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Partner at Benchmark
Matt Cohler has been a partner at Benchmark since 2008, serving as a board member and investor at numerous Internet and enterprise software companies. Prior to Benchmark, Matt was among the first employee hires and a member of the management team at Facebook and LinkedIn. Matt serves on the investment committee at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Yale Investments Office, and as a board member at Environmental Defense Fund and the San Francisco Symphony. He studied music at Yale University.
Esther Wojcicki is famous for three things: teaching a high school class that has changed the lives of thousands of kids, inspiring Silicon Valley legends like Steve Jobs, and raising three daughters who have each become famously successful. What do these three accomplishments have in common? They are the result of TRICK, Esther’s secret to raising successful people: Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness. Simple lessons, but the results are radical. Esther Wojcicki is a leading American educator and journalist. Mother of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Fulbright scholar Janet Wojcicki, and 23&Me founder Anne Wojcicki, as well as a teacher and mentor to James Franco and Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Esther is widely heralded as the most successful parent and educator in the United States. Esther offers essential lessons for raising, educating, and managing people to their highest potential. She is the author of Moonshots in Education (2014) and best seller How to Raise Successful People (May, 2019). She is co founder of Tract.app (2020) an innovative way to empower students by gamifying education using a peer to peer model.
CEO Deutsche Bank
Christian Sewing, born in 1970, has been a member of the Management Board since January 1, 2015. He has been Chief Executive Officer since April 2018. Before graduating with a diploma from the Bankakademie Bielefeld and Hamburg, he completed a bank apprenticeship at Deutsche Bank in 1989. From January until June 2015, he was responsible on the Management Board for Legal, Incident Management Group and Group Audit, and assumed responsibility for Deutsche Bank’s Private & Commercial Bank between July 2015 and April 2018. He was Head of Group Audit from June 2013 to December 2014, prior to which he held a number of management positions in Risk. From 2012 to 2013, he was Deputy Chief Risk Officer. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the Bank’s Chief Credit Officer. He has worked in Frankfurt, London, Singapore, Tokyo and Toronto. From 2005 until 2007, Christian Sewing was a member of the Management Board of Deusche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank.
Serial Entrepreneur & Bestselling Author
Verena Pausder is one of the leading figures in Germany's digital education landscape and has founded several ventures herself, the biggest one being HABA Digitalwerkstätten. 2016, she was announced a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum for her ongoing commitment to providing all children with equal access to digital education. Her initiatives in this area, like the hackathon #wirfürschule (translated: we for school), have earned recognition all over Europe and her newest book "Das neue Land" has won several awards.
Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG & Mercedes-Benz AG
Ola Källenius was born on 11 June 1969 in Västervik, Sweden. After graduating from the Grammar School in Danderyd (Sweden), he did his military service in the Swedish army in 1988/89. From 1989 to 1993 he studied at the Stockholm School of Economics (Master in Finance and Accounting) and as part of the CEMS programme (Master of International Management) at the University of St. Gallen. In 1993 he joined the international junior research group of the former Daimler-Benz AG. Källenius has been a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since January 1, 2015 and became the Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG in 2019. He is also Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler Truck AG.
Co-Founder & CDO Quanergy
Tianyue Yu co-founded Quanergy (a unicorn) and serves as Chief Development Officer. She has a strong technical foundation with extensive experience in high resolution imaging, 3D laser scanning and microfabrication, high throughput sensing, nanotechnology and advanced electronics materials. She oversees the company’s product design, architecture, engineering and construction. She holds more than 15 patents in sensing, nanotechnology, and system design. Dr. Yu earned a Ph.D from Cornell University with concentration on nanomaterials and nanotechnology and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical physics from University of Science and Technology of China.
Holly Liu co-founded Kabam, a mobile gaming company in 2006. They made hit games such as Marvel Contest of Champions, Marvel Strikeforce, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth and Fast & Furious. While at Kabam lead the design for their flagship franchise Kingdoms of Camelot, grossing over $250M USD. She then went to oversee the People and Culture function where the org grew 500% in one year. She later was Chief of Staff and Chief Development Officer, developing key relationships in China, which led to the sale of Kabam in 2017. Kabam sold to Netmarble and FoxNext for a combined total of a billion dollars. Since exiting, she has been an early stage investor at YC and Mozilla. She now writes a newsletter for founders.
Michael Seibel works at Y Combinator as a Group Partner and Managing Director of YC early stage. He moved to the bay area in 2006 and was co-founder and CEO of Justin.tv from 2007 - 2011 and the co-founder and CEO of Socialcam in 2012. Socialcam sold to Autodesk Inc. for $60m in the fall of 2012. In 2014, Justin.tv became Twitch, and under the leadership of Emmett Shear and Kevin Lin sold to Amazon for $970m. Before moving to the bay area, he spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign in Maryland. In 2005, he graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He is 38 years old and lives in San Francisco his wife Sarah and son Jonathan.
Founder & CEO StoneCo
André Street de Aguiar founded 5 companies, which include: StoneCo Ltd., Netcredit Promocao De Credito SA and Braspag Tecnologia de Pagamento Ltda. Currently, he occupies the position of Chairman at StoneCo Ltd. (which he founded in 2014), Chairman for Stone Pagamentos SA (which he founded in 2012) (a subsidiary of StoneCo Ltd.) and Partner & CEO at Arpex Capital Investimentos SA. He is also on the board of Lojas Americanas SA and Founding Partner of Acp Investments Ltd. (he founded the company in 2011). In the past André Street de Aguiar was Chief Executive Officer at Braspag Tecnologia de Pagamento Ltda. (he founded the company in 2005).
Ingmar Hoerr founded “CureVac, the RNA people“ together with colleagues in Tübingen, Germany in 2000. His entrepreneurship was motivated by his surprising discovery during his doctoral research that naked mRNA can be expressed in vivo without the risk of rapid degradation, while exhibiting the ability to generate strong specific immune responses, in contrast to what had previously been believed. During his time as CEO until June 2018, Ingmar initiated with CureVac the first clinical human trials testing mRNA therapeutics, thereby contributing to the development of the mRNA industry. During this time, he and his colleagues raised approximately $500 million in equity and significantly grew the company.CureVac today has several potential therapeutics in its pipeline for the protection against infectious diseases, the treatment of cancer and for protein replacement. It has entered into various collaborations with multinational corporations and organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Elon Musk’s Tesla Grohmann. Since August 2020, CureVac is listed on Nasdaq.
Tina Sharkey has driven innovation in media, commerce, and community for more than two decades, pioneering the development and adoption of pivotal consumer brands and platforms that bring data and technology together. A C-suite executive, board member, founder, and change agent, she has created, led, and scaled global brands and businesses transforming the way we communicate, shop and share.
Co-Founder & CEO Adyen
A leading expert with over 15 years of experience in the payments industry, Pieter van der Does was the CCO at Bibit before co-founding Adyen in 2006. Since then, Adyen has grown from a start-up into a global operation, averaging double-digit annual growth since 2007. Adyen is the payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies, providing a modern end-to-end infrastructure connecting directly to Visa, Mastercard, and consumers' globally preferred payment methods. With 24 offices across the world, Adyen serves customers including Facebook, Uber, Spotify, Casper, Bonobos and L’Oréal.
Co-Founder & VP EightSleep
Alexandra Zatarain is the Co-founder and VP of Brand and Marketing of Eight Sleep, the world's first sleep fitness company. Eight Sleep has raised over $65M in venture funding and has helped over 30,000 people get sleep fit with its hardware and digital products. In 2017, Alexandra was named by Forbes to the 30 Under 30 list in Consumer Technology, and in 2020 she was named by Inc as one of the top 100 Female Founders. Alexandra is also an angel investor in female-founded companies as a scout for Cleo Capital. She was raised in Tijuana, Mexico and now lives in Miami.
CDO & VP of Engineering LinkedIn
Igor Perisic is the Chief Data Officer and VP of Engineering at LinkedIn. In the past, he has worked as a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, Chief Scientist of Entopia's research program, Statistical Consultant at Turn, and CTO at Healthline.com. Igor holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and a doctorate in statistics from Harvard University. His current interests are in the areas of statistics, data mining, social networks, search, semantic engines, unstructured data analysis, information retrieval, distributed systems and data infrastructure. Additionally, Igor is part of START Global's ROSE Framework Advisory Board and has been supporting its development since 2019.
Distinguished Affiliated Professor at Technische Universität München, Advisor Lakestar
Prof. Dr. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner is a Distinguished Affiliated Professor at Technische Universität München and Advisor to Lakestar. As a former lecturer at the HSG, she is still involved in her alma mater, for example as chair of the jury of the ACA Prize in Financial Governance of the Institute of Accounting, Control and Auditing. Since 2001, she has been a professor at the Technical University of Munich, where she held the Chair of Entrepreneurial Finance from 2001-2020. Prof. Dr. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner is also a trustee of the Deutsche Startup-Verband and an active investor in both European and American start-ups. Additionally, she is a member of the supervisory board of MunichRe and Linde.
As president and chief executive officer of Logitech, Bracken P. Darrell is responsible for Logitech’s strategy for growth and profitability, for the vision for the brand as well as for the company’s operations. Mr. Darrell joined Logitech as president in April 2012, and assumed the role of chief executive officer in January 2013. Mr. Darrell brings to Logitech more than twenty years of experience in business management and brand management in successful global consumer companies, including Whirlpool, Procter & Gamble and General Electric. His broad executive management experience has spanned manufacturing, supply chain, product innovation, consumer services and marketing – targeting customers in mature and emerging markets. He has led growth and reinvention for iconic brands such as Old Spice, Gillette, Braun, KitchenAid and Whirlpool.Prior to joining Logitech, Mr. Darrell was executive vice president of Whirlpool Corporation and president of Whirlpool EMEA, where he guided the company through the economic downturn of 2008. Previously, Mr. Darrell was with Procter & Gamble, most recently as the president of Braun, the home appliance business. In addition to a total of twelve years with Procter & Gamble – in executive management positions as well as earlier years in brand management – Mr. Darrell served with General Electric Company for five years, most recently as the general manager of Consumer Home Service. Mr. Darrell began his career with Arthur Anderson and then PepsiCo.Bracken Darrell holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School and a B.A. degree in English from Hendrix College in Arkansas.
Co-Founder & CEO ada Learning
Prof. Dr. Miriam Meckel is Professor of Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and Co-founder and CEO of ada Learning GmbH. Previously, she was editor-in-chief and publisher of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany's weekly business magazine, since 2014. For one legislative period, she was government spokesperson and State Secretary for Media, Europe and International Affairs in the North Rhine-Westphalian state government. Miriam Meckel was a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society for several years as well as a Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University, the University of Vienna and the Université de Neuchâtel. She conducts research on the transformation of communication through new technologies, disinformation on the Internet, data simulation and decision management, and quantum computing. Miriam Meckel has received, among other awards, the Cicero Speaker Prize in the category of science and the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Her bestseller "Letter to My Life" was filmed for ZDF in 2015.
Co-Founder Siri & Viv Labs
Adam Cheyer is an inventor, entrepreneur, engineering executive, and a pioneer in AI and computer human interfaces. Adam has been a co-founder or founding member of four successful startups, including Siri (sold to Apple, where he led server-side engineering and AI for the Siri assistant), Change.org (the world's largest petition platform), Viv Labs (sold to Samsung, where he led product engineering and developer relations for Samsung’s voice assistant), and Sentient (massively distributed machine learning). Previously, Adam was VP Engineering at Verticalnet (enterprise software) and Dejima (mobile software). Adam also spent more than a decade at SRI International, where his most recent role was as Chief Architect of CALO/PAL, the US government's largest funded AI project. Adam has authored more than 60 publications and 38 patents. He graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University and received the “Outstanding Masters Student” award from UCLA’s School of Engineering.
Co-Founder & CEO Supercell
Ilkka Paananen is the CEO and co-founder of Supercell, the Finnish mobile games developer behind Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Boom Beach, Clash Royale, and Brawl Stars. Founded in 2010, Supercell’s games have been featuring in the global top 10 for years after launch and are played by hundreds of millions of people every month. Supercell is the first European technology start-up to have reached a valuation of $10 billion.
Founder & CEO wefox Group
Julian Teicke is an entrepreneur with a passion to fundamentally change the status-quo. After his studies, he co-founded ‘DeinDeal’, a leading e-commerce platform in Switzerland, which he led to a dominant market position and was successfully sold to an international media company. He is also a founding member of EMPAUA and successfully mentors a series of ‘game changing’ startups. Julian is the founder of wefox Group and holds responsibility for ‘its purpose and vision’. He started wefox in 2015, the digital platform connecting brokers to their customers and insurers and grew it into a unicorn-startup. He further established the company's own insurance in 2018, the first fully-digital European Insurance carrier. Today, Julian holds the position of Group CEO, with a view to rapidly scale the wefox brand globally, whilst building a third business to connect insurers and distributors through an open API. Julian graduated with a BA in Business Administration in St. Gallen, where he received the Startup@HSG Founder of the year award.
Co-Founder Ratepay & Banxware
Miriam Wohlfarth is Founder and Managing Director of Ratepay and Co-Founder of Banxware. In both companies she is responsible for the areas of Innovation, Marketing and Sales. With almost 20 years’ experience in online payment, she was most recently Country ManagerGermany of the international payment service provider Ogone (Ingenico Payment Services). Prior to that, she played a significant role in establishing the electronic payment transaction business for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and its payment services subsidiary Bibit in Germany.
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman Strava
Mark Gainey has been building successful companies for nearly 20 years. He currently serves as the co-founder and executive chairman of Strava, the leading social platform for athletes and largest sports participation platform in the world. Founded in 2009, over 76 million athletes worldwide have joined Strava for the competition and camaraderie found in tracking and sharing their fitness activities. Mark also co-founded Kana Communications, an enterprise software firm, in 1996 and served in various capacities, including CEO, president, and chairman. He has offered his expertise to a wide array of companies over the years, joining the boards of Alter-G, BoardVantage, Daum, Clari, and Coaching Corps. Mark holds an AB from Harvard University.
Co-founder & CEO Confluent
Jay Kreps is the CEO of Confluent, Inc., a company backing the popular Apache Kafka messaging system. Prior to founding Confluent, he was formerly the lead architect for data infrastructure at LinkedIn. He is among the original authors of several open-source projects including Project Voldemort (a key-value store). Apache Kafka (a distributed messaging system) and Apache Samza (a stream processing system).
Co-Founder Planetly & Outfittery
Anna Alex is the founder and CCO (Chief Customer Officer) of Planetly, a climate technology company that develops digital tools to help businesses analyze, reduce and offset their carbon emissions. Their goal is to make the business world carbon neutral. From 2012 to 2018, she built the personal shopping service OUTFITTERY. Anna Alex retired from operations at the end of 2018, but continue to support the company as a board member.In 2019, she joined the climate initiative "Leaders for Climate Action", which was launched by more than 100 digital entrepreneurs in Germany. Inspired by the goals of the initiative and driven by the desire to actively and entrepreneurially deal with the climate crisis, she founded Planetly together with Benedikt Franke. She is convinced that data and technology have what it takes to provide companies with the transparency of their Co2 footprint that leads to actionable steps to reduce it. Anna Alex studied economics, sociology and psychology in Freiburg and Paris and started her career with the start-up incubator Rocket Internet. Over the course of her career, she has been voted Europe's Inspiring Fifty, Most Inspiring Women in Tech, and Young Elite - Top 40 Under 40.
Chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts
Lars P. Feld holds the chair for Economic Policy and Constitutional Economics at Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg since 2010 and is the current president of the Walter Eucken Institute. His research focuses on economic and fiscal policies, the emerging field of New Political Economy, and the economic analysis of law. After his studies in economics Lars P. Feld graduated from University of St. Gallen in 1999 and qualified for a professorship in 2002. From 2002 to 2006, he worked as a professor of economics, with a focus on public finance, at Philipps-University Marburg. From 2006 to 2010 Feld held a similar position at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. He is a permanent guest professor at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, as well as a member of Leopoldina (the German National Academy of the Sciences), the Kronberger Kreis – scientific council of the think tank Stiftung Marktwirtschaft –, and the Mont Pelerin Society. On November 2nd, 2017 Lars P. Feld was awarded an honorable doctorate degree from the University of Luzern. Since 2003, Lars P. Feld has been a member of the Scientific Advisors to the Federal Ministry of Finance. In 2007, he was named an expert to the Bundesrat and Bundestag commission for the modernization of federal financial relations (Federalism Commission II) and contributed as an advisor on the subject of the new German debt brake measures. In March 2011 Feld was, at the recommendation of the federal government, appointed to the German Council of Economic Experts; in March 2016 he was appointed for another tenure till 2021. In the end of 2013 Lars P. Feld was elected member of the advisory board of the German stability council.
Rolf Schrömgens conceptualized trivago in 2005 and has served as a managing director of Trivago GmbH until 2019. Since 2005 trivago grew into a Tech-Unicorn and into one of the worlds biggest hotel-booking websites. Prior to that, Mr. Schrömgens was Founder of Amiro.de and later the VP of ciao.com, a consumer review website. Mr. Schrömgens was the President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and also holds a diploma in management from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL).
Managing Director BMW i Ventures Europe
Sohaila is the Managing Director of BMW i Ventures in Europe. In addition to this role she also serves in the global team as the Director of Platform with a focus on developing and implementing strategic growth initiatives for BMW i Ventures’ portfolio companies. Leveraging the unique strengths of the BMW ecosystem the goal of these efforts is to establish transformative partnerships and help the portfolio companies succeed and scale. Before joining BMW i Ventures Sohaila worked as a Senior Innovation and New Business Manager within the Telecommunications and Media industry as well as a Management Consultant. Sohaila is a mission-driven leader and a strong advocate of sustainable and responsible Venture Capital investing.
Co-Founder & Partner btov Partners
Florian co-founded btov Partners in 2000 as an online matching platform for Business Angels and startups. He has led the company since then to become a unique European venture capital firm, closely collaborating with professional business angels to support the growth of entrepreneurs and their startups. He serves on several technology startup boards and is one of the partners in the btov Digital Tech Fund. While studying for his MA in finance from the University of St. Gallen, Florian was also responsible for developing the entrepreneurial student organization START which he today supports as member of the foundation board. He also serves on the board of Fondation Botnar, a Swiss-based foundation that champions the use of digital technology to improve the wellbeing of children in urban environments.
Founder Altimeter & NYT Best Selling Author
For the past two decades, Charlene Li has helped people to get a better understanding of what the future might bring. She is an expert in digital transformation, leadership, customer experience, and the future of work. She is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller "Open Leadership" and co-author of the critically acclaimed book "Groundswell". Her latest book is the bestseller "The Disruption Mindset". She is the founder of Altimeter, a disruptive analyst firm acquired in 2015 by Prophet. Charlene is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and was named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company.
Co-Founder & CEO Mambu
Eugene is the co-founder, CEO, and driving force behind the rapidly growing Mambu SaaS banking platform. Eugene leads a team of 500 Mambuvians in over 20 countries while growing Mambu to be one of Europe’s most valuable enterprise SaaS companies. Eugene brings his background in computer science, design and entrepreneurship to find impactful opportunities for technology in banking and financial services around the globe.
Founder & Co-CEO Chrono24
Tim Stracke is co-founder and co-CEO of Chrono24, an international marketplace for high-end watches. At START Summit 2021, he will share the experiences he has collected as an entrepreneur for more than 10 years.
Founder & CEO Nuritas
Nora is a mathematician with a PhD in Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics. Throughout her career, Nora’s ambition has been to disrupt the status quo in areas that have been void of technology by introducing new ways of thinking, big data, and new algorithms. Previous to Nuritas™, Nora was the first scientist to show gene transfer between multi-cellular species. This groundbreaking find put into question many of the phylogenetic methods currently in use today. Nora founded Nuritas with the mission to improve the lives of billions of people globally. Using revolutionary AI methods, Nuritas is discovering life-changing peptides with huge potential to improve global health in a sustainable and healthy way. Nora has won multiple awards including the EU Women Economic Forum Woman of the Decade. She was inducted into the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders class of 2019. Over the next few years, Nora plans to lead the Nuritas team in their goal of reaching billions of people with their life-changing ingredients.
Co-Founder & CEO of Grove Collaborative
Stuart Landesberg is the Co-Founder & CEO of Grove Collaborative, the leading digital-first brand & ecommerce platform for natural home and personal care products. Grove Collaborative is a certified B Corp serving hundreds of thousands of households in the U.S. every month. In 2019, Grove Collaborative reached a Unicorn-valuation of over 1 Billion US Dollar.
Co-Founder & COO Karma
Elsa is an entrepreneur, passionate about creating a motivated and high-growth organisation to galvanize the first Zero Food Waste Generation. Karma has now been running for over 4 years since she co-founded it with three other entrepreneurs. The company is energised around a collective goal – to lead the way towards a truly circular economy and ultimately solve global food waste. She was featured in Forbes 30-under-30 list in 2018 and Karma has been featured in both Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Europe and the top 100 hottest startups in Europe by Wired UK.
Co-Founder & Partner Earlybird VC
Hendrik Brandis is a Co-founder and Partner at Earlybird who is based in Munich, Germany. Hendrik’s current domain focus is deep tech and enterprise productivity for startup companies with corporate-division software and hardware products, as well as selected high-tech topics. Hendrik currently serves on the boards of Earlybird portfolio companies aiven (Helsinki, Finland), B2X Care Solutions (Munich), Instamotion (Munich), Isar Aerospace (Munich), MyDataModels (Valbonne, France), Onefootball (Berlin), and Simscale (Munich). Hendrik has served as an EVCA (European Venture Capital Association) board member and Chairman of the EVCA Venture Capital Platform Council. He brings over 25 years of investment, operational, and entrepreneurial experience. Hendrik has been the driving force behind multiple sales: as a board member of element5 AG, the sale to Digital River (NASDAQ: DRIV); dooyoo.de (Berlin) which was sold to leguide.com; Dianoema which listed on the Borsa Italiana (Milan: NOE.MI); as well as NFON AG which listed on the Frankfurter Boerse. Before establishing Earlybird, Hendrik was a Partner with McKinsey & Company where he led McKinsey's small- and mid-sized company initiative and actively supported the creation of McKinsey New Venture. Hendrik gained his own entrepreneurial experience as Project Manager in the Technology Department of Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (now part of Airbus), focusing on the design and innovative manufacturing processes of composite aircraft structures. He attended the Technical University of Munich and holds a Dipl.-Ing. (MSc equivalent) and a PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Partner at btov Partners
Christian Reitberger has worked with btov since 2008 as a lead investor on numerous deep tech transactions. He joined the Industrial Tech Fund as a founding Partner in 2018. Christian has been investing in deeptech companies for the last 22 years, covering semiconductor, photonics, quantum technologies, resource efficiency, industrial AI / robotics and computer vision companies, from small pre revenue startups to large buyouts. He served as a Partner with Wellington Partners since 2009. Prior to that he spent nine years with Apax Partners as a Partner in the Tech Team. After obtaining a PhD in Physics sub auspiciis praesidentis from the University of Vienna and stints at CERN and a number of corporate research labs, Christian gained his first professional work experience with McKinsey starting in 1995.
Co-Founder Lillian Augusta
Nana co-founded Lillian Augusta, a startup that produces plant-based braiding hair. This lightweight, toxin free alternative to synthetic braiding hair makes for a much more comfortable experience when wearing braids. Earlier this year Nana completed her master’s in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan. As a graduate student, she began to explore the intersection of Black haircare products and sustainability and has been on that path ever since. Before her master’s program, she studied Plant Science and Agricultural Science at Cornell University. .
Management Committee DJI Europe
Barbara Stelzner is a member of the four-member Management Committee of DJIEurope and also leads DJI's communications team in Europe. She is responsible for the company's external communications and media relations as well as for the region's digital marketing portfolio. Her passion for drones began many years ago when she taught journalism, media, and communications management at the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences taught journalism, media, and communications management. There she focused in particular on the use of drones in sports communication. Barbara Stelzner holds a degree in film and television studies from the Polytechnic of Central London and holds a Ph.D. in Film and Art History from theUniversity of Bonn. She is a professor of media management and journalism. Before joining DJI, she worked for over 25 years as a journalist for the BBC, European Business News, Sky News, and CNBC.
Founder & CEO Merantix
Adrian Locher is the founder of Merantix, a Berlin-based research and venture lab in the space of Artificial Intelligence. Merantix conceptualizes, builds, and scales machine learning ventures. He built his previous venture to more than CHF 100M sales and 200 employees. Prior to that, he has built several B2B software companies, some of them successful, some of them not. Adrian graduated with a degree in business and economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), where he started his very first business as a software developer. He was awarded "HSG Entrepreneur of the Year 2012", "Swiss E-Commerce Champion 2015" and was ranked "40 under 40" by Swiss Bilanz magazine.
Chief Fintech Correspondent Reuters
Anna Irrera, Chief Correspondent, Fintech – ReutersAnna Irrera is a Chief Correspondent at Reuters in London where she covers the financial technology sector and technology-related developments at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. In her role, she works on stories on topics at the intersection of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, including cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology blockchain, peer-to-peer lending, digital payments and online investing. Anna was previously team leader for financial companies coverage and fintech correspondent for Reuters based in New York. She joined Reuters in 2016 having previously covered fintech at Financial News, a Dow Jones newspaper in London, where she played a key role in the publication’s expanded fintech coverage. She joined Dow Jones in 2012 as an online reporter for Financial News, having moved to the UK from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she worked at Reuters’, English language international service. She holds a M.S. degree (with honors) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a graduate degree in law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.
General Partner CREANDUM
Simon is a developer at heart and a venture capitalist in mind. German born, Simon gained operational experience building three companies for Rocket Internet between Asia, Latin America and the US before starting his Investment Career at Earlybird Venture Capital. He joined Creandum in 2016. Fintech is one of his major focus areas and throughout his VC career, he led the investments in N26, Taxfix, Billie, and Tide. Simon holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Münster and a Master from the University of St. Gallen – with time spent at Virginia Tech and the University of Toronto.
Practice Leader, Human Development, Africa at World Bank Group
Dr. Rebekka Grun is Practice Leader in the West Africa Region of the World Bank, resourcing and mentoring the Human Development team, while operationally integrating countries and sectors across the matrix. Earlier, she was assistant to the president, covering Human Development, Economics and core global partnerships. She has so far worked in high-, middle-, low income and fragile countries, in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Before joining the Bank, Rebekka was an adviser in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, which she joined from private sector strategy consulting. Rebekka holds a PhD in Economics from University College London, exploring the impact of violence on investment and displacement in Colombia, and a lic.oec. from the University of St. Gallen.
Co-Founder & COO Nova Credit
Nicky Goulimis is the COO of Nova Credit, which she co-founded with Misha Esipov and Loek Jannsen when they met as graduate students at Stanford University. The company began as a research project in 2015 and has since evolved into the premier cross-border credit reporting agency. Before founding Nova Credit, Nicky was a consultant at Bain & Company, where she served a number of distressed European Retail Banks on their transformation and liquidity strategies. Nicky began her career in the international development space working for a Ugandan NGO, and later Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture on its smallholder farmer financial access initiatives. Nicky is originally from Greece and grew up in the U.K. She holds a BA from Cambridge (1st class) and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she received the Miller Social Change Leadership Award, which recognizes social innovators in the program.
Chief Product Officer HubSpot
Christopher O’Donnell is the Chief Product Officer at HubSpot, where he drives product management, design, and user experience for HubSpot’s suite of products.Prior to this role, Christopher led the product team building the HubSpot CRM and HubSpot Sales Pro. Upon joining HubSpot Christopher led the re-write of the HubSpot Marketing product, culminating in HubSpot Contacts and the release of HubSpot3 in 2012. Previously, Christopher was Director of Product at Performable before it was acquired by HubSpot in 2011. He has also been a startup founder, advisor, and product/UX leader.In his free time, Christopher pursues his decades-long passions for building technology products, producing music, and playing guitar. Christopher graduated from Brown University with a BA in Computers and Music.
Director Product Management at Zoho Corporation
Rajalakshmi Srinivasan, or Raji as she’s fondly called, is a Director of Product Management at Zoho Corp. In her 21 years journey with the company, she has gained extensive experience ranging from database scaling and network monitoring to application performance tracking and end-user-experience management. She currently leads the application performance monitoring section in Site24x7 - a cloud-based all-in-one monitoring product from Zoho Corp. Her greatest asset though is the profound wisdom that she has gathered through the years on how to innovate and improvise on an idea, how to rally a team around it, and how to execute it to perfection consistently ahead of the competition. She has an engineering degree in Computer Science from The College Of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), Chennai. She is a fitness freak. When she is not working, you can spot her running marathons, participating in clean-up drives, and traveling places along with her 3 little ones.
General Manager France at Entrepreneur First
Coralie Chaufour is the General Manager of Entrepreneur First (EF) in France. At EF, her mission is to invest in top technical talent to help them create deep tech startups from scratch. She joined EF from McKinsey & Company, where she was an Engagement Manager, after previously starting her own company and working as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a leading U.S. law firm. Coralie was educated at Sciences Po Paris, Wharton and Harvard Law School and is a member of the New York Bar. Outside of EF, she rides her horse 4 times a week and competes in eventing and showjumping.
Markus Witte is founder and Executive Chairman at Babbel, the world’s number one language-learning app. Markus began his career at NYU, and later lectured at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he discovered his passion for teaching. Following his time as an academic, he managed the online and systems teams at music software company Native Instruments. Coming back to learning and teaching, he founded Babbel with three others in 2007 and steered the company as CEO until 2019. He has taken an unusual route from academia to the tech industry and later entrepreneurship. Independent study, however, has been the constant theme uniting these disparate paths. Markus’s passion for autonomous learning was sparked by teaching himself programming in 1984 on an Olivetti L1 M44 computer in order to fund the purchase of his first drum kit. Since then, he views continuous learning as an approach to life.
Co-Founder Lillian Augusta
Jannice co-founded Lillian Augusta, a startup that produces plant-based braiding hair. This lightweight, toxin free alternative to synthetic braiding hair makes for a much more comfortable experience when wearing braids. Jannice is a social entrepreneur creating sustainable solutions in hair and beauty. She has a background in environmental science and conservation ecology. She has done research in wetlands, agro-ecosystems, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the environmental field.
CEO Swissnex San Francisco
Gioia the CEO of swissnex San Francisco. Switzerland’s innovation outpost in the Bay Area located at Pier17. A public-private partnership, swissnex builds programs and offers services to Swiss universities, startups, corporate and creatives to accelerate their innovation capacity and fast-track their access to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. Gioia’s professional journey has taken her to various countries, from Switzerland and Colombia to Palestine and Brazil , before bringing her back to her country of birth, the US. Starting her post-university career in microfinance and sustainable investing working for small and large investment firms, Gioia has dedicated the last ten years to fostering cross-continental collaborations with a view to inspire and strengthen Switzerland’s innovation ecosystem. Before setting out to build the first Latin American swissnex office Brazil in 2013, she headed the Startup and Innovation team at swissnex in San Francisco, where she returned to as CEO, in July 2017. A curated innovation platform hosting 40+ startups, designers, scientists and corporates, swissnex’s Bay Area office at Pier17 acts as a convener for thought-provoking conversations on how technology and innovation shape our world, and fosters international connections and collaboration for meaningful action. Gioia is an Advisor to the women-led incubator DART Labs, which focuses scaling human-machine interfaces, as well as a Co-Founder & President of the cancer survivor storytelling platform MySurvivalStory. She holds a Master’s degree in International relations from the Graduate Institute (IUHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland, and a second Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in Medford/Boston, USA. Last but not least, Gioia is the proud mother of two half-Mexican, half-Swiss, born-in-the-Americas toddlers.
Investor at Mutschler-Ventures AG
Sylvie Mutschler von Specht has been the managing director of the Mutschler Group since 1999. She holds various advisory board mandates at investment companies (Mobbot, WeddyPlace, Watchmaster, Invenda and more). Since 2007 she is Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Mutschler Ventures AG (investments in start-up companies like Auto1, McMakler, Loanboox, Sygnum, Watchmaster, Medbelle, Adyen and others). She also has investments in the private bank Bergos Berenberg and is a board member. She has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Auto1 since 2021. Sylvie Mutschler von Specht studied at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
Co-Founder & CMO Yokoy
Melanie Gabriel co-founded the AI and FinTech startup Yokoy (former Expense Robot) in 2019, after having previously gained valuable experience in the tech industry. Expense Robot leverages artificial intelligence to fully automate expense and company credit card processes. Melanie holds a master's degree in business management from the University of St. Gallen and is also a member of WE SHAPE TECH.
Co-Founder Sinica Podcast
Kaiser Kuo is a co-founder and host of the Sinica Podcast, the most popular English-language podcast on current affairs in China. The show has run since April 2010 and has published well over 400 episodes. Until April 2016, Kaiser served as director of international communications for Baidu, China’s leading search engine. In 2016, Kaiser returned to the U.S. after a 20-year stint in Beijing, where his career spanned the gamut from music to journalism to technology. After graduating from UC Berkeley in political science, Kaiser spent a year in Beijing from 1988 to 1989, when he co-founded the seminal Chinese heavy metal band Tang Dynasty as lead guitarist. He left China and the band following the brutal crackdown on the Tiananmen protests of 1989, returning to the U.S. and beginning graduate studies. After earning a master's degree and completing coursework toward a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona, he rejoined Tang Dynasty in 1996, playing in the band until 1999. In that year, he joined internet start-up ChinaNow.com as editor-in-chief. The site was one of China’s first bilingual online magazines. From there, he moved into journalism, serving as China bureau chief for technology and business magazine Red Herring from 2004 to 2007, then joined Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing as Director of Digital Strategy before joining Baidu in 2010. In May 2016, he was honored by the Asia Society with a leadership award for “revolutionizing the way people live, consume, socially interact, and civically engage.” He speaks frequently on topics related to politics, international relations, and technology in China. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.
Director Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation Germany
In July 2019, tech pioneer, founder and innovator Rafael Laguna has been appointed Director of the Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation SPRIND. With more than 30 year’s experience, Rafael has a proven track record of success in building and growing software companies. Rafael is a long-time advocate and campaigner for open-source software and the open web. The Agency aims to foster innovations with radically new technologies and a great potential to change the market with new products, services and value chains. The Agency will operate initially for a period of ten years with a funding of 1 billion euros.
Managing Partner at TechFounders, & COO at RESPOND Accelerator
Miki Yokoyama is a former Management Consultant & startup enthusiast. Miki holds a Master in International Relations and Communications from the Boston University and a Bachelor in Communications from the Ludwig-Maximilians University. After developing and implementing the BMW Group sustainability strategy for different divisions, she worked at BCG focusing on the automotive, mobility and transportation industry. Miki is currently COO at RESPOND Accelerator, a program by the BMW Foundation operated by UnternehmerTUM, to accelerate highly promising, and purpose-driven tech startups. Miki also covers the role of Managing Partner at TechFounders.
Patrick Degerman is like a fairy tale character written by a drunk Astrid Lindgren. Degerman eats butter soup, drinks olive oil from a bottle, wrestles with sharks, and doesn´t use gloves at -60°C. Most likely he has 50% DNA from a polar bear. Degerman is an explorer by profession and nicknamed Pata. He has a summer cottage in Greenland, 30 sleeping bags, and good friends in impenetrable rainforests. Since the 1990s, Degerman has organized dozens of expeditions to the most difficult areas of the world to satisfy his desire for adventure and curiosity. He has literally visited the ends of the earth, climbed more than 200 mountains, written books, and made documentaries for Discovery. However, the base camp is always at home in Finland with a wife and children.
Founder & CEO MorphAIs
Eva is the founder and CEO of MorphAIs Technologies, an AI-driven venture capital technology firm committed to making venture capital more accurate, more efficient and less biased. Founded in late 2019 with co-founder and machine learning scientist Jan Saputra Mueller, the company is now joined by a team with diverse scientific backgrounds ranging from behavioral science, mathematics and statistics to sociology and economics. Through the use of artificial intelligence technology, they are working towards reinventing venture capital as an asset class and making the start-up ecosystem a more capital-efficient and diverse place.
Co-Founder & CFO RightNow
Torben Antretter is the co-founder and CFO of RightNow, a fast-growing consumer claims purchasing company. Before founding RightNow, Torben worked in finance consulting at Deloitte and venture capital research at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he still teaches classes on Entrepreneurial Finance. Most recently, his entrepreneurial career has been featured in a Harvard Business School case study and he has been named “30 under 30” by Forbes Magazine.
Head of Start-Ups and Next-Generation Innovators Innosuisse
More than 15 years of global experience in innovation promotion, international trade, supply chain, management consulting, negotiations as well as in art curating. Heading start-up & next generation innovators division at Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency, since 2016 and member of the executive committee.- Business studies, Masters in Economics (Econometrics), Canada + Masters in Art Gallery and Museum studies, UK- Management consultant in the US/Chicago (4 years) for A.T. Kearney- Strategic Procurement in Switzerland for a silicon valley-based company (Agilent technologies)- Art Curatorship in the UK- Trade Commissioner + Innovation officer at Canadian Embassy in Switzerland- Heading Start-up + Next Generation Innovators division at CTI/Innosuisse since 2016, member of the executive committee Innosuisse- Worked in 3 languages across 3 continents (I also have a short working experience in Malaysia and in the Philippines)
Principal Earlybird VC
Dr. Andre Retterath is a Principal at Earlybird Venture Capital, who were among the first investors in companies like UiPath, N26, Peak Games or Aiven. Andre is based in the Munich office and focuses on enterprise software, with a particular interest in companies building products powered by deep technologies including AI/ML and advanced analytics. He also spends time looking at developer tools, open-source software and robotics. Besides his investor function, Andre heads Earlybird’s data-driven sourcing and screening efforts.Before transitioning into VC in 2017, he gained more than 5 years experience as a process automation engineer and technology consultant with ThyssenKrupp and further insights as a management consultant with GE North America. Andre conducted his Ph.D. at the Technical University of Munich on the topic of machine learning and the value of data in venture capital. Moreover, he holds a M.Sc. in Management and a B.Eng. in Mechatronics Engineering and was previously educated at Harvard University, University of Cambridge and Georgia Institute of Technology, among others.
IMD Executive Leadership Coach - Founder Zengo
Offering her expertise in organizational and individual development, Gabrielle has played a key role in the development of the Operational Sustainability Assessment of the ROSE framework. She builds on more than 15 years of experience in strategic development, with a core focus on human fulfillment and governance aspects necessary to the sustainable development of an entity. Gabrielle also supported the ROSE team in defining its own strategy and positioning during the development phase of the project.
Since 2018, Felix has led NZZ as CEO through the transformation process to a modern media group with a focus on quality journalism, digital information services and conferences. Felix has held various management positions at McKinsey, Swisscom, Teleclub, CKW and Axpo. He holds a Master's degree in physics and chemistry and a PhD in physics from ETH Zurich. In 2007, he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Through various work experiences in Malta, Miami Beach, Lausanne and Zurich, Anastasia developed strong fascination for the hospitality industry. She holds a Bachelor of international hospitality management from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and is very interested in the development and implementation of sustainable practices within this dynamic industry. This led her to co-found a start-up called KITRO, which focuses on food waste management in the hospitality industry. Combining her personal interest for the environment with an industry she is passionate about has been a very fulfilling learning experience.
Editor in Chief ZEIT Online and Co-Host at "Alles gesagt?"
Jochen Wegner is editor-in-chief of ZEIT ONLINE and a member of the ZEIT editorial board. A physicist and philosopher by training, he researched the chaos theory of the brain before switching to journalism. He is co-host of "Alles gesagt?", one of the most listened to German-language podcasts. Wegner was awarded "Editor-in-Chief of the Year" and "Digital Leader" in gold, received the "Scoop Award" for digital journalism and the "Grimme Online Award".
Women in FinTech Power List & TechWomen 100 Recipient
Nina Mohanty currently works with the magnificent team at Klarna making payments smoooth (yes - three O's!) and reimagining a better way to shop. She sits on the Steering Committee of the Joint Refugee Action Network and volunteers for several other charities. Prior to Klarna, Nina worked at London-based Open Banking start up, Bud, to build out a financial marketplace and rethink the way we interact with financial services. She has been a steadfast believer in delivering technology that can better customer’s financial lives and financial literacy since her days at Starling Bank and Mastercard. She is a recipient of the Tech Women 100 award and proudly sits on the Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Power List. Nina is a fiercely passionate feminist and vocal advocate of diversity in the workplace.
Member of the German Bundestag
Thomas Jarzombek has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2009, and since July 31, 2019, he has been the Federal Ministry of Economics' Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Startups. Dialog with the players in the digital economy and exchanges with startups are the focal points of Thomas Jarzombek's work as Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Startups. His goal is to further open up the digital market for startups and SMEs as well as to improve the framework conditions for an international market. As the German government's aerospace coordinator, Thomas Jarzombek coordinates and bundles the German government's measures to strengthen the international competitiveness of German aerospace in the areas of research and development.
Chrissa McFarlane founded Patientory, Inc. in 2015, a health data analytics company, after working more than a decade in the healthcare technology industry and realizing there was a need for more personalized, secure and consumer-driven health information management solutions. From conducting microbiology research to pharmaceutical operations consulting, working with health insurance providers and hospitals, McFarlane has accumulated professional experience in an array of sectors in the healthcare technology industry. Patientory has received many accolades, including The 10 Most Innovative Digital Healthcare Solution Providers 2018 by Insightscare, the 2018 Globe Award Winner in International Trade by U.S. State of Georgia, and Top 100 Startup of the Year. One of few female entrepreneurs atthe intersection of high tech and wellness, McFarlane speaks at global industry conferences, including The Future Blockchain Summit in Dubai and the 2020 StartUp Health Festival in SanFrancisco, to educate and inspire other business women and entrepreneurs in the field.
Founder Jungunternehmer Podcast
With 19 years Fabian Tausch started a podcast for young entrepreneurs, in which he interviews Germany's most successful startup founders. The podcast grew to one of the largest German Podcasts within the category of entrepreneurship. During the last year, the guest list included more and more creators to show the intersection between creativity and entrepreneurship.
Managing Partner Blockchain Founders Fund
Aly Madhavji 穆亚霖 is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC and Draper Goren Holm. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80.He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books and a monthly columnist for the leading blockchain magazine. Aly serves as a board member of CryptoStar Corp. (TSXV: CSTR) and has served on various advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $700M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX).Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University (清华大学), a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France), and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.
Co-Founder & CEO DyeMansion
After completing his Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics at the Duale Hoschschule Baden-Württemberg in 2012, Felix founded DyeMansion together with Philipp Kramer. The company is a global leader in industrial 3D printing finishing systems, offering machines for surface processing of 3D-printed plastic parts.
Early-stage Investor at btov Partners
Anna holds a Master in Business Innovation from the University of St. Gallen and a Bachelor in Business and Economics from Goethe University in Frankfurt. Before joining btov Partners as an Analyst in January 2020, Anna gained experience in Venture Capital at Earlybird and Redstone, as well as in business development at Foodora.
Jos Dijsselhof has been CEO of SIX since January 2018. The Dutchman holds a degree in computer science and business administration and has many years of international management experience in the financial industry. His professional career took him to Hong Kong and Singapore, among other places, for ABN Amro Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and ANZ Australia & New Zealand Banking Group. Most recently, Jos Dijsselhof was Chief Operating Officer and CEO a.i. (2015) at Euronext in Amsterdam from 2014 to June 2017.
Red Bull FMX Athlete
Mat Rebeaud has been the Swiss face of freestyle motocross for more than 20 years. He was world champion, overall winner of the Red Bull X-Fighters and won a silver medal at the X-Games. Lately, he has opened a new chapter: He is the first, and so far only, freestyle motocross rider in Europe to fly on a machine with an electric motor.
Director of Institute for Technology Management University of St. Gallen
Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik is Full Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). He is the Initiator and Co-Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship (Startup@HSG) and served as Dean of the School of Management at HSG. Before joining HSG, Professor Grichnik served on the faculties of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. Moreover, he held a visiting professorship at the University of Melbourne, Australia, was guest professor at Harvard Business School, USA, and taught at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. As an advisor Professor Grichnik has worked with startups and corporations in start-up management and corporate venturing. He takes part in international start-up initiatives as a co-founder, board member and investor (US Inc500 and EU). He is ranked among the leading (TOP 100) entrepreneurship professors worldwide. He has published several books and more than 200 articles.
Founding Partner - Artemia Executive
Eglantine holds a Ph.D. in social sciences and is specialized in gender matters. Building on her experience as both a founder and expert in recruitment, she provides expert advice on all gender-related matters within the ROSE project.
CEO Salt Mobile
After his studies in electrical engineering, Pascal joined McKinsey & Co which he left after 13 years in the position of Managing Partner Digital in Switzerland. He subsequently embarked on a 6 month around the world trip with his family before joining Salt mobile in 2018 as CEO.
CEO & Chairman of the Executive Board Tchibo
Thomas Linemayr has been CEO & Chairman of the Executive Board at Tchibo since 2016. For the past 17 years, as CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc., he strongly expanded the US business and made the LINDT brand one of the strongest in the world‘s largest chocolate market. Since 2013, Thomas Linemayr has also been a member of the extended management board of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group. The graduate in business administration worked for the Swiss premium chocolate supplier for a total of 21 years. The marketing and sales specialist began his career at Yves Rocher, after which he moved to Johnson & Johnson.
Co-Founder & CEO AgriDigital
As Co-Founder and CEO at AgriDigital, Emma leads all aspects of the business’ strategy, stakeholder engagement, blockchain and talent management with oversight of the sales, broader technology and operational environments.Emma’s diverse career as a lawyer, agribusiness executive, start-up mentor and executive coach adds a wealth of strategic and operational experience to the AgriDigital team. Her knowledge of industry best practice drives AgriDigital’s innovation, product development, internal systems, and customer service. In 2017, Emma was recognized as the Female Fintech Leader of the Year in Australia and was also named a Top 25 Fintech Influencer by Finder.com.au. She is passionate about how agtech and fintech converge and ensuring democratic access to technology.Emma holds an MBA from AGSM, a LLB (Hons) and BA from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Emma is a former director of the Australian Digital Commerce Association and the current Deputy Chair of FinTech Australia Ltd.
TEDx Speaker and Diversity and Inclusion Expert
Kamilla Sultanova is a TEDx speaker, vibrant event host, and diversity and inclusion expert based in Helsinki. Having spoken in 15 countries and inspiring countless audiences to become changemakers, Kamilla also leads the Hanken International Talent programme, a recognized programme which helps Finnish employers recognize quality diverse talent in Finland by offering mentorship, networking, and jobs to international master students. Previously a container trader, Kamilla speaks and breathes diversity & inclusion, change, curiosity, innovation - accelerating from inspiration to action. An alumna of prestigious networks such as European Young Leaders 40 under 40, Finnish Innovation fund's Sitralab, German Marshall Fund, Kamilla truly knows and shows how to collaborate in a more meaningful world navigating culture, industry, and change. Seeing is believing! From dignity-themed art projects, youth empowerment events to cross-sectoral experiments, Kamilla offers a rich understanding of inequality and encourages everyone to lead with global citizenship and a universal sense of identity. Her insights and lived experiences in the world's happiest nations Denmark and Finland offer a compelling call-to-action to rethink empowerment, cultural innovation and social capital exchange for better working, earning, and living.
Vice President Global Products & Solutions, Mastercard International
Arne Pache is Head of Digital Solutions for Mastercard in Germany and Switzerland. In his role, he is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment product platforms and solutions that create a sustainable competitive advantage for Mastercard and its customers. He is responsible for strategic product and service areas such as digital payments including ecom, mobile payments, money transfer as well as cyber security and network solutions.Arne Pache joined Mastercard in 2003 as Vice President Chip Solutions and managed the introduction of chip technology across the European region.Before joining Mastercard, Mr. Pache headed the Product Management and Marketing Group in EURO Kartensysteme EUROCARD & eurocheque GmbH. Mr. Pache holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Trier, Germany.
Investment Manager btov Partners
Jennifer Phan is an investment manager at btov Partners since October 2020. Previously, she worked as a Venture Architect at Deloitte Digital Ventures. There she took her first steps in venture capital at Global Founders Capital in Singapore. She also gained operational experience at Rocket Internet as a Global Venture Developer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Mannheim and a Master in Management, with a focus on Entrepreneurship, from ESCP Europe Business School.
CEO Trees for the future
John Leary is the Executive Director of Trees for the Future where he is focused on helping end hunger and extreme poverty for rural African farmers, through the revival of the forest garden. John has extensive experience living with and among the rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa and deep knowledge of international agricultural development. He speaks three languages and has lived and worked in 13 developing countries. John has dedicated his life to creating innovative training approaches that empower farmers to rise out of poverty, including award-winning programs that are currently in use throughout the developing world.
Managing Director Accenture Switzerland
Dr Boris Bogdan, medical doctor by training, is a Managing Director at Accenture Switzerland and globally leads Accenture’s Precision Oncology and Personalized Healthcare Practice. His passion is to envision the future of healthcare. Prior to joining Accenture, Dr Bogdan was an entrepreneur and part of McKinsey. He has published numerous publications on the pharmaceutical industry and is author of the books Valuation in Life Sciences and Medrevolution.
Sandra is an entrepreneur who worked in the IT space for many years. She worked for IBM in various international roles. Today she is the CEO of the successful Zurich-based Cybersecurity company Futurae (ETH Spin-off) in the area of customer authentication and transaction signing. As a board member of Startupticker or as Ambassador of the Swiss Cybersecurity Startup Map and various other engagements she is continuously fighting for awareness for entrepreneurship amongst the larger society and visibility of home-grown successes in the area of IT and Fintech.
General Manager Services & Support EMEA Microsoft
With over 20 year at Microsoft and over 35 in the software industry, Andrew has held various leadership positions within and prior to Microsoft. The one consistent element over the last 18 years has been engagement and enablement for Startups and new business. He remains fascinated by the art of the possible, and the impact that technology can have in every aspect of life.