Scott Gould, ScottGould.me, Author, speaker and advisor on the topic of engagement
Scott Gould is an international speaker and advisor in engagement. He helps changemakers and organisations to get people highly engaged around their mission. He shows leaders the way to the heart of engagement in a world where so much is only skin deep, which is vital if we are to solve the profound challenges facing humanity today.
Mario A.Vinasco, Credit Sesame, Director BI and Analytics at Credit Sesame
Mario Vinasco has over 15 years of progressive experience in data driven analytics with emphasis in machine learning and data scence programming creatively applied to eCommerce, advertising, customer acquisition/retention and marketing investment. Mario specializes in developing and applying leading edge business analytics to complex business problems using big data and predictive modeling platforms.
Mario holds a Masters in engineering economics from Stanford University and currently works as Director of Analytics and Data Science at Credit Sesame a disruptive FinTech company in the San Francisco Bay Area, responsible for customer management, retention and prediction.
Until recently, Mario worked for Uber Technologies applying data science to marketing investment optimization, advanced segmentation of customers by propensity to act, churn, open email and the set up sophisticated experiments to test and validate hypothesis.
At Facebook in the marketing analytics group he was responsible for improving the effectiveness of Facebook’s own consumer-facing campaigns. Key projects included ad-effectiveness measurement of Facebook’s brand marketing activities, and product campaigns for key product priorities using advanced experimentation techniques.
Prior roles included VP of business intelligence in digital textbook startup, people analytics manager at Google and eCommerce Sr manager at Symantec.
Sharon Gai, Alibaba Group, Director of Global Key Accounts at Alibaba Group
Sharon Gai started her career in e-commerce at a Fortune 500 systems integrator, enabling SMB’s to conveniently order computer hardware online. She was part of Alibaba’s globalization initiative in the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy in which she advised large to emerging internet-viral brands in crafting their digital marketing and online e-commerce strategy in China. She currently serves as the Director of Global Key Accounts in the Tmall Overseas team, enabling global brands to leverage Alibaba’s overseas e-commerce platforms. She teaches part-time in Masterclasses on Chinese eCommerce and serves on the Board of Truehost, an African website builder startup. Her book, The Digital Silk Road, is due to be released in Jan 2022. Sharon has an Honors Bachelors degree in International Development from McGill and a Masters in Information Management from Columbia University.
Xavier Gomez is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of INVYO. In 2018, he founded INVYO, a SaaS company that uses machine learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to help financial institutions see tomorrow's opportunities in the Financial sector. Xavier shared a vision that Data analytics will empower human intelligence, as a speaker in different global events (AI for Finance, Paris Fintech Forum, Finovate Series, etc...) Before INVYO, Xavier worked for banks, in Credit Suisse, as Director, in a different top management position (wealth management and Investment banking) between London, Paris and Zurich, and in Pictet as a global multi-asset portfolio manager. Xavier has a master from ISC – Institut Supérieur du Commerce (Master Graduate School Management – Finance) in 2000. He holds a certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) specialization Fintech (2016) and is a graduate of HEC Paris in Private Equity (Leadership Executive program in Private Equity in partnership with France Invest - French Association of Private Equity) in 2017.
For the last nine years, Oles has been actively researching and developing computer vision and natural language processing systems.
Since 2018, he’s been working on the face swap technology with a successful launch of the internationally viral app Reface. He has extensive experience in video processing using deep learning methods for detecting objects and actions, predicting image depth maps, semantic segmentation, and generating subtitles for images and video studios in Hollywood. With VideoGorillas, he worked on the 4x resolution increasing in videos and the restoration of Orson Welles’s movie for Netflix.
Together with a team at Reface, he developed and implemented a face swap technology for photos, GIFs and videos – one-of-a-kind universal neural network that is trained to swap any human faces in real-time with just one photo. More than 55 million users have already tried this technology.
Taavi Tamkivi has been working in the financial crime-fighting field for over a decade. First started out in Skype where he led Fraud, Analytics and Revenue Assurance teams moved on to Transferwise, where ended up leading the global AML team. In 2018, Taavi decided the time is right to launch his own regtech company and focus efforts to build the smart tools financial institutions need to fight financial crime more effectively.
David G.W. Birch, na, Author and advisor on digital financial services
David G.W Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is Global Ambassador for Consult Hyperion (the secure electronic transactions consultancy that he helped to found), Technology Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (the London-based think tank) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand; created one of the top 25 “must-read” financial IT blogs; was found by PR Daily to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson, rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments and was recently awarded “Contributor of the Year” by the Emerging Payments Association.
Anton Mezentsev, Softline, Global Business Development at Softline
Received a bachelor's degree at Volgograd State University with a degree in Finance and Credit. Anton holds a Master's Degree in Science in Financial Mathematics from Halmstad University.
Multilevel experience in the sales and development of Alfa-Bank's corporate business, including the development of relationships with large international clients - KraftHeinz, Mercedes, Uber, etc. Currently develops international direction of E-commerce in Softline. Anton is responsible for entering new markets and working with global partners in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Irina Florinska, Aviazon Latvija, Regional Business Development Manager at Aviazon Latvija
After getting the degree in computer science, Irina had a carrier as a software developer for around 10 years. But then she changed the direction and dived into waters of commerce and business development for international IT companies.
After obtaining an MBA degree, such employers as Elko Group, Xerox, Travelport appeared in her career portfolio. For more than 25 years Irina is dealing with sales and operation management for large international companies, which sell their products or services through a network of partners.
Now Irina works for an online travel agency and is trying to overcome the new reality of the post-pandemic world of 2020.
Mike Pullen, Ethoca, Industry Standards Specialist at Ethoca
Mike has been in the payments, chargebacks and fraud arena for 19+ years. He has been in his current role with Ethoca for 3 ½ years working with product department along with card brand rules and regulations. Prior to Ethoca Mike was with a top 3 US Issuer bank and Acquirer for 16 years.
Founding executive of Lenovo's global online strategy, starting in 2006 across it's b2c and b2b businesses. Over the last 13+ years led a global team that has helped craft and drive Lenovo's Global online sales from 5 countries to 35+ countries and lenovo.com's footprint into 90+ countries. During this period revenues and units have grown by over 7X + revenue growth and profits by over 10X in B2C. B2B revenues have increased substantially through custom portals for Global and international customers.
Olga Karablina, ECOMMPAY, Partners Team Lead at ECOMMPAY
As a Partners Team Lead at ECOMMPAY for 4 years, Olga Karablina successfully launched variety of projects for the company: ECOMMPAY as a processor of APPLE PAY, ECOMMPAY as app-in payment in Telegram, ECOMMPAY as a pilot integration into PayPal Commerce Platform, Open-Banking by ECOMMPAY and various integrations with local payment providers globally. Before ECOMMPAY, Olga lived in Cape Town, South Africa for 8 years, and worked as a Business Developer Inbound Travel Operator.
Yolanda You and Bjørn Eyde, Neonomics, Sr. Business Development Manager and Country Manager for Denmark at Neonomics
Yolanda: With a solid technical and financial background and multi-lingual, Yolanda has 10 years' experience in international business development e.g in Nordic/Europe, Asia, Africa, etc. Now working as Senior Business Development Manager in Neonomics based in Headquarter Oslo, Norway.
Currently focused on Open Banking, helping Payment Service Providers, Fintechs, ecommerce merchants, banks join the fast race of PSD2 in Europe: facilitate digital payments, bank data retrieving via one powerful Unified API.
Bjørn: With an extensive background in Sales and service, both in B2C and B2B, the past 9 years of which have been at management/C level. Bjørn’s strengths lie in strategy and business development, sales and process optimization and in the ability to build relationships at all levels. Now currently working from the danish office as Country Manager for Denmark, with a full focus to empower a wide selection of industries with access to the newest development in open banking.
Matthew Jackson, PPRO, Head of Partner Development at PPRO
Matthew Jackson is an expert in payments and business development. He joined PPRO in January 2019 as Partner Manager in the London Office and has quickly been promoted to Head of Partner Development for EMEA. In addition to managing a team of dedicated Partner Managers, he works closely together with key partners helping them grow and meet the demands of consumers around the world. With a broad experience of payments, he is very well aware of the trends and needs of the industry.
Steven Rader, СEO, Crowd Resources Consulting, Drawing on 30 years of experience at NASA
Steve started Crowd Resources Consulting in 2019 to provide non-NASA related organizations with resources for leveraging the crowd-based expertise and solutions required to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving global economy. Steve also currently serves as the Deputy Manager of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), which is working to infuse challenge and crowdsourcing innovation approaches at NASA and across the federal government. CoECI focuses on the study and use of curated, crowdsourcing communities that utilize prize and challenge-based methods to deliver innovative solutions for NASA and the US government.
Janis Janovskis, Janis Janovskis Enterprices LTD, Business And Life Coach
Ever since early teenage years, Janis has demonstrated a great deal of insight, wisdom and persistence, he concurs with Viktor Frankl on the highest freedom ever given to humanity; to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.
He started very low - like a yard keeper, and today Janis is an internationally recognised motivational teacher, life and business coach delivering to projects all around the globe.
Stephan van Calker, Tink, Sales Development Lead UK at Tink
Currently works as a Sales Development Lead at Tink, and his passion is to see innovative tech come to life and how that impacts people. Previously been working in Business Development for over 5 years. During these years, Stephan has worn many hats on everything from cold sales to account management, working with anything from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Stephanie possesses extensive experience in Human Capital Consulting, providing a comprehensive range of customized Human Resources services and solutions to clients, which in turn help clients grow and succeed by deploying successful HR strategies.
Greg Mathers, Adizes Latvia, Managing Director at Adizes Latvia
Greg Mathers is a senior associate with the Adizes Institute and managing director of Adizes Latvia. Greg regularly works with management teams around the world on organizational therapy and transformation. He has founded and run four of his own businesses in the tourist publications, hospitality and education sectors.
Imtiaz Adam, Deep Learn Strategies Limited, CEO at Deep Learn Strategies Limited
Imtiaz is ranked as a leading international influence on AI by the likes of MarkTechPost of San Francisco, Ipfconline.com of France and Engati of India. He has spoken at leading events around the world including a panel on AI at Davos during the WEF and served as a Director of Morgan Stanley where he founded the firm's business in clean technology and infrastructure investment with debt, equity and advisory services. He has studied for a master's in Computer Science where he specialised in AI research for portfolio optimisation and is a Sloan Fellow in Strategy from London Business School.
PhD Andris Anspoks, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL), Advisor to the Prime Minister for Science and Innovation; Deputy director for Innovations in ISSP UL
Andris Anspoks is managing innovation development system in the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia. Andris also leads Materize – a unit responsible for technology transfer and contract research and Open Access Laboratory concept implementation in the institute, which is linked with organizational changes, quality management system implementation, and long term sustainability of the institute. All this is a key part of the CAMART² project, one of the biggest Horizon 2020 projects in Latvia. Andris also has the experience in the private sector (including Hewlett Packard), have established a couple of companies (Capital, RIX Technologies), worked in public administration (created information systems for Register of Enterprises, Customs and Tax administration). This all allowed him to understand all three parties involved in research: researchers, industry and public administration.
Simon Reader, Partner at Trunor Financial Technologies, Partner at Trunor Financial Technologies at Ecospend Technologies
Simon Reader is a partner at Ecospend Technologies and Trunor Financial Technologies, based in London, where is responsible for deals, partnerships, growth and vision. His interests include the works of the American social theorist Thomas Sowell, the British educator Tony Sewell and the Canadian human rights activist and broadcaster Mark Steyn. His own work has been published in the Wall Street Journal and featured on the BBC. He is a longtime student of martial arts.
Didier Goepfert, BLOXXON AG, CPO, Managing Director at BLOXXON AG
Didier has more than 10 years of experience in financial services, from Wealth Management to fintech and crypto finance. He started his career in wealth management but bifurcated since 2014 towards fintech and innovative product development. Crypto-enthusiast because it forces us to learn, understand and rethink what money is and what fully digitised, real-time and automated finance can enable.
Sean Zinsmeister, Thoughtspot, VP of Product Marketing at Thoughtspot
Sean Zinsmeister is the VP of Product Marketing at ThoughtSpot, where he is responsible for architecting the messaging and go-to-market strategy for ThoughtSpot's Search & AI-driven analytics platform.
Prior to joining ThoughtSpot, he led Product Marketing at Infer, the leading predictive analytics platform for Enterprise Sales & Marketing teams, through a successful acquisition in 2017. He’s widely regarded as a thought leader in data, analytics, and AI, with his works appearing in publications like VentureBeat, Forbes, Information Age, and more.
Sean holds advanced degrees from Suffolk Sawyer School of Business and Northeastern respectively in strategic marketing and project management.
Eugene Kuzovlev, ECOMMPAY IT, Head of Operations at ECOMMPAY IT
Graduated from the Aviation Institute in 2011 and is in love with aviation with all his heart. Eugene would have become an aerodynamics engineer if he had not become an IT specialist. He joined the ECOMMPAY company in 2017 transferring from a completely different field - healthcare. Before fintech, he dealt with medical and predicative systems. Eugene always puts the reliability of the created and operating systems in the first place. Now Eugene is responsible for stability, operation, SRE and the development of such systems as DWH, RCS, financial system in the company.
Prof. Dr. Michael Truebestein, Lucerne University, Professor at Lucerne University
Prof. Dr. Michael Truebestein MRICS is professor of real estate management and investments as well as Head of the Master of Science in Real Estate (MScRE)-program at Lucerne University (HSLU). Since 2011, he has also been teaching at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan. Furthermore, he was elected president of the RICS in Switzerland in 2020.
Audrey Ottevanger, ECOMMPAY, Head of Asia Pacific at ECOMMPAY
Currently, Audrey heads up the APAC region for ECOMMPAY and is responsible for the overall business and expansion in APAC. She leads a strong and dynamic team that manages acquisition, engagement, and partner strategy for Asia. Audrey has more than 17 years of professional experience in brand marketing, business development, market expansion, and partner management. She is a key talent in digital payments where she was with PayPal and Braintree for 7 years holding multiple portfolios from heading sales and partner teams to Country Manager of Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. She was also instrumental to the growth of Braintree setting up and managing the sales, partner, and accounts team in Asia.
Albert Chan, Tickr, Chief Revenue Officer at Tickr
Albert is Tickr's first Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing the sales and marketing teams for the rapidly growing AI data analytics company. In his prior role, Albert was the Japan and Korea country manager at Google, overseeing the SMB product teams. He has spent the last 18 years in numerous leadership roles at Google and Procter & Gamble (P&G), primarily working with CPG's and retailers from all over the world.
Maksim Fillipov, GR Capital, VC Investor at GR Capital
Maxim has started his career in investment banking and has managed more than 30 deals with a total value of over $500m. In 2012 he started consulting startups which led him to become a co-founder in GR Capital VC firm. He currently manages $70m in assets and leads fundraising of the next GR Capital's fund.
Margarita Mukhmadeeva, ECOMMPAY IT, Head of Product at ECOMMPAY IT
Margarita has 10+ years of experience in project management in different spheres like art, design, IT and more than 5 years of experience as a leader and people manager in Product. Her greatest strengths are building great teams and getting things done. Margarita's recent interests are strategy, sustainability and sports (esp swimming).
Shady Ramadan, Aster DM Healthcare, Head of Product at Aster DM Healthcare
Shady Ramadan has over 20 years of Omnichannel marketing, product management, and eCommerce experience and has held various senior positions at large multinational companies such as Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, MoneyGram International, Carrefour and Aster DM Healthcare. As an internationally seasoned and performance-driven senior manager, he has led teams and projects to position solutions and services across a range of industries, that include Pharmaceutical, Retail, FMCG, Automotive, eCommerce, Fintech and Healthcare. Shady is also an experienced leader and digital transformation expert with experience spanning Digital Marketing, advertising, marketing, strategy, and eCommerce.
Rob Thompson, RTTA - soft skills for real results, Founder at RTTA - soft skills for real results
Rob is a TEDx and keynote speaker who speaks at conferences all over Europe. Rob founded RTTA to bring his model on interpersonal interactions to a wider audience. With the help of RTTA’s clientele of Europe’s top academics, he has perfected this approach to increase the productivity of teams of high-value people.
Dace Olina, Vivendo SIA, Consultant at Vivendo SIA
Education: medical doctor ( radiation oncologist), MBA for RBS, University of Buffalo and the University of Ottawa. Work experience: oncologist, moved to pharma industry - 18 years at pharma, last position - General Manager and Chairman of Board at Roche Finland. Since 2013 - consulting private enterprises and state institutions.
Hristina Racheva, Skyscanner, Head of Localisation at Skyscanner
As a Head of Localisation at Skyscanner, Hristina’s main focus is building a strong localisation team and robust processes in order to enable Skyscanner’s teams to build products and create experiences for international users in over 35 languages. In addition, she provides coaching and consulting to help businesses and individuals succeed on their global journey. Hristina is a frequent guest speaker at UX, Product and Localisation conferences and events and has created a signature Localisation workshop for UX Writers and Designers.
Dr Javier Marcos Cuevas, Associate Professor of Strategic Sales Management and Negotiation, Associate Professor of Strategic Sales Management and Negotiation
Dr Javier Marcos Cuevas, a management educator, researcher and consultant with 20 years of experience working in academia, consultancy and in multinational corporations.
The director of Learning for Performance, a boutique training practice for Sales Effectiveness and Strategic Customer Management. He holds positions as Senior Industrial Fellow at the University of Cambridge IfM ECS, and Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management, and teaches at IE, University of Michigan – William Davidson Institute and other business schools.
Sergey Jakimov, Longenesis Ltd, CEO, Co-Founder at Longenesis Ltd
Building a funding deep-tech startups over the last 7 years, started as a founder of the first Latvian oil&gas engineering startup, later moving deeply into biotech and staying there. Currently - CEO and co-founder of Longenesis, as well as a managing partner of LongeVC - an early-stage longevity-focused 35M EUR seed fund. Visiting faculty at Riga Graduate School of Law, teaching MA courses in IP protection and venture capital.
Anastasia Zencika, ECOMMPAY, Head of Global Marketing and Culture at ECOMMPAY
Joined the ECOMMPAY at the start-up stage and staying there until today (from 7 to 700 people). In 2018 Anastasia started arranging fintech meetups for ECOMMPAY employees, in 2019 she arranged ECOMMTALKS Grand Edition for the company's clients, partners and friends. Later on, in 2020 online project ECOMMTALKS Academy was launched. Before ECOMMPAY, Anastasia used to work for LÓreal Baltic and Cormack Consultancy.
Vladimir Polakov, ECOMMPAY, Head of Sales Force Division at ECOMMPAY
For the last 6 years, Vladimir has been working in eCommerce, developing a sales strategy for the European part of the ECOMMPAY group. In the past, he has been involved in multiple EU governmental projects dedicated to building strong relations between European educational institutions and businesses for the purposes of technical innovations, crowdsourcing and the creation of an experimental environment.
Davis Golds, Public speaking coach, Engineer, Public speaking coach, Engineer
My main passion is bridging the gap between Engineering and Communication. I have spent my career as a civil engineer, designing bridges and harbors. On top of that, I have been a freelance public speaking coach, mostly training and encouraging my fellow technical people to make excellent presentations and find their true voice. As a member of Toastmasters International and the Global Shapers Community, I have always been interested in motivating others to take initiative, overcome their fears and share their stories.
Dmitrijs Grebnevs, ECOMMPAY, Head of Issuing at ECOMMPAY
The card business journey started for Dmitrijs as an IT engineer in the card processing centre, continued as IT administrator, Head of IT Security and Head of Technical Support and Risk Control. Later Dmitrijs moved to Business analysis and Product Development in a wide range of banking products - from current accounts and payments & cards to business loans. Later on, he moved to fintech companies to build white-label card issuing platforms and lead implementation projects.
Founder of the bureau for preparing public speeches "Glagol". The organizer of TEDxLETI and co-organizer of TEDxYouth@PokrovkaSt, member of TEDGlobal Geneva. Certified trainer, graduated from the school of oratory trainers "SHTORM" at SPGIK.