Yuri van Geest
Coming from the interaction of technology, strategy, innovation, organization and digitization and focusing on technological, organizational and personal transformation/innovation, Yuri has helped hundreds of thousands of people globally to embrace exponential thinking and doing since 2008. In 2017, Yuri has been recognized by Thinkers 50 as one of the top 50 best emerging management book authors in the world.
As co-author of the highly acclaimed bestselling business book “Exponential Organizations”, Yuri impacted Prime Ministers, board rooms, creatives and change agents around the world at corporates, agencies, startups, governments, communities and purpose driven organizations. How? Via keynotes, workshops, training, digital transformation programs and executive coaching across the world.
Yuri is the initiator and founder of Singularity University the Netherlands, the first spinout in the world outside Silicon Valley. This spinout was opened by the Queen of Holland – Maxima. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, New York Times, Techcrunch, Forbes, Bloomberg and Fortune. Yuri earned a Master of Marketing, Business & Strategy (Rotterdam School of Business).
Catherine Kalamidas joined the Rotterdam Partners CVB in 2016, and has since collaborated with Rotterdam’s triple helix of government, industry and academia to strategically acquire international congresses which align with the future ambitions of the city and its institutes. Her focus sectors include Life Science & Health, Agri-food, Digitalization & Sustainability. She has been active in the international events industry for more than 20 years, initially developing & organizing high level congresses in the maritime industry, and later serving as Director of Operations for an international PCO, leading the activities of the European Space Agency Conference Bureau. Catherine is on the Education Committee of the ICCA France Benelux Chapter and has recently joined the Meetings Industry Steering Group of European Cities Marketing. Catherine will be presenting and moderating this Rotterdam Experiment.
Teresa de la Hera
Teresa de la Hera is Assistant Professor of Persuasive Gaming at the Department of Media and Communication, at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she is member of the Research Cluster Gaming Matters. Her expertise is focused on understanding how digital games are used as media for communication and tools for engagement, motivation, and persuasion. She is the author of “Digital Gaming and the Advertising Landscape” (2019) and main editor of the volume “Persuasive Gaming in Context” (2021), both published by Amsterdam University Press.
Farshida Zafar, L.L.M.
Farshida is Director ErasmusX, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Senior Fellow Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for Digital Governance.
She has a track record in the field of educational innovation. In the past years she co-designed, developed and implemented both educational programs as well as new applications and platforms for educational purposes. Currently leading the ErasmusX initiative at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Farshidas ambition is to ‘future proof’ education.
The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for Digital Governance focusses on the impact of AI and Big Data on Law and Governance. Farshida is in the lead of creating open education themed around Digital Governance.
Alexander Whitcomb MSc.
Alex is Operational Manager for ErasmusX, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Alex has an education background in strategic management and has been active in the education industry for the majority of his career. After graduating from the Rotterdam School of Management, he went on to join the founding team of the Erasmus University College. Alex has occupied roles in Marketing and Recruitment for the university and more recently directs operations at ErasmusX. He is also the project leader for the Minecraft Virtual Campus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
As Director of Operations at Odyssey Christel Sieling headed the production of all editions of Europes largest Hackathon. The Odyssey Hackathon brought together 100 teams, 400+ experts, and 40 partners from all over the world, who collaborated to solve 21 complex challenges through mass collaboration.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Odyssey pivoted to host the 2020 edition of the Hackathon completely online. A completely new collaboration platform in 3D was developed: Momentum.
Christel graduated in International Relations from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Before joining Odyssey, she managed EU-funded innovation projects at the Municipality of Groningen and brought World Press Photo to Central-Asia for the first time in 20 years.
As vice chair of the maritime network organization YoungShip Rotterdam Anne Geelhoed is concerned with the organization of ShipCon 2021, an international conference for young maritime professionals. ShipCon is organized every two years by a different chapter of YoungShip International, and as the fastest growing chapter in recent years, the international board has granted Rotterdam with the honor for 2020/2021.
As a young professional in the maritime industry, Anne sees it as her humble duty to show other starting professionals that they can make a difference when it comes to innovating the industry. ShipCon can serve as a platform to reach out and share that message. Of course everything will have to be organised within the COVID-imposed reality and this is why it will be an online conference. Anne’s mission is to make this a meaningful, interactive but also fun conference for participants, YoungShip and Rotterdam.
Andries van Vugt
Andries van Vugt is a serial social entrepreneur and creative strategist for over 25 years. He is (co) owner of multiple companies that specialise in gamified learning and behaviour solutions. At the early dawn of the Internet, in the 90’s, he saw the possibilities to combine strategy, design and technology into powerful and fun solutions to upskill people. He has a strong social focus for helping children and adults to achieve their goals in life. His main company is Organiq, a Rotterdam based organisation, where he and a multidisciplinary team craft digital and blended gamified learning solutions often together with their office neighbours creative communicaton agency Boerenjongens. Before he took an interest in Internet and digital solutions Andries has been a musician and made a few records and CD’s with a formation called Misty Movement, one of the early adaptors of Dutch dance music and though it’s 20 years later the tracks are still sold worldwide and have a small fan base who uploaded them to YouTube. He also worked 5 years for Roland as an international Dance Gear demonstrator throughout Europe. About 6 years ago he attended a course in creative thinking in Dubai to learn about the method called Total Brain Box, an in- and out box set of tools to structure brainstorming and design thinking. Andries started to be an entrepreneur right after high school and is an autodidact using life as a continuous school. He is always on the look-out for innovation, social solutions and meeting the right people.