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Admit it! At some point in your life, you have run around the house in a cape or costume pretending that you had superpowers. There’s an irresistible attraction about superheroes that captures the imagination of young and old. But we don’t have to look far to see and observe superheroes with superpowers. It is in each and every one of us. With these powers, we all can make an impact and create change. How can we discover these Superpowers and how can we learn from those who have brought theirs out into the light, and have used them to create something special – in their own day-to-day life, in their neighborhood or for the greater good? How can we “join forces” to tackle and overcome today’s challenges, and those of the future? Join us to listen to extraordinary stories of how our speakers came across their Superpowers and how the Superpowers of one and all can lead us into the future.


  • Kristen Berman
    Kristen Berman

    Kristen Berman studies how people actually act in the marketplace, as opposed to how they should or would perform if they were completely rational. 

    Kristen co-founded Irrational Labs, a behavioral product design company, with Dan Ariely in 2013. Irrational Labs helps companies and nonprofits understand and leverage behavioral economics to increase the health, wealth and happiness of their users. She also co-founded Common Cents Lab, a Duke University initiative dedicated to improving the financial well-being for low to middle Americans. Common Cents has launched over 50 experiments with companies, touching tens of thousands of people. 

    She was on the founding team for the behavioral economics group at Google, a group that touches over 26 teams across Google, and hosts ones of the top behavioral change conferences globally, StartupOnomics. She co-authored a series of workbooks called Hacking Human Nature for Good: A practical guide to changing behavior, with Dan Ariely. These workbooks are being used at companies like Google, Intuit, Neflix, Fidelity, Lending Club for business strategy and design work. 

    Before designing, testing and scaling products that use behavioral economics, Kristen was a Sr. Product Manager at Intuit and camera startup, Lytro. She built product management and marketing systems for small businesses and consumers, for domestic and international markets, for mobile and web, working on front and back end systems. The core thread throughout this all is a deep passion for understanding why people behave the way they do and then building solutions that make their lives better. 

    Kristen is an advisor for Loop Commerce, Code For America Accelerator and the Genr8tor Incubator and has spoken at Google, Facebook, Fidelity, Equifax, Stanford, Bay Area Computer Human Interaction seminar and more. 

    Twitter: @bermster | Website:

  • Melanie Rieback
    Melanie Rieback

    Dr Melanie Rieback is the CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security, the world’s first non-profit computer security consultancy company. She is also a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at VU who performed RFID security research (RFID Virus and RFID Guardian), that attracted worldwide press coverage, and won several awards (VU Mediakomeet, ISOC Award, NWO I/O award, IEEE Percom Best Paper, USENIX Lisa Best Paper). Melanie worked as a Senior Engineering Manager on XenClient at Citrix, where she led their Vancouver office. She was also the head researcher in the CSIRT at ING Bank, where she spearheaded their Analysis Lab and the ING Core Threat Intelligence Project. For fun, she co-founded the Dutch Girl Geek Dinner in 2008. Melanie was named 2010 ICT Professional of the Year (Finalist) by WomeninIT, one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010 and 2017, one of the fifty most inspiring women in tech (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016 and 2017, and the Most Innovative IT Leader by CIO Magazine NL (TIM Award) in 2017. Her company, Radically Open Security was also named the 50th Most Innovative SME by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (MKB Innovatie Top 100) in 2016.)


  • Cynthia Barcomi
    Cynthia Barcomi

    Cynthia Barcomi was born in Seattle, Washington. She received her diploma with distinction in philosophy and theater studies from Columbia University in New York City. In 1985 she moved to Berlin and began her career as professional dancer.  An avid cook and baker since childhood, Cynthia opened her first shop – a coffee roastery and bakery in 1994 and has never looked back.  In 1997 she opened her second shop, a Deli in Berlin-Mitte and in 2007 published her first baking book.  In 2009 Cynthia launched her own bakeware line, which is handmade in England. Her seven best-selling baking & cookbooks are inspired by sense-memories, dreams and bridging the cultural gap between classic American cuisine and her love for Germany.  In addition, Cynthia is the baking expert on ARD and ZDF and recently was a guest judge on Top Chef.  She lives with her husband and four children in Berlin.

    Twitter: @cynthiabarcomi | Website:

  • Barry Fitzgerald
    Barry Fitzgerald

    Dr. Barry W. Fitzgerald is a superhero scientist, speaker, author, and enthusiastic communicator based at TU Delft, the Netherlands. His research interests include computational physics, responsible innovation, scientific outreach, and superhero science. For the latter, Barry aims to identify the science and technology of today that could lead to superpowers tomorrow. Barry is the author of two popular science books (Secrets of Superhero Science, Secret Science of Santa Claus), the editor-in-chief of the open access journal Superhero Science and Technology, and he has published scientific papers in physics, chemistry, physiology, and education. In addition, Barry has spoken at numerous events around the world about superheroes such as La Futura Shanghai, the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, and the Galway International Arts Festival. Barry has seen the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War more than 40 times and his superpower will always remain a closely guarded secret.

    Twitter: @BWScienceNow | Website: | Facebook: BW Science

  • Sule Kutlay Gandur
    Sule Kutlay Gandur

    Sule Kutlay Gandur is an international executive coach, strategic consultant, and keynote speaker, based in Istanbul and Paris. Her niche is in “resilience”, to increase her clients’ agility hence re-define their lives. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s master’s level coaching program; she is also a certified Gestalt coach and NBI (“Neethling Brain Instrument”) practitioner. Sule was born and raised In Istanbul, until she left to study in America. She double majored in communication and psychology at Macalester College. She then received her Master of Arts degree in communication, from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her first job was as a news reporter in Washington. She then worked for Saatchi & Saatchi advertising, and was appointed managing director in 2001. In 2004, Sule decided to become an entrepreneur, setting up her boutique marketing consultancy firm. In 2015, she has re-shifted her focus, from strategic advising to leadership coaching. Sule Kutlay is an active member of Young Presidents Organization, Columbia University Learning Association, and European Association for Coaching.

    Twitter: @sulekutlay | Website:

  • Simon Kretschmer
    Simon Kretschmer

    Simon loves journalism. Although he isn't a writer. He once founded a school newspaper which succeed as a business, but it failed on the editorial side. This convinced him to use his business and organizational skills to enable great journalistic work to have an impact and be financially sustainable. After traveling the world, working and studying abroad, he joined Gruner+Jahr, the biggest magazine publisher in Europe, where he finally became Publisher and Managing Director of various well-known media brands and magazines. After 16 years at Bertelsmann he left the corporate path to join a young non-profit organization. This radical professional change was driven by his belief in the power of investigative journalism. He now heads CORRECTIV as the managing director, an independent investigative newsroom. Last year they coordinated and published the investigation on the 55 Billion Euro tax robbery in Europe known as the CumEx-Files. In addition to investigative journalism, CORRECTIV fights against false information, promoting media literacy and initiates educational programs.

    LinkedIn: Simon Kretschmer | Website:


  • Ain TheMachine
    Ain TheMachine

    Ain TheMachine is an AudioVisual musician with a clear goal: To transform the way we perceive electronic music.

    It is music without instruments.

    A concept he calls Musica Biotronica.

    Electronic music made only with Body, Voice and Everyday Objects.Through Technology he transforms these elements into an AudioVisual Live Show.

    For his new live show #PlayTheCity Live, he has audio-visually sampled different cities around the world to transform them into his musical instruments and the visuals of the show.
    The music is groove driven, inspired by Funk House and Techno.

    Ain TheMachine’s goal is to take the crowd on dance trip around the globe!

    Facebook: AinTheMachine | Website:


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