Full Name : Dr. Joachim Schwerin
Position: Principal Economist, DG GROW
Dr. Joachim Schwerin is Principal Economist in the unit responsible for the Digital Transformation of Industry within the Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission. He is responsible for developing the policy approach of DG GROW towards the Token Economy and Distributed-Ledger Technologies as well as their applications for industry and SMEs. In 2020, he coordinated DG GROW’s input into the Digital Finance Strategy, including the MiCA Regulation. Previous responsibilities after he had joined the European Commission in 2001 included the coordination of industrial and competition policy, the design of policy measures to improve SME access to digital finance and conceptual work on strategic aspects of the EU’s competitiveness in the global economy. Joachim holds a PhD in economics from Dresden University of Technology and was Post-Doc Research Fellow at the London School of Economics.
Keynote Speech (on 19/05/2021)
Digital Transformation of Industry: the European Way for the Digital Decade
Full Name : Carola Theresia Paschola
Position: Managing Director, Opus1a
Carola is a technology and financial services expert with extensive Senior Management experience in commercial and customer-oriented environments. Her background is highly international with work experiences in Germany, France, England, Switzerland, the United States and Australia. She worked for blue chip companies like American Express, Dell, Vivendi, LEK Partnership, CSC Index and Domestic & General Insurance Plc. Carola has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a masters’ degree in computer science and business from the Technical University Darmstadt. In addition, she is a certified Blockchain expert from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Currently Carola runs her own consulting company, Opus1a, where she advises international companies and startups in FinTech, blockchain, payments and service industries. In addition, she is an angel investor and sits on the advisory boards of Simple Transfer and the Blockchain & Climate Institute.
Full Name : Charles Cadoz
Position: Portfolio Manager
BIGBAN Inversores Privados founded in 2007, is a non-profit association that represents and brings together business angels and other private investors whose objective is the promotion, growth and consolidation of the private investment ecosystem in innovative and viable projects. In addition, BIGBAN Inversores Privados is also a place to exchange information, experiences and projects between agents of the Valencian and Spanish Innovation System such as: associations and/or networks of business angels, teaching institutions, accelerators and incubators, technology centres, innovation hubs and any other entities or institutions interested in the aims of the Association.
The association brings together more than 160 business angels of different types and has channeled more than 40 million private investment in innovative business projects.
Full Name : Roman Stammes
Job/position: Business Developement Manager
Roman Stammes worked for the Fraunhofer-Cooperation of Commerzbank as a project manager and currently works as a business development manager for Brunata Metrona. His interests in digitalization topics, especially Blockchain, are primarily in the application-oriented area and in the strategic implementation. His vision as a digital expert is to inspire confidence and trust in blockchain technology.
Full Name: Jannis Tim Severin Wagner
Position: Investment Manager
Tim is part of the Investment Team at Companisto where he is responsible acquisition and analysis of deals as well as structuring the financing rounds. Previously worked for a pre-seed angel investment platform and organized the EBSpreneurship Forum 2016.
Full Name: Dr. Michael Merz
Position: Managing Direct at PONTON GmbH
Michael Merz has studied computer science and received his PhD from University of Hamburg. He founded PONTON in the year 2001 and has demonstrated his expertise in various B2B integration projects over the past 20 years in several projects related to energy trading, grid operation and market platforms. He is expert in blockchain technology as PONTON has started developing blockchain-based infrastructures for energy trading (Enerchain) and grid management (Gridchain) since the year 2016. Michael also contributes to research projects in energy trading such as NEW 4.0 and ETIBLOGG and he is author of the book “Blockchain for B2B integration”.
Full Name: Mehrdad Mansouri
Position: CTO of OO.Pictures Gmbh
Full Name: Wolfgang Männel, BFG
Position: Senior Partner
In over 30 years of my international career, I have combined experience from Operational Management, Strategy Consulting, and Private Equity investing. Over the years, I have developed particular expertise regarding validating business ideas based on new technologies for corporates, Venture Capital firms, and Seed investors. I have also accumulated significant experience in portfolio management for technology investors. My industry experience in the Private Equity space ranges from Software, Telecommunications, Intellectual Property, and Blockchain-based business models. In Consulting and Operational Roles, I have worked on turnaround situations, IT, Marketing, and new business development projects in industries like Consumer Goods, Media, Automotive, Construction, and Transaction Banking, working in Germany, France, United Kingdom, USA, and China. I am trilingual in German, English, and French and alumnus of the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel. At BFG we build and finance blockchain companies on their way to making an impact in the world.