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 neighbourhood 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.



  • Insa Klasing
    Insa Klasing

    Insa is a change maker. She loves a challenge and is not afraid of contrasts: In her corner office as CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken she felt just as much at home as she now does in a Berlin co-working space as Co-Founder of TheNextWe, a startup enabling big companies to achieve mindset change at scale. She began her career in India, building schools in the Himalaya with her own NGO. This was followed by a stint in management consulting in London, before launching the British Smoothie brand innocent in Germany. In any setting, Insa goes for growth, be it personal, business or societal. Her passion is the future of leadership, which she argues is all about letting go, as articulated in her latest book “Der 2-Stunden-Chef”. Insa is a board member of various international companies and was named a Young Global Leader 2017 by the World Economic Forum.

    Twitter: @InsaKlasing | Website:

  • Alexis Conran
    Alexis Conran

    Alexis Conran, TV Presenter and Actor (LAMDA trained) is best known known as the man who identifies, uncovers and helps us to protect our businesses and ourselves against scams. As writer and presenter of the highly acclaimed BBC TV show, The Real Hustle he is in the rare position of being able to advise and educate even the most-foolhardy on issues surrounding security and risk (in the real and virtual world), and identify the human behaviour, communication skills and confidence tricks that the world’s top scammers rely on to achieve their unscrupulous aims.

    As a charismatic and engaging keynote and after-dinner speaker, Alexis employs his knowledge of the dark and deceptive world of hustling, pickpockets and con-artists to speak candidly on the risks and security threats constantly faced by businesses, and to deliver important messages on the shrewdest ways to protect against the ever-increasing number of scams. His recent clients include IBM, the RSA Security Conference, Experian, RBS, Halifax, Aviva, Facebook, Porsche, VISA, The Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police Fraud in Action Unit.

    Alexis currently hosts his own weekly show, The Radio Hustle on Talk Radio and co-stars in the new Dave show THE JOY OF TECHS, alongside his best friend, comedian, actor and satirist, Marcus Brigstocke. He also contributes to ITV’s This Morning and BBC Radio 4 and 5Live, and was crowned champion of Celebrity MasterChef 2016.

    Twitter: @alexisconran | Facebook: @AlexisConranOfficial | Website:

  • Pia Klemp
    Pia Klemp

    Captain Pia Klemp is a vegan natur-lover, animal-rights and human-rights activist. She spent the last seven years onboard various NGO vessels and oceans, fighting against illegal whale hunt and illegal fishing. Since summer 2017 she captained Search & Rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea to help refugees and migrants in maritime distress on their dangerous route to safety in Europe.

    Since June 2018 Klemp and nine other crew members of the IUVENTA are under investigation for 'aiding and abetting illegal immigration to Italy' - because they saved the lives. The IUVENTA and its crew were involved in the rescue of over 14,000 people in distress at sea. Today they face up to 20 years in prison.
    What lies ahead of the crew is a marathon - not a sprint. The trial is expected to last between 3 and 4 years and the total cost of the trial will be 500,000 €.  The iuventa10 are fighting a legal and political fight against the criminalization of solidarity with refugees and migrants.

    Twitter: @iuventa10 | Facebook: @juventa10 | Instagram: iuventa10 | Website:

  • Yuliana Gorkorov
    Yuliana Gorkorov

    Yuliana Gorkorov, M.A., is a multilingual communication designer, graduate of the Folkwang University of the Arts (2017). Her knowledge of the Hebrew, Cyrillic, Latin and Arabic alphabets drove her to create the award winning «Global Alphabet» project. Within the project she designed fonts that unite these alphabets in different ways, making them simultaneously readable to people from different cultures. She presents the project in exhibitions and lectures around the world, giving a new perspective on letters that we use every day. Yuliana worked for several years as a graduate assistant at the Institute for Lifelong Learning of the Folkwang University. Currently she is working as an independent designer focusing on projects in the field of type design and the history of writing.

    Facebook: @mutualphabets | Website:

  • Bart de Witte
    Bart de Witte

    Bart de Witte is an inspiring and award winning digital health tech leader. During the last years he has been on a mission to harness the power of artificial intelligence for the greater good and help to solve current and future inequalities in healthcare. He is the founder of HIPPO AI, an NGO that focusses on Open Sourcing Medical AI. His experience and his vision places him in a unique position to change the current direction of digital health innovation, which is according to Bart leading to an anti-Gutenberg moment, where medical knowledge is increasingly becoming a private good. Bart as worked as an executive for 2 of the world top 3 software vendors. His experience and his vision places him in a unique position to change the current direction of digital health innovation. He is part of the founding faculty of the European Institute of Exponential Technologies and desirable futures, He has been intimately involved as a mentor in the formation and growth of a dozen digital health startups, and lectures at different universities in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria.

    Twitter: @swisshealth20 | Website:

  • 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:


  • Olmo

    Francesco Lo Giudice, alias Olmo, is an independent musician born in Italy, bred in the UK and based in Berlin. His output borrows (sometimes steals...) from traditional singer songwriting, classical music and electronic production. His brief performance today features his piece ‘A second late’, which explores the idea of time bending in order to experience the world at one’s own pace. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the power to control time, rather than being controlled by it?


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  • 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!

    Instagram: ainthemachine | Website:

  • Tula

    Swedish-born and now Berlin-based Tula has made her presence known.Seemingly, out of nowhere, she appeared with a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”, which put her on the map. Her cover became somewhat of an “indie phenomenon”, receiving a great amount of attention from some of the most reputable online publications (Pigeons & Planes, Stereogum, Indie Shuffle, Clash...), and garnering diehard fans that helped launch an international run. This led to her performing at legendary venues across the world, such as the Sugar Factory in Amsterdam and Vega in Copenhagen.

    While it can be nerve-wracking to release an original song after such a successful cover, Tula’s next single, “River”, along with her third release, “Another Kind of Red”, both reached the #1 spot on Hype Machine, demonstrating that she is a genuine artist and songwriter.

    Tula’s dark pop essence is as eerie as it is inviting. Not only has she caught the eye of many listeners, she has also attracted the attention of renowned producers, including Klas Åhlund (Robyn, Madonna) with whom she wrote and produced in a great working symbiosis the fantastic and mysterious BULLET, COLOURS and her forthcoming EP SKIN. Most recently Tula came to worldwide attention with her collaboration with LA based electro trio THE GLITCH MOB on their new album See Without Eyes.

    “When we first heard Tula sing on ‘Keep on Breathing’, we immediately knew this collaboration was going to be pure magic. It’srare when another artist gets into your own work and makes you hear it in a new way, adding a new dimension. We loved it somuch, we asked her to sing on ‘How Could This Be Wrong’ as well”. True words from THE GLITCH MOB and not more to say!

    Tula’s latest single COLOURS is proving there is more wonders to come.
    “I hear in colours. Every voice, every sound and tone is connected to a colour in my mind.” - TULA 2018

    Facebook: @tulatunes | Soundcloud: Tula | Twitter: tulamusic | Instagram: tulamusic


12pm -1pm Registration
1pm - 2.15pm Session 1
Stephan Balzer Welcome
Barry Fitzgerald Being a Responsible Superhero
Melanie Rieback Post-Growth Entrepreneurship
Tula Performance
Cynthia Barcomi How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the struggle
2.15pm - 3.15pm Lunch Break
3.15pm - 4.30pm Session 2
Bart de Witte Making Healthcare accessible to all
Sule Kutlay Gandur The Superpower of Resilience
Ain TheMachine Performance
Yuliana Gorkorov The Global Alphabet
Pia Klemp Why I fight for solidarity
4.30pm - 5.15pm Coffee Break
5.15pm - 6.30pm Session 3
Olmo Performance
Kristen Berman Don't Listen To Your Customers
Simon Kretschmer Non-Profit Investigative Journalism and a New Age of Enlightenment
Insa Klasing The power of letting go
Alexis Conran The Superpower of The Conman
6.30pm End




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