Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF)
Dr. Alex von Frankenberg is Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), responsible for software and life science investments. At HTGF he successfully raised four funds with very significant private and public commitment, established HTGF as the leading seed investor in Germany, significantly outperforming the initial goals of the fund.
Journalist, Author and Professor
Alexander Görlach is the founder of the debate-magazine The European and currently he serves as an op-ed contributor to the New York Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and the South China Morning Post. He is a columnist to the business magazine Wirtschaftswoche, Deutsche Welle and Focus Online. He is a frequent commentator on German News Channel WeLT TV.
Head of Technology & Innovation Management at Siemens
Annika Hauptvogel has been Head of Technology and Innovation Management at Siemens since June 2021. In this function she is responsible for the strategy of Siemens Technology and reports directly to the CTO of Siemens AG.
Angel Investor, Founder & CEO of Crossbie
Chika founded a few startups, worked in an early stage startup, and built a location based mobile service ground up in a corporation. Such services include: ICT, Ed-tech, location and SNS based consumer service, ad-tech, and EC retail with logistics behind.
Senior VP - Head of Global at SAP Labs Network
As Head of SAP Labs Network, Neumann manages 20 labs globally, including the largest R&D hub outside of Germany, which he grew to over 10,000 talented engineers. He is recognized for his business achievements in Asia and serves as a spokesperson for the Asia Pacific Association of German Industries and the Chairperson of the German Chamber of Commerce East China.
CEO & Founder of 123 Factory
Eunseo is Founder of 123 Factory. She worked as an independent researcher by Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology Europe Office in Berlin and reporting about the latest German industry and technology for the Korean government.
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence at SAP SE
Dr. Feiyu Xu is a leader in AI strategy and implementation, currently responsible for infusing AI into business processes at SAP to support their customers in becoming intelligent enterprises. With broad experience in the total cycle of AI and a background in research and development, she has also founded and managed a spin-off company in mobile multilingual digital assistants.
CEO/Co-founder of reInvent.ai
Dong is the CEO of reInvent.ai, focusing on building foundation models and generative AI. He brings more than 15 years of experience in AI research, commercialization and technology incubation.
Entrepreneur | Venture Builder | Startup Ecosystem Enabler
Haris is a seasoned entrepreneur and venture builder who has spent the last 15 years building and scaling startups across various industries, including sustainability-focused mobility, logistics, smart cities, energy transition, and proptech. He is passionate about building sustainable business models and facilitating collaborations between tech and economic ecosystems.
Founding Director at Merantix AI Campus
Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor based in Tokyo. Started Internet-related startups in the late 1990s and made two successful exits: one IPO & One M&A Exit. He also created an investment business in seed and early-stage startups in 2011.
Entrepreneur, TEDx Organizer, Speaker & Moderator
Stephan Balzer has always been interested in new ideas and visions: for 20 years he has been leading the Berlin based idea and innovation agency red onion. Establishing the TEDx conference format in Germany and bringing the Singularity University Summit to Berlin – he advanced the discourse on the challenges of digitalization and technological disruption.
Managing Director at Enpal
Lukas is Managing Director at Enpal Production - a subsidiary of Europe's first GreenTech unicorn Enpal - responsible for Enpal's global production partnerships and supply chain diversification efforts.
President of the Vietnam-Germany Innovation Network
Prof Nguyen Xuan Tinh is the Head of the Research Group of Spatial Information Management and Modelling of TU Dortmund University, Department of Spatial Planning and teh President of the Vietnam-Germany Innovation Network.
Founder & CEO of Climate Alpha
Managing Director of Dezan Shira & Associates, India
Rohit is the Managing Director of Dezan Shira & Associates, India. Throughout his career spanning over 38 years and counting, has worked in multinationals and engineering companies in various capacities and positions of responsibility.
Program Director at German Accelerator
Rotem Blanc Inbar is a seasoned entrepreneur and leader who helps German startups expand their business in Southeast Asia through German Entrepreneurship Asia. With over 15 years of experience in product and program management, entrepreneurship, and management consulting, she is committed to empowering entrepreneurs and driving positive change through innovation.
Founder & CEO of YourStory Media
Shradha Sharma, founder and CEO of YourStory Media, is on a mission to create 10 million entrepreneurs by 2030 through her platform, which has touched over 10 million lives and shared 150,000 entrepreneurship stories. She is recognized as a top 40 under 40 entrepreneur in India and has interviewed influential leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ratan Tata, and Sundar Pichai.
CEO & Co-Founder of AdTech Specialist Adspert
Stephanie Richter speaker is an accomplished entrepreneur who has founded two startups - one providing quantitative trading models for financial services and banks, and the other offering AI software for Amazon ads. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she supports the Woman of SaaS Network and enjoys making cocktails in her free time.
Secretary for Innovation,
Technology and Industry of HKSAR Government
Professor Dong Sun, a world-renowned scholar and scientist, was recently appointed as the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, after having made breakthroughs in robotics combined with various micro-engineering tools. He is also a Fellow of multiple academies including the Canadian Academy of Engineering, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, IEEE, and ASME.
Marketing Manager / Start-Up Scouting Lead at INAM
Taha Adnan plays a pivotal role at INAM by scouting for the most promising advanced technologies while also managing INAM's marketing initiatives. He is also an Ambassador for Battery Associates that brings professionals from every part of the battery industry to accelerate sustainable battery innovation.
Founder & CEO of The Drivery
Timon believes in the creative power of highly connected experts and entrepreneurs. With the founding of The Drivery GmbH in 2019 and The Drivery Holding GmbH, he created a global marketplace for mobility innovators with subsidiaries in Berlin, Shanghai, Yokohama & Korea.
Director at K.I.E.Z AI
Dr. Tina Klüwer is a recognized expert in artificial intelligence and its implementation in business. As Director of K.I.E.Z. - the Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneurship Center, she heads an initiative of Science & Startups, the network of startup services of the Berlin universities and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Founder & Curator of SAP Intelligent Enterprise Institute – Berlin Chapter
Upen Barve is VP and Head of Future Hub Engagements, at SAP New Ventures & Technologies, SAP SE. He is also the Founder & Curator of SAP Intelligent Enterprise Institute, Berlin Chapter, and a Board Member of the AsiaBerlin Forum.
Founder and Managing Partner of IvyCap Ventures
Vikram has held leadership positions across well-known companies in India and abroad. He conceptualized and established India's first endowment Fund at IIT, Delhi which was launched by the Honorable President of India in 2019.
EDB Singapore of Regional Vice President, Europe
Founder / CEO, Accentae Consulting
Manori served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany. She is a specialist in international market development and expansion, she supports and mentors Sri Lankan startups to scale its operations to EU.
Chief Representative at Berlin Business Desk China
Co-founder and Chief Impact Officer at CarbonEthics
Jessica has always been active in contributing to social cause. On top of her sustainability initiatives in Unilever, she is also actively taking climate action through her Social Enterprise named CarbonEthics.
Siddharth is Involved at the intersection of technology and business for 10 plus years. Worked as a founder, Portfolio manager for a VC fund and as an advisor/consultant to governments for start-up policy. Looking to add 5 plus startups in my angel portfolio and heavily interested in cross border exchange of technology, especially between the Asian/European markets.
COO of Green Proposition Consulting Firm
Dr. Renata Thiébaut is the COO of Green Proposition Consulting Firm and Professor at GISMA University of Applied Sciences. She has worked in China for 16 years with some of the largest German companies and Alibaba Group.
Co-Founder and Managing Director of InstaFreight
Maximilian Schaefer is Co-Founder and Managing Director of InstaFreight, a leading LogTech company. In 12 years of professional experience, he was able to build up his expert knowledge in logistics.
Head of Digital Transformation Center Vietnam | GIZ
Co-Founder of BettaF!sh
Before co-founding BettaF!sh, innovation manager and accomplished author Deniz Ficicioglu had already published two cookbooks and researched the future of food while working at various food start-ups.
Managing Director at APX Axel Springer Porsche
Co-founder and CEO of NeuBolt Energy Services
Naveed research interests include energy and climate informatics, electric vehicles, and energy transition in the developing world. Dr. Arshad has published over sixty research articles in top international journals and conferences.
CEO at PayTm Money
Mr.Varun holds close to two decades of valuable experience in leading the digital transformation journey of some of the top retail banks in India and abroad and is passionate about setting up and scaling businesses from the ideation stage.
Co-Founder and Managing Director at Swobbee
Thomas is passionate about mobility and technology and is an expert in the automation and industrialization of batteries and electric drives. He has valuable experience in introducing innovative products from his international business career.
Director at Fraunhofer Office
Anandi has been working in the field of collaborative Technology and Innovation in the Indo-European corridor for the last more than 20 years. She is a member of the Indo German Expert Group on Digitalisation set up by the two Heads of Government.
Anandi Iyer is the Director & Head of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, India Office.
ICT Planner at Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas
Head- Sustainable Urban Mobility and Green Urban Mobility Innovation Living Lab at GIZ
Manjunath has over 15 years of experience in the development sector covering urban infrastructure, transportation, renewable energy and healthcare projects across geographies in Asia and Africa.
Head of Ecosystem Development Department, Vietnam National Innovation Center, Ministry of Planning and Investment
Mrs. Kim Nga has been selected to join the Ministry Taskforce for National Innovation Strategy to draft the Vietnam National Strategy for Industrial Revolution 4.0. One of the key results of the Strategy was the establishment of the NIC in 2019.
CEO and Founder of IoTeamVN
Mr. Minh, CEO and founder of IoTeamVN, with 18 years of experience in ITC and business administration. IoTeamVN provides Energy Efficiency solutions, including real-time energy monitoring services, to industrial and commercial clients, helping them reduce waste and optimize operations.
Head of Corporate Center Innovation & Digitalization
Carsten Becker is a leader in the IT, innovation & digitalisation space with over 20 years of experience. He heads the innovation team at TÜV NORD's largest business unit for the implementation of diverse technology and business model projects, with AI as a focal point of his work
Co-Founder of Hardskills
Shoba is an experienced entrepreneur who has taken 2 previous start-ups from concept to exit. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she was a financial journalist for Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal.
Project Lead at Porsche Digital
Alice is leading Porsche Digital Campus, focusing on Deep Tech, AI, and Web3, and partnering with academia and industry to extend Porsche's AI global reach. She is also an angel investor and enabling business expansion between Asia and Europe.
Manager, Strategic Investment at JAPAN AIRLINES VENTURES
Ao is in charge of strategic investment and creating collaboration through JAL's Corporate Venture Capital arm, JAL INNOVATION FUND(JIF). Through the operation of JIF, Ao hopes to build a bridge between startups and Japan.
Board Member, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
Founder and Executive Director at BoardPAC
Lakmini is a Technology entrepreneur who focuses on making Sri Lankan technology products gain global brand recognition. She strives to bring the next wave of unicorns and Forbes-ranked companies that have natural technology innovation talent that is not tapped to its fullest.
Corporate Executive and Chief Representative for Europe, Middle East & Africa Region at Mitsubishi Electric
Shunji Kurita is the Chief Representative for the EMEA region of Mitsubishi Electric. After having held key positions in the USA and Japan, he is now overseeing the company’s contribution to the digital and green transformation of one of its key markets. Under his lead the roughly 13.000 European employees are striving to play their part in the company transforming into a “circular digital engineering company”, with sustainability as a cornerstone, that provides evolved integrated solutions for societal good by co-creation.
Director of the regional project DigitalSkills2Succeed in Asia“ (India), GIZ
Sabrina Garcia holds a Master's degree in Law and International Relations from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Renmin University of China as well as a Master's degree in Organisational Development from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.
President, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. German Branch
Andreas Wagner heads Mitsubishi Electric’s German operations, which has been active in the country for a strong 45 years. Now more than ever, the mission is to heavily contribute to sustainable energy efficiency spanning sectors from industry, mobility to infrastructure.
Group Head of Sustainability, GoTo Group
Founder at PrimedinFabrik
Amrita's field of work is startup internationalization and innovation exchange specially between Asia and Europe. As an advisor for T Hub in Germany ( global incubator supported by the Govt. of Telangana) and the India Representative of the German Indian Startup exchange program GINSEP (supported by BMWK), she understands the trends and gaps in both ecosystems.
HR Director of Europe at Kearney
Mirja Telzerow drives workforce transformation initiatives as the HR Director of Europe at KEARNEY. With expertise in talent development and organisational design, she also helps KEARNEY advise clients on human capital strategies and on how to create innovative people solutions for successful digital transformation.
Managing Director (Berlin Office) at Guangzhou International Exchange and Cooperation Center
Governing Mayor of Berlin
In 2021, Kai Wegner successfully stood in the election to the House of Representatives and was subsequently elected chairman of the CDU parliamentary group. In the repeat election, Kai Wegner was re-elected to the House of Representatives on February 12, 2023 and confirmed as the leader of the CDU parliamentary group. Kai Wegner has been Governing Mayor of Berlin since April 27, 2023.
Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises
On March 14, 2018, Franziska Giffey was appointed and sworn in as Federal Minister for Family Affairs , on May 19, 2021 she resigned as Federal Minister. Franziska Giffey was directly elected member of the House of Representatives in her Rudower constituency in Neukölln . From December 21, 2021 to April 27, 2023, Franziska Giffey was Governing Mayor of Berlin. Franziska Giffey has been Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and Mayor of Berlin since April 27, 2023 .
Director-General of New industry Policy Seoul Metropolitan Government
Director-General of New industry Policy Seoul Metropolitan Government
Founder of RAIDiCal
Allan Chou is founder of RAIDiCal, a Global early stage tech fund of funds advisory base in Shanghai focused on finding the next global tech phenom in Renewables, AI, IoT and Big Data. He’s an adjunct instructor teaching Corporate Innovation, Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the prestigious Fudan University’s Fanhai International School of Finance (FISF) in Shanghai.
Editor at China.Table
Amelie Richter is a sinologist and journalist. For Professional Briefing China.Table, she writes about EU-China relations and other topics related to the People's Republic. She was previously a foreign correspondent for the German Press Agency in Strasbourg and Mexico. She currently lives in Paris.
Head of Regional Development Planning Agency, Jakarta Capital City Government, Indonesia
Head of Regional Development Planning Agency, Jakarta Capital City Government, Indonesia
Area Manager China at Berlin Partner
Sandra Schulze is responsible for the Chinese market at Berlin Partner, the business development agency of Berlin. She has studied and worked in China for several years and supports through her work Berlin-Chinese business cooperations.
Startup Affairs, Berlin Senate - Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises
Head of Asia Projects at Senate Dep. for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises
Head of Unit at Senate Dep. for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises
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