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/
Alan Nichol
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Rasa
Alan Nichol
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Rasa

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.

rasa.com@alanmnichol
Alex Zosel
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF INNOVATION ADVISOR
Volocopter
Alex Zosel
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF INNOVATION ADVISOR
Volocopter

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.

www.volocopter.com/en@volocopter
Alexandra Cousteau
SENIOR ADVISOR
Oceana
Alexandra Cousteau
SENIOR ADVISOR
Oceana

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.

oceana.org@acousteau
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 Versetti
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Ambrosus
Angel Versetti
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/
Arnd Müller
VICE PRESIDENT
Lilium
Arnd Müller
VICE PRESIDENT
Lilium

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.

www.lilium.com@Lilium@LiliumAviation
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@avidl
Barbara Soalheiro
FOUNDER
Mesa
Barbara Soalheiro
FOUNDER
Mesa

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.

www.mesa.do@mesa.company
Barnaby Perks
FOUNDER & CEO
Oxford VR
Barnaby Perks
FOUNDER & CEO
Oxford VR

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.

www.oxfordvr.org @Oxford_VR_Ltd
Ben Bradlee Jr.
Journalist & Author
Ben Bradlee Jr.
Journalist & Author

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.”

www.benbradleejr.com@BenBradleeJr
Björn Welter
CBO & CPO
QUARTERS Co-Living
Björn Welter
CBO & CPO
QUARTERS Co-Living

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.

goquarters.com
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
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
Chris Philipps
CO-FOUNDER
Philipps & Byrne
Chris Philipps
CO-FOUNDER
Philipps & Byrne

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.

www.philipps-byrne.com
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. 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.

stripe.com@chughesjohnson
Connor Murphy
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Techstars
Connor Murphy
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Techstars

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.

sap.io/foundries@connorpm
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
Dawn Barry
PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER
LunaPBC
Dawn Barry
PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER
LunaPBC

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.

lunapbc.com@DawnBarryDNA
Dejha Ti & Ania Catherine
ARTISTS
Operator
Dejha Ti & Ania Catherine
ARTISTS
Operator

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.

www.operator.la
DJ T.
DJ T.

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.

Instagram: dj_t._officialhttps://www.facebook.com/deejaytea
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. Torsten Passie
PROFESSOR
Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
Dr. Torsten Passie
PROFESSOR
Goethe University Frankfurt/Main

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.

www.bewusstseinszustaende.de
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/
Georg Petschnigg
CIO
WeTransfer
Georg Petschnigg
CIO
WeTransfer

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.

wetransfer.com@georgpetschnigg
Hermione Flynn
CEO
MP Mimic Productions
Hermione Flynn
CEO
MP Mimic Productions

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

www.mimicproductions.com@HermioneFlynn
Ingmar Hoerr
FOUNDER
CureVac AG
Ingmar Hoerr
FOUNDER
CureVac AG

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.

www.curevac.com@ingmarhoerr
Jaan Tallinn
CO-FOUNDER
Skype & Kazaa
Jaan Tallinn
CO-FOUNDER
Skype & Kazaa

Jaan Tallinn is the founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa as well as the co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (cser.org) and the Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org).

protocol.aihttps://www.facebook.com/jaan.tallinn
Jada Sezer
MODEL & ACTIVIST
Jada Sezer
MODEL & ACTIVIST

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.

audioboom.com/channels/4989699@JadaSezerhttps://www.facebook.com/Jadasezer/
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
Jeannette zu Fürstenberg
FOUNDER
La Famiglia
Jeannette zu Fürstenberg
FOUNDER
La Famiglia

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.

www.lafamiglia.vc
John Sung Kim
FOUNDER
JetBridge Software
John Sung Kim
FOUNDER
JetBridge Software

I’m the founder of Five9 (NASDAQ: FIVN) and DoctorBase (acquired by Kareo). Now running JetBridge.com which connects tech companies with the best tech talent in Eastern Europe.

www.jetbridge.com@JohnSungKim
Johnny Reinsch
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Qwil
Johnny Reinsch
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Qwil

A former M&A attorney, Johnny is the CEO and co-founder of Qwil, which focuses on providing individual contractors, freelancers, and small businesses with financial tools and solutions. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

www.qwil.co@qwil
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
Kirill Borisov
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Navarra.is
Kirill Borisov
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Navarra.is

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.

navarra.is@navarrais
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
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/
Louis Coppey
VENTURE CAPITALIST
Point Nine
Louis Coppey
VENTURE CAPITALIST
Point Nine

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.

www.pointninecap.com@louicop
Lubomila Jordanova
FOUNDER & CEO
Plan A
Lubomila Jordanova
FOUNDER & CEO
Plan A

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.

plana.earth@planaearth
Malin Holmberg
PARTNER
Target Global
Malin Holmberg
PARTNER
Target Global

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.

www.targetglobal.vc/ @TargetGlobalVC
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
Maria Pennanen
CO-FOUNDER
Accelerator Frankfurt
Maria Pennanen
CO-FOUNDER
Accelerator Frankfurt

Maria’s passion is to support startups in the early and growth phase. She believes that blockchain technology and AI is going to disrupt the way we do business today. With 20 years of experience in Entrepreneurship, Maria has advised over a hundred start-ups. She acts as a moderator and panellist on startup/blockchain/FinTech topics. Additionally, she gives workshops and lectures in entrepreneurship and acts as interim CEO.

www.acceleratorfrankfurt.com@pennanenmaria
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 Enterprise Security
Microsoft
Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk
CTO, Cloud and Enterprise Security
Microsoft

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).

@michalbb
Nancy Wang
FOUNDER & CEO
Advancing Women in Product
Nancy Wang
FOUNDER & CEO
Advancing Women in Product

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.

www.advancingwomeninproduct.org@NancyZWang
Nathan Williams
FOUNDER & CEO
Minespider
Nathan Williams
FOUNDER & CEO
Minespider

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.

www.minespider.com@MinespiderTeam
Naveen Gavini
HEAD OF DESIGN
Pinterest
Naveen Gavini
HEAD OF DESIGN
Pinterest

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.

pinterest.com@ngavini
Niklas Östberg
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Delivery Hero SE
Niklas Östberg
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Delivery Hero SE

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.

www.deliveryhero.com@deliveryherocom
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
Paul Triolo
PRACTICE HEAD
Eurasia Group
Paul Triolo
PRACTICE HEAD
Eurasia Group

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.

www.eurasiagroup.net/people/ptriolo@pstAsiaTech
Rafe Offer
CO-FOUNDER
Sofar Sounds
Rafe Offer
CO-FOUNDER
Sofar Sounds

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.  

www.sofarsounds.com@sofarsounds
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/
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
Stephanie Kaiser
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Heartbeat Labs
Stephanie Kaiser
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Heartbeat Labs

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.

www.heartbeatlabs.com@chiefofspacehttps://www.facebook.com/chiefofspace
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
Sujeeth Kanuganti
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Aira Tech Corporation
Sujeeth Kanuganti
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Aira Tech Corporation

Sujeeth is Co-Founder & CTO of Aira Tech Corporation, a leading global startup focused on developing and integrating disruptive technology (i.e. AI and smart glasses) with remote assistance to provide blind and low vision individuals with immediate access to information. He is the strategist and technologist of Aira’s Technology and AI platform. Aira’s industry honors include being named by TIME Magazine as among the Best Inventions of 2018.

aira.io@airaio
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/
Tijana Tamburic
CO-FOUNDER
Female Narratives
Tijana Tamburic
CO-FOUNDER
Female Narratives

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.

www.femalenarratives.com@femalenarratives
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

Moderators

Mike Butcher
EDITOR-AT-LARGE
TechCrunch
Mike Butcher
EDITOR-AT-LARGE
TechCrunch

Mike Butcher MBE is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch. He founded The Europas Awards, the non-profits TechVets and Techfugees, and the co-working network TechHub.

techcrunch.com@mikebutcher#ai_ml
Nick Nigam
PRINCIPAL
Samsung NEXT
Nick Nigam
PRINCIPAL
Samsung NEXT

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.

samsungnext.com/europe@nick_nigam

Forest Stage Speakers

Alistair Langer
reducing complexity
Alistair Langer
reducing complexity

Alistair is currently involved with many different projects, organisations and individuals, supporting them to reduce complexity and find clear solutions. His clients include Carissa Bub, founder and CEO of Bubworks and the not for profit MAANCH, a platform which matches donors with charities. He previously worked for Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften, the first b2b magazine on sustainability in German speaking countries.

www.alistairlanger.de@AlistairLanger
Angel Hernandez
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Connected Business
Angel Hernandez
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Connected Business

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.

www.connected-b.comwww.facebook.com/ConnectedBusinesses
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/
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
Dennis Posthumus
CONSULTANT
Ecocentric
Dennis Posthumus
CONSULTANT
Ecocentric

Working at the intersection of regenerative ecological design, farming, and entrepreneurship. A consultant in regenerative agriculture and regenerative enterprise.

dennisposthumus.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/
Franziska Bittner
MINDFULLNESS TRAINER
Franziska Bittner
Franziska Bittner
MINDFULLNESS TRAINER
Franziska Bittner

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.

www.franziska-bittner.com
Joe Jung
COACH & TRAINER
Urban Joy
Joe Jung
COACH & TRAINER
Urban Joy

German born professional mindfulness teacher bringing body & consciousness awareness to individuals & corporations since 2006

urbanjoy.de
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
Lauri Poldre
ARTIST
LauriPoldre.com
Lauri Poldre
ARTIST
LauriPoldre.com

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.

lauripoldre.com
Lee Lester
MINDFULNESS ADVOCATE
The Mindfulness Advocate
Lee Lester
MINDFULNESS ADVOCATE
The Mindfulness Advocate

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.

@themindfulnessadvocate
Mariusz Kreft
Integral Agile Coach
McKinsey and Company
Mariusz Kreft
Integral Agile Coach
McKinsey and Company

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.

@mariuszkrefthttps://www.facebook.com/mariusz.kreft
Mounira Latrache
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Connected Business
Mounira Latrache
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Connected Business

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.

www.connected-b.com@MouniraLatrache
Patrick Palucki
MEDIA DEVELOPER
myOS Brain Computer Interface
Patrick Palucki
MEDIA DEVELOPER
myOS Brain Computer Interface

Patrick is a media developer, artist and consciousness researcher. He invented a brain computer interface software for learning progressive states of consciousness (e.g. meditation). 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.

www.patrickpalucki.de
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
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/
Sarah Harf
FOUNDER & CEO
MoonCloth Designs
Sarah Harf
FOUNDER & CEO
MoonCloth Designs

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.

www.moonclothdesigns.com@moonclothdesigns

More Speakers coming soon!