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ZEIT RECEPTION

Davos

The Power of Platforms: A New Digital Business Model

On the occasion of the annual meeting in Davos, one of the world‘s foremost business summits, DIE ZEIT and CMS are hosting an exclusive reception on January 23, 2019 at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère in Davos. Jochen Wegner, Editor-in-Chief of ZEIT ONLINE, and Uwe Jean Heuser, Chief Editor, Business Section of DIE ZEIT, discuss »The Power of Platforms: A New Digital Business Model« with international speakers.

The hashtag for the event is #ReceptionDavos.

Speakers

Cornelius Brandi

Cornelius Brandi

Cornelius Brandi

Executive Chairman, CMS

From 1999 to 2011, Cornelius was Managing Partner at the law firm CMS Hasche Sigle, with 8 locations in Germany and more than 600 lawyers. As Managing Partner, he initiated and negotiated various mergers, consolidating individual firms into a cross-regional law firm. He integrated CMS Hasche Sigle into the international CMS organisation, which was established in 1999 and now has 74 offices worldwide. Cornelius has been a member of the Executive Committee of CMS since 1999 and was Chairman thereof from 2008 to 2011. Since 2011, he is Executive Chairman of CMS and Senior Partner at CMS Hasche Sigle. Cornelius attended school in Essen/Ruhr District (Germany) and Neuchâtel (Switzerland). He studied law at the universities of Bonn (Germany) and Santander (Spain) and took his first state law exam in 1980. He completed his traineeship in Hamburg, including a position abroad in Chicago, USA. In 1983, he took his second state law exam and started working as a lawyer. In 1986, he became a Partner at the Hamburg law firm Hasche Albrecht Fischer (now: CMS Hasche Sigle). His specialities are corporate and maritime law.

Craig Dawson

Craig Dawson

Craig Dawson

Executive Partner, IBM Automation Platform Leader Europe

Craig is the European Automation Platform Leader in IBM’s consulting business, he has been with with IBM for 20 years during which he has held multiple European leadership positions in Artificial Intelligence,  Analytics, and Enterprise Application Support delivery   He has worked extensively in Banking, Consumer Packaged Goods and Industrial Industries, delivering and running everything from reporting requirements and solution design, through to the development of AI and Analytics solutions ensuring fast and effective data movement and insight.   Since early 2017 Craig has been focused entirely on the development of IBM’s Cloud based Automation Platform. the implications for work process design in the future, and how the IBM’s Automation Platform can be deployed to empower and augment workers’ today.

Dr. Rainer Esser

Dr. Rainer Esser

Dr. Rainer Esser

Chief Executive Officer, ZEIT Publishing Group

Dr. Rainer Esser studied law in Munich, Geneva and London. He continued his studies in the United States with a Master of Law at the University of Georgia before receiving his final degree in 1986. After graduating from the German School of Journalism (Deutsche Journalistenschule) in Munich, he worked as a lawyer for various law firms. Since 1989 he also holds a PhD in International Law of the University of Regensburg. From 1989 -92 he served as Editor in Chief at Bertelsmann International in Munich and eventually joined Munich-based Spotlight Publishing House (Spotlight, écoute, ECOS and ADESSO) as Managing Director. After serving as Managing Director of Main-Post Publishing House in Würzburg in the late nineties he started his current position as CEO of DIE ZEIT in 1999. In 2011, he also took on the role as Managing Director of DvH Medien GmbH.

Foto: Johannes Arlt

Prof. Annabelle Gawer

Prof. Annabelle Gawer

Prof. Annabelle Gawer

Chaired Professor in Digital Economy, Surrey Business School; Director, Surrey Centre of Digital Economy

Chaired Professor in Digital Economy; Director, Centre of Digital Economy, University of Surrey (UK)

A world-class academic pioneer in platform strategy, Prof Annabelle Gawer is a thought-leader and expert advisor on the business of digital platforms and platform-based innovation ecosystems.

Author of 4 books (including Platform Leadership) and 20 articles on platforms, Prof Gawer’s research has been featured in The New York Times, The London Times, The Financial Times (here and here), The Economist (here and here) and The Wall Street Journal.

Prof Gawer advises the European Commission on regulation of online platforms as an expert member of the European Commission’s Observatory of the Online Platform Economy. She has also advised the UK Parliament House of Lords, the UK Government, and the OECD. She regularly consults for major international corporations on platform and ecosystem strategy.

Her new book: The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power with Michael Cusumano (MIT) and David Yoffie (Harvard Business School) is forthcoming in May 2019.

Oliver Gremillon

Olivier Grémillon

Olivier Grémillon

Vice President, Booking.com

Olivier Grémillon is a Vice President at Booking.com, leading the business’ strategy in homes and apartments, a segment that continues to grow quickly for the company. Focussed on tailoring the Booking.com experience for the partners that want to offer these types of unique, local stays and the customers who want to book and enjoy them, Grémillon and his team support properties in 228 countries and territories around the globe. From introducing new partners to listing online and helping seasoned entrepreneurs maximise their earnings, Booking.com is dedicated to supporting home and apartment owners with the right technology, insights and support to grow their businesses via the Booking.com platform.
Olivier comes to Booking.com from Airbnb, where he served in numerous strategic positions over his six-year tenure with the company, including as Country Manager for France, Managing Director for Europe, Middle East & Africa, a role he held for four and a half years, and most recently as Director of Global Strategy. Prior to joining Airbnb, Olivier worked in various roles with McKinsey & Company, both in Europe and the United States, as well as Deloitte.
Olivier has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of ESSEC Business School in France. He currently resides in the Netherlands and is fluent in French and English.

Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser

Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser

Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser

Head of the Economics Department, DIE ZEIT; Professor, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser is Head of the Economics department of the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. He studied Economics in Bonn and Berkeley (USA), did his Ph.D. in Köln, and achieved an MBA at Harvard. He is one of Germany’s most renowned business journalists and non-fiction authors. His book Humanomics, in which he describes the revolution of economic thinking, was named “Business Book of the Year 2008”. In addition to his work with the editorial staff at
DIE ZEIT, Dr. Heuser has extensively lectured at the University of St. Gallen, and now teaches at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. In 2004, he received the Herbert Quandt Media Award for his collection of articles Creator and Destroyer. In 2011, Dr. Heuser was awarded the Dietrich-Oppenberg-Media Prize by the Lesen Foundation.

Foto: Nicole Sturz

Dora Petranyi

Dóra Petrányi

Dóra Petrányi

Partner, Technology, Media and Communications, CMS

Dóra Petrányi is a partner of the Budapest office and Managing Director of CEE at CMS CMNO. In addition she is co-heading the commercial practice and heading the Technology, Media, Communications (TMC), Competition, Lifesciences and Intellectual Property (IP) practices within the Budapest office. Dóra is the head of the CEE privacy initiative.
Her major clients are TMC and pharma companies, foreign-owned commercial banks, and major joint ventures. Areas of specialisation include competition law, IP law, public procurement matters, general commercial contracts, corporate restructuring and M&A.
Dóra is a member of the Hungarian Council of Copyright Experts as well as the first and only lawyer member of the co-regulatory committee between the local telecommunications regulatory authority and the Association of Hungarian Content Providers (established 1 July 2011).
Dóra was awarded ‘Europe-Best in TMT 2012’ at the Euromoney – Legal Media Group’s European Women in Business Law Awards and has been shortlisted in all subsequent years to date.
She is recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners in several areas including TMT, Competition, IP and Lifesciences.

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook Inc.

Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm’s business operations. She also serves on Facebook’s board of directors. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.

Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.

Sheryl is the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant. She is also the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates. She is the founder of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal and resilient world through two key initiatives, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.

Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her son and daughter.

Christian Sewing

Christian Sewing

Christian Sewing

Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank AG

Christian Sewing, born in 1970, has been a member of the Management Board since January 1, 2015. He has been Chief Executive Officer since April 2018.

He joined Deutsche Bank in 1989. From January until June 2015, he was responsible on the Management Board for Legal, Incident Management Group and Group Audit, and assumed responsibility for Deutsche Bank’s Private & Commercial Bank (including Postbank) between July 2015 and April 2018. He was Head of Group Audit from June 2013 to December 2014, prior to which he held a number of management positions in Risk. From 2012 to 2013, he was Deputy Chief Risk Officer. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the Bank’s Chief Credit Officer. He has worked in Frankfurt, London, Singapore, Tokyo and Toronto.

From 2005 until 2007, Christian Sewing was a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank.

Before graduating with a diploma from the Bankakademie Bielefeld and Hamburg, Christian Sewing completed a bank apprenticeship at Deutsche Bank in 1989.

Foto: Mario Andreya

Jochen Wegner

Jochen Wegner

Jochen Wegner

Editor-in-Chief, ZEIT ONLINE; Member of the Editorial Board, ZEIT Publishing Group

Jochen is Editor-in-chief of ZEIT ONLINE, Germany’s most popular premium news site, and editorial board member of DIE ZEIT, Germany’s most widely read weekly newspaper.

He is the recipient of several awards, including Germany’s most prestigious honor, the Grimme Online Award. He has also been named the German Editor-in-Chief of the Year and Digital Leader in Gold in addition to receiving the Scoop Award for excellence in digital journalism.

Foto: Meiko Herrmann/ZEIT ONLINE

Program

3:00 p.m.
Welcome
Dr. Rainer Esser
Chief Executive Officer, ZEIT Publishing Group
Cornelius Brandi
Executive Chairman, CMS
3:10 p.m.
Discussion
Craig Dawson
Executive Partner, IBM Automation Platform Leader Europe
Prof. Annabelle Gawer
Chaired Professor in Digital Economy, Surrey Business School; Director, Surrey Centre of Digital Economy
Olivier Grémillon
Vice President, Booking.com
Dóra Petrányi
Partner, Technology, Media and Communications, CMS
Moderation
Jochen Wegner
Editor-in-Chief, ZEIT ONLINE; Member of the Editorial Board, ZEIT Publishing Group
3:40 p.m.
One on One
Christian Sewing
Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank AG
Moderation
Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser
Head of the Economics Department, DIE ZEIT; Professor, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
4:00 p.m.
Drinks & Networking
4:45 p.m.
One on One
Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook Inc.
Moderation
Dr. Uwe Jean Heuser
Head of the Economics Department, DIE ZEIT; Professor, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
5:00 p.m.
End of Reception

Impressions 2018

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Speakers from previous years (extract)

Martin Baron

Martin Baron

Martin Baron

Executive Editor, The Washington Post

Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on January 2, 2013. He oversees The Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 700 journalists.

Newsrooms under his leadership have won 12 Pulitzer Prizes, including five at The Washington Post. The Post during his tenure has won three times for national reporting, once for explanatory reporting, and once for public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Previously, Baron had been editor of The Boston Globe. During his 11 ½ years there, The Globe won six Pulitzer prizes—for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting and criticism. The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to the Globe in 2003 for its investigation into a pattern of concealing clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, coverage portrayed years later in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.”

Prior to the Globe, he held top editing positions at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Under his leadership, the Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage in 2001 for its coverage of the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.

His honors include Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation (2004), the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media (2017), the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Award (2017), and the Award for Public Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government (2016). In 2012, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from George Washington University, George Mason University, and his alma mater, Lehigh University.

He began his journalism career at the Miami Herald in 1976, serving as a state reporter and later as a business writer. In 1979, he moved to the Los Angeles Times, where he became business editor in 1983; assistant managing editor for page-one special reports, public opinion polling and special projects in 1991; and, in 1993, editor of the newspaper’s Orange County Edition, which then had about 165 staffers.

In 1996, Baron moved to The New York Times; he became associate managing editor responsible for the nighttime news operations of the newspaper in 1997. He was named executive editor at the Miami Herald at the start of 2000.

Born in 1954 and raised in Tampa, FL, Baron speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1976 with both BA and MBA degrees.

Foto: Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist. Previously she was the Business Affairs editor, responsible for the newspaper’s coverage of business, finance and science.

Prior to this role, she was The Economist’s Economics editor, overseeing the newspaper’s global economics coverage from her base in Washington DC. Before moving to Washington in April 1996, Ms Minton Beddoes was The Economist‘s emerging-markets correspondent based in London. She travelled extensively in Latin America and Eastern Europe, writing editorials and country analyses. She has written surveys of the World Economy, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia.

Ms Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she worked on macroeconomic adjustment programmes in Africa and the transition economies of Eastern Europe. Before joining the IMF, she worked as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University.

Ms Minton Beddoes has written extensively about international financial issues including enlargement of the European Union, the future of the International Monetary Fund and economic reform in emerging economies. She has published in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, contributed chapters to several conference volumes and, in 1997, edited “Emerging Asia”, a book on the future of emerging-markets in Asia, published by the Asian Development Bank. In May 1998 she testified before Congress on the introduction of the Euro.

Ms Minton Beddoes is a regular television and radio commentator on BBC, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, CNN and CNBC.

She holds degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University.

Foto: Thomas Koehler/ photothek.net

Cornelius Brandi

Cornelius Brandi

Cornelius Brandi

Executive Chairman, CMS

From 1999 to 2011, Cornelius was Managing Partner at the law firm CMS Hasche Sigle, with 8 locations in Germany and more than 600 lawyers. As Managing Partner, he initiated and negotiated various mergers, consolidating individual firms into a cross-regional law firm. He integrated CMS Hasche Sigle into the international CMS organisation, which was established in 1999 and now has 74 offices worldwide. Cornelius has been a member of the Executive Committee of CMS since 1999 and was Chairman thereof from 2008 to 2011. Since 2011, he is Executive Chairman of CMS and Senior Partner at CMS Hasche Sigle. Cornelius attended school in Essen/Ruhr District (Germany) and Neuchâtel (Switzerland). He studied law at the universities of Bonn (Germany) and Santander (Spain) and took his first state law exam in 1980. He completed his traineeship in Hamburg, including a position abroad in Chicago, USA. In 1983, he took his second state law exam and started working as a lawyer. In 1986, he became a Partner at the Hamburg law firm Hasche Albrecht Fischer (now: CMS Hasche Sigle). His specialities are corporate and maritime law.

Joe Kaeser

Joe Kaeser

Joe Kaeser

Vorsitzender des Vorstands, Siemens AG

Joe Kaeser ist der Vorstandsvorsitzende der Siemens AG, einem weltweit führenden Unternehmen der Elektronik und Elektrotechnik. Er hat mehr als 35 Jahre Erfahrung bei Siemens, wo er eine Vielzahl leitender Management-Positionen im Finanzwesen und in der Strategie im In- und Ausland innehatte. Bis unmittelbar vor seiner Berufung zum Vorstandsvorsitzenden im August 2013 war er sieben Jahre lang Chief Financial Officer der Siemens AG.

Foto: Siemens AG

Travis Kalanick

Travis Kalanick

Travis Kalanick

Co-founder and CEO, UBER Technologies Inc.

Travis Kalanick is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Uber Technologies, Inc. Whether it’s founding the world’s first P2P search engine, or developing the premier enterprise content delivery system, Travis believes that every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it. That spirit is at the very core of Uber’s success and ever-expanding global presence, currently in more than 300 cities in 56 countries on six continents. As a student at UCLA, Travis founded Scour, the first peer-to-peer search engine. He later expanded on the concept, forming Red Swoosh, an enterprise content delivery platform, which was eventually acquired by Akamai Technologies. While visiting Paris for LeWeb in 2008, Travis and friend Garrett Camp dreamed of pressing a button on their smartphones one minute, and riding away in a reliable and stylish ride the next. Uber launched a year and a half later, in June 2010 in San Francisco. Under Travis’ leadership, Uber has grown from an exclusive San Franciscobased service to an application used by millions of riders and hundreds of thousands of drivers worldwide. Uber has transformed the fabric of those cities, increasing affordable and reliable transportation options, delivering unmatched earning potential to drivers, reducing drunk driving rates and powering local economic activity. Where some people see dead-ends, Travis finds detours and new solutions to old problems. That approach is revolutionizing the way people move, work and live in cities around the world.

David Kenny

David Kenny

David Kenny

Senior Vice President, IBM Watson & IBM Cloud

David Kenny is senior vice president, IBM Watson and IBM Cloud, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads.

David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel, weather.com, wunderground.com and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.

Previously, he served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Digitas Inc., a top global integrated brand agency.

David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy. He is also a director of Teach for America, a nonprofit that enlists recent graduates to teach and to effect change in under-resourced and low-income communities. David received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree from the GM Institute (now Kettering University).

Foto: Jon Simon Feature Photo Service for IBM

Florian Leibert

Florian Leibert

Florian Leibert

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mesosphere Inc.

Florian Leibert ist Mitbegründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender von Mesosphere. Sein Team entwickelte ein Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) basierend auf dem Open-Source-verteilten Systemkern Apache Mesos. Florian Leibert war früh einer der führenden Köpfe im Technologiebereich von Twitter, wo er mitgeholfen hat, kritische Infrastrukturen für die Analyse und Suche aufzubauen. Er war in erster Linie für das Twitter-Produkt Benutzersuche erantwortlich. Nach einigen Jahren bei Twitter trat er bei Airbnb ein und baute das Infrastrukturteam aus. Er hat eine Reihe von Patenten und Veröffentlichungen in den Bereichen Informationsgewinnung und groß angelegte Systeme. Florian Leibert war auch der Hauptautor von Chronos, eines auf Apache Mesos aufgebauten, fehlertoleranten Job Dependency Scheduler und Job Orchestration Framework.

Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott

CEO, SAP SE

Bill McDermott is chief executive officer of SAP, the world’s business software market leader. He leads the company’s more than 83,000 employees and 2+ million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision to help the world run better and improve peoples’ lives.

Since becoming CEO in 2010, Bill’s innovation-led strategy for SAP has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value and profitable growth. One of the most popular leaders in business, Bill’s approval rating from employees on website Glassdoor hovers around 99%. As the only American in history to lead Europe’s most valuable technology company, Bill advises world leaders and policymakers on issues including youth unemployment, digital government and international trade policy. He is a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists and the U.S. Business Council.

Bill also serves on the boards of directors for performance apparel maker Under Armour and engineering software maker ANSYS, Inc. He has received numerous awards for his civic leadership, including GENYOUth’s Vanguard Award, City Year’s Idealist of the Year, the We Are Family Foundation’s Visionary Award and the Children’s Aid Society’s Promise Award. He is a proud supporter of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson Health.

His life stories and leadership lessons are shared in Bill’s worldwide best-selling autobiography, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office. The book is now in its 12th printing and was awarded the gold medal for business memoir of the year in 2014. It has been published in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and China.

Bill resides in Germany, the United States and, most frequently, at 39,000 feet.

Foto: SAP SE

Lisa-Marie Neudert

Lisa-Maria Neudert

Lisa-Maria Neudert

Researcher, Computational Propaganda Project, Oxford Internet Institute

Lisa-Maria Neudert is a D.Phil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute and works as a researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project as a core member of the research staff. Her dissertation examines regulatory responses, and technological and civil society countermeasures to digital disinformation campaigns on social media. Lisa-Maria’s work has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and der Spiegel. She has presented her work at the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and MisinfoCon. Lisa-Maria holds a MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford and a BA in Communication Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Selected as a Fulbright scholar she previously studied at the Georgetown University in Washington DC and the National University of Singapore.

Foto: Annette Koroll

Javier Olivan

Javier Olivan

Javier Olivan

Vice President of Growth, Facebook

Javier Olivan is the Vice President of Growth. He joined Facebook as Head of International Growth in 2007. Responsible for Facebook’s international efforts, he sets strategy and drives the growth of Facebook’s global user base. In this role, Javier oversees: growth products, growth marketing, Facebook messaging products, as well as all growth analytics and data science efforts. He’s also leading Facebook’s Internet.org efforts, working with mobile operators to accelerate the adoption of the internet around the world. Prior to Facebook, Javier was a Product Manager at Siemens Mobile where he led a cross-functional team charged with the development and market launch of handset devices. Earlier in his career, Javier worked for NTT in Japan as a research and development engineer and was responsible for developing software that enabled high-quality wireless video transmission to mobile devices. Javier holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and a master’s degree in both electrical and industrial engineering from the University of Navarra.

Dev Sanyal

Dev Sanyal

Dev Sanyal

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Regions, BP plc

Dev Sanyal is Executive Vice President, Strategy and Regions, and a member of the Group Executive Committee of BP plc. He is responsible for Europe, Asia, strategy and planning, risk management, government and political affairs, policy, group integration and governance. Dev Sanyal joined the BP Group in 1989 and has held a variety of positions globally in London, Athens, Dubai, Istanbul and Vienna. He has been General Manager, FSU and Eastern Europe; Chief Executive Officer, BP Eastern Mediterranean Fuels; Chief Executive Officer, Air BP International; Head of the Group Chief Executive’s Office; Group Treasurer and Chairman of BP Investment Management Ltd. During this period, he was also accountable for BP’s aluminium business. He was appointed Executive Vice President effective 1st January 2012. He is a non-executive director on the board of Man Group plc, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, and is a member of the Accenture Global Energy Board and the Board of Advisors of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Jürgen Schmidhuber

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schmidhuber

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schmidhuber

Wissenschaftlicher Direktor, Schweizer Forschungsinstitut für Künstliche Intelligenz (IDSIA)

Seit seinem 15. Lebensjahr will Professor Jürgen Schmidhuber eine sich selbst verbessernde Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) bauen, die klüger ist als er selbst, um dann in Rente zu gehen, und KIs bei der Kolonisierung des Weltalls zuzusehen. Seit 1987 publizierte er Pionierarbeiten zu universellen Problemlösern, seit 1991 zu “Deep Learning” mit tiefen künstlichen neuronalen Netzen (NN). Die mächtigen rückgekoppelten NN seiner Forschungsgruppen an der TU München und am Schweizer KI Labor IDSIA (USI & SUPSI) waren die ersten, die internationale Wettbewerbe gewannen. Sie revolutionierten Handschrifterkennung, Spracherkennung, maschinelle Übersetzung, automatische Bildbeschreibung, und viele andere wichtige Felder, und sind nun Milliarden von Nutzern zugänglich durch Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Baidu, und zahlreiche weitere Firmen. DeepMind (für 600M an Google verkauft, Schöpfer des weltbesten Go-Spielers) wurde stark beeinflusst durch seine ehemaligen Doktoranden (2 der ersten 4 DeepMinder sowie DeepMinds erste Doktoren der KI studierten in seinem Labor, einer war Mitgründer, einer erster Angestellter). Schmidhubers Team schuf die weltweit ersten tiefen Lerner, die Objektfindungs- und Bildsegmentierungswettbwerbe gewannen, u.a. zur Krebsfrüherkennung. Sie erzielten 2011 im Silicon Valley auch die ersten übermenschlichen visuellen Mustererkennungsresultate. Seine Gruppe gewann neun internationale Wettstreite (mehr als jede andere), und schuf die ersten Verfahren, die ohne Lehrer Steuerstrategien direkt aus hochdimensionalen Videoeingaben lernten. Sein Team etablierte weiterhin das Feld mathematisch rigoroser universeller KI and optimaler universeller Problemlöser. Seine formale Theorie der Kreativität und der Neugier erklärt erstmals Kunst, Wissenschaft, Musik und Humor. Er verallgemeinerte die algorithmische Informationstheorie und auch die Vielweltentheorie der Physik, um eine elegante minimale Theorie aller konstruktiv berechenbarer Universen zu erhalten, und führte das Konzept der “Low-Complexity Art” ein, die extreme algorithmische Form der Minimalkunst. Seit 2009 ist er Mitglied der Europäischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste. Er publizierte 333 begutachtete Schriften, erhielt 7 best paper/best video Preise, den 2013 Helmholtz Award der International Neural Networks Society, und den 2016 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award. Er ist auch Präsident der Firma NNAISENSE, die die erste praktische Allzweck-KI erschaffen will.

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