In his current role as Vice President of Talent Solutions EMEA, Jon is responsible for the strategic direction of LinkedIn EMEA’s Talent Solutions business and works with staffing and recruitment firms to help them find the talent they need to succeed.

Prior to joining LinkedIn in 2016, Jon was Vice President of Sales at Oracle Managed Cloud Services where he was responsible for leading the sales organization across EMEA. Prior to this, he worked in consulting and sales roles in technology businesses such as Cap Gemini, Misys and OpenText.


Carolina Aguilar is co-founder and CEO of INBRAIN Neuroelectronics, a bioelectronics startup using graphene to develop the most intelligent interface in neuroelectronic therapies to treat brain related disorders.

Carolina studied Neurosciences in US and after several business degrees she worked in Medtronic for more than 13 years as Business Director in Deep Brain Stimulation and lately as Global Business Director of the first Medtronic's Value Based Healthcare (VBHC) provider model, helping winning the VBHC European Prize in 2018 upon which the model was featured in a Harvard Business School Case. Combining materials sience innovation, AI driven-signal processing theory and VBHC principles the company aims to decode brain signals into sustainable medical solutions to treat and empower millions of patients around the world.


Marko Berković is passionate about the power of software, how it is improving lives and reshaping businesses. At GitHub, Marko is Regional Director South EMEA, helping large businesses drive innovation through better software, leveraging the power of open-source software development.

Before joining GitHub, Marko held sales and management roles at leading technology companies, including DELL EMC and Alfresco Software. Marko holds a Master’s Degree in Management Studies from the University of Aberdeen. He has fifteen years of experience in the IT industry and lives in Vienna.


Dr. Andreas Bierwirth, born 1971, has been CEO of Magenta Telekom (formerly T-Mobile Austria) since September 1, 2012.

Bierwirth is a member of the Supervisory Board of the sister company Telekom Deutschland and was previously Chairman of the Supervisory Board of T-Mobile Poland from 2015 to 2016. After training as a banker, Andreas Bierwirth studied business administration at the University of Münster and received his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) from the Institute of Marketing. As Deputy Managing Director of Eurowings, he developed the repositioning and rebranding of the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings from 2002, which he headed from 2004. After two years as Vice President Marketing of Deutsche Lufthansa, he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines in 2008 and Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2012. Bierwirth is a trained professional pilot and Non-Executive Board Member of EasyJet, London.


Beth Blauer is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins University.

As a dedicated public servant and international expert on government performance programs for more than fifteen years, Beth spent her career working to improve people’s lives by bringing data into governments’ decision-making processes. Since launching Civic Impact, originally as the Center for Government Excellence, in 2015, CCI has successfully worked with over 140 mayors from around the globe to advance the use of data and evidence. She has built the organization to be a leader in data-driven insights for city leaders and public sector practitioners across the country and around the world.

Having entered public service as a juvenile probation officer in Maryland, Blauer was quickly promoted within the department, quickly becoming the Chief of Staff. It was in this capacity she began working on the creation and implementation of “StateStat.” In 2008, then Governor Martin O’Malley asked Blauer to lead his nationally recognized StateStat program.

Blauer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland and holds a JD from New York Law School. She is a recipient of the 2012 CAP award for her work on Maryland’s StateStat.


Nora Blum is CEO and co-founder of Selfapy, which offers online therapy for people with mental illness.

She studied psychology at the University of Cambridge and gained clinical practice during her work in various psychiatric and psychotherapeutic practices, before working for the company builder Rocket Internet. With Selfapy, she is pursuing her goal of helping people with the support of digitization.


Jochen Borenich is a member of managing board at Kapsch BusinessCom.

As a leading ICT-partner in digitalization, the company operates as a consultant, system supplier and service provider. Kapsch BusinessCom supports companies and institutions in taking their performance to a next level and developing new business models. Kapsch is a partner for keeping abreast of rapidly evolving digital technologies thanks to its expertise in handling large quantities of data and all matters of IT-security, in addition to the valuable experience gained from successful implementation of various use cases across numerous industries.


Kome is Vice President - COO of Global Markets Operations Engineering at Goldman Sachs. Prior to her current role, Kome led the technology risk regulatory governance program, focused on cybersecurity policy.

Kome has assumed a number of executive management and strategy roles, working as Chief Of Staff for European Technology at Goldman Sachs and Chief Of Staff for Global Operations at J.P. Morgan in London. Kome is a motivated, values-driven executive leader with a recognized international track record of delivering results working with C-Suite executives in identifying new business opportunities and creating solutions to achieve objectives in competitive, global environments. Kome graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Business, Finance and Economics from the University of Manchester.

Kome is an advisory board member of The L8Bloomers. Kome’s passion lies in mentoring young black and ethnically diverse professionals in Fintech.


Leonore Gewessler is the Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.

In her prior position, she worked from 2014 on as Political Director of Global 2000 – Friends of the Earth Austria back in Austria. In addition to her professional activities, she was also a member of the board of Friends of the Earth Europe. Leonore Gewessler holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vienna.


Sabine Herlitschka is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Infineon Technologies Austria AG.

Her professional career includes industrial biotechnology research, international cooperation and financing in technology and innovation, Internships at leading organizations in the USA, Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, as well as founding Vice-Rector for Research Management and International Cooperation at the Medical University of Graz/Austria.

Before joining Infineon Technologies Austria, Herlitschka was Director of European and International Programmes in the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. For almost 20 years she has been frequently involved in European Research as advisor, project coordinator and evaluator, as well as participant and Chairperson in strategic European & international expert groups. In Febr. 2018 she has been elected Chair of the Governing Board of the 5 bn Euro European Public Private Partnership ECSEL-Electronic Components and Systems for Electronic Leadership.

Herlitschka holds a Ph.D. in Food- and Biotechnology and a Master of Business Administration. Amongst others, she is member of the Austrian Council for Research & Technology Cooperation, member of the Senate of the German Fraunhofer Society."


Dr. Newton Howard’s career spans academia, the U.S. military, and the private sector. As a prolific scientist and inventor, he has developed technology such as Siri, Wi-Fi hot spots, Skype, Google Earth, and Google Translate. Dr. Howard is a Professor of Biochemistry at Georgetown University, Computational Neuroscience and Neurosurgery at the University of Oxford and the former Director of the Synthetic Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Howard holds advanced degrees in Mathematics (Oxford), Cognitive Informatics (Sorbonne), Neurosurgery (Oxford), and a Doctorate of Medical Sciences (Sorbonne). He has made significant contributions to the fields of neuroscience, linguistics, and national defense, including the Physics of Cognition, Intention Awareness, Mood State Indicators, the Functional Code Unit, and most recently, the Brain Code.

Dr. Newton Howard is the founder of ni2o, Inc., which is developing a novel, artificial-intelligence driven brain-computer interface to treat neurological disorders and improve cognitive performance. He also founded and sits on the board of two nonprofits: the Howard Brain Sciences Foundation, which funds innovative research initiatives to improve our understanding of the human brain; and C4ADS, which is dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues.


Christoph Huber is a renowned professor emeritus of medicine and co-founder of BioNTech, CIMT, CI3, TRON and various other institutions and platforms. He is an international leader and famous contributor in basic and translational tumor immunology.

Prof. Huber studied medicine at the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck, where he received his habilitation in internal medicine in 1976. Research and educational stays in immunology and stem cell transplantation led him to the Karolinska Institute of Tumor Biology in Stockholm, the Department of Immunology of the Wallenberg Institute in Uppsala and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle under the later Nobel Laureate Prof. Don Thomas. In 1984, he was appointed professor of clinical immunology and stem cell transplantation and head of the department of the same name at the Leopold-Franzens-University in Innsbruck. From 1990 to 2009, Huber was head of the 3rd Medical Clinic with a focus on hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation at the University Medical Center of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz.

As a clinician, Huber first established an innovative stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy program in Innsbruck and then developed Mainz University Medicine into an internationally leading center for immuno-oncology and stem cell transplantation. He also founded a successful medical school with numerous ordinariates in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden.

As a researcher, Huber focused on the investigation of mechanisms of tumor defense or stem cell transplantation and their therapeutic influence. He has published more than 500 original papers, most of them in leading medical journals, and is an international leader in the development of these promising areas.

As a research manager, Huber was on the one hand the founder of academic research structures such as the Collaborative Research Center 432 "Tumor Defense" and the clinical research group 410 "Lymphocyte Defense" of the German Research Foundation, the now leading research network in Europe "Cancer Immunotherapy" (CIMT), the translational Oncology Institute TRON and the advanced technology cluster "Individualized Immune Intervention- CI3" of the German Federal Government. On the other hand, he was editor of international journals, of teaching and handbooks, as reviewer or functionaries of national and international research funding organizations and scientific advisor of large research institutions.

In the last 20 years, Huber has also been involved as an entrepreneur in research transfer and the founding and consulting of biotech companies. In 2001 he founded Ganymed Pharmaceuticals AG with his partners Prof. Ugur Sahin and PD Dr Özlem Türeci, in 2008 BioNTech AG and in 2008 the translational research institute of TRON. Ganymed has developed clinically successfully validated monoclonal antibodies against tumor antigens discovered by them, thereby doubling the life expectancy of tumors of the upper gastrointestinal tract and was purchased by the big pharma group Astellas for $1.4 billion in 2016. BioNTech is now a NASDAQ-listed biotech company with >2000 employees and a market cap of $25 billion. BioNtech is one of the global leaders in the development of highly innovative mRNA-based immunotherapeutics against cancer and infectious diseases. BioNTech was the first European company to develop mRNA-based COVID19 vaccines and expects conditional approval by the end of 2020. These and other highly innovative drugs are currently being developed further in large scale collaborative deals with leading pharmaceutical companies (Genenthech, Roche, Sanofi, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Bayer, Genmab, Fosum, etc.).In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, Huber is a member of several Scientific Advisory Boards of pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms and strategic investors in Germany, UK, France, Austria, Norway and the USA.


Dkfm. Wolfgang Kaps is the General Manager for the Specialty Care Business Unit Rare Diseases, Oncology, Immunology, Multiple Sclerosis. Kaps has many years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

In 2003 he joined the Sanofi Group and initially held several positions with growing management responsibility in Germany and Austria. Since March 1 2019 he has taken on the role of Sanofi Austria's General Manager and represents one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Austria with around 150 employees and a broad portfolio of prescription-only products, vaccines, and OTC products for self-medication. Wolfgang Kaps is Vice President of Forum of Pharma Industry (FOPI) / Trade Organisation of R&D Pharma industry and Member of the Board at Pharmig (Association of the Austrian Pharmaceutical Industry).


Eva-Maria Kirschsieper joined Facebook in 2011 as the first public policy manager in Germany and since then continuously built Facebook’s policy team for the DACH-region. Since 2014, she has been Head of the DACH policy team and today acts as Director of Public Policy.

In that role, she is responsible for the positioning of the company at the interface of politics, science and civil society. In addition to the management of the policy team Eva-Maria is particularly committed to driving Facebook’s sustainability policy agenda and has added significant impetus in that field. Among others, she is a member of the Leaders for Climate Action, a platform bringing together the world’s leading digital entrepreneurs dedicated to climate affairs.

Prior to joining Facebook, Eva-Maria Kirschsieper worked at the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) as Head of the Telecommunications, New Services, Information Society, Postal Services Unit. From 2007 to 2009, she has been Head of Office to a Member of the European Parliament, following an engagement in the German Bundestag from 2003 to 2007 where she focused on European affairs. Eva-Maria Kirschsieper studied Political Science at the Universities of Regensburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Universitá degli Studi di Padova and the Free University of Berlin.


Kristina Knezevic is Country Manager XING Austria

Since April 2019 Kristina Knezevic is the Country Manager for XING in Austria and has many years of strategic and operational experience in marketing and sales. She embodies the principle of 'New Work', which XING stands for, and drives the vision of a better working life internally and externally.

XING is the leading social network for professional contacts in German-speaking countries and accompanies its members through the paradigm shift in the world of work. In an environment of skills shortages, digitization, and change of values, XING supports its 16 million members in harmonizing work and life as harmoniously as possible.


Jessica Lennard is a Senior Director in Visa’s Global Strategic Initiatives team, leading on Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Her work focuses on AI (policy, regulation and ethics); privacy, data protection and data sharing; and consumer empowerment. She has over ten years’ corporate affairs experience across highly regulated, technology-driven sectors including digital and cyber, data and AI, telecoms, cleantech and fintech. During this time, Jessica has advised political parties, businesses (start-up to large scale global enterprises), consultancies, trade bodies, think tanks, and NGOs.

Jessica sits on the Board of TechUK, is a member of the Bank of England/Financial Conduct Authority Public-Private AI Forum, and an Ambassador for the Microsoft National Council for AI. She is a passionate advocate for ethics, diversity and inclusion across data science. She previously trained as a capital markets solicitor at Linklaters, having completed an undergraduate degree in Law from Oxford University and a Masters degree in Political Theory from the LSE.


Mette is CEO of Too Good To Go, a global social impact company addressing the challenge of food waste which accounts for 10% of all CO2e emissions, and is the most impactful action we can take to fight climate change, according to Project Drawdown.

Too Good To Go provides solutions to people, businesses, in education, and in collaboration with local government, and is best known for its app, which is now the world’s largest marketplace for surplus food.

The app is available in 14 European countries, New York and Boston, with expansion across the US and Canada scheduled for 2021. It has more than 31 million users who have collectively saved more than 59 million meals.

A founder in her own right, Mette co-founded fitness and training community Endomondo in 2007, selling to Under Armour in 2015, and staying on as VP Connected Fitness for two years. In 2017 she joined Too Good To Go, jumping back into an entrepreneurial environment to lead her second purpose-led tech company.

Mette grew up in the rural west of Denmark and is driven by purpose-led ventures. She regularly speaks about what she and the company have learned since embarking on this journey, and why we need to rethink the purpose that companies play in tackling the world’s social challenges.


Prof. Dr. Jochen Maas has been Managing Director Research & Development at Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH since October 2010. He also heads the German R&D Hub, one of three integrated research and development centers worldwide, and is a member of the global management team. In addition to his work in industry, Jochen Maas holds lectures on pharmacokinetics and drug delivery systems as a professor at the Technical University of Central Hesse.

Jochen Maas is a biologist and veterinarian. He began his industrial career in research in the pharmaceutical division of Hoechst AG in Frankfurt as head of the animal pharmacokinetics laboratory. After his function as a group leader and assistant to the executive board, he became head of the Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics department in Frankfurt, followed by similar areas of responsibility for the successor company Aventis in Paris and throughout Europe. At the same time, he was responsible for the entire development department in Germany before finally taking on responsibility for both research and development in Germany as managing director.


Markus Müller was born in Klagenfurt in 1967 and in 1993 he graduated “sub auspiciis" at the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna. He then underwent training in departments of emergency medicine, oncology, endocrinology, infectious diseases and chemotherapy, clinical pharmacology, and angiology in Austria, Sweden, and the USA and gained a doctorate in clinical pharmacology (1998) and internal medicine (2001).

In 2004 he qualified as a professor and became Principal of the University Department of Clinical Pharmacology of MedUni Vienna at Vienna General Hospital. He earned an international reputation through his work on developing clinical microdialysis and his expertise in the clinical development of innovative drugs and vaccines. Amongst other things, he was heavily involved in the clinical development of several vaccines against influenza H5N1, influenza H1N1, borreliosis/Lyme disease, and Alzheimer's disease, to name but a few.

In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) of the WHO Ebola vaccination program (VEBCON). Markus Müller has published more than 200 original papers in the field of internal medicine and clinical pharmacology and has won several prizes; for example the Tanabe Award of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) in recognition of his innovative approaches to clinical pharmacology studies. Until 2011 he was Vice-Rector for Research and since 2015 he is the current Rector of MedUni Vienna.


Josef Penninger, MD was formerly a lead researcher at the Amgen Research Institute in Toronto. Since 2002 Josef Penninger was the founding and scientific director of the newly established Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Austria. In 2018 he accepted the appointment as Director of the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada.

As a trained immunologist, Dr. Penninger’s research has had a huge impact in many disease areas, and in some cases opened entirely new fields of research. With particular relevance to the current pandemic, Dr. Penninger, has played a singular role at essentially all stages of Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) research, from its discovery to a rapid fundamental understanding of COVID-19 pathology and, translation of an ACE2 based drug to a highly promising, rational treatment for COVID-19.

Josef Penninger’s major awards include the Descartes Prize, the Wittgenstein Prize of the Austrian Federal Government, the Ernst Jung Prize for medical excellence, an AAAS Award, the Innovator Award from Era of Hope/U.S. Department of Defense and a second ERC Advanced grant.


After studying business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and the Rotterdam School of Management, Alexander Schönegger gained professional experience in numerous international positions. From 2005 to 2018, he worked for Nespresso in Europe and Asia, most recently as President and Representative Director at Nespresso in Tokyo, Japan. Since May 2020, Alexander Schönegger joined Philip Morris Austria in the position of the Managing Director.


Margarete Schramböck was born 1970 in Tyrol, Austria. She studied Business Administration at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna (WU), where she obtained her Doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences in 1997.

Before Ms Schramböck started her career in 2002 as CEO of NextiraOne, an IT communications company based in Paris, she was occupying a management position at Alcatel. From December 2008 to December 2011 she became Managing Director of NextiraOne Germany. In 2014 Ms Schramböck began working as CEO of Dimension Data Austria, which is a globally leading provider of network and communications technologies and IT services, in particular in the fields of network and computer centres, cloud services, IT security, voice and video communications as well as application integration. Between 2016 and 2017 she was CEO of A1 Telekom Austria.

On 18 December 2017 Margarete Schramböck was appointed Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy and from 8 January 2018 to 3 June 2019 she was Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs.

Ms Schramböck remains deeply attached to her Alma Mater and is a member of the WU's Center of Excellence. In 2017 she was elected both Tyrolean of the Year and University of Economics and Business in Vienna WU Manager of 2017.

Margarete was a Member of the National Council from 23 October 2019 to 7 January 2020.

Margarete Schramböck was appointed as Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs on 7 January 2020.


At the heart of Katrin Suder's career is the understanding of technologies and their impact on companies, societies and individuals.

In 2000 she received her doctorate in theoretical physics. Afterwards, she worked for McKinsey & Company from 2000 to 2014 with a focus on the telecommunications, IT and public sector. From 2014 to 2018, Suder was the Permanent State Secretary for Planning, Armaments, IT & Cyber at the German Federal Ministry of Defence.

She took over the chairmanship of the Digital Council of the German Federal Government in 2018. Since 2019, she has served as Senior Advisor to EQT and MacroAdvisoryPartners and acts as a supervisory board member.


Dr. Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort is a member of Baker McKenzie's Global Executive Committee.

Constanze has more than 20 years experience in advising high technology, pharmaceutical and media companies on the protection and commercialization of intellectual property rights. She advises on a broad range of agreements such as collaboration and license agreements, R&D agreements and agreements with academic institutions.

Furthermore, she is also seasoned in the field of copyright. Constanze is ranked by JUVE, Legal 500 and Chambers as a leading lawyer in life sciences transactions and in copyright and has been awarded with the "Overall Outstanding Female Practitioner Award" at the 2016 Euromoney European Women in Business Law Awards.

Constanze advises on a broad range of agreements such as collaboration and license agreements, R&D agreements and agreements with academic institutions. She is knowledgeable on related issues of Patent Law, European Competition Law and the German Law on Employee Inventions.


Jolawn is the Chief International Officer at Headspace based out of the company’s UK office where she leads operations including sales, marketing and partnerships around the world (excluding the US and Canada).

Prior to Headspace she led Emerging Markets and Global Expansion for Intuit, where she was responsible for business in over 150 countries outside of the US. She joined Headspace as a product leader in 2020 with eighteen years of engineering, marketing, and innovation experience from the consumer packaged goods industry.

Jolawn previously worked at PepsiCo, where she led the potato chip innovation business on the $3.5B Lay’s brand, launching customer favorites including Lay’s Poppables, Habanero, and Lightly Salted flavors. Her role focused on driving global share and profit growth through crafting a 3-year innovation strategy. Before her time at PepsiCo, Jolawn shoveled Cheerios and stirred Progresso soup for General Mills. She worked as a project engineer, managing small to medium capital projects driving innovation and productivity.

A native of Minneapolis, MN, Jolawn attended Spelman College and Georgia Tech where she graduated from a dual-degree program with BS degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering. Jolawn attended NYU Stern’s School of Business, where she graduated with an MBA with a Marketing concentration in 2009.


In 2006 Alexander Windbichler finished the HTL Mössingerstraße in Klagenfurt. Halfway between the written and the oral exams he founded Anexia on the foundation of his diploma project as a one-man business.

In 2007 the company has been transformed to the ANEXIA Internetdiensleistungs GmbH. Since the foundation in 2006 Alexander Windbichler is the sole CEO of the Anexia group, which also includes a German and an US American subsidiary as well as the internet provider Telematica and the mass hoster netcup. 2018 Anexia has been awarded the Austrian coat of arms.


Johann-Dietrich “Jan” Woerner was born in Kassel, Germany, in 1954. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and TU Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent one year in Japan, investigating earthquake safety of nuclear power plants. Until 1990, Mr Woerner worked for consulting civil engineers Koenig und Heunisch.

In 1990 he returned to TU Darmstadt as a professor of Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Test and Research Institute. Before being elected as President of TU Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty. Jan Woerner headed the university from 1995 to 2007 and succeeded in making it the first autonomous university in Germany.

Before joining ESA as Director General in July 2015, Jan Woerner was Chairman Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) from March 2007 onwards. He was head of the German delegation to ESA from 2007 to 2015 and served as ESA’s Council Chairman from 2012 to 2014.

Jan Woerner was a member of the administrative boards of École Centrale Paris, École Centrale de Lyon, TU Berlin, the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, the Arts and Music University in Frankfurt.


Alexander Wrabetz is Director General of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF since 2007.

After completing his law studies and obtaining his doctor’s degree in law in 1983, Wrabetz continued with his court internship. He then worked at the Erste Bank from 1984 to 1987. In 1987, he went on to become Assistant to the Board of Directors at the Österreichische Industrieverwaltungs-AG (ÖIAG), was Managing Director of Voest Alpine Intertrading GmbH in Linz from 1992, and subsequently Member of the Board of VAMED in Vienna, also part of the ÖIAG Group, from 1995 to 1998. He served as member of the Supervisory Board in several companies of ÖIAG and, as of 1995, he was appointed member of the ORF Board of Trustees. From 1998 to 2006 Wrabetz was Commercial Director of the ORF.


Daisy Zhu currently serves as VP of Wireless Marketing at Huawei Technologies Co.

She leads the company’s marketing strategy and operations, program development and execution, new product launches, and regional business development across Huawei Wireless products and solutions.

Previously, Ms. Zhu worked as 5G Chief Marketing Officer at Huawei and was responsible for 5G standardization, solution design, and market promotion between 2014 and 2019.

Daisy Zhu has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 18 years, with extensive experience and has a deep understanding of the industry.



Dejan Jovicevic is a visionary digital entrepreneur, start-up enthusiast and media manager. He is founder and CEO of der brutkasten, Austria's multimedia platform for startups, the digital economy and innovation.

Jovicevic started his career as a lawyer in a global law firm. His career took him further into the media industry, where he worked in various management positions, most recently as head of HR & Law in the "Presse" / WirtschaftsBlatt Media Group (Styria Media Group). At the same time he was co-responsible for the group-wide "Innovation Incubator" in the Styria Media Group.

As an intrapreneur he founded der brutkasten in autumn 2014 and successfully established it as the first start-up medium in Austria. In 2017 the management buyout followed. With this step, Dejan became an entrepreneneur himself and develeoped der brutkasten from a plain medium to an innovation platform with a multitude of services.

Since then, he has successfully pursued a multi-channel strategy, offering his community video formats, podcasts, social media and events in addition to print and online magazines. Currently der brutkasten focuses strongly on its job platform with a focus on start-ups, smart brands & the innovative industry.

Dejan Jovicevic also teaches Media Innovation and is Vice Chairman of the 3rd Senate of the Austrian Press Council.


Martin runs editorial at Austria’s second-largest news website „derStandard.at“ and the broadsheet newspaper „Der Standard“ in Vienna.

Before, Martin has been deputy editor-in-chief at the German news site „ZEIT Online“ in Berlin, where he ran editorial product, engagement (social media, SEO, community), interactive storytelling, investigative reporting, and data science. Before, Martin has been an investigative editor at Germany’s weekly paper „Die Zeit“, and a politics editor and Page Two editor at „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ in Munich. Martin is a neuroscientist and did the Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University in 2014.


Stefan Lenglinger was born in Vienna in 1993. He has studied Journalism & Media Management as well as International Studies at the University of Vienna.

Since 2015, Stefan Lenglinger has been working as a freelance journalist for Austria’s public broadcaster “ORF”. He hosts various news updates, including political interviews. He has previously reported abroad from Washington, Hong Kong, as well as Accra, Ghana.


Siegfried Meryn is the Founder & CEO of CAPE 10 House of the Future and Social innovation, Founder of Health.DigitalCity.Wien, Founder of the Austrian Broadcasting Company ORF Health Advisory Board and Member of the National Bioethics Commission of the Chancellor of Austria.


Rainer Nowak is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Die Presse.

Rainer was born in 1972 in Innsbruck;

1992-1997 Study of history and political science (without completing). Nowak started working as a journalist in 1994.

1996 he joined "Die Presse" as an editor, since 2012 he serves as editor-in-chief, since 2014 also as publisher, since July 2017 also as a member of the management.

2013 he received the "Kurt Vorhofer Preis", 2015 he became "Journalist of the year": Book publications (Molden-Verlag 2017): Erich Kocina und Rainer Nowak (Hg.) "Gehört der Islam zu Österreich?"; Rainer Nowak, Thomas Prior, Christian Ultsch: "Flucht - Wie der Staat die Kontrolle verlor"


Damita Pressl is a news anchor, journalist and event host based in Vienna, Austria.


She hosts her own discussion show as well as a news show and has shared a stage - or a studio - with various personalities, from chancellors and the Austrian president to well-known academics and prima ballerinas. Damita holds Masters degrees in Psychology from UCL and in Journalism from FH Wien. She is fluent in English, French and German as well as proficient in Spanish and Romanian. In 2019, she was chosen as a "30 under 30" journalist by the Austrian magazine "Der Journalist".


Barbara Stöttinger is the Dean of the WU Executive Academy and the Academic Director of the Professional MBA Marketing & Sales. She holds a doctoral degree from WU Vienna.

In 2003, she earned her post-doctoral qualification in international marketing. Before joining the Institute for International Marketing Management, Barbara Stöttinger worked in the marketing department of an international consumer goods manufacturer (consumer electronics) and as a consultant.

As part of her research, she has spent considerable amounts of time in the USA and in Canada. Moreover, she has lectured on marketing and international marketing in Europe, Asia and North America for many years and has won several teaching awards.


The ORF journalist has been editor-in-chief of the culture and information channel ORF III since 2017 and is responsible for the comprehensive expansion of ORF III's information offering.

After studying journalism and theater studies for a few semesters, the Vorarlberg native attended the Schubert Seminar and later completed a business MBA program while working.

After a speaking test in 1985, in which she came in the top 3, she began working for ORF. She first worked as a TV announcer and from 1986 to 1991 was employed as an editor at the Lower Austria regional studio in the current affairs service. She also hosted "Land und Leute," "Österreich-Bild," "Österreich heute" and "Niederösterreich heute."

From 1991 to 1994, the Bludenz native worked as an editor for domestic politics before moving to "ZiB 2," which she presented from 1995 to 2007.

From April 2007 to March 2008, she also appeared alongside Gerald Groß as host of "Zeit im Bild" at 7:30 p.m. on ORF 2. From March 2008 to the end of 2016, Ingrid Thurnher focused on political talks and presented ORF's most important daily political discussion programs with "IM ZENTRUM" and the "Runder Tisch".

On the occasion of the 2013 National Council election and the 2016 Federal Presidential election, she also directed the ORF TV confrontations. From 2009 to 2011, Ingrid Thurnher also hosted the ORF "Summer Talks." She furthermore stood in for Armin Wolf during his educational leave and presented "ZiB 2" from September 28, 2009 to June 29, 2010.



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