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2021 Featured Speakers

View speakers from our 2021 event, and check back here for more information on the speakers that will be joining us in 2022.

Stef Blok
Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Stef Blok began his career as a trainee at the Société Générale in Paris (1987-1988) and as a management trainee at ABN AMRO (1988-1989). Before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1998, he held various positions at the latter bank: from 1989 to 1991 he was director of their office in Nieuwkoop. In 1992 he became a senior policy officer for lending operations and then a credit analyst/executive secretary for the bank's Policy Group Risk Committee. From 1996 to 1998 he was vice president for corporate banking.

From 25 August 1998 to 23 May 2002 and from 3 September 2002 to 5 November 2012, Mr Blok was a member of the House of Representatives for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). From October 2010 to November 2012 he was also the VVD's parliamentary party leader. During his time in parliament he dealt mainly with finance, economic affairs, social affairs and public expenditure. From December 2002 to September 2004 he was chair of the temporary parliamentary committee to investigate integration policy.

From 5 November 2012 to 27 January 2017 Stef Blok was Minister for Housing and the Central Government Sector in the Rutte-Asscher government. From 10 March 2015 to 20 March 2015 and from 27 January 2017 to 26 October 2017, he was Minister of Security and Justice.

On 7 March 2018 Mr Blok was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the third Rutte government.
Karen Chupka
Executive Vice President, CES
Karen Chupka is executive vice president, CES for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® the US trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.

She oversees the sales, marketing, conferences, operations and management of CTA’s events including its annual tradeshow, CES.

Under Chupka’s leadership, CES has been named as the largest annual North American tradeshow by Tradeshow Executive Magazine and Tradeshow Week since 2001. Chupka has been with CTA for 30 years and has held numerous roles within the organization including vice president of business development, director of industry relations and education, and director of marketing for CES.
Eva Gouwens
CEO, Fairphone

With 18 years of experience in the consumer goods business, Eva Gouwens joined Fairphone at the end of 2017 and took over as CEO in 2018. Eva brings her natural ability to inspire and empower people, and transform Fairphone’s impact goals and strategy into actions. She hopes to make the world a bit more beautiful by supporting the growth of social enterprises within the Netherlands, and by inspiring an industry to make a positive change in how we care for people and the planet.
Steve Koenig
VP, Research, Consumer Technology Association
Steve Koenig is VP, Research at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.
He leads CTA’s industry research including consumer and business studies, technology forecasts and business intelligence. Koenig speaks and writes frequently on technology trends and their impact on consumer behavior, business opportunities and economies.  
Prior to CTA, Steve held analyst positions at NPD Group, Comscore, and a senior editor post at CMP Media’s former Computer Retail Week. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Texas.
Lieke Lamb
CEO, Future Expertise Center, Executive Boardmember Women In Tech NL

Being an Innovation Ambassador and TrendStrategist she has been closely following technological, social and economic trends for over 20 years.

As an advisor of companies, governmental organizations, Start-Ups and NGO’s she is one of the leading TrendAnalysts and (keynote) Speakers. Regularly on Dutch TV and member of the Board of Women in Tech NL. Guest teacher at Nyenrode University (Strategic Leadership Program) and owner of the Dutch broadcast channel Trendwatcher.TV.
Karthik Mahadevan
CEO, Envision 

Karthik Mahadevan is the co-founder of Envision, a software tool that speaks out the visual world for the blind and visually impaired. The idea that started as a student project of his, went on to become a much-loved app by the users. It also won the Google Play Award for the Best Accessibility Experience.

Envision has now brought its powerful software to smartglasses, in partnership with the Google Glass. This unlocks a whole new way for people to access all kinds of visual information around them, in a completely unobtrusive manner. Envision plans to scale this smartglasses solution as a platform for a whole range of camera and AI-based solutions for the blind and visually impaired.
Robert Metzke
Global Head Sustainability, Philips

Robert is an experienced global program and team leader with passion for innovation, strategy, social impact and change leadership. He currently holds a double role as Head of Sustainability and Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy at Royal Philips. 

As Head of Sustainability, Robert has been driving the company strategy towards innovative, sustainable business models. In particular, Robert and his team are leading the Healthy People, Sustainable Planet program, which embeds sustainability thinking across all sectors of the company. In his role as Chief of Staff, he is responsible for initiating and driving strategic initiatives across Innovation, Strategy, Design, IP&S, and Sustainability.

Before joining Philips, Robert worked at McKinsey & Company as consultant where he gained 5 years of experience in strategy and innovation in the high-tech, health-care and public sectors. His background is in journalism, science and academic research (Theoretical Physics). Robert is married, has three children and lives in the Netherlands. 
Robbert Mica
Co-Founder & Head of Marketing, VanderSat

As a leading provider of global satellite observed data, products and services,VanderSat monitors and analyses the land conditions everywhere on earth, every day. VanderSat's technology is unhindered by cloud cover or darkness. We give our customers essential insights into soil and crop conditions by applying our mathematical expertise to raw data from a constellation of satellites from several space agencies including NASA, ESA and JAXA. VanderSat data and analytics is used by the biggest players in agriculture and insurance. Before VanderSat Robbert co-founded residential solar company Sungevity International. Acquired by Engie. The little seed planted in Amsterdam ten years ago has blossomed into a company with 185 employees. Robbert became Entrepreneur in residence at an aerospace company, because space. Also tried to solve the global internet connectivity thing with nano satellites in 2014. He has two daughters who tell their classmates he's an astronaut. Weird flex, but ok.
Michiel Muller
Co-founder, Picnic

Michiel Muller is a serial entrepreneur. After his graduation from the Erasmus School of Economics he co-founded several companies. In 2015 he co-launched the online supermarket Picnic that delivers groceries at the lowest price free to your door.
Muller is board member of the FD Mediagroup and the Eramus Centre for Entrepreneurship. He is member of the investment committee of Innovation Quarter and chair of the Erasmus Trustfund, aimed at supporting initiatives for the University of the Future.
He’s an author of two books on entrepreneurship lives in Rotterdam with his wife Irene and has 3 children.
Gary Shapiro
President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES®  – The Global Stage for Innovation.

Shapiro directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for a lower deficit, skilled immigration, free trade and policies that support innovative new business models. CTA does not seek government funding for industry.

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” (HarperCollins, 2019), “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (HarperCollins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,000 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 300,000 followers.
Marja Verloop
Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy

A career member of the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service, Marja Verloop arrived in the Netherlands in June 2019 serving as Deputy Chief of Mission. As of January 17, 2021, she assumed responsibility as Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Mission in the Netherlands.
Since joining the Department of State in 1998, Marja has pursued a diverse career in numerous assignments in Washington D.C. and at Embassies overseas. Prior to this assignment, Marja served as Deputy Executive Director for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau, with administrative responsibility and oversight for 45 overseas posts and 12 domestic offices. Marja’s overseas tours have included positions in New Delhi, India, Ottawa, Canada, Windhoek, Namibia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Warsaw, Poland. Domestically she has served as the State Department’s Director for Innovation, as a desk officer to the European Union, a negotiator in the Office of Global Change, and as a Congressional Fellow.
Throughout her career, Marja has also served as a member of the Department’s Leadership Roundtable, mentors incoming officers, and is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. Born in the Netherlands, Marja was raised and educated in the United States. She earned her B.A. from the University of Southern California, her M.A. from the University of Washington, and completed post-graduate coursework at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. Marja is married and has two children.