Speakers that went beyond
We had the honor to invite a selection of exciting speakers that went beyond in every possible sense of the word….
Mary McCarthy – Art Consultant and Urban Art Specialist
Mary McCarthy is a leading Urban Contemporary Art specialist, spending the last twenty years following Street Art and forging contacts with artists, buyers, writers and followers within this counter culture movement.
Mary McCarthy previously worked with Getty, Christies Images, Bloomsbury and Dreweatts Auctions.
She set up MM Contemporary Arts Ltd in 2013 and has brokered some of the most high profile (and discreet) Urban Contemporary Art sales working both with private clients and auction houses. Most recently she has partnered with Paris based Digard Auctions to develop their biannual global sale of Urban Contemporary Art, achieving record sales in this sector of the market.
Dr. Laura Penn – Author, TV-Host & Public Speaking Coach
Laura Penn, PhD has had enough of watching good people deliver bad presentations. She lives to disrupt what she considers to be the broken and dysfunctional status quo for public speaking.Deeply alarmed by how her conservation biologist peers (she was a scientist before becoming a public speaking expert) were ineffectively delivering their messages, Laura decided to do something about it.
Six years ago, she founded ThePublicSpeakingSchool.com to provide state-of-the-art training in public speaking for clients in the not-for-profit, academic and private sectors. Today, Laura uses her eclectic background as a scientist and as a performing artist to transform the way that we speak in public.
Shaun Attwood – Author, Wall Street Millionaire & Ex-Drug Supplier
Shaun Attwood is a former stock-market millionaire and Ecstasy supplier turned public speaker, author and activist, who is banned from America for life. His story was featured worldwide on National Geographic Channel as an episode of Locked Up/Banged Up Abroad called Raving Arizona.Shaun’s writing – smuggled out of the jail with the highest death rate in America run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio – attracted international media attention to the human rights violations: murders by guards and gang members, dead rats in the food, cockroach infestations…
While incarcerated, Shaun was forced to reappraise his life. He read over 1,000 books in just under six years. By studying original texts in psychology and philosophy, he sought to better understand himself and his past behavior. He credits books as being the lifeblood of his rehabilitation. Shaun now tells his story to schools to put young people off drugs and crime. He campaigns against injustice via his books and blog, Jon’s Jail Journal. He has appeared on the BBC, Sky News and TV worldwide to talk about issues affecting prisoners’ rights.
Mischa Janiec – Entrepreneur and Pro Natural Bodybuilder
Mischa Janiec is an Entrepreneur, Social Media Influencer, Personal Coach and Pro Natural Bodybuilder from Switzerland. He became the Swiss Natural Bodybuilding Federation Teen Class Champion in 2011 and won the Overall Title at the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation Muscle Mayhem 2016.
Apart from being a Pro Athlete, Mischa has become a famous European Social Media Influencer. He has thousands of followers on Facebook and Instagram and millions of views on his youtube channel. He is also the Co-founder of Profuel, a vegan supplement company, Chief Marketing Officer of a clothing company named ProBroWear and helps people get in shape with his Online Training Course “Lean Bulk System”. He also likes to travel around the world and giving his Internet Community insights of beautiful places like South America or Thailand.
Marcelo Bertorelli – Student Activist in the Venezuela Uprising
Marcelo Bertorelli was born and raised in the streets of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. In 2015, Caracas was ranked as the most dangerous city in the world. Marcelo was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at a very young age, but trough his interest in communication and determination alongside with his family's support he is now able to live an unassisted life.
In 2014, at the age of 17, he actively participated in the Venezuelan student uprising against the government and military police. During the uprising, Marcelo was able to come in contact with a variety of young people, who all had their own reasons for revolting and breaking the law. Despite his young age, Marcelo sought to understand the conception behind such an uprising and he is now determined to share his thoughts and experiences with young people from around the world. In 2015, Marcelo was selected to attend the United World College (UWC) Adriatic in Trieste, Italy, where he will complete the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Gustav Borgefalk – Co-Founder of Sqore
Gustav is the Cofounder and Head of Business Development of Sqore, a company that organizes large scale, global innovation, and recruitment competitions to identify talented people and match them with employers and scholarships. Gustav grew Sqore to thirty-five employees, with four million dollars in venture capital funding and 400,000 members worldwide. He advises global, corporate, university, and government clients on competition program design and has fostered relationships with clients such as The Economist and Google. Prior to founding Sqore, Gustav cofounded Filehill Media AB, Scandinavia’s largest marketplace for digital products, and various other startups such as EasyPR and Logotypia. Earlier, he also worked for the public relations agency Hill & Knowlton and with private equity firm Aronsson Group.
Gustav attended a graduate studies program in exponential technologies and future studies at Singularity University in Mountain View and received an MSc in Business Administration and Management from Stockholm School of Economics.
Phil Anthony M – Award Winning Consultant & Performance Coach
Phil Anthony is an award winning consultant and performance coach. His path has seen him go from collecting litter in London’s Hyde Park to engineering London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium, volunteering in rural Nigeria and consulting in Saudi Arabia.
He left the security of corporate life after being recognized as ‘Young Consultant of The Year’ and one of the ‘Top 10 Consultants of The Decade’. This was the Launchpad for Phil’s journey of self-discovery that saw him assume the role of director at one of Thailand’s leading health and fitness retreats.
Today, Phil consults businesses, entrepreneurs, CEOs, Olympians and anyone seeking to upgrade their performance and unleash their potential.
Hila Azadzoy – Cofounder of Kiron Open Higher Education
Hila Azadzoy is part of Kiron Open Higher Education founding team, which is an innovative social start up, with the mission to remove the barriers for refugees to higher education through a unique blended learning approach. As the Head of Academics Hila is responsible for the continous development of Kiron’s academic program, strategic partnerships and fundraising activities.
Having a family history of migration from Afghanistan, Hila has developed a strong sense for the inequalities in access to education and the challenges of addressing these within education systems. Hila holds a M.Sc. in Politics, Economics and Philosophy from the University of Hamburg. Previously, Hila has launched her career at Human Rights Watch and has a profound experience as a professional translator, working extensively with refugees.
Fabian Westerheide – CEO of Asgard Venture Capital
Fabian is CEO of Asgard, a family- owned Venture Capital firm based in Berlin. His passion lies in Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. He has worked with, started and invested in over 30 companies such as DeliveryHero, Team Europe, Point Nine Capital, Soundbrenner or Wunsch-Brautkleid.de in the European digital ecosystem.
Fabian holds a Master degree in Strategic and International Management from the University of St. Gallen and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Münster. He is a member of various Alumni associations such as the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Entrepreneurs Organization, SIM, BDSU, HSG and move.
Suzi & Eric LeVine – US Ambassador & Entrepreneur
Suzi LeVine took up her position as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in June 2014. She and the Embassy team collaborated closely with their Swiss counterparts to drive outstanding economic results, increase a long-term focus on global security, and raise awareness and appreciation for the countries’ respective policies, values, and cultures. Twice during her career, she was a stay-at-home mom, during which time she co-founded two non-profit organizations.
Meanwhile her husband Eric LeVine has had a distinguished career as a leader at Microsoft, as founder/CEO of CellarTracker.com and, more recently, as a stay-at-home dad. He grew up in Boston and then, after graduating from Harvard University with an A.B. in History, pursued a technology career that took him from Lotus to Microsoft. In addition to his professional and family pursuits, Eric has focused his heart and time on social justice and social services.
Kilian Wagner – CEO of VIU
Kilian Wagner, rethinks retail by holistically engaging with customers across online and offline worlds and bringing fashion to the optical industry. CEO of VIU, a Swiss eyewear startup shaking up the optical industry with a premium eyewear concept that breaks with norms through vertical integration and omnichannel retail. Seamlessly combining online and offline channels VIU is building holistic customer experiences, while offering premium and sustainable products at revolutionary prices. Founded in Switzerland in 2013 VIU is active in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, operating 17 own flagshipstores, proprietary online channels and more than 20 partnerstores.
Prior to VIU, Kilian worked 5 years as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, leading projects in different industries (Telecoms, Banking, Media, Consumer Goods) with focus on growth strategy and market entry. He holds a M.A. in Business Administration from the University of St.Gallen (HSG).
Federico Augugliaro – Award winning PhD from ETH Zurich
Federico received his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2015. During his research he investigated algorithms that allow flying machines to cooperatively assembly rope bridges, and worked on the Flight Assembled Architecture installation, a 6-meter tall tower built by quadrocopters out of 1500 foam modules. He also developed tools to coordinate the motion of multiple vehicles, allowing for example the generation of choreographies featuring multiple flying machines.
Federico received the Willi Studer Award 2012 for the best master degree in Robotics, Systems and Control and the Hans-Eggenberger-Prize 2012 for his Master Thesis. He was among the finalists of the Georges Giralt PhD award 2016.
Pete Blackshaw – Global Head of Digital & Social Media at Nestlé
Pete Blackshaw is the Global Head of Digital and Social Media at Nestlé, S.A. based in Switzerland. In addition to helping shape digital strategy for Nescafe, Kit Kat, Purina, and hundreds of other Nestle brands, Pete oversees Nestle’s industry-recognized Digital Acceleration Team (DAT) as well as the Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost (SVIO).
He is author of a book by Doubleday entitled “Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3000: Running a Business in Today’s Consumer-Driven World,” and periodically authors columns in Advertising Age centered around the book’s themes. Pete founded PlanetFeedback.com, one of the web’s first consumer-feedback portals, and co-founded the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA). He recently served as Chairman of the Board of the National Council of Better Business Bureaus and in that capacity sat on the National Advertising Review Council. He’s a 2015 Mediapost “Online All Star” Winner, a 2014 inductee of the World of Mouth Marketing Hall of Fame, and a 2010 Grand Prize winner of the “Great Minds” award from the Advertising Research Foundation. Pete is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of California, Santa Cruz.