Review 2017


The speaker board consisted of visionaries, economists, financial experts, well-known politicians and other impressing personalities from different areas.

Speaker Board 2017

Nicklas BergmanFuturist

Nicklas Bergman has spent the last 20 years working as a serial entrepreneur and investor focusing on emerging markets and technologies. With vast experience from navigating through turbulent and uncertain technology environments, he is a perfect guide when trying to understand what the future will bring. He is the co-founder and largest investor in several companies including the Volvo trucks and buses distribution network in Romania, an electron microscopy company and a Scandinavian ski resort development. His book “Surviving the Tech Storm” tackles the strategic implications of disruptive technologies and is becoming increasingly relevant as technology gets more and more integrated into corporate strategy and decision making.
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José Luis Cordeiro is a Venezuelan futurist and a world citizen. Born in Latin America as a child of European parents, he was educated in Europe and North America and has studied and worked extensively in over 130 countries around the world. José is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, director of the Millennium Project, founding faculty at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, and adjunct professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Russia. He combines his experiences in economics and engineering to promote a better world with more freedom and technology, focusing now on extending healthy lifespans. Latin America’s most important futurist deals with the role of human beings in a world of transhumanism and posthumanism.
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Nigel FarageBritish Politician

Nigel Farage is a British politician, founder of the Eurosceptic UKIP party and is considered as the face of the Brexit campaign which led to Great Britain leaving the European Union. Since 1999 Farage is a member of the European Parliament, presently as Chair of the “Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group”. After graduating from school, Farage traded commodities at the London Metal Exchange and later worked for several banks and investment groups, before he became one of the co-founders of UK Independence Party (UKIP) in 1993. From 2006 to 2009 and again from 2010 to 2016 he was UKIP chairman. He is regularly on air as a commentator and political analyst for the US-American TV channel FOX News and hosts a week nightly talk show on LBC Radio.
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Neil HarbissonAvant-Garde Artist and Cyborg Activist

The artist Neil Harbisson is the world’s first legally recognised cyborg. He was born colour-blind – but thanks to an antenna implanted into his skull, the colour becomes audible for him. For Neil Harbisson the world is a symphony of colour and sound. By now he can distinguish 350 different shades and he uses the expansion of his senses for various art projects. With his Cyborg Foundation, founded in 2010, Neil Harbisson protects the rights of cyborgs, promotes cyborgism as an art movement and supports people, who want to become cyborgs.
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Alon Hillel-TuchCo-Founder of RocketHub

Alon is the Managing Partner of Stacked Capital, and co-founder of RocketHub (acquired in 2015). Founding member of the Forbes Technology Council, board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association, and strategic advisor to Zombie Soup (Artificial Intelligence & VR Lab). Alon has twice testified before U.S. Congress on equity crowdfunding and innovation, authored three whitepapers, and led FINRA's Capital Markets Series on the JOBS Act. At RocketHub, he hosted the White House, and was named a U.S Department of State 2015 top 12 global partner. Alon earned his M.Sc in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and was a research fellow of the Earth Institute's Advanced Consortium of Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity; specializing in genocide prevention and social network theory.
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Andrew KeenInternet Entrepreneur

Andrew Keen is the author of internationally acclaimed books like “The Internet is not the Answer” and “The Cult of the Amateur”. He is one of the most renowned analysts of the digital revolution and one of the most influential critics of the internet. Andrew Keen studied history in London and Sarajevo. At the University of California he earned a masters’ degree in political science. He taught at several US universities, is founder of a successful Silicon Valley internet company and author of a weblog and numerous articles in newspapers like The New York Times or The Guardian. In his thought-provoking keynotes he examines the internet myths and the faith in digital progress. On the basis of profound analysis he encourages a change of perspective and a new way of thinking.
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Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD)Economist

Mariana Mazzucato is one of the today’s most interesting economists. She is Professor in Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she will establish and direct the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose from 2017 on. Prior to that, she was RM Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation at the University of Sussex. Her book „The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths” received numerous awards and is one of the Financial Times’ “Books of the Year 2013”. The expert on innovation has advised policy makers around the world and is a member of various commissions and advisory bodies as for example the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors as well as the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils.
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Professor Donald R. SadowayProfessor of Materials Chemistry at MIT

Donald Sadoway is the expert on alternate power sources and batteries. He has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012 by Time Magazine. The professor of material chemistry is a real crowd-puller at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his educational and yet entertaining lectures. With his team, he developed a liquid metal battery to store the wind and solar energy and therefore is the key to success for renewable energies. In his impressive speeches, Donald Sadoway describes his search for the energy of the future and the strides he made so far. He was one of the speakers of re.comm 2013 – four years later he gives us an update on his research.
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Hans-Werner SinnGerman Economist

Hans-Werner Sinn is former President of the Ifo Institute, Director of the Center for Economic Studies (CES) and Executive Director of CESifo GmbH. He was appointed Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1984 and professor emeritus in April 2016. Under the directorship of Hans-Werner Sinn from 1999 to 2016, ifo Institute quickly established itself as the most prominent of the six major German economic research institutes. Sinn has also gained international recognition as a result of numerous periods of research and guest professorships. In 1989 he was made an honorary professor of the University of Vienna and has been a permanent visiting professor at the University of Luzern since 2016. Since 1989 he has also been a member of the Scientific Council of Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
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Jimmy WalesFounder Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales is futurist, founder of Wikipedia, and in 2006 one of the TIME Magazine’s “100 most influential people”. The origins of Wikipedia began when Jimmy Wales started Nupedia (“the free encyclopedia”) in March 2000. Today Wikipedia is the world’s largest encyclopaedia. In 2003 Jimmy Wales founded the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit charitable organisation, dedicated to encouraging the development and distribution of free, multilingual content. He is also co-founder of the for-profit company Wikia Inc. With TPO Jimmy Wales launched a mobile network that donates 10% of the monthly bill to a charity of the consumer’s choice and with his latest project Wikitribune, an ad-free global news platform, he plans to revolutionise the world as he did with Wikipedia.
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Harald WelzerGerman Sociologist

Harald Welzer is social psychologist and sociologist, Professor for Transformation-design at the University of Flensburg, as well as Executive Director of the foundation FuturZwei. He allso is co-founder and chairman of the initiative “Offene Gesellschaft” (“Open Society”), which stands up for the political community as framed by the constitution. Harald Welzer is one of the most distinctive German critics of growth and one of the most consequent thought leaders of our times regarding the right way into a desirable future. Being a growth critic, he says that we have an inescapable responsibility to develop another way of living. He is the author of numerous best-selling books, among them “Climate Wars: What People Will be Killed for in the 21st Century” which was also published in English.
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