/ Speakers 2019 /

Reinhard Ploss

CEO / Infineon Technologies AG

Reinhard Ploss is CEO at Infineon Technologies AG, where he is responsible for Divisions, Group Strategy, Communications & Government Relations, Human Resources (Labor Director), Legal, and Research & Development. Since 2007 he is also Member of the Management Board.

He studied process engineering at the Technical University of Munich and in 1986 received his doctorate. He began his career at Infineon (Siemens AG until 1999) in the same year.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Chairman / Spitzberg Partners LLC

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the Chairman and a Founder of Spitzberg Partners LLC, a New York-based advisory firm that provides strategic counsel and investment insights on European and international political, economic, diplomatic, technology, and security issues. He served as Minister of Economics and Technology and then as Minister of Defense in the cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel. He was also a CSU Member of the German Bundestag during 2002-2011.

He is a distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and served as Senior Advisor to the European Commission leadership on global Internet freedom during 2011-2014. He sits on a variety of international corporate and not-for-profit boards.

Janneke van der Kamp

Head Novartis Pharma Region EUROPE / Novartis

Janneke van der Kamp is Head, Region Europe, at Novartis. Since her start there, Janneke has held several global, regional and local commercial and strategic positions in the UK, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Prior to joining Novartis, Janneke worked a number of years as a strategy consultant for Arthur D Little and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. From 2012-2014, Janneke served as Pharma Country Head and Group Country President for Belgium & Luxembourg. She has been distinguished with the ‘Belgium D&I CEO of the year’ award in 2013 for supporting an open and ‘speak up’ environment where associates are empowered to perform at their best and are trusted to shape their work-life integration the way it works for them. Following this, Janneke lead the World Wide Neuroscience Business Franchise. In December 2016, she became a member of the Novartis Pharma Executive Committee as Global Head Product & Portfolio Strategy.

She holds a Masters in Biochemistry from Utrecht University (The Netherlands), an MBA from INSEAD (France) and also a degree in music.

Paul Dujardin

CEO and Artistic Director / Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels (BOZAR)

Paul Dujardin has been the CEO and Artistic Director of the Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels (BOZAR) since 2002. Under his leadership, the Centre for Fine Arts has become an interdisciplinary cultural centre with a European and international scope. A fervent defender of the European project, Paul Dujardin has worked tirelessly to ensure that BOZAR becomes an essential actor within the domain of international cultural exchange and a defender of the European cultural values at the core of the European project.

He has studied Art History and Archeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and has also earned a Masters in Management from the Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool (VLEKHO).

Valentin Stalf

CEO and Co-Founder / N26

Valentin Stalf is co-founder and CEO of N26. Since the initial product launch in 2015, N26 has grown to include more than 2.5 million customers across 24 European markets. The firm has raised more than USD 500 million from some of the world’s most well-known investors. N26 has more than 800 employees based in in Berlin, New York and Barcelona, who are concentrated on reinventing the banking experience for the digital generation. Before N26, Valentin was an Entrepreneur in Residence for Rocket Internet, an incubator and investor in online startups. Moreover, he worked in strategy consulting and investment banking.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management and a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of St. Gallen. He is currently a member of the advisory board at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Georg Kopetz

Member of the Executive Board / TTTech

Georg Kopetz is co-founder and member of the executive board at TTTech. As the company’s Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for the overall strategy of the corporation, marketing, sales, finance and human resources. The TTTech companies provide real-time networking platforms and safety controls that help to make automated driving and the Internet of Things a reality. The products and services are based on highly innovative software technology combined with a deep understanding of digital transformation in key verticals and help to improve safety and reliability. The TTTech Group companies currently employ 1.700 people in Europa, Asia and the USA.

After attending school in Germany, Austria and the US, he studied law at the University of Vienna in Austria and at the Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) in France.

Taavi Kotka

Former CIO of Estonia & Founder of Proud Engineers LLC

Taavi Kotka became Estonia’s first ever Chief Information Officer in 2013 to oversee the country’s development as an advanced digital nation, and is now consulting large enterprises and start-ups. He previously worked in the private sector, rising to be the CEO of the region’s largest software development company, Webmedia (now Nortal). During this time, he was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. He was named European CIO of the Year 2014 and has received several other awards, among others, Financial Times named him as one of the 12 leading individuals among the Europe’s 100 digital champions in 2018. Taavi Kotka was also a special advisor to European Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip on European Digital Single Market.

He has received a Master of Science of Engineering (focus: ICT) cum laude, and concluded his PhD Studies at the Tallinn University of Technology.

Thomas Schmid

CEO / Austrian State and Industrial Holding Ltd (ÖBAG)

Thomas Schmid ensures the sustainable and positive development of the ÖBAG portfolio and works to strengthen the Austrian capital market. He was Head of Cabinet and Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance for several years, where his responsibilities focused on strategy development and the management of over 11,000 employees in 79 locations. In addition, Thomas Schmid has gained several years of experience as a member of the supervisory board of numerous listed and non-listed companies in Austria.

He studied law and political science and completed management and policy courses at the London School of Economics and the University of St. Gallen.

Marcus Wallenberg

Chair of the Board / SEB

Marcus Wallenberg is the Chairman of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), a North European financial group for 400,000 corporate customers, and 4 million private customers. Marcus Wallenberg is also the Chairman of Saab AB and FAM AB, and serves on the boards of multiple companies. Marcus Wallenberg held the position as Chairman and Honorary Chairman of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) from 2006 to July 2010.

He earned a BSc of Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and began his career at Citibank in New York 1980, followed by various positions at Deutsche Bank in Germany, S G Warburg Co Ltd in London and Citicorp in Hong Kong.

Michael G. Jacobides

Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation London Business School

Michael Jacobides holds the Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at London Business School, where he is Professor of Strategy. He is Academic Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, Visiting Scholar at the New York Fed, and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge. A frequent keynote speaker, he engages in corporate, industry, and broad-appeal events such as TEDx and the Global Drucker Forum. A winner of the 2018 Theory to Practice Award, awarded yearly by the StrategieForum (Wirtschafts-Universität) to a thought leader based on impact, he advises disruptive start-ups and established firms alike in Europe, the US and Asia. He works with Boards, management groups, consultants and policy makers. He works on thought leadership with consultants such as McKinsey, IDEO, Accenture, PwC, Deloitte, Keystone and ECSi, and on strategy with corporates such as Santander, Helvetia, Zurich, CS, Airbus, Lufthansa, Vodafone, Nokia, DeBeers, Burberry, MerckSerono and the NHS.

He has visited Harvard, NYU, Cambridge, Imperial, Bocconi and Wharton, where he obtained his PhD, after studying at Athens, Cambridge and Stanford. On policy, he has worked with the UK parliament (on the future of financial services), the European Council (on innovation in Europe) and has spearheaded RedesignGreece. He served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, he is a co-author of the WEF’s White Paper on Digital Platforms and Ecosystems, and has presented in the Davos Annual meetings.

Richard David Precht

Philosopher, Publicist, Bestselling Author

Richard Precht is a philosopher, journalist, and author, and one of the most distinctive intellectuals in German-speaking countries. He is an honorary professor of philosophy at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg and at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. His books Who Am I and If So How Many?, Love: A Disorderly Emotion and The Art of Not Being an Egoist are international bestsellers and have been translated into 40 languages. Since 2012 he has been the moderator of the philosophy program Precht on the ZDFtelevision network.

He studied philosophy, German studies and art history in Cologne and received his phil. PhD. in German studies.

Annemarie Rudel

Managing Partner / REWE-Rudel OHG

Annemarie Rudel is Managing Partner at REWE-Rudel, where she started as an apprentice and worked her way up to the top level. She sits in several committees at REWE, among others the strategic committee, the regional expert group and the steering committee. In addition, she serves as a city councillor at the city of Bamberg and is juror at the city’s district and labour court.

Travis Pittman

CEO and Founder / TourRadar

Travis Pittman is the CEO & Co-Founder of TourRadar and is responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and vision. Travis co-founded the company with his brother Shawn in 2010 with a mission to connect people to life-enriching travel experiences. Under his leadership, TourRadar has grown into a team of 250+ people and is the largest online travel agency for multi-day tours in the world.

He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Stefan Pierer


Stefan Pierer is CEO and Chairman of the Board at the KTM Industries-Group, the biggest European motorcycle producer focusing on highly innovative sport motorcycles and electro mobility. Since 2011 he is also sole shareholder and Chairman of the board at Pierer Industrie AG, an Austrian industrial investment group. The group generated sales of EUR 2.1 billion in 2018 and employs around 8,000 people.

He studied „Business and energy management“ at the Montanuniversität Leoben, where he received his Dipl.-Ing.

Toni Faber

Roman Catholic Vicar / Dean and Canon

Since 1999 Toni Faber is the Vicar of the St. Stephan´s parish. He is also Dean of the parishes of the inner city of Vienna and Canon of the Viennese Dome chapter as well as the Metropolitan chapter. He is member of several executive committees regarding the Archdiocese Vienna and is an active member of the board of various charity organisations. Alongside the actual parish pastoral care, Faber serves as „City-pastor“ and is considered a sought-for contact person in ecclesial and civil circles concerning several social spheres. For his services to the public he was decorated with the Grand Golden Badge of Honour of the Republic of Austria in 2007.

He studied Catholic Theology in Vienna and Munich and was ordained priest in 1988 by Cardinal König.

Gregor Bloéb

Austrian theatre / film and television actor

Gregor Bloéb has performed, among others, at the Residenz Theatre in Munich, the State Theatre Nuremberg, the Sommerspiele Perchtoldsdorf, the Vienna Volkstheater, the Theatre in der Josefstadt, Vienna’s Kammerspiele, the Akademietheater and the Burgtheater. From 2008-2013 Gregor Bloéb was also artistic director of the Theatersommer Haag. Gregor Bloéb is known for his numerous film and television roles; such as “Single Bells” (1998), “O Palmenbaum” (2000), and more, and other appearances in well-known television series including “Tatort”, “Polizeiruf 110”, and other.

In 2013 he won the Nestroy Award “Best Actor” for “Jägerstätter” at the Theater in der Josefstadt. In 2019 he will play the Devil/ Everyman’s Good Companion in Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival. He completed his acting training in Innsbruck.

Peter Lohmeyer

German theatre / film and television actor

After training at the Schauspielschule Bochum, Peter Lohmeyer shot his way into the premier league of German acting by doing a one-two pass between theatre and film. In spite of several film awards he has always managed to keep his head down and make the beautiful port city of Hamburg his home. Even if there is a long way to go, his favourite pastime is cheering on his team Schalke. When asked what he most appreciates about Peter Lohmeyer, his colleague Joachim Krol once answered: “his ability to suffer”. And so he lives, or so he says, happily and contentedly according to the motto: We are far too busy avoiding mistakes, instead of making them. And thus, this year he’ll be performing Death in Jedermann for the 7th time.