Volker is a Partner at Amadeus Capital, one of the leading European deep-tech VCs, where he looks after their Early-Stage Funds with a focus on AI, Human-Machine Interfaces (including AR/VR) and Industry 4.0. He previously invested as an angel investor and has a portfolio of a dozen technology companies, including Pi-Top, Bibblio and Wonde.
He is an entrepreneur who founded/co-founded a total of 7 companies so far. He is a co-founder of Blue Beck, a 50-strong mobile development firm with 400+ person-years mobile software development experience.
Volker also acted as a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, Europe’s leading EdTech accelerator, and is the Chairman of Bibblio. He has extensive board experience in EdTech, AI, IoT, Travel, Advertising and Gaming and is a co-founder of Tech North Advocates, a non-profit initiative seeking to aid the evolving tech ecosystems in the North of England. Volker is also a frequent keynote speaker at technology conferences and corporate events around the world.
Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop (a mobile social gaming platform with, at its peak, 450m users), which was acquired by BlackBerry where he subsequently acted as its Global Head of Games. Volker is a corporate lawyer by original profession.
Dr. Louis Rosenberg is CEO & Chief Scientist of Unanimous AI, a company that builds super-intelligent systems by amplifying the wisdom of human populations. Their unique Swarm AI technology has been highly effective across a wide range of applications, from business forecasting to medical diagnosis. Rosenberg’s doctoral work at Stanford University in the early 1990’s was notable for having produced the first functional Augmented Reality system ever deployed, a platform called “Virtual Fixtures” that he developed for the US Air Force. Over the years since, Rosenberg has founded a number of successful companies including Immersion Corporation (Nasdaq, IMMR) and Outland Research. Rosenberg has been a prolific inventor, having been awarded over 300 patents worldwide for his work in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence technologies. Rosenberg has also worked as a tenured professor at California Polytechnic, teaching design and entrepreneurship.
Having started during the heady boom days of late 90’s San Francisco, Deirdre McGlashan has been involved in all aspects of digital marketing throughout her career, from strategy to media to technical development and everything in between. As Global Chief Digital Officer for MediaCom, her role is to ensure the full power of technology and interactivity is utilised to drive business growth for clients’ brands, from thinking about the entire marketing system when developing communications solutions, to harnessing and using different types of data for identifying opportunities, solutioning and execution, through to delivering specialist excellence in activation. Having this understanding of the holistic digital picture and experience with how things are built from the very beginning has given her a strong base to help clients make the most of their Content + Connections.
Prior to this role, she was Head of Digital, Global Clients for Aegis Media for three years and before that the CEO of wwwins Isobar Greater China (an Aegis Media company), a team of 220 digital specialists across strategy, creative, technology and media across Greater China. In the independent agency space, Deirdre was a Founding Partner at AnalogFolk, a multi-disciplinary marketing communications agency in London that fuses both analog and digital communications channels.
Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and partner of Simply Rational – The Institute for Decisions.
He is former Director of the Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) Center at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Law at the University of Virginia. In addition, he is Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences and Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical
Society. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Basel and the Open University of the Netherlands, and is Batten Fellow at the Darden Business School, University of Virginia. Awards for his work include the AAAS Prize for the best article in the behavioral sciences, the Association of American Publishers Prize for the best book in the social andbehavioral sciences, the German Psychology Award, and the Communicator Award of the German Research Foundation. His award-winning popular books Calculated Risks, Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, and Risk Savvy: How to make good decisions have been translated into 21 languages. His academic books include Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart, Rationality for Mortals, Simply Rational, and Bounded Rationality (with Reinhard Selten, a Nobel Laureate in economics). In Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions (with Sir Muir Gray) he shows how better informed doctors and patients can improve healthcare while reducing costs. Together with the Bank of England, he is working on the project “Simple heuristics for a safer world.” Gigerenzer has trained U.S. federal judges, German physicians, and top managers in decision making and understanding risks and uncertainties. The Swiss Duttweiler Institute has distinguished Gigerenzer as one of the top-100 Global Thought Leaders worldwide.
Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist and business professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern university.
Dr. Cerf is also a member of the institute on complex systems.
In his work, Prof. Cerf helps individuals and businesses harness the current knowledge of the brain to improve thinking and understanding of customers and business decisions.
His academic research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology, behavior changes, emotion, decision making and dreams.
His works address questions such as: „How are conscious percepts formed in our brain?“, „How can we control our emotions?“ and “How can we make content that is engaging for the brain?“
Recently, his research has addressed questions pertaining to the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. In his acclaimed work, Prof. Cerf studies patients undergoing brain-surgery by recording the activity of individual nerve cells using electrodes implanted in the patient’s brain. Thus, his work offers a novel way to understand our psyche by observing the brain directly from within.
Dr. Cerf holds a Ph.D in neuroscience from Caltech, an MA in Philosophy and a B.Sc in Physics from Tel-Aviv University.
He holds multiple patents and his works have been published in wide-circulation academic journals such as Nature and Journal of Neuroscience, as well as popular science journals such as Scientific American Mind, Wired, New Scientist and more. Additionally, his work has been portrayed in numerous media and cultural outlets such as CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, NPR, Time, MSNBC, and dozens of others. He has been featured in venues such as the Venice Art Biennial and China’s Art, Science and Technology association, and has contributed to magazines such as Forbes, The Atlantic, Inc., and others.
He has made much of his research accessible to the general public via his public talks at PopTech, TED, TEDx, Google Zeitgeist, DLD and other venues, gathering millions of views and a large following.
Additionally, he is the beneficiary of several awards and grants for his work, including the Instructional improvement grant, and the prestigious president scholarship for excellence. He was recently named one of the „40 leading professors below 40“.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Cerf spent nearly a decade in industry, holding positions in computers security (as a hacker), pharmaceutical, telecom, fashion, software development, and innovations research. Currently, Prof. Cerf is on the board of a number of neuro-tech companies (Nervanix, VR Americas, Best Fit) and the Co-founder of ThinkAlike. He is also the founder of B-Cube which applies neuroscience to help society.
Notably, Dr. Cerf is the Alfred P. Sloan professor at the American Film Institute (AFI), where he teaches an annual screenwriting class on science in films and is a consultant to various Hollywood films and TV shows, such as CBS‘ “Bull” and “Limitless”, USA Network’s “Falling Water”, and more..