Einar is a serial entrepreneur passionate about people, entertainmant, disruptive technologies and data. Einar is currently the CEO / Founder of Activity Stream, the leading analytics solution for entertainment and sports.
Einar Örn Benediktsson
Einar Örn Benediktsson is an artist and entrepreneur from Reykjavík, Iceland. He has been an important figurehead and a leading catalyst in the Icelandic art and culture scene since the late 70’s
Erdin Beshimov is a Lecturer at MIT and a Founder and Director of MIT Bootcamps. At MIT Erdin was also the founding Director of the MITx MicroMasters Program, which pioneered the model of “inverted admissions,” and the Incubation Group in the Office of Digital Learning. He co-created MIT’s first massive open online courses on entrepreneurship, which have enrolled hundreds of thousands of learners from every country in the world. Guided by the philosophy that MIT is not just a university but a global innovation community, Erdin’s focus at MIT is on building new pathways for learners worldwide to study innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Erdin is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management. For his work in entrepreneurship and contributions to student life at MIT, Erdin was awarded the Patrick J. McGovern Entrepreneurship Award, the Carol and Howard Anderson Fellowship, and the MIT Sloan Peer Recognition Award. Before returning to MIT after graduating, Erdin served as Principal at Flagship Pioneering where he focused on ventures in water, energy, and materials. Erdin also co-founded Ubiquitous Energy, a solar technologies spinout from MIT, and evaluated energy efficiency innovations at Venrock Associates. In addition to an MBA from MIT Sloan, Erdin holds an MA in Area Studies of the former Soviet Union from Harvard University, where he studied on full scholarship, and a BA (first-class honours) in Development and Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where he was awarded the International Student Scholarship and the James O’Connell Scholarship for Peace Studies. Erdin was born in a country that no longer exists, the Soviet Union. The experience of growing up in a country on the ashes of another offered him a vision to an independent life in an uncertain world for many millions of people just like him through entrepreneurial thinking, the pursuit of knowledge, and a global mindset. His mission is to contribute to a model of the world in which there are no barriers between motivation and opportunity.
Guðrún Björk Bjarnadóttir Guðrún Björk Bjarnadóttir er framkvæmdastjóri STEFs. Guðrún Björk er hæstaréttarlögmaður með mastersgráðu í Evrópurétti frá Stokkhólmsháskóla. Hún á að baki farsælan feril sem lögmaður hjá LOGOS lögmannsþjónustu og Samtökum atvinnulífsins. Guðrún Björk hefur einnig kennslu í lögfræði bæði við Háskóla Íslands og Háskóla Reykjavíkur og haldið fjölda erinda og fyrirlestra hjá ýmsum aðilum, hin síðustu ár aðallega á sviði höfundaréttar. Guðrún Björk situr í stjórn NCB (Nordisk Copyright Bureau) sem annast hagsmunagæslu fyrir höfunda á Norðurlöndunum vegna hljóðsetningar og eintakagerðar verka þeirra. Þá situr hún einnig í stjórn Listaháskóla Íslands.
Founding member and bass player of Sigur Ros
Gummi is a veteran of consumer product development, most recently as the product lead for Google Assistant. He's also an experienced founder and entrepreneur; Emu, the company he founded, was acquired by Google, and he was VP Product at Siri, which was acquired by Apple.
Halla Helgadóttir, Managing Director of the Iceland Design Centre has an extensive experience as an art director and a creative administrator. Halla worked in the advertising industry for 20 years running her own company.
Haraldur Hugosson is the COO and co-founder of Genki Instruments, a startup that strives to make technology feel natural. Their first product is the wearable ring Wave, which allows musicians to easily control sound, shape effects and send commands with the motion of their hands. Previously he worked with over 100 early stage startups and founders through his work at Icelandic Startups and Startup Reykjavik.
Helga is the Managing Partner of Crowberry Capital, She is on the board of five technology companie She is the Chair of the Icelandic Venture Capital Association Prior to co-founding Crowberry, Helga was CEO of NSA.She has an MBA from London Business School and a BA degree from Harvard.
An awards winning Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer
Vimala Palaniswamy the Associate Director for MIT Bootcamps at the office for the VIce President for Open Learning. She joined MIT Bootcamps with 15 years of experience in social innovation, entrepreneurship, and mentoring entrepreneurs. In 2014, Vimala founded and lead Demeter Entrepreneurs Support Network, a global virtual network dedicated to improving the success rates of entrepreneurs in low-income countries through individualized support and coaching. She built Demeter’s mentoring network of more than 80 personal advocates and experts to support nearly 30 entrepreneurs globally. Demeter entrepreneurs are bringing innovations in education, fintech, health and fitness, media, and food to emerging markets.
Prior to Demeter, Vimala co-founded Jamela, a “more-than-fair trade” skin care company, worked at Trickle Up, a sustainable livelihoods NGO, to redesign their monitoring and evaluation system - from data capture to dissemination, and with the Dhan Foundation in India, to develop a community-financed primary health care program. She has also worked in education technology, microfinance, water, transportation systems, and biological research in the US, Asia, Africa, and Central America.
Vimala has an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPH in Global Health from Emory University. Her undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Biology are from the University of Georgia and Simon’s Rock College of Bard.
Max Jahn is Managing Director of R&R Venture Partners, the venture arm of the Ronald Lauder and Dick Parsons family office in New York. R&R invests in a broad range of early- and growth-stage media, tech and healthcare companies as well as in mining companies in the US and around the world.
Before assuming his current position in 2016 Max was the CFO of the Neue Galerie New York, a museum for Austrian and German Art. Max is a board member of the Vienna Philharmonic Society, an NGO that celebrates the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and assists the Orchestra in maintaining a meaningful presence in NY cultural life. Max is a co-founder of the MIT Grafenegg Forum, which focuses on the interrelations between creativity, technology and society.
Max hails from Vienna where he studied law and business before obtaining his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an avid runner, enjoys contemporary literature and the ball season in Vienna.
Senior Economist at GAMMA Capital Management and chairman of the board of Alda Music
For more than 25 years, Ísleifur Thorhallsson has been promoting live shows in Iceland. His touring and promotion company, Sena Live, has become the premiere concert company in Iceland, lifting the Icelandic touring business to a new level with record breaking shows from international acts like The Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ed Sheeran, and renowned local acts such as Sigur Rós and Ólafur Arnalds. Sena Live also owns, programs and operates Iceland Airwaves, a 20 year old music showcase festival that is widely known and well regarded all over the world to the public and industry alike.
Tómas Þorvaldsson An attorney-at-law at VÍK Law Firm and has been engaged with the music industry and other creative industries for 30 years. He has specialised in intellectual property law and corporate law and has spent most of his career on advise and negotiating contracts within the creative industries, such as in music, film, entertainment, software, gaming, design, entrepreuneral ventures, start-ups etc. Amongst his clients are some of the biggest names in music as well as in film production in Iceland.
Steinunn has been a part of the Native Instruments team for 10 years and currently leads NI's Platform and Infrastructure teams. Previously she was a part of Native's Research team as a DSP Developer where she worked on audio effects such as compressors, limiters, reverbs and filters for most of Native’s product range, including Maschine, Traktor, GuitarRig and Kontakt. She holds a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Iceland and M.A. in Music Science and Technology and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, both from Stanford University.