The following is a list of confirmed speakers, facilitators and panelists for the upcoming “Classifieds in a Sharing Economy” Conference. Speaker information is regularly updated, so please keep checking.

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Sangeet Choudary
Founder & CEO of Platform Thinking Labs, Singapore

Sangeet Choudary is a widely published industry analyst, C-level advisor, educator at leading universities, author of the blog Platform Thinking and Founder and CEO of Platform Thinking Labs, best known for his work on platform business models and multi-sided network effects. He is also the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Group at MIT Media Labs, Boston, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD Business School, a Global Fellow at the Centre for Global Enterprise in New York, a speaker at the G20 Summit 2014 in Brisbane and an advisor at 500Startups in Silicon Valley.

Sangeet Choudary is a widely published industry analyst, C-level advisor, educator at leading universities, author of the blog Platform Thinking and Founder and CEO of Platform Thinking Labs, best known for his work on platform business models and multi-sided network effects. He is also the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Group at MIT Media Labs, Boston, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD Business School, a Global Fellow at the Centre for Global Enterprise in New York, a speaker at the G20 Summit 2014 in Brisbane and an advisor at 500Startups in Silicon Valley.

Platform Thinking Labs is a C-level and board level advisory firm, focused on the application of platform strategies across industries. It engages in CXO-level advisory with Global 2000 firms as well as high growth startups on network effects and platform strategies. Advisory work ranges across diverse industries, with clients in Europe, US, Australia , South America and Asia. Clients include multi-national conglomerates as well as high-growth pre-IPO startups.

Ronald van den Hoff
Co-Founder of CDEF Holding BV, Netherlands

Ronald, author of Book Society 3.0, is the co-Founder of CDEF Holding BV a Holding company with a remarkable range of ventures operating on the disruptive intersection of the Hospitality Industry and the entrepreneurial world of Internet. CDEF incorporates ‘much discussed’, disruptive exponential formulas, like the co-working and meeting centers Seats2meet.com, Cyberdigma.Lab and the Society30 Foundation. In addition of being a hospitality entrepreneur, Ronald is also an online entrepreneur and enthusiastic Web-trendstrategist. As such, he is part of the Dutch Group of Leading Trend Watchers, called Trendrede.

Ronald, author of Book Society 3.0, is the co-Founder of CDEF Holding BV a Holding company with a remarkable range of ventures operating on the disruptive intersection of the Hospitality Industry and the entrepreneurial world of Internet. CDEF incorporates ‘much discussed’, disruptive exponential formulas, like the co-working and meeting centers Seats2meet.com, Cyberdigma.Lab and the Society30 Foundation. In addition of being a hospitality entrepreneur, Ronald is also an online entrepreneur and enthusiastic Web-trendstrategist. As such, he is part of the Dutch Group of Leading Trend Watchers, called Trendrede.

Seats2meet.com, with over 75 locations worldwide, has become an interactive breeding ground for entrepreneurship, inspiration, innovation, cross-linking and cross-pollination. Next to Seats2meet they have the online development lab Cyberdigma, creating their in-house software, but also smart software like ‘The Serendipity Machine’. A publishing company, Society30, completes this range of innovative ventures.
In addition to his work within CDEF Holding BV., he works on innovation with (international) hotel chains and other service companies in the field of E-commerce, E-communication, Business Modeling, Value Networks and Organizational Innovation.

Andrew Hunter
Co-Founder of Adzuna, UK

Andrew is the Co-founder of Adzuna – Europe’s fastest growing job search engine. Adzuna.com boasts millions of monthly visitors and supplies employment market data directly to Number 10 Downing Street. Before this, Andrew was most recently VP Marketing and General Manager of local review site Qype, where he grew the site from 0 to 17m monthly unique visitors in 2 years. Before Qype, Andrew was the Marketing Director at UK Classifieds beast Gumtree.com.

Andrew is the Co-founder of Adzuna – Europe’s fastest growing job search engine. Adzuna.com boasts millions of monthly visitors and supplies employment market data directly to Number 10 Downing Street. Before this, Andrew was most recently VP Marketing and General Manager of local review site Qype, where he grew the site from 0 to 17m monthly unique visitors in 2 years. Before Qype, Andrew was the Marketing Director at UK Classifieds beast Gumtree.com.
Adzuna’s mission is to be the best place to start looking for a job. “We search thousands of websites so you don’t have to and bring together millions of ads so you can find every job, everywhere, via Adzuna. We provide smarter search options and powerful data about the job market, giving you the information you need to take control of your career”. Adzuna founders Andrew Hunter and Doug Monro met working at Gumtree in 2005 and remained in the local internet space for the next 5 years with Qype and Zoopla, before finally hatching the Adzuna plan in 2010 on the back of an envelope in a central London pub. The site went live in April 2011.

Søren Skovdahl
Co-Owner of Trendsales, Finland

Søren has been the Co-Owner and Business Development Manager of trendsales.fi trendsales.fi in Denmark since 2013, helping grow revenue and build the new Nordic markets. Previously Søren was a Management Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, managing the CRM team.

Søren has been the Co-Owner and Business Development Manager of trendsales.fi trendsales.fi in Denmark since 2013, helping grow revenue and build the new Nordic markets. Previously Søren was a Management Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, managing the CRM team. trendsales.fi is the first dedicated online fashion e-commerce community in Finland where users can sell and buy new, pre-owned, second-hand fashion items such as bags, shoes, clothes, accessories, cosmetics. Users are typically females who love fashion, but on the site there are also young designers, boutiques, retailers, manufacturers selling their brands and fashion items. Once a month, the site has a fashion outlet, Muoti-Outlet, where international brands, online shops and retailers sell samples, last season fashion items at very affordable prices.

trendsales.fi was launched in June 2010, and originates from Denmark, where trendsales.dk was launched in 2002. The Danish site has received the Danish Innovation and Design prize, and is one of the biggest successes in Denmark with more than 550,000 users and more than 750,000 listed fashion articles.

Rami Essaid
CEO and Co-founder of Distil Networks, US

Rami Essaid is the CEO and Co-founder of Distil Networks, the leading public and private cloud security provider that blocks malicious bots attacking websites. With over 12 years in telecommunications, network security, and cloud infrastructure management, Rami continues to advise enterprise companies around the world, helping them embrace the cloud to improve their scalability and reliability while maintaining a high level of security. Rami is a frequent contributor to industry and news publications such as The Washington Post Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, and “Money with Melissa Francis” on Fox Business.

Rami Essaid is the CEO and Co-founder of Distil Networks, the leading public and private cloud security provider that blocks malicious bots attacking websites. With over 12 years in telecommunications, network security, and cloud infrastructure management, Rami continues to advise enterprise companies around the world, helping them embrace the cloud to improve their scalability and reliability while maintaining a high level of security. Rami is a frequent contributor to industry and news publications such as The Washington Post Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, and “Money with Melissa Francis” on Fox Business.

He pitched at the annual SXSW Interactive HATCH Pitch competition where he was named the winner and has since been a regular judge for the competition.

Rami attended North Carolina State University where he studied Computer Engineering. He launched his first company, a mobile communications start-up resulting with him making a successful exit. Rami was selected as one of the most promising CEO’s to watch by Under30CEO. His current company, Distil Networks is frequently in the press with their bot blocking accomplishments and groundbreaking features.

Hugo Gersanois
VP International of AppLift, Germany

Hugo Gersanois is the VP International of AppLift AppLift. Before starting AppLift, Hugo gained experience in the mobile advertising space through a business development role at AppGratis. He previously worked as an analyst in the Private Equity team of BNP Paribas New Yor, focusing on Oil & Gas Investments. He also gained exposure to Venture Capital through analyst positions at Ventech and Gamma Capital Partners evaluating business models in the TMT space.

Hugo Gersanois is the VP International of AppLift apparis. Before starting AppLift, Hugo gained experience in the mobile advertising space through a business development role at AppGratis. He previously worked as an analyst in the Private Equity team of BNP Paribas New Yor, focusing on Oil & Gas Investments. He also gained exposure to Venture Capital through analyst positions at Ventech and Gamma Capital Partners evaluating business models in the TMT space.

He graduated from EMLYON Business School with a Master in Finance and Strategy, and has expertise in Mobile Strategy, Business Development and Direct Response Marketing.

AppLift’s mission is to optimize ROI for advertisers through a performance-driven approach, with campaigns optimized on the basis LTV and ROI metrics. Key Benefits for AppLift’s advertisers comprise high-quality and scale through a sophisticated optimization and delivery approach. AppLift works for a diversified client base from a wide range of verticals, such as E‐Commerce, Classifieds, Travel, Dating and other transaction-based business models. For its media partners, appiris delivers high eCPMs through high conversion rates and high‐quality offers.

Wing Chan
Managing Director of Preloved, UK

Wing Chan graduated from Cambridge top of his class in Computer Science and went on to join The Hut Group as a researcher in the Innovation and Growth team. He then led the integration of classifieds site Preloved into The Hut Group platform and became Managing Director of Preloved in March 2014. He is also a member of the senior management team on the THG Platform.

Wing Chan graduated from Cambridge top of his class in Computer Science and went on to join The Hut Group as a researcher in the Innovation and Growth team. He then led the integration of classifieds site Preloved into The Hut Group platform and became Managing Director of Preloved in March 2014. He is also a member of the senior management team on the THG Platform.

Preloved began in 1998 and has grown to become one of the largest classified advertising sites in the UK with hundreds of thousands of adverts in over 500 categories. Boasting over 5.5 million registered members, buying and selling every week in over 500 categories. In 2013, they saw over £1.3 billion of item value listed on the site.

Patrick C. Price
Chairman at BlueGlass Interactive Ltd., Switzerland

Patrick is the Chairman at BlueGlass Interactive Ltd., an innovative, full service digital marketing agency that is on a mission to change the way companies market themselves online with extraordinary strategies, service & software powered by the best minds in digital marketing. Patrick began his career in Swiss banking, but in 2000 entered the Online Classifieds market, by becoming Chief Commercial Officer of Scout24 Switzerland. After being in charge of Scout24’s marketing for the automotive, real estate and dating verticals for 7 years, Patrick left the company and founded an online business development agency, helping other classifieds and non-classifieds portals growing their business.

Patrick is the Chairman at BlueGlass Interactive Ltd., an innovative, full service digital marketing agency that is on a mission to change the way companies market themselves online with extraordinary strategies, service & software powered by the best minds in digital marketing. Patrick began his career in Swiss banking, but in 2000 entered the Online Classifieds market, by becoming Chief Commercial Officer of Scout24 Switzerland. After being in charge of Scout24’s marketing for the automotive, real estate and dating verticals for 7 years, Patrick left the company and founded an online business development agency, helping other classifieds and non-classifieds portals growing their business.

BlueGlass know that a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work so they meet the unique needs of their clients and provide the results that matter most. Whether you work at an agency, are an in-house marketer or are a business owner, they have the services and strategies your company needs to thrive in content marketing, SEO and paid search.

Thomas Hertkorn
Online Marketing Manager at Netlead GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Thomas is the Online Marketing Manager at Netlead GmbH & CO. KG a full service internet agency located in Berlin, founded in 2001. They specialize in online marketing and web & tool development. Services range from Search Engine Marketing, Consulting and Real Time Bidding to Web & Tool development. Their experts offer extensive online marketing solution to clients from a variety of different industries, like the automotive, real estate or travel industry.

Thomas is the Online Marketing Manager at Netlead GmbH & CO. KG a full service internet agency located in Berlin, founded in 2001. They specialize in online marketing and web & tool development. Services range from Search Engine Marketing, Consulting and Real Time Bidding to Web & Tool development. Their experts offer extensive online marketing solution to clients from a variety of different industries, like the automotive, real estate or travel industry. Thomas specializes in PPC consulting, automation of large PPC accounts and has over 7 years experience in Online Marketing, gained across employment at several companies. In his work at as head of SEM at Netlead, he manages large PPC accounts for several renowned companies, prepares workshops, conducts onsite training, manages optimization processes and develops customizes reports. He is always looking for new automated solutions to optimize PPC accounts in the most efficient and effective way.

Dominik Schaetz
Founder & CEO at schaetz cro, Switzerland

Dominik started researching computer aided creative processes while studying architecture at the ETH Zürich. In 2000, he completed his degree and began working as an entrepreneur in the online industry. After founding a web design agency and working in out of home display advertising, he founded schaetz cro in 2010.

Dominik started researching computer aided creative processes while studying architecture at the ETH Zürich. In 2000, he completed his degree and began working as an entrepreneur in the online industry. After founding a web design agency and working in out of home display advertising, he founded schaetz cro in 2010. The boutique agency is highly specialized in Web Analytics and Conversion Rate Optimization and serves a wide range of national and international clients. As a pioneer for conversion rate optimization in Switzerland, he is a demanded speaker on the subject. He also teaches his know how to Online Marketing Managers-in-training.

Roman Bach
CEO at 9flats.com, Germany

Roman is the CEO of 9flats.com 9flats.com which he co-founded in 2010. 9flats is a marketplace for shared accommodations that has been disrupting the travel industry and changed the way travellers are booking & looking for a place to stay. In 2014 Roman stepped up as CEO of 9flats and reached profitability as the first player in Shared Economy for Travel. 9flats offers more than 200.000 places worldwide as an alternative to Hotels.

Roman is the CEO of 9flats.com 9flats.com which he co-founded in 2010. 9flats is a marketplace for shared accommodations that has been disrupting the travel industry and changed the way travellers are booking & looking for a place to stay. In 2014 Roman stepped up as CEO of 9flats and reached profitability as the first player in Shared Economy for Travel. 9flats offers more than 200.000 places worldwide as an alternative to Hotels.
Roman started working in the internet industry back in 1996. One of the first projects he launched for publishing house Guner + Jahr was IQ Kleinanzeigen – then Germany´s leading online classifieds site. His first startup experience was a toy shop in 1999 and since then Roman has helped to start and grow several Start Ups.

Peter Zollman
Founding Principal of AIM Group, USA

Peter M. Zollman brings more than 35 years of media experience to his role as Founding Principal of the AIM Group / Classified Intelligence Report. He has worked with a wide range of media companies, dot-coms, technology providers and start-ups to develop and expand successful interactive-media services. He is based in Altamonte Springs, Fla., near Orlando.

Peter M. Zollman brings more than 35 years of media experience to his role as Founding Principal of the AIM Group / Classified Intelligence Report. He has worked with a wide range of media companies, dot-coms, technology providers and start-ups to develop and expand successful interactive-media services. He is based in Altamonte Springs, Fla., near Orlando.

Founding principal: As founding principal of the AIM Group, Peter built a global consulting boutique firm which achieved revenues of more than $1 million annually. It publishes the continuous advisory service Classified Intelligence Report, known as “the bible of the classified advertising industry.” Zollman serves as publisher and executive editor of CIR.

Darren Rajanah
CCO of The Hut Group, UK

Darren joined The Hut Group in 2008 playing a key role in its rapid expansion over the past 5 years. He is responsible for developing and implementing commercial strategies to drive efficiencies across the group, as well as the development and delivery of group marketing strategies. The Hut Group is now the UK’s leading multi-website online retailer with rapidly growing international operations.

Darren joined The Hut Group in 2008 playing a key role in its rapid expansion over the past 5 years. He is responsible for developing and implementing commercial strategies to drive efficiencies across the group, as well as the development and delivery of group marketing strategies. The Hut Group is now the UK’s leading multi-website online retailer with rapidly growing international operations.
CIMA Fellow and qualified accountant with 7 years senior finance experience at the Caudwell Group (revenues of £1.5bn).

Silvio Frison
CEO of Pense, Brazil

Silvio is the Founder and CEO of Pense, a Brazilian general classifieds site with homes, jobs and cars offers. Silvio built Pense from ground zero till R$20M (annual revenue) in 2,6 years doing business only two states of Brazil. Pense is the market leader in real estate, cars and jobs verticals.

Before Pense Silvio was supporting RBS Group (second largest media group in Brazil) to do portfolio management, specifically having solid digital assets. Prior to that, in six months, he built the Outbound Segment at Dell, increasing revenue in US$1M per week. He also built and sold a company going through college in the USA.

Jacob Sachs
Global Account Manager of Besedo, Sweden

Jacob Sachs is the Global Account Manager at besedo, a company founded in 2002 with a mission to protect and assist users online. For the last 7 years Jacob has been focusing on assisting and providing advice and insights in the area of moderation, customer care and fraud protection to major Classifieds around the world.

Jacob Sachs is the Global Account Manager at besedo, a company founded in 2002 with a mission to protect and assist users online. For the last 7 years Jacob has been focusing on assisting and providing advice and insights in the area of moderation, customer care and fraud protection to major Classifieds around the world. Jacob has previous experiences working with business development at eBay and M&A from the finance sector.

Ronald Jan Schuurs
Global Co-Founder & Managing Director of Everjobs, Germany

Ronald is a Global Co-founder at Everjobs, a job platform targeting to become a global player in emerging markets across the world. Ronald has extensive experience in the tech, marketplaces and investment sectors. Prior to joining Everjobs, he worked at Mascus, the marketplace for heavy machinery, and Vortex Capital Partners, a tech investor based in Amsterdam.

Ronald holds a masters degree in Law and Tax Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and an MBA from INSEAD, France and Singapore.

Carl Ferrer
CEO of Backpage.com, UK

Carl Ferrer CEO of Backpage.com, Carl started in classified advertising industry in 1987 with home delivered classified publications. He joined Village Voice Media Holdings (“VVMH”) in 1996. Later, he launched Backpage.com in 2004 as a solution for alternative news weeklies to compete with Craigslist.

Carl Ferrer CEO of Backpage.com, Carl started in classified advertising industry in 1987 with home delivered classified publications. He joined Village Voice Media Holdings (“VVMH”) in 1996. Later, he launched Backpage.com in 2004 as a solution for alternative news weeklies to compete with Craigslist. Backpage.com is a free classifieds ads site which covers a huge range of verticals including jobs, retail, cars and services. Carl brings with him a wealth of knowledge from across his 28 years in the classifieds industry.

Felix Erken
Managing Director of Junk Mail Publishing Group, South Africa

Felix is the Managing Director of Junk Mail Publishing, the leading classifieds print and digital portal in Southern Africa. Felix started in the classifieds space 23 years ago when print still ruled the space. He has overseen and is still currently managing the enormous transition that the Internet brought about for the industry, first on the web and now mobile. With online classifieds becoming one of the hottest web properties after search and social, it’s been an extraordinary journey which has given Felix heaps of insight and experience into the classifieds market locally and globally.

Felix is the Managing Director of Junk Mail Publishing, the leading classifieds print and digital portal in Southern Africa. Felix started in the classifieds space 23 years ago when print still ruled the space. He has overseen and is still currently managing the enormous transition that the Internet brought about for the industry, first on the web and now mobile. With online classifieds becoming one of the hottest web properties after search and social, it’s been an extraordinary journey which has given Felix heaps of insight and experience into the classifieds market locally and globally. He has been an active member of ICMA for 17 years. He loves disruption, football, people, life and a good laugh but not necessarily in that order.

Kevin Jackson
Global Sales Director at Gravity R&D, Hungary

Kevin is responsible for the global sales activities of Gravity R&D. Prior to joining Gravity R&D, he was the Co-founder of the augmented reality startup, Appshaker, where he worked with clients such as National Geographic, BBC, Guinness World Records, Coke, Universal Studios, and Movistar. He has been involved in technology startups for the past twenty years.

Kevin is responsible for the global sales activities of Gravity R&D. Prior to joining Gravity R&D, he was the Co-founder of the augmented reality startup, Appshaker, where he worked with clients such as National Geographic, BBC, Guinness World Records, Coke, Universal Studios, and Movistar. He has been involved in technology startups for the past twenty years.

Kevin received his MBA degree form Case Western Reserve University and his B.A. from Amherst College.