2016 Speakers, Sorted by Family Name
- Martin Bachmayer, Global Business Dev. Lead, Fraunhofer
- Quintus Bartscherer, CEO QUBA GmbH, Munich Based Tax Advisory
- Marco Ciaffi, Sr. Engineering Manager, Draper Labs
- James Grundvig, Freelance Journalist, Huffington Post, Author
- Dr. Joann Halpern, Director, German Center for Research and Innovation
- Kevin Harris, Senior Economist and Director North America, Roubini Global Economics
- Frank Hawkins, Founding Partner of Scalar Media
- Ashok Kumar, Head of Equity Research, Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLC
- Don O'Toole, Head of IBM Watson IoT Alliances & Ecosystem
- Wolfgang Rubrecht, VP and head of the Factory Automation Business Unit, Siemens Industry, Inc.
- Dr. Simon Sabel, Lawyer, Counsel at CMS Hasche Sigle
- Dr. Dvorit Samid, Head of Global Oncology Medical Affairs progam, NantKwest
- Dr. David Sans, PhD, MBA, FAARM, Healthcare Banking in Capital Markets, Joseph Gunnar
- Tim Schumann, Founder and CEO of BuddyVentures’
- Thomas E. Spock, Founding Partner of Scalar Media Partners
Global Business Dev. Lead, Fraunhofer
Since January 2014 Martin Bachmayer works as a consultant for Business Development on behalf of Fraunhofer IIS, the biggest and most famous institute within the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. This newly created role spans from portfolio management of research fields to creating business plans for innovations created by Europes biggest research institute as well as the foundation of new ventures with Fraunhofer IPs and licensing deals with global players.
Prior to his current role he held leadership positions at Digital River Inc, the NASDAQ listed (DRIV) leader in global eCommerce solutions. Job title and responsibility in May 2012 changed from VP EMEA for Software & Games to VP Europe & Asia for Physical Commerce Group and finally General Manager EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) for that division. This move to Digital River and the scope of his current roles allowed him to expand his skillset towards global business, solution sales, B2B, eCommerce industry and innovation management.
In his previous role for Microsoft (MSFT) Germany he was a Managing Director of the Entertainment & Devices Division Microsoft Germany with full organizational, P&L and strategic responsibility for overall consumer related business in Germany. Before that as Sales Director he was fully responsible for retail, distribution, resell and eCommerce revenue of all Entertainment & Devices FPP (fully packaged products) like Office, Windows, Xbox, PC Peripherals, Consumer Software SKUs and implementation of services for broader Microsoft initiatives in retail.
Martin Bachmayer holds an executive MBA on General Management (Advanced Academic Business Manager, MBA) at the M.O.T. – School of Management, Organizational Development and Technology, passed with honors.
CEO QUBA GmbH, Munich Based Tax Advisory
Sr. Engineering Manager, Draper Labs
Since July 2015 Marco has been leading Draper’s engineering effort to build an inherently secure microprocessor. Draper is a not-for-profit research and development company which focuses on the design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the world’s most challenging and important problems.
Draper is undertaking the secure processor work as an internal strategic investment aimed at furthering their cyber security capabilities and targeting the embedded devices market. The technology attempts to create hardware interlocks capable of thwarting cyberattacks aimed at embedded systems.
From 2003-2015 Marco was Senior Engineering Manager at RSA Security where he was responsible for SecurID hardware authentication products. He received his Bachelor of Engineering from Pratt Institute and his Masters in Computer Science from Boston University. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Freelance Journalist, Huffington Post, AuthorJames Grundvig is a freelance journalist who covers a broad range of technology, from SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud) to Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things. He has published hundreds of articles in the Huffington Post, Epoch Times, Law.com, and the Financial Times Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) magazine. For FDI magazine, he wrote a feature piece on Smart Cities and expanding the Internet to frontier markets in Africa and Asia, called Emerging Smarter. As an entrepreneur, he founded a Mobile-SaaS startup Cloudnician LLC that will drive change in the construction-engineering sector when the software goes to market this time next year. In 2016, James is the author of three books: one fiction and two nonfiction.
Dr. Joann Halpern
Director, German Center for Research and Innovation
Dr. Joann Halpern is the founding director of the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) in New York City and an adjunct professor of international education at New York University. GCRI, a joint initiative of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was created as a cornerstone of the German government’s initiative to internationalize science and research. Before she joined the GCRI, Dr. Halpern was director of academic affairs at Global College of Long Island University. From 1996-2001 she was director of international programs at Harz University in Wernigerode, Germany. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her M.A. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. from New York University. She is a recipient of the Harvard University Award for Distinction in Teaching as well as fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Robert Bosch Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service. Dr. Halpern serves on the boards of the German Accelerator, the Technical University of Dortmund, University Alliance Ruhr, and LIU Global.
Senior Economist and Director North America, Roubini Global Economics
Kevin Harris is Director for North America. He has been engaged in economic and policy analysis for the past three decades. Prior to joining RGE, Kevin was the Treasury market product manager and chief economist for North America at Informa Global Markets where he provided economic analysis to bond and foreign exchange trading desks. Before going to Informa, he worked as a Treasury market and foreign economist at Technical Data/IFR. Kevin also served as an economics officer with the U.S. Foreign Service in Latin America and Europe, and also served in the Sinai Peninsula as a peace treaty observer. While in the Foreign Service, he was involved in laying the groundwork for global trade negotiations, in strategic trade enforcement, as well as analysis of economic and trade developments in his host countries. He earned an MA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Founding Partner of Scalar MediaFrank Hawkins served as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and head of strategic planning for the NFL’s media group before joining Scalar Media on July 1, 2008, as a Founding Partner. During his 15-year tenure at the NFL, Frank played leading roles in five rounds of NFL television and new media contract negotiations and in administering those contracts and related NFL policies. Before shifting his focus solely to media strategic planning in 2007, Frank also handled financial and ownership transactions and policies for the League; negotiation and administration of certain financially-oriented aspects of the League’s collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association; and government relations work related to the NFL’s media policies. Frank joined the NFL after practicing law at Covington & Burling, Washington D.C., where he handled a wide variety of transactional and regulatory matters for communications, technology, and other clients. Frank teaches Sports Economics at New York University’s Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business, and between 1997 and 2010 lectured on intellectual property topics as part of the Sports Law curriculum at Fordham University School of Law. He frequently speaks on media, sports, and entertainment topics at professional and academic symposia. Since joining Scalar in 2008, Frank and his partners have advised a variety of technology, media, and sports clients on rights transactions, media-related business development strategies, and technology roll-outs, as well as advising sports leagues and clubs on financial, labor, and other business matters. Frank also served as an FCC Trustee and an interim member of the Board of Directors of ION Media Networks in connection with that company’s 2009-10 reorganization and emergence from bankruptcy. Frank is a graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude) and Harvard College (A.B. magna cum laude in Government), and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He served as law clerk to Judge William E. Doyle of the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, Denver, Colorado.
Head of Equity Research, Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLCAshok Kumar joined Joseph Gunnar & Co. in 2016, continuing his distinguished 20 plus year career in equity research. Mr. Kumar has held senior research positions at Raymond James, Piper Jaffray and Prudential Securities. Mr. Kumar also held senior analyst positions at Aegis Capital, Rodman & Renshaw and Maxim Group. Prior to his career in research, specializing in the technology and healthcare sectors, Mr. Kumar worked in engineering and marketing at Intel Corporation. Having been cited in various publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Business Week, and Fortune, as well as being regularly featured on CNBC and Bloomberg, Mr. Kumar was named one of Smart Magazine's 30 Most Influential People in Investing in 2000. Mr. Kumar received a Bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and a Master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Head of IBM Watson IoT Alliances & EcosystemDon O’Toole is a Business Development Executive in IBM’s Watson IoT business unit, which recently announced its new global HQ in Munich Germany. Don has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT industry including a variety of product management and business development roles. Don began his IBM career as part of the IBM SNA software development team in Research Triangle Park, NC. He later became a Brand Manager for IBM’s TCP/IP software products and led the business development and market launch of IBM’s Internet Connection software family, which included IBM’s first HTTP server offerings. Don was a key member of the team that developed IBM’s e-business strategy and worked with IBM WebSphere in establishing IBM's SOA strategy. More recently, Don spent two years in Shanghai, China as Director of Ecosystem Technical Enablement for IBM’s Systems Group. Don holds BS and MS degrees from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
VP and head of the Factory Automation Business Unit, Siemens Industry, Inc.
Wolfgang Rubrecht is Vice President and head of the Factory Automation Business Unit within Siemens Industry, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for the industrial automation systems business of Siemens in the U.S., which includes the SIMATIC S7 PLC / Industrial PC / HMI Panel product lines, as well as the TIA Portal and WinCC HMI software suites.
Previously, Mr. Rubrecht was the general manager of the Motion Control Business of Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. He has also worked in the Siemens Motion Control Business’ global headquarters in Erlangen, Germany, where he held a variety of managerial positions including sales, business development, procurement and post-merger integration.
Before joining Siemens, Mr. Rubrecht worked in various positions in marketing and procurement with ABB and Robert Bosch.
Mr. Rubrecht holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and Electrical Engineering (Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur) from the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany.
Dr. Simon Sabel
Lawyer, Counsel at CMS Hasche SigleDr. Simon Sabel is a Munich based lawyer, Counsel at CMS Hasche Sigle, one of Germany’s leading business law firms. Simon advises investors, entrepreneurs and companies in transactions and structuring, both in a domestic and international context. Inter alia he advised an US NYSE-listed company on the acquisition of a German family-owned Company, an international single family office on the set-up of a joint venture for an offshore wind farm and a German rooted family on its international (in particular US) private equity business. Currently Simon practices in New York. Prior to his current position, Simon worked inter alia with Freshfields, one of UK’s leading business law firm, mainly in the field of large cap corporate transactions. Simon holds a Ph.D. in law, has received an award of the Teufel Foundation for distinguished scientific achievements and during his academic work was recipient of a fellowship to exceptionally gifted scholars.
Dr. Dvorit Samid
Head of Global Oncology Medical Affairs progam, NantKwest
Dr. Samid is heading the Global Oncology Medical Affairs program at NantKwest, an immunotherapy company developing a novel "off-the-shelf" engineered Natural Killer (NK) cell platform and playing a lead role in the Cancer MoonShot 2020 program - aiming to accelerate personalized, next generation combination Immunotherapies for patients with cancer. Prior to joining NantKwest in 2015, Dr. Samid lead Oncology Medical Affairs of other pharmaceutical companies including ImClone Systems, Abraxis Oncology and Hoffman-La Roche. She also served as Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Cancer Center and as Section Chief at the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. David Sans
PhD, MBA, FAARM, Healthcare Banking in Capital Markets, Joseph Gunnar
Dr. David Sans, Ph.D., M.B.A. Healthcare Investment Banking Dr. David Sans joined Joseph Gunnar to support Healthcare Investment Banking at Joseph Gunnar & Co. Dr. Sans has more than 15 years of healthcare-centric experience in life science corporate development and investment banking. Dr. Sans has held management and executive positions at Novartis, Pfizer, ImClone, and Summer Street Research Partners and has been involved in the launch of successful products like Macugen for AMD and Erbitux for squamous head and neck cancers. Dr. Sans is a Series 7, 63 and 79 licensed Registered Representative. Dr. Sans is currently head of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Mount Sinai Department of Pathology and received a Master‟s degree in Life Science from Technische Universitat in Berlin, a Masters in International Business from the Wharton School of Business, a Ph.D. in Life Sciences from ETH in Zurich and Universitat Ramon Llull, and an MBA in Business Law from Fordham University in New York.Dr. Sans is also US Board Certified in Regenerative Medicine.