Dr. Rudi Aunkofer, Global Research Director IT, GfK Retail & Technology
Rudolf Aunkofer is Global Director IT at GfK Retail and Technology, the global leader in market tracking services for all kind of HighTech Markets. He is responsible for GfK's global Tracking Activities for Information Technology across the different geographies GfK is covering (WEU, CEE/CIS, APAC, MEA, Americas). Prior to joining GfK, Rudolf Aunkofer worked in sales management for Siemens Nixdorf Information Technology and in product management for AEG Household Appliances. He has about 20 years of experience within the HighTech industry. Rudolf Aunkofer is the author of many articles related to Information Technology and also lectures on this subject. He is author of the book entitled "Future Concept Multimedia". Rudolf Aunkofer received his Ph.D. in Management Science and teaches Management & Corporate Planning.
Howard Davies, Co-Founder & CEO, CONTEXT
Howard Davies is Co-Founder and CEO of CONTEXT, the London-based European Market Research firm. CONTEXT is the largest independent specialist business and consumer technology research company in EMEA, providing facts-based data and competitive analysis on technology markets and channels for the vendor, user and analyst communities. Prior to CONTEXT, Howard received his MBA at the London Business School in 1991, having worked with the Economist Intelligence Unit in London. Howard’s first degree was in Hispanic Languages and Literature at St. Andrews University, Scotland.
Adam Simon, Global Managing Director, Retail Business Development, CONTEXT
Adam’s role at CONTEXT is to develop the company’s retail offerings to give our customers unrivalled research coverage of the IT channel landscape in Europe. Prior to joining CONTEXT, Adam spent his career in professional services, and has built up a client portfolio across Europe and Asia Pacific in large retailers operating in all different market sectors. Working with retailers in the last 14 years, Adam is experienced in the analysis of large retail datasets to bring insight to clients. Previous roles have included senior positions, most recently at PRGX where he was Global Managing Director for Business Development and prior to that in Pitney Bowes as French Finance Director and in KPMG where he worked as a management consultant, having first qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Fred Brown, Partner, The Sightline Group
Fred Brown possesses over 25 years of executive leadership in the personal computer industry. His expertise in developing channels for technology companies has helped many successfully bring their products to market. With a track record of achievements and a network of relationships with key industry decision-makers, Fred has served as a retained consultant for more than a decade.
Ryan Mackey, Consultant
Ryan Mackey is a regular speaker and facilitator at DISTREE events. His involvement with DISTREE stems from over 10 years working with leading vendors, distributors and retailers across EMEA's technology channels. Ryan has studied at universities in both the US and Europe, and he holds an MBA in business strategy.
Oliver Prothmann, President, BVOH
Since March 2014 Oliver Prothmann is the President of Bundesverband
Onlinehandel e.V. (BVOH - German Federal Association Online-Trade). Preceding this position, Oliver Prothmann was the director of the city portals BerlinOnline and Berlin.de. He was in charge for the first internet banking of the “Berliner Sparkasse” (Savings Bank) and the online marketplace ElectronicScout24 for T-Online (Deutsche Telekom). As a distinguished eCommerce specialist, Prothmann was
responsible for the business retailers of eBay and PayPal for many years. Today he is the general manager of Applet–X GmbH, which offers eCommerce-consultancy with an emphasis on special expertise on marketplaces and platforms. In addition to that Oliver Prothmann is also the spokesman of the initiative “Choice in eCommerce” which acts against restrictions in eCommerce. In December 2013 “Choice in eCommerce” had the opportunity to hand over a petition with nearly 15.000 voices of European online merchants to the European Commission Vice-President Olli Rehn.
Krzysztof Wójciak, Managing Director, Modecom
Krzysztof Wójciak, Managing Director, MODECOM Krzysztof Wójciak is a Managing Director of MODECOM. He has been responsible for the company’s enlargement for over sixteen years. In MODECOM he develops and maintains development programmes to ensure that the company remains at the forefront in the industry, applies the most cost-effective methods and approaches, and provides leading-edge products. He has over 17-year experience in ICT industry. Before joining MODECOM, he was Manager in NIKE, World Sport and Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (T-Mobile). He has been interested in marketing, management and development from the beginning of his career. Krzysztof graduated from Warsaw Management University in Warsaw (master’s degree in Marketing and Management). He also finished postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Law and Administration (University of Warsaw) and School of Management. He took part in courses concerning marketing, management and human resources. Krzysztof Wójciak is interested in arts, psychology, history, music, sports and travelling.
Pradip Somaia, Partner, Regent
Pradip is an experienced investment banker within the technology sector. Since joining Regent in 2000 he has completed numerous assignments including the recent divestment of Altimate, from DCC Plc to Arrow Electronics Inc. Other transactions include the sale of PSCAL (financial management software) to Civica; the sale of Codework (Security distribution) to Altimate Group; the divestment of IQ-Sys (a virtualisation and network management provider) from QA to SCD; the sale of Talisman Software S.A (IT resourcing) to Vedior. Prior to joining Regent, Pradip served as chief financial officer within a number of large European and US multinational IT corporations. He has worked for EDS, International Data Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation and Equant Integration Services. Pradip is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Ines Haaga, Marketing Director IT EMEA, GfK Retail & Technology
Ines Haaga, Marketing Director – IT EMEA at GfK Retail and Technology, the global leader in marketing tracking services for High Tech Markets. Ines is taking care of GfK’s tracking services and especially focusing on product categories and clients related to IT Peripherals and Storage. Working as a market analyst for several international clients Ines has a profound knowledge of the EMEA IT Markets. Before joining GfK, she worked within the marketing and sales departments of other technology companies. Ines has graduated in Business Sciences (Brisbane) and has several years of experience in HighTech Markets.
Marie Wijnen, Business Developer, Early Metrics
Wijnen studied at Paris Dauphine University and ESSEC BBA. Before joining Early Metrics, Wijnen worked for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and at Deezer UK. Wijnen’s current role at Early Metrics is as a Business Developer, aiming to help investors and corporates to find great opportunities with tomorrow’s best startups. She has great knowledge of the ins and outs of the collaboration between startups and corporations thanks to her master thesis subject and her passion for innovation and NCT.
Sébastien Paillet, Founder, Early Metrics
After a masters in finance, Sébastien worked at PwC as a financial auditor for blue chip companies such as SNCF and SANOF before taking up a role at Execo as a financial and administrative manager (3M€ Turnover). Now he is developing Early Metrics, the first rating agency for startups and innovative companies. He works with large corporation to help them to identify and assess the potential of young, promising companies.
Carolin Weinmann, Marketing Director IT, GfK Retail & Technology
Carolin Weinmann is Marketing Director IT at GfK Retail and Technology, the global leader in market tracking services for all kind of HighTech Markets. She is in charge of GfK’s Tracking Activities for Information Technology with emphasis on Computing markets. Prior to GfK, Carolin was working in different sales and marketing positions across Europe. Following her MSc in International Business (Maastricht, Barcelona) she's been focusing on strategic marketing and management. In addition she
has several years' experience in the HighTech Industry.
Igor Snytko, Executive Director, Ocean Solutions
Igor Snytko is Executive Director and Co-founder at LLC Ocean Solutions, Moscow based company, focusing on Channel Strategies Consulting primarily serving ICT industry. Ocean Solutions’ services cover development of CIS market entry strategies, facilitation in the implementation, performance monitoring as well as re-shaping of business model for existing channel set-ups and sales enablement programs. Igor Snytko has over 15 years of experience in ICT and CE industries, comprised of serving in executive positions with top international companies and running self-owned company. Before starting his own venture in early 2012 Igor worked in the position of General Manager for CIS and Baltics Region at Computers Business Division of Toshiba, simultaneously being a member of Executive team of European Emerging Markets region. Igor has strong record of achievements in strategic planning, building and developing highly productive teams, launching new products, business model re-engineering, channel set-up development.
Michael White, General Manager, Quadmark
Michael White is General Manager EMEA of Quadmark, a specialist channel strategy and sales enablement consultancy. Michael White is a marketing and sales professional with over 25 years cross-industry sales and marketing experience, consulting on distribution channels for both commercial and consumer markets, in industries including technology hardware and software, telecommunications, capital equipment, building materials and consumer durables. He has consulted at worldwide and regional level on optimizing all types of channels, with a focus on Marketing and Channel Strategy, Key Account Management, Channel Management and Return On Marketing Investment. His clients include Apple, Cisco, Electrolux, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Logitech, Microsoft, Nokia, Orange, Procter & Gamble, SanDisk and Tefal/Groupe SEB.
Laurent Eymard, Co-Founder & CEO, RED DOPLHIN
Laurent has been involved in wearables for two years and technology, channel and distribution for 25 years. He founded RED-DOLPHIN in 2013 (based in Switzerland). RED-DOLPHIN is first, a community (news, forum, discussions) dedicated to wearable technology; and second, a shopping platform for end-users opened to start-ups offering innovative wearable solutions. Prior to RED-DOLPHIN Laurent held various senior European positions in multinational companies like HP, Iomega and Tech Data.
Isabell Strohofer, Senior Marketing Consultant IT EMEA, GfK Retail & Technology
Isabell Strohofer is Marketing Manager IT at GfK Retail and Technology, the global leader in market tracking services for all kind of HighTech Markets. She is in charge of the GfK Distribution Panel as well as GfK Supply Chain Management Insights. Prior to GfK, Isabell was working in different sales and marketing positions with a special focus on logistics and customer services.
Dennis Bode, Editor in Chief, hardwareluxx Media GmbH
Dennis Bode is the founder of Hardwareluxx, one of the biggest german online magazines in the IT segment in Germany. He started the magazine already 16 years ago, during this timeframe it has grown to a total audience of 1.7+ million visits per months, and it has one of the biggest communities in Germany at all. Hardwareluxx runs over 400 product tests per year and our editors are writing over 4.000 news items per year. Hardwareluxx employs over 14 people, who are working from Germany, Austria, Russia and Taipei, Taiwan to publish and translate articles in three languages. Dennis Bode is the co-founder of the European Hardware Association, an organization that consists of independent tech publications from all major European countries. He has a master degree in economics from the University of Hanover, Germany.
Jan Wassmann, Global Product Manager for Wearables, GfK Retail & Technology
In his role as global product manager Jan overseas GfK’s retail panels for Wearable Devices in more than 30 countries around the globe. This role enables him to share profound knowledge about the development of wearable markets, specifically in terms of retail sales audited by GfK. As a market analyst he offers his expertise to GfK’s major clients of the telco industry on a daily basis. Previously, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses as a lecturer of Marketing and Market Research at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. Jan holds a Ph.D in Business Management.
Benoît Van Den Bulcke, Director, French Federation of Home Automation
Grounded in his 20 years of experience in IT software and hardware industry, Benoît VAN DEN BULCKE is a hands-on new technologies expert. In the course of several consulting engagements, he is working for firms in a wide variety of industries and professions; he is regarded as an expert in the area of home automation and the internet of things. He is an administrator of the french federation of Home Automation that embraces more than 120 companies. He holds a Master of Sciences in Electronics and Computers from Institut Supérieur Electronic de Paris.