THE SPeakers PANEL
Founder, Empowered For Future
Alena Hielema graduated with honors from Sociology and Human Resources Management. Experienced and certified personal leadership coach, personal development trainer, mentor and speaker. Specializes in the following topics: personal leadership, women empowerment, personal development – building self-confidence, motivation, assertive communication, changing limiting beliefs and habits, and success mindset. Founder of coaching and training company in the Netherlands – Empowered For Future. A member of the International Coaching Federation, prestigious and the world’s largest community of professional coaches. Passionate about the ‘Playing BIG’ concept, stating for aiming high while using your full potential, with integrity, and according to your values.
She is an active mentor in the Polaris Network, an organization for professionals connecting women who strive for continuous professional and personal development and aim for Diversity & Inclusion. She is a finalist of the Freelancer of the Year in 2019 in NL. She has been living for 14 years in the Netherlands and running her own business for nearly four years. Privately, a happy mother and wife. She is passionate about Latin dance, figure skating, hiking, good reading, and enjoys spending valuable time with friends.
Marguerite de Tavernost
Marguerite de Tavernost is an investor at e.ventures, a global VC fund with more than $1bn under management. e.ventures‘ portfolio companies include Sonos, Farfetch, TheRealReal, Bird, Groupon, and Segment. Marguerite leads e.ventures‘ efforts in France, focusing on early stage companies and with a particular interest in consumer deals.
Before moving to VC, Marguerite worked at Founders Intelligence where she advised some of the most renown CEOs and CDOs on their digital transformation strategies (e.g. Lubomila Rochet at L’Oreal, Tim Mayopoulos at Fannie Mae). She also gained operational experience launching and managing Side‘s operations in the UK. Side is the leading flexible freelancer marketplace in France and raised from Xavier Niel’s personal fund.
Marguerite graduated with a BA in European Studies from King’s College London and a MSc in International Management from The London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
Senior Manager in Analytics and Digital Integration, Vodafone
As a Senior Manager in Analytics and Digital Integration, Nahia Orduna leads a team which empowers data strategy across Vodafone Business Commercial & Operations by accelerating quality decision-making based on facts and insights. She is a Telecommunication Engineer holding MBA.
She believes that we will all live in a better society if we all use our talents and skills. That is why she likes to mentor and coach people into getting more data and digital skills. She is also leading as EMEA Program Manager Women in Big Data, an industry-driven global organisation which wants to encourage diversity in the Big Data field. She participates in conferences and events worldwide where she talks around cognitive diversity, AI, digital transformation and the power of data. You can read her thoughts on the need of a diverse workforce in AI-driven companies in this article for the World Economic Forum agenda.
She will be talking around the social impacts of new technologies, highlighting the new opportunities in the tech revolution.
Data Scientist, Lufthansa Industry Solutions
Theresa Tran is a Data Scientist at Lufthansa Industry Solutions. She enjoys transforming meaningless data into meaningful insights that make work processes more efficient – and our lives easier. While interning at T-Systems, she experienced first-hand that the best machine learning model is pointless if the user does not trust it. Theresa believes that trust arises from understanding. She therefore used her master’s thesis to investigate different approaches to make machine learning models more interpretable. For her work she was awarded with the Women’s STEM Award 2019 and the Datenlotsen Award 2019.
Head of Innovation Germany, Cisco
Alexandra Hils is Head of Innovation Germany at Cisco. She is responsible for the strategic direction of openBerlin’s innovation activities. She has worked in the IT industry for 17 years, including Intel and Oracle. Alex studied Business Administration at the Technical University of Berlin.
CO-Founder and CTO, Webdata Solutions
Dr. Hanna Köpcke is co-founder and CTO of Webdata Solutions. She is a renowned expert in the field of product data matching based on learning algorithms. For this reason, Hanna has been appointed, together with other innovative leaders from research labs and companies, as a member of the steering circle of the German Government – „Platform Learning Systems“. The goal of the circle is to establish future technologies and to strengthen the German economy by supporting and accelerating the process of digitization. Furthermore, Dr. Köpcke is networking with other data mining and big data researchers worldwide. She is well connected with our research partners DFKI and the Competence Center for Scalable Data Services and Solutions at Leipzig University. Additionally, she is a member of the German Computer Science Society.
Naseem Quraishi Larsson
CEO of Digital Story Masters
Naseem Quraishi Larsson, CEO of Digital Story Masters has a vast experience as a Management Consultant in the Corporate world, working with the worlds largest leading brands such as IBM and Astra Zeneca in their transformation. She also worked in management roles in IBM during a period of large global transformation and was part of top strategic global leadership teams. She shares her experience in a book about Global leadership, and is a sought after inspirational speaker. She believes that with a creative and ambitious mindset you can do anything you want and have a big impact in society.
She is passionate about storytelling and all the artistic methods that tell the story, including music, visuals, rhetorics and creative writing so that people can feel and understand the message.
Managing AI Consultant & Manager, IBM
Head of IT, Siemens Solutions
Joanne Thurlow is currently Head of IT for Siemens Solutions, a Siemens portfolio company. Her current role’s scope on end-to-end service delivery to 6500 employees in 42 countries and across seven vertical markets. Focus is on IT service delivery, enabling a global engineering environment for large scale projects while orchestrating internal IT digital transformation.
Working with global teams, Joanne understands the key to success is the empowerment of each team member. Her ability to recognize and develop an individual’s highest potential value has ensured continuous success over the years – for them, and for the business. Joanne recognizes that all are ‘Possibility in Progress’.
CIO Advisor, Staples Solutions
Head of Product and UX, EU Fashion Technology
Maria is a senior leader with 13+ years of experience in product, technology, UX design, and people management. She currently holds a role as Head of Product and UX in EU Fashion Technology for an online multinational retailer. Prior to this role, she was a Product Owner for Adidas, responsible for change management and new systems implementation in EU and Russia.
Maria has a PhD in Organizational Management from York University and an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics.
Managing Director, OPITZ CONSULTING