DARWIN’S CIRCLE 2020
NOVEMBER 18
Palais Ferstel, Vienna

THIS YEAR IT’S ALL ABOUT
ONE TOPIC:
A global focus on risk prevention, economic re-direction and social adjustment through digitization & new technologies.
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OUR FIRST SPEAKERS AT DARWIN’S CIRCLE 2020

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Lauren Gardner
Johns Hopkins University
Co-Director of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering
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"We currently lack an established infrastructure for real-time reporting and open data sharing during an ongoing public health crisis. Moving forward, it is imperative that a standardized reporting system for systematically collecting, visualizing, and sharing high-quality data on emerging infectious and notifiable diseases in real-time is established."
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Newton Howard
University of Oxford
Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Neurosurgery
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"The brain communicates using a basic language. This brain language, the Fundamental Code Unit, allows us to listen to the brain, create a modulation pattern, and communicate with the neurons. Our mission is to utilize this brain language to restore dignity to those suffering from brain injury and disease."
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Eva-Maria Kirschsieper
Facebook
Director Public Policy
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"We recognize the urgency of climate change and are committed to help tackle this crisis affecting communities around the globe. I am personally dedicated to support this effort in the best possible way."
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Josef Penninger
University of British Columbia
Director at Life Science Institute
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"Genes hold the key to the mysteries of health and disease. We alter and study genes in mice, haploid cells, and organoids to unravel basic principles of human development and mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. This knowledge leads to better therapies."
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Anne-Marie Allgrove
Baker McKenzie
Global Chair of IP, Data & Technology Practice Group
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"Digital transformation enables and drives business agility. Business agility is critical for enterprises to compete effectively now and in the future. Agility is key in their day-to-day operations, and to respond to disruption and manage risk."
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Josef Aschbacher
European Space Agency
Director of Earth Observations
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"Imagine a world where every single person on this planet can get satellite data of any place in the world, for free, every day. "
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Kome Emuh
Goldman Sachs
Vice President
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"It’s more than technology. It is an era of interconnectedness that shows little sign of abating and what has become clear is that you cannot apply old business models or mindsets to the new environment and hope to be successful."
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Alexander Wrabetz
ORF
General Director
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"The time has come to clearly establish how and in which direction public broadcasting will develop. The strategic course to follow should be the transition from a public service broadcaster to a public service platform."
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Alana Karen
Google
Director, Search Platforms
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„Always ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s not just something other people do. It’s the best thing to do.”
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Joanne Thurlow
Siemens Energy
Global Head of IT
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"Stories matter. Stories are powerful. Stories Inspire. Stories allow us to connect. To feel. To remember. To motivate. To inspire to be more, do more. Stories can change the world of today – for you personally and for all global citizens. Want to change your world? The World? Start with a really good story"
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Alexander Biach
Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Deputy Director
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„Covid-19 caused a global economic virus. It is now time to invest in modern infrastructure and technology, to support the economy and the tight labor market. This effort will strengthen the business location and make it, in the long run, more attractive and competitive.”
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Daisy Zhu
Huawei
VP of Wireless Marketing
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"In challenging times like the ones we are facing right now, technologies like 5G or AI cannot only help bringing people back to normal life via remote conference, homeschooling or virtual medical treatment but also give companies, governments, and institutions the opportunity to deliver their services in a convenient, fast and safe way. To some extent, the Corona Pandemic has become the major accelerator for the Digital Transformation in our society."
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Jon Addison
LinkedIn
Vice President, EMEA Enterprise Sales
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„Honoured to be part of LinkedIn’s mission to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Whether it’s finding work, realizing your dream job, becoming great at what you do, or finding the best talent to take your business where it needs to go, LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”
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Katrin Suder
Digital Council Of The German Federal Government
Chairwoman
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„The last 6 months has shown us the importance of digitalization. We should use this impulse to develop digital solutions for today's and tomorrow's increasingly complex challenges, mobility, climate, automation, and also justice. Out of love for the future.”
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Markus Müller
Medical University of Vienna
Rector
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„Thanks to the latest developments in digitalisation and molecular medicine, the speed of advances in medicine is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Medicine is becoming more and more personalized.”
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Andreas Bierwirth
Magenta Telekom
CEO
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"Digitalization keeps whole economies up and running as we could all see in 2020, but it is even more powerful: Digitalization will change the planet to the better."
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Emerald De Leeuw
Logitech
EMEA Privacy Lead
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"Technology should serve humanity, not undermine it."
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Jolawn Victor
Headspace
Chief International Officer
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"During a time of unprecedented economic turmoil, investing in affordable mental health tools may be one of our most powerful ways to recover."
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Jochen Maas
Sanofi Germany
Managing Director Research & Development
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"Digitization creates great potential for research. Thanks to AI, big data can be analyzed and patterns in data sets are recognized. This helps us in search of new active ingredients and the development of new drugs."
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Carolina Aguilar
INBRAIN Neuroelectronics
CEO
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"The key to past, current and future transformation lies on our brain, understanding, treating and helping the brain to perform will ensure our health care sustainability while demonstrating the potential of our human race."
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Jochen Borenich
Kapsch BusinessCom
Member of the Board & COO
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"We strive every day to create business value with and for our customers in a variety of industries. Digital transformation is not a single event, it’s a leadership task. And it needs strong partnerships to be successful. 95% of all digital transformation projects fail to meet expectations. We, therefore, take responsibility for ensuring the success of digital projects."
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Georg Knill
Federation of Austrian Industries
President
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"Changing place, changing time, changing thoughts, changing future."
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Eva Schönleitner
Crate.io
CEO
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"In my working life, I have always sought to tackle global opportunities at the leading edge of technology. I've had the opportunity to learn firsthand about the needs of the manufacturing industry and how technologies can enable and accelerate the company’s digitalization journey. Now its time to apply this knowledge and realize the next industrial revolution – Industry 4.0."
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Alexander Schönegger
Philip Morris Austria
Managing Director
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"To succeed in the ever changing environment companies have to harness digital information - including big data management - and technologies to improve performance as well as agility."
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Alexander Windbichler
Anexia
Founder & CEO
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"In times of crisis digitalization gets a major boost – true to the motto: optimize now or remain behind. At the same time, our industry is paradoxically a victim of digitization. Typical software developers or system administrators are replaced by cloud services. Certain tasks become automatized; others become more individual. Our industry has to adapt to that trend."
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Bettina Resl
Sanofi Austria
Country Public Affairs, Patient Advocacy & Communication Head
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"We strive for an excellent Employee Experience & live Mobile Office. Performance & loyalty increase when leaders put trust in their employees. At Sanofi, our innovative New Work model was developed in a bottom-up process."
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Nora Blum
Selfapy
Co-Founder & CEO
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"Our mission is to improve the care of millions of people with mental health problems through Selfapy's online courses. In contrast to the average waiting time of 3 to 6 months for a psychotherapy session, Selfapy gives people the opportunity to receive effective help immediately and regardless of location."
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Wolfgang Lehner
EMERISIS
CEO
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"Luck is not a crisis management strategy."
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Kristina Knezevic
XING
Country Manager Austria
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"The last few months have radically changed the world of work for companies and employees. New Work has been reality for many employed persons since the beginning of the Corona crisis at the latest. Flexible working hours, home office and agile working are in focus. It is our concern to further promote the dialogue on the future of work and to actively participate in shaping it."
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Matthias Moosbrugger
Rhomberg Bau
Member of the Management & CDO
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"The construction industry consumes the most resources and produces the most waste worldwide. This makes the effect we can achieve through innovation, digitization, resource efficiency and sustainable recycling management all the greater"
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Andreas Kunze
Konux
Co-Founder & CEO
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"Tackling climate change is a long-term challenge for society, way beyond the current unique situation. Railway will play a major role in our long journey to lower CO2 emissions. But it needs to upgrade and digitize its infrastructure."
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OUR PARTNERS AT DARWIN’S CIRCLE 2020

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OUR SUPPORTING NETWORKS

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CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR FORMER SPEAKERS

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Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia
Founder
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Alexander Karp
Palantir Technologies
Founder & CEO
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Ling Ge
Tencent
Chief European Representative
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Michele Myauo
Microsoft
Director Cybersecurity & Secure Infrastructure Services Delivery
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Philipp Rösler
Federal Republic Germany
Former Vice-Chancellor
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Cameron McKnight
IGTV
Product Lead
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Trevor Traina
USA
Ambassador
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Terry von Bibra
Alibaba
General Manager Europe
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Tina Kulow
Facebook
Senior Director Corporate Communications
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Jim Fanning
Amazon Web Services
Head of CEE
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Jason Sobel
Airbnb
Head of Infrastructure
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ChaoBin Yang
Huawei
President of 5G Product Line
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Sophie Proust
Atos
CTO
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Han Xiao
Tencent AI Lab
Engineering Lead
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Stephanie Caspar
Axel Springer
President Technology & Data
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Valentin Stalf
N26
Founder and CEO
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Jonas Huckestein
Monzo
Co-Founder & CTO
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Jennifer Sukis
IBM
Design Principal AI & Machine Learning
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Isa Sonnenfeld
Google
News Lab Lead DACH
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Jörn Leogrande
Wirecard
Head of Innovation Lab
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Sheree Atcheson
Women Who Code
Global Ambassador
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Robert Machtlinger
FACC
CEO
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James Kugler
Merck
CDO
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Frans Johansson
The Medici Group
CEO

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