Christopher Knothe is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Direct Capital Investments (DCI), the
founder and CEO of Direct Investment Exchange (DIX GLOBAL) and has a 25-year track record in
financial Services, including banking, funds, directs – venture capital & private equity.
Paula is the CEO and owner of Teknos, a family-led and owned company from Finland that
is world-leading in paints and coatings. Having gone through an intense succession struggle,
Paula can give a first-hand account what it means to take over a family business, including
sibling rivalry and the involvement of the next generation.
Pierre-Antoine Mudry worked over seven years at Goldman Sachs, where he was latterly an
executive director in sales & trading in London. Pierre-Antoine has a strong experience in
investment banking and financial markets, with strategic coverage of the largest private
banks and family offices and a strong track record in investor relations and
capital raising. Pierre-Antoine’s main sectors of interests are Life Sciences (in particular
biotech and longevity) and financial services (especially fintech and crypto assets). Pierre
holds a BBA at HEC Montréal and a Master in Banking and Finance at the University of St.
Dr. Melanie Rieback is CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security (the world’s first not-for-profit computer security company), and “Post Growth” start-up incubator Nonprofit Ventures.
She is also a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Amsterdam. She was named “Most Innovative IT Leader of the Netherlands” by CIO Magazine (TIM Award) in 2017, and one of the “9 Most Innovative Women in the European Union” (EU Women Innovators Prize) in 2019.
She is also one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010 and 2017, and one of the fifty most inspiring women in tech (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016, 2017, and 2019.
Her company, Radically Open Security was named the 50th Most Innovative SME by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (MKB Innovatie Top 100) in 2016.
In 2020, Terezia co-founded Lumus Investment Collective, an investment club for women angel investors who invest in technology start-ups from the CEE region.
Since 2014 she worked as an Investment Manager at Neulogy Ventures, a venture capital fund based in Bratislava, investing in early-stage technology companies from Slovakia.
In addition to working at Neulogy Ventures, she regularly participates in the local start-up events as a mentor or jury member. As an external expert, Terezia assesses business plans under the EIC Accelerator, the EU’s largest research and innovation funding program.
Terezia holds a bachelor‘s degree from The Hague University of Applied Sciences and a master‘s degree from IMC Krems.
Marina Vaughan Spitzy is a value driven campaigner with a background in international affairs, philanthropy and conservation. An experienced strategist, Marina runs her own family office, as well as advising ultrahigh net worth families and NGOs on setting up and restructuring their own foundations.
In 2021 Marina founded Tecolote Advisory, a firm offering stewardship advice to families, with a particular focus on the management of fine art collections, families in transition – especially women, succession planning and philanthropy. Helping clients define a purpose for their wealth lies at the heart of her work.
Previously, Marina was the director of Americans Abroad for John McCain in the 2008 Presidential elections. Two years later, as the founding Director of the Blue Marine Foundation, she led the team responsible for one of the largest single acts of conservation ever undertaken, the creation of the Chagos Marine Reserve. She has launched charitable campaigns with brands like Six Senses, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer and Crème de la Mer.
Swen Lorenz is CEO of Sarnia Asset Management, a fund manager based in Guernsey, Channel Islands. The company is in the process of launching several high-performing niche funds in public equity. Swen has a 25-year track record start-ups, turnarounds, and fund management. His co-founders in Sarnia Asset Management are Marcel Maschmeyer and Matthias Kurzrock, who have built Paladin Asset Management.
Heading PIABO PR, Europe’s leading full-service PR partner for the digital economy, based in Berlin, Tilo is a key driver of success, an ambitious entrepreneur in various global markets and a proven expert with regard to the start-up scene. In addition, he himself is one of the best-known human brands in his field and was recently named PR Pope by the renowned weekly magazine Stern.
Tilo launched PIABO in 2006 with the goal to help tech entrepreneurs maximize their potential in the media, reach growth targets and take the lead in the market. Clients include leading European tech companies and global digital brands such as Stripe, Samsung, Silicon Valley Bank, GitHub and Shopify.
With its international network, in-depth expertise in media brand building as well as his active engagement as an investor, he is an ideal partner for founders with innovative and new ideas that have a positive impact nationally and on a global scale.
Entrepreneur, philanthropist, industry pioneer, and disrupter, Mr. Shatku is the founder of UNIFI Capital Group and UNIFI Communications, Inc., and CEO of recently acquired WIS Telecom S.P.A and its subsidiary, WIS Telecom S.A (formerly M-Link Orascom and Wind International services). With over 20+ years of industry experience and a global footprint in over 70 countries, Mr. Shatku has transformed UNIFI into one of the world’s largest carriers and providers of Voice, Data, Cloud Communications, and Security. Mr. Shatku is a Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management alumni.
Built out a family office into a regional asset manager and consultant. Runs portfolio companies, including a 65k sqm mall his office built in the centre of Bucharest. Built the first mobile banking business and first large solar power plant in Romania. Serves on numerous boards.