Ruben is the lead architect of the 5G program at Swisscom.
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 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.
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).
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.
Arjun is an established enterprise architect. He has spent over 22 years helping clients architect their enterprises across the globe. His life has been built around tangibly translating technology applied to creating new business models, driving simplification or making societal impact in non-profit communities. Underpinned by a passion for pragmatic innovation, he continues to lead scaled transformational engagements, serving as a trusted advisor to CxOs of several Fortune 500 corporations. He currently works with Accenture Strategy as the Managing Director accountable for running their Aerospace and Defence (A&D), Electronics and High Tech (EHT) and IoT Strategy businesses in the UK&l.
Cheryl Benini is the Head of Strategy of Smart Infrastructure at Siemens, a new 14 billion Euro business with 71,000 employees, combining Building Technologies, Low- and Medium-Voltage and Digital Grid businesses. She is responsible for market intelligence, strategic planning, alliances, M&A and investments in start-ups.
Cheryl began her career in the automotive industry in 1988, worked for Ford, Chrysler and a supplier doing manufacturing engineering in the US and Switzerland before joining Siemens in Munich in 1997. At Siemens, she began in the Siemens Nixdorf IT division and joined Building Technologies in Zurich in 2000.
Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Management, both from MIT.
Alex Brand, Electrical Engineer ETH Zurich, PhD in Telecommunications Engineering King’s College London, has joined the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) 2005 after having worked for British Telecom in London and Swisscom in Bern.
At SBB he joined the telecommunications department where he was responsible from 2010 to 2017 for SBB telecoms asset management including dedicated mobile communication and data networks as well as outsourced business telephony. On top of this, he was also responsible for the definition and coordination of all SBB endeavors to improve the mobile communications coverage for SBB’s railway passengers and for the free Wireless LAN at 80 SBB railway stations.
In February 2017 he joined the Swiss Rail sector’s digitization program SmartRail 4.0 as program manager for “Location, Connectivity and Security”.
Charles (Chuck) Boettcher is senior vice president, corporate development and chief legal officer of Waste Management. He is responsible for all legal, corporate secretary, ethics and compliance, government affairs, corporate development and innovation
as well as, oilfield services, security and real estate functions. He is a member of
the Company’s senior leadership team and reports to Jim Fish, president and chief executive officer.
Boettcher has previously served as the Company’s vice president and general counsel. Immediately prior to joining Waste Management, he was executive vice president, chief financial officer and general counsel of Dallas-based Oilfield Water Logistics,
a produced water gathering, transportation and disposal company backed by private equity sponsor Natural Gas Partners.
Prior to that, Boettcher served for eight years as senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary of Houston-based Eagle Rock Energy Partners.
Boettcher received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota and a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law.
David is an Energy Specialist at BloombergNEF, based in London. With a focus on the oil industry, David helps clients to understand how clean energy, evolving transport modes, digital innovation and advanced materials will shape the future of the energy sector.
Prior to joining BNEF, David spent time as an Oil Trader with Citibank before joining Wood Mackenzie as a Senior Oil Analyst, covering Europe, Africa and the Caspian region.
David holds a BSc in Financial and Actuarial Mathematics from Dublin City University and an MSc in Finance from Imperial College London.
Tony Kingsbury is the EMEA Director of Sustainability and Advocacy for Dow’s Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business. He is responsible for developing and implementing the business sustainability strategy. Additionally, the role includes working collaboratively across the industry to drive needed change including but not limited to circularity of plastics and insuring that plastics do not enter the environment, especially our oceans. Thus, the role also includes working with all manner of stakeholders including NGO’s, customers, brand owners, retailers, governments and associations to seek and deliver sustainable solutions.
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.
Dominique is co-CEO of Winning by Design, a premier revenue strategy consulting and coaching firm with offices in eight countries. She was previously CEO at LogLogic (sold to Tibco) and CMO at AgilOne and Totango. As a CEO, CMO, and VC, she created over a billion dollars in shareholder value. She also launched new businesses for large multi-nationals including Nippon Telegraph and Telephone and Philips Consumer Electronics and is the author of Predictive Marketing (Wiley) and SaaS Sales for Customer Success. She holds an MBA from Harvard University (with Distinction) and a Master of Science in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University, The Netherlands (Cum Laude). Nice to know: Dominique traveled the world with her family for a year and played ice-hockey on a national team.
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 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.
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 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.