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SPEAKERS 2021

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Michael J. Wolf

Founder & CEO

Activate Consulting

Michael J. Wolf is the Founder and CEO of Activate, Inc., the leading management consulting firm specialized in technology, internet, media, and entertainment businesses. Previously, Wolf was President and Chief Operating Officer of MTV Networks (now Viacom Media Networks), where he was responsible for leading all of the company’s business, finance, sales, operations, technology, and production. Prior to MTVN, he was Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company’s Media, Entertainment, and Information Practice. He was McKinsey’s first direct-elect Senior Partner hire, joining from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he founded and led the firm’s global Communications, Media, and Technology Group. He was also a member of Booz Allen’s Board of Directors and Executive Management Team.

Ola Källenius

CEO & Chairman of the Board

Mercedes-Benz

Ola Källenius has been a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since January 1, 2015, and Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since end of Annual Meeting of Daimler AG on May 22, 2019. He is also Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler Truck AG. Ola Källenius was born on June 11, 1969, in Västervik/Sweden. After obtaining Abitur (university entrance examination) at Grammar School of Danderyd (Sweden), he did his military service in the Swedish army in 1988/89. From 1989 until 1993 he studied at the Stockholm School of Economics (Master in Finance and Accounting) and the CEMS Programm (Master of International Management) at the University of St. Gallen. He joined the then Daimler-Benz AG as Trainee within the International Management Associate Program in 1993.

PANELISTS

Pedro Moreno De Los Rios

Digital Business & Marketing Professor @IE University

Professor Pedro Moreno de los Ríos has extensive experience as a digital business executive in B2B and B2C environments, specializing in sales and marketing, business development, omnichannel strategies, inbound marketing, SEM, SEO, e-commerce, CRO, and more. He has worked in large Fortune-500 multinationals such as The Walt Disney Company, as well as agencies and consulting firms, such as Ogilvy & Mather, as well as startups and entrepreneurship. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, researching digital marketing trends as well as imparting at IE University, as Academic Director of the High Impact Online Program "Digital Marketing, Social, Mobile, and Analytics".

Tanja Kufner

Venture Partner and Global Advisor @Antler

Tanja Kufner is passionate about helping entrepreneurs establish, grow, and scale their startups. She does this by helping founders discover invaluable insights that assist in creating sustainable businesses, through to formulating and fostering collaborations with private funds and corporate VC investments, in addition to building and running accelerator programs. Tanja has invested in over 80 startups at various stages of growth and has helped clients such as Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Airbus, Cisco, here, Vinci, Kühne + Nagel, SBB, EnBW, Telefónica, Siemens Mobile, and DB on their innovation journeys. Tanja is recognized annually, since 2016 and by EU-Startups, as one of the top 50 most influential women in VC.

Imran Akram

General Partner @AXA Venture Partners

Growth equity investor at AXA Venture Partners focused on €2-40m equity cheques into fast growing technology businesses across Europe, N America and Israel. He has invested in marketplaces such as Auto1 and Treatwell, fintech businesses such as Remitly as well as enterprise software companies such as Cognism and Sendcloud. After graduating First class from Christ Church, Oxford with a Masters in Engineering, Economics and Management he started work in Citigroup's Securitisation team, structuring financing for KKR's Tenovis acquisition. After strategy consulting with Bain & Company he started as an investor at General Atlantic, Eight Roads and DN Capital before co-founding AXA Venture Partners in 2016.

François Paulus

Founding Partner @Breega

François co-founded Breega alongside Max and Ben, contributing his experience as a seasoned entrepreneur, his pragmatism, and his passion for advising and investing in startups. A telecoms engineer and MBA, François began his career as an independent consultant in London before founding a consulting business for operators looking to enter the European market. After the sale of his company, François joined LDCOM in the early days (which later became Neuf Cegetel) as Vice President and member of the Executive Committee. He left when it was sold to SFR in 2007 to found Dix, an advisory firm specialising in telecom sector deals for VCs and funds. Passionate about growing companies, François also became an angel investor and independent board member of several startups before creating Breega with Max and Ben in 2013.

Jay Leek

Co-Founder @Clear Sky Security

Jay Leek, CISM, CISA, CISSP, is a Managing Partner and Co-founder of ClearSky Security. Prior to co-founding ClearSky Security, Leek was the Chief Information Security Officer for Blackstone, where he also worked with their cybersecurity investments and portfolio companies. Over the past 20 years, Leek built and headed up global information risk and security programs for Equifax and Nokia and also worked as a Product Manager as well as a Consultant to telecom companies, government agencies and financial institutions assisting them with strategic planning and architectural design required to meet their information risk and security objectives. Leek currently serves as a member of the boards of directors for BigID, BlueLava, Capsule8, CloudKnox, CyberGRX, SecZetta and Query.AI. He was also formerly a member of the board of directors of Carbon Black, Cylance, Demisto, Optiv, Phantom, ProtectWise, RedOwl, Respond, Verodin, NY Metro ISSA Chapter, and a member of the advisory boards of Accuvant and iSIGHT Partners.

Jerome Wittamer

Managing Partner @Expon Capital

Jérôme is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Expon Capital, in charge of sourcing opportunities in the Nordics, Baltics, Central & Eastern Europe and Israel. He has been active both as an investor and as an entrepreneur, all in the technology, telecom and Internet space during many cycles and across many trends. Jérôme honed his skills in the early 90s backing the pioneer of flash memory M-Systems (sold to SanDisk) and cybersecurity company Aladdin Knowledge Systems (listed). At BIP Investment Partners he led successful investments in media and communication technology companies such as EVS (IPO), Option (IPO) and Evertz (IPO), all of which became a world leader in their field. During that period, he contributed to the foundation of VOXmobile, a mobile operator (sold to Orange). Prior to founding Expon Capital, he was with Genii Capital for whom he led the successful sale of SecureIT, the datacenter used by Skype since day 1 in Luxembourg.

Scott Lyons

Tech Partnerships @Ford

Passionate, focused and always up for a challenge. History of taking on new roles that usually involve deploying unique experiences through new 'channels'. Comfortable in the creative, auto and tech industries that's brought him from roles at MTV to Ford. At his current position at Ford, Scott works on identifying in-car content and service solutions that can help vehicle owners get more out of their Ford. Continuing to lead and drive x-functional outbound engagement across the European start-up/scale-up ecosystem through the Ford MakeItDriveable program. Focused on ultimately uncovering partnerships that will help deliver against an aligned global connected vehicle strategy while also ensuring our European customer is catered for.

Emily Yukich

Office Managing Partner @Fox Rothschild

Emily, who serves as the firm's Los Angeles Office Managing Partner, counsels small to mid-sized businesses in a variety of industries including technology, consumer products, manufacturing, food and beverage, construction and professional services industries on a variety of complex transactional matters. She handles business formation, planning and restructuring and works with startups on strategy and early-stage funding as well as with existing companies on growth and acquisition financing. Emily also handles mergers, acquisitions and other general commercial transactions and provides advice on corporate governance matters. She serves as outside general counsel to a number of clients, advising on day-to-day legal matters. Additionally, Emily advises venture and angel capital investors on due diligence, negotiation of investment documents and other matters.

Naoki Kamimaeda

Partner @Global Brain Corporation

Naoki Kamimaeda is Partner and Europe Office Representative at Global Brain and is also responsible for investments in AI, cloud, cyber security, fintech and insurtech domains. Prior to joining Global Brain, he worked for Sony as a software researcher/engineer specialized in AI/ML and Big Data technologies. For the last 2 years in his Sony career, he worked in San Francisco as a software engineering manager of PlayStation Network and a member of PlayStation 4 Launch Team. Naoki holds an MSc in Computer Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology and an MBA from University of Cambridge.

Basil Moftah

General Partner @Global Ventures

Basil is an experienced company builder and general partner at Global Ventures, an international venture capital firm that backs global-minded founders, leading growth-stage companies that use technology to transform emerging markets and the world. Basil has been an Advisor, Investor and Board Member with numerous global technology companies such as the digital patent storage platform PatSnap, the intelligent product builder TARA.AI as well as Sparrho, Floranow and Elmenus. Basil started his career as a founding member of the Reuters Venture Capital group that invested in Netscape, Yahoo!, Verisign, Webex, and several other leading global companies before going on to managing emerging markets for Reuters. His latest role was at Thomson Reuters, where he served as President of the Intellectual Property and Science business, where he prepared the division for sale to private equity which took place in 2016 for $3.55B. Basil holds a bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Danny Schultz

Co-Founder & Managing Director @Gotham Ventures

Danny is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Gotham Ventures and enjoys working closely with entrepreneurs to help them achieve their vision. Over the last two decades he has been actively involved with technology companies from startups to public companies in media, ecommerce, mobile and enterprise software. Previously, Danny ran Lehman Brothers equity private placement business just prior to co-founding his own start-up, Atlantic Venture Partners, the predecessor to DFJ Gotham and now Gotham Ventures. He began investing as an angel and was fortunate to get very early exposure to the Israeli tech scene going back to the mid-1980s.

Jasper Masemann

Partner @HV Capital

At HV Jasper specializes in software applications and new market opportunities with cloud, AI and new frontier tech. Jasper knows from personal experience what founding and running your own company means. Before joining HV, he bootstrapped greatcontent.com, an online platform selling creative texts in 18 languages to clients around the globe. After years as the single founder and CEO, Jasper sold the platform to MairDumont publishing group. Scaling his company from zero to thousands of customers was an eye-opening journey. He experienced both good and bad times and at the end attributes all success to the people of greatcontent. During this time he started investing in more than a dozen startups (including McMakler.de, FitReisen.de). Before his entrepreneurial stint, Jasper worked in corporate finance and strategy for The Boston Consulting Group.

Inbar Haham

Partner @InCapital VC

Chosen as one of the “ten most influential Israelis in NYC”, Inbar is referred to as the “Bridge builder for Israeli start-ups and the US market”, with an extensive global network of entrepreneurs, investors, industry players, OEMs and tech companies. Inbar was one of the early team members at Wix (NASDAQ: WIX). As a VC, Inbar established and led the US operations and business development for Magma Ventures for six years. She maintains a strong proprietary deal-flow pipeline in Israel as she tracks companies over time and advises them about accessing the US market. She serves on the advisory board of several companies and organizations, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New York’s Zicklin School of Business.

Joseph Sartre

Managing Partner @Interlace Ventures

Joseph Sartre is a co-Founder and Managing Partner at Interlace Ventures, a fund investing in high- potential technology startups who are meaningfully reinventing commerce and retail for better consumption. He led investments in companies such as Cargo, Selfmade, Oto.ai and Fordays. He is also a Partner at Bleu Capital. Seasoned operator in the technology and FMCG space, he spent five years in China managing finance for Evian Asia Pacific and then leading sales for Evian China where he transformed the business to become technology enabled. He started his career managing technology and finance at Minutebuzz, a digital media company acquired in 2016 by TF1, the largest French TV network.

Jason Fiedler

Partner @Left Lane Capital

Jason Fiedler is a Partner at Left Lane Capital, a NYC-based venture capital and early growth equity firm focused on high-growth, high-repeat consumer businesses. Jason started his career as an investor at Insight Venture Partners, then went to the other side of the table as an early employee at Uber in San Francisco. In 2015, Jason moved back to NYC and investing and joined Red Sea Ventures where for the past four years prior to Left Lane, Jason invested in Allbirds, The Farmer’s Dog, FIGS, Imperfect Produce and several other consumer companies at the Seed stage.

Dr. Nicolai Schättgen

CEO @Match-Maker Ventures

Nicolai is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Match-Maker Ventures. At Match-Maker Ventures, Nicolai is bridging the gap between growth-stage companies and large corporates with the objective to setup value creating collaborations. Prior to that, Nicolai was part of the Global TIME leadership team at Arthur D. Little, where Nicolai advised multi-billion-dollar companies and financial investors. Nicolai regularly acts as keynote speaker, publishes insights on the topic of innovation, startups and collaboration and acts as a mentor for several accelerators.

Sebastiaan Vaessen

Group Head of Strategy @ Prosus and Naspers

Sebastiaan Vaessen is Global Head of Strategy at Prosus, a global internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. 

 

Sebastiaan is responsible for group portfolio strategy, identifying new investment opportunities, corporate development, and special projects.

Stephanie Hospital

Founder & CEO @OneRagtime

Stéphanie Hospital is the CEO and Founder of OneRagtime, the disruptive venture capital fund which backs early-stage start-ups in France and Europe in their full journey to success. Operating as a “fund-as-a-platform”, OneRagtime is the next generation of venture capital funds thanks to its the technology, its international community of over 500 qualified investors and corporates as well as its hybrid fund & crowd equity model. OneRagtime invests tickets from 0,7 m€ to 5 m€ and has already 25 companies in its portfolio such as onoff, +Simple, Make.org, JellySmack, HomaGames, Phantombuster, Loopsider, MatchTunes, Glose (exited to Medium) to name a few.

Stéphanie was recently selected as part of the 50 most inspiring women in tech in Europe 2019 and as one of the “40 Femmes Forbes”, a list paying a tribute to the 40 most influential French women.

Bill Reichert

Partner @ Pegasus Tech Ventures

Bill Reichert is a Partner at Pegasus Tech Ventures, focusing on deep technology investments, including quantum computing, next-generation chips, and AI. He is also Chief Evangelist of Startup World Cup, the largest and richest venture capital competition on the planet, with over $1.5 million in cash prizes, including a $1 million grand prize. Bill is also co-author of the pitching guide, “Getting to Wow! Silicon Valley Pitch Secrets for Entrepreneurs.” He has been a venture capital investor for 20 years, originally as co- founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. He began his career as an entrepreneur and helped take two companies public. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. You can contact Bill at bill@pegasusventures.com.

Alex Baker

Partner @Relay Ventures

Alex is a Partner at Relay Ventures. Alex’s background in strategy and finance lend well to his roles overseeing Relay Ventures’ investments in a broad range of mobile platform and connected device companies. Prior to joining Relay Ventures, Alex worked as a management consultant with BearingPoint and PwC Consulting, specializing in retail banking, consumer and commercial credit card, and loyalty marketing solutions. Alex has managed large projects for some of the world’s most prominent financial institutions, including Visa, American Express, CIBC, Bank of America, BarclayCard and PayPal. Alex is a graduate from York University, Schulich School of Business and is a Kauffman Fellow.

Veronica Lange

Head of Digital Engagement @UBS

Veronica Lange is the global Head of Digital Engagements at UBS Group Technology. Within this role she is responsible for the managing Strategic Innovation Projects and building out innovation activity with internal teams and with the external ecosystem. Recent activities include open the UBS Future of Finance challenge and think tank forums, building the pipeline for disruptive and transformational innovation. Internal initiatives also include global idea competitions, educational programs and her involvement on the "Women in Tech" agenda of UBS. Prior to joining UBS, she worked eight years with Barclays and Barclaycard as Retail and Business Banking Head of Customer Experience Internet, Head of e-Channels in Western Europe / International Cards and Chair of the Barclays eBusiness Council. Before moving into Banking, Veronica Lange worked seven years as Head of New Media with Japanese opto-electronic Olympus, and three years in international Business Consulting. Veronica Lange has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Kiel, Germany, obtained in the area of Technology and Innovation Management which concluded her Business administration studies in Göttingen and Kiel.

Jacques Benkoski

Partner @U.S. Venture Partners

Jacques joined USVP in 2005. He has since focused on fostering USVP as an active investor in the Israeli market and in the IT markets in the U.S. Past USVP companies in which Jacques has taken a role include Trusteer (acquired by IBM), Hellosign (Dropbox), Dune Networks (Broadcom), ClearShape (Cadence), Kilopass (Synopsys), Luminate (Symantec) and Plumgrid (acquired by VMware) along with executive chairmanships at Certess (Springsoft) and Synfora (Synopsys). Jacques currently sits on the boards or has an active role at Cato Networks, Epsagon, Human Interest, Hunters, Kenna Security, Medigate, Qnovo, SupplyFrame, Zerto and ZypMedia. Before joining USVP, Jacques was President and CEO of Monterey Design Systems from 1999 until its acquisition by Synopsys (SNPS) in 2004. Prior to that, he founded and served as General Manager of the European subsidiary of Epic Design Technology, which went public in 1994 (EPIC) and became Vice President of Strategic Sales following its acquisition by Synopsys in 1997. Earlier in his career, Jacques held a number of research and management positions at IMEC in Leuven, Belgium, at IBM’s Scientific Center in Haifa, Israel, and at STMicroelectronics in Grenoble, France.

Matan Hazanov

Vice President @Verstra Ventures

Before joining Verstra Ventures, Matan spent 6 years building and helping startups as an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. In his 4 years at Terracap Ventures, Matan was a key player in many transactions in the software, cleantech and agtech industries in North America and Israel. In his role, Matan advised portfolio companies on strategy, raising capital and building a sustainable competitive advantage. Matan has an International BBA from the Schulich School of Business.

Michael Sweet

Partner @Fox Rothschild

Chair of the firm's nationwide Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department, Michael is an experienced litigator and bankruptcy attorney who achieves results for his clients by combining collaborative negotiating skills with a hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners approach to dispute resolution and litigation. In practice for more than 20 years, he has developed a reputation for efficiency and his ability to find creative solutions to seemingly intractable disputes.

Michael is among California’s most experienced Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy attorneys. He has been quoted on the subject by national news outlets, including The New York Times, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News, among others. Michael currently serves as President of the San Francisco Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, is on the Executive Board of the California Bankruptcy Forum and is a Member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Naomi Maryles

Director of Israel BD @DLA Piper

Naomi Maryles is the Director of Israel Business Development. She is responsible for facilitating new client generation through intelligence gathering and networking, and proactively generating new business opportunities for DLA Piper colleagues around the world.

Naomi brings a unique perspective to business development, as she began her career as an attorney at a number of NY-based law firms focusing on corporate and securities work before joining DLA Piper in a business development role. She meets regularly with clients/prospective clients, plans and hosts events, assists attorneys with obtaining and refining proposals and attends conferences and events to support brand enhancement in the region. Naomi has also launched DLA Piper's Israel WIN series and Israel Women's Leadership series.

Jeremy Lustman

Partner @DLA Piper

Jeremy Lustman helps lead the firm’s global Israel Country Group.

Jeremy spends much of his time physically on the ground in Israel, where he has developed a strong international network of Israeli companies, investors, entrepreneurs, bankers, accountants and local lawyers. He currently coordinates and helps lead DLA Piper's development efforts and initiatives cultivating international business emanating from Israel, serves as a liaison for Israeli clients seeking legal guidance in non-Israeli jurisdictions where DLA Piper has a presence, and provides guidance to non-Israeli clients evaluating business relationships and strategic partners within Israel.

Jeremy directly represents and oversees a significant number of key Israeli relationships that have touched upon more than 35 different international jurisdictions and more than 40 DLA Piper global offices. These clients cover virtually all sectors of the Israeli economy, including leading venture capital and private equity funds, institutional real estate investors and multiple companies in the biotech, high tech (software, Internet and semiconductors), telecommunications, industrial, food/beverage, agro-tech, defense, homeland security and gaming sectors.

Yuval Baharov

General Partner @SOMV

Yuval is an experienced entrepreneur, M&A executive and investor, and former CEO of startups including ooVoo, Xacct and Amdocs Cloud Services. As Head of Corporate Development and Strategy for Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX), he led ten global acquisitions totaling more than two billion dollars of investments. Prior to co-founding State of Mind Ventures, Yuval was a Partner with Sequoia Capital in Israel, and an independent angel investor.

Adam Eisenberg

Partner & Managing Director @ibex Investors LLC

Mr. Eisenberg has served as a Partner/Managing Director of Ibex Investors, one of the most active investors in Israeli technology with a focus on technology with a proven track record. Prior to joining Ibex Investors LLC (former Lazarus), Adam was Chief Investment Officer at BlueM Capital, a single family office, responsible for asset allocation, investment analysis and manager selection. Before that, Adam was a partner at Big 5 Asset Management, focusing on Gaming, Lodging, Real Estate and Leisure investments and managed a $300 million global consumer portfolio at Millennium Partners. Previously, he was a sector analyst at Vardon Capital Management, where he was responsible for covering the gaming, lodging, leisure and business services sectors.

Christoph Sommer

Head of Business Unit Israel @NRW.Global Business

Christoph heads the Business Unit Israel at NRW.Global Business, the foreign trade promotion agency of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. He supports innovative startups from Israel on their way to Germany and connects them with leading corporations and SMEs in the region.

Already during his studies and his first job in the Netherlands, as well as research stays in Singapore, he dealt extensively with the topic of innovation in an international context. Christoph holds a BA in Business Administration from FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, a B.Sc. in Applied Geography from RWTH Aachen University, and an M.Sc. Economic Geography from Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Assaf Barshai

Brand’s training and content supervisor @Mercedes-Benz Israel

20 Years automotive journalist, writer, analyst, speaker and photographer.

Joined Mercedes-Benz Israel in 2020 to become the brand’s training and content supervisor.