Europe Advisory Committee

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Allyson Kapin, Founder of Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign

Allyson has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Tech by Fast Company, one of the top Tech Titans by the Washingtonian, and one of the Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media. She is also the Co-Founder of Rad Campaign, a web agency that works with nonprofits to fight the world’s toughest problems, ranging from climate change to health care reform. She is also a philanthropic adviser to Craig Newmark, the Founder of craigslist and craigconnects. In 2012, Allyson wrote the nonprofit best-selling book, Social Change Anytime Everywhere, with Amy Sample Ward. In 2007, Allyson founded Women Who Tech: A Telesummit for Women in Technology featuring Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com and Joan Blades of Moveon.org. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Anita Borg Institute and the Planning Committee for NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference. Allyson blogged for Fast Company, focusing on trends in technology and Web 2.0, and currently serves as the Blogger-in-Chief for Care2’s nonprofit communications blog, Frogloop.

Craig Newmark, Founder of craigslist and craigconnects

Craig Newmark is the Founder of craigslist, the web-based platform that has changed classified advertising. Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the world’s 10 most-visited English language web platforms. Today, craigslist websites serve every continent on earth except Antarctica. craigslist provides users with mostly free advertising opportunities, and is meant to help people help each other with basic needs like housing and jobs. craigslist is based on a culture of trust that encourages users to critique information that is shared on the site.

In 1976, Craig began his business career with IBM, where he spent nearly 17 years. He subsequently worked in programming for Charles Schwab, Bank of America, and other firms. In 1995, while working for Charles Schwab, Craig launched craigslist in his flat as a free way for people to share information about events in San Francisco.

In March 2011, Craig launched craigconnects, his initiative to link everyone on the planet using social media. craigconnects aims to promote good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. It also supports technology and platforms that enhance connectivity, help more people and organizations do good in the world, and improve media integrity.

craigconnects evolved from Craig’s years of personal involvement with nonprofit organizations and issues he considers to be vital. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of three nonprofit organizations, on the Advisory Board of 11 others, and provides personal or financial support to dozens more. These organizations use the internet to help solve social issues, provide for America’s returning veterans, drive funding for school projects directly to classrooms, or help government agencies and groups’ innovation initiatives.

Craig regularly communicates through Twitter (@craignewmark) and Facebook (facebook.com/craignewmark). He also contributes to the Huffington Post.

Lisa Stone, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of BlogHer

Lisa Stone is an entrepreneur and digital media strategist with 18 years of experience developing scale consumer communities via storytelling, quality conversation, and analytics. Most recently, Lisa was CEO and Co-Founder of BlogHer Inc., which she grew from an idea for a grassroots conference into a startup that reached 100+ million women each month, earned $30 million in annual revenue, and became a proprietary tech platform to engage social influencers. Lisa also executive produced BlogHer’s conferences, the world’s largest for women in social media. Her past interviews include President Barack Obama, Sheryl Sandberg, Soledad O’Brien, and Melinda Gates. In 2014, Lisa led the sale of BlogHer to SheKnows Media, creating the #1 women’s lifestyle digital media company. Previously, Lisa pioneered the first blog publishing network at Law.com. She was also Vice President of Programming and Editor-in-Chief at Women.com Networks. In this role, she led original programming and partnerships with Bloomberg, Gallup, E! Online, and HBO’s Sex and the City. She also helped launch 11 Hearst and two Rodale magazine sites.

Although Lisa left CNN for WebTV in 1997, she has continued to write for The New York Times, LATimes.com, LinkedIn, Medium, HuffPost BlogHer.com. Her honors include a Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur Award, being named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and receiving an Ernst & Young Winning Women award. She was also the first Internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University. A Montanan who goes home to ski as often as possible, Lisa lives in Silicon Valley with Christopher Carfi and their children.

Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikimedia Foundation

Jimmy Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as the Founder of Wikimedia Foundation – the charity which operates Wikipedia.org – and the Co-Founder of Wikia.com.

Wales received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Auburn University and his Master’s in Finance from University of Alabama. During his academic career, he published an academic paper called “On the pricing of Index Options when all the underlying assets follow a lognormal diffusion”. Before he started his career as Internet entrepreneur, Wales worked as a futures and options trader in Chicago, trading mostly short-term interest rate derivatives and currency futures.

In 2007, The World Economic Forum recognized Wales as one of its Young Global Leaders. This prestigious award acknowledges the top 250 young leaders for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to shape the world’s future. Wales also received the Time 100 Award in 2006 when he was named one of the world’s most influential people in the “Scientists & Thinkers” category. He was appointed a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2005, and he joined the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organization Creative Commons in 2006.

In January 2001, Wales started Wikipedia.org, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Today, Wikipedia and its sister projects are among the top five most visited websites. In mid-2003, Wales set up the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, CA, to support Wikipedia.org. The Foundation is now based in downtown San Francisco. It boasts a staff of close to 150 that focuses on fundraising, technology, and programming to expand Wikipedia. Wales now sits on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation and continues to act as a key spokesperson.

In 2004, Wales co-founded Wikia.com, a separate company that enables groups of people to share information and opinions that fall outside the scope of an encyclopedia. Wikia’s community-created wikis range from video games and movies to finance and environmental issues. Wikia’s network is now ranked as the 16th most popular website according to Quantcast.com.

In 2014, Wales was appointed Co-Chairman of The People’s Operator, a UK-based mobile operator that enables users to donate 10 percent of their phone bills to causes of their choice at no extra cost to them. In January 2016, Wales became a non-executive director of the Guardian Media Group. He currently lives in London, where he intends to make his permanent home.

Stephanie Hospital, Founder of OneRagtime

Stephanie is building a next generation venture capital fund, crowd equity platform, and startup studio. She’s investing in Europe and Israel with the ambition to back visionary entrepreneurs striving to shape the future through technology and innovation. Her fund helps tech entrepreneurs and startups scale overseas through investment, operational support, business development, and partnerships. She makes early-stage investments favoring consumer internet and mobile-first models that leverage the power of community and data.

Prior to this, Stephanie was the Executive Vice President of Orange Digital in the Digital & New Growth business unit. She has an extensive international and management background in the digital, telecommunication, and advertising sectors. Stephanie also has a proven track record establishing and growing new ventures, investing, building best-in-class teams, and forming international partnerships.

Adizah Tejani, Director of Marketing (EMEA) at Token

Adizah is a product-focused technology executive who has worked within the digital tech space since 2009. She is currently the Director of Marketing (EMEA) at Token, a San Francisco-based open banking fintech company. She was also part of the founding team at Level39, a London-based technology accelerator focused on fintech and cybersecurity products. Under her leadership, the Level39 technology ecosystem grew to over 200+ member companies, delivered over 7 hours of weekly educational programming, and established tech partnerships.

Adizah has worked in the technology and startup ecosystems for the last 7 years and understands how to build relationships and strategies that add value to all partners. Adizah has worked on the rollout of digital products such as websites, billing systems, and mentor matching platforms. This work has led her to collaborate with industry leaders such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IBM, JP Morgan, UBS, Thomson Reuters, and Accenture.

Adizah has also spoken about the impact of technology, business, and finance at global industry events and conferences. In 2016, she was named one of the top 100 women in London by City A.M.

Mary McKenna MBE, Director at Elemental Software and Co-Founder of Learning Pool

Mary McKenna is a well-known Irish technology entrepreneur and angel investor. She co-founded the successful Northern Irish e-learning company Learning Pool following a long public sector career and a spell as a Silicon Valley dotcommer. She exited from Learning Pool in 2014 so that she could return to working with earlier-stage startups.

Mary is interested in helping to start and grow indigenous Irish and UK tech companies. She is also keen to work with female and young entrepreneurs. She is a resident expert at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School; one of the Entrepreneurs in Residence at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast; a trustee of the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology; and an active member of Tech London Advocates.

She has invested in six early-stage tech startups to date, three of which have female founding teams. Mary was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to digital technology, innovation, and learning.

Martin Bryant, Community Editor of Tech North

Martin Bryant is Community Editor at Tech North, where he tells the story of technology in the North of England. He uncovers world-class companies, people, and initiatives that often fly under the radar of major tech publications.

Martin was previously Editor-at-Large at The Next Web and is a regular fixture on technology conference stages in Europe and the USA. He often appears on national and international TV and radio programmes to talk about technology.

Rajeeb Dey MBE, Founder of Enternships.com & CEO of Learnerbly

Rajeeb Dey is the Founder and CEO of Enternships, a portal which has connected students and graduates to internships and graduate jobs in over 7,000 startups and fast-growing businesses for which he was named the “02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2013.

He is passionate about helping people to connect to opportunities and flourish in their careers. Most recently, Rajeeb launched Learnerbly, a platform to manage employees’ professional development and help people be their best selves at work.

Rajeeb is also the Co-Founder of StartUp Britain, a national entrepreneurship campaign launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011. He is a vocal supporter of social enterprise who has served as a Trustee of UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, for over 8 years.

Rajeeb graduated with 1st Class Honours in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and was appointed the world’s youngest Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012 aged just 26. He was named as one of the 1,000 Most Influential People in London by The Evening Standard as well as being recognised in prestigious publications “Who’s Who” and “Debrett’s People of Today”. He was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List in June 2016 for services to entrepreneurship. You can follow him on Twitter @rajdey.

Robin Wauters, Founding Editor of Tech.eu

Robin is a seasoned European technology journalist and the Founding Editor of Tech.eu, the premier source of European technology news, data analysis, and market intelligence. He was formerly the European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch.