As Surface Lead Germany at Microsoft, Jens Dissmann is responsible for the new hardware initiatives around the Microsoft Surface product line. Prior to that, Jens had leading positions in mobile business units at Microsoft & NOKIA.
Jens looks back at more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in the digital and wireless sphere. After co-founding an Internet startup and merging it with Ciao.com he engaged in several mobile technology companies focusing on both, mobile service provisioning infrastructure as well as consumer content propositions.
Jens is a graduate of “WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management” and studied at the Texas A&M University in the United States and the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. He holds several advisory board positions in which he contributes through his expertise and passion for innovative technologies and propositions in the mobile sphere, which are likely to change the way we experience and interact in the not so far future.
Born in Berlin in 1957, Alexander Mankowsky studied Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology at the Free University of Berlin. He graduated in 1984 with the title of Diplom Soziologe.
After four years in social services helping troubled children, he decided to follow the Zeitgeist and enrolled at a post graduate university, focusing on the then new field of Artificial Intelligence. After heavy programming in Lisp and Prolog, he earned himself the title of ‘Knowledge Engineer’. Since 1989 Alexander Mankowsky has worked in the research unit at Daimler AG, initially focusing on societal trends in mobility. This led him in 2001 to his current field of work – ‘Future &Technology.’
Alexander Mankowsky is focused on human centered innovation utilizing futuristic technological concepts. He is embedded in Daimler’s rich and diverse network of creative engineers and designers.
Dieter May joined BMW in 05/2014. He has 23 years of experience in global high tech companies, spanning mobile products, large-scale cloud based consumer services and semiconductor technology. Dieter has a track record in scaling, transforming and re-positioning of global businesses. During his career, Dieter built and managed large scale and high performance teams in the US, Europe, India and China. His portfolio includes setting-up digital consumer services activities in Nokia with more than 200 M active users and focus on emerging markets, connecting the next billion consumers to the internet. He also ran Nokia’s Emerging Businesses Unit and was instrumental in multiple strategic acquisitions. During his Corporate Strategy leadership with Infineon, the company made significant strides into the systems and solutions business and built the basis for its China activities. Dieter was also turning around one of Infineon’s global business divisions. In addition to his consulting background with Booz, Dieter held management positions with Motorola Semiconductors and IBM.
Jerome Nadel is SVP and CMO at Rambus. He joined in 2012 to help transform the company’s business model to products and services with “design-led marketing”. Jerome is a pioneer in user experience and service design, which he applies to product and corporate marketing. He has had a variety of chief marketing officer and chief user experience officer roles at companies including Human Factors International, SLP InfoWare, Gemplus, and Sagem. He also advises start-ups on marketing, positioning, and product/service design.
Patrycja Slawuta, M.A Psych, PhD(c); is a bi-coastal (SF + NYC) researcher and entrepreneur. A native of Poland, Patrycja is a connoisseur of the complexity and nonlinearity of human nature.
After 10+ years of doing scientific research in the area of experimental social psychology, Patrycja created the SelfHackathon – powerful events that she co-hosts with other world-class experts and scientists to help already high achievers hack their minds for much more confidence, connection and creativity.
Tim Leberecht is a writer and consultant, and the founder and CEO of Leberecht & Partners, a firm that helps organizations express and foster human capacity in their brands, stories, and cultures.
Previously, Tim served as the chief marketing officer of NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm specialized in workplace design, with clients from Amazon, Google, Samsung, to Tencent. From 2006 to 2013, he was the chief marketing officer for product design and innovation consultancy Frog Design, famous for its work with Apple, Disney, GE, and many other Fortune 500 brands. In addition to his role at Frog, he also served as chief marketing officer for Frog’s parent company, software engineering firm Aricent Group, from 2011 to 2013. Before Frog, Tim held marketing positions at mind-mapping software firm Mindjet and 3D internet firm Echtzeit, and was a consultant for the 2004 Athens Olympic Torch Relay and Deutsche Telekom. He began his career as a singer/songwriter and the owner of an independent music publishing firm.
Tim is the author of the international bestseller, The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself (HarperCollins, 2015), that has been translated into eight languages to date. His writing on leadership, culture, design, and innovation appears in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Psychology Today, Washington Post, and Wired. He has spoken at venues including TEDGlobal, The Economist, SXSW, DLD, Thinking Digital, Next, the Silicon Valley CEO Summit, the School of Life, Commonwealth Club, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, the UPS Leadership Series, and the World Economic Forum.
Tim serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Values, the NationSwell Council, and on the Board of Advisors of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation consultancy. He is the co-founder and co-curator of the 15 Toasts dinner series that creates “safe spaces” for leaders to have conversations on difficult topics. He is also the founder of The Business Romantic Society, a global collective of artists, developers, designers, researchers, and scientists who share the mission to bring beauty to business.
Tim holds a masters’ degree in applied cultural studies from the University of Luneburg in Germany and a masters’ degree in communication management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Germany and lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
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