Faculty

Harald Neidhardt

Harald Neidhardt

CEO & Curator, futur/io CEO & Curator, MLOVE, Hamburg

“We live in times of unprecedented change & opportunity. Together, we can create a new generation of European leadership for a better tomorrow.”

Harald is passionate about meaning in technology, the future of exponential technologies and its opportunities for society, brands and entrepreneurs – especially in Europe.

Together with a select group of an inspiring futurist faculty, leading innovators and creative minds, he is launching a new platform and community for European innovation leaders to help co-create a vision for desirable futures.

For MLOVE, Harald created M – the MLOVE Forum, as an unconventional event series that brings together innovators for inspiring events at amazing locations.

Harald is a Singularity University alumnus and has spoken on Innovation at events, including TEDx, SXSW, SingularityU Summit (NL/USA), Wired, Next, MWC/4YFN and is speaker at corporate executive events.

Maks Giordano

Maks Giordano

Co-Founder, kreait, Berlin Partner & faculty, futur/io

“After WWW and Mobile, Industries will be transformed by the exponential developments of technology as the third wave of digital disruption. In these times of hyper-innovation and hyper-growth, it becomes mandatory that we all learn the necessary skill sets to cope with this change.”

Maks Giordano is a digital strategist and creative with more than twenty years of experience in digital projects. He co-founded the digital consultancy kreait to create user-centric and highly relevant digital services and helping organizations with their digital transformation.

He is the former Head of Innovation at ProSieben and held executive positions at MetaDesign AG and ID Media AG. He published the first German Books about Usability and Mobile Business and is a judge at the Webby Awards.

Maks holds an MBA in Media & Communication from the University of St. Gallen.

Martin Wezowski

Martin Wezowski

Chief Designer & Futurist, SAP

“Future of work is the future of humans. What is work, what is human in a superhuman future? That question drives my current mission to map, build, inspire and design a future we want to live in.”

Martin crafts future outlooks, strategies and products, de nes and runs innovation frameworks to nd out what’s next for SAP and the future of work. He was named 1 of 100 most innovative minds in Germany by the biggest nancial newspaper Handelsblatt in March 2017.

He tries to share his experiences (with talks at TEDx, CES, SxSW, Webit, Ada Lovelace, CeBIT, MOBx, Grace Hopper, SIME, etc.), by drawing from his adventures, which have stretched from Poland to Sweden, China to Germany, and across companies like SAP, Sony and Huawei. There are few Sci-Fi movies he has not yet seen, there are hundreds of forests he would love to explore by mountain bike. Ask him about any of the above and watch for the spark in his eyes as you prepare to be fascinated.

Maurice Conti

Maurice Conti

Chief Innovation Officer, Telefónica Alpha

“We have an opportunity to change the course of our future history. The time is now, but to do that we need to assemble the brightest minds, the greatest visionaries and the most powerful technology, all in concert, to meet the challenges and opportunities that face our species, and our planet. futur/io is just the kind of place where this could happen.”

Maurice is a visionary designer, futurist, innovator and explorer of geographies & cultures. He has worked with startups, government agencies, artists and corporations to explore the things that will matter to us in the future, and to design solutions to get us there.

Maurice is currently Chief Innovation Offier at Telefónica’s Alpha – Europe’s first moonshot factory. He and his team are responsible for coming up with the ideas, prototypes, and proofs of concept that will go on to become full-blown moonshots at Alpha; projects that will affect 100 Million people or more, be a force for good on the planet and grow into impactful businesses.

In 2009 he was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Bravery at Sea by the United Nations, the New Zealand Bravery Medal and a U.S. Coast Guard Citation for Bravery for risking his own life to save three shipwrecked sailors.

Maurice is freshly transplanted from Silicon Valley to Barcelona, Spain, and travels around the world speaking to groups about innovation, technology trends, the future, and high adventure. His 2016 TED talk on AI and technology augmenting humanity has been viewed more than 4 million times.

Alexander Mankowsky

Alexander Mankowsky

Futurist, Daimler AG

“In a dystopian future, technology drives culture, in an utopian world, it is the other way around. I hope we can contribute to the latter.”

Born in Berlin in 1957, Alexander studied Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology at the Free University of Berlin. He graduated in 1984 with the title of Diplom Soziologe.

After four years in social services helping troubled children, he decided to follow the Zeitgeist and enrolled at a post graduate university, focusing on the then new field of Artificial Intelligence. After heavy programming in OOS and Prolog, he earned the title of ‘Knowledge Engineer.’ Since 1989, Alexander has worked in the research unit at Daimler AG, initially focusing on societal trends in mobility. This led him in 2001 to his current field of work – ‘Future, Human & Technology.’

Alexander is focused on human-centered innovation utilizing futuristic technological concepts. He is embedded in Daimler’s rich and diverse creative network.

Diana Kinnert

Diana Kinnert

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Global Media House; newsgreen

“I feel it as my personal moral responsibility not to stop the future but to shape it in a more humane, more caring way, rather than with fear and aggression.”

Diana—born in 1991 in Wuppertal, Germany—is a politician for Germany‘s CDU party, an adviser and entrepreneur in the field of media and the green economy, and a political author and journalist.

Diana previously served as Chief of Staff of the Vice-President of the German Bundestag Peter Hintze. Additionally, she worked for the Chairman of the CDU–Dr. Peter Tauber–regarding the reformation and digitalization of political parties. She was a member of the youth advisory board of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. Since 2012, she has supported the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations and fought for intergenerational justice and sustainability.

In 2013, Diana was selected as an ambassador for democracy for the German Department of foreign affairs in Northern Tunisia. She was also selected by the prestigious St. Gallen Symposium as one of the Leaders of Tomorrow 2017.

She founded the news platform newsgreen.net in order to provide information about green and sustainable innovations and technologies. In addition, her first book, about “modern conservatism,” was published in May 2017. Diana writes a weekly column on politics and domestic affairs for ZEIT ONLINE, one of the biggest newspapers in Germany.

Maurizio Rossi

Maurizio Rossi

Co-CEO, H-Farm, Venice Executive member, Vatican Art & Technology Council

“I like the idea of a new ‘Institute‘ generation for the digital age, where the culture behind science, research, and technology is different from that of the past.”

A curiosity-driven dreamer and ever the keen observer, Maurizio likes to discover and understand differences in people‘s lifestyles and cultures. He‘s fascinated by how technologies impact our daily lives and their influence on society and cultures. Thanks to his dynamic personality, he has developed an important network of international connections.

In 2005, Maurizio and his partner Riccardo co-founded H-FARM to pioneer the startup industry in Italy and Europe. As Co-CEO of the listed holding company, he focused on international relations.

He is also an executive member of the VATC – Vatican Art & Technology Council, an organization chaired by Arianna Huffington, and made up of a selected group of senior technologists and art experts from around the world, and is a member of KIN,  the Kellogg Innovation Network. It’s a worldwide innovators community of innovators collaborating with the Northwestern Kellogg School of Chicago.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Blechinger

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Blechinger

Rector, University of Applied Science, Salzburg Founder, Salzburg Urstein Institut

“My hope for our future is that we will live in peace and prosperity. If we work hard enough, we will cope with climate change and we will manage the end of fossil energy. Our greatest effort must be the ending of political stupidity and aggression.”

Gerhard is an art historian, philosopher, serial entrepreneur and the current Rector of the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Austria.

He is also a board member of a nancial services company, a member of the Technology Department of Academy of Sciences and Arts Salzburg.

Gerhard has previously held the following positions: Dean of the faculty MultiMediaArt at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg; Lecturer for Media Theory at the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Munich; Head of the Institute of Design and Technology at the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland; Vice-Rector for Research and Development at the University of Design and Art Zurich, Switzerland; Vice-Director of the Media Museum at the Center for Art & Media Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany and Director of the Medialab at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Marc Goldberg

Marc Goldberg

CEO, Maslow Capital Partners, Paris Co-Host, Kinnernet Europe, Avallon

“By fostering a dialog on desirable futures, we can create the norms and moralities needed today and tomorrow for the digital humanities.”

Marc Goldberg is the founding partner of Maslow Capital Partners a global growth merchant bank focused on the information industry.

Prior to founding Maslow, Marc was a founding member of the Reuters Greenhouse Fund and Occam Capital. He sold Occam Capital to Bryan Garnier & Co. to launch BGPI. Marc brings more than 20 years of investment experience in TMT Europe/USA with more than 50 transactions as principal and 50 transactions as adviser, as well as 15 years of IT operation background in Europe/ USA as the former Chief Architect of Reuters.

Marc is the executive producer and co-host of Kinnernet Europe an annual ”un-conference” where 200+ innovators gather to foster a global conversation on desirable futures. He completed a BS/MS at Paris VI University, Post Graduate studies at Stanford and IHEDN session 61. He is an avid explorer and long-distance runner.

Yuri van Geest

Yuri van Geest

CEO, ExOxo Co-Author, Exponential Organizations Initiator & Founder, Singularity University, The Netherlands

“My biggest fears are climate change, social cohesion, empathy gap, migration, and cyber-war. And my biggest hopes are that new generations, new technologies (mostly Quantum, CRISPR, Light and AI) will solve our global challenges and create a future of abundance, decentralization and interplanetary consciousness.”

By focusing on organizational and technological innovation, digitization and society, Yuri has helped hundreds of thousands of people around the globe to embrace exponential thinking – and has been doing since 2008.

In 2017, Thinkers 50 recognized Yuri as one of the top-50 best emerging management book authors in the world.

As co-author of the highly acclaimed best-selling business book Exponential Organizations, he influenced Prime Ministers, Boards and C-suites in 6 continents.

His first book is the most successful business book authored by a Dutch person in the last 40 years. It has been translated into the 17 most widely-spoken languages, including Chinese.

Yuri is the initiator and founder of Singularity University The Netherlands – the first spin-off in the world outside Silicon Valley. This new initiative was opened by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.

His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Forbes, Bloomberg and Fortune.

Bart de Witte

Bart de Witte

Director of Digital Health DACH, IBM

“I strongly believe that we can transform our healthcare systems into the digital age, while at the same time guarantee we decrease inequalities on a global level.”

Bart is an innovator, a disruptor, an intrapreneur and a healthcare nerd. He holds degrees from various universities in Belgium and has followed several other post-university tracks at national and international business schools, including Harvard Business School.

He is a faculty member of the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich on digital health, and is a founder of the Austrian Quantifed Self Organization. He is a global health-care keynote speaker, speaking at more than 20 conferences each year.

After 18 years of global digital health experience in 26 countries, Bart has co-founded a Health & Life Science unit, which focuses on digital health transformation, stimulates innovation, and leverages the company’s investments in cognitive solutions and Watson Health.

He currently acts as the Director of Digital Health DACH at IBM Germany. Bart has been involved in leading-edge technologies and new IT businesses, including intimate involvement as a mentor in the formation and growth of a dozen startups within the healthcare sector. He is passionate about technology and data-driven transformation of healthcare systems and he brings a wealth of experience and understands well the barriers to innovation in healthcare.

Friederike Korte

Friederike Korte

Co-Creation Future Scientist, Frida Futura, Berlin Design Thinking Faculty, futur/io

‘As for the future, your task is not to foresee it but to enable it’
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“For me, enabling the future means co-creating it.”

Friederike has broad experience facilitating Design Thinking and Innovation training for organizations in the public and private sector.

She is an expert in future science methodologies like trend analysis and scenario building.

She has a great passion for co-creation and non-hierarchical, creative and cross-sectoral problem solving. Her goal is to make organizations fit and literate for transformation and help to find a new defnition of work for humans in a digital world.

She graduated from the HPI School of Design Thinking and holds a Masters degree in Future Science.

Pascal Weinberger

Pascal Weinberger

Head of Rapid-Development & AI, Telefónica Alpha Innovation Executive Director, Kairos Society Global Shaper, World Economic Forum

“I am working towards a future where we can all have equal chances to pursue our goals in life, no matter what the birth-lottery gave you. I am working to build technologies that can help us get there!
I am working towards understanding the greatest puzzles of all time—our brains—and using the insights gained to solve some of the world‘s most pressing problems!”

Pascal is a curious mind, mostly interested in understanding intelligence, so-called consciousness, and neuroscience in the context of intelligently acting, planning, feeling and thinking agents.

He aims to help bridge the gap between machine learning and neuroscience in order to understand how the brain works and whenceforth build truly and generally intelligent machines.

He hopes to be able to use the insights he gains in the process of learning for the good impact on humanity.

Further academic interests include Maths (especially Discrete, Graph-Theory and multidimensional Analysis), Physics, String-Theory, and CS. Pretty much everything that makes you think and wonder about the beauty of nature.

His dream is to be able to work towards a simple and complete theory of Intelligence.

Marc Buckley

Marc Buckley

Sustainable Futurist, and Impact Innovator – CEO, ANJA, ALOHAS ECO-Center

“Exponential disruption will not only occur because of the quantum leaps start-ups and companies are taking in the digital age but also due to the globally unknown effects of climate change and deteriorating infrastructures. Climate-resilient business models and sustainable development is the way to successful impact in the future. I see a very bright and optimistic future.”

As an UN SDG Advocate, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries.

His aim is to reform the agriculture, food and beverage industry with impactful projects and moonshot companies. For example, he teaches and speaks worldwide on climate change and food reform. Marc has also taught entrepreneurs how to build and grow resilient, sustainable, and profitable businesses.

The most prominent examples are ANJA GmbH & Co. KG and the ALOHAS ECO-Center, which he co-founded and where he serves as Chief Executive Officer. The ALOHAS ECO-Center is a sustainable food and beverage production company that creates renewable energy and resources without fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, or waste. As an expert on sustainable development, Marc consults for companies in their renewable transition with specialization in innovative systems, recycling, packaging, and organic, raw, and vegan products.

Tim Leberecht

Tim Leberecht

Co-Founder and Co-CEO The Business Romantic Society

“These are transformative and trying times. We need a positive vision for the future of technology and humanity. We need a new ‘sentimental education’ so we can thrive in an age of machines.”

Tim is a German-American author and the co-founder and co-CEO of The Business Romantic Society, a firm that helps organizations and leaders craft and implement humanist visions, platforms, and experiences in the age of machines. Previously, Tim served as CMO of NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm. From 2006 to 2013, he served as CMO of the renowned product design and innovation consultancy Frog Design.

Tim is the author of The Business Romantic (HarperCollins, 2015), which has been translated into nine languages. Tim’s writing has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc, Psychology Today, and Wired. He has spoken at TED, DLD, Future Day, The Economist, SXSW, Thinking Digital, and the World Economic Forum. His TED Talks — “3 Ways to (Usefully) Lose Control of Your Brand” and most recently “4 Ways to Build a Human Company in the Age of Machines” — have been viewed by nearly 2.5 million people.

Tim serves on the World Economic Forum’s Europe Policy Group. He is the co-founder and co-curator of the 15 Toasts dinner series and the House of Beautiful Business.

Gerd Bührig

Gerd Bührig

Former Head of Bertelsmann University Founder, Learning Expedition

“The future needs more courage and we need a place to share our compassion and collectively enhance our curiosity in order to create as many opportunities as possible for what we call desire.”

Gerd was born in 1957 and turning 60 this year is about to open a new chapter of his life outside of the restrictions of corporate environments. He spent more than 25 years at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KgaA, a major player in the media and services business.

Apart from building a diverse range of internal learning programs and institutions–e.g. the Bertelsmann Corporate University with Harvard Business School, INSEAD, IESE and other renowned partners, he was involved in organizational development projects under the headline of ”digital transformation.”

He also was responsible for the HR function of an international division and served as Country CEO. He studied adult education, was trained as an actor and learned the virtues of ”Systems Thinking,” likely before many in the corporate world had even considered it.

Bastian Schäfer

Bastian Schäfer

Innovation Manager Airbus Operations GmbH

“We need to create a European vision of the future of technology and society and have to find answers to big questions for our global citizenship.”

Bastian Schäfer is a maverick, a kitesurfer, a TED speaker, finds time to be a father of a boy and a girl and besides all of this an automotive engineer.

At Airbus, he designed A340 In-Flight Entertainment equipment, supported the A380 stairs development, and was involved in the design of the A350 XWB lavatories. In 2009, he joined the Cabin Innovation Strategy & Concepts team in Hamburg and was a member of the project team who created the Airbus Concept Cabin with its bionic structure.

This work resulted in talks at TEDGlobal 2013 and BOLDtalks 2013, and interviews with Forbes, BBC, CNN, TheTakeaway, juri Magazin, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and VDI Nachrichten.

Bastian is the project leader of the Bionic Partition project where he is focusing on generative design approaches combined with 3D printing technology in a joint-innovation project with Autodesk and other partners. Besides 3D printing, his professional interests are Synthetic Biology, Robotics, Bio-Quantum-Nano-Technology, and Sustainability (“cradle-to-cradle”).

Jeremy Abbett

Jeremy Abbett

Creative Evangelist

Julie Katharina Schmidt

Julie Katharina Schmidt

Faculty Research, futur/io

Nicolai Andersen

Nicolai Andersen

Chief Innovation Officer & Head of The Garage Deloitte

“We can only create a desirable future if we are open to learn from each other, and we can only create a desirable future if we are open to lead the necessary change.”

Nicolai was first exposed to AI at the age of 15, when he tried to teach his Atari 1040 ST to think like a human through a BASIC program. That did not work out. In the 1990s he studied Business & Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and took courses in Genetic Algorithms for a second attempt at creating real AI. Again it did not work out.

In the meantime, he is heading The Deloitte Garage and serving as Chief Innovation Officer of Deloitte in the EMEA region. Through these roles, he is exposed to the question of how AI and other Tech Trends might replace our jobs – or how they could actually create new business opportunities.

Even more importantly, he was exposed to the following question: How can you transform a traditional corporate environment into a platform for innovation? This is much more about the human side of change than the technological side of change.

Nicolai thinks it is very important to build the future on the fundament of a well-educated society. He is a member of the board of “Initiative D21” and leads their group working on “Ethics in the digital world”. In his free time, he also likes to build fantastic desirable futures together with his four daughters and tons of Legos. And he loves to let his thoughts take journeys while he plays music or runs through the mud.

Julia von Winterfeldt

Julia von Winterfeldt

CEO/Founder, Soulworx Change Evangelist & Human Leadership Advocate

“My desirable future is one in which leaders have awakened! Awakened to their soul being. Everybody, every organisation, has soul – it’s about finding it. When we find our soul, we act with purpose. Purpose creates passion. Passion drives curiosity. Curiosity unravels the unknown. And the unknown propels both the individual as well as the organization to grow and evolve towards its purpose.”

Benefitting her curiosity for what is possible, Julia spent her first twenty working years in Digital Agency and Technology Consulting firms creating digital products and services for an array of multinationals, and was continually at the forefront of disruptive technological innovation. Amongst other positions, she led Unilever’s digital transformation, later was Managing Partner at Accenture Interactive and last stop, General Manager at AKQA Germany.

Today she is CEO and Founder of SOULWORX – a networked collective that encourages leaders to find their soul, reassess company purpose and culture, and to inspire their teams and employees to experiment with new transformative plays. Why? To ignite long-lasting positive change, drive growth and sustain innovation.

For Julia, ‘being human’ is the secret ingredient for desirable futures. Leading ourselves with deeper purpose, solidarity and prese ce, and re-humanizing organizations. It sounds so simple, yet it is the most complex task we have ahead of us.

Claas Nieraad

Claas Nieraad

Managing Partner, New Commercial Room Partner, futur/io Fund, Hamburg

“The potential for a successful future lies in the hearts of entrepreneurs. Sometimes it is difficult for them to convince the public of the potential of their ideas. That‘s why I try to be a good listener & translator and to make their ideas heard!”

Claas started his career in the old economy at AEG and Electrolux Group, where he discovered his passion for emerging industries. That is what is driving him until today. After being on Wall Street with American Heritage Management Corp. and participating in the first internet based IPOs in the 90’s, his passion for tech and disrupting technologies became stronger still. He is Co-founder of New Commercial Room an early stage VC company based in Hamburg, where he manages a portfolio of high-tech growth companies, ranging from medical devices (Celon AG – exit to Olympus), to media (moreTV), SaaS, IT and Cybersecurity (SciEngines).

As an Angel Investor, he privately invested in companies including buch.de (IPO), wire card (IPO), Realtime Technology AG (exit to Dassault), Compass (exit to Sage) and with BtoV Investor Network. He actively mentors numerous German startups, Accelerator Programs (Next Media, BizLab) and the High Tech Gründerfonds. Through the High Profile Angel network in Switzerland, he enjoys access to prime international Deal Flow and Investors. Furthermore, Claas holds several board positions and is a live musician.

Prof. Dr. Henning Vöpel

Prof. Dr. Henning Vöpel

Director and CEO Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)

“My utopian hopes – as opposed to my dystopian fears – are linked to our ability to deploy new technologies and economic opportunities in order to solve humanitarian problems and to develop a more progressive and sustainable society.”

Henning Vöpel has been Director and CEO of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) since 2014. In 2010, he was appointed Professor for Economics at HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration. His research areas include business cycle analysis, fiscal and monetary policy, as well as the digital economy.

After studying economics at the University of Hamburg, Professor Vöpel completed his doctorate in 2004 on the topic of the stabilization effects of fiscal policy. He worked concurrently as a research associate in the Faculty for Business and Economics. For the next two years, he worked as an independent business consultant.

In 2006, Professor Vöpel took part in the joint economic forecast of the leading economic research institutes on behalf of the German government. In 2009, he was invited by the US Department of State to carry out research in Washington D.C., San Francisco and Boston at Harvard and MIT as part of the International Young Leadership Program.

Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord MBE

Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord MBE

CEO, Bayer Foundations Impact Investor, Innovation Enthusiast

“My dream: turning the mega-challenges of our times into opportunities for future progress and prosperity in society by creating novel value chains capable to bring better lives for the billions. Also I’d love to change public perception about the capabilities of the earth by using the disruptive power of innovation.”

Thimo’s special interest areas are frontier science and impact innovations. He is passionate about the creation of social action and societal impact by applying purpose-driven tech innovations to the world’s biggest challenges. He sees his role in the transformation of business excellence into the non-profit sector and in the connection of pioneering ideas to power, knowledge, and funding.

He holds Master degrees in Business Management and Genetic Engineering from Kitakyushi University (Japan), Bloomington University (USA), the University of Greenwich (London, UK) and the Steinbeis University (Berlin). He is also a carpenter by training.

Markus Durstewitz

Markus Durstewitz

Head of Innovation Methods and Tools Airbus Operations GmbH

“Today, the rapid changes in digital technologies and new disruptive business models impact the way we work and live.
I want to raise awareness and understanding of the challenges and massive opportunities presented by these changes.”

Markus is inspired by nature. He loves outdoor activities and believes that nature is our greatest teacher. There are so many things to learn. The dream of flying is as old as mankind. He has always been passionate about aviation and space exploration. Markus is particularly interested in the collaboration and interaction between human and machine. Finally, it is the experience that creates the value.

With nearly 25 years in the aerospace industry, Markus had the chance to experience many different perspectives in key positions along the complete value chain of aviation. As an expert in new IT methods, he was involved in the early days of Augmented Reality applications and knowledge-based systems.

Today, further digitalization of industrial processes, sensor networks, big data, advanced analytics, robots and smart collaboration are on the agenda. He sees innovation as a viral approach and he knows that it is triggering the immune-system of the organization. Today, his mission is the establishment of a sustainable innovation culture and the operation of an effective innovation eco-system at Airbus, in order to benefit both the customer and the user, and to provide purpose in what we do.

Dirk Schart

Dirk Schart

Head of PR & Marketing, Re’flekt HyperLeader, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

“We live in one of the most fascinating times with access to knowledge, data, and technology. My vision is that we converge the single elements and adapt them to human needs.”

Dirk is a Tech Startup Ninja and an Augmented and Virtual Reality savant with significant experience in Public Relations and Growth Marketing. He turned the Augmented Reality startup RE’FLEKT into a globally recognized brand known for cutting-edge technology and builds the workplace of the future with Augmented and Mixed Reality.

Dirk is the coauthor of the top-rated book “Augmented and Mixed Reality” and has been mentioned and interviewed by VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Huntington Post and many others. Dirk is HyperLeader of the Los Angeles based transportation company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and created stunning Augmented Windows.

Dirk is a startup mentor at Wayra, the Telefónica accelerator, where he advises technology startups on their PR and Growth strategies in Europe and the USA. He concocted an award-winning strategy for the aviation startup SkyWork and knows from his time at Europe’s largest Insurance company, the Allianz Group, how to collaborate as a startup with the corporate world. Dirk loves mountain biking and skiing and hopes to run the New York Marathon.

Malte Kosub

Malte Kosub

CEO & Co-Founder, Future of Voice

“I am firmly convinced that voice & increasingly intelligent machines will play a significant role in the future human-machine interaction and will disrupt a bunch of current business models. I am excited to discuss this issue with the thought leaders of this generation at futur/io and to positively influence the world.”

Malte Kosub is co-founder and managing director of “Future of Voice” – a Berlin-based company which was one of the firrst companies in Germany building Skills for Amazon Alexa and which was awarded as the first and—until now—only Alexa Champion in Germany.

At Future of Voice, he advises companies such as Bayerischer Rundfunk, Evonik, ERGO, Messe Frankfurt or WWF on the topic of voice assistants. Prior to joining Future of Voice, he founded the e-commerce start-up Wandnotiz, which he sold to a mid-sized printing company in early 2017.

In addition, he founded Talented—the largest music contest for schools in Germany. For his extraordinary honorary commitment, he received several awards, including one from the Federal Ministry of Economics and the Hermann Ehlers Foundation. Malte holds a degree in business administration from the University of Hamburg, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Elena Malakhatka

Elena Malakhatka

Ph.D. Candidate, KTH Royal Institute of Technology VR/AR & Big Data, faculty futur/io

Elena is the Ph.D Candidate at KTH Live-in-Lab and founder of VR Sci Fest – the biggest in Europe festival dedicated to VR/AR application in Science. She is conducting her research in the area of ‘Big data in the smart buildings’ and constantly exploring how data and information could be re-thinking and representing in the new way.​

Steffen Klusmann

Steffen Klusmann

Editor in Chief, Manager Magazin

He studied economics in Mainz, Glasgow and Hamburg and started working as a volunteer journalist at Georg von Holtzbrinck school afterwards. His first professional experiences included working as an editor at Wirtschaftswoche and manager magazin, where he reported about business, politics and technology trends. In 1999 Steffen joined “Financial Times Deutschland”, which published its first issue in February 2000. In 2003 Steffen returned to manager magazin, working temporary as deputy editor-in-chief. FTD appointed him as editor-in-chief in 2004 and he held the same position at “Capital” in 2009. “Financial Times
Deutschland” was taken off the market in 2013. Steffen returned to manager magazin as editor-in-chief.

Sophia Swire

Sophia Swire

Founder & CEO, Future Brilliance Social Impact, faculty futur/io

Holger Weiss

Holger Weiss

CEO, German Autolabs AI & Mobility, faculty futur/io

Klaus Madzia

Klaus Madzia

Kolumnist futurezone.de, Strategic Thinker, Co-Founder of Advanto.de

Klaus has been part of the digital revolution for the past 30 years. As a journalist at DER SPIEGEL and ECONY/BRAND EINS he has written extensively about the people dreaming, designing and shaping our future. He founded Net Business, the leading digital business news-magazine after working for six years at DER SPIEGEL and managing editor of SPIEGEL ONLINE.

For the past years Klaus has been advising global companies such as DHL, Deutsche Bank or AstraZeneca about the digital future, started new print and online publications and worked with many start ups in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, New York and Tel Aviv.

He is currently the lead columnist for futurezone.de, the leading online magazine from Funke Mediengruppe in Berlin  and has advised the publisher of futurezone about new developments and trends.

Salzburg Lecturers :

Matthias Röder

Matthias Röder

CEO Herbert von Karajan Institute Salzburg

Matthias Röder is the managing director of the Karajan Institute and is responsible for the overall strategy and worldwide business development of the KARAJAN brand and associated products. Röder joined the Karajan Institute in 2011 from Harvard University, where he was a member of the music faculty and received a PhD in musicology in 2010.

At Harvard he founded the Digital Musicology Study Group (now at MIT) and worked on several music technology and digital learning projects with partners such as the Packard Humanities Institute or the American rock band Incubus. Prior to Harvard University, Matthias studied music at the renowned Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

 

Seda Röder

Seda Röder

Founder, Sonophilia

Seda Röder, “the piano hacker”, is an unorthodox musician and leadership consultant specialized in scaling creative output in organizations. She is a sought-after speaker and the co-founder of the Sonophilia network; a global think-tank for creative leadership and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Dijana Galijasevic

Dijana Galijasevic

Initiator and co-founder of Positive Business Lab

Dijana finds meaning in cultivating human connections, inspiring others to bring out their true best, while being motivated to associate kind-awareness with universal human collaboration.

From a governmental role to co-founding a startup, she applied her skills in innovation, creativity and kindness to create the world’s first international senior exchange. She became an organizational development enthusiast during her ESADE Master program and continued her journey at the Organizational Development program at Columbia University with the motivation to make working environments more human and companies more positively purposeful.

Positive Business Lab is inspiring organizations and individuals to find their genuine positive purpose, bringing awareness to each change agent’s role in our world. Moreover, it is exploring and experimenting with ways to connect purposeful people in order to build authentic businesses.

Prof. Carlo Carraro

Prof. Carlo Carraro

President Emeritus and Professor of Economics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Carlo Carraro is President Emeritus and Professor of Economics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He was President of the University of Venice from 2009 to 2014. He is President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) and member of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is also Strategic Advisor of the Euro Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC), a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and Co-Chair of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform Advisory Committee. He is President of H-Farm Education and the HforHuman Foundation. He is also Scientific Director of the Fondazione Nord Est and a Research Fellow of CEPR, London, CESifo, Munich and CEPS, Brussels.

Andreas Spechtler

Since 1992, Andreas has been active in the international technology business, with 26 years experience in technology, licensing business, digital entertainment, international marketing, sales and support, and international business development. He was worked in Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the USA. He looks back on many years of startup experience and incubation inside global corporations as well as his ventures when he himself was the entrepreneur.

Andreas worked for German, Japanese and American multinational companies and started his first company in 1999 in Munich. It was a wireless service provider for the logistics industry. He at Sony for more than a decade, and offered his expertise in various management functions, including managing director of Sony NetServices, the incubation lab of Sony Europe, with offices in Salzburg, Berlin and London. One key product was StreamMan, the first mobile music streaming service (similar to Spotify) launched 2004 in Finland with TeliaSonera on 3G, and marketed by the Vodafone Group as RadioDJ. He also was MD for Real Networks EMEA for more than three years. From 2010 to 2016, Andreas led the international business of Dolby Laboratories as President Dolby International (based in Amsterdam and London) and successfully expanded the business in all areas, and opened new offices in Dubai, Moscow, and Madrid.

Since 2017 Andreas, has been growing his newest initiative, Silicon Castles: A Strategic Business Accelerator for technology IP licensing businesses. The Silicon Castles’s stated goals are:
• Transforming ideas into intellectual property and scaleable products.
• Leading growth from initial opportunities to global success.
• Educating and Mentoring talents and teams to become top class performers.

Silicon Castles is focusing on talents, entrepreneurs and startups from Europe, now starting in Salzburg (the first castle) and will later be establishing a network of Silicon Castles in Europe because “We have the talents and educational base for innovation.” Silicon Castles is creating a “Silicon Valley-esque environment“ with global innovation and IP mindset for global business development.

Andreas also founded the Startup Executive Academy — a top-class Executive Education for founders and startup executives in the Castle of Urstein in Salzburg, Austria. Lead professor is Baba Shiv from Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2018, Silicon Castles will offer an executive education for Corporate Executives, a Corporate Executive Academy.

Andreas also serves as Executive Chairman of Authentic Vision, member of the Board of Mimi Hearing Technologies and Research Studios Austria and is advisor to the rector of the Fachhochschule Salzburg.