TOA19 Speakers

Aina Abiodun
CEO
8fit
Aina Abiodun
CEO
8fit

Aina is the CEO of 8fit, a Berlin-based health and wellness company that has more than 25 million users worldwide. Before, Aina was the Director of Strategy & Innovation at Matter Unlimited and advised organizations such as the Obama Foundation, Facebook and the Rockefeller Foundation. Aina is also the co-founder of StoryCode, an open-source, global community for emerging and established transmedia and immersive storytellers.

8fit.com@ainaabiodunhttps://www.facebook.com/8fit/
Alice Zagury
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
TheFamily
Alice Zagury
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
TheFamily

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.

www.thefamily.co@Alice_zaghttps://www.facebook.com/Welcome2TheFamily/
Amber Venz Box
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
rewardStyle
Amber Venz Box
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
rewardStyle

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.

www.rewardstyle.com@ambervenzbox
Angel Versatti
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Ambrosus
Angel Versatti
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Ambrosus

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.

ambrosus.com@AmbrosusAMBhttps://www.facebook.com/ambrosusAMB/
Arianna Nicoletti
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Green Fashion Tours
Arianna Nicoletti
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Green Fashion Tours

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.

greenfashiontours.comhttps://www.facebook.com/greenfashiontours/
Avid Larizadeh Duggan
COO
Kobalt Music
Avid Larizadeh Duggan
COO
Kobalt Music

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.

www.kobaltmusic.com@avidlhttps://www.facebook.com/kobaltmusic/
Bruce Linton
FOUNDER
Canopy Growth Corporation
Bruce Linton
FOUNDER
Canopy Growth Corporation

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.

www.canopygrowth.com@CanopyGrowth
Cal Fussman
JOURNALIST & NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Cal Fussman
JOURNALIST & NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR

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.

www.calfussman.com@calfussman
Cari Merriam
Strength and Surrender
Cari Merriam
Strength and Surrender

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. 

www.carimerriam.com@cari_merriam
Carlos Pierre
FOUNDER & CEO
Badi
Carlos Pierre
FOUNDER & CEO
Badi

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. 

badi.com/us@CarlosPierretrihttps://www.facebook.com/badiapp/
Chris Messina
INVENTOR OF THE HASHTAG
Chris Messina
INVENTOR OF THE HASHTAG

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.

chrismessina.me@chrismessina
Claire Hughes Johnson
COO
Stripe
Claire Hughes Johnson
COO
Stripe

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. From 2004-2014, she led various product and operations teams at Google, most recently for the Self-Driving Cars project. She also managed global mid-market sales for AdWords and the business teams for Gmail, Google Checkout, and Google Apps. Prior to Google, Claire spent time in management consulting […]

stripe.com@chughesjohnson
Danny Lange
Vice President of Artificial Intelligence
Unity Technologies
Danny Lange
Vice President of Artificial Intelligence
Unity Technologies

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.

unity.com@danny_lange
Dr. Melanie Rieback
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Radically Open Security
Dr. Melanie Rieback
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Radically Open Security

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.

radicallyopensecurity.com
Dr. Nabil Ranné
FOUNDING PARTNER
TheDive
Dr. Nabil Ranné
FOUNDING PARTNER
TheDive

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.

www.thedive.com
Elena Rodriguez Blanco
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Authenticitys
Elena Rodriguez Blanco
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Authenticitys

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.

www.authenticitys.com/en@authenticityshttps://www.facebook.com/authenticitys/
Eric Silverberg
FOUNDER & CEO
SCRUFF
Eric Silverberg
FOUNDER & CEO
SCRUFF

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.

scruff.com@scruffapphttps://www.facebook.com/SCRUFF/
Evan Cummack
Head of IoT Business Unit
Twilio
Evan Cummack
Head of IoT Business Unit
Twilio

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.

www.twilio.com@cummack
Fredrik Hedberg
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Tink
Fredrik Hedberg
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Tink

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.

tink.com@tinkhttps://www.facebook.com/tink.se/
Jager McConnell
CEO
Crunchbase
Jager McConnell
CEO
Crunchbase

Jager is the CEO of Crunchbase – the leading platform used by millions of entrepreneurs and investors looking to discover innovative companies and the people behind them. Prior to joining Crunchbase, he spent 11 years at Salesforce where he oversaw the core sales force automation product line.

www.crunchbase.com/person/jager-mcconnell@jagermcconnellhttps://www.facebook.com/crunchbase/
Jan Erik Solem
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Mapillary
Jan Erik Solem
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Mapillary

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.

www.mapillary.com@mapillary
Karim El-Jisr
Chief Innovation Officer
The Sustainable City Institute
Karim El-Jisr
Chief Innovation Officer
The Sustainable City Institute

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.

www.thesustainablecity.ae@TSCDubai
Kathrin Keller
Movement Medicine
Kathrin Keller
Movement Medicine

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.

www.kathrin-keller.com
Lawrence Leuschner
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
TIER Mobility
Lawrence Leuschner
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
TIER Mobility

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.

https://www.tier.app
Léa Steinacker
Chief Strategy Officer
ada
Léa Steinacker
Chief Strategy Officer
ada

Léa is the Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the founding team of ada, a journalism-led platform for future insights curated by Germany’s leading business publisher, Handelsblatt Media Group. Until December 2018, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer of WirtschaftsWoche. Previously, she worked on social justice in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2018, she was selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 leader and one of Medium Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 journalists.

www.leasteinacker.com@leasteinacker
Lindsay Gorman
EMERGING TECH FELLOW
Alliance for Securing Democracy
Lindsay Gorman
EMERGING TECH FELLOW
Alliance for Securing Democracy

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.

securingdemocracy.gmfus.org/author/lindsay-gorman@LindsayPGorman
Lora Haddock
FOUNDER & CEO
Lora DiCarlo
Lora Haddock
FOUNDER & CEO
Lora DiCarlo

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.

loradicarlo.com@loradicarlo_hqhttps://www.facebook.com/LoraDiCarloHQ/
Marc Lesser
FOUNDER & CEO
ZBA Associates LLC
Marc Lesser
FOUNDER & CEO
ZBA Associates LLC

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.

www.marclesser.net@marclesser
Markus Witte
FOUNDER & CEO
Babbel
Markus Witte
FOUNDER & CEO
Babbel

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.”

www.babbel.com@mkwi
Matt Lerner
FOUNDER & CEO
Heretix Startup Marketing Advisors
Matt Lerner
FOUNDER & CEO
Heretix Startup Marketing Advisors

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.

@matthlernerhttps://www.facebook.com/Heretix-Startup-Marketing-Advisors-1275421355921742/
Matthew Griffin
FOUNDER & CEO
311 Institute
Matthew Griffin
FOUNDER & CEO
311 Institute

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.

www.311institute.com@mgriffin_uk
Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk
CTO, Cloud and AI Security Division
Microsoft
Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk
CTO, Cloud and AI Security Division
Microsoft

Michal is the CTO of Cloud and AI 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 among other achievements, she initiated and managed Azure Security Center, Microsoft’s leading hybrid security SaaS. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, she worked at RSA/EMC (now Dell), Cyota (a cyber startup) and served in several senior positions at […]

@michalbb
Olivier Reppert
CEO
SHARE NOW
Olivier Reppert
CEO
SHARE NOW

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.

www.your-now.com/de@OlivierReppert
Phoebe Kiddo
FOUNDER
The Dream Haus
Phoebe Kiddo
FOUNDER
The Dream Haus

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.

www.thedreamhaus.de/info
Roxanne Varza
DIRECTOR
Station F
Roxanne Varza
DIRECTOR
Station F

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).

stationf.co@roxannevarzahttps://www.facebook.com/STATIONF/
Sam Parr
FOUNDER & CEO
The Hustle
Sam Parr
FOUNDER & CEO
The Hustle

Sam is the founder & CEO of The Hustle – one of America’s fastest-growing media companies with a focus on millennials, tech, and culture. He also runs Hustle Con, an annual conference in San Francisco that showcases non-technical startup founders.

thehustle.co/about@theSamParrhttps://www.facebook.com/hustlecon/
Sarah Desai
Podcast Host & Meditation Coach
The Mindfulness Sessions
Sarah Desai
Podcast Host & Meditation Coach
The Mindfulness Sessions

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. 

www.sarahdesai.dewww.facebook.com/sarahdesaithemindfulsessions/
Scott Jenson
Product Strategy
Google
Scott Jenson
Product Strategy
Google

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.

jenson.org@scottjenson
Stephen Gates
Head of Design Transformation
InVision
Stephen Gates
Head of Design Transformation
InVision

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.

www.stephengates.com@sdgates
Taavet Hinrikus
CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
TransferWise
Taavet Hinrikus
CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
TransferWise

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.

transferwise.com/about@taavethttps://www.facebook.com/transferwise/
Zak Normandin
FOUNDER & CEO
Iris Nova
Zak Normandin
FOUNDER & CEO
Iris Nova

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.

www.irisnova.com@zaknormandin

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