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EBAN Summit Speakers

A 2-day event bringing together INTERNATIONAL business angels, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, STARTUPS, PUBLIC & PRIVATE SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES … INSPIRING  people TOGETHER!

Marc Aguilar

Chief Data Officer @ BGL BNP Paribas

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Marc Aguilar has been Chief Data Officer at BGL BNP Paribas S.A. since September 2015. Mr. Aguilar served as General Manager of e-Business Center at BGL Société Anonyme and also serves as a Head of e-Business Center of Banque Générale du Luxembourg S.A.

Baybars Altuntas

Chairman, World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF)

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Former Senior Advisor of the Elite Programme of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), star of the Turkish version of the television show Dragons’ Den / Sharks Tank, Chairman of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Co-chair of the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN), Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN), President of the Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA), the World Entrepreneurship Forum Ambassador to Turkey and the Balkan countries, and President of Deulcom International.

 

One of the top global speakers on entrepreneurship, innovation and angel investment invited by former US President Obama to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Recipient of the European Trade Association of Business Angels (EBAN) award for the Best Individual in Europe Globally Engaging with the Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in 2014 (Ireland), 2015 (Netherlands), 2016 (Portugal) and 2017 (Spain). The only entrepreneur to be granted a personal audience with former President Obama at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC. Developer of the world-renowned entrepreneurship theory, the Altuntas Start-up Compass Theory, researched by Sheffield University and used in numerous MBA programmes. Advisory board member of the South East Europe Research Council in Greece. Appointed as JCI Ambassador, following Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations. Profiled regularly by leading international media such as CNN International and Bloomberg. A co-author of Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forum's Guide to Business Success Around the World, published by Wiley (2013). Author of Off the Bus, Into a Supercar! How I Became a Top TV Star and Celebrated Investor, published by Balboa Press (2014) and translated into Chinese, Croatian, Albanian, and Macedonian.

Riku Asikainen

Vice President of the Board @ EBAN

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Seasoned entrepreneur with strong emphasize on growth investments on small and medium-sized companies. During my entrepreneurial, management and investment career, which started in year 1988, I have been founder, director and investor in more than thirty ventures. Out of those companies, ten have been exited and five gone to zero (some valuable lessons learned from these) while the rest are still in my portfolio. During my tenure two companies have grown from zero revenue to five million range, one company to ten million, one to twenty million and one over thirty million of annual revenue.
Specialties:

- Over 20 years of experience on B-to-C business as owner, manager and investor in several different fields of business.
- Several financing and re-financing rounds in micro to medium size companies.

Areas of interest: Private equity financing, Growth, Execution, Financing and IT development as a strategic tool in managing customers and sales.

Sasha Baillie

CEO @ Luxinnovation

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Sasha is also CEO of Luxinnovation whose mission is to strengthen national business through innovation.Before joining the Ministry of the Economy in 2014 as Deputy Chief of Staff and Diplomatic Advisor, Sasha Baillie was Director for International Economic Relations and European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During her career of more than 20 years in economic diplomacy, she has held several positions abroad. Within the Ministry of the Economy, Sasha Baillie led, among other things, the reform of the economic promotion and prospection for Luxembourg. She chairs the Steering Council for Foreign Trade and Investment, which is in charge of developing and implementing the country’s economic development strategy.

Geoffroy Bazin

CEO @ BGL BNP Paribas & 

Country Head @ BNP Paribas Luxembourg

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Graduated from the University of Paris Dauphine, Geoffroy Bazin held several management positions within the BNP Paribas Group in Europe before taking over the Head of the Group in Luxembourg on July 1, 2018.
Geoffroy Bazin is convinced that innovation and sustainable development go hand in hand. And as a major player,  BNP Paribas Group's commitments to future generations are essential.

Daniel Beck

Investment Manager bei European Investment Fund (EIF)

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Daniel Beck is an Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund, where he deals with business angel co-investments (European Angels Fund) and VC fund investments. Prior to the EIF, Daniel worked in Transaction Advisory Services at EY.

Larissa Best

Social Impact Investor & President @ LBAN

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Larissa is an active early-stage investor privately and through the womens’ angel program, Rising Tide Europe, Larissa has been nominated president of the Luxembourg Business Angel Network. She is also the director and co-founder of Equilibre, a Luxembourg-based think-tank delivering research, advisory and advocacy for ‘gender complementarity’ at work – working with companies of all sizes, government bodies and associations to harnessing the power of diversity. Due to her entrepreneurial background in growing and exiting a RegTech company in the Intellectual Property domain,  as well as an MBA and Masters in Finance, she has become a proverbial 'Jane-of-all-trades', lecturing at Universities and on the European speaker circuit on subject related to gender, impact investing, entrepreneurship and family business.

Yvan Bourgnon

Skipper, Adventurer & Environmentalist

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Yvan Bourgnon first sailed around the world when he was eight with his parents during three years. Later, during the many races he participated to in the world, he was shocked by the amount of plastic waste polluting the seas.

Being fully aware of this global catastrophe for our planet he created the association The SeaCleaners in September 2016 to fight ocean plastic pollution.

Ian Choo

Founder & Managing Partner @ Ekofolio

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Ian Choo is the founder of Ekofolio, a mission-driven Fintech company based in Copenhagen, whose core mission is to make quality investments in forestry available to everyone. Ian also serves as an advisor for the Nordic Blockchain Association, and facilitator and ambassador at Growth Train, an accelerator program for startups and early growth organizations...

Anthony Clarke

Co-Founder and Director of Seraphim Space Fund and Director of Newable Private Investing/Newable Ventures

Co-Founder/Director of £30m Seraphim Capital VC Fund and £67m Seraphim Space VC Fund. Director of Newable Private Investing and Newable Ventures (formerly London Business Angels/LBA Ventures).
Chairman of EBAN Space.
Co-Founder and Past Chair of UK Business Angels Association. President Emeritus of European Business Angel Network. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary at Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now PWC).

Olivier Coekelbergs

Partner at EY- Luxembourg Private Equity Leader

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Olivier is the leader of EY Luxembourg’s 200 professional strong Private Equity practice for audit, advisory, valuation, transaction and tax services in Luxembourg. He is furthermore the EMEIA Private Equity Fund Practice coordinator and the EMEIA Private Equity Fund AIFM Directive solution leader.

With more than 14 years experience in servicing major Private Equity houses and small and mid-sized general partners around the globe, Olivier has gained an in-depth knowledge of the Private Equity and Venture Capital industry. Olivier is a recognized expert in the valuation of illiquid assets and in the application of the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines. He regularly gives trainings on valuation in a Private Equity context and on the IPEV Guidelines on behalf of the EVCA.

Over the past few years, Olivier has led audit and valuation assignments for a large number of Private Equity and Venture Capital funds investing in a wide range of underlying assets and following different strategies. Moreover, Olivier has advised multinational and local fund administrators and depositaries in the set-up of their Private Equity desks. Olivier has also led several due diligences for large and mid-sized general partners in the context of international acquisitions.

Julian Costley

Executive Chairman @ Enigma Digital Ltd

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Julian Costley’s career has included senior executive roles at Reuters, France Telecom, BSB (later BSkyB) and the UK’s internet stockbroking firm E*Trade. He is an experienced angel investor for businesses in the UK, Canada, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and China. Alongside investing, he has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs turn their dreams into revenue and is also an occasional lecturer, mentor and course judge at the London Business School and other MBA schools around Europe, and has written books such as How to Use Crowdfunding.

Peter Cowley

President @ EBAN

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Peter set up the division of Marshall in 2011 and has remained Investor Director. He is a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over 10 businesses in technology and property over the last 35+ years.  He has built up a portfolio of over 60 angel investments with 3 good exits and several failures. He is the WBAF Best Angel Investor of the World and was UK Angel of the Year 2014/15. He is chair of the Cambridge Angels and is a fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Management School in Cambridge.  He is a non-executive director of the UK Business Angel Association and on the investment committee of the UK Angel Co-fund.  He has also had 16 years’ experience as chair, treasurer and trustee of the boards of seven charities and is voluntary equity finance chair for the Federation of Small Businesses. 

Peter Cowley

President @ EBAN

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Peter set up the division of Marshall in 2011 and has remained Investor Director. He is a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over 10 businesses in technology and property over the last 35+ years.  He has built up a portfolio of over 60 angel investments with 3 good exits and several failures. He is the WBAF Best Angel Investor of the World and was UK Angel of the Year 2014/15. He is chair of the Cambridge Angels and is a fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Management School in Cambridge.  He is a non-executive director of the UK Business Angel Association and on the investment committee of the UK Angel Co-fund.  He has also had 16 years’ experience as chair, treasurer and trustee of the boards of seven charities and is voluntary equity finance chair for the Federation of Small Businesses. 

Diego De Biasio

CEO of Technoport

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Diego has a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies en Sciences Economiques and a Master in Economics of Technological and Institutional Change from the Université Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg. He started his professional carreer within the Public Research Center Henri Tudor back in 2001 where he was appointed as COO of Technoport three years later. He was heavily involved in the spin-off process and creation of the new Technoport ltd. in June 2012. Today he is CEO of the new organization.
Since 2007 he also represents Luxembourg within the board of directors of
EBN. He was also in the excecutive board from 2010 to 2013 and acts as
peer reviewer within accreditation missions of European centers.
From April 2010 to June 2012 he has also been appointed board member
of Monitor-it SA, the first spin-off company from the Public Research Center
Henri Tudor. The company was active in the monitoring of patients with
chronic heart diseases.
Diego is passionate about entrepreneurship and was also one of the 4
organizers that brought Startupweekend to Luxembourg in November 2012
(www.luxembourg.startupweekend.org). Since then every 6-months they
organize such an event. He is also co-organiser of the Apps Foundry
Contest (www.apps-foundry-contest.org) and #Play14 (www.play14.org).
He is regularly invited to participate in jury’s around entrepreneurship.

Tristan Edwards

CEO of Life Biosciences

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Tristan Edwards is Co-founder and the CEO of Life Biosciences, the world’s leader in advancing longevity research. He also sits on the Boards of Continuum Biosciences, Animal Biosciences, Senolytic Therapeutics and Jumpstart Fertility. Tristan brings extensive global financial capital markets, regulatory compliance, and fiduciary oversight experience to the group, following a 16-year investment career spanning leading financial organisations across Australia, London, HK and Singapore. Having recognised the opportunity to leverage this experience in an entrepreneurial environment, he has subsequently moved to pursue his passion for helping create a scalable platform for financing and enabling the world’s best scientists and thought leaders to create change. Tristan’s professional background has been in senior investment roles at leading financial groups such as Goldman Sachs, Brevan Howard, Trafalgar Capital and Mosaic Asset Management. He started his career with the Australian Commonwealth Department of Finance. Tristan has a degree in Commerce from the University of Tasmania, and held the CFA, CMT and CPA designations.

Genna Elvin

Founder Partner @ Tadaweb

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Upon her graduation (double Degree in International Relations Law and Psychology), Genna Elvin begun working for the New Zealand Government, working her way into the heart of the intelligence units. After moving to Brussels to undertake a Master´s Degree in International Conflict and Security in late 2011, she co-founded Tadaweb; a technology company whose mission is to automate human intelligence by replicating and scaling the processes humans undertake when interacting with online data. Her company has now grown to over 30 employees, 7 figure revenues and gained globally reputable investors. Tadaweb has been recognized as one of the globes most disruptive companies. Last year, Forbes magazine featured her in the Hundert's List of Top 100 female founders of Europe.

Myriam Vander Elst

Vice President Europe @ Epic Foundation

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Myriam Vander Elst is a social-good advocate and an expert in impact-oriented philanthropic strategies. A graduate of the London School of Economics and of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Myriam spent 15 years in the private sector as a communications and brand strategist for world leading agencies such as BMP-DDB and Dentsu where she led the communications strategy of several global brands, and she truly found her calling in helping social and community causes find a voice.In 2015 Myriam joined Epic, a global nonprofit startup which provides solutions to make giving the norm, as head of European operations for their offices in London, Paris and Brussels.

Georges Destriau

Chief Financial Officer at DreamQuark, helping Bank and Insurance to integrate Artificial Intelligence

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Georges brings his 20 + years expertise of leading finance and development in global, complex, intercultural and fast changing envrionments to support DreamQuark's growth strategy, including people management.

Lisa Fassl

Managing Director of Austrian Angel Investors Association

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Active for several years in the Austrian startup community, Lisa has been able to contribute to several initiatives and get to know the ecosystem from different angles. Starting her startup career in a project similar to Pokemon Go, she soon realized that she’s passionate about supporting and developing young companies. After spending some years in research – focussing on entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer – she became the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, Austria’s leading network for angel investors with more than 200 members.
In addition to her current role at the AAIA, she is a co-founder of Female Founders, an initiative that supports entrepreneurial women and has an active seat in the advisory board of IdeenTriebwerk Graz. The passionate hobby photographer is particularly interested in projects with digital components and supports startups hands-on in their further development.

Oscar Farres

Head of Business Angel Investments @

European Investment Fund

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Oscar Farres is an Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund. He invests in and monitors Venture Capital funds across Europe with a focus on ICT. Prior to joining the EIF, Oscar Farres worked at Caixa Capital Risc and Debaeque where he invested in Internet and Software-as-a-Service start-ups. Further to his investment experience, Oscar co-founded Kineto Project, a technology start-up in the field of personal fitness devices. Oscar holds a business administration degree from IESE and MIT and an engineering degree from La Salle Engineering School.

Polina Frolova-Montano

Co-Founder and Head of Global PR and Brand Marketing @ JOB TODAY

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Polina Frolova Montano is a co-founder and Head of Global PR and Brand Marketing at JOB TODAY, Europe's leading mobile hiring app that helps businesses find staff in 24 hours.

Since launch in 2015, the company attracted over four hundred thousand businesses to the platform, processed over 100 million job applications, and brought on board world-class investors such as Accel, Mangrove, Felix, and Flint.

The talented team at JOB TODAY, headquartered in the beautiful City of Luxembourg, is making progress towards achieving its dream: build a place where 100 million people come every single day to make their lives better. If you'd like to join us on this mission, please get in touch: work@jobtoday.com.

Polina fits the description of a serial entrepreneur. Prior to co-founding JOB TODAY, Polina was active in Retail industry, she has 14+ years of international experience building and growing her own companies: from a fashion store to a chain of petrol stations.

As to her academical background, she holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Luxembourg and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from High Economical School of Amsterdam.
She fluently speaks Dutch, English, French, Russian ( her mother tongue), Spanish and Italian

Robert Glaesener

CEO @ Talkwalker

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Robert Glaesener joined Talkwalker as CEO in 2010 after launching and heading up online brokerage bank Internaxx, now part of TD bank. His leadership expertise is spearheading the growth of the company.

Talkwalker now holds a dominant position as a crawling and search technology company that allows customers worldwide to search, analyze and monitor online and social media.

Robert Glaesener holds a BA from HEC Management School in France and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, USA.

Maria Jesus Fernandez

Director of Finance & Investor Relations @ ICEX-Invest  - Spain

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María J. Fernández is Director of Finance & Investor Relations at ICEX-Invest in Spain, a position she took after having served as Trade Commissioner of Spain in Chicago for five years and Director General for International Financing at the Ministry of Economy and Finance for two years. During her extensive professional career, she has also held senior positions at the Bank of Spain, where she was Head of the International Relations Division and Head of the European Affairs Division; at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, where she represented Spain at the Executive Board as Senior Advisor and Alternate Executive Director respectively; and at the Defense of Competition Tribunal, where she was Head of the President’s Office and Deputy Director of the Studies Department.

Guy Geldhof

Partner @ Vesalius Biocapital

    Guy Geldhof has a Master’s degree in commercial engineering from the Free University of Brussels.

    He is a recognized business consultant and finance specialist. Guy started his career in 1991 with Arthur Andersen as member of the business advisory and audit team. He audited a large number of medium-sized and large companies. In 1995, he joined Andersen’s business consulting team in Houston and, later, in Brussels. As a consultant, he was a generalist who grew into the function of director of the Strategy, Finance and Economics Service Team. Throughout his career Guy has been very active in the healthcare industry where he gained broad experience.

    In 2000, he was a co-founder of Value4Growth, a specialized consulting and management firm to support technology and life science companies. He has been a venture coach for many young companies and has supported these in all aspects of company formation, product strategy and fund raising. He has acted as CFO, external as well as internal, for young and fast-growing companies backed by VC funds.

    Since 2007, Guy also holds the position of Secretary General of the BVA, the Belgian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

    Guy joined Vesalius Biocapital as CFO in 2009. In January 2011, once the second Vesalius Biocapital fund has been created, he became Partner.

    During his career Guy has worked in the US and in several Western European countries.

    Yao Huang

    Founder and Managing Partner @ The Hatchery

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    Yao is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Hatchery, an organization instrumental in developing the New York technology ecosystem. Hatchery’s big data incubator works with corporations to collaboratively develop new innovations and companies for competitive advantage and revenue streams leveraging machine learning, artificial intelligence, prediction, natural language processing. She has helped over 350 early stage companies through various phases of maturity with a focus on product, business, revenue, and funding. She leads up the enterprise incubator in New York building products with corporate partners -- from ideation, development, sales, funding to exit. She is advisor and deal maker to the governments of 10 countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia to assist foreign technology companies in their expansion to the U.S. market.

    She’s leading the charge for the future of learning utilizing latest virtual reality and artificial intelligence technologies that allows people to have human like interactions in scenarios to learn “in reality” how to handle situations. The companies are uniquely structured for modern social impact in product outcomes as well as the commitment of the companies to employees and communities.

    Yao was named by Forbes as one of eleven women at the center of New York’s digital scene, by Beta Beat as one of 25 Women Driving New York’s Tech Scene, and TechWeek’s 100 most influential people in tech. She is part of the U.S. State Department Global Entrepreneurship Program Delegations in bringing entrepreneurship and initiatives to strategic countries.

    Yao is a sought-after speaker in areas of building internet companies, technology, big data, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Yao and her efforts have been featured in Fortune, Inc Magazine, The Miami Herald, Reuters, Daily News, Red Herring, Crains, American Venture, and TED. She has a particular passion for helping entrepreneurs, women, and social causes with projects in place to build global communities, push more women into executive positions.

    Gabrielle Inzirillo

    Director @ Plug And Play Fintech

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    Gabrielle is an investor at Plug And Play and an expert in POC to production processes within financial institutions. She relocated from California to support Plug And Play Fintech’s expansion across Europe where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the Paris office in partnership with BNP Paribas. Her responsibilities include identifying high-priority fintech solutions, accelerating pilots and following their subsequent integration within banks and FIs. In parallel she provides VC funding to early-stage fintech and insurtech startups in the European space along with expertise in scaling and access to new markets. Prior to this she designed and executed the open innovation process at Citi FinTech launching high-impact programs to crowdsource fintech and regtech solutions and built financial products at Bloomberg.

    Lisa Ittner

     Managing Partner at LionAvis and Co-Founder and CEO of New Moto

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    Lisa Ittner is Managing Partner at LionAvis and Co-Founder and CEO of New Moto. Lisa is motived by her passion for entrepreneurship and deals as win win situation creating value on both sides. Keep On Moving and Never Giving Up reflects her approach and personality perfectly. With this mindset she was able to collect insights into growth and restructuring
    projects during her time at A.T. Kearney, LilO the M&A boutique and the startup crowd-o-moto and gained international experience within the CEMS business community in China, India, Tanzania and Russia. She was mainly engaged with growth strategies for startups and multinationals investing into new markets. Over the last years she focused on the automotive sector and disruptive business models through her work with various corporate members of the Federation of Austrian Industries, the Austrian Angel Investors Association and especially the startup crowd-o-moto. In addition she analysed innovative business models and investment opportunities for business angels and M&A clients. Lisa studied International Management and Entrepreneurship & Innovation at WU Vienna and ESADE in Barcelona.

    Marc Jacobs 

    Chairman of Molecular Plasma Group, Senior Associate Partner of Hofstede Insights​, Founder of Imajine Consulting​

     

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    Business angel and startup mentor, co-author of 'Negotiate like a local'.
    Marc holds a SLOAN MSc in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from KIH De Nayer in Belgium.
    He is senior partner of Hofstede Insights, a specialist consultancy helping organisations to manage the cultural aspects of their business. With their book ‘Negotiate like a Local’, 7 Mindsets to increase your success rate in International business, Marc and his colleague Jean-Pierre operationalised Hofstede’s 6D
    framework for international business.
    Marc is the co-founder of MDCI, a Luxembourg-based non-profit organisation providing intercultural training & tools to non-profit organisations active in the field of integration of migrants.
    Marc is a passionate entrepreneur. He invests in innovative positive impact companies, supports the Luxembourg start-up ecosystem and serves on several boards.
    He is chairman of Molecular Plasma Group, a Luxembourgish start-up that owns a disruptive key enabling technology with applications ranging from advanced composites to In-Vitro- Diagnostics.

    Candace Johnson

    President Emeritus EBAN

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    Candace Johnson is a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert and entrepreneur. She is co-initiator of SES/ASTRA and SES Global, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group. She is also founding President of Europe Online Investments S.A. and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe. Ms. Johnson is also founding President of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany and founding President of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN). Ms. Johnson is also President of Johnson Paradigm Ventures (JPV), partner in Sophia EuroLab. JPV is also a principal founding shareholder in London-based Ariadne Capital. She is currently a Member of the Board of SES, a publicly quoted company in France.
    Ms. Johnson has been decorated as Commander of the Luxembourg Order of Merit and Officer of the Couronne de la Chene as well as Officer of the Bundesverdienst Kreuz 1. Klasse (FRG).

    Peter Jungen

    President Emeritus EBAN

    Peter Jungen, Chairman of Peter Jungen Holding GmbH, is investor in numerous start-ups in Europe and in the US like Idealo GmbH, the leading German comparison shopping platform. He is Founding President of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND), Co-Founder and President (2001-2004) of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), a founding Board Member of the China Business Angels Network (CBAN), Beijing, and a member of the New York Angels. He is a partner in the early stage fund’s. (“Sinnovation Ventures”, Beijing). He is a member of the Advisory Council, Deutsche Bank AG, of the Board of the New York Philharmonic and of the International Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He is Honorary Chairman, “Center on Capitalism and Society”, Columbia University and Board Member of the Columbia Center for Global Economic Governance. He is a Member of the Board of the Friedrich von Hayek Institute, Vienna, respectively a member of the International Josef Schumpeter Society, of the Mont Pelerin Society and of the OECD Steering Group on SME and Entrepreneurship. He was Governing Board Member of the “Institute for New Economic Thinking” (INET) and a member of the Presidency of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

    „Wirtschaftswoche“ named Peter Jungen one of the 100 most important personalities who shape the future of the „New Economy“. In 1999 Peter Jungen was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz) by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. The European Business Angels Network, EBAN, has bestowed its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award on Peter Jungen, President Emeritus of EBAN for his decisive contribution to creating a Business Angel Culture in Europe.

    Martin Jerch

    Head of Department at Division of Finance & Investor Relations of ICEX Invest in Spain

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    Martin Jerch is Head of Department at the Division of Finance and Investor Relations at ICEX Invest in Spain Madrid, in charge of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as well as the Investors Network. Before, he worked as a Portfolio Manager for the Fund for Promotion of Development (FONPRODE), and as Policy Analyst and Advisor at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He is associated professor at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid and lecturer for International Relations at the Master of Economic Intelligence at the Autonomous University Madrid (UAM). He studied Political Science at Hamburg University and holds a Ph.D. on International Studies from UAM.

    Petra Joucken
    UBS Wealth Management, Director, UHNW Benelux

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    Petra Joucken is the Director for UHNW Benelux at UBS Wealth Management, a global firm providing financial services to private, corporate and institutional clients. Petra is also the Head of Third Party Distribution in Belgium and Luxembourg for UBS Asset Management.

    Yann Lagalaye

    Head of Energy Transition Capital, Principal Investments @ BNP Paribas

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    After graduating from an Executive MBA at ESCP Europe in 2010, Yann Lagalaye became the Head of the Engineering & Market Intelligence team and finally became Deputy Head of the Oil & Gas Europe team in 2012 with a focus to lead the business development activity of the European platform. Mid-2013, he became Managing Director in the E&C Capital department, a Principal Investment Private Equity group at BNP Paribas mainly geared towards Upstream Oil & Gas Investment. Since January 2016, he manages a venture investment line called Energy Transition Capital, part of Principal Investments at BNP PARIBAS. Their goal is to invest directly into promising start-ups active in the Energy Transition. A euro 100 million line will be dedicated to that global initiative.

    Brice Lecoustey

    EY Consulting Partner - Advisory, Digital, Innovation

    Brice is a Consulting Partner with EY Luxembourg and is in particular specialized in Advisory, Digital and Innovation solutions. He also leads EY Luxemboug Digitial Trasnformation initiative. Brice particulatly serves clients in the Technology, Telecommunications, Automotive, Metals&Mining and Consumer Product Industries.

     

    After graduating MBA at Boston College Carroll Graduate Business School in 1997, Brice joined Ernst & Young in 1999 (formerly Arthur Andersen) and is in charge of the Consulting department at EY Luxembourg for all Commercial, Industry and Private and Public Sector companies since 2012.

     

    Brice has four area of personal focus:

    - Supporting organizations in their Digital assessment, strategy and implementation especially with regards to Analytics, Data, Mining, Robotics and IoT, Blockchain solutions as well as developing Open Innovation strategies;

    - Advsing CFOs with regards to organizational finance function transformation and supporting Technologies;

    - Supporting organizations with internal audit cosourcing , governance assessment and definition (Risk Committee, set up of the internal audit and compliance function) and risk management activities;

    - Advising organizations with process and ERP strategies including new S4HANA ERP technologies.

     

    Brice is an active member of EY WEM Advisory market leadership since 2015 and of EY Global Telecom Center since 2005 as member of EY Global TMT Advisory council, and is especially in charge of our global Telecom Revenue Assurance , Risk Management and Security Solutions.

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    Sebastian Markowsky

    Director at GP Bullhound

    Sebastian is a Director at GP Bullhound. Before joining the firm, Sebastian advised numerous corporate clients, financial investors, HNWIs and entrepreneurs on Corporate Finance and M&A topics, where he gained particular expertise in the industrials, consumer, renewables and technology sector.

     

    Sebastian holds a Diploma with majors in Finance and Real Estate Economics from European Business School (EBS) in Oestrich-Winkel and started his career in the M&A Department of Deutsche Bank’s Corporate and Investment Bank in 2006.

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    Olivier Lemaire

    Partner, WEM Assurance Leader, EY

    Olivier Lemaire started at Andersen Luxembourg in 1993 - Andersen Luxembourg merged with Ernst & Young in 2002.

    Olivier is an audit and advisory partner and is certified accountant in Luxembourg and is a member of the IRE and the CSSF. He has been the People Leader of EY Luxembourg from 2011 to 2016 and is the Assurance Leader of EY Luxembourg Practice with over 24 years of audit experience.

     

    Olivier is part of EY Luxembourg management team as Service Line Leader for Assurance and member of the Board of Fedil ICT. He has been leader of our Technology, Media and Telecom practice from 2004 to 2017.

    Since 2017, Olivier is Partner, WEM Assurance Leader, EY.

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    Pierre-Alain Masson

    Co-Founder @ Seedstars

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    Pierre-Alain Masson is a born entrepreneur, co-founding his first startup at age 20. He is the co-founder of the famous startup Seedstars and a speaker at the Seedstars World @ Lift. Through his previous positions from M&A to CFO of an international insurance company, he gained valuable experiences of entrepreneurship.

    Rajaa Mekouar-Schneider

    Direct Investments @ Kharis Capital

    Chairwoman @ LPEA

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    Rajaa is a PE investor with 20 years of experience across Europe and Emerging Markets, with a focus on entrepreneurial situations. She is the head of syndicate at Kharis Capital, a direct investment firm with €600m AUM backed by Family Offices and dedicated to mid cap consumer companies. She spent most of her career in London before moving to Luxembourg at the end of 2015, and has most recently been elected Chairwoman of the LPEA. She is a graduate of HEC in France and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD

    Corinne Molitor

    Director at Innpact

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    Corinne has a 20 years'experience in the Luxembourg financial center. She is a Director of INNPACT, a private company whose mission is to foster sustainable impact finance initiatives by providing innovative advisory, consulting and management support services. Corinne advises fund initiators and managers in establishing their impact investment vehicles. She chaired the European Impact Investment Luxembourg initiative (EIIL), which was the sponsor of the 2010 EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy
    Association) Conference in Luxembourg.
    Furthermore, Corinne is a financial advisor to Gree Energy, developing biogas-to-elecricity projects in Indonesia. Corinne also sits on the board of ADA, an NGO specialized in microfinance and inclusive finance. Corinne holds a Certificate in corporate governance from INSEAD Singapore, as well as a Master in Economics and Business studies and a Bachelor in Law.

    Hedda Pahlson-Moller

    Chair of EBAN Impact

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    Hedda Pahlson-Moller is a full-time Business Angel focused on impact investing at the seed capital stage through OMSINT (Omnisource International). She sits on the boards of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), the Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN) and Chameleon Invest, a venture capital fund. Ms. Pahlson-Moller is adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business for Executive MBAs. She is currently active in building a co-working space and community for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs called ‘the Impactory’, based in Luxembourg. Hedda has an MBA from Copenhagen Business School, an M.A. in Political Economics from Lund University and an undergraduate degree from Brown University. She is also currently enrolled at Nyenrode University’s executive PhD programme.

    Hélène Mouly

    Startup Acceleration Director @ StationFedda

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    Passionate about digital transformation and international e-business topics for more than 15 years, Hélène is in charge of the global Plug and Play Partnership and the acceleration program with startups which takes place in Paris in Station F.

    Yuri Navarro
    CEO & Executive Director at NACO

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    In his role as CEO & Executive Director, Yuri brings his unique mixture of public and private sector experience to help expand NACO’s role as the leading organization representing Canadian Angel investors with industry and government. At NACO, Yuri oversees the entire organization’s strategic and operational objectives.
    Since 2012, Yuri has presided over the renewal and growth of Canada’s National Angel Capital Organization with a mission to support the growth and professionalization of Canada’s Angel asset-class through valuable connections, resources, best practices, and research.
    Yuri has also supported the development of Canadian small businesses through his work in the Ontario Government, where he served as a Policy Advisor, then Chief of Staff, to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and as a Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.
    A graduate of Ryerson University’s Commerce program and George Brown College’s Financial Planning program, Yuri holds a number of designations with the Canadian Securities Institute.

    Dava J. Newman

    Apollo Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics

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    Former Deputy Administrator of NASA and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the MIT, Dava is most notable for assisting NASA in developing new space activity suits, namely the Bio-Suit, which provide pressure mechanically, rather than with pressurized gas, and are designed to help astronauts move around more easily. She explores the mechanics and energetic requirements of human performance across the continuum of gravity, from microgravity to lunar and Martian gravity levels.

    Dara Nikolova

    Angel Invenstor & Business Innovation @ SES

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    Early stage investor in technology and social impact start-ups. Mentor to entrepreneurs on fundraising, corporate finance, and business development. Currently managing innovation projects at SES and scouting for exciting ideas to turn into future business lines. Built my knowledge and experience in investment banking, private equity, and financial controlling.

    Michael O’Connor
    CEO of CorkBIC

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    Michael O’Connor is CEO of CorkBIC, specialising in high technology or innovative investment projects usually involving international growth. Started in marine and arctic exploration before moving to high growth manufacturing and sales start-ups, like Raychem Corporation out of
    Menlo Park, CA. Co-founded Intepro Systems out of Limerick, a venture capital backed IT start-up globalising from Ireland. Responsible for strategy and sales and marketing in the European start-up and led the US market entry building a team based out of Boston & San Diego with
    several rounds of international venture capital before a successful trade exit. Since returning from the USA he has created many new initiatives from Ireland and has advised over 300 start-ups.
    Michael and his team at CorkBIC have an enviable track record of selecting and guiding successful start-ups over many years that have achieved successful exits.
    He graduated from Cambridge University in Engineering and the London Business School and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with an MBA specialising in strategy and international finance. Chartered Engineer London Created and runs a regional HBAN business angel network that has completed 80 deals investing over €40m in primarily start-ups. Co-founded and also runs world class accelerators.
    Board member of several private and public companies over 30 years including EBAN and Co-Chairs the EBAN E-Xcelerator linking accelerators with angel funds.  Interests include governance and building effective Boards.  International judge and umpire in the sailing world
    for major events.

    Peter Platzer

    CEO @ Spire

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    Peter is a visionary Physicist turned business creator and leader who has lived, worked, created and grown business in 3 continents. Graduated from Harvard Business School, Peter is an expert in nano-satellites, space technology and space commercialization.

    Since 2012, Perter is CEO at Spire, a satellite-powered data company that tackles the world’s most unpredictable business challenges with truly global data solutions.

    Reijo Pold

    Business Development Director of BGTA

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    Mr. Reijo Pold has over 13 years of experience in the start-up and investment arena and he is now the Director of Business Development at BGTA, the London based, Chinese corporate backed accelerator.

    Previously he consulted the launch of Virgin Startup’s acceleration programme - PlatformX. Reijo was also a Partner at a China focused VC, and Head of Open Future_UK at Wayra UK. As a hobby, he runs a professional corporate innovation community.

    Remo Oswald
    Head Business Development Switzerland

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    Remo joined BlueOrchard from Swiss & Global Asset Management in Zurich, where he was Director Sales & Distribution in charge of key clients. Prior to this, Remo held senior positions with BZ Fund Management, Horizon21, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie and BNP Paribas Private Bank Switzerland, where he contributed significantly to business development in both Switzerland and Europe. His extensive experience with both institutional investors and UHNWI spans more than two decades and includes senior roles in equity brokerage as well as the incorporation, management and successful sale of an asset management company.
    Remo holds a degree in business and economics from the Zurich Graduate School of Business Administration and has continuously pursued executive education throughout his career.

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    Peter Platzer

    CEO @ Spire

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    Peter is a visionary Physicist turned business creator and leader who has lived, worked, created and grown business in 3 continents. Graduated from Harvard Business School, Peter is an expert in nano-satellites, space technology and space commercialization.

    Since 2012, Peter is CEO at Spire, a satellite-powered data company that tackles the world’s most unpredictable business challenges with truly global data solutions.

    Stephan Peters

    Board Member for EBAN Impact and LBAN

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    Stephan helps corporations and SMEs handle transformational change and implement high-growth strategies through his investment and advisory firm, SANZARU Group.

    As lead investor at SANZARU Group, Stephan partners with early-stage ventures focusing on social and environmental impact that focus on promoting diversity and inclusion and on stimulating sustainable production and consumption.

    Stephan is an impact catalyst at TIIME, an impact advisory and advocacy company that seeks to increase awareness and access to sustainable opportunities, to support impact initiatives, to connect like-minded individuals and organizations into the impact community and empower solution-driven actors with relevant knowledge and tools.

    Stephan is a board member of the EBAN Impact Investing Committee as well as a board member of the Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN), seeking to develop and grow the European early-stage investor ecosystem through training, advocacy, and investor support.

    Stephan is a frequent speaker, panel and jury member at conferences and events across Europe.

    Stephan has extensive blue-chip experience in the Technology, Communication, Financial Services, and Food & Beverage sectors across Europe and the Emerging Markets with a background in private equity, corporate finance and management consulting.

    Stephan holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

    Anna Radulovski

    Founder & CEO at Coding Girls, Co-Director at Founder Institute Luxembourg

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    Being featured by Bloomberg TV, DW and a frequent speaker at tech events like WeAreDevelopers World Congress and WEBIT Europe enables Anna to raise the necessary awareness and to put her mission into action by connecting people from business, government and education.
    Her educational background includes a Master in Philology. Her focus on Technical Education and her passion for tech and education inspired her to start Coding Girls. From the first workshop of 16 girls to 1000+ members in several months, Coding Girls is constantly growing globally with new communities, increasing the number of girls and women in tech.
    Anna is also a Co-Director at the Silicon Valley-based pre-seed accelerator, Founder Institute Luxembourg. With a mission to enable talented and motivated individuals to build impactful companies that change the world.