Speakers

Simon Anholt

Simon Anholt

Founder
The Good Country Index
Simon Anholt is an independent policy advisor who has worked to help develop and implement strategies for enhanced economic, political and cultural engagement with other countries.

These strategies are typically in the areas of national identity and reputation, public diplomacy, cultural policy and cultural relations, regional integration, immigration and related areas of social policy, sustainability, educational policy, trade, export promotion, tourism, security and defence, foreign direct investment, talent attraction and major international events.

He is the founder of Good Country and the Good Country Index which measures what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. Good Country was launched in his TED talk in June 2014.

Simon is the founder and publisher of the global annual research studies: Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, Anholt-GfK Roper City Brands Index and Anholt-GfK Roper State Brands Index, three major surveys which use a panel of 30,000 people in 25 countries to monitor global perceptions of 50 countries, 50 cities and the 52 States of the Union.

He is the author of the book Another One Bites The Grass, and of “Brand New Justice” covering the role of companies in economic development, first published in 2003. His more recent books include the best seller Brand America, (Cyan Books 2004 and 2009); Competitive Identity (Palgrave Macmillan 2007); and Places (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).
Dr. Marijn Dekkers

Dr. Marijn Dekkers

Chairman
Unilever PLC
Before becoming Chairman of Unilever, Marijn was Chief Executive Officer of Bayer AG in Germany (2010-2016) and Chief Executive Officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in the USA (2002-2009).

Having received a degree in chemistry from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Eindhoven, Marijn began his career in 1985 as a research scientist at General Electric in the US, gaining experience in various units of the company before joining AlliedSignal (subsequently Honeywell International) in 1995.

In 2000, Marijn became Chief Operating Officer at Boston-based Thermo Electron Corporation, a world leader in the manufacture of laboratory instruments (later renamed Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.). In 2002 he became this company’s President and CEO. In 2010 Marijn joined Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany, as CEO until his retirement in 2016. Bayer is a Life Sciences company active in the areas of human, animal and plant health.

Marijn also serves on the Board of Directors of General Electric. He holds both US and Dutch citizenships
Taco Dibbits

Taco Dibbits

Director
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Taco Dibbits (Amsterdam, 7 September 1968) has been the Rijksmuseum’s Director of Collections since 2008. He studied art history at VU University Amsterdam and the University of Cambridge, joining the Rijksmuseum in 2002 as a curator of 17th-century painting. In 2006 he was appointed Head of Fine and Decorative Arts, and two years later he became the museum's Director of Collections. Prior to joining the Rijksmuseum, he was the director of the Old Masters department at Christie’s in London.

Since joining the Rijksmuseum, Mr Dibbits has played a key role in developing the layout of the new Rijksmuseum, guiding the museum’s acquisition activities and establishing the exhibition programme.
Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley

Speaker, Journalist, Explorer
Futurist, explorer, pilot, medic, and scientist
Ben Hammersley is a leading international consultant futurist and speaker on the networked world.

In 2014 he presented the landmark BBC television series, “Cybercrime with Ben
Hammersley”. He has authored 5 books including “64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then”. Ben has reported on technology for numerous publications including The Times and the Guardian. He was deputy editor of WIRED magazine and is currently Editor at Large.
Erik Hoving

Erik Hoving

Group Chief Technology Officer
KPN N.V.
Mr. Hoving is currently Group Chief Technology Officer of KPN Group. Previously he was Chief Strategy, Innovation & Technology Officer of KPN Group and CTO & CEO Netco at KPN Mobile International. Prior to joining KPN in 2008, Mr. Hoving was the CEO of Zenitel NV in Brussels.

Before that he worked for more than a decade as management consultant, first at Arthur D. Little and afterwards at the Monitor Group. He started his career at AT&T Network System.

Mr. Hoving is a Dutch national and holds an MBA from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delft.
Virginie Raisson

Virginie Raisson

President
LÉPAC
Virginie Raisson-Victor is a French analyst and researcher on international relations. Since 2008, she runs LEPAC, a laboratory for geopolitics and future studies founded in 1992. Since then, in addition to the numerous analysis and cartography works she has published in French books, journals and magazines, Virginie Raisson-Victor has been a regular writer for “Le Dessous des Cartes”, a weekly geopolitics TV program aired on the French-German channel Arte, and a co-author of the two eponymous atlases published in 2005 and 2007.
Dr. Dr. Norbert Streitz

Dr. Dr. Norbert Streitz

Scientific Director
Smart Future Initiative
Ph.D. in physics, Ph.D. in psychology. Scientific Director Smart Future Initiative since 2009. 20 years Division Manager/Deputy Director Fraunhofer Institute. Teaching at Universities in Aachen and Darmstadt. Research at Univ. of California, Berkeley; Xerox PARC; Intelligent Systems Lab, Tsukuba Science City, Japan. 25 books and 150+ papers. Manager and reviewer of EU-funded projects, member of Editorial and Advisory Boards, consultant, international keynote speaker.
Shermin Voshmgir

Shermin Voshmgir

Founder
Blockchain Hub
Shermin is the founder of BlockchainHub. What started in Berlin has since panned out internationally to a decentralized network of autonomous Hubs that promote the idea of Blockchain & the Decentralized Web. She is on the advisory board of the Estonian e-residency program and was a curator of theDAO, a bold attempt to run a fully decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO), a company without managers on the Ethereum Blockchain. Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. Among others her films have screened in Cannes and at dOCUMENTA.
Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick

Emeritus Professor
Reading and Coventry Universities & the world’s first Cyborg
Kevin Warwick is Emeritus Professor at Reading and Coventry Universities. His main research areas are artificial intelligence, biomedical systems, robotics and cyborgs. He is frequently referred to as the world’s first Cyborg. Kevin is a Chartered Engineer who has published over 600 research papers. His experiments into implant technology led to him being featured as the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. He achieved the world’s first direct electronic communication between two human nervous systems, the basis for thought communication. Another project extended human sensory input to include ultrasonics. He also linked his nervous system with the internet in order to control a robot hand directly from his neural signals. He has been awarded higher doctorates (DSc) by Imperial College and the Czech Academy of Sciences. Kevin has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by 9 Universities.

Program starts Wednesday 20th, 1pm. Official program ends Friday 22nd, 1pm.
Additional afternoon and evening program ends by midnight.

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