Davos 2019

Technologies for Tomorrow

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Jan 23 2019

Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Lounge
Promenade 68
Technologies for Tomorrow has been designed as a platform where top innovators from across geographies and verticals get an opportunity to share their vision of how their products and services will impact our future. With a view to connect with discerning audiences of investors, CEOs, civil society representatives and media, the first three editions starting 2017 were planned at Davos. Buoyed by the response, we now propose to take Technologies for Tomorrow to other cities in India and overseas, especially to educational institutions - hoping to inspire the next generation of innovators. Choice of host cities will also depend upon emerging market opportunities for visiting innovators. We remain thankful to Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, Technology Evangelist and Chief Minister of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh for his unstinted support and encouragement; and to BCG Digital Ventures and
CNBC-TV18 for their partnership at Davos starting 2018

For more information on Technologies for Tomorrow
please write to amit@theideaworks.in

Speakers @ Davos 2019

Husayn Kassai

Husayn Kassai is the CEO and Co-Founder of Onfido, prior to which he served as the President of the Oxford Entrepreneurs Student Society along with Co-Founder Eamon Jubbawy. Onfido uses machine learning to deliver next-generation identity verification, helping businesses and banks, verify identities online using ID documents, facial recognition and database searches. Founded in 2012, Onfido has grown to a team of 150, received over US$ 60 million in investment and works with over 1,500 companies globally. Recognised by WEF as a Technology Pioneer in 2017, Husayn sits on the Advisory Committee of Oxford Seed Fund and the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI. He has a BA in Economics and Management from Keble College, Oxford.

Glenn Nedwin

Dr. Nedwin has over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and industrial biotechnology industries. He is an accomplished senior executive with domestic and international experience in new market identification, innovation, research & development, business planning, strategic positioning, operations, P&L, sales & marketing, involving both start-up, growth and billion dollar organizations. Dr. Nedwin received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry from S.U.N.Y./Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from U.C. Riverside. He did a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Biology at Genentech Dr. Nedwin also holds an M.S. Degree in the Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is one of the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers of 2017

Andreas Kunze

Andreas Kunze is the CEO and Co-Founder of KONUX. He studied Information Systems at TUM and Stanford University. In 2016, Andreas was the youngest CEO to be on the '40 under 40 Entrepreneurs' list of Capital Magazine. In early 2017, he got selected among Forbes' "Top 30 under 30 - Europe". His AI company KONUX has raised US$ 20 million with leading Silicon Valley investors such as Andreas Bechtolsheim. KONUX won the National Mobility Award "Deutscher Mobilit'tspreis" and the German Digital Award "The Spark" in 2016 and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum's "Technology Pioneers" one year later.

Eugene Chung

Eugene Chung is a film director and the founder of Penrose Studios, a pioneer in augmented and virtual reality storytelling and technology. His latest film, "Arden's Wake", won the first Lion for Best VR at the Venice Film Festival in the official competition. The San Francisco based start-up is known for its unprecedented innovation in immersive computing that liberates the imagination and allows viewers to transcend the confines of reality. Previously, Eugene was Head of Film & Media and Co-Founder of Story Studio at Oculus VR, which was later acquired by Facebook for US$ 2 billion. Prior to Oculus, he was with Warburg Pincus and Pixar Animation Studios. He holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. WEF recognised Eugene as a Technology Pioneer in 2017

Praful Krishna

Praful has helped scores of teams across Fortune 500 enterprises and Government agencies automate tedious, boring, repetitive tasks using cognitive computing (AI + NLP). He founded Coseer after a long career in hedge funds with the vision that humans should focus on creativity, judgment and strategy, while technology takes care of everything else. He is an alumnus of McKinsey, Harvard, and IIT, and lives in San Francisco. As an expert in the fields of cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, Praful is frequently invited to speak at conferences around the world.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus

Ferdinand Grapperhaus serves as Chief Executive Officer of PHYSEE Technologies, which he founded together with Willem Kesteloo in 2014. PHYSEE has the mission to make the built environment energy neutral in an aesthetic way. Ferdinand is an operation-oriented leader with passion for both product and people. Ferdinand holds a Master of Science in Applied Physics, has minored in Economics and Law and spent time at the European Patent Office. Ferdinand was profiled in Forbes Magazine as "Forbes 30 under 30 Europe" in 2017. His company won the Dutch Start-up of the Year in 2014 award, Europe's Best Energy Start-up in 2015 and the World Postcode Lottery Green Challenge (500k) in 2016. In 2017, the WEF selected him as a Technology Pioneer

Jack Forestell

Jack Forestell is the Global Head of Merchant & Acquirer Solutions at Visa Inc. where he is responsible for leading Visa's global merchant and acquirer strategy, developing merchant- focused products and solutions that provide tangible value, create operational efficiencies and assist merchants in meeting their business goals across more than 200 countries and territories around the globe. Prior to this role, Jack was Global Head of Product, responsible for Visa's global product strategy, development and management.

Raj Ganguly

Raj Ganguly focuses on creating exponential growth by bringing together thought leaders, technology and capital. Previously, he has co-founded and served as a Managing Partner at Velos Partners. Prior to founding Velos, Mr. Ganguly spent six years at Bain Capital investing, driving operational excellence in consumer-focused companies across the U.S. and Asia. Earlier in his career, he was with McKinsey & Company, Diageo plc. and Miradiant, one of the first Internet payment startups. Mr. Ganguly earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BSE and BAS from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Shereen Bhan

Shereen Bhan is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and the Managing Editor of CNBC-TV18. She has been responsible for breaking a range of news stories that have redefined the Indian economic landscape in recent times and has also interviewed some of the biggest names in business and politics. Shereen is also the Anchor & Editor of "Young Turks", one of India's longest-running shows on entrepreneurs - a section that over the past 13 years has successfully built a niche category in business news programming.

Mike Schwartz

Mike serves as a Partner and Managing Director with BCG Digital Ventures. Mike initially led DV's Asian business. He also built BCG Digital Venture's global blockchain capability, founding DVolution, a pioneer blockchain technology. Mike has served on boards, and both invested in, and provided advice to digital start-ups. He served as the CEO of Student Edge and co-founded Genos, the emotional intelligence company. Mike holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Chief Minister
Andhra Pradesh
N Chandrababu Naidu

Mr. Naidu's previous stint as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh lasted an entire decade from 1994-2004. He is considered a rare politician and a visionary who pursues his innovation strategies with great vigour and determination. His approach towards development is non-doctrinal and he believes in absorbing good aspects of various development models. An able and efficient administrator, he introduced many market-based reforms in 1995 while also formulating many unprecedented populist schemes. Now, in his third term as Chief Minister, he has set international benchmarks in e-governance.

Valerie Feldmann

Valerie is leading a tech start-up that commercializes an innovative wind turbine inspired by advances in aerodynamics and jet engine technology. Previously, Valerie worked with McKinsey as an associate Partner in the high tech practice, served as Policy advisor to the united Nations ITU and as adjunct Faculty at Free university Berlin. She holds an MSc.and M.A. from the university of Muenster, Germany; a Ph.d. from Free university Berlin; and an Executive Certificate in Technology & Operations Management from MIT.

Eric M David

Through Organovo, Dr. David has played a critical role in the commercial translation of 3D bioprinting. Previously, he was associate partner at McKinsey & Company, where he served private equity, pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostic, and medical device clients to support pipeline and R&D strategy, as well as market entry strategy. He was also Assistant Professor at the Rogosin Institute; adjunct faculty at the Rockefeller University; and a lecturer in Medicine at Weil Cornell Medical College.

Privahini Bradoo

Privahini's electronics recycling firm harvests valuable metals out of e-waste. She represented BlueOak on the Obama Administration's task force for e-waste. She has led business development at numerous cleantech start-ups, including LanzaTech & Microvi. Previously, she was a management consultant at BCG and a faculty adviser at Singularity University. Privahini was awarded the Fulbright Platinum Scholarship to complete an MBA at Harvard Business School.

Matthew Silver

Matthew heads an initiative that uses bioelectric technology to cost-effectively clean wastewater and generate significant clean energy. He has sixteen years of experience in engineering design, entrepreneurship, and business strategy. He is co-inventor on several awarded patents, author of over 25 research publications, and testified before the US Senate on early stage innovation in 2011.

Ron Gutman

Through HealthTap, an interactive health company, Ron is reinventing the way people take care of themselves by enabling quick and quality access to medical services. He is also the Curator of TEDx Silicon Valley, an angel investor and advisor to health and technology companies, Rock Health, Stanford's Medicine X, and Harvard Medical School's SMArt Initiative.

Rakesh Deshmukh

The World's First Regional Operating System in English and 12 Indian regional languages, Indus OS' growth & expansion has Rakesh's driving force behind it. It is India's #2 Mobile OS ahead of global giants like Apple's iOS & Microsoft's Windows. An IIT Bombay alumnus, Rakesh is a serial entrepreneur and has over 10 years of experience in the Mobile Technology industry.

Anmol Madan

Ginger.io is a leading digital mental health management offering. Anmol has published extensive research in modelling largescale human behaviour data using statistical models and pattern recognition technology. He received his PhD from MIT in the Media Lab with Alex Pentland. Madan is a frequent international speaker on behavioural analytics, machine learning, data privacy and healthcare entrepreneurship.

Marjolein Helder

Marjolein's company aims to develop products based on the technology of producing electricity from living plants. Founded during her PhD research at Wageningen University in 2012, Plant-e successfully launched its first two products in the market in 2014. Marjolein is a regular speaker on the issue of sustainable energy at a number of international events.

Rob Leslie

Sedicii has patented a technology that enables users to consume digital services by proving their identity for KYC without exposing their private data to the risk of identity theft. Rob has a successful track record of establishing and growing businesses to considerable scale and was part of the original management team in Dell Japan that established and grew the business to almost 300 employees and $300M turnover in 4 years. He is a co-founder of Kyckr (aSX:KYK) which listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in September 2016 and provides organizational identity services for KYC & AML services to banks and other regulated financial institutions.

Soumitra Dutta

Prof. Dutta has formerly been on the faculty of INSEAD, a leading international business school in France and Singapore. He is an authority on the impact of new technology on the business world, especially social media and social networking, and on strategies for driving growth and innovation by embracing the digital economy. He is the co-editor and author respectively of two influential reports' the Global Information Technology Report and the Global Innovation Index.

Chief Minister
Andhra Pradesh
N Chandrababu Naidu

Mr. Naidu's previous stint as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh lasted an entire decade from 1994-2004. He is considered a rare politician and a visionary who pursues his innovation strategies with great vigour and determination. His approach towards development is non-doctrinal and he believes in absorbing good aspects of various development models. An able and an efficient administrator, he introduced many market-based reforms in 1995 while also formulating many unprecedented populist schemes. In his third term as Chief Minister, he has set international benchmarks in e-governance.