anchored in product and user experience design. Most recently, he lead developer experience at Uber and co-founded Molly (YC W’18), a conversational social AI.
Chris is the co-founder of Philipps & Byrne, a tech advisory company based in Berlin specialising in Tech Due Diligence. He worked as Interim CTO for many well-known companies, performed over 150 Tech DDs and worked with over 150 startups worldwide. He regularly contributes as a conference and keynote speaker (Google, GOTO, JAX, Code. Talks, Unicorns in Tech, Continental, Bosch) and to various books regarding tech & agile leadership.
Christoph is better known as “The Pitch Doctor”. For the last 7 years, he’s helped 1800+ startups (and an ever-growing number of corporate intrapreneurs) improve the way they pitch to investors, partners, management boards etc.He is also known as the world’s only “Startup Comedian”, doing funny pitches –e.g. the “Berlin Pitch” (why Berlin is the best city for startups) and “2020” (the best year startup ever) – at conferences around the world.
Claire is responsible for scaling Stripe’s worldwide business operations to meet the needs of its rapidly growing user base. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in sales, product marketing, and operational scaling to Stripe. Previously, she led various product and operations teams at Google, most recently for the Self-Driving Cars project, and also spent time in management consulting and Massachusetts state politics.
Connor is a Managing Director at SAP.iO Foundry, powered by Techstars Accelerator where he invests in Machine Learning startups in the B2B SaaS space that could benefit from working with SAP’s 380,000 customers across nearly every enterprise vertical.
Acclaimed Archive frontman and recent Booka Shade collaborator Craig Walker returns to the electronic fold with a new, Berlin-influenced solo EP. His body of work is a multifaceted foundation of distinct soundscapes that inform and continue to inspire his own projects as well as collaborating with artists from a wide range of musical styles.
Daniel is a Conversation Design Lead for Google Assistant, creating engaging experiences for Home, Pixel, Wear, and more. For the past 15 years, he has been leveraging language technologies to develop user-centered solutions for major brands like Allstate, Nike, Target, and Cisco. Just prior to Google, he led service design efforts as Director of Customer Service Experience at Walgreens, deploying proactive and personalized contact solutions for roughly 100 million customers at more than 8200 stores.
As Global CEO, Daniela is responsible for all activities of moovel Group GmbH, moovel NA and Reach Now – soon becoming REACH NOW within the mobility joint venture of Daimler AG and BMW Group. Daniela has many years of experience in the field of IT-supported automotive telematics (e.g. Head of Digital Solutions & Services for Mercedes Benz Trucks, CEO for Fleetboard GmbH).
Danny is the Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Unity Technologies where he leads efforts to advance the capabilities of AI through scalable game simulations. Prior to his role at Unity, he was the head of Machine Learning at Uber and a General Manager for Machine Learning at Amazon. He has also lead Machine Learning efforts at Microsoft and started his career as a Computer Scientist at IBM Research.
Dawn is the president and co-founder of the public benefit corporation, LunaPBC. LunaPBC launched LunaDNA, the first people-powered health and DNA research platform owned by its community of data donors. Prior to LunaPBC, Dawn spent 12 years at Illumina, Inc. and served as the Vice President of Applied Genomics. Dawn was named San Diego Business Journal’s 2017 Business Woman of the Year and was a speaker at TEDxSanDiego 2016.
Dejha and Ania are experiential artists based in Los Angeles. Spanning fine art, nightlife, and commercial realms, their collaborative practice brings together environments, bodies, and creative technology to create immersive experiences that draw audiences into their idiosyncratic worlds. Operator is the duo’s art house that executes their large-scale multifaceted works and selectively that of like-minded organizations.
Dimitrios co-founded Keatz in 2015. He previously worked at Rocket Internet in Berlin as Global Venture Developer. Dimitrios graduated Cum Laude from the Rotterdam School of Management with a MSc in International Management in 2011. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
In today’s electronic music world, there are not many artists who can lay claim to a legacy like that of DJ T. From spending his youth collecting Disco, Funk, Soul, early Hip-Hop and Electro, to this day, still collecting, still full of energy and inspiration. DJ T. has notched up a seriously impressive list of achievements during his illustrious career, which spans over three decades.
Andreas heads up Accenture’s Data and Applied Intelligence/ AI business in Europe and ASGR respectively. This comprehends data technologies, advanced analytics, machine learning, and AI and respective strategy plus data protection/ privacy (incl. GDPR). Previously, Andreas conceptualized, built, and ran the global big data, advanced analytics, and AI teams at Allianz Group. Andreas consults also various CxOs and government organizations.
As co-founder and CEO of Parity Technologies, Dr. Jutta is dedicated to building a better internet, Web 3, where users’ privacy & control come first. Parity Technologies is a leader in the blockchain space – it is building an ambitious new protocol, Polkadot, which is designed to enable all present and future chains to connect and interoperate seamlessly and efficiently.
Melanie is the co-founder & CEO of Radically Open Security – the world’s first non-profit computer security consultancy company. She is also a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at VU and has previously held positions at Citrix and ING Bank. She has received extensive recognition throughout her career including being named as one of the fifty most inspiring women in tech (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016 and 2017.
Dr. Passie worked as a scientist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist at Hannover Medical School from 1997 – 2010 and was head of the Laboratory for Consciousness and Neurocognition. He has conducted clinical studies with substances such as cannabis and MDMA, and has special expertise in the pharmacology of psychedelic substances and psycholytic therapy. He is currently a visiting scientist at the Goethe-University Frankfurt/ Main.
Eric is the founder & CEO of SCRUFF – one of the largest gay social dating apps in the world. Prior to SCRUFF, he was a Software Engineer at Microsoft and a Product Manager at Google. He has a BS in Computer Science from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Erika was one of the whistleblowers that prevented Theranos from processing patient samples with faulty technology by reporting to regulators. She then went on to build the accelerator program, Betatron, in Hong Kong investing and mentoring technology companies across Asia. She is launching a new non-profit, Ethics in Entrepreneurship – a social movement aimed at promoting ethical practice within the tech industry.
Eva is a Dipl. Psychologist, Purpose Coach, Breathwork & Meditation Teacher, Yoga Expert and founder of the global event series PSYCHEDELIC BREATH by Eva Kaczor, YOGIS ON SOUND and YOGA MEETS ART. Eva collaborates with musical artists to facilitate transformational experiences, retreats and opening ceremonies worldwide. Her partners: Burning Man, HABITAS, Nomade Tulum, Gardens of Babylon, Purpose Conference Berlin, Villa Illumina Mykonos.
Evan heads the IoT business unit at Twilio, which includes responsibility for product, engineering and go-to-market functions. He has been with Twilio since 2011, has developed multiple new products and consulted with many of Twilio’s largest customers on global communications solutions.
Ferry is CEO and Co-Founder of FreightHub, Europe’s first fully integrated digital freight forwarder. He already gained a name in the startup world as an experienced entrepreneur and investor. He and his brother Dr. Fabian Heilemann (Co-founder and Chairman of the Board at FreightHub) founded the coupon platform DailyDeal in 2009. They quickly expanded the company to over 350 employees and sold it to Google for over $ 100 million in 2011.
Florence is a researcher and creator with a PhD in neuroscience & biomedical engineering. Her current work bridges science, art, design and technology, and explores the dichotomy between the body and the mind. It has been presented in London (Burnout, 2015), the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (Gray Matters, 2017) and most recently MONOM, Berlin Center for Spatial Sound (Sgr-A*, 2018).
Fredrik is the CTO and co-founder of Tink. With a background in both banking and technology – Fredrik saw a way to do banking better together with Tink’s CEO and co-founder Daniel Kjellén. By single-handedly reverse engineering the first mobile banking app in Sweden, he ignited a 7 yearlong transformation of a whole industry.
Georg is the co-founder and former CEO of FiftyThree. After the acquisition of the company by WeTransfer, he became a member of their executive team. Currently, as CIO of WeTransfer, he is responsible for new markets, mergers and acquisitions, and emerging products. Previously, Georg co-founded the Pioneer Studios, a design venture fund at Microsoft, where he led the incubation of new mobile devices, digital magazines and television services.
Within the last three years we have distributed more than 70.000 € to people whose benefits were sanctioned or even cut down to zero. Unconditionally and unbureaucratic. Simultaneously our lawyers take on peoples cases and so far have won 90 % of them. Via a crowdfunded online-platform people can easily object sanctions, get in touch with our lawyers and receive financial support quickly.
Henne is co-producer of ‘Feeling Valencia’, founding member of the Berlin alternative/electro band ABBY, and the 1/3 head of the project ‘GHEIST’. Henne has worked together with greats such as Graham Candy, Steve Nash & Nakadia. His focus is on electronic, mostly programmed Synthesizer music with the live feeling and unpolished sound of “real” instruments.
Hermione is the CEO of 3D character studio, Mimic Productions, and the creator behind the 3D Performance Artist, Em. As a prolific business woman and trained performance artist, she has excelled in both the commercial and creative industries, winning prestigious awards in fashion, film and performance, and negotiating clients such as Warner Brothers, Nike, Clinique and Saatchi&Saatchi.confer
Ian Hattwick is an artist, researcher, and technology developer who creates digital systems for shared artistic experiences. He teaches digital musical instrument design and network music performance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also directs haptic R&D at Montreal-based entertainment company The Phenomena, bringing to the commercial market a system for creating shared haptic experiences.
Ilyas Khan KSG is the CEO and co-founder of Cambridge Quantum Computing. A Fellow of St Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge, Ilyas is also the Leader in Residence at the Judge Business School where he was instrumental in the establishment of the highly regarded business accelerator programme that is focused on the technology sector. Ilyas was also the founding Chairman of The Stephen Hawking Foundation.
Ingmar Hoerr is the founder & chairman of the Supervisory Board of CureVac, a biopharmaceutical company established in 2000. As the inventor of mRNA technology, he built a company that was the first ever to treat a human subject with an mRNA drug and that is now a leading German “unicorn” in the research and development of mRNA-based drugs.
Whilst studying an MA in Child Psychotherapy, Jada noticed the powerful affect media had on young people’s mental health. She started writing about mental wellbeing. As a model, L’oreal Paris featured her on their #AllWorthIt + #TrueMatch beauty campaigns actively encouraging turning self doubt into self worth. She is also a proud ambassador for Young Minds Charity, generating awareness and support for young people affected by mental illness.
Jan is the co-founder and CEO of Mapillary, the collaborative street-level imagery platform that uses computer vision to improve maps and teach autonomous vehicles to see. He is a computer vision specialist and a former math professor, and has authored several books on computer vision.
Jasmina is a Feminist, political activist, writer, journalist, musician, translator and film director. In 1978 she promoted the first feminist conference in Eastern Europe, “Drug-ca Zena”. With Slavica Stojanovic she designed and created the first feminist publishing house in the Balkans, “Feminist 94”. She is the author of “Diary of a Political Idiot”, translated in 12 languages: a real time war diary written during the 1999 conflict in Kosovo.
Descending from a German industrial family, Dr. Jeannette zu Fürstenberg’s focus is on fostering co-operation between young digital disruptors and established companies. She is founder and General Partner of “La Famiglia”, a Berlin-based international VC fund investing in early stage tech companies. La Famiglia is backed by leading entrepreneurs from the old and new economy to mutually generate unfair advantages for tomorrow’s innovations.
Jenn is the Founder of Play Atélier, a business innovation consultancy that surveys new culture, designs solutions and fosters bespoke innovation strategies. She has been leading Burning Man’s Innovation and New Initiatives for the last six years, creating collaborations for the non-profit and it’s global networks. She is a Partner at Re:Imagine Group, an urban prototyping lab in San Francisco and hosts events and workshops around the world.
Since 1 June 2015 Joelle has continued her career at Sotheby’s, which already started in 1998, as Director Sotheby’s Berlin and Expert Contemporary Art. In 2007, after many years working for Sotheby’s, she decided to become an art-dealer in 20th- and 21st-century art and in 2008 founded the independent art advisory Joëlle Romba Fine Arts.
I am a hybrid creative with a strong focus on new technologies and innovation. I like to invent new ways to communicate using tech and explore the dialogue with cultures and digitalisation. My work with Augmented Reality on Instagram is an exploration of different topics and experiments, I am very interested in the social aspect of it on a huge scale.
Jovanka is a Berlin based musician, artist profiler and songwriter @ BMG Rights Management. She toured Europe with her band QUARKS and released 5 albums at Sony Music before becoming a production consultant and artist profiler for record companies like Universal as well as for the Music Pool and the Musicboard Berlin. She is a published author and copywriter and was appointed as a speaker for WeAreEurope 2019.
Juergen is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, leading the Technology and Innovation division. As CTO, he is responsible for managing SAP’s overall platform and technology development including SAP Cloud Platform and SAP HANA. In addition, he drives the incubation and adoption of intelligent technologies such as Analytics, SAP Leonardo Machine Learning and IoT across SAP’s product portfolio.
Juliet Kothe is the director of the Boros Collection. She is also the curator for an artist in residence program initiated by One Fine Day in Nairobi. She has organized several exhibitions and works as an author.
Karim established The Sustainable City Institute – a global platform for advancing knowledge in sustainability and the built environment. Located at the heart of The Sustainable City, an award-winning community in Dubai, the Institute advocates a low-carbon lifestyle that achieves social, environmental, and economic outcomes. He has 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and is fully committed to climate action and sustainable urban development.
Katia is a composer-producer and founder of Women Produce Music. Her performances and productions first appeared in the Add N To (X) album Loud Like Nature (Mute Records). She has since collaborated on numerous albums and projects including John Foxx and Steve D’Agostino’s Evidence of Time Travel album which premiered with a live performance at the British Film Institute UK, Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam and Electri_City Conference Dusseldorf.
Kirill is the Creative Director of Navarra.is, where he works with startups and VC’s addressing important issues in agriculture, food production, mobility, sustainability and healthcare, as well as Europe’s leading digital innovation platform, to develop identities befitting their role in the future. His approach is informed by a background in natural sciences and an interest in critical theory and sociological implications of design.
Laurens has been a Product Manager with Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car project, for three years working on how to manage a fleet of robots on our streets, and how we humans can best interact with the vehicles. Before Waymo, he did Product for Google Search and Chrome. He has a background in Human Computer Interaction and AI. Aside self-driving, he’s focused on mobility and climate challenges.
Lawrence is the co-founder & CEO of TIER Mobility, Europe’s fastest growing mobility startup in the eScooter sharing business. Prior to founding TIER, he was the co-founder & CEO of reBuy, the leading European online retailer of used electronics and media.
A quantum physicist and computer scientist, Lindsay is the Fellow for Emerging Technology at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. She previously ran a technology consulting firm, worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology, and for a U.S. Senator. Her technical credentials include research in topological insulators and self-driving cars. Lindsay holds physics degrees from Princeton University and Stanford University.
Lora has over a decade of experience in healthcare. After an honourable discharge from the US Navy, she enrolled in a pre-med program. She designed functional product to produce the perfect orgasm, drawing on years of research and anatomical data she had gathered from hundreds of women. She founded Lora DiCarlo in 2017 and began her journey towards launching new physiologically appropriate vagina-focused health and wellness products.
I am a VC at Point Nine and spend most of my time with entrepreneurs building SaaS and ML businesses. We were the first investors in companies like Zendesk, Algolia, Typeform, DeliveryHero and 80 other great portfolio companies.
Lubomila Jordanova is the founder and CEO of Plan A, the first data-driven action platform in the fight against climate change. The company is building an algorithm which predicts where and how climate change will hit the hardest. They then match planet-conscious businesses to environmental organisations addressing the issues indicated by the algorithm. Previously, she worked in investment banking, venture capital and fintech in Asia and Europe.
Malin is an experienced technology/ telecommunications CEO and investor with significant international exposure, specialized in driving growth, digital customer experience as well as company turnarounds. Prior to joining Target Global, she was the CEO of Tele2 Netherlands. At Tele2, Malin drove impressive profitability increase via digitalization, customer experience and operational efficiency in Croatia, Central Europe and the Netherlands.
Marc is internationally recognized for pioneering work in mindful leadership and creating exceptional business cultures. He has led mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs at many of the world’s leading businesses and organizations including Google and SAP, and is the author of four books including Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons From Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen.
Maria is the co-founder of Accelerator Frankfurt and the CEO of Santiment Deutschland, a crowd sentiment information market for crypto and blockchain assets. She is passionate about supporting startups in the early and growth phase, and believes that blockchain technology and AI are going to disrupt the way we do business today.
Marie is the Founder and CEO of Sampler, the leading platform helping brands like L’Oréal and Nestle deliver samples online and gather the insight they need to build one-to-one relationships with their customers. Sampler has reached over 50 million consumers globally in 24 different countries and its most notable clients include CPG industry giants Unilever, Pepsi, L’Oréal and Henkel.
With a law degree and a performance diploma opera/voice in her pockets, Marit started out working as Head of PR at the Berlin label BPitch Control. She also worked as a booking agent at Magnet Musik and helped Modeselektor with managing their career. In 2009, she set up Modeselektor’s label Monkeytown Records. Since then she has worked in most fields of the label business: PR, Online Marketing, Publishing as well as E- Commerce.
Markus is the CEO and founder of Babbel , the world’s top-grossing language learning app. He describes Babbel as a learning company inside and out: “Heading a team in which each and every person, as well as the organization itself, is constantly learning new things is incredibly fulfilling.”
Martin lives for the beat: for nearly 35 years, he has been traveling the globe as a top musician and producer. His track record includes producing a #3 hit on US Billboard as well as gold albums in the UK and Australia, and 150 successful releases on popular labels such as Get physical, Renaissance and his own label, Kling Klong. In 2012, he co-founded Riverside Studios in Berlin, a 1700m2 complex overlooking the Spree, containing 27 studios.
Matt launched Heretix to offer that “dojo mojo” to startups across Europe. He previously developed and led 500 Startups “Distro Dojo” growth accelerator in Europe, which helped 35 startups achieve annual YoY growth of 250%, and had a founder “likely to recommend” score of 96%. Before that, he spent 15 years building and running growth teams in the US at PayPal, and three less famous silicon-valley startups. He lectures on startup marketing at Imperial College and Stanford Business School.
Matthew, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the 311 Institute, a global futures think tank working between the dates of 2020 to 2070. He is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future.” He is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future.
Maximilian is co-founder and CFO of N26. Together with his business partner and friend Valentin Stalf, he built one of the first and now fastest-growing mobile banks in Europe. Their vision was to create a retail bank that’s flexible, transparent and speaks to today’s digital lifestyles. Previously, Max worked in a variety of consulting and financial roles at leading professional services firms, including CMS and Booz & Company.
Michael is a Serial Entrepreneur and one of the biggest names in the German startup scene. During the early 2000’s, Michael was Executive Director at the social network VZ-Netzwerke. Since 2015, he is the Founder & Managing Director of i2x. The market leader in automated real-time communications analysis and training has recently been named the most promising AI startup in Germany by Forbes.
Michael founded Grover with a simple goal in mind: give people more freedom by offering a flexible way of accessing technology. Built on a circular economy business model, Grover makes the most out of the lifecycle of tech, reduces waste, and brings the idea of access over ownership to consumer electronics. Michael has a background as an Investment Professional at Goldman Sachs and is fascinated by the intersection of retail and finance.
Michal is the CTO in the Cloud and Enterprise Security division at Microsoft. Her most notable innovations include Azure Sentinel, Microsoft’s flagship security SaaS, and Azure Iot Security. Prior to her promotion to CTO in 2017, she was the Azure Cybersecurity GM where she initiated and managed Azure Security Center, Microsoft’s leading hybrid security SaaS. Previously, she worked at RSA/EMC (now Dell) and Cyota (a cyber startup).
Moojan is a “Multipotentialite”, passionate entrepreneur, inspired by the power of human’s mind and the potential of technology together to transform the quality of our lives. Passionate about the impact of AI on our lives, she launched Women in AI, a non-profit organisation to empower women in the field of artificial intelligence. Today Women in AI is the largest community of female experts and professionals in AI.
Moritz is the Co-Founder & COO at TwentyBN, a German-Canadian AI company that redefines how AI interacts with humans. He graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Munich and a master’s degree from HEC Paris.
Nancy is an experienced enterprise software product manager and VC, currently a Senior Manager, Product Management at Amazon Web Services. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and is an avid supporter of women empowerment in STEM through founding Advancing Women in Product, a non-profit dedicated to providing equal opportunities in tech for men and women. She was a Trustee Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Honor Scholar.
Nathan is an experienced blockchain entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of Minespider, a second-layer protocol for responsibly sourced mineral data on a public blockchain which recently announced its partnership with Volkswagen. Nathan is a regular conference speaker, moderator, and co-host of the Analysis in Chains blockchain podcast.
Naveen is the Head of Design & User Experience at Pinterest, where he oversees the user experience across all of Pinterest’s consumer products. He guided the team through the transition to mobile, building the first mobile app and transitioning the service’s usage to 80% mobile in just one year. Since then, he’s helped scale the company, building out product, engineering and design teams crafting many of Pinterest’s most successful features.
Ignited by an internal combustion engine fueled by raw emotion, Nicole is at the forefront of her own movement. The sought after DJ and Producer presides over an empire that includes MOOD; her highly influential record label and global party brand, as well as a hugely popular radio show, a back catalogue of incendiary techno releases and a range of philanthropic endeavors.
M.F.A. Nika Fontaine is a transgender woman multidisciplinary artist from Montreal Canada. Her works were presented in solo and group exhibitions in North America and across Europe. In 2010 she co-founded the collective studios T-10 in Berlin and founded Aurigin in 2018. Aurigin is a non-profit organization and community which promotes mindfulness in the arts and entrepreneurship through holistic sustainable development.
Niklas is Co-Founder and CEO of Delivery Hero SE. He holds a Master of Industrial Engineering & Management from Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm & ETH Zurich. Following five years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, he co-founded Pizza.nu (later OnlinePizza. se) and served as a full-time chairman. After winning the Swedish market he built up market leading companies in online food ordering in Poland, Finland and Austria.
Nikolas is a 26-year old entrepreneur from Vienna, Austria. In his early life, he established a strong connection with our natural environment by spending every free second outdoors. He went on to study business and law as well as environmental technology before he found his true calling in the cannabis industry. Since then he is working to promote the health benefits of a truly wonderful and enigmatic plant.
Olivier took over as CEO of SHARE NOW in February 2019. From October 2016 to January 2019, he was the CEO of the car2go Group GmbH. He has been working at Daimler since 1998. Born in Strasbourg in 1974, the Frenchman studied at the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg and the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg.
Ophelia is the founder of Blossom Capital, an early stage venture fund that brings a wholly differentiated approach to investing. Blossom makes a small number of high conviction investments each year, which allows the team to work closely with their companies, helping them achieve their ambitious goals. Fascinated by user behaviour and design, Ophelia loves worked with founders with strong product DNA and design-oriented teams.
Paul focuses on global technology policy issues, cyber-security, internet governance, ICT regulatory issues, and emerging areas such as 5G deployment, automation, artificial intelligence, and fintech. He is building a cross issue and cross-regional team that helps clients understand and assess the risks generated by the complex intersection of politics, technology innovation, security threats, and the changing global regulatory environment.
Active as a web developer since the 90s, Peter has built hundreds of sites across dozens of industries. Working by day as a web dev, Peter had a night hobby as a DJ and electronica producer. This led to experiments with virtually every web and music publishing platform available. Exploring all of their weaknesses and strengths, this combination of background and insight eventually birthed Resonate’s fundamental features.
Rafe is the Founder and Executive Chair of Sofar Sounds. Since launching Sofar in 2009, he has combined his business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to effectively scale Sofar from a grassroots movement to a global community of over 400 cities worldwide. Rafe brings extensive experience to Sofar, formerly leading marketing, product development and innovation teams at major global brands including Coca-Cola and the Walt Disney Company.
Raj is Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow at McAfee. He has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases and is special advisor to EC3/EUROPOL. He has received numerous awards, including from the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame, and the Peter Szor award. He is the coauthor of books “Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid” and the “CSA Guide to Cloud Computing,” and is technical editor for numerous publications.
Rania is a soulful music artist with synaesthesia between taste and sound. She incorporates art, music, science, and AI into her expressions as a singer/songwriter/producer/installation artist. She recently moved to Berlin from LA to launch a music campaign for ‘ShareTheMeal’ an initiative of The UN World Food Programme. She is an inaugural Resident Artist at Factory Berlin exploring creative AI, sound, and interactive media.
Robin is the Global Dance, Electronic & Alternative Editor at Deezer, responsible for creating all music and content in these categories: including editorial recommendations, playlists and podcasts. He works with the artists marketing team to bring music fans closer to their favorite artists, DJs and labels, also introducing a new format, “Dance & Electronic Curators,” which features playlists from world renowned DJs such as Pete Tong and Moxie.
Roxanne is currently the director of Station F – the world’s largest startup campus based in Paris. She is also an angel with Atomico, a board member of Agence France Presse and the cofounder of Tech.eu, StartHer and Failcon Paris. She was previously the startup lead at Microsoft France, Editor of TechCrunch France and part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) and Conseil national du numérique (CNNum).
Sadie is a multi-media artist and creator from the US. Her work combines scientific elements with alternating perceptions of reality and wonder. She studied Fine Arts and has had solo exhibitions in New York City and Berlin as well as exhibiting extensively internationally. Sadie has recently completed a research residency and grant program with scientists at Paul Drude Institute in Berlin uncovering the channels between art and science.
Sawsan has been the State of Berlin Delegate to the Federation and Permanent Secretary for Active Citizenship and International Relations since 2016. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Spokesperson at the Federal Foreign Office under Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier for almost 3 years and was the Policy Advisor for Intercultural Affairs at the Berlin Senate Department for the Interior and Sport from 2010 to 2013.
Scott has been doing user experience strategy for over 25 years. He worked at Apple on System 7, Newton, and the Apple Human Interface guidelines. He was UX director of Symbian, VP of product design for Cognima, managed mobile UX for Google and was a creative director at frog design in San Francisco.
Seth is a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, a seed fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest problems with technology. Seth has invested in over 50 startups shaping the world for the better — from a company engineering microbes to produce industrial chemicals sustainably (Solugen), to a company building small satellites to cover the earth in internet (Astranis), to a company culturing meat to eat (Memphis Meats).
Peaches is her aunt. Jared Leto’s a fan and so is Jean-Michel Jarre, who sent her to live with an indigenous tribe in the Amazon. She’s modelled for high-end fashion events and composed for German theater as a multi-instrumentalist and producer. She’s conducted magnetic resonance imaging studies on mutated HIV cells and had paintings featured in galleries in New York.
Stephanie is Founder and Managing Director of the digital health platform Heartbeat Labs. With more than 12 years experience in building and developing digital, consumer-oriented products and diverse teams, she is responsible for the areas of product development, engineering, marketing, BI, and venture execution. Since 2018, she is advising the German government in her role as member of the Digital Council.
Stephen is the Head of Design Transformation at InVision where he works to weave together the best methodologies, practices, and tools into comprehensive, customized strategies that elevate the business impact of design. He previously worked at McCann Erickson, Citi and Starwood Hotels building teams that created award-winning global advertising campaigns, multiple Fortune 100 brands, and innovative digital experiences. He shares what he has learned through his speaking engagements and his podcast, The Crazy One.
Taavet is the co-founder & chairman of TransferWise – a financial company for people and businesses that travel, live and work internationally. Prior to starting TransferWise, he was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. He acted as CEO of TransferWise until 2017, and since then has stepped into the role of chairperson.
Tania’s research focuses on the hormonal, neuronal, and developmental basis of human sociality, empathy and compassion, and their malleability through mental training. She is the principal investigator of a large-scale, nine-month longitudinal meditation based mental training study, The ReSource Project, and investigates together with Dennis Snower how psychology can inform new models of Caring Economics.
Tao Tao is the Chief Operating Officer at GetYourGuide. He co-founded the company in 2009, and leads the company’s business operations, including Business Development, Supply, and Customer Service. Under Tao’s leadership, over 25 million tickets have been booked to date via the GetYourGuide platform. GetYourGuide has raised a total of over $650M from SoftBank Vision Fund, Battery Ventures, KKR and others.
Terry is Beatport’s Chief Strategy Officer, Marketing and Analytics, heading up the day-to-day running of the business. He joined Beatport in 2013, bringing with him more than 12 years’ experience in the music industry. He previously spent over five years as the Head of Native Instruments’ Traktor brand, which he grew from a small side business to be the companies major revenue generator.
Tijana co-founded Female Narratives with fellow model Franzi Klein. The creative agency operates using a collective of female-only talent to tell real stories using real women. It brings together over 100 creative women ranging from directors to mountaineers to mental health activists to poets. Clients include Bumble, North Face, W Hotels, Kiehl’s and dozens of female-led sustainable and ethical brands.
Tony is a social entrepreneur, real estate developer and impact investor. He is CEO and Founder of Metro 1, a vertically integrated real estate organization which has completed over $2.5B in transactions in the past 14 years. He is partner in diverse urban real estate projects in South Florida, most notably, the Magic City Innovation District, which is a city of the future model on 18 contiguous acres in Miami’s Little Haiti District.
Vanessa is passionate about shaping the future of cities to improve everyone’s work and life experience. Working at the intersection of cities and technology, she founded District Technologies, a community and smart building platform for large commercial or residential portfolios that helps owners save time and money.
After going to film school, Victor found himself working in London with some of the great post punk bands from around the world – including Nick Cave, Depche Mode, PJ Harvey, Chrissie Hynde, The Pouges, The Fall, Sonic Youth, Einstrüzende Neubauten…. even meeting his match with Lee Scratch Perry. He moved to Berlin a few years ago, set up his studio at Riverside Studios and continues to produce music and work on his TV show.
Former NFL player Wade is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. He is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection of sexism, racism and homophobia. He creates league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, leads inclusion-training sessions and builds and launches national engagement initiatives.
Yoram is the Founder & CEO of Dealroom. By tracking over 1 million companies and 50.000 professional investors, Dealroom provides a 360° view via unique big data and machine learning model. Founded in 2013, it has become Europe’s leading venture capital database.
Zak is the founder & CEO of Iris Nova, the parent company of DIRTY LEMON and The Drug Store. He is an award-winning entrepreneur disrupting the way businesses create, communicate and deliver consumer goods and has over ten years of experience as a product designer in the food and beverage industry, credited with branding more than 50 nationally-sold products.
Zakaria is the co-founder and CEO of Xibit, an innovative mixed reality company, bridging art and technology.He has more than 5 years of technical experience at SAP where he was part of the strategic exploration and chairman teams, with the mission: explore new technology trends and advise SAP executives about it. He is a self-made entrepreneur.
Ben runs Startup Sesame, the global network of Tech events. With more than ten years’ experience in conference organisation, he has one of the most extensive and trusted network of event founders in the world. Expert in the creative industries, Ben advises entrepreneurs and investors in early and growth stages of their projects.
Christian is founder and director of STATE, a Berlin-based initiative that creates unique programs at the intersection of science, art and innovation to explore current societal transformations and help co-create visions for a sustainable future. He is a guest lecturer at the European Centre for Executive Education, at INSEAD in France, and serves as an ambassador for the US-based XPRIZE Foundation for the AI XPRIZE and Avatar XPRIZE.
A fearless visionary and persuasive personality, Flo has dared to dream big. As an artrepreneur he has brought together investment funds and team players to chase dreams such as buying a private Island to build an experimental creative island colony. He has always been ahead of his time until blockchain when he realised a way to bring his passions together dedicating his creativity to a project with a single focus on art – the YAIR project.
BeatportHeiko Hoffmann is director of artist and label relations at Beatport. Prior to that he’s been editor-in-chief of Groove magazine, an industry-leading electronic music magazine, for 17 years. He’s also teaching at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University. Heiko has been a key-note speaker, moderator and panelist at conventions and festivals such as ADE, Sonar +D, IMS and MIDEM.
Linda is Founding Partner and MD of Brandlab, an agency for spatial and digital branding. In cooperation with Volocopter, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and more, Brandlab has been shaping brands in mobility, work and AI driven brand building. Previously, Linda was responsible for the Brand Environment department and a member of the management board at MetaDesign Berlin – translating global brands into spatial experiences for Volkswagen, Audi and more.
Nick is a Principal at Samsung NEXT Europe. He focuses on early stage investments and was involved in establishing and building out the Samsung NEXT Europe team. He played a key role in Samsung NEXT’s investments in LiquidSky, Sorenson Media, Spatial, Unbabel and Grover, and its acquisition of AdGear. He received an MBA from MIT. He began his career as a finance/corporate lawyer at Dewey & LeBoeuf in London and Moscow.
Rakhi works at the intersection of psychology, emerging technology and design. She creates interdisciplinary R&D, Innovation and Skunkworks teams and labs for organisations that want to experiment, think forward and invent the future. She has extensive experience observing how people behave, monitoring the world for weak signals, patterns and drivers of change, subsequently creating normative or exploratory futures that lead to innovation.
Sandira is the Senior Curator & Researcher at Factory Berlin, where she is focused on innovation projects with creators in the field of Tech & Art for their new Artist Residency and Creators Lab. She has spent nearly 20 years in music working with producers, record labels, music schools, music technology programs, and pro audio brands such as Akai Pro and M-Audio where she was previously Head of Partnerships & Marketing at inMusic Brands
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Alistair is Impact Wizard at Cocreation Foundation. For the last 12 years he has been bridging for-profit business models, social businesses and non-profit organizations. He detects possibilities and opportunities, manages projects, scouts and supervises teams, structures networks and expands into markets. His clients include Maanch, a platform which matches donors with charities, Kamphausen Media and Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften, the first b2b magazine on sustainability in German speaking countries.
Angel is a full-blood entrepreneur and international expert for co-creative project development – combining digital concepts with mindfulness and indigenous traditions. He has supported individuals, groups and organizations to connect with their true purpose, develop measures and realize them so that each finds a place and can integrate natural strengths to find an influence field supported by a new working culture of togetherness and trust.
Arianna is a Berlin-based fashion designer and entrepreneur working within the fields of sustainable fashion and circular economy. In particular within the projects “Green Fashion Tours” and “Circular Economy Tours,” she develops transformative experiences, bringing the participants on a path of self-empowerment and critical awareness.
Baran is an entrepreneur, creator and an accomplished executive. He is the Co-Founder of FutureScape, a technology focused product design and branding firm, and AccessX, a boutique VC investing in cannabis. His previous venture, Firefly Vapor, was recently sold and became one of the successful IPO stories of 2019. He completed his undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley where he earned athletic and academic scholarships and studied Economics.
Cari is a speaker, teacher, healer and coach with years of experience and training. Her company is rooted in the practical application of ancient wisdom, blending transformative techniques from yoga, tantra and deep breath-work traditions into transcendent experiences of personal power and expansion of self. Join her to wake up your individual potential and demystify the art of consciousness to increase self-sustained happiness on a global scale.
Darshita’s experience builds on and blends 4 facets, ‘Finance and Strategy’, ‘Leadership Development’, ‘Technology’ and ‘Planetary Sustainability’. Her aim is to leverage the power of emerging technologies to address the complex business and societal challenges we face in a more sustainable, conscious, and strategic way. With a professional background as a Chartered Accountant, Investment Banker, Executive Coach, Impact Investing and FinTech/ Blockchain Specialist, Darshita also serves on Boards of ‘For Profit’ and ‘Non-Profit’ organisations. She founded Maanch in 2018 to […]
Working at the intersection of regenerative ecological design, farming, and entrepreneurship. A consultant in regenerative agriculture and regenerative enterprise.
Dorota Stanczyk is a polish visual artist, creative director, documentary filmmaker, speaker and writer. Her passion is to combine fine arts with personal growth. She designs exhibitions, events and projects that help people to learn about their consciousness and self-expression. She creates transformational experiences that combines art and technology and she delivers Conscious Creativity Trainings.
Dr. Nabil is a trainer, coach and author. He has a PhD in sports science with a focus on Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and a background in media sciences, communication sciences and psychology. He is a founding partner of TheDive, a management consultancy and think tank, and Chen-Stil Taijiquan Netzwerk Deutschland, a network of Chen-Style Taijiquan.
Elena is the CEO and co-founder of Authenticitys, a boutique platform for social impact experiences in cities and the first B Corporation accredited company in the European tourism industry. She previously founded Bloom Microventures in Vietnam, an organisation on the intersection of micro-finance and travel. An international expert in experience design and social innovation and entrepreneurship, Elena is also a professor and researcher.
Franziska is an international Life and Business Consultant in the areas of Brand Consulting & Digital Strategy, Mindfulness & Compassion Training and Female Womb Leadership & Human Empowerment. With 10+ years of work experience at international brands like VW, Porsche, Credit Suisse and further trainings in Yoga, Mindfulness, Body and Energy Work, she is committed to support and empower people to rise into their full (creative) potential.
German born professional mindfulness teacher bringing body & consciousness awareness to individuals & corporations since 2006
Kathrin is a psychologist who works in the field of the human experience and consciousness. She is deeply interested in the ways we experience ourselves and others. Her main tools are based in hypnotherapy, relaxation, free dance and voice, ceremony and sound.
Lauri is an internationally recognized crystal singing bowl artist. He previously worked at several hi-tech companies. In 2014, after long periods of stress, he came across mindfulness, sound therapy and meditation and embarked on an extensive 2 year journey around the world, to work with several mentors and teachers to learn sound therapy, and refine his skills. Along the way he decided to take it back to where it all started, the tech world.
Lee might be the world’s first Mindfulness Advocate / Meaningful Video Producer hybrid. That means he helps teams develop the skills to thrive collaboratively and companies communicate their message with authenticity. Having animated video for Greenpeace, gained certification in compassionate workplace development and guided sound meditations at Techno Space Raves in San Francisco, he’s finding it all goes together better than you might think.
Born in Poland, raised in Berlin. After being an developer, serial founder, product manager and work culture influencer in Berlin digital space – he joined Digital McKinsey to succeed in persuading an integrated mindset shift on large scale.
Mounira is an internationally acclaimed ‘Mindfulness in Business’ expert. She brings 15+ years of leadership experience at international brands like Google, Red Bull, and BMW. As a certified ‘Search Inside Yourself’ trainer, she gives keynotes and trainings all over the world. Her vision: create new ways of working together that foster the uniqueness of each individual and creates solutions that also serve the broader community.
Patrick is an inventor, consciousness researcher and artist. He is a pioneer of brain computer interfaces for learning progressive states of consciousness (e.g. meditation et al.). He engaged in interdisciplinary R&D with neuroscientists & was a member of the research-lab led by renown Dr. M.A. Persinger. He has presented & exhibited at various science conferences including in Silicon Valley and at Harvard.
Phoebe is the founder of The Dream Haus – a contemporary mindfulness studio in Berlin, where she facilitates mindfulness, yoga, teacher trainings and retreats in Berlin and internationally.
Sarah is a mindfulness and meditation coach based in Berlin. In her podcast The Mindful Sessions, she shares expert advice and tips on personal development, spirituality and self-realization. She is also the founder and owner of the music consulting company, The Heart Art.
Sarah is the CEO + Founder of MoonCloth, a hemp textiles and product design company focused on bringing sustainable solutions to the hospitality industry. MoonCloth is also elevating the hemp industry to the luxury design and modern consumer market. Sarah has worked to bring hemp and sustainable products to Soho House, Design Hotels, and more. MoonCloth is also launching their own line of eco hemp home decor goods and wellness products this summer.