Bart de Witte
Bart has been involved in leading edge technologies and new IT businesses, including intimate involvement as a mentor in the formation and growth of a dozen startups within the healthcare sector. He is passionate about technology and data-driven transformation of healthcare systems, brings a wealth of experience and understands well the barriers for innovation in healthcare.
Bernhard Kowatsch is Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Officially launched in 2016, the Accelerator supports the identification and scale up of high-potential and transformative innovations and startups that can help us achieve a world without hunger. Prior to leading the Innovation Accelerator, Bernhard co-founded ShareTheMeal, an award winning fundraising app that has helped provide more than 12 million meals. Before joining WFP, Bernhard was Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group.
Harald is the Founder & Curator at MLOVE – an event & media company known for its MLOVE ConFestivals – inspiring event experiences about the future of mobile – Berlin, Monterey, CA and Singapore, Asia. He is a Mentor & Advisor for numerous organizations and startups including Stained Glass Labs and SXSW Accelerator. He was a Co-Founder and Founding CMO of Smaato Inc. (San Francisco, CA) a pioneer in mobile advertising and the largest mobile RTB ad exchange.
As both a business development executive and entrepreneur specializing in the mobility lifestyle, mobile marketing & branding, mobile trends apps & services, strategic alliances and international business development, Harald has has broad experience in international markets and with global brands such as Lufthansa, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, MOMA & Bertelsmann.
Holger Volland currently serves as Vice President and member of the executive board of Frankfurter Buchmesse. He is responsible for international business development and heads the book fair’s office in Beijing and the divisions for events and special sales. Together with Christiane zu Salm he founded THE ARTS+. Over the course of his career, Holger has become known as a bridge between business and creative sectors, and his expertise for developing digital business models have helped numerous companies and organizations.
Pictures elope from the depth oft the water. Geometrical shapes that remind me of ice crystals and mandalas. I listen to the sound that goes with these pictures, and I understand: Those relaxted sounds are the reason why these pictures come to life. They dissolve and form new shapes as soon as the frequency changes. The sound takes on different, new forms, each of them being more beautiful than the other. Water, picture and sound come together and bring about something that is new, unique: KYMAT.
Leen Segers has been working with startups in the consumer media & tech space for almost ten years. In 2007, she set up the Marketing & Business Development department for the European startup Netlog (81 million registered members, backed by Index Ventures & Atomico). In 2011, she moved to London and went from evangelising Social Media to Online Video targeting media & entertainment companies in EMEA. In 2014, she returned to Brussels to lead the newly founded tech publication, tech.eu, as a COO. In April 2016, while co-founding a B2C application in VR called EEYOU, she learned that a VR content distribution strategy based on native applications serves to be ineffective for as well the publisher as well as the audience. Driven by the vision to democratise VR discovery, she teamed up with Thomas Balouet, an early WebVR contributor. Together they co-founded LucidWeb, a WebVR consulting & dev agency. Under the LucidWeb umbrella, they are soon to release an end2end VR publishing platform for content creators.
As an Insight-led Experience Consultant at Steelcase, Lisa is in charge of engaging top executives with Steelcase research and insights to help them envision new work environments that will help them succeed in various aspects of their business. At the core is the inclusion and encouragement of their employees to create workspaces that allow them to give their best every day.
Marc Buckley is on a mission to empower Billions of Global Citizens to live an Adaptive Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability within planetary boundaries. He is striving to reform the agriculture, food and beverage industry. He does this by speaking globally on Climate Change and Food Reform. Also by consulting and showing entrepreneurs how to build and grow resilient, sustainable, and profitable businesses. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ANJA GmbH & Co. KG and the ALOHAS ECO-Center, a sustainable food and beverage production company, that creates renewable energy and resources without fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste. As an expert for sustainable development, he consults companies in their renewable transition with specialization in innovative systems, recycling, packaging, organics, raw, and vegan products.
Marc Goldberg is the founding partner of Maslow Capital Partners, Reuters Greenhouse Fund and Occam Capital. Sold Occam Capital to Bryan Garnier & Co. to launch BGPI. More than 20 years of investment experience in TMT Europe/USA with more than 50 transactions as principal and 50 transactions as advisor. Former Chief Architect of Reuters with 15 years of IT operation background in Europe/USA. BS/MS Paris VI University, Post Graduate Stanford, IHEDN session 61 .
“I have been loving and living design and innovation forever. Right now, I am on the mission to map, build and inspire a future we want to live in. As Chief Designer and futurist for SAP’s Chief Innovation Office. I craft future outlooks, strategies and products, define and run innovation frameworks to find out what’s next for SAP and the future of work. I was named 1 of 100 most innovative minds in Germany by the biggest financial newspaper Handelsblatt in March 2017.When three is time I try to share my experiences (TEDx, CES, SxSW, Webit, Ada Lovelace, CeBIT, MOBx, Grace Hopper, SIME, etc.), building on my adventures stretching from Poland, Sweden, China to Germany, across companies like SAP, Sony and Huawei. There are few Sci-Fi movies I have not yet seen, there are hundreds of forests I would love to mountain bike. Ask me about anything of the above and you will catch a spark in me eyes and possibly an interesting conversation.”
Curiosity driven dreamer and always a keen observer, Maurizio father of four likes to discover and understand differences of people’s lifestyles and their cultures. He’s fascinated how technologies impact our day life and what about their influence in the society and cultures, thanks to his dynamic personality he has developed an important network of international connections.
Melanie Mohr is a Berlin-based digital entrepreneur, acquiring her experiences in the field of production over decades as a TV producer, where she was responsible for more than 100 productions — from music videos and documentaries to prime-time. After a while, producing just wasn’t enough. Melanie started thinking about all the new ways content can reach its audience and created Apollo TV. She developed two apps for this creative lifestyle platform, kept thinking and had a Eureka moment one sleepless night in November 2015, asking herself: Why is there no app where you can only buy and sell with video? Just 8 months later YEAY was ready to launch. Since Melanie deeply believes in the storytelling power of the moving image, she combines this with her love of shopping in YEAY, a company she founded to blend mobile, video and e-commerce seamlessly. Her vision is to make shopping on mobile entertaining, exciting and fun, thereby especially targeting Gen Z, a generation that is known for being digital native and having a great passion for video creation.
Michael Held is Design Director for EMEA and AP at the Steelcase Learning and Innovation Center in Munich. Previously, he was Director Design Management for Product, Communication and User Experience Design at Phillips Electronics in Hong Kong and Singapore.After graduating in Industrial Design from the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (Germany), Michael received his Executive Master in DesignCulture from the University of Art and Design Zurich (Switzerland). Following his studies, Michael worked for design consultancies in Germany and Switzerland before joining Asus Computer in Taiwan, where he designed Mobile Phones, Notebook/Desktop Computer and led Advanced Design Research programs.
Nikolaus Röttgerhas been editor-in-chief of WIRED GERMANY since April 2014, based in Berlin, the epicenter of the German digital and start-up scene. In WIRED he reports on one of the greatest adventures of our age: the invention of the future. Röttger was previously editor-in-chief of the online magazine Gründerszene.deand as managing editor, developed the financial magazine Business Punk. Nikolaus Röttger completed a traineeship at the Financial Times Germany and worked at Gruner + Jahr for eight years in various positions.
Nils Wollny is Head of Digital Business Strategy & Customer Experience at AUDI AG. Together with his team he develops digital services, platforms and solutions for customers and dealers throughout the whole user journey. Before joining Audi, Nils was Managing Director Strategy at SinnerSchrader – one of Europe’s leading digital agencies. He started his career in at thjnk (formerly kempertrautmann), where he at last was Managing Partner of the multichannel subsidiary kempertrautmann change. Nils holds a degree in Foreign Trade/International Management and has an extensive experience in brand and communications strategy, digital transformation and innovation.
Peter Ivanov is Manager, Entrepreneur and Virtual teams Expert with over 20years of international experience. Born in Bulgaria he graduated Mathematics and joined a multinational company as Data Analyst. He quickly became IT Manager for Bulgaria and gradually worked his way up to IT Services Manager for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Peter recognized the growing importance of the teams in multiple locations and developed an innovative method for leading Virtualteams.
Raindolf Owusu is the CEO & Founder of Oasis WebSoft who has devoted his life to advocating for free and open-source software (FOSS). He is a visionary who believes in empowering nations with software and technology. He founded Oasis WebSoft in July 2011 as an initiative to use software to solve the daily problems Africans encounter. As a software developer he is fluent in 9 different programing languages. Some of his recognizedworks include Anansi Web Browser which happens to be Africa’s first web browser, Anansi Calcpad, Anansipedia and Dr. Diabetes are some of his recognized works. He also helped to develop and deploy Ebola Ghana Alert which was a reliable and easy-to-use application for tracking, training and dissemination of information to the public about the Ebola virus. His most recent project is called Bisa which means to ask in Twi. Bisa is a mobile application that allows users to ask doctors questions, guidelines, information and tips for managing their health. Users can also send a clear snapshot of the area they are concerned about and medical professionals will review and respond to their query within a short period. Dubbed the Mark Zuckerberg of Accra by Forbes Africa magazine in 2012, he has been nominated and received various awards such as Guido Sohne Fellow 2012, Ideas Awards 2013, Mandela Washington Fellow 2015. He was also listed in Forbes Africa under 30 Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs in 2015 and a New African Magazine named him one of 100 Most Influential Africans in 2015. He also received the prestigious Junior Chamber International ten most outstanding young person’s award in Ghana.
Sacha – #coffeewithsacha is a passionate angel investor and advisor to startups and corporations, focusing in the areas of VR, AR, 360 Media and Telco – in US, Japan, Europe and as far reaching as Pakistan. Sacha’s passion is to leverage technology to distribute opportunities and knowledge for the greater good.
Seda Röder aka “the piano hacker” is an adventurous musician devoted to spreading creativity in society and organizations. In addition to her artistic work, she is a sought-after speaker, consultant and the founder of the Sonophilia Network; an international think-tank of executives, entrepreneurs and influencers from arts and technology. ‘ You are a master of avant-garde pianism!’ the legendary Alfred Brendel once remarked, impressed with Seda’ s artistry. Seda’s passion for exploring the artistic connection between the old and the new, between analogue and the digital, brings her acclaim as a trend-setter musician with a remarkably deep understanding of the newest sonic developments incl. 3D sound in VR experiences. In 2016 she composed the very first experimental piano track for Dolby Atmos.Seda holds degrees from the Mozarteum and the HfMT in Munich, and performs throughout Europe and the US, and composes music for different media. Since 2012, she is based in Salzburg. Before relocating to Austria, she taught music & performance at the Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord
Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord is the executive Director of Bayer Foundations and the global head for foundation and donation work in the Bayer Group. His special interest areas are social innovation and transfer of business excellence into the non-profit sector. Thimo is engaged in various non-profit associations and foundations, e.g. as trustee of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Society of Chemical Industry in London. Thimo holds a Master of Business and Engineering degree from Kitakyushi University in Japan and Bloomington University in the USA, and an MSc degree in Genetic Engineering from University of Greenwich in the UK. Thimo is a trained carpenter. The Bayer Foundations are a non-profit impact investor and partner of pioneers in science and society since 1897. The Bayer Foundations promote science excellence and gap-closing social innovation all around the world.
Tomás Caetano is an international marketing specialist in the automotive industry with more then 20 years of experience in different marketing areas. After his business diploma he started his automotive career with Mercedes Benz in Portugal. Afterwards he helped in building the first digital business unit at BBDO in Germany and moved on to work for the luxury automobile brand Lexus at Toyota. Further stations in his career were Ogilvy & Mather (Ford), TBWA (Nissan) and General Motors, where Tomás Caetano was responsible for the international Brand Communication of Opel/Vauxhall in Europe. Before he joined Borgward he led the Global Marketing for Volvo at the Global Headquarter in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is passionate about building successful brands and maximize the effectiveness of all marketing activities. Doing that he focus on customer journey and brand loyalty to increase the brand value. He is also an expert for digital communication.
Wingenter, Dr. Torsten
After founding the Social Media Team Torsten lead Lufthansa to one of the globally leading airlines in social with more than 2m fans on Facebook today.He is one of the most experienced digital thought leaders in the airline industry. Today, his Digital Innovations team develops marketing innovations and digital innovations for Lufthansa, Austrian and SWISS Airlines –creating new digital assets to drive enriching travel experiences with the well-anticipated premium brands.
Yuri Van Geest
Relentlessly driven about technology and society, Yuri has helped hundreds of thousands of people globally to embrace exponential thinking and doing since 2008. His current company ExOxo is the worlds first ExO based full corporate transformation agency. As co-author of the highly acclaimed best selling business book “Exponential Organizations”, he impacted Prime Ministers, board rooms, creatives and change agents around the world at corporates, agencies, startups, governments, communities and purpose driven organizations.
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