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Abgar Barseyten (36) is co-founder and managing partner of the Tentamus Group. Before Mr. Barseyten decided to go independent with Tentamus, he was part of the M&A team and responsible for the development of the Food and Agri division of Intertek. In addition, Mr. Barseyten was responsible for Intertek’s Global Renewable Energy Business Unit out of Houston, Texas in the USA.
Mr. Barseyten began his career in 2004 in Corporate Finance with T-Mobile International in London, having studied Finance in Nürtingen, Germany and in Suwon, South Korea. In 2013, he obtained his Executive MBA from Kellogg.
Mr. Barseyten has been part of shaping the life science safety industry for numerous years across the globe by connecting dots across the labs, institutions and regulatory bodies.
Achim started EQS with a passion for Investor Relations and a clear vision which he has since transformed into one of the top providers for digital communications solutions in the Investor Relations business. In addition to founding and heading up the company, Achim Weick is also its largest investor.
Achim Weick graduated in business administration at the University of Augsburg. He laid the cornerstone of his career in Corporate and Investment Banking, which led to his working in Berlin, Budapest and finally New York.”
Adam is a senior business leader in the life sciences industry, with over twenty five years’ experience in a wide variety of international commercial and executive roles. A microbiologist by academic qualification and a sales and marketing specialist by professional training, Adam has worked for a number of leading technology-enabled service providers during his career, leading them through significant growth journeys and successful exits. He has an extensive network of contacts across the industry and a proven track-record with private financial and trade business owners. At Kinapse, Adam is responsible for the strategic growth of the business.
Mar. 1980 Bachelor Degree, Hokkaido Univ. Faculty of Engineering
Mar. 1982 Master Degree, Hokkaido Univ. Faculty of Engineering
Apr. 1982 Joined Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals, Inc..
Assigned to Ofuna Research Center
Apr. 1994 Manager, Electronic Materials Division
Feb.1996 Vice President, Image Polymers Europe(NL)
Jun. 1998 Executive Vice President,
Image Polymers Company (USA) and I.P. Europe(UK)
Apr. 2002 Director,Corporate Planning Division of Mitsui Chemicals
Apr. 2005 Director, Affiliates Management & Coordination Division
Apr. 2007 Director, Electronic & Information Materials Division
Aug.2008 President, Image Polymers Company
Apr. 2012 General Manager, Fine & Performance Chemicals
Division of Mitsui Chemicals
July. 2013 Executive Officer, General Manager, H-Project Division
April 2015 Executive Officer,
General Representative of Mitsui Chemicals in Europe
President and CEO, Mitsui Chemicals Europe GmbH
Chairman of Board, Heraeus Kulzer GmbH
April 2016 Executive Officer, Mitsui Chemicals Inc.
President and CEO, Kulzer GmbH
Family: Married, 3 sons
Favorite Pastime: Music, Travel
is managing director and founder of the Evernine Group. Roth advises as communication consultant companies & publishers in their communication change management and performs in the industry as a keynote speaker on the subject of “modern self-promotion of companies in the digital age”. The economist also publishes in PC Welt online, Heise Online, T3N, Computerwoche & ChannelPartner.
Prof. Dr. Alexander von Erdély joined CBRE in July 2007 and set up the business lines Building Consultancy and Public Advisory Services in Germany. Since 2011, he has also been responsible for Global Corporate Services (GCS). From 2014 until June 2016 he was member of the executive board of both subsidiaries PREUSS and VALTEQ and responsible for their integrations process.
Prior to joining CBRE, Alexander was a Director at Ernst & Young from May 2001 to June 2007. Alexander has 20 years of experience in the management of teams for Strategic Advisory, CREM, Project Supervision and Management, Transactions, FM and Portfolio Services.
In April 2016, Alexander took over the role of Chief Executive Officer for CBRE Germany.
Education: Graduate Civil Engineer / Dr.-Ing. Civil Engineering Professor for Project Management of Refurbishment Projects, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
After having grown up in Turkey and finishing his MSc in Engineering at ETH Zurich, Alparslan joined a Swiss multinational company to build up their engineering composites division, for which he was appointed as a General Manager very early in his career. This lead to a successful build-up, EXIT (was no more core business) and integration in another multinational group. Alparslan then joined a micro precision components company as the CEO of the group, transformed this ailing company to a well-positioned and respected group. This 10 years operation involved turn around, growth, management buyout, crisis management (2001/2002), BOD assignment and EXIT. After this period, Alparslan had various CEO and Chairman (another management buyout) assignments in the field of renewable energy solutions for buildings, energy transfer components and industrial digital printing equipment businesses. As of mid-2013, he joined SFC KOENIG GROUP, another PE-backed group to implement the next growth trajectory. Alparslan completed his management training at Stanford, Harvard and INSEAD. He is a sailor, passionate philosophy reader, a film buff and piano player. He
speaks Turkish, German, English and French.
After completing his industrial engineering degree in 2002, Amir Roughani moved from Berlin to Munich to gain his first industrial experience with the KirchGruppe. With the demise of the media group he received a redundancy payment which enabled the first step toward becoming a self-employed entrepreneur. At the age of 27, he founded the current VISPIRON in Freising near Munich. From home, he began to acquire his first projects in the technology services sector and develop business partners.
Since then, his business enterprise has grown to employ 500 people in the technology sector. He supplies mechatronics based products and services in the automotive, telecommunications, industrial and renewable energy sectors through four divisions: Engineering (development partner for electrical / electronic components), Metrology (world leader for torsional vibration analysis), Fleet Management (electronic logbook, license control, battery management, car sharing) and Energy (system integrator for solar, wind and pumped storage power plants). The latter provides green electricity for around 50,000 people. The annual group turnover of around 50 million euros is increasingly generated in the areas of "digitalisation" and "renewable energy".
In 2014 he received the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award from Ernst & Young in the field of IT and Services. The magazine "Capital" lists Roughani among the top 40 young entrepreneurs in the business sector in Germany. His group has repeatedly been nominated to the list of "Best Employers in Germany". As a serial entrepreneur, he is committed to climate protection and supports a variety of social projects.
Andreas J. Goss, born in 1964, began his professional career in 1994 as a Financial Analyst at Siemens Components in the USA after studying Business Administration at the University of Regensburg and Aston University in Birmingham, GB.
After holding various positions within the Siemens Group, he worked as Chief Financial Officer in the Postal Automation Division in Constance from 2001, before moving in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer to Siemens plc in Frimley, GB. In 2008 the father of two became Chief Executive Officer of Siemens UK and North West Europe.
As of October 1, 2012, Andreas J. Goss started working for the thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG as Chief Financial Officer. Since June 1, 2014, Andreas J. Goss has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
André Choulika, Ph.D., is one of the founders of Cellectis and has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since 2000. He has also been President of Calyxt since August 2010. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Choulika worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Molecular Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was a pioneer in the analysis and use of meganucleases to modify complex genomes. After receiving his Ph.D. in molecular virology from the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), he completed a research fellowship in the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics. André Choulika also has management training from the HEC (Challenge +).
Ansgar Hinz has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the VDE Group since April 14, 2016. He initially joined VDE as a Board Member on April 1, 2016 He served for 15 years as Managing Director of MESSKO GmbH in Oberursel, a company under the Reinhausen Group, which is involved in the development, production and marketing of monitoring, control and automation technology. He has worked in various capacities for the Reinhausen Group since 1994, starting with the management of international marketing and the acquisition of the CSO Americas function in which he was responsible for the markets in North, Central and South America with its branch offices in Jackson and Sao Paulo. From 2009 to 2011, he founded and led the group’s Canadian company in Montreal. From 2010 to 2013 he built up the Reinhausen Power Distribution Division, which has in its portfolio the business areas smart grids, renewable energy and new distribution grid technologies. At the end of 2012, in addition to his capacity as Managing Director of Messko GmbH, Mr. Hinz also took over the business unit responsible for the market segments sensor technology, automation, analytics and diagnostics at the Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen in Regensburg. Ansgar Hinz studied Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University before starting his career at the Reinhausen group of companies in Regensburg.
Axel is CEO of WSCAD, a company delivering CAD software for electrical engineering. In three years Axel turned the company around, grew revenues 57% and achieved the Nr. 2 status in Central Europe. In his previous role Axel led a business unit at EPLAN, a German electrical CAD software company where he doubled profits and revenues within 3 years. His unit has been awarded for two consecutive years as the fastest growing business unit in the company. Axel is an IBM alumni. During his 15-years tenure at IBM he had several positions in marketing, sales and management and received various awards. Axel graduated in Computer Science (M.Sc.) and has a Ph.D. in business administration, both from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He holds several certificates from the Jack Welch Management Institute, USA where he also held several management trainings.
Bastian Nominacher is a thought leader in the field of Process Mining and Big Data Analytics. He is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Celonis, the leading global supplier of Process Mining. As such, he is responsible for the global GTM operations and the company’s strong partnership with SAP. Before founding Celonis in 2011, Bastian worked for Ernst & Young, Accenture, IBM and United-Domains. He graduated in Information Systems Management & Financial Mathematics from TU Munich. He is also the author of several academic papers in the area of IT Carve-outs and Post-Merger-Integration.
Bernard Munos, M.B.A., M.S., is a Senior Fellow at FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, and the founder of the InnoThink Center for Research in Biomedical Innovation, a consultancy that helps biomedical research organizations become better innovators. Before that, he served as an advisor for corporate strategy at Eli Lilly, where he focused on disruptive innovation and the radical redesign of R&D. He is also a member of the Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation at the National Academy of Medicine; a member of the Advisory Board of Science Translational Medicine; a non-executive Director of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals; a Board member or Advisor to a dozen other companies or publicly-financed research organizations; and a former member of the Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Translational Sciences (NCATS). His research has been profiled by Forbes magazine; and the popular industry newsletter FiercePharma named him one of the 25 most influential people in biopharma. He received his MBA from Stanford University, and holds other graduate degrees in animal science and agricultural economics from the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences and the University of California, Davis. He blogs about biomedical innovation on the Forbes website.
Berndt Schmidt is the general director, managing director and
producer of the Grand Shows and children’s shows at the Palast.
He studied economics and social sciences at the University of
Augsburg where he obtained his doctorate in 1993.
After joining Bertelsmann AG in New York, he became deputy
managing director of Logic Records in Frankfurt/Main, a
successful dance music label owned by the Bertelsmann Music
Group, as well as commercial manager of its overseas offices in
New York and London. Following further positions in the music and film industry, the cultural manager moved into the unique world of theatre: In 2002 as general agent for the musicals ‘Ludwig II – Sehnsucht nach dem Paradies’ in Füssen and in 2004 as regional director for the Apollo and Palladium musical theatres in Stuttgart, operated by Stage Entertainment. He has been theatre director and general director of the Palast in Berlin since 1 November 2007. Each of the Grand Shows produced by Berndt Schmidt at the theatre since 2008 (Qi, Yma, SHOW ME, THE WYLD) has been more successful than its predecessor. While Qi generated a turnover totalling 23 million euros and was viewed by 541,000 guests, the most recent hit production brought in 40.8 million euros and was experienced by 776,000 guests.
For his fifth major production, he has succeeded in winning Jean Paul Gaultier as costume designer and approved a production budget of eleven million euros. This will make THE ONE Grand Show the most expense ensuite show production in Europe.
Dr. Bernick is Co-Founder, Director and Chief Clinical Officer of TherapeuticsMD (TXMD), an innovative women's health company exclusively focused on developing and commercializing products for women throughout their life cycles. Currently, TXMD is focused on the development and commercialization of advanced hormone therapy pharmaceutical products with two drugs having completed phase 3 clinical studies and pending FDA approval. In addition, TXMD through its subsidiary vitaMedMD manufactures and distributes branded and generic prescription prenatal vitamins, as well as over-the-counter, or OTC, vitamins.
Dr. Bernick has 25 years in the women's health arena and is an award-winning Ob/Gyn recognized by colleagues as top 1% of obstetrics & gynecology practitioners. He is a world's expert in Menopause with multiple publications and presentations as well as multiple patents related to hormone therapy and pharmaceuticals.
Brian A. Leuthner has been the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Edge Therapeutics, Inc. since its inception in January 2009 and has also served on our board of directors since such time. He has more than 27 years of experience in the hospital acute care marketplace, with a specific expertise in critical care and neurocritical care. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Leuthner was the CEO of Fontus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the Senior Head of Marketing for The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) and the Director of Market Development for ESP Pharma, Inc. He also held marketing and sales positions of significant responsibility at Burroughs Wellcome and Company, Glaxo Wellcome plc and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). In these leadership roles, he helped create and advance hospital business units, develop and launch new critical care products and strengthen customer relationships. Mr. Leuthner received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2015 New Jersey Region Award in the “Pharmaceutical & Diagnostic Private Companies” category. Mr. Leuthner serves a Board Member for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Mr. Leuthner received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Burkhard Kieker has been Chief Executive Officer of visitBerlin (Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH) since 1 January 2009 and is thus the city’s senior tourism & meetings advertiser. He previously headed the Marketing and Corporate Communications department of Berlin Airports for many years. Alongside classic communication, his tasks at Berlin Airports included acquiring and supporting airlines from more than 60 countries in particular. Kieker is a trained journalist (DIE ZEIT, Deutsche Welle TV).
Prof. Dr. Cai-Nicolas Ziegler is CEO of XING Events (formerly amiando), which is part of XING, Germany’s major business-related social network. At the same time, he is Professor for Artificial Intelligence at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg.
Before joining XING he was in charge of PAYBACK’s digital product management departments, Europe’s leading coalition loyalty program. Cai has been with BCG, the Boston Consulting Group, as strategy consultant from 2008-2011 (career step Project Leader).
He obtained his Ph.D. and venia legendi (“Habilitation”) in Artificial Intelligence, doing research on recommender systems and machine learning.
Dr. Christopher Anzalone is President and Chief Executive Officer of Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Nasdaq listed (ARWR) biopharma company developing therapeutics based on the cellular mechanism of RNA interference. Prior to Arrowhead, Dr. Anzalone formed and served as CEO of the Benet Group LLC, a private equity firm focused on creating and building new nano-biotechnology companies from university-generated science. Prior to his tenure at the Benet Group, he was a partner at the Washington, DC-based private equity firm Galway Partners, LLC, where he was responsible for sourcing, structuring, and building new business ventures. Prior to Galway, Dr. Anzalone was an NIH-supported post doctoral fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology at the Smithsonian Institution’s Conservation and Research Center. Dr. Anzalone holds a Ph.D. in Biology from UCLA and a B.A. in Government from Lawrence University.
Christian Tidona is a serial biotech entrepreneur, business angel, and managing director at the BioMed X Innovation Center in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied molecular biology and received his doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg. Throughout his entire professional life his focus has always been to foster innovation at the interface between academia and industry. Christian is board member of the BioRN Network and co-founder of the Health Axis Europe alliance between the European health innovation clusters in Leuven, Maastricht, Copenhagen, and Heidelberg. He is chairman of the Weizmann Young European Network (WYEN) and member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Christian is married and father of two children.
Daniel Nathrath is founder and CEO of Ada, an AI health companion that helps people assess their health and provides doctors with diagnosis decision support. Grounded in six years of R&D, Ada launched in late 2016 with the mission to give everyone access to high quality, personalised health information and care. Ada has over one million users, growing 60% MoM, and has been piloting its decision support technology with NHS practices, research institutions and providers in Germany. Nathrath helped transform Ada’s sophisticated AI technology into a global, digital health solution and has been involved with several startups in Germany, Denmark, the UK and U.S., as Founder, Managing Director and General Counsel. Prior, he was a consultant at BCG and trained as a lawyer in the U.S. and Germany, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Nathrath holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
- Born in Valparaiso, Chile
- Since 2006 Managing Director Leonardo Hotels Europe
- Graduated from schools for hotel management in Germany and Switzerland
- Over 35 years of experience in hotel management
- Daniel Roger was trained in Germany and Switzerland and has over 35 years of experience in hotel management. Since 2006 he heads the Leonardo Hotels and is successfully continuing the group’s course of expansion in Europe.
Dieter Weinand has been a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Pharmaceuticals Division, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, since January 1, 2016. He joined Bayer on August 1, 2014 as head of the Pharmaceuticals Division.
During a career stretching back over 25 years, he has held various positions in commercial, operational and strategic areas of the pharmaceutical industry. These included responsibilities spanning various therapeutic areas and geographies for companies, such as Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Weinand earned an M.S. in pharmacology and toxicology from Long Island University, New York, and a B.A. in biology from Concordia College, New York.
Drenusha Shala was born in November 1989 in Prizren. At the age of 7, she moved to Switzerland with her family.
She has completed her professional high school for business and administration in Zurich. During this period she worked for 3 years as a Junior Project Manager at Zurich Financial Services, which was her first and last employer.
Drenusha, together with Flamur Shala and Muhamet Veliu, set up a new business, Baruti GmbH. At that time she was only 21 years old. Consequently, following Barut's growth, she has completed her Bachelor degree at the University of St. Gallen for Management
In 2013 she was elected Chief Executive Officer of Baruti AG.
Dr. Esteban Pombo-Villar, is Chief Executive Officer of TargImmune Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel immuno-oncology therapeutics, based in Basel, Switzerland. Previously he was Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Oxford BioTherapeutics, and a Member of their Boards of Directors. Prior to joining Oxford BioTherapeutics, Dr. Pombo-Villar was at Novartis and Sandoz for over 23 years, the last 12 years engaged in Business Development and Alliance Management, and as Head of Alliance Management at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR). Prior to that he served in several roles as medicinal chemist in the Neuroscience research group. He obtained a PhD, MSc and BSc in organic chemistry from the University of Warwick (UK), was a visiting researcher at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), and completed postdoctoral studies at the ETH in Zurich. Dr. Pombo-Villar is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member of several scientific societies and has completed executive business studies at IMD (MTE, Lausanne), Harvard Business School (US), and the Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth, US). A native of Bogotá, Colombia, he lives in Switzerland since 1986.
Tech CEO and Founder based in Berlin. Passionate about building organizations, helping people grow, and crunching data. Former McKinsey consultant. WHU/LBS/HEC educated.
CEO & Co-Founder
October 2012 – Present
McKinsey & Company
September 2008 – September 2012 (4 years 1 month)
Helped clients deliver organizational change while working in small project teams reporting directly to the top management.
- European insurance group: implemented a $3bn merger of two subsidiaries
- Global investment bank: cut $1bn per year in fixed cost
- European asset manager: reduced $300m per year in backend complexity
- Global Private Equity group: conducted a due diligence on a $30bn buy-out target
- German wholesale bank: evaluated an $18bn automotive credit portfolio
- Global automotive supplier: prepared for a $15bn IPO
Frank Niehage has vast experience across all segments of retail and commercial banking, having previously been Managing Director at Goldman Sachs until August 2014. In previous positions, he was instrumental in the growth of Bank Sarasin AG as CEO in Germany. Prior to this he had served in various senior positions at Commerzbank, Credit Suisse, UBS and international law firm Beiten Burkhardt, both in Germany and internationally, especially Asia. Frank is an attorney at law in Germany and has received his Master of Laws majoring in international economics from the University of Houston Law Center.
Frédéric Lasnier is a serial entrepreneur, VC and relentless globetrotter passionate about IT and the development of emerging markets. He founded Pentalog together with four university mates in 1993 in Orléans, France. Since 1997 he has set up 8 branch offices in Europe, 1 in Asia and 2 in North America, enabling Pentalog to become a leading IT engineering service provider with global reach and high growth performance.
Since 2010, Frederic has also founded Pentalabbs (start-up accelerator and VC) and has been a VC partner at several French and US startups.
Frédéric Monard (38) has been CEO of the PIDAS Group since April 2014. Under his leadership, the company has grown fast to more than 350 employees and was able to significantly extend its customer base in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. PIDAS is now well positioned as the leading Customer Care Company, providing management consulting, developing intelligent software products (using AI-technologies such as Natural Language Processing and machine learning) as well as delivering top-notch and highly automated remote IT-services around the world. With his management team, he invested most of his time in company culture and values, business development and innovation. Before this, Frédéric Monard newly and very successfully established the PIDAS Consulting business. As a management consultant, he realized numerous projects for renowned companies in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Spain. His academic background includes a degree in Business Economy, an Executive MBA as well as a leadership program at the renowned Harvard Business School in Boston (USA). The passionate leader specializes in strategic customer care management in business and IT, digitalization in customer service as well as in the transformation of organizations towards lived customer orientation. His fluency in several languages and a distinctive cultural empathy (stays abroad in South America, China and USA) complete his profile.
Originally from the French-speaking part of Switzerland, Frédéric Monard works in Zurich and lives in Basel. He is married and proud father of two children.
Gero Decker is co-founder and CEO of Signavio, a Berlin-headquartered software company specialized in Business Process Management. Signavio has offices in 7 countries, was awarded as one of Germany's fastest growing companies and ranked as second best company to work for in Berlin. Gero holds a PhD in Software Engineering from Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam and was named the "Innovator of the Year" by MIT Technology Review in 2016.
In early 2016 Mr. Buscetto became CEO of Healthcare Highways Rx bringing more than 34 years of experience in pharmacy benefit management, managed healthcare, healthcare IT, and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Buscetto has spent the last 16+ years focusing his career in pharmacy benefit management (PBM), beginning in 2001 with ProCare Rx, a privately held PBM in Duluth Georgia, where he held various senior level positions during his 6 year tenure, he guided the company from a claims processor to a PBM with 12 million lives departing as Chief Operating Officer in 2007.
In 2007 Mr. Buscetto joined SXC HealthSolutions as Senior Vice President & General Manager where during his tenure he transformed the company from a claims processor to the 4th largest PBM in the country departing as Segment President, Strategic Solutions in early 2014.
In 2014 Mr. Buscetto founded Leading Business Consultants in Braselton, Georgia, serving clients in the healthcare industry with strategic projects mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, as well as payroll enhancement programs. Mr. Buscetto began his career as an internal auditor for the Farm Credit System and worked for various boutique investment banking & brokerage firms. Mr. Buscetto is a graduate of the Indiana State University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science.
Gregory Ellis was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Scout24 Group in March 2014. He is responsible for all commercial operations of the company.
Ellis has more than 20 years of international business experience within the digital media industry. He joined from REA Group (a multi-country digital classifieds platform specialized in property based in Australia) where he was Managing Director and CEO for more than five years. In his years at REA, Ellis and his team achieved outstanding growth rates and a share price increase of more than 350% over the course of 5 years (30 Dec 2009 – 30 Dec 2014).
Prior to joining REA Group in September 2008, he was Marketing Director for Online Services at Microsoft Asia. Previous roles included Managing Director of Online for Truvo BV, as well as Managing Director of Sensis Interactive and Group Marketing Manager for Telstra Corporation.
Hans Szymanski is CEO of NFON AG. Prior to joining NFON in July
2016, Mr Szymanski served as CEO and CFO at stock listed Francotyp
Postalia Holding AG for seven years. With more than 20 years’
experience in C-level positions at companies such as Jenoptik Laser,
Optik, Systeme GmbH and Dematic GmbH, he has achieved significant
success in the restructuring as well as strategic development of small
and medium-sized companies as well as corporations.
Mr Szymanski is a full-blooded entrepreneur with extensive experience
spanning various industries in national and international trade,
production and technology fields. Mr Szymanski is a graduate of the
Ruhr-Universität Bochum and holds a degree in economics.
Hartmut Hahn founded Userlane with the intention to make the web more accessible for everyone and help companies explain software to their users and employees the easiest way possible.
Hartmut is an entrepreneur, digital strategist and consultant and regularly speaks at conferences on the future of digital business models. He holds a master’s degree in economics, looks back on a career in strategy consulting and worked at the international media corporation Hubert Burda Media, where he developed digital growth strategies and lead M&A projects.
Born 1978 in Lebanon and grown up in Beirut, Hassan Kadbi joined Hapimag in 2005. First as a Resort Manager in Bodrum, then later as an Area Manager for Greece, Morocco and Turkey and finally as a Chief Resorts Officer and a Member of the Executive Board. He was responsible for all the Hapimag resorts before he became CEO in November 2016.
Hassan Kadbi holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Bournemouth (GB) and a Higher Diploma in Hotel Management at the IHTTI School of Hotel Management in Neuchâtel (CH). Before he joined Hapimag he worked in various management positions in different international companies in Lebanon, Greece, Cyprus and Great Britain, the last one was Hilton. He also realized some projects in Asia.
Prior to establishing the Fund, Helen was a partner of Deloitte and led Deloitte’s Life Sciences industry practice in Australia for 5 years, having had many years’ experience in the Life Sciences and Health Care industry, achieving almost 30% growth year on year throughout her tenure. She also specialised in Funds Management, servicing some of the largest funds in the Funds Management industry and has assisted in setting up a number of large international funds, as well as advised on a number of significant M&A deals . Helen provided strategic tax advice to publicly listed and large multinational companies and is experienced with capital raisings, licensing deals, demergers, implementing offshore structures, intellectual property management and location, and supply chain management.
Nov. 1989 - April 1995 University of St. Gallen (HSG),
Business Administration / Master degree (lic. oec. HSG)
Jan. 2007 – up to now Several management functions inside Swiss-German Rotho Group
Jan. 2015 - today CEO AALTA srl, Mira (VE) Italy
- Start-up. Medical Disposables (Sharps Containers)
- Implementation of a new production technology to the group
Jan. 2009 - today Co-CEO Rotho Kunststoff AG / Zurich Area - Switzerland
- Main responsibility is Sales & Marketing of the Rotho Group companies in Switzerland, Germany and Poland including strategic positioning
Rotho develops, produces and sells plastic consumer goods (housewares and office items).
Main production is in Switzerland
Main customer is the who is who of European Retail .
- ca. 350 employees /
Jan. 2007 – today CEO Rotho Advanced Solutions AG / Zurich Area - Switzerland
- Sales Company for Discount and B2B promotions
- plastic consumer goods housewares
- Business Development
- Main customers are European discounters like Aldi and Lidl
Jan. 2004 - May 2006 Victoria-Jungfrau Collection / Interlaken - Switzerland
∙ Director Marketing & Sales
- Responsible for the sales and marketing of a Swiss 5-Star luxury hotel group.
- Member of Leading Hotels of the World (LHW)
Nov. 1998 - Dec. 2003 Rotho Kunststoff AG, Würenlingen/AG
Marketing Director (2001-2003) / PM (1998-2001)
- Product Development platic consumer goods housewares
- Key accounting for several swiss and internat. customers
- Communication, CI/CD, Sales support, fairs
Jan. 1997 – Oct. 1998 Knorr-Nährmittel AG, Thayngen SH – Switzerland (today Unilever)
Junior Product Manager
- PM ready dishes
Feb. 1996 - Oct. 1996 Marriott Downtown Hotel, Chicago/USA
Jan. / Feb. 1996 Grischconsulta AG, Consulting for Tourism Industry, Chur
Nov. / Dec. 1994 Projectassistant,
Feb. - April 1993
July 1992 - Oct. 1992 Seguros AMAYA, Madrid/Spain
1989 – 1992 Several education courses in the Swiss Army
Officer / First Lieutenant
Mr. Riley, a member of the Synthetic Biologics Board of Directors since March 2010 and Chairman of the Board from November 2011 to May 2012, was appointed as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2012. He has more than 20 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries during which he negotiated numerous worldwide strategic corporate alliances, established joint ventures, and assisted in obtaining venture financings to support product development. Most recently, in addition to serving as Synthetic Biologics’ Chairman, where Mr. Riley played an integral role in the formation of the Company’s collaboration with Intrexon Corporation, he served as Managing Director of 526 Ventures, a life science-focused venture consulting firm with a commercial and traditional focus. Prior to this, he was a venture partner with QIC Bioventures Fund, the life science-focused venture component of the $70 billion Australian-based Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC). Over his career, Mr. Riley held senior positions within the mergers & acquisitions and in country management groups at both SmithKline Beecham and Pfizer. Additionally, he served as CFO and VP Corporate Development for Nichols Institute Diagnostics, later acquired by Corning and spun out to Quest Diagnostics, Inc. (NYSE: DGX). Mr. Riley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boise State University, completed coursework at UCSF/Berkeley in drug discovery/development and participated in a dual-degree graduate program (MBA/MIM) sponsored by Arizona State University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Dr. Jens Wohltorf is the CEO and co-founder of the global professional driver service Blacklane. Blacklane provides peace of mind for passengers and drivers in more than 50 countries and 250 cities around the world. Blacklane guarantees high-quality rides at fair, fixed and all-inclusive rates with commercially licensed and insured drivers.
Prior to founding Blacklane, Jens Wohltorf worked as Principal at the Boston Consulting Group. Wohltorf studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Berlin with research residencies at the University of California, Berkeley, and MIT, where he studied urban traffic patterns. In 2005 he completed his Ph.D. in Telecommunications at the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Technical University of Berlin.
Following the merger of Spark Networks Inc and Affinitas GmbH, Jeronimo Folgueira will take the role of CEO of the combined entity, Spark Networks SE, which operates JDate, the world’s leading Jewish dating service. Other iconic brands in the company’s portfolio are EliteSingles, eDarling, Attractive World, ChristianMingle and JSwipe. The merged company will be based in Berlin, Germany, and remain listed in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:LOV).
Before joining the company in October 2015, Jeronimo was the International Managing Director of Betfair, based in Dublin. Jeronimo has also held senior executive roles at Bigpoint and RTL Group among others. Jeronimo started his career in London as an M&A investment banker at Lehman Brothers and later on at Citigroup.
With an Economics degree from the University of Navarra and an MBA from Columbia Business School, Jeronimo has nearly 15 years of experience within the technology and media space.
Jonathan Bloch studied Law at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics. He went into business and was a main board director of a listed publishing company. Subsequently he established his own business Information Publishing Plc (IPP) for which he serves as CEO. It operates on four continents and employs 400 people.
He is also Chairman of Company Watch, a company ratings agency. He has been actively involved in politics starting in South Africa at the age of 18 and was a councillor in London for 12 years. He sits on numerous charitable and campaign boards.
Kirsten Bay is redefining what it means to be a fearless leader in the technology industry, let alone an accomplished, bilingual, female executive, transforming the cyber security space. As President & CEO of Cyber adAPT, she leverages more than 25 years of experience, leading her team with risk intelligence, information management, and policy expertise across a variety of sectors.
Throughout her career, Bay has been appointed to a congressional committee developing cyber policies, initiatives and recommendations for the intelligence community, developed recommendations in partnership with the Center for North American Studies (CNAS) and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for The White House energy policy, collaborated on information studies for MIT-Harvard and several federal agencies, gone before a parliamentary subcommittee on recreating trust in the global economy, presented national security and critical infrastructure concepts at conferences such as Black Hat, Secured Americas, Enterprise Architecture Institute, SC World Congress, & The Eurim Information Management Committee, and has spoken on applied economics and its relationship to both cyber and national security around the world. Bay is a self-proclaimed ‘serial student’. Her current membership in the Alliance of Chief Executives feeds that perpetual drive to learn and share insight with peers, an inspirational trait she models for her Cyber adAPT team.
In previous Executive roles for ISC8, Attensity Group, and iSIGHT Partners, Bay led the companies through corporate restructuring, risk & corporate intelligence product launches, and company turnarounds, respectively.
With a BA in English and German from the University of Oregon, let’s just say she will correct your grammar in multiple languages.
Klaus Peter Kofler – known affectionately as KP – comes from a family with a long and distinguished tradition in food that stretches back to the foundation of Kofler Bakery in 1823. He is the sixth generation to have learned the trade of baker and graduated as the best in his year. In 1988 KP added a very contemporary qualification to his “hereditary” culinary skills when he graduated in business studies.
In 1991 KP Kofler took yet another decisive step by ending his career as a professional showjumper in order to give his undivided attention to his new business: Kofler & Kompanie.
As a true entrepreneur, KP Kofler is a master in reflecting and seizing the zeitgeist. In 2008 Kofler was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by Gault Millau. Perhaps his most offbeat creation is Pret A Diner, a much-lauded series of pop-up restaurants that have appeared for a short time in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, London and Zürich and create quite a stir with Michelin-starred chefs, sophisticated cocktails, contemporary art and modern music in offbeat locations with hip themes.
In addition, Pret A Diner pop-ups always boast the top chefs from the culinary scene. These have included Nuno Mendes from the Viajante, Matthias Schmidt from the Villa Merton, Juan Amador with his eponymous restaurant and the “King of the Italians” Giorgio Locatelli.
KP Kofler firmly believes that he must convince his guests with his food right from the outset: “With our food we strive to create an event at an event. And it is not just the ingredients that play a role – presentation, ambience, service, decor and sensory qualities must also be perfectly harmonised so that a feeling of supreme pleasure can evolve. Completely in keeping with our “Satisfying all Senses” motto.”
Luke Minford is Chief Executive of global IP consultancy, Rouse, which has 13 offices in 17 countries and a strong focus on Asia and emerging markets.
Luke has a wide range of experience dealing with IP strategy and protection in Asia, particularly the People’s Republic of China. He advises on a wide range of intellectual property issues encompassing technology, brand and content rich companies. Luke is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading IP strategists and speaks regularly around the world on the subject. One of his passions is China, where he has lived, worked and studied for more than 25 years. He speaks Mandarin fluently and is currently based in Beijing, China, from where he oversees the running of the group.
As founder of VIM Group, Marc has been responsible for its global expansion and for developing the business into a leading brand implementation and management consultancy – working with a range of clients, from well-known multinational companies representing a variety of sectors, to non-profit organisations. Marc is author of Future Proof Your Brand – a best seller book on Amazon, and he is an accomplished speaker and blogger on various global platforms.
He is also ambassador of the working group on Brand Leadership of the European Association of Communication Directors, a member of the advisory board of Communication Director magazine, a non-executive director of the leading brand valuation firm, Brand Finance, and a member of A.W. Page Society. Out of offices in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Munich a wide array of clients are served.
Clients include Deutsche Telekom, ABB, IKEA, DNVGL, ING Group, SkyTeam, Schroders, Air Liquide, Merck, BMW, Danfoss, Skoda, Medtronic and Julius Baer Bank. Marc spends his private time with his wife and three children. He is an active mountain biker around the beautiful Dutch countryside – although there are no mountains.
Marcus W. Mosen, 20+ years experience in senior executive functions with leading companies in the telecommunications and payments sector, e.g. First Data, easycash and ogone. In 2013 Marcus joined Concardis as Chief Operating Officer. In 2015 he took over the CEO function at Concardis, the leading full-service payment provider in German-speaking Europe. Marcus is also engaged as advisor and non-executive director in payment start-ups like orderbird, a supplier of iPad based cash register systems for gastronomy. He is also an author and editor of publications on the topic of cashless payments.
Mario has a proven track record in the healthcare sector. With 20 years of experience in developing and implementing innovations for health insurances, physicians’ associations and innovative pharmaceutical and medical device companies, Mario brings profound expertise and leadership to the team. Mario holds a medical doctorate from the University of Hamburg and an MBA from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Mr. Matthew Robin has been the Chief Executive Officer of Elsa & Mifroma group at Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund since April 2011. Mr. Robin served as an Executive Officer of Injection Systems at Disetronic Holding AG. Mr. Robin served as Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Liquid Handling and Robotics of Tecan Group Ltd. since February 2007. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Ypsomed Ag from 1998 to 2006. He served various positions in production, marketing, sales and general management for Lonza AG in Switzerland and USA from 1987 to 1998; Burgdorf from 1998 to 2000; Divisional Head of Disetronic Injection Systems at Disetronic, Burgdorf from 2000 to 2003. From 1987 to 1998, he served at Lonza Fine Chemicals, various functions in the USA and Switzerland, lastly served as Business Director for US Custom Manufacturing. He served as a Divisional Head of Liquid Handling & Robotics of Tecan Holding AG since 2007. Mr. Robin has been a Non Executive Director of COLTENE Holding AG since 2006. He serves as Non Executive Director of Medisize Holding. He serves as Member of Advisory Board of BV Holding AG. Mr. Robin holds M.Eng Degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London.
Max Gruenig is the President of Ecologic Institute US and has been with Ecologic Institute since 2007. His work focuses on sustainable development in the energy and transport sector, as well as urban sustainability and resilient cities. In particular, he is leading the efforts by Ecologic Institute in the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP). He is also coordinating the Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow program (POCACITO). In 2004, Max Gruenig received his degree in economics from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin, Germany). The main focus of his studies was natural resource economics and auction theory. Max Gruenig has lived and worked in Germany, the United States, Iceland, and Japan. He is a native speaker of German and is fluent in English and French. He is a founding member of the European Institute for Sustainable Transport (EURIST), a member of the sustainability advisory board for NaturEnergiePlus and a member of the Consumer Research Network run by the German Federal Ministry for Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV). Recently published: "Low-Carbon Energy Security from a European Perspective" Lombardi, P., Gruenig, M. (Ed.) 2016: Low-Carbon Energy Security from a European Perspective, Elsevier Academic Press.
Max Gruenig is the President of Ecologic Institute US and has been with Ecologic Institute since 2007.
His work focuses on sustainable development in the energy and transport sector, as well as urban sustainability and resilient cities. In particular, he is leading the efforts by Ecologic Institute in the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (link is external) (ELEEP). He is also coordinating the Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow (POCACITO in the US) (link is external) and POCACITO in Germany (link is external) and the European research project Post-Carbon Cities in Europe: A Long-Term Outlook (POCACITO).
In 2004, Max Gruenig received his degree in economics from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin, Germany). The main focus of his studies was natural resource economics and auction theory.
Max Gruenig has lived and worked in Germany, the United States, Iceland, and Japan. He is a native speaker of German and is fluent in English and French. He is a founding member of the European Institute for Sustainable Transport (link is external) (EURIST), a member of the sustainability advisory board for NaturEnergiePlus (link is external) and a member of the Consumer Research Network (link is external) run by the German Federal Ministry for Justice and Consumer Protection (link is external) (BMJV).
Just published: "Low-Carbon Energy Security from a European Perspective (link is external)"
Lombardi, P., Gruenig, M. (Ed.) 2016: Low-Carbon Energy Security from a European Perspective, Elsevier Academic Press.
Mayukh Sukhatme, M.D. has served as Chief Business Officer of Roivant Sciences, Inc. since November 2016. He previously served as Roivant’s Senior Vice President, Business Development from April 2015 to November 2016. From 2000 to 2015, Dr. Sukhatme was a healthcare-focused analyst and Portfolio Manager for large institutional investment firms, including both public markets and venture capital firms. His principal focus was on development-stage biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, where he led diligence and investment decisions on numerous companies and pharmaceutical compounds across a wide variety of therapeutic areas. Most recently, he was a partner at Apple Tree Partners, a healthcare venture fund. Dr. Sukhatme received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Literature (Phi Beta Kappa) from MIT.
Dr. Nadav Navon has been at Intec Pharma since March 2006 and since March 2015 serves as Executive Vice President of Research & Development and Operations. Before that he served as Intec’s Vice President of Research & Development and Operations since May 2013. Prior to his service with Intec, Dr. Navon headed the analytical and quality assurance operations at Sharon Laboratories Ltd., a chemical company that develops and manufactures raw materials for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries, from 2001 to 2006. Prior to that, Dr. Navon led a number of research and development projects in the Negev’s Nuclear Research Center. Dr. Navon has a Ph.D. in inorganic and analytical chemistry, and an MBA and a BSc in chemistry, each from Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel.
Najeeb Ghauri is the founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of NetSol Technologies, Inc. "NetSol", a U.S. corporation providing global business services and enterprise application solutions to private and public sector organizations worldwide. In the early years of the Company, Mr. Ghauri was responsible for restructuring the company's business model into that of an IT company and was instrumental in the completion of the NetSol Technologies IPO in 1998, at that time NetSol was the first IT Company with operations in Pakistan to be listed on NASDAQ. He also spearheaded the successful listing of NetSol (NTWK) on the NASDAQ Capital Market (formerly known as Mirage Holdings, Inc.) in December 1999.
NetSol grew from just five people to 1,800 employees worldwide. NetSol Pakistan Ltd., a subsidiary of NetSol Technologies, Inc. has over 1500 programmers and engineers in Lahore and Karachi offices. NetSol revenue grew $100K revenue in 1998 to $65MN in 2016 and tracking $100MN by 2017. NetSol has a global footprint with subsidiaries in Pakistan, US, UK, China, Thailand, Germany, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Today, NetSol has nearly 300 plus customers worldwide mostly fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Ghauri was also instrumental in listing NetSol’s Pakistani subsidiary on the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE). In addition, Mr. Ghauri helped establish the first U.S. company listed on both NASDAQ Capital Market (NASDAQ CM: NTWK) and (NASDAQ DUBAI: NTWK).
Mr. Ghauri represented NetSol as he presided over ringing of the bell ceremonies several times on the NASDAQ Exchange platform in New York City. He has been twice nominated in the United States for the Ernst & Young 'Entrepreneur of the Year', once in 2001 and again in 2008.
Prior to launching NetSol in the U.S., Mr. Ghauri had over 15 years of combined marketing and management experience with Fortune 500 companies such as Unilever and Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO). He received his bachelor's degree from Forman Christian College, a B.S from Eastern Illinois University and earned an MBA in marketing from the Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California.
Mr. Ghauri is also active in various charitable and educational non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide. He is a founding board member of the Pakistan Human Development Fund, which provides educational tools to children in underdeveloped areas of Pakistan. He is also a founding board member and is a former Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Pakistan Business Council in Washington, D.C., a U.S. Chamber of Commerce body and the leading private sector association in the United States promoting trade and investment between the United States and Pakistan.
Mr. Ghauri is a Pakistan born US citizen. He is based in NetSol Technologies Headquarters in Los Angeles, California and Lahore, Pakistan simultaneously.
Effective on January 1, 2015, Nataline was named CEO, although she has played an integral role in Giroux Glass’ financial strategies in each of her previous roles as Treasurer, then Controller and most recently, as CFO. Since 2002, Nataline has been responsible for all financial aspects of the company, including financial and risk management operations. Prior to Giroux Glass, she worked in the Construction Industry in finance and accounting roles for over 24 years, mostly within executive management roles. Nataline has served as Controller to large corporations as well as run her own small business, all of it adding to her wealth of valuable Industry expertise. Nataline has played a pivotal role in the success and growth of Giroux Glass, as an inspirational leader and as the driving force behind transitioning Giroux Glass to full employee-ownership. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from California State University, Fullerton.
With 15 years of experience in operational and strategic management within the pharmaceutical industry, Mrs. Ouzren started out at Baxter, where she was Strategy and Operational Excellence Manager, Quality Operations Director and Senior Director Strategy before becoming Vice President of the BioSimilars business unit. In 2014, she became Vice President of the Global Hemophilia Franchise at Baxalta, which had been incorporated within the Shire group. In 2016, she headed up the Global Genetic Diseases Franchise at Shire, where she supervised all marketing, business and strategy aspects of this global division’s product portfolio.
Before starting at AFFiRiS, Oliver Siegel headed the pharma practice at Rothschild
Investment bank in London, where he previously also worked as Head of European
Pharmaceutical Sector. He advised Roche in multiple MNA and financial transactions, for
example at the acquisition of Genentech. He also supervised the IPO of several top-class
companies like Serono or Speedel. Prior to this, he was Head of Healthcare Investment
Banking at HSBC plc. in London.
Paul has over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles within the Health and Protection consulting market. Over the last 20 years he has been a main board Director with a number of advisory organisations.
Paul's responsibilities include delivering organic and M&A growth for all of the companies that make up Punter Southall Health and Protection Holdings. He has a specific focus on wellbeing within the workplace and the role that technology can have in transforming the employee benefits market.
In addition Paul is Non-Executive Chairman of Loopeeze Limited, a start-up venture which has recently successfully completed its first round of fund raising to support the global distribution of FabLittleBag which aims to revolutionise women’s experience of sanitary disposal.
- more than 12 years’ experience as Managing Director and COO as well as General Counsel of stock listed (TecDax) companies
- with more 40 professionals
- departments in EMEA, Americas and Asia-Pacific
- 8 years Leading Professional Services Organizations
- Expertise in managing KPI driven High Performance Teams
- Operational Responsibility for Best Practices and Compliance Methods
- Excellence in all operational Service Functions
- Management Reporting with ERP and BI Systems (SAP, Sage, AX)
- International working Style and Hands-on Engagement
- Responsible for a global budget of more than € 20 Mio.
- Expertise in Corporate Compliance
- Project-Leader for national and crossborder M&A transactions
- Member of the German Corporate Compliance Forum, Frankfurt
- Current Position: COO and Member of the Executive Board of Thinkstep AG, Stuttgart
- Business Operations & Order Entry
- Finance & IT
- M&A Strategy and Execution
- KPI Management Reporting
- Legal & HR
- International Subsidiaries – Controlling & BI Reporting
- 2010-2014: Managing Partner of Alegis GmbH - Professional Services,
- LPO (Legal Process Outsourcing)
- Transaction Services M&A
- Sales Operations & Delivery
- Treasury Management
- Payment Factory and Corporate Bank
- IP Licensing - Luxemburg
- Shared Services
- 2000-2009: Head of Corporate Development & Legal, IDS Scheer AG
- Managing Director IDS Scheer Finance, Luxemburg
- Managing Director IDS Scheer Turkey
- International Contract Management
- Corporate Compliance-officer
- Corporate HR
- HR Development
- HR Administration
- HR Communication
- Post-Merger Integration
- Corporate Development - M&A Project Leader
- Acquisition Balink AG, Suisse
- Acquisition Business Logica, Russia
- Acquisition Group Enel, Croatia
- Acquisition Plaut AG, Austria
- Acquisition Bristlecone Inc, USA, Cal.
- Acquisition Acqra Solutions, USA, Phil.
- Acquisition Radermacher GmbH, Berlin
- Acquisition and Merger IBCS SA, Lux.
- Joint Venture IDS Scheer CEE ./. Procont, Hungary
- Acquisition FACT GmbH, Frankfurt
- IDS Scheer Venture Capital GmbH
- 1996 – 1999: Ferrostaal AG, Essen / DSD Dillinger Stahlbau GmbH:
- International Contract - management:
- River Tagus Bridge Lisbon
- Power Plant Malaysia
- Transrapid: Legal Project Team
- Legal Counsel in Subsidiaries: Malaysia; Portugal, Sweden, Spain & Italy
- PhD at University of Cologne, Law School (June 2008): „Riskmanagement- systems in Capitalmarket-Compliance“
- Kellogg Graduate School for Management & Northwestern University, Chicago, WHU Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung, Koblenz Executive MBA (Kellogg/WHU) 30.09.2001
- University Saarland, Law School:
o State Examination 02.07.1993
o State Examination 31.01.1996
- Tulane Law school, New Orleans, LA
Languages: English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), French
o BITKOM AK Compliance
o Finance Roundtable Corporate Syndici,
o Bundesverband Mergers and Acquisitions e.V.
o inPraxi-Alumni - WHU, Kellogg-Alumni – NWU/Chicago
o Legal bar, OLG Saarbrücken
Having started as a consultant, followed by being the CEO of a medium-sized company with 250 employees up to today as a Founder and and Managing Director of digital consultancy and company builder etventure, Philipp Depiereux is employed with innovation projects. He founded etventure together with two partners, following the vision of combining the experiences as entrepreneur and innovation driver in the mid-size sector, in the corporate world as well as in startups and digital projects in
Silicon Valley within one company.
Philipp Kreibohm - born in 1976. After completion of his law studies and PhD at FU Berlin he co-founded Mundwerk AG in Berlin in 2001, which was sold to Excelsis Business Technology AG in 2004. From 2006-2007 Philipp was a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and in 2007 a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. In 2007 he became founding Managing Director of Rocket Internet, before he founded FP Commerce in 2009. Later on, this company was renamed to Home24 AG, where he is still the Co-CEO.
Rainer Klee, Chairman of the Management Board of AERTiCKET, has been shareholder and CEO of AERTiCKET AG from its foundation in January 2002 until 2016. Previously he was the Managing Director and founder of the predecessor company AER Reiseservice for nine years.
Rainer graduated in business studies from the University of Mannheim in 1980 and then worked in several areas of business in Berlin, mainly as a freelancer and with other entrepreneurs. In 1988 he and five friends and acquaintances set up the travel agency “Titanic Reisen”. The consolidator AER Reiseservice was founded in 1993 as a “Spin Off” of Titanic Reisen, which remained for many years as a shareholder of AERTICKET later. Today the shareholders of AERTICKET are Rainer himself and the cooperation AER - a cooperation of more than 1000 travel agencies, which is the majority shareholder. Rainer has completed several further vocational training courses, including as a coach and facilitator. From the beginning of 2009 until the end of 2012 he has spent around half his time working in the USA as CEO of Picasso Travel Picasso Travel, a subsidiary of AERTiCKET.
With his deep knowledge of the Consolidator as well as Travel business Rainer is continuously driving the competitive position of AERTICKET on a global scale.
Rainer Koppitz is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Management Board of B2X, the leading technology provider of customer care solutions for smartphones and the Internet of Things (IoT) with operations in more than 100 countries. He leads the company’s more than 800 employees and the global customer care ecosystem with more than 400 trusted service partners in executing B2X’s vision and strategy to keep people online and minimize the disruption of their digital lives.
Rainer has more than two decades of experience in business technology with significant expertise in Software as a Service (SaaS), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Customer Care. As an international business leader, he has a proven track record in leading both startup companies and large international organizations in the technology and telecommunications industries. Rainer’s responsibilities at B2X include Strategy, Operations, the SMARTCARE Technology platform, Sales, Marketing and Investor Relations.
Rainer launched his business career at Siemens and held management positions in thriving technology companies, including CEO at NFON, a venture capital backed leading provider of high-end telephone systems from the cloud, and Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s service division in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Rainer joined B2X from British Telecom where he served as CEO for Germany and Austria.
Ralf Reichert is a man who has lived by his moto, “cut your own path”. A former soccer-player for Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, the athletic young man turned to eSports with his brothers and friends to found the now world-renowned clan, SK-Gaming. Constantly pushing at the boundaries of what is possible, Ralf’s vision of what the industry could (and should) be, is what has gotten the company so far. As a passionate gamer himself, he is constantly striving to put eSports up there alongside ‘traditional’ sports.
Managing Director / CEO
Turtle Entertainment GmbH
2000 – Today
Member of the Board
GIGA Television GmbH
2006 – 2007
1997 – 2001
Assistant to Managing Director
1994 – 2000
RK, currently serving as CEO & Chairman of Rheinhold & Mahla Group, is a German manager with an British/Indian ancestry. Having lived, worked and lead organisations in Americas, Europe and Asia, he has a good command of multiple linguistic, cultural and leadership aspects across.
RK, holds a twin masters in engineering and economics from TU, Karlsruhe, Germany, executive leadership specialisation in LBS and Insead. Before he took the helm at R&M group, he served in leadership positions in Siemens for 17 years, formerly leading the global automotive vehicle electronics as the Managing Director of the Division. Currently, RK is one of the major shareholders of R&M, also serves in select Boards of Tech & Industrial Investments, especially for Mid-Cap PE investments.
RK business profile demonstrates constant focus on profitable, sustainable business expansion with portfolio restructuring and market positioning. His industrial focus lie first tier Automotive Suppliers, EPC Solutions, and "click & mortar" innovations (encompassing German "Mittelstand")
RK resides in Munich, spends his free time with his family on plantations, astronomy, cooking and guitars.
Ramin is responsible for strategic management and business model development at FinLeap. He consulted 20+ international banks and was Lead Innovation Manager at DKB. He is an Entrepreneur and Angel Investor and holds a degree in Business Information Systems
Ricardo Oliveira Nobre, CEO of Cross Border Talents Group is an expert in the context of talent mobility and world of work matters. Ricardo has a master degree from a European top-tier university (Mechanical Engineering, IST) and is the former Strategic Clients Director and Board Member of an American company in Germany (650 mn. € in revenue and 20.000 employees).
Ricardo has 20 years management experience in engineering, recruitment and ICT training. He started his career at ABB Alstom Power, where worked as Engineer Site Manager in Portugal (Alqueva Mutlipurpose Dam, largest artificial lake in Western Europe) and Thailand (Lam ta Khong pumped storage Project). He joined the recruitment industry in 2001, having worked 13 years as country manager and international business concept developer across 44 countries for a world top-tier staffing company. In 2014 Ricardo founded Cross Border Talents, a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Champion. His ambition is to contribute to solve the global skills shortage challenge through consistently facilitating employment transitions in increasingly volatile and complex labor markets. Ricardo is a member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition (European Commission). In 2016 his project proposal CBT Academy (a disruptive business model to recruit, train and employ 500,000 ICT Professionals by 2020) was awarded with Seal of Excellence, a certificate delivered by the European Commission as the institution managing Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020.
Ricardo married Marta in 1998 and is father of Ricardo, Frederico and Rita.
Roman Kirsch is the founder and CEO of Lesara, an online shop for affordable and trend focused products and a pioneer in Agil Retail. Roman founded the company in November 2013, together with CTO Robin Muller and COO Matthias Wilrich, with a vision to revolutionize the retail industry. Roman studied business administration and finance in Germany, Great Britain, and the U.S and founded Casacanda, the largest design shopping club in Europe, soon after. He eventually sold Casacanda to Fab.com, and went on to invest in companies such as Amorelie and Wunder-data. Roman is also a member of the World Economic Forum in Davos and featured in Forbes Magazine's prestigious "30 under 30" list in 2016.
Prof. Sahin Albayrak is a professor of computer science and holds the chair Agent Technologies in Business Applications and Telecommunication (AOT) at TU Berlin. He is the founder and head of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (DAI-Labor) at TU Berlin, currently employing over 100 researchers. He is also the founder of Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories, and the founding director of the Connected Living Association and the German-Turkish Advanced Research Centre for ICT (GT-ARC). He serves as an advisor to several government authorities and large scale companies in both Germany and Turkey. His research interests include smart cities, intelligent mobility systems, next generation telecommunication services, smart energy systems, agent-oriented modeling, and autonomous security.
Scott Myers is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Cascadian Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing innovative product candidates for the treatment of cancer. Prior to joining Cascadian Therapeutics in April 2016, Scott served as the Chief Executive Officer of Aerocrine AB, a life sciences company until it was acquired by Circassia Pharmaceuticals plc in July 2015. Prior to Aerocrine, Scott served as a Vice President of UCB S.A., a Belgium-based biopharmaceutical company where he was responsible for commercial operations and medical affairs for 32 countries in Europe. Earlier in his career, he served as the Chief Commercial Officer for DOV Pharmaceutical, a development stage pharmaceutical company, and held several senior positions at Johnson & Johnson, including Senior Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Myers received his B.A. in biology from Northwestern University and M.B.A from the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago.
Dr. Sella Brosh is the Chief Executive Officer of NVision Imaging Technologies. Prior to joining the leadership team of NVision, Dr. Brosh worked as senior engagement manager at the US mid-atlantic office of McKinsey & Company. He led multiple global commercialization efforts in the Pharma and Med Device spaces and worked alongside Market Access and R&D teams of top-10 players to optimize their early pipelines and structure a value driven approach. Prior to his career in the healthcare industry he served as a combat engineering officer, first as platoon commander and later as an officer of operations of a combat battalion. He received his Bachelor of Medical Science (magna cum laude) and Medical Doctor degree from Tel-Aviv University. He splits his time between the US and Europe.
After graduating in mechanical engineering from the University of Hanover, Dr. Stefan Franzke became managing director at the Institut für Integrierte Produktion in Hanover. As the head of the Innovation Center Lower Saxony beginning in 2003, he intensified his know-how in in the field of strategy consulting for innovations and key technologies and advised international investors in their relocation process. Additionally as the managing director of Innovatives Niedersachsen, he was responsible for the national and international marketing of the federal state starting in 2006. Since July 1, 2014 Dr. Stefan Franzke is the CEO at Berlin Partner for Business and Technology.
Dr. Stefan Wess holds a PHD in Artificial Intelligence and is CEO of Empolis Information Management, a IT company that utilizes cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence methodologies for their software to assist users with their decision-making or digital assistants that support them.
His professional career includes roles as the technical manager of the U.S. AI-provider Inference Corp. (acquired by eGain Inc.). He was Executive Board Member of tecmath AG (acquired by Avid) and Managing Director of tec:inno GmbH. From 2000 to 2008, Dr. Wess was CTO and later CEO of a subsidiary of Bertelsmann arvato AG in Gütersloh, Germany and managing director within the arvato group. He later became a member of the Attensity Group management board, based in Palo Alto, out of which Empolis Information Management GmbH was spun off as an independent company in 2012.
Consequently, he is often consulted as a recognized high-tech expert on artificial intelligence. Dr. Wess is an acclaimed speaker and author on Artificial Intelligence and has had the honor to speak at the TEDx 2014 and at other international forums, where he gives insight into the exciting world of tomorrow. Stefan is a member of the DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) Board of Directors, as well as for RS Media in Duesseldorf, Germany and Trustee of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.
In his free time, he is a passionate motorcyclist and still remains a computer nerd at heart…
Steve King is the CEO and Co-Founder of Black Swan, the fastest growing start up in the UK, which combines cutting edge data science and software development to accurately predict trends in consumer behavior. Since reading Cognitive Science the 90s, Steve has applied his tech, coding and visualization skills to solving his clients’ challenges, helping them work out what will be important tomorrow by arming them with products that transform the way their brands create value from data. Black Swan works with some of the world’s leading consumer-faced brands including PepsiCo, Panasonic, npower and Disney.
Stuart Rose founded The BioScience Center in Albuquerque in 2012. Dr. Rose is a serial entrepreneur with more than four decades in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and the host of more than 20 startups developing vaccines, medical devices and research tools. His most recent endeavor is PaizaBio, a joint venture with a Chinese partner. China represents an unparalleled growth opportunity for Western pharmaceutical companies. While its not uncommon for Western companies to have a manufacturing presence in solid and oral drug manufacturing in China, the aseptic injectables market has remained elusive, restricted to imports and leaving the market untapped for domestic sourcing. This need resulted in the partnership and PaizaBio. In 2014, Dr. Rose also opened FatPipe ABQ as a privately funded collaborative work space providing amazing internet bandwidth speeds, program and training for entrepreneurs, and his advice and guidance to any startup that asks for it. Stuart's approach to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem is unique. He believes the private sector needs to take the lead and has proven so by investing in his city's startup culture.
Sujay is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Frontier Car Group, a business building automotive marketplaces in select emerging markets. They have raised north of $23M from leading global investors. Previously, he was a partner at Kingsway Capital, a London-based $1B+ Emerging Markets Focused Fund. Sujay was on the founding team of Hired.com as its COO. Hired has now raised $83m in funding and operates in Australia, Europe, and the US. Sujay entered Harvard at age 15, before leaving with a Thiel Fellowship. Sujay was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 and one of Goldman Sachs’ top 100 intriguing entrepreneurs.
Szabi is the CEO of Turbine, a team of AI researchers,
biologists and medical doctors simulating the inner workings of cancer cells.
Turbine's goal is to transform the way drugs are tested
and discovered. By digitalizing the trial and error part of research that takes years with biological experiments, the team is working to get better drugs to patients, faster.
Dr. Szilard Voros, MD, FACC, FSCCT, FAHA is a cardiologist, geneticist and entrepreneur. He is Founder and CEO of Global Genomics Group (“G3”), a precision-medicine-based biotechnology company, developing and commercializing diagnostic biomarkers and novel drug targets for common diseases. G3’s platform is based on the largest-ever program using DNA and RNA sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics and other platforms. G3 has developed a diagnostic blood test for cardiovascular disease and has identified several novel drug targets. Before G3, Voros was Chief Scientific Officer, Chief of Cardiovascular Prevention and Medical Director of Cardiovascular Imaging at Piedmont Heart Institute. He has published extensively in major scientific journals including Nature Reviews, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, etc.
Based in Dresden, Germany, Thibaud Le Séguillon is currently CEO of Heliatek GmbH, a high-technology startup in the OPV-Organic Energy field. Heliatek is a global leader in OPV technology utilizing small molecules (oligomers). The light-weight, flexible and optionally transparent solar films provide clean solar energy wherever it's needed.
Mr. Le Séguillon was previously based in Shanghai, China, where he was the President of Parlex Corporation, a 1500-employee, $100MM worldwide leader in flexible interconnect that is part of the Johnson Electric Group. The company had engineering centers in the US and Europe, two manufacturing sites in the US, and manufacturing sites in China and in the UK.
Previously, Mr. Le Séguillon was Vice President of a Business Unit of Parlex. He led a worldwide business development & engineering team and led direct sales efforts focusing on key customers and contract manufacturers in consumer electronic, medical, automotive and smart card industries. Additionally, he played a key role in restructuring plants in Mexico, the US, and China, and redeploying product line manufacturing.
Prior to working in China, Mr. Le Séguillon worked in Boston, MA, for Parlex Corporation (NASDAQ: PRLX) as Vice President of Operations, where he was in charge of engineering, quality, HR, materials, logistics, and customer functions for two manufacturing operations. He also oversaw a manufacturing site in Mexico.
Earlier in his career, Thibaud advanced in product engineering, sales engineering, and product marketing management roles to the position of General Manager at Axon’ Cable Inc., a subsidiary of Axon’ Cable SA, based in Chicago, IL.
Mr. Le Séguillon is a Board Member of AETS-ESEO, and a French Trade Counselor, Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France. Mr. Le Séguillon has an MBA in International Business from NEOMA-Reims and a Master of Science in Engineering from ESEO.
Mr. Spoor was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FluoroPharma Medical, Inc. He was an equity research analyst at J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse and previously worked at GE Healthcare and Amersham. Mr. Spoor holds a Nuclear Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto as well as an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Dr. Thomas Henkel is CEO and co-founder of TARGOS Molecular Pathology GmbH, Kassel, a company focussing on research and development services regarding clinical biomarkers and targeted therapeutics. Targos was established in 2005 and since then has developed in one of the premium service providers in the field. He also serves as acting CEO of the daughter companies Targos Advance AG and Targos Development AG and Targos Akesogen Molecular Pathology LLC. From 2002 to 2005, he was Head of Biomedical Research at the Klinikum Kassel GmbH, an activity leading to the foundation of TARGOS GmbH. Prior to this, Dr. Henkel was Vice President Research at MediGene AG, Martinsried, which he joined shortly after the foundation in 1995 and led the research programs through an IPO in 2000. From 1993-1995 he worked scientifically at Tularik Inc, San Francisco. Dr. Henkel received his scientific education and his diploma in Biology and Biochemistry from the Georg-August- Universität and the Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen. After his graduation he performed scientific work at the Gene Center München, the Hadassah Medical School Jerusalem and the Salk Institute in San Diego. Dr. Henkel holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Dr. Henkel co-authored more than 30 publications, including one of the most cited Annual Reviews in Immunology. He is also author of 15 patents. Since 2004 Dr. Henkel is lecturer in Biochemistry at the Universität Kassel. He received business & management training and education in Munich and St. Gallen. Dr. Henkel is married and has a son.
Tim Lewko is the CEO and Managing Partner of Thinking Dimensions Global (TDG) and managing director of the global strategy practice. He works primarily with senior leaders of private equity, Fortune 1000 and multi-national businesses to impact sustainable strategic growth and profitability challenges. In his 15 years of international experience he has had the unique opportunity to assist over 35 CEO’s and Managing Directors across four continents with their strategic transformational issues. Tim is also a member of the board for Thomson Power Inc. (www.thomsonpower.com), a Canadian developmental stage “Cleantech” company specializing in bringing next generation hybrid electric and pure electric solutions to the marketplace for the transit industry and beyond.
Toon Bouten previously served as Vice President of Philips Electronics NV, where he led the European Consumer Division with multibillion Euro revenues in 48 EMEA countries. As Vice President of Compaq Computers he started the Compaq Consumer Division in EMEA and reached the number one market position in Europe with more than a billion Euro of revenues within six years. In early 2000, he took over the CEO position from the founder of Jobline AB, one of the first online recruiting companies and within one year successfully scaled the company to three divisions in nine countries, quadrupled revenues and listed the company on the Stockholm Stock exchange. More recently Toon served as President and CEO of GN Store Nord and GN Netcom, the Danish headset maker where he successfully redesigned its value chain and transitioned it to a scalable and well-positioned leader in the headset industry. Toon Bouten holds an engineering degree from the Technical University of Eindhoven..
Ulrich Meister is Chairman of the Board of BWI GmbH and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Work & Professional Experience
since 12/2016: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) BWI Informationstechnik GmbH and BWI Systeme GmbH; with the merger of both companies by end of July 2017 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) BWI GmbH
2016 – 2016: BWI Informationstechnik GmbH – Managing Director
2013 – 2016: Wipro Technologies – Chief Executive Officer Continental Europe
2005 – 2013: T-Systems – different positions, among other responsibilities Head of System Integrations; since 2011 member of the management
1998 – 2005: Deutsche Bank AG – different positions, among other responsibilities CIO „Corporate Center“ and CIO „Retail & Private Banking“
1994 – 1997: HELABA/Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen – different positions, among other responsibilities Head of IT Services and Application Development
1988 – 1994: BHF-Bank
1987 – 1988: Dresdner Bank
Vera Calasan, CEO of Excellence AG - German Engineering, is an expert for the Industrial Internet of Things and has an MBA from a U.S. top-tier university. Vera has more than 20 years management experience in recruitment, training and technical industries. She is an innovative senior executive with strong strategic, analytical and result-driven abilities. Vera is the former CEO of an American company in Germany with responsibility for 650 mn. € in revenue and 20.000 employees. Vera has board experience in various joint venture organizations with DAX companies and is a member of the Global Advisory Board for her Alma Mater 'The University of Chicago Booth School of Business'.
Wolfgang Söhngen is founder and CEO of PAION AG and Managing Director of PAION Deutschland GmbH. With his wife Mariola, he has raised more than EUR 170 million through fund raising and EUR 78 million through partnering.
Wolfgang has many years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He worked for ten years in clinical development, project management, corporate development, and strategic planning at Grünenthal GmbH. Before founding PAION in 2000 with his wife, Mariola, he was head of his own consulting firm, Virtueality, which specialized in healthcare and clinical development.
In 1985, Wolfgang received his doctoral degree in medicine from RWTH Aachen (Technical University of Aachen). He worked on the Inner Department of an academic teaching hospital and was then offered a post-doc position in cardiovascular pharmacology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA). He also holds a Master of Business Communication and a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DGPharMed).
A passionate leader, Wolf Lichtenstein joined Webtrekk as the new CEO in June 2017.
Before joining Webtrekk, Wolf Lichtenstein acted as Managing Director and CEO DACH at SAS Germany between 2008 and 2016. There he focused on the challenges presented by digitization and customer intelligence. Additionally, Wolf Lichtenstein was responsible for SAS’s activities in Israel. He joined McKinsey as a partner in September 2016, specializing in analytics.
A renowned pioneer in the field of Industry 4.0 and digital intelligence, Wolf regularly takes part in discussions at the World Economic Forum and is a member of associations like Atlantik-Brücke e.V. and United Europe. He also acts as a member of the Academic Advisory Council of Heidelberg University.
Furthermore, Wolf is an active member on the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany and is on the board of the German-Israeli Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He was also a board member for Apollis AG, an incubator for European wireless companies.
Originally from Heilbronn, Wolf holds degrees in psychology and computer science.
With GCH Hotel Group since 2011
Education and training: Yaron holds a BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a diploma in Hotel Management from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He is currently a member of the European Hotel Managers Association (EHMA).
Yaron Ashkenazi has extensive international experience in the hospitality industry. He currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at GCH Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel management companies in Germany. Yaron began his tenure with GCH Hotel group in 2011, where he has held the titles of Area Vice President and Chief Operating Officer prior to being appointed CEO. Before joining GCH Hotel Group, Yaron held the position of General Manager in one of the leading hotel complexes in Europe. There he was responsible for taking over, planning, positioning, and managing a hotel complex which included a 5-star hotel, an apartment hotel, a casino, a fitness centre, and a commercial promenade.
Yaron has also held several managerial positions in the hotel business in Israel and Europe - as a training manager, an HR Manager, a Food & Beverage Manager and General Manager. He sees enormous potential for the GCH Hotel Group. "The strategy for further growth is to develop strong connections between partners, employees and investors."
Yaron Werber, M.D., MBA, has served as our chief business officer since July 2016, as
our chief financial officer since June 2015, as our secretary since July 2015 and as our
treasurer since April 2017. Prior to joining us, Dr. Werber worked at Citigroup Global
Markets Inc. from March 2004 to June 2015, where he most recently served as a
managing director, starting December 2011, and the head of U.S. healthcare and biotech
equity research teams. Previously, Dr. Werber was a senior biotech analyst and vice
president at SG Cowen Securities Corporation. He began his career in academic
research and was director of business development at NotifyMD, Inc., an e-health
company. Dr. Werber earned his B.S. in Biology from Tufts University and a combined
M.D./MBA degree from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Eugene Babenko is an established pharmaceutical executive with more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical arena. Eugene brings an extensive wealth of knowledge in specialty pharmaceuticals and in various niche therapeutic areas.
Eugene spent 12 years working in a variety of capacities at various major pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Gilead Sciences, Inc. Ten years ago, he along with 2 partners, founded Quality Specialty Pharmacy (QSP), a successful retail specialty pharmacy chain focusing on disease states such as dermatology, HIV, and hepatitis B and C. QSP's focus is customer-driven and provides affordable, high-quality care for complex chronic conditions. The company prides itself on its commitment to compassion, integrity and quality - measuring its success through healthy outcomes, satisfied clients and clarity of vision to support the hundreds of new life-changing biopharmaceutical drugs that will help patients in the decades to come. QSP is currently licensed and operating in 45 states.
Lawrence Obstfeld is CEO of Image Navigation which has developed the FDA-approved IGI system for CT-navigated oral-maxillofacial surgery and the DentSim - augmented reality dental simulator. Also a founder of BetaGene, Inc. and Gladius Pharmaceuticals.
Mikhail joined Atlant Clinical in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Atlant Clinical he worked at GlaxoSmithKline where he started as a clinical research assistant, later becoming a local study manager in the oncology group. He subsequently joined the Moscow Sales Department, where he rose to become Regional Market Access Director. Mikhail graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with Master degrees in biochemistry and management.
Dr. Peter Kash Ed.D/MBA has been in the field of biotechnology for over almost 30 years helping fund more than a dozen biopharmaceutical companies several with FDA approvals. Besides a BS in Management Science and an MBA in Finance he also holds a Doctorate in Education from the Azrieli School of Yeshiva University. He has served as an adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business, and has been a Visiting Professor at Nihon University in Tokyo Japan and in 2015 as a Visiting Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is authored several books distributed in 8 languages in more than 30 countries, his most recent release is Take Two Tablets Medicine from the Bible now in Hebrew, English and Chinese.
Solomon has 20 Years of leadership experience in Software Product Development and Product Market Launch. For the last 14 years Leading and managing the International IT Services Group- "AllStars-IT Group" (www.allstars-it.com) and its subsidiaries : TestPro, Cyber-Stars and AllStars-IT Ukraine (a leading international IT offshore services company Located in Kiev-Ukraine with back offices in USA, Europe and Israel, Specialities: In-depth understanding of emerging technologies in the Software Development & Software Testing)
Along his career Solomon has build a solid network of hundreds of international clients ensuring successful delivery of multidisciplinary technological projects in various verticals: HighTech, Defense, Finance, Governmet and Telecom sectors, mainly in the US, UK, Germany and Israel, while conducting a high-scalable ALM.
Under Solomon's supervision : The group's Financial and HR management of hundreds of Engineers, providing his business on-going transformation for boosting profits and ensuring a sustainable growth while managing global affiliate programs and business relations with international partners.
Connecting the Pharma & Healthcare industry with compliant innovation has been Febbo’s trademark in over 18 years of leading health service & technology companies. In 1999, he co-founded MedPanel, a market intelligence and communication provider to the biomedical & medical device industries. When Febbo sold it in 2007 to Merriman Capital, he held dual roles as COO of the bank and CEO of Digital Capital Network which he launched pioneering digital compliance & transparency in the financial industry.
Febbo is also founder of Plexuus, an early stage payment processing platform for medical professionals with Sunshine Act-related activities. Currently, he holds the position of CEO at OptimizeRX and continues to discover, innovate and connect both products and people to meaningful experiences to improve health outcomes. Febbo has most recently joined MIT linQ as a faculty member. LinQ is a new collaborative initiative focused on increasing the potential of innovative research to benefit society and the economy. linQ’s portfolio of international innovation programs demonstrates a new paradigm for technology research and training. Thus far, Febbo has participated in two of these programs, IMPACT and Idea2 global.
Febbo holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Dickinson College, in Pennsylvania and serves on the board of The United Nations of Greater Boston, a non-profit focused on building global citizens within inner-city schools in Massachusetts.
On Monday, November 13th, YJP will host its renowned CEO Forum in Europe for the first time. Join us in Berlin for two days of dynamic conversations, learning and networking with top-level business executives from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. We will be focusing on the themes of Leadership, Innovation, and Diversity. There will also be a special focus on the Healthcare industry. YJP's CEO Forums, our signature events, are reserved for high-level business leaders and entrepreneurs to help each other become better leaders so that they can return to the companies they lead better equipped to ensure success.
Our CEO events are known for opening doors for participants to forge long-lasting, sincere relationships with top talent and c-level executives. The confidential and intimate format allows you to interact on a deeper and more meaningful level with like-minded executives to explore important topics related to leadership and innovation. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to experience why our CEO Forums are known in New York City as the premier community for CEOs!
Bayer - Berlin
This event starts on November 13th at 4:00 PM.