Didier Rappaport is the Founder & CEO of happn, a new dating app powered by real life interactions. He is also a web strategy and business development investor & consultant. Previously, he worked as Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Dailymotion.
Bas Lansdorp has never been one to let bold ventures intimidate him. A born entrepreneur, he sees potential and opportunity where others shy away. Gifted with an articulate vision and genuine enthusiasm, he moves people with his passion for science and the human mission to Mars.
Lansdorp received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Twente University in 2003. For five years Lansdorp worked at Delft University of Technology and in 2008 founded Ampyx Power in order to develop a new, viable method of generating wind energy. Lansdorp sold his majority interest in Ampyx in 2011 in order to launch Mars One, Lansdorp’s dream for many years.
“Since we started Mars One in March 2011, we received support from scientists, engineers, businessmen and –women and aeropace companies from all over the world. The announcement of our plan in May 2012 resulted in the engagement of the general public, and the support from sponsors and investors. To see our mission evolve this way feels like my dream is becoming a reality.”
Warner Bros Digital
JULIE DEMARIGNY is Vice President International – of Warner Bros. Digital Group since September 2011 and is based in Los Angeles. Responsible for international developments of consumer centric, social media & data strategy, CRM, loyalty programs, digital copy, UltraViolet and mobile apps.
Relocated from France after 4 years as Executive Director France & Southern Europe of Warner Bros Digital Distribution, responsible for DTC and electronic distribution of the studio’s content over existing and emerging platforms, including electronic sell-through, VOD, mobile, pre-load and more.
Prior to that, Demarigny led Digital Business & Strategy during 7 years in the music business, serving in succession as Head of New Media at Sony Music, Global Digital Business General Manager at Sony BMG and Director of Business Development and Strategy at Warner Music. In parallel, she taught “multimedia project management” and “digital marketing” to Master’s students at La Sorbonne during 8 years.
Before that, she assumed the Production Director role at REEF, an internet software company, was Producer of the first French e-commerce website: 3suisses.fr and Manager of 3SuissesMusique/Noval music label.
Award-winner of Foundation 3 Suisses for a CD-Rom about design developed during its post-graduate diploma in New Technology from Paris VIII University, Julie Demarigny began her career in 1995 at 3Suisses Multimedia as producer of Cyberbus, a moving event promoting multimedia and internet throughout France.
European Investment Fund
Ulrich Grabenwarter, is Deputy Director – Equity Investments at European Investment Fund (EIF). In this capacity he oversees EIF’s activities in Impact Investing, Technology Transfer and Venture Capital, with EIF being Europe’s biggest Fund-of-Funds Investment platform in that space. Previously, and until mid-2014, he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development in the equity space and in this context has led the build-up of the Social Impact Accelerator, the first pan-European social impact investing fund-of-funds, which in 2014 has integrated EIF’s mainstream investment activities. From 2010 to 2012 he conducted a 20 months research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra in Barcelona and the Family Office Circle Foundation based in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practice for impact investing in the private equity and venture capital space. He is a visiting Professor for Private Equity and Venture Capital at IESE University. Prior to his research project on impact investing Uli was Head, Equity Fund Investments at EIF after having worked for several years at the European Investment Bank and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in corporate finance, project finance, finance consulting and audit. He shared many of his thoughts and observations on the private equity and venture capital industry in the bestselling Euromoney book, “Exposed to the J-curve – Understanding and Managing Private Equity Fund Investments” and numerous articles and white papers. He co-authored the research publication “In search of gamma – an unconventional perspective on Impact Investing” (IESE Publishing 2011) and a series of articles on impact investing, social entrepreneurship and its role in the current and future economic landscape. Uli is also chair of the European Impact Investing Luxembourg Platform (www.eiil.lu) and member of several expert groups on impact investing and impact metrics across Europe. Uli holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.