This is a list of all confirmed speakers for the ICMA Autumn Conference 2016. Speaker information is regularly updated, so please keep checking.

Sebastian Fleischmann
Sales Director, at Oracle Marketing Cloud, Germany

Sebastian Fleischmann is the Sales Director at Oracle Marketing Cloud since 2014. From 2010 until the takeover by OMC at the beginning of 2014, he was responsible in the same position for the marketing software provider Responsys for distribution throughout the DACH region. This included the implementation of successful, effective, personalized marketing campaigns digital support. Prior to joining Responsys he had already worked in various senior sales positions with businesses, such as the marketing provider eCircle or the market research company Psyma and GRP. Sebastian has a degree in business administration with an emphasis on marketing, human resources and communication management.

Julien André
Director Vivastreet Job, France

Julien André is the Director at Vivastreet, a free, classified ads site. Julien is an Entrepreneur & Intrapreneur with 15 years of experience in the Online recruitment and Classifieds markets in Startups and Media Group.

Founder of the french jobboard acquired by a media group in 2005, Julien has joined the local classifieds ads site Vivastreet in 2012 to take over the Job category. Vivastreet ranks among the top five largest job site in France and connect everyday thousands of recruiters ans jobseekers locally through desktop and mobile applications. Vivastreet operates across Europe, Latin America, North America, North Africa and Australasia and more than 4 million users visits our sites every day.

Chalid El Ashker
Founder of, Switzerland

Chalid El Ashker is the Founder of – a global online marketplace for short-term rental of retail space, shelves and walls. He is an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in online businesses, and has a background in corporate strategy, business law and web development.

Simon Underwood
General Manager Sales at Marketplacer, Australia

Simon Underwood is the General Manager Sales at Marketplacer, an enterprise marketplace platform. Simon has over 15 years of experience within the online industry, with extensive knowledge in ecommerce, marketing, platforms and analytics.

Simon began his career at Hitwise, developing the business and customer base in Australia before transferring to NYC to help establish the US market. Following the insights gathered in the US and the significant growth of ecommerce, Simon developed a ecommerce sports merchandise business in Australia – Key learnings, industry knowledge and real ecommerce investment experience led to the appointment as the Magento Country Manager for Australia/New Zealand.

Simon drives sales globally for Marketplacer and is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Olivier Rihs
CEO of Scout24 Switzerland Ltd, Switzerland

Olivier Rihs is the CEO of Scout24 Switzerland Ltd, managing the biggest Swiss Network for Online Marketplaces (AutoScout24, MotoScout24, ImmoScout24, Olivier has worked for Scout24 Switzerland Ltd for over 12 years in various different positions.

Olivier started his career at Scout24 Switzerland Ltd. in 2002 as their Chief Operation Officer (COO). In 2005 he was nominated the Director of the platform AutoScout24, and then between 2009 and 2011 he was responsible for the Marketplaces AutoScout24, MotoScout24, ImmoScout24 and JobScout24 as the Chief Commercial Officer. In this position he was responsible for the entire distribution budget and the growth of the individual marketplaces, with the aim, to strengthen the Market leader position of AutoScout24 and to obtain the same position with ImmoScout24 and JobScout24 (in Cooperation with

Before his time at Scout24 Switzerland Ltd. Olivier Rihs worked for nearly 10 years in the automotive industry, amongst others he was the District Manager for GM Suisse SA in Biel and Peugeot Suisse SA in Berne.

Axel Konjack
CEO of Homegate AG, Switzerland

Axel Konjack is the CEO of Homegate AG, the leading digital company in Swiss real estate marketplace. Axel is also the Chairman of ImmoStreet, another leading real-estate portal in Switzerland.

Marcos Monteiro
Co-Founder of Veezoo AG, Switzerland

Marcos Monteiro is the Co-Founder of Veezoo AG. Marcos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He moved to Zurich to study Mathematics and Statistics at ETH Zurich. During the SIX Hackathon in March 2015, he and his brother came up with the idea for Veezoo – a Siri for visualizing business data. Together with a friend who had just came back from Princeton, they founded Veezoo AG – a Zurich-based Startup that supports you to explore your data just by asking questions.

Steven Neubauer
Managing Director at NZZ Mediengruppe, Switzerland

Steven Neubauer has been the Managing Director at NZZ Mediengruppe since 2015. Steven has also been a member of their Executive Board since February 2014. He leads the business along with the editor-in-chief of the «Neue Zürcher Zeitung» Eric Gujer. Previously, he was an associate partner in the Zurich office of McKinsey & Company and member of the leadership of the firm’s European media and sports practice.

He has extensive experience in advising media, sports and telecommunications companies. Steven studied business administration (marketing, finance, computer science) at the University of Bayreuth and earned his doctorate in innovation management at the University of Aachen in 2008. Steven is married and is father to two children.

Dr. Christopher Müller
CEO at Die Ergonomen Usability AG, Switzerland

Dr. Christopher Müller is the Founder & Owner of Die Ergonomen Usability AG. Christopher received his doctorate in 2000 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, and is one of the leading Swiss experts in Usability and User Centered Design.

Focus: Usability & User Experience Optimization, strategic consulting, innovation processes, service design.

Current projects for : Swiss Federal Railway, Roche, Swisscom, Unisys, Stadtpolizei Zurich, Denner, Tamedia, Credit Suisse, Swiss Re, Swiss Life, and many more.

Sarmad A. Ali
Group Managing Director at Jang Media Group, Pakistan

Sarmad A. Ali is the Group Managing Director at Jang Media Group, Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate having presence in print, broadcast and the digital space. Sarmad has over twenty-five years of experience in marketing, advertising and media management.

Described as of one of Pakistan’s marketing thought leaders, Sarmad has been thrice the President of the Marketing Association of Pakistan. In 1999 he was awarded the coveted Marketing Excellence Award for his contribution in the field of marketing. Ranked amongst Pakistan’s Top 100 Business Leaders, Sarmad received the Asian Brand Leadership Award from the Asian Brand Congress in 2007 and the 50 Most Talented CMOs Award at the World Marketing Summit in 2013.

He also serves on the Governing Board of the Intellectual Property Organization, Cabinet Division, Government of Pakistan and has also served in the past, as member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Privatisation and Investment in 2003 and as member of the Sindh I.T. Board from 2000-2003.

Sarmad has also been on the Jury of the Global AME Awards (Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness) as well as the M&M Global Media Marketing & Advertising Awards and INMA (International News Media Association) awards. In 2013 the President of Pakistan conferred upon Sarmad the Sitara-I-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s third highest Civil Award for his contributions towards the newspapers industry. He is presently the President of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).

Maria Logvinenko
Head of Avito Services at, Russia

Maria Logvinenko is the Head of Avito Services at, Russia’s largest classified marketplace with a 35 million monthly audience and 29 million active listings.

With an Economics & Management degree from London School of Economics & Political Science and business & marketing expertise built over 10 years in FMCG multinationals such as Nestle and The Coca-Cola Company, Maria took charge of Avito Services in early 2015, with the objective to build & execute its growth strategy. Avito Services caters for the needs of those who require any paid service, from renovation to dog grooming, and is Russia’s #1 services marketplace.

Dr. Roland Streule
Usability Expert at Die Ergonomen Usability AG, Switzerland

Dr. Roland Streule is a Usability Expert at Die Ergonomen Usability AG. He studied Psychology at the University of Zurich with a focus on knowledge and learning psychology. He has longtime experience in e-learning and didactics, User Experience and Usability.

Lucian Luncan
Head of Online Classifieds at Russmedia, Romania

Lucian Luncan is Head of Online Classifieds at Russmedia, the most progressive media company in Europe, with subsidiaries in 5 European countries. The company’s headquarters are in Austria/Vorarlberg, where the company has been founded almost 100 years ago.

Lucian has over 9 year experience in digital classifieds. He built up and manages Russmedia’s classifieds business in Romania – classifieds), and estate). Lucian’s main expertise is product development, online marketing and conversion optimisation, with a current focus on mobile user experience and brand building.

Lucian is also one of ICMA’s Board of Directors.

Sang-Woo Pai
CEO & Co-Founder GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Sang-Woo Pai is the CEO & Co-Founder of GmbH & Co. KG, one of the leading online marketplaces in Germany. He is also the Managing Director of Kalaydo GmbH & Co.KG, as well as one of ICMA’s Board of Directors.

Sang-Woo started his career as a management consultant at Roland Berger. He specialised in the Digital, advising numerous high profile clients on strategy and innovation, aiding their transformation process. In addition to that, he held management position at the Deutsche Telekom, and founded two start-ups in the mobile sector before entering the classified &marketplace industry with

Rahul Pangam
Co-Founder & CEO of Simility, USA

Rahul Pangam is the Co-Founder and CEO of Simility, a fraud-detection startup, which has $7.2 million in seed funding led by Accel Partners and Trinity Ventures and dual headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and Hyderabad, India.
Founded in 2014, Simility is already analyzing billions of transactions per year for customers on four continents as part of its fraud detection platform.

Prior to Simility, Rahul was a director at Google, where he led a global team of 200 that reduced fraud in ads by 90 percent. He is a fraud-detection industry veteran, having spent more than six years at Google building teams responsible for fighting fraud and abuse in Google’s ads and its local and social products.

Prior to Google, Rahul was a lead engineer at General Electric, working on GE’s smart grid software products. Rahul holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and M.S. in electrical engineering from Clemson University.

Bernhard Oberhuber
Founder & CEO of MyDataMint Gmbh, Switzerland

Bernhard Oberhuber


Bernhard Obenhuber is the Founder and CEO of MyDataMint Gmbh, a Swiss startup that developed zoa – reclaim your personal data. zoa’s ambition is to become the preferred market place for personal data. zoa empowers consumers to monetize their valuable consumer profiles and gives companies access to highest quality consumer profile information without invading the privacy of consumers.

Bernhard holds a Masters degree in economics and business administration from University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. After a decade in the financial industry as an asset allocation strategist, Bernhard founded MyDataMint and co-founded, a sovereign-risk rating platform. Bernhard’s knowledge base includes data analytics, data privacy, and finance. An Austrian citizen, Bernhard enjoys biking, music and gadgets.

Frederic Hansen
COO at Click Performance Group, Germany

Frederic Hansen is the COO at Click Performance Group, a consulting firm specialising in the successful monetization of websites. In this new era of programmatic and native advertising, Frederic and his team are guiding publishers around the globe through the challenges and opportunities of monetizing their platforms through online advertising.

Frederic has gained valuable internet experience during many years of hands-on work, starting as an Internet entrepreneur at the age of 16. After his consulting business was acquired by Click Performance Group in 2012, he began to successfully assist publishers from many industries in leading roles and became the company’s COO in 2015.

Frederic also serves on the board of directors of PubStream, a revenue analytics startup.

Alexander Balakhnin
Vice President at Goldman Sachs, UK

Alexander Balakhnin is the Vice President at Goldman Sachs. Alexander is a primary analyst for the CEEMEA Telecom, Media and Technology sectors, covering companies in Russia, Turkey, CEE and Africa as well as Scandinavian internet stocks. Alexander joined Goldman Sachs in Moscow in 2006 to cover Emerging EMEA Wireless and Wireline Operators. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Alexander worked at Raiffeisenbank, one of the leading Russian commercial banks, and at Rye, Man & Gor Securities, a Russian investment boutique, covering Russian Telecom names. Alexander holds an MA degree in Finance (cum laude) from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Abbas Rehemtulla
EMEA Senior Account Manager at Distil Networks, UK

Ron Abisi is the VP of Sales at Distil Networks, focused on direct sales for enterprise and high growth internet properties. He has over 15 years of sales leadership and technology experience. Prior to Distil, he worked for Dyn managing some of the largest and most well-known Fortune 500 and Alexa top 500 accounts.

Founded in 2011, Distil Networks is the leading public and private cloud security provider that blocks malicious bots, or automated computer programs, attacking your website. With a mission of making the web more secure, Distil Networks mitigates against duplicate content, improves SEO strength and accelerates the end-user experience – all while reducing infrastructure costs.

Rob Paterson
Director of Consulting at AIM Group, LLC, UK

Rob Paterson is the Director of Consulting at AIM Group. He has worked within the classifieds sector for more than 20 years. Rob recently took up this role having moved back to the UK from LA. In LA Rob was the CEO of Pantera Digital, where he was responsible for building a digital agency specialising in providing content marketing, search engine optimisation, search engine marketing and analytics.

Prior to that Rob was the CEO of Erento, the leading international online consumer marketplace for the hire and rental industry. Erento GmbH has its Head office in Berlin and is the flagship online media property owned and operated by VM Digital the digital investment division of Russmedia.

Dave Martin
Digital Director at Bauer Xcel, UK

Dave Martin is the Digital Director at Bauer Media, and an expert on lean, product management, innovation and growth. Dave has a blend of agile, start up, technology and operations experience that has cultivated on projects for Google, PepsiCo,, Essence Digital, Skybet,, various startups. He now works at Bauer Xcel leading digital brands such as and supporting strategic innovation.

Dave gets excited about digital product strategy and lean operational process transformation to deliver sustainable profits and growth. When away from a laptop he is a keen mountain biker who enjoys camping with his family all over the UK wilderness.

Tomasz Odrobinski
Global Venture Manager at Booksy Inc, Finland

Tomasz Odrobinski is the Global Venture Manager at Booksy Inc. Tomasz has over 15 years of experience in sales/marketing and customer support in growing international business. As the team leader he has been responsible for taking the online and mobile businesses global. Prior to Polish startup Booksy Inc. Tomasz worked for the following: Finnish Alma Media (, German RussMedia ( and Chinese CRI ( ). To find out more about Tomasz visit his online profile here.