Speakers

Get insights of our exceptional speakers on shaping the future of technology, innovation and digital transformation

Alex von Frankenberg (High-Tech Gründerfonds)

MD

Dr. Alex von Frankenberg is Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds, responsible for hardware and software investments. Before taking that position in October 2005 he was responsible for spin-offs as Venture Manager at the Siemens Technology Accelerator (STA). Before joining the STA in April 2002 Alex was head of sales and marketing of an IT start-up. Prior to that he headed the Innovation Practice at Siemens Management Consulting. He started his career designing and implementing large IT systems with Andersen Consulting. Alex holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin (1992) and a PhD about the establishment of de-facto techology standards from the University of Mannheim (1997).

Alexander Britz (Microsoft Germany)

Responsible for Digital Business Transformation & Internet of Things

Alexander Britz is responsible for Digital Business Transformation and Internet of Things within Microsoft Germany, Prior to this role he was in charge of all Government related business in Germany and served as General Manager Europe of the Microsoft Health Solutions Group
Before joining Microsoft in August 2010 Britz held various management positions at Philips.
He was leading the commercial activities of Philips Healthcare’s MRI business in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, he also headed the company’s Healthcare IT division in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Next to his experience in Healthcare Alexander Britz was also active in other industries:
He was European Sales & Marketing Director for Philips Special Lighting and worked in Philips Semiconductors where he was responsible for marketing of identification and automotive products in Asia/Pacific.

Alexander Levy (Atomwise)

COO & Co-founder

Alexander Levy is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Atomwise – a company that uses artificial intelligence to help discover new medicines. Its groundbreaking AtomNet technology reasons like a human medicinal chemist, using powerful Deep Learning algorithms and supercomputers to analyze millions of hypothetical treatments each day. Atomwise has launched 27 drug discovery projects with innovative organizations, including Merck and Harvard, advancing research in diseases as diverse as Ebola, multiple sclerosis, and leukemia.

Andreas Rohr (DCSO Deutsche Cyber-Sicherheitsorganisation GmbH)

CTO

Andreas Rohr is the CTO of the DCSO Deutsche Cyber-Sicherheitsorganisation. DCSO is a security start-up / joint venture founded by Allianz, BASF, Bayer and Volkswagen for the entire industry. It is aiming to raise the security level by being an agile entity for security challenges in operations and is a Managed Security Services Provider w/o re-inventing the wheel. DCSO is dedicated to act as a vendor neutral partner and clearing house for operationalised sharing.
Dr. Rohr holds a PhD in Math/Statistics and a master in Industrial Engineering & Management.

Andreas Sujata (StreetScooter GmbH)

Director Sales & Marketing R008

Andreas Sujata has twenty years of experience in the development of sales structures including comprehensive personnel responsibilities development of operational structures and their implementation in multicultural environments / across cultures. He is the Digital Sales Expert and Leader for Digital Projects: i.e. “Corporate meets StartUp” or “Design Thinging”. He is a sales professional for new customer acquisition and team motivation and has more than 10 years C – Level Management experience and enable StartUp in EMEA.

Anna-Elisabeth Keuder (Cellbricks)

Molecular Biologist

As a bioprinting scientist Anna, 29, evolves Cellbricks’ proprietary 3D bioprinting technology to create living biological tissue. Human biologist by training, her interest in alternative testing systems and the vision to improve those grew during her studies in applied medical and basic pharmacological research (at KIST Europe and Yale University respectively). As part of the Cellbricks team since its start in 2015, Anna’s vision is to make drug testing more efficient and safe by creating complex biological testing systems. Her current focus is the development of a printed placenta model ‘in a petri dish’, eventually enabeling risk assessment of compounds for pregnant women and unborns.

Anya Babbitt (SPLT)

CEO & Founder

Anya Babbitt is the Founder & CEO of SPLT. She is passionate about creating a more sustainable future where smart cities overcome the challenges of urbanization and growth. An experienced entrepreneur with multiple ventures and exits, Anya led SPLT’s upward trajectory achieving over 35 awards and prizes including the Hult Prize, Accelerate Michigan, Clean Energy Trust Challenge, Google Demo Day, articles in Forbes, Huffington Post, and TechCrunch. From a thesis on the Kyoto Protocol at Boston University to today, Anya has aligned governmental, corporate, and university forces to her vision to transform the way people meet and move worldwide.

Ayelet Noff (Blonde 2.0)

CEO & Founder

Ayelet Noff is the Founder and CEO of award-winning PR Firm Blonde 2.0 with offices in Tel Aviv and Boston. Founded in 2006, the firm specializes in publicizing the hottest technology startups, enterprises, VCs, and lifestyle brands globally. Blonde 2.0 has 25 employees and helps its clients receive coverage in major publications, engage with consumers and influencers, and create a consistent buzz on the Web and beyond.

In 2015 Blonde 2.0 was awarded multiple awards by the prestigious PR Daily for the Yo Launch Campaign. PR Daily announced: “PR pros are often tasked with making something “go viral,” but few succeed. However, that’s just what Blonde 2.0 accomplished with the messaging app “Yo.” The excellent work of igniting a positive virtual firestorm earned top honors in not one but two categories in Ragan’s 2015 Digital and Social Media Awards: Best PR Campaign and Best Viral Campaign.” The same year, Blonde 2.0 also won PR News’ Platinum Viral Campaign of the Year Award. Ayelet has been named one of the Startup Nation’s “Movers and Shakers” on Forbes. She is the host of ‘Startups Around the World’ on the i24 News Channel, and a regular contributor at publications such as VentureBeat and Forbes.

 

Benjamin Rohé (GTEC)

MD & Founder

Benjamin Rohé , an entrepreneur who co-founded a public company amongst other startups and worked in the tech, renewable energy, digital space since 1997. He started his first company at the age of 17.
Benjamin has been investing time and money into startups throughout Europe since 2007. He has given talks and lectures at different european universities as well as at various european startup and economic conferences. Those include the Economic Forum, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, Maastricht University, Center for Digital Technology & Management (Munich), European School of Management and Technology (Berlin) and the Zeppelin University where he also helped to create a investment fund for startups at the same university.
In 2011 his business angel investment activities became more structured by forming angelfund.vc and bringing in a advisory board of industry experts. Benjamin also served as a Partner in the Venture Capital Funds of Redalpine Venture Partners AG in Switzerland. He is a accredited investor by the European Investment Fund (EIF – EAF).
He co-authored with Gütt Olk Feldhaus Rechtsanwälte “Angel syndicates: Efficient investment in startups with syndication and sub-share agreements” for the Book “Guide for Business Angels” published by the Business Angel Network Germany and GoingPublic Media AG in December 2012.
Since January 2015, Benjamin is heading the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) in Berlin. Founding Partners include European School of Management and Technology, Noerr LLP, RWE, Henkel and 2 foundation.

Bernd Osterloh (Volkswagen Group)

Member of the Supervisory Board

Bernd Osterloh joined Volkswagen in 1977. He started his career as a production worker at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant. In 2005, Mr. Osterloh has been elected Chairperson of the Works Council of the Wolfsburg plant and General Works Council of the Volkswagen AG. 2006 Osterloh became President of the Global Group Works Council of the Volkswagen AG. He is member of the Supervisory Board of the Volkswagen Group.

Bernhard Mattes (American Chamber of Commerce in Germany)

President

Bernhard Mattes has been President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) since June 2013. He joined AmCham Germany’s Board of Directors in 2004 and has been a Member of the Executive Committee since 2007. From 2002 to 2016, Mr. Mattes was Chairman of the Management Board of Ford-Werke GmbH, until becoming a Member of the Supervisory Board in January 2017. Over the course of his extensive career in the automotive industry, he has held various management positions in sales, marketing and dealer operations with both Ford-Werke GmbH and BMW AG. Mr. Mattes holds a degree in Economics (Business Administration) from the University of Hohenheim and currently resides in Cologne, Germany.

Brigitte Zypries, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Federal Minister

As Minister for Economics, it is of special importance for Brigitte Zypries to raise awareness within the German Mittelstand of the connected production in all value creation stages – known as Industry 4.0. This includes promoting various financial instruments and network opportunities offered by the BMWi. To this end, she is in continuous dialogues with representatives from economy, politics, civil society and social partners. In close alignment with these stakeholders, her work concentrates on advancing and shaping the framework for implementing the Digital Agenda. In addition, special attention lies on the support of startups as well as SMBs (small & medium-sized businesses). Here, she has a special interest in the IT-sector and air space technology.

Celina Chew, President of Bayer China

 

Celina Chew grew up in Malaysia and Australia. Prior to her position at Bayer she worked as a lawyer for international law firms. Celina Chew joined the Bayer Greater China Legal Department in 1997. In September 2014 she took over her role as the president of Bayer China.

In addition to business management and legal practice Celina Chew has a strong interest in social entrepreneurship, social innovation and sustainable development issues.

Christian Arnold (EWE AG)

Managing Director enera

Christian is Managing Director of enera, a multipartner cooperation focusing on the digital energy transformation which is initiated by EWE AG. He completed a construction traineeship and holds university degrees in both civil engineering and business administration. Christian has studied in Germany and the US and has gained over 10 years of work experience in the Utility, Telecom and Venture Capital Industry. First, he came into contact with the energy market during his studies while researching on risk management in European electricity markets. Afterwards, he joined leading international Multi-Utility and venture capital companies in Germany and the USA. During this period, he was in charge for strategic projects in the field of Mergers & Acquisition and CleanTech related projects. In 2013, Christian joined EWE AG for building up one of the largest Energiewende – Demonstrator in Europe which is named enera. Christian also has a strong entrepreneurial background which envisioned important parts of enera´s strategy.

Christiane Bausback (N+P Industrial Design GmbH)

MD & Head of Design

Christiane Bausback graduated as Industrial Designer from the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany. After several years of practice – et al. with Herbst LaZar Bell Inc. in Chicago, Neumeister + Partner and the B/S/H as Lead Design of the Innovation Lab Bosch – she returned as a partner to N+P in February 2008.

Since 2000 she has also been working for design schools, mainly in Germany and Switzerland, parallel to her professional activities. Since 2013 she holds a lectureship at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.

Many of her designs have received national and international design awards such as IDSA Gold, Good Design Award Chicago, Design Award Baden Württemberg, Germand Design Award, Red Dot and iF Product Design Award, Universal Design Awards, as well as several nominations for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2010 she was chosen for the Faces of Design, and in 2012 she was announced as one of the 40 most promising emerging design talents by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum (40 under 40 Design Awards).

Damien Declercq (Local Motors)

EVP EMEA

With a background in mechanical and production engineering, and a master in management, Damien has stated his career in the battery and automotive after market. Before joining Local Motors, Damien was working on putting enthusiastic eco-friendly cars on the European roads through the use of co-creation and partnership with OEMs. Damien joined Local Motors in 2011 to serve as the Program Manager for the XC2V, a military vehicle developed for DARPA in 5 month. He then led the Business Development of Local Motors, developing the outsourced innovation business line, strategic partnerships as well as the co-creation mission. In 2014, Damien moved back to Europe to lead the setup and growth of the network of Microfactories and vehicles portfolio for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. After engaging the local mobility stakeholders, in the Urban Mobility Challenge: Berlin 2030, and validating the demand, Damien has led the European team in the development of a self driving Shuttle named Olli and the associated Self Driving Vehicle Fleet System offering.

 

Damien Goldring (Consumer Physics Inc. )

CTO & Co-founder

Damien Goldring is co-founder, CTO and VP of R&D at Consumer Physics Inc. since its inception. Prior to starting Consumer Physics at 2011, Damien served for six years as project manager in the Israeli air force running large scale multi-disciplinary projects. Damien also served as director of project management in Tessera Inc, bringing new optics and signal processing products to cell phone cameras. Damien holds a BSC in EE from the Technion institute in Israel (1997), MSC & PhD degrees in EE from Tel-Aviv university (2004, 2009). Damien is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and patents in the fields of optics and nanotechnology.

Daniel Hartert, Bayer CIO & Executive Board of Bayer Business Services

Daniel Hartert is CIO of Bayer and Chairman of the Executive Board of Bayer Business Services. Bayer is one of the world’s leading Life Science companies with core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. Daniel Hartert will be pointing out the relevance of digitization in these areas and the accompanying importance of cooperation with technology companies outside of Bayer.

Dave Mathews (NewAer)

CEO & Founder

Dave Mathews is building his 8th startup, is an angel investor and advisor to dozens of companies. He co-founded Digital Convergence which made the first IoT device in 1997 and was on the early teams of Make Magazine which spun off Maker Faires worldwide, Slingbox which won an Emmy award and was sold for $380M USD, and Boxee which won a Best of CES award and was sold to Samsung. One of the iPhone games he designed, Riddim Ribbon went #1 in the iTunes store two days after launch and its publishing company was then bought by Disney.

Dave lives on the West Coast of America, frequently traveling between Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles with frequent summer stays in Berlin to work with German partners and his investor Telekom for his company NewAer, Inc. Dave has been leveraging his futuristic vision of technology with NewAer to build a “heads up” contextual aware, mobile phone software system that acts like a web cookie in the real world. His company vision is to let your mobile phone act as a digital key customizing your experiences within airports, retail stores or automating the technology in your home or car.

Dave and his team dream large even with their hobbies, as his non-profit Big Imagination bought a decommissioned 747 to turn into the largest moving art piece for the 65,000 person festival Burning Man in Nevada. Inside he lead the installation and fabrication of a 25,000 LED light show that was immersive and computer controlled in 3-dimensions.

David Saad (Agro Innovation Lab)

Head of Acceleration Program

David Saad graduated from Vienna University of Economics and Business and Copenhagen Business School with majors in Strategy, Innovation and Managment Control. He worked at an international IT-service company, the Institute for Strategic Management at WU Vienna and also gained startup experience as a co-founder of two startups before joining the Agro Innovation Lab, where he is currently running the Acceleration Program.

Dennis Mitzner

Technology Reporter

Based in Tel Aviv, Dennis Mitzner writes about start-ups, technology trends and politics for a number of news sites with a focus on Nordic and Israeli topics. You can also find him on TV talking tech every week. Follow Dennis on Twitter or connect with on Linkedin.

Dmitry Volkov (Group-IB)

Co-founder & Head of Threat Intelligence

Dmitry Volkov is the Head of Threat Intelligence and co-founder of Group-IB. The department is doing research and investigations of all kinds of high tech crime. Dmitry graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, majoring in Informatics and Internet systems. Since 2003 he has led the cyber security and incident response operations at Group IB. His team successfully conducted the first cyber investigations in Russia, identified and helped detain criminals targeting banks and enterprises worldwide. Dmitry is the member of UN Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Group conducting a comprehensive study of the problem of global cybercrime. He is listed by Business Insider as one of the top 7 professionals behind influential security companies. In 2016 Dmitry became a member of the Europol EC3 Advisory Group on Internet Security.

Doron Myersdorf (StoreDot)

CEO and Founder

Doron brings vast experience in business and technology management to StoreDot. Prior to founding the company, he served as senior director of SanDisk SSD Business Unit (NASDAQ: SNDK), establishing and managing the division in Israel, building product strategy, marketing and business development, resulting in sales to leading laptop makers amounting to over $100M in revenue in under 3 years. Previously, he was VP Flash and Operations of msystems, a flash memory global leader, where he managed strategic sourcing of $1B annually, resulting in annual revenue of over $1.5B. Doron’s diverse record also includes founder and CEO of InnerPresence, a Silicon Valley security software company, and co-founder and VP business development of Siftology, a pioneer in interactive media search. Earlier, as a partner at Tefen – Semiconductor Operations Management, Doron managed West Coast US operations, in charge of the design and setup of over 40 semiconductor, pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing facilities worldwide. Doron holds PhD in R&D Management (1994), MSc in information systems (cum laude, 1991) and BSc in Industrial Engineering Management (cum laude, 1989) – all from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

 

Dr. Armgard von Reden (Leibniz University Hannover)

Lecturer
Privacy & Public Affairs Strategy Consultant

Dr. Armgard von Reden teaches at the University in the faculty of electrical engineering and informatics and consults clients on data protection issues. She joined IBM in 1987 as a speechwriter for the Board, worked later in several international management positions in Paris and in IBMs Brussels Liaison Office. From 2001 until 2010 she was Chief Privacy Officer for IBM EMEA.

From 2002 until 2011 she also served as Director of Government Programs for Germany, Russia and the CIS countries. She was also responsible for the Units of university relations, corporate social responsibility, association management, and the European and German standards organizations and was the executive sponsor for three years for IBM’s Women’s Leadership Council in Germany.
She served as Head of the Communication Department for the President of the German Bundestag from May 1992 until December 1994 on a leave of absence from IBM.

Prior to joining IBM she worked in the US Congress as a Legislative Assistant in the House of Representatives and Senate, was a freelance journalist in the US for the German media and the London Economist, and taught at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Armgard von Reden holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. from Göttingen University in Politics, Sociology and History and also studied Chemistry.

Dr. Bernhard Rohleder (BITKOM)

CEO

Dr. Rohleder is co-founder and CEO of BITKOM which is the major association of the digital industry in Germany. BITKOM represents more than 2,400 companies with 700,000 employees, a yearly turnover of 140 billion Euros and additional exportations of 50 billion Euros. His career began at ZF Friedrichshafen, the Presseverlag Ploetz, the Ministry of Economics of Brandenburg and the German Plant Manufacturing and Machinery Association VDMA. Rohleder was a member of the former Enquete Commission on the Internet and the digital society of the German Parliament. He represents the digital industry as a member of the platform on the digitalization platform of the national IT-Summit of the federal government, the advisory board of the leading IT trade show CeBIT, as well as in the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Dr. Chahab Nastar (EIT Digital)

CIO

Dr. Chahab Nastar is the Chief Innovation Officer of EIT Digital. Before that, as Vice President of Advanced Development at SAP, he has been managing next-generation analytics software development at SAP. Previously, he was the cofounder and CEO of computer vision software maker LTU technologies, successfully acquired by Jastec Corporation, a listed company based in Tokyo. Chahab started his career as the head of a research group on image indexing at INRIA. He graduated from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and is a former fellow of the MIT Media Lab.

Dr. Chris Tackaberry (CliniThink)

CEO & Co-Founder

Dr Chris Tackaberry is co-founder and CEO of Clinithink, a leading AI company in healthcare. A former physician and computer scientist, Dr Tackaberry and his colleagues at Clinithink are creating value for the healthcare and life science ecosystems through novel and disruptive technologies which exploit rich unstructured data in clinical narrative. Since Clinithink’s inception in 2009, the company has undertaken ground breaking work with global healthcare organizations to leverage unstructured clinical data and help solve complex clinical and business problems.

Dr. Christian Bogatu (KIWI)

MD

Co-Founder and Managing Director Business Development Christian is an entrepreneur who focuses on hardware start-up companies. Prior to KIWI he co-founded Kirsen Global Security, a global leader in container security. Christian has more than five years of experience as a senior consultant with McKinsey.

Dr. Dan Recht (Volute, Inc.)

CEO

Dr. Dan Recht is the CEO of Volute, Inc., a hydrogen storage startup in San Francisco that has grown from a small research team on a US government grant to millions of dollars in annual revenue. Dan is also a senior engineer at Otherlab, an independent engineering research laboratory in San Francisco. Previously, Dan led advanced technology commercialization at OCI Co. Ltd., a multibillion-dollar chemicals and materials manufacturer. Dan earned his Ph.D. in applied physics at Harvard with a thesis focused on the rapid synthesis and discovery of semiconductor materials. He is the author of more than 25 papers in this area, which are cited more than 100 times each year.

Dr. Florian Langenscheidt

Author

Dr. Florian Langenscheidt is a well-known German writer, author of “Wish I May, Wish I Might”, “Glück mit Kindern”, “100 x Civil Courage”, “Von Liebe, Freundschaft und Glück” andmany more. Additionally, Dr. Langenscheidt is very active in journalism – he has contributed numerous articles regarding media, language, economy, politics to the most known German publications – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, DIE ZEIT, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tagesspiegel and FOCUS.

Dr. Gabriele Compostella (Volkswagen Data Lab )

Data Scientist

Gabriele Compostella holds a PhD in Particle Physics from the University of Trento, Italy. He now works as a Data Scientist at the Volkswagen Data:Lab in Munich, where he focuses on machine learning, applied AI and big data analytics. Before joining Volkswagen he was an academic researcher at Fermilab and at CERN, and was a member of the ATLAS collaboration during the exciting times of the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012.

Dr. Katrin Leonhardt (KfW)

Senior VP & Head of division Mittelstandsbank

Dr. Katrin Leonhardt, M.A., is Senior Vice President and head of KfW’s division Mittelstandsbank. In this function, Katrin Leonhardt is responsible for all SME financing of KfW in Germany (especially for start-ups, innovative SMEs, energy efficiency and renewable energy). She is also responsible for the team which invests into Venture Capital Funds. Before joining KfW in 2000, Katrin Leonhardt has worked for the Federal State of Saxony. Ms. Leonhardt holds two degrees in economics and a PhD in political sciences.

Dr. Oliver Brock (TU Berlin)

Alexander-von-Humboldt Professor of Robotics

Oliver Brock is the Alexander-von-Humboldt Professor of Robotics in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technische Universität Berlin in Germany. He received his Diploma in Computer Science in 1993 from the Technische Universität Berlin and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He also held post-doctoral positions at Rice University and Stanford University. Starting in 2002, he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, before to moving back to the Technische Universität Berlin in 2009. The research of Brock’s lab, the Robotics and Biology Laboratory, focuses on autonomous mobile manipulation, interactive perception, grasping, manipulation, soft hands, interactive learning, motion generation, and the application of algorithms and concepts from robotics to computational problems in structural molecular biology. He is also the president of the Robotics: Science and Systems foundation.

Dr. Patrik Pohl (Deutsche Bank AG’s Global Transaction Banking business)

Managing Director & Head of Midcap Products

Dr. Patrik Pohl, Managing Director, is Head of Midcap Products in Deutsche Bank AG’s Global Transaction Banking business. His responsibilities include client solutions in Trade Finance, Cash Management and Lending and the digitalisation of the Midcap business in Germany. Prior to his current role, Patrik held various managerial positions within Deutsche Bank in Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, both in Coverage and Products.

Dr. Stefan Franzke (Berlin Partner for Business and Technology)

CEO

After graduating in mechanical engineering from the University of Hanover, Dr. Stefan Franzke became managing director at the Institut für Integrierte Produktion in Hanover. As the head of the Innovation Center Lower Saxony beginning in 2003, he intensified his know-how in in the field of strategy consulting for innovations and key technologies and advised international investors in their relocation process. Additionally as the managing director of Innovatives Niedersachsen, he was responsible for the national and international marketing of the federal state starting in 2006. Since July 1, 2014 Dr. Stefan Franzke is the CEO at Berlin Partner for Business and Technology. As the CEO of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, Dr. Stefan Franzke, is working to help shape Berlin’s economic growth. He is engaged in assisting established businesses with expansion projects and convincing investors from around the world to invest in Germany’s capital city.

Dr. Tom Kirschbaum (Door2Door)

MD & Co-founder

Dr. Tom Kirschbaum is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of door2door, a Berlin based mobility software company that enables public transport companies and local authorities to optimise their public transport network with data-driven on-demand transport solutions. Founded in 2012 along side Maxim Nohroudi, door2door is committed to significantly improving the quality and accessibility of urban and rural public transport systems – to reach the company’s vision of a ‘private-car-free’ city.

A seasoned entrepreneur in the mobility sector, Tom founded door2door alongside Maxim Nohroudi in 2012. He is among the strongest influencers in the German mobility and startup industry and an advocate for the ongoing dialogue between industry leaders, politicians and decision makers to create the right regulatory frameworks for new mobility services.

Tom is also a member of the Board of the German Startups Association where he represents the Association’s ‘Future Mobility’ task force. Furthermore, he was appointed as a member of the ‘Young Digital Economy Board’ advising the Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany.

Prior to door2door, Tom founded Evolicity in 2010, a mobility agency running a fleet of electric bikes in the city of Düsseldorf, Germany. Before that, he sat on the Executive Board of the University Witten/Herdecke in charge of restructuring the University, and also acted as Executive Assistant to Dr. Ulrich Schröder, the current CEO of the KfW Bank.

Tom is a fully qualified lawyer and trained banker, and earned his PhD in Corporate Law at the University of Bonn in 2005.

Dr. Yoram Levanon (Beyond Verbal Communication)

CSO

Chief science officer (CSO ) of Beyond Verbal Communication Ltd., Israel (world leader of Emotions Analytics field and vocal biomarkers field ). With multiple degrees in Physics, Mathematics, Statistics and Operations research-Dr. Levanon has chosen multidisciplinary studies and implementations as his preferred career. Based on that approach and on his rich experience he creates the infrastructure of the Emotion Analytics field , where physical models of brain and voice and decision making (emotional and rational) models have been used by him in the development process from 1995 until now. During this process he has discovered (in addition to Emotions universal mapping through intonation) that specific voice features/distortions are biomarkers of several diseases and has validated these findings with leading institutes (CAD-with Mayo Clinic ,Autism-with Weitzman institute ,Neuro diseases with Hadassah Hospital ,and others ).

 

Ekaterina Bereziy (ExoAtlet)

CEO & Co-founder

Ekaterina Bereziy is co-founder and CEO of ExoAtlet and graduated by Moscow State University, Mechanical and Math faculty. 10 years worked as top manager in Industrial design company and car distributor (sales and marketing director). Since 2017 included into the list of YGL. ExoAtlet is a powered exoskeleton designed to assist patients during their rehabilitation after some stroke, injury or unsuccessful operation. ExoAtlet automatically repeats the natural patterns of walking through neurological biofedback, electrical stimulation system, and physiological sensors.

Eugene Borukhovich, Global Head of Digital Health & Innovation, Bayer

 

Eugene Borukhovich currently serves as a Global Head of Digital Health & Innovation at Bayer. He’s also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Personal Health Solutions (PHS), and a founder of Health 2.0. Together with Yoram Levanon, Chief Scientist Officer at Startup Beyond Verbal he will talk about startups and innovation in digital health.

„Ideas are cheap, execution is what matters! I love seeing brilliant minds in the startup community going beyond the idea on a napkin to real products, real solutions following their passion. Our open innovation initiatives allow us, as Bayer, to share our own experiences with entrepreneurs when it comes to scaling innovation but also learn some important lessons around focus and culture of getting stuff done!”

Eugene enjoys mentoring startups in programs such as Grants4Apps, an initiative that offers digital health startups mentoring and free co-working on Bayer campuses around the world. Eugene is an avid blogger about innovation, digital health and startups. He can be found at @HealthEugene or http://HealthEugene.com.

Felix Scharf (Volkswagen Group Ideation:Hub)

Business Innovation Manager

German-born Business Designer Felix Scharf is part of the Volkswagen Group IT Innovation Team called Ideation:Hub, in particular leading the Startup Innovation Program.

Connecting electric vehicles, automotive online services and mobility as a service, he and his team develop solutions for urban challenges considering user experience, ICT and new business models, with internal resources as well as in cooperation within strategic partnerships.

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

Fiene Berger

CEO

Veolia Stiftung

Fiene Berger is managing director of the Veolia Stiftung. The Berlin-based foundation of the german Veolia group strives for sustainable development and focuses its funding activities on environmental protection. It aims to support innovative and transferable projects in energy efficiency, circular economy and water resources protection. Being a sustainability enthusiast, Fiene holds two master’s degrees in international economics and environmental sciences.

Frank Schmiechen (Gründerszene)

Editor-in-Chief

Frank Schmiechen started his career as freelance reporter in 1988 for several newspapers and magazines in Hamburg. After one year as sports editor with the regional newspaper Bergedorfer Zeitung he joined Europes biggest newspaper BILD. Here he worked as chief of staff and was responsible for production and layout. In 2001 he joined the WELT and Berliner Morgenpost in Berlin. 2004 he founded WELT KOMPAKT and became deputy editor in chief of this newspaper. In 2011 he became deputy editor in chief of WELT am Sonntag. In 2013 he spent four months in Palo Alto in the Silicon Valley and after that he became editor in chief of Gründerszene. Gründerszene is the leading Online-Magazine for the Startup-Scene and the Digital Economy in Germany.

Freddie Geier (Adventures GmbH)

Managing Partner

Serial Entrepreneur known for his abilities to start, grow, integrate and improve application software and hardware businesses with focus on high technology markets. Broad skill set encompassing marketing, business development, digital business transformation, and product strategy. Extensive experience in building maximum user and stakeholder value in application development. Track record of success in global media, automotive connectivity and Apple markets.

Frederik Brantner (Magazino)

CEO

Frederik Brantner (CEO) started his first company at the age of 16. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Management/CEMS. He has broad international experience (USA, Ecuador, South Africa). He started Magazino as a project end of 2011, incorporation 2014 and grew the robotics company to the largest team in perception driven robotics in Europe. He was selected as “Innovator under 35” in 2016.

Gonzalo Martinez (Samsung Ventures)

Head of the Israel office

Gonzalo is the Head of the Israel office for Samsung Ventures, office he established in 2014. He has been investing in the valley, Europe and Israel since 2011. Major deals include PrimeSense (Acquired by Apple), Corephotonics, StoreDot, Replay Technologies (acquired by Intel), Cortica, EarlySense, Rounds, Aveni, Elastifile, Imagry, Scylla.

He completed his MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in Paris. He also holds a Bsc in Economics from University of London (London School of Economics). Gonzalo complemented his studies with an MBA from University of California at Berkeley.

​Hahna Alexander​ (SolePower)

CEO & Co-founder

Hahna is the CEO and co-founder of SolePower. She is a Carnegie Mellon mechanical engineer with a background in the space industry from NASA. At SolePower, Hahna leads the team to commercialize smart, self-charging work boots that improve the safety and productivity of industrial workers. SolePower is positioned to provide value to the commercial world with the ability to solve key battery life issues in mobile sensing. The work boot charges itself as the user walks; development was supported by the National Science Foundation and US Army. Hahna was named a 2017 Toyota Mother of Invention, and 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy. The SolePower team is based out of Pittsburgh, PA.

Harald Marx (Daimler Fleetboard Innovation Hub)

Head of Innovation Hub

Harald Marx is the Head of Fleetboard’s Innovation Hub in Berlin and an intrepreneur to the core. Harald studied business engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). After his career in management consulting he joined Fleetboard as Head of Strategy, Projects & Processes in Stuttgart and was responsible for building up Fleetboard’s new office in Berlin.

Founded in 2016 the Innovation Hub is a place for invention and creation. Empowered by big data, IoT and AI the created digital business opportunities address the biggest pain points of logistics and trucking. Fleetboard’s strong bond to Mercedes-Benz Trucks and the Daimler AG enables global scaling of new solutions with the joint power of Fleetboard and Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

Hartmut Klusik, Board of Management, Bayer AG

 

Dr. Hartmut Klusik is a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG, responsible for Human Resources, Technology & Sustainability. As sponsor of the Bayer initiative Grants4Tech, he will announce the winning teams in the robotics competition.

“Bayer is an innovation-driven company, as reflected in our mission ‘Science For A Better Life’. Innovation is also important for rapid advancement in technology. Our Grants4Tech initiative aims to apply cutting edge solutions to enhance production in the Life Science industry. CUBE enables us to establish partnerships with startups that combine our production and technology expertise with new high-tech solutions to benefit patients and customers and to improve their quality of life.”

About Dr. Hartmut Klusik:
Dr. Hartmut Klusik was born in Germany. After completing his studies with a PhD in chemistry he began his professional career at Bayer in 1984, followed by several international assignments in crop protection production with increasing responsibility. From November 2005 until his appointment to the Board of Management of Bayer AG in 2016, Klusik was a member of the Board of Management of Bayer HealthCare AG, with responsibility for global Product Supply.

Helmut Ramsauer (SPINPARTNERS)

Managing Partner

Helmut Ramsauer has more than twenty years of experience in complex business transformations. Having been both a founder and a senior executive, his expertise blends corporate development, digital technologies and design. His industry knowledge is focused on mobility/automotive, services and insurance industries.

Helmut Ramsauer was a director at Atreus, Chief Strategy Officer of ADAC, Europe’s largest car club, and a member of the Extended Leadership Team of Capgemini Consulting D/A/CH. He was a manager at Ernst & Young Consulting and Munich Airport Authority. Prior to that, he was an IT startup founder.

He has mandates in various social institutions and is the founder of the “Silicon Vilstal” initiative, which is committed to establishing a digital region.

Holger Weiss (German Autolabs)

CEO & Founder

Holger G. Weiss is founder and CEO of German Autolabs. He has over 15 years of experience managing and building technology-driven companies with innovative business models in the Future Mobility sector. He has extensive experience and expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a vital role in the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin, from its genesis up to its acquisition by Nokia in 2006. Before founding German Autolabs, Holger G. Weiss was managing director and CEO of Aupeo, a music streaming startup which developed into one of the leading providers of internet-based audio content for the Automotive Industry. In 2013 Aupeo was acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America.

Hyunjun Park (Catalog)

CEO & Co-Founder

Hyunjun is passionate about using cutting-edge tools from synthetic biology to bring bio-based solutions to complex problems of the world. As co-founder and CEO of Catalog, he is currently leading the effort to handle the explosion of digital information by harnessing the power of DNA. Hyunjun served in the Republic of Korea Army, obtained his BS in Biological Sciences at Seoul National University and PhD in Microbiology at UW Madison, and conducted postdoctoral research at MIT in the field of synthetic biology.

Jade Le Maître (Hease Robotics)

CTO & Co-founder

Co-founder and CTO of Hease Robotics (www.heaserobotics.com), Jade Le Maître has taken much initiative to be involved in the robotics community. With a background in engineering and having fully conducted a research project about human-robot interaction, Jade found her passion in working in the science communication sector. Throughout her journey of working in science and robotics for 5 years, Jade teamed up with Max Vallet – who became her co-founder and CEO of Hease Robotics. After creating their team, it took them just 4 months to build a high-quality working prototype of the first robot catered to the retail industry and customer services. At just the age of 29, Jade spearheads the technical side of the project: determining what the perfect technical options are, managing the team, all to deliver the dream robot in such a short period of time. Jade is also the founder of the unique worldwide directory of talented women working in robotics and affiliated industries @WomenInRobotics, has her own updated Twitter account @Aratta, publishes informative articles on LinkedIn and manages her tech-focused website.

Janina Mütze (Civey)

COO & Founder

Janina is Founder and COO of Civey. The Berlin-based company gathers polling data in realtime. With it’s software that is already embedded on thousands of websites (i.a. Spiegel Online, Cicero or der Freitag), Civey reaches it’s participants and builds up Germany’s biggest panel of survey respondents. The company was founded in 2015 and has 23 employees. Before she founded her own startup, Janina worked for the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. She studied Economics at FU Berlin.

Jeremy Tai Abbett (InsurTech.vc)

Design Partner & Creative Evangelist

Jeremy Tai Abbett inspires ambitious organizations into realizing the creativity required to thrive in a world of constant change.
He draws on his experience starting several ventures that found their genesis at the intersection of design and technology.

As Google’s former creative evangelist, Jeremy joined InsurTech.vc this year as their design partner charged with instilling a sense of design in their growing portfolio. Parallel to this he continues to deliver inspirational keynotes, consults with multi-national companies and is a startup mentor (Swiss Startup Factory, Next Media Accelerator and Startup Bootcamp London).

Johann Jungwirth, CDO Volkswagen

CDO
Volkswagen AG

Johann Jungwirth (43), since 1st November 2015 Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of Volkswagen AG is responsible for the digital transformation of the Volkswagen Group and reports directly to Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG.

Johann Jungwirth transferred from Apple in Cupertino, CA (USA), where he was Director, Mac Systems Engineering for over a year. He was responsible for innovation in design and engineering in product development as well as hiring, growing and leading a multicultural research & development team and supporting the Special Projects Group.

In 2009, Jungwirth was appointed as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America to head the Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, CA (USA), with additional locations. From the center in Silicon Valley, Jungwirth and his team were responsible for all research and development units in the US market such as autonomous driving, powertrain and electric drive, technology and vehicle development, as well as business innovation and user interaction design. From 2008 to 2014 Jungwirth was also Vice-President Connected Car, User Interaction & Telematics responsible for all research, engineering and product development for infotainment and connected car solutions.

Johann Jungwirth was born on 1st of May 1973, in Reußmarkt, Romania. He holds an electrical engineering degree Dipl.-Ing. (BA) from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart. He also participated in the International Motor Vehicle Program of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA (USA) and Wharton School of the University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA).

Jona Kallgren

Freelance Journalist

Jona Kallgren is a Berlin-based freelance journalist for the Associated Press and Swedish TV4. After studying in Washington D.C, U.S, and Melbourne, Australia, he started working for the Associated Press in London in 2005.
Since 2010 he is a freelance journalist with a focus on technology. He has covered major tech events and conferences around the world and done countless stories on new technology and startups.
Every month he receives hundreds of pitches and press releases, some which are good enough to be turned in to stories, but most that are deleted after a short consideration.

Jonathan Yoni Ofir (Get Leaf)

CEO

Yoni Ofir is Co-Founder and CEO of LEAF, the plug-n-plant™ system that automatically grows medical plants and food from the comfort of your home. Yoni founded LEAF in 2015 after he decided to build a growing system for his own needs and encountered overwhelming consumer demand. In September 2015 LEAF was the first ever cannabis startup to participate in Techrunch Disrupt Battlefield. LEAF was named Product Hunt 2016 Hardware Product of the Year and was featured on VICELAND’s Weediquette. Prior to LEAF, Yoni served in the Israeli military for three years before founding Alcohoot (now Vertisense), a smartphone breathalyzer company that was backed by Techstars and acquired in 2014. Alcohoot was included on Entrepreneur’s 100 Brilliant Companies list and won several awards, including a Mashable Choice Award and a Red Dot Award for product design.

José Mariano López Urdiales (Zero 2 Infinity)

CEO & Founder

Sparked by his lifetime exposure to rockets, balloons and Space Exploration projects in which his father was involved, Jose Mariano became an entrepreneur in 2009 when he founded Zero 2 Infinity. He set himself to change the way we go to Space. An MIT-grad, from Aero/Astro, he’s convinced that frequent and low cost access to Space is around the corner. And it does not require new technologies, just using what exists in a different way. This will enable constellations of microsatellites to better connect and protect the Earth. Even affordable Space Tourism is possible, as he proposed back in 2002. To prepare himself to start Zero 2 Infinity he worked at Boeing Phantom Works, the Boston Consulting Group and the European Space Agency. Surrounded by a group of talented youngsters and industry veterans, with Zero 2 Infinity, he’s proving there are no limits.

Josef Brunner (Relayr.io )

CEO & Founding Investor

Josef Brunner serves as relayr’s Chief Executive Officer. Josef has been instrumental in launching multiple IT and Cyber Security companies, like JouleX (2009) and Bastille Networks (2004). Before starting relayr, he completed his tenure with Cisco Systems, which began after the 2013 Cisco acquisition of JouleX, where he was Co-Founder and Chief Architect. Josef is also an active venture capitalist through his venture capital firm AFT Ventures.

Kai Diekmann

 

Kai Diekmann was born in Ravensburg (Germany) on 27 June 1964. Till January 2017 he was publishing director of BILD. For 15 years prior to this, he was editor-in-chief of BILD.

BILD is Europe’s biggest news brand, reaching 39 million readers and users each month with its print and online editions. Following secondary school and military service, Kai Diekmann completed a two-year traineeship at publishing house Axel Springer, which brought him to Hamburg, Bonn, and New York. In 1987, Diekmann became a parliamentary correspondent for BILD and BILD am SONNTAG in Bonn. In 1989, he served as chief reporter for magazine Bunte in Munich. Two years later, his career brought him to Berlin, where he became the B.Z.’s deputy editor-in-chief. Soon after, Diekmann was appointed deputy editor-in-chief and head of the politics department at BILD. He remained in this position for five years.

Following a brief journey through Central America, Diekmann returned to Axel Springer in 1998 as the editor-in-chief of WELT am SONNTAG. In 2001, he was appointed editor-in-chief of BILD and publisher of BILD and BILD am SONNTAG. From 2012 to 2013, Diekmann spent 10 months in Silicon Valley. His time on the US West Coast, on behalf of Axel Springer, was spent developing new entrepreneurial ideas for digital growth. Since 2004, Diekmann has been an independent member of the board of directors of Hürriyet; since 2011 he has served as non-executive director of the London Times; since 2017 member of the Public Policy Advisory Board, UBER, San Francisco. Diekmann has written and edited several books.

He is married and has four children.

Kemal Malik, Board of Management of Bayer, responsible for Innovation

Member of the Board of Management

Bayer 

Kemal Malik is a member of the Board of Management of Bayer, responsible for Innovation. Bayer is one of the world’s leading Life Science companies with core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. Kemal Malik will be talking about the future of health care and the importance of open innovation and the link between startups of the Life Science field and Bayer. He will also be a jury member for the Life Science & Digital Health track of the CUBE Challenge.

„At Bayer everything we do is about innovation but we realize that there is lot of innovation outside of Bayer. I found it a great chance to be part of the global CUBE ecosystem and to combine our expertise with the wealth of ideas emanating from bright minds from around the world. With the new perspectives of young startups we are able to develop new and disruptive technologies and shape the future of health care.“

About Kemal Malik:

Kemal Malik was born in the UK and qualified as a physician in 1987 and subsequently spent several years in clinical medicine in London. He joined Bayer in 1995, progressively undertaking a variety of senior roles in pharmaceutical R&D. He was appointed Global Head of Development in 2004 and was appointed to the Board of Management in 2014.

Malik cares passionately about the role innovation plays in improving the health and well-being of society.

Léa Steinacker (WirtschaftsWoche)

CIO

As the Chief Innovation Officer of WirtschaftsWoche, Léa Steinacker develops strategies, products, and live experiences for the brand in close coordination with the publisher and the newsroom. She is responsible for assessing experimental formats and innovative business models and is a speaker on various digital topics. In her bi-weekly column, she analyzes the interaction between technical innovations, humans, and the economy. Until April 2017, she served in the role of Digital Scout. 

Prior to joining WirtschaftsWoche, Léa worked for a number of human rights organizations in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. While she coordinated the evaluation of crisis interventions and analyzed extremists’ propaganda activities in social networks, she discovered the impact and manifold effects of digital media. Léa holds a Master of Public Policy with a focus on digital media from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor in International Affairs from Princeton University. She is a proud graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic. 

Lewis Blackwell (The Built Environment Trust)

Director

Lewis Blackwell is a director and writer with special interest in new technologies affecting the built environment. As strategy director of The Built Environment Trust he recently curated the SuperMaterial exhibition at London’s Building Centre and he has just launched, as editor-in-chief/creative director, the new journal, BE, which focuses on new technologies and materials. Former positions include worldwide creative director of Getty Images and Editor/Publisher of Creative Review magazine. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling and multi-awarded The Life and Love of Trees. He is chair of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award at London’s Natural History Museum, one of the world’s most visited exhibitions.

Lewis Horne (Uniti Sweden)

CEO

Mature companies globally are experiencing a digital revolution, whilst others are being born directly into this evolving digital ecosystem. The company as a digital native, isn’t learning digitisation, it knows nothing else. In this world, virtual, robotic and human realms coexist seamlessly. Lewis Horne is the CEO of electric car startup Uniti Sweden, where a fully automated factory is being launched from a digital platform.

Lisa Winter (Mattel)

Engineering Product Manager

A roboticist since childhood, Lisa has 20 years experience designing and building robots. She has competed in all U.S. Robot Wars and BattleBots competitions since 1996, including ABC’s BattleBots. Lisa was recently named one of the top 25 women in robotics you need to know about by Robohub. She has been inventing and rapid prototyping connected devices since the beginning of the IoT movement. Currently an Engineering Project Manager at Mattel, developing a smart wearable baby monitor. At night she builds robots, and dreams of ways to help animals and the environment.

Lynette Kucsma (Natural Machines)

CMO & Co-Founder

CNN has named Lynette one of only seven ‘tech superheroes’ to watch, and Fortune says she “wants to sell the 21st century’s version of the microwave.” (As in, a device will revolutionize every kitchen, outpacing the functionality of the last kitchenrevolution: the microwave.) She believes that people would be healthier if everybody eats freshly made wholesome meals and snacks. But, it needs to be easier and faster for everyone to create healthy foods made with fresh ingredients. So she’s helping to build a new generation kitchen appliance.

Lynette is a co–founder and CMO at Natural Machines, the makers of Foodini: the first 3D food printer+ IoT (Internet of Things) kitchen appliance to contribute to a healthy eating lifestyle. Foodini makes all kinds of savory and sweet foods, using fresh, real ingredients. Lynette is a senior marketing professional with international experience and a proven track record of full marketing responsibilities in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 organizations –prior to Natural Machines she was at Microsoft. She is passionate about healthy eating, technology and ‘doing the right thing’. Weave that together with her tech and consumer professional background, and it all comes together for her at Natural Machines.

Marco Luschnat (Ministry Group)

CEO & Founder

Marco Luschnat (born 1972) studied business economics (BE)/business administration (AE) at Wirtschaftsakademie Hamburg as well as applied cultural sciences at Leuphana university Lüneburg. Still at university he joined sinner+schrader interactive marketing (now SinnerSchrader AG) in 1996. In 1999 he founded Ministry of Media Mediaproductions & Consulting GmbH which today – under the name Ministry GmbH – is established as one of the best agencies with digital focus in Germany. Since 2013 Ministry is part of the “Ministry Group” which also includes AntTrail (social media), 6ft Rabbit (movie production and Digital Motion (digital analytics). In 2014 Ministry Group introduced the format of X-teams: cross-functional, self dependent and non-hierarchical units. Marco has shared this organisational style and the accompanying often-difficult change process in various talks and articles.

Marcus Ewald (Ewald & Rossing)

MP

Marcus Ewald is the chairman of the young economic council in Germany. In 2008, he won the German Debating Championship. In 2012, he became the head of the European Universities Debating Council. The same year, he created his crisis consultancy Ewald & Rossing, now one of the leading strategy advisors in Germany. In 2015, he was elected chairman of the young economic council of Rhineland-Palatinate, and in 2016 he was elected to be the federal chairman.

Maria Urban (PIABO)

Unit Director of IoT

Maria Urban is the Unit Director of IoT at PIABO. In her position Maria heads the first public relations team at a German agency, specialising in the technologies that enable the Internet of Things innovations. PIABO is the leading public relations agency for the digital economy in Europe, with an ambitiously successful track record of creating exponential growth scenarios for clients such as Pivotal, Stripe, GitHub, Facebook, LinkedIn and Evernote. Maria has a strong professional background in PR consulting, with a specialized focus in technology driven businesses. Maria graduated with a political science degree from the Otto Suhr Institute at the Freie University of Berlin.

Mark Davies (BenevolentAI)

VP Biomedical Informatics

Mark is the VP Biomedical Informatics at BenevolentAI. He has a background in molecular genetics and bioinformatics and has over 15 years of experience working on biomedical data representation, data analysis and application development. In 2001, he joined the London based biotechnology company Inpharmatica, where he was initially working on mining the output of the Human Genome Projects and eventually moved on to building Chemogenomics systems used by pharmaceutical companies, such as Bayer. Mark moved to the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) as one of the founding members and technical lead for the ChEMBL resource – the largest open-source SAR database. Mark was also responsible for the successful transition of the SureChEMBL chemical patent system from Digital Science to the EMBL-EBI.

Markus Lorch (IBM)

Chief IoT Solutions Architect, Watson IoT Center of Excellence

Markus Lorch is the chief IoT solutions architect for  IBM’s Watson Internet of Things center of excellence. In the last years he has designed the architecture for numerous large IoT solutions in various industries.  When not working on a client project he enjoys building and tinkering, from electric cars to smart homes. Besides his IoT skill he has many years of software development leadership experience in high-performance distributed computing, enterprise content management and analytics. He holds a PhD in Computer Security from Virginia Tech (USA).

Martin Brandenburg (DJI GmbH)

Director Europe

At DJI since 2015 building the European Business. Previously in various European and global managing roles within retail and the IT industry (Fujitsu, Siemens, Dell), focusing primarily on Business Development, Partner Management, Commercial and Consumer Sales as well as General Marketing.

Martin Hofmann, Group CIO Volkswagen

 

Dr. Martin Hofmann is Executive Vice President of the Volkswagen Group and Group CIO at Volkswagen AG. One of his most prominent initiatives has been the creation of Information Technology Labs in San Francisco, Berlin and Munich, which are considered leading in the field of data science, applied AI and Machine Learning in the automotive industry. He has a long history at the Volkswagen Group, joining in 2001, where he took charge of Group Procurement Process and Information Management.
Previously, he worked at the international IT service provider Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) where he held several senior management positions and served as Executive Director Digital Supply Chain in the United States.
Dr. Hofmann graduated Harvard Business School AMP, has a PhD in engineering from the ETH Zurich and a degree in business computer science and business administration from the University of Mannheim.

Martin Micko (SearchInk)

COO & Co-Founder

Martin Micko co-founded SearchInk in 2015 where Machine Intelligence algorithms are combined to disrupt the current business workflows and the way people work today.

Martin has always had an interest in how businesses can overcome critical challenges using breakthrough technologies. Along with 4 co-founders, he established SearchInk with the goal of empowering companies and employees by optimizing their administrative operations.

Prior to SearchInk, Martin held executive roles at IBM, Sony and Dell EMC building a strong expertise in B2B & B2C sales and marketing on both regional and international levels.

Martin Weber (INFARM)

CFO

Martin is the CFO of INFARM, an innovative vertical farming startup in Berlin Kreuzberg that revolutionises the way people grow, eat, and think food in urban areas. He’s previously been running startup accelerator programs such as Startupbootcamp Tel Aviv and Marathon Artists Labs in London. Before INFARM he was running EuropeanPioneers, an accelerator fund out of Berlin, on behalf of the European Commission. Martin finished his Masters Degree at ESCP Europe in London, Paris and Madrid and worked in Hamburg and Chicago in management consulting.

Martin. J. Losekamm (WARR)

Student

Martin, a PhD student at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), is a Board Member of the Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Spaceflight (WARR) – a student group at TUM that has been developing high-tech solutions to challenges of the space industry since 1962. In January 2017, WARR won Elon Musk’s first Hyperloop Pod Competition at SpaceX HQ in Los Angeles.

Martina Larkin (World Economic Forum Geneva)

Head of Europe and Eurasia & Member of the Executive Committee

BSc in Finance; MBA. Former: positions in marketing and sales, Nestlé Switzerland; Associate Vice-President, Lazar & Company, a New York-based investment bank. With the World Economic Forum: oversaw the development of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, a community of exceptional young leaders around the world; headed the Global Knowledge Networks, which include the Network of Global Agenda Councils, a brain trust of over 1,000 global experts across multidisciplinary fields, and the Global Academic Networks, the foremost global community of universities, think tanks and other research-based organizations. Editor, Outlook on the Global Agenda, which provides a top-of-mind perspective from the Global Agenda Councils on the challenges and opportunities ahead. Currently, Head of Europe and Eurasia, Member of the Executive Committee. Member of a number of non-profit boards. Yale World Fellow (2011).

Matthew Roszak (Bloq)

Co-Founder & Chairman

Matthew Roszak is co-founder and chairman of Bloq, a leading blockchain enterprise software company. Mr. Roszak is also founding partner of Tally Capital, a venture capital firm focused on digital currencies and blockchain-enabled technologies. In addition, Mr. Roszak serves as chairman of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. Mr. Roszak is also the founder of the Chicago Blockchain Center, and was a producer of the documentary, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin. Mr. Roszak is a sought after thought leader on blockchain technology, and has testified as an expert before US Congress, been featured on CNBC and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Financial Times.

Maxwell Philp (Plug and Play)

Global Training Manager

Maxwell Philp, Global Training Manager for Plug and Play, comes from Silicon Valley and recently came to Berlin to help expand collaboration between the startup scene and corporations. He graduated from New York University with a BS in Applied Psychology, and has worked within tech, government, and academia. Most recently, Maxwell developed a scalable training platform for the State of California at Stanford University to help reduce racial bias in police officers.

Michael Brehm

Partner

Redstone Digital GmbH

Michael is co-founder of Redstone Digital – VC-as-a-Service for Corporates, a serial tech entrepreneur and founder of Rebate Networks. Prior to this he was Executive Director of studiVZ, at the time Germany’s largest social network. Before starting in the technology sector he began his career at the Bank Merrill Lynch in the M&A division. He obtained his Business degree from WHU (Germany) and EGADE (Mexico) and also studied at CEIBS (China) where he learned Mandarin. Alongside being a Partner at Redstone Michael is an active angel investor in more than 20 companies like: Kreditech, Atheneum Partners or Inventorum.

 

 

Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin

 

Michael Müller will cut the red ribbon, signifying the start of CUBE’s inaugural Tech Fair. This will subsequently be followed by an exclusive tour.

“The CUBE Tech Fair not only inspires with extraordinary innovations, but also attracts international startups, corporations and celebrities to our capital. I am very pleased to be opening this event and look forward to the projects of young founders from all over the world.” – Michael Müller.

Michael Schumann (BWA Federal Association for Economic Development & Foreign Trade)

Board Member

Board Member at BWA Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade, Berlin (Bundesverband für Wirtschaftsförderung und Außenwirtschaft e.V.). Prior to joining the Board of Directors at BWA, he worked for more than 15 years in political consulting, public affairs and advertising, holding executive positions at various agencies, business and media associations.

Mona Szyperski (FDM Group)

Marketing Executive

Mona Szyperski is Marketing Executive at FDM Group and responsible for marketing and communication in the DACH region. Mona is an experienced Marketer with a strong background in social media and PR. She has become a strong advocate for women in the digital industry. Additionally to her Marketing role, Mona is leading the regional chapter of Digital Media Women (#DMW) in Cologne and has just recently co-founded the Women Techmakers Community (#WomenTechmakers) in Frankfurt am Main.

Mona holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies and Communication Studies. She is an experienced keynote speaker and moderator and has shaped the following events: Ada Lovelace Festival, Social Media Week, re:publica, Digital Participation Camp & Summit, DPRG Zukunftsforum as well as regional events hosted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Digital Media Women.

Monika Villalba (Valder Kunststoffverarbeitungs GmbH)

CEO

Monika Villalba (born as Valder) leads the Valder Kunststoffverarbeitungs GmbH in Kreuzau (close to Cologne) since 2001 as CEO. Monika learned everything about entrepreneurship and manufacturing from her father, the founder of the family business. Today Monika runs the organization with her children.

The Valder Kunststoffverarbeitungs GmbH is specialized in the manufacture of plastic parts since almost 60 years. Today, Valder is one of the digital industrial companies in that area.

Moshe Hogeg (Singulariteam)

MP, Co-Founder & Chairman

Moshe Hogeg, Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Chairman at Singulariteam – Moshe Hogeg was chosen as one of Israel’s top movers and shakers by Forbes magazine. Singulariteam was chosen as the most active VC in Israel in 2015 by IVC. The fund has raised $150M up to date. Moshe is also the Founder of Sirin Labs which launched Solarin, the world’s most high end and secure mobile phone. It opened boutique stores in Mayfair in London, Herods boutique store in London, and Cannes. Moshe is also known for being the founder of ‘Yo’.

Nicolas Zimmer (Technologiestiftung Berlin)

CEO

Nicolas is an innovation policy strategist and founder with a legal and engineerial background. Nicolas is CEO of Technologiestiftung Berlin (Technology Foundation Berlin), a non-profit foundation and think-tank, supporting science and technology and pursuing political agenda- setting for technology-driven topics in Berlin. Nicolas was born in 1970 in Berlin, Germany, where he also studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2000 he graduated with his second state examination. He studied Computer Science at Universität Hagen from 2009 to 2011. He was member of the Berlin State Assembly from 1998 to 2011. Before joining the Technologiestiftung Berlin, Nicolas has worked from 2006 to 2011 as an attorney with a focus on intellectual property and has subsequently been appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research. He founded his own startup and is actively involved in the German Startups Association and the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany.

Nigel Gifford OBE (OZONEERING)

CP Eng. (Aero), Chairman & Founder

As a specialist in feeding in non-human environments and expedition feeding Nigel has been working to get Pouncer into the air and with the team in place, he will be working in the critical food technology area to ensure that the cargo is fit for purpose on arrival. As a family trained chef and lately the Army School of Catering, Nigel as extensive knowledge of cooking in remote and hostile environments. He wrote the present RGS catering manual and his advice is still sought for extreme expeditions. Later as a concept engineer and solutions architect, Nigel worked SAS Regiment and has also designed and built protective equipment housings for the RAF Tornado. In 1991 Nigel designed and manufactured a special camera platform for the first ever hot air balloon flight at 33,000ft over Mt Everest and as a result, he worked on Sir Richard Branson’s round the world balloon project advising on the small capsule’s internal ergonomic layout and the living routines for the crew alongside. Prior to Windhorse, he was Managing Director of the Ascenta™ – The high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle system acquired by Facebook in 2014 to provide internet access into the developing world.

Nikolas Fleschhut (Vogel Business Media)

Digital Product Management

As an enthusiast for technology and language, Nikolas joined Vogel Business Media, one of Germanys leading B2B media companies, in 2016. He is part of the Digital Development unit and contributed in founding Germanys largest news platform for IoT, IIoT and Industry 4.0: INDUSTRY OF THINGS. He is responsible for content and product management. Before working for Vogel Business Media, Nikolas was part of Start-Ups in FinTech and logistics.

Nina dos Santos (CNN)

London-based Correspondent

Nina dos Santos is a business anchor and reporter based in CNN’s London bureau.

Nina has anchored a number of major news events for CNN, from the London Olympic Games and the Royal Wedding to the UK Election in 2015 and Britain’s recent vote to leave the EU. She is also a key part of CNN’s coverage of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, each year.

Upon joining CNN, Nina obtained a series of global exclusives on the International Monetary Fund following the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York. She was the first journalist to get a copy of the former managing director’s leaving letter, written in jail, and highlighted debate among female IMF staff about whether it was time for a woman at the helm.

Olivia Klose (Microsoft)

Software Development Engineer

Olivia Klose is a Software Development Engineer in the Technical Evangelism & Development group at Microsoft. She is focussing on all analytics services on Microsoft Azure, in particular Hadoop (HDInsight), Spark and Machine Learning, and is a frequent speaker at German and international conferences, such as TechEd Europe, PASS Summit and Technical Summit. Prior to joining Microsoft, she studied Computer Science with Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, the Technical University of Munich and IIT Bombay. Here, she focussed on Machine Learning in Medical Imaging.

Pablos Holman (Intellectual Ventures Laboratory)

Futurist, inventor and notorious hacker

Pablos is a futurist, inventor, and notorious hacker. He helped create the world’s smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; & spaceships with Jeff Bezos. Currently, Pablos is working for Nathan Myhrvold & Bill Gates at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory inventing solutions to the world’s biggest problems. Pablos is one of the most sought after speakers with an incredible ability to explain complex technology to any audience. He has informed and entertained audiences at world-renowned technology summits including the World Economic Forum at Davos. His TEDtalk has over 10 million views.

Pasi Pennanen (Toroidion)

CEO & Chief Designer

With 20 years of transportation and industrial design experience Pasi combines his expertise and knowledge with his drive and passion for design. Pasi has worked for renowned brands such as: Jaguar, Honda and Zagato Centrostile.

He is the first Finnish Transport Designer to graduate from the famous Royal College of Art in London. Pasi is a quick and creative problem solver that can lead several projects simultaneously with ease. When he’s not running the show, on his leisure time, he sails and paints.

Patricia Florissi, Ph. D, VP, Global CTO for Sales & Distinguished Engineer, Dell EMC

Patricia Florissi is Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Sales. As Global CTO for Sales, Patricia helps define mid and long term technology strategy, representing the needs of the broader Dell EMC ecosystem in strategic initiatives. Patricia also acts as the liaison between Dell EMC and our customers and partners, to foster stronger alliances and deliver higher value.

Patricia was previously the Vice President and Global CTO for Sales at EMC prior to the merger between Dell and EMC. She also holds the honorary title of EMC Distinguished Engineer, having been nominated in October 2007.

Patricia is the creator, author, narrator, and graphical influencer of the educational video series Dell EMC Big Ideas (http://bit.ly/DellEMCBigIdeas ), on emerging technologies and trends. The Big Ideas animated videos accelerate and expand technical thought leadership in EMC using innovative learning methodologies in a fun, easy way without talking about products to both internal and external audiences. There are over 20 videos in the series, with some videos localized in 10 languages, and with a combined total count of over half a million views. Patricia also writes articles on the impact of Big Data in accelerating innovation (http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GITR_Newsletter_June_2014.pdf) to the 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global IT Report Newsletters (http://www.weforum.org/issues/global-information-technology).

Patricia joined EMC in February 2005 via the System Management Arts (SMARTS) acquisition as a Distinguished Technologist in the Ionix business unit, and became the CTO for Ionix in November 2005. As CTO, Patricia was responsible for defining, and communicating the medium- to long-term vision EMC would embrace for delivering solutions to automate the management of Information Infrastructure resources. Patricia was appointed Strategic Initiative Leader for Governance, risk and Compliance (GRC) in August 2008, where she was responsible for leading the research, design, execution, and communication of EMC’s GRC vision and strategy. Patricia was appointed Americas CTO for Sales in January 2010, Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) CTO in March 2011, and Global CTO for Sales in July 2012.

Before joining EMC, Patricia was the Vice President of Advanced Solutions at Smarts in White Plains, New York. In that capacity, Patricia was responsible for researching emerging technologies and for defining the strategy that Smarts would take in bringing solutions to market to address the challenges introduced by these technological advances. Patricia led the research, design, and first release of over half a dozen products.  These have been driving millions of dollars in revenue and still remain in the market today.

Patricia is an EMC Distinguished Engineer, holds a Ph. D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in New York, graduated valedictorian with an MBA at the Stern Business School in New York University, and has a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in Brazil. Patricia holds multiple patents, and has published in periodicals including Computer Networks and IEEE Proceedings.

Patricia is a board member of the Columbia School of Engineering Board of Visitors. Founded in 1955, the Columbia Engineering Board of Visitors is approved by the Columbia University Trustees to “advise and assist the Trustees, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Dean in the development of the school.” Patricia is the chairman of the advisory board for the Data Science Graduate Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she will advise and assist in the school’s new program. Patricia is a board member of the Brazilian/American Chamber of Commerce where she assists in fostering relations with Brazil. Additionally, Patricia is also an active member and participant of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas organization.  Patricia also serves as a mentor for several groups both inside and outside of EMC. She sits as mentor and judge for the Boston based Mass Challenge group, as well as the Boston Club for advancing women’s leaders.

Perianne Boring (Chamber of Digital Commerce)

President & Founder

Perianne Boring is the founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. Under her leadership, the Chamber leads several key industry initiatives including the Blockchain Alliance, the Global Blockchain Forum, the Smart Contracts Alliance, the Blockchain Intellectual Property Council, the Digital Assets Accounting Consortium, and the Chamber’s State Working Group, among others. Perianne was named in CoinDesk’s 10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016; and 2015’s Top Woman in Bitcoin for her public policy accomplishments.

Perianne is a communications expert and avid public speaker; she has presented at leading industry events including the Consumer Electronic Show (“CES”), Money 20/20, South by Southwest, and many others. She is also a contributor at Forbes, and author of the column, “The Beauty of the Blockchain.” Prior to forming the Chamber, Perianne was a television host and anchor of an international finance program that aired in over 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. Ms. Boring began her career as a legislative analyst in the US House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy. Perianne graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and economics. Raised in Florida, she currently resides in Washington, DC.

Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski (Boehmert & Boehmert)

Attorney at Law

Christian Czychowski focuses on information technology, patent, licensing, contract, copyright, and trademark law. His clients include worldwide technology companies, software companies, and leading industry associations.

Christian Czychowski was a visiting lecturer at the Hasso-Plattner Institute for System Technology for many years. He has taught intellectual property law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Potsdam since 2006, and continues to teach in his capacity as honorary professor since 2014. He also gives regular lectures for the Deutsche Anwaltakademie as well as for the European Patent Office. Since autumn 2016, Christian Czychowski holds, together with attorney-at-law Dr. Anselm Brandi- Dohrn, one of the first online tutorials on IT law within a Massive Open Online Course of the Hasso-Plattner-Institute.

Christian Czychowski is a member of the expert committee for copyright and publishing rights of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), and a member of the expert attorney committee on IT law of the Berlin Chamber of Lawyers. He is also a member of Licensing Executives Society (LES), the German Attorney Association, the German Association of Law and Informatics (DGRI), and the Open Innovation Platform “Innovationskraftwerk”.

Prof. Dr. Erich Schöls (Research Lab Design + Systems)

Director

· Studied Visual Communication at Gmuend University of Design
· Designer at Doublespace Inc. in New York City
· Head of Design at avStudios in Stuttgart
· Founder and CEO of Wekemann+Schöls GmbH and artismedia GmbH
· Teaching at different universities in Germany and abroad (Germany, Austria and Taiwan)
· Professor for Digital Media at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg.
· Founder and Director of the Design + Systems Research Lab in Würzburg (with a
  focus on Augmented and Virtual Realitiy in the medical and automotive industries)
· International lectures and workshops

Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann (BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT)

Attorney at Law (Germany) & Certified Copyright, Media and IP Lawyer

Jan Bernd Nordemann is known as one of the leading copyright and IP lawyers in Germany. In 3D printing, he is considered one of the few experts with extensive practical experience in the field. He has published articles and given talks on 3D printing around the world, example: http://www.abpi.org.br/congressosdaabpi/pos-evento/2016/apresentacoes/painel13/11%2000%20%20Jan%20Nordemann%20ballroom%203%20dia%2030.pdf

Best Lawyers International 2017 mentions him in the list of IP, entertainment and media, copyright, and litigation. The JUVE handbook 2016/2017 has again included Jan Bernd Nordemann as one of the leading German copyright and IP lawyers.

Since 1997, Jan has worked as an attorney at law for the IP boutique BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT, Berlin office. Humboldt University Berlin appointed him as an honorary professor in 2007. He one of the editors of “Fromm/Nordemann, Commentary on German Copyright Law “.

Prof. Dr. Jefferson Gomes (Aeronautic Technological Institute)

Prof. Dr. Engineer

Holds bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC (1994), master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC (1995) and Ph.D. from UFSC in cooperation with RWTH-Aachen – Germany (2001). Since January 2004 he works as professor in the Division of Mechanical Engineering-Aeronautical of the Technological Institute of Aeronautics – ITA. He is also the Coordinator of the Competence Center in Manufacturing (CCM-ITA). He supervises researches from graduation (Master and Ph.D.) and undergraduation programs, as a researcher of CNPq Grant on Research Productivity. Jefferson has both industrial and academic experience in the field of Mechanical and Production Engineering, working mainly in the following subjects:  performance analysis of manufacturing processes, performance analysis of organizational and technological plants, industrial decision-making support, sustainability in industrial manufacturing processes, and innovation management. From August 2011 to December 2014 he was Executive Manager for Technology and Innovation in the National Department of SENAI (National Service of Industrial Apprenticeship). Since February 2015 Jefferson is the Regional Director of SENAI in the state of Santa Catarina.

UNESCO Consultant for the Working Group on Advanced Manufacturing – MDIC (Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade) / MCTI  (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation) / CNI (National Confederation of Industry / ANPEI ( National Association of Research and Development of Innovative Companies.

Prof. Dr.- Ing. Peter Gutzmer (Schaeffler AG)

Deputy CEO & CTO

Prof. Gutzmer (63) studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, where he received his doctoral degree on the subject of internal combustion engines.

After six years of research at the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines in Stuttgart, he began his professional career at Porsche in 1984, where he assumed various project management and leadership responsibilities for engine and vehicle development. In his last position, he was in charge of project management and vehicle development and acted as deputy to the Member of the Management Board for Development.

In 2001, Prof. Gutzmer joined the Schaeffler Group as Member of the Management Board for Technical Product Development. From 2002 to 2006, he also acted as Chairman of the Management Board of LuK in Bühl. From 2009 to 2011 once again assumed further responsibilities as Head of the Engine Systems Business Unit in Continental’s Powertrain Division. He restructured this unit and initiated various joint strategic projects between Schaeffler and Continental. When the company’s legal entity changed to Schaeffler AG in 2011, he became Chief Technology Officer and, in December 2013, he was appointed as a Member of the Supervisory Board of Continental AG. In June 2014, Prof. Gutzmer was appointed Deputy CEO of Schaeffler AG.

Ramona Pop, Senator

Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

  •  Member of Bündnis90/Die Grünen (Alliance ’90/The Greens) since 1997
  • Member of Abgeordnetenhaus, the Berlin parliament.
  • Deputy Chairwoman of the parliamentary group of The Greens since 2001
  • Chairwoman of the parliamentary group of The Greens in Abgeordnetenhaus (2009 – 2016)
  • Senator for Economics, Energy und Public Enterprises since 8. December 2016.

Raul Krauthausen (Wheelmap)

Founder

Born in Peru with a zest for action, Raúl Krauthausen grew up in Berlin. He was a student at the Berlin University of Arts, went on to study Design Thinking, created a campaign for the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) and hosted a call-in radio show for people in crisis situations. Those conversations with his listeners, dealing with poverty, abuse and loneliness, made a lasting impression on him. In reaction to this experience, the idea to create the SOZIALHELDEN with a group of friends was born. The organisation, which is a social enterprise consisting of a group of extraordinary changemakers and creative activists, has reaped many prizes for its highly successful projects.

Examples of the SOZIALHELDEN’s sustainable and innovative projects are „Pfandtastisch helfen!“, which enables supermarket customers to donate bottle return receipts to social projects and „Deutschland sucht den SuperZivi“, a radio casting show with the aim of finding the ideal personal assistant.

At the moment Krauthausen is focussing on the development of Wheelmap.org and its community, as well as on the expansion of Leidmedien.de. This online platform and workshop series for journalists strives to bring about a more balanced and non-discriminatory portrayal of people with disabilities in the media.

In April 2013 Krauthausen was awarded the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the German President.

Richard Browning, The real-life Iron Man

Founder of Gravity

Richard Browning is an ultra-marathon runner, an ex-Royal Marine reservist, ex City Commodity Trader and an pioneering inventor. Richard is the Founder of human propulsion technology start up Gravity. Launched in March 2017 Gravity has invented, built and patented an ‘iron man like’ flight system.

The dream was to reimagine an entirely new authentic form of human flight leaning on an elegant collaboration of mind and body augmented by leading edge technology. Gravity has to date been experienced by over a billion people globally with video views alone running at more than 60m within 7 days of launch. Richard’s vision is to build Gravity into a world class aeronautical engineering business, challenge perceived boundaries in human aviation, and inspire a generation to dare ask ‘what if…’.

Robin Wright

Award-winning actress

& Tech Activist 

Robin Wright is an award-winning actress and philanthropist who is carving an incredible, long-lasting mark in Hollywood. She can currently be seen in the highly acclaimed Netflix original series House of Cards, alongside Kevin Spacey, which is produced by David Fincher. Robin has received outstanding reviews for her portrayal as the formidable ‘Claire Underwood.’ She was nominated for a Golden Globe for the role in 2014, 2015 and 2016, taking home the award in 2014. Robin was nominated in two categories for the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category. She also received Emmy nominations in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The first three seasons of House of Cards are available exclusively on Netflix.

In 2014, Robin launched Pour Les Femmes, a socially conscious sleepwear line with clothing designer Karen Fowler. Pour Les Femmes partnered with Action Kivu and Synergie, two organizations dedicated to assisting in the assurance of safety for women in the Congo who are victims of violence.

Sam Shead (Business Insider UK)

Berlin Correspondent

Previously he worked as Startups and Innovation Editor for Techworld, based in London, and The Daily Mail. His writing has also appeared in The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, City A.M., and elsewhere. He has also appeared on the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Channel 5, Reuters TV, and spoken on Russia Today and Shares Radio.

In 2015, Sam was shortlisted for Technology Journalist of the Year by the UK Tech Awards and in 2016 Sam was nominated as one of the 30 young journalists to watch by MHP Communications.

Samantha Payne (Open Bionics)

Co-founder

Co-Founder of Open Bionics; an award-winning startup developing low-cost bionic hands that look and feel good, for amputees or those born without a hand. Now part of the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars! Samantha, recently named as one of the top 25 women in robotics you need to know about by Robohub and Marie Claire’s Top Women In Tech, co-founded Open Bionics with Joel Gibbard in 2014, and focuses on building Open Bionics’​ profile, business model, network, and raising rounds. Samantha and Joel pitched the company at the Finals of Intel’s Global ‘Make It Wearable’​ Challenge in 2014 and took home the $250,000 cash prize for 2nd Place from among over 400 entrants in the Challenge. The startup has also won multiple other awards for innovation, including being named one of the top 50 robotics businesses in the world alongside Google and Amazon. Samantha’s extensive business and leadership training has come from high profile mentors such as Philip Kongsgaard Døssing, Senior Concept Designer at Lego group, Pixar’s Ralph Guggenheim, former Apple marketer Guy Kawasaki, and she completed an intensive 3-month hands-on training program in Lean Startup principles with UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Sarah Harman

TV & Live Event Host

Sarah Harman is a broadcast journalist based in Berlin. Currently, she anchors DW News, a live international news program focused on world affairs. Her work has also appeared on BBC World, France 24 and in Fodor’s travel guides. She is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Steli Efti (Close.io)

CEO & Co-founder


Steli Efti is the co-founder and CEO of Close.io. He’s Silicon Valley’s most prominent sales hustler, a YC alumni, advisor to several startups and entrepreneurs and the author of The Follow Up Formula.

Stephan Kühr (3YOURMIND)

CEO

Stephan Kühr is CEO of 3YOURMIND, the Berlin based software solutions company that is simplifying the manufacturing shift to 3D printing. At 17 years, Stephan had founded his first company offering web services. He then completed his Masters in Physics and Business at the University of Ulm. He spent 3 years with Vestas Wind System overseeing the 10-person German sales team. In 2013, he was inspired by 3D Printing’s potential to revolutionize manufacturing, so he co-founded 3YOURMIND. Which in the past 3 years has become the leading connection point providing an unique software infrastructure for 3D Printing Services around the globe. In addition to overseeing the daily operations and strategic positioning of the company, Stephan speaks about the potential of 3D printing at events around the world and handles all the strategic partnerships with printing services and software integration partners.

Steve Wozniak (Apple Inc.)

Co-Founder Apple // CUBE Challenge Grand Finale Jury Member

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single- handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.

In 2014, he received the prestigious Hoover Medal, which is an American engineering prize for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity.” The prize is given jointly by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students.

Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the- art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory.

Stewart Rogers (VB Insight)

Director, Marketing Technology

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

Timo Hetzel (Bits und so)

Podcaster

Timo Hetzel is one of Germany’s very few full-time podcasters. For over ten years, he’s been talking tech on “Bits und so”, as well as producing and marketing that show under a freemium model.

Tobias Menne, Global Head of Digital Farming, Bayer

Tobias Menne is the Global Head of Digital Farming at Bayer. Bayer is one of the world’s leading Life Science companies with core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. Tobias will talk about the digital future of agriculture and new ways for farmers and start-ups to collaborate.
About Tobias Menne: Tobias grew up in a rural area of Germany. He finished university with a degree in business in 2001 from Bradford School of Management in the UK. He taught at a University in China and ran the agricultural business for Bayer in Bulgaria and subsequently Ukraine. Tobias worked as Chief Technology Officer for Mriya Agriholding, as one of the largest farming enterprises of the world before returning to Bayer as Head of Digital Farming.

Todd Huffman (3Scan)

CEO & Founder

Todd Huffman is co-founder and CEO of 3Scan, a computational pathology company building next-generation robotic microscopes for imaging and analyzing 3D spatial relationships in disease. His background is in neuroscience, bioinformatics, and business, and has applied these talents to how we observe, measure, and understand problems in spatial organization of biology.  Outside biology he has previously worked on disaster recovery technologies and enjoys the parallels between geography and spatial biology despite their 9 orders of magnitude size difference.

Wendy M. Grossman

Freelance writer

Wendy M. Grossman (www.pelicancrossing.net) is a freelance writer based in London and specializing in the area of computers, freedom, and privacy. On such topics she has written for the Guardian and Daily Telegraph newspapers, Scientific American, New Scientist, Wired, and Information Security. She is the 2013 winner of the BT Information Security Journalism Enigma Award and author of the books net.wars and From Anarchy to Power: the Net Comes of Age. Her Friday net.wars column has run continuously since November 2001 (www.pelicancrossing.net/netwars).

Yao Zhang (RoboTerra, Inc.)

CEO & Founder

Yao Zhang, a 2016 Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum, “25 Women in Robotics” in 2015 by RoboHub, a Columbia University alumina. Founder and CEO of RoboTera, Inc., she has been working in the education and technology field for more than a decade. RoboTerra, recognized as the annual “Star Company” at the 2014 World Learning Technology Summit and a “Top 30 Innovations Company” at Silicon Valley Innovations Forum, provides a cloud-based learning solution connecting educational robots built by students and respective course modules, which allows students a rewarding and fun learning experiences. The pioneering work RoboTerra does is widely reported by Forbes, CNBC, Business Insider and Yao most recently is recognized as “14 Women in AI” by tech media.

Zoe Adamovicz (Neufund)

CEO & Co-founder

Zoe Adamovicz is an entrepreneur and occasional angel investor.

Zoe is passionate about building technology businesses that are impactful, positive and at the same time profitable and powerful. Prior to Neufund, she founded Xyo, a company that re-imagines how people discover apps, Priori Data (app store intelligence), and Concise Software which provides software development and engineering services.

She is also a mentor at the Gaza Sky Geeks, where she supports technology entrepreneurship in the challenging area of the Gaza Strip and helps introducing Blockchain. Zoe is an expert in technology entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Zsuzsanna Varga (Bayer Grants4Apps Program)

Innovation Manager

Zsuzsanna Varga is global program manager for the “Grants4Apps Accelerator”, as part of the digital innovation group at Bayer. “Grants4Apps” is a leading corporate accelerator to drive collaboration between digital health startups and Bayer. Zsuzsanna will be talking about the impact of “Grants4Apps” to date, current digital health trends and news about this year´s program.

„At ‘Grants4Apps’ we build the bridge between the digital startup ecosystem and Bayer. What drives us is the energy and creativity of the young startups with a vision to make an impact in healthcare. We seek to support them in realizing their vision by generating collaboration options with Bayer to create a powerful duo. I am excited to meet digital health startups within the global CUBE network that have what it takes to significantly improve patients´ lives.”

About Zsuzsanna Varga:

Zsuzsanna grew up in Heidelberg, Germany. She holds a Biotechnology degree and obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. During her studies she worked with several biotechnology start-ups and has experience in life sciences for 15 years. She joined Bayer as a Business Consultant with a focus on digital patient support programs. Zsuzsanna is currently managing the “Grants4Apps” program for digital health start-ups with the aim to identify business opportunities for Bayer.

Zsuzsanna is passionate about how digital health solutions can improve access to medicine to patients in developing countries and remote areas.