2nd edition: 15 – 16 May 2018

Arena Berlin, Germany

Latest news


Abel Archundia-Pineda

IT business partner, Pharma division and as member of the Bayer IT leadership board

Abel joined Bayer on May 2017 as IT business partner, Pharma division and as member of the Bayer IT
leadership board. Before joining Bayer, Abel was head of IT for Novartis Technical Operations looking
after manufacturing, supply chain and quality as well as Global CIO for the Sandoz Division (since 2012),
a role which he helped integrate into Novartis Business Services. He originally joined the Novartis IT
Leadership Board in 2010.
He brings to Bayer a passion for patient-centricity, and the strong belief that IT is central to the digital
transformation underway in the Pharmaceutical industry to allow a richer interaction with patients and
health-care providers. His role at Bayer will be key to enable business models that increasingly leverage
Information Technology for drug discovery, digital supply chain and commercial activities.

Before joining Novartis, he was CIO Europe-Asia for Cemex, a $20Bn global construction materials firm
where he led major post-merger integrations from Madrid, Spain. Prior positions at Dell (General
Manager, Mexico, and Supply Chain, Latin America) and Boston Consulting Group (Principal, Monterrey
and Dallas offices) shaped a multi-disciplinary, business-first perspective of the CIO role.
He holds an electronics engineering degree from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico, and an MBA from Stanford
Business School.
Abel is married and has two teenage boys and enjoys sports like competitive rowing and swimming, and
loves the outdoors.

Alex Choi

Deutsche Telekom
Senior Vice President

“Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi is SVP of Research and Technology Innovation, Head of T-Laboratories Innovation at Deutsche Telekom AG. In addition, he is member of the Technology & Innovation management board, where he has responsibility for several strategic projects. In his position, he reports directly to Claudia Nemat, Member of the Board of Management, Technology & Innovation.

Dr. Choi has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile telecommunication industry. Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom, he served from 2012 as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of the Corporate R&D Division and the Technology Strategy Office for SK Telekom in South Korea, where he advanced key strategic and research topics. An important focus was on the development of next generation ICT technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G and autonomous driving. With the introduction of “”NUGU””, the first AI- based virtual assistant in Korea, Dr. Choi was influential in the development of AI solutions. Before SK Telekom, Dr. Choi held various positions at LG Electronics, including Head of the Mobile Core Technology Lab and the Next Generation Telecommunications Lab. He was also previously chaired the Korea Artificial Intelligence Industry Association, as well as serving as Chairman of Telecom Infra Project (TIP), headed by Facebook, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom.”

Alexis Houssou

Hardware Club
Co-founder & President

Former entrepreneur and financier, Alexis started Hardware Club in 2015 with a mission to support the best hardware startups worldwide using collaboration and network effects. Through its unique $30M community-based fund, Hardware Club invests in hardware startups in Europe and in the US at seed stage. Alexis took part in launching several novel initiatives like the Hello Tomorrow Summit and the accelerator The Family. He also sits on the boards of companies including Remedee Labs, Reach Robotics, Aryballe and Keecker. Passionate about how tech can create impact on communities, Alexis regularly mentors startups in various programs including Techstars and StartupBootCamp. He is a graduate of EM Lyon Business School.

Alicia Asin

CEO & Co-Founder

Alicia Asín is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, the wireless sensor hardware provider, creator of Waspmote, a modular, open source sensor platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). Alicia is a computer engineer focused on how IoT can change our world, starting with Smart Cities and smart agriculture. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, wireless sensor networks and IoT. After the Mobile World Congress 2016, The Financial Times talks about Libelium as one of the Spain’s baby unicorns referring to its revolutionary technological developments in the country.

André Loesekrug-Pietri


André Loesekrug-Pietri, German-French, held leadership positions in VC, government, industry and as entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he spent 15 years in PE & VC, including 10 years with China, investing in European companies with global ambitions. In 2017, he paused from private sector to become Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, responsible for European Defense as well as technology.  He is now managing the Joint European Disruptive Initiative, to accelerate France and Germany’s leadership in disruptive innovations. HEC and Harvard Kennedy School graduate, he also attended Sup-Aero engineering school. Nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, he is a private pilot and Colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve. @andrepietri

Annika Brack

World Economic Forum
Head of Community Development, Regional Strategies – Europe

Since 2013, with World Economic Forum, currently managing relations with EU institutions and leading the Digital Europe project and Digital Leaders community with the aim to build a more effective pan-European innovation ecosystem; 2010-2013 Head of Energy Policy, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH; 2006-2010, Advisor to a Member of Parliament, German

Bundestag; Master of Sciences Po Paris; Diploma from Freie Universität, Berlin; United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) fellowship alumni (2012); Global Leadership Fellowship alumni of the World Economic Forum (2013-2016)

Arifa Khan

Founder & CEO
Capital Exchange

Arifa Khan is the founder & CEO of Himalaya – Capital Exchange, a next generation stock exchange on the Blockchain. It is a project aimed at creating a tokenised platform for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) on a global, borderless, stock exchange. This Platform as a Service (PaaS) eco-system would offer an alternative to investment banks that are currently mandated to lead- manage IPOs, and give corporates and other entities raising public capital, a more democratic option at much less cost and with instant access to global investors. The platform would run on smart contract algorithms and at a later point make use of Machine Learning and AI in creating a marketplace for securities. Arifa is currently India Partner of the Ethereum Foundation, and has been a Blockchain evangelist since 2014.

Artiona Bogo

SAP Blockchain
Software Engineer | Business Development Manager

Software Engineer and member of SAP’s Blockchain team – developing Blockchain-based solutions for SAP customers and partners, Artiona helps them reimagine cross-company business processes with Blockchain. Additionally she evaluates new tech relevant to the SAP Blockchain Service. Being an active member of the Berlin Blockchain ecosystem, Artiona runs the Hyperledger Meetup Berlin, focusing on strengthening the ecosystem around DLTs. Earlier, Artiona acted as Product Quality & Customer Readiness Program Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Arwen Smit

CMO, Co-founder

Arwen Smit specialises in translating new technologies into business opportunities and marketing propositions. As DOVU’s CMO and Co-founder, she focuses on bringing blockchain benefits to the mobility and transport sector. Active in the European startup scene, she has worked for emerging and established technology companies, such as Facebook and Google. Previous to DOVU Smit worked for InMotion Ventures, the wholly owned subsidiary of Jaguar Land Rover, now investors in and strategic partners to DOVU.

Astrid Maier

Senior Editor

Astrid Maier has been covering global tech trends and companies for over a decade with stints at the Financial Times Deutschland and manager magazine, Germany’s premium business publication. She is currently Senior Editor für WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading business magazine. At WirtschaftsWoche Astrid has previously lead the tech and innovation and the companies desk. Astrid is a Stanford ´16 John S. Knight Fellowship graduate and the co-founder of Dverse Media, a platform for innovation and diversity in journalism

Aubrey de Grey

Sens Research Foundation
Chief Science Officer

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also VP of New Technology Discovery at AgeX Therapeutics, a biotechnology startup developing new therapies in the field of biomedical gerontology.

In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the types of self-inflicted cellular and molecular damage that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage.

Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations. He is a highly sought-after speaker who gives 40-50 invited talks per year at scientific conferences, universities, companies in areas ranging from pharma to life insurance, and to the public.

Audrey Tang

Digital Minister

Audrey Tang, a civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Social Enterprise, is known for revitalizing global open source communities such as Perl and Haskell.

In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and K-12 curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project.

In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.

In the third sector, Audrey actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.

Ben Larson

Gateway Incubator

Ben Larson is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and startup adviser based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a General Partner at Backplane Capital, an early stage venture fund investing in the cannabis industry, and he Co-Founded Gateway, the premier cannabis startup accelerator. Additionally, Ben is a Director and Mentor for the Founder Institute, where he formerly managed global operations and helped grow the program into over 100 cities around the world. He’s also active on several boards inside and out of the cannabis industry and travels around the world speaking to audiences of all sizes while advising early stage companies of all industries. He’s an active Mentor and Senior Advisor to the non-profit Youth Business USA and a Board Member of Playworks. Ben was recently named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 by the San Francisco Business Times.

Benjamin Joffe


“Benjamin is a Partner at HAX, the world’s most active investor in hardware startups. HAX has over 150 investments in robotics, IoT, consumer and health tech. It is part of SOSV, a global early stage fund focused on deep tech, which runs vertical programs in hardware, life science, food and software.

Benjamin writes for publications including Forbes and TechCrunch, was quoted in Nature, Wall Street Journal and WIRED, and spoke at over 200 events across 25 countries, including TechCrunch Disrupt and two TEDx. His presentations and annual “Hardware Trends” report collected over 1 million views online.

Before HAX, Benjamin trained as an aerospace engineer, worked in telecom and gaming and was the founder of Plus8Star, an Asia-based strategy consultancy. Benjamin lived mostly in China and Japan from 2000 to 2017.”

Bina 48

The Robot

Bruce Duncan, M.Ed.
Bruce Duncan, M.Ed., is Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation Inc. and project leader for the LifeNaut Project (, which is the brainchild of Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Inventor of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Author, and Biotech CEO.

As the Principle Investigator of the LifeNaut Project Bruce Duncan is responsible for the ongoing development of Bina48, the worlds first advanced humanoid robot based on the “mindfile” information of a real person.

Bruce is also Managing Producer for Terasem Media and Films, which produced the independent science fiction feature film “2B: The Era of Flesh is Over ( He also curates the first cyber museum dedicated to addressing racism , bigotry and prejudice at the World Against Racism Museum,

As and Educator he has taught Conflict Resolution at the University of Vermont and worked as a Peace Facilitator with the Seeds of Peace International Peace Camp, New York/Casco Maine.

Bina48 (Android)
Bina48 is one of the worlds most advanced social robots commissioned by Dr. Martine Rothblatt and created by Hanson Robotics Inc. based on the information about a real person, Bina Aspen,co-founder of the Terasem Movement and the World Against Racism Museum. Using video interview transcripts, laser scanning life mask technology, face recognition, artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology, Bina48 was created to demonstrate the first step in the Terasem Hypothesis, which states “(1) a conscious analog of a person may be created by combining sufficiently detailed data about the person (a “mindfile”) using future consciousness software (“mindware”).

Bina48 is designed to be a social being that represents a mix of memories, values,beliefs from the original Bina along with new experiences gained through interaction with others. She has been featured in the New York Times Science Section, GQ Magazine, NPR and National Geographic Magazine since she “came to life” in 2010.

Bindi Karia

Boutique Advisory Firm
Innovation Expert & Advisor, CEO

Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders, Corporates and Government, and as a result, has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career. As a Consultant (PwC Consulting), as a Corporate (Microsoft BizSpark /Ventures), as a Startup employee (Trayport), as an Advisor (Startup Europe, Startup Weekend Europe, Tech London Advocates), as a Connector (GQ UK, the IoD and Evening Standard have all recognised this) and until recently, as their Banker (Silicon Valley Bank) The entrepreneurs have influenced her so greatly over the years, that she is building a Boutique Advisory Firm, focused on advising and connecting across four core Innovation pillars (Corporate, Startup, Investors and Government + Community) for commercial success.

She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of seven startups and one Venture Debt fund, as well as Digital Advisory Board of Shop Direct plc (£1.9bn t/o business), the Advisory Boards of European Innovation Council, Startup Europe (EU), Tech London Advocates, Ambassador for Innovate Finance, and just finished a term as trustee for TechStars Startup Weekend Europe.

She is a strong advocate for promoting Women in Tech, and as such, seven of her Advisory Board roles are for women-founded businesses.

Bindi was born in the UK, raised in Canada, her entire family is from Kenya, but the lure of Europe especially London bought her back and kept her there!

Christian Bogatu

Fresh Energy

Christian is a serial entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of Fresh Energy (, generating unparalleled insights based on smart meter data. From 2011 until 2017 he was co-founder and managing director of KIWI (, building a city-scale handsfree access-as-a-service system. Prior to KIWI, he co-founded Kirsen Global Security in the Silicon Valley that became global leader in container security and exclusive provider for DB Schenker. Christian still serves on the Board of KIWI as well as Kirsen.
Christian has more than 5 years of experience as senior consultant with McKinsey. In 2016, he was appointed as Board member of the innogy (former RWE) Digital Transformation Board. In 2009, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley BA International Diploma. Christian holds a Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in security technology and logistics and a master (Diplom) in energy management and chemical engineering from the University of Technology in Berlin, Germany.

Christian Nagel


Dr. Christian Nagel is Co-Founder and Partner of Earlybird.
Christian has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience. He was Chairman of the Board of Tipp24 AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: TIM) and Interhyp AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: IYP), which returned more than 50x the original Earlybird investment. Up till the trade sale to SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC) he also served on the board of BridgeCo AG. He is currently on the boards of CrossEngage (Berlin), Cashboard (Berlin), N26 (Berlin), Smava (Berlin) and Tradico (Munich).
Prior to founding Earlybird in 1997, Christian, together with a group of investors, acquired various companies from the Treuhandanstalt (the former East-German state holding) and gained operational experience. He was a shareholder and an Executive Director of HNP Präzisionsteile GmbH & Co. KG, SMB Industrieholding GmbH, DH Industrieholding Hohenthurm GmbH and a number of other subsidiary companies of these holding companies.
Previously, Christian worked as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Co. Inc. focusing on restructuring, strategy and M & A projects within various industries.
He holds a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree (Industrial Engineering, MSc equivalent) from the Technical University of Hamburg, specializing in process engineering and a PhD degree in management from the University of St. Gallen.

Christoph Jentzsch
Founder and CEO

Christoph’s background is in theoretical physics, where he developed optimized software solutions for high performance computing on specialized hardware. Christoph has been part of the Ethereum project since 2014 as Lead Tester, securing and shaping the core protocol while working on the backend of the C++ client. End of 2015 he co-founded, working on the decentralized sharing economy through the connection of Blockchain and IoT.

Clare Jones


Clare is the CCO of what3words; prior to this, her background was in the development and growth of social enterprises, including in impact investing. She is interested in how innovative business models can tackle social and environmental challenges, and sits on the board of various UK social enterprises. She studied for an undergraduate degree in English, with her graduate degree in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge. Clare also volunteers with the Streetlink project, doing health outreach work with vulnerable women in South London.

Colette Ballou

Ballou PR

“I am an entrepreneur, angel investor and limited partner.

Years ago, I started Ballou PR, a European communications and strategy agency that works with high-growth technology and technology-enabled companies, as well as technology investors.  As Ballou PR is at the meeting point of business and media, we’ve been early adopters of leading technologies and monitored their development.

Ballou PR’s success has allowed me to invest in start-ups and venture capital firms, and has also given me exposure to thousands of different business models, so that I know what works, what doesn’t, and what to watch for.  Along with my colleagues, I forecast trends, understand and examine human behaviour, and use these insights to position businesses for high growth.

Companies I’ve worked with include 83 North, Accel Partners, AOL Networks, Autonomy, Badoo, Box, Criteo, Duolingo, Emailvision, Eventbrite, Evernote, Facebook, Flipboard, GoEuro, GP Bullhound, HotelTonight, Infectious Media, Lakestar, Pinterest, Seatwave, SendGrid,, Stack Overflow, Stripe, TechCrunch Disrupt, TransferWise, Twilio, Unruly Media, Waze, WhatsApp, White Star Capital, Wildfire Interactive, Yelp and Zendesk.

I invest in companies with teams I’ve known previously who have a straightforward business model and to whom I can bring more than money to the table.  A snapshot of my angel investments:

  • tv (France): Spotify for TV, which recently raised a $23.3M Series B with Sky as an investor
  • ai (Latvia/US): AI for automating marketing communication
  • Orson & Co (UK/US): a touchscreen software and publishing company founded by a bestselling novelist Richard Mason that unleashes a media-rich storytelling format created by artists, not coders
  • Black Country Atelier, a UK-based education software company teaching young people skills in modern digital design and manufacturing technologies (3D printing, scanning, smart electronics and programming).

Furthermore, I am also a limited partner in Berlin-based Cavalry Ventures, which now takes up the lion’s share of my time, as I guide them to become a more reflective venture capital firm, placing diversity in the center of their investment thesis.  The partners and I firmly believe that this will result in far above average returns.

I advise and mentor many CEOs and am a frequent speaker on the topic of angel investing, the importance of reputation and a strong corporate culture, and the responsibilities of investors, be they angels or limited partners.”

Daniel Gusev

Gauss Ventures
Managing Partner

Managing Partner of Gauss Ventures (Luxembourg) and Russian FinTech Association Expert and Fintech Envoy,

Daniel Gusev is a seasoned entrepreneur in financial services innovation space, starting and chairing several successful labs and design-driven project offices in leading banks in CEE, Europe and the UK since 2009. He is a mentor with several accelerators in the UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand, reads lectures for Imperial College London Fintech Program and advises several international start-ups.

He has also contributed in various founder and executive roles to 3 startups and had experienced the joy of 1 exit.

Daniel graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in History and did postgraduate studies in Banking with Financial University

Danny Cabrera

Former CEO & Founder

Danny is a life science entrepreneur, he is currently developing genetic engineering tools with applications in healthcare, agriculture and metabolic engineering. In 2014 he founded BioBots, a company that is bringing 3D bioprinters that print living tissues out of human cells to market. In addition to being featured on CNN and Fortune, BioBots was named The Company of the Year in 2015 by the Philadelphia Business Journal, one of the Top 10 Robotics Companies Disrupting 3D Printing in 2017, most innovative at SXSW, and one of the Top 100 Most Disruptive Companies in the World in 2017 by Disruptor Daily. Danny was named one of the Most Innovative Entrepreneurs of 2016 by Investopedia, one of the Top 100 Business Visionaries by Business Insider and he is an Inc. and Forbes 30 under 30.

David C. Woessner

Local Motors, Inc

David currently serves as the General Manager of Local Motors in National Harbor, MD. After finalizing the launch of an award-winning facility in 2016, where the world’s first self-driving, cognitive, low speed, electric shuttle, Olli, was debuted, he is now responsible for operations of the sales and demonstration facility in National Harbor, MD. His primary focus is working with local stakeholders and partners to demonstrate, pilot, and sell self-driving Ollis in the Washington, DC region and beyond. He also leads External Affairs in order to appropriately influence public policy of self-driving vehicles.

David earned his MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology while serving multiple terms on the National Society of Black Engineers’ National Board of Directors. He received his BA in Physics and German from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana where he recently completed his 3-year term on the Board of the National Association of Wabash Men.

David enjoys playing soccer and basketball while also coaching youth sports, he fully embraces his German & Moroccan culture and the live, work and play model that National Harbor, MD and Detroit have to offer.

David Ebbitt

Health Informatics Manager

Dave brings 30+ years experience in technology, IT management and business change in organisations ranging from startups to large global corporates. He has spent much of his career in financial services and was a co-founder in 2001 of Premierline – a disruptive startup which brought direct insurance to the SME sector for the first time and which is now part of Allianz Insurance.
He spent 3 years as Head of IT for Salford Royal Hospitals Trust, one of the UK leaders in electronic patient records. This galvanised his interest in health informatics and the ongoing challenges of health data interoperability. Most recently he has focused on innovation in the UK health sector, leading to a recognition that blockchain technologies will be ‘game-changing’ for health solutions. He has joined the Medicalchain team to help translate this vision into reality. Medicalchain have recently completed their Initial Coin Offering and are about to implement their first pilot – a telemedicine application enabled by blockchain for which patients can pay with crypto-currency.

David Weinberger

Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Senior Researcher

From his unique position as a former philosophy professor, entrepreneur, marketing consultant, and policy adviser, David Weinberger, Ph.D., writes about how technology is changing our most fundamental ideas. How has knowledge changed? Being a customer? Education? Journalism? Libraries? Friendship? Success? David pursues such topics as a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and was recently co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and a journalism fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. He is a co-author of “”The Cluetrain Manifesto”” and several other books. He has been a marketing VP and adviser to high tech companies, an adviser to several presidential campaigns, and a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department. He has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Dean Johnson

Head of Innovation

As an accomplished design leader, writer, presenter, BBC tech pundit and Head of Innovation at Brandwidth, Dean Johnson is shaping the connected future for Film, TV, Automotive, Publishing, Music, Education and Leisure sectors with the emphasis on user experience and engagement. Dean is a Fellow and former VP of the Chartered Society of Designers and a Mentor for the British Fashion Council and Startup Sesame.

Continuing to push boundaries in design and technology, in April 2017 Dean spent 48 hours in virtual reality with Sarah Jones of Coventry University, tackling 30 different immersive experiences including go-karting, a wing walk and receiving a real-world tattoo – all whilst in VR! Dean is a top VR, IoT, CES, Industry 4.0 and Automotive Design Influencer and writes for numerous publications, his own blog ( ) and is the author of international #1 interactive iBook ‘Digital Publishing: The Next Steps’ Recent conference appearances have included: CapitalFest, UX-DAY, Pirate Summit, DigitalK, BDL Accelerate, IAB MIXX, Develop:VR, FutureFest, IBC Rising Stars, Capitol Hill VR, AWE Santa Clara, FashTech Summit, Smart IoT London, TEDx Athens, The Wearable Technology Show, Silicon Beach, Bitspiration, Mobile Show Middle East, DBW New York, CONTEC Frankfurt and lecturing at the Strelka Institute Moscow.

Dimitra Papadopoulou

Founder & CEO

Dimitra is Founder and CEO at meHealthx, Founder and VP at DLhealthRnD foundation with focus on innovation & complexity for blockchain in digital health and the involvement of cross-industries and technologies. She is actively involved in international public and private activities. As independent expert at the EU Commission is evaluating innovation digital preservation project proposals. She is Head of Blockchain Germany Practice at CGI and lead consultant in local public organisations. At national level she is co-leading the WG Blockchain for Healthcare at German Bundesblock Association and at interantional level acting as Scietific Board Member at the Israely Blockchain Association.

Dinko Eror

Dell EMC, Enterprise Sales Germany
Senior Vice President & Managing Director

Dinko Eror is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Dell EMC’S Enterprise business in Germany. He is responsible for the strategic alignment of Dell EMC as a provider of Digital Transformation solutions and services and for promoting Dell EMC’s growth in Germany.

Dinko has more than 25 years of professional experience in the IT industry and has been working for EMC for nine years. Until the end of 2015, he was Vice President of EMC Global Services for the EMEA region. In this role, Dinko oversaw EMC’s consulting and technology professional services as well as its award-winning customer support organizations, helping clients drive business value through IT innovation. Previously, Dinko lead EMC’s presales organization in EMEA. From 2009 until 2013, he was Director Technology Solutions and Senior Director Global Services at EMC in Germany. Prior to joining EMC, Dinko held several management positions with Hewlett-Packard. Most recently he was Head of Data Centre Organization North, Central and Eastern Europe at HP.

Dinko is passionate about how technology is disrupting and revolutionizing business strategies – particularly through the enabling power of the software-defined enterprise. He is named amongst the world’s top 25 Cloud Influencers.

Dominik Krabbe

EIT Digital
Accelerator Marketing & Challenge Lead

Dominik leads EIT Digital’s pan-European contest, the EIT Digital Challenge, which seeks to identify the best European digital technology scaleups and help them grow internationally. Before joining EIT Digital, Dominik founded his own event management firm, worked for an international conference company and helped start a successful software startup in Berlin. He studied Media & Communications in Germany and California before graduating from the HPI School of Design Thinking, where he helped corporations and executives develop innovative user-centered solutions.

Dr. Jennifer Sarah Geffers

Volkswagen Group
Head of Ideation:Hub

Leading the Ideation:Hub of Volkswagen Group IT. Before: 5 years’ experience as internally VW consultant for strategy questions on supervisory board level – specifically for innovation, efficiency and sustainability projects.
Previous to VW: 6 years IT technology driven consulting experience and leading worldwide projects for different automobile brands. PHD in business science.

Dr. Klaus Stöckemann

Peppermint VenturePartners
Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Klaus Stoeckemann is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Peppermint VenturePartners (PVP)
( He has more than 28 years of experience in the international healthcare
industry. Starting in the pharmaceutical industry in 1992 he worked in different leading positions at
Schering AG (now Bayer) and Asta Medica (Degussa). He moved into Venture Capital end of 1999
joining 3i where he became General Partner in the Healthcare team. He is responsible for more than
15 investments and exits. As a mentor at different accelerators as well as member of the board of
the German Association of Venture Capital (BVK) he assist to build the Start-Up and Venture Capital
ecosystem in Germany. Klaus holds a PhD in Biology and Pharmacology from the University of Mainz
as well as a MBA from WHU / Kellogg Northwestern University in the US.

Dr. Lorenz Jüngling

Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Lorenz Jüngling joined N26 in November 2016 after working for many years as a strategic management consultant and partner for McKinsey & Company in Europe and Africa. He holds a Diploma in Mathematical Physics and a Ph.D. Lorenz focuses on building products that enable people to deal with the challenges of everyday life in an intuitive way. He, together with the product, design, and tech teams at N26, is changing commercial banking by putting its users’ true interests first. Without N26, Lorenz would be a fashion photographer and amateur blues guitar player.

Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram


The co-founder of Proximie, Nadine Hachach-Haram is a curious surgeon with a passion for technology and innovation and a desire to make a difference in the world.  

Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram is a surgeon, lecturer and clinical entrepreneur. Nadine drew on her passion for innovation, education and global surgery to co-found Proximie, an augmented reality platform that allows doctors to virtually transport themselves in to any operating room anywhere in the world to visually and practically interact in an operation from start to finish. From marking up a patient to providing real-time virtual presence in assisting and instructing on an operation from start to finish overlaid with content and a rich palate of augmented reality they aim to provide safe, accessible and cost-effective surgery to every patient around the world. Proximie has enjoyed significant success with early adoption by major medical institutions and NGO’s and has been covered by news agencies around the world. Dubbed by CNN the "Future of Surgery," Proximie has gone from strength to strength and won multiple awards including Foreign Press Association Science Story of the Year.  

When she isn’t working, Nadine spends her time with her husband and 3 children in London.

Dr. Rola Hallam

Founder and CEO

Rola is a consultant anaesthetist, humanitarian, human rights advocate and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of CanDo, a not-for-profit social enterprise delivering resources directly to local humanitarians who provide essential healthcare to their war-devastated communities. She was co-founder and Medical Director of the charity Hand-In-Hand for Syria, playing an integral part with other Syrian NGOs in building 7 hospitals in the north of the country. Rola lectures at the London School of Economics and King’s College London, and is an international speaker and advocate for the cessation of targeting of civilians in war zones, and the protection of medical neutrality.

Rola is also the first Syrian TED Fellow.

Dr. Sebastian Guth

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

Sebastian Guth is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Bayer Pharmaceuticals. In addition, he is responsible for the P&L and entire operations of Bayer’s global Radiology Business Unit. Mr. Guth is a member of the Pharmaceuticals Executive Committee and Global Pharmaceuticals Development Committee.
Based in Berlin, Germany, Mr. Guth oversees global product strategy, marketing, market access and marketing operations for Bayer’s prescription pharmaceuticals portfolio. Bayer Pharmaceuticals’ portfolio focuses on highly innovative new launches and a broad range of established products for cardiology and women’s healthcare as well as for specialty therapeutics in the areas of oncology, hematology and ophthalmology. The Radiology Business Unit develops and commercializes diagnostic imaging equipment together with the necessary contrast agents.
Before assuming his current role at Bayer Pharmaceuticals in October 2015, Mr.
Guth was Chief Marketing Officer for Bayer’s General Medicine Business.
Previously he served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Bayer Yakuhin Ltd., Osaka, leading Bayer’s healthcare business in Japan.
Sebastian Guth’s professional career in the pharmaceuticals industry started in 2001 with Schering where he was Special Projects Leader for Asia and the Middle East. This led to his transfer to Schering Singapore Pte. as Managing Director for Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam the following year. Returning to Berlin in 2005, Mr. Guth was appointed Head of Strategy and Business Development for Schering’s European business. Following Bayer’s acquisition of Schering in 2006, he acted as Chief Executive Officer of Bayer Turk, Istanbul, and was Senior Representative of the Bayer Group in Turkey from 2007, until his transfer to Japan in early 2011.
Born in 1974, Sebastian Guth is married and has three children.

Eran Shir

Co-Founder & CEO

Eran Shir is the co-founder and CEO of Nexar, an artificial intelligence dashcam
application that seeks to rid the world of car crashes. Nexar is a vehicle-to-vehicle
network connecting cars nearby; it can warn its users in real-time of dangerous
situations happening beyond each individual driver’s line of sight, such as issuing
a forward collision warning, effectively giving drivers more time to react.
Prior to founding Nexar at the beginning of 2015, Shir was the entrepreneur in
residence at Aleph, a Tel Aviv-based venture capital firm, where he focused on
big-data, crypto-currencies and market disruption. He also was the senior director
and head of the creative innovation center at Yahoo!, where he was responsible
for their creative advertising technologies strategy and portfolio, as well as the
development of their next generation personalized creative advertising platform.

Eugene Kaspersky

Kaspersky Lab

Eugene Kaspersky is a world-renowned cybersecurity expert and successful entrepreneur. He is a co- founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Kaspersky Lab, the world’s largest privately-held vendor of endpoint protection and cybersecurity solutions.

Eugene began his career in cybersecurity accidentally when his computer became infected with the ‘Cascade’ virus in 1989. Eugene’s specialized education in cryptography helped him analyze the encrypted virus, understand its behavior, and then develop a removal tool for it. After successfully removing the virus, Eugene’s curiosity and passion for computer technology drove him to start analyzing more malicious programs and developing disinfection modules for them. This exotic collection of antivirus modules would eventually become the foundation for Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus database. Today the database is one of the most comprehensive and complete collections in cybersecurity, used in detecting and preventing systems from being infected by more than 500 million malicious programs.

Further pursuing his passion for defensive technologies, in 1990 Eugene started gathering a team of like- minded enthusiast researchers to create the AVP Toolkit Pro antivirus program, which four years later was recognized by the University of Hamburg as the most effective antivirus software in the world. Wishing to combine their successful track record of antivirus programming with their entrepreneurial vision, Eugene and his colleagues decided to establish their own independent company. In 1997 Kaspersky Lab was founded, with Eugene heading the company’s antivirus research. In 2007 he was named Kaspersky Lab’s CEO.

Today Kaspersky Lab is one of the fastest growing IT security vendors worldwide, operating in almost 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company employs more than 3,800 professionals and IT security specialists in 35 dedicated regional offices across 31 countries, and its cybersecurity technologies protect over 400 million users worldwide.

Kaspersky Lab’s globally renowned team of experts has investigated some of the most complex and sophisticated cyberattacks ever known, including Stuxnet, Flame, and Red October. The company also cooperates extensively with INTERPOL, Europol, and national police bodies to actively assist them in their fight against cybercrime.

Eugene has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the UK’s Plymouth University. He regularly gives both lectures on cybersecurity at universities around the globe, and keynotes at leading conferences and industry events.

Fabian Gompf

Parity Technologies
Product manager

Fabian is a product- and project manager at Parity Technologies. In his role he also oversees the partnerships of the company. Parity is an infrastructure-focussed blockchain company, that builds decentralised platforms and applications. Parity’s work combines cutting-edge cryptography, cellular systems, peer-to-peer technology and decentralised consensus architectures. Through his work, Fabian is substantially involved in blockchain initiatives of leading organizations in industries such as Energy, Mobility, Pharma and Finance – as well as the Polkadot project.

Before joining Parity, Fabian was part of the early days of Electromobility in Germany through his work with StreetScooter GmbH (acquired by Deutsche Post DHL Group) and Porsche AG. He studied electrical engineering and business administration at RWTH Aachen University and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

Falon Fatemi
Founder and CEO

Falon Fatemi is the Founder and CEO of Node, a groundbreaking artificial intelligence platform revolutionizing how people and businesses discover new opportunities. At age 19, Falon was the youngest employee at Google and has since spent over a decade focused on go-to-market strategy, global expansion, and strategic partnerships at Google, YouTube, and the startup world. Falon is also an SF Innovation Fellow for Mayor Ed Lee, and writes acolumn for Forbes covering company building in Silicon Valley, artificial intelligence, and the future of sales and marketing. Falon and Node have recently been featured in CNBC, Bloomberg, Business Insider, TechCrunch, Inc., Fast Company and more. You can follow her at

Felix Baldauf-Lenschen

Founder, Head of Business Development

Felix Baldauf-Lenschen leads global business development at Enlitic, Inc., a medical deep learning company based in San Francisco, California. He helps drive Enlitic’s commercial strategy with the goal of improving patient outcomes by enabling more accurate and faster diagnoses. To validate and deploy Enlitic’s technology, Felix focuses on establishing partnerships with academic research institutions, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and governments throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. As a native German with a degree in Economics from Colby College, his international background spans the fields of healthcare, private equity, and commercial banking through roles in business development, research, and consulting.

Felix Mago

Blocktech Institute

The author of the “Bitcoin Handbook” works in the Blockchain space since 2014 and is very well connected in the German and international Blockchain ecosystem.

He is Head of the German “Blocktech Institute”. This Berlin-based Blockchain academy helps corporates from all sectors finding their Blockchain potentials.

Felix has more than 10 years’ experience as consultant in the banking and finance sector. As Head of Innovation Management for the Berlin-based IT-service provider QuadriO, he is offers end-to-end digitization and innovation solutions for his clients.

Felix Scharf

Volkswagen Group
Business Innovation Manager

Berlin-based Business Designer Felix Scharf is part of the Volkswagen Group IT Innovation Team called Ideation:Hub, in particular leading the Business & Startup Innovation Program. Connecting new mobility, digital services and smart city topics within the organization, he and his team develop solutions for urban challenges focusing on new business models and ecosystem extension through research cooperations and strategic partnerships.

He holds degrees in Business, Sociology, Psychology as well as in Media Science. His expertise in urban development and business model innovation brought him to the Volkswagen Group in 2008.

Filipe Cassapo

Innovation Executive Manager

Filipe M. Cassapo is the Executive Manager of the International Innovation Center of Federation of Industries of the State of Paraná, in Brazil. The International Innovation Center is a strategic initiative of the Brazilian Industry System, which aims at supporting the development of innovative businesses, at all maturity level, as well as the development of an innovation culture. Mr. Cassapo is also a Director at ANPEI, the Brazilian National Association of Research and Development of Innovative Company. ANPEI is the major multi-sector and independent Brazilian association that brings together the main professionals who practice innovation for the generation of high value-added business. Mr. Cassapo has an 18-years’ experience in innovation management, in several national and multinational companies, in Brazil, and is a national and international invited speaker for the topics of innovation and high impact entrepreneurship. Filipe M. Cassapo is graduated in Computer Science Engineering from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne – France, where he also received a Minor Degree in Cognitive Science and Epistemology. Mr. Cassapo also received an MSc. in Applied Computer Science from the Catholic University of Paraná – Brazil

Fiona Nielsen


Fiona Nielsen, founder and CEO Repositive, is a bioinformatician who previously worked in research and development (R&D) at Illumina, developing tools for interpretation of next-generation sequencing data and analysing cancer and FFPE samples, sequenced on the latest technology. It was in these roles that Fiona realised how difficult it is to find and access genomics data for research. In 2013, Fiona founded DNAdigest, a charity promoting best practices for efficient and ethical data sharing – aligning the interests of patients and researchers. Fiona was nominated for the 2013 WiSE award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for her work with DNAdigest.

Galia Benartzi


Galia Benartzi is a serial technology entrepreneur from California and Israel, and a co-founder of the Bancor Protocol, a blockchain smart-contract standard for the creation of intrinsically tradable cryptographic tokens. She has a BA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College and an MA in International Economics from SAIS Johns Hopkins.

In 2005, Galia co-founded Mytopia, the first social gaming company for smartphones (acquired by 888), and in 2010, Particle Code, a cross-platform development technology for mobile applications (acquired by Appcelerator).

In 2013, Galia moved from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv to support and invest in Israeli technology as a Venture Partner at Founders Fund, where she also launched numerous local currency pilots to model, build and test software for community marketplace networks. Galia is a founding member of Powder Mountain, permanent home of the Summit community in Eden, Utah, and creator of the Eden2Zion Reality trips by the Schusterman Foundation. She is passionate about decentralized technologies, women’s empowerment, consciousness, natural wellness and plants.

Gisbert Rühl

Klöckner & CO

With a number of leadership positions in industry and consulting already under his belt, Gisbert Rühl joined the Klöckner & Co Management Board as CFO in 2005. He has served as Chairman of the Board since 2009. Gisbert is currently driving forward Klöckner & Co’s digital transformation and the development of an open industry platform in which the company plays a pioneering role within the steel industry.

Harald Zapp

Next Big Thing
CEO and co-founder

Harald Zapp is a serial tech entrepreneur, Business Angel and IoT innovator. In 2016, he launched the Berlin-based IoT company builder Next Big Thing AG. He is also co-founder of early NBT AG venture – weeve. He has 25 years of working experience in the IT and telecommunications industry besides his experience in founding and successfully running, IoT brand relayr for over 5 years. He is also a member of the BITKOM board, promoting the IoT-Hub Berlin in the context of the German Digital-Hub-Initiative.

Holger Weiss

German Autolabs

Holger G. Weiss is founder and CEO of German Autolabs. He has over 15 years of experience managing and building technology-driven companies with innovative business models in the Future Mobility sector. He has extensive experience and expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a vital role in the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin, from its genesis up to its acquisition by Nokia in 2006. Gate5 was the forerunner for HERE – a map and content provider recently bought by three German car makers at a price of close to three billion Euros.

Before founding German Autolabs, Holger G. Weiss was managing director and CEO of Aupeo. Under his leadership, this music streaming startup developed into one of the leading providers of internet-based audio content for the Automotive Industry. In 2013 Aupeo was acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America.

Holger G. Weiss is a board member of various technology companies and also Venture Partner at Target Partners – one of the leading VC companies in Europe. Besides his business activities, he is also an enthusiastic mentor and business angel for young aspiring founders. He consults medium-sized companies as well as tech and industry related associations.

Jane Kinney

Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Jane Kinney’s main focus for CSF include Regulatory Reform, Export Control, Standards, Spaceports, the Suborbital Research Applications Group, and the Research & Education Affiliates Program.

She has previously worked as a Flight Controller in Mission Control for the International Space Station Program at NASA Johnson Space Center.

Previously, she worked as a Systems Engineer for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation. During her time at BATC she worked on a range of programs including Kepler, the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS), and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).

Kinney received a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue where her technical focuses were Propulsion and Dynamics & Controls.

Jane Metcalfe

CEO/Editor in Chief

“CEO/Editor in Chief, NEO.LIFE

Cofounder/former President, Wired Ventures, Inc.

Jane Metcalfe is the CEO and Editor in Chief of NEO.LIFE, a new media company she created last year to track the astonishing advances in human biology made possible by computer science and engineering.

Prior to that, Jane made chocolate on a pier in San Francisco as the President of TCHO Chocolate, a craft maker of super premium chocolate.

Jane is probably best known for her role as cofounder and president of Wired Magazine, which was called the magazine of the decade by AdAge, for which she and her cofounder / life partner Louis Rossetto were recently honored with a Webby Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

Jennifer Wu

Chief Financial Officer and Director of Strategy

Jennifer Wu, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Strategy at ScanTrust, has 20 years of experience working for global institutions and startups in the U.S., Europe and China. Prior to joining ScanTrust, Jennifer was Managing Director at Magic Stone Alternative Investment in Beijing, a hybrid private equity fund with $1.5 billion of assets under management. Before she moved to Beijing, she was with Capstone Partners and Palomar Capital Advisors in Europe, where her responsibilities range from portfolio management, manager due diligence for private equity and credit hedge funds to risk analysis and fund operations. Previously, Jennifer has held numerous positions at global financial institutions such as UBS, Wells Fargo, Mitchell Madison Group and Deloitte. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and conversant in French and German.

Jens Spahn

The Federal Republic of Germany
Federal Minister of Health

Jens Spahn (born 16 May 1980, in Ahaus-Ottenstein, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German politician currently serving as Federal Minister of Health in the fourth Merkel cabinet. He is a Member of the Bundestag (German: Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestages or MdB) for Steinfurt I – Borken I. He is a member of the ruling Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU).

Jörn Leogrande

Executive Vice President Innovation Labs

Jörn is globally recognized for digital transformation in payment. He heads the product division Value Added Services and is leading Wirecard Labs – the global innovation initiative of Wirecard.

With his deep knowledge, experience, access to global networks and a strong affinity to spotting trends, his expertise lies in digitalization of retail and in developing innovative solutions for mobile payments: mobile wallets, smart value-added services and big data projects with partners and clients, e.g. Alipay, Wechat Pay, Berjaya, ÖBB, O2, Orange, Vodafone, Printemps, The Bodyshop and Deutsche Telekom.

Wirecard AG is a global company offering secure electronic payment methods. Using outsourcing and white label solutions, Wirecard provides an end-to-end payment infrastructure. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange.

Josh Constine


Josh Constine is the Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch, where he’s written thousands of blog posts about tech giants and startups over the past seven years with focuses on social networks, early stage startups, and music streaming. Constine designed a Master’s degree in Cybersociology at Stanford to study how humans interact over the internet.

Since 2010, Constine has moderated over 100 on-stage talks in 14 countries with notable figures including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whistleblower Edward Snowden (via video chat), and former SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung. You can follow his work on Twitter at and he is available for speaking engagements.

Joshua Scigala
Co-founder, CEO

Joshua Scigala is an award winning designer, animator & entrepreneur. He has co-founded 5 technology startups as well as leading large technical teams. He was a pioneer in the sharing economy as well as in the blockchain space.
Joshua moved to Berlin in 2012, and with his interest in alternative economies established as a co-founder together with his brother Philip Scigala.

Julie Maupin

Director of Social Impact and Public Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Julie Maupin is a leading expert on the legal, regulatory, and economic policy dimensions of blockchains and other distributed ledger technologies. A dual-trained lawyer and economist, her expertise spans cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, prediction markets, data analytics and artificial intelligence in IoT environments. Julie sits on the Fintech Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Finance and the UN Internet Governance Forum and is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada) and the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UK). She frequently advises governments and intergovernmental organizations on DLT governance issues, most recently the G20, the Asian Development Bank, the German Development Agency GIZ, and the Government of Georgia. Julie now serves as Director of Social Impact and Public Regulatory Affairs for the IOTA Foundation in Berlin.

Justin Halsall

Developer Advocate

“Justin is a hacker, master of ceremonies, conference organizer and community leader and an all round charming personality with a life long passion for technology and development. He is a well respected moderator hackathons and pitch events and a hackathon veteran.
As Developer Advocate for IBM in New York, he mainly focusses his time and energy on developers and startups. Previously he occupied the roles of Technology Evangelist in Europe and Asia at SoftLayer (Cloud service) and the Director of Developer Programs at Bottlenose, a company that tracks trends on Social Media.”

Kay Wackwitz

Drone Industry Insights

Kay Wackwitz is CEO & Founder of the commercial drone market research firm „Drone Industry Insights“. He holds a degree in aeronautical engineering and has more than 19 year of experience in manned and unmanned aviation. He acquired a large network of professionals practical experience in projects around the globe. In the recently founded sister company „Drone Industry Consulting“ market know-how combined with consulting expertise creates the perfect base for those who want to adopt drone technology in their business today.

Kevin Eisenfrats


Kevin Eisenfrats is an entrepreneur whose passion lies at the intersection of biomedical engineering and reproductive medicine. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Contraline, a medical device company based in Charlottesville, Virginia developing the first long lasting, non-hormonal, and reversible male contraceptive. The product, which has plans to hit the market in 2022, is comprised of a hydrogel that is implanted into the vas deferens via a quick, non-surgical procedure. The gel works by blocking sperm, and can be easily reversed when the patient desires their fertility be restored. Contraline has raised over $3 million to date from investors including Founders Fund, and has also participated in the Y Combinator Fellowship program.

Kevin graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Nanomedicine Engineering. Throughout his undergraduate career, he conducted research on immunotherapy and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Kevin continues to be actively involved in innovation and product development, being listed on 8 patents relating to novel medical devices, drug-delivery devices, and medical procedures. He has won multiple university and national competitions for the invention behind Contraline, and was recently recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare. Kevin and Contraline have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, MIT Technology Review, TechCrunch, MedGadget, and AskMen.

Koen Maris

Cyber Security at Atos, CTO
IOTA Foundation, Advisor cyber security

Koen Maris started an IT career as a software developer. This experience provided solid background in multi tier environments and a basis in the roll-out of complex IT projects. After a few years, he swapped development for ethical hacking because of a natural curiosity to find how systems fail. The start of technical career in IT security, however due to rise of security problems his career evolved from ethical hacking to security solutions integration and eventually to the more managerial side of security.

He has been CISO and security officer preceding his current role (since 2015) as a Chief Technology Officer at Atos for the region Benelux and the Nordics. He advices large organizations in a multi-industry environment to think on a long-term basis on Cyber Security and addresses complex security topics in layman terms for board of directors and executive committees.

Koen Maris serves as a trusted advisor for many organizations and is becoming a known speaker that challenges his audience and questions current applied security models.

Liviu Babitz

Cyborg Nest

Liviu co-founded Cyborg Nest, the world’s first company to sell intelligently designed senses. The firm realized decided to embark on a path to discover more about our world, focusing on what humans cannot perceive with just their senses. Where artificial intelligence is usually crafted to make phones, cars, and homes smarter, Cyborn Nest decided to focus on making people smarter instead.

In his previous role, Liviu was the COO of Videre est Credere. He lived undercover and built covert networks technology users that documented human rights violations in places that lack access to the wider world.

Luc Meriouchaud

Deutsche Bank
Managing Director for Innovation

Luc is Managing Director for Innovation at Deutsche Bank. His focus is on Deutsche Bank’s global Private & Commercial Bank and Postbank as well as Wealth Management. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Luc spent 13 years with McKinsey and Goldman Sachs, with a focus on strategy and innovation for financial services in Europe, Asia and North America. Luc studied Economics and Business in Paris, Oxford and Berlin and has a Ph.D. in capital markets theory. He has been an active startup mentor in Berlin and beyond for many years.

Lukasz Musialski

Iconiq Lab
Co-founder and Portfolio Director

Lukasz Musialski is a Co-founder and Portfolio Director of Iconiq Lab. Before co-founding Iconiq Lab he worked as a member the investment team at FERI Trust, one of the largest non-bank alternative asset managers in Germany, where he worked in the private equity and venture capital space. He previously gained financial expertise by working in large financial institutions such as UBS and GE Capital RE. Lukasz is an avid technologist and a podcaster. He holds a Master’s in Finance degree from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

​Mariano Majan

Europe Growth Team

Mariano is an Account Executive at Remix, works closely with Government and private companies on the transport sector in Europe to understand their planning processes and promote the use of technology to create more livable cities. He has a scientific background, holding a Masters degree in Mathematics and Computer Engineering and has worked in public transportation projects worldwide, including cities such as Helsinki, Singapore, Bogota, or London, among others.

Marin Livadaru

Successful senior executive with tremendous leadership and communication skills, and a consistent record of achievement in completing transactions in M&A, finance and asset management.

Marin is co-founder of, the first sharing economy of longevity related services, that uses blockchain technology to help people assure health span and well-being. co-founder, and FEIRA Group (Future Europe Investment Rating Association) CEO, pioneering innovations in different industries.

Marin is serial entrepreneur and investment manager.
Former Top Executive of MBB Group,
Founder of FC DACIA.
Founder of ​​​International Academy of Economics and Politics

Mark Ciotola

Co-founder of Orbital Genomics endeavor

A lifelong space enthusiast and entrepreneur, Mark Ciotola has worked in NASA’s largest wind tunnels, been involved in complex biotechnology manufacturing and has developed information systems that handled billions of dollars of transactions for major financial institutions. Yet while in the Australian outback, hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest water source, a vision came to him how space technology could help support humans in remote areas of the Earth while reducing stress on the environment. Since then, he has been passionate about synergies between space and sustainability. He is the founder of which is creating new approaches for astroculture. SustainSpace was awarded the European Space Agency’s Exploration Masters Challenge 2017 Overall Winner Prize.

Massimiliano Dragoni

European Commission
Senior Policy Official

Has been developing his career at the commission where he holds the position of Senior Policy Official. In this over twenty years at the European commission Massimiliano has primarily been working in the Research, Development and Innovation policy and programming. He was among the founders of the Value and Innovation programs in Luxembourg, responsible for a strand of the Industrial Technologies Program Brite Euram, notably on lean production and automation. Massimiliano also worked at head of the Joint research Centre (JRC) central planning office in Ispra and later as responsible for the Bio-economy observatory. Since 2015 he joined DG Connect and he is currently responsible for the Open Disruptive Innovation in the SME Instrument and digital entrepreneurship policies, as well as responsible for the H2020 deep tech initiative of Startup Europe. Massimiliano is Italian by birth and holds an Economics BS degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, USA and an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Matt Tait

Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
Senior Fellow

Matt Tait is a senior fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches cyber-security in the law and public policy schools.

Previously Matt worked at Google Project Zero, worked as an exploit developer at the UK’s GCHQ intelligence agency, and worked at Microsoft on operating-system security while a Principal Security Consultant at iSEC Partners.

Max Amordeluso

Amazon Alexa
EU Lead Evangelist

Max Amordeluso is the Lead Evangelist for Amazon Alexa in Europe. His main mission is to introduce Alexa to European developers, and demonstrate how they can build natural and delightful voice experiences for customers. Max has held several technical leadership roles during a career spanning over 15 years—prior to his current role he led the teams that brought Alexa Skills Kit to United Kingdom and Germany, and spent the previous two years leading the Solutions Architects team for Amazon Web Services in Europe. Max is passionate about topics including Human Computer Interaction, the Internet of Things and the materialization of science fiction predictions.

Mika Rautiainen

CEO and Founder

Mika Rautiainen, Ph.D., is the founder and chief executive officer of Valossa Labs, the company that produces video recognition and intelligence products. Mika has deep experience in computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) for media content recognition systems and his research team’s innovations in AI have been integrated into Valossa’s content analysis engine, as well as the company’s emotion and expression recognition engine.

Based on the latest deep learning techniques, the Valossa AI intelligence engine recognizes people, visual context, speech topics, video categories and other video entities at an unprecedented level of detail, from scene to higher level understanding. Ultimately, the intelligence of the Valossa AI answers the question, “what are my videos about and how could I benefit from that information?”

Mika was previously a senior research fellow at the University of Oulu, in northern Finland, which has one of the world’s most prestigious computer vision labs. He has worked as a researcher with the University of Oulu in various positions for the past 20 years. Mika has also worked as a researcher at the University of Maryland and at NEC’s C&C Central Research Labs, in Japan.

Mike Haley

Senior Director, Machine Intelligence

Mike leads Machine Intelligence at Autodesk focusing on discovering ground breaking machine learning technologies and strategies for the future of making things. He directs the Autodesk AI Labs where core AI research occurs in conjunction with product engineering from across Autodesk so that advanced AI features may be rapidly introduced to our customers. For the last several years Mike’s team has been focused on bringing geometric shape-analysis, computer vision, control systems and other high scale machine-learning techniques to 3D design information as well as industrial environments with the intent of making AI a natural partner in the design and creation process.

Formerly, Mike led the move of Autodesk products from the desktop to the cloud by driving the adoption of scalable distributed compute and data technology. Prior to joining Autodesk, Mike has performed research and product development in the fields of: volumetric graphics, distributed systems, computer vision and real-time systems. He is drawn to areas where he can combine his many years of experience in computer-graphics, distributed systems and mathematical analysis while exploring new technologies and business opportunities. Mike holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Mohammed Johmani

Serial Entrepreneur

Mohammed Johmani is a Serial Entrepreneur a Multi-talented, ambitious and passionate about entrepreneurship, professional at juggling the demands of managing six different businesses; Eniverse, Cary!, O2, Belong Interactive, Plotos and Space while planning for regional expansion and global reach.

Started his academic career at the Sydney University of Technology, Johmani holds Doctorate degree in Technology Entrepreneurship from Paramount California University in the US and MBA in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde. And holding professional postgraduate marketing diplomas from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

In his 25th birthday 4th December 2005 he established O2 in Dubai, then co-founded Belong Interactive, Eniverse, Cary!, Plotos and Space with a clear vision to establish a home-grown conglomerate, that will become a leading global player competing with global tycoons!

Monty Munford

Weekly tech columnist

Monty Munford is an ​emcee/panellist/moderator​/interviewer ​​​and speaker at events such as SXSW, ​BDL Accelerate, ​The Europas, Slush, STEP, Zest, Digital K, Startup Village, South Summit, Mobile Web Africa ​and others in cities such as London, San Francisco, ​Beirut, ​Helsinki, Moscow, Dubai, Lagos, Madrid, Sofia, Austin and Dublin.

He writes a weekly tech columnist for Forbes in New York and a monthly business/tech columnist in London for the BBC and writes regularly on technology for The Economist, MIT Tech Review, Wired UK, Newsweek, VentureBeat TechCrunch, Mashable​,​ Fast Company and many others​.​ He has a well-trafficked tech blog, Mob76 Outlook​, which has more than 110,000 unique visitors per month.

Moojan Asghari

Hacking House
Project Manager

Moojan Asghari Born in Tehran and based in Paris, Moojan is an adventurous entrepreneur and a tech obsessed. She is passionate about the impact of AI on our lives, and believes that the technology can change the world when time and space collide, where humans meet in person and create meaningful experiences.

As a community-driven advocate, she built her first startup in experiential marketing. She then co-founded Startup Sesame, aiming to leverage on the value created by human interactions at Tech event.

Net Jacobsson

SparkChain Capital

Net Jacobsson is a former Facebook executive, co-founder & partner at SparkChain Capital, Sparklabs Global Ventures & SparkLabs Accelerator network, an entrepreneur and investor with vast international experience from many pioneering companies.

Net started out in Sweden at Ericsson Mobile Communications in the late 90s with user interface design. Net then led international business for instant messaging company ICQ before he joined Chinese browser company Maxthon in 2005 as partner & senior vice president. He was instrumental in growing Maxthon to over 1 Billion download and attracted Google as an investor.

In 2007 Net joined Facebook as Head of International business development with focus on user acquisition, new markets and early M&A opportunities. In addition, Net was responsible for Facebook’s mobile business and led a number of high profile deals with mobile operators and handset manufacturers. Net has been a Board Member of the Chinese Tinder, P1 (now TanTan) acquired by MoMo for $735M in 2018. He was also an advisor to Crowdstar (sold to Glu Mobile 2016) OpenFeint (acquired by GREE, 2012) and to

Net is a very passionate mountain biker and shares his riding experiences with entrepreneurs and interesting people from around the world on The Mountain Biking VC:

Nina Siedler


Nina-Luisa Siedler has eighteen years’ experience in advising on financing transactions. Her practice covers loans and debt capital market instruments. Nina is used to manage complex transactions and to cooperate seamlessly with auditors, tax advisors, software engineers and other parties involved. Having worked on both borrower/issuer and lender/investor sides, she has a deep understanding of the interests of all parties involved in a financing situation, including their (factual and regulatory) restrictions.

Nina is highly interested in new technology and advises FinTech companies as well as blockchain ventures. At DWF, she leads the international Blockchain Competence Group. She is founding member of Blockchain Bundesverband (the German blockchain association) where she heads the financing as well as the ICO working group.

Olivier Oullier


Olivier Oullier, PhD, is a neuroscientist, President of EMOTIV, the global leader of mobile neurotechnologies. Prior to joining EMOTIV, Olivier has held distinguished positions as Global Head of Strategy in Health and Healthcare and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Full Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University and Head of the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic Analyses of the Prime Minister of France. A WEF Young Global Leader, he has (co-)authored more than 200 scientific and mainstream publications including featured columns in Fortune Magazine (“This Is Your Brain On Business”) and The National (“Brain Matters”).

Omer Bar-Yohay

CEO & Co Founder

Mr. Bar-Yohay served in the Israel Defense Forces from 1997 to 2008, and departed from service with the rank of Major. From 2008 to 2015 Mr. Bar-Yohay served in the office of the Prime Minister of Israel in various managerial positions. Mr. Bar-Yohay holds a BA in Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Philipp Strack

Head of New Venture

Philipp holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics (specialising in Quantum Electronics) from the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in 2009. He started his career in strategic consulting with McKinsey & Company in Frankfurt and London, UK before transitioning to Harvard University in 2011, first as a Postdoc and later as Principal Investigator in Quantum Optics. Since January 2017, he is Head of New Venture at ZEISS Group.

Prince Constantijn

Special Envoy

Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau leads StartupDelta, the accelerator for the startup ecosystem in the Netherlands and advises companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategies. He is a regular speaker at national and international tech conferences (like: Websummit, Slush, South Summit, OECD Forum, The Next Web, StartupFest Europe) and holds a number of positions in both the public and private sector.

  • StartupDelta Special Envoy since July 2016. He is appointed by the Dutch Government to make The Netherlands the European epicenter of innovation, with the best climate for entrepreneurs to start, build, grow and internationalize their businesses.
  • Director Digital Technology &Macro Strategy at Macro Advisory Partners in London and New York.
  • Member of the EU High Level Group on Innovation that advises the Commission on instruments for generating breakthrough innovations.
  • Advisor to Andrus Ansip, the current Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market.
  • Edge Fellow at Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, advising senior corporate executives on digital transition strategies and corporate innovation.

Until 2014 Constantijn was Chief of Staff of European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes. He has a background in management consulting and policy research & advice at Booz Allen & Hamilton in London and the RAND Corporation in Brussels. In 2015 he founded StartupFest Europe, the country’s biggest ever startup festival, Which was held for the second time in September ‘17. Constantijn holds an MBA from the INSEAD at Fontainebleau and masters degree in law from Leiden University.

Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau is passionate about technology, art, music, photography and nature. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Internet Domain Registration in the Netherlands (SIDN). He is Chair of the Prince Bernhard Nature Fund; Member of the Supervisory Board of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Honorary Chair of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development; Patron of the National Musical Instrument Fund; Patron of the World Press Photo Foundation; and Patron of the National Violin Contests.

Raph Crouan

Startupbootcamp IoT

Raphael is the Founder & CEO of the Startupbootcamp IoT Program based in London.

Starting his career in the Telecom industry (Gemplus) & spending close to 14 years at Apple (last as Head of Strategy & Business Development for iPhone & iPad in Business in EMEIA), he decided to turn the page on his Corporate life & come back to his love of entrepreneurship & innovation-driven companies.

Starting with mentoring (Seedcamp & many other European based programs) & learning what it was to be an entrepreneur in 2013, he also quickly became actively engaged within the investment / VC community & as an angel investor / advisor himself to various startups (notably Undagrid / Beasts of Balance).

He’s been an active speaker in multiple conferences around the world (Europas,
Pioneers, BDLA, ArabNet, Unbound, Latitude59, Slush etc…) most recently around IoT,
IIoT & Impact investments. Raphael holds a Master from McGill (Canada) as well as a Degree from the Business School of Management ESSCA (France).

Rey Buckman

Airbus BizLab
Campus Leader Hamburg

Rey leads the Airbus BizLab campus in Hamburg, where he promotes entrepreneurship and innovation as well as their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals within the organization. Recently, he designed and launched the #africa4future initiative, which aims at fostering advanced technologies in Africa’s startup ecosystems. Prior to setting up the innovation accelerator for Airbus in Hamburg, Rey worked on two digital health startups. Rey holds a CEMS Masters in International Management; he has studied and worked in Ghana, UK, France, Germany and Brazil.

Roey Tzezana

Senior Scientific Advisor

Roey Tzezana, PhD, is a public intellectual and a futures studies researcher. He’s a researcher in the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center and Brown University’s Humanity Centered Robotic Initiative, and was the academic manager of the program for Futures Studies at Lahav Executive Education in Recanati Business School at Tel Aviv University. Roey is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the Jewish Cloud Nation, TeleBuddy, and the Simpolitix project for political forecasting. He’s acting as senior adviser for the Lifeboat Foundation, the World Futures Society and other future-oriented bodies around the world.
Roey is an accomplished author with two best-selling books about the future, the second of which – “Rulers of the Future” – was described by prior Secretary of the Treasury Yair Lapid as “a book that every Israeli politician should read”.

Roger Müller

PwC Europe
Director / Digital Operations Impact Center

Roger Müller is the leader of supply chain and operations practice of PwC in Switzerland. During his 15 years of career in consulting, he has specialized in the design of supply chain strategies and the execution of complex transformation programs to increase operational and financial performance in the manufacturing industry.

Roger Müller is a member of the PwC Digital Operations Impact Center, which actively supports companies in implementing Industry 4.0 applications – from conception to implementation.

During his more than 10 years of experience as a consultant in the industry, Roger Müller has worked in different managerial positions covering product development, production, planning, and purchasing.

Ronald Souza


Ronald Souza has degree on International Business (Foreign Trade) and hold two post-graduation degrees in Business and Marketing Management and Petroleum and Gas Management. He has 17 years in management and 10 years in foreign trade experience.

Sabeen Ali

Founder & CEO

Sabeen Ali is Founder and CEO of AngelHack, female-owned and majority female-operated company that organizes hackathons and accelerates early-stage startups from around the world.

Prior to AngelHack, Sabeen founded and sold her own leadership training and organizational development company; Team Building ROI, which provided leadership and organizational development training to companies such as Google, IBM, Blackberry, NetApp, Cisco and others. She holds a M.S. in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and is an expert in change management.

Sabeen also founded Code For A Cause, a nonprofit organization that aims to make technology and coding accessible for all, and to bring the tech community together to make the world a better place. Founded in 2013, CFAC has organized events and initiatives designed to connect developers, support women and girls, minorities, veterans and other disproportionately disadvantaged communities.

She speaks internationally to corporate, nonprofit and student audiences on rapid innovation, entrepreneurship, acceleration, women in tech initiatives, and more. Most recently, she spoke at 4YFN with Mobile World Congress, Money 20/20, Shoptalk, and delivered USF’s commencement speech in 2016. She has received numerous accolades for her work, most recently including the Harari Conscious Leadership and Social Innovation award. Her work with AngelHack and CFAC has been highlighted in Inc., Fast Company, Voice of America, and featured in the hit documentary: Seed.

Sally Daub


“Sally Daub is a veteran deep technology executive, entrepreneur, investor and Enlitic’s CEO.

With a track record of turning innovative ideas into market-ready solutions, Sally is driving the deployment and commercialization of Enlitic’s deep learning diagnostic algorithms. Sally’s depth of experience in commercializing new technologies combined with her understanding of healthcare service delivery makes her uniquely suited to position Enlitic at the forefront of the digital healthcare AI revolution.

Sally is also an early-stage investor in digital healthcare companies, a frequent lecture at universities and events around the globe and a Fellow of Creative Destruction Lab, a leading deep technology innovation pipeline, providing mentorship and guidance to young entrepreneurs.

Sally has been recognized with numerous awards and appointments, including the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and inducted into WXN’s Hall of Fame (2014), The RBC Trailblazer (2010) and Profit Magazine’s Top Entrepreneurs (2010-2014).”

Sascha Grumbach

Managing Partner

Sascha Grumbach is Managing Partner at Argopreneurs, a venture studio based in Berlin. As entrepreneur, business consultant and project manager in innovation and disruption projects, Sascha is specialized in development and scaling of business models.
He founded several companies, such as Mantilope UG, an established consulting company for start-ups and venture capital corporations. Due to his extensive consulting and founding experience, Sascha can refer to numerous best practices and consult on an entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur level. He has got comprehensive experiences regarding the development of business models and strategies as well as multi-project management. Experienced in the field of innovative methods and processes, Sascha is mastering areas of expertise like Lean-Management, Design Thinking, and Business Model Generation. He has been demonstrating and proving these skills several times while working on innovation and disruption projects for large corporations like Munich RE or Bundesdruckerei Ltd.

Shane Curran


Shane Curran hails from Dublin, Ireland and is the founder of qCrypt, a cybersecurity technology developer building platforms to enable businesses to deploy their applications in a secure environment. He is currently in his final year of High School and was recently featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2018. qCrypt evolved from a research project that won him the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, a national science competition for students in Ireland. Founded in 1965, it is one of the longest-running science fairs in the world.

Siim Sikkut

Government CIO

Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives for development of digital government and society in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency programme.

Stefan Schrauf


Stefan Schrauf is a partner with PwC Strategy& Germany, based in Düsseldorf. He is a leading practitioner of Supply Chain Management and Digital Operations for Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business, and head of the PwC Strategy& Digital Operations team in Germany, supporting companies in manufacturing industries globally.

Stefan has more than ten years cross-industry experience in product development and operations management with a strong focus on design and implementation of operations strategies.

Stefan holds an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Science Dornbirn in Austria and an MBA from the University of Durham Business School in England.

Stewart Rogers

Venture Beat
Analyst at Large

Stewart Rogers has over 25 years experience in sales, marketing, managing, and mentoring in the software and IT industries. He is currently Analyst-at-Large VentureBeat, where he analyzes and studies marketing technology, artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies, and virtual/mixed reality. He is also a journalist for VentureBeat, reporting the news on those same topics. Prior to VentureBeat, Rogers ran a number of successful software companies and held global roles in sales and marketing for businesses in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. He has contributed to several sales and marketing publications and is regularly invited to speak at major tech events across the globe.

Takunda Chingonzo


Takunda Chingonzo is the founder of The TechVillage, a collaborative working space for early stage tech startups and the founder of Velociti, an accelerator based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Currently working with 20 start-ups, Takunda’s vision is to help build 100 start-ups in and around Africa by the year 2020, he was recently featured on the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list titled: Tomorrow’s billionaires’ for the work that he is doing. From interviewing president Obama at the US Africa Summit, to speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the Global Philanthropy Forum, Takunda passionately articulates his desire to see a connected Africa leveraging on technology built by Africans for Africans.

Teshia Treuhaft

Senic GmbH
Chief of Staff

Teshia Treuhaft is a designer and writer working at the intersection of technology and the physical world. She has worked together with Core77, MoMA PS1,, and Kickstarter’s Hardware Studio. Currently, Teshia is Chief of Staff at Senic GmbH, a hardware and software startup working to develop tangible user interfaces and smart home systems that can be embedded in designed objects and furniture to create an enriched reality. Senic has raised over $500K in crowdfunding and been awarded the Red Dot Design Award and German Design award for their first product NUIMO, a smart home controller for connected devices. Teshia holds an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Thomas Birr

Innovation HUB by innogy
Chief futurist and SVP Innovation & Business Transformation

Thomas Birr is chief futurist and SVP Innovation & Business Transformation at innogy SE, a company whose founding mission is to create a future beyond the traditional energy business. Thomas leads innogy’s Innovation Hub, which is now building and co-creating new digital and platform-powered business models in partnership with the world’s most promising start-ups. He is a particular advocate and enthusiast for “Machine Economy” and “Disruptive Digital”.

Thomas has been RWE ́s Global strategist for the last 6 years and has wide experience of key account management, sales and marketing as CEO of one of its largest energy retail subsidiaries. Holding a degree in mechanical engineering, his experiences in the international oil and gas engineering business showed him that technical expertise and successful commercialization go hand in hand. As innogy ́s Head of ‘Innovation and Business Transformation’, he is focused on how technology and strategy can be leveraged to grow innogy’s future business exponentially. Thomas shares the view that if we as the energy industry are not disrupting our own industry, someone else certainly will do.

Thomas Roth

Gryphon Secure

Thomas Roth started his career at the age of 16, when he was hired by a Swiss company as an embedded software developer. Since the age of 19, he consistently publishes independent security research, continues to gain global recognition and is an adviser for security & IoT startups. Currently, he is the CTO of the Canadian startup Gryphon Secure, which creates high-security communication solutions.

Ton van’t Noordende

01 Ventures

Ton is CEO of 01Ventures – European early & growth stage deep tech VC. Next to that, I’m the Investor In Residence at StartupDelta working closely together with HRH Prince Constantijn of Oranje. Founded the E/D/T Global Foundation in 2017 to support the pioneers in emerging technologies that are fundamentally changing the way our world operates.

Videesha Kunkulagunta

Signals VC
Founding partner

Videesha Kunkulagunta has over a decade of work experience in the areas of business/product development, sales, finance, and venture capital. As a Partner at signals VC, she invests in sector-agnostic frontier tech (data/predictive analytics, IoT etc.) and enterprise technologies (in Insurtech etc.) at the late seed and series A stage. Before moving to Berlin she worked for London-based Venture Capital fund PROfounders Capital. Formerly she was an Entrepreneur in Residence for FTSE 250 Telco TalkTalk Plc working on strategic corporate innovation and data-driven customer relationship management. At the start of her career she worked as a credit analyst for Lehman Brothers and transitioned to a generalist private banking role with exposure to product and business development at Barclays Wealth in London and Singapore.

Yariv Bash


Yariv Bash is the CEO of Flytrex, a drone technology company providing comprehensive, autonomous drone delivery systems that enable any business, from SMBs to e-commerce giants, to integrate instant, autonomous drone delivery into their offering. Flytrex is an end-to-end drone logistics service spearheading the drone revolution.

Prior to Flytrex, Yariv was the Founder and CEO of SpaceIL – the Israeli team at the Google Lunar X-Prize competition. SpaceIL’s mission: landing an unmanned spaceship on the moon, for a fraction of the traditional cost. Under Yariv’s management, the non-profit SpaceIL has raised more than $30 million.



Register for CUBE Tech Fair 2018

And the winner of €1 million is… ENLITIC

Our inaugural CUBE Challenge was won by US-based Enlitic, a digital health and life science startup. They use deep learning to make the data generated when a doctor sees a patient usable and useful, and provide actionable insights for the doctors.

Their solution was judged to be the winner by Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak. Enlitic were up again Green City Solutions and NavVis in the finals, having previously pitched against 250 CUBE startups.

“CUBE Tech Fair was an unique opportunity for Enlitic to connect with a global network of talented innovators. I’d like to thank CUBE for making it possible, and also to all the other competitors for their vision and energy. Medical deep learning diagnostics will transform healthcare around the world, and we’re grateful to CUBE for the opportunity and support in our mission.” – Sally Daub, CEO, Enlitic

Missed out on some of the CUBE Tech Fair action? Check out some of our highlights!

Past speakers

Brigitte Zypries
Brigitte ZypriesMinistry of Economic Affairs
Martin Hofmann
Martin HofmannGroup CIO Volkswagen
Celina Chew
Celina ChewPresident of Bayer China
Dave Mathews
Dave MathewsNewaer CEO & Founder
Kai Diekmann
Kai DiekmannJournalist
Moshe Hogeg
Moshe HogegSingulariteam Co-founder
Pablos Holman
Pablos HolmanHacker & Inventor
Samantha Payne
Samantha PayneOpen Bionics Co-founder
Léa Steinacker
Léa SteinackerWirtschaftswoche CIO
Steve Wozniak
Steve WozniakApple Co-founder
Robin Wright
Robin Wright Actress & Tech-activist
Martina Larkin
Martina LarkinWEF Head of Europe and Eurasia