Just a few of our great speakers...

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman

Board Director, Global Entrepreneurship Network
Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, film producer, and a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album in 2015. He has been the founder of multiple startups, has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has...
Urs Meier

Urs Meier

Former FIFA-Referee and Consultant for FIFA and UEFA/ Motivational Speaker
Urs Meier started his career as a football referee in 1977, after having accepted that his talent as a football player is limited and not sufficient for a top player. At that time, already, his target was to be one of the top referees being nominated for the FIFA World Cup 1998. 1994 the decisive...
Gina Smith

Gina Smith

New York Times bestselling author of Apple founder Steve Wozniak's biography
Gina Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of Apple founder Steve Wozniak’s biography, iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It. A former national TV correspondent and nationally syndicated talk radio host, she is an award winning tech journalist and editorial director of aNewDomain Media, which produces independent journalistic...
Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell

Founder and Managing Partner of GP Bullhound
Hugh Campbell is a Founder and Managing Partner of GP Bullhound. Hugh has 15 years’ experience advising and investing in Europe’s category leaders in the technology sector. He has closed deals with King.com, Avito, Mobica and Zuto as well as selling businesses to Real Networks, Tesco, Disney, Accenture, Inflexion, CSC and Experian. He started his...
Bradley Mead

Bradley Mead

Global Head of Managed Services & Network Design & Optimization at Ericsson
As Head of Network Managed Services and Design & Optimization, Bradley Mead leads the entire Ericsson organization in the business where customers entrust Ericsson to run the day-to-day business of their network operations as well as work in partnership for mutual growth. Bradley Mead has an international track record of delivering as well as growing...
José Martín Cabiedes

José Martín Cabiedes

Angel Investor | Partner at Cabiedes & Partners SCR
José is Industrial Engineer, specializing in Industrial Organisation. He holds a degree from Comillas Pontifical University (ICAI) and an MBA from IESE (1996). In 1994 he began his professional career in the financial sector (Banco Santander, AV BBVA & Partners, BBVA and BBVA Asset Management). In 2009 he definitively joined the portfolio management team at...
Javier Placer

Javier Placer

CEO of Telefónica Open Future
Javier Placer is the CEO of Telefónica Open Future, the Open Innovation platform of Telefónica that gathers all the initiatives around open innovation within the Company (talent detection tools, acceleration and scale-up programmes and venture capital funds). He joined Telefónica SA in 2011, after managing his own M&A (Optim&a Corporate) and asset management companies. Javier...
Elissa Freiha

Elissa Freiha

Founder of WOMENA
Elissa Freiha is an angel investor and founder of WOMENA, a Dubai-based angel investment platform. WOMENA empowers and educates women to invest in MENA tech startups by managing the investment process from deal sourcing through to portfolio monitoring. Elissa has previously worked in marketing, sales, and events in entertainment and media. She received her Bachelor of Arts...
Diego Pavía

Diego Pavía

Chief Executive Officer of InnoEnergy
Diego Pavía graduated as electrical engineer, specialising in electronics and automation from the Polytechnical University of Madrid. His first professional experience, in 1988, was as co-founder and CEO of a start-up, Knowledge Engineering, dealing with industrial controls systems using artificial intelligence and neural networks. Three years later he joined Sema Group, and started a long...
Alexander Stoeckel

Alexander Stoeckel

Partner and Board Member at btov
Alexander Stoeckel is a Partner and Board Member at btov. He had joined the firm in 2007. Alexander has studied international business administration at the European Business School (ebs) in Oestrich-Winkel and Paris, and at the International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund and San Diego. He holds an MBA from the University of Oxford....
Steven C. Tiell

Steven C. Tiell

R&D Sr. Principal of Accenture
Steven is R&D Sr. Principal at Accenture, responsible for the firm’s Technology Vision. The Technology Vision is Accenture’s premier thought leadership and is used to direct R&D investments and guide growth strategies for Accenture and its clients. He’s also established the firm’s positions on data ethics and digital trust. As a strategy and innovation executive,...
Bruno Fernández Scrimieri

Bruno Fernández Scrimieri

CEO of ENISA
Bruno Fernández Scrimieri has a degree in economics and business from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He is member of the State Body of Trade Specialists and Economists. He has completed studies in the London School of Economics and the Real Colegio Complutense of the University of Harvard. Since he joined the Public Administration, he...
Ari Korhonen

Ari Korhonen

Angel Investor and Founder of Lagoon Capital
Ari is an angel investor and entrepreneur. He is the the founder of Lagoon Capital investment company. Ari has been a successful technology entrepreneur 20 years and a business angel for over 10 years. He developed his company Komartek into an international success story. Komartek was bought in 2004 by WM-data (presently CGI). His position...
Anthony Clarke

Anthony Clarke

CEO of Angel Capital Group | Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Seraphim Capital and Seraphim Space Fund | President Emeritus of EBAN
Anthony R. Clarke is professionally a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Legal Secretary and is a Managing Partner of the £30m  Seraphim Capital Fund and the £80m Seraphim Space Fund. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Angel Capital Group which includes London Business Angels (LBA) where he has been involved in the network for...
Charles L. Sidman

Charles L. Sidman

Angel Investor and Managing Partner of ECS Capital Partners
Charles L. Sidman, MBA, PhD, is an angel investor and managing partner of ECS Capital Partners, LLC, an innovative early-stage venture fund based in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA, but operating globally.  He is a founding member of the American Angel Capital Association, past president of the Crowdfunding Professional Association, and a frequent advocate for, contributor...
Peter Jungen

Peter Jungen

Chairman of Peter Jungen Holding GmbH
Peter Jungen, Chairman of Peter Jungen Holding GmbH, is co-founder resp. 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) resp. Co-Founder and President (2001-2004) of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), a founding Board...
Hedda Pahlson-Moller

Hedda Pahlson-Moller

EBAN Impact Chair
Hedda sits on the boards of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN) running EBAN Impact, the Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN), Rising Tide Europe(women’s angel fund) and Chameleon Invest, also an early-stage co-investment fund. She co-founded the  EquiLibre Think Tank for Gender Complementarity and is on the advisory for the Vodafone F-Lane Accelerator for Women Empowerment. Hedda sits as...
Kaidi Ruusalepp

Kaidi Ruusalepp

Founder and CEO of Funderbeam
Founder and CEO of Funderbeam, the marketplace where growth companies are funded and traded across borders. Funderbeam combines three stages of investor journey into one: startup analytics, investing, and trading on the secondary market. Powered by blockchain technology, the marketplace delivers capital to growth companies and on-demand liquidity to investors worldwide. Member of Startup Europe...
Riku Asikainen

Riku Asikainen

Angel Investor | SLUSH & Start-up Sauna Co-Founder
Riku Asikainen is an entrepreneur, angel investor and growth hacker. He started his first company while in high school, and sold it as Finland’s leading internet bookstore fifteen years later.  Since then he has been a founder, active investor, and board member in more than 35 companies.  Riku has had several nice upswings, ten exits...
José Herrera

José Herrera

President of AEBAN
José Herrera has been the President of AEBAN – the Spanish Association of Business Angel Networks – since 2015 and has extensive experience as a business angel. He is a partner at the law firm H.F Legal, specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as a member of IESE Business School’s Business Angel Network. José Herrera holds...
Tomi Davies

Tomi Davies

President of ABAN
As an IT systems analyst turned advisor, public speaker and angel investor, he has accumulated over three decades of outstanding experience building large-scale, national and region-wide technology enabled infrastructure projects across Africa. He has also held a variety of executive and non-executive leadership roles with influential global brands like Ernst & Young, Marks & Spencer,...
Paulo Andrez

Paulo Andrez

Angel Investor
Paulo Andrez is an angel investor with an active portfolio of 14 companies. One of his investments reached 25 million euros in revenues within the first year of operations, for which he received an award “Best European Angel Investment” in 2012. Paulo is a Board Member of Entrepreneurship Agency DNA Cascais, which supported more than...
Maria Jesus Fernandez

Maria Jesus Fernandez

Director of Finance & Investor Relations at ICEX-Invest in Spain
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...
Gert  van Veldhuisen

Gert van Veldhuisen

Director BiD Network Foundation
He is an active, all-round entrepreneur and investor who makes things happen. Ever since he has started his first company, he has mostly been involved in operations and business development. As a partner/-owner in various (social) companies worldwide, he has learned how to build up successful businesses in a varying international context. In his ventures...
Mark Boggett

Mark Boggett

CEO of Seraphim Capital
Mark Boggett is CEO of Seraphim Capital a London based venture firm. The team manage the recently launched Seraphim Space Fund, a pioneering new fund backed by a range of leading space corporates seeking investments in space related start-ups. He is also director of UK Space Tech Angels and is Chairman of the London Co-investment...
Francisco de la Torre Prados

Francisco de la Torre Prados

Mayor of Malaga
PhD in Agronomy from the University of Madrid, Regional Development Specialist at the University of Rennes , France and a BA in Sociology from the University of Málaga. He has played an important role in the transition to democracy in Spain . He was national deputy and adviser in the first pre – autonomous government...
Florence Korhonen

Florence Korhonen

Chair of the Board of NFBAN
Florence is the founder and Chair at Nordic Female Business Angel Network (NFBAN), and a member of the Finnish Business Angel Network (FIBAN) as well as a member of the European Impact Investment Committee (EIIC). She is also the lead investor in the Rising Tide Europe 1 program. Florence’s main focus areas are social impact...
Clémence Campillo

Clémence Campillo

COO of Seed&Click & Director of SWAN
With over 6 years of experience in Marketing positions in international companies, she is currently COO of Seed&Click, a company founded in 2014, now leader in Spain boosting the innovation, entrepreneurship and private investment ecosystem offering innovation consultancy, organizing international startups events and training; and managing several business angel networks. She is Director of SWAN,...
Johannes Dick

Johannes Dick

Corporate Development at AXA Group Germany
Johannes is responsible for Corporate Development at AXA Group Germany. In that role, he supports the digital transformation of AXA Group Germany and manages the AXA Innovation Campus, an investment fund for startups in all development phases.
Albert Colomer

Albert Colomer

Co-Founder and Executive Director Business Angel Network Catalunya
Albert has been at the forefront of the angel investor movement in Spain. In 2002, he co-founded and became executive director of the Business Angel Network Catalunya BANC, the first Spanish angel network, which he led. Additionally in 2006 he co-founded ESBAN, a private foundation to raising awareness and promoting angel investment and Business Angels...
Jan D. Oker-Blom

Jan D. Oker-Blom

CEO of Finnish Business Angels Network
His interest focus is broad and he closely follows both politics and business, in Finland and abroad. He is interested in working in profitable businesses that have an impact in society. He has a deep knowledge of the corporate climate in Finland, especially with focus on financing, entrepreneurship and the SME-sector. He haw experience from...
Anu Bhardwaj

Anu Bhardwaj

Founder of Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL & The State of Women Institute
Founder of Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL. Launched in December 2014, WIIW Digital includes over 1,000,000+ followers on FaceBook across 120 countries; the “Women INVESTING in Women and Girls” Radio show on Voice America Kids/Podcast Series on Apple ITUNES, The State of Women Radio Network in partnership with Star Worldwide Network, and the WIIW Global...
Jaap Spreeuwenberg

Jaap Spreeuwenberg

Managing Director of Hivos Impact Investments
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Alberto Onetti

Alberto Onetti

Chairman & President, Mind the Bridge
Forward-looking, dividing his time between Italy and the United States, Alberto works on bridging technology to business. Professor at the Insubria University of Varese, Alberto Onetti has committed himself along the years to research in the entrepreneurship and corporate strategy. He has authored and co-authored insofar over 100 publications. His academic career is divided between...
Martijn Blom

Martijn Blom

Social Entrepreneur and Impact Investor
Responsible for Investor relations at Hivos Impact Investments, a dedicated impact investment management office for Hivos Foundation. Hivos Impact Investments is currently managing two SME impact funds with a diverse and growing portfolio; Hivos Mideast Creatives Fund that aims to support innovative companies in the creative industries in Middle East North Africa in order to...
Javier Ulecia

Javier Ulecia

Founding Partner of Bullnet Capital
Javier Ulecia (1962), graduated from the Universidad Politécnica, Madrid, as an Aeronautical Engineer. He holds an MBA from the H.E.C. School of Management, Paris. In the last 15 years, Mr. Ulecia has been involved in venture capital and technology projects. In 2001 he co-founded Bullnet Capital, a venture capital fund specialized in technology related projects....
Candace Johnson

Candace Johnson

Serial Entrepreneur and Investor | President EBAN
Candace Johnson is a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert and entrepreneur.   She is co-initiator of SES/ASTRA for which she was named an Officer of the Luxembourg Oak Leaf Crown and architect of SES Global, one of the world’s largest satellite systems for which she was named Commander of the Luxembourg Order of Merit.  She...
Michael O’Connor

Michael O’Connor

CEO of CorkBIC
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...
Nanci Govinder

Nanci Govinder

Head Coach, Western Switzerland at Commission for Technology and Innovation
Nanci Govinder is an astute, influential and highly motivated Senior Executive, Startup Coach, Business Angel and Board Member with a wealth of international business, R&D and marketing expertise. In her current role as head coach for the Federal Innovation Promotion Agency of Switzerland, she manages a team of business coaches and supports close to a...
Ricardo Luz

Ricardo Luz

Executive Member of the Board of IFD
Executive Member of the Board of Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento (IFD), and Member of the Risk Finance Advisory Group for Horizon 2020 of the European COmmission. Former Board Member of EBAN, The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and other Early Stage Market ion Brussels, between 2014 and 2016. Co-founder, in 2007, of...
Lasse Mäkelä

Lasse Mäkelä

CEO and co-founder of Invesdor Ltd
Lasse is CEO and co-founder of Invesdor, the leading equity crowdfunding platform in the Nordics. Lasse has more than 17 years of international experience in investment banking, M&A, business development and general management roles from Merrill Lynch and KONE Corporation, among others. He holds a BSc from the Cass Business School (City University, London) and...
Ivar Siimar

Ivar Siimar

President Emeritus of the Estonian Business Angel Network (EstBAN)
Ivar Siimar is an active member of the Estonian startup and angel investor community and the founding member and President Emeritus of the Estonian Business Angel Network (EstBAN). He is also member of the Management Board of EBAN and member of the Finnish Business Angel Network (FiBAN). He is the founder and partner of WNB Project,...
Andreas Mihalovits

Andreas Mihalovits

Angel Investor
After having built up a very profitable German internet startup with 200 employees between 1999 and 2012, Andreas was able to hand over the daily business and started to invest into tech startups. As of today he has invested more than 5M € into 10 European tech startups. Andreas has founded the Marbella Tech Angels...
Peter E. Braun

Peter E. Braun

Member Board of Directors at EBAN
Peter E. Braun has over 20 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur as well as in various senior and top management positions in the aerospace (Airbus group) and automotive industries (Daimler). He has successfully launched two industrial companies and two finance-related enterprises. As a founder and entrepreneur, he completed two IPOs, one in the...
Audra Shallal

Audra Shallal

Managing Director - BOSS Consulting in Strategic Management
Audra Shallal is an expert in Women Entrepreneurship and Angel Investment in the EMEA region. She promotes Entrepreneurship and Angel Investing through Programs, Mentoring, Business Plan Competitions, Business Angel Networks and Women Economic Empowerment within the EU and MENA region. She consults for international organizations such as OECD, UNEP, UNIDO and the European Commission, and...
Matias Torrellas

Matias Torrellas

Portfolio Manager of InnoEnergy
Matias is the Portfolio Manager of InnoEnergy, responsible for managing the portfolio of equity stakes in startups. He has been with InnoEnergy since February 2015. Prior to that, he was Investment Director at CX Capital, managing a portfolio of over 200M€ of private equity positions. Before that he had an extensive career in banking, holding...
Venkata Gandikota

Venkata Gandikota

Founder & President of The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society
Venkata Gandikota has more than 14 years of engineering, research, ideation, strategy and business modeling experience. Based on his experience with the Indian market and also realizing the need for affordable & sustainable solutions for Finland and other European markets, he started the non-profit association The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society in late 2013 with 2...
Jelena Vester

Jelena Vester

Business angel
Jelena Vester is a business angel, startup enthusiast and business lawyer with more than 15 years of international legal practice in corporate and public sector. Her practice is in Intellectual Property, Shareholders & Investment Agreements and Migration Law. Jelena is a current member of a Russian and Finnish business angel networks, and a Deal Leader...
Elena Bou

Elena Bou

Innovation Director of InnoEnergy
Elena Bou is the Innovation Director of InnoEnergy. Before becoming part of the executive board of InnoEnergy, she was member of the founder team of this company. Prior to that, she developed her professional career in the field of management consulting in both private and public companies, nationally and internationally, giving her the opportunity to...
Yuri Navarro

Yuri Navarro

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of NACO
In his role as CEO, 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 oversee the entire organization’s strategic and operational objectives. Since 2012, Yuri has presided over the renewal and growth of...
César Bardaji

César Bardaji

Business Angel
César is a full time Business Angel since 2012, investing directly in technology based start-ups with some proven traction and the aim to become global. Active investor in early stage, often participating as lead-investor after and before the financial round. Has invested in 31 companies, has 10 exits and a current 20 startup portfolio. Prior...
Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola

Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola

CEO & Co-founder of Space Nation
A physicist, astro-preneur and a farmer’s son from Finland. When other kids drove mopeds around the village, Kalle drew spaceships, lent books about space from libraries around Finland, and envisioned working in space. After studies in physics he worked as a management educator and trainer for years before refining his leadership and business skills in...
David Van Dijk

David Van Dijk

Co-Founder and Director General of ABAN
David van Dijk is co-founder and Director General of ABAN, the African Business Angel Network, a non profit association founded early 2015 to catalyse early stage investing in Africa. He is also Managing Director of Stichting IGNITE, a non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurs in conflict affected countries and he is part of the Investment Committee of...
Louis Saint-Jacques

Louis Saint-Jacques

Cofounder Anges Québec
Louis Saint-Jacques is a Business Consultant working with innovative enterprises and private investors. Saint Jacques has more than twenty years of high-tech and financing experience. He has one of the broadest network in Québec. Saint-Jacques holds a MBA with a specialization in Small and Medium sized Enterprise Financing. He is regularly invited as lecturer at...
Angel Morales

Angel Morales

Artificial Intelligence Iberia Lead in Accenture Technology
Angel Morales: Artificial Intelligence Iberia Lead in Accenture Technology. Accenture Technology HBX / Harvard Business School. Sales and Execution responsible for AI opportunities within the region, and senior matter expert in AI topics for the worldwide practice. Capability responsible for AI workforce.
Cyrille Bataller

Cyrille Bataller

Managing Director - Emerging Technology at Accenture
He is the Artificial Intelligence lead, incubating the next generation of cognitive technology services. With over 20 years of experience in technology innovation, Cyrille leads Accenture’s exploration of the disruptive Artificial Intelligence field, where cognitive IT systems can sense, comprehend, act and learn, interact naturally with people, data and their environment, and can deliver value...
Jose F. Aldana

Jose F. Aldana

Artificial Intelligence Professor at the University of Malaga
Professor belonging to the Department of Computer Languages and Computing Sciences from the University of Malaga. More than 20 years of expertise researching and teaching about databases field. His particular fields of interest are Semantic Middleware, Semantic Web, Semantic Data and Application Integration and Database Extension using formal semantics. He is member of Khaos Research,...
Manuel Ruiz De Quintanilla

Manuel Ruiz De Quintanilla

Partner and CTO of Aeorum
Aeorum is a technology-based company which mission is to offer technology solutions that enable a safer society. We provide innovative and preventive monitoring tools that allow make reliable and fast decisions in complex situations,. We develop systems focused in the fields of artificial intelligence, computer vision and drone fleet management like: search and location of...
Eduardo Fernandez

Eduardo Fernandez

Investor and Board Member of BigML
“In January of 2011, we founded BigML with the mission of making Machine Learning easy and beautiful for everyone. A few years later, after many long days and nights of hard work, we are very proud of how our platform has come to help a diverse set of organizations of all sizes and industries. With...
Emilio Avilés

Emilio Avilés

CEO & Founder of Bloomium
Emilio is a visionary serial digital entrepreneur with the ability to find disruptive business opportunities. Bloomium appears and comes to give answers and guide those startups already created in their first years of life. Capable of identifying talent and transforming it into successful projects, Bloomium helps to reduce risks, and thus, to increase the chances...
Eneko Knörr

Eneko Knörr

Angel Investor | Founder and CEO of Ludei
Eneko Knörr is the founder and CEO of Ludei (San Francisco, USA) and co-founder of AngelClub (Barcelona). He is also a mentor at SeedRocket, BIND 4.0 and NUMA accelerators. Eneko previously started the Spanish top 5 hosting company Hostalia (sold to Telefonica) and a start-up incubator called Ideateca. He is an angel investor in companies...
Marc Sanderson

Marc Sanderson

Director of International Economic Development for the City of Malaga
Marc Sanderson is the first Director of International Economic Development for the City of Malaga, Spain. In 2009, the Mayor asked him to design, lead and manage the City’s foreign direct investment strategy. He works to promote Malaga’s international image, to provide “Soft Landing” and “Aftercare” services to arriving international companies and to support the...
Jaime Mata Iriondo

Jaime Mata Iriondo

Associate Director at Accenture Technology
After leading the Industrialization & Innovation Program in the Accenture Delivery Center in Spain, including the journey to CMMI5, Lean Six Sigma and Analytics for several years, he is now focused on boosting the Analytics, Intelligent Automation & Artificial Intelligence power in Application Services. University of País Vasco.
Baybars Altuntas

Baybars Altuntas

Chairman of WBAF | Vice President of EBAN | President of TBAA | President of Deulcom International
Entrepreneurship and innovation guru, global leader, best-selling author, angel investor, columnist, star of the Turkish version of the television show Dragons’ Den, Chairman of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN), President of the Business Angels Association...
Marika Mazzi Boém

Marika Mazzi Boém

Co-founder & Senior Innovation Strategist at X23
Co-founder & Senior Innovation Strategist at X23; Industry Expert at the EU Commission; Mentor at the Korean Innovation Center Europe for the running startups programme; Member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition; Project Coordinator of the EU Women Business Angels Community; Country Manager for Italy at Startup Europe Awards; Project Coordinator of the ME4Change...
Jerome Chifflet

Jerome Chifflet

Head of Scientific and Technical Disciplines for Orange Labs Research
Jerome Chifflet, a former entrepreneur, researcher, was acting as Head of Access to Finance Activity within EIT Digital (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) till 2015. He has extensive research background, including over 20 years in various positions ranging from Orange Labs research Manager to deputy research Director. Jerome also yields significant entrepreneurship expertise, having...
Marcel Dridje

Marcel Dridje

President Emeritus | Board Member International Affairs, Sophia Business Angels
Marcel Dridje, a principle investor in Vaelsys, Faveeo, Cyberflowanalytics, Digitalarti and OnePulse brings his rich commercial acumen and business development experience to the team. A seasoned European Sales Executive, Marcel has substantial field of experience helping IT and Telecom startups in the US and EMEA. Marcel has a broad range of experience in all aspects...
Christian Gründl

Christian Gründl

Head of Strategy and Organization at AXA Germany
Christian Gründl is the Head of Strategy and Organization at AXA Germany. In his role he also assumes responsibility of AXA Innovation Campus (AIC), the investment and cooperation vehicle of AXA Germany. AXA Innovation campus aims to partner with start-ups across multiple industries and to transform the Insurance industry. Christian joined AXA from Deutsche Bank,...
Ricardo de Lombas Rodríguez-Monte

Ricardo de Lombas Rodríguez-Monte

Manager of Electric Vehicles and Business Development at PSA Group
Ricardo de Lombas Rodríguez-Monte, studied Law at the Complutense University followed by a MBA from the Instituto de Empresa. He has developed his professional career within the PSA Group, holding diverse positions in the Regional, Sales and Marketing Divisions within Peugeot Spain and the Sales Division within Peugeot Chile. Since 2009 he has been the...
Tom Horsey

Tom Horsey

Co-founder of the Crazy4Media Digital Marketing Group
Tom Horsey, BSc Hons in Managerial and Administrative Studies from Aston University, has worked in innovative digital marketing since 1996, including launching the marketing for the first mobile entertainment company to launch in Spain and Portugal in 2001, and launching one of the first mobile advertising agencies worldwide in 2005. He is co-founder of the...
Cécile Sevrain

Cécile Sevrain

Co-Founder and COO | CFO of Tiime
After 7 years of experience as an International Tax Manager for Deloitte, Cécile made a professional and personal decision to commit her time and skills to generating positive social impact. She is a co-founder of Tiime and as COO/CFO she manages daily operations and finance, alongside of training and workshops. Cécile is also the Managing...
Ariel Makov

Ariel Makov

Co-Founder & CEO of Orange Blossom Ventures Ltd
Ariel Makov (45) is an Israeli Lawyer, an investor, Co-Founder & CEO of Orange Blossom Ventures Ltd. (OBV) – an Israeli Investment Banking Boutique. He received his LL.B from Reading University UK and his LL.M from NYU Law School. Until 2005 – Ariel was practicing Corporate/Technology Law in Israel. As from 2006 Ariel & his...
Frédéric Rombaut

Frédéric Rombaut

Global Technology Investor
Frédéric Rombaut is a global technology investment executive and advisor focusing on advanced technologies (Wireless, IoT, A.I, NBIC…) applied to FinTech, Healthcare and Smart Cities. Over the past 25 years, Frédéric has served on over 35 board director seats and made over 70 equity investments for more than USD 14 Billion across the technology, telecoms and...
Félix Ruiz Hernández

Félix Ruiz Hernández

Founder of Tuenti and Executive Chairman of Jobandtalent
Félix Ruiz Hernández is a Spanish entrepreneur who founded Spanish social network, Tuenti, in 2006. Currently, Ruiz is the Executive Chairman of the job matching platform, jobandtalent. Felix Ruiz graduated with a Business Administration undergraduate degree from the Universidad Francisco Vitoria in Madrid. During his final year, Ruiz started to develop Tuenti, along with his...
Cyril Gouiffes

Cyril Gouiffes

Investment Manager, Venture Capital & Impact Investing
Cyril has been an investment manager within the venture capital team of EIF for the last five years and closed 15+ investments in social impact, clean tech and ICT funds throughout Europe. His entire career within EIF has been dedicated to impact related activities in the area of microfinance. In this context, he was responsible...
Carles Florensa Torné

Carles Florensa Torné

Angel Investor and Entrepreneur
Carles Florensa Torné born in Barcelona graduated as MBA in Esade business school. He started his career as a Marketing executive working for 7 years in the food & beverage industry for Martini & Rossi and Damm brewery. Later he had an entrepreneur experience in the retail industry creating the brand MDM in the home...
Elena Gallego Cañabate

Elena Gallego Cañabate

Head of the Investment Promotion Division - Invest in Andalucía
Mrs. Gallego has developed her professional career in the field of international trade and investment. She serves as head of the Investment Promotion Division –Invest in Andalucía- since the creation of the unit at the end of 2005. Prior to this, she worked for the Economy and Trade Office of the Spanish Embassies in Chile,...
Kevin Morningstar

Kevin Morningstar

Serial Entrepreneur | Angel Investor
Kevin Morningstar has 35 years experience in the medical device industry. As a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Mr. Morningstar has been active in the Colorado startup community for over 15 years. He co-founded Silverglide Surgical Technologies, Inc., a Boulder surgical instruments business successfully sold to Stryker in a planned exit. More recently he was...
Marta Campillo

Marta Campillo

Manager at ESADE BAN · Executive MBA at ESADE
6 years experience in business and project management related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Used to working with tech companies, in startup and growth stages, consulting them on their strategy, roadmap, and business model, as well as helping them to access to private funding, developing high impact business plans that speak the language of investors and...
Nick Appleyard

Nick Appleyard

European Space Agency Head of Integrated Applications and Downstream Services
Dr Nick Appleyard heads ESA’s support for the commercialisation of satellite applications and space-using industry. Satellite image data, geolocation and telecommunication capabilities power significant business opportunities for new services, especially when integrated with mobile internet and other ground-based systems. Satellites extend the Digital Economy and our awareness of the world to create blanket coverage and...
Uli W. Fricke

Uli W. Fricke

CEO of FunderNation
Uli is the CEO of FunderNation, Germany’s only crowdinvesting platform that is run by a team of investment professionals. She is also one of the founders and CEO of Triangle Venture Capital Group, one of Europe’s leading investors in hightech start-up companies. Uli served as Chairwoman of Invest Europe (formerly the European Private Equity and...
Juan Alvarez de Lara

Juan Alvarez de Lara

Founder and CEO of Seed&Click
Juan Alvarez de Lara, Founder and CEO of Seed&Click, with over 20 years of experience in national and international financial management responsibilities . He is CEO and Founder of Seed&Click, a company with three business lines : Seed&Click Funding, managing investors networks with more than 100 investors investing in seed and startup phase,; Seed&Click Events,...
Nina Portier Reinhart

Nina Portier Reinhart

Managing Director at Reinhart Capital
Nina is Managing Director at Reinhart Capital, an early stage investment company. She is a Board Member of the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), a fast growing business angel organization based in Zurich. Previously at UBS, she accelerated UHNW and institutional clients’ acquisition and also worked in the UBS Innovation Lab. During her Silicon Valley...
Ignacio Puente

Ignacio Puente

Policy Officer at European Commission
Ignacio Puente has been working with the European Commission, DG RTD – Unit in charge of SMEs, Financial Instruments and State Aids since 2012. He is responsible for developing policy actions supporting companies to roll-out their R&I strategy and access to finance, together with specific measures facilitating the supply of capital under InnovFin. Ignacio has...
Marcelo Roca

Marcelo Roca

Executive Coordinator of Xcala
Marcelo Roca is the executive coordinator of Xcala, an initiative developed together by IEEM Business School (Uruguay) and the MIF, with the goal of accelerating the development of angel investment groups in Latin America and the Caribbean. As well, he serves as professor of Early Stage Financing and Administration at University of Montevideo. Prior to...
Alex d’Espona i Flaquer

Alex d’Espona i Flaquer

Coordinator of Business Angels Network Catalunya, BANC
Àlex d’Espona is currently the coordinator of the Business Angels Network Catalunya, BANC, a non-profit organization with the mission of helping entrepreneurs and early stage companies access the business angel capital markets in the area of Catalonia. Àlex has been working in BANC for 10 years, previously he worked as a business developer and strategy...
Catalina Parra

Catalina Parra

Founder and Chairwoman of Chandra3X and of Fundación Hazloposible
Catalina Parra Industrial Engineer by ICAI and MBA by IESE Business School. She is founder and chairwoman of Chandra3X, an impact-investment vehicle, from which she participates, monitors and mentors social entrepreneurs. She is also founder and chairwoman of Fundación Hazloposible, a technology-based NGO serving social purposes. In the previous years, from Philanthropic Intelligence LLC, she...
Thomas Schulz

Thomas Schulz

Co-founder & General Manager of AQAL Capital
Thomas Schulz has been a serial entrepreneur and investor for more than 25 years. He founded Cybernet AG, Germany’s first nationwide Internet service provider which became Germany’s first publicly listed Internet company. In 2010 he co-founded Entelios AG, Germany’s first smart grid provider which was sold to the worldwide market leader in 2014. Moreover, Mr....
Sergio Diez

Sergio Diez

Co-Founder Hub de Movilidad Conectada & Product Manager, Renault
My professional experience focuses on engineering and innovation management in industrial multinationals as IBM / Airbus / Renault for more than 15 years in different countries such as UK, Ireland, France, Spain. I have graduated in different places and universities like Industrial Engineer Politechnical University of Madrid, MBA Marketing IE Business School Madrid, Project Management...
Ingvar Eriksson

Ingvar Eriksson

Business Creation Officer at InnoEnergy
Ingvar Eriksson is the founder and former CEO of Novator AB, commercializing a new drilling technology known as orbital drilling in the aerospace industry. He started his career at Saab Aerospace as R&D engineer in aircraft design. From there he pursued an academic career at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden for 10...
Alberto Gonzalez

Alberto Gonzalez

Innovation Ecosystem and Development Project Manager at InnoEnergy
Currently working as an Innovation Ecosystem and Development Project Manager at InnoEnergy and as a visiting lecturer/professional at Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and UNECON in St. Petersburg (Russian Federation), Alberto Gonzalez (MSc Innovation Management) is passionate about education and innovation. His fields of expertise revolve around Innovation Management and range from Sustainable Development...
Mara Harvey

Mara Harvey

Senior Manager at UBS Wealth Management
Mara is a senior manager at UBS Wealth Management and is passionate about driving innovation and delivering an outstanding client experience across all dimensions of great wealth: business, investments, family and legacy. In particular, she is committed to changing the face of the financial industry to better serve women. She leads UBS’s global women’s initiative,...
Francisco Javier Garzón Morales

Francisco Javier Garzón Morales

ICEX’s Chief Executive Officer
Francisco Javier Garzón Morales holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He is a State Chartered Economist and Foreign Trade Expert since 1998 and is currently Chief Executive Officer of ICEX Spain, Trade and Investment, a State Owned Enterprise whose mission is to promote Spanish exports and the internationalization of Spanish...
Rafael Fuentes Candau

Rafael Fuentes Candau

Director of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in Malaga
Degree in economics and business management by the University of Malaga, he is part of a high level and specialized body in economic analysis and trade matters of the Spanish public administration (named Central State economists and trade experts) since 1999. He worked in the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for External Trade in...
Fernando Zallo Olaeta

Fernando Zallo Olaeta

Director of ESADE BAN
Fernando Zallo is the Director of ESADE BAN (ESADE Business Angels Network). Entrepreneur and consultant, involved mainly in entrepeneurship projects. As VP of “Club de Emprendedores e Inversores ESADE ALUMNI “ he has been coordinating the investors network since 2007. Founder and CEO of ANTONIO MIRO S.L. Degree and MBA in Business Administration (ESADE). Degree...
Silvia Barraclough

Silvia Barraclough

Head of Videogames and Animation Sector at ICEX Spain Trade and Investment.
She is graduated in Audiovisual Communication at UCM, with a Master degree in “International Business management” and an MBA in “Multilateral projects management”. After a short period working in Communication and PR she joined ICEX Spain Trade and Investment in 2006. She spent an year at the Economic and Commercial Office of Spain in Milan,...
Joan Fages

Joan Fages

Renewable Energies Entrepeneur and Investor
Mr. Joan Fages, holds a Master in Industrial Engineering from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales of Barcelona having studied an MBA in ESADE Business School (Barcelona), he has developed his professional career in many companies, all of them related to the renewable energies. Founder of HIDROWATT, S.A. in 1981, the company was in...
Brigitte Baumann

Brigitte Baumann

CEO Go Beyond Early Stage Investing | President Emeritus EBAN
Brigitte Baumann is the Founder and CEO of Go Beyond Early Stage Investing  www.go-beyond.biz. Go Beyond enables novice & experienced, small & large investors, to access angel investing as an asset class through its unique platform, portfolio tools, training and expert angels. Go Beyond works with individual investors, family offices, professional groups/associations and corporations. It...
Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges

Senior Advisor, Cognitive Business IBM Central & Eastern Europe
Peter has nearly 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, covering Technical, Training, Sales, Business Development, Channels and Management.  Starting in Australia, he spent 16 years working across Asia, Europe & the Americas, engaging with a diverse range of commercial and government organizations. In his recent roles, Peter has had the opportunity to speak with...
Miquel Costa Planas

Miquel Costa Planas

President of Keiretsu Forum Spain
Miquel Costa Planas holds a bachelor’s degree in business  and an MBA from ESADE (official title of UNIVERSITAT RAMÓN LLULL) and  hi is PADE from IESE-Universidad de Navarra. President of Keiretsu Forum Spain, cofounder and President of Foro Capital Pymes, private investor and member of the board of directors of several companies from different sectors....
Lucienne Krosse

Lucienne Krosse

Thematic Leader ‘Smart Energy Efficient Buildings and Cities’ at KIC InnoEnergy
Lucienne Krosse has a background in Chemical Engineering. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. At the Technical University of Delft she worked on her PhD ‘compact thermochemical storage’. Afterwards she started to work for the Dutch Institute for Applied Scientific Research, TNO. Where she served in different scientific,...
Raúl Verdú

Raúl Verdú

Cofounder and Industrial Officer of PLD Space
Raúl Verdú is Industrial engineer and cofounder of PLD Space. He has the role of Industrial Officer at the company and works internally with Facilities department. In addition, Mr. Verdú was the technical responsible of PLD Space propulsion test bench, the only fully private liquid propulsion facilities in Europe. Raúl Verdú is 29 years old.
Lourdes Cruz

Lourdes Cruz

Director of Business Development & Investment Promotion in Parque Tecnologico de Andalucia
Graduated in Laws by Malaga University, Lourdes Cruz holds a Master Degree in European and International Relations by University College London, as well as several diplomas in executive management. She worked in Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía ( Malaga, Spain) from 1994-98 as Head of European & International Programs , being appointed in 1999 for the...
Ferran Puntí

Ferran Puntí

Founder | Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Director in Kerad Games
Ferran is an entrepreneur specializing in Videogames. He holds an economics degree and a Master’s Degree from EAE and Hay Group. In 1998 he began his professional career creating the first network of gaming rooms in Spain and the first professional championships of “Starcraft” (Blizzard) and “Counter-Strike” (Valve). In 2011, Ferran founded Kerad Games with...
Rainer Horn

Rainer Horn

Managing Partner at SpaceTec Partners
Rainer has nearly 20 years experience in consulting and finance. He has consulted private and institutional clients in aerospace, automotive, transportation and telecoms – on strategy, market analysis, organisational and finance matters. As accredited coach for leading seed funds he works with several start-ups and SME. At Booz Allen Hamilton he led the Space Services...
Amparo De San José Riestra

Amparo De San José Riestra

Director of the Business Angels and Family Offices Network at IESE
She works actively with other networks in Latin America and Europe via XCALA and BAE. Currently she co-authors every year the AEBAN Report on Business Angels in Spain. Other recently publications include several academic case studies: Accelerator Models for Social Entrepreneurship: Three Practical Cases, The Private Equity Cycle in Europe: Management and Acquisition, as well...
Bettina Voßberg

Bettina Voßberg

CEO HighTech Startbahn GmbH | Chairwoman of the Board of HighTech Startbahn Netzwerk e.V.
As a veteran of the European startup community and based in Germany, Bettina has tremendous knowledge and networks in the European high-tech scene. Her specialty is building technology businesses and networks for investment opportunities in high-tech startups. Her mission is to activate continuously venture capital for innovation made in Europe. She has developed an excellent...
David Comellas

David Comellas

CEO at AEInnova
David Comellas has more than 20 years experience developing his career in the financial and consulting sectors, where he advised SMEs and startups for the last 10 years. He is also Business Angel and member of the ESADEBAN group, where he met AEINNOVA and his founder, in its first investor pitch. The project was challenging...
Paul Lubbers

Paul Lubbers

Angel Investor
Born in Rotterdam, and with a MscBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Paul spent the beginning of his professional career in international business development. As of 2000 he became an entrepreneur and business angel during which period he has set up 6 and invested in 6 different companies focused on renewable energy and sustainable...