Thomas Drozda was sworn in as Federal Minister by President Heinz Fischer on 18th May 2016. He took office as Federal Minister for Arts and Culture, Constitution and Media on 25 May 2016.
Born in 1965, Mr. Drozda earned a degree in business administration and economics from the University of Linz. After completing his studies, he worked as a general manager at „Trotzdem“, the publishing house of the Austrian Socialist Youth organisation in Vienna; shortly thereafter, he worked in the Economic Studies Division at the Austrian central bank (Österreichische Nationalbank).
In 1993, Mr. Drozda became an economic policy advisor in Federal Chancellor Franz Vranitzky’s cabinet, where he was responsible for budgetary, fiscal, social, youth and family affairs; from 1996 onward, Mr. Drozda’s remit was expanded to include the field of arts and culture. From 1997 to 1998, he continued his career as an economic and cultural policy advisor to Federal Chancellor Viktor Klima.
Mr. Drozda went on to serve as the business manager at Vienna’s Burgtheater from 1998 to 2008, and from 2007 to 2014 he was also a member of the Board of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) Foundation. In 2008, he became the Chief Executive Officer at Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, which operates three prominent theatre venues in Vienna.
Neil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by a government. The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves. The antenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colors from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satellites. Harbisson identifies himself as a cyborg, he feels both his mind and body are united to cybernetics. He doesn’t feel he is using or wearing technology, instead he feels he is technology. His artworks investigate the relationship between colour and sound, experiment the boundaries of human perception and explore the use of artistic expression via sensory extensions. In 2010 he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organization that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 250 publications, including “The City of Tomorrow” (Yale University Press, June 2016, with Matthew Claudel). As well as being a regular contributor to Project Syndicate, he has written for international media including New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, Corriere della Sera, Domus. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, MAXXI in Rome, and MoMA in New York City.
Carlo has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames & Hudson’s selection of ‘60 innovators’ shaping our creative future. Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’, Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ and Fast Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influential Designers in America’. He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.
Carlo has been a presenter at TED (in 2011 and 2015), program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. He was the curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special adviser on Urban Innovation to the President and Commissioners of the European Commission.
Since January 1st 2017 Rudiger Wanck is founder & MD of SNDC8.
SNDC8 operate and deploy technology and monetization platform to help publishers compete successfully in the real time area.
On May 1st 2015 Rudiger Wanck was named CEO Worldwide of GroupM Connect. Connect is GroupM’s worldwide digital agency platform and consolidated services organization. Being part of an increasingly real-time world, the focus of Connect is to apply our groups leverage and scale to data, operations and technology across search, social, mobile, programmatic and all other real-time and biddable media. By bringing these services together Connect is able to deliver real time media investment management across all of these classes of digital media providing an unrivalled competitive advantage for our group.
Rudiger Wanck is part of GroupM’s Worldwide Executive Committee since 2013. Prior to his appointment as CEO Worldwide for Connect he was the Global COO for GroupM Interaction. As Global COO he focused on GroupM’s digital operations, digital technology and digital trading development in North America, Latin America, EMEA and APAC. Before taking on a global role he was the Chairman of GroupM for the Benelux and the Chief Digital Officer for GroupM in EMEA.
Stephan A Jansen (* June 12th 1971) is Professor for Management, Innovation & Finance and Head of the „Center for Philanthropy & Civil Society | PhiCS“ at Karlshochschule, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Member of several advisory boards and scientific consulting for corporates, foundations, educational institutions as well as ministries (e.g. „Innovationsdialog“ of the chancelor, personal advising board of Minister Peer Steinbrück a.D., or „Forschungsunion“ of the Ministry of Education and Research).
He was Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School 2000 and 2001 and since 1999 regularly Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.
In May 2003 Jansen was appointed the founding president and managing director of Zeppelin Universität, a state-recognized privately held and endowed university in Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance. In the same year he was appointed professor at the „Chair for Strategic Organization and Financing | SOFI“ by the federal ministry of science. At the time of this appointment, he was 31 years old and thus Germany`s youngest university president.
He is author of more than 200 publications (including 25 books and edited anthologies), especially in the areas of organization, network, leadership and management theory, mergers & acquisitions, philanthropy as well as analyses of educational systems.
He is regular columnist in German (e.g. bimonthly in „Brand eins“) and co-editor of the „Zeitschrift für Management (ZfM)“.
He is appointed for the global election as one of the „Thinkers50“ 2017.
His research interests: analysis of networks from the perspective of communication and organizational theory, social enterprises, civil society & philanthropy, mergers & acquisistions, as well as educational systems.
Prof. Dr. Gernot Müller-Putz is head of the Institute of Neural Engineering and its associated Laboratory of Brain-Computer Interfaces. He received his MSc in electrical and biomedical engineering in 2000, his PhD in electrical engineering in 2004 and his habilitation and “venia docendi” in medical informatics from Graz University of Technoloy in 2008. Since 2014 he is full professor for semantic data analysis. He has gained extensive experience in the field of biosignal analysis, brain-computer interface research, EEG-based neuroprosthesis control, communication with BCI in patients with disorders of consciousness, hybrid BCI systems, the human somatosensory system, and BCIs in assistive technology over the past 16 years. He has also managed several national projects (State of Styria) and international projects (Wings for Life, EU Projects) and is currently coordinator of the EU Horizon 2020 project MoreGrasp. Furthermore, he organized and hosted six international Brain-Computer Interface Conferences over the last 13 years in Graz, currently preparing the 7th Conference in Sept. 2017. He is also steering board member of the International BCI Meeting, which takes place in the US every three years (next time in 2016). He is Review Editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience, special section Neuroprosthetics, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering and Associate Editor of the Brain-Computer Interface Journal. In 2014/15 he was Guest editor in chief of a special issue of the Proceedings if the IEEE “The Plurality of Human Brain-Computer Interfacing”. He has authored more than 130 peer reviewed publications and more than 100 contributions to conferences which were cited more than 8100 times (h-index 43). Recently he was awarded with an ERC Consolidator Grant “Feel your Reach” from the European Research Council.
Horst Eidenberger received the doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Vienna in 2000 and Habilitation (tenure) from the Technical University of Vienna in 2005. Currently, he is an associate professor of computer science and engineering at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria where he works in the area of computational perception on novel signal processing techniques for multimedia sensor data and on machine learning solutions for media categorization. Further research interests include virtual reality where he implemented the Vienna Jumpcube project, widely recognized for its extended use of haptic and olfactory stimuli (see http://jumpcu.be/ for more). Since 2006, he has been a certified expert witness for software development, forensic biometrics and applied statistics at all Austrian courts (member of EuroExpert). He has published seven textbooks on various artificial intelligence and media programming topics as well as more than one-hundred peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conference proceedings. His teaching focuses on the problem of modeling human-like similarity perception in computers (e.g. in computer vision, audio event recognition, strategic gaming, etc.). Please refer to http://www.ims.tuwien.ac.at/hme/ for more information.
Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”
Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.
In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.
Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn), Happy Bits, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, and Symphony Commerce.
Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.