Keynote Speaker

Full Name : Dr. Joachim Schwerin

Position: Principal Economist, DG GROW

Short Bio

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


Investors

Full Name : Carola Theresia Paschola

Position: Managing Director, Opus1a

Short Bio

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.

Social Media
LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/carola-paschola-264313

Full Name : Charles Cadoz

Position: Portfolio Manager

Short Bio

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.

Social Media
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BIGBANInversion
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bigban-inversores-privados/

Full Name : Roman Stammes

Job/position: Business Developement Manager

Short Bio

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.

Social Media

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/roman-stammes-600a6a17a_roman-block-chained-activity-6775386888577540096-Qy7q

Full Name: Jannis Tim Severin Wagner

Position: Investment Manager

Short Bio

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.

Social Media

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtimswagner/

Full Name: Dr. Michael Merz

Position: Managing Direct at PONTON GmbH

Short Bio

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”.

Social Media

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-michael-merz-1a5433/

Full Name: Mehrdad Mansouri

Position: CTO of OO.Pictures Gmbh

Short Bio

Blockchain developer team of two with backgrounds in Engineering, Automation, Forex and Cryptocurrency with a big passion for game changing challenges. We specialize in Javascript, node.js.Python, SQL, GraphQL, web3.js. JSON-RPC Farbod has a master’s in Aeronautical engineering and has been programming control systems for the world’s biggest research autoclave at the german aerospace center in Stade, Germany. In 2016 Farbod started OO Pictures and has since been working on different tech projects with Mehrdad. Mehrdad is an electrical engineer with over 10 years of teamwork experience on his back. Building and programming drones, with 10 years of experience in robotics. During the last 10 years, he has worked with teams of different sizes on different projects and believes in the power of teamwork. Mehrdad has 5 years of experience working with python and more than 7 years of experience in C++ in programming for electronics and robotics. We enjoy solving complex problems, both as web developers as well as in the field of interactive design. We have an extensive background in planning projects and have a profound understanding of how to manage our resources. Using design sprints we engage our customers/product-owners to set the right goals for the milestones we will have to deliver. Furthermore by means of interviews, designing surveys or by creating awarded competitions and hackethons we strive for a user-centered design based on the project requirements.

Social Media

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mehrdad-mansouri/

Full Name: Wolfgang Männel, BFG

Position: Senior Partner

Short Bio

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.

Social Media

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wolfgang-m%C3%A4nnel-b46b9343/