A native Italian, Cecilia is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of DataLab. GmbH, a Dusseldorf based marketing consultancy specialising in Customer Loyalty, Data Analytics and Customer Equity. She is a Customer Management Expert with extensive experience in the international and German Loyalty industry dating back to her time as one of Loyalty Partner’s earliest team members, where she proved formative in the success of the coalition loyalty programme Payback.
In her current role, Cecilia and her team have been instrumental in implementing the relaunch of the Douglas Beauty Card as well as in supporting Europe’s no. 1 pet supply chain, Fressnapf / MaxiZoo, to develop and realize their CRM vision. DataLab’s renowned clients also include REWE, one of Europe’s largest supermarket chains, Santander Bank, and the fashion retailer H&M.
Prior to this, Cecilia was Director of Category Management, Purchasing, Marketing and Quality Management at Eismann Tiefkühl-Heimservice. She has also held positions as the Director of Marketing for Portfolio Customers at Citibank’s retail banking division and as Head of B2C Marketing and Sales at EnBW, one of Germany’s largest energy utility companies. The published author and popular guest speaker regularly lectures at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, (Koblenz, Germany).
In 2012 Cecilia received the “Manager of the Year” award from “Generation CEO”, the German business network for women in top management.
Adel is a technologist and a serial entrepreneur with two successful technology companies taken from inception to acquisition. He has proven executive experience with a solid track record in startups and public companies including HealthStream, WebDBTech, InVivoLink, HealthTrust, and UtilizeHealth. He also actively participates in a few blockchain, AI, and healthcare startups including legal alignment, Accelerate Insite, and under the radar: GarmentChain, HealthReasoning.
Academically, he holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Natural Language Processing, with a dozen published papers and an award-winning blockchain paper from The World Academy of Science Engineering and Technology. He regularly moderates panels and speaks at relevant events.
Adel enjoys working on blockchain token economics, protocol design, and platform architecture with a focus on applied AI. When not playing mad scientist or mining ethereum, he is out biking with his son or deep ocean diving.
Xiaochen leads the design and implementation of FinTech4Goods’s strategy which aims to introduce impactful fintech and blockchain solutions to frontier markets through incubation, acceleration and investment. He brings more than 16 years of thought leadership and global experience to build impactful solutions and scale up innovative ideas around the world. He is the Chairman of the Global Blockchain4SDGs Alliance and also the founder of Blockchain Frontier Group and a co-chair of several blockchain labs.
Prior to FinTech4Good, Xiaochen advised government agencies and multinational organizations on innovation, emerging technologies, and investment in positions at the World Bank, United Nations, and other international partnership platforms. He also taught innovation and venture building at leading business schools and served as mentors for many innovative businesses.
Kimberly (Kim) Gorton is President & CEO of Slade Gorton & Company, Inc., a manufacturer and primary distributor of premium fresh and frozen seafood products sold broadly within retail and foodservice channels throughout North America. With a legacy as America’s original seafood family, she represents the third generation at Slade Gorton. Kim is passionate about making wholesome, delicious and sustainable food more accessible to all by bringing seafood from around the world to America’s table. Kim has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of both the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), and currently serves as an officer on the NFI board. She is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Kim holds a B.A. in Political Science and Fine Arts from Colby College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She lives in Weston, Massachusetts and is the proud mother of three college aged children.
I would define myself as a creative entrepreneur and gender equality advocate. I am passionate about designing disruptive initiatives and projects that promote gender equality and advance women’s careers in creative industries such as music and cinema.
Through @la_fabrique_art_studio, I work to build prosperous communities and economies by contributing to shaping the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. La Fabrique provides creatives with a community-driven art and culture space, incubates creative entrepreneurs, hosts art residencies, and musical healing practices that promote inclusion for youth with special needs.
Millicent Calinog Tracey is a fintech product consultant specializing in B2B payments. In her last role as SVP of Payments APIs at Wells Fargo, Millicent led the strategy & delivery of the Wells Fargo Gateway and their Payment APIs, and set an industry standard for payment APIs (https://www.afinis.org/). Throughout her career, Millicent has leveraged her background in law, tax, treasury management and customer-centered design to develop digital solutions for business customers. Millicent is also a strong advocate of female leadership, and was selected to participate in the Money20/20 Rise Up program. She is an Advisor to Tech2Empower USA which works with 40-50 women’s rights & social justice leaders and their respective non-profit organizations from across the US. She is also a sponsor for Kids Play International (whose mission is to promote gender equity through sport and the Olympic values in post genocide impacted countries), and an executive producer of Bias https://www.biasfilm.com/ (a film that examines unconscious gender bias and how it affects us socially and in the workplace).
John Poor is a business development professional and the recipient of a Masters in International Economics & Law from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His research centers around international trade and agriculture, with particular emphasis on supply chain resilience and sustainability.
Currently, John is working with a team of four to found and grow Homni LLC, an international supply chain consultancy with aims to transform agriculture into the leading industry for social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
John lives in Washington D.C. with his former SAIS colleague, Jessup teammate, co-founder of the Law and International Organizations Society, co-funder of the Fund for Education Abroad College Breakout Scholarship, co-rider for the cross-country Cycling for Access project, and fiancé, Sarahann Yeh.
Robert, the Founder and CEO, is a three-time entrepreneur. He sold his first company for $300,000 while he studied at the University of Southern California. He is a Forbes Under 30 Scholar and Global Shaker’s Sustainable Fashion Innovator 2019. He is the youngest Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He is a recipient of “25 Under 25” by Social Entrepreneur Magazine. He is also a recipient of the All America Chinese Youth Federation “Top 30 Under 30”. He is also a GreenBiz “30 Under 30” honoree.
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