Aaron lives in the spirit of his baseball hero, Jackie Robinson, who said “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” With this ethos, Aaron founded Camelback Ventures, aiming to address the inequities of entrepreneurship by providing coaching, capital, and connections to underrepresented entrepreneurs.
Adam is the Founder and CEO of Academy – UX & Design Thinking Innovation Studio. Having previously overseen the redesign of TIME, Fortune and Money.com, he also serves on the Rutgers University Design Thinking Advisory Board, Working Not Working Members Board, and as a guest lecturer at General Assembly.
Amol co-founded several startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotel, and built a building in New York called East of East. He studied cognitive science for his Ph.D. at Stanford with an undergraduate degree from Columbia. He teaches at Columbia. Amol is a backer, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies.
Amy is President and co-founder of Medallia, the leader in customer experience management software and #7 on Forbes’ 2017 list of top 100 private SaaS companies. Medallia’s Experience Cloud is the only enterprise-grade platform that can wire entire organizations to systematically drive action and win on customer experience. Prior to Medallia, Amy was a consultant with Boston Consulting Group, a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, and Peace Corps Volunteer. MBA, Stanford; BA, Harvard.
Harvard graduate Andrea Zitna is the Chief Revenue Officer at Elvie, a British femtech brand developing smarter health and lifestyle technology for women. Andrea joined Tania Boler (Elvie founder-CEO) in early 2015 to help setup all non-product related aspects of the business.
Andy is the Co-founder and CEO of CoinList, a platform for deeply vetted tokens to run their ICOs. CoinList also provides compliance services for many other token sales. Prior to his recent work with CoinList, Andy was the Co-founder and CEO of Sidewire. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Stanford University.
Angel is a full-blood entrepreneur and international expert for co-creative project development – combining digital concepts with mindfulness and indigenous traditions is at the heart of his work. Over the last 10+ years he has supported individuals, groups and organizations to realize and connect with their full potential.
Anisah is the founder of 23 Code Street, a trailblazing new coding school for women based in London. For every paying student on their courses, they teach digital skills to a woman in the slums of Mumbai. Anisah decided not to go to university and instead completed internships around the world and went on to be Operations Director of a leading corporate accelerator.
Arlan built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT.
Aude is the co-founder of InnovaFeed, a biotech company producing high quality insect meals for the feed industry. With a sharp focus on sustainability and responsibility (and with the added bonus on a €15m grant), their ambition is to offer a high-quality, natural, sustainable and competitive solution for the feed industry to face tomorrow’s demand challenge.
Axel is design strategist, future thinker, and since 2015 co-founder & CEO of evrbit, an edge technology start-up from Cologne, Germany. evrbit creates stunning multi user AR, VR and multi-screen group experiences. Axel’s philosophy is: digitization should be accessible for all and suitable for everyday use.
Ba is an artist/entrepreneur who channeled his lifelong love of comics and cartoons into the creation of Bitmoji – the world’s most popular avatar. As CEO and Creative Director of Bitmoji, Ba leads the company’s mission to make digital life more fun, expressive and entertaining by empowering everyone in the world to communicate through cartoons. The mission is working – Bitmoji was the fastest growing app of 2016 and the most downloaded app in the world in 2017.
Bastian is the CEO of Postmates, the on-demand delivery company he co-founded in 2011. The idea for Postmates was originally conceived in 2005 when Bastian was relocating from Munich to London. He later pursued this notion of “ride-sharing for stuff” through AngelPad in San Francisco, where he met his co-founders Sean Plaice and Sam Street. Postmates now operates in 40 US markets.
Named by WIRED Magazine as one of “12 folk changing the world”, singer songwriter & innovator Beatie Wolfe is at the forefront of pioneering new formats for music, which reunite tangibility, storytelling and ceremony to the album in this digital age. In this vein, Beatie has created a series of world’s-first designs that bridge the tangible & digital, which range from 3D vinyls to musical jackets, anti-streams to Space beams.
Boyan is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, the foundation that develops advanced systems to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. In February 2013, he decided that the future of our oceans was a more pressing issue than his aerospace engineering degree, and now he dedicates himself full-time to managing the rapid growth of the organization, while also overseeing the team’s technology developments.
Bruce Pon is the Founder of ascribe.io, BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol, pioneering blockchain technologies that give people more control in a new data economy. Previously, he helped to build a dozen bank and industry startups in Europe, Asia and the Americas while working with leading companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi Corporation, Accenture and DuPont. Bruce is an investor/advisor to several startups, has an Advanced Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan and a B.Sc in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
Carsten is Founder of Spherity, a scalable, decentralized platform for the fourth industrial revolution providing secure identities and digital twins bridging the physical, biological and digital spheres. If that sounds a little complicated, don’t worry – it is. In simpler terms, Spherity builds applications that link together digital, physical and biological entities on a day to day basis.
When we heard about the concept for what3words here at TOA we were really intrigued. The idea sounds straightforward enough – assign a unique 3-word code to identify a specific 3m² location. Simple, huh? Executing this on a scale of 57 trillion squares across the globe? Not so much. We are excited to welcome Clare to TOA to learn even more about what3words, as well as her work with NGOs in the UK and abroad.
Daniel is Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed Germany, the Millennial’s go-to news outlet for hard-hitting journalism, and for rating which puppy is the cutest. Previously he co-founded the non-profit research center Correctiv, where he also was Senior Reporter. His work was honored with several prizes and grants, including the Wächterpreis, the Axel-Springer-Preis and the Reporterpreis.
Daniel Miller is the founder of Mute, a record label launched in 1978 with his own 7” single – ‘Warm Leatherette’ under the name The Normal. Since then, Mute has grown into a global group of companies and today Miller remains heavily focused on Mute’s creative output. Daniel Miller’s recent DJing was inspired by an invitation from Karl O’Connor aka Regis who invited him to perform at Berlin’s Berghain. There he caught the bug and since has been playing regular techno sets worldwide.
David is the Chief Growth Officer at WeWork, where he focuses his passion for combining the digital world with a physical space to create an unparalleled experience for WeWork members. Prior to WeWork, Fano was a founding partner and Managing Director of CASE, where he led the firm’s strategic initiatives with an emphasis on business development, knowledge capture and sharing, and data management efforts. Trained as an architect, his interests and expertise are in connecting technology and data within the building industry.
Dominic is a technology entrepreneur and a long-standing distributing computing enthusiast. In recent years he has proposed numerous novel blockchain schemes including Threshold Relay, Probabilistic Slot Consensus, Validation Towers, Puzzle Towers and other techniques now gaining recognition. Before switching to the crypto industry in 2013, he created an innovative venture-backed MMO game that he scaled to millions of users, having first devised many of the supporting distributing computing systems himself. He founded the DFINITY project in January 2015, which now has a token cap in excess of $2B.
Born in Los Angeles, Farhoud is a writer, director, and co-owner of Wayfarer Entertainment, a media studio focused on scripted and unscripted content for television and digital platforms. Farhoud specializes in transformational storytelling, and helps brands, television networks, studios and NGOs connect with global audiences authentically, creating compelling content that entertains, educates and inspires.
Frank Thelen is a European serial founder, technology investor and TV personality. Since 1994, he has founded and managed technology and design-driven companies, investing in startups like Lilium Aviation, Wunderlist, myTaxi, kaufDA and Little Lunch. In his role as the founder and CEO of the venture capitalist Freigeist Capital, he concentrates on investments in the early phase of development. It’s clearly a winning formula, as their products reach over 200 million customers in over 60 countries.
Friederike Ernst is the COO of Gnosis, a platform for information markets. In today’s digital age, knowledge is power, and the sooner you have that knowledge the better – that’s why at Gnosis, they believe that prediction markets will be the next generation forecasting tool. On top of her work with Gnosis, Friederike is also the secretary-general of the German Blockchain Association, the leading think tank on blockchain policy in Germany.
Galia is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder of the Bancor Protocol, a standard for the creation of Smart Tokens™, cryptocurrencies with built-in convertibility directly through their smart contracts. In 2005, Galia co-founded Mytopia, the first social gaming company for smartphones (acquired by 888), and in 2010, Particle Code, a cross-platform development technology for mobile applications (acquired by Appcelerator). She is passionate about decentralized technologies, women’s empowerment, consciousness, natural wellness and plants.
Gavin is a General Partner at B Capital Group, a US and Singapore-based VC firm, where he focuses on consumer and healthcare and heads the SF office. He serves as a Board Director for AIMotive, Atomwise, Bright.md, Fishbrain and SilverCloud and co-manages the firm’s investments in Evidation Health and CXA. Prior to B Capital, Gavin invested at Comcast Ventures, managed product at Zynga, worked at Bain, and served in the Singapore Armed Forces. He earned his M.B.A. from Wharton and his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
Gelong is a Buddhist monk, meditation trainer and author. He has been a monk for 25 years and has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats. He teaches mindfulness internationally, in business, education and healthcare. Gelong works with major clients such as Google and LinkedIn. He teaches mindfulness to medical students, and he collaborated with Ruby Wax on her latest book. He has also created a meditation app called Samten.
Georg Polzer, Chairman, CPO and co-founder of Teralytics is a clearly a man who knows where he’s going – that’s one of the reasons why he was recently listed in “Forbes 30 Under 30” as a rising star in enterprise technology. His company offers incredibly detailed insights into human mobility for cities, transportation operators, car manufacturers and ride-sharing companies to gain comprehensive knowledge on how we move. On top of that, he’s a prolific public speaker – so far in 2018 he’s already delivered a keynote on the main stage at Mobile World Congress and spoke at DLD Munich.
After an illustrious career as President and CEO of some of Europe’s largest telecom industries, including Modern Times Group and Viasat Broadcasting in Sweden, and RTL Group in Luxembourg, in February 2015 Dr. Hans-Holger Albrecht became the Global Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of Directors at Deezer. Perhaps his most notable achievement came when he was President and CEO of the telecom and media group of Millicom, when he connected digital services to over 50 million customers in Africa and Latin America.
After running an extremely successful fashion brand from 1995 – 2005, which culminated in him being named Best Young Entrepreneur of Madrid, Javier grew frustrated with the amount of waste he saw being produced by the fashion industry, embarking on a mission to create an entirely new concept that would combine his design sensibility and understanding of the fashion consumer with the latest in recycled materials. In 2013 he launched ECOALF, named after his son Alfredo.
Jeanette J. Epps (Ph.D.) was selected as an astronaut in 2009. She has been assigned to her first spaceflight, Expedition 56/57, scheduled to launch in May 2018. Her training included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalk training, robotics, T-38 flight training and wilderness survival training. The New York native was a NASA Fellow during graduate school and authored several journal and conference articles. Dr. Epps worked for Ford Motor Company where she received both a provisional patent and a U.S. patent. After leaving Ford, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Technical Intelligence Officer before becoming an astronaut.
Jeff Wilson is founder of the award-winning micro housing company Kasita. Named one of Inc’s 25 most disruptive companies in the World in 2017, Kasita homes are 400 sq. ft., incredibly smart, affordable and beautifully designed. Wilson has authored dozens of scientific articles, was named the University of Texas System’s top assistant professor, and did his post-doctoral work at Harvard. Wilson’s work on sustainability, minimalism, and social experimentation has been featured in Forbes, The Atlantic, NY Times and The Washington Post.
After writing an M.A. thesis on the use of blockchain technology in the art ecosystem and working at Sotheby’s helping collectors to bid at auction, Jess co-founded Codex Protocol, a decentralized title registry for art and collectibles. She previously spent six years in the private equity and finance industry.
Johannes is the CEO and co-founder of KRY – the largest provider of digital healthcare in Europe. KRY pioneered digital healthcare services by allowing people in need to see a doctor or a psychologist via on-demand video consultations. KRY is currently available in Sweden, Norway and Spain and has delivered more than 250 000 patient meetings in just over a year. Named as one of the 2018 “30 under 30” in Europe by Forbes Magazine, Johannes also lectures on the future of healthcare.
John Graham-Cumming is CTO of Cloudflare and is a computer programmer and author. He studied mathematics and computation at Oxford and stayed for a doctorate in computer security. As a programmer, he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Germany and France. His open source POPFile program won a Jolt Productivity Award in 2004. He is the author of a travel book for scientists published in 2009 called The Geek Atlas and has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist and other publications.
MA economics (Warsaw School of Economics) Leader and entrepreneur, willing to change the world for the better. His first attempt to do so was as an economist running a think-tank and a policy analyst for government, but at some point he realized that technology is what can really make a difference. Since then, Julian has been running imapp, with an agenda to build software projects which will advance all of us. He was able to gather a top-class team around him, to complement skills he is definitely missing (such as software development).
Julie Hansen is the U.S. CEO of Babbel, Inc., spearheading the U.S. expansion of the #1 best-selling language-learning app in the world. Before joining Babbel, Julie was the COO and President of Business Insider, which became the most visited business outlet on the internet under her leadership. Prior to Business Insider, Hansen held top management roles at sports site NCAA.com, Condé Nast Publications, and Time Inc.
Kaave Pour is a 28-year-old award-winning creative and cultural entrepreneur, who started his first company at the age of 14. He currently is Creative Director for SPACE10, IKEA’s future-living lab. He is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, sharing his thoughts and experiences about innovation and design with global brands and universities, promoting a curious, open and playful approach to doing business.
The work of artist Kevin Abosch is driven by his interest in the nature of identity, value, and human currency. He considers art as a means to address ontological questions and respond to sociologic dilemmas. Kevin’s works in photography, sculpture, installation and film have been exhibited throughout the world, in museums and civic spaces including The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia, The National Gallery of Ireland and The Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Krisana has extensive experience in leading personal development workshops and trainings worldwide since 1998. She graduated in Psychology, conducting psychotherapy research. Krisana holds certifications in numerous disciplines such as Body-oriented Therapies, Systemic Constellation work, Trauma work, Hypnosis, Osho Active Meditations & Osho Meditative Therapies.
Lily is a non-practicing physician and product manager for a team that works on applying deep learning to medical data, especially medical imaging. Before Google, Lily was a product manager at Doximity, the “LinkedIn” for physicians, and a co-founder of Nano Precision Medical (NPM), a medical device start-up developing a small implantable drug delivery device.
Maegan is the co-founder of Lucid, a Berlin-based ritualistic gathering, and has been passionately opening portals of magic for over 20 years by weaving music, dance, ritual & community into 3D spaces: uniting her life-purpose for creating alchemical spaces of transformation, celebration, elevation, healing and releasing. Maegan is a skilled ritualist, specializing in embodied dance meditations, and has been working with Cacao as a sacred-plant medicine for the past 5 years. She has been influential in bringing Cacao to the wider-public’s awareness, and is a trailblazer in blurring the boundaries between a wide spectrum of (dance/music) scenes: creating spaces with her music, events & rituals to touch a wide range of souls, hearts & feet.
Mal Harrison is a clinical sexologist, eroticism philosopher, TEDx speaker, & founder of the Center for Erotic Intelligence. In 2011, she revolutionized our understanding of the female orgasm with her research on the internal clitoris. As a lecturer on desire, consumerism, & power dynamics, she explores how the erotic mind can empower our everyday lives, offering fresh insights on cultivating erotic intelligence amid ever-evolving technology.
Marc is a consummate optimist with an entrepreneur’s mindset who believes the future is beautiful. He’s passionate about imagining what’s possible and engaging others to do the same. At A Hundred Years, he guides clients toward inspiring action and driving large-scale change. Since starting the company 15 years ago, Marc helped large corporations, NGOs, philanthropic organizations and early-stage social enterprises connect profit and purpose and challenge their existing models and systems. His background in commercial advertising with brands like Sony and Red Bull and live event production informs his interest and ability to work across science, arts and culture, and consumer brands. I tackled challenges as diverse as distilling complex scientific concepts into engaging, accessible ideas with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute in Panama; creating large-scale activation of public space with the immersive art experience Glow on Santa Monica Beach; and innovating education with leaders such as TED-Ed and Brian Greene’s World Science University. Outside of the studio, Marc teaches design thinking and design for impact at UCLA, and has spoken on innovation and design thinking at TEDx Phoenix, TEDActive, the National Art Education Convention, and the Museum Next Conference. When he’s not designing experiences to shape the future, Marc is rooted in the present connecting with the most beautiful ecosystem ever designed: nature.
Mark is one of three co-founders of Verdigris and its CEO. He was recognized as one of the 40 under 40 in 2017 by Silicon Valley Business Journal, and previously served as principal engineer for a number of famed Silicon Valley technology startups, including NexGen (now AMD), Pasemi (now Apple), and RMI and NetLogic (now Broadcom).
Markus started his career at Daimler in 1998. After successful stints in Marketing, Product Management and Strategic Planning he became Head of DigitalLife@Daimler in 2011. With DigitalLife@Daimler he promotes the digital transformation strategy of Daimler from a holistic and corporate perspective. Focusing on four pillars: strategy (#transform), innovation culture (#ideate), employee networking (#collaborate) and corporate culture (#change) – with people at the center. To Markus, digitalization is all about the people, not only technologies.
Dr. Martin Ebeling is a philosopher, though he prefers to refer to himself as an Instigator of Ideas who firmly believes that philosophy holds many lessons for our lives. As trainer, facilitator and speaker he applies philosophy’s wisdom to real world problems. Martin works with leaders from business, government and civil society to open new perspectives on familiar issues and to view the world through a different lens, such that new issues can emerge that we can then tackle productively.
He is also passionate about our potential to achieve greater emotional growth and hopes that mindfulness and (self)compassion will increasingly find their way into our society and the business world. As the author of the book ‘Conciliatory Democracy’, he advocates a different approach to the disagreements in political opinion that shape our times.
Martin is a serial startup entrepreneur and has first hand experience in building highly scalable useful and usable software products. While he honestly admits he has managed to fail five startup ideas before co-founding Pipedrive, he has efficiently tied his skills of planning, organizing and coordinating development processes to results that help over 50,000 sales teams globally get better organized and more productive.
Mat is a man of many talents – he’s a musician, an artist and a researcher, working solo and in conjunction with creative partner Holly Herndon, and the record label PAN. He teaches at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, and serves on the board of the music streaming platform co-operative Resonate.is.
Mathias Döpfner started his career as a musician and worked since 1982 as a music journalist. In 1996 he joined Axel Springer as Editor-in-Chief of Welt. Since Mathias became CEO of Axel Springer in 2002 he focuses on digital transformation. Revenues from digital activities increased from €117m to €2.5bn. EBITDA from digital went up from €-12m to €582m. Today more than 70 percent of revenues and around 80 percent of profits are digital, deriving from brands like Business Insider, Politico Europe, Bild, Welt, Stepstone and Se Loger. Mathias is on the Board of Directors of Time Warner and Warner Music.
Mazen holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, researching Consciousness and Physical, Emotional & Mental Health. He works in the fields of Emotional & Psychological Education, Music Therapy & Sound Healing, Energetic Healing, Trauma and Meditation.
Neuroscientist Mendel Kaelen is passionate about understanding mental health and well-being. He is co-founder and CEO of Wavepaths, a venture that unifies immersive arts, psychotherapies and intelligent technologies into a new model of care. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from Imperial College London, and his pioneering research champions the central role of music in psychedelic therapy. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, TEDx, Nature News, San Francisco Chronicles and Vice Motherboard.
29-year-old Martin Bohmeyer has been living on a self-imposed – and crowdfunded – basic income for the past half of a year. After seeing its effects firsthand, Bohmeyer is now crowdfunding even more to finance other peoples’ basic incomes. His radical initiative, “Mein Grundeinkommen” has already raised enough for almost two full basic incomes of €12,000 per year.
Michael John Gorman is Founding Director of BIOTOPIA, a major new museum linking life sciences, art and design currently in development in Munich. Previously, Michael John was Founding Director of Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, and in 2012 he became founder and CEO of Science Gallery International, tasked with the goal of bringing Science Gallery experiences to a global audience, with Science Gallery spaces now being established in London, Bangalore, Melbourne and Venice.
Michael is an accomplished entrepreneur, author, and designer. In 2009, he founded the strategy and design practice, Sub Rosa. Sub Rosa’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, institutions such as the United Nations and the Obama Administration, as well as some of the world’s most progressive start-ups. In addition, Michael is a practitioner of indigenous medicine, helping others bring these powerful traditions into a modern life and workplace.
Mona Elisa, former star-trader at Goldman Sachs, promoted to Vice President by the age of 26 and made the “top 30 under 30” list in Trader Magazine in 2008 and Forbes Magazine in 2011 after profitably trading the 2008 and 2011 crashes. She moved to the Geneva-based macro fund Jabre Capital in 2011, before deciding in 2014 that the future of finance lay in blockchain technology. Mona studied Economics & Statistics at the University College London.
Mounira Latrache is an internationally acclaimed ‘Mindfulness in Business’ trainer. She brings 15+ years of leadership experience at international brands like Google, Red Bull and BMW. A certified ‘Search Inside Yourself’ trainer, she gives mindfulness and compassion keynotes and trainings all over the world.
Born in Sudan and raised in Germany, Niddal is a seasoned multilingual social media expert with international experience and a strong track record. Currently working as Director of Digital Innovation & Consultant to the editor-in-chief at WELT, she is part of Axel Springer SE – the leading digital publisher in Europe.
Parneet is the Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs, a San Francisco-based company building wiser workplaces using the science of mindfulness, resilience and compassion. A Harvard-trained physician, she works at the intersection of lifestyle medicine, behavior change and technology, focused on prevention. She has written for the Harvard Business Review, is a TEDMED scholar and has been featured on the cover of Mindful magazine.
Pascal is a repeat entrepreneur in technology. Over the years, he has raised over $60M in equity for the start-ups he founded, has established partnerships with the major players in electronic manufacturing, consumer software and music industry markets. He’s a software engineer by trade, and is the recipient of several awards, including CNBC’s Upstart 25 (in 2017), Deloitte Fast 50 (five times), Entrepreneur of the Year Ernst & Young, and CEO of the Year.
Paul has been managing the aluminum processing company GUTMANN ALUMINUM DRAHT for more than 20 years. After the global economic crisis of 2009, he began the cultural transformation of this company, from a line to a learning “purpose driven organization”. It is the attitude with the commitment to autonomy and individual truthfulness of each actor in the enterprise, which forms in Paul’s understanding the indispensable basis for a learning and sustainable organization. To carry this message into the world, he handed over the management of the company to his successor this summer. In the future, he will act as a mentor for similar processes in other organisations.
Peter is the Executive Director of the Web3 Foundation, where he works on supporting the development of the next generation of distributed technologies. As a principal engineer at Parity Technologies, he contributed to the Parity Ethereum Client development, in particular looking at consensus algorithms, as well as driving enterprise solutions built on the Parity technology stack. He has given multiple talks at conferences (BPASE, DevCon, EdCon) and meetups.
In 2012, Phil was tasked with rejuvenating the legendary IBM design program, spearheading a broader transformation of how the company solved complex problems. Through 2017, more than 1,600 professional designers have been hired, and IBM has certified more than 100,000 others in IBM’s Enterprise Design Thinking framework. Phil is also co-chair of IBM’s Global Women’s Executive Committee, and is an acknowledged expert on topics of corporate change, enterprise design governance, strategy and culture.
Phoebe Kiddo is a Berlin-based mindfulness teacher whose life-long passion for creative and contemplative arts has informed 11 years professional teaching with a focus on creative applications of mind-body practices. 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.
Chosen as one of 2016’s most influential high-potentials in German media, Pia Frey, 27, is co-founder of Opinary – a venture-backed startup that empowers users to share their opinion online with engagement-technology. Opinary helps publishers and brands to interact with their audiences, understand user’s affinity and collect engagement-based insights. Before she started working full-time for Opinary, she founded „Pressekompass”, a tool that interactively visualizes opinions and debates.
Rachel is a creative strategist, experience designer and multimedia artist whose work explores the relationship between story and experience. She is Lead Artist of the AI-powered immersive theater project “Frankenstein AI: a monster made by many”. Rachel leads strategy and partnerships for the Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (DSL) exploring future forms and functions of storytelling, at the intersection of play, performance, emerging technology, collaborative practice and social impact.
Early 2017 Ralf took on the role of Chief Strategy Officer for Delivery Hero, in which he is responsible for group strategy, investor relations and corporate comms. Ralf is the founder and former CEO of the foodpanda group, that was acquired by Delivery Hero. Prior to this, he was COO at London based Skrill Holdings, and before SVP Business Development at Jamba.
Rebecca Clyde is the co-founder of Botco.ai, a conversational marketing platform that enables businesses with AI chatbots. She is passionate about advancing women in tech and currently serves as the director for Girls in Tech Phoenix. Previously, Rebecca founded a digital marketing agency and served as strategist at Intel.
Robert Bridgeman is a specialist in human potential development. To prove the power of meditation and breathing techniques he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 48 hours. The past 10 years Robert researched self-optimization techniques and methods all over the world. He is a TEDx speaker and author of 6 books.
Fascinated by how Generation Z interact with content to define identity, Rory infuses his passion for youth culture, music, technology & communities into creating products which shake up the current industry status quo. JAM is the next big innovation story in a post-streaming world. Rory has previously held leadership positions in London, working at StrategyEye, Orange France-Telecom TripAdvisor, during which time Rory led global business development & mobile partnerships driving audience growth to 500M installs.
Before hackathons and open-innovation she was already busy banging on CEO’s doors saying that collaboration was the way to solve complex problems. Her company’s projects have been highlighted by the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and won the World Bank 2011 Sustainable Development project of the year. In her latest venture MENSCH she works with fortune 500’s in the space of innovation design, rapid prototyping and people analytics to support companies in accelerating their impact and innovation.
In 2005, Sebastian co-founded Klarna to provide safe and smooth online payments, and currently serves as its CEO. Over the past decade, he has overseen the company’s rapid growth across Europe and more recently into North America. Klarna is a now fully licensed bank with over 60M customers. Sebastian has received multiple awards for his leadership, including Leader of the Year by Adecco, and European Entrepreneur of the Year Award by TechTour.
Stefan is the CTO of Ripple, the San Francisco-based blockchain company powering frictionless payments across the globe. Prior to joining Ripple in 2013, Stefan worked as a developer in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK, and as an early Bitcoin contributor, he produced the popular “What is Bitcoin?” video, introducing millions of users to Bitcoin. He recently worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop Mojaloop, an open source, ILP-enabled national payment switch that connects mobile wallets in developing markets.
Stephane is a mindfulness coach for business contexts and personal development, with a background in Asian mindfulness and traditional Chinese Medicine. For more than 30 years Stephane teaches and deeply explores the path of Qi Gong and Kung Fu, the main practices taught in Shaolin Monestaries. He became European Champion in the Vietnamese martial-art Kwan Ki Do multiple times and grew into a renowned teacher of methods enhancing concentration, effectiveness, positive mind-shaping and compassionate communication with oneself and others.
Tara-Nicholle is the Founder and CEO of SoulTour, a platform for upliftment and spiritual well-being – and she’s on a mission to help 100 million people care for their souls. Tara is the author of The Transformational Consumer, an Entrepreneur in Residence for Lightspeed Venture Partners and the former chief marketer for the world’s largest health and fitness platform, MyFitnessPal.
Thomas Walle knows where he’s at – and that’s co-founder and CEO of Unacast, the leading transparent and contextualized location data platform. Unacast empowers companies and individuals to make smarter decisions by providing the most accurate understanding of human activity in the physical world. Prior to Unacast, Thomas was part of the founding team behind TIDAL, the high-definition music streaming company acquired by Jay-Z.
Tom is the co-founder of HolacracyOne, the organization that developed the gold standard for self-organization. Now he’s onto a new venture: self-organizing beyond Holacracy – introducing the For-Purpose-Enterprise as co-founder of encode.org.
Travis is the founder of Norn, a new international members club for ‘curious minds’. He has been testing what drives social connections when people move to new cities. Travis lived out of a suitcase for seven years and led numerous studies on offline social connections at Stanford University. Through Norn he is sparking more meaningful conversations in private homes around the world.
Tyler is an innovation framework and Leadership specialist, biomedical researcher, serial entrepreneur, and mindfulness expert. He studies cutting-edge neuroscience, heart-brain communication, cognitive behavior, and mindfulness practices to develop scalable and reliable methodology for leadership development, actionable innovations, and future intelligence.
Vicki is on a mission to explore and support new masculinities by having illuminating conversations with men. For the past year, she’s curated a global underground men’s dinner salon series to share collective wisdom. She works with men one on one, leads workshops, and speaks on “Hacking Human Connection” & “New Masculinities: Tension + Release”. Her latest project, “Hello Human: Questions about Manhood” chronicles conversations with strangers from Uber drivers to CEOs to new airport friends. She founded the global network ” LOVE COIN: Intro to Blockchain + Crypto” last year as a space for newbies and pros to share thoughtful articles, videos, and discussion for 2,900 members.
Whurley is founder and CEO of Strangeworks, a quantum computing startup based in Austin, Texas. As Chair of the Quantum Standards Working Group at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he also blogs about quantum computing on superposition.com. His upcoming book Endless Impossibilities brings the realities of a quantum future into the present, helping readers understand and prepare for the coming age of quantum computing.
Yasha Young is the executive creative director of URBAN NATION, Berlin’s unique and worldwide first museum of urban contemporary art. As part of her Vision she created and founded the two internationally renowned exhibition and art projects: Project M / and One Wall which supports young artists and curators on an international level and that are continuously evolving. Since 2001, Young is deeply involved in the international art scene as a curator, innovator, project developer, art career and high profile collection manager.
Ysiad is a seasoned entrepreneur, having successfully built, scaled, and/or sold companies in software, real estate, hospitality, and logistics. Currently Ysiad is the COO of Hustle, the leading peer-to-peer messaging platform that allows organizations to create genuine, human relationships at scale. He built and scaled Hustle’s annual recurring revenue from $0 to $14M in 2.5 years, and has led their sales, marketing, legal, finance, people ops, and recruiting teams.
Andy is an award-winning researcher and co-founder of Melodrive, an AI adaptive music system for VR and games. He is on a mission to use AI to extend what human composers can do, creating music that adapts to users in interactive environments, and transforming interactive media in the process.
Eric Wahlforss is Founder and Chief Product Officer (CPO) at SoundCloud, the world’s largest open audio platform. As Chief Product Officer, Wahlforss leads the strategy around all product initiatives to ensure a clear product vision is in place and aligned across the organization with a focus on the creation and building of products and features that enhance the SoundCloud experience for users.
John is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Plus Eight Equity Partners, 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 35 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 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.
Markus is an experienced digital entrepreneur and manager that has been involved in building and running some of Germany’s most successful digital startups. With over 16 years experience in executive roles, Markus has built and run organizations with 700+ people ranging from fast growth periods but also turnaround situations. His focus has been on building great customer value propositions and constantly improving them based on a sound setup of metrics. His second focus is the buildup and improvement of digital organizations particularly around agile and design thinking.
Who do CEO’s, entrepreneurs and industry innovators turn to when they need advice? Silvia Christmann, that’s who. She focuses on building dynamic frameworks for businesses to implement investment plans, while working with high-achieving individuals and their teams during periods of rapid growth. In addition to her dynamic speaking appearances, Silvia has also been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Inc., and numerous other publications worldwide.
Stephen is founder and CEO of AppSelekt, helping companies leverage the right strategies and SaaS technologies for optimal success. He presents and co-produces the ‘14 Minutes of SaaS’ podcast and blogs in ‘Understanding as a Service’ on Medium. Stephen scales the 2 fastest growth SaaS groups on LinkedIn. Joining Salesforce as a startup, he worked all customer facing roles from running EMEA training to being a key part of the SaaS world’s 1st CSM team.