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Paul Misener

Paul Misener

VP, Global Innovation Policy and Communications
Amazon

Paul Misener

Paul Misener

VP, Global Innovation Policy and Communications

Amazon

Paul Misener is Vice President for Global Innovation Policy and Communications. An Amazon veteran of 18 years, Paul is an engineer, attorney, and inventor named in three patents. Prior to his current role, in which he explains and advocates Amazon’s culture and methods of customer-obsessed innovation, Paul founded Amazon’s public policy operations and served as the company’s Vice President for Global Public Policy from February 2000 to May 2016. On behalf of Amazon and its customers, he has testified before the US Congress over 30 times, and many times before policymaking bodies around the world. In 2013, Paul chaired the technical subcommittee of the FAA’s advisory committee that recommended allowing airline passengers to use electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, and landing. Prior to joining Amazon, he was a partner in the law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding; for Intel Corporation he led the computer industry’s Internet Access Coalition; he was centrally involved in the development of digital televis

Jennifer Kanyamibwa

Jennifer Kanyamibwa

Senior Strategy & Operations Manager for Product Design
Twitter

Jennifer Kanyamibwa

Jennifer Kanyamibwa

Senior Strategy & Operations Manager for Product Design

Twitter

Jennifer Kanyamibwa is Senior Strategy & Operations Manager for the Product Design Team at Twitter leading strategy and operations initiatives. Prior to Twitter, Jennifer was the Design Studio Manager at Slack where she was on the founding Brand Design team that expanded Slack internationally. With a career that spans across technology, government, finance, brand strategy, international events and non-profits — she has worked on many teams and is passionate about the power of collaboration.

Javier Villamizar

Javier Villamizar

Partner
Softbank

Javier Villamizar

Javier Villamizar

Partner

Softbank

Enthusiastic, driven, bilingual/bicultural seasoned professional with a global perspective, entrepreneurial background and extensive C-Level professional network in Telecom and Technology. Team player, customer oriented, proven leader and problem solver, high-energy, dedicated thinker with diversified international work experience covering telecom, technology, software and hardware, supply chain, finance and venture capital with clear focus on creating sustainable value and bottom line growth. 20+ years of experience in Telecom & Technology, products and solutions sales, business and market development and venture capital and consultancy practice. International experience managing multi-billion 20+ regional operations. Key member of the management team of a corporation that grew from $1B to $15B over 10 years and was acquired by Softbank in 2015. Proven track record of sales and business development efforts in Telecom and Technology. Excellent "deal closing" abilities with high success ratio.

Jarno Vanhatapio

Jarno Vanhatapio

Founder & CEO
NA-KD

Jarno Vanhatapio

Founder & CEO

NA-KD

Jarno Vanhatapio is the CEO and founder of NA-KD.com in Sweden, a disruptive online fashon retailer that has shipped to over 100 countries since the start in January 2016. NA-KD is on of the fastest growing fashion brands in Europe. Previously, he founded Nelly.com, the leading e-tailer in fashion in the Nordics and one of the biggest fashion e-commerce sites in northern Europe with sales exceeding 180 million USD in 2015 and the company staffed 450 people. He has in depth knowledge of professional e-commerce, viral & social shopping, social shopping etc. Mr. Vanhatapio was in 2010, nominated for The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2012, he received the "Söderbergska Handelspriset" from the Swedish Retail & Commerce association, the biggest individual prize in Nordic retail. He is also a board member in Intersport.

Ciaran Quilty

Ciaran Quilty

Vice President, EMEA
Facebook

Ciaran Quilty

Ciaran Quilty

Vice President, EMEA

Facebook

Ciarán Quilty is Vice President, EMEA at Facebook An experienced executive who leads a multilingual team that serves large companies, scale ups & partners who use Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the global technology sector, Ciarán joined Facebook in 2010. Prior to Facebook, he spent 10 years as a consultant with Accenture in Financial Services. As well as delivering keynotes at conferences across Europe, Middle East & Africa, Ciarán is passionate about how technology can be used to create jobs and new business models.

Valentin Stalf

Valentin Stalf

Founder & CEO
N26

Valentin Stalf

Founder & CEO

N26

Born in Vienna, Valentin is the Founder and CEO of NUMBER26 studied Accounting & Finance (M.A. HSG) at the University of St. Gallen, Sophia University in Tokyo and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. During his studies he worked in a number of fields including Strategy Consulting and Investment Banking/Mergers & Acquisition. After graduating he joined the Internet Incubator Rocket Internet as Entrepreneur in Residence and was involved in building different companies including Payleven and Paymill.

Carlos Torres Vila

Carlos Torres Vila

President
BBVA

Carlos Torres Vila

Carlos Torres Vila

President

BBVA

Carlos Torres, current president of BBVA, the second largest bank in Spain, holds degrees in Electric Engineering and Management from MIT, an MBA from Sloan School of Management and a Law degree from UNED. He began his professional career in McKinsey and Company, later on he was recruited by Endesa and in 2008 he joined BBVA as the Director of Corporate Strategy and Development. He led several major operations and created BBVA Ventures, which invests in financial startups. In 2014 Carlos was appointed Digital Banking Director, a position he held until 2015 when he took on his current role.

Nabil Malouli

Nabil Malouli

VP of Customer Solutions & Innovation
DHL

Nabil Malouli

VP of Customer Solutions & Innovation

DHL

Nabil Malouli is the Vice President for DHL’s Customer Solutions & Innovation. Based out of Florida, Nabil leads the development of innovative logistics projects to support fortune 500 companies doing business globally. Jointly with his team, he is managing and growing relationships with these companies to develop high growth initiative related to E-commerce, digitalization, big data, drones, autonomous vehicles, automation & robotics. Nabil is specialized in the field of Ecommerce, Logistics & Strategic Account Management. Prior to his current position, he served as Director Latin America & Asia Pacific overseeing teams across the regions and around the world, developing customer commercial strategies to grow their business in the region. Nabil is passionate by innovation & entrepreneurship and also serves as advisor & board member of high growth startups. As a speaker & Consultant, Malouli has deep experience on topics related to E-commerce, Corporate Innovation, Omni-channel, Sales and Customer relation

Carlos Fernández de la Pradilla

Carlos Fernández de la Pradilla

Partner
Polymath Ventures

Carlos Fernández de la Pradilla

Carlos Fernández de la Pradilla

Partner

Polymath Ventures

Carlos is one of the founding partners of Polymath Ventures, a company builder located in Colombia, and with offices in Mexico and China, that focuses on building companies for the emerging middle class. Previously, Carlos was partner at N+1 Mercapital, a mid market spanish private equity firm where he spent 9 years and led its operations in the Andean Region. He holds a MBA from IE Business School, a Master in Corporate Finance from IEB and a degree in Law from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Carlos has been a founder and angel investor of several start-ups in Spain and Colombia

Huy Nguyen Trieu

Huy Nguyen Trieu

CEO
The Disruptive Group

Huy Nguyen Trieu

Huy Nguyen Trieu

CEO

The Disruptive Group

Huy is co-founder of the CFTE and the CEO of The Disruptive Group – a business builder and advisory firm in innovation and finance. Huy was a Managing Director at Citi, and previously at RBS and SG. Before, he was the CEO of Ukibi, a VC-funded startup in the US and a precursor of LinkedIn. He likes to teach and share with students and entrepreneurs, and is regularly quoted in articles on innovation and finance. He also dedicates a lot of time “off the clock” to helping the industry grow and expand via his blog, Disruptive Finance. He sits on the Fintech advisory board of the World Economic Forum, and on the advisory boards of Fintech HK, Trusting Social and Fintech Connect He is a Fintech Fellow at the Centre for Global Finance and Technology at Imperial College, an Entrepreneurship Expert at Oxford University Saïd Entrepreneurship Centre, a member of ESMA’s Consultative Working Group for financial institutions, and founding member of the Asian supercharger, one of the largest Fintech accelerator in Asi

Devie Mohan

Devie Mohan

CEO
Burnmark

Devie Mohan

CEO

Burnmark

Devie Mohan is an influential writer, speaker and commentator on fintech, and is the co-founder and CEO of Burnmark, a fintech research company, that supplies research and data to all players of the fintech ecosystem. Devie has helped several banks, fintech startups, innovation groups and investors understand the trends in the fintech industry, helping them set their corporate, marketing and investment strategies. She is also a proponent of a fintech ecosystem where banks and startups collaborate to drive innovation. She is a panel member on the ING Group Think Forward initiative on better financial decision making. She writes extensively on innovation, disruption and digitalisation and is a columnist with several publications. She is actively involved in the fintech community and has been listed in the top 10 of several global fintech influencer lists.

Sunir Kapoor

Sunir Kapoor

Independent Board Member
BBVA

Sunir Kapoor

Independent Board Member

BBVA

Sunir has worked in the technology industry on both sides of the Atlantic for over 30 years, and is an Operating Partner at Atlantic Bridge Capital, a transatlantic venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Sunir is an advisor or board member to a number of industry defining companies such as Vectra and Stratio Big Data. He also serves on the board of BBVA, and its IT & Cybersecurity Committee. ………………………… Sunir holds a BS Honors Degree in Physics from the University of Birmingham, and an MS in Computer Systems from the Cranfield Institute of Technology, both in the UK. ………………………… Sunir was the CEO of UBmatrix, Inc., the creator of eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), the new standard for business information exchange. This standard has revolutionized the regulatory reporting of financial information globally. UBmatrix, the leading software company in this market was acquired by R.R. Donnelley (NASDAQ: RRD). Sunir was a founder of Cassatt Corporation, an early cloud computing.

Scarlett Sieber

Scarlett Sieber

Managing Director, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
CCG Catalyst

Scarlett Sieber

Scarlett Sieber

Managing Director, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

CCG Catalyst

Respected leader, driving organizational change at startups and global enterprises alike. Adept at leading newly created business development and ecosystem initiatives, digital strategy and transformations for small and large financial service companies. Co-founder of data visualization tech startup, Infomous; clients include The London Olympics, Super Bowl XLVII, NFL Films, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian and USA TODAY. Contributor to the Huffington Post, Forbes, and WeWork. NYC Fellow of Startup Leadership Program.

Anna Vershebeniuk

Anna Vershebeniuk

Investor
Thrive Capital

Anna Vershebeniuk

Anna Vershebeniuk

Investor

Thrive Capital

Anna is Investor at Thrive since March 2018. Before moving to NYC, Anna was part of General Atlantic’s investment team in London for three and a half years. There she focused on online marketplaces, consumer brands and software and was involved in the firm's investments in Typeform, Joe & the Juice, Delivery Hero and Yemeksepeti. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Anna spent three years in the Telecom, Media & Technology group at Citigroup in London. Alumni of Madrid-based I.E. Business School Anna is passionate about Spanish tech ecosystem.

Silvina Moschini

Silvina Moschini

Co-Founder & President
Transparent Business

Silvina Moschini

Silvina Moschini

Co-Founder & President

Transparent Business

Widely known by technology media as @Miss_Internet , Silvina Moschini is an award winning technology entrepreneur, CNN Español industry expert and an international speaker. Her focus on changing how the world works in the digital economy led her to create an ecosystem of innovative companies that leverage the power of the cloud to connect enterprises with on-demand talent and make remote workforce management simple, transparent and inclusive. As an entrepreneur, she took her passion for disruptive technologies to become the co-founder of TransparentBusiness - a web-based solution for building talent marketplaces and managing remote teams and freelancers. She later leveraged TransparentBusiness technology and became the Founder and CEO of SheWorks! and Yandiki , online platforms that help companies scale exponentially by accessing vetted talent on demand and helping them monitor, manage, rate and pay their virtual teams. CitiGroup selected her platform as a Top People Management Solution

Christine Chang

Christine Chang

Program Director
Finnovista

Christine Chang

Christine Chang

Program Director

Finnovista

Christine is Finnovista’s program director for Startupbootcamp Scale, working with growth-stage FinTech start-ups looking to expand into Mexico. Driven by a continual desire to learn, evolve and build things, she moved to Mexico in 2015 convinced that Latin America and emerging markets are the breeding grounds for authentic, impactful innovation that comes out of organic need and great ambitions. Christine has worked on a variety of projects related to transformation, growth and strategy execution over 15 years and across three continents within various oneworld airlines, a Swiss bank, Big 4 consulting firm and early-stage HR Tech and Consumer Tech companies. She has been recognized for her commercial expertise as well as talent for preparing gluten-free desserts and Thanksgiving turkeys. Christine has a B.S. in International Business from Pepperdine University, an MBA from IE Business School and is currently working on her yoga handstand and Python skills.

Adam Kostyál

Adam Kostyál

Senior Vice President
NASDAQ

Adam Kostyál

Senior Vice President

NASDAQ

Adam Kostyál is the Senior Vice President of the Global Corporate Client Group and head of European Listings for NASDAQ OMX. Besides the Nordic Exchanges, NASDAQ has more than 120 companies that are either primarily listed or dual listed on NASDAQ in USA. In addition NASDAQ is in the final stages of launching the NASDAQ Private Market which will be an offering for issuers world-wide. Adam has been with NASDAQ OMX for the past 11 years. He started his career at OMX as a Sales Director, and then became Head of the Strategic Initiative Groups in 2006. Most recently, Adam was VP of Market Technology Sales responsible for sales, account management, and business development for the European, Central and Eastern European regions. Prior to NASDAQ OMX, Adam held various positions with Enron, Cell Network and Bloomberg. He holds a BSc in Economics and Marketing from Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles and speaks four languages including English, Swedish, Italian and French.

Clara Durodié

Clara Durodié

Chair
Cognitive Finance Group

Clara Durodié

Clara Durodié

Chair

Cognitive Finance Group

Clara is a technology strategist specializing in applied AI in financial services, with a focus on strategic AI adoption for business profitability within AI Ethics frameworks. Internationally recognized for her expertise, advising Boards of leading financial institutions, think-tanks, and governments, Clara also mentors AI startups on technology development, funding, and growth strategy. Named on global lists of leading women in Fintech, she is also the Chair of the Non-Executive Directors Board’s special committee on Best Practice for AI Adoption (UK). Clara advised World Economic Forum’s 4th Industrial Revolution Centre (US) on AI for the Boards, the UK's APPG AI(UK), the Ministry of Internal Affairs special commission on AI (Japan). In June 2018, Clara is invited as a member of the EU AI Alliance.

Beatriz González

Beatriz González

Founder & Managing Partner
Seaya Ventures - Spain

Beatriz González

Beatriz González

Founder & Managing Partner

Seaya Ventures - Spain

Beatriz González is the Founder and Managing Partner of Seaya Ventures. She serves as Board Member in Plenummedia, Cabify, Percentil, Miora, Hundredrooms, Spotahome and Glovo. She is also Chairman of the Venture Capital Committee of ASCRI (Spanish VC & PE Association). Beatriz has been working in the private equity industry since 2002 most recently heading the private equity program in Telefonica’s pension Fund for six years. During that time she was also a Board member of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) from 2008-2011. Before that she worked at Darby Overseas Investments, a US based private equity firm where she was part of the Latin America mid-market growth fund. After that she joined Excel Partners a Spanish mid market growth fund. Before entering the private equity sector Beatriz González worked in the Equity Research Department at Morgan Stanley in London and also at Spain based Internet consultant company Qarana. Beatriz has a business degree from CUNEF University and an

Brian Caulfield

Brian Caulfield

Partner
Draper Esprit

Brian Caulfield

Partner

Draper Esprit

Partner at Draper Esprit After being CEO of Peregrine Systems for 7 years he became the CEO of Exceptis Technologies, after that, Brian spent 2 years being the VP of Product Management at Trintech. In 2001 he founded Similarity Systems, at the same time he was the Investment Director of Trinity Venture Capital and Non-executive Director of AePONA. In 2007 he became an Interim CEO at AePONA meanwhile being NON-executive Director of PUTPlace, after that, he became Non-executive director of ezetop and in 2012 the Non-executive Director of Imagine Broadband. Nowadays Brian is the director of Caliban Ventures, Non-executive Director of Clavis Insight, The Irish Times, Mobile Travel Technologies, Datahug, Movidus and RhodeCode and also he is a partner of Draper Espirit.

Luis Sanz

Luis Sanz

Founder
Olapic

Luis Sanz

Founder

Olapic

Based in Olapic’s New York headquarters, Sanz serves two roles as Chief Operating Officer and as the head of technology and product development. Sanz’s deep technical background fueled the development of Olapic’s proprietary predictive algorithm, Photorank™ that analyzes more than 27 different aspect of an image to determine the likelihood an image has to trigger a purchase. Raised in Zaragoza, Spain, Sanz earned a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from University of Zaragoza, completing a thesis in Active Noise Control using Machine Learning. Sanz also holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York, where he co-founded Olapic in 2010. Prior to founding Olapic, Sanz was a consultant for Accenture, working for aerospace/defense projects in Europe and also worked for Ericsson, responsible for all support teams for the Billing Gateway and Service Provisioning departments across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Sanz and his Olapic co-founders have been recognized with several awards including t

José Marín

José Marín

Managing Partner
FJ Labs

José Marín

José Marín

Managing Partner

FJ Labs

Jose is a successful serial entrepreneur and global investor. Currently he is the Co-Founder of FJ Labs with his business partner Fabrice Grinda. FJ invests and builds tech startups globally with main focus in Marketplaces and in the US. Previously he cofounded IG Expansion where he built several successful companies including Viajanet. He also self funded Serendipity Investments where he built a position of over 200 investments obtaining top tier returns Jose started his career as co-founder of DeRemate.com that sold to Mercado Libre and then went Public in Nasdaq. He is a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer and holds an MBA from Stanford. He is loves flying and extreme sports, plays the piano and tennis since he is 5, speaks 5 languages and has ran 6 marathons.

Galia Benartzi

Galia Benartzi

Co-Founder
Bancor

Galia Benartzi

Galia Benartzi

Co-Founder

Bancor

I am a technology entrepreneur, currently working on a cryptocurrency protocol called Bancor. I've been building software startups since 2005 when I graduated college. I've been through acquisitions, wind downs, venture capital financing and everything in between. I am native to the California Bay Area and now live in Tel Aviv. I love plants, my dog and the beach.

Nina	Jetter

Nina Jetter

Investment Manager
Project A Ventures

Nina	Jetter

Nina Jetter

Investment Manager

Project A Ventures

Nina Jetter is Investment Manager at the Berlin-based venture capital fund Project A, where she is responsible for all investments in Digital Health and FinTech. She also covers all of Project A's deal flow activities in Spain and Portugal. Prior to joining Project A in 2018, Nina worked >3.5 years in Consulting with Bain & Company, where she was part of the Private Equity division. Nina holds a Business degree from the University of Mannheim and spend time at the University de los Andes in Bogotá (Colombia).

Marcus Dantus

Marcus Dantus

Founder & CEO
Startup Mexico - Mexico

Marcus Dantus

Founder & CEO

Startup Mexico - Mexico

Marcus is a recognized serial entrepreneur and angel investor with over 2 decades creating, managing, funding and mentoring startups both in Mexico and the US. He currently heads Startup Mexico, Mexico’s first group of entrepreneurial super hubs comprised of several campuses especially designed to foster collaboration and innovation and host aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, seed funds, corporations and a variety of services aimed at newly created companies. Marcus also teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at IPADE, Mexico’s top graduate business school and heads the startup creation module at ISDI’s Master in Internet Business program. Previously, he founded and headed Wayra Mexico, Telefónica ́s startup accelerator, focused primarily on IT and Communication high-impact businesses. He has been CEO and founder of several companies in the past, including Mexico.com, Simitel, Peerant and Abdeo Medical.

Oscar Farrés

Oscar Farrés

Head of Business Angel Investments
EIF

Oscar Farrés

Head of Business Angel Investments

EIF

Oscar Farres is an Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund. He invests in and monitors Venture Capital funds across Europe with a focus on ICT. Prior to joining the EIF, Oscar Farres worked at Caixa Capital Risc and Debaeque where he invested in Internet and Software-as-a-Service start-ups. Further to his investment experience, Oscar co-founded Kineto Project, a technology start-up in the field of personal fitness devices. Oscar holds a business administration degree from IESE and MIT and an engineering degree from La Salle Engineering School.

Liz Fleming

Liz Fleming

Principal
Adara Ventures

Liz Fleming

Principal

Adara Ventures

Liz supports the Managing Partners in identifying, evaluating, and managing investments as well discovering new ways to attract new investments and adding value to the existing portfolio positioning Adara at the heart of the startup ecosystems it operates in.Liz brings extensive experience to the team having been investing in early-stage tech companies and entrepreneurial development in Dublin and Madrid since 2008. Liz holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from University College Cork and the Dublin Institute of Technology and is a Kauffman Fellow.

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar

Founder of Happiness Studies Academy
Lecturer at Harvard

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar

Founder of Happiness Studies Academy

Lecturer at Harvard

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on "Positive Psychology," and the university's third most popular course on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of more than 1,400 students. Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. Topics include leadership, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His latest book is Short Cuts to Happiness: Life-Changing Lessons from My Barber. He is also the author of The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World, The New York Times bestseller Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, and others. Ben-Shahar is a serial entrepreneur and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of the Happiness Studies Academy (HSA), Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV.

Ander Michelena

Ander Michelena

Co-Founder
Ticketbis & All Iron

Ander Michelena

Co-Founder

Ticketbis & All Iron

Ander Michelena Llorente (Bilbao, 28 years): Graduated in Business Administration and Finance in the Universidad Pontifica de Comillas ICADE (Madrid). He started his career in Morgan Stanley London, where he specialized in merger, acquisitions and IPOs of European financial institutions. In 2009 he left the Bank to create Ticketbis.com, a market where fans can buy or sell tickets, with his partner Jon Uriarte. Now Ticketbis is leading secondary ticketing market in South Europe, Latam and Asia with presence in 40+ countries and over 400 employees in 14 offices around the word with revenues of Euro 84m in 2015.

Alexis Bonte

Alexis Bonte

CEO/Partner
eRepublik Labs/Atomico

Alexis Bonte

CEO/Partner

eRepublik Labs/Atomico

Alexis is a Venture Partner at Atomico advising on new investments in France, Spain & Portugal and Eastern Europe as well as sourcing and accelerating growth in the games, blockchain and travels vertical. He currently serves on the Bossa Studios board, Atomico's latest game investment. He is also interested in high impact purpose driven companies. A strong believer that "great companies can come from anywhere", Alexis is also the co-founder & ceo of games company eRepublik Labs (eRepublik.com, Age of Lords, World at War, War and Peace) a "free to play" pioneer with HQ in Ireland and studios in Bucharest and Madrid. Alexis sold eRepublik Labs in June of 2017 in a cash and shares deal to Stillfront Group (quoted on Nasdaq First North). Alexis remains as CEO of eRepublik Labs giving him a unique mix of investor as well as operational expertise.

María Eugenia Girón

María Eugenia Girón

Executive Director
Rising Tides

María Eugenia Girón

Executive Director

Rising Tides

Maria Eugenia is Executive Director for IE Business School Premium and Prestige Business Observatory (http://www.observatoriodelmercadopremium.ie.edu) (2010-today). Maria E. Girón is an entrepreneur with over 18 years experience in luxury goods retailing. She has led and operated successfully business and brand turnaround and has advised numerous luxury companies on strategic development, expansion in Asia as well as brand building. Maria E. Girón led the management buy in of Carrera y Carrera, in 1998. The company was at the time a dormant family business dealing in the jewellery business. She turned the company into a global luxury brand and sold it to Lladro Group in 2006. She received an Engineering degree from ICAl Universidad Pontificia de Comillas and a MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Elena Pisonero

Elena Pisonero

President
Hispasat

Elena Pisonero

President

Hispasat

Executive with a global perspective and broad experience in Advisory Boards and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) roles having worked in the public and private sector in Spain and abroad (Hispasat, KPMG, OECD, Government of Spain). Always dealing with strategies and managing teams. Currently Chairman of Hispasat, Spanish satellite operator with strong positions in Latin America. She is also member of the Scientific Council of the prestigious think-tank Elcano Royal Institute (since 2002), Director of the Project for Medium Size Enterprises of Círculo de Empresarios, and member (since 2008) of ESADEGeo Group, a debate forum led by Mr. Javier Solana, ex NATO Secretary General.

Dimas Gimeno

Dimas Gimeno

Shareholder and ex-CEO of El Corte Inglés

Dimas Gimeno

Dimas Gimeno

Shareholder and ex-CEO of El Corte Inglés

Spanish retail leader with more than 20 years of experience in the sector. A specialist in digital transformation, omnichannel and new business models. From 2014 to 2018, President of El Corte Inglés, one of Spain’s leading companies and a leader in the European retail sector, with a turnover of 16 billion euros, 90 shopping centers in Spain and Portugal, and more than 92,000 employees.

Francisco Sierra

Francisco Sierra

Head of European Markets
N26

Francisco Sierra

Francisco Sierra

Head of European Markets

N26

Francisco Sierra is the Head of European Markets at N26 since October 2018. Prior to joining Funding Circle España, he worked at Active Venture Partners investing in technology startups all over Europe, and also worked in the investment banking division of J.P.Morgan in Madrid and London. He holds an MBA from IESE Business School and an Industrial Engineer degree from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas - ICAI.

Zuweina Farah

Zuweina Farah

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
id8 space

Zuweina Farah

Zuweina Farah

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

id8 space

9 years of experience working with early stage startups, organizations and projects across the African continent. An entrepreneur and a devoted entrepreneurship activist. As the co-founder and managing director of id8 Space, partner at Kryola, and co-creator of the flagship event, Bits & Bytes Innovation & Technology Convention. Zuweina has had the opportunity of working with over 200+ startups and grassroots social enterprises in East Africa, that have grown to become award-winning ideas. Id8 Space exists to build a reputation as a trusted facilitator, capable of bringing together a wide range of stakeholders. Facilitators of innovation, entrepreneurship and technology, providing opportunities to thought leaders and Africans to discuss best practices and theories on the implementation of innovation-driven development. Her experience ranges from project management, project design and integration, to business development advisory, coupled with educational background in Econometrics and Statistics.

Sofía Benjumea

Sofía Benjumea

Head
Campus Madrid.

Sofía Benjumea

Head

Campus Madrid.

Sofia is the Head of Campus Madrid, creating a vibrant, transformative and collaborative community where entrepreneurs and tech startups can flourish and grow through meaningful connections, knowledge and unique opportunities. Before joining Google, she was the founding partner and CEO of Spain Startup, organizing what has become the leading startup conference in Southern Europe, The South Summit. She holds a BA in International Business Administration, an MA in journalism from El Pais and an MBA from IE Business School and UCLA's Anderson School of Business. Sofia is a passionate community builder, a tireless doer and creative thinker. Previously a journalist, she pivoted and returned to Spain with a desire to help build and rebuild by fostering a strong startup ecosystem.

Kike Sarasola

Kike Sarasola

Founder
Room Mate Hotels- Colombia

Kike Sarasola

Founder

Room Mate Hotels- Colombia

Born entrepreneur, Kike Sarasola is today one of the leading global hotel industry, thanks to being the founder and director of the innovative and successful chain Room Mate Hotels. This company, in full expansion and internationalization, has hotels in the USA (Miami, New York); Latin America (Buenos Aires, Mexico) and Europe. His entrepreneurship has earned him the Gold Medal for Tourist Merit 2014 in the category of Innovation.

Sebastian Barrios

Sebastian Barrios

CTO & VP of Technology
Cabify

Sebastian Barrios

Sebastian Barrios

CTO & VP of Technology

Cabify

Improving the world through technology. I am passionate about creating and scaling products. I founded two software companies, both focused on the mobile technology space. At Zebas Studios, we built over 25 applications for private companies, public companies and government institutions. I was awarded with the Global Student Entrepreneurship Award in 2012, after being judged by a large panel of respected industry leaders and entrepreneurs. At Yaxi we built one of the first real time taxi dispatch systems in the world. All hosted on an auto scaling cloud and structured as a distributed system. After founding and scaling Yaxi, I was recognized as the youngest Endeavor Entrepreneur in the prestigious organization's history. I truly believe technology is the best tool humanity has to overcome our hardest challenges.

Gil Dibner

Gil Dibner

Founder & General Partner
Angular Ventures

Gil Dibner

Founder & General Partner

Angular Ventures

Gil has been an active venture investor focused on enterprise technology companies born in Europe & Israel since 2005. As a venture investor and angel, he has backed over 30 companies in Israel and across Europe. The majority of these companies have successfully relocated to the US, and many have been backed by leading global venture firms. His portfolio includes Aquant, BitSrc, Chorus.ai, Cloud66, Datos, Flok (acquired by Wix), Front, The Gifts Project (acquired by Ebay), Imubit, Innovid, James, JFrog, Moltin, MomentumWorks, Resin, Rollout, ServiceFriend, Siemplify, SiSense, Shoppimon, Snyk, Styla, Swiftshift, and Yedda (acquired by AOL). Prior to founding Angular Ventures, Gil was a Partner at DFJ Esprit in London, and a Principal at Index Ventures in London, where he helped manage Index’s pan-European seed portfolio. Previously, he was a VC in Israel at Gemini Israel Ventures and Genesis Partners, based in Tel Aviv. Gil grew up in Boston, is based in London, and calls Tel Aviv home.

Jannat Shah

Jannat Shah

Investor
AXA Venture Partners

Jannat Shah

Jannat Shah

Investor

AXA Venture Partners

Jannat is an investor with AXA Strategic Ventures (ASV) in London, focusing on global growth equity investments and European early stage investments. Jannat has been with ASV since the launch of the growth equity fund in June 2016.ASV is a $275m global venture capital and growth equity firm, financially backed by AXA. ASV cheques range from $300k for seed investments to $20m for growth equity transactions. ASV invests in enterprise software, FinTech, consumer technologies and digital health propositions globally out of offices in London, Paris, New York and San Francisco.

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Partner
Northzone

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Partner

Northzone

Paul is a Partner at Northzone, the VC fund behind game-changing companies like Spotify, iZettle, Avito, Klarna and Trustpilot. Since 1996, Northzone has backed over 140 companies and raised 8 funds, with over €1 billion under management. The fund has offices in Stockholm, London, New York and Oslo. Paul is focused on consumer, entertainment, and enterprise applications. His portfolio includes TIER, Thirty Madison, Klang, and Bunch. Prior to Northzone, Paul founded and was CEO of mobile games company Dots in NYC, and built and invested in companies at betaworks, the startup studio behind companies such as Poncho and Giphy.

Santiago Íñiguez

Santiago Íñiguez

President
IE University

Santiago Íñiguez

Santiago Íñiguez

President

IE University

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño is the President of IE University and a recognized influencer in global higher education. Iniguez has played a leading role in business education over the past two decades and actively contributes in different forums and networks to foster innovation and development in higher education. He was portrayed by the Financial Times as “one of the most significant figures in promoting European business schools internationally”. He is the past Chairman of AACSB and also serves on the boards of Renmin University Business School (China), Antai Business School (Jiao Tong University, China), LUISS Business School (Italy), Mazars University (France) and FGV-EASP Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil). He has also served as member on the Board of EFMD and the Awarding Body of EQUIS. Iniguez is also the Vice-Chairman of Financial Times/IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance, a leading provider of custom education programs for companies worldwide.

Javier Megias Terol

Javier Megias Terol

StartupXplore

Javier Megias Terol

StartupXplore

Javier Megias is an entrepreneur and investor passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. He is currently the CEO of STARTUPXPLORE (http://startupxplore.com), a global startup and investor community he founded with a mission: to disrupt the traditional approach to startup-investment growth. For the past 5 years he has been advising and acting as a board member on several organizations, ranging from startups and VC funds to institutions like the European Comission. He is also an active business angel investor, and is member of the Big BAN board, the largest independent angel investor network in Spain. Javier also writes on the blog http://javiermegias.com/blog, winner of the 2011 award to the best business Spanish-speaking blog of the world.

Davide Dattoli

Davide Dattoli

Founder and CEO
Talent Garden

Davide Dattoli

Davide Dattoli

Founder and CEO

Talent Garden

Davide Dattoli is the Founder and CEO of Talent Garden SPA, Europe's leading platform for the digital tech business communities. Talent Garden’s network provides skills education, coworking spaces and various innovation projects and activities in 23 campuses across 8 countries. Today Talent Garden is counting 3.500 members, training 3.000 professionals, helping 150 big corporations to innovate and hosting over 40.000 attendees at events every year. Davide is a selected member of a global Endeavor Entrepreneurs movement. He holds Forbes 30 Under 30 list as one of the most influential person in technology in Europe 2019 and has a WIRED nomination as one of the TOP 5 innovators in Italy. Davide is also a board member of Be, the leading listed pan-European consulting and ICT provider for companies within the financial service sector and Digital Magics, which is the largest Italian venture incubator.

Hussein Kanji

Hussein Kanji

Analyst
Hoxton Ventures

Hussein Kanji

Hussein Kanji

Analyst

Hoxton Ventures

Hussein is a founding partner of Hoxton Ventures, a London-based early stage European venture capital firm. He currently represents Hoxton on the boards of bd4travel, Darktrace and TourRadar. Hussein is an angel investor in Bea's of Bloomsbury, GoCardless, Halo Neuroscience, Popxo, Signpost and Yieldify. He is an advisor to Tarmin, and was previously an advisor to the chairman of Eros International (NYSE:EROS). He has occasionally assisted the UK government with technology policy. He regularly appears on BBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Sky News. Formerly, Hussein was an associate at Accel Partners, where he focused on consumer internet, financial technology and software investments. He helped invest in OpenGamma, Playfish (acquired by EA) and Dapper (acquired by Yahoo). Hussein joined Accel from Microsoft Corporation where he was a platform planner, product manager and senior manager. Hussein holds an MBA from London Business School, and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University.

Dilek Dayinlarli

Dilek Dayinlarli

Founder & Managing Partner
ScaleX Ventures

Dilek Dayinlarli

Dilek Dayinlarli

Founder & Managing Partner

ScaleX Ventures

An entrepreneur, investor and company scaler, with experience in forming, funding, running, advising and investing in technology companies. Dilek is founder of ScaleX Ventures. She invests in cyber, bioinformatics, B2B software and AI and also helps them to scale globally. Previously, she was investor at 212, an early-stage technology venture capital. She invested in companies like IyziCo, the biggest Fintech company in the region, Insider, global marketing automation software, funded by Sequoia Capital and so on. Prior to 212, Dilek worked at Groupon as a Director of Strategy and Analysis, Management Consultant at Accenture and Business Developer at Koc Group. She started her career in the USA, where she held different project management positions and also created her own startup. Dilek received a BA honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University and MBA from Johnson & Wales University. She is also a Kauffman Fellow. She is a guest lecture at Stanford University.

Carlos Pierre

Carlos Pierre

CEO& Co-Founder
Badi

Carlos Pierre

Carlos Pierre

CEO& Co-Founder

Badi

I get unreasonably passionate about things or ideas. Particularly passionate about reshaping the Real Estate Market

José María Siota

José María Siota

Director
IESE Business School

José María Siota

José María Siota

Director

IESE Business School

Leading cutting-edge research on open innovation, corporate venturing and technology transfer - working around the world with successful chief innovation officers and top-tier academics Some accomplishments: - Selected as expert on corporate venturing by the European Commission - Coauthored 30 studies for Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, European Commission, Oliver Wyman, PwC, Mobile World Capital, London School of Economics, IESE, and more - Coauthored 4 books for McGraw-Hill and Springer (one was top 0.7% best seller at Amazon) - Earned 100+ media mentions in Forbes, Business Insider, MarketWatch, Yahoo Finance, Reuters, Expansión, etc. - Coauthored the second most-read article of IESE Insight (2019, 2018) and Oliver Wyman Insights (2017) - Coled 125+ research and strategy projects, working in 30+ countries during the last 12 years

Juan José Güemes

Juan José Güemes

President of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
IE Business School

Juan José Güemes

Juan José Güemes

President of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

IE Business School

Juan Jose Güemes joined IE Business School in March 2010, as President of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He had previously served in a broad range of government departments, including tourism, finance and employment, gender policies, and health care. Güemes began his career as an analyst at the Bank of Spain in 1991, before serving as Economic Policy Adviser to Spain’s Popular Party in the Spanish Parliament from 1993 to 1996. He later served as advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, who appointed him Deputy Director of his Cabinet in 1998. In the year 2000 Juan Jose Guemes was appointed General Secretary of Tourism, being responsible for the international promotion of Spain as a tourist destination. In 2003, he was appointed as Minister for Employment and Diversity. He developed the LiderA program, designed to help women gain access to senior management positions in companies. In January 2012 he was appointed VP of Economic Affairs at IE.

Spyro Korsanos

Spyro Korsanos

Founder & Managing Partner
Global Venture Partners

Spyro Korsanos

Spyro Korsanos

Founder & Managing Partner

Global Venture Partners

An award-winning corporate advisor, investor and dealmaker, Spyro Korsanos is the founder and Managing Partner of Global Venture Partners. Global Venture Partners invests in the consumer internet sector and provides strategic advice and corporate finance for technology ventures. Since 2014, Spyro has led over 40 e-commerce transactions, valued at $2bn, which have created more than €1bn in capital gain. As a global development advisor, Spyro has been instrumental in the impressive growth of Delivery Hero, foodpanda and various Rocket Internet-backed businesses. Global Venture Partners has recently invested in Kurly, the Korean online grocer, and pet tech platform Felcana, based in the UK. Spyro was awarded TMT Rising Star in 2017. Previously, he held corporate strategy and investment roles with Sky, Liberty Global and Cable & Wireless. Spyro started his career as a corporate lawyer at Gilbert & Tobin and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Didac Lee

Didac Lee

Galdana Ventures

Didac Lee

Galdana Ventures

Today I am CEO of Inspirit Adviser, an accelerator for startups that also participates in technology companies clear innovative profile and operating in different sectors : Spamina , Fhios , Openshopen , Alpify , Hotelerum , Zyncro , and Intercomgi Argentina . The group today has 400 employees , 80 % of whom are engineers, and we are in Barcelona , Madrid, Buenos Aires , Brazil, Mexico , China and Silicon Valley, where they compete against big industry . I am Scubastore founder in 1998 of the current source Tradeinn group , the largest network of online stores specializing in selling sports equipment. I am a board member of Tradeinn , with the following online stores : Diveinn.com , Trekkinn.com , Bikeinn.com , Smashinn.com , Motardinn.com , Waveinn.com , Runnerinn.com , Goalinn , Outletinn and Snowinn.com . With over 300,000 customers , Tradeinn sold in more than 220 countries and employs more than 100 workers .

Brendan Wallace

Brendan Wallace

Co founder & Managing Partner
Fifth Wall Ventures

Brendan Wallace

Brendan Wallace

Co founder & Managing Partner

Fifth Wall Ventures

Princeton University, BA, 2004. Stanford MBA, 2010. Co-Founder: Fifth Wall, 2016. Co-Founder/CEO: Identified (acquired by Workday), 2014. Co-Founder, Cabify, 2010. Owner: Otter Rock Capital, 2014. Venture Partner: Valor Equity Partners, 2014. Advisor: Workday, Clara Lending, Pillow Homes, Interior Define. Associate, Blackstone Real Estate Private Equity, 2006. Analyst, Goldman Sachs Investment Banking, 2008.

Eyal Malinger

Eyal Malinger

Investment Director
Beringea

Eyal Malinger

Eyal Malinger

Investment Director

Beringea

I am a venture investor with Beringea, a UK and US based VC fund. We invest in fast-growing companies and will typically invest in Series A, B or C rounds. The companies we invest in will typically be generating at least £1m of run-rate revenues and will be looking for a £2-10m investment to grow R&D, sales and marketing or to expand into new geographies. I am particularly interested in: 1. Property and Real Estate related technology 2. B2B SaaS 3. VR and AR 4. Blockchain technology 5. Music related technology

Tamaz Georgadze

Tamaz Georgadze

Co Founder & CEO
Raisin

Tamaz Georgadze

Co Founder & CEO

Raisin

Tamaz is the co-founder and CEO of Raisin, the first and only European marketplace for deposit-insured savings products. As CEO he leads Raisin and takes in particular care of partner bank acquisition, business development, legal and regional expansion efforts. With 29 banks, the platform is the largest one-stop shop B2C solution for simple and secure savings products. Tamaz is a non-exec supervisor board member of Bank of Georgia Holdings PLC, UK holding company of the largest bank in Georgia, listed part of FTSE250 index. Prior to building and scaling Raisin, Tamaz has spent 10 years with McKinsey & Company, the last 3 years as Principal leading also McKinsey Savings and Investment products Service Line for EMEA countries. He served some of the very largest retail, universal and wholesale banks throughout Europe and in Asia. Core areas of expertise were performance management/ organization, deposit gathering, direct banking, branch transformation, SME strategy and regulation. Tamaz holds a PhD in agric

Boris Golden

Boris Golden

Principal
Partech Ventures

Boris Golden

Principal

Partech Ventures

Boris is a Principal at Partech in Paris, focused on seed activities. He invests up to €1M in early-stage startups across Europe. Boris joined in February 2015. Before joining Partech, Boris was Director of Product at Viadeo, the leading professional social network in France & China. He was also a lead mentor at Le Camping Startup Accelerator and Microsoft Ventures, and a hands-on advisor to numerous startups. Prior to that, Boris was the founder & CEO of Pealk, a SaaS startup making it seamless to find & contact professionals on social networks. Pealk was acquired by LinkedIn competitor Viadeo in 2012.

Jaime Biel

Jaime Biel

Investment Director
Faraday Venture Partners

Jaime Biel

Jaime Biel

Investment Director

Faraday Venture Partners

Adrián García-Aranyos

Adrián García-Aranyos

President
Endeavor

Adrián García-Aranyos

Adrián García-Aranyos

President

Endeavor

Adrián García-Aranyos is the President of Endeavor Global, a non-for-profit focused on scaling high-impact entrepreneurs. Prior to that role he was the Founding Managing Director at Endeavor Spain; Vice President of Media Relations for Latin America at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co; Americas Marketing Director and Latin America co-head for The Economist Newspaper Group; Foreign Trade Manager at the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce; and Foreign Exchange and Money Markets Broker at CM Capital Markets in Madrid. Since 2004, Mr. Garcia-Aranyos serves as board member at Thune Eureka, an industrial engineering firm specializing in capital goods and focused on deep-sea oil drilling components, paper industry parts and defense mechanisms. He obtained his BA in Political Science from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2000); Banking and Finance Certificate at IEB - Madrid (2001); Masters in Trade & Commerce at CECO - Madrid (2003-04); Marketing Certificate at Kellogg - Chicago (2010); SEP at IESE - NY/Miami (2013-14)

Bernardo Hernández

Bernardo Hernández

Venture Partner
e.Ventures

Bernardo Hernández

Venture Partner

e.Ventures

Mr. Bernardo Hernández serves as Vice President of product management at Yahoo. He serves as Chief Executive Officer at Flickr. Mr. Hernández serves as Managing Director at Zagat. He is the Founder and President of StepOne. Through StepOne, he launched the first computer science talent exchange program between Spain and Silicon Valley, Jóvenes con Futuro. Mr. Hernández served as an Advisor at Google Ventures. He served as a Director of Product Management at Google Inc. He joined Google in 2005. He worked at Google for eight years. He served as the Global Director of Emerging Markets and Director of Product Management at Google Inc. He is a Spanish Tech Entrepreneur and business angel and co-founded Idealista.com, Tuenti Technologies S. L., 11870.com Informacion En General S.L., and FloresFrescas.com. He was an early investor in Tuenti, where he served as President of the Board until 2010. Mr. Hernández has a Master’s in Finance from Boston College and graduated from ICADE, Pontifical University of Comillas.

Natalia Bayona

Natalia Bayona

Senior Expert on Innovation and Digital Transformation
UNWTO

Natalia Bayona

Natalia Bayona

Senior Expert on Innovation and Digital Transformation

UNWTO

Natalia Bayona is the leader of the Innovation and Digital Transformation Strategy of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Natalia Bayona holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia and an Executive MBA from IE Business School. She is part of the World Economic Forum network as a European Digital Leader for IE Business School. In 2017, she served as the Vice President of International Development for the Spain Startup - South Summit. Natalia organized the first South Summit Pacific Alliance, connecting the main stakeholders of the entrepreneurship ecosystem of Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru. In 2016, she began her ten year tenure in ProColombia, during which she has lived in six countries where she has developed strategies that boost export, foreign investment and tourism for Colombia.

Julio Casal

Julio Casal

Founder Alien Vault & 4iQ
4iQ

Julio Casal

Julio Casal

Founder Alien Vault & 4iQ

4iQ

An expert in IT security, Julio has been on the front lines of the cyberwar for more than 15 years. He guided the development of OSSIM, which has become the most broadly deployed SIEM in the world. In 2007 Julio established AlienVault, and led the company as its CEO with Adara’s backing, towards international growth and establishment in Silicon Valley. AlienVault has since brought on a new management team, led by Barmak Meftah, and raised over $ 60 million in additional funding from investors such as Trident Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Intel Capital, GGV Capital, and Sigma, in addition to Adara. Julio has a BS in Physics from Complutense University of Madrid. He is widely recognized as a leading expert on security management and regularly presents on the topic in both commercial and government forums around the world.

Susana Espinosa

Susana Espinosa

Investor
Angel Ventures - México

Susana Espinosa

Susana Espinosa

Investor

Angel Ventures - México

Susana is currently part of the investment team in Angel Ventures. She is part of both funds having a different role in each one. For AVM Fund I, Susana is in charge of the portfolio management of the 21 companies invested in the first fund being in all the follow up information with companies to make a quarterly report given to Limited Partnerships. Regarding our second Fund, AV Pacific Alliance Fund II, Susana is in charge of several Due Diligence processes due to her backgrounf on Business and International Development. Susana is currently part of the small group of Women in PE/VC in Mexico and has a Masters in International development from the Instituto Technológico Autonomo de México (ITAM) where she previously studied her undergraduate degree on Business. During her studying years, Susana got involved with the entrepreneurial ecosystem by organizing a TEDx event in her school with the title “Creators of the future” where all speakers where entrepreneurs from ITAM.

Leonard Boord

Leonard Boord

Co-Founder
Tokenizo

Leonard Boord

Leonard Boord

Co-Founder

Tokenizo

Serial technology entrepreneur having started companies during multiple technology waves like the PC, the WWW, and now Blockchain. Co-Founder of Tokenmatch, Tokenizo and LydiansCapital, several board memberships and trustee of Florida International University, the 5th largest university in the US.

Paula Pastor Castaño

Paula Pastor Castaño

Legal & Operations Manager
Point Nine Capital

Paula Pastor Castaño

Paula Pastor Castaño

Legal & Operations Manager

Point Nine Capital

Ernest Sánchez

Ernest Sánchez

Managing Partner
Nekko VC

Ernest Sánchez

Ernest Sánchez

Managing Partner

Nekko VC

GP and co-founder of Nekko Capital, a Venture Capital firm aimed at investing in scalable early-stage companies (series A/B mainly) led by outstanding teams focused on traditional sectors (e.g. Real Estate, Insurance, Banking, Mobility, Travel) where digitization remains incomplete (supply chain, consumer interactions, transactions…) Nekko investments are scouted and managed from 3 hubs (Barcelona, London, Paris). Senior Entrepreneur and Investor with 15 years’ experience in running startups and funds globally. Ernest has been board director of companies such as Glovo, Zapper and Shoppiday. Former Partner for EU @Entrée Capital, a London-Tel Aviv based fund with 50+ investments and 7 exits including IPO’s. BA in Business Administration and AvMP for Stanford and VC/PE for HBS.

Carlos Silva

Carlos Silva

Co-founder
Seedrs

Carlos Silva

Co-founder

Seedrs

Carlos is a co-founder of Seedrs, the leading equity crowdfunding platform in Europe, and Entrepreneur-in-Residency at Faber Ventures, as well as Innovation Lead at Accenture. He is a founding member of Beta-I, a Portuguese non-profit to promote entrepreneurship and innovation and a mentor at several acceleration programmes (Seedcamp, Lisbon Challenge, Founder Institute, etc.). Carlos also serves as an advisor and board member at multiple innovative start-ups. He has been distinguished with a Young Gun award in the UK, for the most promising individuals under 35, and has been distinguished as one of Portugal's 40 under 40. Carlos holds a Computer Engineering degree from Instituto Superior Técnico and an MBA from the University of Oxford.

Pepe Borrel

Pepe Borrel

Managing Director
CrowdCube

Pepe Borrel

Pepe Borrel

Managing Director

CrowdCube

Crowdcube makes equity investments easy and rewarding for anyone, anywhere. Since 2011 we've helped +800 businesses to raise over 500M€. Key responsibilities include managing Barcelona team and office, adapting our value proposition for non-UK customers, representing Crowdcube in front of local institutions, regulators, partners and media, and spending time with startup founders and C-Level Executives raising over 1M€.

María Teresa Pérez Prado

María Teresa Pérez Prado

Deputy director
IMDEA

María Teresa Pérez Prado

María Teresa Pérez Prado

Deputy director

IMDEA

Dr. Teresa joined IMDEA Materials as Senior Researcher on 2008. She is also the leader of the Research Program on Alloy Design, Processing and Development. Her current research interests involve applied and fundamental work on the processing, characterization and mechanical behaviour of advanced metallic materials to optimize alloy design for advanced manufacturing, sustainable transport, energy and biomedical applications. Dr. Pérez-Prado´s research is supported by solid long-term collaborations with experts on simulation at all length scales, on micro and nanomechanics, on magnetism, and on advanced manufacturing. Teresa has written a book and has been part of 110 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

Nicolas Iordanov

Nicolas Iordanov

Principal
Iris Capital

Nicolas Iordanov

Nicolas Iordanov

Principal

Iris Capital

Nicolas joined Iris Capital in 2017 as Principal, responsible for late-stage investments in France and in Europe, with a key expertise in Software and B2C services. Before joining Iris Capital, Nicolas was Principal at the Digital Venture Fund of Bpifrance, the French state-owned investment bank, which he joined in 2013. There he invested mainly in French venture and growth stage companies with strong international traction. While at Bpifrance, he backed companies such as Synthesio, Launchmetrics, S4M, Teads, Netatmo, Meilleurs Agents and Evaneos. Previously, he has been an Associate for 4 years at Seventure Partners where he was focused on early stage investments in France and Germany. Nicolas holds an Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Lyon (France) and a specialization in Finance at EM Lyon Business School (France).

Josep Salvatella

Josep Salvatella

Founder & CEO
RocaSalvatella

Josep Salvatella

Josep Salvatella

Founder & CEO

RocaSalvatella

Josep is the founder and CEO of RocaSalvatella. The company is a strategic consultancy specialised in digital transformation of businesses and organisations. With offices in Barcelone, Madrid and Bogotá, RocaSalvatella offers its services to companies from all sectors. He is also the founder and current partner of Optimist Capital. Seed stage capital firm providing capital and assitance to entrepreneurs building companies in the Digital Economy in areas of the Sharing Economy, Smart Devices, Education and useful Data applications.

Michiel Kotting

Michiel Kotting

Partner
Northzone

Michiel Kotting

Michiel Kotting

Partner

Northzone

Michiel is a Partner at Northzone, the VC fund behind game-changing companies like Spotify, iZettle, Avito, Klarna and Trustpilot. Since 1996, Northzone has backed over 140 companies and raised 8 funds, with over €1 billion under management. The fund has offices in Stockholm, London, New York and Oslo. Michiel is focused on AI and Machine Learning, enterprise applications and data analytics, and healthcare. His portfolio includes Personio, Spacemaker, Freighthub, Catawiki, Kahoot and Aidence. Before joining Northzone, Michiel was an investor at Accel, and he previously founded and was CEO of AI company Digital Jones.

Ben Marrel

Ben Marrel

Founding Partner
Breega Capital

Ben Marrel

Founding Partner

Breega Capital

Ben Marrel is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Breega Capital, a Paris- based venture capital firm managing over 150€ million in seed and Series A funding, dedicated to fueling start-ups across Europe in a variety of sectors, from fintech and martech to AI. Breega Capital is backed by blue chip executives and entrepreneurs, including the former CEO of Vodafone Europe and a member of the co-founding team of LinkedIn. Ben Marrel is co-founder of Breega Capital, a VC firm managing over 150€ million in funding, fueling start-ups across Europe. Breega Capital is backed by the former CEO of Vodafone Europe and a Linkedin co-founder among others.

Luis Rossano

Luis Rossano

CEO & Chairman of Board
RPC Injection | Tooling Group

Luis Rossano

Luis Rossano

CEO & Chairman of Board

RPC Injection | Tooling Group

Andres Fontao

Andres Fontao

Managing Partner
Finnovista

Andres Fontao

Andres Fontao

Managing Partner

Finnovista

Andres Fontao is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Finnovista, an organization that promotes the development of Fintech entrepreneurship in Latin America and Spain, building bridges between startups and corporates in the Financial Services industry. Furthermore, Finnovista designs and executes Fintech startup acceleration and scaling programs, such as Startupbootcamp FinTech. Prior to starting Finnovista, Andres spent time with a Silicon Valley-based Fintech startup leading expansion into Europe and LATAM. Before that, he was head of mobile banking at Bankinter. Andres has also worked as a strategy consultant to mobile operators in Europe and Mexico. Andres holds a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont (USA) and MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.

Ton Van't Noordende

Ton Van't Noordende

CEO
01 Ventures

Ton Van't Noordende

Ton Van't Noordende

CEO

01 Ventures

Ton is a deep tech investor at 01Ventures - European early and growth stage deep tech VC. Next to that, he's the Investor In Residence at StartupDelta working closely together with HRH Prince Constantijn of Oranje. Founder of Angel Island (first edition 2016) ~ Yearly unconference taking place on an island near Amsterdam where we bring together the world’s most original thinkers & founders and connect them to toptier VCs & ultra-high net worths from Europe & the US. Angel Island is co-organized with HRH Prince Constantijn of Oranje.

Henri-François Martin

Henri-François Martin

Group Innovation Director
Veepee (Vente-Privée)

Henri-François Martin

Henri-François Martin

Group Innovation Director

Veepee (Vente-Privée)

Graduated from business school in 2011 and after a financial auditor experience, he set up his own start-up in 2012 (Booking marketplace for sports activities) before to sell it to its French competitor three years later. During this period he had been helped by references from the french entrepreneurial ecosystem (HEC incubator, network to undertake Paris, ...) He joined vente-privee in 2015 and had the mission to build the start-up accelerator program from zero. The purpose was to enable collaboration between high-potential start-up and vente-privee by helping them identify internal needs, defining the POC area, integrating technology and finally signing the commercial partnership if successful. After launching the accelerator he led the reorganization of Veepee's innovation initiatives becoming the innovation group director.

Sujay Tyle

Sujay Tyle

Co-Founder & CEO
Frontier Car Group

Sujay Tyle

Sujay Tyle

Co-Founder & CEO

Frontier Car Group

Sujay is the Co-founder and CEO of Frontier Car Group (FCG) - a used cars automotive marketplace operating in a select few emerging markets. Prior, he was on the founding team of Hired.com as the COO. Sujay was one of the first Thiel 20 under 20 fellows and was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Fredrik Hjelm

Fredrik Hjelm

CEO
Voi Technology

Fredrik Hjelm

Fredrik Hjelm

CEO

Voi Technology

Fredrik co-founded Voi Technology in 2018 with a vision of improving the way people move around congested urban centres by offering fleets of electric scooters as a cleaner, affordable and exhilarating alternative to cars. Prior to Voi, Fredrik founded Guestit, the Nordics’ most successful Airbnb management company, and worked in business development for Avito.ru, Russia’s leading - and the world’s third largest – classified advertising site. Fredrik’s entrepreneurial career began at 12 years of age when he ran a number of commercial projects including forestry work (he grew up in rural Sweden), events and website sales. After graduating from high school, he attended the Armed Forces Interpreter Academy, within the intelligence branch of Sweden’s special forces, where he studied Russian and linguistics. He served a total of four years in Moscow in the Defence Attache Office, where he worked as an interpreter and analyst, covering Russia as well as Kazakhstan and Belarus. Stockholm School of Economics.

Shaul Eyal

Shaul Eyal

Managing Director
Oppenheimer&CO

Shaul Eyal

Shaul Eyal

Managing Director

Oppenheimer&CO

Shaul Eyal is Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering the Communications, Security, and Infrastructure Software sectors and is one of Wall Street’s leading experts in those spaces. He started his equity research career covering Israeli technology related equities for the firm. Shaul holds an M.B.A. from Fordham University and an LL.B with honors from Oxford Brookes University.

Gur Talpaz

Gur Talpaz

Equity Research Analyst/Managing Director
Stifel Financial Corp.

Gur Talpaz

Gur Talpaz

Equity Research Analyst/Managing Director

Stifel Financial Corp.

Gur Talpaz is a Director within the Equity Research group at Stifel, an investment banking and asset management firm headquartered in St. Louis. Based in New York, Mr. Talpaz focuses on the cybersecurity industry, with primary coverage of nearly all public names within the group. Within his coverage, Mr. Talpaz focuses heavily on emerging themes within the sector and has written extensively on topics ranging from the changing endpoint market to the growing importance of identity within security as well as emerging trends such as IoT and ICS security. Mr. Talpaz has been quoted and referenced in a multitude of publications, including CNBC, the Financial Times, Barron’s, and Forbes. Mr. Talpaz graduated with honors from the University of Chicago.

Dustin Figge

Dustin Figge

Founder & Managing Director
The Homelike

Dustin Figge

Dustin Figge

Founder & Managing Director

The Homelike

Dustin Figge is the co-founder and CEO of Homelike, an online furnished apartment rental platform designed specifically for the needs of long term business travellers. Founded in 2015, the platform has 45,000 flats in its portfolio across more than 100 cities, and employs over 100 people in Europe. Previously, Dustin founded TalentsConnect and served as Executive Assistant to the CEO at arvato, where he travelled extensively and managed some of Arvato’s biggest tech clients.

Santiago Zavala

Santiago Zavala

Partner
500 Startups

Santiago Zavala

Santiago Zavala

Partner

500 Startups

I love Startups, investment, communities and code. I've spend the last 6 years investing in Startup in Latin America. Initially as a cofounder of Mexican.vc and then as part of 500 Startups, we have done more than 100 investments in México, accelerated 7 batches of companies and connecting a lot of entrepreneurs with mentors, inspiration and role models. Before that I spend over 8 years creating products on the Internet. I've engineered, coded and launched products that are used by people every day, learned to build a customer base and monetize different kinds of products. My skills are mostly focused into very fast product creation and iteration, metrics, sales, marketing, etc. I have started and organized communities for entrepreneurs and hackers like the Super Happy Dev House in Mexico City, the Hackspedition and Startup Weekend, I have facilitated, organized or otherwise taken a key role in events that have impacted and inspired more than 10 000 people in the last couple of years.

Paul	Morgenthaler

Paul Morgenthaler

Senior Investment Manager
Commerz Ventures

Paul	Morgenthaler

Paul Morgenthaler

Senior Investment Manager

Commerz Ventures

Investor in Fintech start-ups across Europe. Interested in meeting entrepreneurs with the ambition to redefine financial services. Trying to help our companies wherever I can. Current investments include Bought By Many, Mambu, iwoca, GetSafe, Bankin', OmnyWay and Realbest.

Dr. Javier González-Soria

Dr. Javier González-Soria

CEO & Founder
TopSeedLabs

Dr. Javier González-Soria

Dr. Javier González-Soria

CEO & Founder

TopSeedLabs

My career began in 1992 in Mundicolor Iberia, the leading Tour Operator in Spain. In 2002 I was appointed as General Manager. Then I learned the insights of the traditional travel business. In 2006 I joined Google as Director of the Travel Vertical to help to convert a sales office in a subsidiary company, creating from scratch that Unit. 6 years later Spain was one of the 10 key global markets for Google and I generated aprox 45% of the revenue. I also developed Travel pan-regional projects and was member of the Global Travel Advisory Committee. In those years I learned the insights of the online travel business and the fundamentals of Digital Transformation. Since 2012 I provide consultancy services related to online travel and digital transformation, and 2018 I was assessing Facebook and create for them the "Valuable Touch Points Model", the most efficient way to “translate” the commercial strategy of a Travel Player into the language of Facebook.

Ignacio Lucea

Ignacio Lucea

Founder & CMO
BeWanted

Ignacio Lucea

Ignacio Lucea

Founder & CMO

BeWanted

Bewanted is the first Talent Discovery platform. We help our clients discover, identify, attract and hire the best young talent there is... faster, cheaper and with measurable quality. And by doing so, we also help our over 1MM candidates find the best professional opportunities and apply to them seamlessly. That's the beauty of profesional matchmaking. As a result, and using the insights of managing this unique information, we have learned how to become experts in building strong Employer Branding strategies and brands for our Fortune 500 clients as well as for the thousands of SMEs that work with us. BeWanted is a talent discovery platform that will help your company be in the top of mind of your best potential candidates, find them, attract them and convert them in your best hires. All this, while providing your with unparalleled market intelligence that cannot be found elsewhere. Discover, attract, hire and understand talent like you always wanted. Make your company be wanted.

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Founder
7r Ventures

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Founder

7r Ventures

Dedicated the first 10 years of my career to build global technology businesses at Google+Waze+Motorola, across Silicon Valley, Europe and Latin America. Also enjoyed thousands of hours working as an investor, advisor and mentor (Endeavor, Cre100do) with dozens of startups across both sides of the Atlantic. In 2017, I’ve decided the day to lead my own tribe: 7r Ventures, a Madrid based Technology Holding company, and a Talent platform for restless genes and curious minds to explore new high-potential (impact & profit) frontiers in their careers.

Vincenzo Villamena

Vincenzo Villamena

Founder & CEO
Global Expat Advisors

Vincenzo Villamena

Vincenzo Villamena

Founder & CEO

Global Expat Advisors

I am the founder of Online Taxman, specializing in International Accounting & Tax Services for Expats who want straightforward and transparent solutions. Online Taxman professional CPAs help you navigate the confusing world of Expat Taxes, ensuring you IRS compliance and maximized returns. If you're a Corporate Expat, International Startup Founder, Military Contractor, or just a US Expat living abroad, please go to OnlineTaxman.com to get a Free Consultation. Private Equity | CPA: I have served various roles in Financial Services and Private Equity. Starting out at PwC, I advised the firm's premier private equity and corporate clients on their complex accounting issues, where I was able to gain first hand experience in dealing with tax implications in M&A's and IPO's. My experiences at PwC prepped me for the playing an integral role in at Pegasus Blue Star Fund, where I helped close $300MM in funds for healthcare technology investments. Additionally, my focuses included investment due diligence

Borja Breña

Borja Breña

Investment Manager
Nauta Capital

Borja Breña

Borja Breña

Investment Manager

Nauta Capital

Borja has international experience in finance, technology, and innovation. He is a telecom engineer, and ICAEW’s Chartered Accountant with an MBA from London Business School. Borja is a proven safe pair of hands who enjoys the challenges of setting up and developing new projects.

Alexander Theis

Alexander Theis

Founder & CEO
Tink Referral as a Service

Alexander Theis

Alexander Theis

Founder & CEO

Tink Referral as a Service

Alexander is German-Spanish entrepreneur who has launched several companies in 4 different countries. He currently lives in Chile and spends most of his time travelling in Latin America making sure that TINK continues on the path of growth. Next destination to set up TINK : His home country Spain.

Susana Espinosa de los Reyes

Susana Espinosa de los Reyes

Analyst
Angel Ventures

Susana Espinosa de los Reyes

Susana Espinosa de los Reyes

Analyst

Angel Ventures

Susana is currently part of the senior investment team in Angel Ventures. She is part of both funds actively working from the Due Diligence process to the Post Investment Portfolio Management. Susana oversees the relationship with entrepreneurs for the portfolio management of + 20 investments in México, USA, Canada and the Pacific Alliance Countries (MX, Chile, Colombia, Peru). Regarding the regional Fund, Susana oversees several Due Diligence processes for presenting investments proposals to their investment committee. This is a job Susana has expertise due to her studies on Business and International Development. Susana is currently part of the small group of Women in Private Equity/Venture Capital in Mexico and has a Masters in International Development from theInstituto Technológico Autonomo de México (ITAM) where she previously studied her undergraduate degree on Business.

Hernan Fernandez

Hernan Fernandez

Managing Partner
Angel Ventures Mexico

Hernan Fernandez

Hernan Fernandez

Managing Partner

Angel Ventures Mexico

Hernan is CoFounder and Partner at Angel Ventures Mexico, the first professionally managed Angel Investor Network in the country. With over 17 investments in different industries for a total of 14 Million USD, and Angel Group operations in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Sonora and Tijuana/San Diego, CA, Lima, Peru and Colombia. He is also a Managing Partner for the AVM Coinvestment Fund I, a 20MM Fund that has coinvested in over 15 companies with fellow Angels, Networks and Funds worldwide in Latin American Deals. Hernan holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a law degree from ITAM. Prior to Angel Ventures Mexico, Hernan worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton-Mexico. He also worked as a corporate lawyer for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Mexico and France. Hernan also worked as a consultant for the sustainable business initiative of the United Nations Development Program in New York and Paraguay. He also did consulting for Tecnonexo, an Endeavor company in Argentina.

Jeffrey Char

Jeffrey Char

Founder & CEO
J-Seed Ventures, Inc - Japan

Jeffrey Char

Jeffrey Char

Founder & CEO

J-Seed Ventures, Inc - Japan

Jeffrey Char is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is Founder and CEO of J-Seed Ventures, Inc. and Chief Mentor of Venture Generation, a Tokyo-based venture community. He is also Director of Corporate Venture Capital and a member of the Innovation Task Force at Tokyo Electric Power Company (TSE: 9501). He is currently working on building a new energy services company at TEPCO and involved in several blockchain initiatives in the energy sector including Grid+, Conjoule, and Energy Web Foundation. Jeff was also a founding member of Free Electrons, a global energy startup accelerator program that connects the world's most promising startups with 8 of the leading global utility companies. Jeff is also an adjunct professor teaching about entrepreneurship at IE Business School in Spain. He founded and built several successful ventures including Sozon, an online marketing company sold to ValueCommerce (TSE Mothers: 2491), Solis, a domain registrar sold to GMO Internet (TSE: 9449), SSK Technology, an electronics

Clara Pombo

Clara Pombo

Deputy General Manager
Clarke, Modet & Co.

Clara Pombo

Clara Pombo

Deputy General Manager

Clarke, Modet & Co.

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson

Professor
Harvard University

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson

Professor

Harvard University

Niall Ferguson is one of our most influential commentators on Geopolitics and the Global Economy. The wide range of his expertise underscores his ongoing importance as a keynote speaker. A Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He has published fifteen books.His many prizes and awards include the GetAbstract International Book Award (2009), the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012), the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013), the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize (2013), and the Philip Merrill.

Vasily Kichigin

Vasily Kichigin

Entrepreneur
Fiverr

Vasily Kichigin

Vasily Kichigin

Entrepreneur

Fiverr

Vasily started his entrepreneurial journey as a young professional in 2015 on Fiverr.com platform as the freelancer. At that time he was attending US University and also playing on the tennis team for Division I NCAA. He always wanted to start his own hustle with freelance and it took him few years to find his passion for Social Media. He has started to connect with potential businesses and run Instagram for them. In 2 years he was able to become Top Rated Seller on Fiverr platform and turn his freelance hustle into a full-time business and currently, he has a team with several people and more than 15,000 orders completed for thousands of companies.

Tom Hockaday

Tom Hockaday

ex-CEO at Oxford University Innovation
Owner Technology Transfer Innovation

Tom Hockaday

Tom Hockaday

ex-CEO at Oxford University Innovation

Owner Technology Transfer Innovation

Tom Hockaday is a leading expert in university technology transfer leadership, management and operations. He led the technology transfer activities at the University of Oxford for ten years from 2006 to 2016, having started at Oxford in 2000. Tom has over 27 years experience in this field. Tom is now an independent private consultant, working with a number of clients in the university-business collaboration and technology transfer sectors around the world.

Juan Álvarez de Lara

Juan Álvarez de Lara

Co-founder and Co-general Partner of Origen Ventures Fund
Founder and CEO of Seed&Click

Juan Álvarez de Lara

Juan Álvarez de Lara

Co-founder and Co-general Partner of Origen Ventures Fund

Founder and CEO of Seed&Click

Juan Alvarez de Lara holds a Diploma in Business Administration and Management (UB), a Master in Financial Consultancy (UB), a Diploma in Quantitative Finance (UPC), a Master of International Business (UPF) and has studied the Program for Management Development and Corporate Finance at ESADE. In 2007, he was hired as Deputy General Manager of Gescobro Group and General Manager of Gescobro Portugal. In 2004 he joined Banco Mare Nostrum as Director of Strategic Consulting and Project Development of the entity, highlighting the creation and launch of Private Banking, implementation of HR project for the entire entity and development of new online banking. Previously, he was responsible for strategic projects in the financial sector both internationally in Deutsche Bank (France, Italy, UK, Germany) and nationally in Banc Sabadell, Telefónica, Mapfre as outstanding. Currently, he combines his responsibility at Solvere Capital with that of CEO at Seed&Click.

Marko Wenthin

Marko Wenthin

CEO
Penta

Marko Wenthin

Marko Wenthin

CEO

Penta

Marko is shaping the future of banking. As the CEO of Penta, he has got deep understanding of do´s and dont´s in e-commerce and provides financing solutions for internet based companies spanning debt, equity and factoring. Penta is a digital bank account for SMEs and startups with the mission of disrupting business banking in Europe and worldwide. Its vision is to build a platform of connected services around a bank account which would allow business owners to use one platform for all their financial needs. Penta is designed to let business owners save time and money on banking so that they can focus more on their core business.

Roger Casals

Roger Casals

Co-Founder & CEO
Plazah

Roger Casals

Roger Casals

Co-Founder & CEO

Plazah

Entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience with StartUps and large corporations. Founder and CEO of several companies, with 5 successful exits, including the acquisition of PasswordBank by Symantec and PowerData by Informatica. Board Member, Advisor or Investor at: Blueliv, Uniks and Parlam, among others. Currently, co-Founder and CEO of Plazah, a One-on-One Sales Marketplace that will revolutionize the way people sell….and buy!

Nikol Wolpert

Nikol Wolpert

Head of Business Development LATAM
OrCam Technologies

Nikol Wolpert

Nikol Wolpert

Head of Business Development LATAM

OrCam Technologies

Nikol Wolpert is in charge of business development for OrCam, an Israeli company that develops artificial vision and intelligence technology for people with visual impairment and blindness. As part of her experience, Nikol worked as COO and Marketing Director in one of the most recognized startup accelerators in Israel. An attorney by profession, she began her professional career as a marketer and business developer for clients of Shibolet & Co., one of the leading technology firms in Israel. Nikol is part of the founding committee of the Global Network of Mexican Professionals Israel chapter and has participated in several conferences and talks where she shares her experience on the values and factors that have led the State of Israel to become a world leader in Technology and Innovation.

Pouya Boland

Pouya Boland

CEO and co-founder
Chiquelle

Pouya Boland

Pouya Boland

CEO and co-founder

Chiquelle

Pouya is theCEO of Chiquelle, a Swedish fashion brand. Chiquelle is an exclusive Swedish fashion clothing brand with own productions. That has grown to become an international source. Chiquelle.com (while winning 6 awards so far) is currently one of the fastest-growing online fashion retailers in Sweden with marketing and sales activities in more than 20 countries across the world. After 7 years of experience in the e-commerce world, Pouya has been actively giving speeches around the world (20+ countries). In particular Europe and The States. He has also written several columns about marketing strategies, managing a fast-growing company and Chiquelle's success story.

David Ríos Insua

David Ríos Insua

Chair in Adversarial Risk Analysis
ICMAT-CSIC

David Ríos Insua

David Ríos Insua

Chair in Adversarial Risk Analysis

ICMAT-CSIC

David is a Spanish mathematician specialised in R&D in Decision Analysis, Forecasting, Bayesian Statistics, Optimization, Simulation, Negotiation, Information Systems. Which have various applications in Energy Planning, Counterterrorism, Risk Analysis, Service Quality, Workflow problems, e-participation, e-democracy. As the youngest member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Science, he is the author of more than 95 scientific papers and has published 15 books or monographs. Mr. Ríos is a professor at multiple prestigious Spanish universities. Currently, he is also a scientific advisor for Aisoy Robotics and a collaborating partner SKITES.

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Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman
Google

Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman

Google

Eric E. Schmidt has been the Executive Chairman of Google Inc. since April 4, 2011 and Alphabet Inc. since October 2, 2015. He is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the Chief Executive Officer and senior leadership on business and policy issues. He has over 20 years of experience as an Internet strategist, entrepreneur, and technologist give him a well-seasoned perspective. He has been Director of Google Inc. since March 2001. He has been Non-Executive Director at The Economist Group Limited since November 2013. He is a Member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister's Advisory Council in the U.K. In 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which recognized his work on “the development of strategies for the world's most successful Internet search engine company“.

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder
Apple

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder

Apple

Steve Wozniak was born in San Jose, California, on August 11, 1950. In partnership with his friend Steve Jobs, Wozniak invented the Apple I computer. The pair founded Apple Computers in 1976 with Ronald Wayne, releasing some of the first personal computers on the market. Wozniak also personally developed the next model, Apple II, which established Apple as a major player in microcomputing.

Jeanette J. Epps

Jeanette J. Epps

Astronaut
NASA

Jeanette J. Epps

Astronaut

NASA

Jeanette J. Epps was selected by NASA in 2009 as an astronaut. 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 describing her research. Dr. Epps worked for Ford Motor Company where she received both a provisional patent and a U.S. patent for her research. After leaving Ford, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for seven years working as a Technical Intelligence Officer before becoming an astronaut. She currently serves in the ISS Operations Branch working issues in support of space station crews.

Gwynne Shotwell

Gwynne Shotwell

President and COO
SpaceX

Gwynne Shotwell

President and COO

SpaceX

As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and for managing all customer and strategic relations to support company growth. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 70 launches, representing nearly $8 billion in revenue. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors. Prior to joining SpaceX, Shotwell spent more than 10 years at the Aerospace Corporation. There she held positions in Space Systems Engineering & Technology as well as Project Management. She was promoted to the role of Chief Engineer of an MLV-class satellite program, managed a landmark study for the Federal Aviation Administration on commercial space transportation, and completed an extensive analysis of space policy for NASA’s future investment in space transportation.

José María Álvarez-Pallete

José María Álvarez-Pallete

Chairman & CEO
Telefónica

José María Álvarez-Pallete

José María Álvarez-Pallete

Chairman & CEO

Telefónica

Mr. Álvarez-Pallete has a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. He also studied Economics at the Université Libre of Brussels (Belgium), holds an International Management Programme (IMP) from IPADE Business School and an Advance Research Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid. In February 1999 he joined the Telefónica Group as Chief Financial Officer of Telefónica Internacional S.A.U., and in September of the same year he became Chief Financial Officer of Telefónica S.A. In July 2002, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Telefónica Internacional S.A.; in July 2006, General Manager of Telefónica Latinoamérica, and in March 2009 Chairman of Telefónica Latinoamérica. In September 2011 he was named Executive Chairman of Telefónica Europe. And in September 2012 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Telefónica S.A. Since April 8th 2016 he is Chairman & CEO of Telefónica S.A. and Member of the Board of Telefónica S.A., position he holds since July 2006.

Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson

TED Speaker
Education Expert

Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson

TED Speaker

Education Expert

Sir Ken Robinson works with governments, education systems, international agencies, global corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations to unlock the creative energy of people and organizations. He has led national and international projects on creative and cultural education in the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States. The embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment to spreading new ideas, Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched speaker in TED’s history. His 2006 talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity” has been viewed online over 40 million times and seen by an estimated 350 million people in 160 countries. For twelve years, he was professor of arts education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. In 1999, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim.

Allen Blue

Allen Blue

Co-Founder & VP Product Management
Linkedin

Allen Blue

Co-Founder & VP Product Management

Linkedin

As co-founder and vice president of product management at LinkedIn, Allen Blue thinks a lot about careers, both others' and his own. Before joining LinkedIn in 2002, Blue had been director of product design at SocialNet, an early social networking site and before that, he spent seven years doing lighting and scenic design for the theater. Here, he discusses the similarities between the world of theater and tech startups, the roots of his interest in technology, and how passion is the key to bringing a wide-ranging career path into focus. Previously, Allen has worked as a contract web designer and developer for a variety of clients including PayPal, Stanford University, and Microsoft’s Virtual Worlds project.

Dr. Werner Vogels

Dr. Werner Vogels

Vice President and CTO
Amazon

Dr. Werner Vogels

Vice President and CTO

Amazon

Dr. Werner Vogels is the Vice President and CTO 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. Dr. Vogels joined Amazon in 2004 from Cornell University where he was a distributed systems researcher. He has held technology leadership positions in companies that handle the transition of academic technology into industry. Dr.Vogels holds a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.

Robin Chase

Robin Chase

Co-Founder
Zipcar

Robin Chase

Robin Chase

Co-Founder

Zipcar

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur and one of the leaders of the sharing economy. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is currently co-founder and board member of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism. Chase has has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including TIME 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Founder
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Founder

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (Madrid 1960) studied in the School of Arts and Fashion Techniques in Barcelona. When she was 20 years old, she began to work as a helper in the dressmaker Pepe Rubio’s studio located in Madrid. A year after she presented her first collection in the center of design LOCAL of Madrid y since then she has shown her work parading it in international capitals of fashion including Paris, Milan, New York, Berlin, Florence, Madrid and Barcelona. She has been an honored guest and representative of the Spanish fashion in the main catwalk of Albania, Germany, Argentina, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Slovakia, United States, France, Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama... The creations of the designer have become a true mean of artistic expression and since the first years began to exhibit some of the masters’ pieces in galleries and museums of different European cities, also American and Asia.

Megumi Ikeda

Megumi Ikeda

Managing Director
Hearst Ventures

Megumi Ikeda

Managing Director

Hearst Ventures

Megumi Ikeda is the managing director of Hearst Ventures and the general manager of Hearst Ventures Europe, where she oversees investments and non-organic acquisitions across Europe. She is based in London. Ikeda previously ran the European arm of the Peacock Equity Fund, GE Capital and NBCUniversal’s $250MM venture fund. Previously, she worked in corporate M&A and distribution deals at NBCUniversal. Ikeda started her career in Tokyo as a reporter for Dow Jones and an international business manager at Wired in San Francisco. Ikeda received her undergraduate degree from Columbia College, Columbia University and earned her MBA at UCLA’s The Anderson School.

Dr. Mike Lynch

Dr. Mike Lynch

Founder
Invoke Capital

Dr. Mike Lynch

Dr. Mike Lynch

Founder

Invoke Capital

Mike Lynch is a celebrated technologist with a proven track record of identifying and monetising fundamental technologies.In 2012 he founded Invoke Capital to invest in European technologies. Investments include Darktrace,Luminance and Sophia Genetics. After a series of successful startups,he founded Autonomy in 1996 based on technology invented at Cambridge University, where Dr Lynch studied Information Sciences and received a Ph.D. in adaptive pattern recognition.Autonomy became one of the UK's most successful technology companies on the FTSE100 and was acquired by HP for $11 billion in 2011. Mike has been recognized with many awards, including an OBE for Services to Enterprise in 2006. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an honorary fellow of Christ's College Cambridge and a non-executive director of the British Library. He is also a scientific advisor to the UK Prime Minister. Mike will be participating in the Deep Tech track run in collaboration with Adara Ventures.

Scott Painter

Scott Painter

Founder of Fair, Founder & former CEO of TrueCar
Fair

Scott Painter

Scott Painter

Founder of Fair, Founder & former CEO of TrueCar

Fair

Scott Painter is a serial entrepreneur in the automotive and technology industries, and has founded dozens of disruptive companies over the past 25 years. His new venture, Fair, provides the first fully digital end-to-end way to get a car with the flexibility to return it anytime. Prior to Fair, Scott founded TrueCar with the aim of eliminating negotiation from the car-buying process by providing data-driven pricing research to both dealers and consumers. Painter also founded CarsDirect, which took the pioneering step of introducing upfront pricing to auto retail. He regularly attends TED, All Things D, and is a member of the World Economic Forum, attending and speaking at its annual meeting in Davos since 2011.

Alejandro Agag

Alejandro Agag

Founder & CEO
Formula E

Alejandro Agag

Alejandro Agag

Founder & CEO

Formula E

Born in Madrid in 1970, Alejandro Agag enjoyed an international upbringing in Madrid, Paris and New York - gaining fluency in English, Spanish, French and Italian. After graduating from university he moved into politics, quickly establishing himself and becoming the personal assistant to the Spanish Prime Minister. In 1999, he won a seat in the European Parliament at the age of 28, becoming the youngest Spanish person ever to do so. In 2001, he decided to leave the world of politics and move into motorsport - where together with his business partner Flavio Briatore, they purchased the F1 TV rights in Spain. A few years later Agag purchased the Campos Racing GP2 Team, revamping it into the highly-successful Barwa Addax Team. After investing in the English football club Queens Park Rangers, Agag, together with business partner Enrique Banuelos, began Formula E Holdings - winning the tender to promote the new FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series.

Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning
MIT

Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning

MIT

Sanjay Sarma is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and Vice President for Open Learning at the Institute. He overseas OpenCourseWare, MITx, MicroMasters, the new MIT Integrated Learning Initiative and the World Education Lab at MIT. As a researcher, he founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He several on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including Top Flight Technologies. Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California.

Rüdiger Schmidt

Rüdiger Schmidt

CIO and Deputy General Manager
Banco Sabadell

Rüdiger Schmidt

Rüdiger Schmidt

CIO and Deputy General Manager

Banco Sabadell

Rüdiger Schmidt has more than 25 years experience in managing IT for the Financial Services Industry. Since July 2015 Rüdiger Schmidt is CIO at Banco Sabadell and since 2016 is deputy general manager. Prior to joining Banco Sabadell, he spent 18 years of his career at Deutsche Bank Group in international management positions within Group Technology for Retail Banking, Private & Wealth Management and Transaction Banking. He is graduate in Computer Science & Economics from Fachhochschule Karlsruhe (University of Applied Sciences) in Germany. Additionally, has broad domain skills in retail banking, private wealth management and commercial/transaction banking. Successful end-to-end implementation of large scale transformation programs including core banking replacements, and in leading global organizations.

Johannes Bruder

Johannes Bruder

COO
Rocket Internet

Johannes Bruder

Johannes Bruder

COO

Rocket Internet

Dr. Johannes Bruder is the Chief Operating Officer and served as Managing Director of Marketing and Products, since April 2012, at Rocket Internet SE. Dr. Bruder is responsible for digital operations at the firm. He is part of the Central Management team. He was the Founder of Getupp. Dr. Bruder was previously at Google and also founded a mobile first venture. He holds a Ph.D. with distinction in Economics, doing research into the impact of Corporate Diversification on Innovation and Risk Taking. Dr. Bruder studied Economics with a specialization in Applied Game Theory in St. Andrews, London (LSE) and Hamburg, Germany supported by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstifung des Deutschen Volkes).

Alec Oxenford

Alec Oxenford

Co-Founder
Letgo

Alec Oxenford

Co-Founder

Letgo

Alec Oxenford is an ecommerce expert and entrepreneur from Argentina. He is a cofounder of letgo, the fastest growing mobile marketplace to buy and selllocally. The app – which has raised over $375M in funding from Naspers, Accel, Insight Venture Partners and others since launching in 2015 – has already been downloaded over 45M times. Named one of 2016’s “Hottest Startups”by Wired and among the year’s “Best Apps” by Google, letgo is built on cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence, image recognition and machine learning. It’s drawn recent attention from The New York Times, TheWall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable, Fast Company and others.Oxenford previously co-founded OLX, a high growth markets-focused online classifieds platform. Today, OLX is one of the most trafficked Internet platforms globally and installed on hundreds of millions of devices in dozens of countries like India and Brazil. He launched the company with cofounder Fabrice Grinda in 2006.

Dhiraj Mukherjee

Dhiraj Mukherjee

Co-Founder
Shazam

Dhiraj Mukherjee

Co-Founder

Shazam

Dhiraj Mukherjee is an experienced digital business executive and entrepreneur, with a proven track record in both corporate and start-up environments.Recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Top 50 technology entrepreneurs in 2015, Dhiraj was previously Head of Banking Innovation at Virgin Money, where he was responsible for developing and implementing disruptive new digital banking products, propositions and partnerships. Recent projects include leading the team responsible for creating Virgin Money Digital Bank’s next-generation product, aimed at serving 2.2 million students in the UK.Over the course of his career, Dhiraj has held directorial roles across a range of sectors including media & entertainment, consulting and the charity sector. In 2000, Dhiraj co-founded billion-dollar company Shazam, the world’s first mobile phone-based music recognition service.

Dave Palmer

Dave Palmer

Co-Founder & Director of Technology
Darktrace

Dave Palmer

Co-Founder & Director of Technology

Darktrace

Dave Palmer is the Director of Technology at Darktrace, overseeing the mathematics and engineering teams and project strategies. With over ten years of experience at the forefront of government intelligence operations, Palmer has worked across UK intelligence agencies GCHQ & MI5, where he delivered mission-critical infrastructure services, including the replacement and security of entire global networks, the development of operational internet capabilities and the management of critical disaster recovery incidents. He holds a first-class degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Birmingham.

Jonathan Medved

Jonathan Medved

CEO
OurCrowd

Jonathan Medved

CEO

OurCrowd

Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and the founder & CEO of OurCrowd, the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platform with its community of 20.000 accredited investors from across the globe. OurCrowd "has blown up the exclusivity around tech fundraising" (Bloomberg Businessweek) and has raised and deployed over $440M for 120 early-stage tech companies in just over four years since launching in February 2013. Medved is “one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists” according to the Washington Post, and was recently named one of the “50 Most Influential Jews” by the Jerusalem Post where he was dubbed “the start-up nation’s guru”. In 2014, Medved received the title of CrowdFundBeat's "Person of the Year". In the NY Times “Israel at 60” supplement, Medved was among the top 10 most influential Americans to have impacted Israel.

Dana Dunne

Dana Dunne

CEO
eDreams ODIEGO

Dana Dunne

Dana Dunne

CEO

eDreams ODIEGO

Dana Dunne is the CEO of eDreams ODIEGO. Prior to eDreams, Dana Dunne served as CCO at EasyJet Plc., and was in charge of sales (especially online sales), marketing, productivity management and of the customer service center. Before that, he was the CEO of AOl Europe Sarl, a division of AOC LLC. He has a deep experience in high-profile international telecommunication companies, as he has been the president of the main business units at Belgacom and US West, two of the most outstanding telecommunication companies in Europe and in the US.Dana holds an MBA from Wharton Business School and a degree in Economics from Weslevan University. He has a double nationality: American and British. On March 31st 2017, Dunne owned 713. 112 shares in eDreams ODIEGO. Dana Dunne was appointed CEO of eDreams during a shareholder meeting held on the 22nd of July 2015.

Nancy Villanueva

Nancy Villanueva

Managing Director
Interbrand Madrid

Nancy Villanueva

Nancy Villanueva

Managing Director

Interbrand Madrid

Nancy is the Managing Director of Interbrand Madrid. Her main responsibility is to ensure the leadership of the consulting firm in Spain and Middle East by offering its clients branding solutions that ensure greater brand value and business growth. Having begun her career at Interbrand more than a decade ago as a Senior Consultant, Nancy created, established and consolidated the discipline of project management (Client Services area) for Interbrand Madrid from scratch. She has led branding projects for clients such as Telefónica/Movistar, Mahou San Miguel, Bankia, DIA, Elsevier, Euskaltel, Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, General Sports Authority, etc. Nancy is guest lecturer at Instituto de Empresa’s International MBA Program and ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. She was a member of jury at Cannes Design Lions in 2014. Nancy studied Business Administration and Marketing at Boston College and holds a Corporate MBA from New York University.

Tal Morgenstern

Tal Morgenstern

Partner
Lightspeed Venture Partners

Tal Morgenstern

Partner

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Tal joined Lightspeed in 2016 and focuses on the firm’s investment efforts in Israel. Lightspeed Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that is engaged in the consumer, enterprise, technology, and cleantech markets. Before joining Lightspeed, Tal spent 4 years at Sequoia Capital as a partner in Israel and led investments in consumer marketplaces, SaaS and Fintech companies. Prior to Sequoia, Tal worked as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, primarily focused on financial services. He was also the co-founder and chief product officer of Worldclass.io, an e-learning SaaS platform and served as a commander in an elite unit of the Israeli Defence Forces. Tal holds a B.Sc in Bio-Medical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Vinoth Jayakumar

Vinoth Jayakumar

Principal
Draper Esprit

Vinoth Jayakumar

Principal

Draper Esprit

Vinoth joined Draper Esprit as a Principal in 2016. Prior to that he worked at a boutique management consulting firm in London for 6 years. He previously ran a micro-angel fund, investing in crowdfunded start-ups. He is a Chartered Accountant (ACA, ICAEW) and has a degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. Vinoth focuses on investments in fintech and insuretech.

Jeff Lynn

Jeff Lynn

Co Founder & CEO
Seedrs

Jeff Lynn

Co Founder & CEO

Seedrs

Having originally trained as a lawyer in the US and at Oxford University, Jeff Lynn moved from Sullivan & Cromwell’s New York office to its London operation in 2005. Jeff studied for an MBA at the Said Business School in Oxford. He and Seedrs co-founder Carlos Silva came up with the idea of establishing an equity crowdfunding business while at Oxford, believing that there was both unmet demand for investment in small companies and start-ups as well as an untapped supply of funds. Jeff’s goal for Seedrs is to build a sustainable business that over time produces outstanding returns to investors. Seedrs has funded more than 470 deals to date and has had over £200 million invested on the platform. Jeff is passionate about establishing equity crowdfunding as a movement towards self directed investment and believes that the sector will be a £1 billion-plus industry in the UK alone within a short timeframe.

Billie Whitehouse

Billie Whitehouse

Co-Founder & Creative Director
Wearable Experiments

Billie Whitehouse

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Wearable Experiments

Billie Whitehouse is the designer and director of Wearable Experiments. Wearable Experiments specializes in the combination of hardware, software and apparel for wearable technology products. Forbes recently compared Billie and her co-founder Ben Moir to Steve Jobs and Jerry Seinfeld. Known for her development of Fundawear, Navigate and the Alert Shirt for Fox Sports, Billie is invigorating the fashion industry and transforming it into a business focused on improving the quality of our lives. Billie is an aesthetic specialist with a naturally inquisitive nature towards technology and innovation. Business Insider recently named Billie as one of the 30 most important women under 30 in tech. The highlight for Billie in 2015 was winning the Best Fan Engagement Award for the work on the Alert Shirt with FOX SPORTS as well as bringing Wearable Experiments to the USA.

Thierry Petit

Thierry Petit

Co Founder & CEO
Showroomprivé

Thierry Petit

Co Founder & CEO

Showroomprivé

Thierry Petit is the co-founder of Showroomprive.com, along with David Dayan. Showroomprivé is a major European player in the online private sales sector that specialises in fashion. It has been listed on the Euronext Paris market since 2015. An online entrepreneur and business angel, Thierry Petit has almost 20 years of experience in the creation of start-ups and has invested in many online companies. He is also the Vice-President of the Conseil de France Digitale.

Peter Halacsy

Peter Halacsy

Co-Founder & CTO
Prezi

Peter Halacsy

Co-Founder & CTO

Prezi

Peter Halacsy is the co-founder of Prezi. As a CTO he built Prezi from scratch into a global company with offices in San Francisco, Mexico City and Budapest and 270 employees. He believes that organizations should be designed parallel with product, and that super-agile organizations are decentralized and aligned to a higher purpose. A manager’s job is to distribute information and push decision making down the tree of command–making themselves more irrelevant. HP also co-founded several social organizations. Bridge Budapest aims at boosting the startup community as well as shaping the IT scene in Hungary by showcasing great examples for building global, successful companies. The Hero’s Square initiative strives to eliminate indifference in Hungary by encouraging everyone to stand up and act for others every day. Last but not least he is the co-founder of Budapest School.org.

Monica Pal

Monica Pal

CEO
4iQ

Monica Pal

Monica Pal

CEO

4iQ

Monica Pal is the chief executive officer of 4iQ and a member of the company’s board of directors. She joined 4iQ in 2016, closed a Series A round of funding and launched the company in the U.S. Ms Pal brings over 30 years of technology industry leadership, computer software expertise and executive management experience to the company. Before joining 4iQ, Monica was co-President and CMO at Aerospike, a real-time big data company. Prior to that, she launched AlienVault in the US and has grown a series of startups in the open source, enterprise messaging and security spaces including Entrust Technologies (eCommerce, Inc.). Ms. Pal holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Computer Science from Rice University. She also currently serves as a board member for the Institute of Noetic Science.

Kei Shimada

Kei Shimada

Global Director of Innovation and Business Development
Dentsu

Kei Shimada

Global Director of Innovation and Business Development

Dentsu

Kei is a Japanese American entrepreneur from New York. After working for global companies big and small to shape his unique yet diverse professional skill sets, he successfully launched and ran one of Japan's first multinational mobile strategy firms, Infinita. Throughout his career, Kei has focused on helping companies around the globe redefine existing product and service strategies, develop and execute market entry strategies, enhance existing revenue streams or create new ones from the ground up. Since 2012, he is Global Director of Innovation and Business Development at Dentsu's innovation arm focusing on both initiating and leading a Dentsu Aegis groupwide innovation initiative while creating new solutions around wearables, neural technology, locational big data and crisis management infrastructures, going beyond the traditional advertising business to cultivate new business models that generate revenue.

Helena Torras

Helena Torras

co-founder & CEO
B-wom

Helena Torras

Helena Torras

co-founder & CEO

B-wom

Helena Torras, co-founder & CEO at B-wom, a digital coach for women's intimate health, focused on prevention. B-wom is changing the approach towards women's health, present already on more than 10 countries. Used to be on both sides of the table, Helena has invested on more than 9 tech startups through PaoCapital and has been member of the board or advisory board on startups such as Duckcsboard (Acquired by NewRelic). She's member of the board at BarcelonaTechCity and Esade Alumni Entrepreneurship.