Speakers

Anna Valente

Automation, Robotics and Machines

Head of the Laboratory for Automation, Robotics and Machines at SUPSI University (Switzerland), Anna holds a Ph.D. in Manufacturing Technologies and Production Systems at the Politecnico di Milano and a post-doctorate in Interoperability for Adaptive Factories from the University of Bath, UK. She cooperates with industries in aerospace, automotive, MedTech and chemical sectors. Anna coordinates several projects involving RTD (Research and Technical Development) and industrial partners on an international level on robotics and complex machines for additive manufacturing. She is a member of the EU AM Platform and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Fateme Banishoeib

Leadership consultant & Poet

Fateme Banishoeib is a strategic leadership consultant for teams and organizations seeking transformational change. Her specialty is creating cultures of innovation and inclusion. She understands corporate environments from having spent years leading them as a Fortune 500 executive. Fateme is the founder of ReNEWBusiness a think tank and consulting firm that helps leaders architect their organizations for innovation, inclusivity and integrity.
 A published poet, her latest book “The Whisper”, charts the journey from leadership of self to leadership of others.

Not just a strategic leadership consultant Fateme Banishoeib is also a published poet. Learn from her how and why poetry can support the path to humanising business

Wyatt Newman

Robotics Engineer

Wyatt Newman is a professor in the EECS Dept at Case Western Reserve University. He has multidisciplinary degrees from Harvard, M.I.T. and Columbia. His research in robotics and intelligent systems spans over 30 years and includes 12 patents, over 150 publications, and a new textbook on the Robot Operating System. He is a former NSF Young Investigator and has been a visiting fellow at Princeton, U. Edinburgh and U. Hong Kong. He led robotics teams in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge for autonomous vehicles and in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge. Dr. Newman is a technical advisor to Robo Global.

Robotics, automation and Artificial Intelligence are continuously transforming the working world. Discover robotics engineer Wyatt Newman’s take on what skills and jobs will be necessary in the future.

Behshad Behzadi

Engineer and Developer

Behshad leads a team of over 100 Engineers focused on developing the Google Assistant, one of the company’s most innovative and challenging computer science projects. The Assistant enables people to get things done in their world by talking to Google in a natural way. Behshad joined Google Zurich in 2006 and has worked on various areas of Search, including Google Ranking, Alerts, Conversational Search, and Now on Tap. Prior to Google, Behshad graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, where he also received his PhD in Bioinformatics in 2002. He was later a post-doc researcher at the Max Plank Institute for Molecular Genetics, focusing on algorithmic comparative genomics.

Jamil El-Imad

Computer scientist and Inventor

Jamil El-Imad has built a portfolio of research in collaboration with a number of world-class institutes and universities such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. His is interests are in Virtual Reality (VR), brain signal analysis, Big Data and Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI). With his team, he is developing algorithms for epilepsy prediction and other neurological disorders. Jamil is also working on the use of VR in the treatment of phobias and in democratising human experience as well as collaborating with a team that is launching a bio-sensory cloud service offering Big Data management, storage and processing solutions.

Imagine you are in Zurich, your friends are in different countries and you all wish to go to a motor racing or football event together. Learn from computer scientist and inventor Jamil El-Imad how technology is changing our live experience.

Ale Agostini

Entrepreneur and Digital Marketing Expert

Ale Agostini is an Entrepreneur in digital advertising with one mission: improving client’s ROI (Return on Investment) in search marketing, social media, web Analytics and artificial intelligence. He started his career in “traditional” marketing for Ferrero, Campari and the Bolton group. He is partner in Bruce Clay Europe, a digital marketing company founded in California in 1996. He trains more than 1000 marketers yearly in leading business schools (Il Sole 24 ore) and companies (Booking.com academy). He is the author of “Grow your career with LinkedIn”, “SEO& Content”, “Finding Customers with Google” all published by Hoepli and is a regular speaker at marketing events such as SMX, Emetrics, bewizard.

Harald Port

Entrepreneur and Corporate Culture Expert

Harald Port has been advising leaders on enhancing corporate culture for over 15 years. His passion is to help companies create business value by building high performing cultures. He is a founding partner of PvL Partners, a strategy boutique consulting firm in Zurich. Harald believes the culture of PvL Partners to be the biggest asset for the firm and makes it a daily priority for everyone to further shape it. He grew up in an international, mainly German, Swiss and US environment, completing his studies in 2000 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Harald Port’s passion is to help companies create business value by building high performing cultures.
Discover how culture can be a corporation’s number one asset in creating business.

Henrique Jorge

Software developer and Entrepreneur

Henrique Jorge studied IT (Programming and Analysis) in Portugal and was present in the nascent stages of the Internet revolution. He has successfully driven an IT company for the past 22 years. He is best known for launching the new social network ETER9, which relies on Artificial Intelligence to create a Counterpart – a Virtual Self of every user that learns through usage and stays in the system interacting with the world as the user would even when s/he is absent. Henrique Jorge takes the exploration of AI potential a step further, proposing a concept of digital immortality by merging human thoughts with machines.

Frank Barkow

Architect and Professor

Founder and partner at Barkow Leibinger in Berlin Frank Barkow is an educator, researcher, and practicing architect educated at Montana State University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Originally trained as a carpenter he is now a visiting design professor at Princeton University and Harvard. Barkow Leiginger’s interdisciplinary and discursive attitude allows their work to grow and respond to advancing knowledge and technology, making the practice an international leader in digital and analogue fabrication techniques as well as in the application of new materials.

Dorie Clark

Professor and Branding expert

Dorie Clark is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times describes her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, she consults and speaks for clients including Google, Microsoft, and the World Bank.

Bestselling author, public speaker and branding expert Dorie Clark is passionate about helping others take control of their professional lives and make an impact on the world. Find out how a “portfolio career” can be key to job security in an uncertain world.

Kathryn Hess Bellwald

Professor of Mathematics and Life Sciences

Kathryn Hess Bellwald graduated with a PhD in mathematics from MIT at the age of 21 and was then a postdoctoral researcher at the universities of Stockholm, Nice, and Toronto, and, finally, at the EPFL, where she became titular professor in 1999 and associate professor of mathematics and life sciences in 2015. Her research concerns both pure mathematics and innovative applications of mathematics in material science, computer science, cancer biology, and neuroscience. In 2008, she created the Euler course, an accelerated, six-year mathematics program, unique in Europe, that enables local children who are highly gifted in mathematics to realize their potential. She has four sons.