Carlos Grau

“5G in the age of hyperconnectivity”

We invite you on a journey to the world of mobile technologies. To the 5G world where connectivity takes on a new dimension.

Carlos Grau – CEO Mobile World Capital Barcelona is Industrial Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and PDD by IESE,
Carlos Grau has a long career in the field of communication and information technologies, as well as in the development of digital business. After holding various sales and marketing management positions in companies in the ICT sector such as Hewlett-Packard, Accenture, Sun Microsystems or Telefonica, Grau joined Microsoft as general manager in Catalonia.
In recent years, Carlos Grau has focused his activity in the field of innovation, where he has led projects such as Biid, a startup focused on mobile identity, or Step One Ventures, a venture capital that invests in technology companies with high potential of growth. Grau has also been a mentor for entrepreneurs through Barcelona Activa or the Startupbootcamp IoT and Data acceleration program, promoted in collaboration with MWCapital. In November 2017, Carlos Grau was appointed CEO of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation (MWCapital).

Sally Helgesen

“How woman rise”

Sally Helgesen – world’s premier expert on women’s leadership, is an internationally best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach. She has been ranked number 6 among the world’s top 30 leadership thinkers by Global Gurus, honored by the coaching consortium MEECO for her transformational influence on organizational cultures and chosen as the Thinkers 50/Marshall Goldsmith world’s top coach for women leaders.
Sally’s most recent book, How Women Rise, co-authored with legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, examines the behaviors most likely to get in the way of successful women. It became the top-seller in its field within a week of publication and rights have been sold in 15 languages.
In addition to delivering leadership workshops and keynotes for companies around the world, Sally has consulted with the United Nations on building more inclusive country offices in Africa and Asia, led programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College and been visiting scholar at Northwestern University, U-Nordic Stockholm, and the Lauriston Institute Melbourne AU. She is a contributing editor for Strategy + Business magazine and a member of the MG 100 Coaching Network and the New York and International Women’s Forums.

Dr Anna Topol

“The urgency of science”

Dr. Anna Topol is the CTO in the IBM Industry Research organization. She is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Currently she is responsible for technical strategy of the IBM Research Frontiers Institute. Her previous positions include Director of Operations of IBM Research THINK Lab and Industry CTO in IBM Systems Group responsible for technical enablement around Cloud, Analytics, Security and Technical Computing. She has over 20 years of experience in both technical and business development positions. Dr. Topol held lead roles in strategic industry initiatives, intellectual property management, R&D and fundamental technology development for CMOS. Authored 80+ Publications, 3 Book Chapters, 88 Patents. Was a Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering Schenectady NY Chapter (2015-2016), recognized by Continental Who’s Who in the field of Information Technology as “Dedicated to the Recognition of Excellence” (2014 and 2019) and by National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) as VIP Woman of The Year (2014).

Eric Schurenberg

“Return on charcter”

We invite you to a unique meeting with the legend of American business journalism Eric Schurenberg, CEO at Mansueto Ventures, home to Fast Company and Inc.
For the previous three years, he was the president and editor-in-chief of Inc. and editor of Inc. for the three years before that, during which the magazine was twice a National Magazine Award finalist for general excellence, winning once.

Before joining Inc, Eric was the founding editor of CBS and the editor in chief of; the sites together won more than a dozen awards for design and journalism during his tenure. Prior to that, Eric was the managing editor of Money Magazine, which won the Time Inc. Luce award for service journalism in each of the four years it was eligible. Other roles inside and out of journalism include deputy editor at Business 2.0, assistant managing editor at Fortune, and vice-president at Goldman Sachs. As a writer, he is a winner of a Loeb Award and a National Magazine Award.

He has been a regular commentator on Nightly Business Reporton PBS, CNBC, CNN, The Today Show, The Early Show, Marketplace Radio andGood Morning America. Outside of work, Eric plays club tennis and not so long ago came within match point of sending his team to the USTA national championships, a near-miss that still haunts him, but not so much that he leaves it out of his bio.

Dr. Margarita Mayo

“Authentic leadership in uncertain times”

Dr. Margarita Mayo is Professor of Leadership at IE Business School in Madrid. She is an award-winning author of Yours Truly: Staying Authentic in Leadership and Life at the 2019 Business Book Award in the United Kingdom and Keynote Speaker recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the global top thought leaders in management theory and practice. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship at Harvard University for her research on leadership. Her work has been published in leading management and psychology journals such as Harvard Business Review. She continuously writes for business press such as Forbes and Financial Times.

Margarita holds a PhD in Management Psychology from State University of New York, a Masters in Psychology from Clark University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Universidad Autonoma in Madrid. She has worked with companies and organizations such as Total, United Nations, Novartis,
McKinsey, Everis, and AT&T on issues relating to leadership development, executive coaching and change management in Europe and United States.

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Prof. Sir Andrew Likierman

“Making better judgements in Covid 19 times”

Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School, dean of the school in the years 2009-2017. Former Head of the Government Accountancy Service, Managing Director of the Financial Management, Reporting and Audit Directorate of HM Treasury and its Principal Finance Officer. Apart from his knighthood he holds four honorary degrees.

Dr Luc Julia

“My vision of AI”

As CTO and Senior Vice President of Innovation for Samsung Electronics, Dr. Luc JULIA led the company’s vision and strategy for the Internet of Things and is now focusing on making these machines smarter. Previously, Luc directed Siri at Apple, was Chief Technologist at Hewlett-Packard and cofounded a number of start-ups in the Silicon Valley. He holds 38 patents and is the bestselling author of the book “There is no such thing as Artificial Intelligence”.

Dr Pete Worden

The search for Life in the Universe

Simon “Pete” Worden, (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret., PhD) is the Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation  Prior Dr. Worden was Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center. He has held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona. 

Prof. Yves Pigneur and Alex Osterwalder

“Building The Invincible (or Resilient) Company”

Dr Alexander Osterwalder (born 1974) is a Swiss business theorist, author, speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur, known for his work on business modeling and the development of the Business Model Canvas.
Prof. Yves Pigneur – professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Lausanne since 1984, known for his work on the business model canvas with Alexandre Osterwalder. He is considered a “mastermind” among business strategics, his canvas have been used by numerous companies such as P&G, Amazon, Lokhead Martin and Tesla.

Paul Misener

“Amazon’s history, culture, and methods of sustained, customer-obsessed innovation”

Vice President for Global Innovation Policy and Communications at Amazon. Paul is an engineer, attorney, and inventor named in three patents. Prior to his current role, in which he explains and advocates Amazon’s culture and methods of customer‐obsessed innovation, Paul founded Amazon’s public policy operations and served as the company’s Vice President for Global Public Policy. Paul holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and a JD from George Mason University School of Law.

SRAMANA MITRA, CEO and Co-Founder One Million by One Million

Bootstrapping: Weapon of Mass Reconstructions

Sramana Mitra is the founder and CEO of One Million by One Million (1Mby1M), the world’s first and only global virtual incubator/accelerator. Its goal is to help a million entrepreneurs globally reach a million dollars in annual revenue, build a trillion dollars in global GDP, and create 10 million jobs.
Since its founding in 2010, 1Mby1M has become a powerful platform for democratization of entrepreneurship education, incubation, and acceleration, embracing a community of over half a million people. Sramana’s weekly online mentoring sessions have had over 100,000 participants. CEOs around the world have found in her a trusted thought partner who is consistently able to offer strategic guidance that is easy to grasp and immediately actionable.

Martin Kern

“Innovation as a solution to Covid-19 – The role of EIT

Martin Kern was the Interim Director and Chief Operating Officer at the EIT since 1 August 2014 until his appointment as Director by the EIT Governing Board on 23 August 2019. Prior to joining, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy and with financial assistance to support economic and social development programmes. Working for the EU, he held a variety of positions, the latest being Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia where he coordinated the programming and implementation of EU funds to bring Serbia closer to EU accession and among many issues, he led the EU’s rapid response following the disastrous floods in Serbia in May 2014.

Prof. Marc Gruber

WHERE TO PLAY: How to identify, evaluate and focus on the right market opportunities

Vice President for Innovation, Lausanne University of Technology (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne – EPFL), Professor at the College of Management of Technology and Head of the Department of Enterprise and Commercialization of Technology. Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ) – the most renowned scientific journal in the field of management in the world.

Edward Roussel

“How Silicon Valley is innovating in journalism

Edward Roussel is Chief Innovation Officer at Dow Jones, responsible for identifying areas of new opportunity, with a focus on startups and relations with Silicon Valley companies. Edward joined Dow Jones in June 2013 as head of digital product development, overseeing projects including the redesign of The Wall Street Journal’s website and apps. Before joining Dow Jones, Edward worked at the Telegraph Media Group in London for seven years. As Executive Editor, Digital, he headed the Telegraph’s website and mobile products, playing a central role in reorganizing the newsroom to place digital journalism at its core. Edward worked at Bloomberg from 1992 to 2004, playing a key part in the company’s rapid editorial expansion. He oversaw global financial coverage, leading a team of more than 130 journalists. In earlier roles at Bloomberg, Edward was bureau chief in Brussels, Paris and London.

Soumitra Dutta

“Innovating for a post-Covid world: Lessons from the Global Innovation Index”

Soumitra Dutta is a Professor of Management and the former founding Dean of the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, New York. Previously, he was the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to joining Cornell in 2012, he was on the faculty of INSEAD, a leading international business school with campuses in France and Singapore.
Soumitra Dutta is an authority on innovation in the knowledge economy, with a refreshing global perspective. Throughout his distinguished career, he has focused on how to drive business innovation and growth through the right combination of innovative people and technology. He is the co-editor and author of the Global Information Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum and the Global Innovation Index, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization – two influential reports in technology and innovation policy.
Dean Dutta is on the board of two listed firms Sodexo (a food services and facilities management multinational), Dassault Systemes (the world leader in 3D experience systems) and is a member of the Shareholder Council (Board) of ZS Associates (a global management consultancy focused on healthcare). He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Global Business School Network (a Washington DC based not-for-profit focused on building management capacity in Africa and other frontier markets) and is on the advisory boards of several business schools including HEC Montreal and ESADE (Spain). Previously he was the Vice Chair and Chair of AACSB International, the leading accreditation body for business schools worldwide. He a member of the privileged “Davos Circle” group of participants who have been invited to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos for more than 10 years. He has co-founded two firms, including Fisheye Analytics which, WPP group acquired.

Vivek Wadhwa

“Why despite the gloom, this is the greatest time in history and entrepreneurs can solve the grand challenges of humanity

Vivek Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program and a Distinguished Fellow and professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering. He is the author of four best-selling books: Your Happiness Was Hacked; The Driver in the Driverless Car; Innovating Women; and The Immigrant Exodus.
He has been a globally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and held appointments at Duke University, Stanford Law School, Emory University, and Singularity University.
Vivek is based in Silicon Valley and researches, speaks, and writes about advancing technologies that are transforming our world. These advances – in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials – are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security.
In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an “Outstanding American by Choice” for his “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans.”
He was also named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine in that year; in June 2013, he was on TIME magazine’s list of “Tech 40”, one of forty of the most influential minds in tech; and in September 2015, he was second on a list of “ten men worth emulating” in The Financial Times. In 2018, he was awarded Silicon Valley Forum’s Visionary Award, a list of luminaries “who have made Silicon Valley synonymous with creativity and life-changing advancements in technology.”

Itay Talgam

“Conducting Mayhem: Some Leadership Options

Itay Talgam is an orchestral conductor turned into ‘conductor of people’ – be it in in government, academia, business, education, therapy – anywhere the creation of human harmony through cooperation is desired. He teaches leadership to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and universities, and at conferences around the world, including TED, Google’s Zeitgeist, and the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Itay’s talks, based of continuous dialogue, has been experienced either directly or on-line by millions of participants and viewers. His first book, The Ignorant Maestro, is published in May 2015 by Portfolio / Penguin.
Itay sees himself as a disciple of his great teacher, Leonard Bernstein. His international conducting debut took place in 1987, when he was chosen and presented by Maestro Bernstein in a special concert, conducting the Orchestre de Paris, Bernstein himself conducting the second half of the same concert. Since that highly successful performance, Talgam conducted many orchestras in Europe, being the first Israeli conductor to perform with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera house. He also conducted and recorded with all of Israel’s major orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. A native of Tel-Aviv, Itay Talgam received his Artist Diploma in conducting from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy. He then studied in France, Italy, and the US. He is also a graduate of General Philosophy studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prof. Salomon Darwin

“The Declining Balance Sheet of the Earth – Creating a Sustainable Future”

Solomon Darwin has broad leadership experience in corporate management and academia. He is an international speaker recognized by peers, executives, and students with numerous awards for his innovative leadership and passion for teaching. He inspires students from both business and engineering disciplines in his courses for open innovation, business models, smart cities, scalable smart villages, IBM Watson and business models for emerging economies.
As an expert in “open innovation” and “open business models,” he is an adviser to senior executives of multinationals and government leaders in the emerging world. The list includes Google, Genentech, HP, Health Net, J&J, Toyota, NHS of UK, UCSF, Royal Caribbean, Autodesk, Nestle and government entities in Mexico, China, Russia, India, Colombia and Europe. He directs and moderates international innovation conferences and forums, and chairs quarterly Chief Innovation Officer round tables in Silicon Valley.

Prior to joining Berkeley Haas in 2005, he was an Associate Professor for nine years at University of Southern California. His progressive corporate leadership experience covers a span of 14 years as a Senior Executive Officer at Bank of America, First Interstate Bank, and Glendale Federal Bank and Motorola.

During summers, Darwin regularly teaches in executive programs at prominent international universities and institutions. He has conducted workshops and programs in over 18 countries. He also serves as honorary professor at several universities in Europe, China, and India. His current project, “Building Scalable Smart Villages,” was commissioned by the government of India.