Discover some the most brilliant minds who have shared their insights with us in the previous editions of TOA
Founder & CEO
Briehan is a General Partner at Keen Venture Partners, a radically-human vc based in Amsterdam. Keen backs exceptional teams across Europe at the early stages and aims to begin relationships by investing time first, money later. Previously, Briehan was a growth investor at Catalyst Investors; an early employee at Lola, a vc-backed femtech company; and an investment banker at BofA, all in NYC.
Keen Venture Partners
Amol cofounded Life Extension Ventures, Aikito, CornerUp, Ratio21, and Popular Change. He is known for startups including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotel, and built a building in New York called East of East. He studied cognitive science for his Ph.D. at Stanford with undergraduate degree from Columbia. He teaches at Columbia. He is a backer, advisor, and mentor at 50+ companies.
Life Extension Ventures
Roham Gharegozlou is cofounder & CEO of Dapper Labs, the Web3 company behind CryptoKitties & NBA Top Shot as well as Flow blockchain, Dapper Wallet, NFL ALL DAY, & La Liga Golazos. Previously, Roham was co-founder & CEO of Axiom Zen, an award-winning startup studio focused on emerging technology. During his 6 years as CEO, Axiom Zen spun out 3 venture-backed businesses including Dapper Labs.
Co-Founder & CEO
Dapper Labs / Cryptokitties
Malte Ubl is the CTO of Vercel, which has raised over $300 million, where he leads the development and delivery of the company’s suite of tools and features to enable developers to create at the moment of inspiration. Prior to joining Vercel, Malte was the Principal Engineer for Google Search Rendering and Engineering Director for Google’s Search on Laptops, Tablets, and Desktop.
The Exploration Company’s mission is to democratize space exploration, making it affordable, available, and sustainable. To realize this mission, TEC develops, manufactures, and operates Nyx, a modular and reusable orbital vehicle that can eventually be refueled in orbit and uses green propellants. The Exploration Company has raised a total of €47.3M in funding over 3 rounds.
Dr. Werner Vogels is Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com where he is responsible for driving the company’s customer-centric technology vision. As one of the forces behind Amazon’s approach to cloud computing, he is passionate about helping young businesses reach global scale, and transforming enterprises into fast-moving digital organizations. Vogels joined Amazon in 2004 from Cornell University where he was a distributed systems researcher.
VP & CTO
Allen is one of LinkedIn’s co-founders and is currently responsible for LinkedIn’s content, community and communications product initiatives, including products such as LinkedIn Today, Signal, Homepage, Groups, and Polls. Prior to Linkedin, Allen designed exploratory products and marketing programs at PayPal, and was part of the founding team at SocialNet.com, a first-generation social site supporting dating, recreational and professional activities.
Gavin Wood is a British computer scientist and software engineer famous for being the co-founder of Ethereum, inventor of smart contract programming language Solidity, and creator of Polkadot. Before joining the blockchain industry, Wood studied at the University of York, where he earned a Master of Engineering degree in 2002 and a PhD in Music Visualization for Human Computer Interfacing in 2005.
Free-Trust Technologist and Founder
Ethereum, Polkadot, Kusama, Parity, Web3 Foundation
Jawed Karim (born 28 October 1979) is a German-American Internet entrepreneur, who co-founded YouTube and was the first person to upload a video on it. The video he released was named ‘Me at the zoo’ and as of 2016 has reached 34 million views. Many of the core components of PayPal, including its real-time anti-internet fraud system, were also designed and implemented by Karim.
Steve is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, the “front page of the internet” and fourth most visited site in the U.S. He has led the company’s development of native image and video hosting, a new mobile app, and a full site redesign while growing the Reddit community to over 330 million monthly users. In addition to his work at Reddit, Steve is a mentor at Hackbright Academy, a San Francisco-based coding school for women.
Co-Founder & CEO
Matt Mullenweg is best known for co-founding WordPress, but his innovations didn’t stop there. A spirited public speaker, Matt Mullenweg shares his insights on the future of work and bringing companies imaginatively to scale. More than 40% of the Internet’s top 10 million sites use WordPress, the content management system co-created by Matt Mullenweg. As CEO of Automattic, the company he founded to develop WordPress, Mullenweg demonstrates the commercial viability of open-source SaaS software.
Wordpress / Automattic
Former Minister of State for Digitalisation
Member of the German Bundestag
Richard "Richie" Hawtin is a British-Canadian electronic musician and DJ. He became involved with Detroit techno's second wave in the early 1990s,and has been a leading exponent of minimal techno since the mid-1990s. He became known for his recordings under the Plastikman and F.U.S.E. aliases. Under the latter, he released his debut album Dimension Intrusion (1993) as part of Warp's Artificial Intelligence series.
Nicole Moudaber is an event promoter, record label founder, radio host, and one of the most passionately followed DJ/producers in the world. Ignited by an internal combustion engine fueled by raw emotion, Nicole Moudaber is at the forefront of her own movement. The sought after DJ and Producer presides over an empire that includes MOOD; her highly influential record label and global party brand, as well as a hugely popular radio show, a back catalogue of incendiary techno releases and a range of philanthropic endeavors.
Renaud Visage co-founded the world's largest event technology company, Eventbrite (NYSE: EB), and now helping start-ups scale as an angel investor (60+ startups in portfolio), as a venture partner with seed fund Point Nine Capital, and as a non executive board director (ABTasty, Athenian, Bearer, Meister).
Juergen Mueller is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, leading the Technology and Innovation board area. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), he oversees SAP’s platform and technology development. In addition, he is responsible for innovation efforts related to SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) as well as new technologies.
Adam D'Angelo (born August 21, 1984) is an American internet entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Quora, based in Mountain View, California. He was chief technology officer of Facebook, and also served as its vice president of engineering, until 2008. In June 2009, he started Quora. He invested $20 million of his own money into Quora as part of their Series B round of financing. He is a member of the board of directors of OpenAI.
Co-Founder & CEO
Silicon Valley entrepreneur, passionate about building businesses and excited about emerging technologies that have a positive impact to transform lives. Served as CEO of two successful Silicon Valley public companies and on boards of Arm, Cadence, Cymer (ASML) and others. Seed investor to innovative companies including Berkeley Lights, Fungible, Zoom Video, Graphcore and TTTech.
Scott Croyle is a Director at Apple. Croyle worked on Android products for over a decade before moving to Apple. He oversaw devices like the HTC One M7 and M8 before moving on to Nextbit, where he worked on the cloud-focused Nextbit Robin smartphone. Several months after Razer bought Nextbit, Croyle departed for a studio called Attic, where he stayed for almost three years. He joined Apple as a director in April 2020.
Robert Habermeier is a Thiel Fellow and co-founder of Polkadot. He has a research and development background in blockchains, distributed systems, and cryptography. A longtime member of the Rust community, he has focused on leveraging the language’s features to build highly parallel and performant solutions.
Michael Alyn Pondsmith (born April 14, 1954), typically credited as Mike Pondsmith, is an American roleplaying, board, and video game designer. He is best known for his work for the publisher R. Talsorian Games, where he developed a majority of the company's role-playing game lines since the company's founding in 1982. Pondsmith is credited as an author of several RPG lines, including Mekton (1984), Cyberpunk (1988), and Castle Falkenstein (1994).
Creator, Game Designer
Arlan Hamilton is a remarkable entrepreneur who built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5M into 100 startups led by underestimated founders.
Founder & Managing Partner
Dominik Richter is the Founder & CEO of HelloFresh. HelloFresh SE is a publicly traded meal kit company based in Berlin, Germany. It is the largest meal-kit provider in the United States, and also has operations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe (GB, D-A-CH, Benelux, France, Italy and Scandinavia) and Japan. It has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since its IPO in November 2017.
Founder & CEO
Maximilian Tayenthal is Founder and Co-CEO of N26. Together with his business partner and friend Valentin Stalf, he has built one of the fastest-growing mobile banks in the world. Their vision is to create a bank that 100 million people around the world love to use, giving people the power to live and bank their way.
Founder & Co-CEO
Martine Rothblatt is Chairman & CEO of United Therapeutics, a company she started to save the life of one of her daughters. She leads efforts to create novel therapies for rare diseases, to decode the pharmacogenomic properties of medicines and to manufacture an unlimited supply of transplantable organs. She previously created and led Sirius XM as its Chairman & CEO, and launched other satellite systems for navigation and international television broadcasting.
Chairman & CEO
Luis von Ahn is an entrepreneur and professor at Carnegie Mellon University, regarded a pioneer of crowdsourcing. He is known for inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow and selling 2 companies to Google. He has been named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science, 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover, and 100 Most Innovative People in Business by Fast Company. Luis is the co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, the world's most downloaded education app with 120 million users.
Sebastian Siemiatkowski (born 1981) is CEO & co-founder of the Stockholm-based payments company Klarna. While studying at the Stockholm School of Economics he was inspired to think about what kind of payment solution for e-commerce would make it possible to separate the fun experience of buying from the tedious process of paying. Convinced that the solution to this dilemma would truly add value for both buyers and sellers, the idea to introduce after-delivery payment as a service was born.
Co-Founder & CEO
Boyan is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, the foundation that develops advanced systems to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. In February 2013, he decided that the future of our oceans was a more pressing issue than his aerospace engineering degree, and now he dedicates himself full-time to managing the rapid growth of the organization, while also overseeing the team’s technology developments.
Founder & CEO
The Ocean Cleanup
Niklas Östberg is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Delivery Hero. Niklas worked for five years as a corporate consultant for Oliver Wyman before co-founding Pizza.nu (later OnlinePizza.se), where he served as chairman. In 2011, he founded Delivery Hero with some collaborators from the Berlin start-up scene in order to roll out the business globally from Germany. The company so far has achieved from 1 to 30,000 employees and 1 million drivers across 50 countries in 4 continents, 1 to 9,000,000 orders delivered every day and a billion dollar IPO.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Delivery Hero SE
Paola Antonelli is senior curator in the department of architecture and design of the Museum of Modern Art, where she has worked since 1994. She has lectured worldwide in settings ranging from peer conferences to global interdisciplinary gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, and she has served on several international architecture and design juries. From 1991 to 1993, she was a Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Anne Boden is CEO and founder of Starling Bank. Prior to Starling, she was Chief Operating Officer of Allied Irish Banks Plc and Head of EMEA, Global Transaction Banking across 34 countries for RBS and ABN AMRO.Anna has more than 30 years experience in banking, having begun her career at Lloyds Bank, before moving on to Standard Chartered Bank and then UBS in Zurich and was recently recognised as one of the Global Power Women in FinTech. She holds a BSc in Computer Science and Chemistry, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of IT.
Founder & CEO
Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and writer on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is currently the Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix and has consulted for companies including Google, Procter & Gamble, Viacom, and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Additionally, Wade coaches senior leaders to adapt and flex their leadership styles to meet the needs and develop their employee population.
VP of Inclusion (Product)
Netflix / Former NFL Player
Entrepreneur, investor at Yes VC, Host of Should This Exist?, a podcast about technology's effect on humanity. Writer, artist and reader. Homeschooling mother, thinker. Co-founder of Flickr, Hunch, Sesat School, Kahvila Silli. Serve on the Boards of Directors at Public Goods, Sundance and McSweeneys.
Partner & Investor
Kathleen Breitman is the CEO of Tezos, a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. Prior to Tezos, Kathleen was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a degree from Cornell University.
Tom Hulme is a General Partner at Google Ventures. Prior to GV, Tom was a design director at IDEO Europe. He founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform where 100,000 users from more than 170 countries solve challenges for social good. Tom also launched OIEngine, a SaaS platform with a number of clients, including Harvard Business School and the Knight Foundation.
Taavet is the Chairman of Wise, which he co-founded in 2010. Prior to starting Wise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first employee. He’s also an active angel investor in Europe with 100+ investments including Bolt, Zego, Veriff, Gideon Brothers, Meatable, Farewill and many others. More recently he co-founded Jõhvi Coding School to help increase the amount of people with coding skills and Certific to help bring trust to the medical testing market.
Co-Founder & Chairman
TransferWise / Plural Platform
Aina Abiodun, Founder of Just & Green Partners brings over 15 years of experience in tech, social & environmental impact and brand strategy. Her hands-on in-house and consulting work extends across global brands from Meta, Logitech, Merck and Novartis to The Obama Foundation. Aina has also been a venture backed founder, 2x CEO and COO of companies across the US and Europe. She's an outspoken practioner and advocate of just leadership in the climate transition.
Just & Green Partners
Alex Salnikov is the Head of Product and co-founder of Rarible, a top-ranked community-centric NFT marketplace. A blockchain trailblazer and an active developer in the crypto space since 2012, Alex previously served as the chief technology officer of CoinOffering, the first company to offer its shares in the form of blockchain assets. With a BA in Computer Science and an MA in Data Science, Alex’s specialities span a variety of sectors including market analysis, decentralized finance, NFTs, and tokenomics.
Co-Founder & Head of Product
Alexandra Cousteau, is an award-winning advocate for ocean restoration and abundance. As a leading figure in ocean activism, Cousteau collaborates with world leaders across sectors to influence, convene and mobilize action to achieve measurable outcomes that will make the oceans more biodiverse and abundant. Cousteau is the President and Co-Founder of Oceans 2050, an organization that is dedicated to restoring abundant oceans in one generation.
Abraham (Avi) Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University. He received a PhD in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel at age 24 (1980-1986), led the first international project supported by the Strategic Defense Initiative (1983-1988), and was subsequently a long-term member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1988-1993). Loeb wrote 8 books and over 800 papers on a wide range of topics, including black holes, the first stars, the search for extraterrestrial life and the future of the Universe.
Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science
Co-founder and Director
Bruce Pon is the Founder of Ocean Protocol, the decentralised exchange protocol to unlock data for AI and business innovation since 2017. Previously, Bruce co-founded BigchainDB, ascribe and Avantalion–a consulting firm that helped build 20 banks around the globe for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi & Jaguar LandRover.
Founder & Board Member
Co-Founder (Founding CTO)
Camila Russo is the Founder at The Defiant, a daily newsletter decrypting the intersection of blockchain and finance. Author of upcoming Harper Collins book ‘The Infinite Machine: How an Army of Crypto-hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum’. Russo is also a former market and crypto reporter at Bloomberg News.
Cassie is a data scientist and leader at Google with a mission to democratize Decision Intelligence and safe, reliable AI. She is also a popular keynote speaker. Cassie brings a unique combination of deep technical expertise, analytics management experience, and ability to lead organizational change. She provided guidance on more than 100 projects and designed Google's analytics program, personally training over 20000 Googlers in statistics, decision-making, and machine learning.
Chief Decision Scientist
Daniel Krauss is Chief Information Officer at Flix, where he manages the areas of technology, HR development and customer service. Working in collaboration with his co-founders, he was keen to give up his long-standing job at Microsoft to build and continue the development of Europe’s largest long-distance bus provider. Krauss is also an investor and a member of different advisory boards including powercloud, Cloudflight and uvex.
Co-Founder and CIO
Deborah Okenla is the founder of Your Startup, Your Story (YSYS) & LaunchEdi. YSYS is a startup community for founders, developers, creatives, investors and more on a mission to make a difference. The community is a space for people with shared values to build relationships in marketing, technology, venture-funding and more.
CEO & Founder
YSYS & LaunchEDI
Claire is a trained doctor, and served as a pediatrician in London before specializing in clinical genetics. With a degree in both pathology and medicine from the University of Bristol and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge, Claire oversees all of Ada’s medical affairs. As an industry thought leader, she gives a voice to the clinicians, patients, and doctors to ensure that our product meets their needs.
Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer
Eric Wahlforss is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dance. He co-Founded SoundCloud in 2007 and served as its Chief Technology Officer. He holds an M.Sc. degree in Industrial Economics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and has studied three years at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Soundcloud / Dance
Erika is currently, the executive director of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a non-profit whose mission is to foster ethical questioning, culture, and systems in startups and startup ecosystems. We provide programs catered to workers, investors, and founders. Erika is an advisor to several family offices, venture capital firms, and governmental investment programs focused on healthcare, biosciences, and biotechnology companies. She invests a portion of her time building cross-border networks between the US and the Asia Pacific region to facilitate the growth of companies operating in emerging markets.
Ethics in Entrepreneurship
Erika Lust (born 1977) is a Swedish erotic film director, screenwriter and producer. Since the debut of her first indie erotic film The Good Girl in 2004, Lust has been cited as one of the current leading participants in the feminist pornography movement,asserting that an ethical production process sets her company apart from mainstream pornography sites
Erika Lust Films
Founder & CEO
Dr. Florian Heinemann is a General Partner and co-founded the firm in 2012. He is responsible for the functional areas of marketing, CRM and business intelligence. Before co-founding Project A, he was managing director at Rocket Internet with the same areas of responsibility (2007-2012).
Project A Ventures
Founder & CEO
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three children and lives in New York City. Fred is Chairman of the NYC Department of Education's CS4All Capital Campaign and is co-Chairman of Tech:NYC.
Founder & Partner
Union Square Ventures
George M. Church, PhD ’84, is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, a founding member of the Wyss Institute, and director of PersonalGenomes.org, the world’s only open-access information on human genomic, environmental, and trait data. His team invented CRISPR for human stem cell genome editing and other synthetic biology technologies and applications.
Geneticist / CRISPR Inventor
Imogen Jennifer Heap (born 9 December 1977) is a British musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. Her work has been considered pioneering in pop and electropop music.Heap developed the Mi.Mu Gloves, a line of musical gloves, as well as a blockchain-based music-sharing program, Mycelia. She also composed the music for the West End/Broadway play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Over the course of her career, she has received two Grammy Awards, one Ivor Novello Award, and one Drama Desk Award.
Jamie Metzl is a leading technology and healthcare futurist, geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, and media commentator, Founder and Chair of the global social movement OneShared.World, and an Atlantic Council Senior Fellow and Singularity University faculty member. Described by some as “the original COVID-19 whistleblower,” he was among first to call for a full investigation into pandemic origins in early 2020.
Founder / Futurist
Jeanette J. Epps (Ph.D.) was selected as an astronaut in 2009. She has been assigned to her first spaceflight, Expedition 56/57, scheduled to launch in May 2018. Her training included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalk training, robotics, T-38 flight training and wilderness survival training. The New York native was a NASA Fellow during graduate school and authored several journal and conference articles.
Jenny Kleeman is a journalist, broadcaster and documentary-maker who has traveled the world finding extraordinary characters to turn into film, print and audio. She writes for the Guardian, The London Times and the Sunday Times. She has reported for BBC One's Panorama, Channel 4's Dispatches and VICE News Tonight on HBO, as well as making 13 films from across the globe for Channel 4's Unreported World. She is the host of the weekend Breakfast show on Times Radio. Her first book, Sex Robots & Vegan Meat, was first published in 2020.
Sex Robots & Vegan Meat
Julian Teicke is the CEO & Founder of wefox Group. He is a serial founder, investor and mentor, and an entrepreneur out of passion to fundamentally change the status-quo in the insurance industry. The wefox Group is one of the fastest growing insurtechs in the world and they are the force behind the consumer-facing insurance carrier ONE and the insurance platform wefox.
Founder & CEO
Jutta Steiner is a Co-founder & CEO of Parity tech. Currently, Jutta is a Co-founder & CEO of Parity Technologies and Grid Singularity. In addition, she serves as a COO at Ethcore and Manager Security Audit and Integration at Ethereum. Jutta started her career in 2011, being an intern at Deutsche Post DHL. In 2011-2012, she was a Researcher at École Polytechnique. From 2013 to 2014, Jutta was an Associate at McKinsey & Company. In 2015, Jutta served as a COO at Project Provenance.
Co-Founder & CEO
Katie serves as the CEO & Managing Partner of The Engine, a venture capital fund built by MIT, that invests in early-stage companies solving the world’s biggest problems through the convergence of breakthrough science, engineering and leadership. She serves as a Board Member at Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Form Energy, Via Separations, Lilac Solutions, WoHo and VEIR.
CEO & Managing Partner
Kevin Abosch (born 1969) is an Irish conceptual artist who works across traditional mediums as well as with generative methods including machine learning and blockhain technology. Abosch's work addresses the nature of identity and value by posing ontological questions and responding to sociological dilemmas. Abosch's work has been exhibited throughout the world, often in civic spaces, including The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, The National Museum of China, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Airport and others.
Lasse Clausen is a founding partner at 1kx. He is a former technology entrepreneur turned token network investor, and he is deeply engrossed in the impact crypto will have on society. Across all that he does, he is trying to bring the best possible version of a decentralized economy to life. Finding and supporting incredibly talented people who share his vision of a decentralized future is one of the many reasons he’s seen so many projects go from vision to reality. That, and his electronic music playlists.
Leilani is the Global Director of The Shift, an international movement to secure the right to housing and the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing (2014- 2020). The Shift was launched in 2017 with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and United Cities and Local Government and works with multi-level stakeholders around the world including with several city governments in North America and Europe.
CEO & Co-Founder
Lucas von Cranach is the Founder of One Football. He was a supporter of 1. FC Cologne long before he was set to become an entrepreneur in the football industry. It all started in the early days of the smartphone when Lucas realized that there was no service providing fans with live scores and results. He started out with a simple SMS-service delivering livescores to the fans’ pockets. Only a few years later this service has turned into one of the most successful football-apps around the globe connecting more than 20 million fans.
Founder & Investor
Magnus Resch, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading art market economists. He is a bestselling book author, University Professor and serial entrepreneur. He founded Gymondo.de (exit), Magnusclass.com, Larryslist.com and Magnus.net, the Shazam for art. Leonardo DiCaprio is an investor and advisor to the company. Magnus lectures at Yale University, published in Science, the world’s leading academic journal, and has written seven books on the art market, including three bestsellers.
Professor for art economics
Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Babbel, Markus is an entrepreneur with an academic, technical & marketing background. After completing his Humanities major, he began his career as a researcher and academic teacher at NYU and Humboldt University, where he found his passion for teaching. Following his time as an academic, he led the development of online marketing and web infrastructure and managed the online and systems teams at music software company Native Instruments for 6 years. Coming back to learning and teaching, he co-founded Babbel in 2007.
Founder & CEO
Monique Morrow is Senior Distinguished Architect for Emerging Technologies at Syniverse Technologies where her main role and responsibilities is to provide thought leadership and to help the strategic direction and vision for Syniverse's identified emerging technologies across the company, partners and industry forum. Specific focus areas include extensions of Distributed Ledger Technology [DLT] and other emerging components of Blockchain technologies to Syniverse’s Lines of Business and our Enterprise.
Om Malik is an award-winning journalist and the founder of GigaOm. With seed funding from True Ventures, he turned the one-man technology blog, which he started in 2001, into a pioneering media company and research firm. Om previously served in various editorial roles for Business 2.0, Forbes.com, Red Herring, and Quick Nikkei News.
Phil Libin is co-founder and CEO of All Turtles and mmhmm. He started the globally distributed product studio All Turtles in 2017 to solve meaningful problems. mmhmm was hatched from All Turtles in 2020, and is a desktop and web app that puts you on screen with your slides so you can stay engaged with your audience. Previously, Phil was the co-founder and CEO of Evernote, growing the product to hundreds of millions of users.
CEO & Co-Founder
All Turtles and mmhmm
Raffaela is the Founder WildWildVentures GmbH, a venture builder and investor focused on Web 3, NFTs and sustainability. WWV’s portfolio includes venture building through the CPG Club Incubator and investing via Own Fund and Proof Collective. Previously, she founded CareerFoundry, a leading online school for UX Design and digital careers with over 100 employees.
Remment Lucas Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He is often cited as a representative of Deconstructivism and is the author of Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan.
Rolf is a serial entrepreneur. Right out of university, in 1999, he started one of the best-funded European first wave internet companies ciao.com. In 2005, he started his second company trivago.com, which became, within a decade, the most successful hotel search and one of the largest global consumer brands. He brought trivago public at Nasdaq in 2016 and moved lately from his CEO role into a board position.
Sarah Kunst is the managing director of Cleo Capital & a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine. She has served as a senior advisor at Bumble where she focused on their corporate VC arm Bumble Fund and on the board of the Michigan State University Foundation endowment. Kunst has been named a Future Innovator by Vanity Fair, Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 and a top 25 innovator in tech by Cool Hunting.
Seth Bannon is a Founding Partner at Fifty Years. Seth has seeded a range of startups shaping the world for the better — companies like Upside Foods (culturing meat to eat), Solugen (engineering enzymes to produce industrial chemicals sustainably), and Astranis (small satellites to cover the Earth in Internet). A graduate of Y Combinator, Seth was named twice to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurship.
Shermin is the author of the book Token Economy, the founder of Token Kitchen and BlockchainHub Berlin. In the past she was the director of the Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics which she also co-founded and a curator of the infamous TheDAO (Decentralized Investment Fund) back in 2016.
Social Neuroscience Lab, Max Planck Society
Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential. Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States.
CEO and Co-founder
Teach for All
Wes is co-founder of Maven, the first platform for cohort-based courses. Maven helps creators build a cohort-based course and deliver an incredible student experience at scale. More here and in TechCrunch. Previously, Wes was the co-founder of the altMBA. Under her leadership, the altMBA grew from zero to 550 cities in 45 countries in three years of high-growth. She designed the altMBA's beloved coaching system, grew the global community, built the marketing engine to drive sustainable acquisition/retention, and built a team of 40 people to support rapid scaling.
La Famiglia VC
Audrey is currently the Co-CEO at Clue, the female health app that helps millions of people better understand their menstrual cycle so they can live full and healthy lives. In this role, she leads product, design, data science, and growth. Before joining Clue, she was Product Lead of the Pinterest Home Feed, Director of Mobile at HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb), and the first Product Manager at Yelp. She also co-founded, pivoted, navigated the business and emotional roller coaster, and shuttered a photo-sharing startup called Waddle.
Clue by BioWink GmbH
Tao Tao is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at GetYourGuide. He leads the company’s business operations. Under Tao’s direction, GetYourGuide has grown into the leading global online booking platform for incredible travel experiences, with a nearly $2 billion valuation after raising $1.1 billion overall and more than 75.000 activities offered to date. As COO, he ensures GetYourGuide’s business runs smoothly along its entire value chain.
Co-Founder & COO
Get Your Guide
Marc-Alexander Christ is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at SumUp. After graduating from the University of Maatricht, he started his career in Investment Banking at European Investors in New York, followed by a position as VP at JPM in London and Frankfurt. After collecting his first experience in the startup world as head of sales at CityDeal (Groupon), Marc cofounded MIOSATO, the online fashion gallery and SumUp the leading mPOS player in Europe.
Co-Founder & General Partner
Pia Mancini is a democracy activist, open source sustainer, co-founder at Open Collective and Chair of Democracy Earth Foundation. She worked in politics in Argentina and developed technology for democracy around the world. YC Alum, globe-trotter and Roma’s mum. She is now based in NYC. YC Alum, YGL (World Economic Forum).
Co-Founder & CEO
Bradley is the co-founder and CEO of Roll. Prior to Roll he was one of the founding researchers at CoinDesk, creating the company’s State of Blockchain report and serving as a product lead on the research team as the Ethereum Mainnet went live in 2015. He was previously an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Techstars and is the best-selling author of #BreakIntoVC
Co-Founder & CEO
Ingmar founded “CureVac, the RNA people“ together with colleagues in Tübingen, Germany in 2000. His entrepreneurship was motivated by his surprising discovery during his doctoral research that naked mRNA can be expressed in vivo without the risk of rapid degradation, while exhibiting the ability to generate strong specific immune responses, in contrast to what had previously been believed.
Morpho Foundation / RNA Pioneer
Dr. Emil Kendziorra is a Founder & CEO at Tomorrow Bio and President at the European Biostasis Foundation, a Swiss non-profit research institute. Prior he's was CEO at tech and medical companies, recently Medlanes (Exit to ZAVA) and onFeedback (Exit to QuestionPro). As a doctor and entrepreneur, he's a regular keynote speaker on longevity, cryopreservation, science and deep tech.
Founder & CEO
Joy the founder & CEO of the member-owned apparel community, Early Majority. Prior to being a founder in the Web3 space, Joy has a strong track record of building high-growth, highly innovative brands. By leading the digital transformation of Patagonia and Sonos, she accelerated the growth of their direct businesses and anchored them firmly in popular culture. She has been recognized by Forbes and Fast Company as one of the most influential and creative global business leaders and was profiled by Bloomberg for her unconventional journey to the C-suite.
Founder & CEO
Marissa Giustina, Staff Research Scientist, joined Google’s quantum computing effort in 2016. A hybrid "quantum applied philosopher" and passionate engineer of efficient systems, Giustina’s many hats span the full stack, from device packaging team lead to developer of tools and hardware to make quantum computers more performant. Giustina is a highly-sought speaker for technical and lay audiences.
Pale Blue Dot
Ralf Wenzel is the New York-based founder and CEO of JOKR, the next generation digital grocery offering across Latin America. As CEO he is involved in every part of the business, from Operations to Product & Tech and beyond. He has a 20-year track record of building companies up from scratch, bringing their products to consumers globally, and leading diverse teams with a focus in emerging markets.
Founder & CEO
George is an entrepreneur dedicated to bringing about positive change in society with particular focus on health and wellbeing. His early training and experience was a multi-disciplinary blending of cognitive psychology, clinical psychology and computer science. In 2016, he co-founded COMPASS Pathways, a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health.
Chairman and Co-Founder
Zach is a storyteller, entrepreneur, and community builder focused on projects which support a more unified, whole systems worldview. Currently, he’s the CEO of MyPlace Founder of Return and writing his first book on global community. Previously, Zach has held seed stage, executive roles at Remedy (now SGFY) and Habitas.
Founder & CEO
Rolf is a serial entrepreneur. His company trivago.com became within a decade, the most successful hotel search and one of the largest global consumer brands. He brought trivago public at Nasdaq in 2016. After stepping down from his role as CEO in 2020, Rolf started with brafe.space a movement to create space for entrepreneurs and activists to evolve themselves and their organizations.
brafe.space / Trivago
Dr. Melanie Joy is an award-winning psychologist and bestselling author. Her books include Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows and How to End Injustice Everywhere. She received endorsements from Yuval Harari, Matthieu Ricard, and Peter Singer. She also received the Ahimsa Award—previously given to Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama—for her work on nonviolence. She’s the founder of Beyond Carnism.
Magnus is founder of CEEZER, a platform for corporates to access and manage negative emissions credits with science-backed data. With a background and chemistry, he worked on large-scale transformation and climate strategies at BCG. Magnus fell in love with the carbon market when visiting a mangrove project in Madagascar and believes carbon should be managed with the same scrutiny as finances.
Founder & CEO
Eva Kaczor is a Dipl. Psychologist, Purpose Coach and as the founder of PSYCHEDELIC BREATH®, one of the worldwide leading breathwork experts. Eva guides humans into their purpose in her purpose coaching, PSYCHEDELIC BREATH® events and teacher trainings.Her work spans from working with companies such as Google, Netflix and Porsche to facilitating experiences with several thousands participants.
Sarah is a Neuroscientist and "web3" entrepreneur. Currently, she is researching neurorobotics (AI + neuromorphic computing + humanoid robots). Previously she cofounded an award winning web3 consultancy. She is an Industry Affiliate at UCL's Centre for Blockchain Technologies and has been involved in the "decentralised science" movement ("DeSci") for over 2 years.
Founder & CEO
Chris Burniske is a partner at Placeholder, a New York venture firm that invests in decentralized information networks. Prior to Placeholder, he co-authored the best-seller, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond, and spearheaded ARK Invest’s crypto efforts, including its 2015 bitcoin investment. His commentary has been featured on international media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and Bloomberg. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS from Stanford University. Twitter @cburniske.
Florian Glatz is Vice President of the European Crypto Initiative (EUCI) and co-founder of Common Ground (commonground.cg), a user-owned social network for communities. A visionary at heart, Florian paves the way for self-sovereign identities, community-led decision-making and a user-owned data economy. Trained as a lawyer and software developer, Florian is an expert on crypto regulation.
Anna Frebel is an MIT professor and world-renowned astronomer who studies 13 billion year-old stars to understand the origin of chemical elements and our Milky Way galaxy. Honoured with multiple awards, she has authored the book "Searching for the oldest stars" and founded LEAPS STEM leadership program.
Astronomer & Professor
René Herzer is the founder Basebox. An entrepreneur since 1996, he has founded four companies.He has helped twenty-seven digital health teams at BIH/Charité. Innovations advised Basebox is the professional instant health tech backend. It solves the three big problems of making apps in health tech: high development cost, compliance and cyber security.
Ucaneo aims to remove 1 million tons of CO2 from ambient air by 2030 by developing the world's first biomimetic Direct Air Capture approach. Carla is a visionary and ambitious female founder with 8 years of biotech, 4 years of machine learning, and 3 years of startup experience. She initiated 10+ research projects during her studies and is driven to harness technology to create a bright future.
Co-founder & CTO
Ucaneo Biotech GmbH
Florian is a serial entrepreneur and today co-founder / CEO of Greenlyte Carbon Technologies GmbH. GCT operates a low-energy DAC approach to capture CO2 from the atmosphere while generating hydrogen as a byproduct. A 100t demonstrator plant is currently under construction with expected completion in Q3 2023.
CEO and Co-Founder
Michal Pěchouček is the CTO of Gen, a publicly traded global company with a market capitalization of $11 billion, and AI Professor at the Czech Technical University. Gen is dedicated to powering Digital Freedom through its trusted Cyber Safety brands, which include Norton, Avast, Avira, AVG, ReputationDefender, and CCleaner. As the CTO, Michal leads the core technology, innovation, and R&D teams at Gen, driving advancements in security engines, AI, and cybersecurity research. He plays a pivotal role in shaping the company's technological vision for human-centered digital safety.
Currently building Dunbar - a second brain to unleash your network's potential. Previously co-founded Aware, EyeEm & BerlinPhotoWeek (both acquired). Active angel investor (>50 investments in last 4 yrs incl. Pitch, Gorillas, Kittl, Beat81) and small LP in several early funds. Public speaker (focused on AI, society, entrepreneurship) with appearances on most major stages and publications.
Lawrence is an entrepreneur, environmentalist and philanthropist who builds companies that prioritise climate impact. He is currently on a mission to change mobility for good with TIER Mobility. In 2020, he established Blue Impact - an evergreen fund dedicated to providing early-stage funding for companies building climate solutions. He has committed 100% of his shares in TIER to Blue Impact.
CEO and Co-founder
Founder & CEO
Praneeth is an investment partner on the founding team of Ethereal Ventures. Prior to this, he started venture investing at Consensys and started his career with product and engineering at Microsoft and Oracle. He has a bachelors in CS from IIT Bombay and a MBA from ESADE. He spends time between Berlin and India and speaks 6 languages.
Patricia is Co-founder and creative director at Wonderfeel, a longevity biosciences company. An early architect of the house music scene, she also co-founded Mushroom Jazz and OM Records. At Wonderfeel, she works with top scientists on breakthroughs to slow aging and helps demystify cellular health for consumers through design and communication for an industry that is growing by $100B annually.
Amanda Cassatt is the Founder and CEO of Serotonin, a web3 native marketing and product studio. She was the Chief Marketing Officer for ConsenSys between 2016 and 2019, bringing Ethereum to market and helping to grow it into one of the largest and most robust blockchain ecosystems. She regularly speaks at global events and is featured in news outlets around the world.
Founder & CEO
Anna Alex is serial entrepreneur and angel investor focussing on the big challenges in climate and nature. Anna just founded her third company, NALA Earth, which is making Biodiversity and Nature measurable for Companies. Prior to this she founded Planetly and Outfittery. Anna's Foundation Wild&Free Animal Fund is supporting organizations in their fight against livestock farming.
Eva-Valérie Gfrerer is the General Partner and founder of Morphais VC. The early-stage VC invests in European technology founders at the pre-seed and seed stage. Eva has been a part of the startup ecosystem for 10 years and is dedicated to making the venture capital asset class more profitable, efficient, and inclusive through Morphais VC.
GP & CEO
Lauren Taus is a psychedelic assisted therapist, trained to work with both psychoactive compounds and plant medicines. Lauren leads Inbodied Life, a group therapy practice that also offers immersive educational programs for clinicians to learn psychedelic assisted therapy and integration in contexts that hold personal healing as essential to effective facilitation.
Jasvin is a strategy consultant, people leader & technologist with more than a decade of global professional experience. As founder and CEO of bridge.the.NEXT( ) - a “think-and-do" tank, she envisions bridging the gap between businesses, individuals & society to foster a systemic understanding of emerging digital trends such as web3, blockchain & AI, albeit keeping a humane mindset alive.
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO of Inkitt, Ali Albazaz is a software engineer who reimagined the publishing industry by putting publishing decisions in readers' hands instead of human gut feeling. Using data and AI, Inkitt discovers talented storytellers and turns their content into blockbuster franchises. Financial Times ranked Inkitt Germany's fastest-growing company, having raised over $80 million to date.
Founder & CEO
Daniela Gerd tom Markotten studied industrial engineering and holds a PhD in IT security, combining two passions: IT & technology. She held management positions at large companies like Daimler as well as start-ups. As Board Member at Deutsche Bahn, the national railway company of Germany with over 324,00 employees, she has a clear mission: utilising digitalisation and technology to make DB the most popular and sustainable means of transport for customers.
Roxanne Varza is Director of STATION F, the biggest startup campus in the world. She is originally from Silicon Valley. Before joining STATION F, she led Microsoft Ventures Paris and TechCrunch France. She also worked for several London-based startups and co-founded StartHer, Tech.eu and FailCon France. Roxanne is also scout for Sequoia Capital.
Billie Quinlan is the co-founder and CEO of Ferly, a sexual wellness company transforming the way women access care for their sexual difficulties. Ferly has supported over 500,000 women in 70+ countries and raised ~£2m from tier 1 investors such as Local Globe and Michael Acton Smith. Billie has delivered a TED talk, been voted a top 100 innovator and featured in major media publications.
Maxim is the Co-Founder & CEO of DeepNews — the first news platform that is trustworthy & personalized, without a filter bubble. The aim is to combat Fake News on a global scale. DeepNews is looking to partner with publishers to bring their content to younger audiences. Previously Maxim co-founded MATH 42 — a math learning app used by over 6 million students worldwide. The company was acquired by Chegg in 2017.
David is a founder at Lit Protocol, a distributed key management network that provides encryption and signing across 100s of web3 and cryptocurrency applications including social, wallets, DeFi, and user-owned data. Prior to Lit, David was on the founding team of a SaaS company that was acquired by LinkedIn.
Lisa Mandemaker designs impactful experiences exploring reproductive futures. With strategic thinking, she uses prototypes to delve into socio-cultural and ethical impacts of emerging technologies. Recognised on the BBC 100 Women List for her contribution to the speculative artificial womb prototype, Lisa challenges blind acceptance, urging thoughtful consideration of technology's implications.
David Bennett has over 27 years of experience in the VFX, performance capture, 3D gaming and VR industries. He has played a major role in the development of facial animation, his credits include hollywood's blockbusters and has invented new tools and techniques. He founded Mimic Productions in 2012, a leading studio that makes realistic digital characters, for all industries and imaginations.
Founder & CEO
Angel is an expert in co-creative project development. He has mentored individuals and organizations to empower people and overcome hierarchical structures. With Connected Business, he has reached over 30,000 leaders with unconventional learning models. He dedicates his life to finding sustainable solutions and combines digital concepts with Servant Leadership, Indigenous and Buddhist teachings.
Co-Founder & CEO
Jon von Tetzchner is co-founder and CEO of Vivaldi Technologies, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser on desktop, mobile, and in cars. An industry pioneer, Jon has been building browsers since the early days of the web, leading Opera Software for more than 16 years. A proponent of privacy, Jon is clearly setting the bar and bringing back ethical standards to the world of technology.
Co-Founder and CEO
Keen Venture Partners
Founder of the revenue-sharing service Aslice, Zak Khutoretsky, aka DVS1, is one the world's most revered DJs and prominent voices in preserving true club culture. Known for addressing issues within the electronic scene, DVS1 launched Aslice in 2022, a community-driven platform that encourages DJs to donate a percentage of their fees to the artists whose music they play.
Scott Chacon is the former Co-Founder of GitHub; now Co-Founder of GitButler, a next-generation version control client, based in Berlin. Scott helped grow GitHub from 4 cofounders to 450 employees over 8 years, eventually being acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion. Scott is also the author of Pro Git, published by Apress and found online at git-scm.com.
Co-Founder & CEO
GitHub and GitButler
Carrie is the co-CEO of Clue, the Berlin-based pioneer in femtech and digital health that is a companion for millions of people around the world who want to empower themselves through knowledge, from their first period to their last. She initially joined the company as GC, where she led Clue’s regulatory process for FDA clearance, which approved Clue Birth Control mode as a digital medical device
Clue by BioWink GmbH
Rene Reinsberg is a Celo co-founder and Celo Foundation president. Celo's blockchain ecosystem is known as web3's "Home of ReFi" (or regenerative finance) with over 1,000 projects in 150+ countries. Previously, he co-founded Locu (acquired by GoDaddy) and has worked at Morgan Stanley, McKinsey, the World Bank, TechnoServe, and General Catalyst. He holds graduate degrees from Germany's WHU & MIT.
Jenny Fielding is one of the most active global pre-seed investors, having invested in 300+ companies as the first money in. As the cofounder and Managing Partner of Everywhere Ventures, Jenny has built a thriving community of 500+ founders and operators who help source, diligence, and invest in the next generation of startups across 3 core verticals: money, health, and work. Prior to starting The Fund, Jenny spent 7.5 years as the Managing Director of Techstars where she invested in a portfolio of companies with a current market cap over $10B. Jenny is a 2x founder, a lawyer by training, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University.
Cofounder - CEO
Friederike, a physics PhD, is the cofounder of Gnosis and host of the Epicenter podcast. Gnosis DAO has created numerous essential infrastructure solutions for the Ethereum blockchain, including the widely used Gnosis Safe wallet and Gnosis Chain, a community-run, credibility-neutral public blockchain ecosystem.
Futurist and entrepreneur, fusing blockchain, design and technology. Trained in architecture and design, Marjorie is recognized as a thought leader and disrupter by co-founding industry-shaping ventures that remain on the forefront of fashion, technology and design including the first web3 market space for digital goods, The Dematerialised; and LUKSO, a Blockchain for the New Creative Economy.
CEO and co-founder
William Pelton is the Co-founder and CEO of pioneering Phytoform, a UK/US company utilizing AI and genome editing to develop genetic solutions for crop enhancement and to promote a sustainable food system that has raised over $11 million to date. With a PhD in crop genetics from Imperial College London, his passion for applied research sparked the inception of Phytoform, fuelled by his fascination with unlocking the opportunities of plant genetic diversity.
Philipp Zentner is a technical serial entrepreneur who's built B2B SaaS companies in gaming, biotech, and marketplace intelligence. With LI.FI, he's built a blockchain infrastructure company that has raised $23 Mio. USD within 18 months and grown to above 40 people. LI.FI aggregates crucial DeFi infrastructure, has processed over $1.5bn USD and serves the largest companies in the space.
Founder & CEO
Markus holds a PhD in organic chemistry with studies in Marburg and Edinburgh. He joined BASF in 2001 and gathered experiences in research, controlling, innovation management, asset management and M&A, thereof 3 years in material research for the electronic industry and 8 years in various roles in crop protection. Since 5 years now Markus is leading the successful business incubator of BASF SE.
Chemovator / BASF SE
Niklas Östberg, Co-Founder & CEO of Delivery Hero, began his journey of building the world’s leading local delivery platform back in Sweden in 2007 when he co-founded Pizza.nu. Delivery Hero is the largest global platform for food ordering outside of China, operating in over 70 markets, partnering with hundreds of thousands local restaurants and processing millions of orders a day.
CEO & Co-Founder
David Nothacker is the Co-founder and CEO of Sennder, Europe’s leading digital freight-forwarder platform and German unicorn that has raised over $340 million to date. David co-founded Sennder during his MBA studies at INSEAD. Under his leadership, over 40,000 connected trucks completed more than 1,000,000 FTL shipments. With headquarters in Berlin, the company has more than 1,000 employees across 11 European offices.
Co-founder and CEO
Brett Leve is the Co-Founder of Summit, a next-gen community building organization best known for hosting a global ideas festival Forbes called "Davos of Generation Y". He is the Co-Owner of Powder Mountain, America's largest ski resort. Brett is the Co-director of Summit Action Fund and an investor in companies like Uber, Warby Parker, Lyft, Space-X, Liquid Death and Classpass.
Gregory Bernstein is General Partner at Acequia Capital and leads In Service of Mission (ISM), the firm's strategy for reindustrialization. ISM is a diversified investment platform purpose-built to scale transformative technology companies as they provide the tools and platforms for market economies to reindustrialize and sustainably meet the demands of a disrupted, contested, and evolving world.
Cevat Yerli founded Crytek at age 19, revolutionised the gaming industry and launched critically acclaimed IPs played by 100s of millions. Crytek was behind one of the most popular game series, "Farcry". He earned global fame as a pioneer whose CryEngine Platform remains a benchmark to this day. Cevat leads The TMRW Foundation building Web 3.0’s future—The Internet of Life—guiding the shift from the 2D internet of pages to the 3D real-time internet of spaces.
Founder & CEO
The TMRW Foundation
Mr. Ackermann began his career as a banker in 1977 at Credit Suisse. In 1990 he was appointed to the Executive Board, becoming president in 1993. In 1996 he joined the board of Deutsche Bank, serving a decade, as spokesman and later as Chair of the Management Board and Executive Committee. He led Deutsche Bank into the top ranks of the world's investment banks and is a globally recognised leader.
Advisory Board Chair
The TMRW Foundation / Former CEO, Deutsche Bank
Tanguy Goretti is Co-Founder and CTO of Cowboy, the Belgium electric bike maker. Responsible for leading the software team and vision at Cowboy, Tanguy is focused on using the power of technology to solve one of the biggest problems of this century, namely the future of urban mobility.
Co-Founder and CTO
Adrian Locher is the co-founder and CEO of Berlin-based Merantix, an AI investment platform, and initiator of the AI Campus. He has been a serial entrepreneur and investor for the past 20 years, founding more than 10 companies. He sold his previous company, a leading Swiss e-commerce firm, at EUR 100M revenue.
Founder & CEO
Mar is an algae expert and a biological oceanographer with more than 10 years of research experience and 25 peer reviewed papers. She is the CEO of MacroCarbon, working to de-fossilize the chemical industry using sustainable, renewable, and eco-friendly feedstocks by cultivating and processing Sargassum seaweed. We aim to avoid and sequester 100 Mill. tons CO2e/year by 2040.
After a decade building systems to handle billions of requests at the cutting edge of technology and product, Luke founded Stadia Maps. As CEO, he leads the company as it challenges the titans with a uniquely private, affordable, and human location experience. As an American in Switzerland and e-Resident of Estonia, Luke is equally comfortable traversing cultures and countries—by bike or by Zoom.
Founder & CEO
Stadia Maps, Inc.
Brazilian-born Hermes Gadêlha is a poly-disciplinary mathematician working at the fertile union of mathematics, engineering, soft-robotics and biology. He leads the Polymaths Lab, a diverse team of mathematicians, physicists, biologists and engineers whose research has reached over 6.5 billion people worldwide through scientific media, translated to countless languages, with over 1 million viewers.
University of Bristol
Mats Kuuskemaa started his career as a diplomat for Estonia. He was Consul & Economic Officer at Estonian Embassy in New Delhi (2014-18) and Political Counsellor at Estonian Embassy in Beijing (2018-19). In 2018 Mats joined Government of Estonia’s e-Residency programme, initially as Head of Business Strategy. He is Country Director Germany, based in Berlin from 2022.
Country Director Germany
Yelebé Kinfu is a versatile professional with a diverse background and entrepreneurial spirit. With experience in the humanitarian sector in Ethiopia and agribusiness internationally, she has showcased expertise in various industries. Recently, Yelebé embraced entrepreneurship as an e-resident. Committed to making a difference, she leverages her skills and experiences to create impact.
Britta Thie is a filmmaker, actress and former model. Her works explore the treacherous geographies created by the endless flow of highly stylised and commodified images that define contemporary visual culture. Her increasingly renowned video and multimedia works, including the webseries Translantics (co-produced by ARTE and Schirn Kunsthalle), consider not only the ways in which such images are produced, but also how they are consumed.
Jenny is a certified systemic coach and consultant for organisational development. Since she has switched from the operational side of building businesses to consulting, she has helped 200+ founders, 50+ executive teams and countless organisations ranging from startups to Federal Ministries.
Alain Bouwman, Head of Strategy, Growth & Transformation at Mercedes-Benz.io, is leading the strategy of the company's digital hubs that build Mercedes-Benz's online sales channels. His strategic acumen and focus on organizational performance have propelled the company's digital transformation, making it a leader in the automotive industry.
Head of Strategy
Paul Kohlhaas is an economist, biohacker and web3 pioneer on a mission to create public utility networks. He graduated from the University of St Gallen, founded Linum Labs and oversaw digital identity at ConsenSys. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Molecule democratising biopharma via decentralised science (DeSci), which aims to reconnect patients and scientists through liquid markets for IP.
CEO & Co-Founder
Sebastian Campos Groth is the COO of Arweave, a permanent and decentralized storage system built on an open ledger, with a market capitalization of $196 million. The company has successfully raised $22 million thus far. He has successfully built finance, operations, and legal departments from inception. He has also led expansion of operations into the United States, the European Union, and Switzerland.
Christian is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He advises the German Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation (www.sprind.org), identifying and supporting innovators with radical ideas with a billion Euro budget. Since 2018, Christian also serves as Venture Partner for Eurazeo/Idinvest Partners, the largest EU based Venture Capital fund, investing in cleantech startups. From 2017 until 2020 he was co-founder and CEO of Fresh Energy, generating unparalleled insights based on smart meter data, before selling Fresh Energy to EWE end of 2020.
Microsoft / she Leads Digital
Daniela Bezdan is the Chief Scientific Officer at YURI GmbH, a commercial spaceflight company specializing in research and development services for microgravity experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). In this role, she spearheads the development of innovative products for the ISS and leverages the unique microgravity environment to advance healthcare solutions.
Chief Scientific Officer
Florian was one of the initiators of KPMG Venture Services in 2013 and has since then provided comprehensive advice to growth companies and venture capitalists on national and international tax law issues. In addition, he is a regular speaker at workshops and conferences and gives lectures on tax issues related to start-ups and venture capital.
Head Of Venture Services
Sarah Mardini is a Syrian former competition swimmer, lifeguard, human rights activist and subject of the acclaimed Netflix film The Swimmers. Fleeing her country in 2015 during the Syrian civil war with her sister, Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini, they pulled their boat with other refugees towards the Mediterranean coast of Greece, saving themselves and the other passengers. Continuing their journey across the Balkans, they reached Berlin, Germany, the same year. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2023, alongside her sister.
S.A.R Swimmer & Activist
S.A.R Swimmer & Activist
Vanessa is Ada’s Chief Operating Officer, and also leads commercial operations and client success, playing a pivotal role in maximizing the value delivered to clients and users through Ada’s medical AI. Prior to joining Ada Health, Vanessa worked for Bayer Pharmaceuticals for more than 15 years, in different countries as well as in Global and Regional leadership roles with increasing responsibility for business across Pharma Commercial Operations. Her work experience covers therapeutic areas as diverse as Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Ophthalmology, Women's Health, and Rare Diseases, as well as management of pharmaceutical company/start-up collaborations with a focus on telemedicine providers.
Caroline Henne has been a CMO/CEO in the sustainable luxury space for 6 years now, after a 14 year corporate career at Google, GfK, and Bertelsmann. She joined the Mitte Water revolution – replacing bottled water with a sleek & smart home water filtration, mineralization & carbonation device – earlier this year.
Philip is one of the two managing directors of Mushlabs. He joined the startup in 2021 to help realize the company's vision of building a more resilient foodsystem. Previously, Philip has advised corporate leaders on growth strategies, when he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey. He studied business in London and Hamburg.
Jonathan is an experienced entrepreneur who successfully led his first tech startup Apodius to exit and subsequently executed the transformation of SME Haugg. To drive sustainable change in a food system that accounts for 26% of CO2eq, he co-founded MicroHarvest, where cutting-edge biotechnology is used for the sustainable production of protein ingredients, aimed for market entry in 2023.
Co-Founder, COO & MD
Mariya Grinina is the CEO and co-founder of Feel, a sexual wellness and personal development brand for women. She is a tech entrepreneur, and has been named among the Top 25 Gen Z founders by Sifted. Mariya is also a certified embodiment facilitator, helping people to reconnect with their bodies and sexuality to increase their quality of life.
CEO & Co-Founder
Prior to becoming co-founder and President of Dapper Labs, a company valuated at $7.6 billion, Mik Naayem served on parent company Axiom Zen’s Board of Directors. He is currently responsible for business strategy, partnerships, and helping build out Flow’s ecosystem in order to create powerful blockchain-based user experiences.
Dr. Anna Christmann is the Aerospace Coordinator of German Federal Government and the Commissioner for Startups and the Digital Economy at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2017 and is part of the parliamentary group Alliance 90/ The Greens. She received her PhD from the University of Bern in 2011 and then worked at the Center for Democracy at the University of Zurich. From 2013, she worked at the Ministry of Science in Stuttgart as the minister's office manager and as a policy advisor in science policy.
Commissioner of BMWK for the Digital Economy and Start-ups
Julian Maier is the person behind his online presence, called Julian Mental Sixpack. His personal mission is to empower people on 3 levels: mentally, physically, emotionally. In 2017, his mother passed away due to heavy depression, so he decided to dedicate his life to help people with mental, emotional, and physical health. With this intention, he started URBNTIGER, a startup and a club with the mission to empower people with 3-Elements Training for Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Dr Krahe's background is in life sciences with an PhD in fungal biotechnology from the university of Hannover. She joined Kynda in 2021 as CLO/R&D Manager and 1st employee. Kynda, founded in 2019, is focusing on easy-to-handle plug & play biotechnology systems (bioreactors) for decentralized and sustainable fungal biomass fermentation to produce mycelium as a future-friendly alternative protein source.
Kynda Biotech GmbH
Anna Franziska Michel is a tech ambassador and founder. She is known for being one of the prominent voices advocating technology in the fashion industry and connecting digitalization with AI and Metaverse. Anna was selected as one of the top female Business Influencers in Technology by Strive Magazine and she was awarded with the Digital Female Leader Award in the Innovation category.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ida Kymmer worked together with Dexter Studios in South Korea to develop the 3D interior screens for SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, and she has worked with 3D musicals and early VR applications of architectural renderings. In June 2021, Ida joined Journee. Her work in the metaverse and web3 field is centred around the question “What’s next?”. She works with the bricks and mortar as well as the newest NFT use cases to have a deep, vertical and horizontal understanding of the current developments.
Director of Global Affairs
Founder & Chief Experience Officer
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