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Ingmar Hoerr, PhD, MBA, Co-Founder / Chairman of the Supervisory Board founded the biopharmaceutical company CureVac in the year 2000 in Tuebingen. His entrepreneurship was motivated by a surprising discovery during his doctoral research. Experiments conducted for his research showed that the mRNA molecule class can be injected into tissue directly and is capable of expressing genes into proteins effectively as well as generating a strong specific immune response, contrary to what had previously been believed. From this key discovery, in his role as CEO he built up a company that was the first ever to treat a human subject with an mRNA drug and that is now a leading biopharmaceutical company. Since its inception, CureVac has received approximately $420 million (€400 million) in equity investments. Ingmar Hoerr received his PhD from the University of Tübingen and his MBA from Danube University, Krems, Austria. He currently advises the European Commission as member of the EIC Advisory Board and is juror of the founder prize Weconomy. Since March, he serves on the „Founding Board of Agency of Disruptive Innovations“.
Fakhri Ahmadov is Managing Director of Ahmadoff & Company and Founder of Private Wealth Institute. In his role, he advises wealthy individuals and families on wealth visioning, capital transformation, multi-generational wealth structuring and philanthropy. He is a contributor for the Agenda of World Economic Forum. Mr. Ahmadov is a Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM) and full member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP).
Vivek Garipalli is the co-founder and CEO of Clover Health, a health insurance company leveraging data to proactively improve health outcomes, filling gaps in care and reducing avoidable costs. Prior to founding Clover, Vivek founded CarePoint Health, a fully integrated healthcare system in New Jersey. Through his role at CarePoint – whose mission is to serve uninsured and underinsured patient populations – Vivek experienced the misalignment of providers and insurance companies first-hand. Prior to CarePoint, Vivek owned and operated various outpatient facilities. He began his career in finance, holding roles at Credit Suisse First Boston, J.P. Morgan Partners and Blackstone Group. Vivek is active in health tech, serving as a board member of Flatiron Health and Doctor Evidence. He earned an undergraduate degree in business administration at Emory University with a concentration in entrepreneurship.
Frank Otto was born in Hamburg in 1957. In 1987 he founded OK Radio in Hamburg (today HAMBURG ZWEI), Germany's first private youth radio. He was also co-founder of VIVA TV and HH 1, the first city television station in Hamburg. He also holds other investments in the private radio stations delta Radio, KISS FM Berlin, ENERGY Sachsen and HAMBURG ZWEI. As an artist, musician and media entrepreneur Frank Otto helped several labels and musical projects. In 2005, he founded ferryhouse productions GmbH & Co. KG, where all activities are now bundled and marketed. In 2013, Frank Otto received the Cross of Merit on the ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany for his cultural commitment and his services to the common good.”
Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani was appointed Managing Director of Business Development at the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority in September 2017. Previously, she held the roles of Associate Director of Economic Affairs for the MENA region and Vice President of Strategic Alliances. Prior to joining the QFC, Alanoud served as the Qatar Country Director for Silatech, a Qatarbased social initiative that connects young people to employment opportunities across the Arab region. She has also held other positions working with various UN agencies and international organisations specialising in issues covering economic development, focusing on education, private sector development, and youth employment. She has authored numerous reports on the subject matters. Alanoud has been a board member of a number of organizations, including Vice Chair for the Bedaya Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Guidance, Tomouh, How Women Work, i2Co School of Transformative Leadership, and Future Foreign Policy in the UK. She is currently a Global Ambassador for Qatar for Women Entrepreneurship Day, a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community and a member of their Advisory Council on Collaborations. She is a proud recipient of Honours and Awards including Young Arab Achiever in 2011, and His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Education Excellence Awards in 2008 and 2012. Alanoud earned a BSc (Joint Honours) in Economics with Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. She holds an Executive Education from the Qatar Leadership Centre Rising Leaders’ Programme and a Fellow of the Bucerius School on Global Governance. She is fluent in English, Arabic and French. A serial entrepreneur, Alanoud owns a number of businesses across a number of industries.
Gabriella is the CEO of Like Locals, a company she co-founded in 2017 Like Locals uses mobile technology to transform the exploration of urban destinations into an engaging adventure. Like Locals offers gamified city experiences, curated by locals, that allow travelers to discover the hidden gems of the city and to learn about the locations by interacting with the locals and the places they visit. The company currently offers more than a dozen experiences in London and Budapest and is actively expanding to other European cities. Gabriella is also a board member of the Csányi Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization that was set up in Hungary to help provide gifted children from disadvantaged backgrounds with the means to help nurture and develop their talent. In 2017 she obtained her master’s degree in Decision Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). During her studies at LSE, Gabriella worked on a project (titled: How to improve educational programs for underprivileged children? The impacts of value-focused Decision Analysis) with Dr. Valentina Ferretti with the aim develop a decision model to support the Csányi Foundation’s selection process and to decrease dropout rates of the program. The project was awarded the prestigious INFORMS Decision Analysis in Practice Award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston.
Alba is a serial entrepreneur and investor in global start-ups. She is a Co-founder of Dalia Empower (the first vertically integrated ecosystem for the empowerment of women in Latin America). She is a passionate advocate for women and girls, as well as an active member in more than 15 national and international councils. As a hobby, she enjoys writing about women's empowerment, participating in conferences on gender equality and entrepreneurship, as well as promoting and mentoring young women through different organizations such as ''The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women''. She holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. She has held multiple positions in the financial sector, mainly in the area of investment banking. Alba is a judge of the ''Cartier Women's Initiative Awards'', she was selected as a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum for Economy and Society, and was awarded the ''Entrepreneur of the Year'' award by the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Guadalajara. Alba was selected in 2018 as one of ''The 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico'' by Forbes magazine.
Andre Koo Jr. is a fifth generation member of the Koo family in Taiwan. The genesis of the Koo family dates back to the late 19th century with investments in camphor, salt, sugar, and land. Today, the modern Koo family business empire includes various multi-national conglomerates that encompass interests in cement, financial services, leasing, real estate, petrochemicals, telecommunications, hospitality, transportation, etc. In addition to their business successes, members of the Koo Family, such as Andre Koo Jr.’s grandfather, Dr. Jeffrey Koo, is well recognized as an Eisenhower Fellowship awardee. Politically, he was a trusted advisor to Taiwan’s presidents, entitled as ambassador-at-large representing Taiwan’s diplomatic engagements with China and other countries. Andre Koo Jr.’s father, Andre Koo, is the Chairman of Chailease Group, which is comprised of over 45 subsidiaries present in 13 countries with more than 100 office locations and 6,000 employees. In 2018, Andre Koo Jr. became the third-generation NYU legacy alum, obtaining a B.A. in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Currently, he is over-seeing his family PE investment portfolio - focusing on cross-over project & business development efforts in the Tech space. Beforehand, he tenured at Colony Capital focusing on Investment Management in New York, a global leading REIT with over $60 billion in AUM. Previously, he spent summers working for Morgan Stanley and Baring Private Equity Asia.
Rose Damen is a Non-Executive Director and a shareholder at the family-owned Damen Shipyards Group. The group is the world leader in specialist shipbuilding including superyachts as well as advanced naval ships, high-speed craft for coast guards, and complex offshore construction vessels. The group comprises 50 companies in 28 countries, including 35 shipyards, and with 12,000 employees. Damen delivers over 200 ships annually. In 1927 the Damen brothers founded their first shipyard in the Netherlands. Part of the third generation of Damen family ownerships, Rose heads Damen’s yachting division – which includes Amels, Damen Yacht Support and SeaXplorer. Damen owns the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands and is world-renowned for the very highest quality superyachts above 50 metres in length. The yard has delivered more than 60 Amels superyachts, including its Limited Editions range up to 83 metres in length, and also operates a busy Refit division. Before joining Damen Shipyards full-time in 2014, Rose earned an MBA from INSEAD, with a focus on entrepreneurial management. This followed five years’ experience in fund management at Intrinsic Value Investors (IVI), a London-based institutional investor. Before joining IVI, Rose worked for a non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka, and completed an internship at ABN AMRO Jakarta. Besides living and working in Asia, Rose also has Asian family roots. Rose holds a degree from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and has also passed all three CFA exams. She is a founding trustee of the Dutch Masters Foundation and a member of the development board of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Rose enjoys outdoor sports and has sailed around the world. Together with her sister Annelies Damen, Rose was winner of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award for the category over $100 million in annual revenues.
Zeynep Urgun Zorlu is a founding partner of ZMT Ventures, one of the first Turkish venture capital firms and a member of the Alacrity Global Network of Funds. She is a Kauffman Fellow and a global business angel based in San Francisco and Istanbul. She serves as the chairperson of Creator Den, a media technology company, where she also served as an interim CEO. Additionally, Zeynep is a member of the advisory boards of Zorlu Ventures, the first corporate venture capital fund in Turkey and a member of the executive board of Mentor Effect, an organization strengthening Turkey’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Zeynep holds a BSc degree in Computer Engineering from Koç University and a MSc degree in International Management from the University of Essex. She also completed the Foundations, Fundraising and Grant Making graduate program at New York University
Andrew Thompson is Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Proteus Digital Health. His vision for Digital Medicines is focused on expanding global access to care, dramatically increasing the value delivered by drugs, and creating a more sustainable model for innovation in pharmaceuticals that leverages the power of silicon, software and mobile devices. Thompson is a World Economic Forum Advisor, and a member of the selection committee for the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers. He also serves on the California Governor’s Health IT Security Advisory Board and is a member of the Fortune CEO initiative and Wall Street Journal's CEO Advisory Counsel. Passionate about bringing digital innovation to education, he is Co-Founder and Board Member of Summit Schools, a leading Charter School organization with an acclaimed track record and unique digital platform, featured in the Davis Guggenheim movie “Waiting for Superman”. He works in digital humanities innovation as a Member of the Stanford University Libraries Board and with Cambridge University. He is a Co-Founder of Parker Library Online, a leading destination for digital medieval studies. Thompson has been active as a venture capital investor and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for 30 years, completing several Fortune 100 M&A transactions and IPOs, and is a named author on 51 issued patents. He holds master’s degrees in Engineering (Cambridge), Education (Stanford) and Business (Stanford GSB).
A social entrepreneur, pioneer and evangelist of sustainable development Vineet has been a vanguard of the clean energy transition in emerging economies across Asia and Africa. His passion for sustainability originates from the ancient Indian Vedic philosophy of ‘Mata bhoomi putro aham prithiwaya” ‐ The Earth is to be protected like a mother and nurtured for future generations. Avaada is a culmination of his vision of conducting business for higher purpose. Vineet’s socially beneficial public policy campaigns like Community Development Certificate (CDC) and Grow Forest Mechanism (GFM) are very well‐received. In line with SDGs he has launched humanitarian programs aimed towards women empowerment, quality education, healthcare and environment protection in rural environs. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Vineet has successfully executed over 2GW of renewable energy projects and is implementing 5GW projects. Avaada has played a major role in helping shape renewable energy policies for emerging economies. He is on B20’s taskforce for financing growth and infrastructure and Energy, Resource Efficiency & Sustainability. He is the former India Chair of World Business Council of Sustainable Development (WBCSD)’s program on Renewables Low Carbon Technology platform. Vineet has been twice recognized as the ‘Solar Man of the Year’ in 2014 and 2012 for his significant contribution towards the solar industry.
Dimas Gimeno is a Spanish businessman with more than 18 years of experience in retail. Between 2014 and 2018, he was president of El Corte Inglés, a retail giant in Spain and Europe, with annual sales of 16 billion euros, 35 shopping centers in Spain and Portugal and more than 92,000 employees. Currently, Dimas serves as a consultant and expert in the retail sector, with a great interest in city tourism, payment methods, omnichannel sales, new business models arising from digital transformation and important issues discussed in various international forums. During his career at El Corte Inglés, Dimas held multiple positions with varying degrees of responsibility. He achieved numerous milestones for the group, such as the international expansion of the brand to Portugal –a significant achievement given that El Corte Inglés was a conservative company with no expansion objectives. Dimas also promoted and led the company’s e-commerce transformation, creating an online platform and positioning it as serious competition for Amazon in Spain. In addition, he drove the creation of new brands and hospitality projects, such as the Gourmet Experience, which involves delicatessen products and premium class beverages.
She started her career as consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Madrid, where she took part in projects related to several industries. Later on, Riberas joined the team at the Endeavor foundation, in which she carried out evaluation and consultancy services for Spanish entrepreneurs. Currently, she is Sales Controlling and Marketing Director and Deputy to the Executive Chairman at Gestamp. Furthermore, she participates in management activities of the family holding. Riberas is a cum laude Administration and Business Management graduate of Babson College, Boston (USA). In addition, she holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York (USA).
Yashish Dahiya is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of PolicyBazaar.com Group of Companies. He has a strong belief that customers in India need more financial cover for death, disease, and disability and the long-term profitability of the insurance industry depends upon how well the industry is focussed on these three. With that, he has built Policybazaar.com into a 3,000-crore plus insurance marketplace within a short span of 10 years. Under his leadership, the group company started PaisaBazaar.com, an online financial marketplace for investment and lending products in 2014 Today, Paisabazaar.com is India’s largest online financial marketplace for loans and credit cards, disbursing loans worth Rs 6,500 crore annually to more than 450 cities and towns. With the backing of a host of investors, Yashish has now set his sights on transforming the healthcare industry overall with the launch of Docprime.com. This new venture aims to redefine the way India seeks quality medical services and make health services accessible, available and affordable to masses. Before starting his entrepreneurial journey with PolicyBazaar.com, he was the Managing Director of ebookers.com, a leading pan-European online travel distributor, which was also an FTSE 250 company listed on Nasdaq. Yashish was also a management consultant with Bain & Co. in their London office. Yashish holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from IIT Delhi, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Ahmedabad, and an MBA from INSEAD. Yashish likes to spend his spare time outdoors, is the current masters national champion in swimming and is the fifth fastest Ironman from India across all ages.
João Ricardo Mendes, 37 years old, is co-founder and CEO of HURB-Hotel Urbano, a technology company with main focus in the Travel segment. Born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, dropped out of the Law School in 2006 in order to start an e-commerce company in his garage. Today, it is known as one of the most indomiter entrepreneurs of the Brazilian Internet. In 2011, Mr Mendes launch the first Brazilian Online Travel Agency (OTA) with focus in Hotels and Experiences. Hurb (www.hotelurbano.com) features more than 560 thousand Hotels and Experiences across the World (with focus in Brazil and LATAM) providing a platform where people can find the best offers to be hosted at the best places all over the world. With a strong culture, "It's all about people", as he likes to talk, João Ricardo bets that the company's biggest differential is its team of employees and the care that they hire and develop more than 700 co-workers. The company Mission is Make Travel Easy and in order to use technology to inspire more and more people spend time and energy on the things that really matter in life.
After graduating from Surrey University, UK, in 2010, Pelin Akın Özalp started her career in the Deutsche Bank. Following her return to Turkey, she attended to the MT program of TAV Airports Holdings. Pelin Akın Özalp started to serve as Board of Directors Member at Akfen Holding in 2012. She is an active member of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors at TİKAV (Turkish Human Resources Education and Health Foundation) and Vice President of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Türkiye National Committee. She is also Chairwoman at the Advisory Board of the Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair founded in London School of Economics since 2010. She participated in different working groups in DEİK Spanish Business Council, DEİK British Business Council, DEİK Irish Business Council and DEİK US Business Council. She is also a member of Turkish Tourism Investers Association (TTYD), Association of Family Businesses (TAİDER) and Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Young Entrepreneurs Advisory Councils. Pelin Akin Ozalp is also a member of Turkey Business Women's Association (TIKAD), Association of Women in Board of Directors (YKKD) and the Marine Environment Protection Association (TURMEPA) Boards. Currently serving as Vice Chairwoman of Akfen Infrastructure Holding, as Board Member and Corporate Governance Committee Member for Akfen Holding, and Board of Directors Member of IBS Insurance and Reinsurance Brokering, Akfen REIT, Istanbul Sea Buses (İDO) and Travelex.
George Kikvadze is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Bitfury Group, the world's leading full-service blockchain technology company. George has worked at GCF Fund, York Capital Management, AFK Sistema and Morgan Stanley. He obtained his MBA at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and his MA at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). George is a member of the Europe One YPO Club and is a Founding Member of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC).
Onsi Sawiris is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, where he focuses on cloud-based technologies, fintech and enterprise SaaS. Onsi currently sits on the boards of: ItaliaOnline (BIT:IOL) (Italy), Voltaire Capital (UK), intY (UK), Riverbank (EU), Mach Music (US), Energal (Egypt), and is a Board Observer at Orascom TMT Investments (Luxembourg, Egypt, UK). His focus is on supporting these corporates with digital transformation strategies that involve several HOF portfolio companies. Prior to HOF Capital, Onsi worked in TMT-focused M&A at Arma Partners, a specialist technology investment bank. Onsi also co-founded Energal, a hyperlocal sustainable energy company tackling distribution inefficiencies in emerging markets. Onsi holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is fluent in English, German and Arabic with a working proficiency in French.
Dr Joshua Ellul was appointed as the first Chairman of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority, an authority of the first of its kind aiming to instil higher levels of assurances into innovative technology arrangements such as Blockchain and Smart Contracts. He is also the Director of the Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies at the University of Malta, which has launched a unique multi-disciplinary taught Masters in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. His research interests include Blockchain, DLTs, Smart Contracts and Virtual Machines and their integration with the Internet of Things.
Francisco Fernandez is an entrepreneur who has committed himself to IT solutions in the finance sector. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich where he also attended post degree studies in business administration from the Centre for Industrial Management (BWI). Francisco Fernandez’ goal is to shape and transform the financial system as well as to increase its stability by making financial institutions more secure, more compliant, more efficient and more transparent. Beyond that he aims at redesigning the dialogue and interaction between financial institutions and their clients. Apart from his rational and analytical side, Fernandez has a musical side as well. He loves spending time with his family, playing the piano and to do sport. Another ambition is to transfer his knowledge acting as angel investor and coach for start-ups mainly in the Fintech space. He is a sought-after thought leader and speaker in the areas of digital transformation, innovation management, leadership and entrepreneurship around the globe.
Rolf Cederstrom is the co-founder and CEO of Pagantis, a leading European fintech. Previous to Pagantis, worked in both technology companies and banks including IBM, Ericsson and Goldman Sachs &Co, and has a broad international experience, having lived in Sweden, Algeria, Thailand, France, Denmark, the US, Argentina, the UK and Spain. Rolf has an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MSc from the Lund Institute of Technology.
Francisco Javier Zamorano, studied at the University of San Diego, and later received his degree in Business Administration from the American Collage of Switzerland. He then completed his studies with an MBA in Marketing Management and a SPM at IE Business School. He began his professional career at Group CITA as head of sponsorship, a role he held for one year. After this period, he had two periods of work experience, each one year long, in different departments of the mixed Cuban/French company COPROVA and at the company TABACALERA S.A., especially devoted to the marketing department. At the end of both trainee periods, he held the role of head of EMCADISA/COMSUNY, for seven years, combining this activity with his role as a member of the Board of Directors of Group CITA. In October 2001 he became the CEO of Group CITA and CEO of the other companies that comprise the family group. Since 2006 he has held the role of President and CEO of Grupo CIO. He currently advises de CEOE (Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain), as a member of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the General Asembly. He also is associated member of ASHOTEL (Tenerife Hotel Association); founding partner of Exceltur (Alliance for Excellence in Tourism); associated member of IEF (Family Business Institute); founding member of EFCA (Canarian Family Bussiness Association); Canary Island Vice-president of APD (Association for Management Progress) and Chairman of the Advisory Board at the European University of the Canary Islands.
Stig Aleksander Kjos-Mathisen is a co-founder and CEO of Norwegian Block Exchange (NBX). Stig is also a board member at the Norwegian Computer Society Group for blockchain and has a Master of Science in Finance. NBX is a pioneering Norwegian-based and regulated fintech company operating a cryptocurrency exchange and cryptocurrency payment service. Driven by a vision to move crypto into the mainstream and be a part of an emerging decentralized finance framework, NBX looks toward cryptocurrency and blockchain not only to disrupt but to revolutionize existing financial institutions and ecosystems, giving more control and flexibility to both businesses and consumers. Working with both established but innovative companies, like Norwegian Air Shuttle, and other financial and technology players - both legacy and startup - NBX is poised to act on the business and financial needs of the digital era.
In 2008 Inese Ozola launched a fashion house named Amoralle. The brand has become the most iconic and successful loungewear brand in Northern Europe. Femininity has been a life-long passion for Inese and her mission for Amoralle is to empower women all around the world. She is a passionate advocate for women and girls organizing educational public events for the local community. The brand is now a synonym with quality, sustainability and hand-made details. Inese stands for transparency, fair working conditions, respect and dignity in all supply chains of her company. She believes luxurious products should be made in a way that fits the world we live in today: beautiful and sustainable. All Amoralle products are produced in-house in Latvia. Inese’s brand Amoralle exports to more than 20 countries all around the world. Amoralle has designed costumes for the Latvian National Opera and various celebrities including the former President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga. Inese has received various awards for being one of the most influential leaders in Latvia. Including the prestigious JCI "TOYP” award for her brand success in 2016, "Treasures of Latvia" award in 2016, "Export and Innovation Award" in 2015, "Designer of the Year 2013" etc.
Doctor in Law from the University Complutense in Madrid, Spain, Mr. González Ronco began his professional career as Technical Consultant of the Superior Council of Sports in 1995 and was one of the technical authors of the Royal Decree of Sports Qualifications. The next year, he became Technical Consultant for the Sports Division of the Board of Autonomous Communities of Castille and La Mancha, and was one of the authors of the Decree on Sports Discipline of said Community. In 1997, Mr. González Ronco began his practice as a Lawyer for the Youth and Sports Foundation, for the Foundation to Support People with Auditory Deficiencies (PROADA), and for the Automobile Federation of Castille and La Mancha (until 1999). Mr. González Ronco has been and is still closely tied to the Spanish Olympic Committee, as Legal Consultant for the Committee and its Foundation, Secretary of its Legal Commission (from 1997 to this date), Secretary General of the Spanish National Court of Sports Arbitrage (1997-1999) and Secretary of the Ethical Commission (from 2006 to date) of the Spanish Olympic Committee. Moreover, Mr. Ronco acted as legal Consultant for the Royal Spanish Federation of Olympic Shooting. Mr. González Ronco has been involved with the Real Madrid Foundation since its beginnings, as its General Manager from 1999 to 2006 and from 2009 to present date. In addition, he has assessed the Spanish State’s Lottery System in Corporate Social Responsibility, and provided technical and legal guidance to the private company Augeo Sport, S.L. and to the Peace Dream Foundation, both from 2008 to 2009
Alicia Asín is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, a Spanish IT company that has created "Waspmote", a wireless, modular and open source sensor hardware platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). Alicia is a computer engineer focused on how the IoT can change our world, starting with Smart Cities and Precission Agriculture, among other applications. Libelium's technology is present in more than 120 countries worldwide, developing projects to monitor and improve efficiency in agricultural crops, with environmental control systems to prevent climate change, or even through e-health control equipment to universalize access to health services in developing countries. Link to corporate video/ She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, the Democracy of the IoT based on the big data and the importance of security and privacy in the new IoT era. "Since we entered the age of information and telecommunications in the 70's we had not seen anything similar to the Internet of Things in terms of its potential impact on process change and power to create a new business ecosystem. The IoT is more than a new generation of the Internet, it is the next technological revolution —horizontal and global— in which we will finally see the digital and physical world blended," Alicia Asin says. After the Mobile World Congress in 2016, The Financial Times talked about Libelium as one of the Spain’s baby unicorns referring to its revolutionary technological developments in the country. Alicia has been awarded for her entrepreneurial merits and technological innovation: she began being recognized with the highest distinction for her research in Computer Architecture (WCAE 2007, San Diego). She was also the first Spanish woman to receive the National Young Entrepreneurs Award in 2014 In October 2015, Marca España recognized her as "Spanish with Talent”, leading the worldwide campaign for the international diffusion of the prestige of the country along with figures such as the singer Alejandro Sanz. In 2016, she was awarded with the National Computer Science Prize for her career, progression and internationalization of her company. A few months later, the business association CEPYME awarded Libelium as international company that exports the 90% of its annual turnover. In October 2017, Alicia Asín received the Award “Rey Jaime I” fom His Majesty the King and Queen of Spain, the highest distinction for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. In June 2018, the CEO of Libelium was recognized with the "silver medal" of the Women Innovators Award by the European Commission. In 2019 she participated as a jury in the Princesa de Asturias Awards and was selected by Forbes magazine in the international ranking "top 100 most creative people in business". Alicia holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Polytechnic Center of the University of Zaragoza and is a graduate of the Cambridge Judge Business School and ESADE. Alicia is mother of two girls.
Co-Founder of Samaipata (venture capital fund), chairman of Másmóvil (telecom), a Board member of Gawa (social impact fund) and a member of the National Advisory Board of the The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG). Has worked in banking (Dresdner Bank and BNP), in media (Grupo Prisa and Schibsted Group), in private equity (Apax Partners), in technology (Imm Sound) and in entrepreneurship as business angel (Bodaclick, Dontknow, Lola Market, La Nevera Roja, BeBee, Snau, Amovens, Respiro, FreeVerse, etc.). Born in Spain and happily married, four children
Founding Partner of NIMGenetics. BSc degree in Biology by the Michigan State University (USA), MSc in Biotechnology by the University of London (UK), PhD in Molecular Biology by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Predoctoral experience at the Amgen Institute (Toronto, Canada) and at the British Columbia Cancer Center (Vancouver, Canada). Postdoctoral experience at the Buck Institute for Aging Research of California (USA).
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