SPEAKERS

Anna Derinova-Hartmann
Charter Tech Domain Lead
FlixBus

Biography

Anna is currently leading FlixBus Charter Tech business.

She holds multiple masters degrees from SSU and CEU with subjects such as Linguistics, International Relations and Political Studies, and European Studies. She is passionate about people and trying to stand up against social inequality. In her teams, she promotes a culture of tolerance, understanding, and direct communication, while in her free time she is volunteering to mentor refugees, contribute to #techforgood and social business agenda. 

Currently, she is mentoring and coaching several startups and experts, matching them with potential partners, contributing to business and social impact agenda (WirvsVirus, EUvsVirus, GlobalHack etc).

Anna Jakielaszek
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
SeeBeMean

Biography

Anna is a founder of See Be Mean- a D&I consultancy built on the experience of developing inclusive managers and workplaces. Her background includes a decade of working in HR for various organisations, including well known and respected UK tech brands.

With a Master in Sociology, she uses her analytical and observation skills to help others gain new perspectives and transform them into change practices. Anna brings additional insight with her own personal experience of being a woman in tech, a mother, a Polish immigrant in the UK, and someone with a quite recent ADHD diagnosis.

Anne Graefer
Founder, Trainer & Consultant
GenderIQ

Biography

Anne Graefer, Ph.D. is the founder of GenderIQ a consultancy for gender & diversity in Munich, Germany. GenderIQ offers in-person and online training for organizations that aim to create a more inclusive workplace culture. Previously, she taught media and communications for over ten years at several universities in the UK. Her research focuses on the affective quality of digital cultures and the media. Anne is author of two books and several articles on the subject, which have been published in esteemed academic journals.

Barjis Chohan
Director
The Barjis Initiative

Biography

Barjis Chohan is the head of Barjis; a multi-cultural Fashion & lifestyle brand. Barjis has been in business for 20 years and is a Professional speaker and Social entrepreneur.

In 2018, Barjis launched her social enterprise; The Barjis Initiative. TBI’s mission is to empower marginalised communities in the UK, starting from grassroot levels with creativity and leadership workshops.

While working in Fashion, Barjis discovered the lack of diversity in the industry. She hopes through TBI, she can open up opportunities for underrepresented communities including tackling issues of race, ageism and elitism at senior leadership positions.

Charly Sturm
Manager of Digital Transformation
DIPLAN

Biography

Caroline (Charly) Sturm is a forward-thinking economist and digital strategist working in the field of digital business models and information communication technologies. She has previously worked as an IT consultant and academic, researching the phenomena of changing decision-making within disruptive business concepts like blockchain and the sharing economy.

Today, she helps to transform the construction and real estate industry by shaping its digital transformation from planning to production. This includes the latest technology like automated planning algorithms, machine learning, or virtual and augmented reality, up to processes and tools for BIM, prefabrication, and supply chain management. 

Henriette Jareklew
Digital Leader & Digital Expert
LKF

Biography

Henriette is Digital Leader and Head of Innovation at the real estate company LKF in Lund, Sweden. She has over 20 years of experience in digitalization, digital transformation and innovation.

Henriette has previously worked as a digital expert and CIO/CDO both in the private business and the public sector. She is also an appreciated lecturer and has written articles in industry magazines. She is very good at inspiring people to understand and join the digital journey!

Focus areas: digital tools and digital services, business development, change management, digital transformation and innovation. Deep knowledge in smart homes, smart city, urban development, IoT and AI.

Mercedes Pantoja
Head of Technology & Architecture – Digital
LATAM Airlines

Biography

Mercedes is the Head of Technology and Architecture in LATAM Digital, with more than 20 years experience in the digital transformation of companies. Global expert as a consultant, EA, technology strategist, and leader in the development of sustainable digital products to achieve the simplification and digitization of business processes. Proven value in restructuring organizations to achieve transformation goals with a positive impact in the customer journey experience.

Momo Bertrand
Digital Media Officer
United Nations

Biography

Momo is currently a Digital Media Officer at ITCILO, a United Nations (UN) agency in Italy, where he creates innovative online communication strategies to support UN initiatives around the world. 

Before joining the UN, he worked in digital marketing in Africa and North America, and obtained MA in Social Innovation from USD California. He has given three valedictorian speeches, written a novel on peace and a poetry book. He was born and raised in Cameroon, Central Africa, and currently lives in Turin, Italy.

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan
Author
Fast Asleep Wide Awake

Biography

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan has worked as a professional physiologist and sleep therapist for 25 years. She worked for a decade conducting sleep and wellness programmes at Nightingale Hospital in London, coaches on burnout prevention at Ashridge Business School and is the original founder of BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions. Nerina works with individuals as well as numerous corporate clients from various industries including sport. 

Nerina is author of Tired But Wired (Souvenir Press, 2010), Fast Asleep, Wide Awake (Thorsons, 2016), and The Little Book of Sleep: The Art of Natural Sleep (Gaia, 2018).

 

Navo Wickramanayake
Co-Founder & Director
The Better Tomorrow Movement

Biography

Currently working as a Technology Consulting in the Netherlands after the completion of her Msc. in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University, Navo is interested in youth empowerment and representation for women in tech. She is the Co-Founder of the Better Tomorrow Movement, an award-winning social startup that has trained over 400 young people from 50+ countries.

She is also a Queen’s Young Leaders award runner-up, one of T500’s top 500 young people in the digital space in 2019, and is an alumnus of the prestigious Leading Change bespoke leadership program by the University of Cambridge.

 

Rikia Birindellia-Fayne
Director, Corporate Engagement, EMEA
Catalyst Inc.

Biography

As a Director in Catalyst’s Europe office, Rikia Birindelli-Fayne works with leading global organisations to create more diverse, inclusive, and flexible workplaces. Furthermore, she is a member of the Catalyst Awards Evaluation Committee and frequent facilitator and speaker on a range of topics including mentoring and sponsorship, emotional tax, unconscious bias, and inclusive leadership.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Rikia spent six years of her career working in the UK education sector carrying out projects related to additional educational needs and disabilities, community identity, and diversity and inclusion, giving her great insight on how organizations can practically build an inclusive culture.

Sarah Burnett
Founding Partner, Head of Technology Immersion & Insights
Emergence Partners Ltd

Biography

Sarah Burnett is founding Partner, Head of Technology Immersion and Market Insights at Emergence Partners. She is a renowned industry analyst who advises enterprise clients on automation technologies, sourcing, competitive strategies and market trends. She also helps technology companies successfully formulate their product innovation and go to market strategies for growth.

Sarah is a strong advocate for women and diversity and serves as Chair of BCS Women, the women’s group of the British Chartered Institute for IT, and founder of AI Accelerator, a programme of free AI events, seminars and webcasts by experts, to inform and educate participants.

Stephanie Fischer
Founder, Managing Director
datanizing GmbH

Biography

Originally, Stephanie Fischer comes from management consulting with a focus on organizational development. For 8 years she has been developing artificial intelligence for business applications. She founded an AI startup specialized in text analytics and helps companies enlarge their portfolio with digital AI services. Stephanie is a member of the Learning Systems Initiative, initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and has a seat on the Program Committee of the Bitkom AI Summit. For 6 years Stephanie has been publishing regularly on AI.

Trisha de Borchgrave
Senior Associate
Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy

Biography

Trisha de Borchgrave is a freelance writer based in London. She writes on current affairs and culture and her work has been widely published by online and print publications, including HuffPost, Chatham House’s “The World Today”, Vogue UK, Tortoise Media, Arab News, ABS Spain, The World Weekly and The Big Smoke Australia. She is a senior associate at Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy and regularly chairs panel discussions on philanthropy, entrepreneurship, the development and humanitarian sectors, digital, gender and art. 

Virginia Palm
StartUp Mentor

Biography

Virginia is an experienced Venture Builder and Startup Mentor, based in Berlin. The last two years, she was a Venture Partner building IoT-solutions for Industry 4.0. with a focus on energy. As a startup mentor, she supports young founders through her network and own experience as operations in several startups, an analyst at a Venture Capital firm, and consulting global companies on digital transformation after she founded her startup at the age of 16. Before diving into the tech-world, Virginia studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Stockholm with a focus on diplomacy and international relations.