Thomas is a graduate of the French engineering school ENSAE Paristech, and is also trained as an actuary. During his time at university, he gained valuable entrepreneurship experience working for Swouitch, a startup that facilitated object exchange through a mobile app.
He then worked at the investment bank Natixis, both in Paris and in New York. During his two years at Natixis, Thomas advised pension funds on their investment strategy. It was through this work that he discovered the asset management industry.
While he was at Natixis, Thomas created the startup Mon Petit Placement, which aims to democratize private banking for the 25-40-somethings. He left Natixis in August 2017, and has been working full time on Mon Petit Placement ever since; it will go live May 2018.
Kurt Muehmel is Vice President for the EMEA region at Dataiku, the developer of Dataiku DSS, a collaborative platform for analytics and data science within the enterprise. As one of the early employees of Dataiku, Kurt led Dataiku's international expansion, including into the US market in 2015 and 2016. Kurt is now responsible for building Dataiku's team and business throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Kurt has seen Dataiku grow from 20 to 120 employees, and is now getting ready for 200 and beyond.
Prior to Dataiku, Kurt worked as a Big Four strategy consultant, a consultant to the United Nations, and a professional treasure hunt creator. Kurt was born and raised in Michigan, and moved to France following his graduation from the University of Michigan in 2006. Kurt now lives just outside of Paris with his spouse and two children.
A graduate of Sciences Po and HEC Paris, Florian began his career at a crowd equity platform incubated by ENGIE. This passage through digital and inclusive finance pushed him to co-develop new methods of evaluating companies, including startups, serving investors. In parallel, Florian taught a module on "Social finance" at Sciences Po, as well as a module on economics and risk management at the International School of Information Processing Sciences (EISTI) and ESSCA. Multi-committed, Florian is Vice President of the Young Financial Executive's Club, member of the Advisory Board of Orange Business Services, Vice President of the Franco-British Connections, and member of the committee of the editorial board of Preventive Risk management. He publishes regularly in both national and specialized media.
Marion Chapsal coaches leaders in executive presence, presentation skills and gender-balanced leadership.
Trained and certified by Pragmacoach and Mozaik International, she is a Master NLP coach. She was trained in Speech and Drama at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Lyon.
A graduate of SKEMA business school Sophia Antipolis, Marion has over twenty years of experience in the Education Management field. Her clients today range from Start-up founders, TEDx Speakers to top executives from luxury companies, such as EDF, Orange, Imerys, Mylan, Sanofi, Engie, Sodexo and the French Overseas Development Agency. She teaches at HEC Paris Executive.
Founder of #WomenOnStage. #TedxSpeaker. Sees life as a #comicstrip. Believes in #fairytales.
What if conversations are the primary means by which two or more people get work accomplished? What would be the minimum viable set of conversations that would allow people to come together and define a mutually desired future, plot a pathway to realizing their aims, anticipate breakdowns, build relationships of mutual trust and respect, produce quality results, and foster learning?
Those are questions that Ken has been exploring for the better part of 20 years. Trained as an Integral Coach, with a background that includes a decade on the core team that developed the World Café dialogue process, Ken works at the intersection of individual, team, and organizational learning to open up new vistas of thinking while finding practical steps for effective action. Ken’s Collaborative Conversations methodology details the stages and phases that any group will need to move through on their way to producing their desired results. Ken is the President of the Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) and will be co-chairing the 2018 SoL North America Annual Gathering.
Ethan Pierse is the Venture Partner at a new Silicon Valley fund focused on AI and deep tech. Former Managing Partner Nest Ventures. Founder of leading international investor syndicate Borderless Ventures for FrenchTech and ASEAN startups. Keynote speaker on Corporate Innovation, Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities. Author, "Chief Startup Officer, How Corporates Can Leverage Startup Innovation". Serial entrepreneur in digital and e-commerce. 20+ years digital marketing strategy with Coca-Cola, HP, BP, large banks, airlines and governments... Ethan connects and enables cross-border startup investment and business development between the US, France and Southeast Asia.
Eva Peris is the former Deputy CMO of Once Dating, the #1 slow dating app in Europe that counts more than 6 million users worldwide in 9 countries. Before joining Once, Eva was the User Acquisition Manager and spokesperson for happn app. She holds Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Private Law from the University Panthéon Assas in Paris, as well as an LLM in Entertainment Law from the University of Westminster in London.
She recently joined Ironhack, the #1 ranked coding bootcamp in the world, as their VP of Marketing.
Jean-François Morizur is the CEO of CAILabs. Before founding CAILabs in 2013, he was a Senior Associate at the Boston Consulting Group in their Paris office.
Jean-François holds two Doctorates from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and the Australian National University, and is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.
Jean-François was selected as one of Forbes' 30 under 30 in Science & Healthcare in 2016.
Damien Courbon is the Co-founder and COO of Swapcard, an event networking app that works with organizers in order to enable meaningful encounters during business events. They’re currently a team of 22 people based in France and Canada, and hiring more talent.
Damien is passionate about startups, backpacking, remote work, and of course, events!
Anne Ravanona is Founder & CEO of Global Invest Her, a platform and online community for early-stage women entrepreneurs that demystifies the funding process & helps them get investor-ready, to get funded faster. A dynamic and passionate women’s advocate with over 22 years experience in global business, she spoke at TEDx to inspire everyone to ‘Invest in Women Entrepreneurs'. She also advises Fortune 500 companies on Gender Diversity as a Consultant.
Anne is a regular, acclaimed speaker at conferences worldwide, to raise awareness and help change unconscious bias increase Access to Funding and to close the $300 billion ‘Funding Gap’ for women entrepreneurs.
An entrepreneur herself, Anne is very active in the global startup world, including as a judge at pitch competitions, mentor and speaker at StartupWeekend Women, C-suite Advisor at Astia and advisor to several tech startups.
Website: Global Invest Her
Robin spent most of his career as a salesman for a variety of businesses in France and Spain, in domains from retail to IT. He is the co-founder of FreelanceRepublik, an online community that helps tech teams to hire freelancers through a highly selective process. Launched in 2015, FreelanceRepublik specializes in the fields of web and mobile development, as well as project management. The website currently has over 7500 members, including top-level companies and hundreds of the best tech experts on the market.
Tamara joined WiredScore as Director in France in 2016, bringing her expertise of the French real estate industry and her knowledge in new technologies to the company. Prior to that, her passion for new technologies led her to join Front Row, a start up in San Francisco, as the Business Development Director and a member of the executive committee leading Series A fundraising activities. She began her career in the Private Equity Group at Bain & Company in New York. Tamara earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management.
Timothée is the co-founder of Seald, a company that aims to simplify the security of documents and emails with a nearly-transparent encryption tool. Seald works for companies who want to protect their most sensitive data, without having to force their employees to use very complicated tools.
Timothée is an engineer from the École Polytechnique in France, he’s been using encryption tools since he was 12, and wants to bring these kinds of tools into the mainstream by making them ridiculously easy to use.
Olga’s first taste of entrepreneurship arrived in the form of a family photography business which she founded with her father back in 2005. From there, she broadened her global expertise by working across a diverse array of cities, including Oslo, Paris and Bonn. Following an MBA, which involved hands-on corporate entrepreneurship experience, she settled in London with an ambitious idea to disrupt the content search and licensing field forever. Joining forces with two co-founders, this new venture was announced to the world from the stages of TechCrunch Europe.
Lobster is an AI-powered platform which enables brands, agencies and the media to licence visual content directly from social media users and cloud archives. It’s quickly become a truly global phenomenon, with offices in London and Moscow, and an ever-extending international fanbase. Aside from TechCrunch Disrupt, other speaking opportunities have included the IAB European Advertising Congress, Data Natives, Pirate Summit and Social Media Week.
Cassandra is the founder of Plast'if, a machine that recycles employees' plastic waste and allows them to 3D print new objects with it, creating a fully visible and complete recycling system. This illustrates that our actions have an impact and we have the opportunity to create a greener society.
Cassandra launched her first startup when she was 16 years old and has organized a TEDx conference of over 200 people, international speakers, and 10 startups.
Hind Elidrissi is the Co-Founder of Wemind, a service that aims to provide freelancers and entrepreneurs with the same benefits as salaried employees, including health insurance, housing, and discounts. Prior to starting Wemind, Hind worked in a variety of roles in insurance business development.
Sébastien Couture is Co-Founder and Technology Evangelist at Stratumn. Stratumn leverages blockchain technologies to provide enterprise-grade solutions that allows any organization to securely collaborate with partners, customers, and regulators. With over a decade of experience in digital strategy, he has worked with a diverse set of companies from various industries better embrace and utilize digital technologies. Having discovered Bitcoin in 2013, Sebastien is also the host of Epicenter, a leading podcast covering the blockchain ecosystem.
Léonidas Vesperini is the founder of Mythic Games. A Frenchman and former gaming journalist and magazine editor, Léonidas created his super successful board and tabletop game company that now has offices in Luxembourg, the US, and Paris. Thanks to his background and broad connections with fellow game enthusiasts and craftspeople around the world, he put together a truly global team to build enormously successful Kickstarter campaigns for a couple of games so far, and there are more in store! Check out the Kickstarter for his new game, Time of Legends: Joan of Arc, launching October 10th!
Phil Waknell is one of Europe’s leading experts in the new art of presenting, and speaks regularly at major corporations and conferences about better business communication. He teaches business presenting at HEC Paris Executive Education, Europe’s leading executive business school, and is the author of The Business Presentation Revolution.
Phil has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and TED(x) speakers to prepare and deliver high-impact presentations, as well as coaching leaders at many of Europe’s top companies, delivering seminars and workshops around the world, and acting as Master of Ceremonies for major international events.
Prior to co-founding Ideas on Stage in 2010, Phil spent many years in leadership positions in Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard, and holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.