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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
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

Blockchain expert and advisor

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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