Sebastian has worked closely with boards and senior management teams of car makers, part suppliers, start-ups and service providers on developing and executing their strategic agenda, including acquisitions, capital raises, venture investments, and IPOs.He led the automotive technology sector practice at a global bank and is passionate about bringing new technology and established businesses together. Sebastian is happiest when he is strapped into the latest vehicle prototype for a test drive.He regrets that his daughter is too young to receive a driver's license, but excited that by the time she will be old enough, she may not need one anymore.
Isabel's 25-year career includes entrepreneurial and leadership positions in finance, asset management and the NGO sector.Isabel has a track-record in launching hedge fund structures and has been in leadership roles in compliance and legal in the UK for over 10 years.She has a genuine interest in ESG and provides advice to early-stage corporates. Isabel previously served as CEO of an NGO providing mobility devices in 22 countries, including refugee camps and disaster relief areas, personally designing and launching local production and service centers, to generate employment, equal opportunities, and promote education.Isabel is happiest when connecting with people and creating synergies. She enjoys disruptive opportunities and believes, as Paul Romer once said, that 'a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.'
Valentin has spent the majority of his career in the tech industry. During his time at a pan-European early-stage VC firm, he led numerous investment rounds, while working closely with founders on their most critical problems. At a global tech unicorn with leading data integration, AI, and ML capabilities, he has gained expansive experience in structuring commercial offerings of SaaS B2B enterprise products in several industry verticals across the globe. He enjoys sharing his experience and learnings with founders and their teams to help them excel with their company’s mission.In his off-time, Valentin enjoys unearthing records which he shares with his audience as a DJ. During summer time you will most likely find him on a windy beach with his kite.
Chris has worked closely with owners, boards, and management teams all over the world, coaching them through strategy development and milestone decisions.His 25-year career in international mergers & acquisitions including time as technology CFO and advisory board roles with start-ups make him an expert at raising capital and securing attractive exits for investors.Chris is happiest in front of the flip chart delving into business models and watching his management teams nail an investor presentation.
Bernd can look back on decades of management experience in the global automotive industry. His previous roles include management board member of Daimler Trucks and president of the German Automotive Industry Association (VDA).Today he sits on the boards of various global automotive suppliers. He brings expertise in navigating OEM/Tier 1 organizations and enjoys building bridges to new technology.Bernd is an industry enthusiast and is an active sector consultant, as well as contributing to policy making and industrial transformation on a national and international level.
Roger has spent two decades as a leader in technology, as an advisor to start-ups, and as a venture capital investor. He is an expert on AI and is a thought leader, lecturer, and advisor on disruption and strategic foresight.He led the Technology sector practice at a global bank, launched its Silicon Valley practice, and spearheaded the creation of a Digital Corporate Finance studio.Roger is an ardent supporter of venture-backed ecosystems both as a deep tech investor and advisor to Accelerators, Incubators & Venture Capital funds in Silicon Valley.