Chairman and COO Hyperloop
Bibop G. Gresta is considered worldwide as experts in finance, transportation and media, specializing in mass market community building and project design and world renowned speaker. He's in the board in several humanitarian projects. Activist in Transhumanism and Ethical Entrepreneurship.
He has become partner with Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and co-founder of Jump Starter, Inc. and Deputy Chairman and COO for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. Bibop coordinates a team of 450 engineers in 21 countries which is currently building the first Hyperloop. In Tv Bibop was host, author and producer of hit programs on TV networks like MTV, Tmc2 and acted with a mainstream role in two films: "Il Segreto Del Giaguaro" and "Tobia Al Caffè".
Head of Business Development Leybold
With 10+ years professional experience, I am a self-motivated and resourceful executive with a proven ability to build, develop and lead global teams and processes to maximize profitability, efficiency and ultimately shareholder value.
Change excites me, new challenges spur me. High-pressure and high-stakes environments are the right places for me. I am a problem solver, able to develop and execute strategy programs in global organizations.
Speaking 5+ languages and having lived more than 14+ years in foreign countries across 3 continents, I possess excellent communication and intercultural skills and am able to establish sustainable and profitable relationships with customers and suppliers, team members and executives as well as stake- and shareholders alike.
Dr. Giordano Koch is CEO at HYVE Innovation Community. In the course of his career at HYVE he initiated and developed the business sectors “Open Government” and “Open Innovation Consulting”. He studied in Passau, Cleveland, at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and graduated at the WHU Vienna and University of Hamburg.
He is lecturer at the University of Linz and often booked as speaker, referring to various best practices and combining them with scientific findings. Innovation is everywhere: in Open Innovation, Crowdsourcing and Co-Creation. Please expect incredible stories, broad expertise and different perspectives from industry, politics and science.
Co-Founder and CEO at CoFunder
Founder European Crowdfunding Network
European Crowdfunding Network, Brussels, Executive Director and Founder | Lendery, London, Co-founder | Slingshot Return, Hamburg, Co-Founder | European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum at the European Commission, Brussels, Member | Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (FGF), Advisory Board Member | FutureMediaLab, Brussels, Advisor | InnoHub, Hamburg, Mentor
EU Commissioner Digital Economy & Society
Günther Oettinger´s responsibilities include reparing ambitious legislative steps towards a connected Digital Single Market by breaking down national silos in telecoms regulation, in copyright and data protection legislation, in the management of radio waves and in the application of competition law.
CEO Anirot Development Organisation
Irene is the CEO of Anirot Development Organisation, active in the fields of business development and research, funding, PR and marketing. She has gained extensive experience in European strategy and policy, national policy and initiative promotion, entrepreneurship and innovation. She is a trainer and mentor for start-ups and new businesses, aiding businesses to prepare for funding rounds and an experienced EU project manager, both in previous FP7 and Leonardo da Vinci projects and currently for Horizon and Erasmus+. She is also the Founder of Crowdfunding Cyprus, an organisation advocating crowd-related activities, aiming to establish Cyprus as a crowdfunding hub for the wider region. Irene advocates female entrepreneurship and regularly speaks on topics of policy change, crowdsourcing, stakeholder engagement in social projects and the gender gap.
Crowd Mentor Network
Driven by innovation, Michael´s focus is to understand the risks and chances of crowd-based phenomenas like CrowdSourcing, CrowdInnovation and Crowdfunding. Michael is head of the board at the CrowdSourcing Association and the German CrowdFounding Network. He serves as adviser for the EU Commission in the CrowdFunding Stakeholder Group in Brussels and a nominated member of the TAB Begleitkreis „Digitale Arbeit“ for the Deutschen Bundestag.
CEO of ISN – Innovation Service Network
Since 2001 he is founder and CEO of isn-innovation service network, Austrian's leading innovation company. As entrepreneur and founder of five further startups he supervises the innovation management processes of several leading Austrian companies.
2007 he started Austrian's 1. Crowdsourcing platform www.neurovation.net. In 2012 he established Austria’s first crowdinvesting platform 1000x1000.at. Reinhard Willfort is co-founder of the European Crowdfunding Network and Secretary of the Board of Directors.
CEO & Founding Partner of Better Ventures
Shelley’s arch-enemy is the status quo and she will do anything to defeat it. A highly successful entrepreneur with her eye perpetually to the horizons of innovation, marketing, crowdsourcing and venture capital, Shelley is driven to create net-new enterprise business models focused around participation with her global clients and global team. She co-founded Better Ventures in 2015 after previously founding Chaordix, Stormworks and Adventure Capital. Shelley might just spend more time up in the air than George Clooney and breaks from flying and entrepreneurship only long enough for the odd glass of cider and weekend away at her place on Salt Spring Island. Shelley lives in London, UK and right at this minute is probably thinking of ways to realize the possibilities she can see in her mind’s eye.
Chief Product Officer of Crowdio
Diyan is creating the first platform for crowdsourced, on-demand sales force. What started as a simple irritation with unavailable online support outside of working hours is now a global way to tap into the world’s sales talent, and to create a new economy for hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Building on the his research-led experiences, Diyan went on to work on the digital transformations of some of the biggest companies in Europe, including Coloplast, Telecom Austria, Technopolis, and LVMH.
Recently Diyan has been involved in the non-profit sector as an ambassador, trainer, and adviser on global trends such as the sharing economy, crowdsourcing, and crowd-based community building.
Head of Risk, e-Residency
Founder of CrowdfundingHub
Ronald is a former IT entrepreneur and has an extensive track record in crowdfunding. Four years ago he co-founded the European Crowdfunding Network. As a crowdfunding strategist he is frequently asked to advise the European Commission. He very recently was ranked no. 3 on the Alternative Finance Power List, a list with the most influential people in P2P lending and crowdfunding on social media.
Partner at Fingertip Ltd.
As being passionate about the combination of human intelligence and computing, I am thrilled to find myself in implementing crowdsourcing to social decision-making. A learner of a phenomenon Wisdom of the Crowds combined with Artificial Intelligence- current focus: start-ups with crowdsourcing and -funding business model
National Bank of Greece
Spyros Arsenis coordinates act4Greece crowdfunding program (www.act4Greece.gr), NBG Business Seeds program (www.nbg.gr/nbgseeds) and the NBG Innovation & Technology Competition. He studied electrical engineering and holds a PhD in Information Technology and Networks. He started his career in international IT projects as Project Manager and Senior Consultant for important organizations. He is the author of eight books on ICT, sales and marketing.
CEO Blockchain HUB
Thomas passionately optimizes processes and products and is fascinated about digital enabled improvements and innovations. Beside his consulting company (OPTINNA) focused on Lean Management, he runs his own incubator and coworking space (lab10) and mentors startups in line with the Lean Startup Method. He has now declared full focus on blockchain technology by founding the BlockchainHub Graz where startups will get mentoring as well as connections to advisors, industry partners and investors.
Head of Crowdfunding at Downing LLP
A pioneer of digital businesses since founding ba.com in 1994, I have spent the last 20 years working on disruptive customer-led propositions across online retail, renewable energy and financial services market spaces.
Most recently I developed the crowdfunding platform Trillion Fund, co-founded the UK Crowdfunding Association and am now a Partner with the Downing Crowd.
CEO & Founder Mangopay
Céline Lazorthes is the optimistic and passionate founder and CEO of Leetchi Group which includes leetchi.com, the European leading online money pot (+5M users), and MANGOPAY, the disruptive B2B payment solution dedicated to Marketplaces, Crowdfunding and Sharing Economy.
Deeply engaged in the start-up community, Ms Lazorthes is a founding member of France Digitale, an active business angel and a regular speaker on entrepreneurship and FinTech, including Wired Money (London), Money 2020 (Copenhagen) and The Next Web (Amsterdam).
Managing director Crofun BVBA
Luc Colebunders worked in the past in the private banking services in the past by KBC Bank. Because of his belief in the independent financial services, he switched to asset manager NLM Investment Services and in 2005 he integrated the asset manager NLM Investment Services into the activity of the Antwerp asset manager Merit Capital. In 2007 he asked the status of bank broker, which he also received at the end of 2007. Active Capital became the first Flemish licensed bank broker.
As a licensed bank broker in Belgium, Active Capital offers to entrepreneurs, independent financial investment solutions worldwide His passion for new financial services, new financial technologies and innovations brings him in 2007 for the first time in contact with crowdfunding and in 2013, he created together with a number of business partners CroFun, a crowdfunding platform that offers all types of crowdfunding forms.
Founder of ReachScale
David Wilcox founded ReachScale to align the social advocacy goals of corporations with high potential social entrepreneurs working in areas of common interest. Creating ReachScale was a personal response to finding so many exciting and visionary social entrepreneurs with scalable impact models that lacked an organic path to funding and growth. By coupling the talent, leadership and financial resources of leading corporations with the innovative, high impact social enterprises, underutilized resources and the networks of both ecosystems are catalyzed.
Co-founder of Danish Crowdsourcing
After seven interesting years as a real estate broker my "on-the-side" masters studies made me develop a strong passion towards business development and how to optimize firm innovation through open innovation processes and in particular crowdsourcing. My passion made me co-found the association Danish Crowdsourcing with the goal to enhance the use and knowledge of crowdsourcing methods in Denmark through partnerships, events and research.
Marko Hrelja is the Founder of 10xCrowds.com. 10xCrowds looks at crowd movement using video — focusing on applications in retail, entertainment, queuing, and automotive. Working out of California, Toronto and London. Prior to 10xCrowds, Marko worked on building the angel capital community in the US and Canada. He helped start one of the largest startup incubators in Canada. His work in academia published articles on entrepreneurship with research being presented internationally. He has worked in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is a graduate of Draper University in Silicon Valley.
Director Capital Cell
Italian Financial Market Supervisory Authority
Davide´s main experience in the field has been to participate in the drafting process of the first regulation in Europe (and the first regulation in the world) on equity crowdfunding (2013). The outcome of the regulation has been monitored for two years and this has led to the revision of the text (2016). The evaluation process we carried out has become a case and, with my colleagues, I have published a discussion paper which I attach to this e-mail. Unfortunately it is in Italian, but I hope to publish soon something in English to spread the content. Download his latest discussion paper here
Ministry of Finance of Finland
Aki works as a lawyer in the Financial Markets Department of the Ministry of Finance of Finland. His main responsibility area consists of various assignments relating to divergent legislative and other actions of Financial Markets Department especially in the field of capital and bond markets.
Professor for Marketing and Innovation at the University of Salzburg
Katja is Professor for Marketing and Innovation at the University of Salzburg and a research fellow of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard University. Her research topics are anchored in the fields of marketing and innovation. She is interested in incentive schemes and consumer interaction behavior in online communities to generate insights for innovation activities that resolves around customers and their needs. Further she investigated user-generated content in the context of novel marketing strategies. Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as Journal of Interactive Marketing, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management Information Systems or Creativity and Innovation Management and honored with rewards. Together with her co-authors she received the Tudor Rickards and Susan Moger Best Paper Award 2011 in the Journal Creativity and Innovation Management, the Best Paper Award 2015 in the Journal of Interactive Marketing and the Harvard Business School Case with the topic “Open Innovation at Siemens” was honored with the Case Centre Awards and Competitions in 2015. .
Member Growth at Nova
Entrepreneurial architect and engineer with a passion for designing fully scalable communities that empower people globally. Currently based in Stockholm, Director of Product and Member Growth at the global top talent network Nova and in charge of building their Product, Community and Growth organization from scratch.
A key individual in creating the Swedish startup community through bringing what today is the world's largest community for entrepreneurs - Startup Grind - to Sweden and co-founding Gothenburg Startup Hack. Big fan of values-based leadership and a Co-Founder of the student platform World Values Day. Champion of tech startups Welcome! and JustArrived, built to connect refugees with locals and give them a chance to enter the Swedish labor market.
Partner Osborne Clarke Italy
Umberto has almost 20 year experience in working with international law firms. He gained a significant expertise in assisting clients in corporate transactions, including cross border M&A, private Equity, capital market transactions, financial services, banking and debts restructuring.
Co-Founder and CEO of Invesdor
International financial and M&A executive with broad experience from various general management roles. Now focusing on equity-based crowdfunding with Invesdor Ltd, which is the first and leading open equity-based crowdfunding platform in the Northern Europe. Specialties: Crowdfunding, Equity-crowdfunding, General management, finance, corporate finance, acquisitions, strategic work, private equity, startup financing, administrative work, secretary of the board, sales, marketing, CRM and IT implementation and internal and external communications.
Currently finishing his master studies at College at Banking in Prague. Since 2015 he manages a crowdfunding agency called Crowder.cz, to help projects and business ideas to find its unique branding and marketing in order to get funded on the Czech reward-based crowdfunding platforms.
Chairman and founder at APPEES
DG Enterprise and Industry European Commission
Partner Osborne Clarke Law Experts
Tanja advises national and international companies and banks on capital measures, acquisitions and real estate financing. A focus is providing legal advice on matters relating to banking supervisory law - particularly in relation to payment transactions - and other supervisory law for payment service providers and industrial companies. Tanja also specialises on structuring of capital/alternative investments, in particular (closed-end) investment funds and participation rights.
Crowdninja at NinjaConsult
NinjaConsult offers MasterClasses in Crowdfunding, How-to workshops where we go through campaign planning step-by-step and we can even help you figure out how an established company can tap into "The Power of the Crowd"
As a frontrunner and International Consultant (MatchBox) Suzanne aims to advance the field of Crowdfunding in the EU and Africa. Benefitting from over 10 years of experience in Crowdfunding, she pushes Alternative Finance in emerging markets in cooperation with Crowdfunding Platforms, Impact Investors and NGO’s.
Performing a key role in shaping Nigeria’s Crowdfunding market for the past years, Suzanne is the author of the report: Crowdfunding Potential for Nigeria. In addition, she is passionately involved in the mentorship programs that challenge ambitious African entrepreneurs such as the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
CEO and Founder of Entrepreneurial HIVE
As a person I’m curious and always looking for new challenges. I have a result focus in everything I do. As a leader, I’m dedicated and communicative. Something that motivates me as a leader is to work with people and to find out what people are passionate about and their strengths and try to use this passion in combination with their strengths. Some of my strengths is my ability to understand complex processes in organizations and to turn visions
and goals into practical actions and to communicate them.
br>Another strength is my skills of networking and over the years working and traveling I have a large international network in various industries. In my job as senior business consultant has meant that I've worked a lot with organizational changes, market analysis, communicating visions and missions, profitability and brand awareness. Specialties: Management, Leadership, Management and Organizational Development, Business and Product Development, Marketing, Communication, Sales, Project Management, Trainings
EC Project Manager isn
Conny is responsible for managing European Commission projects at isn – innovation service network GmbH (AT) and the European Crowdfunding Network (BE). She has an extensive background in the field of innovation management and European research funding. Her work and research topics are mainly related to innovative business models and alternative financing instruments, enhancing access to finance for entrepreneurs and SMEs.
VP Sales Mangopay
Responsible of the strategy & partnerships with the mid-market & TOP100 European e-merchants for the affiliation program of leetchi.com (www.leetchi-partners.com) with installment of Leetchi viral payment solutions to allow our 1,5M users spending their pools on the partners' websites.
Researcher University of Cambridge
As a researcher and Outreach Manager, Alexis is responsible for leading different aspects of the regional benchmarking reports including platform engagement, data collection and analysis. Prior to this he was in industry as one of the earliest employees at the world’s leading Equity Crowdfunding platform. During his time there, he successfully advised over 40 businesses of various industries and stages raise in excess of £15m of SME equity finance.
Managing Director of Crowdpolicy and SocialBank
Michael (@psalidas) has a strong presence in the business world, serving for more than 15 years in high and C-Level positions both in the private and public sector. He is currently the co-founder and Managing Director of Crowdpolicy (www.crowdpolicy.com), which specializes in the design, development and implementation of CrowdSourcing and CrowdFunding initiatives and platforms, bridging the gap between organizations and the crowd and the co-founder and Managing Director of SocialBank, which specializes in the Financial Technologies Industry for Social and Development Banking.
Founder of Brodoto
The goal of Marko´s initiatives is to implement and promote all types of crowdfunding in Croatia as a mean of funding of start-up or socially responsible and non-profit projects and help their entrepreneurs, developers or even non-profit organizations to kickstart and promote their ideas.
CEO & Co-founder Invesdor
With more than 15 years of experience working in finance, banking and building businesses, Lasse brings solid financial and capital raising experience to Invesdor.
Beginning his career as an investment banker in London (Merrill Lynch), Lasse was involved in various capital raising initiatives, stock exchange listings and company mergers and acquisitions. From Merrill Lynch, Lasse moved on to became a partner in Icecapital Securities (Helsinki) specialising in capital raising and acquisition projects. After eight years in investment banking, Lasse moved to KONE Corporation, where he was responsible for company acquisitions and alliances. Recently Lasse was part of Consti Groups' management group, with responsibility for acquisitions, finance and business development.
Lasse has a BSc from the Cass Business School (City University, London) and an Executive MBA from Helsinki School of Economics.
Twintangibles is a Scottish based management consultancy that helps organisations create value through accessing the crowd economy. A leading thinker and practitioner on crowdfunding Tim provides expert insight to the OECD, European Commission and the Scottish Government and is author of The Scottish Crowdfunding Report.
Previously Tim has worked for Egon Zehnder International and McKinsey & Co and a number of other highly respected organisations. He is a member of the Scottish Internet Domain Policy Advisory Board, a Jury Member of the Future Ideas Student Innovation Challenge, Chair of the External Advisory Board of ULSM, and an advisor on the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
A sought after speaker Tim has keynoted conferences across Europe, USA, India and New Zealand. He is co author, with Daniela Castrataro, of “Crowdfunding - Come finanziarsi online.” and “Ideas to Reality” co authored with John Reid. His forthcoming book “Crowdfunding To Win” will be published in 2016.
CEO AltFi Company
Karol Król – cofounder of Collaborative Economy Center (cgs.org.pl/en), VP of Polish Crowdfunding Society and owner of crowdfunding.pl. He is a frequent conference speaker, advisor on alternative finance and crowdsourcing and helps early stage companies raise funds.
GM & Co-Founder Azimo
Co-Founder of one of the fastest growing companies in the FinTech space, Azimo, disrupting the $600bn remittance industry. Recognized by Forbes as one of Europe’s 30 Under 30 in Finance in 2016, by Innovate Finance as one of 100 most important Women in Fintech in 2014 in the UK and by Puls Biznesu as one of 10 most important Polish Businesswomen in 2015.
Chairman Danish Crowdsourcing
Driving innovation and creating mutual value through stakeholder engagement. VIA University College | Aarhus University | The LEGO Group | Bang & Olufsen | DR - The Danish Broadcasting Corporation | CBS – Copenhagen Business School
Managing director of PPL
Co-founder and managing director of PPL (www.ppl.com.pt), the reward-based crowdfunding platform of reference in Portugal. Responsible for further promoting the crowdfunding concept in the country with traditional and social media, extending PPL's reach and community engagement and business development. Additionally, he teaches the GMAT quantitative preparation course at Católica-Lisbon University.
CEO Economía Creativa
With more than 10 years of experience working in strategic and innovation consultancy for international firms and institutions, Antonio Carlos is expert in tourism, creative and digital economy.
Beginning his career as business analyst in London (NPD Group) consulting for top tier global brands on strategic positioning, consumer behaviour and branding, Antonio Carlos moved to his native Spain to start up Economía Creativa Consultancy. At Economía Creativa he advises companies, public institutions and non- for profit sector on innovation, destination marketing, branding, entrepreneurship and economic development. He is Policy Expert at the European Commission (European Crowdfunding Stakeholders Forum and at the European Network for Rural Development). Antonio Carlos is an international public speaker and delivers coaching and workshops at conferences and fora.
He holds a master degree in Economics from Seville University (Spain) and has studied International Economics at London School of Economics (UK) and Political Science and International Relations at Tours University (France).
Owner FR Prospektiv
As a researcher and international consultant (FR Prospektiv) Fabien Risterucci facilitates the international business development of innovative business concepts in high growth areas. Passionate about disruptive innovation, the digital ecosystem, entrepreneurship and development finance, he has several years of experience in Europe and Asia, both in public and private entities, in the fields of economic development, investment attraction, and strategic management of information.
Executive Director Peer-to-Peer Finance Association
Samantha Ridler is manager of the P2P Finance Association (P2PFA) which represents 90% of the UK's peer-to-peer lending market. The P2PFA aims are to educate, advocate, influence, represent and inform. Sam also represents P2P Finance in EU as part of the European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum - an expert group establish to consider the opportunity of both protect consumers and encourage alternative finance across Europe.
Project Leader Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance
Dr. Rotem Shneor is an associate professor at the University of Agder (UiA) School of Business and Law in Norway. He is the academic director of the university’s Center of Entrepreneurship, and currently serving as the head of the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance. The alliance he is leading is comprised of five crowdfunding platforms and two stakeholders in the Nordic crowdfunding scene, which are dedicated to promotion of a crowdfunding-friendly Nordic region through collaborative efforts. His own expertise are in a variety of issues related to Entrepreneurship, Crowdfunding, as well as International Strategy and Marketing. He has a long track record of teaching, researching and supporting entrepreneurship. Thus far, he has published in various academic journals, trade magazines and has contributed a number of chapters to research-focused edited books. Finally, he is a popular speaker and commentator on issues related to crowdfunding in his region.
Executive Manager in SAPIE
Petra Dzurovčinová was born and bred as an entrepreneur, whose passion lies in finding smart solutions to existing problems. Petra is the executive manager at the Slovak Alliance for the Internet Economy (SAPIE). Our goal is to improve the internet economy in Slovakia and create a knowledge-based sustainable economy. The founding members are Google, ESET and Neulogy.
Associate at SORAINEN
Artūras Asakavičius is a member of SORAINEN Financial Services & Insurance team and he is co-heading SORAINEN Vilnius start-up practice group. Artūras specializes in banking, financial services and regulation, capital market and venture capital transactions as well as insurance law matters. Artūras is well known for crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, payment and e-money matters in Lithuania. He is constantly shaping regulation on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending in Lithuania. Artūras is also deeply involved in development of fintech industry and regulation in the country.
Founder of Fundwise and Hooandja
Founder of Hooandja, CEE region's first non-profit crowdfunding platform with over EUR 1100K raised for projects. Over a decade of experience leading software and web development projects, including initiatives such as Arenguidee.ee and Rahvakogu.ee.
Member of the board at the Estonian Fund for Nature. Co-founder of the Let's Do It! World initiative that coordinated 50,000 people to clean up to 10,000 tons of illegal waste in a day. By 2014 more than 10 million people have participated in Let’s Do It! cleanup actions in 100+ countries. Currently developing Fundwise the equity crowdfunding platform in the region - launched in August 2015.
Expert for predictive CrowdSourcing
Thomas C. Peisl is full Professor for strategy at Munich University of Applied Sciences and Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University and the University of South Wales. In this role, his applied research is focused on International Management and Crowd-sourced Innovation. Dr. Peisl has more than ten years experience as a professional manager in corporate strategy and mergers & acquisitions with Siemens AG and General Electric. He serves on the Board of Directors as non-executive member in software and executive search businesses. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, and has consulting and research experience with a number of international organizations, and is active in executive education.
Selma Prodanovic is one of the most influential business creators and startup developers in Europe and a celebrated international keynote speaker. A passionate entrepreneur and philanthropist, she is also known as Startup-Grande-Dame and Business Angelina. With her business developer Brainswork she supported over 300 startups, corporates, and investors. She is co-founder and board member of the Austrian Angel Investors Association and board member of EBAN (European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players). She invests mostly in the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Digital Business Unit Fintech
Andreas Pages has been educated in Germany and the UK combined with several years of working experience in the field of C-level consulting advisory services, Business development and IT Strategy Consulting across a variety of industries. Currently focusing extensively on FinTech and Peer-to-Peer Finance. Achiever, Adaptability Expertise: Crowdfunding | + P2P Finance | +FinTech | + CxO advisory | + Global account management | + Strategy | + Operations manager | + Project portfolio management | + Project management | + Subject matter expert
President Foresight Europe Network FEN
Mr. Blaž Golob, Director of GFS (GoForeSight) Institute & President of Foresight Europe Network FEN, He is a CEO and founding partner of the SmartIScity Ltd. company. According to the Silicon Valley CIO Review magazine (April 2016) SmartIScity Ltd. was selected between 20 most promising Smart City solution providers in 2016. He is an author of Smart City Platform knowledge concept design that has an impact on smart city solutions developments in the region of South East Europe. He is a member of the European Commission EU Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and SFRI Strategic Foresight for Research & Innovation of the EU. He is a Chairman of Ljubljana Forum on Future of Cities and Co-Chairman of Zagreb forum on Creative cities.
Mr. Golob is an expert for foresight digital transformation and governance. His expertise also includes smart cities development, EU affairs, digital economy and law. He co-operates with EU Institutions, different governments and city authorities, civil society and private companies. He graduated at University of Ljubljana and specialized on European Law at Cambridge University.
Mr. Golob was a founding director of a unique public-private partnership education & training institution CeGD Center for eGovernance Development for South East Europe inaugurated by Bill Gates and Angela Merkel at Berlin leadership forum during the Slovenian EU Presidency in 2008. Together with his team he invented CeGD unique eGovernance model of 7 ePillars that was shared by 350 top experts/partners worldwide. CeGD influenced information society development in 87 different countries with the inclusion of 2.800 customers/partners. CeGD accomplished its mission in September 2014.
Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian Crowdfunding
Vytautas Senavicius is the Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian P2P Lending and Crowdfunding Association and partner of law firm TVINS. Vytautas specialises in financial services regulation, venture capital and real estate.
As the Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian P2P Lending and Crowdfunding Association Vytautas seeks to cooperate with public institutions in order to create competitive regulation in Lithuania. He also constantly advises the clients on collective investment schemes in Lithuania and start-up development issues. During his professional career, Vytautas has been working in Ministry of Finance, co-chairing in negotiations with the European Parliament and in the Council of the EU during Lithuanian Presidency.
Professor of Int. Finance University Bielefeld
Research focus: Monetary and exchange rate policy applied to financial markets, risk/return analysis of financial investments Interdisciplinary research in the field of edification and cross-cultural management