Paola Antonelli’s work investigates design’s influence on the world, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology.
An architect by training, she organizes exhibitions and writes books and essays on the intersection of design and architecture and other disciplines, and she lectures in setting ranging from academia to international conferences on technology and economy. Her goal is to insistently promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged and exploited. Her recent online experiment, *Design and Violence*, launched for MoMA in collaboration with co-curator Jamer Hunt, has become a new paragon for curatorial practice and communication.
A true interdisciplinary, energetic, and generous cultural thinker, Paola was rated as one of the twenty-five top design visionaries by Time magazine.
Azeem Azhar is the writer behind Exponential View which explains how society and the political economy are changing under the force of technology. He brings a unique background to explain the intersection of breakthrough technologies and the economies and societies in which we live. Subscribers include investors, academics, and journalists around the world.
Azeem is also on the board of the Ada Lovelace Foundation, the leading independent research institute focused on the ethics of AI and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future’s Council on the Digital Economy and Society.
An entrepreneur and an investor in many technology startups, especially in the Artificial Intelligence sector Azeem speaks regularly on television and radio (BBC, Sky, CNN amongst others) and is a worldwide speaker.
His first book will be published in summer of 2021.
Marc Berg is CEO of FREE NOW, the biggest multi-service mobility provider in Europe and the fastest-growing ride-hailer in Latin America, backed by BMW Group and Daimler AG. In total, around 2,000 employees in around 35 offices work for the services of FREE NOW. Marc Berg joined FREE NOW (previously mytaxi) as CEO in April 2018.
Prior to this, he had been CEO DACH for the Swedish payment solution provider Klarna. From 2013 to 2016, Marc Berg has been a Board Member for Yapital, a mobile wallet solution and CEO of Finnovato, an incubator for small digital companies, both being part of the Otto Group. Earlier, Berg was Director Corporate Strategy at the Otto Group.
He studied Business Administration and Management (M.Sc.) at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Laura Brämswig is the founder of the NGO “Expedition Basic Income (Expedition Grundeinkommen)” and has a great passion for innovation, society and systemic change.
With the Expedition Basic Income she is pushing for a state funded experiment on unconditional basic income in Germany with up to 10,000 participants. The goal is to test different basic income policies against each other and shift the discourse around basic income from a moral to a practical policy-making level.
The journey towards the basic income experiment leads through parallel referenda on municipality level across Germany. Her organisation combines campaigning and organizing with tech innovations to enable effective participative processes around policy-making. You can find more information and learn how to get involved on expedition-grundeinkommen.de.
Laura is a social, economic and cultural psychologist and political scientist trained at the London School of Economics and Politics, Leuphana and Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona.
Laura was previously a partner at Ashoka Germany, where she advised social entrepreneurs and worked on social innovation. Before that, she was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where her focus was on public institutions, social impact and sustainability.
Jim is the Founder and CEO of Breyer Capital, a premier venture capital firm based in Austin, TX and Menlo Park, CA. Jim has been an early investor in over 40 technology companies that have completed highly successful public offerings or mergers. As a lead investor and Director, many of these investments, including Facebook, returned well over 100 times their cost, and over a dozen more have returned well over 25 times their cost.
Over the past several years, Jim has developed a deep personal and investment interest in long-term oriented entrepreneurs and teams working in artificial/augmented intelligence (AI) and human-assisted intelligence (HAI) and he has made numerous investments in this space. Jim currently serves on the board of directors of Blackstone (BX) and has previously served as an investor/lead Director at 21st Century Fox, Dell, Etsy, Facebook, Marvel Entertainment, Wal-Mart, and many other highly successful technology companies. Jim serves on the Advisory Board at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.
He is a member of Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors, a member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council since inception; a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Stanford’s School of Engineering and a Chairman of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund as well as a Founding Member of the Stanford Institute for Human-Assisted Artificial Intelligence Advisory Board which was launched in March, 2019. He was formerly a Fellow of Harvard Corporation, Harvard’s senior governing board. In addition, Jim is a long-time active volunteer as a Trustee of SFMOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, and Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).
John Brockman is a cultural impresario, whose career has encompassed the avant-garde art world, science, books, software, and the Internet. He is publisher and editor of Edge.org, the highly acclaimed website devoted to discussions of cutting edge science by many of the world's brilliant thinkers, the leaders of what he has termed "the third culture", and founder of Brockman, Inc. the leading international literary agency for serious nonfiction authors such as Mary Catherine Bateson, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Jared Diamond, Benoit Mandelbrot, Steven Pinker, Hans Rosling, Robert Sapolsky, and Nobel Laureates Jennifer Doudna, Gerald Edelman, Daniel Kahneman, Eric Kandel, Murray Gell-Mann, John Mather, Venki Ramakrishnan, George Smoot, and Frank Wlczek.
He has the distinction of being the only person to have been profiled on front page of both The New York Sunday Times "Arts & Leisure" and The New York Times "Science Times". Included in his 55 works as author and/or editor are By the Late John Brockman; The Third Culture; Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite; Curious Minds; and The New Humanists: Science at the Edge. In addition, he is editor of a series of books based on the Edge Annual Question: What We Believe but Cannot Prove; What is Your Dangerous Idea?; What are You Optimistic About?; What Have You Changed Your Mind About?; This Will Change Everything, and new newest volume Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?
Among software pioneers, he is "a bizarre, brilliant, bulldozer of a thinker who has done as much as anyone, anywhere, to shape today's intellectual landscape”(David Gelernter), or "the shadowy figure at the top of the cyberfashion food chain. (Ted Nelson). According to La Stampa, he is "a kind of thinker that does not exist in Europe". And La Repubblica notes ,“If the creation of contemporary culture had a global hero, his name would coincide with that of John Brockman.” His legendary annual dinner is the most sought after invitation of the year ("Present were the owners of Google, Twitter, Bill Gates ... Do I need to drop more names? A bomb at dinner and we would lose much of a certain creative intelligence that drives our world and our future, or the future that these people are creating for all of us." O Globo, Brazil).
Dr Hubert Burda is Chairman of the Board and Publisher of Hubert Burda Media. He is President of the Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) and co-founder of the European Publishers Council (EPC).
He set up the Hubert Burda Foundation with a view to promoting interdisciplinary exchanges on future trends. Hubert Burda also founded the Burda Center for Innovative Communications at the Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel.
He has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions for his achievements in publishing and business, including the European Print Media Prize and the Gold Medal Freedom of Speech of the European Association of Communications (EACA). In 2006, Hubert Burda received the Leo Baeck Prize by the Central Council of Jews for his commitment to reconciliation between Germans and Jews.
Renowned Entrepreneur / Investor, Troy Carter is the Founder and CEO of Atom Factory, a pioneering media and music management company.
Carter has established the careers of numerous recording artists, including multi-platinum Grammy-Award winner Lady Gaga. Carter began his career in Philadelphia working for Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, and joined Bad Boy Entertainment in 1995 where he worked with groundbreaking artists such as Notorious B.I.G. In 1999, Carter formed the boutique talent management company, Erving Wonder. The brand quickly became one of the preeminent artist management firms and was acquired by the Sanctuary Group in 2004. After founding Atom Factory in 2010, Carter has continued his disruptive approach in entertainment and technology. In 2011, he founded AF Square, an angel fund and technology consultancy.
Today, the AF Square portfolio holds interest in more than 60 technology companies at various stages of growth, including Uber, Dropbox, Spotify, Fab, Pinterest, and Lyft. He has recently launched a new beverage company, POPwater. POPwater, fully conceived, developed, and funded as an internal project at Atom Factory, has already proven itself to be one of the hottest new low-calorie alternatives to soda. Carter is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and sits on the boards of The Grammy Foundation, T.J. Martell Foundation, United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council, The Franklin Institute, and The Buckley School.
Sir Ronald Cohen is recognized as the father of impact investment and European venture capital. He is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution. He serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, the Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative at Harvard Business School and The Portland Trust.
He is a co-founder and former Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide, a global private equity firm. He is also a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital. Oxford and Harvard educated, Ronnie was born in Egypt and left as a refugee at the age of 11, when his family came to the UK. He is now based in Tel Aviv, London and New York and is the author of IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change, which was published in 2020 by Penguin Random House. The German Version of IMPACT will be published in Spring 2021.
June is co-founder of WaitWhat, a US-based media invention company that creates and owns premium content — widely recognized among the highest quality, most original, and genre-defining works today. WaitWhat’s properties — which collectively have been downloaded almost 30 million times — include the Webby Award-winning Masters of Scale (hosted by LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman), the genre-defining hit Meditative Story (in partnership with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive), and the provocative and timely Should This Exist (hosted by Silicon Valley Internet pioneer Caterina Fake).
Prior to starting WaitWhat in January 2017, June headed up media for TED, building its digital media operations from the ground up. In 2006, she launched TED Talks on the Internet. And in 2009, she introduced the TED Open Translation Project, the largest subtitling effort in the world, with 120 languages, 20K translators and 100K translations. She also co-hosted the annual TED Conference with Chris Anderson and co-founded TEDWomen with Pat Mitchell. Under her leadership, TED’s media efforts earned 17 Webbies, 8 iTunes Best Podcast of the Year awards, a National Design Award and a Peabody. Prior to TED, June was VP of Content at HotWired.com, the pioneering website from Wired magazine, which introduced many of the conventions now commonplace on the web. Before that, as a student, she led the Stanford team that developed the world’s first networked multimedia magazine in 1991. June holds a BA from Stanford, where she was Editor in Chief of The Stanford Daily.
Dennis Crowley is the Co-founder and CEO of foursquare.
Previously, Dennis founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services in the U.S., which was acquired by Google in 2005. He has been named one of the "Top 35 Innovators Under 35" by MIT's Technology Review magazine (2005) and has won the "Fast Money" bonus round in the TV game show Family Feud (2009). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time Magazine and Newsweek.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Dennis holds a master's degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program and a bachelor's degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Joining the Burda group in 1995, Steffi has held several executive positions in new media activities. Her background is in political sciences and communications. She has followed developments in the digital world for over 20 years and focuses on developing branding and communication initiatives.
Steffi was identified as number 30 of The 2015 Wired 100 and has also been chosen as one of the 50 most inspiring women in European tech in 2015 by inspiring50.com for her success in bringing the international digital elite together at DLD.
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Benoit co-founded Snowflake and currently serves as President of the Product division. Benoit is a leading expert in parallel execution and self-tuning database systems.
Prior to founding Snowflake, Benoit was with Oracle for over 10 years as a lead architect for parallel execution in Oracle RAC and a key architect in the SQL Manageability group.
Prior to Oracle, Benoit worked at Bull Information Systems. He helped define the architecture and lead database performance efforts for Bull’s parallel systems.
Benoit has a PhD in Computer Science with a focus in Parallel Database Systems and is a named inventor on more than 80 patents.
Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight and the $10 million Progressive Automotive X PRIZE for 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent cars, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.
Diamandis is also an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures.
As co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia, Diamandis counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives.
Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis’ personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!”
Manthia Diawara was born in Mali, West Africa. He is a distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Film at New York University. Manthia Diawara is a prolific writer and filmmaker. His essays on art, cinema and politics have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, LA Times, Libération, Mediapart and Artforum.
He is the author of two acclaimed memoirs: In Search of Africa (Harvard University Press, 2000) and We Won’t Budge: An African in the World (Basic Books, 2008). Diawara’s notable films include: An Opera of the World (2017), Negritude: A Dialogue between Soyinka and Senghor (2016), Édouard Glissant, One World in Relation (2010).
Michael Diederich is Spokesman of the Management Board of HypoVereinsbank - UniCredit Bank AG as well as CEO Germany and member of the Executive Management Committee of UniCredit since January 2018.
Diederich, who holds a doctorate in business administration and an auditor's degree, can look back on many years of experience in various management positions in the financial sector – at HypoVereinsbank, among other things, as a divisional director in Corporate & Investment Banking and Corporate Customer Business. In 2015 he was appointed to the Management Board with responsibility for Corporate & Investment Banking. Outside the bank, he was CEO of Euler Hermes AG, among others.
Rolf Dobelli (born in 1966) is a bestselling writer and entrepreneur. He founded WORLD.MINDS, a community of the world’s most distinguished thinkers, scientists and artists. Dr. Dobelli received his PhD from the University of St. Gallen. In 1999, he co-founded getAbstract, the world’s largest publisher of compressed business knowledge.
Most famously, Dobelli is author of “The Art of Thinking Clearly”, which became an instant success, landing the number 1 spot on Germany’s "Der Spiegel Bestseller" list and has been translated into 34 languages. In his spare time he writes novels, which are published by Diogenes.
Esther Dyson (@edyson on twitter) is executive founder of Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a ten-year, five-community nonprofit project dedicated to showing the value of investing in health (as opposed to care) and to institutional behavior change as the key to individual behavior improvement. Wellville advises the five US-based Wellville communities on accelerating their own health initiatives, in Clatsop County, OR; Lake County, CA; Muskegon County, MI; North Hartford, CT; and Spartanburg, SC. Dyson is the W2W lead for Muskegon, and is actively involved in overall policy and fundraising for the project.
Aside from that full-time role, Dyson spends her extra time investing in and nurturing start-ups, with a recent focus on health care. On the health side, she is an investor in 23andMe (also a director), 4D Healthware, Basil Health, Big Health, Boundless.ai, Care.Coach, Clover Health, Eligible, Enso, Hawthorne Effect, Health Loop, HealthCelerate, HealthTap, i2Dx, Joany, Kurbo, MealShare, Medesk, MedicaSafe, mEquilibrium, Nanowear, NeuroGeneCES, Nuna, Omada Health, PatientsLikeMe?CarbonX, PatientsKnowBest, Prognos.ai, Proofpilot, Resilient, Sapiens DS, StartupHealth, Supportiv, Syllable, Tega Pharmaceutical, Tocagen, Turbine.ai, Valkee, Virgo and Zipongo.
Visual artist Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) grew up in Iceland and Denmark. In 1995, he founded Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, which today comprises a team of craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, art historians, and specialised technicians.
Natural phenomena—such as water, light, ice, fog, and reflections—feature prominently in Eliasson’s often-large-scale artworks.
Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception movement embodied experience and feelings of self. He strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art for him is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world.
Eliasson’s works span sculpture painting photography film and installation. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects interventions in civic space arts education policy-making and issues of sustainability and the climate crisis.
Ina Fried is chief technology correspondent for Axios and editor of its daily tech newsletter, Login. Before joining Axios in February 2017, she was a senior editor at Recode, covering mobile, and produced the Code/Mobile series of conferences.
Her road to becoming the woman she is today has been a long one. Before helping launch Recode, Ina covered mobile at All Things Digital. Prior to that she spent a decade at CNET where she covered, among other things, Microsoft and Apple. Her reporting spanned several continents, two genders and included chronicling the Hewlett Packard-Compaq merger, Bill Gates’ transition from software giant to philanthropist, as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Following her first election to the European Parliament for Bulgarian party GERB in 2009, Mariya Gabriel was nominated by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, as Chief of the EU Electoral Observation Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. On 19 October 2012 she was elected Vice-President of EPP Women.
In 2014, Mariya Gabriel became a Member of the European Parliament for a second mandate. Since then she is Head of the Bulgarian EPP Delegation and Vice-President of the EPP Group responsible for relations with Mediterranean countries.
Born in 1979, Mariya Gabriel is the only Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament who twice won the prestigious Parliament Magazine’s annual MEP Award. She received the Parliament Magazine's MEP Award in 2013 in the category "Gender equality" and in 2016 in the category "Development". In addition to this, she has also been awarded the EACA Care Prize in 2015 for her commitment to violence against women and to gender equality.
Mariya Gabriel has devoted her work to several priority areas, such as the coherence of external and internal EU policies, migration, EU visa policy, relations with Africa and Middle East and women rights.
Scott Galloway is a Professor of Marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business and a serial entrepreneur. In 2012, he was named one of the world’s best business professors by Poets & Quants. He has founded nine companies, including Prophet, Red Envelope, L2, and Section4. He is the bestselling author of The Four and The Algebra of Happiness and has served on the boards of directors of The New York Times Company, Urban Outfitters, and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. His Prof G and Pivot podcasts, No Mercy / No Malice blog, and Prof G YouTube channel reach millions. In 2020, Adweek named Pivot Business Podcast of the Year.
Tabitha is Co-Founder of CognitionX, an AI Advice Platform which connects organisations with a global network of AI experts. She is also Director of CogX, the Festival of AIl Things AI, which in June 2018 brought together over 300 speakers and 6,500 members of the AI community to discuss the Impact of AI.
Alongside CognitionX, Tabitha is the AI & Data Business Champion and chair of the AI Council for the UK government, to champion a rapid and responsible adoption of AI. An advocate for increased diversity in the industry, Tabitha also set up Why Women in AI and Co-Founded Future Girl Corp.
In 2008 Tabitha co-founded Rightster (now Brave Bison), the largest online video distribution company outside the US, and was part of the executive team that took the business to IPO in 2011, with 250 people and offices in 11 countries.
Tabitha is also the Co-Founder of Future Girl Corp and on the Advisory Council for Founders 4 Schools. Tabitha has emerged as a leading voice in explaining the impact of Artificial Intelligence and shining a light on the need for diversity in AI.
Called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by The Atlantic magazine, Tristan Harris was previously a Design Ethicist at Google and left the company to lead Time Well Spent, a non-profit movement to align technology with our humanity. Time Well Spent aims to transform the race for attention by revealing how technology hijacks our minds, and to demonstrate how better incentives and design practices will create a world that helps us spend our time well. Tristan is an avid researcher of what persuades our minds, drawing on insights from sleight of hand magic, linguistics, persuasive technology, cult psychology and behavioral economics. Currently he is developing a framework for ethical persuasion, especially as it relates to the moral responsibility of technology companies. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, PBS NewsHour, The Atlantic Magazine,ReCode,TED, 1843 Economist Magazine,Wired, NYTimes, Der Spiegel, NY Review of Books, Rue89 and more. Previously, Tristan was CEO of Apture, which Google acquired in 2011. Apture enabled millions of users to get instant, on-the-fly explanations across a vast publisher network. Tristan holds several patents from his work at Apple, Wikia, Apture and Google. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science, focused on Human Computer Interaction, while dabbling in behavioral economics, social psychology, behavior change and habit formation in Professor BJ Fogg’s Stanford Persuasive Technology lab. He was rated #16 in Inc Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in 2009.
An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. In 2003 he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. In 2009 he joined Greylock.
He currently serves on the boards of Apollo, Aurora, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Microsoft, Nauto, Neeva, Xapo, and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub, New America, Berggruen Institute, Opportunity@Work, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, and the MacArthur Foundation’s Lever for Change.
He is the host of Masters of Scale, an original podcast series and the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for featured guests. He is the co-author of three best-selling books: The Start-Up of You, The Alliance, and Blitzscaling. He is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, and a graduate of Stanford University.
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Ben Horowitz is cofounder and partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), and the New York Times bestselling author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things. Prior to a16z, Ben was cofounder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP.
Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation.
Ben has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of many companies including Foursquare, Jawbone, Lytro, Magnet, Okta, Rap Genius and Tidemark.
Follow Ben on Ben’s Blog, where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company, and Twitter.
Bjarke Ingels is an architect and founder of the Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG – a design consultancy practicing within the fields of Landscape, Engineering, Architecture and Product design.
Over 2 decades Bjarke and BIG have been contributing to the built environment with a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable approach to architecture and urbanism under the philosophy of Hedonistic Sustainability – the idea that sustainable buildings and cities not only are good for the environment – but actually increase the quality of life for the people inhabiting them. Projects such as the Copenhagen Harbor Bath and the Copenhill Resource Center, a skiable waste to energy powerplant have made this design philosophy a global term. Bjarke just broke ground on the Dryline – a 10 mile socially and environmentally resilient waterfront park that is going to protect Lower Manhattan against future flooding.
BIG is building a Googles Silicon Valley HQ including the largest photovoltaic façade, the largest geothermal installation and the largest black water cleaning facility in North America. Recently NASA announced project Olympus with designs by BIG for the first human habitat on the Moon. Bjarke is an Honorary Professor at the Royal Danish Art Academy´s School of Design and Architecture and has been a visiting professor at multiple Univiersities including Harvard, Yale and Columbia. Bjarke has published three books chronicling the work and philosophy of BIG: “Yes is More”, “Hot to Cold” and “Formgiving”. Bjarke has received the Danish knighthood of Dannebrog and the French knighthood Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
He was named Innovator of the Year in 2011 by Wall Street Journal and one of Times 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. With his life partner Rut Otero he is the father of 2 year old Darwin Otero Ingels.
Daniel Kahneman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton University, Professor of Public Affairs, the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and the winner of the 2002 Nobel Price in Economic Sciences and the National Medal of Freedom in 2013.
Kahneman is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Economeric Society.
He has been recipient of numerous awards, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology, and the Award for Lifetime Contributions to Psychology from the American Psychological Association.
He is the author of New York Times bestseller Thinking. Fast and Slow. He lives in New York City.
Dr. Paul-Bernhard Kallen holds Master and Ph.D. degrees in Economics. He started his career in 1986 as Assistant to the CEO of an engineering company. Two years later, he joined McKinsey & Co. where he became Principal five years later. In 1996 he joined the family-owned company Hubert Burda Media, initially as Managing Director for corporate finance, administration, personnel and of Burda's international publishing holding.
Since 1999, he is a Member of the Executive Board of Hubert Burda Media (Print, Technology/Internet, International, Treasury & Finance) and as of 2010 CEO of Hubert Burda Media succeeding publisher Dr. Hubert Burda. From July 2017 he assumed also chairman of Hubert Burda Media Holding Geschäftsführung SE.
Alexander Kluge is managing director of DCTP for Television programs as well a filmmaker and literary author.
His first feature film “Abschied von Gestern” won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1966, the first German entry since 1945 to garner the prize. In the 1970s and 1980s he went on to produce 12 more critically-acclaimed feature films, such as, to name just a few, “Yesterday Girl”, “Brutality in Stone”, “The Big Mess”, “Part-time Work of a Domestic Slave”. In 1987, Kluge founded the Development Company for Television Program (DCTP), procuring broadcast space for his own cultural magazines and programs of other independent tv-makers for the commercial channels RTL and Sat.1.
He has recently published Russland Kontainer and Trotzdem (together with Ferdinand von Schirach), and Parsifal Kontainer with artist Georg Baselitz, all 2020 has most recently exhibited at kunsthalle weishaupt in Ulm with “The Power of Music. Opera: The Temple of Seriousness” and at Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart with “The Thin Ice of Civilisation. Opera: The Temple of Seriousness”.
Rem Koolhaas (Rotterdam, 1944) founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp.
He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA in "a novel about architecture".
He co-heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture. His built work includes the Qatar National Library and the Qatar Foundation Headquarters (2018), Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris (2018), Fondazione Prada in Milan (2015/2018), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015), the headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing (2012), Casa da Musica in Porto (2005), Seattle Central Library (2004), and the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2003).
Current projects include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre, a new building for Axel Springer in Berlin and the renovation of Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Koolhaas directed the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, is a professor at Harvard University, and curated Countryside: The Future (2020), an exhibition about the non-urban areas around the globe that opened in February 2020 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Andrian Kreye is editor of the Feuilleton section of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. During his years as a correspondent in the US he followed digital life’s rise from a subculture in the Eighties to it’s current incarnation as political and social game changer. Before he returned to his hometown Munich he was based in New York, from where he also worked as a crisis reporter in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He is the author of numerous books and films. His latest book is “A cultural mandate for machines – about the uses of artificial intelligence”. In 2019 he received both the “Theodor Wolff Preis” and the “Deutsche Medienethik Award” for stories on artificial intelligence.
Robert Kyncl is the Chief Business Officer at YouTube where he oversees all business functions including content, sales, marketing, platforms, access, and strategy. Previously, Robert was Vice President of Content at Netflix, where he spearheaded the company’s content acquisition for streaming TV shows and movies over the Internet.
Robert has been listed in Variety’s 2012 Dealmakers Impact Report as one of their “disruptors”, Vanity Fair’s 2012 & 2013 New Establishment List, Billboard’s Power 100 List in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015, Billboard’s 2014 International Power Players List, Billboard’s 2015 Digital Power Players List, and AdWeek’s 2013 “Top 50 Execs Who Make the Wheels Turn.” He has also served as a member of the Paley Center’s Media Council.
In 2012, Robert was honored for his commitment to CoachArt, a local non-profit that provides arts and athletic lessons for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
Robert holds a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in International Relations from SUNY New Paltz. He resides in Beverly Hills with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of the company’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Sinovation Ventures, managing US$2 billion dual currency investment funds, is a leading venture capital firm focusing on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Dr. Lee received his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the City University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Times 100 in 2013, WIRED 25 Icons, Asian Business Leader 2018 by Asia House, and followed by over 50 million on social media.
In the field of artificial intelligence, Dr. Lee built one of the first game playing programs to defeat a world champion (1988, Othello), as well as the world’s first large-vocabulary, speaker-independent continuous speech recognition system. Dr. Lee founded Microsoft Research China, which was named as the hottest research lab by MIT Technology Review. Later renamed Microsoft Research Asia, this institute trained the great majority of AI leaders in China, including CTOs or AI heads at Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, Lenovo, Huawei, and Haier. While with Apple, Dr. Lee led AI projects in speech and natural language, which have been featured on Good Morning America on ABC Television and the front page of Wall Street Journal. He has authored 10 U.S. patents, and more than 100 journal and conference papers. Altogether, Dr. Lee has been in artificial intelligence research, development, and investment for more than 30 years. His New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book AI Superpowers discusses US-China co-leadership in the age of AI as well as the greater societal impacts brought upon by the AI technology revolution.
Elisabeth is investing on behalf of Acton Capital in game changing companies and digitally native brands, including The Female Company (GER), KOIO Collective (US) and ArtNight (GER).
Prior to Acton Capital, Elisabeth was leading a €200m coinvestment programme at the European Investment Bank (EIB), advised clients on mergers and acquisitions at Goldman Sachs, and worked on bank recapitalisation for the European Stability Mechanism. She holds a Harvard MBA degree with honors, an M.Sc. from London School of Economics with Distinction, a Diplôme from Sciences Po Paris, and is an alumna of the German National Merit Foundation.
Elisabeth is part of the leadership team of the non-profit organisation ‘Leaders for Climate Action e.V.’, and drives topics like diversity & female empowerment in Europe’s startup ecosystem, supporting various related initiatives (e.g. Female Founders Global).
Herman is the co-founder and CEO of Improbable. This London-based technology startup is creating SpatialOS, a computation platform that enables developers to build large-scale, complex simulations running across thousands of machines in the cloud. Herman met his Improbable co-founder, CTO Rob Whitehead, at a dissertation review at the Cambridge University Computer Lab. Their discovery of a mutual interest in multiplayer games and virtual worlds started them on a path to creating SpatialOS.
Herman holds a computer science degree from Cambridge. He's interested in the unprecedented impact that powerful, virtual worlds have on how we think, play and make decisions - and particularly, in how they can improve lifestyles and welfare worldwide, from cures to pandemics and the impact of the upcoming AI revolution, to global food security and more.
Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 250 shows.
Obrist’s recent publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating But Were Afraid to Ask, Do It: The Compendium, Think Like Clouds, Ai Weiwei Speaks, Sharp Tongues - Loose Lips - Open Eyes - Ears to the Ground, along with new volumes of his Conversation Series.
Stefan Oschmann is Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck. Before taking office at the end of April 2016, he served as Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO, with responsibility for Group Strategy, among other things.
Stefan Oschmann joined Merck in 2011 as a member of the Executive Board and was responsible for the Healthcare business sector until the end of 2014. He drove the transformation of the Biopharma business by optimizing its cost structures and improving the efficiency of its research & development model, which included a clear portfolio prioritization. Before joining Merck, Stefan Oschmann worked for the U.S. pharma company MSD, where he served in a range of senior executive positions. He started his career at an agency of the United Nations, and worked for the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI).
Stefan Oschmann was born in Würzburg, Germany in 1957. He holds a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He is married and has two children.
Hailed as Nature's Architect, Neri Oxman is a designer, inventor researcher and professor. Her work and philosophy, entitled Material Ecology, lie at the intersection of biology and technology and calls for the unification of the grown and the made across scales and species. She is the Founder and CEO of OXMAN.
A multi-disciplinary designer, Oxman founded The Mediated Matter Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 where she established and pioneered the field of Material Ecology, fusing technology and biology to deliver designs that align with principles of ecological sustainability. Oxman became a tenured professor at MIT in 2017.
Oxman received her PhD in Design Computation at MIT in 2010. Prior to that, she earned a diploma from the Architectural Association in London, complementing studies at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and training at the Department of Medical Sciences at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Oxman was an architect and research consultant at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in London from 2004-05, during which she also served as Visiting Associate and Evaluator for SmartGeometry Group.
In addition to over 150 scientific publications and inventions, Oxman’s work is included in the permanent collections of leading international museums including MoMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, MAK Museum of Applied Arts, FRAC Collection for Art and Architecture, and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.
Her work has been recognized at the World Economic Forum, where she was named a Cultural Leader in 2016 and is a member of the Expert Network. In 2018, Oxman was honored with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and the London Design Innovation Medal. In 2019, Oxman received an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Contemporary Vision Award by SFMOMA.
Lucia Pietroiusti works at the intersection of art, ecology and systems, usually outside of the gallery format. She is the curator of Sun & Sea (Marina) - the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019 (and its 2020-2022 international tour) as well as Curator of General Ecology at Serpentine Galleries. Pietroiusti is a co-founder, and occasional co-presenter, of the Serpentine Podcast.
Together with writer Filipa Ramos, she initiated and currently curates The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, a festival series, research and publication project on more-than-human consciousness. Pietroiusti is the co-editor (with Andrés Jaque and Marina Otero Verzier) of the forthcoming publication, More-than-Human. Forthcoming projects include Shanghai Biennale 2021 (co-curator) and POWER NIGHT, E-Werk Luckenwalde (curator), both in Spring 2021.
Viviane Reding is Former First Vice-President of the European Commission. She served as European Commissioner for 15 years, responsible for Justice, Industry, Telecommunications, Research in Technology, Education, Culture and Sports. She has been Member of National and European Parliaments since 1979.
Reding is specialized in European affairs, geopolitics, digital developments and foreign trade. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication (Sorbonne University, Paris, France). She acted as a professional journalist in the field of political affairs for 20 years.
Maria Ressa is the co-founder, CEO, and executive editor of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria, one of TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018 and TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019, has been honoured around the world for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation, “fake news”, and attempts to silence the free press.
A journalist for over 30 years, Ressa was CNN’s bureau chief in Manila, before working as CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Jakarta. In 2012, she co-founded Rappler, an online news platform with an ethos similar to a tech start-up, starting with a small team of 12 young reporters and developers. Through the power of social media, Rappler has grown into the fourth-largest news website in the Philippines with over 100 journalists. Maria has been arrested on 10 charges related to exposing the Duterte government’s corrupt practices and was convicted of cyber-libel in June. She is out on bail pending her appeal but true to form, Ressa, vows to keep fighting.
More recently, Maria is a founder of The Real Facebook Oversight Board – composed of 25 academics, journalists, and activists that will rival the social media platform’s own board.
Maria authored Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia and From Bin Laden to Facebook.
Maria was featured in the 2020 documentary "A Thousand Cuts” which profiles her fearless reporting on the abuses of Duterte’s presidency, while also illustrating social media’s capacity to deceive and entrench political power.
Following a degree in business engineering and a number of years as management consultant he was most recently responsible for the development of technologystart-ups as Venture Manager in central research with Siemens AG Munich.
He now applies his many years of experience in the strategic positioning of High-Tech innovations within international markets to Volocopter GmbH.
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Dr. Pardis Sabeti is a Professor at Harvard University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Her computational genomic lab has contributed to widely varying fields — including human evolutionary biology, viral sequencing, information theory, rural disease surveillance and education efforts in West Africa. They aim to create comprehensive approaches for detecting, containing, and treating deadly infectious diseases, including Lassa virus, Ebola virus, Zika virus, and SARS-CoV-2.
She has invested in capacity building and education throughout, enabling the first diagnosis of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, training hundreds of African scientists through summer-long educational programs, and establishing genome centers in West Africa. Dr. Sabeti completed her undergraduate degree at MIT, her graduate work at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and her medical degree summa cum laude from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow.
Sabeti’s awards and honors include the National Academy of Medicine member, World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, the National Academy of Sciences Richard Lounsbery Award, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Natural Science, TIME magazine “Person of the Year” as one of the Ebola fighters, TIME’s 100 Most Influential. She is also the host of ‘Against All Odds’ included as part of AP stats classes nationwide, a co-creator of the educational program Operation Outbreak, and is the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Thousand Days.
Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated eight times he finally won two Grammies for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. He also earned practically every important international design award.
In 2008 a comprehensive book titled "Things I have Learned in my Life so far" was published by Abrams. Solo shows on his work have been mounted in Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne, Berlin, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago Toronto, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Miami. The Happy Show attracted way over half of a million visitors worldwide and became the most visited graphic design show in history.
He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively on all continents. A native of Austria, he received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York.
Prof. Dr. Ugur Sahin, M.D. is a trained physician whose key interest is translating science into innovation enabling individualized high-precision treatment of cancer patients.
As inventor he has made essential contributions to more than 70 independent patents in various life science and biotechnology fields. As entrepreneurial researcher he has founded corporations, in which his discoveries and disruptive technology innovations are developed to cancer diagnostics and therapies.
Prof. Dr. Sahin has authored about 100 original research articles and has received various prestigious national and international awards for his scientific achievements. He is co-founder of the biotech companies Ganymed Pharmaceuticals and BioNTech. holding, the latter he leads as CEO. He is co-founder of the German Cutting Edge Cluster Initiative for Individualized Immune Intervention and co-founder and chair of the not-for-profit translational research institute TRON.
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), which he founded in 1992. He is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University (China), and member of numerous learned societies such as the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy Leopoldina and the US National Academy of Sciences.
Schellnhuber has been advising decision-makers such as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis on climate and sustainability issues.
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Jennifer L. Schenker has been covering the technology sector from Europe since 1985. At The Wall Street Journal Europe, she covered breaking technology news and worked as the assistant managing editor of Convergence, the Journal's quarterly technology magazine.
In 1999, she took on the job of senior writer/technology for Time magazine in Europe and was editor of Time Digital Europe, a quarterly technology report. She is also a former technology writer for the International Herald Tribune, and from October, 2004, to April, 2007, she was the international editor of Red Herring magazine, managing a team of journalists in Europe, Israel, China and India.
She left a job as European technology correspondent for BusinessWeek in Jan. 2009 to create Informilo, a website and print magazine about the global tech sector. Under Jennifer's leadership Informilo published 42 print magazines in 14 countries. She sold her shares in Informilo in 2016 and launched The Innovator , a web site and subscription newsletter about digital transformation and sustainability that is read by the people responsible for innovation at some of the world's largest companies.
Jennifer served as a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer judge for 20 years and was twice named as one of the 50 most inspiring women in tech in Europe.
Tino Sehgal studied dance and political economy.
His works are live situations that can be encountered during the entire opening hours of galleries and museums. These constructed situations can develop differently depending on the comportment of the visitor, thereby integrating an element of participation into the works own structure. As it is a central aim of Sehgal to not produce anything material, there are no filmic or photographic recordings of these works.
In 2005 he represented Germany at the German Pavillon in Venice and in 2010 he had a monographic exhibition at the Guggenheim museum in New York.
His other can also be found in collections in the Centre of Pompidou, the Tate Museum and Moma in New York.
Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 18 books, 11 of which are novels. Her work has been translated into 54 languages. Her latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and chosen Blackwell’s Book of the Year. Her previous novel, The Forty Rules of Love, was chosen by BBC among 100 Novels that Shaped Our World.
Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow.
Shafak is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature. She is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people “who will give you a much needed lift of the heart”. Shafak has judged numerous literary prizes, and chaired the Wellcome Prize and is presently judging the PEN Nabokov Prize.
Find Elif on her website www.elifshafak.com.
Olivier Sibony is Professor of Strategy at HEC Paris and an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
Previously, he spent twenty-five years in the Paris and New York offices of McKinsey & Company, where he was a senior partner. Sibony’s research on improving the quality of strategic decision making has been featured in many publications, including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review.
He is a graduate of HEC Paris and holds a PhD from Université Paris Sciences et Lettres. He is the author of You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake!
He lives in Paris.
Educated at Oxford, cognitive scientist Pireeni Sundaralingam has held research posts at the Department of Brain Sciences at MIT and UCLA. She is a Fellow at the pioneering science -art-and-human perception museum, the Exploratorium, and a Salzburg Global Fellow in Creativity and Neuroscience. As a behavior change scientist, she recently served as science advisor to the Irish government's Minister of Art & Heritage, served in the creation of UNLive, the Museum of the United Nations and has advised groups ranging from health & well-being software start-ups to international climate change initiatives to Wall Street’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Pireeni currently leads research for Silicon Valley's Center for Humane Technology and helped advise on “The Social Dilemma”, the internationally acclaimed documentary about social media; she is currently writing a book on how social media hijacks the brain, impacts children’s development, and disrupts democracy, and how we can take action to have a more productive & sustainable relationship with digital technology.
Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. From 2013 to 2014, he served on President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. From 2016 to 2017, he served on the Defense Innovation Board of the US Department of Defense.
He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.
Sunstein is author of many articles and books, including two New York Times bestsellers: The World According to Star Wars and Nudge (with Richard H. Thaler). His other books include Republic.com, Risk and Reason, Why Societies Need Dissent, The Second Bill of Rights, Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas, The Ethics of Influence, and Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored 16 books, including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, which has been translated into over 25 languages.
In 2016, with his son Alex, he co-authored the global best seller Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World, now translated into 20 languages.
According to the late, great Clay Christensen of Harvard Business School it is “the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption.” The paperback version of the book, updated with new material covering recent developments about digital assets, sovereign identity and Central Bank Digital Currencies was published in June 2018.
In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, whose 100+ projects are the definitive investigation into blockchain strategy, use-cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations. Since then Don produced a new book entitled Supply Chain Revolution: How Blockchain Technology Is Transforming the Digital Flow of Assets. The book debuted in June 2020 as the “#1 New Release” in the commerce category on Amazon.com.
Don is a member of the Order of Canada and in 2019, then ranked as the 2nd most influential Management Thinker by Thinkers50, joined Professor Christensen, Michael Porter, Peter Drucker and others in the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame. He is an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD and Chancellor Emeritus of Trent University in Ontario where he served as Chancellor 2013-2019.
It is hard to imagine anyone who has been more prolific, profound, and influential in explaining today’s technological revolutions and their impact on the world.
Christian Teichmann joined Burda in 2015 and is CEO and Managing Director of Burda Principal Investments.
Prior to joining Burda, he was at Solon Management Consulting for over ten years as Partner and Head of the London office. Christian focused on business building as well as growth and investment strategies in TMT industries. Before that, he worked for investment banks Lazard and Greenhill.
Christian holds degrees in economics from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid and ESB Reutlingen and is a Harvard Business School Alumni.
Currently, he is on the supervisory boards of Bloom & Wild and NotOnTheHighStreet as well as a board observer at Skillshare, WaitWhat and BaubleBar.
With 40 years experience of co-founding, leading and participating in building over 60 high-tech companies, he is one of Israel's early entrepreneurs.
Yossi co-pioneered instant messaging as the founding investor and the former Chairman of Mirabilis Ltd., the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ now owned by AOL.
Stefan Vilsmeier is the founder, president and CEO of Brainlab. At the age of 15, he got his first computer: A Commodore 64. At 16, he wrote a book on 3D software, which sold 50,000 copies in its first year and secured him an invitation to join a specific computer project at the University of Vienna. During that project, Mr. Vilsmeier was introduced to computer- and magnetic resonance tomography. He wanted to leverage the precision depicted in those images to enable better surgery. After just 20 days on campus as a computer science student at the Technical University of Munich, he dropped out and founded Brainlab to focus on digitizing surgery.
Since those early beginnings in 1989, Brainlab has evolved into an international leader in medical technology with over 1400 employees in 18 offices around the globe. The company has installed intelligent software and intuitive hardware for use in surgery, radiotherapy and digital operating room integration in over 5000 hospitals worldwide.
Werner is an engineer, architect, scientist, programmer, product guy, executive, disruptor, investor, mentor, advisor, analyst, academic, sales guy, entrepreneur, data analyst, system administrator, evangelist, debater, father, musician and biker.
He likes building things that need to get big. Whether that is technology or a business, Werner is interested in how to scale them.
He believes in democratizing business creation, simplifying operation and driving innovation by providing a low cost, scalable and reliable infrastructure that can be acquired on-demand with a pay-as-you-go pricing model, and that is available to everyone. He is proud to be involved with Amazon Web Services and that they have been able to help young businesses around the globe get off the ground and that they are helping large enterprises break free from the lock-in of traditional enterprise hardware and software vendors.
After graduating from secondary school, Ursula von der Leyen studied economics at the University of Göttingen, the University of Münster and the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1980 to 1997 she attended Hanover Medical School (MHH). After obtaining her licence to practise medicine, she worked at the Clinic for Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She obtained her Dissertation in Medicine in 1991 and was awarded the degree of Dr. med.. In 1992, Ursula von der Leyen and her family moved to the United States.
She returned to Germany in 1996. From 1998 to 2002 she worked as a research assistant at the Department of Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research at Hanover Medical School and completed her Master’s degree in Public Health in 2001. Ursula von der Leyen started her political activities in 1990 when she became a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
From 2001 to 2003 she held various political offices at municipal level in the Hanover region. In 2003 she became a member of the Lower Saxony state parliament and was appointed State Minister of Social Affairs, Women, Family Affairs and Health. In 2005 Ursula von der Leyen started her career in federal politics as Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
In 2009 she became a Member of Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) and was appointed as Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. After her election as member of the CDU Executive Committee she was elected as party vice chairwoman in 2010. In 2013 she was appointed as Minister of Defence.
On 2 July 2019, von der Leyen was proposed by the European Council as the candidate for the office of President of the European Commission. She was elected by the European Parliament on 16 July. She is the first woman to become President of the European Commission.
Ursula von der Leyen was born in Brussels in 1958. She lives near Hanover. She is married with Professor Heiko von der Leyen. The couple has seven children.
Internet and technology entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, is founder of the online non-profit encyclopaedia Wikipedia and co-founder of the privately owned Wikia Inc., including its entertainment media brand Fandom powered by Wikia.
Wales serves on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organisation he established to operate Wikipedia. This year, Jimmy launched WT Social - a news focused social network. In 2006 Jimmy was named in Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ for his role in creating Wikipedia.
Sara Weber is a German-American journalist and author. As Managing Editor DACH and Benelux at LinkedIn News, she is leading the LinkedIn Editorial teams in the German and Dutch-language region.
The LinkedIn News Team is creating journalistic content like the LinkedIn Daily Rundown, curating discussions and is cultivating voices we need to hear in the world of work. Sara graduated from Deutsche Journalistenschule (DJS) and has previously worked as a freelance journalist, e.g. for Süddeutsche.de, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Brand Eins, Horizont and Deutsche Welle (DWTV).
Jochen Wegner is Editor-in-Chief of ZEIT ONLINE, Germany's highest quality news site.
Prior to his position with ZEIT ONLINE, Jochen spent five years as Editor-in-Chief at focus.de, which he developed into one of the largest and fastest growing digital news outlets in Germany. He is the founder of mag10, an ecosystem for the creation, distribution and marketing of tablet media.
Jochen also worked as a strategic consultant for leading publishing houses.
Jochen started off his journalism career as science and technology editor. He graduated from the Cologne School of Journalism, went on to study Physics and Philosophy and wrote his master’s thesis about the chaos theory of the human brain.
Jochen was elected Germany's "Editor-in-chief 2016" by a jury of 60 professionals.
Albert Wenger is a Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures. He led the firm's investments in Etsy, Twilio and MongoDB and serves on the boards of Blockstack, Clue, Foursquare, goTenna and Shippo among others. Wenger graduated with degrees in economics and computer science from Harvard College and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT. He is @albertwenger on Twitter, blogs at https://continuations.com and is the author of http://worldaftercapital.org.
Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006, three years after the first human genome was sequenced. Her goal was audacious: to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome and fundamentally change healthcare in the process. Prior to founding 23andMe, Anne spent a decade on Wall Street investing in healthcare and felt frustrated by a system built around monetizing illness instead of incentivizing prevention. She wanted to flip that model on its head and build a business that helps people prevent illness rather than profit from it. Anne focused on empowering people with direct access to genetic information so that they could use their data to make decisions that could lower their risks for disease. Under her leadership, 23andMe now provides the only personal genetic test with FDA authorization to deliver health information directly to consumers.
From the beginning, Anne's goal and 23andMe’s mission has not wavered. Along with empowering consumers with health information, Anne wanted 23andMe to transform how research discoveries are made and revolutionize the development of treatments for disease. By inviting people to participate in research, 23andMe is able to crowdsource billions of data points resulting in the world’s largest resource for genetic research. This novel, web-based approach has already resulted in thousands of new genetic insights and allows 23andMe to rapidly recruit participants to multiple studies at once, reducing the time and resources needed to make discoveries and is integral to 23andMe’s mission of understanding and benefiting from the human genome This new approach to research also powers 23andMe’s therapeutics group, which is helping to translate this knowledge into new treatments for serious unmet medical needs. In line with this, 23andMe is now also using its unique model to speed recruitment for clinical trials.
Anne is a pioneer in the direct-to-consumer DNA testing space and her vision and persistence have allowed 23andMe to provide people with unprecedented access to genetic information. Through its research platform, 23andMe has brought personalized medicine directly to millions of consumers.
Anne graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology.
Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He works daily with founders and sits on the boards of Lilium, Pipedrive and Varjo.
Niklas is an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur, having previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa and Joltid.
Niklas founded Atomico in 2006 and is passionate about partnering with founders solving big challenges facing our planet with digital technology.
In 2007, he co-founded Zennström Philanthropies with his wife, Catherine. They focus their efforts in two areas: human rights and the environment. Niklas also founded the Race for the Baltic, a foundation for a well-managed and sustainable Baltic Sea, one of the most threatened major bodies of water in the world.
Niklas holds dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science from Uppsala University in Sweden, and he spent his final year at the University of Michigan.
Born in Heidelberg, Oliver Zipse is Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, having been appointed in 2019. Since he joined BMW AG in 1991, he has held various responsibilities within the company in development, technical planning and production. He was Managing Director of BMW Group Plant Oxford from 2007 to 2008, Senior Vice President Technical Planning until 2012 and Senior Vice President Global Corporate Planning and Product Strategy until 2015. In May 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for worldwide production.
Oliver Zipse holds a Dipl. Ing. Degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt and an Executive MBA from the WHU Koblenz and Kellogg School of Management. He is Deputy Chair of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and has been appointed President of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) for 2021.