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Liat Ben-Zur | Senior VP, Digital Technology Leader at Philips

Liat was recently named by Fierce Wireless as one of only seven “Rising Stars of Wireless in 2014.” Liat is currently Chairwoman of the Board of the AllSeen Alliance, the broadest cross-industry open source project to advance a common language for the Internet of Things, and Sr. Director of Product Management and Business Development at Qualcomm. 

 

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Dr. Steven Althaus | Senior VP Brand Management, Marketing Service BMW Group

Dr. Althaus was Managing Director at the advertising agency Springer & Jacoby in the United Kingdom and Germany from 1999 to 2001. He held different positions within Allianz SE, such as Head of Global Brand Management and Strategic Partnerships. Before joining BMW Group in 2013, Dr. Althaus was Chairman and CEO of Publicis Germany and Austria, a  French multinational advertising and public relations company.  

 

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Marcus Spickermann | CFO, Daimler Mobility

Marcus Spickermann has diverse experiences in the Daimler Group, having worked as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Project Head for the Financial Service subsidiary in the U.S. and Germany. Mr. Spickermann was Senior Manager in the area of Controlling Business Innovation for Daimler AG from 2008 to 2011. In his current position, he is responsible for all finance, controlling, legal, HR, and communication activities of moovel, the mobility solution provider of the Daimler Group.

 

 

Paul Coffey | Director Business Development Europe, Google

Paul Coffey has worked in advertising and marketing for 20 years, spanning TV,                     e-commerce and social media. He joined Google in 2010, and leads business development for DoubleClick across Northern & Central Europe.

 

 

Dr. Claudia Lang | Managing Director, Community Life

Dr. Claudia Lang is founder and CEO of Community Life since 2013. Previously, she has been Director at international insurance companies, such as Canada Life Europe and Association of International Life Offices. Moreover, she worked as Legal Counsel and International Development Director at Prudential International Assurance in the United Kingdom.

 

 

Dirk Rieken | Director Growth & Strategy, Swiss RE

Dirk Rieken is Head of Partnership Development Europe at Swiss RE in Zurich. He has worked as Head of Strategy & Growth for Swiss RE, after he finished his consulting career at Accenture and Horváth & Partners with a focus on insurance. Dirk Rieken started his professional career at the Canadian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Toronto, before he worked at the German Business Association in Hong Kong.

 

 

Dr. Rob Walker | Vice President Decision Management, Pegasystems

Dr. Rob Walker is Vice President Decision Management at Pegasystems. Prior to the acquisition of Chordiant by Pegasystems in April 2010 he was responsible for managing the strategic direction and development of Chordiant’s industry-leading predictive decisioning technologies. Before joining Chordiant, Rob spent eight years in positions of increasing responsibility with leading global information technology consulting firm Capgemini. From 1999-2000, he served as Program Director for Capgemini during which time he was responsible for the creation, development and evangelization of technological innovations in the area of Information Capitalization.

 

 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Wegene | Senior Vice President Industry, Siemens

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Wegener studied Aeronautical Engineering at Technische Universität München, before he started working for Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, the national aeronautics and space research center of Germany. Previous to Siemens, he worked as both Consultant and Manager at McKinsey & Co. from 1992 to 1996, focusing on performance improvement in the area of machine engineering. Currently, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wegener is Head of the Industry 4.0 Office of Siemens. 

 

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Erich Joachimsthaler | CEO & Founder, Vivaldi Partners Group

After a career of 15 years in academics and extensive professional work experience in several large multinational companies, Erich founded Vivaldi Partners Group. Erich is a published thought leader and his book Brand Leadership, co-written with David A. Aaker and translated in 14 languages, is considered a groundbreaking discussion on the recent developments in brand strategy. His book, Hidden in Plain Sight, focuses on the role of brands in creating economic value and growth for firms.