Dr. Ziad Mahayni



Management 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.

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.

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



Head of Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI)
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.

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