• Ruben Merz
    Ruben Merz Lead Architect 5G, Swisscom
    Ruben Merz

    Ruben is the lead architect of the 5G program at Swisscom.

  • Carsten Larsen
    Carsten Larsen Commercial Director Recycling EMEA & APAC, DOW
    Carsten Larsen

    Carsten Larsen is the Commercial Director Recycling EMEA & APAC. He is responsible for developing new business models and growth strategies that monetize the plastics waste recycling streams for EMEA and APAC, including mechanical and chemical recycling platforms. The focus will be the development of recycling solutions that help customers achieve their sustainability objectives and enable a shift towards a more circular value chain for plastics.
    Larsen joined Dow in Denmark in 1993 as a trainee. In 1995, he moved to Stockholm, Sweden as Customer Service Representative for Liquid Separation, Plastics and Polyurethanes.
    From 2000 to 2006 he held Key Account Management Roles in Specialty Chemicals and Plastics for Germany and Scandinavia.
    In January 2017 Carsten moved to Horgen and was named Commercial Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for Dow Industrial Solutions before accepting his current role in September 2018.

  • Spencer Levy
    Spencer Levy Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE
    Spencer Levy

    Spencer Levy is the Chairman of Americas Research and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. Spencer is the chief spokesman on real estate matters for CBRE in the Americas. He is regularly quoted in major business publications and frequently is a guest on business television, including Bloomberg, CNBC, PBS and Fox Business.   He is widely considered one of the finest commentators in the entire Commercial Real Estate industry.  

    By leveraging his 23 years of experience in commercial real estate, including the past 11 at CBRE, Spencer has redefined the role of research leader. Spencer combines his experience as a lawyer, investment banker and capital markets leader to create presentations that go deep and touch on all aspects of commercial real estate. Combined with his unique and engaging presenting style, this makes him one of the most respected commentators and advisors in the business. Spencer regularly speaks at major events of the country’s leading commercial real estate organizations, including CORENET, NAIOP, ULI, ICSC, NAREIM and CREW. He also has guest lectured at major universities, including his alma maters Harvard and Cornell, in addition to Columbia, NYU, Johns Hopkins, Indiana, Georgetown, Pitt, Auburn and many others. Spencer is a recipient of multiple industry awards, including the CORENET Luminary Award for Excellence in Public Speaking, the CBRE Trammell Crow Master Builder Award, the CBRE Gary J. Bebon Teamwork Award, the CBRE Capital Markets “MVP”, and was named a State of Maryland Influencer in Real Estate.

    While a New Yorker for most of his life, Spencer currently hails from Baltimore and is a proud husband of 19 years and father of three children. Spencer sits on the boards of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and Harvard Alumni Real Estate.  

  • David McIntosh
    David McIntosh Moderator
    David McIntosh

    David is a Boston-based consultant, educator, author and speaker, serving as a consultant to executives and their  organizations. As a facilitator, he designs and leads strategic planning sessions for businesses and non-profit institutions. As a teacher, he creates customized management development programs for CEOs and their leadership teams, as well as teaching two online courses at Harvard University (advanced business strategy and behavioral economics). He is the co-author of The Art of Business (Barrett-Koehler Publishers, 2005), which was published in five languages. He has extensive experience as a speaker, addressing audiences in Europe, Asia, and North America about technology trends, innovation, and the synthesis of work and art.

    David earned his MBA and his AB (magna cum laude) from Harvard University.  His writings have appeared in Urban Land, Leader to Leader, Opera America, and Perspectives on Business Innovation.

  • Kimmo Rauma
    Kimmo Rauma Vice President, Danfoss Editron
    Kimmo Rauma

    Dr. Kimmo Rauma is the co-founder and former CEO of Visedo, currently a Vice President of the Danfoss Editron Ltd (once Danfoss acquired Visedo on December 2017). Danfoss Editron is a Finnish headquartered manufacturer of heavy-duty electric drivetrains. Danfoss Editron delivers the market’s most efficient hybrid and electric power for marine vessels and commercial vehicles.

    Before pioneering heavy-duty electrification with Visedo, Kimmo founded numerous technology start-ups in different fields, from dental technology to machine learning.

    Kimmo received M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology in 2002 and 2006. He is also a member of the Electric Vehicle Systems Program steering group of the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and member of the board of directors of Lappeenranta University of technology (LUT).

  • Estefania Tapias
    Estefania Tapias Co-Founder & CEO, WeSpace
    Estefania Tapias

    Dr. Estefanía Tapiasis co-founder & CEO at WeSpace. She obtained her Ph.D. at ETH Zurich and worked as a researcher and lecturer on the topic of Future Cities. Estefanía has been listed in BILANZ Top 100 Digital Shapers in Switzerland and in Forbes 30 under 30. She is Mentor & Expert at CVLabs, WEF Global  Shaper, and Founding President of the EIT Alumni Board.

    Estefanía co-developed the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) series on ´Future Cities` on edX and co-authored the book 'City in your Hands'. She has been invited speaker in different international events such as the World Web Forum, the Sustainable Innovation Forum - COP21, and the European Forum of Young Innovators – EURODOC. Estefanía is committed to develop and shape initiatives that support the sustainable future of societies and cities.

  • Nathaniel Bullard
    Nathaniel Bullard Head of Content, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
    Nathaniel Bullard

    Nathaniel Bullard is Head of Content at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He is currently based in Washington D.C., after positions in Hong Kong and San Francisco.

    His expertise in energy and technology spans distributed power generation, the impact of new technologies on existing energy and transport business models, and transitions to lower-carbon economies in developed and developing countries.            

    Nathaniel is a Bloomberg Opinion contributor, writing on energy, technology, transportation, and finance. He is a frequent commentator as well and has been cited in The Economist, The New York Times, Forbes, Technology Review, and Scientific American, and appears regularly on Bloomberg Television.  

    Nathaniel has an MA in International Energy Policy and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an AB, magna cum laude in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. He is also a 2012 Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow.

  • Barbara J.  Burger
    Barbara J. Burger President, Chevron Technology Ventures
    Barbara J. Burger

    Barbara J. Burger, PhD., is president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV). CTV addresses Chevron’s
    business needs through the identification and integration of innovative externally‐developed
    technologies that strengthen Chevron’s business now and in the future.
    Burger joined Chevron in 1987 as a research chemist and has since held a number of management
    positions across International Marketing, Chemicals, Technology Marketing and Lubricants.
    Her many civic and industry affiliations include leadership positions with Houston Exponential and the
    Houston Symphony Society. Beyond Houston she serves on the leadership counsel for Cyclotron Road,
    the external advisory council for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the governing board of the
    MIT Energy Initiative and is a member of the MIT Visiting Committee. She was recently appointed to the
    Board of Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investment LLP. Burger is an active alumnus of the
    University of Rochester where she serves on the Board of Trustees and the university’s River Campus
    Libraries National Council e. She established the Barbara J. Burger Endowed Scholarship in the Sciences
    and founded the Barbara J. Burger iZone, where students generate, refine, and communicate ideas for
    social, cultural, community and economic impact.
    Burger holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester, a doctoral degree in
    chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and an academic honor MBA in finance from the
    University of California, Berkeley.

  • Chris Luebkeman
    Chris Luebkeman Fellow and Director for Global Foresight, Arup
    Chris Luebkeman

    Chris Luebkeman is a geologist, engineer and architect. After his multifaceted studies he worked for the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. He also lectured at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, MIT in Boston and ETH Zurich. Luebkeman joined Arup in 1999 as Co-Director of Research and Development. He established the "Foresight+Research+Innovation" division in the globally active engineering office. In the course of his career, Luebkeman has advised numerous public authorities, non-profit organizations and companies around the globe. The author and futurologist is an expert on change processes at the interface between technology, buildings and infrastructure and deals with their effects on the future.

  • Paul Morris
    Paul Morris Independent Advisor, ex-Dow Chemical
    Paul Morris

    Paul Morris is a 22-year veteran of the Corporate Venture Capital industry. He set up and ran the CVC operation of Dow Chemical in Europe and has been at the forefront of new CVC initiatives for many years. He has invested over $100M in 35 direct deals and, as an LP, in 15 VC funds. During a 28-year career with Dow, Morris held senior business management roles across various geographies, including Head of New Businesses for EMEA. He now consults for corporates, governments, start-ups and funds on CVC, investments and fundraising. This currently includes supporting initiatives by certain governments, including the UK, to stimulate the flow of inward VC investment, drawing on his network of close contacts with over 100 CVC leaders globally.

    Morris is a regular speaker at major CVC events. He delivers training courses for corporate VCs in the US, Europe and Asia in his capacity as Head of the Global Corporate Venturing Academy; and is the current President of GCV Connect Europe . He holds board positions in five entities in Europe and the Middle East spanning both public and private sectors. An avid sportsman, Paul Morris has captained teams at club and representative level in rugby and cricket. He is now an enthusiastic skier and cyclist.

  • Valerio Nannini
    Valerio Nannini Independent Advisor, ex-Nestlé
    Valerio Nannini

    Former Senior Vice-President, head of Strategies and Performance at Nestlé global HQ, Valerio is a leading innovation enabler who offers his expertise to a broad spectrum of start-ups, agencies and consulting companies as they expand their businesses and offerings.

    Valerio has an exhaustive understanding of disruptive technologies, digital environments, and their commercial applications. A respected driver of innovation, he has a track record of engaging with academia, accelerators, VCs and start-ups, as well as with major strategic partnerships and alliances, to accelerate growth. His vast network, his drive to maximise corporate efficiency, his passion for innovation and for nurturing cross-functional corporate culture have allowed Valerio to deliver a number of business-relevant and innovative concepts, whilst leading change management.

    Valerio’s international business expertise extends across Europe, Asia, Africa, the US and Latin America. He has an MBA from the University of Wales and is the recipient of the Certificate in Lifelong Executive Learning from IMD Business School in Lausanne. Valerio holds British, Swiss and Italian citizenship.

  • Roelof Westerbeek
    Roelof Westerbeek Independent Advisor, ex-DSM Plastics
    Roelof Westerbeek

    Roelof is an independent senior advisor in the fields of Strategy, Innovation and Circular Development with a focus on Materials/Plastics and Packaging. He councils multiple large and small organizations to advance their Sustainability and Circularity roadmaps, and is mentoring start-ups on Business Strategy. His activities include those that are focused on helping solve the dramatic pollution by plastics of our main waterways and oceans.

    Roelof has 30 years of experience in Plastics and Packaging. He was CEO of DSM Engineering Plastics, leading for several years a global bn€ business. As Business Group Director at Amcor he managed a bn€ Flexible Plastics Packaging business in Asia Pacific with manufacturing in 8 countries.

    He is a strong believer on the responsibility and opportunities that businesses and business leaders have to address the large global challenges that we face in climate change and making our economy carbon neutral and fully circular. He is passionate about the convergence of Business and Circularity; Doing Good by doing Well.

    While he managed large P/Ls for most of his career, he has a strong background in Technology, and having led for many years the global Materials Science Research group at DSM with over 400 PhDs.

    Roelof has worked and lived in Asia Pacific for 20 years. He holds a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Delft University in the Netherlands. He is married to Susanne and they have three kids, who have lived most of their life in China and Singapore.