Tony Mamodaly is a former professional athlete turned sports industry professional. Although he collected two caps for the German youth national team in handball, he made the decision to quit handball and focus on a career in football, which eventually lead him to 8 caps for the national team of his fatherland Madagascar. Yet, Mamodaly ended his professional career at age 21 to move to the United States. With a MBA in his pocket, he founded a sports agency based out of Miami to help rejected, yet highly talented, academy players break out of the one-dimensional German football landscape and discover alternative career paths at American colleges and universities.
Today, in addition to his agency work, Tony is Head of International Operations at TSG Hoffenheim and oversees the Bundesliga’s side internationalization endeavors.
Greta Silver is a keynote speaker, author, brand ambassador and has her own podcast and youtube channel. As the winner of the international Speaker-Slams in New York in 2019, she encourages people in her speeches to enjoy life despite aging and as a brand ambassador opens new markets to companies, which they have not anticipated before.
Her book “Wie Brausepulver auf der Zunge” has been rewarded as a „Spiegel Bestseller“.
After studying Business Administration in Passau, Espoo and Cologne, Alex Dogariu moved on to be a Consultant at Accenture in Munich where he focused on Management Consulting and Customer Relations Management, before he became a Managing Director at logicsale Europe.
In a sabbatical in 2014 he travelled the world and wrote his first book about using Artificial Intelligence for sales, marketing and services. Alex Dogariu joined Mercedes Benz Consulting in 2015, where he lead the customer management innovation and AI department. During that time, he won the Best of Consulting Competetion by “Wirtschaftswoche” in 2017. Since 2019, Alex is Mercedes Benz´ Executive Manager for AI Strategy and Conversational Intelligence.
A blind man with Vision!
He has been blind since birth…
Despite this Hein Wagner has many accomplishments to his name. He has completed the Absa Cape Epic, ran the Antarctica Marathon, the Two Oceans and New York Marathons, completed full Ironman, , , completed the Cape to Rio Yacht Race, holds the World Blind Land Speed Record at 322.52 km/h, and recently received a golden key from the university of Stellenbosch for his ongoing efforts towards social upliftment.
Hein Wagner is living proof that despite the challenges that come our way, anything is possible. He does not allow his blindness to stand in the way of his dreams and people often refer to him as the blind man with exceptional vision.
Verena Hubertz is a well-know German entrepreneur and founder of the start-up AJNS New Media Gmb developing the renowned app “Kitchen Stories”. Kitchen Stories is a free cooking app that offers over 1200 recipe videos, and step-by-step instructions for iOS and Android. Kitchen Stories has gained a major international recognition and is actively used in 150 countries all around the world. Since the launch of the app it was downloaded over 16 million times.
Back in 2013 Hubertz, together with her student friend Mengting Gao founded the start-up AJNS New Media Gmbh and became Managing Director. Prior to that she studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier and graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration. From 2011 to 2013 she completed the Master of Science in Business Administration program at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.
With 2020 coming to an end, so did Verena‘s time with kitchenstories when she decided to leave the company to go into politics. As an active member of the German SPD party, she was nominated for her home constituency of Trier as she is not only passionate about her startup, but also about politics.
After studying political sciences in Marburg and Berlin, Katarina Peranic joined the German "Stiftung Bürgermut" as a referent in 2007.
is a Canadian technologist and engineer who has been building tech companies in Africa for over ten years now. He is visionary, socially engaged and will hold an inspiring speech for all of us! Featured as founder of the seventh most innovative company in Africa and in several well-known magazines, such as the Economist or Forbes.
In his most recent project, Roman Lipski developed the first digital muse for artists in collaboration with YQP & Birds on Mars, which is based on the dialogue between artist and computer.
Find his TEDxWHU talk here
Darya Yegorina, founder of CleverBooks and one of young Irish best entrepreneurs, produces personallized books for children, which are designed to teach them life skills and develop their imagination.
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Herbert Frosch is many things at once: Author, successful coach, experienced manager and former member of the German National Ski Team. In his speech Herbert Frosch will exclusively pass on his experience as start-up CEO and talk about venture capital firms and how he sold his firm.
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Anastasija Lukic is a Cologne based psychologist and social media influencer. Her mission is to inspire people to believe in themselves, to take risks and to follow their dreams.
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Over the past few years Nicolette Fountaris gained fame and a faithful online community on her social media. Besides that, she entertained about 20,000 viewers on her "One Woman Army"-Tour in 2019, filling big concert halls all over Germany.
Find her TEDxWHU talk here
Andreas Thellmann has always been passionate about the future of flight. He got fascinated by the fact that, one day, everyone of us would be able to fly an air vehicle.
Aimie is a successful entrepreneur, blogger and active member in the field of women empowerment. She co-founded ArtNight, a company that has recently been featured in "Die Höhle der Löwen".
Christopher Kabakis is a communication consultant, coaches speakers and is the founder of “Infinity Institute”, a company that aims at helping people unleash their full potential to become successful.
Martin Stuchtey is the founder of SYSTEMIQ, a company that aims at connecting people, ideas, technologies, and capital to create good disruptions in critical economic systems.
Dinara Kasko is a Ukrainian "architectural pastry chef". She creates highly artistic, edible cakes using 3D printers. In her talk, Dinara will tell us how she shifted from architecture to the baking industry!
CTO and Co-Founder of Cellink, Hector Martinez is an expert of tissue engineering and 3D Bioprinting. He aims at improving healthcare treatments to patients in need with 3D Bioprinting.
As a life coach and blogger known for his passion for self-development, lifestyle design and bio-hacking, Andreas Stark wants to inspire and support others in their journey to self-accomplishment.
Pamela is known as the most famous German Social Media Influencer with 3.3 million followers on Instagram and interest in sports, fashion, and beauty. More
Christoph Kastenholz is Founding Partner of Pulse Advertising, the globally leading Influencer Marketing agency working with over 5,000 social media influencers around the globe. More
Annie Oelmann (DJ Annie O)
WHU Alumna Annie started as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch but didn’t stay there for very long. Today, you will find her at well-known clubs in Berlin & London working as a DJ. More
Andreas, Managing Partner at Hering Schuppener, advises firms in times of growth, crisis and opportunity with tailored communication solutions in the digital age. More
Daniel works as an investigative journalist and is co-founder of CORRECT!V, the first non-profit research office in the German-speaking region. He reveals the truth. More
Andrea is a well-known photographer from Oslo and Berlin. With an intimate photographic approach she explores political and social issues connected to the lives of adolescents. More
John Danaher (PhD) is an academic based in the School of Law at NUI Galway. He is studying the relation between humans and robots in an ethical and philosophical context. More
Lucas started his career as one of the youngest Investment Professionals in the Private Equity industry in London and was always fascinated by the power of networks. More
Harald can be called the father of LiFi. He invented a new technology that enables the transmission of data via light. It can shape the new data-driven economy. More
Patric is a biohacker. He has a microchip implanted into his hand to make his life easier through technology. He works with technology in the communications arena at DigitasLBi. More
Sonja studied at WHU and is now working as a social entrepreneur as founder of science-lab.org. She revolutionizes early education with her concepts as a mother of six kids. More
Lieutenant General Ben Hodges
Lt. Gen. Hodges is a Commanding General of the US Army Europe and a commander of the NATO. He talks about former leaders and what we can learn from their experience. More
Mirco was one of the youngest CEOs of a German DAX 30 corporation. Today, he owns his own company, is restructuring firms and advising international corporations. More
Zhengrong Liu is CHRO of Beiersdorf AG. He has gained work experience in various countries and therefore can elaborate on different cultures and how certain values differ. More
Tijen has dedicated herself to the topic of females in the digital industry and has founded the networking platform “Women in Digital” using her skills she gained while being in politics. More
Sara is a young influential woman with Ethiopian roots who works as a fashion model & TV moderator. She is also the ambassador for the charity “Menschen für Menschen”. More
Mark is a strategist, author, and entrepreneur. His work combines collective intelligence with networks, complex systems, behavioral science and neuroscience. More
Max is a young athlete with a very unique and diverse background. Besides being an author and following his passion as producer and DJ, he is a trainer for motivation. More
Ori is the CEO of Mazor Robotics Ltd., a company that develops and markets robotic-based surgical guidance systems and revolutionizes the medical industry. More
Social entrepreneur Annette is creating training and education solutions for international and national companies in Africa being Founder/CEO of Professional Training Solutions. More