Kaitlyn WonJung Chang
Within the 15 years of her career, Kaitlyn has spent 10 years in the Samsung Group, most recently as Managing Director of its in-house creative agency, Cheil Worldwide, overseeing all operations in Austria and Switzerland. Her work has been recognized worldwide by more than 45 international creative and innovation awards including Cannes Lions, Clios and Webbys. Based in Vienna since 2012, she serves multiple different roles as Head of Strategy & Innovation at Kobza and the Hungry Eyes (Kobza Media Group), Vice President and Founding Member of Women of Vienna, Mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence at Lemmings I/O, and most importantly as co-founder and COO of e-commerce tech startup Sellvus. An avid tech optimist, her passion lies in helping to maximize potentials in people through innovation and technology.
After finishing her Neuroscience M.Sc. in Marseille, Sabria moved to Vienna to complete a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neurobiology. Alongside her studies, she is involved in scientific communication, and mental illness awareness initiatives. Sabria organized events, hands-on workshops, conceptualized art projects, and is regularly speaking to promote neuroscience knowledge.
Minu Karthika Ganesan
Minu has a long research career involving various fields of biomedical science. At present she is submitting her Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Biology/tissue engineering at the Medical University of Vienna. Although she loves to work in the lab unraveling the intricate cross-talk between the cellular components of a blood vessel wall, she feels greatly satisfied when she could communicate her scientific research to an audience, which has won her many best science speaker awards.
Sonja develops outreach strategies for small businesses and community-rooted organisations. She holds a degree in archaeology from the University of Vienna, worked at excavations and in museum education for 6 years. As a freelance communications consultant, she designs programs to further diversity at tech-events. Her recent project, the mentoring program at the Wikimedia Hackathon 2017 in Vienna, received the Open Minds Austria award for diversity. She loves memes and trains Krav Maga.
Mario Arh Sales Engineer, EBV Elektronik
Mario Arh is an expert in the electronics and semiconductor technologies. Since, 2013, he is a Sales Engineer at EBV Elektronik, working with innovative SMEs and corporations in the field of automotive-, industrial- and consumer electronic applications. In addition to the technical support, Mario is also helping his clients to establish professional and reliable supply chain and logistic processes. Previously he has served as a Quality Engineer at a leading semiconductor company Infineon Technologies Austria. Since 2015, he is also a Mentor at the high-tech incubator INiTS, supporting hardware companies.
Stasia, with her diverse professional background, brings the knowledge and the practice together, in engaging, interactive workshops. She worked with big ones- like IBM, and she worked with small, local companies. Brings experience from over 10 years in Customer Service, Marketing, Project management. With communication being always the core of her work, she now teaches you how to develop your own, authentic way of communication in business. She doesn’t believe in perfection, instead she encourages honesty, authenticity and originality. She prefers cats from dogs and always speaks her mind. And is on a mission to help people, and especially women, to get their voices heard!
Tanja Ollinger Senior Manager, BOSCH Group
Tanja is an experienced high level line manager at Bosch, responsible for about 35 people. During her career she has been in several positions, where she learned how to lead change in the process-centric automotive sector, always finding the ideal balance between agility and robustness.
Gerta recently finished her M.Sc. in Business Informatics at TU Vienna. During her studies she collaborated with multiple research departments at TU Vienna as well as Data61 (Australia). Her research focused on operations research and cloud optimization, combining methods from mathematical programming with latest container-based virtualization technologies. Gerta has also worked as an IT project manager and business process analyst for a software company in Vienna. She has successfully acquired project funding and managed a cross-organizational R&D project facilitating data analytics for manufacturing processes.
Yazgan Mete obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Technical Chemistry at the Technische Universität Wien. She finished her Master thesis in February 2017 and is since working on her PhD thesis focusing on photopolymerization in the research group for Macromolecular Chemistry.
Stefan earned his BSc in technical chemistry from the Technische Universität Wien, and continued his studies there to earn his MSc degree at the institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry. Since, his master thesis project was to create an interface between glass surfaces and T-cells, he joined BIOINTERFACE as a PhD student to stay in this field of research. He has special experience in polymer chemistry and photo polymerization techniques.
Rina Ahmed Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Rina Ahmed is Software Engineer in the Commercial Software Engineering Group of Microsoft. She codes with customers and partners on AI and Machine Learning solutions. She also has experience in supporting developers with cloud solutions and client development as Technical Evangelist.