Florian Lichtwald - Managing Director, SVP Global Telecom & Data Partnerships, Zeotap, Germany

Florian Lichtwald is Managing Director and the Chief Data Partner Officer at zeotap. He spends most of his time building global partnerships with large-scale enterprises across industries (including Telecom, Finance, eCommerce, Retail and Services) owning high-quality data assets.

While originally being based out of the zeotap headquarter in Berlin he manages several teams and partners across America, India and Europe. As of today, he has won 9 telecom operators amongst other enterprises to share their data with zeotap's patented data platform zeoCore.

Before zeotap, Florian headed strategic projects at Porsche Consulting Group and IBM, where he acquired strong business strategy, technology and enterprise sales skills.

Kasper Skou - CEO, Co-Founder, Semasio, Germany

Kasper Skou began his career as a Management Consultant before joining the semantic search engine company Speed of Mind as CEO.

After earning his MBA at INSEAD, he joined European behavioral targeting company Wunderloop as Chief Product Officer.

In 2010, Kasper founded Semasio with former Speed of Mind colleague Thomas Rask Thomsen. Together they leveraged their shared experience to create a new paradigm in data-driven marketing: semantic behavioral targeting.

Chris Jantz-Sell - VP Product, SambaTV, USA

Chris Jantz-Sell is the VP Global Growth & Strategy at Samba TV, a data and analytics company that measures television viewership across screens. In his current role, Chris is responsible for Samba’s international expansion and global strategy. Chris joined Samba TV in 2012 and spent 5 years as Samba’s VP of Product where he built and led product, design and data science teams, directed OEM integration strategy, managed core technology development and oversaw the company’s advertising, analytics, and consumer offerings.

Prior to Samba TV, Chris spent more than 10 years defining and executing product and business strategies for various tech start-ups and played a key role during three separate acquisitions.

Chris holds an MBA from Harvard Business School as well as a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics and Computer Science from Hamilton College. Chris is currently binge watching Sons of Anarchy and Friday Night Lights.

Yuan Ren - Head of Data Science, mParticle, USA

Yuan Ren is Head of Data Science at mParticle, a customer data platform that integrates and orchestrates data across channels, partners, and systems. Yuan works on data driven products in general, including building reliable and near real-time data pipeline, designing and implementing algorithms to extract insights from data, and delivering custom-facing analytics features.

He has a background in software engineering and machine learning. Previously, Yuan was Sr. Principal Research Engineer at Yahoo, where he came via the acquisition of interclick. At interclick/Yahoo, Yuan built services and algorithms to optimize performances of digital advertising.

Yuan holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and a BS in Automation from Tsinghua University, China.

Ryan King - Managing Director, Innovation, Samba TV, USA

Ryan King is the Managing Director, Innovation of Samba TV, based in San Francisco. 

With over 14 years of experience in marketing measurement, he has actively and successfully immersed himself in designing and developing cross media advertising measurement tools to enhance marketing for clients across many industries. 

Prior to Samba TV, Ryan was a Senior Account Manager at Factor TG covering all aspects of the research process from implementation to reporting, before becoming the Director of Market Research at InsightExpress, and later the Vice President of Ipsos ASI, managing product development for new advertising research tools and designing and managing digital and cross media measurement products. 

He is a recipient of the Great Minds: Rising Star Award from The Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) and holds a B.S. in Marketing from California State University Sacramento. 

Niall Browne - SVP Trust & Security, CISO, Domo, USA

Niall Browne has more than 20 years’ experience building and managing global information security, compliance and risk management programs for cloud providers and financial institutions. Niall is the SVP Trust & Security, CISO at Domo.

Previous to this he served as Workday’s Chief Trust Officer and Chief Security Officer, where he was responsible for the global Security & Trust program.

John Gim - SVP, Marketing Sciences, RAPP, USA

John Gim is the SVP, Marketing Sciences at RAPP, where he leads a diverse and seasoned team of data scientists who focus on creating efficient modeling suites that act as a backbone for complex targeting and as a driver of strategic insight.

Previously he has held lead roles at Epsilon and TBWA\Chiat\Day.

Over his career, John has produced measurably effective, award-winning work by leveraging a wide-ranging background across analytics, technology, and data. In addition to producing highly effective modeling solutions, John is able to leverage his experience across verticals and research sectors to bring solutions to market rapidly by iterating off of known best-practice or method.

John’s passion for data science is also evidenced in his active role in the local data science community as well as RAPP’s Global Consumer Trust council.

Scott Wolf - Data Scientist, Spotify, USA

Scott Wolf is a Data Scientist at Spotify, working in analytics research group in New York.

Prior to this, he was a data scientist at Huge, a digital agency in Brooklyn. There, he worked on a variety of data science projects for numerous tech, CPG, and financial sector clients. Before this, he worked as an analyst in market research.

Scott holds a PhD in Social Psychology with an emphasis on quantitative methods and psychometrics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Alexander Czernay - Senior Principal, Namics, Germany

Alexander Czernay is the Senior Principal for Namics.

Most recently, he was the Principal Insights and Data Consulting at Capgemini Consulting, where he lead a team of data scientists and business consultants focused on the marketing aspects of digital transformation. He is responsible for building omni-channel strategies that support the undelying business model and enable 1:1-marketing that guides customers along their journey with the brand.

Previously, Alexander has been with Razorfish as Head of Business Intelligence and Member of the Board, while also serving as a Member of the Global Data Science Practice Leadership Team at Publicis.Sapient. He built the German BI practice into a Center of Excellence, supporting the European agencies in the Publicis network. His team of data scientists successfully built award winning projects like UBS Planet Art ( that purposefully integrated data sciences as the core of the overall experience.

Before Razorfish Alexander led tech teams and build the Analytics practice at the German digital agency SinnerSchrader. He manifested his entrepreneurial spirits building the digital music distribution platform and the mobile marketing platform SBOW.

Saqib Mausoof​ -​ Principal, Brand Ex Machina, USA

Saqib Mausoof is a 20+ years of experience in building global marketing teams with diverse talent and commercial acumen. He is a consummate marketing professional with deep understanding of media strategy, operational models, vendor management, stack architecture, data partnerships and id resolution

Most recently Saqib was Chief Data Strategist at IPG Mediabrands. In this role, Saqib was responsible for data products for IPG Mediabrands’ portfolio of agencies and clients. In addition, Saqib oversaw the organization’s global data practice of 250+ people which encompassed the ad operations, audience analytics, marketing sciences and the IPG’s people based data stack, AMP.

As a practitioner Saqib has been involved in all aspects of marketing, from camping execution to data audits, creative ideation to comms planning, programmatic activation to closed loop measurement. Before transitioning to the agency side, Saqib held senior roles at bay area startups like, Adzilla, Exponential, and Esurance and with heritage brands like Allstate, John Deere, and HP.

Joshua Koran - Managing Director, DMP, Sizmek, USA

Joshua Koran is currently Sizmek’s Managing Director for their data enablement product line.

Joshua is a true pioneer in digital marketing, behavioral targeting, data marketplaces and data management platforms with nearly 20 years’ experience in these domains. AdWeek recently recognized his contributions to this field, in which he holds 22 patents, by naming him one of the top innovators in the space.

Among his many accomplishments, he designed the industry’s first predictive behavioral targeting platform, the first data marketplace ad network, and the first three-screen (TV, mobile, display) behavioral profiling platform. Over the course of his international career, he has lead product, engineering, data science, user experience, business development, and commercialization teams in companies such as Turn, AT&T, Yahoo!, and ValueClick. Through his digital consultancy he has helped nearly two dozen other digital advertising companies improve their understanding and monetization of online data.

Joshua holds B.A. from Boston College, J.D. Law from U.C. Hastings College of the Law and M.B.A. from Oxford University. 

Michael Schoen - VP, Marketing Solutions, Neustar, USA

Michael Schoen is the VP Marketing Solutions at Neustar, developing and perfecting an integrated platform that enables companies to win in the connected age. Michael oversees the end-to-end system of identity that gives marketers a complete, real-time portrait of their customers and prospects based on accurate data, enabling a personalized dialogue across all marketing channels.  His leadership has been instrumental in architecting the industry’s most authoritative and real-time marketing platform, built on trusted identity across people, places, and things.

Prior to joining Neustar in 2014, Michael was the EVP, Product at Cadreon, IPG’s cross-channel audience measurement, management and buying platform. Michael was responsible for driving the product strategy, development, and technology partnerships that enabled Cadreon’s offerings across all addressable media.

Prior to joining Cadreon, Michael was General Manager, Advertising Platforms and VP, Product & Technology at LookSmart, where he was responsible for building out a paid search platform and publisher syndication business.

Michael holds an AB in Computer Science from Harvard College and an MBA from UCLA.