Vp Engineering & Site Manager
Uri Nativ, VP Engineering and the Site Manager of Klarna Tel Aviv. Uri have more than 15 years of experience in various companies, from small startups to big corporates. Uri has adopted Agile methodologies more than 7 years ago and had never let go since then. He has established Klarna Engineering Center in Tel Aviv in 2011.
Klarna was founded in Stockholm in 2005 with the idea to simplify buying. Today, we are one of Europe’s fastest growing companies. Our goal is to become the world’s favorite way to buy.
Paolo Rubatto is the founder of Start Capital. He has invested in over 30 companies across 4 continents and sits across 6 boards of directors. Before that, he was an entrepreneur in wireless telecommunications in France, and has advised numerous other startups. Paolo holds an MBA from London Business School.
Manager, Connected Vehicle And Services Organization
@Ford Of Europe
Since joining Ford of Europe in 1995, Abraham Philip has held numerous positions in the area of safety hardware and electronics, specializing in connected services that work to enhance the lives of drivers while maintaining high safety standards.
The holder of 16 patents, Philip has been an integral part of several firsts for Ford, including the adaptive safety system, the seat weight sensing system, and the emergency assistance system which calls emergency personnel in the event of a vehicle crash. He also developed a customizable Restraints Control Module and sensors system that has saved the company millions. Most recently, he led a global team for the development and implementation of the safety electronics sensor fusion system, an industry first, and oversaw Ford’s first in-region AppLink developer challenges in Tel Aviv and Dublin.
Based in Cologne, Philip holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University and currently leads the Connected Vehicle and Services Organization, responsible for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia.
Konstantin is Associate at Runa Capital, responsible for pipeline generation and due diligence at fund, as well as business development assistance to portfolio companies and relations of the fund with scientific, educational and governmental organizations. His favorite investment areas include data science (machine learning, blockchain, etc), fintech, edutech and cloud business services. Geographical focus covers the USA, Israel and CIS.
Head of Ecommerce and Customer Services
Sean McKee is an experienced retailer who joined Schuh in 1996 and progressed through a range of retail roles including store, regional and divisional management.
A long-time advocate of integrating the bricks and clicks in the pursuit of an optimum, single customer experience, he took up his current role in 2010 and restructured the Ecommerce department to make it better suited to the demands of growth at a thriving multi-channel retailer.
A regular contributor at ecommerce events in the UK and elsewhere, he is passionate about delivering choice and convenience to an increasingly sophisticated, demanding and tech-enabled customer. His interests particularly include mobile, conversion rate optimisation, use of content and improving the overall customer experience.
Mr. Renard joined SanDisk in 2014 and leads North American venture investing across the enterprise, data center, mobile, and Internet of Things sectors.
Mr. Renard has 20 years of business development and venture capital experience, 14 of which he spent as a corporate investor for the Orange-France Telecom Group in North America, investing in start-ups involved in enterprise, consumer, and carrier technologies spanning hardware, software, and services. Mr. Renard’s computing industry career began while he was in college when he served as a Campus Representative for Apple Computer.
Mr. Renard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Decision Systems, with an additional major in Policy & Management, from Carnegie Mellon University.
Roy was part of the creation of the smartphone, mobile payments, smart connected devices, and the mobile/wireless Internet sectors and has over 25 years experience from the very beginning of the mobile industry. Now his drive is investing and working with entrepreneurs to create everything that this industry promises. Roy Is a Partner at Mobility Ventures in London, a global venture capital and advisory firm with a focus on investing in disruptive cool mobile tech. Roy also advises corporations and governments and sits on the board of numerous startups and growth companies steering them through the challenges of delivering innovation. He has multiple venture backed startups under his belt and the added experience starting and running $billion divisions of multinational corporations in the Europe and the USA.
As Chief Scientist for AVG Technologies, Shaul is responsible for driving Innovation at AVG by researching future technologies as well as products. His role also includes identifying new opportunities and direction for the core assets of AVG. He joined AVG after successfully founding and leading three start-ups.
Before joining AVG in 2011, Shaul lead Sightix Technologies and was awarded by Web2.0 2008 Confrance as the innovation choice. He was the founder and CTO of Gilian Technologies, a leading application security provider and drove the technology research and prototype development of an advanced Video-on-Demand project.
Shaul is a regular lecturer on Internet protocols and JAVA programming at the Tel Aviv University College. He graduated cum laude from the Technion Institute of technology in Israel.
@McKinsey & Company
Philippe is a Partner in the Brussels office of McKinsey & Company, and a founder and the Global Head of McKinsey Solutions. Over the last 3 years, he has focused on assisting global clients in both leveraging existing McKinsey Solutions (based on databases, benchmarks, analytical software, etc), as well as in upgrading their business intelligence performance and innovating their approach to developing and leveraging business insights. As the global leader of the McKinsey Solutions unit (a 550+ dedicated people unit), he designs and leads the deployment of the firm’s global resources in innovative business intelligence services, leveraging advanced web-based technologies. He is also a professor in Market Information Management / Market Intelligence at the Solvay Business School.
EILAT COHEN BASAT
Director, Digital Innovation Lab
Eilat serves as the Director of Kimberly Clark Digital Innovation Lab, The Open Innovation initiative for Kimberly Clark, overseeing all Open Innovation initiatives for Kimberly Clark. Eilat has an extensive business development, M&A and investment background in myriad of fields, spanning SW, Internet, mobile and physical sciences. Prior to Kimberly Clark, Eilat has led Innovation programs and initiatives for Telecom service providers in various regions and across business groups. She has established the startup collaboration platform for Amdocs, as well as established and led the joint SingTel –Amdocs innovation center, where Innovative digital services are being conceptualized, scouted, tested and launched. Before Amdocs, Eilat has held senior roles leading the Marketing, Product Management and business development teams in large Enterprises as well as startup companies and has specialized in building new revenue generation activities in new domains. Eilat holds a B.SC. (magna cum laude) in Industrial Engineering & Management from the Technion, Israel Technological Institute and an MBA from Tel Aviv university.
@360 Capital Partners
François started in the Venture Capital industry in 1998 and has since made over 20 investments in 6 countries.
He started his career at France Telecom in 1990 where he held a number of strategy and business development positions during his 7 years tenure in Paris and New York. He then discovered Venture Capital as an Associate Director at Nomura then as SVP at Europ@web before joining the team in 2001.
François holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the ENST in Brest and received an MBA from Columbia University in New York. Francois is passionate about his family, food, wine, travelling, media and building companies.
Ethan is an American entrepreneur, startup advisor and investor based in Paris. He is Managing Partner of Nest Venture Capital, an early-stage fund based in Hong Kong and present in Singapore, Nairobi, NYC, London and Paris. Nest accelerates 120+ startups per year through programs like Nissan Infiniti Smart Cities/IoT, Konica Minolta Digital Health and DBS Bank FinTech.
Vice-president in charge of economy and employment
Jérôme Chartier has a master’s degree in political science, he is a graduate of ESSEC Business School. Regional Councillor of Ile-de-France region, he is first Vice-president in charge of economy and employment since December 2015.
Mayor of Domont from 1995 to 2016 and Deputy of Val d'Oise since 2002 , he was in charge, as a member of UMP, of the debate on purchasing power, of the Reform Dashboard , of the development of professional associations, of education, of taxation, of the teaching reform and of animation.
He co-founded the Convention for the Fifth Republic (C5R) in 2006.
EMMANUEL EL MEDIONI
Emmanuel El Medioni practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and private equity, with a particular focus on the hi-tech industries.
He represents a large number of emerging companies and their managers or investors, in transactions ranging from seed to late stage financing, private and public M&A deals, to corporate structuring and management compensation packages.
@Pacific Ventures, @FINNOVASIA
Sergio Argento is a serial entrepreneur and a VC activist. Prior to Pacific Ventures he held several senior positions with K3M (SoftBank) and LaSalle where he was in charge of regional M&A deals and IPOs. Sergio is official Startup Assessor for the StartmeupHK Venture Programme (the HK Gov) and active mentor for a number of startups based in Silicon Valley and Southeast Asia. He is also a cofounder of FINNOFVASIA – the major platform for FinTech players in Asia. Sergio is passionate about yachting, shooting, and space exploration.
Jacky Abitbol works as a Partner of the Cathay Innovation fund within Cathay Capital. He benefits from over 17 years of advisory and operational experience in Telecommunications, Medias and Technology, with a particular expertise in venture capital and corporate development.
Prior to joining Cathay Capital, Jacky was a Venture Partner with Iris Capital in Israël, headed the Corporate Development activity for Orange startups program, was Vice President for Corporate Development at Orange Digital & Sales Director for the mobile division of SanDisk.
Director of Digital Investment
Véronique JACQ, Civil Engineer, graduate of the Ecole des Mines de Paris (French engineering School), began his career in the Nuclear Safety Authority (1994-2000). In 1997, she was appointed deputy director in charge of monitoring the safety of EDF nuclear power plants. In 2000, she joined Anvar (now OSEO) as Director of Business Development. Then in 2003, she joined the 2nd Chamber of the French Audit Office, where she is responsible for auditing financial statements and management of companies and government agencies as well as international organizations. In 2007, she joined CDC Entreprises, a CDC subsidiary company specialized in private equity, and in 2010 became Deputy General Manager in charge of Business Development. In 2012, she took responsibility for investment in digital technology first in CDC Entreprises and then in 2013 in Bpifrance. The activity of the Digital Investment Department covers the management of the Digital Ambition Fund, 300M€ fund focused on venture capital in high potential startups such as Sigfox, Netatmo, Scality, Talentsoft, Unilend, Famoco, et more recently the management of a seed fund co-investing with business angels
@European Innovation Academy
Previously, Alar has been the Vice-Rector at Tallinn University of Technology, CEO of different Innovation Agencies. Alar has PHD in innovation management & space systems. He has organized innovation trainings in 18 different countries. Alar has personally educated 4000+ students and entrepreneurs.
David is the CEO of DNAbridge, a company that helps Corporates engage and drive value within the Startup Ecosystem, and equally drives revenue acceleration for Scale-ups.
With 20 years of experience in the Telecoms industry, David has an extensive network and has always been at the forefront of innovation and partnerships, focused on the end user benefits, developing value creation and creating strong impact on business units.
David was Orange Startup Ecosystem Director at Orange from 2013 - 2016. His main focus was on Internet of Things, Data Analytics and Entertainment. He developed a service for start-ups like www.meetprizm.com to accelerate their manufacturing capabilities by accessing Orange’s tier one network of manufacturers in Asia
He also identified Afrostream (Afrostream.tv) the Netflix of Afro-Caribbean content and grew the relationship from partnership with Orange business units in Europe and Africa to investment though Orange Digital Ventures.
CHARLES De MALEVILLE
Charles is a partner at PwC Advisory. He is in charge of the "Business Transformation & Operations Excellence" practice for the Financial Services (FS) industry. He is also leading the FinTech group in France, assisting clients to identify disruptive technologies and start-ups and deal with the threats and opportunities arising from their impacts on business and operating models of banks and insurance companies.
Head of Innovation
Guillaume Dolbeau joined PMU in 2000 to create it and develop the digital activities.
He created and designed in particular PMU.fr, that became the 1st online betting site and all the on line activities on mobile, tablets and other digital devices, but also managed the business of these offers.
In 2015, the turnover of these activities represented 1.8 billions €.
Forerunner, opened on outside, imaginative and anticipating the trends, he handles today the Innovation Department for PMU. Besides the responsibility of digital services he works on the digitalization of physical networks, imagines the future, experiments and implements innovative concepts in associating customers experience and technologies.
Before joining PMU, Guillaume worked for the LEGO Group and La Française des Jeux.
Alison has 15 years of digital experience, the majority of it focused on premium fashion ecommerce and multichannel retailing. Her career spans boo.com, Amazon, Intel, GSI Commerce (an eBay Company) and Belstaff. She helped build the digital businesses for Ralph Lauren EU, set up House of Fraser’s first transactional site and now leads Belstaff’s global digital business including CRM and the cross channel client experience. Her areas of digital expertise include new market entry, sales growth strategies, merchandising, customer service operations and CRM. As VP, Client, Alison is focused on ensuring Belstaff clients have a seamless experience across channels and for driving revenue to the brand through digital initiatives. She also advises start-ups in the retail technology sector and is a mentor with True Start, an investment group that brings together experts in retail, consumer and innovation.
Chief Investment Officer
Daniel Saunders is Chief Investment Officer of L Marks.
A corporate innovation specialist, L Marks is an investment fund that builds bridges between large corporates and early stage startups. In 2015, L Marks led the investment of over £2 million into early stage companies.
Prior to this role, Daniel served as Chief of Staff at the Israeli Embassy in London, representing Israel’s Ministry of Economy in the UK. Throughout this time, he worked with countless Israeli startups, assisting them in developing their businesses, raising capital, and securing clients and partners internationally.
Daniel began his career in the London-based technology companies Psion and Symbian and holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham.
Passionate about authentic innovation and a startup evangelist, Daniel is seeking to fund the technologies of tomorrow and ensure their application today.
Juliane is Member of the Board of Media Deals, a pan-European investor network being constituted of business angels and early-stage venture capital funds focusing on creative industries and digital media. Media Deals is a member of EBAN, EBN and NEM.
As Executive Advisor Juliane holds an extensive cross-industrial knowledge, specialising in financing and business consulting for audio-visual companies and entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative industries as well as in strategic advisory for funding institutions and regional development agencies.
She is a veteran project director of several EU-projects focusing on accelerating creative businesses through innovation programmes and is Director of the MEDIA supported investor training programmes ENTER Europe. Juliane lectures at Free University Berlin, chairs EBN’S ‘Cultural, Creative and Digital Special Interest Group’ and is Member of the Advisory Board of the H2020-project InvestHorizon.
Head of EUCAN
@Takeda Digital Accelerator
Stephanie Bova considers herself an “intrapreneur” and has devoted her career in the pharmaceutical indsutry to finding ways to get better health outcomes for patients. She is currently the Head of Europe and Canada for Takeda’s Digital Accelerator, which operates a multi-million dollar venture fund for disruptive innovation. She has received numerous industry awards, serves as advisor to healthcare start ups, and is a sought after speaker about healthcare industry disruption and innovation.
Co-Founder & CTO
Renaud Visage is the co-founder and CTO of Eventbrite, the leading global event technology platform. The company has processed over $5 billion in gross ticket sales since inception and powers more than 2 million events around the world each year. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in San Francisco, the company has a team presence in 8 countries and processes tickets in 180 countries. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price.
Partner and Manager of PWC's accelerator
Olivier Vialle is a PwC Strategy& partner, the PwC's strategy consulting firm. He supports industrials and services companies to optimize their growth strategy. He is specialize in helping them capture their greatest opportunities when they launch new offers or products. Olivier is the PwC's accelerator French leader, a team of specialists dedicated to help next-gen companies go global faster and smarter via PwC's unbeatable global reach.
@Benhamou Global Ventures
Eric Buatois has 15 years of active venture capital experience with BGV since 2013 and with Sofinnova Ventures as a General Partner from 2001 till 2013. He is a lead investor who truly enjoys building global companies and has demonstrated experience in executing spin-offs from large companies. He serves on the boards of several companies in the US and in Europe, including Crocus Technology, Identity Mind Global, Intellivision, Profitect and NXGN Data.
Chief Data Officer
Geoffrey Zbinden is Senior Vice President Data Analytics & Customer Engagement within Orange Group. His department is in charge of Business Intelligence, Customer Analytics & Customer Base Management for Orange affiliates in Europe, Africa and Middle-East. Geoffrey’s focus is on leveraging Data to increase customer loyalty, digital usage adoption and revenue stream.
Before his current position, he was Vice President Finance for Orange France and more recently Director of Machine-to-Machine within Orange Group. In 2010 he published a book titled “The Internet of Things, an answer to the Global Warming”, prefaced by the former French Ministry of Ecology.
Architech of Communication
Patricia Philbin has 15+ years of communication experience in the technology, industrial and pharmaceutical sectors. At Ingram Micro, a global distributor of hardware and software products, she supported the communication strategies for startups that grew to be Silicon Valley giants. She co-founded a San Francisco-based agency that offered brand-building services for clients such as Apple, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Adobe. Today she is a permanent resident in France and is the founder of Architect of Communication, a consultancy that develops content strategy for clients in EMEA.
EMMANUEL DE LA TOUR
Co-founder @ MAC-LLOYD
Co-founder of MAC-LLOYD, developers of the Sport- Tracking miniature sensor integrated into clothing which have been selected by the Olympic Federation for the 2016 Olympic games. Winner of the 2015 Innovation Award. Previously head of product at Vekia and investment analyst at Total. Graduate of Ecole Centrale de Marseille
Managing Partner @Avolta Partners
Joined in 2013 as a Managing Partner. Founded 20+ startups and backed 20+ others as an Angel. Founded imagiNet, 24h00. VP France Digital. One of the leader of the “Pigeons” protest. Internet pioneer.
Founder & Chairman @Lemon Way
Sébastien Burlet is a serial entrepreneur and holds an Engineering diploma from ESI Supinfo (1995). After two years spent gaining experience in the United States and one year in London, he set up his first Web Agency, Sunflower Services (and created more than a hundred e-commerce sites in France), before selling it in 2006. As an innovation manager, an inventor holdingseveral patents and a mobile banking pioneer, Sébastien Burlet has surrounded himself by a team of recognised marketing, security, mobile technology R&D, NFC and mPOS specialists,with a view to inventing payment solutions of the future. This motor of the new economy is now called Lemon Way, the French leader in its sector. Self-taught and with a
passion for exports, Sébastien Burlet was appointed Foreign Trade Adviser for France in July 2010. He is firmly committed to the international stage and is today launching a subsidiary inAfrica, called Lemon Way Africa, and is overseeing the European development of Lemon Way.
Open Innovation Director @Air France
After a career in Technical, Commercial, and Controlling business units in Air France, to manage teams and drive several cross-functional projects, Christina Ribault launched Open Innovation in March 2014; the company signed its first partnership with Paris&Co , becoming a founding member of the “Welcome city Lab”, first incubator in the world fully dedicated to tourism.
In 2015, after some success stories with startups, Christina Ribault launched a Corporate Accelerator; the “Start Tech Factory”. By providing business units of Air France, a favorable environment for innovation with startups, the Start Tech Factory accelerates the creation of new innovative business. Its mission is also to help startups in their international development and facilitate the transport of the ecosystem of French Tech worldwide.