Ralph Echemendia is a world-renowned cyber security expert, known internationally by his alter ego “The Ethical Hacker.” For over 20 years, Ralph has delivered training on hacking and other security information to corporations including the US Marine Corps, NASA, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, AMEX, Intel, Boeing, Symantec, and IBM.
His portfolio of work and reputation as a leading professional across several industries has landed him the credibility to make appearances on CNN, Fox News, USA Today, and Forbes, to name a few. Ralph took his talents to Hollywood, California and has worked with award-winning Director Oliver Stone as a technical supervisor on films such as “Savages” and “Snowden” as well as as other projects such as the film “Nerve” and award-winning TV series Mr. Robot.
He has now joined forces with some of the music industry and Hollywood’s most influential names and is working on cutting edge technology for consumer cyber security. Ralph has also been a featured speaker/panelist/keynote at events such as DigitalK in Bulgaria, WoHiT in Barcelona, The Customer Contact Expo in London, Georgetown Law University Cyber Event, WHiNN in Denmark, Raytheon’s Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, DC, Austin’s South by Southwest ® (SXSW ®), the LA Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, Pioneers Festival 17 in Vienna, Digital Odense, Money 20/20, Web Summit, Collision and Dani Komunikacija Croatia to name a few.
His jaw dropping “Hacking Hollywood” appearance has been presented at Creative Artists Agency, the Digital Entertainment World Expo, the Content Protection & Piracy Summit, as well as the Anti-Piracy and Content Protection Summit.
Carlos A. Scolari has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Communication Languages (Sacro Cuore Catholic University of Milan, Italy) and a Degree in Social Communication (University of Rosario, Argentina). He is Full Professor at the Department of Communication of the University Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona, where he coordinates the PhD Program in Communication. He’s lectured about interfaces, transmedia storytelling, media ecology and interactive communication in more than twenty-five European, Asian and American countries. He has worked in Argentina, Italy and Spain, and has travelled in over thirty countries.
His most important publications are: To Do Click (2004), Hypermediations (2008), The End of Mass-edia (with M. Carlón, 2009/2012), Crossmedia Innovations (with I. Ibrus, 2012), Transmedia Storyteling (2013), Transmedia Archaeology (with P. Bertetti and M. Freeman, 2014), Media Ecolgoy (2015), Teens, Media and Collaborative Cultures (2018), The Laws of the Interface (2018) and Media Evolution (2019). His books To Do Click and Media Ecology received the Eusebi Colomer award (Epson Foundation, 2004) and the Edward Carpenter award (Media Ecology Association, 2015) respectively. He was the Principal Investigator of the Horizon 2020 “Transmedia Literacy” research project (2015-18). He participated in TEDxMoncloa (Madrid) and since 2017 he participates in Huawei’s Key Opinion Leaders program. He’s been visiting researcher at the University of Toronto (2009) and New York University (2013), and since 2019 he’s visiting professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Topics of interest for Carlos include the evolution of media ecology, transmedia storytelling, collaborative cultures, and interfaces. Also gastronomy, science fiction and cats.
A Forbes Top 20 Social Media Influencer, Glen Gilmore is an author, attorney, Rutgers University adjunct, and digital marketing strategist who provides consultations, collaborations, and customized training to members of the Fortune 500. Recognized as a “futurist” by IBM, Gilmore’s collaborations include Amazon, Intel, NATO, Verizon, Lenovo, Huawei, Omron, and others. He has garnered a social media community of over half a million followers.
Author of Social Media Law for Business and contributing author to Strategic Digital Marketing, Gilmore has been quoted on the topic of social media marketing by the likes of Reuters, CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press and The Times of India. A founding faculty member of the Digital Marketing Executive Programs at Rutgers University School of Business, Glen provides instructions in Social Media Marketing, Crisis Communications, Global Social Media Law, and Emerging Technologies. He has been ranked a Top 100 influencer in Content Marketing, 5G, AI, and AR by Onalytica.
Called a “man of action” by TIME magazine, a “national hero” by the NY Times, and a “high-energy” mayor by the Washington Post for his leadership during America’s Anthrax Crisis, Gilmore served two terms as mayor of a community in the US of nearly 100,000. He later helped develop and deliver executive crisis leadership courses at the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center at Texas A&M University. During his tenure as a New Jersey mayor, Gilmore also served as the chair of a statewide economic development task force and as a member of the board of directors of a university hospital.
A member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers’ Association, Gilmore has tapped into his love of travel and digital to become a Top .1% Travel Influencer. Better known as “Travel Esquire” in the Travel community, Gilmore works with Tourism and Travel brands in social media marketing as a brand ambassador. From camel trekking across the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan to paragliding in Croatia, he shares his travel experiences. He has worked as a travel brand ambassador with Jordanian Tourism, Puerto Vallarta Tourism, Istria (Croatia) Tourism, the Wines of Sicily, Viking Cruises, and Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury train travel brand.
Gilmore holds a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from the Widener University School of Law, where he also earned his Juris Doctorate. He is a former municipal prosecutor and judicial law clerk.
Having honorably served as an Infantry lieutenant and paratrooper, he also holds an US Army Commendation Medal for “exceptionally meritorious service”.
Pipo Serrano is a journalist (Radio, Television and Digital Journalism), who has directed strategies and digital transformations in large newsrooms and media, incorporating in them new narratives and digital coverage, in addition to Mobile Journalism (MoJo), of which he is one of the pioneers in Spain. For all this, he has been recognized by the “European Digital Mindset Awards 2018” with the “Best Journalistic Work on Digital Transformation” award. Dynamics and experience that he has also applied in projects with numerous companies from other areas.
After many years directing and sub directing numerous radio and television spaces, in recent times, his media presence is linked to his extensive knowledge of the digital universe. This has led him to participate as a speaker in various conferences related to digital issues, in addition to presenting and moderating recognized sessions at the MWC (mWeek, Digital Future Society, Congress Talks, Barcelona Digital Talent, mLunch), MojoCon, Digital Enterprise Show (DES), and Smart City World Expo to name a few. Apart from contributing to many relevant arenas, he is the host and chair of “Mobile Talks”, run monthly by the Mobile World Capital Foundation, interviewing and moderating professionals from all around the world.
Author of 2 books on digital transformation and MoJo, at an academic level, he is a professor of “Digital Journalism” in the “Master of Journalism Bcn_Ny” of the University of Barcelona and the Columbia School of Journalism. In addition, he is an associate professor at the University of New Haven, for whom he teaches digital journalism to North American students in Barcelona.
Lastly, Pipo Serrano is member of the Governing Board of the Association of Journalists of Catalonia since March 2018.
After graduating from Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics, in 1991, Prof. Emre Alkin completed his postgraduate degree in 1993 at Istanbul University. He received the title of “associate professor” in 1997, and “professor” in 2002.
Prof. Emre Alkin worked as a consultant for several investment companies and continues to serve as the board member for most of them. He also worked for the companies Çukurova, Anadolu Industry Holding, Doğan Holding and Altınbaş Holding in various sectors. Between 1998-2003, Prof. Emre Alkin was featured as an economics news commentator on TV channels such as KANAL9, BRT, TV8, SKYTÜRK and worked as an economics columnist in various newspapers.
Between 2000-2014, he held positions as Secretary General of the Turkish Exporters Assembly, member of the National Tax Council, Secretary General of the Federation of Captive Finance Companies, Secretary General of the Turkish Football Federation and member of the UEFA Marketing Committee. He is a non-executive board member of Galatasaray Inc.
Prof. Emre Alkin has held various positions in GSM and telecommunications, international financial institutions, payment systems, energy and the iron/steel industry. He gives lectures and economy classes at the Kemerburgaz University, where he continues his academic career as vice chancellor.
Prof. Emre Alkin is a columnist in the business newspaper DUNYA and also a contributor to various lifestyle magazines, where he shares his thoughts on new dimensions in business. As a best-selling author, he wrote four books about risk management and socio-economics.
Mike Flache is an entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to innovators and Fortune 500 companies. Together with talented teams, he builds digital businesses worldwide.
Mike spends much of his time helping build high-tech startups in Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia. In addition to his involvement in the startup sector, he works with executives of Fortune 500 companies, innovators and technology vendors, such as Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, Huawei Technologies, and the Silicon Valley Innovation Center to name a few.
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Vladimir is a management, innovation, and social media consultant. He has done work for clients such as The Coca-Cola Company (Serbian operations), Trebjesa Brewery Nikšić (a Molson Coors Company), Crnogorski Telekom (a part of Deutsche Telekom group), Erste Bank Serbia, the Government of Montenegro, UNDP Montenegro, the British Embassy in Belgrade (Serbia), UNICEF Youth Innovation Laboratory Montenegro, Direct Media Montenegro, British Council Montenegro, Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA)…
Vladimir is also a co-founder of NGO Digitalizuj.me, a digital community trying to help citizens and organizations in Montenegro understand and implement exciting new opportunities for social change and business in the digital environment. He is the Program Director of Spark.me, one of the most carefully curated tech/business conferences in Southeast Europe. The conference has been organized annually in Budva, Montenegro since 2013 by Domain.ME, a private company in charge of operating Montenegro’s national internet domain – .ME.
Vladimir has 12 years of experience teaching Strategic Management at the Faculty of Economics Podgorica, University of Montenegro, the leading economics and management education institution in Montenegro. He speaks frequently at conferences and corporate events, exploring the intersection of technology, business strategy, leadership, innovation & change. He was a keynote speaker in 15 countries across 3 continents.
Vladimir is a 2-time TEDx speaker, including a talk at TEDxZagreb in front of 1,000+ attendees.
Elise Quevedo is the Author of “Creating a Kick-Ass Attitude”. She is also a keynote speaker, mentor and one of the most sought after social/digital media marketing consultants. She has been voted “Top 100 Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter” multiple times, sharing that list with prestigious names such as Richard Branson and Mike Bloomberg. She is ranked among the top 2% most viewed profiles on LinkedIn.
Elise has been honored in the Top 100 Women of E-Commerce Awards and has been featured in the Entrepreneurs 4 Schools campaign during Global Entrepreneurship Week in the UK. She is an ambassador for DES (Digital Business World Congress) in Spain and Codefest Macedonia. She can also be found at The Expert Academy, Teachable, and Udemy.
She loves storytelling in her presentations and writing and has fused her personal development and entertainment background with the tech world, making sure people understand the importance of keeping their online activities interactive and with a human touch. That’s why she created SMEQ (Social Media Emotional Quotient), which is the art and influence of creating, attracting and building better business relationships through digital media.
Topics of interest for Elise include influencer marketing, digital transformation, enterprise & digital innovation, the impact of digital learning for the younger generation, IoT, social/digital media, startups, business growth, leadership and personal growth.
As a mentor/consultant she is always keen to learn about new technologies, brands and cutting-edge information that keeps her on top of her game.