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Ismail Ahmed, Founder & Chief Executive Officer ,founding WorldRemit was the culmination of 20 years’ experience in the money transfer industry - spanning academic, consulting and in-house roles. Before setting-up his own business, he worked for the United Nations Remittance Programme, helping African money transfer companies comply with tough anti-money laundering rules introduced after the 9/11 attacks.
Ismail has published widely-cited research on the effect of remittances in Somaliland following the country’s civil war.
He holds an MSc and PhD from the University of London and an Executive MBA from London Business School.
Nathan Benaich is a Partner at Playfair Capital where he invests in entrepreneurs solving high-value problems using data, artificial intelligence, and experiential design. He has invested in companies including Mapillary, Appear Here, Numerai and Ravelin. Nathan also organizes the annual Playfair AI Summit and London.AI meetup on research and applied artificial intelligence.
Prior to Playfair, Nathan earned an M.Phil and Ph.D. in oncology as a Gates and Dr. Herchel Smith Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in biology from Williams College. Nathan published research focused on technologies to halt the fatal spread of cancer around the body.
Alice Bentinck is co-founder of Entrepreneur First, the early stage investor that builds deep tech companies from scratch. EF invests in individuals with computer science and engineering backgrounds and has built more than 100 companies. Their portfolio includes exits such as Magic Pony Technology to Twitter for a reported $150m and Represent to Custom Inc for close to $100m.
Alice set up Code First: Girls, a not-for-profit that helps young women explore careers in technology, including teaching them to code for free. She is also on the Imperial College Computer Science Industrial Liaison Board and was made an MBE in 2016.
Nic Brisbourne is founder and Managing Partner at Forward Partners, the UK's leading early stage investor in startups. A passionate advocate of talented founders and disruptive ideas, Nic and his team have invested in 34 UK based startups since Forward Partner's inception in 2013.
Prior to launching his own fund, Nic was Partner at Draper Esprit and led over 40 investments in both London and Silicon Valley during a 15-year long career, which saw him enjoy a number of successful exits.
Founder and board member of arago. Author of many academic and business publications, focusing on automation in IT operations, computer networks, IT security and information management. Chris is also active in several boards (Senzari, Kognitio) and supports the European startup scene. Chris studied computer sciences at ETH Zürich and the Technical University Darmstadt. R&D efforts are focused on distributed computing (graph theory) and rule engines (plus deductive logic). Both approaches are consistent with the notion of the network being a global area for computation and storage Similarly they deal with the problem of ever growing information flows and with the desire to find intuitive ways of allowing businesses and their users to be in control of information and knowledge.
Eileen Burbidge is a Partner at Passion Capital, the pre-eminent early-stage VC fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere.
In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also the Chair of TechCity UK, which is the British government-backed organisation supporting digital business across the UK. She is also HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech appointed by then Chancellor George Osborne; Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s office and served on former Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group.
Eileen was made an MBE for services to Business in June 2015 and holds a BSc Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As president of International Markets at Mastercard, Ann Cairns is responsible for the management, growth and expansion of all markets and customer-related activities outside of North America. Working across both mature and emerging markets Ann has firsthand insight and experience of how to build a team focused on delivering strong business growth and meaningful global and local partnerships through innovative, sustainable and inclusive business models.
Ann has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior leader, having held management positions across Europe and the U.S., and has previously run global retail, commercial and investment banking operations.
A mathematician and statistician Ann holds a Pure Mathematics degree from Sheffield University and a M.Sc. from Newcastle University. Among her many accomplishments Ann has been an award-winning research engineer and was the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain.
A champion of inclusion – digital, financial and gender – Ann is a member of the World Food Programme investment committee and the AstraZeneca board.
Amy Chang is founder/CEO of Accompany, an intelligent, adaptive virtual chief of staff product. She sits on the boards of Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), and served on the board of Informatica from 2012-2015, when it was taken private for $5.1B, and on Target's (NYSE: TGT) Digital Advisory Council from 2013-2016. Prior to Accompany, Amy led Google Analytics for seven years, growing coverage from 1% to over 70% of the web. Early in her career, she ran product for paid search and affiliates at eBay and worked as a consultant at McKinsey. She is an advisor to Hubspot, Optimizely, ClearSlide, BloomReach, Skyhigh Networks, Origami Logic, Kanjoya and Datorama. Amy was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and carries a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
Beezer is responsible for the worldwide operations of SAP Ventures and leads investment activities for the SAP Hana Real Time Fund.
Most recently she was a Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. There she managed the DFJ Global Network, which consisted of 16 venture funds around the world representing some $7B of capital under management and over 400 active portfolio companies.
Prior to this, she was an Investment Manager at Omidyar Network where she focused on investments (both direct and fund investments) in the financial services and technology sectors in emerging markets such as CellBazaar (Acq. by Telnor) and the Global Microfinance Consortium.
At Hewlett Packard, Beezer led business development negotiations with leading Internet services companies for placement on desktop and notebooks world-wide.
Beezer began her investment career 18 years ago in Morgan Stanley's Global Infrastructure Group.
Beezer has a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Wesleyan University, the Advisory Board of InVenture and the Investor Advisory Council of Astia.
Julien Codorniou serves as VP and global head of Workplace by Facebook.
He joined Facebook in 2011 to manage the gaming team in EMEA and was recently leading the global Platform Partnerships team, helping Facebook partners to build, grow and monetize their apps with Platform.
Before Facebook he was the director of business development at Microsoft Corp where he launched the BizSpark program.
Since 2012, Julien has served on the board of the French media group Le Monde. He’s also the co-author of the book: "The Kelkoo.com success story", published by Pearson in 2005.
Frederic Court is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felix Capital since April 2014.
Frederic has worked in the technology industry for the past 18 years, most recently as General Partner with Advent Ventures in London. At Advent, Frederic led investments in Farfetch, Zong (sold to eBay), Vitrue (Oracle), Dailymotion (Orange), Qype (Yelp), Fizzback (Nice Systems) and Ubiquisys (Cisco). In parallel, he has been an active angel, mainly in digital lifestyle start-ups.
Frederic was named "Investor of the Year" in Europe by its peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event.
Previously Frederic was an Entrepreneur in France, building a VC-backed online marketplace for the textile industry and before that a technology banker in London and New York with Lazard.
A graduate of ESSEC in Paris and Bocconi University in Milan, Frederic is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Frederic lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
Sonali De Rycker joined Accel in 2008 and helps lead the London office. Sonali focuses on consumer, software and financial services businesses. She led Accel’s investments in Avito (Naspers), Lyst, Spotify, Wallapop, KupiVIP, Calastone, Wonga and SilverRail. She is also an independent director of Match Group, Inc (public). Prior to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Ventures. She grew up in Mumbai and graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Harvard Business School.
Don Dodge is a Developer Advocate at Google and an advisor to Google Ventures. Prior to joining Google Don was a technology evangelist at Microsoft. Don is also a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, and Groove Networks. Don is also an active Angel investor in 35 companies. Don sits on the Boards of Aras, StatSocial, Federated Sample, and Iotera. Don is an advisor to several startups including Symphony (Perzo), Nimble, Blockai, and Aisle411.
John is a General Partner in London and was a founding member of the TCV European effort. His primary investment focus is in the software, internet, and financial technology industries. His current investments include NewVoiceMedia, Believe Digital, WorldRemit, Perfecto Mobile and Brillen.de.
John was previously an investor with Summit Partners where he focused on investments across software, internet and financial technology. John started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, first in London before moving to New York. Prior to working in the professional world, John competed on the men’s ATP Tennis tour and was a member of the Irish Davis Cup team between 1996 and 2004.
John received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and graduated with a B.A. in Economics (with honors) from Harvard College.
Active Investments/Current Portfolio Companies
o Believe Digital
o Perfecto Mobile
Carlos joined first round fund Seedcamp as Partner in 2010. Seedcamp invests smart capital into pre-seed and seed stage startups, providing up to €200k and a lifelong platform of Learning, Network and Capital to support the most ambitious Founders. To date it has invested in almost 200 companies.
Prior to Seedcamp, Carlos was a venture capitalist at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, an early stage investment firm based in London. There he honed his understanding of what investors look for when considering an investment.
Before Doughty Hanson, Carlos was an engineer for the Advanced Communications Technologies group of The New York Stock Exchange (SIAC) where he focused on the next generation of wireless and mobile trading platforms for the exchange and developed a strong love for cutting edge technologies. Prior to SIAC, he was a network security consultant for the professional services division of Baltimore Technologies where he worked with global clients in the telecommunication and data services sectors. Carlos holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.
In 2015 Carlos published the “Fundraising Field Guide”, which aims to decipher the secrets to raising capital from investors for early-stage, high-growth startups and therefore provide those ambitious founders with the right information to take their company to the next level. Get it now at the fundraisingfieldguide.com.
Jason Goldberg is founder and CEO of Pepo.
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Fabrice Grinda is among the world’s leading Internet entrepreneurs and investors.
He has over $300 million in exits and 150 angel investments. Fabrice has served as CEO for three multinational companies and has an impressive track record as an early investor in Alibaba, Lending Club, Delivery Hero and Brightroll.
Fabrice is currently investing in startups and building companies through FJ Labs, which he cofounded with business partner Jose Marin. Fabrice is also co-founder and executive chairman of Beepi, a next generation used car marketplace. Beepi recently raised $60 million in series B funding.
Prior to FJ Labs and Beepi, Fabrice was co-founder and co-CEO of OLX, one of the largest websites in the world with over 200 million unique visitors per month. The company operates in 40 countries and has over 1,200 employees. OLX is the largest classifieds site in India, Brazil, Pakistan, Poland, Ukraine, Portugal and many other emerging markets.
Before OLX, Fabrice was co-founder and CEO of Zingy, one of the largest wireless media companies in the Americas. Fabrice successfully grew the business to $200 million in sales in four years.
Fabrice started his entrepreneurial journey in 1998, at 23, when he co-founded and was CEO of Aucland. Soon after, Aucland grew into one of the largest auction sites in Europe. Before his entrepreneurial endeavors, Fabrice worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.
Fabrice holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1996, and was awarded the Halbert White prize, given to the most distinguished economics student, as well as The Wolfe Balleisen memorial prize, awarded for best thesis.
In his free time, Fabrice likes to travel the world, kitesurf, play tennis, and blog about his personal and professional life at www.fabricegrinda.com.
Matt Hancock was appointed Minister of State responsible for digital policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for West Suffolk on 6 May 2010.
Matt John David Hancock was educated at Farndon County Primary School, West Cheshire College and The King’s School, Chester. He gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford, and a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
After becoming an MP for West Suffolk, Matt was elected to the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises and questions the way that government departments spend taxpayers’ money, and the Committee on Standards and Privileges that adjudicates on MPs’ conduct.
In September 2012 Matt was asked to become Minister for Skills in the Department for Business and Department for Education. In September 2013 he was promoted to become Minister of State for Skills andEnterprise, and served as Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy from July 2014 to May 2015. Matt then served as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General from May 2015 until July 2016.
Matt’s first job was with his family computer software business. Later, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England and in 2005 moved to work for the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
He stepped down from his role with George Osborne in February 2010 after being selected for the West Suffolk constituency in the 2010 general election.
One of Matt’s passions is his support for horse racing, not least because the sport’s global headquarters are in Newmarket in West Suffolk. In July 2012 Matt rode in a race at Newmarket, and despite odds of 25/1 he won the race, raising thousands for charity in the process.
In September 2011, he co-authored his first book ‘Masters of Nothing’ with Nadhim Zahawi MP. The book looks at the human behaviour that caused the crash and the changes we need to make to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
Matt is married to Martha, and has 3 young children. He is a keen cricketer and former secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket Club. In 2005, Matt set out on foot to play the northernmost game of cricket on record at the north pole. He didn’t make it to the pole, succumbing to frostbite on the Arctic Ocean, but he did succeed in playing the most northerly recorded game of cricket. He retains all of his fingers.
Ole Harms is Executive Director and Head of New Business and Mobility Services at Volkswagen Group founding the 13th Brand for mobility services, and is also a Board of Directors Member of Gett. Ole has also worked at Volkswagen as Director New Business Models and Performance in 2012 and Principal, Head of Sales and Marketing Practice in 2008. Ole has also worked as a Consultant at Capgemini Consulting and Softlab, BMW Group
Steve Hilton is co-founder and CEO of Silicon Valley political crowdfunding and data start-up Crowdpac. He also teaches at Stanford University's Institute of Design (d.school), and is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller More Human - Designing a World Where People Come First.
Steve was previously Senior Advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, where he helped lead the implementation of the British government's domestic reform program. Prior to the 2010 General Election, as David Cameron's head of strategy, Steve is credited with helping to develop the ideas associated with the modernization of the British Conservative Party.
Before working in politics, Steve was co-founder of Good Business, a corporate responsibility consulting firm, and The Good Cook, an award-winning London restaurant. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and young family. And 12 chickens.
Professor Jackie Hunter is the CEO of BenevolentBio. She has held senior positions at global pharmaceutical organisations including GSK, Proximagen and OI Pharma Partners and joined benevolent.ai as CEO of benevolent Bio in 2016. Jackie has a vast academic and business experience in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors. She directs the application of benevolent.ai’s technology for drug development and give the company the insight it needs to operate its unique business model – one which sees it not only researching, but also developing the blueprint for new drugs.
Siraj is a Partner on the investment team at Atomico. As a former computer scientist and co-founder/CTO of the successful Atomico investment The Climate Corporation, Siraj now continues his love for entrepreneurship "on the other side of the table" as a venture capitalist. He focuses on companies enabled by machine learning, AI and computer vision, (particularly in intelligent assistants), IoT, Agtech, and works with a number of portfolio companies.
Siraj founded The Climate Corporation in 2006, a company that pioneered the use of machine learning in helping farmers to optimize crop yield. Climate (acquired by Monsanto in 2013 and now a subsidiary) still sits at the vanguard of precision agriculture, an industry that is expected to play a key role in delivering the yield boosts needed to feed humanity in the decades ahead.
Prior to this, Siraj was an early engineering hire at Google in 2001, and one of the founding engineers for the Google Book search project. He holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a BA Hons in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK. Siraj speaks fluent English, advanced Urdu, and just enough German to be dangerous.
An enterprising child, Siraj taught himself to code in C at age 13, and wrote and sold his first piece of software, a database for medical research, at 15. He is a fan of functional programming languages, and still enough of a geek to spend the occasional weekend trying out new languages and frameworks.
Saul Klein is a Partner at Localglobe, a new seed fund focussed on helping London’s most ambitious founders build game-changing businesses. Previously, Saul was a Partner at Index Ventures from 2007 until May 2015. In 2012, David Cameron appointed Saul to be the UK’s first tech envoy to Israel and a Technology Business Ambassador. He will serve as a judge in the Startup Battlefield competition.
Saul brings over 15 years of experience successfully building and exiting companies in both the US and Europe as an Etrepreneur, Operator and Seed Investor.Most recently he was the Co - Founder and original CEO at what is now Lovefilm International (Amazon) and part of the original executive team at Skype (eBay).
Saul loves working with seed and early stage companies and is a passionate believer that Europe is only scratching the surface in terms of its potential for entrepreneurs to create great startups. To support this vision, since 1999 he has been a Founding Partner of The Accelerator Group (TAG) and in 2007 he also started Seedcamp and OpenCoffee Club, which is now active in over 90 cities around the world. He currently serves on the boards of, Alertme, Chartbeat, Erply, GlassesDirect, MyHeritage, Seedcamp, Songkick,Soluto .
Former Deputy Head of Policy, No 10. Special Adviser to David Cameron 2013 - 2016. Contributor to Politico.com, City AM. He has worked in Brussels as an Adviser to the EU Commission, for the European Council on Foreign Relations and as an adviser in the US State Department.
The founder of Invoke Capital, a $1billion fund which invests in fundamental European technologies, Mike Lynch has long been regarded as a visionary figure in technology, described by the Financial Times as “the doyen of European software” and by the Sunday Times as “Britain’s Bill Gates”. He holds a PhD from Cambridge in Machine Intelligence, he sits on the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Panel and is a UK Business Ambassador. Mike has founded a number of companies, including Autonomy, the UK’s largest software company, with a market capitalisation of $11bn. He has invested in a number of start-ups, including Darktrace, Luminance, Neurence, Sophia Genetics and Featurespace, and has also advised venture capital and private equity groups such as Apax Partners and the Carlyle Group.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and he is an Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge. He is on the advisory board of the Newton Institute, Tech City’s Investment Committee and is a member of the “Create the Change” board at the Francis Crick Institute. He was a non-executive director of Cambridge Enterprise and previous directorships include the BBC, the British Library and Nesta. He is a council member of the of the Foundation for Science and Technology.
CEO & Co-Founder @ Alert.Us
Ex-Grad Student @ ESSEC.
Fergal Mullen is a Partner and co-founder at Highland Europe, Europe’s only VC firm exclusively focused on growth stage software and internet companies. Launched in 2012, Highland Europe’s portfolio includes Matches Fashion, WeTransfer, Nexthink, and Malwarebytes.
Fergal was previously a Partner with Highland Capital Partners, where he led the firm’s successful investments in VistaPrint (NASDAQ: CMPR),PhotoBox (Exponent/ELTA), Privalia (Vente-Privee), MyOptique (Essilor) and Coremetrics (IBM), and started its European investment initiative. He’s currently a director of Spartoo, Wooga, AMCS Group, GetYourGuide.com, Finanzcheck and Nexthink.
Reshma has always combined technology and business from university to today. Getting degrees in both Engineering and Business (UPenn M&T) meant that from an early age she was cultivating a path that would always bring business and technology together.
Early on in her career during the height of the dot com boom, Reshma worked in M&A and venture capital across B2B Software and Internet services businesses in the US and India. She had a small helping hand in building MakeMyTrip (NASDAQ) in its formative days.
Following on from this, Reshma went to INSEAD and earned her MBA, fell in love with Europe and stayed on to work in Commercial and Marketing Strategy at Vodafone.
Starting Seedcamp in 2007 was a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that she jumped into with a strong desire to help the European founder realize global success. Reshma brings a good mix of tech, business, commercial drive, marketing and that American chutzpah to our incredible team.
Mustafa Suleyman is co-founder and Head of Applied AI at DeepMind, where he is responsible for integrating the company’s technology across a wide range of Google products. In February 2016 he launched DeepMind Health, which builds clinician-led technology in the NHS. Mustafa was Chief Product Officer at DeepMind Technologies, before the company was bought in 2014 by Google.
At 19, Mustafa dropped out of Oxford University to help set up a telephone counselling service, building it to become one of the largest mental health support services of its kind in the UK, and then worked as policy officer for then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. He went on to help start Reos Partners, a consultancy with eight offices across four continents specializing in designing and facilitating large-scale multi-stakeholder ‘Change Labs’ aimed at navigating complex problems.
As a skilled negotiator and facilitator Mustafa has worked all over the world for a wide range of clients such as the UN, the Dutch Government and WWF.
Sean O’Sullivan is managing director of SOSV, the pioneering venture capital firm that is a world leader in running vertical startup accelerator programs. His first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers. His first internet company, NetCentric, developed many concepts in internet computing, and he is credited as the cocreator of the term “cloud computing”.
Sean founded JumpStart International, a leading humanitarian organization in conflict zones, in the 2000s, where he oversaw over 3,500 staff at the height of the organization in the Iraq conflict. He was co-founder and managing director of Carma, a 35-person real-time carpooling company. SOSV founded and runs accelerators such as HAX, IndieBio, Food-X, Interface, and Chinaccelerator.
As of 2016, SOSV has $300m in assets under management and is in the top 5% of venture capitalists globally based on return an investment (returns over 19 years average 36% net). He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California. He is also an initial and continuing primary supporter of such organizations such as Coderdojo (a global network of coding clubs that 50,000 kids attend every week) and Khan Academy (used by 15 million students to learn every month). He’s on the board of Rensselaer, Khan Academy, and Coderdojo, and a number of private companies.
Sammy is our community manager, she's here to talk to amputees, gather ideas for better prosthetics, and make connections. She also writes lovely stuff about the project and won the company $200,000 by pitching with Joel in Intel's 'Make it Wearable' competition. Sammy was recently short-listed for the 'Entrepreneur of the Year' award.
Marc Raibert was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1986 through 1995. He is co-founder and President of Boston Dynamics Inc, (BDI), which is located near MIT in Cambridge.
Raibert's research is devoted to the study of systems that move dynamically, including physical robots and animated creatures. Raibert's laboratory at MIT, the Leg Lab, is well known for its work on systems that move dynamically, including legged robots, simulated mechanisms, and animated figures. The Leg Lab created a series of laboratory robots including one-legged hoppers, biped runners, a quadruped, and two kangaroo-like robots. Taken collectively, these robots travel along simple paths, balance themselves actively, climb a simple stairway, run fast (13.1 mph), run with several gaits, and do rudimentary gymnastic maneuvers. A couple of years ago two robots (and 3 students) appeared inRising Sun with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. The Leg Lab also created On The Run, a computer generated cartoon in which all the characters were animated using simulation and control. Work at Boston Dynamics on automated characters and physics-based dynamic simulation are outgrowths of research done by Raibert's group at MIT.
Raibert received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1973, and a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. His Ph.D thesis, entitled "Motor control and learning by the state space model", used robotics techniques to model biological beahvior. He worked on robot sensing and control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech from 1977 through 1980. He was on the faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University Computer Science Department and the Robotics Institute from 1981-1986. He is author of Legged Robots That Balance published by MIT Press, is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Robotics Research, was guest editor of two issues of IJRR devoted to legged systems, and is a fellow of the AAAI.
David Rutter has over 30 years of experience leading some of Wall Street’s top institutions, David is a longtime creative thought leader in financial markets and innovation and has played a significant role in the adoption of electronic trading in the global OTC derivatives industry.
David served for ten years as the CEO of Electronic Broking at ICAP Plc, the world's largest interdealer broker, where he led the BrokerTec fixed income and EBS foreign exchange platforms. Prior to ICAP, David was co-owner and CEO (Americas) of Prebon Yamane.
Naren Shaam, born in India and educated in the US, worked as a Global Product Manager managing multi-miliion $ in business in auto industry before getting his Business degree at Harvard. After his Harvard education, he worked in financial services in NY.
In April 2012, he moved to Berlin to found a new innovative travel company GoEuro. GoEuro is one of most innovative startups in Berlin and has already closed over $4M in seed financing from top tier VCs such as Battery Ventures and Hasso Plattner Ventures along with industry leaders including Dave Baggett (Founder, ITA Software) and many others who are founders of airline and travel companies around the world.
He is based in Berlin and enjoys interacting with young startups and his expertise is business strategy, monetization and fund raising. He enjoys (and misses) the sun quite a bit, pencil sketching and playing outdoor basketball.
Born in Vienna, Valentin studied Accounting & Finance (M.A. HSG) at the University of St. Gallen, Sophia University in Tokyo and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. During his studies he worked in a number of fields including Strategy Consulting and Investment Banking/Mergers & Acquisition. After graduating he joined the Internet Incubator Rocket Internet as Entrepreneur in Residence and was involved in building different companies including Payleven and Paymill.
Omar Tayeb is the CTO and a co-founder at Blippar. Tayeb is credited for developing the original technology responsible for launching Blippar into the forefront of the AR industry. His passion for innovation has been instrumental in powering the AR and visual discovery experiences that have attracted over 66+ million users to the platform. Tayeb leads the tech team and is the company’s point person for AR and AI development. As the driver of the company’s technology and innovation, Tayeb is responsible for pushing the boundaries for what’s possible not only for Blippar but for the AR industry as a whole. Today, he continues to drive innovation at Blippar by furthering the development of their artificial intelligence and computer vision technologies and leading Blippar’s R&D unit and the team of over 70 engineers.
With Tayeb at the helm of the company’s technology division, Blippar has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a global industry leader with 12 offices and 300+ employees. Blippar has been recognized as a “Fastest Growing” company by CNN, CNBC, UKTI, Forbes, and Fast Company, featured in the #9 spot on the 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 list and named one of the 2016 Bloomberg Business Innovators.
Tayeb was recognized as Young Innovator of the Year by the Guardian in 2012 and in 2014 he received the h100 award, which celebrates the 100 most influential and innovative people in Britain.
Sitar is a managing partner of Connect Ventures, a seed-stage fund focusing on European internet and mobile companies. Connect Ventures' investments include: Boiler Room, Citymapper, Typeform, Marvel, and Pact Coffee.
Prior to Connect Ventures, Sitar was with Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures for seven years and led that firm's investment in SoundCloud, where she was a board member for several years.
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, she spent three years with technology M&A bank Broadview (now part of Jefferies).
Roxanne Varza is the Director of Station F, which is the largest startup campus worldwide, backed by Xavier Niel. She is also involved in the Conseil national du numérique (CNNum), an organization that works with the French government on digital matters, as well as the European Commission's European Innovation Council (EIC).
Prior to her current role, Roxanne was the lead for Microsoft’s start-up activities in France, running both Bizspark and Microsoft Ventures programs for 3 years.
Business Insider listed her as one of the top 30 women under 30 in tech. She has also been listed in additional rankings by Business Insider, Vanity Fair and Le Figaro, The Evening Standard and more.
Prior to Microsoft she worked for several European startups and was the former Editor of TechCrunch France. Roxanne has also contributed to other publications, including The Telegraph, The Kernel, Betakit and Business Insider.
Roxanne also co-founded StartHer (ex Girls in Tech Paris) and is the co-organizer of the Failcon Paris conference. More recently, she co-founded Tech.eu, a European tech media backed by Dave McClure, Adeo Ressi, Daniel Waterhouse and more.
Prior to TechCrunch, Roxanne worked for the French government’s foreign direct investment agency helping fast-growing startups develop their activities in France. Roxanne has spoken, moderated, mentored and judged numerous startup events and programs throughout Europe and also helps European startups with content and communications.
Roxanne is trilingual and holds degrees from UCLA, Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics. She is also an epilepsy advocate.
Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova, nicknamed Supernova, is a Russian model, philanthropist and occasional film actress. She is well known for her rags to riches life story and for her eight-season, seven-figure contract with Calvin Klein.
Dave (Shahar) Waiser is a serial entrepreneur who founded and built companies in US and Internationally.
In early 2000 – He founded Russian entity of publicly traded Comverse [NASDAQ:CMVT] and served as its first CEO with a $300M record in total sales.
In 2005 - Moved to San Francisco, where he spent five years building his new start-up called Loyalize (acquired by Viggle [VGGL]). Loyalize technology had been used during the Super Bowl, Australian Open, Grammys, and Oscars.
In 2010 - He founded Gett (previously GetTaxi) operating in 100 cities worldwide,
including: New York, London, Moscow, and Tel-Aviv.
Gett raised $640 million in venture funding, including $300M from Volkswagen Group, and was selected by FORBES as one of the fastest growing companies.
Chris Wade is the independent Board Director of Certivox the distributed cryptography company backed NTT DoCoMo Ventures , Mitsui Ventures and Paladin Ventures and Octopus Ventures. He is the Strategic Advisor to Octopus Ventures Investments a highly successful investment company with US$3Bn of funds under management focusing on venture capital, specialist finance, AIM and other asset classes. He will be focusing creating commercial and financing bridges between the UK and Asia for both Octopus’s portfolio companies and funds. He is also Board Director at Octopus Ventures backed Ultrasoc based in Cambridge UK.
Chris has been appointed as the European advisor to Singapore’s Infocomm Investments a $200M B round fund for highly scalable companies wishing to explore SE markets from Singapore.
Chris Wade is a Venture Partner at Entrepreneur First, which exists to make founding a startup the number one career choice for the most talented students. In addition he is a mentor in the Techstars London 2014 programme.
Chris recently has initiated a program to promote and support UK Emerging VC Managers with global network events.
He completed in 2014 a 2 year assignment with UK Government on building a world-class entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UK by identifying the best early stage investment opportunities across Life Science, Clean Tech and Digital Media companies and matching them to investors on a global basis. As a result Chris created 1st time UK investments Asian Corporates including Recruit and NTT DoCoMo.
Previously, Chris was Chairman and Investor of IP Mobile Acuity’ based in Edinburgh. He was a founding private investor and non-executive in the award winning company Shozu based in London and San Francisco, which was the first company to upload mobile data to social networks. In 2009, he became Chairman and CEO and successfully sold the company to Critical Path in 2010.
In 1998, Chris co-founded Cambridge Positioning Systems (CPS) based in Cambridge UK, Baltimore and Sydney. The company pioneered the indoor location solutions of the world’s mobile industry that today is deployed in the majority of devices. In 2007 Chris successfully sold CPS to Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR).
Between 1982 and 1998 Chris worked increasingly Executive roles with Northern Telecom including management roles in New Zealand, Turkey and the US.
James is a partner at Balderton Capital, and is the youngest partner of a Series A Venture Fund in Europe. Since joining Balderton in 2012, he has led on investments across Europe in sectors such as mobile productivity, 3D printing, VR/AR tools, and SaaS platforms. Two companies that James has worked with have exited to Microsoft and Amazon. Before joining Balderton, James helped set up and run one of the UK's first social impact funds, and previously worked as an advisor to the British Parliament, as well as at McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Azmat Yusuf is a Founder at Citymapper Limited. Yusuf previously worked at Google, as well as in the venture capital and equities fields for international banks. He started the app in 2011 as a guide for Londoners to navigate the city's bus network. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in both Electrical Engineering and Economics and received his MBA from INSEAD in 2009.
Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He is an experienced entrepreneur, having previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid.
In 2006, Niklas created Atomico to help entrepreneurs, primarily from outside Silicon Valley, to scale their businesses globally. In addition to overseeing Atomico’s strategy, he works closely with a number of founders of portfolio companies and sits on the boards of Rovio, Mapillary, Truecaller, Farmdrop and ZocDoc. Niklas is most excited about founders that are solving major world problems using digital technology. Niklas is also a passionate believer in the importance of entrepreneurs reinvesting in the next generation of European tech giants, and is proud to have been involved in the successful exits of Supercell, Last.fm, 6Wunderkinder, and The Climate Corporation.
Prior to starting Atomico, Niklas co-founded Skype, which became the first truly global category winning online company to be founded outside the US. He was CEO at Skype from its inception until September 2007. In 2005, Skype was sold to eBay Inc for $3.1bn. It was then bought back by a consortium that included Niklas, and was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion cash in 2011.
In 2006, Niklas was recognised by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People, and he has received numerous awards for entrepreneurship including the KTH Great Prize from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (2009), the Oxford Internet Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), H.M. The King’s Medal (2013), the Gold Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (2013), and was voted Entrepreneur of the Year in the European Business Leaders Awards (2006).
In 2007, he co-founded Zennström Philanthropies, from which he actively invests in sustainability projects to solve important issues such as climate change, improving the state of the Baltic Sea and encouraging entrepreneurs to build companies that improve the environment. Niklas is also a keen yachtsman, and has won three Mini Maxi World Championships and one TP52 World Championship with his yacht racing team Rán.
Niklas holds dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science from Uppsala University in Sweden, and he spent his final year at the University of Michigan.
Alex (June) Zhu is the Co-founder & Co-CEO of musical.ly, a video social network that celebrates daily life with videos recorded in 15 seconds or less.
Founded in 2014 with longtime friend, Luyu Yang, musical.ly is a video social network for creating,
sharing and discovering short videos. Every day, millions of people use musical.ly as an outlet to express themselves through singing, dancing, comedy, and lip-syncing. The app celebrates creativity with videos that are shared across the musical.ly community. With over 150 million users, musical.ly has hit #1 in the iOS app store for free apps in 20 countries - including the United States. In June of 2016, musical.ly released its breakout livestreaming platform live.ly, which provides the musical.ly community with a broader canvas on which they can express themselves. Immediately following its official launch, live.ly began trending and hit the number one spot in 8 countries in the iOS app store.
Designed to connect people all over the world and encourage self-expression, musical.ly delivers instant video experiences to the hands of its users, dubbed “musers,” with special tools and features that bring each moment to life. As an outlet for singing, dancing, comedy, lip-syncing and more – musical.ly offers a fun place for users to create content, showcase interests, and share videos in ways that align with current conversations and trends across social networks.
Previous to the international success of musical.ly, Zhu was a product designer and manager at SAP, the world’s largest enterprise software company, and also served as a creative director at Microsoft driving "mobile disruption" initiatives in the consumer space.
Zhu currently resides in Shanghai.
Speaker submissions are now closed. Thank you!
Fireside Chat with Mustafa Suleyman (Google DeepMind)
Cyber Immunity as a Service with Poppy Gustafsson (Darktrace)
Atomic Investing with Niklas Zennström (Atomico)
The Future of Transportation with Ole Harms (VW) and Shahar Waiser (Gett)
Payments for the People with Ismail Ahmed (WorldRemit)
Everything to Play For with Frederic Court (Felix Capital), Sonali De Rycker (Accel) and Reshma Sohoni (Seedcamp)
Stopping the Brexit Brain Drain with Matt Hancock (UK Digital Director), Axelle Lemaire (French Government) and James Wise (Balderton Capital)
Startup Battlefield Session One with Anthony Ha
Judges: Alice Bentinck (Entrepreneur First), Nathan Benaich (Playfair Capital), Nic Brisbourne (Forward Partners) and Carlos Eduardo Espinal (Seedcamp)
Startup Battlefield Session Two with Anthony Ha
Judges: Don Dodge (Google for Work), Sitar Teli (Connect Ventures), Chris Wade (Isomer Capital) and Fergal Mullen (Highland Europe)
Your own PA with Amy Chang (Accompany)
Robots! Marc Raibert (Boston Dynamics)
A Deep Learning Future with Dr. Mike Lynch OBE, FREng, FRS (Invoke Capital)
A fist full of dollars with Elizabeth "Beezer" Clarkson (Sapphire Ventures), John Doran (TCV) and Fabrice Grinda (FJ Labs)
Supersizing Colocation with Roxanne Varza (Station F)
Startup Battlefield Session Three with Anthony Ha
Judges: Amy Chang (Accompany), Tracy Doree (Kindred Capital VC), Saul Klein (LocalGlobe) and Siraj Khaliq (Atomico Partners)
AFTER PARTY: Forge 9pm, 24 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND
Trains, Planes and Automobiles with Naren Shaam (GoEuro)
Our future selves with Professor Jackie Hunter (BenevolentBio)
Better Living With Bionics with Samantha Payne (Open Bionics)
The Blockchain Moment with David Rutter (R3)
Battlefield Alumni Updates
Passing the Disrupt Cup
Startup Battlefield Finals </p
Judges: Barbara Belvisi (Hardware Club), Luciana Lixandru (Accel Partners), Sean O'Sullivan (SOSV), Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch) and Francesca Warner (Downing Partners)
Hackathon Update: Claire Donoghue and Marily Nika
Hot in the City with Azmat Yusuf (Citymapper)
Sing Song Social with Alex Zhu (Musical.ly)
Hacking Clicktivism with Natalia Vodianova (Elbi)
Is Facebook Workplace working with Julien Codornious (Facebook)
Brexit Face Off - Two Sides to Britain's Tech Future with Steve Hilton (CrowdPac) and Daniel Korski
Startup Alley Demo
Fireside Chat with Jason Goldberg (Pepo)
Beyond the Check-in with Antonine Martin (Zenly)
Watch AI Beat A Human At FreeCiv with Hans-Christian Boos (Arago)
Closing Awards Ceremony
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