Speakers 2022

Florian Feltes

Florian Feltes

Co-founder & CEOZortify
Florian Feltes

Florian Feltes

Co-founder & CEOZortify

Florian Feltes is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zortify. Founded in Luxembourg, Zortify is a pioneer in artificial intelligence for human experience management (HXM) and business success. The company's mission is to develop software solutions that help translate any textual data into meaningful information, adding value to any situation where the human factor is crucial. Using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning techniques, Zortify generates additional layers of information for customers in a variety of contexts.

Furthermore, Florian is a Professor of Digital Leadership and HR at the XU Exponential University in Potsdam, an Author and a Speaker with focus on Leadership, Organizational Culture & Development, Transformation, AI for HR, Innovation, Disruption. In his research and teaching, he focuses on New Work and success factors of start-up and innovation teams.

As an author of the book "Revolution? Yes, please! When Old-School Leadership Meets New-Work Leadership".

    Jürgen Geuter

    Jürgen “Tante” Geuter

    Sociotechnologist, Writer and tech de-evangelist
    Jürgen Geuter

    Jürgen “Tante” Geuter

    Sociotechnologist, Writer and tech de-evangelist

    tante is a sociotechnologist, writer and tech de-evangelist. Drawing from a long history of working in tech he uses his experiences to explain, contextualize and criticize a lot of the technologies being presented as the "future". His writing appeared in SPIEGEL, ZEIT, Süddeutsche, VICE, Jacobin and other publications. His current focus is to work on the paradigm shift in tech from innovation to care, maintenance and stewardship.

      Stephan Holzer

      Stephan Holzer

      CEO & Co-FounderVERITIC
        Viola Li

        Viola Li

        Freelance illustrator / artist
          Christian “Mio” Loclair

          Christian “Mio” Loclair

          CEOJournee
          Christian “Mio” Loclair

          Christian “Mio” Loclair

          CEOJournee

          Christian “Mio” Loclair, creative director at Waltz Binaire, is a new media artist, computer scientist and choreographer from Berlin, Germany.

          He explores the friction of nature colliding with data and digital procedures. Using cutting edge technology and artificial intelligences in interactive installations, audio visual experiences,
          visual narratives and dance performances, he continuously explores the harmony and tension of the encounter of humans and machines. Mio is publishing his work on digital installations, unexpected galleries and theatre stages around the world for commercial and independent projects.

          Furthermore
          Mio spoke about the philosophy of his work at the Palais De Nationes (United Nations ), MIT ( Centre Pompidou Paris) and Frauenkirche (Dresden), among others. His work has been featured by companies such as Google, IBM, Mercedes Benz, BMW and VW and presented at museum s such as Ars Electronica, Today Art Museum Beijing and Centre Pompidou.

            Marina Löwe

            Marina Löwe

            Head of Learning & Developmentada
            Marina Löwe

            Marina Löwe

            Head of Learning & Developmentada

            Marina Löwe is ada´s Head of Learning & Development. She joins us in our belief that growth rarely happens alone, and shares our passion to inspire the connections that will drive future change. Marina is an experienced change expert with a proven track record in creating personal and business transformations. She accompanies executives and teams in the development of mindful digital high-performance cultures for sustainable business. Marina has been working as an internal and external consultant, facilitator and trainer in international companies ranging from DAX corporations to startups since 2002. She is an industrial and organizational psychologist, multi-certified trainer, mediator, Co-active and Berkeley Executive Coach.

              Micaela Mantegna

              Micaela Mantegna

              Lawyer and Activist
              Micaela Mantegna

              Micaela Mantegna

              Lawyer and Activist

              Micaela Mantegna is a lawyer and activist specialized in video games policy, XR and artificial
              intelligence ethics.

              Currently a TED Fellow, and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard, her research
              focuses on metaverse ethics and governance; generative artificial intelligence, creativity and
              copyright.

              Known as the “Abogamer”, she is a seasoned public speaker, having presented talks and lectures
              for governments, organizations and universities in over 27 countries, at conferences like TED,
              Game Developers Conference (GDC), GamesBeat, RightsCon, Internet Freedom Festival, More
              Than Just a Game, amongst others.

              As a diversity advocate, she is the founder of Women In Games Argentina (WIGAr), a non-profit
              working towards a more inclusive gaming industry; and a Women in Games International (WIGJ)
              Ambassador, having been distinguished as their 2021 “Outstanding Individual Ambassador of
              the Year” award, and being named as one of GameIndustry’s 2021 “Gamechangers”.

              She holds a Masters on Intellectual Property from the World Intellectual Property Organization/
              San Andres University, with a dissertation on Generative AI and copyright. Also, she is the AI
              Governance and Ethics professor at the Center for Technology and Society (CETyS), and the
              recipient of the 2017 Google Policy Fellowship for her research on algorithmic governance.
              Due to her intersectional expertise on AI ethics, Internet governance and innovation, she was
              invited by the Argentinian government to collaborate in Argentina's National AI Plan, drafting
              the AI ethics and regulation chapter.

              Her first book "ARTficial: creativity, artificial intelligence and copyright" is currently on press,
              forthcoming July 2022.

                Miriam Meckel

                Co-founder & CEOada

                Miriam Meckel

                Co-founder & CEOada

                Miriam Meckel is founding publisher and Chief Executive Officer of ada. Since 2005 Miriam has held a professorship in communication management at the University of St. Gallen, and was editor in chief and publisher of WirtschaftsWoche. She served one legislative period as government spokesperson and State Secretary for Media and International Affairs under the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, and she also worked as a consultant for the Brunswick Group for many years. During her time as a journalist and scientist she received the Cicero Speakers Prize in the science category, published numerous books, and was accepted engagements as a guest professor at Harvard University, Singapore Management University and the University of Vienna.

                  Cassandra Myers

                  Performance artist

                  Cassandra Myers

                  Performance artist

                  Cassandra Myers (they/she) is a queer, trans, crip, mad, South Asian-Italian poet, performer, educator, and social worker from Toronto, Ontario. A National Poetry Slam Champion, Cassandra has performed poetry across the United States and Canada. A recent winner of the ARC Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Award, and longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, Cassandra's first book of poems is set to be released with Write Bloody Publishing in 2022.

                    Verena Pausder

                    Verena Pausder

                    Co-founder & Ambassadorada
                    Verena Pausder

                    Verena Pausder

                    Co-founder & Ambassadorada

                    Verena Pausder is one of the best known faces of the startup scene in this country. She is an entrepreneur, digital education expert, author and founder of Fox & Sheep and the HABA Digitalwerkstätten.

                    In her eyes, giving children equal access to digital education is one of the core prerequisites for the future viability of our country. To this end, she founded Digitale Bildung für Alle e.V. in 2017. During the Corona period, she put homeschooling-corona.com online and initiated the country's largest education hackathon #wirfürschule. For this, she was honored by Handelsblatt and BCG as Vordenkerin 2020. In 2022, she launched the site edu-cloud.org to give schools and parents transparency and guidance about digital education offerings.

                    Her book "Das Neue Land" is a Spiegel bestseller and was awarded the special prize "Unternehmerbuch des Jahres" by the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.

                    In her podcast "FAST & CURIOUS" she talks with her co-host Lea-Sophie Cramer about current trends and developments in the startup scene.

                    She is on the advisory board of DELIUS and Röhlig Logistics, a university councillor at CODE University in Berlin, and founder of the #stayonboard initiative. In 2016, she was named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum. In 2018, she was included in Forbes Europe's Top 50 Women In Tech list. Born in Hamburg in 1979, she lives in Berlin with her husband and children.

                      Brett Perry

                      Brett Perry

                      Brett Perry

                      Brett Perry

                      A graduate of The Juilliard School, Brett has performed works by acclaimed choreographers Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Cystal Pite, Robert Battle, Medhi Walerski, Eliot Feld, Jose Limon & Sharon Eyal.

                      Brett begin his professional career in Boise, Idaho as a founding member of the celebrated Trey McIntyre Project. With TMP he toured to 18 nations, serving as a United States Cultural Ambassador. He has danced with Ballet British Columbia, Aszure Barton & Artists, LED, Ballet Idaho and Adam Weinert. Perry was a 2010 recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Dance and is the inaugural 2020 Alexa Rose Foundation Fellow.

                      When he is not in the studio or onstage Brett is cultivating the land at Meadowlark Farm in Nampa, Idaho under the tutelage of food activist, Janie Burns.

                        Kimo Quaintance

                        Kimo Quaintance

                        Director of Communityada
                        Kimo Quaintance

                        Kimo Quaintance

                        Director of Communityada

                        Kimo Quaintance is ada’s Director of Community. He first worked with ada as an external consultant in 2019, and joined the team full-time in 2021. He has spent the past 10 years consulting on collective learning and technological change to clients such as Facebook, Microsoft, General Motors, Lufthansa, Siemens, the United States Army, and the Royal Opera House in London. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and has developed curriculum and lectured at the University of Denver, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich (Universität der Bundeswehr München), and the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

                          John Michael Schert

                          John Michael Schert

                          Artist, Advisor and Producer
                          John Michael Schert

                          John Michael Schert

                          Artist, Advisor and Producer

                          John Michael Schert is an artist, advisor and producer working in multiple sectors. He began his career as a ballet dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. In 2004 he co-founded Trey McIntyre Project, concurrently serving as the company’s Executive Director and a dancer. During this time, he gained a unique insight into the process and product of art-making and realized the ability to translate the creative process across disciplines and domains. 2013-2017 he served as the inaugural Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

                          Schert is the founding principal of JMS & Company, an executive producer of Boise’s B Corp Treefort Music Fest, and is the founder of the American Ballet Theatre Leadership Lab. He was a 2019 USA Eisenhower Fellowship and holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

                            Olaf Scholz

                            Olaf Scholz

                            German Chancellor
                            Olaf Scholz

                            Olaf Scholz

                            German Chancellor

                            The SPD politician from northern Germany has been the Federal Chancellor of Germany since December 2021, leading the country's first "traffic light" coalition in Federal Government (the nickname is based on the parties’ colours). Olaf Scholz already knew the government district in Berlin well, having previously served as Federal Minister of Finance (2018-2021), Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs (2009-2011), and as a Member of the German Bundestag. He was also Hamburg’s First Mayor from 2011 until 2018. Olaf Scholz studied law and worked as a lawyer until 1998.

                              Lea Steinacker

                              Léa Steinacker

                              Co-founder & COOada
                              Lea Steinacker

                              Léa Steinacker

                              Co-founder & COOada

                              Léa Steinacker is founder and Chief Operations Officer of ada. Prior to 2018 she worked for Wirtschaftswoche, most recently as Chief Innovation Officer. In 2018 the american magazine Forbes named her one of the “Top 30 Under 30” managers in Europe’s media landscape, the same year she was one of the “Top 30 Under 30” journalists named by Medium Magazin. Raised in Germany, Australia and Wales, she studied at Princeton, Harvard and the American University in Cairo before writing her doctor’s thesis on the social impact of artificial intelligence systems at the University of St. Gallen.