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Mentorship Lunch

Roxana  is Chief Strategy Officer at Blend Network, peer to peer property lending platform. Prior to this, Roxana was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley and responsible for the design and implementation of fundamental-based and tactical commodity trade ideas. She started her career at  Barclays advising institutional investors and pension funds on their commodity investment  strategies. Most recently, Roxana founded the ‘Uber of Beauty’, leading UK mobile beauty platform Zeebba. Roxana holds an MSc in Financial Economics and Econometrics and a BSc in Quantitative Economics.  Roxana is a volunteer outreach worker engaging with homeless people across London. She hosts a monthly Ladies Pampering Day for women and girls living in the streets in partnership with local homeless day centres.

Roxana is Chief Strategy Officer at Blend Network, peer to peer property lending platform. Prior to this, Roxana was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley and responsible for the design and implementation of fundamental-based and tactical commodity trade ideas. She started her career at

Barclays advising institutional investors and pension funds on their commodity investment

strategies. Most recently, Roxana founded the ‘Uber of Beauty’, leading UK mobile beauty platform Zeebba. Roxana holds an MSc in Financial Economics and Econometrics and a BSc in Quantitative Economics.

Roxana is a volunteer outreach worker engaging with homeless people across London. She hosts a monthly Ladies Pampering Day for women and girls living in the streets in partnership with local homeless day centres.

Roxana Mohammadian

Chief Strategy Officer

Blend Network

Sadaf Askari  is the founder and CEO of Hybream, a London-based smart city startup.  The focus of her role at Hybream is to develop a range of technologies for industrial process applications. By combining engineering and data expertise, she helps her customers to make informed decisions when answering the challenges that urban infrastructure faces today. In their smart cities lab, urban infrastructure is seen as wide-scale cyber-physical system, with sensors monitoring cyber and physical indicators and dynamically changing the complex urban environment. Sadaf has a B.Sc from University of Tehran in Urban Engineering and a Master Of Architecture (M. Arch.) from UCL.

Sadaf Askari is the founder and CEO of Hybream, a London-based smart city startup.

The focus of her role at Hybream is to develop a range of technologies for industrial process applications. By combining engineering and data expertise, she helps her customers to make informed decisions when answering the challenges that urban infrastructure faces today. In their smart cities lab, urban infrastructure is seen as wide-scale cyber-physical system, with sensors monitoring cyber and physical indicators and dynamically changing the complex urban environment. Sadaf has a B.Sc from University of Tehran in Urban Engineering and a Master Of Architecture (M. Arch.) from UCL.

Sadaf Askari

Founder and CEO

Hybream

Manouchehr Shamsrizi  is among the most publicly prominent voices of Germany’s younger generation“ (Washington Post) and was an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow of Innovative Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge, a Global Justice Fellow at Yale University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. He is co-founder and was CEO of Hamburg-based social business / digital health startup RetroBrain R&D („a benchmark in the therapeutic gamification industry“ (LIFT Basel)), co-founder of Blockchain-NGO Kryptos, and co-founder of gamelab.berlin, which is part of Humboldt Universität’s Cluster of Excellence in Berlin. „Manou“ was one of 100 handpicked European Founders invited to President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University and one of last year’s "Top 40 under 40 entrepreneurs" of business magazine CAPITAL.       He is a lecturer on „future-oriented technology (Blockchain, AI, VR, etc) and its impact on society“ at Leuphana University Lüneburg, and at Quadriga University's "MBA in Leadership & Digital Business Transformation" in Berlin. Shamsrizi is a member of various think tanks on issues of digitisation and justice, including the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the ZEIT Foundation, and the Grameen Creative Lab of Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus. As the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Inclusify AG, he has been one of Germany's youngest Supervisory Board members since 2018. As a Metalhead and Past-President of a Rotaract Club he co-founded and is a Board Member of the Rotarian Metalhead Fellowship, which he honestly never thought would ever come into being. He was a speaker at the Bellevue Forum of German President Joachim Gauck and was awarded The Germany Scholarship by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and Schering Foundation."

Manouchehr Shamsrizi is among the most publicly prominent voices of Germany’s younger generation“ (Washington Post) and was an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow of Innovative Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge, a Global Justice Fellow at Yale University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. He is co-founder and was CEO of Hamburg-based social business / digital health startup RetroBrain R&D („a benchmark in the therapeutic gamification industry“ (LIFT Basel)), co-founder of Blockchain-NGO Kryptos, and co-founder of gamelab.berlin, which is part of Humboldt Universität’s Cluster of Excellence in Berlin. „Manou“ was one of 100 handpicked European Founders invited to President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University and one of last year’s "Top 40 under 40 entrepreneurs" of business magazine CAPITAL.


He is a lecturer on „future-oriented technology (Blockchain, AI, VR, etc) and its impact on society“ at Leuphana University Lüneburg, and at Quadriga University's "MBA in Leadership & Digital Business Transformation" in Berlin. Shamsrizi is a member of various think tanks on issues of digitisation and justice, including the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the ZEIT Foundation, and the Grameen Creative Lab of Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus. As the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Inclusify AG, he has been one of Germany's youngest Supervisory Board members since 2018. As a Metalhead and Past-President of a Rotaract Club he co-founded and is a Board Member of the Rotarian Metalhead Fellowship, which he honestly never thought would ever come into being. He was a speaker at the Bellevue Forum of German President Joachim Gauck and was awarded The Germany Scholarship by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and Schering Foundation."

Manouchehr Shamsrizi

Co-Founder

RetroBrain

Ali Tehrani  has founded two venture-backed AI startups. He is the co-founder and CEO of Astroscreen, which has raised $1m in funding and detects disinformation campaigns on social networks. Prior to Astroscreen, Ali founded Contactable, a news analytics company which was backed by Techstars and was acquired. Ali holds an Economics and Geography degree from University College London.

Ali Tehrani has founded two venture-backed AI startups. He is the co-founder and CEO of Astroscreen, which has raised $1m in funding and detects disinformation campaigns on social networks. Prior to Astroscreen, Ali founded Contactable, a news analytics company which was backed by Techstars and was acquired. Ali holds an Economics and Geography degree from University College London.

Ali Tehrani

Co-founder & CEO

Astroscreen

 
Mia Bennett  is a recovering management consultant with a passion for building businesses and products. Companies she founded serve millions today, where she is now a board member. More recently, she set up and led PwC's Emerging Technologies practice and has been the Entrepreneur in Residence at Citi Ventures and Zinc, a mission-driven program.

Mia Bennett is a recovering management consultant with a passion for building businesses and products. Companies she founded serve millions today, where she is now a board member. More recently, she set up and led PwC's Emerging Technologies practice and has been the Entrepreneur in Residence at Citi Ventures and Zinc, a mission-driven program.

Mia Bennett

Founder

Zinc VC

Faranak Farahmand Pour , currently lives in Dubai and works at SAP’s Global Strategic Initiatives, a high performing sales organization responsible for the strategy, structure and negotiation of highly complex partnership and opportunities.  Faranak joined GSI in 2015 initially located in The Netherlands focusing on SAP EMEA North region (Great Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Baltic countries) and moved to Dubai in August 2016 focusing on SAP EMEA South region (Africa, Middle East, South Europe: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey). Faranak is a key member of the GSI team successfully leading the strategy, structuring and negotiation of large complex opportunities with our customers in EMEA. Faranak has demonstrated the ability to engage with customers in various countries and cultures. Faranak is also the Chapter Lead for the SAP Business Women’s Network in the United Arab Emirates.  The business women’s network (BWN) is an employee-driven network at SAP to help women advance their careers and the company’s business. By sharing professional insights, best practices, education and experience, we help one another develop skills and career advancing opportunities to drive SAP’s  success. More information can be found on https://news.sap.com/2017/07/ten-years-business-womens-network-sap/ Between August 2013 and July 2015, Faranak headed the Legal Department for SAP in The Netherlands, managing all legal matters for SAP Nederland B.V. including drafting and negotiating agreements (software licensing, Cloud Services, Consulting Services, (IT) outsourcing, purchasing and sales). Prior to joining SAP, Faranak was part of the Legal Depart of Philips International B.V. providing legal support for the divisions of Philips IP&S, “Philips Corporate IT”, “Philips Forwarding and Distribution”, “Philips Group Purchasing” and “FINOPS”(Finance Operations) worldwide. Faranak has a Master of Law in International Business Law and a Bachelor of International & European Law from Tilburg University in The Netherlands, both graduated Cum Laude.

Faranak Farahmand Pour, currently lives in Dubai and works at SAP’s Global Strategic Initiatives, a high performing sales organization responsible for the strategy, structure and negotiation of highly complex partnership and opportunities.

Faranak joined GSI in 2015 initially located in The Netherlands focusing on SAP EMEA North region (Great Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Baltic countries) and moved to Dubai in August 2016 focusing on SAP EMEA South region (Africa, Middle East, South Europe: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey). Faranak is a key member of the GSI team successfully leading the strategy, structuring and negotiation of large complex opportunities with our customers in EMEA. Faranak has demonstrated the ability to engage with customers in various countries and cultures. Faranak is also the Chapter Lead for the SAP Business Women’s Network in the United Arab Emirates.

The business women’s network (BWN) is an employee-driven network at SAP to help women advance their careers and the company’s business. By sharing professional insights, best practices, education and experience, we help one another develop skills and career advancing opportunities to drive SAP’s

success. More information can be found on https://news.sap.com/2017/07/ten-years-business-womens-network-sap/ Between August 2013 and July 2015, Faranak headed the Legal Department for SAP in The Netherlands, managing all legal matters for SAP Nederland B.V. including drafting and negotiating agreements (software licensing, Cloud Services, Consulting Services, (IT) outsourcing, purchasing and sales). Prior to joining SAP, Faranak was part of the Legal Depart of Philips International B.V. providing legal support for the divisions of Philips IP&S, “Philips Corporate IT”, “Philips Forwarding and Distribution”, “Philips Group Purchasing” and “FINOPS”(Finance Operations) worldwide. Faranak has a Master of Law in International Business Law and a Bachelor of International & European Law from Tilburg University in The Netherlands, both graduated Cum Laude.

FARANAK FARAHMAND POUR

Global Strategic Initiatives

SAP

Dr. Sepideh (Sepi) Chakaveh, is a Senior Associate Tutor & Departmental Lecturer in Data Science  & Artificial Intelligence at the University of Oxford and the CEO & Founder of Pixsellar Technologies a Big Data Video Analytics Start-up company. Sepi has worked both in the UK and Germany as Senior Scientist/Academic at Imperial College  London, Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Fraunhofer Society & the University of Southampton  where she was the co-founder & the former Director of Southampton Data Science Academy, the  first UK on-line Data Science academy.  After completing her doctorate working on Giotto Mission to Halley’s Comet, Sepi spent the first  several years of career working as an Astrophysicist. Then in 1995 she moved to the Fraunhofer  Society (Inventors of MP3 & Voice Over IP) where her first post was the project manager to build  the first ever Internet in 5 Eastern European Countries & her last position was the chief technical  architecture of the European Citizen Media Project. Sepi holds a PhD in Astrophysics & Space  Sciences from University of Kent at Canterbury and a BSc in Electronics & Electrical Engineering  from Nottingham Trent.  Sepi is a member of the Open Data Institute, associated researcher of the Fraunhofer Society and  was recently titled Persian Woman in Tech Data Science Thought Leader at a ceremony in Google  HQ London.

Dr. Sepideh (Sepi) Chakaveh, is a Senior Associate Tutor & Departmental Lecturer in Data Science

& Artificial Intelligence at the University of Oxford and the CEO & Founder of Pixsellar Technologies a Big Data Video Analytics Start-up company. Sepi has worked both in the UK and Germany as Senior Scientist/Academic at Imperial College

London, Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Fraunhofer Society & the University of Southampton

where she was the co-founder & the former Director of Southampton Data Science Academy, the

first UK on-line Data Science academy.

After completing her doctorate working on Giotto Mission to Halley’s Comet, Sepi spent the first

several years of career working as an Astrophysicist. Then in 1995 she moved to the Fraunhofer

Society (Inventors of MP3 & Voice Over IP) where her first post was the project manager to build

the first ever Internet in 5 Eastern European Countries & her last position was the chief technical

architecture of the European Citizen Media Project. Sepi holds a PhD in Astrophysics & Space

Sciences from University of Kent at Canterbury and a BSc in Electronics & Electrical Engineering

from Nottingham Trent.

Sepi is a member of the Open Data Institute, associated researcher of the Fraunhofer Society and

was recently titled Persian Woman in Tech Data Science Thought Leader at a ceremony in Google

HQ London.

Dr. Sepideh Chakaveh

CEO & Founder

Pixsellar

Khashayar Shahmiri  is a Director of GQR, an award-winning search specialist organisation uniting the most talented people from STEM backgrounds with pioneering organisations throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific.  After graduating from the University of Sur rey with honours in Management, Khashayar joined GQR in London where he leads their EMEA practice and is responsible for GQR’s global growth strategy across the Banking & Finance, Life Science, Technology, and Energy & Engineering sectors.  Born in London to a third-generation Iranian family in the UK, he has maintained a passionate connection to Iran and the success of the community across the globe.  He is a Tech enthusiast having previously studying Software Design & Development and is now involved with some crowdsourcing platforms focusing on technology start-ups.

Khashayar Shahmiri is a Director of GQR, an award-winning search specialist organisation uniting the most talented people from STEM backgrounds with pioneering organisations throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific.

After graduating from the University of Sur rey with honours in Management, Khashayar joined GQR in London where he leads their EMEA practice and is responsible for GQR’s global growth strategy across the Banking & Finance, Life Science, Technology, and Energy & Engineering sectors.

Born in London to a third-generation Iranian family in the UK, he has maintained a passionate connection to Iran and the success of the community across the globe.

He is a Tech enthusiast having previously studying Software Design & Development and is now involved with some crowdsourcing platforms focusing on technology start-ups.

KHASHAYAR SHAHMIRI

Director

GQR Global Markets

Aida Mashkouri , Senior Data Scientist - Expedia Aida is a Senior Data Scientist at Expedia. Her main focus is on application of deep learning in Computer Vision and Recommender Systems. In her team they use Machine Learning and Data Science techniques to improve the content of their website leading to enhance customers experience and ease out their journey in booking holidays.  She has a MSc in Technical Mathematics and Statistics. Her deep passion for learning new topics and technologies has helped her as a data scientist to be effective and impactful in facing challenging problems in industry.  Coming from mathematical background, Aida loves the fact that in the data science world you can use both theoretical and practical aspects of the science for delivering meaningful products and better decision making.

Aida Mashkouri, Senior Data Scientist - Expedia Aida is a Senior Data Scientist at Expedia. Her main focus is on application of deep learning in Computer Vision and Recommender Systems. In her team they use Machine Learning and Data Science techniques to improve the content of their website leading to enhance customers experience and ease out their journey in booking holidays.

She has a MSc in Technical Mathematics and Statistics. Her deep passion for learning new topics and technologies has helped her as a data scientist to be effective and impactful in facing challenging problems in industry.

Coming from mathematical background, Aida loves the fact that in the data science world you can use both theoretical and practical aspects of the science for delivering meaningful products and better decision making.

Aida Mashkouri

Senior Data Scientist

Expedia Group

With extensive international experience in developing science-based new businesses from both Industry and academic setting,  Maryam Atakhorrami  has structured numerous innovative commercial research deals across the healthcare R&D cycle, ranging from proof of concept and seed-funding to high-value strategic partnerships with Large Pharma, biotech and Medtech companies. Maryam is highly skilled in building and managing complex public- private partnerships across Healthcare ecosystem todeliver on variety of R&D programs in open innovation as well as competitive setting. In her current role as COO of London in HDR UK, she is leading the strategic implementation and operation of Health Data Research Partnership between five world leading Universities in London (UCL, Imperial College London, Kings College London, Queen Marry University London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) with NHS, Government and Industry to establish London as a world leading destination for Health Data research and innovation at scale. This is to create and enable revolutionary technologies that will transform Healthcare sector and improve lives of patients and populations. After completing her PhD in biophysics from VU- Amsterdam, Maryam joined Philips Corporate Innovation in 2006 and held variety of corporate functions in Innovation, Strategy and new business development. She joined UCL in 2013, where she led the creation of Business & Innovation Group in Translational Research Office. Her group advised academic entrepreneurs on understanding the funding landscape, working with key-stake holders and developing value proposition for academic-led industrial collaborations. Maryam has a strong multi-disciplinary scientific track record in basics and translational research, published extensively in high profile journals and holds a portfolio of IP in diagnostic, medical technologies and digital health. She is expert evaluator of European commission in setting up new centres of excellence across Europe.

With extensive international experience in developing science-based new businesses from both Industry and academic setting, Maryam Atakhorrami has structured numerous innovative commercial research
deals across the healthcare R&D cycle, ranging from proof of concept and seed-funding to high-value strategic partnerships with Large Pharma, biotech and Medtech companies. Maryam is highly skilled in building and managing complex public- private partnerships across Healthcare ecosystem todeliver on variety of R&D programs in open innovation as well as competitive setting.
In her current role as COO of London in HDR UK, she is leading the strategic implementation and
operation of Health Data Research Partnership between five world leading Universities in London
(UCL, Imperial College London, Kings College London, Queen Marry University London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) with NHS, Government and Industry to establish London as a world leading destination for Health Data research and innovation at scale. This is to create and enable revolutionary technologies that will transform Healthcare sector and improve lives of patients and populations.
After completing her PhD in biophysics from VU- Amsterdam, Maryam joined Philips Corporate
Innovation in 2006 and held variety of corporate functions in Innovation, Strategy and new business
development. She joined UCL in 2013, where she led the creation of Business & Innovation Group in Translational Research Office. Her group advised academic entrepreneurs on understanding the funding landscape, working with key-stake holders and developing value proposition for academic-led industrial collaborations.
Maryam has a strong multi-disciplinary scientific track record in basics and translational research,
published extensively in high profile journals and holds a portfolio of IP in diagnostic, medical
technologies and digital health. She is expert evaluator of European commission in setting up new
centres of excellence across Europe.

Maryam Atakhorrami

Chief Operation Officer

London in Health Data Research UK


Mentorship Lunch gives ticket holders an opportunity to sit and chat at a roundtable with a mentor. Mentorship and access to mentors is an important part of a successful career development. To speed up the process of connecting people and maximizing what one can get out of mentorship, we bring you ‘Mentorship Lunch’ sessions at our conference. We’ve put together four (4) topics at our mentorship sessions; Lunch Mentorship with Investors, with Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs, and Career in Tech. 

Mentorship Lunch with Investors - Open to founders of tech startups, we match founders with angel investors or venture capitalists whose portfolios reflect similar business areas, company stages, and investment capacity. This session provides an opportunity to better understand the investor and funding process, as well a chance to form a valuable connection with an investor.

Mentorship Lunch with Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs and Recruiters (Careers in Tech) - Open to all conference attendees for fueling inspiration, growth and mutual interests amongst participants, provided each of them have a purchased conference ticket.

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