Patrick Tsang is Chairman of Tsang’s Group, as well as other public and private companies globally. He is also a seasoned investor and has worked on numerous IPO and M&A transactions. Patrick is a qualified solicitor in England, Wales and Hong Kong. He is based in Hong Kong, and travels between Europe and Asia. Patrick is the Trade Commissioner for Grenada in Macao, promoting trade, investment and development opportunities for Grenada. Patrick is active in various charity and business associations. He is a Young Fellow of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award World Fellowship, and also was awarded the China Economic Person of the Year during the China Economic Development Forum in 2014. He is a regular speaker and writer for technology, financial and China related top-ics. Tsang’s Group is a China-Focused Family Office headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in London, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Berlin and Milan, investing globally in sector and location agnostic investments and special situation opportunities.
Tsang’s Group also provides strategic advisory to clients by acting as a bridge between China and rest of the world, by helping Chinese companies acquire companies overseas and we also help overseas companies navigate in China. With a Chinese heritage, Tsang’s Group plan long term and execute using Western and modern financial and legal structuring engineering and we regular-ly exit opportunities via IPOs and trade sales.
Mikkel Vestergaard, Owner and CEO of Vestergaard
Mikkel Vestergaard is the CEO and owner of Vestergaard, a global social enterprise dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable people, especially those who live in developing countries. Mikkel is known internationally as a visionary leader who is willing to challenge the status quo and take risks when necessary to produce innovative solutions. He has structured the company around a humanitarian entrepreneurship business model where doing good is good business. This approach supports the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Vestergaard’s game-changing solutions contribute to a healthier, more sustainable and socially just planet by fighting diseases including malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal disease and neglected tropical diseases, decreasing hunger and malnutrition, and enhancing gender equality. These global challenges are tackled by four separate companies integrated into the over-all Vestergaard enterprise. Vestergaard’s public health company is the largest global producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets. More than 1.6 billion people have benefited from PermaNet® bed nets, which have contributed to the reduction in deaths from malaria by more than one third over the past decade. Vestergaard’s water company produces the award-winning LifeStraw® water filter which was named “Best Invention of the Year” by Time magazine. Its food security company produces products under the ZeroFly® brand that protect livestock and harvested grains from the debilitating impact of flies and other insects. In 2014 Mikkel founded Sceye, a company that is building stratospheric platforms to prevent human trafficking and provide last mile connectivity and real-time climate change monitoring. Sceye will use the unchartered territory that exists between drones and satellites to place airships parked at 65.000 feet. They will provide unsurpassed remote sensing and connectivity capabilities by offering persistence and proximity that neither drones nor satellites have the capacity to do.
Lubo Cheytanov, Founder and CEO of L3C – AI Incubation and Innovation
Lubo Cheytanov is an entrepreneur and set up L3C to fill a gap in the UK market. He is also the founder of several other companies including Easy3D which focuses on delivering design and value added services for 3D printing. He is on the advisory board of E2E, the London based entrepreneur to entrepreneur exchange and a limited partner in Ariadne ACE funds. Prior to this he held several executive positions in IBM including setting up the IBM business in the former Soviet Union and to rebuild the Mid-market business in the UK. In November 2016 Lubo was identified by Onalytica as one of the top 100 global influencers in InsureTech particularly regarding his views on Blockchain.
Anuj Gupta, Founder and CEO, AI & Blockchain powered Home Services, Co-founder – Prepay Point
Anuj Gupta is a first-generation entrepreneur, started his first company faXappeal while he was in college and exited that when he was 20. Anuj then worked with AT & T in New York. Anuj returned to India from his year long sabbatical & founded his next company at the age of 22, which got awarded for the best customer experience technology in the world by Microsoft. Anuj then Co-founded Prepay point in New York, a retail business with 13000 outlets and over $400 million in revenue and very successfully exited the business in 2008. Anuj appeared in the Information Week Magazine, USA– the only Indian to be placed on the cover page of the magazine. CNBC covered Anuj in their Young Turks programme as one of the very few 1st generation entrepreneurs.
As the Managing Trustee of Sukarma Trust, the trust has enabled education, medical treatment, water provisioning, eye camps, yoga camps for a large number of people across India. Anuj co-produced the movie “Soul of Sand”. The movie got co-funded by the Hubert Bals fund & voted by Forbes as the 10 top movies of 2011. Anuj serves on the Board of Directors of Subhkam Ventures. a house hold name in the Investments space in India and is a co- investor in the deals. Anuj holds 2 leading edge patents which he hopes to use in one of his future investments. Anuj keeps getting invited on the panel of judges of business schools and for an opinion on varied topics. Anuj was invited by the European Commission & a few B-Schools to give a speech on Entrepreneurship. An avid squash player, Anuj was the Indian national champion in 1994. He was also awarded as the Captain & Sportsman of the year at Stephen’s College 1997. Anuj is based between London & New York and is interested in new algorithm driven technologies and is working hard to improve the transaction equation with optimised unit economics resulting in an enhanced enterprise value.
Dr Ahmed Bouzidi, Founder and CEO of Vaxeal Group
Ahmed Bouzidi, Ph.D, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vaxeal Group, a leading SME pioneer in immuno-oncology (Switzerland, France, UK). Ahmed is also the President of the European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (Brussels), the European Trade Association representing biopharmaceutical companies from innovative SMEs to worldwide leaders, and he is a board of Vaccines Europe (Brussels). He is also Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine (London).
He previously founded and managed SEDAC-Therapeutics inc., a leading biotech pioneer in peptide-based immunotherapies (exit by Leveraged Buy Out), and Biophysiomics inc. (acquired by Chengdu Kuachang Science & Technology, China). He held senior advisory positions with high-level Chinese healthcare stakeholders (Public & Private Institutions), and worked as a Senior Researcher at the LFB for a decade (France). Ahmed holds a Master degree in Animal Biology from University of Lille (France) and a PhD in Cellular Biology and an MBA from University of New Hampshire, Durham (USA).
Haydar Haba, Managing Partner of Andra Capital
Haydar Haba is the Managing Partner of Andra Capital, a late stage, Silicon Valley growth fund investing in high growth pre-IPO companies. Recognized internationally for his technological vision, Haydar Haba is a respected thought leader throughout the Internet and Telecom industries for his accomplishments as business leader and innovator. Haba is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building a string of successful companies with disruptive technologies that have generated billions of dollars in revenue. Haba founded and built IntelePeer, Telco 214 and others from inception to exit, raising millions of dollars in venture capital. As Founder and CEO of IntelePeer, Haba led the company from inception to over $150 million a year in revenue. Previously, he was the Founder and CTO of Telco214 where he built the company from launch to over $100 million in revenue. With deep knowledge and opinions on global cloud-based platforms and technologies, Haba has been featured in print, broadcast, and online media across the globe. Haba serves on multiple technology company boards as a member or advisor. Haba completed Ph.D course work in Electrical Engineering and holds Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees from Florida Institute of Technology. He has several patents to his name.
Martin Drake, Founder of DRIVE Software Solutions
Martin Drake is one of DRIVE Software Solutions’ founders, Martin conceived, architected and successfully took the DRIVE product to market. Since launch Martin has overseen the evolution and development of the full function application for vehicle leasing and management, now used globally by many organisations including large corporates to manage large fleets of vehicles and complex assets. This year he was instrumental in the launch of the ODO DRIVE SaaS platform to further exploit the DRIVE core architecture unity into the SME and consumer space. Martin has a successful career in IT spanning over 30 years. A degree in Bio-Physics at Leeds University, followed by a solid grounding as a programmer and implementation Consultant with Honeywell Bull, led him into senior sales and account management roles working with major corporates and the public sector.
Freddie Talberg, Founder of Emission Solutions Limited
Freddie Talberg is an experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of scaling businesses in the tech sector especially in: Transport, Smart Cities and Mapping. He has strong entrepreneurship, technical and creative product development skills; gained Professional skills at Board Level, Company Governance, Strategic Partnerships and Sales orientated growth strategies. Freddie has established a founders club (www.smilingbarracuda.com) to support talented entrepreneurs successfully grow and exit their businesses and is leading both an IOT & sensor based tech innovation business to reduce road transport pollution (www.emsol.io) and a blockchain crypto token platform for sports clubs with a global fan base (www.forthefans.io). Freddie is also an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence) for Tech City innovation hub, Idea London and mentor for various innovation programmes that include: Accelerator Academy, New Foundation of Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Spark and Bloom Accelerator helping, investing and advising founders on their journey to success.
Davor Tremac, General Manager of Uber Croatia
Davor Tremac is the present General Manager of Uber, in charge of Croatia and SEE. Before that, he spent seven years at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, working on various projects in Europe and Southeast Asia, in telecommunications, high-tech and private equity, among other things. He is also the cofounder of the internet startup Gourmeo and sits on the Management Board of AmCham Croatia. He has also been nominated under 40 UNDER 40 – European Young Leaders program led by the Brussels-based thinktank Friends of Europe. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from IESE in Barcelona, Spain.
Miguel Solana, Managing Director at LiqEase
Miguel Solana is Managing director of Liqese. LiqEase’s platform provides a digital marketplace where invoices, represented as digital assets on the Blockchain, can be used to obtain liquidity from Professional Investors. The use of Blockchain technology provides a secure, open and decentralised infrastructure for trade finance.
Juan Engelbrecht, CEO of Mobu.io
Juan Engelbrecht`s academic qualifications include Bcom Chartered accounting(NWU, South Africa) and Honours in Cost and Management accounting(UNISA). Juan bought his first shares on the age of fifteen and have had a passion for the stock market ever since. Juan completed the RPE regulatory exams as well as Stockbroker course via SAIS in South Africa as well. He started Evolve Fund Managers with directors of Goldings, Torr and de Decker stockbrokers in 2013 and also CEO of Zaber Import Export Pty Ltd which was until 2017 the largest privately owned cryptocurrency mining company in the Southern hemisphere. Juan is the acting CEO of MOBU, an issuance platform for STO`s(security token offerings).
Jonathan Lavender, Global Chairman of KPMG Enterprise
Jonathan Lavender is the Global Chairman of KPMG Enterprise, the division across KPMG that is dedicated to serving the needs of private companies, family businesses, and entrepreneurs around the world. Jonathan is also the Head of Markets for KPMG in Israel. In 2017 Jonathan was elected as the Global Chairman for KPMG Enterprise. In his role as Global Chairman, Jonathan oversees the global Innovative Startups network, as well as the Global Family Business Network. He is the lead partner responsible for the firm’s global strategic partnership with Connected Intelligence, the organization that is responsible for hosting the largest technology and startup conferences in the world, often referred to as Davos for Geeks. Jonathan is also responsible for setting up a joint venture with Microsoft’s accelerator to help support and connect entrepreneurs with corporates, as well as bring forward the deep sector knowledge of KPMG to help the founders accelerate their growth. He is also an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship. Jonathan has over 19 years of experience working with private multinational companies, startups, as well as private equity & venture capital funds operating across several sectors, such as financial services, technology, and life sciences. He is focused on helping clients with a wide range of issues while delivering crossfunctional solutions. Jonathan joined KPMG in Israel in 2000 and worked in the Technology practice advising startups and emerging private companies on their business models, raising capital for growth, and expanding their operations internationally. Jonathan relocated to KPMG in the UK in 2004 for four years, where he held the role of EMA & Global Head of Business Development for the Transactions and Restructuring practice. Jonathan returned to KPMG in Israel in 2008 and took on the role of Head of Markets, where he is responsible for market development and growth across the firm and together with the senior partner of the firm he has oversight and manages the top 30 national and multinational accounts for KPMG in Israel. Jonathan is also active in the investment space, assisting companies as well as professional investors in Israel and abroad to help them identify transactions across a wide range of industries including, technology, energy and real estate.
Candace Johnson, President of Johnson Paradigm Venture
Candace Johnson is an international global infrastructure and telecommunications expert and entrepreneur. She is co-initiator of SES ASTRA and chief architect of SES Global, one of the largest satellite systems in the world. She is also the founder and president of Europe Online, the world’s first Internet via satellite network and is the founder of the continent’s first independent, private trans-border satellite communications company, Teleport Europe-Loral Cyberstar. Ms. Johnson is also a founding investor and a former member of the Board of Kacific, the high-throughput Satellite Internet System for the Pacific as well as a founder and Member of the Boardof OWNSAT, Oceania Women’s Network Satellite, one of the first and largest investors in KAcific. Recently, she has been named as Vice Chairwoman of NorthStar, the world’s first Space Situation Awareness and Hyperspectral Imaging Leo Satellite Constellation. She is also the founding president of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany, and of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN). President Emeritus of EBAN, she has co-founded MBAN, the Middle East and North Africa Business Angel Network and ABAN, the African Business Angel Network. Candace Johnson is also a Member of the Board at SES-ESL, Store Electronic Systems Electronic Shelf Labeling, and president of Succès Europe and Johnson Paradigm Ventures (JPV). She has been decorated by the Government of Luxembourg with the Commander of Merit and the Officer of the Oak Leaf Crown, and also an Officer of the German Federal Order of Merit, bestowed on her for her work in privatizing telecommunications and media throughout Germany and Europe. Amongst many other honors, Ms. Johnson has received the Lifetime Achievement Award together with Vinton Cerf and Tim Berners Lee from the World Communications Awards for her work in providing universal access to telecommunications around the world and the Women in Aerospace Europe Lifetime Achievement Award . She holds Master’s Degrees with Honors from the Sorbonne and Stanford Universities and a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College and has a Doctor Honoraris Causa in Technology from the Hong Kong Polytechnical University. She is a member of the Board of EDHEC, France’s largest Business School as well as of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Paul Tarantino, CEO of Consent Systems
Paul Tarantino is an entrepreneur and privacy management expert with 25+ years of experience working in multinational tech corporations and is now on his third tech startup. He has worked in senior leadership positions at KPMG Consulting, Sun Microsystems and a market leading big data software business whilst working as a trusted advisor to board members across global organisations. His latest venture, Consent Systems founded in early 2017 is a London based cloud software business that launched ConsentEye earlier this year. ConsentEye provides organisations with the first central Consent Preference Management System to manage customer and employee consent in line with data privacy regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation. This cutting edge application ultimately protects organisations from onerous fines of up to 4% of global turnover or €20M whichever the greater whilst building customer trust and increasing opt-in rates.
Richard Parris, Former CEO of Intercede; founding investor VIVA Capital;
Richard Parris is an Anglo-American technology entrepreneur with extensive experience in the digital trust and cyber security industries. An expert in strategic technology sales, business development and innovation, Richard founded Intercede and led the Group through all stages of its growth, including an IPO on the London Alternative Investment Market (AIM), VC and public company fundraising, striking significant OEM deals, opening successful US operations, securing major partnerships in the Middle East, managing investor relationships over a 20-year period and defending against vexatious corporate litigation in the US. In 2018, Richard became one of the longest serving Chairman on the London Stock Exchange. Richard is a global expert on the role of digital trust in enterprise and government security, Know Your Customer, protecting Personal Identifiable Information (GDPR), authenticating electronic payments (PSD2) and using blockchain technology to assert personal identity and secure smart contracts. He is a regular speaker and evangelist for digital trust at major conferences and has provided advice to government policy makers in senior executive agencies in UK and US. Richard is a Chartered Engineer, a graduate of Manchester University and has an MBA with Distinction from the University of Warwick Business School. Prior to Intercede Richard worked for the nuclear power and aerospace industries.
Avi Biran, Founder and the CEO of Cyber Odysseys
Avi Biran is the founder and the CEO of Cyber Odysseys, offering strategic consulting services to Fortune 100 corporates across the world, strategy to operations, helping them to devise their business cyber security strategy and guide them through the implementation process. Those may also include pointing out opportunities for inorganic growth, market analysis, performing due diligence services as well as Mergers and Acquisitions. His biggest clients are prominent players in the banking industry, some of the biggest telecom companies as well as international integrators and consulting corporates. Prior to that, he worked for 25 years for the elite Technological Unit of Israel’s Intelligence Corps Special Forces, where he served as a senior commander in the Cyber Command. Over the years he acquired deep knowledge of Cyber Warfare, computer networks and communication systems, big data analytics and machine learning. Mr. Biran was among the first group that strategically designed the foundations for the cyber security arena. During that time he was the initiator and the leading commander for novel and innovative technological groups that contributes directly to the security of the state of Israel, and for that, he got several awards. Over the last decade he designed, built and brought to operational capacity three different cyber organizations with advanced research and development activities. His last project was founding and building the new Cyber Command for the Intelligence Corps Special Forces. Mr. Biran also serves as a senior mentor for hi-tech startups, helping them to build their technological solutions and their strategic business development. Mr. Biran is a distinguish mentor at Microsoft Accelerator in Israel, focusing on Cyber security, IoT, Machine learning, Autonomous cars, Big data analytics and AI. Mr. Biran holds a B.Sc. in Robotics Engineering from The Technion, Israel Institute for Technology, and MBA from Tel Aviv University, as well as a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was awarded the prestigious Wexner Fellowship. Mr. Biran is a recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship for International Leadership 2011 and a member of Eisenhower Fellowships since then.
Laura Johnson, Technology Officer and Cyber Insurance Practice Head of Chaucer
Laura Johnson is a Cyber security and technology specialist with a wealth of experience in financial institutions, enterprise cloud service providers and the insurance industry. Laura has provided strategic technical consultancy throughout Europe and the US for a number of different industries over the years and had the opportunity to contribute at a senior level as Head of Technology R&D at Virtustream, an enterprise cloud provider that was once a start-up and now seen as Dell EMC’s go to enterprise cloud solution. Most recently Laura has combined her in depth knowledge and expertise on Cyber security and specialty insurance with a proven appetite to grow and develop business. As Cyber Practice Head of one of the top quartile Lloyd’s of London insurance syndicates she is developing a portfolio of new and innovative Cyber insurance solutions with industry specific risk management aligned to the specialty insurance sectors (Energy/Nuclear/Marine/Manufacturing etc.)
Daniel Taylor, CEO and Co-founder of BlocSide Sports
Daniel Taylor is the CEO and Co-founder of BlocSide Sports, a sports tech start up that leverages frictionless payments, mobile ticketing, augmented reality, and Blockchain technology to improve fan engagement for football clubs, both in-stadium and at-home. Daniel is the co-founder of Only4Stars I.S.E.C.. Only4stars is a global football, marketing, match and sports tourism agency that specializes in developing and managing elite youth players, high-profile players, and coaches around the world. He is also the founder of the Black Blockchain Network, a resource for the black community and allies of the black community to come together, learn from their peers, and educate themselves on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and ICO’s. Previously, Daniel was the Co-founder and COO of Tipster, an IOS App and Web Widget that lets you get personalized style advice from vetted influencers. Daniel is an ex-professional football player, Brown University Graduate, and StartX S’ 17 Alum, Stanford University’s Accelerator Program.
John Textor, Executive Chairman of Evolution AI
John Textor is a globally recognized, pioneer and developer of disruptive technologies, creative content, and digital distribution business models for media, entertainment and the internet. Featured as “Hollywood’s Virtual Reality Guru”, by Forbes in 2016, Mr. Textor stands among the earliest advocates of the convergence of entertainment media and technology. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Evolution AI Corporation, a 2017 artificial intelligence startup focused on the adaptation and development of hyper-realistic human animation technology to enable leading Artificial Intelligence platforms to interact with consumers in a relatable human form. Evolution AI was sold in August 2018 to Recall Studios, Inc., of which Mr. Textor was named CEO. He is also the founder and Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation, a leading developer of hyper-realistic digital humans for holographic live performances, virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. In 1999, at a time when major record labels and film studios were rejecting all forms of digital distribution, and Napster was treated as a ‘defendant’ more than a pioneer, Textor’s startup, Jester Digital Corporation, created an internet-based 3-D multi-user virtual world for music, film and social networking, becoming the first digital distribution platform to be endorsed by Metallica, one of the most outspoken opponents of Napster and online content sharing. With the support of landmark joint ventures with IBM and Metallica, and break-through online environments for feature films such as Disney’s Pearl Harbor, Textor’s virtual 3-D worlds were among the very first internet-based multi-user virtual reality and game environments in the entertainment industry, collectively paving the way for hundreds of massive multi-player games and downloadable music applications to follow. Mr. Textor’s belief in the importance of high-quality computer generated visual content ultimately led him to become the largest shareholder and Co-Chairman of the predecessor to Digital Domain (HKSE: 547). He led its acquisition and restructuring from May 2006, through a NYSE valuation of $450 million in Spring 2012.
Selim Fendi, CEO of USAVE Blockchain LTD
Selim Fendi is a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience on the American, European, Emirati, and African markets in the precious metal industry. He served as CEO for a variety of high profile international companies. Mr. Fendi’s entrepreneurial career started in 1992 by working in a commercial real estate M&A in Canada covering the Caribbean market. Following the sale of his real estate interests he launched a new career in NYC by founding Alterama, a trading platform of precious metals and Forex, qualified for management of Derivatives, Futures and hedging products. In 2010, he came back to Europe to oversee the setup of a Forex, Oil & Gas and Precious Metals Desk in Geneva. In 2013 he founded Noble Precious Metal in Dubai, regulated by the DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities). He’s established in Monaco where he’s the CEO of Aurum Monaco, the first gold refinery in Monaco since 2016. He was recently nominated Treasurer of the Watch-Making and Jeweler Chamber of Monaco. He’s also the co-founder of USAVE Blockchain a Maltese company, who is a Global Tracking Solution, Securing, and Marketing Eco-Responsible Gold, using Blockchain Technology. It emphasizes on Sustainable Mining, Transparency, Security, Transaction, and Exchange. Mr. Fendi regularly speaks at international precious metals industry conferences. Mr. Fendi holds DEUG from the University of Nantes in economics and a BA of Finance from the University of Ottawa.
Adam Sherlock, Serial entrepreneur, investor & business development specialist
Adam Sherlock is a scientist by academic qualification, a business development specialist by profession and a serial entrepreneur and investor by nature. He has been a senior business leader in the life sciences industry, with over twenty-five years’ experience in a wide variety of international commercial and executive roles.
Adam is passionate about building businesses. During his career, he has founded or joined six private organisations which he has lead through significant growth journeys to successful exits, in some cases with either VC or PE funding. All his exits have been to mid-market strategic trade buyers, creating many hundreds of millions of dollars of shareholder value through the process. His latest exit was the sale of specialist consulting firm Kinapse, headquartered in the UK and owned by PE firm Hg, to the US publicly listed company Syneos Health. He has an extensive network of contacts across the life sciences industry, and a proven track-record with private institutional investors and trade business owners. Based in the UK and Spain, in addition to his executive roles, Adam acts as a none executive director on the board of one organisation in which he is also an investor, and he has an investment and executive director role in a business linked to his sporting passion, cycling. Adam attributes his success to having a wide range of interests, an enquiring mind and the attitude of “traveling in expectation”.
Katsura Suzuki, President and CEO of Nacre Global Asset Protection
Katsura Suzuki is a leading investor and advisor bridging the gap between Swiss and Japanese businesses. She is the President and CEO of Nacre Global Asset Protection (Switzerland AG). She has a Doctorate of Business and Administration from the University of South Australia, Adelaide, 2006, and an MBA from the European University in Lausanne, 1997. She has done consulting for Japanese companies in Switzerland for 30 years. She was the head of the Japan desk of Ernst & Young Switzerland for 20 years. She is the author of Money Lessons for Japanese – Everything about Family Office for Japanese UHNWI’s published by Sogo Horei publishing company.
Hans Kanold, Advisor for Tsangs Group
Hans Kanold is a seasoned entrepreneur in the Hospitality business, quality assurance and entertainment industry. Kanold has a global network. Hans Kanold is an advisor for Tsangs Group. Founder of Safehotels Alliance, Trustbrand, Gofast Hospitality Solutions and StsrgazeMe. Hans has been a member of UNISDR working with disaster risk reduction. An appreciated presenter at ICCA, ASIS and other well recognized organisations globally.
Axel Orgogozo, Co-founder of Chez dquant
Axel Orgogozo comes from a theoretical physics background and did his PhD studies between Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and CERN in Geneva. He worked on particle physics and more specifically Higgs Boson physics, a particle discovered at CERN in 2012. He then joined Dreamquark a startup using deep learning on varAxel Orgogozo ious problems in finance and insurance. He became soon CTO of the company and worked on algorithms allowing to extract emotional content from call center phone calls. He co-founded DreamUP Vision, an AI startup performing medical diagnosis for eye diseases. Axel also funded Dardar.ai, a startup building a vertical search engine for brands. He recently funded dquant, a crowd sourced AI powered hedge fund which uses blockchain technologies to make auditable track records of financial strategies. Fluent in most modern technologies he is always prototyping new ideas in the Blockchain, AI and video game spaces.
Marc Scarpa, Media Architect in Decentric Media
Marc Scarpa is a leading industry media architect in live, participatory networks dating back to the early 90s. He provided leadership on notable and award-winning projects including Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, Grammy Live, CNETTelevision, Microsoft Mixer Studios, You Tue Originals (Red), Arlington Esports Stadium, My Space TV; Woodstock.com; NYC City Hall Blue Room; MTV Interacive and Pseudio Programs Inc. He began this storytelling format journey with 36,000 online and broadcast participants during the 1996 Tibetan Freedom Festival. Live participatory media is now available and enjoyed by billions of people world wide.
Vadim Fedotov, CEO & Co-Founder of AEToken
Vadim Fedotov is CEO and Co-Founder of AEToken. AEToken is the only affiliate platform using smart contracts to revolutionize industry payments. He has spent the past 11 years in the online digital marketing and retail sectors. Starting off his career with Highlight Media Group which is one of the world’s leading SEO based affiliate conglomerates, he led a team of SEO specialist to spearhead the company’s casino and poker directed websites to the top of the search engine rankings. From there he went on to heading the business operational side of the Betsafe Sportsbook product for the publicly traded Betsson Group AB, achieving all-time highs in active players and revenue by introducing innovative, intricate marketing campaigns which not only driven acquisition but resulted in excellent retention/reactivation numbers for the active user base. Successfully launched Eypobet casino and Sportsbook from the ground up, as a founding consultant Vadim knows every single possible outcome of running a publishing operation, down to the licensing and regulation factors.
Brett Harris Wigdortz, Co-Founder and CEO of Tiney.co
Brett Harris Wigdortz started his career focused on southeast Asian policy and business work at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, HI and the Asia Society in New York City. He then moved to be a management consultant focused on strategy and organisational effectiveness at McKinsey & Company in their Jakarta, Singapore and London offices. In 2002, he wrote the original business plan for Teach First and led the organisation for fifteen years, from its launch until October 2017, helping to build it into one of the country’s leading movements to tackle education inequality. Among its achievements are: becoming the UK’s Brett Wigdortz largest graduate recruiter, running an accredited world class teacher training program, building a movement of over 10,000 ambassadors focused on ending educational disadvantage and supporting more than one million children in classrooms across England and Wales. Wigdortz is the author of Success Against the Odds, a candid account of the first ten years of Teach First. He was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s New Year’s Honour’s list for Services to Education. He has also won numerous awards over the past 15 years, including Charity Times UK Charity CEO of the Year, Ernst & Young UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year, the Evening Standards’ 1,000 Most Influential Londoners for seven years in a row and Debrett’s 500 Most Influential Britons for six years in a row. He has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Warwick and Birmingham City University. Wigdortz is Co-Founder and a trustee of Teach For All, a network of more than 45 Teach First partner programs in countries all over the world. He is a trustee of Teach First Israel, was the vice chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Education Advisory Group and is a judge of the Varkey Foundation’s $1 million Global Teacher Prize. He also helped found and is on the board of the Fair Education Alliance. Since stepping down as CEO of Teach First to become Founder & Honorary President of the charity, Wigdortz has been working with Jamie Oliver to help him develop a national alliance to halve youth obesity by 2030. His main focus is as co-founder and CEO of Tiney.co, a new digital platform aiming to grow, support and improve the quality of childminders and small nurseries in the UK. He is a dual US and UK citizen and lives with his wife and three young children in London.
Itaru Inaho – Regional Director Of Sales And Marketing of Blockchain Neo Company
Itaru Inaho has experience as a sales engineer in the technology industry for over 10 years. During his business travels to Asia, he saw a grim reality that young people do not have jobs in the region where there is no provision of education. He has also met many wealthy people through his business and witnessed the big wealth gap. Now, he has started a business in the Philippines to create employment to give opportunities to young people for a brighter future. Now, he feels again that there is similar disparity situation in Japan, and he Itaru Inaho is trying to improve the protection of intellectual property by enforcing the legal interests of the artist’s earnings through sale assignment. This is promoted through the block chain technology. He strongly urges contribution to innovation and an importance of framework for new services. Blockchain Neo Japan is building a platform to protect, inherit and develop JAPAN BRAND, aiming to build a highly flexible economic zone. There are over 50 partner shops that accept our crypto currency payment. One of our partner company; id beauty clinic GINZA is also a partner salon that has Asia’s Top Leading ‘Total Beauty Solution”. In November 2018, they will release a wallet equipped with the EC function and start to distribute products. They are expecting to expand to 400 stores in the spring of 2019.
Robert Anthony, Founder and CEO of Anthony & Cie
Robert Anthony founded Anthony & Cie in London in 1978. Anthony & Cie has been based in France on the Côte d’Azur since 1989. We specialise in financial planning, and also operate as a Multi Family office. As an international practice, we manage cross-border wealth planning strategies for international and local clients who are both private individuals and professionals. Anthony & Cie orchestrates financial, legal, real-estate and tax advice, and, on account of its Anglo-Saxon origins, regularly advises foreigners who wish to reside and/or set up in France. We accompany our clients at every stage: French adRobert Anthony ministration, banking, real estate, notaries. The Anthony & Cie team is international and multilingual and comprises legal and tax advisors, financial analysts, accountants and administrative managers, who are at your disposal. We work together to give you advice that is adapted to your needs and, above all, that produces results. Robert Anthony is on the management board of Zooz holdings a new blockchain trading software solution in the global financial sectors support and DNA Energy new technological solutions for sustainable renewable energy both at the cutting edge, with a role of Financial and fiscal strategy.
Malcolm Ross, Mobile Telecoms Pioneer
Malcolm H. Ross is an independent consultant with 43 years’ experience advising, challenging and coaching C-Level telecom-industry executives. Based in Malta, his assignments take him 3 weeks per month throughout Europe, Middle-East, Asia and occasionally N. America. Until July 1999 he was Vice-President in, Arthur D. Little’s world-wide Electronics, IT and Telecoms Practice. His three passions are: • Catalyse better telecoms to enable everyone everywhere to connect to more value and happiness in life • Systemise creation of intrinsically viable and valuable new businesses • Through his underwater photographs show how animals and ecosystems can inspire solutions to business problems.
Dr. Nicolai Schaettgen, Founder & CEO of Match-Maker Ventures
Nicolai Schaettgen is an Entrepreneur with a strong background in digital industries. Today Nicolai is founder and CEO of Match-Maker Ventures. Match-Maker Ventures is dedicated to scaling innovation by helping startups and corporates to collaborate. Prior to that Nicolai was part of the Global TIME leadership team at Arthur D. Little. Nicolai advised multi-billion dollar companies and financial investors having gained strong experience in Board level interaction. Nicolai regularly acts as keynote speaker and writes among other for StartupGrind. Nicolai is a German citizen, lives in Austria, worked in 22 countries and studied in Austria and the US.
Felipe Guevara, Founder and CEO of Awa Nutrition S.A. (Ecuador) and Awa Nutrition Inc (USA)
Felipe Guevara, is the Founder and CEO of Awa Nutrition S.A. (Ecuador) and Awa Nutrition Inc (USA). He has a MSc in Food Technology from Wageningen University (Netherlands) and worked for several years with leading multinational companies such as Friensland Campina (Netherlands), Arla Foods (Denmark) and with the Fraunhofer Institute IVV (Germany) in the development of milk and plant proteins for sport and wellness nutritional applications. Felipe has experience directing corporate strategic projects, product innovation, business development and marketing strategy. Big fan of fitness and extreme/outdoor sports like motocross, snowboarding, scuba diving and others.
Rick Philips, Director of Axxeltrova
Rick Philips has a long standing expertise in corporate finance and in directing the origination and execution of strategic debt and equity opportunities in both European and emerging markets. He also has a long record in structuring complex financial solutions by utilizing an array of finance products such as equity, mezzanine debt, structured debt, leveraged finance as well as other debt and equity products. He has strong knowledge of the institutional investor base in both developed and emerging markets and a close working relationRick Philips ship with hundreds of funds and family offices. Rick has served as the Area Director of Cisco Capital for the Middle East and Africa, which is a fully licensed entity at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Prior to Cisco, Rick has worked in senior positions at several multinational companies including GE Capital, HP Financials Services and JP Morgan Chase. He has a BSc and an MSc in Computer Science and Finance from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from Oxford University.
Tram Trinh, CEO of VITANLINK
Tram Trinh is an Entrepreneur, Executive and Non-Executive Director with deep start-ups and health technology expertise from SMEs to Fortune 500 organizations. Recognized as an effective “connector” of opportunities shaping inter-disciplinary global alliances, Tram brings track record in international market development from North America to Asia and Europe’s highly regulated environments. She is passionate about building and launching new business models and leading-edge technological innovations, creating new teams and markets. Tram founded VITAnLINK to pursue one mission: co-founding, co-developing, matching emerging health tech with international market opportunities. In the early days of VITANLINK, she co-founded and brought to life initial raw technology, motion waves solution featured in Spa Business and Dreamup Vision AI in healthcare. Prior to VITAnLINK, as the General Manager at Welch Allyn France with a full P&L accountability, she realigned regional results with corporate strategy gaining board trust, winning the first European connected device reference sites to bring the company to a new “connected health” era. Prior to that, she was promoted steadily through a decade of increasing leadership positions and awards at Johnson & Johnson Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. As Head Marketing EMEA she injected strategic thinking into product marketing. In her early career in 1994, she contributed to the launch of EY Vietnam before joining EY Paris Audit office. Tram serves on the Advisory Boards of the CEPS eHealth Committee and Ivy Plus European Leaders think tanks and is a Non-Executive Director at privately-held digital health companies expanding internationally. She is a mentor for global acceleration programs such as Endeavor, Eyefocus and Big Booster. Outside the health space, she is a proud Ambassador of the EdTech Company BeEducation, has co-founded tech ventures in Cybersecurity and AI namely Techstars 2017 Skycryptor Besafe.io and DarDar.ai. Tram holds an MBA from McGill Canada, a CPA license from the US, NH and a Financial Times NED Diploma.
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