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Our Speakers

Bits & Pretzels Networking Week is virtual, but the inspiration and learning will be second to none nevertheless: Look forward to six-minute high speed briefings, intimate 1:1 interviews with global leaders and many interactive chats with our speakers. Our new and own Bits & Pretzels virtual event software will be optimized for maximum efficiency and speaker-to-attendee interaction.

Eric Schmidt

Former CEO Google,

Co-founder Schmidt Futures

Dirk Nowitzki

Former NBA Player

Arianna Huffington

Founder & CEO

Thrive Global

Stewart Butterfield

Co-Founder & CEO

Slack

Jan Frodeno

Ironman World Champion

Margit Wennmachers

Operating Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Jeff Clavier

Managing Partner

Uncork Capital

Markus Söder

State Minister of Bavaria

Oliver Kahn

Member of the executive board

FC Bayern München

Michele Romanow

Co-founder & President

Clearbanc

Paul Ripke

Digital Creator

Ripky California

Nico Rosberg

Green Tech Entrepreneur and F1 World Champion

Pieter van der Does

CEO & Co-Founder

Adyen

Anne Boden

Founder & CEO

Starling Bank

Joko Winterscheidt

Entertainer & Entrepreneur

Taavet Hinrikus

Co-Founder & Chairman

TransferWise

Jochen Engert

Founder & CEO

FlixMobility

Hildegard Wortmann

Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing

AUDI

Judith Gerlach

Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs

Bernadette Meehan

Chief International Officer

Obama Foundation

Miriam Wohlfarth

Founder & Managing Director

RatePAY

David Baumgartner

Founder

dean&david

Sophia Thomalla

Actress & official brand ambassador

Schüttflix

Christian Hülsewig

Founder & CEO

Schüttflix

Andy Weinzierl

Founder & CEO

SUSHI Bikes

Gillian Tans

Chairwoman

Booking.com

Simon Schmincke

General Partner

Creandum

Max Wittrock

Co-Founder

mymuesli

Sebastian Siemiatkowski

CEO & Co-Founder

Klarna

Christoph Grainger-Herr

CEO

IWC Schaffhausen, Branch of Richemont International SA

Jessica Holzbach

CCO & Co-Founder

Penta

Bastian Nominacher

Founder & Co-CEO

Celonis

Niklas Östberg

Co-Founder & CEO

Delivery Hero

Nikolai Storonsky

Founder & CEO

Revolut

Christian Piechnick

CEO

Wandelbots

Claire Midwood

Managing Director

Amorelie

Dr. Jörg Howein

CPO

Solarisbank

Moritz Kreppel

CEO & Co-Founder

Urban Sports Club

Pierre Dubuc

Co-Founder & CEO

OpenClassrooms

Joaquim Lecha

CEO

Typeform

David Okuniev

Co-founder / Head of R&D

Typeform

Daniel Metzler

CEO

Isar Aerospace

Felix Jahn

CEO & Founder

McMakler

Lukas Brosseder

Founder & MD

Sunshine Smile / PlusDental

Florian Gschwandtner

Co-founder & CGO

Tractive

Ralf Aigner

VP & CEO Germany

Gympass

Jakob Schreyer

CSO & Founder

orderbird

Finn Age Hänsel

Founder & Managing Director

Sanity Group

Dr. Patrick Andrä

Co-Founder & CEO

HomeToGo

Alexander Artopé

CEO & Co-Founder

smava

Julian Weselek

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Tourlane

Stefan Vilsmeier

CEO

Brainlab

Nils Glagau

Owner & Managing Director

Orthomol

Verena Pausder

CEO

Digitale Bildung für Alle e.V.

Michael Fritz

CJO

Viva con agua

Thomas Grübler

CEO & Co-Founder

OroraTech

Ramin Niroumand

CEO

finleap

Dr. Frank Niederländer

Member of the Board

BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

Will Marshall

Co-Founder & CEO

Planet

Johan Brenner

General Partner

Creandum

Sina Afra

Founder & CEO

Tiko

Daniel Bock

Co-founder & CEO

Morpheus Space

Sara Nuru

Co-founder

nuruCoffee & nuruWomen e.V.

Ann-Sophie Claus

Founder

The Female Company

Düzen Tekkal

Founder & CEO

HAWAR.help & GermanDream

Christian Vanizette

Co-Founder

makesense.org

Albert Wenger

Managing Partner

Union Square Ventures

Luis Hanemann

Partner

e.ventures

Ralf Rottmann

Founder & Managing Director

grandcentrix

Gerhard Mack

Chief Technology Officer

Vodafone

Julia Doll

Head of Innovation & UPLIFT

Vodafone

Julian von Westberg

Founder

toOrdr | red root

Thandi Dyani

Head of Strategic Partnerships

Girls Are Awesome

Dr. Jonathan Balzer

CTO

Vathos Robotics

Allie Burns

CEO

Village Capital

Karel Dörner

Senior Partner

McKinsey & Company

Sami Haddadin

Director Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence

Technical University of Munich

Eleonore van Boven

Chief People Officer

N26

Saeed Amidi

Founder & CEO

Plug and Play

Matthias Schranner

CEO

Schranner Negotiation Institute

Gloria Seibert

CEO

Temedica

Dr. Gesa Miczaika

Partner

Auxxo Beteiligungen

Frank Thelen

Founder & CEO

Freigeist

Dr. Christian Figge

Principal

General Atlantic

Michael Hurnaus

CEO

Tractive

Chris Surel

Founder

Chris Surel Performance Recovery Institute

Andreas Giese

Managing Director

Snke OS

Obi Felten

Head of Getting Moonshots Ready For Contact With The Real World

X

Prof Dr. Guy Katz

Negotiation Professor

The Flying Professor

Lisa Gradow

Vice President

German Startups Association

Christoph Sollich

The Pitch Doctor &

Startup Comedian

Pia Baur

syst. Life-/Business Coach, Business Trainer

Mindful Coaching

David Pohlmann

Chief Revenue Officer & Managing Director

Billbee

Max-Josef Meier

CEO

finn.auto

Diana zur Löwen

Content creator

Mischa Rürup

CEO

Usercentrics

Carolin Kunert

CEO & Founder

Knister Grill

Dr. Paul Achleitner

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Deutsche Bank AG

Christian Lindener

Head of Innovation

Airbus

Alex Khan

CEO

Attractive Media

Maximilian Valentin

Managing Director

We Make Them Wonder

Dr. Kati Ernst

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

ooia

Kathrin Nusser

CFO & Managing Director

flaconi

Hendrikje Wagner

Head of Storytelling

Myndset

Pia Frey

Co-Founder

Opinary

Manuel Cortez

Founder

Freigeist

Saina Bayatpour

CEO & Founder

Preferred World & Business Women´s Society

Michael Holzner

CCO & Co-Founder

femtasy

Nina Julie Lepique

CEO & Co-founder

femtasy

Barbod Namini

Partner

HV Ventures

Daniel Stammler

Co-CEO & Co-Founder

Kolibri Games

Christoph Behn

CEO & Founder

better ventures

Fabian von Heimburg

Co-founder & Managing Director

Hotnest Technology

Nina Levchuk

Sales Lead Startups, Platforms and VCs

Google

Seckin Ozdamar

Operating Vice President

General Atlantic

Johannes Kliesch

CEO & Founder

Snocks

Roman Scharf

Partner

capital300

Pieter Haas

Former CEO

Ceconomy

Aimie-Sarah Carstensen

CEO

ArtNight

Michael Brehm

CEO

i2x

Vicky Isabelle Bargel

Editor

t3n Magazin

Jasmin Karatas

Head of Method

Myndset

David Nothacker

Co-founder

sennder

Jasmin Elbert

Analytical Consultant

Google

Yishai Fried

Director Marketing & Growth

Frontier Car Group

Emily J. Ryan

Head of Customer Engineering for Digital Natives and Mittelstand, DACH

Google

Jean-Luc Saorine

Data Activation Specialist

Google

Sally Helgesen

Author, speaker, leadership coach

Sally Helgesen LLC

Melanie Touchstone

Marketing Manager, Startups

Mailchimp

Katja Bartholmess

Executive Director

B Lab Germany

Felix Ewald

CEO & Co-Founder

DyeMansion

Deisha Barnett

Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Head of Diversity & Inclusion

ChooseATL and Metro Atlanta Chamber

Anna Alex

Founder & CCO

Planetly

Simon von Hertzberg

COO

Holidu

Alberto Dalmasso

Co-founder & CEO

Satispay

Margret Knitter

Partner, Head of IP Department

SKW Schwarz

Stephan Morsch

Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A Department

SKW Schwarz

Magdalena Maksan

Industry Manager Startups

Google Germany

Tom Junkersdorf

Founder

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Ralf Hasler

CEO

Lacon Electronic

Anna Holzmayer

Senior Startup & VC Consultant

Google

Dhi Matiole Nunes

Co-founder

The Latest

Prof. Dr. Helmut Schönenberger

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

UnternehmerTUM

Dr. Philipp Gerbert

Future Shaper UnternehmerTUM | Director appliedAI by UnternehmerTUM

Christian Mohr

Managing Partner

UnternehmerTUM Business Creators

Susanna Mur

Consultant

UnternehmerTUM Business Creators

Andreas Unseld

Partner

Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners

Martin Heibel

Founder & Managing Director

Ciara

Björn Müller

Analytical Consultant - Startups & VCs

Google

Lara O’Connor Hodgson

President and CEO

NOW Corp

Hanna Waldenmeier

Head of Strategic Partnerships

Usercentrics

Jan Miczaika

Partner

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures

Judith Lechermann

Manager / Head of Start-Up Initiative NextLevel South

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Luisa Canton

Manager Venture Deals

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Michaela Tada

Senior Search Automation Specialist

Google

Romy Riffel

Head of Snocksulting

Snocks

Stefan Lemcke

CEO

Ankerkraut

Anne Lemcke

CCO

Ankerkraut

Kathrin Doering

Head of Human Resources

Testbirds

Florian Leibert

General Partner

468 Capital

Anne Güntzel

Founder & Google Zukunftswerkstatt Facilitator

Google Zukunftswerkstatt

Thomas Oehl

Partner

Vsquared Ventures

Jasper Masemann

Partner

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures

Anna Katharina Knarr

VP Account Management

trbo (Usercentrics Partner)

Karoli Hindriks

CEO & Co-founder

Jobbatical

Jan Michel Vette

Industry Manager Startups & VCs

Google

Lena Johanna Schmitt

Lead Coach

RCKT

Ute Henzgen

General Director Sales

Ad Alliance

Mirko Novakovic

Co-founder & CEO

Instana

Jutta Steiner

Founder & CEO

Parity Technologies

Lewin Keller

DACH Country Manager

DoiT International

Hiroki Takeuchi

CEO & Founder

GoCardless

Céline Flores Willers

LinkedIn Influencer & Founder

The People Branding Company

Sophie Smikalla

Head of Nurture Germany

WallDecaux

Bernard Marr

Founder & CEO

Bernard Marr & Co. for Box

Ilenia Sarmann

Head of Brand & Content Marketing

Stylight

Martin Mignot

Partner

Index Ventures

Oliver Flade

Head of Investor Relations

DWS

Desiree Fixler

Group Sustainability Officer

DWS

Adib Sisani

Global Head of Communications & Marketing

DWS

Toon Bouten

CEO

tado°

Malte Schönfeld

Venture Development

Audi Denkwerkstatt

Tilo Bonow

Founder & CEO

PIABO PR

Louise Leitsch

Head of Research Consulting

Appinio

Omar Selim

CEO

Arabesque

Amanda Feldman

Engagement Consultant

Impact Management Project

Marius Müller-Minde

Startup Lead DACH

Amazon Web Services

Stephan Schmidt-Tank

Head of Financial Services Specialists – EMEA

Amazon Web Services

Cawa Younosi

Head of Human Resources

SAP Germany

Marcel Münch

Co-founder & Managing Partner

DONGXii

Dr. Christian Balzer

Head of Brand Strategy, Customer Insights & Customer Experience

Audi China

Ming Zhu

Strategy & Project Management Office China

AUDI

Lennart Dobravsky

Director Research & Intelligence

Lufthansa Innovation Hub

Dr. Matthias Brendel

Head of

Audi Denkwerkstatt Berlin

Nicolai Gropper

Head of Business Innovations

Audi Business Innovations

Nicola Büsse

Co-founder

MOBIKO

Anna Trunk

Head of HR Innovation Management

AUDI

Christian Lang

Co-founder & CEO

Chargery

Jakob Muus

Founder & CEO

Tracks

Thomas Andrae

Early Stage Tech Investor

Henrik Wenders

Senior Vice President Audi Brand

AUDI

Sean Hunter

Chief Information Officer

OakNorth

Antje Barth

Developer Advocate for AI and ML

Amazon Web Services

Lukas Zörner

CPO

Penta

James Arbib

Co-Founder

RethinkX

Philipp Kalweit

CEO

Kalweit ITS

Peter Fricke

Head of Deutsche Börse Venture Network

Deutsche Börse

Sacha Lürken

Partner

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Brian Elliott

VP of Future Forum

Slack

Jasper Lembke

Lawyer/ Listing & Issuer Services

Deutsche Börse

Yedan Qian

Senior Interaction Designer

Designworks, A BMW Group Company

Dr.-Ing. Heba Aguib

Lead Accelerator Program

Responsible Leaders Network

Bennet Barth

Program Director

BMW Foundation

Herbert Mangesius

Managing Partner

Vsquared Ventures

Tobias Strålin

Partner

McKinsey & Company

Dr. Stefan Groß-Selbeck

Global Managing Director

BCG Digital Ventures

Alexa von Bismarck

Country Manager Germany

Adyen

Neira Hajro

Partner

McKinsey & Company

Alexander Wottrich

CEO

Truma Group and Truma Gerätetechnik

Kristina Lunz

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

Swen Klußmeier

Director Innovation Management

ALDI Nord

Dedo n. Baranshamaje

Director of Innovation

Segal Family Foundation

Raphael Fellmer

Co-founder & CEO

SIRPLUS

Marvalee Leslie

Vice President, Business Strategy & Planning

American Express

Jim Kalbach

Head of Customer Experience

MURAL

Laïla von Alvensleben

Head of Culture & Collaboration

MURAL

Ralph Dreßler

CEO & Impact Investor

DresInvest & Dressler Automation Holding

Jeroen Klompe

Founder

Soil Heroes

Julia Köhn

Founder & CEO

PIELERS

Fabio Ziemßen

CEO

NX-Food

Olaf Deininger

Journalist

Olaf Deininger Journalist

Stefan Wenzel

C-Level Executive & Advisor

Independent

Jan-Henning Jestädt

Project Manager

The Nunatak Group

Dominik Ewald

CSO & Geschäftsführer

MonitorFish

Franz Rabbow

Chief of Staff

Agrando

Juliane Albach

Managing Director

The Nunatak Group

Peter Waleczek

Founder & Managing Partner

FLEX Capital

Koen van Seijen

Founder

Podcast Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food

Alexander Graf

Founder & CEO

Spryker Systems

Philipp Hartmann

Partner

Rheingau Founders

Chaitanya Dhumasker

CEO

MonitorFish

Florian Heinemann

Founding Partner

Project A

Benedikt Bösel

CEO

Gut & Bösel

Alexander Weihe

Head of Innovation & Business Building

Vonovia

Dr. Mazen Rizk

Founder & CEO

Mushlabs

Niels Dietzsch

Management Consultant & Venture Partner

apexion

Andreas Jaumann

Managing Director

Smart City System

Anton Baumann

Robotics Engineer

Mech-Mind Robotics

Ann Mettler

Director, Europe

Gates Ventures

Oliver Lang

COO

wefox

Christian Miele

President

German Startups Association

Sebastian Böttner

CTO & Co-Founder

Elinvar

Dr. James McQuivey

VP & Principal

Forrester

Philipp Friesen

FOND OF DIGITALIZATION

FOND OF

Helen Kupp

Director of Product Strategy, Future Forum

Slack

Cornelia Böhm

Social Media Strategist

AUDI AG

Sophie O'Donoghue

Internal Communications Manager

Slack Technologies

Prof. Dr. Carolin Wienrich

Chair of Computer Vision (deputy professorship)

XR HUB Bavaria/Würzburg and Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Florian Berger

Head of Performance Marketing

Cluno

Felix Roth

VP Marketing

LIQID

Dr. Dirk Slama

Vice President

Bosch

Florian Ruhenstroth-Bauer

Apps Partnerships Manager

Google

Vicky Hallbauer

Head of Marketing

Freeletics

Marc Latoschik

Head of Chair

Human-Computer Interaction Universität Würzburg

Nadine Filko

Freelance Author and Copywriter

Damian Young

CEO

Zeus Scooters

Julia Kloiber

Leadership Team Ashoka

Ashoka

Lars Meyer

Partner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Michael Kramarz

Head of Google for Startups in Central & Eastern Europe

Google for Startups

Raphael Neuer

Partner

Hering Schuppener

Harriet Green

Former Chairman & CEO

IBM Asia Pacific

Noga Tal

Global Head of Partnerships

Microsoft for Startups

Dr. Michael Brandkamp

General Partner

ECBF Management

Erik Brenneis

CEO Internet of Things

Vodafone Business

Mirjam Eisele

Deputy Head Investor Services

Invest in Bavaria

Tim Fabian Besser

Managing Director

Deine Baustoffe

Paul Ziemiak

Secretary General

Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)

Bettina Rotermund

Head of Marketing, Communications & Sales Support

Siemens Advanta

Jacob P. Bussmann

CEO

SeedForward

Vincent Huguet

CEO & Co-founder

Malt

Micah Kotch

Managing Director

URBAN-X

Maya Mehta

Sustainable Finance, Senior Legal Counsel

BNP Paribas

Christian Gnam

Managing Director

InsurTech Hub Munich

Dan Ram

CEO

IAmDanRam

Caroline Nichols

Founder

3Bears

Florian Stoehr

Managing Director

Seedhouse

Stephan Kuhnert

founder

empower

Tim Siebert

Project Manager

Seedhouse

Kathleen Goy

Digital Content Strategy Manager

JDB Media

Chris Roe

Founder

Studio Roe

Claire Siegert

Co-founder & COO

Businettes

David Heiny

CEO

SimScale

Sebastian Borek

CEO & Co-founder

Founders Foundation gGmbH

Dr. Christoph Schmitz

Founder and CEO

Ackerdemia

Marcus Tandler

Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist

RYTE

Dr. Christoph Schmitz

Founder

Ackerdemia e.V.

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Barack Obama

Jessica Alba

Founder

The Honest Company

Richard Branson

Founder

Virgin Group

Drew Houston

Founder & CEO

Dropbox

Tarana Burke

Founder

#MeToo Movement

Reid Hoffman

Co-Founder

LinkedIn

Nathan Blecharczyk

Co-Founder & CTO

airbnb

Donna Carpenter

Co-founder & CEO

Burton Snowboards

Klaus Hommels

CEO

Lakestar Advisors

Nico Rosberg

Green Tech Entrepreneur and F1 World Champion

Margit Wennmachers

Operating Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Jan Böhmermann

satirist, tv host, and multiple award-winner

Mitchell Baker

Executive Chairwoman

Mozilla Foundation & Corporation

Stefan Raab

Entrepreneur & Entertainer

Philipp Lahm

Founder Philipp Lahm Holding, Partner

Fanmiles

Tony Fadell

Founder Nest & Creator iPod