HERE, SHARING MEANS MULTIPLYING

Not over the top, just a couple of levels further: At our keynote speeches, you will get first-hand insights from the people who have already beaten the final boss. Make sure to pay attention and take home a few power-ups with you.

Speakers

  • BORYANA STRAUBEL

    Executive Director Straubel Foundation

    Boryana is passionate about helping accelerate the transition to an environmentally sustainable future. Through the Straubel Foundation, Boryana invests into future leaders via the Straubel Leadership Awards and innovative early stage ventures that are focused on fundamentally re-engineering the world.
    Over a decade at Tesla and the Wikimedia Foundation, Boryana applied her expertise in identifying and developing human potential and top performance. Boryana is also an Analytics and Operations powerhouse and has led key functions such as People Analytics, HR Data and Systems, HR Operation, Business Analytics, Change Management, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management and M&A Integration.
    Boryana holds an B.S.…

    Boryana is passionate about helping accelerate the transition to an environmentally sustainable future. Through the Straubel Foundation, Boryana invests into future leaders via the Straubel Leadership Awards and innovative early stage ventures that are focused on fundamentally re-engineering the world.
    Over a decade at Tesla and the Wikimedia Foundation, Boryana applied her expertise in identifying and developing human potential and top performance. Boryana is also an Analytics and Operations powerhouse and has led key functions such as People Analytics, HR Data and Systems, HR Operation, Business Analytics, Change Management, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management and M&A Integration.
    Boryana holds an B.S. in Economics from University of California Berkeley, and both an M.S. in Management (Sloan) and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering (Industrial Engineering) from Stanford University. A life-long learner and global nomad, Boryana was born and raised in Bulgaria, and has lived in Germany, Austria and Russia. She calls the United States home since 2005.

  • Donald Kossmann

    Scientist & Director Microsoft Research Lab Redmond

    Donald Kossmann is the director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond, which researches in all core areas of computer science, works closely with business groups throughout the company and collaborates openly with universities and the scientific communities, to cover the whole spectrum from fundamental, basic research to technology transfer as part of high-risk and high-potential projects.
    Donald’s research on data management aims to make data in the cloud cheaper, more valuable, and more secure. He is part of the Cipherbase project, which has led to Microsoft’s SQL Always Encrypted product, and involved in the Socrates project (SQL Hyperscale). Donald…

    Donald Kossmann is the director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond, which researches in all core areas of computer science, works closely with business groups throughout the company and collaborates openly with universities and the scientific communities, to cover the whole spectrum from fundamental, basic research to technology transfer as part of high-risk and high-potential projects.
    Donald’s research on data management aims to make data in the cloud cheaper, more valuable, and more secure. He is part of the Cipherbase project, which has led to Microsoft’s SQL Always Encrypted product, and involved in the Socrates project (SQL Hyperscale). Donald is a strong believer in decomposing the traditional monolithic database architecture. He has spent many years of his career in academia, co-founded several small and middle-sized companies such as 28msec Inc. and Teralytics, and is currently working on a book that explains basic concepts of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence to teenager.

  • Vivek Ravisankar

    Co-Founder & CEO HackerRank

    Vivek is a Co-Founder and CEO at HackerRank. HackerRank is the world’s leading developer skills platform, helping more than 7 million developers (over 25 percent of the global developer population) learn and practice coding. Every eight seconds, someone around the world completes a HackerRank assessment. HackerRank has raised over $58 million over a series of fundraising rounds and is the first company to be accepted by Y-combinator from India. Prior to HackerRank, Vivek was on the Kindle team at Amazon, India. Vivek was named as a member of Forbes 30 under 30 in technology worldwide.

    Vivek is a Co-Founder and CEO at HackerRank. HackerRank is the world’s leading developer skills platform, helping more than 7 million developers (over 25 percent of the global developer population) learn and practice coding. Every eight seconds, someone around the world completes a HackerRank assessment. HackerRank has raised over $58 million over a series of fundraising rounds and is the first company to be accepted by Y-combinator from India. Prior to HackerRank, Vivek was on the Kindle team at Amazon, India. Vivek was named as a member of Forbes 30 under 30 in technology worldwide.

  • Karin Lenzlinger Diedenhofen

    Entrepreneur & Board Member

    Karin has many years of management experience as CEO and currently holds various positions on various boards of directors, such as the gastronomy company SV Group. She is also the president of the Zurich Chamber of Commerce, a member of Economiesuisse and is involved in various associations and organizations. Karin is committed to concrete actions regarding sustainability and social responsibility in Swiss entrepreneurship, e.g. through B-Lab-Switzerland or as an investor.
    Respectfulness, curiosity and responsibility have always been the guidelines in all the ventures in Karin's career. Be it a student, teacher, researcher, family woman, entrepreneur, however particularly as an experienced…

    Karin has many years of management experience as CEO and currently holds various positions on various boards of directors, such as the gastronomy company SV Group. She is also the president of the Zurich Chamber of Commerce, a member of Economiesuisse and is involved in various associations and organizations. Karin is committed to concrete actions regarding sustainability and social responsibility in Swiss entrepreneurship, e.g. through B-Lab-Switzerland or as an investor.
    Respectfulness, curiosity and responsibility have always been the guidelines in all the ventures in Karin's career. Be it a student, teacher, researcher, family woman, entrepreneur, however particularly as an experienced leader and CEO, as well as Member or President of different boards either associations or SME companies, i.e. Lenzlinger Söhne AG, SV Group or the Chamber of Commerce of Zurich and Economiesuisse. Having also had the chance to gain experience in different countries she now intends to help foster actions of sustainability and social responsibility in swiss entrepreneurship, also as an investor.

  • Marc Gläser

    CEO Stöckli

    Marc Gläser is an expert when it comes to international marketing of high-quality Swiss products. Since 2014, he has been managing Stöckli, Switzerland's largest ski manufacturer. As the first CEO who is not a member of the Stöckli family, Marc modernized the company and greatly expanded sales in Switzerland and abroad.
    Before this, Marc worked for the Swiss watch manufacturer Maurice Lacroix for 12 years, where he was promoted to CEO in 2012. It was up to Marc and his team to reposition the brand, bring the management closer to the market and customers and increase profitability. Other career highlights…

    Marc Gläser is an expert when it comes to international marketing of high-quality Swiss products. Since 2014, he has been managing Stöckli, Switzerland's largest ski manufacturer. As the first CEO who is not a member of the Stöckli family, Marc modernized the company and greatly expanded sales in Switzerland and abroad.
    Before this, Marc worked for the Swiss watch manufacturer Maurice Lacroix for 12 years, where he was promoted to CEO in 2012. It was up to Marc and his team to reposition the brand, bring the management closer to the market and customers and increase profitability. Other career highlights included his own Swiss family business Wogg, known for high-quality design furniture, as well as Feldschlösschen and the consumer goods group Unilever. Marc is married, father of two children and acquired his skills at the HSG.

  • Sebastian Gunningham

    Co-CEO WeWork

    Prior to joining WeWork as vice chairman and co-CEO by end of 2018, Sebastian spent more than 10 years at Amazon, running the company’s marketplace business. He was one of CEO Jeff Bezos’s closest advisory and oversaw more than 30’000 people. Before his career at Amazon, Gunningham, was a senior executive at Apple and Oracle, working closely with high profile CEOs Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison. Sebastian is 57 years old, graduated from Stanford University (Mathematical Sciences) and lives in New York.

    Prior to joining WeWork as vice chairman and co-CEO by end of 2018, Sebastian spent more than 10 years at Amazon, running the company’s marketplace business. He was one of CEO Jeff Bezos’s closest advisory and oversaw more than 30’000 people. Before his career at Amazon, Gunningham, was a senior executive at Apple and Oracle, working closely with high profile CEOs Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison. Sebastian is 57 years old, graduated from Stanford University (Mathematical Sciences) and lives in New York.

  • Monika Walser

    CEO de Sede AG

    Monika has been a managing partner of the Manufaktur de Sede AG since 2014. Born in Aargau, she began her career with an educational training as an haute couture dressmaker, followed by a Master of Science in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, an Executive Master in Management Communication and Leadership, an Executive Master in Telecommunications and Change Management, and an Executive MBA in Leadership and Ethics.
    She started her first position as a managing director and owner in 1994 at Cassiopeia Trend AG. From 2000 to 2004 she worked as Chief Communication Officer at the newly founded telecommunications company diAx and,…

    Monika has been a managing partner of the Manufaktur de Sede AG since 2014. Born in Aargau, she began her career with an educational training as an haute couture dressmaker, followed by a Master of Science in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, an Executive Master in Management Communication and Leadership, an Executive Master in Telecommunications and Change Management, and an Executive MBA in Leadership and Ethics.
    She started her first position as a managing director and owner in 1994 at Cassiopeia Trend AG. From 2000 to 2004 she worked as Chief Communication Officer at the newly founded telecommunications company diAx and, after its sale, at TDC Switzerland AG/sunrise. From 2005 to 2009, she was CCO and HR manager and deputy managing director at ETRANS AG and founded swissgrid AG, in which the assets of ETRANS AG were merged. During this time she was elected UCTE (umbrella organisation of all operators of high-voltage grids in Europe in Brussels) responsible for communication and political issues.
    Based on these projects she founded the WAEGA-Group AG in Zurich in 2009 with two partners. She still handles the mandates of Sanitas Krankenversicherungs AG, Orior AG and Zurich Zoo within this company. From 2009 to 2014 Monika was CEO of the Swiss bag and accessories manufacturer FREITAG lab ag. Since 2016 she has been CEO and delegate of the board of directors of de Ligno AG.

  • Eric Muntz

    Chief Technology Officer Mailchimp

    Eric Muntz is Mailchimp’s CTO responsible for the engineering teams that design, implement, and maintain Mailchimp’s products and infrastructure. He is passionate about designing and aligning technology to deliver connected customer experiences that drive business success. During his career, Eric has helped create web, desktop, and mobile applications for early-stage startups, small businesses, and the federal government. He has a degree in applied mathematics from Auburn University and also practices and teaches krav maga. Eric lives in Atlanta with his wife and two kids.

    Eric Muntz is Mailchimp’s CTO responsible for the engineering teams that design, implement, and maintain Mailchimp’s products and infrastructure. He is passionate about designing and aligning technology to deliver connected customer experiences that drive business success. During his career, Eric has helped create web, desktop, and mobile applications for early-stage startups, small businesses, and the federal government. He has a degree in applied mathematics from Auburn University and also practices and teaches krav maga. Eric lives in Atlanta with his wife and two kids.

  • Marc-Remo Kündig

    CEO Kündig Nahrungsmittel

    Marc-Remo is the Managing Director of Kündig Nahrungsmittel GmbH & Co KG since 2015 and responsible for the Marketing and Communication division of the Kündig Group since 2016. Previously, the graduate marketing and SME management expert (SAWI/HSG) worked in quality leading companies in the dental and automotive industries, where he was able to further develop his passion for brand management in four languages as a product manager.

    Marc-Remo is the Managing Director of Kündig Nahrungsmittel GmbH & Co KG since 2015 and responsible for the Marketing and Communication division of the Kündig Group since 2016. Previously, the graduate marketing and SME management expert (SAWI/HSG) worked in quality leading companies in the dental and automotive industries, where he was able to further develop his passion for brand management in four languages as a product manager.

  • Diego Piacentini

    Former Italian Government Commissioner for the Digital Agenda

    Diego worked at Amazon over 16 years, as a Senior Vice President of the International Consumer Business and member of the Senior Executive team (S-team), reporting directly to Jeff Bezos, and responsible for all international retail operations. Under his leadership, Amazon launched and grew e-commerce operations in Europe, Japan, Canada, China, India, and Brazil. Previously he worked 12 years at Apple, most recently as General Manager and Vice President of Apple EMEA in Paris. He served a two-year civil servant term as the Italian Government Commissioner for Digital Transformation, reporting directly to the Prime Minister. In this role, he founded…

    Diego worked at Amazon over 16 years, as a Senior Vice President of the International Consumer Business and member of the Senior Executive team (S-team), reporting directly to Jeff Bezos, and responsible for all international retail operations. Under his leadership, Amazon launched and grew e-commerce operations in Europe, Japan, Canada, China, India, and Brazil. Previously he worked 12 years at Apple, most recently as General Manager and Vice President of Apple EMEA in Paris. He served a two-year civil servant term as the Italian Government Commissioner for Digital Transformation, reporting directly to the Prime Minister. In this role, he founded and scaled the Government’s Digital Transformation Team to support the digitization of public services in Italy.
    Diego also serves on several boards, such as The Economist Group, The Bocconi University, OODA Health, The Maasai Association, KKR and Convoy, and is a mentor at Endeavor Global.