DLD Munich conference 2022

DLD22 Preview: Speakers and Topics

Europe’s leading innovation conference is back, with a stellar lineup of speakers from all over the world. Here’s an early look at what you can expect.

May is an unusual month for DLD Munich, but it’s the perfect month this year because we can finally invite you to join us in person again from May 20–22.

Expect three days of inspiration, networking, finding new friends and connecting with future business partners. We have a stellar lineup of expert speakers addressing some of the most pressing topics of our time: from sustainability and new energy to security, mobility, health and medicine.

In addition, we’re bringing together creatives, business leaders, startup founders and investors to discuss where innovation, digital transformation and the world economy are heading next.

Below you’ll find a quick look at select speakers and topics. For practical information about ticket applications and this year’s venue, the Gasteig cultural center in downtown Munich, please visit our conference page. This has the full speaker list as well. And please note that all information given here is subject to change.

Quantum Leaps

Quantum computing is making huge advances, but it can be hard to separate hype from substance. Multiple DLD22 sessions with leading researchers and entrepreneurs will provide guidance and show how this revolutionary new computing model promises to speed up drug discovery and can help to battle climate change and dramatically improve business efficiency.

Deborah Berebichez, Lead Scientist Microelectronics & Quantum Computing at VTT, Finland

Deborah Berebichez
Lead Scientist Microelectronics & Quantum Computing, VTT

Jerermy O'Brien, Co-founder and CEO, PsiQuantum

Jeremy O’Brien
Co-founder & CEO, PsiQuantum

Jack Hidary
CEO, Sandbox AQ

Philipp Ernst, McKinsey

Philipp Ernst
Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company

Jan Goetz, IQM

Jan Goetz
Co-founder & CEO, IQM

Clean Energy

Becoming carbon neutral means finding alternatives to gas, coal and oil – while keeping the world economy humming. German startup Marvel Fusion aims to build a Quantum-enhanced fusion reactor, Zurich-based Synhelion has found a way to turn sunlight into plane fuel: SWISS plans to begin using it next year.

Heike Freund, COO, Marvel Fusion

Heike Freund
Chief Operating Officer, Marvel Fusion

Philipp Furler, Co-founder and CEO, Synhelion

Philipp Furler
Co-founder & CEO, Synhelion

Machine Intelligence

How smart are computers getting, and what are the effects on business and society? DeepMind has been pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence with spectacular sucess (think AlphaGo and AlphaFold). Alexandra Mousavizadeh will present the Global AI Index 2022. Andreas Liebl set up appliedAI, already one of the largest initiatives in Europe in the field of applied artificial intelligence. Ask Alexa to find room in your calendar for these sessions.

Colin Murdoch, DeepMind

Colin Murdoch
Chief Business Officer, DeepMind

Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Tortoise Media

Alexandra Mousavizadeh
Tortoise Media

Andreas Liebl, appliedAI, UnternehmerTUM

Andreas Liebl
Managing Director, appliedAI

The Art of Digital

Famed for his boundless imagination, Christoph Niemann has been fusing art and technology in many unexpected ways. He created The New Yorker magazine’s first augmented reality cover, for example, and drew a 360-degree VR animation by hand. At DLD22, he’ll be joined by Iyad Rahwan, who is a leading AI researcher but also a gifted cartoonist. Treat yourself to a few laughs by taking a look at his EvilAICartoons website and be sure to read our interview with Rahwan about his project.

Iyad Rahwan, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Iyad Rahwan
Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Studying Conflicts

For ideas to bloom, and businesses to thrive, the world needs stability. Political conflicts can have devastating effects even when they fall short of an outright war. Longtime editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine and best-selling author Moisés Naím is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on international politics. Ukrainian historian Agatha Gorski focuses on preserving the culture and heritage of her country through the Shadows Project, a Ukrainian cultural organization she co-founded. Omar Mohammed informed the world about life under the Islamic State as anonymous blogger “Mosul Eye”. In addition to his academic research, he hosts the pocast series Mosul and the Islamic State.

Moisés Naím, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Moisés Naím
Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Agatha Gorski, Shadows Project

Agatha Gorski
Co-founder, Shadows Project

Omar Mohammed, Research Fellow, George Washington University

Omar Mohammed
Research Fellow, George Washington University

Security Matters

Being safe from harm matters in many ways. On a personal level, women are facing a disproportionate risk of becoming victims of violence. On a corporate level, the threat of cyber attacks has risen dramatically. We’ll discuss solutions with Natalia Kanem and Dorit Dor, among others.

Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA

Natalia Kanem
Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Dorit Dor, Chief Product Officer, Check Point Software Technologies

Dorit Dor
Chief Product Officer, Check Point Software Technologies

Innovating in Times of Crisis

Running a company in the 21st century isn’t easy – that’s why we asked two of the world’s most esteemed leadership experts to share their insights: Sven Smit, Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute, and best-selling author Andrew McAfee, who recently told DLD how Europe needs to change to keep a competitive edge in the global economy.

Sven Smit, Chairman, McKinsey Global Institute

Sven Smit
Chairman, McKinsey Global Institute

Andrew McAfee, MIT, robotics, AI, future of work

Andrew McAfee
Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management


To reduce our carbon footprint we need to make many changes at once: eat less meat, drive different cars, quickly switch to renewable energy. DLD22 will address this vitally important topic with a variety of sessions across the entire spectrum of sustainability-related topics.

Mazen Rizk, Mushlabs, plant-based food

Mazen Rizk
Founder & CEO, Mushlabs

Christiana Foerster, Lufthansa

Christina Foerster
Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Alon Chen, Tastewise

Alon Chen
CEO & Co-Founder, Tastewise

Ann Mettler, Breakthrough Energy

Ann Mettler
Vice President, Breakthrough Energy

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Club of Rome

Sandrine Dixson-Declève
Co-President, Club of Rome

Hannah Helmke, right. based on science

Hannah Helmke
Co-Founder & CEO, right. based on science

Lukas Bosch, Project bcause

Lukas Bosch
Project bcause

Lauren Kiel, Bloomberg Green

Lauren Kiel
General Manager, Bloomberg Green

Future of Health

From biotech and science breakthroughs to healthy highs and health apps: DLD22 will cover a broad spectrum of topics related to body and mind.

Yaakov Nahmias, Founder & CSO, Tissue Dynamics

Yaakov Nahmias
Founder & CSO, Tissue Dynamics

Belén Garijo, CEO, Merck

Belén Garijo
Chair of the Executive Board and CEO, Merck

Audrey Tsang, Clue

Audrey Tsang
Co-CEO, Clue

Kevin Slavin, MIT Media Lab

Kevin Slavin
Head of Creative and Marketing, Poppy

Andrea Pfeifer, CEO, AC Immune

Andrea Pfeifer
Co-founder & CEO, AC Immune

The Value of Education

Knowledge is the foundation of progress, but how do schools and universities need to change to accomplish their mission? Let’s hear expert opinions from around the world.

Bettina Stark-Watzinger, German Federal Minister for Education & Research

Bettina Stark-Watzinger
German Federal Minister of Education and Research

Felix Ohswald, GoStudent

Felix Ohswald
Co-Founder and CEO, GoStudent

Karin Künnapas, Co-Director, kood/Jõhvi, Estonia

Karin Künnapas
Co-Director, kood/Jõhvi

Investing in Tomorrow

Accelerating change means established companies need to adapt, and startups get the chance to reinvent markets – as long as investors are willing to bet on founders and fresh ideas. DLD22 brings experts from all sides together to discuss the future of investing, finance and business.

Jim Breyer, Breyer Capital

Jim Breyer
Founder, Breyer Capital

Jeanette zu Fuerstenberg, Jeanette zu Fürstenberg, investor, La Famiglia

Jeannette zu Fürstenberg
Co-Founder & General Partner, La Famiglia

Christian Miele, Partner, Headline VC

Christian Miele
Partner, Headline

Karim Kaddoura, Virtuo

Karim Kaddoura
Co-Founder & CEO, Virtuo

Ning Zhu, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance

Ning Zhu
Deputy Dean, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance

Werner Vogels, Amazon, DLD

Werner Vogels
Chief Technology Officer, Amazon

Eva-Valérie Gfrerer, MorphAIs

Eva-Valérie Gfrerer
CEO & Founder, Morphais VC

Taavet Hinrikus, Transferwise, Wise, Skype

Taavet Hinrikus
Entrepreneur & Investor

Michael Diederich, HypoVereinsbank

Michael Diederich
CEO Germany, HypoVereinsbank

Romain Moulin, CEO, Exotec

Romain Moulin
Co-founder & CEO, Exotec

Digital Bosphorus

Turkey has become a hotspot of digital innovation, thanks to tech-savvy entrepreneurs. We’ve invited some of the best to share their knowledge and experiences.

Rina Onur Sirinoglu, Peak Games

Rina Onur Sirinoglu
Co-Founder, Spyke Games & Peak Games

Ahmed Faruk Karsli, Papara, fintech, Turkey

Ahmed Faruk Karsli
CEO & Founder, Papara

Sertac Tasdelen, CEO, Vision

Sertac Tasdelen
CEO, Vision

Sina Afra, Tiko, tiko.es, PropTech

Sina Afra
Founder & CEO, Tiko

Welcome to the Metaweb

The next chapter of the digital transformation is being written right now. Among its ingredients: web3, crypto currencies, NFTs and the Metaverse – the new playground for artists, gamers and entrepreneurs. We’ll take a close look at each of these trends at DLD22.

Bo Bai, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, MetaVerse Green Exchange

Bo Bai
Co-Founder, MetaVerse Green Exchange

Angelika Gifford, Meta

Angelika Gifford
Vice President EMEA, Meta

Joost van Dreunen, NYT Stern School of Business

Joost van Dreunen
NYU Stern School of Business

Ingo Ruebe, Botlabs

Ingo Rübe

Refik Anadol, artist, Turkey

Refik Anadol

Please note that this preview can only show a small selection of speakers and topics. To view the full list of speakers please visit our conference page which is constantly being updated with the latest information.

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