Each year, we aim to unite thought leaders across disciplines and topics to spark collaboration and inspire innovation. Whether that’s data-inspired artists or industry titans bringing machine learning to the enterprise, each of our speakers is selected for their ability to shed light on the technologies which will shape our future.
Robin actively contributed to building products and platforms that accelerated the Digital Transformation of industries using the power of Data. He works as the Chief Analytical Officer for wefox, the largest Insurtech in Europe - and has held many senior leadership roles in both Fortune 100 companies like Cisco and agile FinTech startups.
Born and raised in Brazil but educated in Germany, Nicholas is an economist and technology enthusiast, who works mostly in the intersection of those two fields and society.
A fluent German, English and Portuguese speaker, he has previously worked with the UN and Bozano Investmentos in Brazil. in Europe with Brazilian diplomatic delegations and inside of the Berlin Startup scene. Earlier still he worked with Brazilian educational NGOs and founded an eco-friendly clothing company in Berlin.
Today Nicholas lends his skill primarily to the GTC, there he is in charge of partnerships and external projects, but is also very active in recruitment and editorial processes. He is an advisor to the Editorial Board of The New Normal (TNN) and a coordinator of Meetup.ai.
Darina is a CEO at evertrace, a Berlin-based startup, which aims to offer a single platform for all participants of the logistics process - cargo owners, freight forwarders, brokers, insurers - for real-time cargo tracking, insurance and supply chain risk modeling. Darina’s core competencies lie in the areas of supply chain management, business development and innovation management. With over 5-years professional experience in international supply chain management and logistics, she is involved in both the operational and strategic level. Previously, Darina has been responsible for innovation processes at NBT with a specific focus on identifying IoT and blockchain use cases.
Alisa Kolesnikova is a PhD researcher at the Chair of Information Systems of Humboldt University focusing on neural networks, in particular natural language processing in politics and social media. Prior to joining Humboldt she worked in finance and internal consulting in Hong Kong, China and Singapore as financial analyst and later head of Analytics Department. Alisa is also a member of a Humboldt Blockchain Research Group and a creator of the crypto volatility index VCRIX.
Jennifer Ahrens develops data-driven strategies to improve business KPIs at ImmobilienScout24. She also volunteers with Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Berlin, where she works with non-profit organisations to tackle data problems in civil society and answer emerging questions.
Diksha Dutta is an author, an independent journalist and a digital media strategist. Based in Berlin, she is intrigued by the startup scene in Europe after writing extensively on the Indian ecosystem. After a six-year stint as a full-time business journalist with publications like News Corp, since 2015, she has been writing independently on startups and businesses for international media publications. She is also the editor of Dataconomy Media GMBH and a mentor with Startupbootcamp Berlin. She is working on a book on the startup ecosystem with Bloomsbury Publishing which brings together fascinating stories of over 50 entrepreneurs across the globe. She believes that leadership communication coupled with a healthy team culture is the backbone for any company, and conducts customized workshops on these topics. She has a passion for storytelling and following tech innovations in the global startup ecosystem.
Pavel Romanenko is Product Owner of the Blockchain Circle network at NKF Media (a publisher of startup magazines, including The Hundert and Berlin Valley). He is very enthusiastic about the enterprise adoption of the Blockchain technology, and has consulted leading German companies about Blockchain use cases in industry and supply chain. In his role as a Product Owner of Blockchain Circle, he has a broad and neutral overview of the blockchain ecosystem. Pavel and his team have identified over 140 German blockchain startups and over 200 blockchain experts, whose wonderful stories they share in their magazines. They also connect these startups and experts to the right corporates and VCs during their events. Companies like Siemens, thysenkrupp, Henkel, Otto group and WallDecaux met experts from IOTA, BigchainDB, SatoshiPay and Gnosis at Blockchain and NKF Media events.
As part of the BI team at Project A Ventures, Ole has helped a variety of fast-growing ventures to turn their raw data into real insights.
Björn started as a professional racing car driver. He sold his first startup in nanotechnology at the age of 24. From there he got hired as an early employee at a SaaS startup, and helped it grow to a combined acquisition of $1.8 billion. Now he's the CEO and Founder of Blindfeed.com: a startup that's on a mission to bring perspective and understanding to every team, with the ultimate goal of removing barriers to creating meaningful work.
Lea is a clinician with expertise in clinical pharmacy medicine and digital technologies including, healthcare software systems, health robotics and digital health applications. Her clinical background includes primary and chronic disease healthcare management for adult and paediatric hospitals, medication safety, data analytics and informatics.
She is involved as a mentor for different digital healthcare organisations (Startupbootcamp, FTR4H, Venture Catalysts India), as well as an advisor for healthcare blockchain projects including, Iryo (Slovenia) and Axonium (Australia).
Lea advises hospitals and government organisations on strategies for adopting digital technologies to improve patient safety in the medication management pathway, and also improving operational efficiencies by automating supply chain logistics.
She consults for international health software and robotics companies including Swisslog Healthcare, Lamson Concepts (Australia), BIQ Software Solutions (Portugal), Marvel Software Solutions (India) and Newton X (San Francisco, New York).
Dr. Ekaterina Bazhenova
Ekaterina holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Applied Mathematics and Informatics from the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. In 2011 she coordinated SAP University Alliances, a global program enabling educational institutions to integrate the latest SAP technologies into teaching throughout Russia. The year after Ekaterina worked as an invited researcher at SAP Research in Pretoria, exploring business process management at small and medium enterprises in the emerging markets. She has got her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Hasso Plattner Institute in 2018. In her doctoral research Ekaterina devised methodologies to mine process and decision models from event logs recorded by information systems of enterprises. Currently Ekaterina is an assistant manager at KPMG’s Lighthouse, a center of excellence for Data and Analytics, located in Berlin. Her areas of expertise include research and industrial experience in modeling, execution, and optimization of business processes.
Yann is one of the founding members of the Good Technology Collective and Building AI Startup 1aim. He has written about and presented his thoughts on the topic of how to develop ethical or ""good"" technology. He has discussed the roles and dangers of algorithms in our society, and the tradeoff between product quality and data collection.
Shlomi Hod is the developer of ethically.ai, an open-source toolbox for auditing, designing and adjusting the ethics of AI systems. In recent years, Shlomi led the design and the development of various computer science programs for teenagers in Israel, including a cybersecurity Bagrut (the Israeli equivalent of Abitur/AP). Before that, he worked as an algorithmic researcher in cybersecurity.
Stefania Bjarney Olafsdottir
Stefania Bjarney Olafsdottir is a mathematician and philosopher turned genetics researcher, turned data scientist, turned founder. She has done Data Science at scale in both business and academia, including at at deCODE Genetics, a research company pioneering findings and methodologies in bioinformatics. She also led a team at QuizUp, a mobile trivia game with 100 million users, where she built the Data Science division and culture. Additionally, she has consulted companies in various industries with their data science setup and culture. She has now Co-Founded Avo on a mission to create a world of reliable data, for businesses that want valid insights to base their decisions on.
Evgeniya Anikina is a Digital Health Innovation enthusiast, focusing on all things data. She is on a mission to power medical research.
Lisa Trujillo is a Founder of Design IT Legal, a multidisciplinary consultancy team that helps companies, organisations and startups to succeed in protecting the data of their users. She also operates as an Consulting Technologist, Researcher, and Teacher focusing on cyber safety and security education, privacy research and emerging technologies within the private and public sectors. She has an extensive background in web and application development for numerous digital innovations agencies, in addition to experience in the human rights field. Lisa is also a Lead Co-Organizer of Women Techmakers Berlin and Co-organizer of Women in Blockchain Berlin. She is most passionate about the intersection of tech, law and social innovation.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schlueter Langdon
Christoph Schlueter Langdon is a scientist and Professor of Data and Analytics Science, with a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence and Complex Adaptive Systems. He is responsible for Business Development at the Telekom Data Intelligence Hub, including Partnering, Data Innovation and Mobility & Automotive. Prior to joining T-Systems, he founded a Business Analytics startup and co-founded the Special Interest Group on Agent-Based Systems of the Association for Information Systems/ Business Informatics. He began his career as a consultant with Accenture and later joined the faculty of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. His research has been promoted by Microsoft and Intel, and results have been published in leading publications, including the journal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Information Systems Research, and Communications of the ACM. Over the past two decades, Christoph Schlueter Langdon has become known for his success with Data Analytics for Fortune Global 100 customers in the US, Europe and China.
Erik Pfannmöller is the CEO of Solvemate, which he founded in 2015. Prior to Solvemate, Erik founded Vaola.de, an eCommerce platform that he lead for four years, reaching 70 employees., Erik was a professional sportsman in his early twenties, competing in white water canoe slalom. His sports career culminated in him becoming World Champion in 2007 and winning the World Series for three consecutive years. Erik is the father of three little kids, and enjoys geocaching, climbing, running and mountain biking.
Dan McKinley is a Co-Founder of Skyliner in Los Angeles. Previously he worked at Stripe and spent nearly 7 years building Etsy, during which he worked on “pretty much every feature and backend facility on the site”. He resides in LA with his wife and son.
Christian is CEO and Co-Founder of the German Blockchain startup MADANA. His crypto career began in 2013 when he acquired his first Bitcoins during his studies in Finance and Entrepreneurship. In 2013 he co-founded the Bitcoin Aachen meetup and was involved in the founding process of Lisk. Christian participated in various blockchain projects as Business Development Lead at CryptoTec AG. As well as leading MADANA, Christian is speaks at many conferences around the world as a Blockchain expert, and is adviser for various institutions in Germany.
Rory is a 23 year-old Computer Science graduate of Dublin City University and the founder of Metro, a startup which allows people to self-generate their own data anywhere online, and trade it securely. His mission is to create a true data economy, where users themselves generate data and trade it with businesses in a transparent way.
Antonio Nakić-Alfirević is a full-stack developer who likes to write code, discuss existence and disassemble things. His current software experiment QueryStorm took him into the magical land of startups where he currently resides dreaming of a turquoise mansion. Earlier this year, with his project QueryStorm, he participated in the HugeThing startup accelerator program in Warsaw, where he had a blast.
Hans Constandt has (Co-)Founded 3 companies, and is an active advisor to other startups and scaleups. He has 15+ years’ experience in bioinformatics, software engineering and data architectures and 12 years’ experience for a pharma multinational, Eli Lilly. He’s received multiple awards for his efforts to bring disruptive technologies to market, and for successfully raising funds to scale his company, ONTOFORCE.
Hans holds a Bachelors in Medicine, a Masters in Biotechnology, a Degree in Software Engineering and Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His goal is to unleash the power of linked data on very large scales empowering citizen data science by democratizing access to data, for everyone.
Rudradeb Mitra has over 10 years of experience with building AI products and over 16 years of experience with product development. He is a senior AI advisor of EFMA Paris, as well as a Google Launchpad mentor. Recently he wrote a book on AI titled 'Creating Value with AI' where he shares his lessons learned with building AI products and overcoming challenges with data, adoption, and development. He is also an international speaker, having been invited to speak at over 50 events in 16 countries. These days his focus is on using Machine Learning to solve major societal problems
Kave Bulambo is the founder of MyCareerPath, a career coaching platform dedicated to empowering professionals to accelerate their careers. She is also the Talent Acquisition and Employment Branding specialist at hibooks, a global audiobook platform with its headquarters in San Francisco and Berlin. Prior to hibooks, Kave also worked with some of Berlin’s most thriving startups, including N26, CareerFoundry and Zalando.
Carlos Rodrigues is a Lead Data Scientist at Marionete. He is currently working with Siemens Cyber Defence Center to build a next-generation Data Analytics platform leveraging Serverless Architectures and AI. Previously, Carlos worked at a financial institution that manages more than £20 billion of assets, helping them to design a data-driven strategy. During his spare time, he teaches Data Science to post-grads.
Rene Pickhardt is a self-employed mathematician and data science consultant. He authored the German Wikipedia Article about the Lightning Network. He maintains a weekly YouTube show about Lightning Network development. Rene is a contributor to Blockstreams c-lightning implementation; in particular, he provided the lib-autopilot plugin which is a recommendation engine for new channels. He was resident of New York-based Chaincode Labs Lightning residency and participated in the second Lightning Network Developer Summit in Australia in 2018, where the drafting of the 2nd lightning-rfc (BOLT 1.1 = Basics of Lightning Technologies) kicked off. As a researcher, Rene has authored papers about scaling web architectures like Twitter’s newsfeed, and contributing to the field of language modelling in Natural Language Processing.
Simon Belak built his first computer out of Lego bricks and learned to program soon after. Emergence, networks, modes of thought, limits of language and expression are what makes him smile (and what keeps him up at night). He has worked on everything from telescopes to web apps to BI tools to analytics infrastructures, but he’s most proud of making people fall in love with data. Simon has helped over 20 startups and growth companies become data driven and set up (or level up) their analytics departments. Now, he’s channeling his findings into building a “data scientist in a box” at Metabase.
Jennifer Lyn Morone
Jennifer Lyn Morone is an American-born natural person who incorporated her identity by founding Jennifer Lyn Morone™Inc in 2014, during her time as an MA student at the Royal College of Art. Since then Jennifer Lyn Morone's mission is to establish the value of an individual in a data-driven economy and Late Capitalist society, while investigating and exposing issues of privacy, transparency, intellectual property, corporate governance, and the enabling political and legal systems.
Arne Steingräber is a passionate privacy advocate, forward thinker and former serial founder in media and tech. He is currently leading operations at Helix Cognitive Computing GmbH, a Berlin-based tech company dedicated to creating the future of DLT infrastructure by providing real-world solutions for the Machine Economy and the Internet of Everything.
Ingrid Willems is the founder and CEO of DataScouts, a Belgian tech company on a mission to help companies find their staying power. DataScouts is a Competitive Intelligence platform offering an AI enabled workflow to continuously collect company data and to score and benchmark companies in a systematic way. Ingrid is convinced that ecosystems and digital platforms foster collaboration and new business models that enable large as well as small organizations to generate added value for their customers, users and employees in innovative ways.
Soner Hacıhaliloglu is the CEO and Co-Founder of BEAD. He holds a Computer Science degree from California University Newport and an MBA degree from Rotterdam School of Management. Soner has been working in International Energy Utilities like e-on and Siemens for 10 years. He was in charge of developing new market entries in Emerging Markets, and managed a team in 5 countries for 5 years. As of 2015, he is the CEO of BEAD Technologies and has been chosen by UN and European Union as the best Innovator in Energy IoT technologies in 2015 and 2017.
Mikel Garcia Zabala
Ran Oren is the Founder of SourcingBot: a B2B electronic quasi-search engine, using machine learning and prediction models. He joined the world of data a decade ago, before big data became a buzzword and data science skyrocketed. His background is in managing products for the analytics sphere for major global banks. Ran holds a BSC in computer science and an MBA in business administration.
Suvrajit dons many hats. He works at the confluence of science, technology, design, and art to conceive new futures and sees himself as an artist, scientist, engineer, and architect. He has worked in industries as diverse as railways, renewable energies, 3D-printing, and blockchain-driven real estate. An acclaimed innovator, Suvrajit has recently developed a cross-industry innovation framework as part of an academic work. He is the founder and chief architect of klimazone Labs, that is combining data, technology, and creativity to create new opportunities for tomorrow's societies.
Benjamin Snow is the Co-Founder and CEO of Civocracy, an organisation which focuses on leveraging technology to improve the relationship between citizens and government. Civocracy works with cities, regions, and ministries across Europe, helping to improve decision-making and increase trust. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from The Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, with a focus on democratic innovation and political communication, as well a Bachelors in International Political Economy from The Colorado College where he was a Davis Scholar. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, and has a one-year-old daughter, Avelina.
Desi Cochrane has spent close to a decade engineering data-driven products for organisations around the world. As CTO of Suburbia, he's using cutting edge machine learning and AI on alternative data to discover new insights from new sources and help everyone make better decisions with data.
Benjamin is a SportsTech expert who provides the world with data & insights about SportsTech startups and the surrounding ecosystem. He has been working as a Management Consultant and Strategy Expert for large corporations before joining the startup community in various positions. He has lived and worked in Budapest, Cologne, Malmö and New York. He is now based in Berlin, where he is part of leAD Sports (a platform for sports entrepreneurship and investments), and where he runs his own project SportsTechX. Benjamin publishes articles and reports about innovation topics in sports, and is the host of a SportsTech podcast.
After completing a 5-year Business & Technology Masters at the Louvain in Belgium, Jean-François Heering started his career in a Telecom research center in Belgium. From there, he co-founded SmartWear, a startup in the smart textile field, collaborating with the French travel guide le Routard.
After 3 years, he joined Matis Benelux, an Engineering and Consulting company based in Brussels. He developed the company, growing the total staff from 25 to 300 consultants. In 2015, he piloted the merger in Belgium between Akka and Matis and operated as the Chief Operations Officer of an engineering company of 800 people.
He joined Vadis Technologies in April 2018 to further develop the company in the Regtech field.
Russell Hofmann is Machine Learning Engineer at Aaron.ai, where he is responsible for the dialogue management technology. He has a strong scientific background in Deep Learning, with a particular focus on the shattering effect in deep neural networks.
Jens Peter Grudno
After starting his career in finance, Jens Grudno soon felt that building great businesses was his true calling. He came to Berlin and helped multiple ventures scale considerably before joining the IoT company builder, NBT. At NBT he immediately started focusing on the elderly care market, ideating and prototyping disruptive business models before founding AssistMe, where his team is developing a sensor-based assistance system for incontinence care.
Jonathan Greve is an experienced Software Developer and Machine Learning Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry and with a passion for Deep Learning. He has worked on many projects, most notably focusing on Computer Vision for Video Analytics, Neural Nets for forecasting, and Recommender Systems.
Jens is one of Europe’s most active angel investors, making 10 to 20 investments per year. Based in Berlin, he is CEO of Angel Invest Ventures. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Techstars, where he managed four programs and invested in 40 companies, which have raised $75m+ in funding. In 2015 he launched the Berlin office, which in 2017 became the most active office of the global Techstars Network.
Before Techstars, Jens was a partner at Forward Labs (now Forward Partners), as well as the Co-Founder and CEO of aiHit, a provider of automated company data to the business information industry. During his PhD at Cambridge University, he developed, patented and licensed new water technology. Jens lives in Berlin with his wife Iris and their two young daughters.
Zsofia Hajnik has been working as Product Manager of the Machine Learning and Data Science teams at WeQ since 2016, focusing fraud detection. She studied Business Information Management and Predictive Analytics at the Rotterdam Business School and the Wharton School.
Claudio Agosti is a hacker turned into a digital human rights activist. He is a developer of critical analysis and disruptive tools.
Sven Löffler is a business development executive for big data analytics at T-Systems, where he is responsible for identification and development of data analytics and data-driven solutions. Previously, he was an executive IT specialist (OpenGroup certified) and business development leader for IBM Watson and big data solutions. Over his 20-year career, he has held a number of sales support positions in Germany and Europe and has proven and extensive experience in the business intelligence, performance management, big data marketing and support services, technical sales, and marketing spaces.
Du Phan is a Data Scientist at Dataiku in Paris, where he works in democratizing Data Science. In the past few years, he has been dealing with a variety of Machine Learning problems, from geospatial analysis to robotics.
Silvan Jongerius is the CEO and Founder of TechGDPR, a boutique consultancy for Data Protection and Privacy in tech-centric environments, such as Blockchain, AI and IoT. He has led Data Protection and security efforts since 2012, after spending 12 years in senior technology leadership, general management and innovation for large technology educators. In recent years, he has been particularly focused on Blockchain projects. He holds certifications from the Columbia Business School in Digital Strategies for Business, from the IAPP as Certified Information Privacy Professional (Europe/GDPR) and is TÜV certified Data Protection Officer (Datenschutzbeauftragter). He is the European Representative for DLT Labs, a Toronto-based blockchain development house. He is also a regular speaker, consultant and educator in GDPR, blockchain, innovation and technology, and is mentor and advisor for a number of innovative tech and blockchain projects.
Marcus Jones is the lead Data Scientist at Ocean Protocol, a Blockchain decentralized marketplace for data and models supporting the AI ecosystem. Marcus has been hacking in Python development and and Open Source projects for over 10 years, starting at the national research agency in Vienna, moving into international project management and consulting, and landing now in Berlin at Ocean Protocol. Marcus is focused on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and the new decentralized Web 3.0 ecosystem, and how it can empower Data Engineers and Data Scientists.
Shamala Hinrichsen is a geneticist by training who switched gears to communicate healthcare and sciences. Her most significant projects recently include consulting the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, Luxembourg, on promoting its life sciences, clean technologies, and ICT sectors globally.
She founded Hanai after spending four months mapping the rural healthcare dissemination landscape across India. She is the mother of two young boys, and battled with the concept of birth lottery when she was among the other mothers out in the field. She also spent time with women in Mozambique, and found these women faced the same problems, even if the geography couldn’t have been more different. Hanai is an attempt to bridge the gap and make sure all women can take charge of their lives, regardless of where they are. Hanai is also a decentralized software service, with the potential to revolutionise services beyond healthcare.
Elena Poughia is Managing Director of Dataconomy Media GmbH and the Founder & Head Curator of Data Natives, Europe's largest data science conference. She has curated and organized events all over Europe, before launching Data Natives Conference in 2015. Elena studied economics at Durham University in the UK and afterwards earned a degree in modern and contemporary art from Glasgow University. She has worked for internationally renowned art institutions including the Gagosian Gallery and the Athens Biennale. During this time, she also co-founded the Fasma Festival of Arts and successfully launched her independent art publication, Dialogos. Continuing with this entrepreneurial spirit, together with her team, she developed Data Natives into an important meeting point for experts from the fields of data science, data analytics and machine learning. In addition, Elena is particularly committed to supporting women by helping them become established in tech professions.
Between his studies of Aerospace Engineering and research into Medical Robotics, Peter Plötner volunteered in Honduras. During this time, he saw the motivation and passion of people working for nonprofits, and realised there was huge potential to optimise the organisational side of their efforts. Thus he Founded FundSupport, the BEEZ Data Platform for funding management. FundSupport supports nonprofits and social enterprises, empowering them to find and apply for the most relevant funding opportunities faster.
Dat Tran is currently co-heading the data team at idealo.de, where he leads a team of Data Scientists and Data Engineers. His aim is to turn idealo into a machine learning powerhouse. His research interests are diverse, from traditional machine learning to deep learning. Previously, he worked for Pivotal Labs and Accenture. He is a regular speaker and has presented at PyData and Cloud Foundry Summit. He also blogs about his work on Medium. His background is in Operations Research and Econometrics. Dat received his MSc in Economics from Humboldt University of Berlin.
Dr. Artiom Kovnatsky
Artiom Kovnatsky is the Principal Data Scientist at HOMEDAY, where he leads a data science team who are revolutionsing Real Estate in Germany. His projects for HOMEDAY- including automatic appraisal moethods, trend generations and the HOMEDAY-PREISATLAS- have been covered extensively in the German media. He holds a BSc and MSc in Applied Mathematics from Technion, Israel, and a PhD in Computational Science from the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Lugano (USI), Switzerland. He has presented and published his works on leading Computer Vision and Machine Learning platforms, including CVPR, EG, and ECCV.
Daniel Lachmann is an entrepreneur and consultant who has been exploring the depths of the Chinese tech scene since he founded his first Chinese startup in Beijing 2011. With the hectoring rise of China as a technological and political world superpower, Daniel considers himself to be on a once-in-a-lifetime-mission: helping European entrepreneurs and large international corporations to unlock their potential for innovation in order to keep a seat at the global economic table. It’s a table that is becoming increasingly tight, even for German companies.
Karin began her career in entertainment marketing working with the likes of names like Eminem and Live Nation. She also launched a successful professional women's network in two major cities in the U.S., organized events for her local Data Science meetup, and helped lead a on-going hackathon to put machine learning in the hands of cancer biologists. This journey eventually let her to her current role as a Program Manager for Community Development for the leading graph database in the world, Neo4j. Now, she's making connections in a company that helps makes sense of connected data.
Dr. Mira Suleimenova
Dr. Mira Suleimenova is a Founder of Design IT Legal and a digital law expert specialized in legal aspects of emerging technologies. With a background in international investment law and corporate leadership, she has a unique perspective on technical and social innovation. Mira is passionate about user-friendly approaches to digital privacy rights and responsible use of personal data.
Sebastian Sauer works as a professor for Business Psychology at the FOM university, one of Germany's largest business schools. He's also the head of the research institute for Business Psychology at the FOM. Analyzing data to answer questions related to social phenomena is one of his major interests. The programming language "R" is one of his favorite tools. He sees himself as a learner, and is particularly interested in statistical methods. Open Science is a hot topic to him. He hopes to contribute to pressing social problems such as populism by bringing in his statistical and psychological know-how. In previous jobs, he used to work in German health regulations (MDK), and as a researcher in the field of health and health-related technology (University of Munich). Before that, he used to work as consultant for post-merger integration (Towers Perrin Inc.). He writes a blog which serves as a sketchpad for stuff in his mind (not immune to thought updates) at https://data-se.netlify.com/. Sebastian is the author of "Moderne Datenanalyse mit R" (Springer, 2019).
Elisa Song is a Data Scientist at INTEGR8. She originally comes from Shanghai, and studied a Masters in EE and IT at TU Munich. She has been developing chatbots since the beginning of her career at INTEGR8, as well as focusing on developing the NLP (Natural Language Processing) capabilities of the chatbot. She is also leading other data science projects such as text mining and text classification.
Markus Winand is an independent author, trainer and consultant on SQL. His book "SQL Performance Explained" has been translated into five languages. It can be purchased as a print edition, but can also be read for free on its website use-the-index-luke.com. Under the motto "Since SQL-92 a lot has happened", he is currently working on his second book, which is also available for free online (modern-sql.com ). Markus Winand regularly speaks about SQL at international conferences and user groups .
Samuel Brack is a seasoned expert in cryptocurrencies and distributed algorithms. He is a member of the computer engineering group at Humboldt University of Berlin.
Chenchao Liu is Founder of DHB Global, which bridges innovative healthcare solutions with their next stage of growth. DHB Global provides specialist market insights and analyses, enabling healthcare entrepreneurs and investors to leverage their unique value to succeed in inbound and outbound Chinese healthcare deals, through strategic consulting and technical advisory services.
Chenchao is also the Founder and CEO of Silreal, a German advisory firm focusing on China and intercultural negotiation. He has successfully supported several companies find strategic partners in China and Germany, starting from market entry and identifying their first hire to regulatory consulting and client sourcing.
Chenchao has been in Germany for more than 16 years, conducting hospital projects in Germany as well as research in the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, where he is currently providing career advice to scientists. In his capacity as a Global Shaper of World Economic Forum, Chenchao was interviewed by The New York Times, and is regularly invited to speak at various international conferences.
Stephan is the Lead Solution Architect for Data Science & Business Analytics with IBM Cloud in Switzerland. He has an international track record of developing enterprise-level solutions that substantially increases clients' ability to turn data into actionable insights.
Originally from Munich (Germany), due to international scholarships and work assignments, he has already lived in 8 countries on 3 different continents. He has travelled to 6 continents, and is currently seeking a great data-driven outdoor adventure which would lead him to the 7th, Antarctica.
Marco Staschik is a Technical Specialist for Watson AI and Cloud Platform with IBM Cloud in Germany. He helps clients to develop data-driven solutions starting from generating ideas, implementing prototypes to enterprise-level solutions. At the moment, his focus is innovative, cloud-based data solutions using Analytics and AI.
Dr. Jesco Humpola
Jesco is an Optimization Research Engineer at IBM within the Data Science Elite Team.
He is a expert in solving highly complex industrial problems by applying mathematical optimization techniques. He has worked in various domains such as crew scheduling and aircraft rotation planning; capacity validation and extension of energy transmission networks; and routing in VLSI chip design. He is also an expert in mathematical modeling, algorithm engineering and data analytics in the context of process optimization, decision support and digital solution development.
Jesco holds a PhD in applied mathematics from TU Berlin, with a focus on operations research. His mathematical expertise ranges from general mixed-integer nonlinear programming to specially tailored discrete optimization algorithms.
Stephan Reimann is Senior IT Specialist for Big Data & Analytics at IBM Germany. He supports clients to build innovative data-driven solutions starting from generating ideas to implementing prototypes. His current focus is on innovative, cloud-based data solutions using analytics and AI and on real time streaming analytics.
Romeo Kienzler is Global Chief Data Scientist and Deep Learning/AI Engineer at IBM Watson IoT, and as IBM Certified Senior Architect, he helps clients worldwide to solve their data analysis challenges. He holds an M.Sc. (ETH) in Computer Science with specialisation in Information Systems, Bioinformatics and Applied Statistics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. He works as an Associate Professor for Artificial Intelligence at a Swiss Universit,y and his current research focus is on cloud-scale machine learning and deep learning using open source technologies including TensorFlow, Keras, DeepLearning4J, Apache SystemML and the Apache Spark stack. He also contributes to various open source projects. He regularly speaks at international conferences including significant publications in the area of data mining, machine learning and Blockchain technologies. Romeo is lead instructor of the Advance Data Science specialisation on Courera with courses on Scalable Data Science, Advanced Machine Learning, Signal Processing and Applied AI with Deep Learning. Recently his latest book on Mastering Apache Spark V2.X has been translated into Chinese. Romeo Kienzler is a member of the IBM Technical Expert Council and the IBM Academy of Technology, IBM’s leading brain trusts.
Elke Kunde is IT Architect in Enterprise Technical Sales IBM Germany and acting as Blockchain Techncial Focalpoint for the DACH region. She is an expert delegate for IBM in Blockchain Standardization at German "DIN-Normenausschuss Informationstechnik und Anwendungen (NIA) NA 043 Blockchain und Technologien für verteilte elektronische Journale" and participates in the German delegation for ISO/TC 307 “Blockchain and Electronic Distributed Ledger Technologies”.
Elke Kunde has a broad experience in technical sales for IBM clients in financial services and insurance, acting as an IBM Client IT Architect for international key accounts. She started her career as IT specialist for UNIX and Linux based distributed systems and mainframe integration. For the past 3 years, she has been focusing on Blockchain as a subject matter expert at IBM.
Leitha Matz is COO & Co-Founder of Zuper, the first mobile financial coach in Germany and Austria. With 20+ years of building IT and eCommerce teams, she's solved problems for companies ranging from FedEx (international logistics) to FreshDirect (online grocery, $600 MM rev/yr) and is a frequent international speaker on topics ranging from FinTech gamification and financial health to data management, remote work and startup management. Leitha also co-founded "Mind The Gap," a non-profit group promoting women's financial equality, is an EU tech ecosystem connector, and a mentor/judge for startup organisations, including the METRO Accelerators by Techstars.
Axel Morgner started Structr in 2010 to create the next-gen CMS. Previously, he worked for Oracle and founded an ECM company. Axel loves Open Source. As CEO, he’s responsible for the company behind Structr and the project itself, with focus on the front end.
Dr. Rebecca Dautel
Christian Kruse has more than 10 years' experience as an entrepreneur, salesperson, and management consultant. During the early part of his career, in Copenhagen, Christian supported clients with their IT Operations, IT Strategies, and IT Transformations, and guided the related Change Management. Later, in London, he worked coaching and training salespeople in the software industry. Subsequently, while based in Singapore, Christian developed growth strategies and built design thinking capabilities for multi-national corporations on 4 continents. Now, in Berlin, he has founded a startup that helps trucking companies improve their margins and emission rates.
Christian holds an MBA from INSEAD, financed by auctioning off 10% of his net income for 4 years. He also holds a BComm from Copenhagen Business School and an MSc in Computer Science from Roskilde University.
Stephen Lumenta is the CTO of Opinary, where his team builds a relevance engine and
engagement platform that allows millions of global readers to voice their opinion with one
He has held a number of tech lead positions with a diverse track record of growing teams and building technology, including an IoT-driven retail analytics system, a language learning platform and the controller for a multi-channel sound system that has been used at the Beijing biennale and the London Olympics. His interest in applying data to augment human activity dates back to his studies and research at the University of the Arts Berne where he applied machine intelligence to computer assisted musical composition- still one of his favorite past times.
Christian is CEO of Vivy: your personal health companion and electronical health record. Christian is a product and tech enthusiast by heart. He shaped N26 Bank as CTO, helped to grow Europe’s largest affiliate network Awin as CTO, and brought Parship to the next level. Christian is mentor and coach of several startups and consulted the UN World Food Programme to launch ShareTheMeal App. Christian was born in Austria and studied business and information science.
Tim Adams is a Data Scientist at cosinuss°. He holds a Physics Diploma and Physics PhD from TUM.
Jay Krall is VP of Product at Socialgist. He has managed social data products since 2008, using a variety of text analytics techniques to glean consumer insights for global brands.
Uwe Diegel is a specialist in various forms of medical diagnostics, including blood pressure, temperature, asthma and diabetes. He is the holder of several patents relating to temperature and blood pressure measurement. Until the age of 26 he was a concert pianist. Following an accident that partially restricted movement in in right arm, he started a new career in medical diagnostics. In 2009, Uwe becameinterested in connected health as a means of providing better patient management, and was CEO of iHealthLabs Europe until 2016. Today, he serves as CEO of Lifeina, a revolutionary tool for the management of chronic disease and treatment adherence, and is involved in healthbank, an international secure platform for storing and using medical data in Switzerland. Today, Uwe is considered to be a foremost expert in the field of blood pressure management and in the manufacturing of medical devices, and has been at the forefront of international changes in healthcare technology for the last 30 years. His drive and passion for innovative technology have driven major changes in perception about healthcare.
Bart Smeets is a data scientist, entrepreneur, and open source enthusiast who enjoys talking about anything analytics related. He is also a very proud father who loves to roam the Alps, and an avid trail runner.
Martin Lopatka is a Senior Staff Data Scientist at Mozilla and Technical Lead of a research engineering team working on the strategic and scientific exploration of the world’s largest shared global resource. His research areas include Machine Learning, graph theory, and applied Bayesian statistics, with a focus on privacy-preserving data collection. In addition, he works on both fundamental and product-facing research initiatives into the nature of the Web and the ways we use it. Martin received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Amsterdam in 2016, and his MSc in Artificial Intelligence in 2009, and has revelled in high-dimensional statistical data analysis problems in a variety of application domains.
Thilo Koelzer is an experienced Board Director with a demonstrated history of working in marketing and advertising in the digital healthcare sector. He holds a Diplom-Betriebswirt (FH) focused on Economics and Business Administration from Hochschule Koblenz. Currently, the areas of innovation he’s focused on are Digital Transformation, Seamless Experience, Marketing Automation, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Web Apps, Chatbots, eDetailing, Medical Education, Med Ads and more.
Nischal Harohalli Padmanabha
Nischal Harohalli Padmanabha is currently a scientific lead at Berlin-based startup omni:us, an AI product for the insurance industry. Previously, he was a Co-founder and Data Scientist at Unnati Data Labs, where he worked towards building end-to-end data science systems in the fields of Fintech, marketing analytics, event management and medical domain. Nischal is also a mentor for Data Science on Springboard. During his tenure at former companies like Redmart and SAP, he was involved in architecting and building software for e-commerce systems in catalogue management, recommendation engines, sentiment analyzers, data crawling frameworks, intention mining systems and gamification of technical indicators for algorithmic trading platforms. He is a strong believer of open source and loves to architect big, fast, and reliable AI systems. In his free time, he enjoys travelling with his significant other, music and groking the web.
Heiko Schmidle is a physicist by training who’s passionate about applying mathematics, statistics and machine learning to real-world problems. He has worked in the fields of recommender-systems, real-time-bidding, machine learning, artificial intelligence, marketing and advertising as well as predictive analytics and business intelligence. He enjoys using and learning new technologies and business opportunities, as well as combining theoretical knowledge and science with business needs and challenges.
Igor Drobiazko is the Co-founder and CTO of elastic.io, an industry-first micro services-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS). Igor is an experienced open source hacker, developer, evangelist and agile advocate. He is a PMC (project management committee) member at the Apache Software Foundation. and author of two books on web development in Java programming language. Before co-founding elastic.io, Igor worked at Nokia Siemens Networks, HSBC and NTT Docomo.
Dr. Susan Wegner is responsible for the innovation field “Smart Data Analytics & Communications” of Telekom Innovation Laboratories. The focus areas within this field are strategically derived from the key drivers of future telecommunication business: Future Communication, Big Data and User Driven Innovation. Susan studied Computer Science and Mathematics at the Technical University of Berlin and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is married and has over 10 years’ experience in designing and managing innovation development within the Deutsche Telekom group.
Karin Patenge is the Principal Sales Consultant for Oracle Deutschland. She has a profound and long-lasting background in Information Technology, with special focus on all data management, processing and analysis, data-centric application development and emerging technologies like Blockchain, IoT, Bots, Machine Learning and more.
Filip Vitek is a seasoned Data Analytics expert who has build Data Science teams for 5 different industries over the course of more than 15 years. He runs a blog where he shares his passion for AI, and tries to convince business leaders to turn Analytics into real money.
Marc Weimer – Hablitzel
Marc Weimer Hablitzel has 15 years’ experience in the setup of digital businesses and products, as well as profound knowledge of Data Science and Industry 4.0. He is Principal for German digital consultancy etventure, and is in charge of the Data Hub program at Gründerallianz Ruhr.
Lior Barak has a proven track record in successfully converting startups from Excel driven companies to state-of-the-art automated data-driven reporting systems. In the past three years, he has worked for several companies structuring data and developing a one-stop-shop reporting approach allowing users to focus on actions. Lior has automated the process of collecting and aggregating the data, building up the infrastructure for automated processes. His approach of 'no-Excel policy' required him to research a marketing department’s usage of Excel and use his findings to develop a more efficient reporting system. In doing so, he saved over 20% of the department's working hours.
Pierre Garreau is a French Floridian based in Germany building Machine Learning magic for the Maritime Industry. Previously, he was a Quant at Deutsche Bank and a Postdoctoral Research in Applied Math at UCLA.
Eduardo Peire is an industrial engineer, which is now using AI to diagnose the world deadliest diseases.
Jekaterina is a Research Engineer at Zalando Payments working on Machine Learning for fraud prediction. She obtained a Masters degree in bioinformatics from FU Berlin and has worked in various research institutions across Europe such as the Charité Hospital in Berlin, the Centre for Genomics Regulations in Barcelona, and Manchester University. Jekaterina is excited about Machine Learning and Data Science, and involved in a couple of ML side projects.
Iveta Lohovska is a creative engineer and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, and related areas like Machine Learning and Data Mining. She is an expert in project lifecycle development with a focus on Data Warehouse Augmentation and IoT Data. Organisationally, she strives to work with highly talented, creative and driven individuals.
Dr. Vedrana Högqvist Tabor
Vedrana Högqvist Tabor is a health entrepreneur with a PhD in molecular biology. Over the past 15 years she has researched diverse aspects of cancer and other complex diseases. In the past two years, she’s focused on detecting biological signals through wearable sensor technology. Vedrana possesses a deeply rooted love for technology, and she strongly believes that quantifying ourselves and being meticulous about it will significantly facilitate early disease detection.
As Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud, Cassie Kozyrkov advises leadership teams on decision process, AI strategy, and building data-driven organizations. She is the innovator behind bringing the practice of Decision Intelligence to Google, personally training over 15,000 Googlers. Prior to joining Google, Cassie worked as a data scientist and consultant. She holds degrees in mathematical statistics, economics, psychology, and neuroscience.
Daniel is a Senior Director at IHS Markit, where he oversees the global advertising research, consulting and forecasting practice. His key research areas include the future of TV and video, social media platforms, advertising-funded business models, programmatic advertising, AI-driven marketing, and data strategies.
Daniel works with a diverse array of organizations from investment banks, global media and entertainment groups, to government and technology firms. He advises on strategy, providing due diligence, trend modelling and expert insight. His insights have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Variety and other international newspapers and industry journals. He is a regular guest on TV and radio, and a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences and policy roundtables.
Prior to IHS, Daniel worked in media policy for the State Chancellery in Dusseldorf, Germany, and as a Research Fellow at the European Institute for the Media, a think tank. Daniel holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE). His academic work focusses on the sociology of algorithms and the datafication of media.
Pedro Parraguez Ruiz
Pedro Parraguez is the Co-founder of Dataverz, a data analytics company based in Copenhagen, and Postdoctoral Researcher at DTU Management Engineering. Pedro’s research and applied work focuses on complex socio-technical systems, with emphasis on network science and data-driven analyses. This includes the study and development of decision-making support for industrial clusters, complex organisations, and large engineering projects.
Dr. Patrick Vetter
Dr Patrick Vetter is Head of Competence Center Data Science at the Berlin-based consulting company Supper & Supper GmbH. As an experienced geospatial analyst, he specializes in statistical modelling, data science, machine learning, image recognition and deep learning.
Jaroslaw Szymczak is a Machine Learning Scientist in OLX Tech Hub Berlin. Jaroslaw has a Computer Science M.Sc. with specialization in decision support and machine learning, and a background in analytics and predictive models creation for finance institutions, FMCG and Telecom companies. He currently specialises in applying Machine Learning to solve trust and safety, as well as content quality issues on OLX classifieds sites across the globe.
Josep is a consultant, research analyst, entrepreneur and professor who has helped many companies to create competitive advantages based on data. He believes that the combination of data, models, technology and experience is the ultimate combination to help organizations around the our to provide better services and create new products.
Noa Tamir leads Data Science and Analytics at Auto1, Europe’s leading car trading platform, and co-organises R-Ladies Berlin, a meetup promoting diversity in the R community. Previously, she managed a Data Science team at Babbel, the world’s first language learning app, and worked as a data science technical lead at King, on games like Candy Crush and Farm Heroes Saga. Noa is passionate about making data science & analytics lucid, impactful and approachable.
Daniel Molnar is a data nerd and startup specialist. With over 19 years of experience in startups and nine years of expertise in data related topics, he is an experienced co-founder who has built and hired teams up of to 30 people. He comes with expertise in proven build-to-market capabilities and utilizing data for successful products. An amalgamation of his skills would be CS + data + product background under one hat.
Dr. Annina Neumann is leading the Data Technology team at P7S1, which focuses on building data-driven software components and solving complex data analytics challenges. She works with a cross-functional team of data engineers, data scientists, web-developers and business partners. Annina and her team are dedicated to creating innovative, smart solutions to inspire today's experts of digital and TV. Before P7S1, Annina pushed numerous data projects for various industries during her stint in IT consultancy. Her passion for data, complex problems and innovative ideas stems from her early studies and scientific work in the field of Bioinformatics and Neuroscience.
Bart de Witte
With over 20 years of experience in global digital health across 26 countries, Bart de Witte has been involved in leading-edge technologies and new IT businesses, including intimate involvement as a mentor in the formation and growth of a dozen startups within the healthcare sector. He is passionate about technology and data-driven transformation of healthcare systems brings a wealth of experience and understands well the barriers for innovation in healthcare. During the last five years, he has been focussing on the impact of AI in healthcare, both in his role as Director for Digital Health at IBM, but as well as Chair Faculty for the recently founded European Institute for Exponential Technologies and Desirable Futures, futur.io. As an advocate of open knowledge in medicine, he has founded the Hippo AI Foundation in Switzerland, which an NGO focussing to support Open Sourced Medical AI projects. Bart de Witte holds degrees from different universities in Belgium and has followed several other post-university tracks at national and international business schools, including Harvard Business School and Fontainebleau INSEAD. He is also a faculty member of the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich on digital health and the University of Applied Science in Burgenland Austria, and then Founder of the Austrian Quantified Self Organization.
Johannes Starlinger is a Health Data Researcher at the Department of Anesthesiology and Operative Intensive Care Medicine at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the research group for Knowledge Management in Bioinformatics at the Department of Computer Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. After studying medicine at Medical University of Vienna and computer science at HU-Berlin, Johannes joined the DFG-funded graduate program SOAMED in 2010 to research biomedical data analysis workflows. His current research focus is on knowledge mining and representation, similarity search, and predictive analytics over data relevant to the biomedical domain, including genomic and clinical data. Johannes is PI on the simpatix project, technical coordinator in PREDICT, member of the ASTRODEM project, and associate of the Data Science in Perioperative Care lab at Charité.
Stewart Rogers has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and mentoring for the software and IT industries. He is currently Director, Marketing Technology at VB Insight, a VentureBeat product that is set to revolutionise the analyst industry. He contributes to several sales and marketing publications and has also contributed to books such as Email Marketing By the Numbers authored by Chris Baggott. He is regularly invited to write or speak about sales, marketing, technology, social media and related topics.