Tainá Guedes is a cookbook author, artist, curator and mastermind behind Berlin Food Art Week. Furthermore she is the CEO and of Entretempo Kitchen Gallery. Tainá believes that food systems provide a key entry point for dealing with the greatest crises of our time, from poverty to climate change. She combines food with artistic expression in order to communicate important messages about how we can all be living more thoughtfully and sustainably.
Tainá has been working on different projects involving art and food, as for example “Food Art Week” and "Share your Food", an art-food event and magazine where she cooks and invites people to share what they believe could make our world a better place.
The bestselling author Thomas Schulz (*1973) is the business and technology correspondent for the German newsmagazine Der SPIEGEL. Originally based in New York starting in 2008, he reported extensively about the financial crisis. Since late 2012 he has been based in San Francisco, building a Silicon Valley bureau for Der SPIEGEL.
Thomas holds two master's degrees: In political science from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and in communications from University of Miami. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, focused on research about globalization. He received multiple awards for excellence in journalism.
Passionate about solving what seems like impossible puzzles, Nina is in the search for the answer to one question: How can those suffering from hunger get access to food in harsh and arid places? In 2016, she found green in a sea of sand. As venture manager at the Innovation Accelerator of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) she joined forces with the Sahrawi refugees in Algeria in 2016 and harvested the first hydroponically grown fresh crops in the Sahara Desert. Since then, from the urban slums of Peru to refugee camps in Chad, Nina is revolutionizing age-old, low-cost solutions and testing high-tech, futuristic technologies to disrupt hunger. Currently she is scaling up globally the hydroponic solutions portfolio for the development and conflict contexts – H2Grow. Prior to WFP, she founded the food start-up TeaTales in Berlin, an organic lifestyle tea brand with social impact.
Andrian Kreye is the co-leader of the "Feuilleton" section of Süddeutsche Zeitung. He lived in the US for many years where he took part in the development of the digital world from subculture to everyday technology. He worked as a correspondent for the SZ in New York, as a reporter in crisis areas in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and as a television and radio journalist. He was a permanent contributor to FAZ Magazine and a member of the founding editorial staff of Tempo magazine.
As an author he has published numerous works. Most recently he published his book "Macht euch die Maschinen untertan - vom Umgang mit künstlicher Intelligenz" in October 2018.
Dagmar took the demografic change in 2007 as an incentive to found an association that ultimately revolves around the topic of age. It is important to her to shed a positive light on the image of age, make solutions and projects more popular but also create new projects such as the association "Paths out of loneliness", speed dating for seniors, flashmobs, the list goes on. For the last 4,5 years she is facing the challenge to take people 65+ into the digital world.
Jan Stassen is the co-founder of the Museum of Values and CEO of the cocreation.loft in Berlin. He is an observer, a curator and cultural translator. He holds a Master in Social and Economic Communication at the Universität der Künste Berlin. After working in the field of advertising for many years, Jan became interested in social businesses and impact-driven initiatives. Out of his personal desire and frustration in advertising, he started reflecting on his own values and focussing on what is actually important to him. This internal journey led him to create the Museum of Values. Its goal is to create immersive experiences for people to explore, connect and reflect on personal and collective values. Together with his co-founders, Jan is inspiring a much-needed discourse about values in museums, schools, and businesses.
ENTERTAINMENT ACT: LBT
Lyrical, minimal or rather deep or industrial? When it comes to describing the sound of LBT the answer is diverse but always driven by a vibrant kickdrum. Their music is a journey to your inner core, inviting you to dream as you would do in an ecstatic dance. Started off with modern jazz the trio takes its passion for improvisation very serious. Letting the piano sound tender or hitting of the strings with a plectrum, smoothing the bass gently or just cutting it into pieces and rustling the drums softly to grooving in a powerful manner. That is the sound of LBT.
Zarah Bruhn (27) studied business studies and technology in Mannheim and Munich. During her semester abroad in Stockholm she took part in a refugees-welcome event. Realising that it’s nice to welcome refugees but not really helpful or sustainable for them in terms of integration, she returned to Germany with an innovative business plan in her mind. After several interns and jobs in the fields of venture capital and startups, she founded the social start-up „Social-Bee GmbH“ together with her partner Maximilian Felsner in Munich. Germany's first integration service provider uses the temporary employment model to integrate refugees into the labour market and society, reinventing it socially. Thereby, the missing bridge between refugees and companies is built. Social-Bee takes care of all the bureaucratic work and supports its employees by offering them an opportunity to acquire further qualifications and integration programs.
Schlecky Silberstein is head author, creative director and host of the show Bohemian Browser Ballet and runs Germany's most influential blog for web culture with schleckysilberstein.com. In 2017 Silberstein published his personal vengance with the Social Media Internet in the book “Das Internet muss weg” and warns from manipulative algorithms wherever he can.
Nathalie is a cultural scientist. She was born in France and grew up in France and Germany. After living in the United States for several years she got her PhD in American cultural history at the Free University Berlin. Since then she has published fictional and non-fictional work and taught creative writing & film studies at the University of Munich. In her latest publication “Digital Humanism” (together with highly renowned German philosopher Julian Nida-Rümelin) she pleas for an enforced human self-understanding in our digital age.
Christian is a catholic pastor in the parish St. Maria Magdalena in Geldern. Depending on the people asked, he is known as either a charismatic reformer or as a stubborn rebel. But let’s concentrate on the facts: His services are events full of surprises for people of every age. Olding polarizes and inspires people. His ambition is to communicate messages in a modern way of presenting - e.g with video sequences or through exercises in cinemas. He is tired of shallow slipslop and rather wants to use words that strike a chord with people and which they really understand. With his project „V - the experience“ he focusses on one goal: to convey belief in its relevance for daily life. In 2017 he published his bestseller „Klartext, bitte! Glauben ohne Geschwätz“.
What can baring our bodies reveal about the reality of our lives and loves? Laura Dodsworth photographed & interviewed 300 women and men about their breasts, penises, vulvas and vaginas. By turning her lens on physical taboos, she catalyses a ground-breaking conversation into social taboos and offers a deeply personal perspective on our most private, painful and pleasurable stories. Her books ‘Bare Reality: 100 women, their breasts, their stories’ and ‘Manhood: The Bare Reality’ attracted worldwide media coverage and critical acclaim. ‘Womanhood: The Bare Reality’ is published February 2019.
Laura tells powerful, moving human stories for art, editorial & commercial projects.
In 2012, John broke the world record for paper aircraft distance; a record he still holds. Author of four books of original designs, John has been called the world’s foremost expert on paper airplanes. His creations are recognized around the globe, and one was featured in the movie “Paper Planes”. His books have been translated into German, Russian, and Chinese. His designs are routinely found at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals.
Zoe is passionate about building technology businesses that are impactful, positive and at the same time profitable and powerful. Prior to Neufund, she founded Xyo, a company that re-imagines how people discover apps, Priori Data (app store intelligence), and Concise Software which provides software development and engineering services. She is also a mentor to the Gaza Sky Geeks, where she supports technology entrepreneurship in the challenging area of the Gaza Strip and helps introduce Blockchain. As an expert in technology entrepreneurship and venture capital, she has been following the blockchain space closely for several years. She decided to found Neufund when she realized the potential of blockchain for democratizing access to funding and changing the VC game for good.
Forbes named her one of the leaders of Blockchain in 2018.
Opera Singer and producer of porn – two jobs that you almost never see combined in the same person’s vita. Adrineh Simonian is proves the opposite.
Born in Teheran/Iran, she has been living in Vienna since 1977. First she studied violin, later on she continued with the piano and finally ended up studying singing. 15 years as an opera singer on big stages all over the world followed. Then in 2014 she ended her career as opera singer and founded the company “Arthouse Vienna”, where she works as producer and director herself. Her vision: Redefine pornography. “Arthouse Vienna” moves between art and pornography. “We explore physical expressions and the psychology of sex through experimental methods. Our team consists of people from a variety of artistic backgrounds, including amateurs and non-professional pornographers. We seek the authentic sexual self-expression”.
Anyone can bring anything to perfection when practising a certain task faithfully again and again. Thereby it's beneficial when starting with that constant exercise from an early childhood. That's what Florian „Doc“ Kaps did with the at first tiny but in fact revolutionary act of consistently running towards the opposite direction. To the digital revolution and its tendency to neglect our senses, Doc reacted by founding The Impossible Project in 2009, bringing back the magic and haptic of Polaroid photographs to the world. With the opening of SUPERSENSE in 2013, Doc enlarged his mission and goal of preventing the demise of several selected analog technologies and gives them a sensual home in a digital age. Together with a team of analog believers, lovers, mavericks, souls and crafters, Doc is now hopefully running towards a future where human senses and intelligence will always have their rightful place in our digital world.
"To sing and drink, to drink and sing" is the slogan of the Münchner Kneipenchor (Munich Pub Choir). Following that motto, the almost 50 members rehears weekly in a Munich bar - with musical ambition but also with a lot of positive vibes and a strong team spirit.The repertoire is a wild mixture to sing, dance, party and headbang to but it is also prone to provide some serious emotional goosebumps. The last five years have been a wild ride as there were performances in pubs (of course), an art gallery, a beer garden, a theatre, the Müllersche Volksbad and not to forget the big festival stages at Schloss Kaltenberg and Muffathalle as well as an England tour. Speaking with the words of the two MKC founders: "We are actually not a choir, but a rock band!"
Bart is a Zen priest and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of APOPO, an international humanitarian organisation that trains rats to save human lives by detecting landmines and disease. His work was recognised by Ashoka, the Schwab Foundation to the World Economic Forum and he won a Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship. Based on a vision that wellbeing inspires well-doing, he joined The Wellbeing Project to help shift the culture in the field of social change to a more caring and compassionate one, with more support for the inner wellbeing of social change leaders. After 12 years of working in Tanzania, Africa, Bart moved back to his birth place Antwerp, Belgium, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Mathapelo Ngaka-Mtati is an artist and social entrepreneur from Cape Town. She is one of the three founders of Monkeybiz, a company that is dedicated to reviving the tradition of African Beadwork. Monkeybiz takes the love and knowledge that is passed down over the centuries from mother to child and builds a bridge between traditional bead works and contemporary art. In 2017 Mathapelo received the Acacia Global Leadership Award recognizing extraordinary leadership occurring in communities in sub-Saharan Africa.