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Vesa Perälä

Vesa Perälä

CEO and Founder at Claned Group

International serial entrepreneur with 25-year experience and success in building up new businesses and companies. During the last 10 years, Mr. Perälä has founded companies in Finland, Denmark, UK, Germany, USA, and UAE; and exited successfully from 3 of the ventures so far. He currently focuses on sales, new business development and strategic partnership activities of his edtech start-ups Claned and GraphoGame. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Perälä was a senior exec at Nokia, Jabra, and Coloplast for nearly 15 years. As CEO of Web of Trust, he grew the company to over 140 million users and closed deals with Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yandex, and Mail.ru.

Rauno Parras

Rauno Parras

Director of parcel services at Itella Estonia

With over 20 years of experience in the field of transportation, Rauno Parras is a true professional.

Rauno works in Itella Estonia as director of parcel services. His work is a symbiosis of transportation, sorting, distribution network, and customer service. The main task in his work is to ensure those components breathe together and function effectively. In addition, one of Rauno’s most important roles is to contribute to company development projects – many of which have brought tremendous growth and success. Although this kind of work can be quite fast, he gets his motivation from challenges. Rauno is a self-motivating person with a restless soul that keeps him busy.

Aieti Kukava

Aieti Kukava

Chairman of Venture Capital Association of Georgia

In 2005, Aieti Kukava founded JSC Alliance Group Holding and since then he is the Chief Executive Officer of the company and its subsidiaries. Alliance Group Holding established leading companies, which have a key role in the development of strategically important sectors of the country.

-Creditinfo Georgia was established in 2004 and has significantly stimulated the development of the banking sector. 

-Business Information Company BIA, founded in 2002, made it easier for dozens of local companies to attract investors and partners.

-Investment and M&A Advisory Firm Alliance Group Capital, which formed the transactions of several hundred million dollars in Georgia. 

-The Finnish International School was launched in September 2019, with the aim to bring Finnish Education Model in Georgia that is ranked to be N1 in the world. The school deploys 21th-century learning methods and curriculum to prepare a new generation for tomorrow’s world by developing analytical thinking and entrepreneurial mindsets.

Mr. Kukava is a chairman of the Georgian Venture Capital Association. Together with the industry representatives, he is also the founder and first Chairman of the Georgian Leasing Association and Georgian Microfinance Associations. 

Aieti Kukava also was one of the directors of the International Microfinance Center (Poland, Warsaw). He started his career as a Senior Credit Expert of loan portfolio management at one of the leading banks in 1997. Since then, he has worked in the banking and financial sectors in Georgia and in the USA. 

Mr. Kukava obtained his MBA degree from Clarks University, Massachusetts, USA in 2002. He graduated from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Economics and Statistics in 1994. 

Vytautas Karalevičius

Vytautas Karalevičius

Co-founder at Bankera

Vytautas Karalevicius oversees business development and client experience side of Bankera. After graduating in business finance at Durham University and finance at Cambridge University, Vytautas co-founded SpectroCoin – an all in one solution for cryptocurrencies. SpectroCoin today has more than 1,000,000 registered users. Now, Bankera is his and his business partners’ step towards more traditional financial services.

As an entrepreneur, he aims to help people and SMEs to deal with payments online. As the trend of economic activity moving online is clear, he aims his businesses to offer frictionless cutting-edge solutions for all financial needs arising from this shift.

He sees a gap between academia and applied finance and tries to eliminate this gap by being active in both areas. Therefore, he is continuing his academic career as a researcher of blockchain technology’s applications.

Vytautas breathes and lives Bankera as sees it as a platform to deliver real financial innovations and shake the industry in the long term.

Filipa Neto

Filipa Neto

Innovation Principal at Farfetch

Filipa Neto is Innovation Principal at Farfetch, where she drives engagement with startups and evaluates and manages potential partnerships or investment. Prior to joining Farfetch Filipa was co-founder & MD of a European fashion rental marketplace. She’s an honouree of Forbes 30 under 30 in e-commerce.

Erja Retzén

Erja Retzén

Senior Managing Director, Global Listing Services at Nasdaq

Erja Retzén is Senior Managing Director at Nasdaq Nordic, Global Listing Services. She works closely with existing and future issuers listed on Nasdaq Nordic, and furthermore specializes in mining, cleantech, and gaming, as well as in the growth company scene. Erja joined Nasdaq in 2005 and has held several executive positions in the company. Prior to Nasdaq Erja had managerial roles within marketing communications, business excellence, and project management. Erja holds a M.Sc. (Eng.) in industrial engineering and management.

Ricky Booker

Ricky Booker

Founder & CEO at Tradestreet

Ricky Booker is the Founder and CEO of Tradestreet, a digital exchange platform and ecosystem for the forex and cryptocurrency markets, built on blockchain. Ricky began his journey as a seasoned investor who not only has over seven years of experience as a forex expert but equal amount of experience within the crypto space and blockchain. In 2009 he started his entrepreneurial endeavors in the real estate market during the U.S. recession; however, It did not take long for him to realize his true passion was in the financial market and investment assets. Ricky founded BPI, his very first investing company, in 2010, which specializes in residential and commercial real estate acquisitions, becoming an accredited company in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. In late 2016, he created an online academy, “EliteFX”, that allowed novices in currency trading to have the opportunity to learn quality information regarding both forex and cryptocurrency space. Less than two years later, Ricky mentored over 600 traders worldwide to join his open public online academy. He has been featured on podcast episodes and radio stations sharing his knowledge as a forex and crypto enthusiast

Slava Jefremov

Slava Jefremov

CPO at Cointraffic
An expert in blockchain marketing, Slava Jefremov, Chief Product Office of Cointraffic will be sharing his insights into the strategy and vision needed to realise a successful crypto project. Assessing the current crypto market landscape, tactical considerations and client case studies, Slava will highlight both the strategy and challenges needed for a blockchain project including performance metrics, attribution, and traffic sources.
Slava is a keen believer in blockchain and passionate about the industry having worked for the top players including MARK.SPACE, Google, Adzuna and even consulted Presence Switzerland – part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Sochi Olympics.
Clément Delbouys

Clément Delbouys

Sales Manager for EasyMile Northern Europe

Passionate about the transportation industry and delivering services to passengers, Clément Delbouys started his career working for the Public Transit Operator of Toulouse, France before he joined EasyMile. He was focusing on the improvement of bus drivers schedules to increase drivers satisfaction and quality of service. He strongly believes the future of public transportation relies on quality of service and seamless transportation. That is the reason why he joined EasyMile in 2016 where he can help the growth of autonomous shared mobility, the current revolution in the public transit.

Clément Delbouys holds a MSc in Big Data and an Advanced Master in Sales of the French National Institute of Applied Sciences.

Sukhi Jutla

Sukhi Jutla

COO & Co-founder at MarketOrders

Sukhi Jutla is an award-winning entrepreneur, author of 3 books and co-founder of MarketOrders, an online marketplace for the gold and diamond jewelry industry. A sought after international speaker thought leader and qualified IBM Blockchain Developer, she has won numerous awards including Asian Women of Achievement, Female Entrepreneur of The Year and named Top 100 European Digital Pioneer by The Financial Times and Google. In April 2018 Sukhi made global headlines becoming the World’s First #1 Bestselling ‘Blockchain’ Author. Named as a Top 100 Woman in Tech, Sukhi is a regular media commentator on tech, blockchain, and digital disruption, having been featured in over 100+ the UK and international press including Chinese and Spanish media. In 2019 Sukhi was appointed Board Member to the Mayor of London’s Digital Skills Partnership.

Kostandina Zafirovska

Kostandina Zafirovska

General Manager of IT Labs

Kostandina Zafirovska is the General Manager of IT Labs, a software development company delivering excellence for more than sixteen years. Kostandina began her career as an engineer. Since then, she has accumulated over nineteen years of experience in the technology industry, focusing the last six years in executive roles. She leads large teams in varied industries, including insurance, finance and gaming. Kostandina possesses a unique combination of experience and knowledge in both technology and business and thrives in highly innovative environments.

Stefania Barbaglio

Stefania Barbaglio

Founder and Director at Cassiopeia Services

Stefania Barbaglio: Disruptor, Entrepreneur, Investor, PR Marketing Guru, Business Strategist and Advisor.

Stefania Barbaglio is a London-based entrepreneur, business strategist, and widely recognised  PR and Investor Relations expert who has advised a range of private and listed companies across many sectors, including new technology, and has facilitated multiple deals globally. In 2015 she founded Cassiopeia Services, the award-winning UK-based boutique Investor & Public Relations agency with a dedicated online channel: FinancialFox, the Real Deal City of London financial TV show, with exclusive interviews with entrepreneurs, innovators, listed company CEOs and market leaders. In the technology space, she has worked with a range of international blockchain application-focused companies on their ground-breaking projects, including leading names such as US-based DigiByte blockchain and Cardano. She is an influencer with a large investor following and is considered one of the top British female social media PR experts. Ms. Barbaglio has also guided various firms in business development, fundraising & organisational dynamics, as well as leading large-scale tech and investment events. She is a keynote speaker on new technology disruption, fake news and cybersecurity big data, alternative investment, social empowerment, and marketing strategies with a focus on social media and building strong communities. Ms. Barbaglio also hosts regular symposia for public companies and start-ups: investor presentations and networking evenings in exclusive private venues.

She is a fellow and alumna of Oxford University and has two MAs: International Journalism from Westminster University (UK) and TV Production from IULM University (Italy) , as well as ten years’ previous experience as a freelance financial journalist and producer for mainstream TV channels including Bloomberg, BBC & leading in-house Investor Relations & PR departments.

Entrepreneur, mentor, networker: Stefania has a keen eye for investment and innovation.

Gerard Martret

Gerard Martret

Co-Founder & CCO at Shotl

Gerard leads the Business Development activities at Shotl. With full dedication to the project, he is responsible for identifying new opportunities in the Urban Mobility space and working directly with users and City Transit Agencies to ensure that Shotl delivers maximum value.

 Founding his first startup when he was 23 years old, he has co-founded four successful ventures over the past 15 years: Drivania International S.L., Routebox Technologies S.L., Uiplei Training System S.L., and Foreride Inc.
Alexander Belov

Alexander Belov

Co-Founder at Coinstelegram

COINSTELEGRAM is a leading crypto media group bringing together www.coinstelegram.com, www.coinstelegram.ru media, and Coinstelegram Fund.

Being a Co-Founder Alexander Belov took part in Coinstelegram’s investments in such crypto projects as POA network, Perlin, EdenChain.

As a real crypto enthusiast Alexander is also specialized in mining representing Beeminer which was the first company to patent immersion cooling solutions for mining.

Märt Aro

Märt Aro

Märt Aro Co-Founder at DreamApply and European EdTech Alliance

Märt Aro’s involvement in the field of education development dates back to his secondary school years which saw Märt organising educational events for peers on a national level.

Since 2004, Märt has established several organisations and companies in the area of education development.

The latest solution, DreamApply.com Student Application Management Platform, Märt co-founded in 2011. Today DreamApply is used by 250 universities from 35 countries, serving millions of users a year.

The most recent NGO Nordic EdTech Forum – N8 brings together 140 founders of education innovation initiatives from eight Northern European countries with the aim of sharing experience and fostering cooperation.

In order to drive education forward Märt regularly collaborates with: Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Bolt, European Commission.

Karim Coppola

Karim Coppola

Founder and Creative Director at VISORE LAB

Creative director and founder of tech fashion and lifestyle magazine, VISORE LAB

VISORE LAB is a tech-revolution of a fashion and lifestyle magazine, bringing brands and consumers closer to each other through interactivity. Headed by Karim Coppola, VISORE LAB uses its interactive magazine to deliver 360° experiences, fascinating stories, innovative social commerce and digital concierge services to ensure enhanced guest experiences in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

After earning a degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva, Karim was named editor-in-chief of Paris-based men’s magazine; The Flow House, where he worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Versace, Acne Studios, MSGM and more.

Driven by his love for fashion, innovation, technology and his passion for sustainability, in January 2019, he pioneered Europe’s 1st ever eco-friendly interactive magazine – VISORE LAB – a revolutionary magazine that is now seen as leading the evolution of modern technology.

Marek Kopanicky

Marek Kopanicky

Consultant at Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency

Consultant at the Investment Projects Department of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) with a focus on R&D and innovations.

SARIO is a governmental organization working under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. The mission of the Investment Projects Department is to attract high-added-value investments to Slovakia and to contribute to the regional development of the country. Within its innovation agenda, SARIO aims to interconnect Slovak technology firms with big players in Slovakia as well as abroad.

Marek studied Economic Diplomacy at the University of Economics in Bratislava and International Economic and Political Studies (IEPS) at the Charles University in Prague. He speaks fluently English, German and learns also Russian. In leisure time, he loves reading, traveling, and sports.

Jovita Gabnienė

Jovita Gabnienė

Dispute Resolution & Entertainment Attorney

Attorney at Law, Head of Litigation & Investigations Team at Ellex Valiunas

Practicing at Dispute Resolution Group, Jovita has represented multiple local and international clients on various commercial and corporate disputes, including complex, high-value cross border cases and advised on various commercial law matters.

Strong dispute resolution background allows her to look at IP, IT and commercial law matters from both business development and risk management perspective Focus on Cinema, Fashion and Leisure sets her apart and allows to meet specific needs of the Industries in the Baltics.

Jovita has had a very diverse portfolio of the clients, including textile companies, largest retailers in the Baltic’s, BIG 4 audit companies, cable televisions and Directors of Independent Films.

Jaka Repanšek

Jaka Repanšek

Media and TECH Law Expert

Jaka has worked for various TIME (Telecom, Internet, Media, Entertainment) companies since 1996. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on gaming, media and digital law in Slovenia. Jaka graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and gained his graduate degree from Cambridge University in England and Faculty of Law in Ljubljana (Diploma in European Community Law) and completed two-year MBA graduate studies at the University of Kansas in the USA. Jaka is an active member of IMGL (Slovenia) and a member of several other domestic and international organizations and is active also as a lecturer in various seminars and conferences.

Magith Noohukhan

Magith Noohukhan

Customer Engagement Evangelist at Braze

Experienced Marketing Leader with a demonstrated history of working experience in various technology companies. Skilled in Strategic Brand Management, Brand Marketing, Brand Positioning, Digital Marketing, Digital Transformation and strong media relationships. After Evangelising and Marketing the XING Brand over the last several years, I am now the Global Evangelist for Braze!

Ariel Shahar

Ariel Shahar

Business development at Kin Ecosystem

Corporate entrepreneur, business developer with 10 years of experience working for top ad-tech companies. Generated business activities who reached $100M+ year.
Active investor, mentor, and advisor for blockchain companies since 2013.

Lyle Wraxall

Lyle Wraxall

Chief Executive of Digital Isle of Man, the Government Executive Agency

Lyle is the Chief Executive of Digital Isle of Man, the Government Executive Agency responsible for nurturing growth, innovation, and excellence in the Island’s Digital Sector. Within his first year in the role, he has successfully launched Blockchain Isle of Man – an initiative to support and guide businesses using blockchain technology through their business and regulatory challenges. Lyle is a highly experienced management and technology consultant who has worked across the whole digital and fintech space. Most recently he was Head of the New York office for Pcubed – a significant international management consultancy practice with offices around the world. Lyle has worked extensively with large private sector and public sector clients in London and America including RBS, Deutsche Bank, IMF, US Federal Reserve and UK Cabinet Office.

Paul Morris

Paul Morris

Business Development Manager at Phonexia

Paul is Business Development Manager for Phonexia, a cutting edge Czech company from Brno that has many years experience in developing voice biometrics and speech analytics technologies. Having grown up in the UK and studied European Studies and German at Manchester University, he moved to Central Europe, specifically to Poland then his mother’s birthplace of the Czech Republic where he has lived and worked for the last 18 years in the Construction and IT software industries. He has consistently worked for Czech companies who have been best of breed in their fields on a global level.

Karel Hulec

Karel Hulec

Co-Founder and CEO of social metaverse NeosVR

Karel Hulec is the Co-Founder and CEO of social metaverse NeosVR. The closest thing to real life Matrix with slightly less evil business plan. A place in virtual reality with unprecedented possibilities and creative freedom.
Karel is a futurist and serial entrepreneur. His previous ventures include crypto and virtual reality hardware startups. He plans to be around for some time, will be cryopreserved in case of poor health.

Artur Sychov

Artur Sychov

Founder and CEO at Somnium Space

Artur is a Founder and CEO of Somnium Space. He has worked as an investment trader for many years before becoming a serial entrepreneur. Previously he has founded several startups and holds patents for hardware inventions which he has implemented into the market. Artur strongly believes in the ultimate future of Virtual Worlds which will bring society to the next evolutionary level.

Andrei Cosma

Andrei Cosma

Senior Associate at Simion & Baciu

Andrei is a fully qualified business lawyer having significant expertise in the regulatory field in multiple practice areas.

 While heavily involved in the gambling industry from the very beginning of the reformation of the Romanian legal framework and well-versed in dealing with all legal aspects related to the operation of gambling and gaming activities, Andrei also specializes in new technologies, including blockchain, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence or fintech.

 Other areas of expertise include intellectual property, advertising and audiovisual as well as consumer protection. Andrei has been involved in a wide variety of complex legal projects for prominent clients such as foreign investors, media giants or high profile retail operators.

 He is a regular contributor to specialized international publications such as Thomson Reuters or The Law Review.

Andjela Todorovic

Andjela Todorovic

Software Engineering Intern at Cubic Corporation

Andjela Todorovic works as a software engineer and business consultant with a strong focus on the field of intelligent computing. As a former co-founder of two award-winning startups, she used the gained experience to help individuals and SMEs reach customers and vendors, and radically improve their products. She is a regular speaker and attendant at largest tech conferences, and a passionate student of two distinct bachelor programs, in Computer Science and in Mathematics.

Matt Beaney

Matt Beaney

Service Transition at AutoTrader UK

Matt has overseen Service Transition at AutoTrader UK for over 10 years, driving continual improvement of the release success rate from 85% to 99.8% and increasing the release rate from <600 to 15,000 per year.

Simon McDermott

Simon McDermott

Business Development Director at TECH.eu

Simon’s career as a business developer began with tech monsters Cisco Systems and then Intel Corp. Later, Simon co-founded Attentio, a pioneer in social media analytics and ever since than have worked with software start-ups and scale-ups helping them define go-to-market strategies and executing on that.

With tech.eu, Simon moderates panels, takes on the role of master of ceremonies at fireside chats for major technology events and explain their value proposition to corporate clients.

Petr Ložek

Petr Ložek

Head of CEE Technology Consulting at PwC

Petr Ložek leads PwC Technology Consulting in the CEE region. He has worked as a consultant for over 20 years. He focuses primarily on financial services and technology consultancy. He has worked for most leading banking and insurance groups in the region of Central Europe and has been engaged in numerous technology transformation projects.

The main areas of his expertise include IT and digitizing strategies, multi-channel solutions, process automation and digitization, business intelligence solutions and core banking transformations.

Before joining PwC, Petr Ložek worked for Accenture as the Managing Director, where he was responsible for key accounts in the area of financial services in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Romania.

Petr Ložek believes that the principal advantage of PwC compared to classic technology suppliers lies in PwC’s ability to pair technical skills with in-depth knowledge of the individual sectors, commercial perspective and regulatory issues, data analysis skills and, where relevant, also legal and tax aspects, whereby it can provide its clients with a comprehensive service package.

Dr. Robert Skalina

Dr. Robert Skalina

Senior Advisor at WH Partners

Robert Skalina is a Czech Advocate as well as a Registered European Lawyer in Malta. He is based in Prague and works in Malta regularly.
He is financial services and corporate lawyer and provides advice to a wide range of investment managers, advisors and funds, including private equity and hedge funds. Robert also regularly advises clients in the gaming/gambling industries and has vast experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions and complex cross border transactions.

Robert has previously held the position of head of legal of a London based investment advisor active throughout the EMEA region. Prior to that, he served as legal counsel for the largest retail bank in the Czech Republic.

Robert graduated with an LLM cum laude from the London School of Economics. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the Charles University in Prague. He provides advice in English, Czech and Slovak.

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy

CEO and Founder at LATOKEN

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy is a top entrepreneur and speaker in the capital markets transition space. Mr. Preobrazhenskiy is the CEO and Founder of LATOKEN, a top digital assets exchange leading worldwide security token offerings and secondary markets with 400k+ users. He was a director of the Founder Institute tech incubator ($20B+ portfolio companies value) and Marcuard Spectrum (Marcuard group $3bn+ assets). He also managed Avega Capital hedge fund. As a 12x keynote speaker and host of LATOKEN forums visited by 2 presidents and $120bn funds, Valentin contributes to the financial system transformation agenda.   

Konrad Gill

Konrad Gill

Founder and Creative Director of ViARsys

Konrad Gill is Founder and Creative Director of ViARsys. Based in the City of Vienna, VIARsys develops Virtual and Augmented Reality systems and solutions for LBE and B2B resources.

Konrad has more than 18 years of experience in leading positions in the gaming and entertainment industry, where he has focused on implementing innovative ideas to land-based entertainment facilities and online gaming convergence.

As president of vrlab.at, the Austrian Association for the development of Virtual Reality and Edutainment, Konrad Gill is engaged on the forefront of implementing immersive worlds with all the possibilities of VR for education and for the preservation of cultural heritage.

Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko

CEO and Co-founder of HumanIT

Sergey Tkachenko is the CEO and Co-founder of HumanIT company and a TechHeaven startup participant with more than 12 years of experience in sales and management.

Currently, Sergey and his team are working on creating AR/VR solutions as well as Web platforms and mobile applications for customers all over the world. Besides the mentioned services, the company also focuses on the development of digital copies of humans.

Tomáš Žilavý

Tomáš Žilavý

Solution Sales Representative at IBM Global Technology Services

Tomas is a Sales professional at IBM, based in the Central European region. He leads business development activities in the field of blockchain in Central. IBM is the current market leader in enterprise blockchain projects’ development and adoption with successful platforms such as TradeLens, FoodTrust, WorldWire.
After graduating from a European Highschool based in Slovakia, Tomas moved to the UK to gain his double master’s degree in Economics and Business Management. After that, he moved to Sweden to get a master’s in International Business. He is currently enrolled in the MSc program in Digital Currencies at Nicosia University. Tomas has years of experience from consulting and commercial director positions in the start-up and SME environment.

Dean Rakic

Dean Rakic

Chief Blockchain Officer at Blockcontrol Germany

As a Blockchain expert and advisor, Dean Rakic accompanies customers in their digital transformation processes. He looks back on many years of experience in architecture for the processing of large amounts of data, especially in the healthcare environment. His professional focus is on project management, lead with respect to the entire project life cycle including project initiation and project handling. Besides, his additional personal strength is in acting as a specialist in business liaison/stakeholder management. Overall previous experience is on top of Strategy and Innovation development during all development phases. More than 25 years of detailed knowledge of IT and software architecture, project monitoring and project controlling with the identification, analysis, measurement, and control of project risks as well as the regular analysis of the impacts makes his personal stamp. Particularly important is his contribution to the promotion of science and the implementation of innovative achievements through lectures, mentoring and counselling in different vertices, ranging from standard industrial to non-governmental and sustainable projects.

Jiří Třečák

Jiří Třečák

CEO at Supernova

Before taking on the future of automated software development as the founder and CEO of Supernova, Jiří Třečák put more than 70 mobile development projects under his belt for leading global companies. Most recently, Supernova became the first Czech company to go through the prestigious YCombinator program in the W19 batch. As a self-described need-to-know-everything geek, his passions span startups, open source, leadership, and beyond.

Jakub Hytka

Jakub Hytka

Senior Manager at EY

Senior manager in EY’s Financial Services Advisory team based in Prague with a main focus on innovative business digital solutions, digital business strategy, and innovative data usage for business and risk purposes.

Jakub has led and deployed a number of large scale implementation projects across the CEE region focused on the development of end-to-end digital sales solutions, covering all relevant workstreams incl. regulatory, credit risk, business and IT.

Vojtech Chloupek

Vojtech Chloupek

Partner at Bird & Bird

Vojtěch is an experienced advisor with broad expertise in intellectual property and information technology.

Vojtěch is the head of the Intellectual Property Group in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Vojtěch specialises primarily in intellectual property and competition law. His expertise covers both contentious and non-contentious aspects of various intellectual property rights, including copyright, trademarks, designs, patents, unfair competition, information technology, domain names, trade secrets and data protection.

Besides frequent advice on numerous intellectual property (IP)/ information technology (IT) matters, he also regularly assists clients in connection with various antitrust matters, including anti-competitive practices, abuse of dominance, merger clearances and state aid. He represented clients in proceedings at the Czech Competition Authority as well as European Commission.

Vojtěch has significant industry expertise in a number of sectors, including aviation, electronic consumer products, media, life sciences, public transport and software.

He joined us in June 2009 having previously worked in Allen & Overy for five years. In 2007, he was admitted to the Czech Bar. Before starting a career in advocacy, Vojtěch worked in a Czech copyright collecting society.

Vojtěch belongs among the elite and internationally recognised experts in the intellectual property law in the Czech Republic. He was repeatedly awarded the Managing IP Star, gained the ILO Client Choice award in 2014 and 2015, was named as the WIPR Leader 2016 & 2017, recognised by Who’s Who Legal and is listed in Gold tier as an individual at the World Trademark Review.

Vojtěch gained a degree of Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford (St. Peter’s College). He also studied law at Charles University in Prague and theatre management at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

He is fluent in Czech and English.

Manel Muñoz

Manel Muñoz

Co-Founder of the Transpecies Society

Manel Muñoz (Barcelona,1996) is a Catalan perceptual artist based in Barcelona, best known for developing and installing a cybernetic sensory organ to perceive changes in atmospheric pressure in his body. The barometric organ allows him to perceive the arrival of cyclones and anticyclones via beat frequencies transmitted through the skull. Depending on the input perceived, he can predict weather changes as well as feel at what altitude he is in.

Muñoz studied contemporary photography in Barcelona and became Cyborg Foundation’s artist in residence in 2016. In 2017, he co-founded the Transpecies Society, an association that gives voice to people who do not identify as being 100% human and raises awareness on the issues they face. The association, based in Barcelona, offers workshops specialised in the design and creation of new sensory organs.

Muñoz has shared his experience as a cyborg artist by performing and speaking in conferences and festivals in Germany, UK, Romania, Spain and The Netherlands among others.

Dushan Spalevich

Dushan Spalevich

Founder & CEO at iBlock TV

Dushan Spalevich is a Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Startup  Advisor.

With only 25 years, Dushan became the youngest manager responsible for a country business operation of an FMCG multinational company SC Johnson, managing Slovenian market.
Dushan co-founded a self-funded startup project in Russia and managed it as a CEO to become the biggest segment company with more than 250 employees.

Today, he is a founder of iBlock Capital  – Global Fundraising And Advisory Network, and Founder & Host of iBlock TV –  YouTube, specialized in covering tech startups ecosystem.

Dushan graduated at Natural Science and Mathematics High School and holds a bachelor’s degree of Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dushan lived and worked in several countries and can communicate in 7 different languages.

Martin Stoefler

Martin Stoefler

Co-Founder & Compliance Expert at OSM Solutions

Martin is heading the compliance services section of OSM Solutions. He has filled a lot of different roles within his 17-year spanning career in IT Security. With a solid technical background, he has proven invaluable for the security management, design, implementation and evaluation work that he is focusing on today.

The type of projects Martin has taken part of range from penetration testing of large international banks, designing and implementing anti-spam solutions for ISPs, technology migration withing high-risk security areas, design & creation of security departments to market entries in newly created, highly regulated legislative environments and a lot more.

In the last few years of his career as Head of Security for an international B2B gaming-platform provider, his main focus was the compliance and security of the complex solution offering, the coordination between internal & external stakeholders and the management of audits for regulated gaming markets.

As a side project, Martin has designed and implemented a compliance product which will be launched by OSM Solutions shortly.

Jean Paul Fabri

Jean Paul Fabri

Managing Director of ARQ Economic & Business Intelligence

JP is the Managing Director of ARQ Economic & Business Intelligence, a specialized unit that applies economics to consumers, firms, and policy. He is currently the Lead Director on blockchain and cryptocurrency at ARQ Group. JP is specialized in resilience-building strategies and was a Technical Consultant to The Commonwealth Secretariat and acted as advisor to 9 governments across 3 continents. Prior to joining ARQ Group, JP was the Group Board Secretary of a London and Helsinki listed mining company. He also formed part of the private secretariat of the former Prime Minister and of the Governor of the Central Bank of Malta. An economist by profession, JP followed post-graduate studies in economics and political economy at the University of Malta and the London School of Economics. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.

Capt.L.C. Arrigo GARIPOLI

Capt.L.C. Arrigo GARIPOLI

Founder at BlueQbit

Capt.L.C. Arrigo GARIPOLI is a Financial Banking Consultant on Maritime Industries and the founder of BlueQbit. The technology developed for BlueQbit dispatches as a blockchain solution provides a transparent, integrated, without permission and decentralized base data layer for the process of the trust agreement.
The BlueQbit company with the dedicated project aims to implement a
“blockchain based” ecosystem to revolutionize the traditional Shipping Section with its shipments and Naval Brokerage, aware that the platform thus created can also be used for the Departments where yachts registered in BlueQbit can be marketed or rented all over the world

André Xuereb

André Xuereb

Professor of Atomic and Quantum Physics at the University of Malta

André Xuereb is physicist from Malta. He read for an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Malta, a PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Southampton in the UK, and a master degree in entrepreneurship at the University of Malta. He is professor of atomic and quantum physics at the University of Malta, is Science Policy Officer of the Malta Chamber of Scientists, represents Malta on several European research networks, and was recently elected as the first Maltese member of the Global Young Academy. André has an active career in science, having established and leading the quantum research group at the University of Malta, and co-owns an educational software startup.

Aleksander Kijek

Aleksander Kijek

Chief Product Officer at Nethone

Experienced leader and new technologies enthusiast fascinated by fintech and neuroscience. Profoundly passionate about combining his technological and people skills in the IT world. Prior to joining Nethone, he developed his technical and soft skills as a leader of PISAK project (an initiative stimulating the social inclusion of heavily disabled people through technology) and a coordinator of multiple projects at American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
 At Nethone, Aleksander is responsible for business and product development, workflow management and ensuring comprehensive operational excellence at the company.
 Aleksander studied Neuropsychology and Neuroinformatics at the University of Warsaw.

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