Gina Smith


Gina Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of Apple founder Steve Wozniak's biography, iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It. A former national TV correspondent and nationally syndicated talk radio host, she is an award winning tech journalist and editorial director of aNewDomain Media, which produces independent journalistic blogs and content for Fortune 50 companies. Separately. In 2001, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in technology by Upside Magazine.

Rupert Cocke Mergermarket / Financial Times


Rupert is Spanish bureau chief for Mergermarket / Financial Times

"I have been a full-time news reporter since 1995. I learnt the trade before the internet became commonplace; was trained to make split-second decisions on financial situations by Dow Jones Newswires; and was given the freedom to focus on in-depth reporting by the Mergermarket Group."

Specialties: News on Spanish companies / Off-diary reporting / Investigative reporting / In-depth news reporting / Breaking news / Analytical news reporting / Financial news / M&A reporting / Business intelligence

Neal Dempsey Serial Investor / Bay Partners


Neal was one of the founding Investor in Starbucks - just one of many great decisions he has made based upon an intuitive sense of which entrepreneurs have the right DNA for success. Recently joining the Forbes Midas List, with 3 IPOs in 2012 alone (Eloqua - acquired in 2012 by Oracle for $871 million; Enphase Energy for $242 million; and Guidewire Software at market cap: $2.09 billion) along with a slew of other coups over his career, Neal's adventurous spirit has also taken him atop six of the seven tallest summits in the world.

"My philosophy is to always do something that scares you, which includes investing sometimes. But that's when I feel most alive."
With 17 IPOs in 20 years and 10 M&A deals, Neal and his team have generated significant results by working with companies that altered the way the technology industry works, such as Red Brick Software, a first in data warehousing, Exodus, which delivered the first web hosting services, Brocade, which defined the storage market, and Informatica on of the first data mart technologies. 

Neal created the Dempsey Foundation to focus on his three areas of interest:  higher education, children and the environment.

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Oriol Juncosa


Oriol is an investor and advisor
‚Äč to tech companies
 with a particular focus on SaaS, fintech, security, BigData, Edtech and marketplaces in Southern Europe, in the UK and Germany. 
He is currently an advisor on strategy, operations and/or fund raising to several high growth tech companies such as CartoDB, ABA English, Minube, Mailtrack and Blueliv.
Formerly, he was an Investment Director with Nauta Capital, a venture capital fund with $260m+ under management. At Nauta, he invested in European ‚Äčtechnology start-ups and provided hands-on management support on strategy, organisation building, marketing, fund-raising and finance.
Prior to Nauta Capital, Oriol was based in London for 8 years working in investment banking and principal investment with a significant focus on Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Merrill Lynch and BNP Paribas in London. He also worked in technology strategy consulting with Monitor Group. 
Oriol regularly speaks and serves as judge at events/ competitions organised by Techcrunch, Websummit, Whitebull, Wayra, SouthSummit, ESADE, NextBank and IESE, amongst others. He is also a mentor at Techstars, Startupbootcamp, Wayra, Conector, SeedRocket and The Founder Institute.

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Jude Currivan


Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK. Having grown up as the daughter of a coal miner in the north of England, she has since journeyed to nearly seventy countries around the world and for the last nearly twenty years has lived in the sacred landscape of Avebury. She has experienced multidimensional realities since early childhood and worked with the wisdom keepers both incarnate and discarnate of many traditions.

Jude integrates leading edge science, research into consciousness and universal wisdom teachings into a wholistic wholeworld-view. This underpins her work aimed at enabling transformational and emergent resolutions to our collective planetary issues, raising awareness and empowering fundamental change and sustainable solutions to global problems.

She holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading in the UK researching ancient cosmologies and a Masters Degree in Physics from Oxford University specialising in cosmology and quantum physics. She is the author of five non-fiction books currently available in 15 languages and 25 countries including CosMos – a co-creator’s guide to the whole-world co-authored with Dr Ervin Laszlo. Her first fictionalised e-book Legacy is recently available at amazon.

Her international corporate career culminated in her being the Group Finance Director of two major international businesses. She has extensive experience and knowledge of world events, international politics and global economic and financial systems and has spoken on transformational reforms in the UK, US, Europe, Japan and South Korea.

Christopher Pommerening Active Venture Partners


Christopher Pommerening started his professional career in Spain in 1998 co-founding AutoScout24 Spain as CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Autoscout24 is part of the Scout24 Group, Europe’s leading operator of virtual market places. Christopher was appointed Managing Director of Scout24 Spain in 2001. While preparing the internationalisation of the Scout24 Group, he also set up B24 Networks, a Europe wide on-line market place for the yachting sector.

Currently he is Managing Partner of Active Venture Partners, Non Executive co-founder and Advisor of Foundum and Linqia, member of the Venture Committee of ASCRI, Advisor to Gild International and Chairman of the Venturepreneurs' Organisation & of the Barcelona Entrepreneurship City Commission. 

Blair MacLaren Active Venture Partners


Blair is a partner at Active Venture Partners, having joined the company in 2007. Since joining ACTIVE he has played instrumental roles in the negotiations of many of the firm’s investments and exits. He currently sits on the boards of Restalo and Whisbi.
He also collaborates with ESADE Business School on venture capital and start-up business plans and is a mentor at Telefónica’s accelerator, Wayra.

Prior to joining ACTIVE Blair worked as a UK qualified corporate lawyer for 7 years with the Scottish commercial law firm Burness LLP. As an associate partner in the corporate finance team he advised start-ups, SMEs and large multinationals on all aspects of UK corporate law. He specialized in mergers, acquisitions, sales of companies and, with particular focus on the AIM market in London, IPOs, and completed transactions valued in excess of £180m in aggregate. In addition, he completed more than 20 corporate restructurings and joint ventures, and acted on behalf of management and investors in venture capital investments worth in excess of £20m. He also developed a niche expertise of share option plans.

Benedict Rodenstock ASTUTIA


Benedict Rodenstock

is founder and CEO of ASTUTIA. He is an expert for the development of start up companies. In his professional carreer, he worked as a consultant for corporations and assisted the development of new businesses on company side and on investor’s side. Amongst others he worked for Hubert Burda Media, WEB.DE and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Benedict Rodenstock got his MBA at the University St. Gallen; he studied internet technologies at New York University, and at the University Bologna he aquired a degree in history.

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Karen McCormick Beringea


Karen is an international investment specialist, experienced speaker and one of only six per cent of female VC partners globally. Her impressive career started in 1998 when she spent time consulting companies on the East and West coast of America during the height of the dotboom / dotbust. But it was her work with three startups while studying for her MBA - one which failed, one which prospered and one which resulted in an asset sale- that lead her to a career in investment. 


After spending some time with Boston Consulting Group, Karen joined Beringea as an Investment Director in 2007, where her outstanding performance led to a her promotion to Partner and CIO last year. Beringea's portfolio covers a huge variety of investments, with over £200million under management from the UK. Karen brings her expertise in technology, digital media and consumer to grow the portfolio in these areas. Her particular specialisms include retail technology, ecommerce and adtech and she bring her varied experience to several thriving businesses as Non-Executive Director. These include BlisThread and Whistle Sports

Greg Mortenson CAI / Three Cups of Tea


Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute www.ikat.org , founder of Pennies For Peace www.penniesforpeace.org , and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea www.threecupsoftea.com , and author of the bestsellerStones into Schools www.stonesintoschools.com .

In 2009, Mortenson received Pakistan’s highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan (“Star of Pakistan”) for his dedicated and humanitarian effort to promote education and literacy in rural areas for fifteen years.

Several bi-partisan U.S. Congressional representatives have nominated Mortenson twice for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 2009 and 2010.

Mortenson was born in Minnesota in 1957. He grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (1958 to 1973). His father Dempsey, co-founded Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) www.kcmc.ac.tz a teaching hospital, and his mother, Jerene, founded the International School Moshi www.ismoshi.org .

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany (1977-1979), where he received the Army Commendation Medal, and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1983.

In July 1992, Mortenson’s sister, Christa, died from a massive seizure after a lifelong struggle with epilepsy on the eve of a trip to visit Dysersville, Iowa, where the baseball movie, ‘Field of Dreams’, was filmed in a cornfield.

To honor his sister’s memory, in 1993, Mortenson climbed Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain in the Karakoram range.

While recovering from the climb in a village called Korphe, Mortenson met a group of children sitting in the dirt writing with sticks in the sand, and made a promise to help them build a school.

From that rash promise, grew a remarkable humanitarian campaign, in which Mortenson has dedicated his life to promote education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He is one of few foreigners who has worked for over a decade in rural villages where few foreigners go, and considered the ‘front lines’ of the ‘war on terror’

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Frank Kelcz DN Capital


Frank Kelcz is a Venture Partner at DN Capital since July 2, 2014. He works with the firm's international portfolio of companies to expand into the US markets as well as finding companies with the ability to expand to Europe.

Mr. Kelcz is Founder of Excelerance Limited and serves as its President. He has been an Advisor to the Venture Capital Unit of the Department of UK Trade and Investment, advising and supporting UK originated venture-backed companies to internationally investing VCs in the United States.

He was previously a Senior Investment Manager at SEB Venture Capital. Mr. Kelcz focused on media technology investments at the SEB Venture Capital. He served as an Executive Vice President, Europe and Consultant of Pitango Venture Capital. Mr. Kelcz also served as the Chief Executive Officer at MCC Global. He served as an Executive Officer at Ziff Davis Media Inc. Mr. Kelcz co-founded Guidewire Group LLC in 2003. Mr. Kelcz spent ten years at Ziff-Davis Publishing and launched the group and all its media properties in Europe. He set up and launched publishing and events companies in France, Germany, Italy and the UK for Ziff-Davis in Europe, Bertelsmann-G&J (Hamburg & New York) and ACE Electronics Publications (Brussels-Milan-Paris-London). He was employee at Yahoo! Inc. He was a Consultant at VNU Publishing. 

“We always invest with the exit in mind, and we begin the grooming process at least one year prior.” - Frank Kelcz

Peter Finnie Gill Jennings & Every


Peter Finnie is a highly experienced patent attorney with technical expertise across all fields of engineering, most particularly in information technology, telecommunications and medical devices. He joined the profession in 1991 after graduating from Durham University with a degree in engineering.
In addition to Peter’s extensive experience, he has also been involved in mentoring Entrepreneurs as a Pitch@Palace Elevator and is a member of the Tech London Advocates.
Peter’s focus is to help businesses maximise the commercial return they realise from their innovation and intellectual property. Peter works with a long and growing list of European start-up companies, advising them on how to develop their IP strategies in a way that will build their corporate value. He also makes sure their IP plays the part that, as a primary business asset, it should within both business planning and fund raising.

Toby Lewis Global Corporate Venturing


Toby Lewis is the chief executive of Novum Insights, a data business focusing on complex areas of technology investment and strategy, specializing in fintech and cybersecurity. He has spoken at numerous international technology and venture capital events including those held by the NVCA, the Global Technology Symposium, Global Corporate Venturing, Tech Tour, White Bull and International Business Forum.  He was previously the chief analytics officer of Global Corporate Venturing, managing the development of its GCV Analytics platform. Before moving to head the data business, he was editor of Global Corporate Venturing, having joined the publication in 2011. Toby served as one of the three executive directors on GCV’s holding company Mawsonia’s board.

Praseeda Nair GrowthBusiness


Praseeda is the editor of GrowthBusiness, a London-headquartered publication focused on the fast-growth start-ups and scale-ups in the UK and beyond. As a global nomad, Praseeda’s journalism career spans Singapore, Dubai and London, where she has written across national broadsheets, lifestyle, trade, and business magazines before working with the UN Development Programme on industry benchmark reports. In her current role, Praseeda has her finger on the pulse of the European start-up ecosystem, and frequently profiles inspirational business owners, visionary serial entrepreneurs, and experts in growth finance. 

Jane Gideon Incendio International


With over 20 years experience in communications, Jane Gideon currently serves as CEO of Incendio International, which she founded in 1994. Incendio focuses on international public relations and corporate communications activities, with offices in San Francisco, Atlanta and London.  Jane is responsible for the overall management of Incendio’s international operations and clients.   Incendio has served such clients as Amnesty International, Apple Computer, Boston Red Sox, Cisco Systems, Deckers Corporation, Hyperion Corporation, IBM Corporation and Flextronics International, President Obama and has conducted PR programs in 24 countries in Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia.  

During her career, Jane has also served in the primary communications role for high-level executives such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve Jobs and John Sculley of Apple, Frank Calderoni of Cisco, Scott Cook of Intuit, and Scott McNealy and Jonathan Schwartz of Sun Microsystems.  She has placed these executives as keynote speakers at conferences such as the World Economic Forum and handled crucial executive testimony before US and EU government bodies.   

Jane brings extensive knowledge and experience in international mergers and acquisitions, including investor, employee, customer and influencer engagement, change management following an acquisition and complying with all international communications standards for publicly-traded companies.  Her M&A experience includes heading up M&A communications for Cisco, Intuit, Hyperion, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.  She currently works with the CFO’s office at Cisco where she is responsible for all M&A communications globally, including employee, investor, press and analyst communications.  She also serves on the company’s integration management team which covers all aspects of acquisitions from making the deal to logistics of integration and onboarding employees.

Jane’s experience outside of the technology industry includes work with Amnesty International, the Boston Red Sox, UGG shoe brands and Attune Foods.  She also headed up the press conference activities for President Obama’s visit to France during the 2009 D-Day events, where she worked with President Sarkozy of France and his communications team to coordinate press efforts.

Jane began her career at Alexander Communications and in 1990 launched that company’s West Coast operations. She has also directed such prominent accounts as Intuit and Symantec. Working with Waggener Edstrom, Gideon directed two of the most high profile PR programs of the decade with the launches of Windows NT and Windows 95.  

Jane received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychology from Vanderbilt University and did graduate studies in business administration at Emory University.

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Daniel Kahn Red Bridge


Daniel is the founder of Red Bridge, a Luxembourg based organization, dedicated to building business and investment bridges between people, companies, and investors, in and between Europe/Israel, China and America.

Prior to that, he started in 1988 a well respected international business law firm focused on the tech sector, based in Paris (then called Kahn & Associés, which was counting over 30 practicing lawyers).
Daniel Kahn has been for over 25 years directly working with, and assisting companies and investors in the internet, digital, technology, telecom, med-tech, and clean-tech sectors, and has established a powerful network internationally.

He has been instrumental in initiating and conducting many transactions in particular between Israel, China, or USA and Europe.

During his career he has travelled extensively to Silicon Valley, Israel, and China among many places, and been closely associated with many of the well known international innovators, successful companies and technologies. He has assisted many of them in matters relating to creation, international expansion, doing or raising investment and M&A.

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Nagib Mimassi RockSpoon


-          Founder and CEO of RockSpoon, a company based in Palo Alto, CA. RockSpoon is the cross between restaurant systems, marketplace, social, and big data.

-          Founded and led Orolix that provided internet access to poor and rural consumers to become the most profitable and 4th largest ISP in Brazil.

-          Founded and led Super11, the second largest free ISP and personalized marketing company in Brazil; acquired by IG Brazil’s largest ISP.

-          Co-founded Brazilian mobile phone operator Tess, which was acquired for $2.6B by America Móvel, at age 24

-          Founded, and led Mimassi Trading, the first Lebanese Health Food Distributor, at age 19

-          OPM at Harvard Business School

-          BA in Architecture at LAU (Lebanese American University)

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James Harrison Sky-Futures


James is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and former corporate strategist with Deloitte. Passionate about data, he has pioneered the creation and commercialisation of proprietary cloud based drone inspection software, the use of AI for automated inspection techniques, and has provided services across 4 continents globally for companies such as BP, Chevron and Petronas and QatarGas. 

Mats Venndahl VENNDAHL


Mats Venndahl is owner of consultant firm Venndahl Speaking Partner from Sweden. 
Mats is here to ask some key questions about your Pathway to success. 

After many years in business and finance, Mats went on to discover that things aren't so different in that world than in the sports world ... or in any other environment where it comes to being mentally prepared to perform at top level. A clear mind is paramount to achieving our best. 
Speaker, business coach, stress management and sports psychology expert, Mats helps people of all walks of life to perform at their best in today's high stress world. Mats is dedicated to helping corporate leaders, organisations and athletes to gain a deeper understanding of how we create our reality ... how our thoughts, feelings and our state of mind effect our daily decisions on our way to reach our goal with less stress and better results.

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Anu Bhardwaj Women Investing in Women Digital


Founder of Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL. Launched in December 2014, WIIW Digital includes over 1,000,000+ followers on FaceBook across 120 countries; the “Women INVESTING in Women and Girls” Radio show on Voice America Kids/Podcast Series on Apple ITUNES, The State of Women Radio Network in partnership with Star Worldwide Network, and the WIIW Global Summit & Women in Private Equity Roundtable Series, which took place in New York City, Stockholm, Johannesburg, San Diego, Scottsdale, Muscat, Singapore, Phoenix, Vienna, & Ankara. 

Prior to founding WIIW DIGITAL, Bhardwaj spearheaded the 2010-2013 U.S. Department of Commerce Private Equity/Venture Capital Certified Trade Missions to the Nordics and Middle East, representing over $175 billion USD private-equity and venture-capital interests in collaboration with the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Embassies in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. Ms. Bhardwaj was also involved with the development of various Certified Trade Missions to Switzerland, France, Chile, Columbia, Peru, and South Africa in collaboration with various US Embassies and Regional Private Equity Partners. 

Jason Ball Qualcomm Ventures


Jason Ball is a Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures Europe and is based in London. Jason has 8 years experience working with internet and mobile software start-ups. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was the Investment Director at London Seed Capital, a seed and early stage venture capital fund, where he focused on material science and internet technology investments.

Jason holds an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, where he was given the “Innovation and Strategy Award” from the Boston Consulting Group, and a BS in Chemistry from Mississippi College.

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