Session #1 (01.15 - 03.00)

Dr. Johannes Meier


Johannes Meier is a private scholar, educator, and systems architect. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences. Johannes sits on the supervisory boards of Xing SE, Cliqz GmbH, Meridian Foundation, Mercator Foundation, and UNICEF-Germany. He was the CEO of the European Climate Foundation (2011-2017) which is focused on policies that mitigate climate change and drive the transition to a low-carbon economy. In 2009 he founded a software start-up and developed a collaboration platform for the German Public Employment Agency, the Labor Market Monitor, which won the 2011 e-government award for most innovative e-government solution in Germany.

Farina Schurzfeld

Founder & CMO of Selfapy

Growth strategist Farina Schurzfeld is current Co-founder of Selfapy, an online therapy platform for mental health disorders. Previously, she was part of Groupon Australia’s founding team, general manager of Airtasker (Sydney and London) and co-founder of one auf Australia’s largest co-working spaces in Sydney TSL (hosting more than 400 startups). Coaching founders, she is also mentor for the Grace accelerator program. She holds a Master of Arts in International Business and has recently been awarded as top 30 under 30 from Forbes magazine.

Stefan Jenzowsky

Managing Director 2bAHEAD Ventures & Co-Founder Kopernikus Automotive

Stefan Jenzowsky is an expert on digital disruption and innovation. Stefan is Managing Director of 2bAHEAD Ventures, a company builder that builds up strategic start-up companies from ground up for larger organizations. At 2bAhead Ventures, Stefan takes care of seed investments in digital start-up companies. Stefan has Co-Founded the Berlin-based Start-Up Kopernikus Automotive. Kopernikus is a Start-Up that aims to drive today’s serial production cars by Artificial Intelligence.

Session #2 (03.30 - 05.00)

Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c.
Jivka Ovtcharova

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Jivka Ovtcharova is Full Professor and Head of the Institute of Information Management in Engineering (IMI) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since 2003. She is also Director for Process and Data Management in Engineering / Intelligent Systems and Production Engineering at the Karlsruhe Research Center for Information Technology (FZI). Prof. Ovtcharova holds PhDs in mechanical engineering and in computer science. In September 2014 she founded the “Industry 4.0 Collaboration Lab” together with industrial partners and FZI.

Dr. Ziad Mahayni

consultant and philosopher

Ziad grew up in Germany and the middle east. He has studied at Harvard University, Université de Bordeaux and the Technical University of Darmstadt leading to a PhD in philosophy and a master’s degree in chemistry. He is a partner at the strategic management consultancy 3con, start-up coach and keynote speaker. As a management expert he is a driver of innovation and digitization. As a philosopher he analyses their implications on society and the human being. He has lectured at various universities among others at the master course FutureDesign at Coburg University.

Laura Gehlhaar

Author and coach

Born in Düsseldorf, Ms. Gehlhaar went to the Netherlands to pursue studies of social work and psychology, before moving to Berlin, following her heart and a job at a psychiatric ward. She works both as a coach and author. Besides writing about life both in the city and in the wheelchair, she consults companies and speaks publicly about inclusion and accessibility. Her first book “Kann man da noch was machen?“ was published in 2016.

Session #3 (05.30 - 07.30)

Lucía González Schuett

Student at HEC Paris

Lucia Gonzalez Schuett was born in Barcelona but moved to a tiny rural community in southern Spain while she was still a child: her father had made an abrupt career change to follow the family’s farming tradition, and they were all of a sudden harvesting cork and managing cattle on horseback. She believes that growing up in a small town had a tremendous influence on her, and that being so close to nature helped her develop the balanced and healthy lifestyle she so much treasures today. Lucia graduated in Translation and Interpretation in Madrid. After working in different areas related to communication (EU institutions, financial services, education), she radically altered her career path joining a Spanish multinational fast-fashion company in Germany. She recently graduated with an MBA from HEC Paris and is pursuing new opportunities in a field very close to her heart: Sustainability.  

Dr. Peter Horneffer


Dr. Horneffer has been working to advance medical education as a passion for many years. After attending Yale as an undergraduate and Johns Hopkins for medical school and residency, he practiced medicine as a cardiac surgeon in Maryland, USA. In mid-career, he was asked to help bring medical education to the under served in the Pacific area. As Dean of a medical school, based in Western Samoa, he led it to be the first accredited in the world to use an entirely online-delivered didactic curriculum and educate students simultaneously on multiple continents. Today he is helping evolve medical education models and serves as Executive Dean for a small Jamaican school (AAIMS). At Lecturio, he serves as Director of Medical Education, helping shape its innovative offering which includes supporting development initiatives in Africa and Afghanistan.

Yasha Young

concept creator and executive creative director of URBAN NATION

Yasha Young is the concept creator and executive creative director of URBAN NATION, Berlin’s first museum of urban contemporary art and a unique artistic project on a global scale. She is deeply involved in the international art scene as a curator, innovator, project developer, art carrier and high-profile collection manager. Her current work with URBAN NATION is the extension of her unique and global network of artists, collectors and entrepreneurs.
Yasha Young created and founded the two internationally renowned exhibition and art projects Project M/ and ONE WALL as well as the progressive international artistres idency program for urban contemporary artists Fresh A.I.R.

Patrick Esume

American Football Coach,
TV-Moderator & Author

Patrick “Coach” Esume is Germany’s leading expert in American Football. Several times, he won the German Bowl, the Euro Bowl and the World Bowl as player as well as trainer. He held different positions as trainer of the Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns, which makes him the first and still only German coach in the NFL. With “Team France” he won the World Games in 2017 and the European Championships in 2018. Moreover, Patrick is TV-expert and commentator for “ran FOOTBALL” and his book “Believe the Hype” was at the top of the SPIEGEL bestseller-list. Beyond inspiring people as a speaker and motivational coach, he also is active in several charity campaigns, e.g. in cooperation with the SOS Kinderdorf or an initiative against cybermobbing.   

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