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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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€.

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.

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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 - Spain

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Founder

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada - Spain

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.

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.

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

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.