/ Speakers 2022 /

Karl Nehammer

Federal Chancellor, Austria

Andrea Orcel

CEO Unicredit

Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg

Sabine Herlitschka

CEO, Infineon Technologies Austria AG

Wolfgang Schüssel

Former Chancellor, Austria

Wolfgang Schüssel was born in Vienna in 1945 and received his doctorate in law from Vienna University in 1968. Between 2000 and 2007 Mr Schüssel served as Federal Chancellor of Austria, chairing the European Council during Austria‘s EU Presidency in the first half of 2006.

His term in office saw the introduction of the Euro, a comprehensive reform of Austria’s pension system, the consolidation of the country‘s budget, the privatization of nationalized industries, as well as restitution payments to the victims of National Socialism.

From 1995 to 2007 Mr Schüssel was National Chairman of the Austrian People‘s Party. From 1989 to 1995 he served as Minister of Economic Affairs, and from 1995 to 1999 as Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr Schüssel played a key role in Austria’s accession to the European Union and during the country‘s first Presidency of the EU Council.

Since 2008 Wolfgang Schüssel has been an active President of the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria. He serves on the Supervisory Board of RWE AG (2011-2021).

Mr Schüssel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Allensbach Institute, since October 2015 Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. From 2007-2017 he has been a Member of the Board of Trustees of Bertelsmann Foundation.

Nikolaus von Bomhard

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Münchner Rückversicherungsgesellschaft AG

Nikolaus von Bomhard was born in Germany in 1956.

He completed his law studies at the universities of Munich and Regensburg with a doctorate.

In 1985 he began his carrier at Munich Re and held various positions in the following years. In 1997 Mr. von Bomhard took on the task of building up and managing the Munich Re office in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2000 he was appointed to the Board of Management and from 2001 was responsible for the Europe and Latin America Division. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management in 2004, a position he held until his retirement from Munich Re at the end of April 2017. Since 2019 Mr von Bomhard acts as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Munich Re, a position he also holds for Deutsche Post DHL Group. Among many other mandates he chairs the Council of SWP, The German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Hildegard Wortmann

Board Member, Audi AG

Felix Ohswald

Founder, GoStudent



Christian Meermann

Managing Partner, Cherry Ventures

Christian is a Founding Partner at Cherry.

After a few years at Boston Consulting Group, Christian joined Zalando as its first CMO. Christian was responsible for building and managing the group’s marketing efforts (like, for example, performance marketing, CRM, PR, TV, and brand marketing). He then joined the management board of Peek&Cloppenburg and was responsible for the company’s online business.

He holds a masters (Diplom) in business administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

He has lived and worked in the US, Spain, Brazil, and South Africa.

Christian gets excited about founders that are as passionate about execution as they are about building a strong and sustainable brand. He has a particular focus on logistics and mobility as well a food technology companies.

Tobias Feakin

Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, Australia

Dr Tobias Feakin is Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology. He commenced as Ambassador for Cyber Affairs in January 2017, before having his mandate expanded to reflect the central role that technology issues have in geopolitics in 2021.

He leads Australia’s Whole of Government international engagement to advance and protect Australia’s national security, foreign policy, economic and trade, and development interests in cyberspace and critical technology.

Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. Following that, he led the creation of Australia’s 2017 International Cyber Engagement Strategy.

Prior to his Ambassadorial appointment, Dr Feakin was the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2012 to 2016 where he established the Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. Prior to this he was Director for National Security and Resilience at the Royal United Services Institute in London from 2006-2012.

Ambassador Feakin is a Senior Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute and a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s FinCyber Advisory Group which focuses on developing an International Strategy for Cybersecurity and the Global Financial System.

Ambassador Feakin holds an Honours Degree in Security Studies and a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Politics and Security Studies, both from the University of Bradford.

Alexander Valtingojer

CEO und Co-Founder, Coinpanion

Alexander Valtingojer is CEO of the crypto fintech Coinpanion. He was already intensively involved with cryptocurrencies during his school days, which led him to actively work on various projects in this scene.

The first project he developed was a Bitcoin PayPal marketplace. Later in his studies, he started actively trading cryptocurrencies and also worked on his own ICO, for which he spoke on the panel at the C³ Crypto Conference in Berlin. After that, Alexander founded a sole proprietorship for software services. For about four years, Alexander has been intensively involved with the financial markets and, due to his skills, was also a trader on the previous version of Coinpanion. Coinpanion has now grown into a company with 30+ employees and aims to help everyone get started in the crypto market with smart portfolios.

Wilfried Haslauer

Governor, Salzburg

Johannes Hahn

European Commissioner for Budget and Administration

Alfred Taudes

Entrepreneurial Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Alfred holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration from WU Vienna, a Magister Degree in Management Information Systems from Vienna University and a PhD (Habilitation) from WU Vienna in both fields.

After assistant professorships at WU in the areas Operations Research and Applied Informatics he was visting professor at Universities Augsburg, Münster, Essen and Tsukuba, Japan and joined WU in 1993. There he coordinated large scale research projects such as WWTF-project “Integrated Demand and Supply Chain Management” and the Special Research Area Adaptive Models in Economics and Management Science.

His teaching includes an undergraduate course in Operations Strategy and an IT seminar on the master level.

Astrid Stange

Supervisory Board, Lufthansa

Carlo Burkhardt

Professor, Pforzheim University

Prof. Dr. Carlo Burkhardt (*1965) studied metallurgy and materials at the University of Birmingham (UK) and received his PhD in 1995.

He started his career at Witzenmann GmbH (a German automotive supplier) as a project engineer. Going through the ranks, he was appointed Vice President R&D in 2006.

In 2011, he joined OBE Ohnmacht & Baumgärtner GmbH & Co KG, a specialist in precision engineering, as CTO, where he was responsible for technology, R&D, production and quality.

At OBE he initiated and coordinated the EU HORIZON2020 project “REProMag” for the production of rare earth permanent magnets by metal injection molding in a completely waste-free process. The project with 14 partners from 7 European countries was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Environmental Technology Prize (Umwelttechnikpreis BW) and the German Raw Material Efficiency Prize (Deutscher Rohstoffeffizienzpreis), both in 2017.

In the same year, he moved to Pforzheim University, where he is now scientific director of the Institute for Precious and Technology Metals (STI). In this position, he coordinates what is currently the largest recycling project under EU Horizon 2020, “SusMagPro” (2019-2023). This project involves 20 partners from 9 European countries, has a budget of €14.5 million and is building pilot facilities to demonstrate a circular economy for rare earth permanent magnets with an initial capacity of 110 tons/year.

Starting in July, it will additionally coordinate the four-year EU Horizon project “REEsilience,” which aims to build a resilient and sustainable supply chain for the European automotive and energy sectors. The project has a budget of €13.5 million and involves 18 European partners from 8 countries. The project aims to ensure a stable supply of at least 1,000 tons of permanent magnets per year by 2026.

He is co-founder of two university spin-offs: MetShape GmbH focuses on additive manufacturing of precision components and HyProMag GmbH develops new methods for recycling permanent magnets. In both companies, he is a member of the management board.

Since 2021, he has been head of the Awareness Raising Task Force of the European Raw Material Alliance (ERMA) and since 2022, he has been convenor of the German standardization group NA 066-03-11 AA at DIN, which mirrors the work of ISO/TC 298 “Rare Earth”.

Dierk Paskert

CEO, Encavis AG

Dr. Dierk Paskert (*1961) studied law and economics at the universities in Würzburg and Münster, obtaining his PhD from the latter in 1991.

Dr. Dierk Paskert started his professional career in investment banking at Trinkaus & Burkhardt, a German private bank.

In 1996, he changed to the Veba Group, where he held several management positions, e.g. at Degussa-Hüls and Stinnes, the Group’s logistics subsidiary. At the latter, he was responsible for M&A and the corporate strategy.

In 2001, he joined the Management Board of SCHENKER AG in Essen. In 2003, he was put in charge of the corporate strategy at E.ON, where he was instrumental in opening the Group up to renewable energy.

In early 2008 he was appointed to the Board of Management of E.ON-Energie AG in Munich. There he was responsible for the Network Division and served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of various national and international grid companies.

From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Dierk Paskert was Managing Director of Rohstoffallianz. At the same time, as a business angel and investor at The Mobilityhouse AG, he gained early experience in the field of electromobility and battery storage.

In September 2017, Dr. Paskert was appointed to the Management Board of Encavis AG, where he has been Chairman ever since. He is also member of the Management Board of the German Solar Association (BSW).

Fjolla Holzleithner

Owner & CEO of Brand Embassy & Destination Live

Lucrezia Reichlin

Professor, London Business School

Lucrezia Reichlin is Professor of Economics at the London Business School, Chair of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS) for which she is chairing the task force on sustainability reporting standard and Trustee of the Center for Policy Research (CEPR). She is co-founder of Now-Casting Economics ltd and non-executive director of Ageas Insurance Group. She is a columnist for the Italian national daily Il Corriere della Sera and a regular contributor of Project Syndicate.

Reichlin received a Ph.D. in economics from New York University. She has held a number of different academic and non academic positions. From 2005 to 2008 she was the Director General of Research at the European Central Bank. From 2009 – April 2018 she was non-executive director of UniCredit Banking Group and from 2013-2016 she was Chair of the Scientific Council at the Brussels based think-tank Bruegel. Reichlin has been an active contributor to the life of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) over the years and she is now honorary fellow. Reichlin has published numerous papers on econometrics and macroeconomics. She is an expert on forecasting, business cycle analysis and monetary policy. She pioneered now-casting in economics by developing econometrics methods capable of reading the real time data flow through the lenses of a formal econometric model. These methods are now widely used by central banks and private investors around the world.

She is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, the European Economic Association, and Academia Europaea. In 2016 she received the Birgit Grodal Award, European Economic Association, and the Isaac Kerstenetzky Scholarly Achievement Award.

Meinrad Spenger

Co-Founder and CEO, MASMOVIL

Meinrad is the Co-founder and CEO of MASMOVIL, an Iberian Telecom Operator, that grew in 14 years from cero to 1.7 bn€ revenues and over 10 million customers. MASMOVIL has become the first start-up in Spain that achieved being listed in the junior stock market (MAB) in 2014, the official stock market (2017) and being included in its main index, the IBEX 35 (2019).

In MASMOVIL we offer Telecom services for residential & business clients through our multiple brands. Since October 2019 we are as 4th operator also active in Portugal. Our values are client first, simplicity, positivism and sustainability. What especially distinguishes MASMOVIL from competition is our focus on customer satisfaction, where we lead all relevant rankings. Our vision is to be number 1 in Europe in terms of customer experience.
Having the a great 4G+ mobile coverage through a combination of own and third-party networks, the fastest fiber based broadband services (FTTH access to >25m homes), fair & predicable pricing and also the highest degree of digitization allow us to be the fasted growing operator in the market.
In MASMOVIL we are especially proud of the team that forms the Group: >1,000 committed employees and a network of great Partners are working to satisfy our clients and to create value for our shareholders as well as the market as a whole.

Peter Moser

Vice-Rector for International Relations, Montanuniversität Leoben

Philippe Sahli

Co-Founder & CEO, Yokoy

Philippe Sahli is the CEO of Yokoy, a company, which he co-founded in 2019.

What started as a solution for automating expense processes has since grown rapidly in scope: With its AI-based platform, Yokoy now addresses company expenditures as a whole – from handling expenses and supplier invoices to managing smart corporate cards.

Philippe has extensive experience in the finance sector. Before founding Yokoy, he served as CFO for the Swiss scaleup Beekeeper and held management positions at Credit Suisse and UBS.

In 2021, Philippe was listed in Forbes 30 under 30, honoring him as an entrepreneur who brings together innovative ideas, entrepreneurial thinking, and an ambitious vision.

2017-2019: Beekeeper, CFO
2017-2017: UBS, Director – Chief of Staff Operations
2016-2017: Credit Suisse, Senior Consultant
2014-2016: EY, Consultant – FSO Finance
2013-2014: BitBrochure Corporation Ltd., Co-Founder & CFO2011-2014: Hult International Business School London, Bachelor Degree, Accounting & Finance

Robert Schwertner

Executive Director, Innomagic

Robert Schwertner is active in the blockchain domain: he focusses on blockchain-based use cases in mobility, real estates and energy supporting large European and Asian companies. His critical insights are published on www.cryptorobby.com and on his LinkedIn profile.

Robert is frequent speaker at international blockchain-related conferences, was expert speaker at the British Parliament, held a TEDx Talks and was speaker at the OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum.

He holds a master’s degree in Natural Sciences of the University of Vienna and a postgraduate degree in European Advanced Studies. As CEO of INNOMAGIC GmbH (www.innomagic.eu) he focusses on blockchain-related consulting and R&D funding of innovative tech-companies.