Technology innovation can be a great enabler for development. Together, we explored promising technological innovations and understanding their relevance and potential for sustainable development. Through the exchange with technology partners, GIZ identified common fields of action, cooperation potentials and challenges. Thank you for this inspiring very first tech2D!
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Mehdi Alaoui is a serial tech entrepreneur, start-up evangelist, public speaker, investor, and expert on : Mobile App, Advertising, Innovation, Startups, ... He founded several startups: LaFactory.co / ScreenDy / Media Mobility / PubOnline / EMA / Play&Meet. He is an engineer who graduated from the Paris Sorbonne university in 2004 and holds a masters’ degree from ESSEC. He worked in 30 countries, is an expert in innovation, and won many awards (MIT, Harvard, ...) for his innovative spirit and entrepreneurship achievements.
George (Jorge) Appiah is a Technoprenuer and Africa Tech-Policy Expert with a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (BSc), Business Administration (MBA) and Renewable energy (MSc). He is passionate about youth employment and impact innovations which causes him to focus on accelerating the adoption of the 4th industrial age technologies in solving crucial challenges and creating jobs in Africa through Human Capacity building. George has over 10 years’ experience in technology development, innovation process management and managing technology-entrepreneurship communities. He served as Consultant in various capacity in e-governance, digital skills development and digital entrepreneurship for the Government of Ghana and International development agencies. He is the Co-founder/CEO of Kumasi Hive; a Tech Innovation Hub which through its Future Workforce for Africa Initiative trains undergraduate, unemployed and underemployed youth to acquire competent skills in emerging technologies (IoT, VR/AR, Biotech, Blockchain etc) for Problem-Solution-Startup incubation or getting employment. George is also the Executive Chairman of the Ghana Tech and Business Hubs Network (TBHNG) and lead member of the i4Policy team, a Pan-African community of innovation hubs supporting innovation policies and engaging government in public policy to support digital and economic transformation. He is a member of the Africa Union Commission stakeholder engagement group for E-Commence development in Africa.
Dr. Antonino Ardilio is a graduate in product design from the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart and mechanical engineering from the University in Stuttgart, where he was awarded a doctorate in 2013. He has been with Fraunhofer for the last 18 years and holds the Head of the Department of Technology & Innovation Intelligence. Dr. Ardilio is an expert in technology management issues, such as foresight monitoring, strategic management, technology forecasting, assessment and marketing, innovation management and business model engineering. Numerous research and industrial projects have yielded much experience, fully qualifying him in the field of technology and innovation management.
Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. Her work investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ which suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She is coordinator for the €3.2m Living Architecture project, which is an ongoing collaboration of experts from the universities of Newcastle, UK, the West of England (UWE Bristol), Trento, Italy, the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna, Austria and EXPLORA, Venice, Italy that began in April 2016 and runs to April 2019.
Martin is co-founder and CEO of Ecoligo, a fully-financed solar-as-a-service solution provider for businesses in emerging markets in the sunbelt region. He has more than 14 years of work experience in renewable energies and 10 years work experience in Africa, of which he lived one year in Ghana. Martin has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Trier University of Applied Science, a Master of Business and Engineering from Steinbeis University in Berlin and a Global Executive Master of Business Administration from IE business school in Madrid. He also is a Certified Expert for Climate & Renewable Energy Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
With a background in engineering and biological sciences I was always interested in combining the strengths of these fields for solving societal challenges. As founder of Biomimcry Germany e.V. we let ourselves be inspired from nature to research and collaborate on carbon-neutral solutions for many of our present day challenges including clean oceans, future mobility and sustainable products. Using Biomimicry as a methodology and 'biosphere' as a solution space, we develop both product and system solutions that are aimed at reducing waste, local adaptation and designed for disassembly. In my talk I would introduce you to the Biomimicry methodology and discuss the potential applications in the 'technosphere’ for a sustainable future.
Dr. Christoph Beier is Vice Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Before, Christoph Beier held various leading management positions within GIZ, heading the Planning and Development Department and various Regional Departments. He advised the Ministry of the Interior of Indonesia on decentralization and worked as research and teaching assistant to the chair for economics and social geography at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Christoph Beier holds a number of honorary posts, e.g. as a member of the Board of Trustees of Tongji University and the Board of the Bertelsmann Transformation Management Index (Bertelsmann Foundation).
Jacob Sylvester Bilabel is founder of the Green Music Initiative, a pan European Think Do Tank for the music and entertainment industry to create a smarter and greener future for the sector. The NGO brings together more than 350 festivals and 500 venues and reaches out to more than 3 million young Europeans through its activities. In 2018 he got appointed as part of a research consortium developing emission free off grid hydrogen generator sets for festivals, events and construction sites.
Grace Boyle has ten years experience in storytelling at the interface of art, science and tech, with a focus on advocacy. She is the founder and director of The Feelies, a London-based studio creating original multisensory XR content. Bringing together perfumery, perception science, creative technologists and artistic installation in the world of XR, they are developing what is it to write, shoot and perform stories in a multisensory medium. Previous to The Feelies, Grace worked as an environmental researcher and campaigner in India, and was the Science Director of Shuffle, an east London community festival held in a cemetery park. She has conducted research and story development for film and television studios across the world, and holds a first class degree in chemistry, with a masters in new synthesis of next-generation photovoltaic material.
Daniel Büning is the Managing Director of NOWlab@BigRep. He is a re-known innovator, researcher and university teacher. His work oscillates in the field between digital technology, innovation, culture and politics. His studio NOWlab was co-founded in 2014 and acquired by BigRep in 2016, an up-and-coming high-tech start-up from Berlin. With NOWlab @ BigRep, a unique innovation and creative hub has been created, full of dynamics and synergies within a technology company. His research as well as the work of his NOWlab@BigRep merges in an innovative and visionary way the latest digital software (programming, modeling, simulation) with digital manufacturing processes (3D printing, robotics, CNC technology) as well as advanced and sustainable materials.
A seasoned entrepreneur, strategist, and systems thinker, Cameron Burgess has been founding, catalysing and commercialising world-positive ventures for almost thirty years. Cameron is the lead author on From Billions to Trillions - a concept paper that describes how contemporary innovations in the areas of law, finance, and technology can be harnessed to mobilise the missing $50 trillion required to solve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Manuella is a Brazilian entrepreneur, co-founder at Good Tech Lab, a global research firm which explores the frontiers of technology, entrepreneurship and finance where pioneers tackle the world’s biggest challenges. She is also Connector at Ouishare where she worked to support open-source climate solutions, and Program Curator at ColaborAmerica, a Latam festival on digital and social innovations with +10k attendees. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Development from SciencesPo Paris.
Martin Delgra currently is the Chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, a line agency under the Department of Transportation - Philippines. Before his appointment, he was a managing partner of the Delgra Lanzona Quilatan Law and Realty Offices, from which he is currently on leave. Attorny Delgra III finished his Bachelor of Laws degree from Ateneo de Davao University in 1987. After passing the Bar Exams, he served as the Legal Counsel for the Bishop of Basilan Province for three years, from 1988 to 1991. While in Basilan, he headed the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Prelature of Isabela, Basilan, actively handling legal aid cases and giving seminars and trainings in the areas of human rights, agrarian reform and labor law, while engaged in peace-building activities in partnership with the Peace Commission during the Presidency of Corazon C. Aquino. In 2015, Atty. Delgra III passed the Real Estate Appraisers Board Exam and Real Estate Brokers Exam while in June 2018, he passed the Environmental Planner Licensure Exam. To add, he is an avid SCUBA Diver with a Dive Master certification and has taken strong advocacy in environmental protection and conservation.
Andreas Dengel is the Site Head at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern and the Scientific Director of the Smart Data & Knowledge Services Research Department at DFKI. In 1993, he became a Professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Kaiserslautern. Since 2009, he further holds a Professorship (kiyakuin) at the Dept. of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems, Graduate School of Engineering of the Osaka Prefecture University.
Andreas Dewes holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Quantum Computing from CEA Saclay and the University of Paris VI, as well as M.Sc. in Physics as well as Quantitative Business Administration from the University of Tübingen. After finishing his Ph.D. he worked as a data scientist for Blue Yonder GmbH as well as the German Cyber Security Organization (DCSO GmbH) and founded several startups. He is co-founder of KIProtect, a technology-driven startup that builds state-of-the-art privacy and data security solutions for companies and organizations.
Michael Fernandez leads AeroFarms' systems engineering team, which develops and integrates the software and hardware tools that enable the company to optimize growing and operate efficiently at scale. Michael earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York where he studied robotics and soft tissue bio-mechanics. He is interested in data science, user-centered design, machine learning, and using technology to advance sustainability and food security.
Andreas Förster graduated in Chemistry and received his Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Würzburg (D). Since joining the DECHEMA – Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in 1997, he first worked as a consultant in the Research Management group of DECHEMA, then accepted the position of a group leader, and finally became head of the department of Research Management and Conferences. Since January 2010 he has been the Managing Director of ProcessNet, the German platform for chemical engineering. His main activities include the identification of new trends in chemistry and chemical engineering and innovation management.
Thomas Flum is Chairman of the Board of Management of the Institute of Electronic Business (IEB) since 2003. His field of work is digital learning and knowledge management. He has been managing partner of equeo GmbH since 2008. Thomas Flum has around 30 years of professional experience in management positions, including: at innomedia - Media Systems of Nixdorf and Bertelsmann, Lufthansa Information Technology and Software GmbH Berlin and the Medialine Society for Interactive Systems (later digital spirit) founded in 1995.
Birgit Geis is an advisor to the Sectoral Department of GIZ, working in the areas of knowledge management and cooperation. Prior to this position, she worked as a country manager for Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar in the South-East Asia Department of GIZ. Before this, she was an advisor to the Asian Regional Department of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on behalf of GIZ. She holds a master’s degree in Physical Geography with a focus on agriculture, geology and ethnology.
Dr. Afton Halloran is a freelance consultant in sustainable food systems transformations. For the past 10 years, Afton has worked for academic institutions, NGOs, CBOs, intergovernmental organizations and the United Nations covering the topics of small-scale farmers organizations, urban agriculture, edible insects and food policy. She has worked in Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand, Denmark and Canada. Dr. Halloran holds PhD in International and Pediatric Nutrition with a specialization in Sustainable Food Systems (University of Copenhagen); a MSc in Agricultural Development (University if Copenhagen); and a BSc in Global Resource Systems (University of British Columbia).
Harish Hande is the co-founder and Chairman of SELCO India, a social enterprise established in 1995 that provides affordable renewable energy services to the poor and underserved households in rural India. He is the CEO of SELCO Foundation an open source, not for profit platform creating solutions linking sustainable energy to poverty eradication.
Angel is a full-blood entrepreneur and international expert for co-creative project development – combining digital concepts with mindfulness and indigenous traditions is at the heart of his work. Over the last 10+ years he has supported individuals, groups and organizations to realize and connect with their full potential.
Forest lover and tree hugger. Working for Greenpeace as a forest campaigner since 2011, with a focus on Indonesia and palmoil, the Romanian Carpathians and German beech forests. Now focusing on the Brazilian Amazon. Previously with Greenpeace US and Spain. Before joining Greenpeace working 2,5 years for EnergieAgentur NRW. Masters in Political Science, Nonprofit Management and (soon) Environmental Science. Believing in forests as a key natural climate solution and indispensable as livelihood and biodiversity hotspot.
Nele Kapretz is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Impact Hub Berlin. She is an impact innovator with 7+ years of experience in the field and was recently recognized among Germany's ""Top 40 Under 40"" by Capital Magazin for her work bridging the worlds of entrepreneurship, society, and innovation. Nele holds a MSc in Sustainable Resource Management from the University of Technology in Munich and has qualifications in design thinking, marketing, business development and event management. Being a native Berliner who has worked and studied in the UK, Austria, and Japan, she has a large professional interdisciplinary network that she likes to extend on every occasion.
Industrial Engineering Graduate from Catholic Parahyangan University Bandung with an Experienced in logistic and supply chain for more than 15 years. has a deep knowledge in warehousing, distribution and Tech Startup industries. Working experienced i many MNC 3PL company such as EXEL, DHL Supply Chain, APL Logistics, Jacobson Global Logistic, and Luxola – Sephora Digital. Currently, he held position as a Co – Founder/ CEO of Ritase.com Technology Solution for trucking industries.
Malian Lahey is a fourth-generation entrepreneur in supply chain management. Lahey worked the last decade to build a stable market for disadvantaged coffee farmers in the remote Kàu District of Hawaii. Her last project is a cloud-based inventory and accounting system that records all transformations starting from harvest and ending in the roasted and packaged coffee.
Mounira Latrache is an internationally acclaimed ‘Mindfulness in Business’ trainer. She brings 15+ years of leadership experience at international brands like Google, Red Bull and BMW. A certified ‘Search Inside Yourself’ trainer, she gives mindfulness and compassion keynotes and trainings all over the world.
Maren is a communicator and connector by heart. She loves to find stories, to tell stories and to listen to stories. She is fascinated by new and innovative startup ideas and happy to support entrepreneurs growing their business. She drove innovation projects at the EU organisation EIT Digital, at the company Builder Finleap as well as the consultancy etventure. In her own company 'Startup Colors' she focuses on ecosystems building across the globe. Maren is an active mentor at the German Indian Startup Programm, at TechStars, at Startupbootcamp in Berlin, Istanbul and Dubai, ZNation Lab India as well as StartOUTBrazil.
Emmanuel Letouzé, PhD, is the Director of Data-Pop Alliance, a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab, and Director of the Open Algorithms (OPAL) project. He wrote UN Global Pulse’s White Paper “Big Data for Development” (2011-12) and has since worked on the applications and implications of data for development. He worked as an Economist for UNDP in New York in 2006-09 and in 2000-04 for the French Ministry of Finance in Vietnam. He holds a BA and MA from Sciences Po Paris, an MA from Columbia University, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
As the Chief Operating Officer at Simprints, Sebastian's task is to drive Simprints towards commercial sustainability (the goal is to be 100% earned revenue driven by 2020), scaling their deployments around the world (15 countries, 4.5m beneficiaries in 2019), and spearheading Simprints' advocacy work globally to improve the privacy standards in the biometrics and international development industries. Sebastian is a serial entrepreneur with degrees in Development Economics from the University College London and the University of Cambridge.
Dutch media entrepreneur and moderator. Talkshow about tech and current affairs on international trade relations for radio and online publications. Hopefully not the only nerd in the room.
Madelynn Martiniere is a international strategist and facilitator with a decade of experience working with innovators, entrepreneurs and executives to build, activate, and scale open innovation ecosystems for a more equitable and sustainable future. She is currently is an advisor to Promise Hub, which provides digital entrepreneurship tools and training to support communities affected by the global migration crisis.
Elke Matthaei is an advisor on rural development, food security and gender for the GIZ, currently based at the GIZ headquarters in Eschborn. Prior to that, she was based with the GIZ in Namibia, and has worked for academic and research institutions across southern Africa and Europe in the field of rural development. She is also a final year PhD candidate at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She completed her Master’s Degree at Cambridge University, UK, looking at the potential of mobile phones for development (m4d) for rural women’s empowerment in Africa.
Jessica McEvoy is the programme director for GOV.UK Verify at GDS. GOV.UK Verify is the identity assurance programme for the UK Government. Jessica is responsible for designing the future vision for standards based ubiquitous eID in the UK, working nationally and internationally to ensure it’s interoperability with other global and industry schemes. Jessica has a unique understanding of the benefits that secure, straightforward identity assurance can bring to digital services and, most importantly, their users. Jessica champions the adoption of Verify across government and is additionally involved with reviewing other government projects, with a particular focus on service design. Jessica joined GDS in 2013 and prior to this worked for the New Zealand Parliament and Ministry of Education in New Zealand. Jess is an expert in digital delivery, product strategy and stakeholder engagement with more than a decade of experience in project management and service delivery in the public sector.
Journey deep into the heart of the Amazon to the world of the Munduruku indigenous people, who are under threat from planned government construction initiatives. The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon is a multisensory VR experience inviting viewers to visit the Munduruku and join their struggle. Commissioned by Greenpeace with funding from the Ford Foundation, this 12-minute virtual reality film is combined with multisensory elements produced by The Feelies. The team spent two weeks living with the Munduruku people, capturing the very essence of tribe life to create an immersive, inspiring experience.
Abu Musuuza is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Village Energy, a Ugandan solar company focused on last-mile distribution model for productive use of energy. Village Energy's model for designing, financing, installing and servicing customised solar installations de-risks adoption by rural businesses, NGOs and agriculture, thus, enabling improved rural incomes, job creation, & access to services. Abu is an Acumen East Africa Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, and Echoing Green Climate Fellow.
Kevin Mutiso, 31, is currently the CEO and co-founder of Alternative Circle. The company developed a Kenyan Mobile based app “SHIKA”, that enables individuals with little or no credit history to access affordable micro loans through their mobile phones. The app also provides financial institutions a platform they can use to lend to users, since these institutions lack the infrastructure to disburse profitable micro loans. In 2018, he partnered with one of the largest and innovative Credit Bureaus in emerging markets, CreditInfo and, together, they are on a quest to build the richest data set on an individual in Africa to enable them to take part in global commerce.
I gained insights on environmental and ecological economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and turned to technology to look for solutions. Having specialized in Information Technology and Business Information Systems I started working with blockchain for its many potentials. The greatest potential, in my opinion, lies in its ability to lift people out of poverty and give developing countries a better chance at competing in global markets. Together with a team at BlockchainHub Berlin, I researched projects on blockchain dedicated to protecting the environment and concluded a thorough data analysis. I currently work on a project in Vienna, bridging Sustainable Development Goals and blockchain technology with Cryptoeconomics Institute and Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) at WU.
Viktor Peter works as a Senior Blockchain Governance Expert at the GIZ Blockchain Lab. Currently his team and he examine the potentials of Distributed Ledger Technologies in development cooperation based on the 2030 Agenda. Among other topics, he is specialized in supply chain traceability and the challenges Distributed Ledger Technologies are facing within this system. Before joining the GIZ, he has been working as an unit manager digitization in the energy sector for several years.
Lorenz Petersen is Country Director of giz Morocco with programmes in the areas of renewable energy, sustainable water resources management, development of small and medium businesses, as well as good governance, adaptation to climate change and environmental management. Crosscutting themes are job creation and the overall contribution to Agenda 2030. By education he holds a postgraduate degree in agricultural science and a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources Economics. Before joining GIZ he held long term positions as Campaign Coordinator with Greenpeace International and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Pitz-Paal is director at the DLR Solar Research Institute with more than 150 members of staff located in Cologne, Stuttgart, Jülich, Germany and Almería, Spain. This is the largest research institution in Germany working in the field of concentrating solar technologies. This position is jointly assigned with a professorship at Aachen University. His main research areas are the technical analysis and optimisation of concentrating solar power systems for generating electricity and producing fuel.
Modern commercial social robots mostly rely on speech to interact with the public: the body of the robot is typically used in a non reactive fashion, for example to execute scripted dances. Playful is a software created at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent System for human-robot physical reactive interaction. It is a new programming language that helps developers to program robot applications that are lively and dynamic, and make full use of the robot‘s body. In this demo, Playful has been used to create an interactive behavior that runs on Pepper, the famous humanoid robot commercialized by Softbank Robotics.
Andrea Del Prete is a robotics researcher focusing on the use of optimization algorithms for control, planning and estimation of legged robots, such as humanoids and quadrupeds. Since 2018 he has been a research scientist in the Movement Generation and Control group at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Tübingen, Germany). From 2014 to 2017 he had been an associated researcher in the Gepetto team (LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse), where he had been working with the humanoid robot HRP-2. Before going to LAAS he had spent four years at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT, Genova, Italy), where he had worked on the iCub humanoid robot.
Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy is a Research Engineer within the Space Enabled Research Group at the MIT Media Lab. In this role, she helps coordinate projects in collaboration with international development organizations, national governments and entrepreneurial companies to apply space technology in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. She also leads efforts in writing proposals, communicating the team’s work through writing and speaking, as well as, mentoring students. Previously, Dr. Rathnasabapathy served as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), a global non-governmental organization which acts in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, based in Vienna, Austria. Ms. Rathnasabapathy was responsible for leading the operations, business development, strategy, and policy output for SGAC, a network that represents over 10,000 university students and young professionals in 110+ countries. Dr. Rathnasabapathy earned her Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT University, researching the impact dynamics of novel materials used in aerospace structures. Dr. Rathnasabapathy serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Space Technology and the Generation-Next Advisory Board for Via Satellite.
Alexis Rawlinson is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Field Information Solutions GmbH, the company behind the software brand Field Buzz. This smartphone-based software, already in use in over a dozen emerging and frontier markets, helps organizations to manage dispersed activities or transactions in the “last mile”, such as tracking distribution to small shops, interactions with smallholder farmers, delivery of services to low-income households, and rural infrastructure monitoring.
Jochen Renger is working with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. He is Director of the Division “Climate Change, Rural Development and Infrastructure”. With a background in institutional development and water resources management, he headed numerous infrastructure programmes in the Middle East. Recently he was in charge for a strategic IT-Project aiming at digitalizing workflow in GIZ´s commission management. Jochen Renger is experienced in crosscutting topics and always had a soft spot for technology innovations.
Before hackathons and open-innovation, Ruha was already busy banging on CEO’s doors saying that collaboration was the way to solve complex problems. Her company’s projects have been highlighted by the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and won the World Bank 2011 Sustainable Development project of the year. In her latest venture, MENSCH, she works with fortune 500’s in the space of innovation design, rapid prototyping and people analytics to support companies in accelerating their impact and innovation.
Maria Paula considers herself a feminist and is passionate about gender equality. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) but she has build her career in the technology and entrepreneurship world, where her passion is. She joined Laboratoria as Personal Development Coordinator and grew to become Training Manager and now City Director, leading operations in Lima and a team of almost twenty people. Before being part of Laboratoria, Maria Paula worked in the Department of Psychology of PUCP and as a Research Assistant for a project about street harassment.
Agnieszka Sarnecka, VP Ventures at Neufund, has been part of the team since the very beginning. She is responsible for building and managing the ETO (Equity Token Offering) flow, and maintaining relationships with key partners and investors. Prior to that, she has been working for 5 years for tech startups in the fields of Project, Product, and Operations Management in Zencap Deutschland, CHILICON IT, and Home24. Agnieszka studied Economics and Business at the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Benjamin Seibel is the director of the Ideation & Prototyping Lab at the Technology Foundation Berlin, a non-profit think tank with a focus on urban technologies and digital civic engagement in Germany's capital. The Ideation & Prototyping Lab does research and development of data-driven applications in the field of Smart Cities, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Benjamin holds a M.A. in Cultural Studies and a PhD in Philosophy and is the author of various research papers on open data & civic tech, as well as a book on „Cybernetic Government“.
Nivi Sharma is Managing Director of BRCK (brck.com), the onramp for frontier market internet users, and the distribution channel for organizations to reach them. Nivi has dedicated her career to developing simple and holistic solutions providing digital access to everyone, from children to youth to adults, across the continent. She is passionate about the potential impact the internet can have on the economic and social development for the 800m Africans who are currently not connected. In 2011, Nivi co-founded eLimu (e-Limu.org), the first company to digitize the Kenyan Primary School curriculum for revision and literacy.
Interdisciplinary change agent, inspired by innovative approaches in doing business, knowledge management and capacity building of involved actors focusing on economic cohesion and social dialog towards faster growth. Strong analytical and assessment skills enabled conducting wide variety of impact assessments across industry sectors.
Peter is a consultant and food scientist with over 30 years of working experience in the food industry. After completing an MSc in Food Technology and Agriculture at Wageningen University in The Netherlands, Peter went on to hold several senior positions in the meat industry. In 2004 Peter represented his company in a Dutch government funded research project into the development of In Vitro cultured meat. Teaming up with Prof. Mark Post he was also involved with the production of the first hamburger from cultured meat, presented in 2013 in London. In 2016, with Maastricht University and Mark Post, Peter founded MosaMeat, a company that aims to continue the research and development of the cultured meat process, make the product competitive and consequently spread the technology.
Ph.D., senior engineer, former senior engineer of the Transportation Planning and Research Institute of the Ministry of Transport, and senior staff of the Transportation Service Department of the Ministry of Transport. He is currently a senior engineer at the China Highway and Transportation Society and, concurrently, works for Shared Mobility Branch of the China Communications and Transportation Association. He has been engaged in transportation policy, strategy and technology trend research for a long time. He has presided over the research projects of China International Road Transport Development Policy Research, Zhejiang province Urban and Rural Road Passenger Transport Development Model, and presided over the 2017 China Shared mobility Annual Report. He participated in the construction of the China Road Passenger Transport Network ticketing system, and planned the establishment of the Shared Mobility Branch. At present, the main focus is on the development of the shared mobility industry.
I have been loving and living design and innovation my whole career. I moved across a range of disciplines from UX, to system design to define innovation strategies. Right now, I am on the mission to map, build and inspire a future we want to live in. As Chief Designer & Futurist for SAP's Chief Innovation Office and our strategy group, I craft future outlooks, moonshots, strategies and products, define and run innovation frameworks to find out what’s next for SAP and the future of work. I was named 1 of 100 most innovative minds in Germany by the biggest financial newspaper Handelsblatt in 2017.
I was always interested in understanding the complex interactions between society and environment – not just for the sake of curiosity but also to find solutions to our pressing sustainability problems. Today I work at the Regional Centre of Expertise of the Institute of Ecological Economics at the Economic and Business University in Vienna as well as for Friends of the Earth Austria (GLOBAL 2000). I have a background in Ecology and Social-Ecology and several years of experience working at the intersection of science, society and business.
Lisa Witter is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apolitical. Apolitical is the first global peer-to-peer platform for government, helping policymakers find the ideas, experts and partners they need to solve the hardest challenges facing societies and is used in 120+ countries. In February, they were named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the Social Good category, along with Patagonia and Starbucks. The fast-growing for-profit company is backed by the European Union and by mission-driven investors.In 2010, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and serves on WEF's Global Agenda Council for Behavior. She is a frequent public speaker and moderator appearing on such media outlets and platforms as NPR, MSNBC, CBS, World Economic Forum, The Women's Forum for the Economy and Society, TEDWomen and The Skoll World Forum and has been published in publications including Fast Company, Alliance Magazine, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Newsday and The Seattle Times.
Yotdam, a Junior Advisor with GIZ, is working with Groots to deliver digital solutions for field data collection where field expertise is rewarded. She is carrying out extensive user field research and managing development operations. Yotdam is also working with the GIZ Energy Team in Bangkok in supporting national and subnational energy policymakers in planning processes to help Thailand achieve its National Determined Contribution climate targets while enabling local communities to optimize clean energy sources to fuel their livelihood.