Get an early sense of emerging tech by meeting those who build the future.
In October 2020, we will unite at Nova in Cascais/Lisbon, with a mission to engineer serendipity, create explosive innovation, and explore opportunities which will change the course of many lives.Last Year's Program
The event is invite-only. You can apply below.
SIR RICHARD BRANSON - CEO, Virgin Group
"Everybody who mixes with people in corporate jobs, in academic roles, needs to step back and meet people like the Kairos fellows, because you’ll have your ideas challenged. And it recharges you."
"I thought the level was high, right from the start. I decided to stay. It comforts my way that the future lies in the hands of young people. When I see that, it makes me feel good about the future."
"As a Kairos Fellow, the Barcelona Summit has been the highlight of my year. Throughout the ThinkTank sessions, I was able to gain unparalleled insights and a deep understanding of the global healthcare system."
"The variety of participants creates an open book of knowledge for fruitful conversations, It is a unique occasion to challenge our beliefs and co-create the roadmap for our better future."
David Rowan is founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition,
currently writing a book searching for bold corporate innovation.
Rowan has interviewed influencers ranging from will.i.am to James
Murdoch, Zaha Hadid to David Cameron. He has keynoted on
technology, business and innovation themes from Melbourne to
Monaco, and has chaired and moderated high-profile events for
the UK and French governments, for Google Zeitgeist and TED
Global, and for international banks and Fortune 100 businesses
David Rowan has written columns in GQ, Condé Nast Traveller,
Campaign, The Times and The Guardian.
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Corinne Vigreux is co-founder of TomTom, a location technology specialist on a mission to create the most innovative technologies to help shape tomorrow’s mobility and create a safe, connected, autonomous world free of congestion and emissions.
Voted one of the top 50 most inspirational women in European tech, Corinne champions women in the workforce and advocates passionately for improved social mobility through education.
In 2018, she launched CODAM, a tuition-free, nonprofit coding college in Amsterdam, because she believes coding is the engine for innovation that is driving the world forward faster than ever before. CODAM’s learning system is based on the famous Ecole 42 curriculum and ethos, and its mission is to help a new generation shape the future.
Additionally, Corinne is a member of the supervisory board of takeaway.com NV and Groupe ILIAD in France, member of the advisory board on Mass Transit of SNCF Transilien, member of the supervisory board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet and advisor to the Amsterdam Economic Board. She is also chair on the trustee board of the Sofronie foundation (www.sofronie.org). Corinne was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2012 and Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau in 2016.
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Erik founded CELLINK, the first company in the world to 3D print organs. CELLINK was listed on Nasdaq First North within ten months of incorporation and amassed total sales of 1MM in its first year. It is currently valued at several hundred million €. Moreover, Erik has published several papers in the spheres of biology and is an active keynote presenter.
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Eleanor “Tabi” Haller-Jorden, President & CEO of the Paradigm
Forum GmbH, is a recognized voice in the fields of global leadership,
workplace design, educational innovation and social justice within
the organizational context. With over three decades of high-level
experience in the public, private and academic sectors – most
recently at Catalyst as Senior Vice President Global Learning and
General Manager of Catalyst Europe – she is a global thought
leader and frequent media contributor, lecturer and speaker.
Recent speaking engagements include the keynote address at the
European Commission International Women’s Day Conference and
the Women’s Forum (Deauville). Among her numerous board and
advisory roles, Ms. Haller-Jorden is the Strategic Advisor to EDGE
Strategy AG and a Global Ambassador to the Vital Voices Global
Partnership. In April 2013, she was appointed Visiting Scholar at
IMD and in 2017, Wilson Center Global Fellow.
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Cecile is the Founder and Managing Partner at Impact First Investments. Cecile specializes in merging technology, profit and social impact, and is considered a pioneer of the impact industry in Israel as well as a thought leader of the impact industry worldwide. Prior to founding Impact First, Cecile managed the Noaber Foundation’s Israeli investments for over 14 years and has extensive hands-on management experience with high-tech start-ups. Additionally, Cecile held executive positions and led several companies as a CEO and, on behalf of the Noaber Foundation, served as a chairperson and board member on many more. Cecile was one of the initiators of the Al-Bawader private equity fund, established to invest in businesses in the Arab community in Israel. Cecile volunteers as a mentor at the Keren Shemesh Foundation for the Encouragement of Young Entrepreneurs. Cecile is a board member and observer of Impact First’s portfolio companies. Prior to beginning her professional career, Cecile served as an intelligence officer in the Israel Defense Forces. Cecile is also an alumnus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she studied political science and international relations. Visit LinkedIn Profile
Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group. She was born in Rome and went to the German School, where she graduated in 1976. As part of her extracurricular activities, she was the captain of the German School’s handball team, with which she was elected Italy’s Junior Athlete of the year.
Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler joined BCG’s Munich office in 1984 and was promoted to Partner in 1990 and to Senior Partner and Managing Director in 1998. She has held many different leadership positions including Head of the German Consumer Goods practice from 1990 to 1997, she opened BCG’s Vienna Office in 1997, became the Global Branding Topic Leader in 1999, a member of the European Management Team in 2004, and a member of the global Executive Committee in 2006. Since 2011, she has been leading the media sector of the firm.
She is also engaged in other pro bono activities, like the German Bone Marrow Donor Association (DKMS) as well as Europe’s 500—Entrepreneurs for Growth, the European association of fast-growing companies. She became involved with Teach For All in 2011 and supported the start-up phase of Teach For Austria.
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Nicolas is the founder of the online travel portal Opodo, which has been acquired and valued at several billion €s. He has furthermore helped to raise €100 million for the internet company beenz, which was sold to US Carlson Marketing Group. Nicolas is a frequent advisor to the government and European Union and has played a critical role in shaping the European identity and the Euro as a currency.
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Jaan is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Future of
Life Institute, and philanthropically supports other existential risk
research organisations. Jaan is on the Board of Sponsors of the
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and has served on the Estonian
President's Academic Advisory Board. He is also an active angel
investor, a partner at Ambient Sound Investments, and a former
investor in and director of the AI company DeepMind.
Cascais’s motto is hoje amanhã e para sempre which translates to today, tomorrow and forever. As material possessions all fade, Cascais always set out to shape the future in a more lasting way - not only with one of Europe’s leading business schools. Today, Europe is facing a wide range of challenges and that’s why we picked Cascais as an ideal place to bring those together, who want to collaborate across borders, cultures, and societies to create a better tomorrow. Be one of 250 bright minds to make the change happen.
Every single person attending the summit has been
carefully vetted. Mind-blowing conversations and
stories are guaranteed.
We are more than mere friends. We are a family and once a year, we materialise our vision of bringing those together who change the world.
Exchange ideas with the best young entrepreneurs in the world and co-conceptualise solutions to the world's biggest challenges together.
Our top 10 founders have achieved an aggregate valuation of over 10 BN €. Connect with a curated group of the brightest young minds that build the unicorns of tomorrow.
Early exposure to the companies and technologies that will shape the future in a fundamental way. Meet those who disrupt your businesses.
Two days. 250 amazing minds. The relentless pursuit of building a better future together.
To tackle Europe's most pressing problems effectively, we bring together the brightest minds who develop the most innovative technologies. AI, Blockchain and IoT bear the potential to solve problems that have been prevailing in society for centuries. In our innovation process we evaluate the problems through the lens of ethics, philosophy and long-term thinking to ensure a holistic solution.
Fabian Baldauf, Sophie Thomann, Noura Almesned & Aryam Tekie
Directors of Kairos EU Summit
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