Team

Anselm Bauer, Alasco
HR & Company Building
Anselm Bauer
Co-Founder at Alasco
HR & Company Building

As the co-founder of construction tech start-up Alasco and e-commerce company Stylight, Anselm is an expert when it comes to building organizations and setting up the right structure for a company’s most important asset - its people. Besides Alasco, Anselm is a founding investor in companies such as HR-tech venture Personio or health-tech venture TeleClinic.

Anselm graduated with a diploma in Media Informatics from LMU Munich and with an Honours Degree in Technology Management from the CDTM.

Riccardo Basile, Agora, ex-Lazada
Marketplaces
Riccardo Basile
CEO and Co-Founder at Agora
Marketplaces

Riccardo Basile is currently CEO and co-founder of AGORA, a social commerce platform that aims to disrupt the beauty industry. Prior to this, he spent six years in South-East Asia where he co-founded the Lazada Group, the leading commerce in the region, acquired by the Alibaba Group in 2016. At Lazada, Riccardo had several leadership roles, namely Chief Mobile Officer, Chief Commercial Officer (in charge of category management, brand/merchant relations and retail business) and Chief Executive Officer of Lazada Thailand.

Riccardo holds a Bachelor Degree of Economics from Bocconi University and an MBA Degree from the NYU-Stern School of Business in New York City.

Max Beyer, FINN
Finance & Fundraising
Max Beyer
CFO at FINN
Finance & Fundraising

As the CFO of mobility start-up finn.auto, Max is an expert in finance and fundraising. He managed to close essential asset-backed lending facilities with leading financial institutions and raised a 20M EUR Series A round only 16 months after incorporation. Having worked at BCG for more than 6 years prior to entering the start-up world, Max brings significant experience in the areas of project management, due diligence, and leadership to the table.

Max graduated from LSE with a Master of Science in International Management.

Kerstin Dittmar, L2 Point
Debt & Structured Finance
Kerstin Dittmar
Managing Partner at L2 Point
Debt & Structured Finance

Kerstin is the Managing Partner of L2 Point, an investment firm focused on structured financing solutions for growth companies. Prior to founding L2 Point, Kerstin led the structured equity strategy for Sixth Street Partners, a $50+ billion special situations platform. Over the course of her career, Kerstin has worked across the capital structure and across the company lifecycle, from early stage to IPO. Kerstin started her career in the Special Situations Group at Goldman Sachs, where she was a founding member of the Private Capital Investing group.

Sergej Epp, Palo Alto Networks
Cybersecurity
Sergej Epp
Chief Security Officer Central Europe at Palo Alto Networks
Cybersecurity

In his role as Chief Security Officer Central Europe at Palo Alto Networks, Sergej develops the regional cybersecurity strategy and is overseeing cybersecurity operations and threat intelligence across the region. Prior to this, he worked at Deutsche Bank for over nine years, where he built and led international cyber defense & investigations teams focusing on cybercrime, malware, supply chain, data loss, insider threat, and fraud.

Sergej studied at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, where he is now an executive lecturer for cybersecurity.

Olaf Gehrels, Coboworx
Robotics
Olaf Gehrels
Co-Founder at Coboworx
Robotics

Olaf has more than 25 years of C-level experience in the Automation Industry (industrial robots, CNC controls, production machinery), including FANUC (Japan & Europe) and MIDEA / KUKA (China) where he was responsible for driving industrial, logistics, mobile and collaborative robotics business by organic growth, strategic alliances, and M&A.

In 2019, Olaf co-founded Coboworx, set out to disrupt the market by providing affordable “Do-It-Yourself” robot technology for every SME fuelled by a unique digital and E2E customer experience.

Lina Marie Gralka, Klub Kastell, ex-Amorelie
Branding
Lina Marie Gralka
Co-Founder at Klub Kastell
Branding

As Director Brand Marketing at Blue Farm and former Head of Brand Marketing at Amorelie, Lina is an expert in strategic brand management and marketing & communication campaigns. She is also the host/co-producer of several podcasts and TV and radio voice actress for various companies from different industries. She recently co-founded the brand agency Klub Kastell with her former Amorelie colleague, Kathleen Hermsdörfer. The duo’s strength lies in developing brand strategies and brand visions.

Lina studied Society and Business Communication at Berlin University of the Arts.

Kathleen Hermsdörfer, Klub Kastell, ex-Amorelie
Branding
Kathleen Hermsdörfer
Co-Founder at Klub Kastell
Branding

Kathleen has a strong track record of many years as a consultant in brand strategy, brand management and brand development - her clients range from Dax 30 companies to medium-sized family businesses and startups, across all industries. After having founded her own wedding-proposal event agency, Ankern, she recently co-founded brand agency Klub Kastell with her former Amorelie-colleague, Lina Marie Gralka. The duo’s strength lies in developing brand strategies and brand visions.

Kathleen studied General Management at EBS University.

Jean-Marie Ferdegue, Facebook
Cloud & Digital Platforms
Jean-Marie Ferdegue
Director
Cloud & Digital Platforms

A global tech executive whose career spans advisory work for HSBC, Tesla and News Corp, Jean-Marie is a former founder, who sold his business in 2010 before taking on various roles as CTO and Managing Director of various entities.

Today, Jean-Marie is a director of engineering at Facebook, and helps Picus on areas such as cloud infrastructure, devOps, and data products.

Ken Lazarus, Infinite Sky
AI & Machine Learning
Ken Lazarus
CEO at Infinite Sky
AI & Machine Learning

Ken has founded and helped build multiple technology companies, solving market needs with embedded control and machine learning algorithms and employing business approaches such as API, SaaS and marketplace models.

Currently, Ken is CEO at Infinite Sky, a software platform for improving the performance of athletes using machine learning and biomechanical models, and a Founding Board Member at Ekotrope, a leader in building energy efficiency software. He also teaches Machine Learning and Entrepreneurial Product Development at HDX, an international executive education program.

Ken is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer who holds over 20 patents. He has a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.S. from Duke University.

Dustin Lucien, Betterment
Scaling & FinTech Operations
Dustin Lucien
Former COO at Betterment
Scaling & FinTech Operations

Dustin was most recently the COO at Betterment, an online financial advisory platform. Joining as the VP of Engineering as employee number 23, then filling the CTO and COO roles over an 8 year period of time, he has expertise in product and technology leadership and scaling, general company building and scaling, and launching new lines of business alongside existing ones.

He graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Oliver Manojlovic, Personio
Sales
Oliver Manojlovic
VP Sales at Personio
Sales

As the VP Sales at HR-tech unicorn Personio, Oliver is an expert when it comes to sales and marketing in the B2B space. His expertise lies in defining sales strategies, scaling sales organizations, and optimizing sales funnels throughout the entire customer sales journey. Throughout his career in B2B SaaS he has scaled GTM organizations targeting SME’s as well as enterprise customers.

Max Müller, TeleClinic
Marketing
Max Müller
Managing Director and COO at Teleclinic
Marketing

As the Managing Director and COO at Teleclinic and previously Managing Director and VP Product & Branding at Stylight, Max is a digital product and marketing expert with over 10 years of experience in leading product, data-driven marketing, strategy, and business development teams.

Max holds an MBA from IE Business School and an honors degree from the Center of Digital Technology and Management (CDTM).

Neepa Patel, Themis
Compliance & RegTech
Neepa Patel
Founder & CEO at Themis
Compliance & RegTech

Neepa is the Founder and CEO of Themis, a governance and risk management workflow tool designed to help banks, fintechs and crypto companies better manage enterprise risk and compliance. Neepa's expertise in banking and securities regulations comes from a career in government, banking and fintech. She's passionate about helping startups and innovative industries navigate through regulatory complexities to create a strong risk culture.

Ron Pragides, Trustly, ex-Twitter
Software Engineering
Ron Pragides
Vice President of Engineering at Trustly
Software Engineering

Ron has in-depth experience at high-growth tech companies in SaaS, social networking, ecommerce, and fintech. He led pre-IPO engineering teams at Twitter, Salesforce, and BigCommerce. Most recently he was VP Engineering at Carta, where he was responsible for their flagship product: Equity Plan Management.

Ron has a Master of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also an advisor and investor in early-stage startups.

Sebastian Schuon,
Alasco
Tech Engineering
Sebastian Schuon
Co-Founder at Alasco
Tech Engineering

As the co-founder and CTO of construction tech start-up Alasco and e-commerce company Stylight, Sebastian has a proven track record in building tech ventures. He is an expert when it comes to software product development and tech engineering. In addition to his position at Alasco, Sebastian is chairman at deep-learning startup Luminovo and a former board member at HR-tech start-up Personio.

Sebastian graduated from Stanford University with a Master of Science in Computer Science, with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, and with an Honours Degree in Technology Management from the CDTM.

Val Scholz, Kiko, ex-Revolut
Growth
Val Scholz
Founder & CEO at Kiko
Growth

Val is the founder of Kiko, a property automation platform that gives tenants a renting experience that they'll remember and stay for. Prior to founding Kiko, as Head of Growth at Revolut, he set up and lead various product growth teams that made the startup one of the fastest-growing fintech companies globally. Val brings significant experience in product-driven growth, acquisition loops, customer engagement, business development, product, and technology.

In 2018, Val was awarded as part of the Forbes 30 under 30 list. He studied at Bocconi University.

Nicolas Stadtelmeyer, EGYM
Marketing
Nicolas Stadtelmeyer
Managing Director at qualitrain by EGYM
Marketing

Nicolas is Managing Director at qualitrain, the corporate health solution by EGYM. Previously, he was the Managing Director, CMO and VP Performance Marketing at Stylight. Nicolas has more than 10 years of experience in leading digital start-ups and growth businesses as well as heading data-driven marketing and sales teams in B2C and B2B.

Nicolas graduated with a Master of Science in Marketing and Market Research from TU Munich and holds an honors degree from the Center of Digital Technology and Management (CDTM).

Kilian Thalhammer, Deutsche Bank
Payment & Banking
Kilian Thalhammer
Managing Director, Head of Merchant Solutions at Deutsche Bank
Payment & Banking

Over 15 years in payment, fintech, e-commerce & loyalty make Kilian an expert when it comes to product, strategy and business development issues. After being Director Solutions for the Swiss Post, he joined RatePay as CPO and was global CPO of PAYMILL until 2014. Following his role as Global EVP Productmanagement at Wirecard, Kilian is now responsible for the business unit merchant solutions at Deutsche Bank. Kilian also works as an advisor for banks, PSPs, risk providers & merchants, invests in startups as a business angel and acts as an advisor for start-ups in different networks.

Kilian completed the Advanced Management Program at University of St. Gallen and holds an MBA in Business Integration from Julius Maximilian University Würzburg.

Andreas Wixler, FINN
Engineering & Tech Scaling
Andreas Wixler
CTO at FINN
Engineering & Tech Scaling

As the CTO of mobility start-up FINN, Andreas is an expert when it comes to building massive tech ventures in a mission-based manner. With his e-commerce experience from Westwing, he brings significant experience in software product development and engineering for Web and Native.

Andreas graduated from KIT with a Master of Science in Computer Science and has a strong background in Physics and Distributed Data Structures from IBM R&D.

Vincent Zimmer, McKinsey, Smartcare
Digital Health
Vincent Zimmer
External Partner at McKinsey
Digital Health

As Director of Strategic partnerships at Ada Health and Chief Business Officer at Smartcare, Vincent gained experience in building teams, strategic business development and political networking. He invested as angel in 10+ ventures in the digital health space and works with a network of 50+ family offices with 1 billion investment volume. As external partner for digital health he worked on global business building cases at McKinsey as part of the business building practice Leap.

Vincent holds a Master of Public Administration from LSE, continued his education at Harvard and is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology.