Overview of Speakers of the Cross Innovation Academy XIA 11/2010 “Green meets Digital”.

  • Martin Vesper, Executive Director, Yello Strom GmbH – Germany
    Yello Strom LogoMr. Martin Vesper is Executive Director of Yello Strom. Within the EDF Group he holds the position as Head of Business line B2C. He joined Yello in 2001. Before he worked for Vorwerk & Co. in different positions, as Head of Controlling & IT, as Head of Customer Service and as Project Leader of a Service Business Reengineering program. He holds a Diploma in Business Mathematics from the University of Ulm, Germany and a MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
  • Paul Excell, Chief Customer Innovation Officer, BT – United Kingdom
    BT LogoPaul Excell is Chief Customer Engagement Officer, responsible for leveraging BT’s investment in R&D globally to deliver world leading innovation propositions to BT’s customers. An Open Innovation Engagement programme allows customers to address new business opportunities – driving growth, cost reduction and long-term sustainable competitive advantage. Paul has 29 years experience in BT covering a wide range of national and international assignments. Previous to his current role, Paul was Chief of Operations in BT Group Chief Technology Office responsible for shaping the 21st Century Network Programme and Vice President, BT Global Services with end to end responsibility for the design, development, delivery, evolution and launch of BT’s Internet, Data and Voice Services and Solutions.
  • Mike Beeston, Chairman, FJORD
    FJORD LogoMike is chairman and co-founder of Fjord, a design consultancy working to make sense of developments at the leading edge of digital media. He balances his responsibilities for the company with growing food and managing livestock on his small holding in Devon. He has trekked extensively in the Amazon and climbed in the Alps and Andes, keen to explore the frontiers, whether in business or his personal life. After an early career in advertising he co-founded CHBi, one of the first web design agencies anywhere in the world. In 1998 CHBi sold to Razorfish. Mike continued as MD, building Razorfish in London to more than 300 people. In the aftermath of the dot com crash he helped set up Fjord which now employs 140 people across five offices.
  • Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum – New York, USA
    Stakeholder Forum LogoFelix has played a critical role in promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue at the UN. From 1997 to 2001 he chaired the NGO Coalition on Sustainable Development at the UN. He facilitated the setting up of the international NGO Coalition for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the UN Habitat II Conference. He has been an advisor to the UK and Danish Governments and the European Commission at a number of UN meetings. He has published seven books, the latest edited with Andrew Higham and Richard Sherman is called Climate Change and Energy Insecurity, the previous one with Tim Pipard Human and Environmental Security brought out for the World Summit 2005 and was nominated as best environmental book of 2005. Felix has become a regular contributor to the BBC Green Room and other media outlets.
    In 2012 the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or ‘Rio+20′ will take place in Rio de Janeiro. Also referred to as the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Stakeholder Forum has set up this site as an information hub to provide updates, background information and analysis towards Rio+20 at www.earthsummit2012.org
    At XIA Felix Dodds will give a keynote about “Rio+20 – the opportunities for green innovation and new media”.
  • Ann Davlin, Director of Development, Carbon War Room – New York, USA
    Carbon War RoomAnn Davlin started her career as an environmental researcher and conference organizer for Al Gore, and she never looked back. Her career has focused in the environmental and energy fields operating in both the private and public sectors. Ann’s experience includes capital raising, brownfields development, environmental insurance and policy.
    Currently, Ann serves as a Senior Advisor and Director of Development for the Carbon War Room, an NGO that harness the power of entrepreneurs to use market-based solutions to address climate change. Ann has oversight for the fundraising operation which encompasses raising capital from individuals, foundations and corporation and liaisons with the Founders Circle and Board of Advisors.
    Her Board and Advisory Committee appointments include: Fuel:Bio Holdings, LLC, Green-Links, & Founder and Steering Committee Member for Clean Economy Network. She has lectured at Yale School of Architecture, various graduate schools at Columbia University and New York University Wagner School.
  • Rikin Gandhi, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Green- New Dehli, India
    Digital Green LogoRikin Gandhi is chief executive officer of Digital Green. His interests include sustainable agriculture and technology for socioeconomic development. Gandhi co-founded Digital Green as a project at Microsoft Research and now leads the spin-off of Digital Green as an independent organization that works to amplify the effectiveness of agricultural development globally. Gandhi is a licensed private pilot and received patents for linguistic search algorithms that he helped develop at Oracle. He has a master’s in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from MIT and a bachelor’s in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East- Tel Aviv, Israel
    EcoPeaceGidon Bromberg is the Israeli Director of EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East. He speaks regularly on water, peace & security issues before forums such as the UN Commission for Sustainable Development; U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs; the European Parliament and the Advisory Meeting to the UN High Level Panel on Security. In 2007, Mr. Bromberg was invited to join the EastWest Institute’s International Task Force for Preventive Diplomacy and was awarded a Fellowship at Yale University on global leadership. In 2008 Mr. Bromberg was honoured as one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment, and in 2009 EcoPeace was granted the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Jussi Kivipuro, Global Mobile Innovation Manager, Greenpeace International – Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Greenpeace LogoIn his role, green meets digital. Jussi is also an advocate of green opportunities in the digital community and an adviser for Shop Plus Plus.com – a charity shopping startup.

 Before Greenpeace, Jussi was leading the Mobile Products Team at Satama Interactive creating future services and concepts for Nokia, Coca-Cola and Burton in 48 countries. He has co-founded OfflineShop.com in Shanghai and worked as an independent video producer in Lapland. Jussi advised Crisis Management Initiative, office of the Noble price winner President Ahtisaari. Straight after the tsunami, he worked as a volunteer in Bangkok. 

  • Jérôme Nadel, Executive Vice President – Marketing & User Experience, Sagem Wireless – Paris, France
    Sagem Wireless Logo In his role as EVP Marketing & User Experience at Sagem Wireless, Nadel is responsible for bringing innovative user-centric mobile devices and services to market. Beginning his career at the IBM Human Factors Lab and then in Unisys’ Corporate Human Factors Group, Nadel became Worldwide VP Marketing for a multi-national technology start-up, where he supported an aquisition by another international technology leader, Gemplus, ultimately serving as VP Marketing there. At Gemplus, his key mandate, and success, was driving technology partnerships and promoting usability of mobile data services. Coming back to his passion, Nadel joined Human Factors International as CXO, where he helped transform the firm’s core usability services into business-oriented user experience strategy and design.
  • Josef Brunner, Chief Architect & Co-Founder, JouleX – Germany
    Joulex LogoJosef Brunner offers a track record of successfully starting and growing companies. Brunner founded his first company at the age of 16, which developed one of the first unified thread management systems. After selling the company to Azlan (now Techdata), Brunner joined the company to serve as head of security and lead the business. In 2004, Brunner founded Bastille Networks, a company focused on proactive security prevention and security monitoring, and sold its main assets to Integralis (now part of NPP Telecom) in 2007. He subsequently joined Enterasys (now part of Siemens Enterprise Networks), where he successfully established a solid revenue stream as director of Security Sales, CEE, Middle East and APAC, at Enterasys.
  • Jürgen Habichler, Founder & Managing Partner, Mountain Cleantech AG – Wädenswil, Switzerland
    Mountain Cleantech AG LogoAs founder and managing partner of Mountain Cleantech AG – a Venture Capital firm focusing exclusively on Late/Growth Stage investments in the clean technology sector in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – Jürgen Habichler is a highly sought after speaker in Cleantech Events around the globe and a frequent participant in round table discussions.
    Prior to founding Mountain Cleantech AG in 2007, Jürgen worked for Atlas Venture’s Technology Cleantech team, where he spearheaded the establishment of Atlas’ Cleantech division. Jürgen is an established Cleantech Venture Capital expert and since 2006 been an active speaker, advisory board member and organizer of major Cleantech events around the globe. In 2009 he was awarded as one of thirty „Green Hero 2009“ by the renowned magazine CNBC European Business.
  • Jörg Dohmen, Manager Marketing Planning & Brand Programmes, MINI International – Munich, Germany
    MINI LogoJörg Dohmen started his career at Ford Motor Company where he focused on Sales and Distribution. As Marketing Director at Land Rover Germany he joined the BMW Group in 2000. In his career he continued with the BMW brand for several assignments in the German market as responsible for Direct Marketing campaigns, Marketing Innovations and the BMW Experience Centre.
    Currently, Jörg Dohmen is managing the international MINI Marketing Planning and Brand Programmes within the BMW Group. Jörg Dohmen studied Business Management at the University of Cologne and received in addition to a general master’s degree of CEMS Master of International Management with studies at Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris.
  • Ulf Leonhard, Leonhard Ventures – Berlin, Germany
    Ulf Leonhard is founder and owner of Leonhard Ventures. He is in venture capital and corporate finance business since 18 years; Founded Continua AG Berlin and is “inventor” of the European Venture Market (an international venture capital matching platform). Left the company in september 2009 and is focussing water technologies’ venturing.
  • Jan Michael Hess, Founder & Organiser, Green Venture Summit
    & CEO, Mobile Economy GmbH – Berlin, Germany

    Green Venture Summit“We need to reinvent our lifestyles and build the Green Economy within this decade.” In 2000, Jan Michael Hess founded Mobile Economy GmbH in Berlin, the management consultancy for innovation in Mobile Internet and Cleantech. In 2010, Jan expanded his activities into Cleantech by co-founding and organising the Green Venture Summit (GVS). The GVS is an international Cleantech conference for green startups, investors, thought leaders and successful ventures. The first GVS10 took place on 10 May 2010 in Berlin and attracted 250 participants. The second GVS11 will take place on 24-25 March 2011 in Berlin. The climate is changing and the planet moves to a hot state. To survive we need to reinvent our economy and society by going green on a global scale as soon as possible. At the Cross Innovation Academy XIA 11/2010 Jan will talk about the need for a global master plan for the Green Economy that all governments, companies, NGOs and consumers must embrace. The Internet is the perfect tool to network all stakeholders involved. With best practice examples and fresh ideas Jan will challenge the audience to contribute to the implementation of the Green Economy and lead by example. The examples where “Green meets Digital” include Sustainable Social Mobility, Smart Green Cities and Sustainability Management.
  • Peter Ebel, Senior Manager – System Functions and Features, Daimler AG – Stuttgart, Germany
    Daimler AG Logo Peter Ebel was born 1958 in Munich. With the TU Munich’s degree in Electrical Engineering he started 1985 in Daimler’s car development. Lots of the early day topics became innovations and are now commodity intoday cars like Navigation, Parking Assistant, etc. Changing to commercial vehicles the focus switched to drivetrain automation software in the 1990s. Back to the Mercedes cars development he took several responsibilities about Telematics systems and components. The present goals are finding added value for cars and trucks by merging
    them with Infotainment technologies and services.
  • Kai Lorenz, Head of Marketing and Products, BT Germany
    BT LogoKai Lorenz is Head of Marketing and Products at BT Germany. He joined BT Global Services in 2006 as Head of Marketing for BT´s Global Telecoms Sector. In 2008 he exchanged sector against country responsibility and became Head of Marketing at BT Germany. Kai has 15 years of experience in the European IT and Telecommunications industry. Prior to BT Germany he had leading positions with European IT and Telecommunications Companies such as Telefónica and Microsoft.
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  • Monty C. M. Metzger, Geschäftsführer und Gründer, Ahead of Time GmbH – Munich, Germany
    Ahead of Time GmbH LogoMonty Metzger ist Unternehmer, Autor und Trend-Scout. Seit Anfang 2008 ist er Geschäftsführer der Ahead of Time GmbH, einer internationalen Innovationsagentur mit Schwerpunkt auf Social Media und Mobile Media. Er studierte electronic Marketing an der BAW in Deutschland und Betriebswirtschaft an der GSBA in der Schweiz. Er absolvierte zudem die “Innovation Academy” an der Harvard Business School in USA. Im Jahr 2003 gründete ein er Tochterunternehmen einer internationalen Trendforschungsfirma und expandierte das Unternehmen in Deutschland und China. Sein aktuelles Buch heißt “Mobile Future 2020″.
  • Dr. Charles Savage, MBA Professor und Geschäftsführer Knowledge Era Enterprising – Munich, Germany
    Dr. Charles M. Savage ist renommierter Professor, Autor und Geschäftsführer Knowledge Era Enterprising International. Dr. Savage berät Unternehmen im Bereich Wissens- und Innovationsmanagement. Er ist Gründer und Mitglied der Arabian Knowledge Economy Association (AKEA) initiert von Prof. Salim Al-Hassani. Als Dozent ist er an Universitäten in Indien und Australien tätig. Sein Buch “The Fifth Generation Management” wurde in zahlreiche Sprachen, u.a. Japanisch und Koreanisch, übersetzt. Im Moment arbeitet er an seinem neuen Buch “Co-Creating – the (Ac)Knowledging Economy”.