Svenn Andersen has been working with business development and product development in the digital space for over 15 years. With experience from the broadcast and media world, Svenn has worked internationally for several years in companies like European Directories and Egmont. Svenn has an educational background in business as well as journalism. Furthermore, he holds several diplomas in product and project management. In 2010, he co-founded the company Zenphi - a social media development & consultancy firm.
Bob Barnes has built business development organizations that, combined, have delivered more than $100 million in revenue. Most recently, Bob operated a consulting practice supporting a variety of organizations in health tech, Fintech (mobile banking), Internet, and ecommerce with a focus on sales, business development, product development, interim executive management, and fundraising. In 2005, Bob founded Zonder, a venture-backed startup in the travel technology space, providing technology and inventory to major online travel agencies. Zonder quickly became a leader in the space by aggregating tens of thousands of privately-owned vacation rental properties and enabling real-time bookings across a variety of channels. As founder and CEO, Bob took a hands-on approach with product and business development and was the primary driver on exclusive partnerships with Worldspan, Orbitz, and Travelocity. Prior to Zonder, Bob was the vice president of business development at ah-ha.com. Bob and his team developed a number of partnerships that helped grow ah-ha to $35 million in annual revenue in under four years.
John was named as one of the top thought leaders globally on organizational trust at the Trust Across America awards in 2016. This accolade reflects his prize-winning doctoral research on trust at Aston Business School, his writing of the acclaimed book, ’The Trusted Executive’, as well as his practical experience as a highly successful business leader and pioneer in the executive coaching profession. His previous book Challenging Coaching, co-authored with Ian Day, was hailed as a ’game-changer’ in the profession when it was first published in 2012.
Prior to his entrepreneurial successes, Simon started his career in advertising and marketing agencies. In 2000 he joined British Telecom Yellow Pages to help develop yell.com. He later ran the business division of O2 for five years - during which the size of the business doubled. He co-founded Wayra Europe, the business accelerator that belongs to Telefonica. The fund he managed invested in 234 fast-growth digital businesses during his tenure.
Simon is also a serial entrepreneur - he helped co-found and scale-up One Water, Zopa.com, and The Local Data Company. He is an investor in TalentCupboard.com, Yoti.com, Wrisk.co, and Howz.com.
Simon has a portfolio of Non-Exec and Board Advisor roles including being Entrepreneur in Residence for the UK Government, reporting to the Dept for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Nikolaus graduated in Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics. During his studies he already started his career in the family-owned Compass-Verlag (founded 1867) – Austria´s leading provider of Business Information. He joined the Compass management upon completing his studies in 1992 and was in charge of developing the electronic information services. As early as 1994 Compass started publishing all its databases on the web and finally in 1997 Nikolaus triggered the decision to leave the printed publishing world by the year 2000. Following this, the transition from printed to digital became a success story in Austrian Internet development. In addition to his management position in the family business, he has been engaged for more than 20 years in several Business Associations on national and European level. Amongst those are: IOÖ – Internet Offensive Österreich, ISPA – Internetservice-Providers Austria, AAIA – Austrian Angel Investors Association. He currently is Chairman of the PSI Alliance in Brussels and has been Member of the Board and President of the EADP (SIINDA´s predecessors association) for more than ten years. Recently he started to act as a Business Angel and invested in several Start-Ups to share his experience and ideas with young entrepreneurs.
Agnes started her career in a multimedia digital agency before moving to marketing research and surveys in 1998. She developed a strong expertise in consumer insights for the retail industry through customer panel analyses with Nielsen, and shopper surveys and marketing mix models with IRI.
Agnes graduated from the Institute of Political Science of Bordeaux and holds a Master in communication. She joined Ipsos in 2008 and has been running the digital department of Connect France since 2012.
John Goddard was appointed co-CEO of HEROLD Business Data, Austria, in June 2016. He is also an operational advisor at Fonecta in Finland, and DTG in the Netherlands. He’s also non-exec Chairman at WinLocal.
He has a track record of creating, developing and managing new businesses to deliver ROI to shareholders, and leading struggling business units in competitive markets to commercial success.
After his studies at the Universities of Illinois and Vienna, he started at P&G, has led large business units at FTSE 100 financial services companies, like Prudential/M&G and Santander, and has spent the last several years starting and building profitable digital businesses like WinLocal by combining his traditional experience and management expertise with built-for-purpose technology, compelling user experiences and innovative digital marketing & sales strategies.
Sandi Gollen Balendra is a Media and Entertainment lawyer by background and an Advisory Committee Member & Lecturer (Business and Innovation) at the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London).
She is also the founder of VMM Music & Fashion which is an industry based powerhouse which manages and connects artists and investors to collaborate live music tours and fashion runway shows in renowned venues across Europe. Her latest music tour was conducted in Ibiza this year which picked up much momentum in the business of fashion technology in the luxury media and entertainment arena within the broadcast of film, television content, advertising and new media space.
Sandi has spoken at the Houses Of Parliament on the Business of Fashion and Politics and its impact on the British fashion industry post Brexit. Prior to this, upon recommendation from the London Chamber of Commerce, Sandi spoke at Istanbul’s University of Bogaziçi to upcoming young entrepreneurs in tech, fashion and commerce.
She has also conversed with Stella McCartney herself on the impact of global sustainability and SME fashion brands collaborating with music artists and celebrity movers and shakers.
Amedeo Guffanti is the CEO and Founder of GotU, the award-winning end-to-end hyperlocal Facebook advertising technology solution for retailers and SMB marketing partners worldwide. He grows and manages operations in four countries, running more than 50K ad campaigns in over 16 countries. Amedeo comes from a rich background of digital marketing, specializing in Facebook API integrations from the beginning. He's previously been a board member of IAB Italy and remains today a board member and advisor to several marketing companies in Europe.
In 2009 Matthew joined Local Data Company (LDC) as its first ‘non-founding’ Director. At LDC Matthew has led the growth of the company’s revenues to 52% (CAGR – 5 years) along with developing the data insight and collection side of the business, which has resulted in winning high profile clients such as the John Lewis Partnership, HSBC, Facebook, Alliance Boots, Tesco, PwC, O2, Henderson Global Investors and Experian.
Most recently he has pioneered the delivery of Data Visualisation and Aggregation into the retail and leisure sectors. He has undertaken joint research in all aspects of the retail and leisure market with leading universities including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Loughborough, Stirling, Manchester and Cardiff. He is the recognised expert on all matters regarding the ‘High Street’ and ‘UK retailing’. His reports and commentary regularly appear in the national, local and industry press. He is also a regular contributor to the BBC (TV & radio), Sky, ITV and Bloomberg news outlets. Matthew was part of the team that wrote the ‘Alternative future of the High Street’, which was led by Bill Grimsey in September 2013.
Richard is Specialist Digital Director, expert in communications strategy and campaign management specifically for online advertising.
Thomas is co-founder of TIMIFY, the Munich based internet start-up, where he leads international marketing and strategic development. Since it’s inception in 2012, Thomas and his team have driven TIMIFY’s online appointment booking software to its position as the market leader in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Having secured this rapid success, plans for an all-encompassing global rollout are imminent.
With his entrepreneurial spirit and dynamic approach, Thomas has brought growth and success to a number of other ventures, largely in the lifestyle and technology industries. Thomas has founded and co-invested in multiple businesses in Europe, the USA and Korea, such as Trendwizzard, the Green Future Company and Tannus Tyres. Thanks to his considerable international experience, Thomas lends his knowledge to a number of growing German based businesses, including the flourishing lifestyle company Juniqe – where from a seed investor, he now acts as a strategic consultant.
Thomas gained many years’ valuable experience in the private sector, predominantly at Levi Strauss and the Walt Disney Company. He enjoyed just under a decade at Walt Disney, where his most recent position was as Chairman of the Board for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In his concurrent position as Vice President Marketing & Corporate Brand Management, he represented the company in the same region as well as in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg and Russia.
George is responsible for business development with Vendasta’s large media partners, as well as managing our in-house sales team. A digital interpreter, George has preached the gospel of online reputation management directly to the local businesses in hundreds of cities across North America. He translates his knowledge of the digital landscape into accessible information for those still stuck in the rut of traditional media. With nearly three decades of experience in marketing, sales and promotion, George is a highly compelling speaker, always in demand across North America — vital content and emphatic delivery are combined for an enlightening presentation. George’s expertise in sales, training, networking, management and marketing comes from the numerous executive and ownership positions he has held across multiple media and service related businesses. His track record of success is continued here at Vendasta.
Dr. Bostjan Makarovic is an expert in ICT law, regulation and policy with in-depth experience in data protection, internet and telecoms regulatory issues. He advised the Presidency of the Council of the European Union as to the review of the electronic communications regulatory framework, worked as advisor to various IT and telecoms businesses, including Avaya, T-2 and several exciting data- and IoT-related tech startups such as SharpEnd or MyRecovery, in addressing their regulatory and legal issues. He helped governments and regulators draft rules on electronic identity and e-trust services, e-privacy and telecoms market regulation. Founder of Aphaia, an IT law and data protection consultancy, he holds a Queen Mary, University of London PhD in all-IP networks regulation, and teaches European and International Telecommunications Law with the same institution. He is an IAPP-certified CIPP/E international privacy professional.
The indomitable Benita’s passion for the Sharing Economy and how it can change the world led her to set up global movement and social enterprise The People Who Share and Global Sharing Week, which now reaches 100 million people worldwide. Her blog ‘What is the Sharing Economy?’ defined what is now known to be one of the greatest trends of all time. Driven by the belief that sharing is a solution to our complex global problems, Benita has been named Ogunte Best Social Business Leader, World, Venus Inspirational Woman of the Year and winner of the Cabinet Office / Nesta Innovation in Giving Award. She’s spoken in the European Parliament, House of Lords, Number 10 Downing Street and has shared a platform with Desmond Tutu. An RSA Fellow, known as the Chief Sharer, she features regularly in international media. Usually found delivering a keynote somewhere in the world or using her Sharing Economy expertise to consult with global companies, charities, think-tanks and startups, she helps them discover, participate and succeed in the Sharing Economy. A force to be reckoned with, she lives in Brighton, loves sharing time with her kids and husband and never misses a clothes swap.
Já is the leading local information service in Iceland. The company offers a broad and dynamic product portfolio, including several of the most popular digital solutions in Iceland. Built on a century-old foundation of traditional directory services, Já has become one the strongest brands in Iceland since its founding in 2005.
Sigríður Margrét Oddsdóttir founded Já on behalf of Iceland Telecom in 2005. As CEO, she has overseen its transformation since then, becoming one of its owner in 2010 with her business partner Katrin Olga Johannesdottir who is chairman of the company.
Sigríður Margrét has a fifteen-year track record in transforming and developing business models since graduating from the University of Akureyri with a degree in Business Administration. In addition to her extensive managerial experience at Já, Sigríður Margrét has served as the leader of a local market research consultancy and recruitment office, as well as the Icelandic Television Company which operates local and international TV channels, and is the leading VOD provider in Iceland.
Kostas Rossoglou holds the position of Head of EU Public Policy for Yelp, Inc. He covers all of Yelp's public policy issues in the EU. Kostas previously worked for the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) as Senior Legal Officer, where we led the digital team and worked on digital related issues, including competition, Intellectual Property Rights, privacy and e-commerce. He has also been a public affairs consultant in Brussels and a lawyer in Greece and in Malta. He has a Masters Degree in EU law. He speaks fluent English, French and Spanish and has basic knowledge of Russian. He is a Greek national.
Yelp is a leading local guide for everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists; it has 142 million unique monthly users and is available on 31 countries, including in 15 EU Member States.
Itai Sadan founded Duda to help small businesses connect with potential customers anywhere, anytime and anyplace. Itai started the company from his garage in Mountain View, CA, with his high school friend, Amir Glatt, who is now CTO. In 2008 they both noticed how the Internet was shifting towards mobile and the need for small businesses to create mobile optimized sites to attract customers on the go. Since then, in addition to offering their mobile-only solution, the company has evolved to also offer an all-in-one responsive website builder for agencies and small businesses alike.
Itai's mobile web and small business website expertise has been cited by USA Today, Website Magazine, The Huffington Post, Mobile Entertainment and more. He speaks regularly on the local, mobile and social space at industry events hosted by such organizations as BIA Kelsey, Constant Contact, Local Search Association and the Israeli Conference.
Prior to founding Duda, Itai was a director at SAP where he managed the SAP Discovery System program and was in charge of relationships with IBM, HP and Fujitsu. At age 21, he also founded InterSight, a start-up for data storage. Itai has a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Ben Gurion in Israel.
“Duda” is a varitation of “Dude,” which is the main character in one of Itai and Amir’s favorite movies of all time, The Big Lebowski.
Itai’s favorite quote from the film is: "Well, sir, it's this rug I had. It really tied the room together."
Professor Seitz is one of the leading Digital Marketing Experts in Europe. He is passionate about data-driven, creative, and engaging digital marketing communication. He helped build and scale up several successful digital companies as managing director, founding partner and member of the advisory board. He worked for Microsoft, WEB.DE and 1&1. At Stuttgart Media University, he is now teaching and researching in the areas of digital marketing and digital business. He is also engaged in the education of NPOs in utilizing digital channels for their good causes.
John Spindler is the CEO of Capital Enterprise and Founder of Capital List. John has several years of experience with early stage businesses both as a founder, investor and an advisor. The last few years he has focused on supporting startups in the investment process and has successfully helped startups raise finance through introductions to accelerators, angels and venture capital. John is an invaluable resource for startups looking for advice in the investment process.
Greg Sterling is VP of Strategy & Insights for the Local Search Association (LSA). He is a leading advocate for location-based marketing and media and a contributing editor at industry blogs Search Engine Land and Marketing Land. For more than 15 years, he has written about and researched the connections between digital media and real-world consumer behavior.
Previously, Sterling was as a senior analyst for Opus Research and The Kelsey Group (now BIA/Kelsey). Prior to entering the technology industry, Sterling was a practicing lawyer in California for roughly 10 years.
As a Chief Digital Officer at Spotzer, Jon drives the delivery of cutting-edge digital products for our global markets. Jon is a senior leader in digital products and marketing, with extensive experience taking digital and online products to market and building high performing teams. Prior to joining Spotzer, Jon worked with digital marketing and advertising experts Sensis and the cloud-based internet technology service Melbourne IT.
Rohit Talwar is an award winning global futurist, entrepreneur and specialist advisor on business transformation, disruptive strategies and radical innovation. Nominated as one of the top ten global future thinkers by the UK’s Independent newspaper, he comments regularly on the future and innovation for global news and media networks. Rohit is a widely published author – he is the initiator, editor and a lead author for The Future of Business, published in June 2015. This authoritative 60-chapter book brings together the work of 62 future thinkers from around the world to explore the forces shaping our world and highlight the implications for business. He is also a major contributor to a forthcoming US feature film and documentary on the concept of ‘creating a new country’.
Rohit has an MBA from London Business School and delivers regular keynote speeches to leadership audiences around the world. He focuses on helping us make sense of a constantly changing reality and a hyper-connected world, offering critical insights into how to respond to the forces and ideas shaping the future.
Rohit travels the world leading major research projects on the drivers of change for the next decade, the long term impacts of cybercurrencies and Artificial Intelligence, working with leading corporations, governments, and NGO’s.
Graduate of I.S.G. Business School (Class of 1987), this born entrepreneur founds Periscope, first student advertising agency, in 1986.
Creative alongside Jacques Séguéla with EURO RSCG from 1988 to 1996, he is the founder of Hemisphere droit self-sufficient agency on April 1st, 1996 (Selected best independent advertising agency in 2005 and 2006). Moreover, he has been one of the political communication advisors to Nicolas Sarkozy from 1996 to 2007.
He takes part in various TV and radio shows (France Info, BFM, France TV, LCI, ITV…) as an expert in communication and political communication.
After having created and produced emotion, he launches Datakalab on March 7, 2016, first neuro marketing consulting lab analyzing consumers emotions to nurturing strategies related to innovation and brand transformation.
Datakalab’s expertise lies in Data Telling©, interpretation and cross-checking of Feel Data© (emotional data) with other data sources - rational and transactional - (customer experience optimization, services and products design, brand content, design thinking…).
In a career of more than twenty years in the digital space, David has worked across publishing, financial services and retail. He led the digital teams at John Lewis, Dixons Retail, Marks and Spencers and now House of Fraser. As the Chief Customer Officer for House of Fraser, David believes passionately in the power of hiring and developing world-class talent to deliver leading customer experiences. David lives on the south Kent coast with his family and spends time outside of work enjoying gardening and cooking.
Ilan Zachi is the CEO of Zap Group since January 2016. Zap Group is Israel's leading consumer websites group.
Zachi arrived at Zap Group after five and a half years of serving in senior management positions in HOT group1, including CEO of HOT Mobile2 and lastly his appointment as CEO of Hot group.
Prior to his work in Hot, Ilan served in several senior management positions in Cellcom3, was one of the founders of the company's engineering network and lastly, was appointed as Vice President of customer service and a Cellcom Board member.
Education: BA and an MA in Business Administration, specializing in information systems