• Steffan Aquarone, UK Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Co-Founder, Droplet

    Steffan Aquarone is a UK entrepreneur, film producer and co-founder of Droplet: an app that lets you pay in your favorite places hands-free, and collect loyalty rewards on your phone.

    Steff's projects usually involve disruptive business models and collaboration between large groups of people.  The most notable prior to Droplet was feature-film Tortoise in Love which was made the entire village of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire.  Tortoise in Love premiered in London’s Leicester Square where the red carpet was flanked by tractors and watched live by 5 million people. It releases worldwide this year.

    Steff’s background is as a home-schooled member of Education Otherwise, alumnus of Norwich School and graduate of Warwick University (Politics). Prior to graduation he co-founded a Top 50 UK corporate film production company and has worked with accounts including John Lewis, Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco, News Corporation, Vodafone, Land Rover and American Express.

    Steff speaks internationally on innovation, entrepreneurship and digital marketing.



  • Luis Baptista-Coelho, VP International Partnerships, Yext

    Luis Baptista-Coelho is VP International Partnerships at Yext and is focused on bringing the GeoMarketing Solution to International businesses. Prior to Yext, Luis was CEO of NDrive Navigation Systems, where he transformed the company into a global business in 30+ countries. Luis has spent close to 20 years in management in the IT industry across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

    Luis holds a European MBA (ESCP Europe: Paris-Oxford-Berlin) and Executive Educations at Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School. He speaks four languages fluently and has lived in eleven different countries in the past twenty-one years. His work has taken him around the world more than 25 times.

  • Jon Barocas, Founder and CEO, bieMEDIA

    Mr. Barocas has a long history and substantial experience in the technology, broadcast and film industry. In 1986 he established Bark at the Moon Productions, Inc., an independent film and video production participating in a long list of Hollywood TV and film projects. In 2005 Mr. Barocas founded bieMEDIA, merging three predecessor companies. With the explosion of the internet in 1998 Mr. Barocas was one of the first pioneers in streaming content, partnering with Broadcast.com.

    bieMEDIA currently has offices in New York, Paris, Madrid, Edinburgh, Singapore and corporate headquarters in Denver, Colorado. With Mr. Barocas’ direction, bieMEDIA has produced over 1,000,000 videos for clients worldwide and has forged strategic new media partnerships for mobile applications including an investment in the Scottish visual search enterprise, Mobile Acuity. Mr. Barocas has been recognized as a technology pioneer and leading expert for mobile visual search, video production, streaming media, technology platforms, SEO, VSEO and content distribution.

  • Jay Bean, Founder and CEO, FreshLime

    Jay Bean, founder and CEO of FreshLime, is a focused and innovative entrepreneur with almost 20 years of online marketing and digital experience. Jay has a proven record of growing digital media technology and online advertising-based businesses with his singular vision. Jay brings to market start-ups that offer tremendous value to its customers, employees, and shareholders. Jay was the founder of ah-ha.com in 1999 and was a key driver that helped the company become one of the early leading companies in the Pay-Per-Click advertising space. After the company was acquired by Marchex in February 2003, Jay held several executive leadership positions in the company including President of its International Operations in Dublin, Ireland. Jay moved on to start local online marketing company OrangeSoda.com in 2007, shepherding the company as the CEO, through its significant growth trajectory, until its acquisition by Deluxe Corp in early 2012. Jay left his position as Chief Strategy Officer at Deluxe in June 2014 to serve as the Chief Executive Officer for FreshLime. He was named a 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Jay has a passion for building solutions for SMBs, and for solving marketplace pain points with forward-thinking technology.

  • NearSt - Nick Brackenbury, Co-Founder and CEO

    Nick is co-founder and CEO of NearSt, an m-commerce tech start-up on a mission to get people back into their local shops. The startup’s unique NearLIVE technology is revolutionising the idea of shopping locally, making it even faster and easier to buy something from a shop just around the corner than ordering it online.
    An ex-Ogilvy Account Director, Nick previously worked across a number of the agency’s high-profile digital clients including Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, and BP’s London 2012 Olympic Games sponsorship. He is fascinated by the future of m-commerce, solving the on-demand requirements of today’s shopper, and using data in new and brilliant ways.


  • Simon Burgess, Director, Publisher Development, PubMatic UK

    With 15 years of  publishing experience selling online and offline solutions directly to brands and media agencies, Simon joined PubMatic as UK Publisher Development Manager in 2014 responsible for expanding PubMatic's portfolio of premium UK publishers, including Vice, eBay, Haymarket, Spotify and Bloomberg before being promoted to his current role in January 2016.

    Prior to PubMatic, Simon worked as Commercial Partnerships Manager and Head of Ad Proposition at Local World Media where he delivered best-in-class digital advertising formats to one of the fastest growing regional publishers in the UK. Simon also gained invaluable digital media expertise during his time as Online Publisher at Sift Media - heading up online and event sales for Sift Media's Public Sector portfolio.

  • Ali Clabburn, CEO, Liftshare.com, Founder, Possibilist

    Ali set up Liftshare.com in 1998 to help fellow students to save money by sharing car trips. The company became profitable in 2001 when it started selling branded car sharing websites to large employers and communities.  The profits from clients enable Liftshare to provide the free public service. One million trips are now shared every month through the public website and their 700 client schemes for clients like Tesco, Heathrow and Jaguar Land Rover.
    Ali was a pioneer in the sharing economy. He is passionate about the social value of sharing and excited by its huge potential to solve many of the worlds challenges. His team at Liftshare have been at the cutting edge of online technology for 17 years and are continuously disrupting themselves in order to keep in touch with the ever increasing speed of change driven by consumer demand for more personalized travel services.

    Liftshare.com: A people-powered, socially driven, tech-enabled pioneer in the real sharing economy.
    Liftshare.com is a multi-award winning, self-financed British business at the forefront of the real sharing economy. Liftshare connects people travelling the same way so they can share their car journey. The team are on a mission to solve transport poverty, with fewer cars, greater access and happier travelers.
    2 weeks older than Google, the Liftshare team were into SAAS while AOL were still sending out CDs, built their social network 4 years before Facebook, and saw the potential of the sharing economy a decade before the term existed. What is next for this boot-strapped startup from Norwich. – To help save the world through sharing – hopefully!”

  • Russ Cohn, Managing Director, Global Ecommerce and Local Advertising, Time Out Group

    Russ is the Managing Director for Global Ecommerce and Local Advertising at Time Out Group, the global platform that inspires and enables people to make the most of their city. He’s responsible for all business development and partnerships across Time Out’s businesses in UK, France and US, as well as managing the company’s digital Premium Profiles product offering for local restaurants and bars as well as the Exclusive Offers business in the UK.

    He joined Time Out from Campanja AB, where he was Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA, building and managing the UK-based sales and marketing team. Before that, he spent 10 years at Google, where he worked his way up to the senior management team for local, b2b, education and government, and worked closely with the product marketing team to launch multiple local offerings in the UK.

    Cohn grew up in South Africa, where he co-founded a promotional gifts business, which he built over 5 years and sold when he left. Following that, he held Head of Sales and Partnerships positions at Espotting and Overture Services (now Yahoo Search), managing a portfolio of large corporate advertisers.

    In his spare time he plays golf and poker and enjoys spending time with his dogs and wife and young daughters.

  • Matthew Colebourne, Director New Businesses, Trinity Mirror

  • Steve Dann, Founder & CEO, Amplified Robot


  • Leendert de Voogd, CEO, Vigiglobe.com

  • Rorie Devine, CTO Hailo, CTO BIZZBY, CTO Betfair, Founder interim.team

    Rorie has featured on the cover of CIO Magazine (twice)..has been awarded "IT Leader Of The Year" by Computing Magazine and is featured in the book "How To Build a Billion Dollar App" saying that the change he brought when coming in as a TeamCXO.com interim was "truly amazing" and "we started to feel we were firing on all cylinders". Rorie doesn't take himself too seriously, understands that leadership is about change, and relishes the opportunity to increase revenue, evolve business models, remove structural constraints and/or improve efficiency. Very much with a hands-on approach, Rorie derives accomplishment from the achievement of significantly improved business results and was recently described as “one of the top business technologists in the country”.

  • Joe Devoy, Product Manager, Facebook

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  • Susanne Engel, Managing Director, BFB BestMedia4Berlin GmbH, Germany

    Susanne drives innovation at BFB BestMedia4Berlin Gmbh, one of Germany’s oldest publishing houses in business directory publishing. In almost 20 years at BFB, Susanne helped establish the company’s flagship product Gelbe Seiten as market leader amongst Berlin’s yellow pages. Born in 1970, Susanne is the great granddaughter of Max Riesebrodt, who brought the idea of Yellow Pages from New York to Germany and founded the family business in 1924. Representing the 4th generation of publishers, Susanne entered the family business in 1996 after having obtained a diploma in Economics from Free University Berlin.

    In her position as BFB’s Managing Director and her assignment as Board Member of Gelbe Seiten Marketing GmbH, Susanne is successfully managing the transformation from traditional publishing to an all-round approach, seamlessly integrating print, online and mobile services in the BFB portfolio that caters various target groups.

    Notable products include the online portal qiez.de, which BFB runs in cooperation with the Berlin daily newspaper Tagesspiegel, and the business directory KOMPAKT, which places special attention on 18 of Berlin’s urban districts and has an annual circulation of 1.7 million copies.

    As a full service provider, BFB also supports clients in their successful online and mobile appearance. Implemented by the online agency 4selected, which is a fully-owned subsidiary of BFB, the product line Online-Services offers a wide choice of online and mobile products. This includes, amongst others, website programming, SEO & SEA, private company videos and extensive consulting services.

  • David Federhen, Founder and Managing Director, uberall

    Founder and Managing Director of uberall, David Federhen, together with Florian Hübner founded uberall.com in 2013. As Managing Director of uberall, he is responsible for Strategy, Business Development, Operations and Investor Relations.

    Federhen studied Business Administration at the International University in Germany and received his Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Kent in the UK. He began his career in Management Consulting in 2005 at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Düsseldorf and Berlin, where he developed his expertise in business restructuring and strategy working on projects for some of the world’s largest banks and private equity investors, telecom providers, airlines and tourism operators. In 2010, he took the plunge as an entrepreneur. His first venture, returbo.de, bought returned and refurbished consumer electronics from large retailers and OEMs, tested and repackaged them, and then sold them across myriad online channels at bargain prices. In 2012, Federhen sold his share of the company and joined forces with longtime friend, Florian Hübner, to launch uberall.

  • Dylan Fuller, Ecommerce/Local Consultant

    Dylan is a consultant, entrepreneur and growth hacker based in London, where he is  advising companies in food tech, green tech, on demand, collaborative consumption and the ecommerce space. He’s previously held senior management roles at eBay, Microsoft and Miva. Dylan has been part of the founding team of 2 successfully exited startups, including one acquired by Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), which was then acquired by Microsoft in 2008. While at FAST he co-created a local media industry ‘insider’ event, which evolved into Local Social Summit (LSS). LSS was at the vanguard of the ‘SoLoMo’ (Social, Local, Mobile) convergence and was held in London for 5 years (2009-13) that brought together thought-leaders, start-ups and incumbents in the local media space from 6 continents. He’s super excited to be taking part in LOCALCON 2016.

  • Nikolaus Futter, CEO, Compass Verlag

    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.

  • Christian Geissendoerfer, CEO, Yoose

    Christian Geissendoerfer is the Founder and CEO of YOOSE, a company that provides location based solutions for mobile advertisers. A pioneer in location, he is the top authority on location based advertising, mobile advertising and mobile apps. Based in Singapore, Christian is an entrepreneur at heart who loves creating results-oriented business solutions to everyday problems, like how to influence consumers at key decision points, activate sales and build loyalty. Fluent in 4 languages, he is a highly sought after speaker at conferences worldwide. Christian is also the President and Founder of the Singapore Chapter of the Location Based Marketing Association and President of the Mobile Alliance Singapore. 

  • Francisco Javier Gómez Gómez, COO & Co-Founder, Paythunder

    Expanded his technological Start-up, which develops software and hardware solutions through 29 countries in 26 months.
    He is expert in International business and RFID systems hacker.

    Paythunder was founded by Juan José Rider (Payment solutions hacker, techno-genius), Abdul Ghafoor (Payment solutions expert) & Francisco Javier Gómez just to implement a technology by means of ultrasounds (emulating NFC) and geofencing technology emulating Google Adwords in the offline world. It was selected one of the 12th best technological companies of Spain in 2014th (Silicon Valley Immersion Program) and also it is one of the 19 companies selected by Plug & Play in Europe (Google accelerator) for their acceleration program selection of 2016. The Wall street Journal dedicated a 4 minutes video to this project and also they jaw-dropped some of the most famous technological companies of Silicon Valley.

  • Richard Hanscott, Chief Executive Officer, Yell

    Richard is responsible for leading our UK business in implementing the transition to a customer-focused digital media business. He has extensive knowledge of the IT and telecommunications sectors, particularly mobile, and of building successful consumer and B2B businesses.

    Before joining hibu in July 2011, Richard was Chief Executive Officer of NEC Germany and Vice President Network Solutions NEC Europe. Prior to NEC, he was at Orange, in senior sales and marketing roles. His earlier career was spent at Hewlett-Packard and at several software development companies.

  • David Jowett, President, DAC Group Europe

    David oversees operations and portfolio strategy for DAC Group in Europe, including DAC’s technology sister company, ConvergenSEE. His significant expertise drives our geo-local digital offering and strategic growth mandate within the UK and into European markets. Previously, David spent more than 20 years in media agencies including WPP & Dentsu Aegis, with experience in both mature and developing markets, and a high level of understanding and expertise in new market introduction and expansion strategies.

  • Asif R. Khan, Founder, LBMA

    A proud Canadian, Asif is a renowned global speaker, author and serial entrepreneur. He is currently focused on working as a consultant and venture capitalist to the location-based marketing services community.  In support of this, Asif recently formed the Location Based Marketing Association - an international group dedicated to research and education in the space. 

    Prior to launching The LBMA, Asif built 4 start-ups and worked with companies as diverse as Limited Brands, IBM, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Molson-Coors, BestBuy, American Airlines, Cineplex Entertainment, ING Bank, Vroom & Dreesman and L’Oreal. You can catch Asif’s weekly video podcast - This Week In Location-Based Marketing.

    An avid technology evangelist, Asif also holds a degree in economics and management sciences from the University of Waterloo, is a adjunct professor at Penn State University, and can be found on Twitter @AsifRKhan

  • Ziv Koren, CMO, Camilyo

    As CMO of Camilyo since 2012, Ziv Koren drives the company’s product vision and marketing strategy, working with Camilyo customers and partners to build a product that transforms the way online service providers interact with their SMB clients. Prior to joining Camilyo, Ziv founded Mywebees, a small business marketing and networking platform, served as CEO of Cellerium, a mobile application builder company and headed  Open Innovations & Venture Programs at Amdocs. 

  • Thomas Lang, Co-Founder & CMO, TIMIFY

    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.

  • Mike Malaure, Director, Chartered Management Institute

    Mike is Commercial Director at the Chartered Management Institute, the professional and awarding body for leadership and management in the UK.  Mike has over 30 years’ experience of building, growing and managing international digital and professional services businesses, ranging from start-ups to global listed corporations.  Mike began his career in investment banking advising companies on raising capital, mergers, acquisitions, business sales and IPOs.  After ten years, Mike transitioned to the client side with international general management and corporate development roles within leading technology companies including Informix (now part of IBM), Sybase (now SAP), Mosaix (now Avaya), Vistorm (now part of HP) and Metastorm (now part of OpenText).  After a further ten years, Mike became a founding partner of Orgment an international consulting and investment group, specializing in helping companies to grow and evolve next-generation digital businesses.  Mike has served as a Non-Executive Director for a number of private and public technology companies. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities & Investment Institute (FCSI), Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and Chartered Management Institute (FCMI).    Mike holds an MBA in International Business Administration and MA in International Marketing from Brunel University. Also CF in Corporate Finance from Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

  • Sarah Marshall, Social Media Editor, EMEA, Wall Street Journal

    Sarah Marshall is an emerging platforms editor at The Wall Street Journal.

    Her main area of responsibility is creating news for The Wall Street Journal's Snapchat Discover platform.

    She is also a visiting lecturer on the Interactive Journalism MA at City University, London.

    Before joining the WSJ in December 2013 she was technology editor at Journalism.co.uk. She reported on innovations in the digital news industry and co-organized the news: rewired conference.

    Sarah is co-organizer of Hacks/Hackers London. Hacks/Hackers is a global movement of journalists and technologists who get together with the aim of "rethinking the future of news and information".

    Sarah has also worked as a print journalist and as a radio reporter, newsreader and producer.

    She speaks Spanish (having lived in Mexico) and Arabic (which she continues to study at SOAS).

    She has a BSc degree in Anthropology from University College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London.

  • Mandeep Mason, General Manager, PlaceIQ, EMEA

    Mandeep recently joined PlaceIQ as General Manager for EMEA to help lead PlaceIQ’s expansion efforts in the region. He joins PlaceIQ with over a decade of successful experience in mobile marketing and advertising, which he has gained across both start-ups and more established corporations. Over the course of his career, Mandeep has developed a track record of successfully selling strategic media and technology solutions to advertisers, agencies and publishing organizations. Most recently, Mandeep was Director for Mobile Advertising Sales & Strategy in EMEA for Microsoft. In this role he was responsible for driving significant revenue growth with agencies and advertisers, activating new markets, driving partnerships and steering product strategy. Mandeep has previously held advisory board roles for both the IAB and MMA in EMEA, where he has helped to drive industry standards and best practice development. He was also previously recognized by The Drum as one of the ’50 Most Influential People in Mobile’

  • James Moore, SVP, web.com

    James founded Citipages, a local online directory business in 1997, and has been actively involved in the evolution of online marketing for small businesses since that time. In 2007, he founded Centralindex.com, a global data exchange and white label business search platform for the facilitation of local online business marketing and supporting of digital marketing sales for traditional publishers. Acquired by Touch Local Ltd in 2010, and servicing leading publishers in the UK including Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press and The Independent, Central Index now powers over 500 business directories and hosts over 20M business profiles globally. In 2014, Touch Local and Central Index were acquired by Web.com, a leading US provider of digital marketing services to SMBs with over 3 million SMB customers. James is leading the implementation of the Central Index global data platform to support publisher partners and engage local businesses in their territories, putting structured data at the heart of the sales journey to improve efficiency and engage SMBs to help evolve their digital journey.

  • Dr. Jana Moser, Head of Data Innovation, Axel Springer SE

    Jana Moser is a privacy expert and enthusiast. Currently, she is Head of Data Innovation at Axel Springer SE, where she leads a group-wide data strategy project. Aside from that, she supports a digital product portfolio with special consideration of data protection laws as well as new digital innovations and ideas like bitcoin and other crypto currencies.

    She worked as legal counsel and privacy officer at studiVZ, a former popular German social network, before she gave advice as legal counsel at Axel Springer SE in particular concerning IT law and data protection.

    Jana Moser wrote her doctorate thesis about “Browser games and client-based online games – The contractual relationship between provider and user” at European University Viadrina Frankfurt a.M. She runs a blog about data protection that is called DATAREALITY.

  • Barnaby Oswald, Managing Director and Co-founder, The Local Data Company

  • Paul Plant, Digital Transformation & Strategy Specialist & SIINDA Awards Consulting Judge

    Paul is a highly experienced Strategic Marketeer, Digital Thought Leader, Entrepreneur and Change Agent with an enviable record of transforming and growing businesses through strategic insight coupled with a strong commercial and customer-centric focus.

    Paul has enjoyed a long and successful career working in the telecoms, media & technology sector. His passion for media and communications began while working in regional press before joining British Telecom, where he spent more than two decades in the leadership ranks at Yell Group, working in both the UK and US.

    Paul has always worked at the forefront of transformational business change. He was part of the team that launched yell.com in the UK in 1996, and he went on to head up Yell’s New Media Sales & Operations teams. He spearheaded BTYP’s international growth strategy that began with the $665m acquisition of Yellowbook USA in 1999. His vast operational experience includes Strategy Development, Sales & Marketing Leadership, Product Management and Digital Innovation.

    In 2010, he founded Radicle Consulting Ltd, a boutique hands-on consultancy specialising in Digital Transformation and Customer Experience Design.

    Paul is highly active in the Digital Start-Up and Incubation arena, being directly involved with a number of exciting and diverse start-up ventures, as a mentor, board advisor, investor, or owner/director in his own right. Paul is an advisor to the executive board of The Local Search Association and he has recently joined the board of SIINDA (The Search & Information Industry Association). He has worked as a sub-contractor to Price Waterhouse Coopers as a subject matter expert in the directive media sector. Paul’s client portfolio extends to all five continents, including Australia, where he is an Associate Partner of HunterPac, a Sydney-based Executive Search, Consulting & Contract Resourcing practice.

    Paul is a Fellow of The Chartered Management Institute. He is happily married, and lives in St Albans, UK. His many interests include fine wine and wildlife photography.

  • Neal Polachek, Independent Industry Observer & Advisor

    Now an independent industry observer and advisor for nearly 14 years, Neal Polachek was Director of Research and Consulting, VP of Advisory Services, CEO of The Kelsey Group and President of BIA/Kelsey. He advises companies operating in the local space - both established and start-ups - on the future of local and the possible strategic outcomes. Prior to joining The Kelsey Group in the late 1990s, he worked for a decade at Pacific Telesis Group in a wide variety of management and leadership positions. Neal speaks regularly at industry events in the United States and around the world. He holds a BA in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

    When away from the office, Neal enjoys reading a good novel, cooking for family and friends, hiking and sometimes he enjoys golf.


  • Jean-Pierre Remy, CEO, SoLocal Group

    Jean-Pierre Remy became CEO of Solocal Group in May 2009.

    Solocal Group ranks #1 on local communication in France. Solocal Group employs 5,000 people in France, Spain, UK and Austria. Digital revenues already counts for approximately 75 % of the Group 1 billion euro revenues. Jean-Pierre Remy leads the Group massive digital transformation.

    Prior to that, he headed Egencia and was a member of the executive committee of Expedia Inc.

    Mr. Remy founded Egencia in 2000 and grew it into one the major player in online corporate travel in Europe. The company was acquired by IAC/InterActive Corporation in April 2004 and merged with Expedia Corporate Travel. Mr Remy ran the European business between 2004 and 2006 before heading Egencia worldwide and growing the company into the worldwide leader in online corporate travel with over $1.5 billion in sales in 2008.

    Before creating Egencia, Mr Remy was Vice President at Bain & Company where he advised large international companies on their growth strategies, new ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganizations. Between 1993 and 2000, he served as strategy advisor for a number of global companies focusing on growth and M&A business services and technology.

    Between 1986 and 1993, Mr. Remy served as Managing Director of the technology consulting company CM International, founded in 1986.

    Mr. Remy graduated from Ecole Centrale in Paris and received his Ph.D. specialisation degree in Strategy & Business Management from HEC.  

  • Kostas Rossoglou, Head of EU Public Policy, Yelp

    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.

  • Gideon Rubin, CSO, NavAds

    Gideon is a startup veteran in advertising and search technology and the current Chief Strategy Officer and Advisory Board member for NavAds BV. He is tasked with designing and implementing strategies to accelerate global expansion of the leading navigational advertising platform through resellers and global enterprise clients. He also leads the local programmatic social media software company, Simply Ideas, where he focuses on leveraging artificial intelligence to understand and address market opportunities for local businesses. 

    Gideon is the former CRO & CMO of Local Market Launch, a leader in business listings management and local presence solutions. He has been a part of several award winning startups over the years including starting companies for the Washington Post (NYSE: WPO). He began his career at Young & Rubicam Advertising (LSE: WPP). 

    He is a contributor to Search Engine Journal and Franchising.com and a speaker at Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing Expo, BIA/Kelsey and the Local Search Association. He holds an MBA in Management Science, Applied Statistics and Finance.

  • Plentific.com - Cem Savas, Co-Founder

    Cem is the Co-Founder of Plentific.com. He previously advised CEOs & CFOs of large financial institutions in M&A and strategic development, most recently as Vice President at Nomura and HSBC in London. He also successfully invested and developed over 30 properties in London over the last 7 years and gained significant experience in the UK property market. Cem & Emre started Plentific after finding it extremely stressful purchasing a property and finding reliable and qualified professionals and local tradespeople. As homeowners, they were frustrated with the time and effort it took to find out how much a project would cost, find trusted and vetted home services professionals with the right qualifications and work ethic, and dealing with the hassle of back-and-forth phone calls and getting the work done. Their vision is clear - to simplify home services and how customers interact with professionals before, during and after the project and help neighbours over time find the most reliable home services professionals based on reviews and real project data.

    Plentific helps over 70k professionals and local tradesmen in its ‘Find a Pro’ panel enhance their online presence via rich microsites and targeted digital marketing opportunities on both Plentific.com and other high-traffic partner websites including Zoopla and Primelocation. 

    Cem holds a MBA from WHU in Germany and a BS in Finance and Innovation from DePaul University in Chicago.


  • Swipii - Chitresh Sharma, CEO and Co-founder

    Chitresh Sharma is one of the founders of Swipii, he started his first company at the age of 19 and since then has always been passionate about working in startups. After selling his first venture he came to UK to pursue his masters where he met his cofounder, while working in university project, the idea of Swipii was born. After winning several university and national level competition via Swipii’s idea, the duo got funded from an angel and since then they have built Swipii which is18 months old and has grown to be UK’s top 100 startup.

    They are currently raising £1.5m for accelerating Swipii growth in the UK market.

    About Swipii:

    Swipii is a complete, automated marketing suite for independent retailers. Our vision is to become the Salesforce.com of hyperlocal retail. We give the power of systems such as Tesco's Clubcard to your local independent businesses. 

    We do this by placing a customer facing iPad next to the point of sale system of retailers. We craft a unique rewards program for them and allow their customers to sign up via a free card or app that can be used in all Swipii locations. 

    In less than 12 months Swipii has been listed as one of the UK's top 100 startups, we have signed up over 600 businesses and over 200,000 end-users, making Swipii the fastest growing retail solution for independent retailers in the UK. 


  • Qudini - Niall Smith, Head of Marketing

    Niall is an experienced marketeer/entrepreneur, with 7 years experience in Digital Marketing/Product Development gained across the regions of London UK/China and California. Niall now works at Qudini letting the world about the fantastic things that we are working on

    Qudini is a scalable Cloud based virtual queue and appointment management system, that enables you to easily manage and connect with your customers whilst they're waiting for service.


  • Hans Speidel, CEO, Crowd Guru

    “Crowd Guru - Crowdsourcing for Business

    We process large quantities of data and content for companies quickly, accurately and cost efficiently by breaking down projects and processes in many small individual tasks - in accordance with the principle of crowdsourcing. Qualified experts (gurus) on our platform handle these tasks.

    Crowd Guru enables companies to take advantage of crowdsourcing with no internal work or effort involved, while realizing large-scale projects in a very short time and with transparent costs.

    We are a company from Berlin, operating since 2008 in the field of crowdsourcing. Our services range from data processing and sales data search via address or information research to product descriptions and transcriptions.”

  • Johanna Staaf, Director New Ventures, Telenor Digital, Norway

    Johanna Staaf is responsible for identifying tech startups and early stage businesses that have potential to fuel growth for Telenor Digital. Over the years she has gained significant experience in this field having identified and successfully forged strategic and commercial partnerships with digital startups for Telenor’s business units in Sweden and Malaysia. Johanna started out her career in in the media industry in business development positions for MTG, Modern Times Group. Being passionate about the growing opportunities for digital advertising, Johanna took part in the establishment of the Swedish chapter of the IAB where she served as the Board Chairman for IAB Sweden 2008-2010.

  • Kartik Taneja, Head of EMEA Channel Sales, Google

    With over 17 years of experience in the industry, Kartik has worked closely with SME's both in the offline and online world. Starting with Tata Infomedia where he helped SME's reach out to their customers through the medium of Yellow pages and print media, he also set up the SME business for one of India's largest internet companies Indiatimes.com where he introduced the wonders of the digital age to SME's in India.

    Before joining Google, he was running Verisign's India business which is the registry for .com and .net domains. In his current role Kartik his responsible for strategic partnerships channel growth in EMEA.

  • Pascal Thomas, Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, YP Canada

    Pascal Thomas was appointed to the position of Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Yellow Pages in December 2014. Mr. Thomas is responsible for defining, developing and implementing a long-term corporate strategy, as well as identifying future business opportunities that focus on business growth and strengthen Yellow Pages’ position as a leader in Canadian local digital media. He also plays a leading role in identifying technology, social media and local search trends, as well as social behaviors that will ultimately lead to the success of our company.
    Pascal Thomas has 20 years of experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Yellow Pages Canada, he was CEO, Marketing and Innovation at Mappy, an innovative online route planning and itinerary service based in France. Mr. Thomas was instrumental in rebranding the company and renewing its products, business model and product offering, making it one of the top two travel sites in France. Prior to that, he was Vice President, New Media with PagesJaunes in France.
    Mr. Thomas also held senior executive positions with France Telecom, Orange and Cosmobilis. In more recent years, as Vice President, Next.com (France Telecom), he was responsible for successfully launching a variety of online photo sharing, music and gaming platforms, including Pikeo, Djinngo, SoundTribes and Whose Game.
    Pascal Thomas holds a software engineering degree from the École d’ingénierie informatique in France and began his career as a software developer.

  • Localistico - Ricardo Valera, CEO and Founder,

    Ricardo is an ex-software engineer at Microsoft, Google and Yahoo and a company-building apprentice.

    Localistico is a Spanish start-up that helps SMBs get found on search and social.  It is a local marketing platform – a tool that allows brick-and-mortar business owners, chains and agencies to track, analyse and manage the information available about their businesses across the main local platforms and applications, making them simpler to find and looking better to their customers.

    About Localistico

    The smart local marketing platform - we link digital data for physical locations to help you drive more footfall, customer engagement and insights.

    Localistico is Marketing Automation/Adtech for Local.

    Our platform helps brick&mortar businesses, from retailers or hotels to real estate agents to manage digital data present across digital platforms and use that data to drive more footfall, foster engagement and gather better insights about their customers.

    We currently work with brands across UK and Spain, including El Corte Ingles, O2, Jurys Inn and Foxtons. 


  • Stéphanie Vérilhac Marzin, European and Regulatory Affairs, SIINDA

    Stéphanie has B.A in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science of Grenoble and a Master in European Affairs from University of Paris. She has worked in the European Parliament at the Secretariat service of the EPP and was rewarded the Francois Fontaine prize for her work on the EU opening to the Visegrad countries. She began her work with EADP in 1999 and was the EU Affairs officer until the merger. During her 13 years with EASDP, she actively took part in European conferences encompassing both legislative, strategic and organizational approaches to our industry.

    Stephanie is the owner of SVM Consult, which provides unique public affairs services intertwined with event management to combine an accurate sector-specific package for the data industry. She manages the European and regulatory affairs  for SIINDA, the Search and Information Industry Association.

  • Ross Webster, Managing Director, International Sales, The Weather Channel Global Media

    Ross Webster serves as managing director of international sales for The Weather Channel Global Media, part of The Weather Company (Weather), an IBM Business. In this role, he manages monetization across the company’s suite of digital properties, including its series of lifestyle websites and apps available in 37 different languages. Webster covers all aspects of the revenue waterfall, including utilizing data to delivering premium marketing solutions and programmatic revenue across web, mobile, tablet and more.

    Webster joined the company in October 2009 as managing director of sales and operations and has overseen all responsibility for the revenue generation for the U.K., as well as the French and Spanish websites and their mobile platforms.

    Previously, Webster worked at Imagine Publishing in Bournemouth as commercial director, and prior to that, was at EMAP (Bauer) for over 10 years. At Bauer, he worked in a variety of sales management functions, including the commercial director of the teen titles, head of the men’s market and head of digital new business development across Bauer’s online properties. Earlier in his career, Webster worked at News International.

    With a competitive content strategy, The Weather Company is a leading publisher in the U.K. media space and offers a variety of pioneering advertising products across its own properties and externally. Weather has worked with a variety of big U.K. brands and agencies for almost a decade and continues its commitment. Since 1982, The Weather Channel has developed an impressive multi-platform brand in the United States and continues to expand globally with new technology, products and advertising solutions.

  • Xavier Zeitoun, CEO, Zenchef

    Xavier is the founder and CEO of Zenchef (formerly 1001menus), an all-in-one automated marketing solution for restaurants. He founded his first startup at 14 years old and worked on different technology projects prior to launch Zenchef after finishing his Master in Entrepreneurship at EDC Paris Business School. Xavier is passionate about entrepreneurship and technology for local businesses.