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Industry leaders, with experience in global digital brands, help to develop talent ready to shape a better digital future
Vice President, Global Sales Operations at Facebook
Gianluca is an Italian national, born and raised in Rome where he got his degree in Business Administration specializing in Statistical Textual Data Analysis. He also holds a Master in Strategy from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. Gianluca’s passion for data, technology, process improvement and quality enabled the attainment of a Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
Gianluca brings over 20 years of professional experience having worked across Europe and the US for some top blue-chip companies like Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, PayPal and Microsoft. Since 2011 he is employed by Facebook where he is the Vice President of Global Sales Operations focusing on strategy, planning, data analytics and operations. During his career Gianluca has had the opportunity to perfect the importance of data analytics and operational excellence as key factors for strong decision making. Gianluca is particularly interested in building strategy and planning that helps companies to deliver transformational digital solutions for their clients, with a constant focus on efficiencies and customer satisfaction.
Gianluca is very passionate about people management, in his experience mentorship, accountability, real time feedback and ongoing support are vital to empower and nurture managers and employees to be their very best.
“Digital transformation is here, for companies it is a matter of adapt or die; adapting it is more than simply changing your technology strategy, it is embracing a holistic approach in a new journey of discovery that will require new customer interactions, different entry points but especially a new organizational culture.”
Managing Director at DES | Digital Business World Congress
Chief Digital Officer & Founder at Dinose
Independent consultant, expert in new business models, digital transformation and disruptive technologies. Lluis Altés stands out for his communication skills and his abilities to create solid relationships between management and the board of directors of all types of organizations.
Altés is an experienced manager and entrepreneur, capable of defining strategies and landing them thanks to his orientation to business development, marketing and the creation of equipment adapted to the evolution of the markets. As a thinker and entrepreneur who has held management positions in large companies and start-ups, Altés is a convinced defender of the reconciliation between personal and professional life, which cares as much for human capital as for the profitability of the business.
His professional career has developed within SMEs and large corporations in sectors such as textiles, food, telecommunications and technology. An experience that, together with his passion and curiosity without limits, has made him a recognized lecturer in the confluence between business and technology. In addition to his interventions as a speaker, Altés is the author of numerous inspiring articles in which he analyzes market trends, or various aspects of digital business and innovation; as well as the application of BDA, IoT, IA, Blockchain, VR among many others, in different sectors.
“A never ending curiosity attitude and the ability to learn fast will drive you to success. Unleash your full potential, and become a leader in the digital world!”
Director Program Management at Microsoft
Peter is a Brit abroad having spent most of his life living abroad. Growing up in Qatar as it was under its own transformation from a country relying on pearl fishing to leveraging the full wealth of their gas and oil fields, he eventually ended up achieving a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from the Manchester Metropolitan University. Joining UPS out of University he got to experience first-hand how you climb from the bottom of a company to the top by working as a package delivery driver, working his way up to Industrial engineer and then emigrating to Belgium to take up roles in Marketing and Communications across EMEA. Finally moving to Microsoft to pursue his personal interest in bringing together the best of Marketing / Communications and Technology Peter has been a multiple award winner recognizing his accomplishments as one of the leading high-potentials in his area at Microsoft.
With the experience that Peter has captured across his life-adventure to date, he brings a broad perspective of both life and work experience to his role. Being fortunate to sit on the frontier between technology and business Peter feels a responsibility to enable businesses to leverage examples of Digital Transformation that have been driven by technology, so they can survive in the ever more challenging future.
Peter is particularly passionate about Artificial Intelligence and IoT as he sees these as the key building blocks that will enable businesses to survive and thrive and is excited about how many of the tools and processes to implement such technology are becoming increasingly democratized. In his spare time between traveling across Europe for his job, he likes to travel, exercise and spend time with his family.
“Transform or Die - If you can’t recognize the need to transform your business model to the disruption coming through digital transformation, then your business will die.”
Digital Strategy & Product Innovation at 9dots Digital
Independent Digital Transformation Consultant
Roland Rust is an Austrian entrepreneur and digital visionary. He considers himself as a creator, inventor and enabler of all things digital. He joined a risk management development team in the banking industry in 2007 where a small group of developers invested their spare time to invent a unique technology for automating enterprise architecture development and maintenance. The core engine of this invention gave birth to a software company he co-founded in 2012. This venture aimed at providing a SAAS platform for model driven enterprise application development.
Roland implemented a number of solutions for digital transformation initiatives such as a web and mobile platform to support a new data driven business model for a company active in the fields of compression and drive technology. The experience of digital product innovation projects in collaboration with UX designer Stefanie Fleisch starting from 2014, gradually shifted his attention away from technology realising that tech hardly ever was a crucial success factor in digital transformation.
In 2017 Roland left his company focusing on digital product innovation between ideation and prototyping together with Stefanie’s design firm 9dots digital. He has become an advocate of a human-centric approach to Digital Transformation and radically questions the status quo of our digital environments.
"Organisations will never have the "mindset" to drive Digital Transformation.
Only people will."
Former CEO at PANRICO
Former Executive Director at INDO International
After more than 30 years experience driving FMCG multinationals in several countries of which 24 as Chairman or CEO Juan is nowadays advisor or board member in several relevant organizations.
His executive profile and his deep involvement for more than 12 years as mentor and investor in quite a few start-ups has made of him a valuable contributor in very successful digital transformations in different companies and business fields.
Juan took as a personal challenge to ensure not only the high quality level of Zigurat´s programs but also the potential impact in their businesses that our students shall be able to make after.
“It’s not only about having a good education, it’s about how you will apply your learnings to positively change the industry.”
mVentures Director at Mobile World Capital Barcelona
Member of Board of Directors at MobeyForum and Chairman at Quantum World Association
He is involved in many international associations such as MobeyForum, discussing new digital banking models, mobile financial services and mobile payments. He is currently Co-Chair of Open Banking Working Group, with a clear focus on the opportunities behind PSD2 and OFX regulations to promote a new, customer-centric online banking paradigm.
He has large experience in digitising traditional sectors, such as Banking, Ticketing and Retail, developing its electronic channels strategy to boost online sales and establishing new touchpoints with customers. Oscar holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from ESADE Business School, Spain as well as a Superior Degree in Computer Sciences from the University Polytechnic Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.
In the past, Oscar served to Caixabank innovation group, analysing Fintech applications to disrupt Digital Banking services. Caixabank was prized as the most innovative Bank on years 2013 and 2016.
Managing Director of Shapingwork
Director of Education at GTEC and European Digital Leader at World Economic Forum
Robin Weninger is the Managing Director of the management think-tank shapingwork. In addition, Robin is the Director Education at the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) and Lecturer at Zigurat Innovation and Technology Business School in Barcelona, Lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the International School of Management as well as Coach in the Digital Product School, Munich.
He focuses on leading and guiding organizations through their challenges by forming internal vanguards of change. He does this by seeking new questions and plausible explanations through the development of new educational models to shape leaders to become “curators of compassion” and “leaders of change”. Robin works closely together with universities, thought leaders and management thinkers to develop state-of-the-art management practices, frameworks and best practices for action-orientated management. He designs individual coaching and training programs, helps organizations create goal-setting frameworks and get into a strategic flow. He also deals with behavioral design and complex systems theory to better utilize networks and runs roundtables around the future of work.
The World Economic Forum honored Robin as a Global Shaper in 2015 and as a Digital Leader in 2017. Robin is always keen and happy to support initiatives that change the world for the better and leave sustainable footprints for the future of education and work.