SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

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Chaobin Yang currently serves as President of 5G Product Line and is responsible for strategic planning, development and delivery of Huawei's 5G solutions, bringing the next generation of wireless technology to a hyper-connected society.

 

Prior to this role, Mr. Yang was Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Huawei Wireless Network Product Line where he was responsible for strategic planning and marketing activities for Huawei's wireless product portfolio. Mr. Yang led the planning and R&D teams and collaborated with key industry partners worldwide to promote the healthy development of the industry chain and universal applications, accelerating the proliferation of 3G and 4G networks. He was also the founder of Huawei's Mobile Innovation Center, and inventor of the industry pioneering SingleRAN solution.

 

Mr. Yang joined Huawei in 1998, working on UMTS signal processing algorithms. In 2000, he became the head of Huawei Wireless Research, where he made significant contributions to the evolution of WCDMA/HSPA/LTE. From 2008 to 2011, He served as the head of Huawei's LTE Product Line and Huawei’s R&D center in Sweden.

 

Mr. Yang received a Master's degree in Telecommunications from University of Science and Technology of China in 1998.

 

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Catharina van Delden is the founder and CEO of innosabi GmbH.

 

She studied business and food production and also holds an MBA from TU Munich and UC Berkeley. Before founding the innsoabi GmbH, she worked for OSRAM’s marketing division in Munich and in the Indian office in Delhi. As a regular key note speaker and author of various publications, she shares her experiences and knowledge resulting from the daily work on digitalization: in particular the organizational change in digital times and the implications of industry 4.0 for the society and the economy. Catharina is multiple INFOCOM Future Leadership Award laureate for the topics “innovation in a downturn” and “innovation driving service excellence” and author of the book “Crowdsourced Innovation”. Furthermore she represents the ICT industry’s interests with her continuous engagement in the BITKOM committee. Since April 2017 she is part of the advisory board (south) of Deutsche Bank AG. In 2014 the German Society for Computer Science honored Catharina as one of the central pioneers in Germany’s development towards digitalization. The journal Computerwoche called Catharina “one of the 50 most influential women in the German IT sector”.

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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.

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Vinay Rao is a Director on the Trust and Safety team at YouTube.

 

He has been in the Trust and Safety space for over 12 years at Google, Airbnb, Stripe, and YouTube. He has led teams that have worked on click fraud, payment fraud, content abuse, and offsite safety like property and physical security. Vinay holds a PhD in Engineering from Stanford University.

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Clemens Feil is a private equity investor focused on identifying, analyzing, and investing in the most attractive companies in emerging markets.

 

He serves as a Vice President at Bain Capital, one of the world's leading multi-asset alternative investment firms with over $100 billion of assets under management. Clemens spends his time between Bain Capital’s offices in Boston and New York, and traveling to various emerging markets countries. Clemens holds a Bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Master’s degree from Columbia University. Additionally, Clemens obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School.


 

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Danny has worked in virtually every capacity within Film and television with a career spanning almost 40 years.


Renowned for his enthusiasm and relaxed style of working yet still considered a leader and an innovator he has risen to achieve international acclaim in the world of entertainment across multiple genres. Danny has been recognised for both his technical and his creative expertise as an award winning designer, writer and producer and has been a voting member of The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) since 1998.Danny now produces all forms of visual media through Noveray Media, the company that he co-founded with his screenwriter wife Emma in 2008. He also administrates the Premiere Media Fund which secures investment and financing for independent projects, as well as Noveray’s own intellectual property.
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Valentin Stalf is co-founder and CEO of N26. In 2013 he founded N26 with his longtime friend Maximilian Tayenthal. Back then already, both shared a vision of building a bank that the world loves to use.

 

Since the initial product launch in 2015, N26 has grown to include more than 3.5 million customers across 24 European markets — with plans to enter the US in 2019. The firm has raised more than $500 million from some of the world’s most well-known investors, including Insight Venture Partners, GIC - Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Tencent, Allianz X, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, Earlybird Venture Capital, Battery Ventures, in addition to members of the Zalando management board, and Redalpine Ventures. N26 has more than 1300 employees based in Berlin, New York, Barcelona and Vienna, who are concentrated on reinventing the banking experience for the digital generation. With its full banking license, state-of-the-art technology and no branch network, N26 is redesigning banking for the 21st century.


 

Before N26, Valentin was an Entrepreneur in Residence for Rocket Internet, an incubator and investor in online startups. There he helped to develop several companies in the mobile payments industry, including payleven and Paymill GmbH. Moreover, he worked in strategy consulting and investment banking.

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Markus is co-founder and Managing Director of FINEWAY, a travel tech startup based in Munich developing the FINEWAY Conversational AI, a service powered by advanced statistics & deep learning methods to decode your travel DNA.


Based on hundreds of accumulated data points the company successfully creates and delivers perfectly tailored travel experiences within minutes. Markus has headed several technological projects within the startup ecosystem but has also worked for Fortune-500 companies. He was a senior manager at Amazon and as a founder, contributed to the development of transforming Westwing into the market leader for the home & living division in Switzerland within three years. Prior to those roles, he dedicated 10 years working as a consulting manager for several leading global management consultancies from markets in Japan to Saudi Arabia, advising clients in areas of technology management, marketing & sales automation, as well as several multinational companies on internationalization and growth strategies in Asia-Pacific. He combines technical expertise with a true entrepreneurial spirit. Markus studied at the Universities of Paris Lodron, Rotman School of Management, and Fudan University in Shanghai.

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Edward G. Rogoff is a Professor and former Dean of the LIU Brooklyn School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences.

 

Prior to that he was the Lawrence N. Field Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, The City University of New York. He was also Chair of the Department of Management. He received a B.A., M.B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University where he wrote his thesis under the supervision of Nobel Laureate William Vickrey. Edward Rogoff has served as the Academic Director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, teaches, and conducts research in entrepreneurship, particularly relative to minority and later-life issues. Dr. Rogoff was named the 2010 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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Felix Lee is the overseas managing director at EHang, an intelligent aerial vehicle company with integrated capacities of R&D, develop a series of user-friendly, safe, intelligent and efficient Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (AAV), air mobility solutions, smart city management solutions, aerial media solutions, and other commercial solutions.

 

Felix is EHang’s cross border investment, industrialisation, projects and business specialist. Supporting EHang with his deep technological know-how in various sectors and international business development expertise. Before that, Felix operatively supports portfolio companies to realise opportunities in booming Asian markets to generate top financial returns and environmental benefits. He leads the China Growth strategy and strategic business development and takes care of the portfolio companies set up and structuring in China.
Before that, Felix built up the production facilities and distribution channels for a European photovoltaic solar panel and lighting producer, building the business from scratch to 1.2 billion Euros. Fluent in German, English and Chinese, Felix builds the bridge between China and Europe. With 15 years of cross border business development experience and a strong track record of successful technology transfer and Asian Europe expansion, he is a strong pillar of EHang future success.

 

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Fedor Holz is one of the most successful poker players of all time, and is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest young strategic minds.


Over the course of his brief and impressive poker career, Fedor won over $32 million in live events. Based in Vienna, Fedor now turned investor and entrepreneur. Together with his team at Primed Group, he has a focus on long-term impact and projects that will bring about a systematic positive change. Currently, Primed Group is creating a unique community space located in Vienna for growing businesses, where diverse, value-led individuals can learn, share and develop in an environment of creative chaos and true collaboration.


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Christian Rupp is an international digital transformation expert and leading digital adviser of more than fifteen governments worldwide. Since January 2019 he is engaged as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) at JIL and MACH AG.


The Joint eGovernment and Open Data Innovation Lab (JIL) is a unique platform where public administrations, science and economy work together on concrete user orientated solutions to develop powerful sustainable digital innovations (e.g. explainable artificial intelligence). MACH AG has been supporting public administrations in digitization projects since 1985. Hundreds of thousands of users in federal and state authorities, municipalities, church administrations, teaching and research institutions and non-governmental organizations today rely on MACH solutions in Germany and beyond.

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Maria Zesch, born in 1973, is CCO Business & Digitalization and is responsible for the business customer segment as well as the digitization agendas of Magenta.

 

Zesch has been working for the Deutsche Telekom Group since 2003 and since 2008 has held various management functions at T-Mobile Austria and the sister company T-Mobile Hrvatski.

 

As a graduate of WU Vienna Zesch is a proven marketing, sales and service leader and brings over 20 years of experience in top management functions, including companies such as international strategy consultancy A.T. Kearney and the ORF. Zesch is also a member of the supervisory board in the energy sector as well as in the telecom environment.

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Since February 2017, Robert Machtlinger is the CEO of FACC AG.

 

He previously worked in various areas of the company until he was appointed to the Management Board in 2011. In his function as CEO, Machtlinger is responsible for strategic direction as well as the fields of Sales & Marketing, Program Management, Quality and Corporate Communications of FACC, a leading technology company in the global growth market of aerospace. As a developer, manufacturer and full-range supplier of advanced lightweight composite systems, the publicly traded company is actively shaping the mobility of the future.

 

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Kristina Knezevic, 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.

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Jodok Batlogg is an open-source contributor and creator who has contributed to the Open Source Initiative Vorarlberg.


 

He founded Crate.io in 2013 together with Christian Lutz and is Chief Technology Officer and Executive Director of the company. Previously, Jodok was CTO of the German VZ Networks.

 

Crate.io develops data management solutions that help companies put IoT and machine data to work. CrateDB is an open-source distributed database offering the scalability and performance of NoSQL with the power and ease of standard SQL. The Crate.DB Cloud for Azure IoT is a turnkey data layer, offered as a hosted cloud service on Azure, enabling faster development of IoT platforms and data-driven smart factories. Crate.io is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Berlin, New York City, and Dornbirn, Austria.

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Andreas Nemeth is CEO of UNIQA Ventures, the Venture Capital entity of UNIQA Insurance Group.

 

He joined UNIQA in 2011 as Head of Group Controlling in charge of group-wide strategic planning, performance and cost management along with executing M&A and Corporate Finance transactions. As a part of the ambitious innovation initiatives of UNIQA in 2016, he built up a team to invest in thriving startups in 4 ecosystems: Fintech, Health, Mobility and Home and subsequently started UNIQA Ventures GmbH as a dedicated Venture Capital firm in 2018. Prior to UNIQA, Andreas Nemeth worked for Allianz SE for almost 10 years in different executive roles predominantly in Sales and the P&C business of Allianz Austria. While studying, he gained experience in the Fintech and Startup scene at Netway AG, CA-IB and Erste Bank. Andreas Nemeth studied Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business and received a PhD from the University of St. Gallen for his empirical research on business model innovation in incumbent firms.

 

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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.

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Han Xiao is an Engineering Lead at Tencent AI Lab, a board member at LF AI Foundation, and the Chairman of the German-Chinese Association of Artificial Intelligence.


Han received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in computer science from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. At Tencent AI, Han leads a team on neural information retrieval, laying down the next-gen search infrastructure for a China’s everyday app: Wechat. Han is a highly regarded AI open-source evangelist. His "Fashion-MNIST" and "bert-as-service" were listed as the most popular AI open-source projects in 2017&18 world-widely. Han also serves at the Tencent Technical Advisory Council, pushing forward the best practice and open-source culture. Before joining Tencent, Han worked at Zalando in Berlin for 3.5y. He currently resides in Shenzhen and frequently travels between Shenzhen, Berlin, and Beijing.


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Jason Sobel is the Head of Infrastructure at Airbnb.


His teams build all the company's foundational technology including developer tooling, production and data infrastructure, and UX frameworks. Before stepping in to lead the Infrastructure team in 2019, Jason spent 3 years protecting Airbnb's community as part of the Trust team, where he managed teams across engineering, analytics, and customer care. Before joining Airbnb Jason spent time as the Vice President of Engineering at Quantifind, an Engineering Director at Facebook, and a Member of Technical Staff at NetApp. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Science from Brown University.

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