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Theme: Leading in a digital world

This event occurred on
November 8, 2016
2:00pm - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Berlin, Berlin

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BCC Berlin Congress Center
Alexanderstraße 11
Berlin, Berlin, 10178
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Adrian Reyna

A leader in the fight for immigrant justice in the United States, Adrian started organizing immigrant communities in 2010 when he joined a local group organizing young people at the University of Texas at Austin. Now, six years later, Adrian leads the digital and technology programs at United We Dream, the largest organization of immigrant youth in the US. He is a key strategist for the organization's membership engagement. Adrian specializes in movement technology, and develops strategies that leverage digital media, communications, and technology to achieve movement goals. With 5 years of experience under his belt, Adrian has developed technology applications and digital strategies that have impacted thousands of young immigrant people to find community in the country they call home.

Annika Grosse

Annika Grosse has been with IBM since 1997. She has a background in Business and IT Consulting and became Executive Partner in 2011. Three years later, Annika took over her current responsibility as Leader for Cognitive Business Solutions in Europe (GBS). Her industry background is primarily in Banking, Insurance, Healthcare and Public. She is passionate about successfully implementing innovative and value-creating strategies and solutions, as well as accompanying businesses through their transformational journey. Originally studying Computer and Information Sciences, Annika Grosse also has an M.B.A. as well as a Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from the University of Oxford.

Jackson Dyer

Jackson Dyer first arrived in Berlin, his newfound home, just over three years ago. The vibrant city has offered the Australian Singer-Songwriter and producer an array of opportunities, where he has progressed from playing his Indie/Folk and Soul infused songs on the streets to sharing the stage with the likes of Grammy-nominated acts Hozier and Hiatus Kaiyote. Over the last few years Dyer has toured extensively throughout Europe in support of Berlin’s Indie/Folk outfit Mighty Oaks, performed to over 3000 people in Munich as the opening act for Jamie Cullum and played at a host of European festivals.

Joana Breidenbach

Joana Breidenbach has a PhD in cultural anthropology and is the author of numerous books on the cultural effects of globalisation, migration and tourism. Including: Tanz der Kulturen (The Dance of Cultures) (Rowohlt 2000), Maxikulti (Maxiculturalism) (Campus 2008), Seeing Culture Everywhere (Washington Press 2009) and Edwina Ermittelt in Berlin (Gestalten 2014), a detective story for children. Joana Breidenbach is a cofounder of and the founder of the betterplace lab.

Kübra Gümüşay

Kübra Gümüşay, born in 1988 in Hamburg, is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant - recently based at the University of Oxford. She writes and speaks on the topics internet, feminism, racism, Islam and politics. She co-founded the ‘Zahnräder' network for Social Entrepreneurship ( in 2010 and in 2011 her blog '' was nominated for the Grimme Online Award. In 2013, Kübra co-launched the hashtag and action group #SchauHin against everyday racism, and consequently the hashtag #Ausnahmslos against sexism and racism in 2016.

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig serves on the Board of the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.

Markus Witte

Markus is CEO and founder of Babbel, the world’s leading language learning app. He is responsible for business management marketing and product development. Babbel has more than 1M paying subscribers and employs more than 450 people in Berlin and New York. Before Babbel, Markus worked at Native Instruments, a leading manufacturer of Music Software. Markus began his career in 1998 as a lecturer at New York University, following almost two years working as a lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Studies of the Humboldt University in Berlin. His special interest is media and communication development and the future of learning. He started programming computers in 1984. Markus Witte: „We are a learning company on the inside as much as on the outside. A team in which each and every person is constantly learning new things is incredibly thrilling."

Peter Bostelmann


William Binney

William Binney is a former high-level National Security Agency intelligence official who, after his 2001 retirement after 30 years, blew the whistle on NSA surveillance programs. His outspoken criticism of the NSA during the George W. Bush administration made him the subject of FBI investigations that included a raid on his home in 2007. Even before Edward Snowden’s NSA whistle blowing, Binney publicly revealed that NSA had access to telecommunications companies’ domestic and international billing records, and that since 9/11 the agency has intercepted some 15 to 20 trillion domestic communications. The Snowden disclosures confirmed many of the surveillance dangers Binney — without the benefit of documents — had been warning about under both the Bush and Obama administrations.

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Berlin, Germany