While the worldwide percentage of female founders sadly still remains below 20 percent, these 20 female innovators step up to share their stories on stage at CUBE Tech Fair on May 15th and 16th in Berlin to inspire, engage and start much needed discussion. Let’s talk about IoT, Blockchain, Biotech, Coding, Investing and Cybersecurity with them!
Arifa Khan — Founder and CEO Capital Exchange — Arifa Khan is the founder & CEO of Himalaya — Capital Exchange, a next generation stock exchange on the Blockchain. It is a project aimed at creating a tokenised platform for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) on a global, borderless, stock exchange. This Platform as a Service (PaaS) eco-system would offer an alternative to investment banks that are currently mandated to lead- manage IPOs, and give corporates and other entities raising public capital, a more democratic option at much less cost and with instant access to global investors. The platform would run on smart contract algorithms and at a later point make use of Machine Learning and AI in creating a marketplace for securities. Arifa is currently India Partner of the Ethereum Foundation, and has been a Blockchain evangelist since 2014.
Arwen Smit — Arwen believes decentralised technologies will be the foundation of new economic and political models. The first blockchain initiative Smit founded, DOVU, is a blockchain-based reward system for the mobility and transportation sector. In other words, DOVU is a token you earn and spend by sharing and changing the way you travel. MintBit, her newest initiative, helps corporations and policy makers navigate decentralised technology, to collaboratively advance the ecosystem.
Audrey Tang — Taiwan Digital Minister — Audrey Tang, a civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Social Enterprise, is known for revitalizing global open source communities such as Perl and Haskell. In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and K-12 curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design. In the third sector, Audrey actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.
Bindi Karia — Boutique Advisory Firm Innovation Expert & Advisor, CEO — Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders, Corporates and Government, and as a result, has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career: as a Consultant (PwC Consulting), as a Corporate (Microsoft BizSpark /Ventures), as a Startup employee (Trayport), as an Advisor (Startup Europe, Tech London Advocates), as a Connector and until recently, as their Banker (Silicon Valley Bank). She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of seven startups and one Venture Debt fund, as well as Digital Advisory Board of Shop Direct plc (£1.9bn t/o business), the Advisory Boards of European Innovation Council, Startup Europe, Tech London Advocates, Ambassador for Innovate Finance, and just finished a term as trustee for TechStars Startup Weekend Europe. She is a strong advocate for promoting Women in Tech, and as such, seven of her Advisory Board roles are for women-founded businesses. Bindi was born in the UK, raised in Canada, her entire family is from Kenya, but the lure of Europe especially London bought her back and kept her there!
Clare Jones — what3words CCO — Prior to being CCO, Clares background was in the development and growth of social enterprises, including in impact investing. She is interested in how innovative business models can tackle social and environmental challenges, and sits on the board of various UK social enterprises. She studied for an undergraduate degree in English, with her graduate degree in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge. Clare also volunteers with the Streetlink project, doing health outreach work with vulnerable women in South London.
Dimitra Papadopoulou — meHealthX Founder and CEO — Dimitra is Founder and CEO at meHealthx, Founder and VP at DLhealthRnD foundation with focus on innovation & complexity for blockchain in digital health and the involvement of cross-industries and technologies. She is actively involved in international public and private activities. As independent expert at the EU Commission is evaluating innovation digital preservation project proposals. She is Head of Blockchain Germany Practice at CGI and lead consultant in local public organisations. At national level she is co-leading the WG Blockchain for Healthcare at German Bundesblock Association and at international level acting as Scientific Board Member at the Israeli Blockchain Association.
Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram — Proximie Co-Founder — The co-founder of Proximie, Nadine Hachach-Haram is a curious surgeon with a passion for technology and innovation and a desire to make a difference in the world. Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram is a surgeon, lecturer and clinical entrepreneur. Nadine drew on her passion for innovation, education and global surgery to co-found Proximie, an augmented reality platform that allows doctors to virtually transport themselves in to any operating room anywhere in the world to visually and practically interact in an operation from start to finish. From marking up a patient to providing real-time virtual presence in assisting and instructing on an operation from start to finish overlaid with content and a rich palate of augmented reality they aim to provide safe, accessible and cost-effective surgery to every patient around the world. Proximie has enjoyed significant success with early adoption by major medical institutions and NGO’s and has been covered by news agencies around the world. Dubbed by CNN the “Future of Surgery,” Proximie has gone from strength to strength and won multiple awards including Foreign Press Association Science Story of the Year. When she isn’t working, Nadine spends her time with her husband and 3 children in London.
Dr. Rola Hallam — CanDo Founder and CEO — Rola is a consultant anesthetist, humanitarian, human rights advocate and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of CanDo, a not-for-profit social enterprise delivering resources directly to local humanitarians who provide essential healthcare to their war-devastated communities. She was co-founder and Medical Director of the charity Hand-In-Hand for Syria, playing an integral part with other Syrian NGOs in building 7 hospitals in the north of the country. Rola lectures at the London School of Economics and King’s College London, and is an international speaker and advocate for the cessation of targeting of civilians in war zones, and the protection of medical neutrality. Rola is also the first Syrian TED Fellow.
Falon Fatemi — Node.io Founder and CEO — Falon Fatemi is the Founder and CEO of Node, a groundbreaking artificial intelligence platform revolutionizing how people and businesses discover new opportunities. At age 19, Falon was the youngest employee at Google and has since spent over a decade focused on go-to-market strategy, global expansion, and strategic partnerships at Google, YouTube, and the startup world. Falon is also an SF Innovation Fellow for Mayor Ed Lee, and writes a column for Forbes covering company building in Silicon Valley, artificial intelligence, and the future of sales and marketing. Falon and Node have recently been featured in CNBC, Bloomberg, Business Insider, TechCrunch, Inc., Fast Company and more.
Fiona Nielsen — Repositive CEO — Fiona Nielsen, founder and CEO Repositive, is a bioinformatician who previously worked in research and development (R&D) at Illumina, developing tools for interpretation of next-generation sequencing data and analysing cancer and FFPE samples, sequenced on the latest technology. It was in these roles that Fiona realised how difficult it is to find and access genomics data for research. In 2013, Fiona founded DNAdigest, a charity promoting best practices for efficient and ethical data sharing — aligning the interests of patients and researchers. Fiona was nominated for the 2013 WiSE award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for her work with DNAdigest.
Jane Kinney — Commercial Spaceflight Federation Director — Jane Kinney’s main focus for CSF include Regulatory Reform, Export Control, Standards, Spaceports, the Suborbital Research Applications Group, and the Research & Education Affiliates Program. She has previously worked as a Flight Controller in Mission Control for the International Space Station Program at NASA Johnson Space Center. Previously, she worked as a Systems Engineer for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation. During her time at BATC she worked on a range of programs including Kepler, the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS), and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). Kinney, a U.S. native, received a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue where her technical focuses were Propulsion and Dynamics & Controls.
Jane Metcalfe — NEO.LIFE CEO/Editor in Chief — Cofounder/former President, Wired Ventures, Inc. — Jane Metcalfe is the CEO and Editor in Chief of NEO.LIFE, a new media company she created last year to track the astonishing advances in human biology made possible by computer science and engineering. Prior to that, Jane made chocolate on a pier in San Francisco as the President of TCHO Chocolate, a craft maker of super premium chocolate. Jane is probably best known for her role as co-founder and president of Wired Magazine, which was called the magazine of the decade by AdAge, for which she and her co-founder / life partner Louis Rossetto were recently honored with a Webby Award for Lifetime Achievement.”
Jennifer Wu — ScanTrust CFO and Director of Strategy — Jennifer Wu, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Strategy at ScanTrust, has 20 years of experience working for global institutions and startups in the U.S., Europe and China. Prior to joining ScanTrust, Jennifer was Managing Director at Magic Stone Alternative Investment in Beijing, a hybrid private equity fund with $1.5 billion of assets under management. Before she moved to Beijing, she was with Capstone Partners and Palomar Capital Advisors in Europe, where her responsibilities ranged from portfolio management, manager due diligence for private equity and credit hedge funds to risk analysis and fund operations. Previously, Jennifer has held numerous positions at global financial institutions such as UBS, Wells Fargo, Mitchell Madison Group and Deloitte. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and conversant in French and German.
Julie Maupin — IOTA Director of Social Impact and Public Regulatory Affairs — Dr. Julie Maupin is a leading expert on the legal, regulatory, and economic policy dimensions of blockchains and other distributed ledger technologies. A dual-trained lawyer and economist, her expertise spans cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, prediction markets, data analytics and artificial intelligence in IoT environments. Julie sits on the Fintech Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Finance and the UN Internet Governance Forum and is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada) and the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UK). She frequently advises governments and intergovernmental organizations on DLT governance issues, most recently the G20, the Asian Development Bank, the German Development Agency GIZ, and the Government of Georgia. Julie now serves as Director of Social Impact and Public Regulatory Affairs for the IOTA Foundation in Berlin.
Moojan Asghari — Hacking House Project Manager — Moojan Asghari born in Tehran and based in Paris, is an adventurous entrepreneur and a tech obsessed woman. She is passionate about the impact of AI on our lives, and believes that the technology can change the world when time and space collide, where humans meet in person and create meaningful experiences. As a community-driven advocate, she built her first startup in experiential marketing. She then co-founded Startup Sesame, aiming to leverage on the value created by human interactions at Tech even.
Alicia Asin — Libelium CEO & Co-Founder — Alicia Asín is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, the wireless sensor hardware provider, creator of Waspmote, a modular, open source sensor platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). Alicia is from Spain and is a computer engineer focused on how IoT can change our world, starting with Smart Cities and smart agriculture. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, wireless sensor networks and IoT.
Sabeen Ali — AngelHack Founder & CEO — Sabeen Ali is Founder and CEO of AngelHack, female-owned and majority female-operated company that organizes hackathons and accelerates early-stage startups from around the world. Prior to AngelHack, Sabeen founded and sold her own leadership training and organizational development company; Team Building ROI, which provided leadership and organizational development training to companies such as Google, IBM, Blackberry, NetApp, Cisco and others. She holds a M.S. in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and is an expert in change management. Sabeen also founded Code For A Cause, a nonprofit organization that aims to make technology and coding accessible for all, and to bring the tech community together to make the world a better place. She speaks internationally to corporate, nonprofit and student audiences on rapid innovation, entrepreneurship, acceleration, women in tech initiatives, and more. She has received numerous accolades for her work, most recently including the Harari Conscious Leadership and Social Innovation award. Her work with AngelHack and CFAC has been highlighted in Inc., Fast Company, Voice of America, and featured in the hit documentary: Seed.
Sally Daub — Enlitic CEO — Sally Daub is a veteran deep technology executive, entrepreneur, investor and Enlitic’s CEO. With a track record of turning innovative ideas into market-ready solutions, Sally is driving the deployment and commercialization of Enlitic’s deep learning diagnostic algorithms. Sally’s depth of experience in commercializing new technologies combined with her understanding of healthcare service delivery makes her uniquely suited to position Enlitic at the forefront of the digital healthcare AI revolution. Based in the U.S., Sally is also an early-stage investor in digital healthcare companies, a frequent lecture at universities and events around the globe and a Fellow of Creative Destruction Lab, a leading deep technology innovation pipeline, providing mentorship and guidance to young entrepreneurs. Sally has been recognized with numerous awards and appointments, including the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and inducted into WXN’s Hall of Fame (2014), The RBC Trailblazer (2010) and Profit Magazine’s Top Entrepreneurs (2010–2014).
Videesha Böckle — Signals VC Founding Partner — Videesha has over a decade of work experience in the areas of business/product development, sales, finance, and venture capital. As a Partner at signals VC, she invests in sector-agnostic frontier tech (data/predictive analytics, IoT etc.) and enterprise technologies (in Insurtech etc.) at the late seed and series A stage. Before moving to Berlin, she worked for London-based Venture Capital fund PROfounders Capital. Formerly, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence for FTSE 250 Telco TalkTalk Plc, working on strategic corporate innovation and data-driven customer relationship management. At the start of her career, she worked as a credit analyst for Lehman Brothers and transitioned to a generalist private banking role with exposure to product and business development at Barclays Wealth in London and Singapore.
Artiona Bogo — Software Engineer and member of SAP’s Blockchain team — developing Blockchain-based solutions for SAP customers and partners, Artiona helps them reimagine cross-company business processes with Blockchain. Additionally she evaluates new tech relevant to the SAP Blockchain Service. Being an active member of the Berlin Blockchain ecosystem, Artiona runs the Hyperledger Meetup Berlin, focusing on strengthening the ecosystem around DLTs. Earlier, Artiona acted as Product Quality & Customer Readiness Program Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
All information and the complete agenda can be found on the CUBE Tech Fair Website. If you want to attend, please use the code CTFVIP2018 for free access to the conference.
By Maren Lesche, Blogger at StartupChallenges.eu