Our Speakers

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Alexander Graf
Co-CEO Spryker Systems

Alexander is an e-commerce entrepreneur & analyst, trained with the Otto Group, then founded over 10 companies.

Alexander Graf
Co-CEO Spryker Systems
Ulf Kämpfer
Oberbürgermeister Stadt Kiel

Ulf Kämpfer ist zudem Wirtschaftsdezernent der Stadt, Vorsitzender des Schl.-Holst. Städteverbandes & Präsidiumsmitglied des Dt. Städtetags.

Ulf Kämpfer
Oberbürgermeister Stadt Kiel
Daniel Günther
Ministerpräsident Schleswig-Holstein

Daniel Günther ist seit 2017 Ministerpräsident des Landes Schleswig-Holstein.

Daniel Günther
Ministerpräsident Schleswig-Holstein
Leyla Acaroglu
Founder and Chief Disrupter, The Unschool of Disruptive Design

Sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works.

Leyla Acaroglu
Founder and Chief Disrupter, The Unschool of Disruptive Design
Kristina Dryža
Futurist and author

Kristina Dryža is recognised as one of the world’s top female futurists and is also an archetypal consultant and author.

Kristina Dryža
Futurist and author
Katharina Nocun
Autorin und Netzaktivistin

Katharina ist Autorin von "Die Daten, die ich rief" und Netzaktivistin. Sie bloggt unter kattascha.de und betreibt den Denkangebot Podcast.

Katharina Nocun
Autorin und Netzaktivistin
Robert Habeck
Bundesvorsitz BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN & Schriftsteller

Von 2012 bis 2018 Energiewende-Minister und stellvertretender Ministerpräsident von Schleswig-Holstein, seit 2018 Bundesvorsitz.

Robert Habeck
Bundesvorsitz BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN & Schriftsteller
Philipp Westermeyer
Founder & CEO OMR

Online Marketing Rockstars ist eine weltweit führende Marketing-Konferenz und zugleich neuartiges Medienunternehmen in Deutschland.

Philipp Westermeyer
Founder & CEO OMR
Mimi Sewalski
CEO, Avocadostore

Building Germany's largest Online Marketplace for Eco Fashion & Green Lifestyle.

Mimi Sewalski
CEO, Avocadostore
Elisabeth Busquets
Emerge

Elisabeth is a thinker, creative and media strategist based in Berlin.

Elisabeth Busquets
Emerge
Dennis Reinmüller
Doppel Real

Doppel Real is a Virtual Reality Production Studio, founded by a digital artist duo who started their Immersive Media practice in 2013.

Dennis Reinmüller
Doppel Real
Deanna Mrkaja
Chapter One

Deanne ist freie Journalistin, Dozentin für Publizistik und Zukunftsforscherin.

Deanna Mrkaja
Chapter One
Dr. Sofía Seinfeld
Universität Bayreuth

Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology and Virtual Reality

Dr. Sofía Seinfeld
Universität Bayreuth
Inga Klas
Beraterin für UX-Design, eCommerce und Digitalisierung

Inga ist seit über 20 Jahren in der IT-Branche, dazu Mitglied im Medienkompetenz Team e.V. und der Gesellschaft für digitale Ethik e.V.

Inga Klas
Beraterin für UX-Design, eCommerce und Digitalisierung
Hans-Joachim Gras
Vorstand Gesellschaft für digitale Ethik

Ideenverbinder und Digitalist. Mission: Menschen unterhaltsam ins Nachdenken bringen.

Hans-Joachim Gras
Vorstand Gesellschaft für digitale Ethik
Sven Thomsen
Ministerium für Energiewende, Landwirtschaft, Umwelt, Natur und Digitalisierung

Sven is coordinating the overall process of digitalization in Schleswig-Holstein and is responsible for ICT and digitalization.

Sven Thomsen
Ministerium für Energiewende, Landwirtschaft, Umwelt, Natur und Digitalisierung
Chiara Ullstein
perfectfuturedesign

Perfectfuturedesign is a design research collective working at the intersection of technology, politics and society.

Chiara Ullstein
perfectfuturedesign
Mariella Sinderhauf
Marketing Manager, Next Commerce Accelerator

Jane as Marketing Manager is scouting and guiding Startups through the male-dominated VC world.

Mariella Sinderhauf
Marketing Manager, Next Commerce Accelerator
Kristine Severson
HTC Vive

Kristine works with content creators to bring amazing VR experiences to consumers.

Kristine Severson
HTC Vive
Jane Jacobsen
Next Commerce Accelerator GmbH

Jane as Marketing Manager of the Next Commerce Accelerator GmbH scouting and guiding Startups through the male-dominated VC world.

Jane Jacobsen
Next Commerce Accelerator GmbH
Marija Rucevska
TechChill Foundation & Helve

Over the years Marija has left an indelible handprint on the local and regional startup scene in Latvia and the Baltics.

Marija Rucevska
TechChill Foundation & Helve
Julie Williamson
Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Julie's research focuses on how people use technology in social settings and how interactive technologies can be designed.

Julie Williamson
Lecturer, University of Glasgow
Simone Buuck
Trainerin, Referentin und Coach

Simone arbeitet in Gruppen- und Einzeltrainings im Feld betriebliches Gesundheitsmanagement mit Fokus auf Resilienz und Kommunikation.

Simone Buuck
Trainerin, Referentin und Coach
Evgeni Kouris
Founder #NewMittelstand

With over a decade of experience, Evgeni works at the intersection of strategy, technology, innovation and culture.

Evgeni Kouris
Founder #NewMittelstand
Tobias Wollermann
Group Vice President Corporate Responsibility, Otto Group

Tobias Wollermann
Group Vice President Corporate Responsibility, Otto Group
Carla Hustedt
Project Lead, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Carla leads the "Ethics of Algorithms" project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung on the societal consequences of algorithmic decision-making.

Carla Hustedt
Project Lead, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Kasia Odrozek
Manager Mozilla

Production of Mozilla's internet health publications and Lead of Berlin Zebras Unite chapter.

Kasia Odrozek
Manager Mozilla
Schlecky Silberstein
Vorstand Gesellschaft für digitale Ethik

The author of the book „Das Internet muss weg“, uses edutainment to provoke reflection on data capitalism and its impact on our freedom.

Schlecky Silberstein
Vorstand Gesellschaft für digitale Ethik
Rachel Opitz
University of Glasgow

Rachel Opitz is a lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow, specialising in Spatial Archaeometry.

Rachel Opitz
University of Glasgow
Dr. Stacey Hunter
Founder, Local Heroes

Stacey Hunter curates, writes and produces within a contemporary design context.

Dr. Stacey Hunter
Founder, Local Heroes
Martin Häuer
Project Manager, OSE Germany e.V.

OSE Germany e.V. contributes to the infrastructure of open source technology, specifically hardware.

Martin Häuer
Project Manager, OSE Germany e.V.
Janine Matheson
CodeBase Stirling

Janine Matheson is a creative producer working across culture, creative industries and tech.

Janine Matheson
CodeBase Stirling
Mark McGill
Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow

His research focuses on the potential futures enabled, and pitfalls encountered, by Mixed Reality displays and headsets.

Mark McGill
Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow
Tatjana Allers
Umweltschutzamt, Kiel

Tatjana ist Zero Waste Projektleiterin und koordiniert die Erstellung und Umsetzung des Kieler Zero Waste-Konzeptes.

Tatjana Allers
Umweltschutzamt, Kiel
Michel Hohendanner
perfectfuturedesign

Perfectfuturedesign is a design research collective working at the intersection of technology, politics and society.

Michel Hohendanner
perfectfuturedesign
Elina Eickstädt
Ebner Stolz - Geschäftsbereich IT

Elina specializes in IT-Security, helping people understand how and why it is important to protect your privacy.

Elina Eickstädt
Ebner Stolz - Geschäftsbereich IT
Carolyn Braun
Chapter One

Carolyn is a German journalist who specialises, since 2012, in complex transmedia storytelling projects focusing on user-interaction.

Carolyn Braun
Chapter One
Kerstin Komander
Cradle to Cragle NGO

Kerstin is member of the Cradle to Cradle NGO Germany and founded the Cradle to Cradle Regional Group for Kiel & SH.

Kerstin Komander
Cradle to Cragle NGO
Ghislaine Guerin
Building with Others

Ghislaine's experience in working remotely with multidisciplinary teams have helped explore and redefine the boundaries of inclusiveness.

Ghislaine Guerin
Building with Others
Vivien Leung
of deep listening

Vivien has been experimenting and collaborating at the intersection of design, emerging technology and social science for over a decade.

Vivien Leung
of deep listening
Klemens Dreesbach
mydatabelongstome

Developing ideas and digital products. My mantra: make your people part of the solution.

Klemens Dreesbach
mydatabelongstome
Joanneke Weerdmeester
PhD at the GEMH-lab, Radboud University

Joanneke's doctoral research is focused on exploring the potential of biofeedback video games for anxiety regulation.

Joanneke Weerdmeester
PhD at the GEMH-lab, Radboud University
Stefan Meyer
Manager "Bioeconomy at Marine Sites (BaMS)" at CAU Kiel

BaMS combines the leading research organizations, as well as innovative companies and influencers of the blue bioeconomy value chain.

Stefan Meyer
Manager "Bioeconomy at Marine Sites (BaMS)" at CAU Kiel
Steffen Voß
Gründer WebMontag Kiel

Most of all we bring the internet scene in Kiel together - we think that works out pretty nice since 2006.

Steffen Voß
Gründer WebMontag Kiel
Benjamin Peters
Founder sura

Sura tries to go new ways and combines sustainable apparel with personalized training plans and an inspiring community.

Benjamin Peters
Founder sura
Owen Harris
Game + VR Designer, Explore DEEP

When not working on DEEP, he designs games and VR experiences for the University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK, Gambrinous and others.

Owen Harris
Game + VR Designer, Explore DEEP
Amrei Andrasch
KNOWEAUX Applied Futures

Amrei is Partner and Learning Experience Designer at KNOWEAUX Applied Futures.

Amrei Andrasch
KNOWEAUX Applied Futures
Simon Berkler
Co-Founder of TheDive

TheDive is a creators‘ collective, a consultancy, a think tank and an expert network for organizational innovation and transformation.

Simon Berkler
Co-Founder of TheDive
Marcel Abraham
Founder deep dive club

Der deep dive club ermutigt, begleitet und betreut Unternehmen auf ihrem Weg in die Nachhaltigkeit. DDC – Agentur, Akademie und Community.

Marcel Abraham
Founder deep dive club
Barry McDonald
Community & Programme/Project Manager, CodeBase

Committed to developing digital skills for all and fascinated by the changing world of work.

Barry McDonald
Community & Programme/Project Manager, CodeBase
Marion Zenthoefer
Technology Transfer GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Der Technologietransfer am GEOMAR ist zentraler Ansprechpartner für Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft für Innovationen.

Marion Zenthoefer
Technology Transfer GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Max Haarich
KI-Verantwortlicher, Gesellschaft für Digitale Ethik

Max Haarich is a Munich-based freelance consultant on ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ambassador of the Republic of Užupis.

Max Haarich
KI-Verantwortlicher, Gesellschaft für Digitale Ethik
Lars Müller
CEO wigital, Vorsitzender des Vereins Digitale Wirtschaft Schleswig-Holstein (DiWiSH)

Lars gründete bereits 1997 als Schüler seine erste Internetagentur und verfügt über mehr als 20 Jahre Online-Erfahrung.

Lars Müller
CEO wigital, Vorsitzender des Vereins Digitale Wirtschaft Schleswig-Holstein (DiWiSH)
Mareike Chalkley
Co-Founder Venturenomix

Mareike is co-founder of Venturenomix and works with entrepreneurs to structure and differentiate impact ventures to secure funding.

Mareike Chalkley
Co-Founder Venturenomix
Heba Ledwon
Class Central

Heba is responsible for Business Development and Partnerships at Class Central, the leading search engine for free online courses.

Heba Ledwon
Class Central
Christian Vollmann
Business Angel & Vorstand Bundesverband deutscher Startups

2014 hat Christian das soziale Netzwerk nebenan.de gegründet und ist derzeit Geschäftsführer der Betreibergesellschaft Good Hood GmbH.

Christian Vollmann
Business Angel & Vorstand Bundesverband deutscher Startups
Kerry Houchen
Coursera Europe

Supporting universities with job-relevant, online education at scale.

Kerry Houchen
Coursera Europe
Wolfgang Kerler
Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder 1E9

Editor-in-Chief of 1E9, a digital magazine, community, and series of events about technology and the future.

Wolfgang Kerler
Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder 1E9
Claas Nieraad
Baltic Business Angels

Claas Nieraad
Baltic Business Angels
Julia Seifert
Co-Founder IFgameSH

Julia is a co-founder of IFgameSH e.V., an initiative for the support of game development and esports in Schleswig-Holstein.

Julia Seifert
Co-Founder IFgameSH
Roberto Benavides
Founder and CEO B² Sensors

Roberto Benavides
Founder and CEO B² Sensors
Kim Strupp
KielRegion GmbH

Project manager at KielRegion GmbH. Organises, among other things, the InnovationsFestival as part of the Danish-German project VekselWirk.

Kim Strupp
KielRegion GmbH
Marion Mayr-Tschofenig
Projektleitung Gründung & Entrepreneurship, KiWi

Marion Mayr-Tschofenig
Projektleitung Gründung & Entrepreneurship, KiWi
Jonas Mielck
Co-Founder stackOcean

The mission of stackOcean is to enable data driven decisions.

Jonas Mielck
Co-Founder stackOcean
Axel Kuhlmann
Code of Africa GmbH

Code of Africa's heart beats for building a business bridge between tech talents in East Africa and Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Axel Kuhlmann
Code of Africa GmbH
Efthalia Arvaniti
SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

Efthalia Arvaniti is the programme manager of the "SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth".

Efthalia Arvaniti
SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG
Martina Blümel
GEOMAR Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel

Martina Blümel
GEOMAR Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Laurie C. Hofmann
Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research

Laurie is an expert in marine macroalgae and is currently working on optimizing seaweed aquaculture for different industrial sectors.

Laurie C. Hofmann
Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Philip Ehrhorn
The Great Bubble Barrier

The Great Bubble Barrier: A proven concept to reduce river plastics and an elegant bubbly solution to a worldwide problem.

Philip Ehrhorn
The Great Bubble Barrier
Peter Schottes
Managing Director, Eisenschmidt Consulting Crew (ECC)

ECC developed the concept for the "MTTZ" (marine center for technology and transfer) which shall serve as a hotspot for maritime innovation.

Peter Schottes
Managing Director, Eisenschmidt Consulting Crew (ECC)
Jolina Bering
E-sports Coach

Jolina has been performance coaching her way through European eSports-teams, striving to improve well-being as well as performance in this h

Jolina Bering
E-sports Coach
Sophie Mirpourian
anscharcampus

With a background in social anthropology Sophie is all about relationships between people, ideas, organisations, futures and places.

Sophie Mirpourian
anscharcampus
Timo Schöber
Founder Esportionary, Author

Timo ist Dozent an Hochschulen in Berlin und Frankfurt (Oder). Als Autor hat er bisher vier Sachbücher zum E-Sport veröffentlicht.

Timo Schöber
Founder Esportionary, Author
Jana Möglich
Co-Founder IFgameSH

Jana Möglich has co-founded IFgameSH e.V., an initiative for the support of game development and esports in Schleswig-Holstein.

Jana Möglich
Co-Founder IFgameSH
Anton Eisenhauer
Marine Scientist, GEOMAR & Founder osteolabs

Tonis findings as a scientist are is commercialized by the GEOMAR “spin-off” osteolabs GmbH

Anton Eisenhauer
Marine Scientist, GEOMAR & Founder osteolabs
Nikita Khudiakov
ART optimist

ART optimist is an ukrainian NGO with the goal is to enrich the culture through an intersection of art, technology, science, philosophy.

Nikita Khudiakov
ART optimist
Carina Kruse
Umweltschutzamt, Landeshauptstadt Kiel

Als Klimaschutzteammitglied der Stadt Kiel setzt sich Carina Kruse für die Erreichung der Klimaneutralität vor Ort bis spätestens 2050 ein.

Carina Kruse
Umweltschutzamt, Landeshauptstadt Kiel
Jörg Gross
Consist Software Solutions GmbH

Jörg ist seit 5 Jahren bei Consist Software Solutions GmbH in Kiel, sein Schwerpunkt liegt in der Entwicklung von Cloud-basiert Anwendungen.

Jörg Gross
Consist Software Solutions GmbH
Marlene Zehnter
Work with Wisdom

Supporting people to redefine their understanding of work and starting to let their work be guided by their inner wisdom.

Marlene Zehnter
Work with Wisdom
Antti Virolainen
Co-Founder Sharetribe

Antti co-founded Sharetribe in 2011 to help entrepreneurs create and run marketplaces online.

Antti Virolainen
Co-Founder Sharetribe
Anthony Tattersall
Senior Director of Enterprise, Coursera EMEA

Senior Director of Enterprise, EMEA at Coursera, helping companies transform through learning and skills development.

Anthony Tattersall
Senior Director of Enterprise, Coursera EMEA
Florian Rampelt
Project Lead AI Campus, Stifterverband

Florian is deputy head of the office of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung and project lead of the AI Campus project at the Stifterverband.

Florian Rampelt
Project Lead AI Campus, Stifterverband
Eric Stumper
Frontend Development Program, opencampus.sh

Eric Stumper
Frontend Development Program, opencampus.sh
Vincent Timm
Experiment Data Sovereignty

Vincent completed his master's degree in digital media last summer with the Data Sovereignty experiment.

Vincent Timm
Experiment Data Sovereignty
Jens Bahr
Co-Founder IFgameSH e.V., Founder Off The Beaten Track

Jens acts as a local representative for the German game association (game - Verband der deutschen Games-Branche).

Jens Bahr
Co-Founder IFgameSH e.V., Founder Off The Beaten Track
Ibrahim Evsan
Corporate Influencer GmbH & Connected Leadership

Ibrahim Evsan ist Keynote Speaker für New Leadership und Top-Experte für Digitalisierung.

Ibrahim Evsan
Corporate Influencer GmbH & Connected Leadership
Maren Rittmeister
UX/UI Designer, UXMA GmbH & Co. KG

Maren is an experienced UX/UI Designer at UXMA and has her focus on HMI projects.

Maren Rittmeister
UX/UI Designer, UXMA GmbH & Co. KG
Carina Wente
UX/UI Designer, UXMA GmbH & Co. KG

Carina is UX/UI Designer at UXMA and experienced in the area of digital farming.

Carina Wente
UX/UI Designer, UXMA GmbH & Co. KG
Thomas Tucker
Co-Founder, PCT digital

PCT digital macht intuitive Software-Plattformen in Co-Creation mit Pflegepersonal verschiedener Dienstleister in Deutschland und SH.

Thomas Tucker
Co-Founder, PCT digital
Michael Kohl
Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Michael's research focuses on how the brain processes, stores and retrieves information.

Michael Kohl
Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow
Felix Magedanz
Founder & CEO, Hanko.io

Felix Magedanz
Founder & CEO, Hanko.io
Hanna Tempelhagen
The Mindful Spaces GmbH

Hanna Tempelhagen
The Mindful Spaces GmbH

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