Conference Moderator: Mike Berger
Head of Marketplaces, Styria Media Group, Austria
Mike is CEO of Styria Media Group's Digital Marketplaces and is responsible for the market leading Digital Marketplaces willhaben.at in Austria, njuskalo.hr in Croatia, bolha.com and mojedelo.com in Slovenia as well as for the participation Offerista Group based in Berlin incorporating wogibtswas.at in Austria. Also, he is responsible for the Marketplaces Technology Provider Trikoder in Croatia. Mike has been working in digital media and marketplaces for more than 10 years and played a significant role in defining and executing Styria’s digital strategy in this area. His current focus is on the strategic and financial growth of the existing units as well as on the expansion of the portfolio internationally as well as fostering the innovation of the Digital Marketplaces Group of Styria.
General Manager, letgo, Turkey
Onur Kavak graduated from the Middle East Technical University's Department of Business Administration. Kavak started his professional career as a product manager at P&G in 2004, and during those 8-years, he worked in different categories in Turkey and CEEMEA region, gaining experience in both new brand launches and portfolio management. Following his decision to return to Turkey, Kavak switched to the technology sector and in 2012 he took over the youth segment at Vodafone and the main brand management between 2013-2016. Onur Kavak, who stepped into the startup world as marketing director of letgo in 2016, was appointed General Manager of letgo Turkey in 2018.
SVP Global Markets, Adevinta, Spain
Ovidiu is responsible for 16 Schibsted marketplace operations in Austria, Belarus, Chile, Colombia,Dominican Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, for the mobilemarketplace Shpock and for investments in new models. Adevinta is a marketplace specialist. We help our local digital marketplaces thrive through global connections and networks of knowledge. Our marketplaces unlock the full value in every person, place and thing – helping local communities prosper and leaving a positive footprint on the world.
Chief Marketing Officer, Lalafo, Ukraine
Real Estate Product Strategist, Carangid.net, Hungary
Laura Szabó @Carangid.net is an independent business and product consultant for property portals and other listings. She has partners among the European and Asian property and job portals helping them to grow, monetise and compete on their on markets. Laura was the Chief Product Officer for ingatlan.com, the Hungarian market leading property vertical. This was a first hand experience on innovating and operating at the same time on an unregulated property market. With Carangid.net she was also interim Head of Real Estate at OLX in Portugal. She graduated with a Masters degree in e-business from Corvinus University Budapest, and is a member of Mensa.
Operational Manager, Pazar3.mk, Republic of North Macedonia
Ajlin has a Master Degree in Information Systems Management and 8 years experience in marketing and management of online marketplaces, strategic planning and project management. Ajlin believes that to achieve the goal, three main things are needed: a good plan, persistence and dedication. Ajlin is the Operational Manager of Pazar3.mk - the first and the biggest classifieds marketplace in Macedonia. The business model of Pazar3 Marketplaces aims to provide a simple, effective and safe form of advertisement with a goal to continuously enhance the user experience in online advertisement.
Customer Experience Specialist, Carangid.net, Hungary
Gyula Bajkai @Carangid.net has spent 12 years with user and customer focused product research and design for various industries: first on the agency side, then for IBM for several years. At Carangid we have a solid background in real estate digital product, and he brings the customer perspective, how to design a product for actual consumer needs. His analytical mindset, business thinking and down to earth approach helps building products, that support business goals, and are built around customers. He graduated with a Masters degree in e-business from Corvinus University Budapest.
Group Director of Finance & Operations, Friday Media Group, United Kingdom
Hamid Shafi is thorough and highly commercial Finance & Operational Director, with extensive experience of senior finance leadership positions across a range of different industries and size of organizations. He has initiated various growth strategies by providing financial and operational expertise to the businesses and helped to build infrastructure and shape the future. Currently the Group Director of Finance & Operations of Friday Media Group, he has a proven track record of driving effective strategic board-level decision making, underpinned by robust and tailored financial analysis. Harnessing a combination of his technical knowledge and exceptional stakeholder management skills, he is very adept at delivering rapid yet sustainable improvements in financial and operational control. He has been a significant part of rapidly scale the business in an agile and sustainable way.
Chief product officer, sahibinden.com, Turkey
Bora Biçer started his carrier at Logo Software Inc. and held different managerial positions on the field of information technologies such as product management, marketing and IT. After executing various significant positions in Turkcell; he was assigned as the General Manager of Fizy, a group company of Turkcell. Biçer serves as the Vice President, Business, Service and Customer Experience Management at sahibinden.com since 2013. He graduated from Middle East Technical University Department of Computer Engineering and had an MBA degree from Bo?aziçi University.
Founder & CEO, European Internet Ventures, Switzerland
Malcolm Myers is Founder & CEO of EIV, an entrepreneurial internet advisory business exclusively focussed on classifieds andmarketplaces. EIV helps entrepreneurs raise capital from Series A onwards, and runs sales processes when it is time for a partial or complete exit. We also support PE funds and family offices on the buy-side. Our work is truly global, and we are particularly active in emerging markets. I started my classifieds/marketplaces journey in 2007 as Head of M&A at Naspers, before setting up EIV in 2010, and have been involved in over 100 transactions across 6 continents.
Founder & CEO, tapu.com, Turkey
Emre is the founder & CEO of Tapu.com. He believes in making ideas happen through persuasion & persistence. He is a creative generalist with an entrepreneur spirit. He is been in the Turkish internet & telco scene since 2001, working mostly as a professional in major players. Recently, he was part of the executive team in the leading classifieds site where he witnessed the shortcomings of the classifieds business model. Tapu.com aims to solve these shortcomings while providing a better platform for both real estate sellers & buyers.
VP, Strategy & Business Development, kariyer.net, Turkey
Baris is responsible for Strategy and Business Development efforts of Kariyer.net since 2013. In his current role he is responsible for topics such as Marketplace Development, M&A activities, Companywide KPIs, Business Intelligence, Data Privacy Compliance as well as Partner Ecosystem. He has 20+ years of experience in technology industry, both in Turkey and USA. Prior to Kariyer.net, he held various managerial positions within Turkcell and its subsidiaries. His international experiences consist of Product Management within Comverse BSS, now part of Amdocs, and ERP Consultancy (Finance) for Baan, now part of Infor. He has a B.Sc in Management Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
CEO and Co-founder, Utopia Analytics, Finland
The world’s first PhD in language independent text analytics. CEO and Co-founder of Utopia Analytics.
Co-founder, Jobartis, Angola
Luis Verdeja is the co-founder of job board Jobartis, which he currently directs. Luis Verdeja has led Jobartis to be Angola's N.1 employment portal in the portuguese speaking Africa. Jobartis has been reaching three-digit growth in the past two years. Today, it is a company of 50 employees with presence in five markets. Luis's main focus is on strategy, operations, human resources management and business development. In the past, Luis Verdeja was an international consultant in international trade. Luis has a PhD in Economics as well as two Master degrees in European Studies and Development. Luis is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.
Director, recruitment & eCom business, Oikotie Työpaikat, Finland
Joonas Pihlajamaa heads the Oikotie Työpaikat job vertical and general classifieds business at Sanoma Corporation, the leading media group in the Nordic countries. Oikotie is the leading commercial Finnish job portal, offering a full range of services to recruiters from job postings to recruitment systems, employer image building and recruiting tools and analytics. Oikotie is a forerunner in the field, introducing AI, video and data based solutions to its customers. Mr. Pihlajamaa has extensive experience digital services both in B2C and C2C, having worked in business management and development roles at Sanoma and earlier at Finnish telecommunications leader Elisa. He is a keen follower of AI and technology related developments, both professionally and during his free time.
EMEA Security Evangelist, Radware, Israel
As the EMEA Cyber Security Evangelist for Radware, Pascal is a recognized Cyber Security, and Emerging Technology thought leader with 20+ years of experience in Information Technology. While defining the company’s thought leadership on today’s security threat landscape, Pascal leads the research efforts on IoT botnets and discovered BrickerBot, JenX and Demonbot botnets. Pascal was a key contributor to a recently published CRC Press book on Botnets and resides on the advisory board of two European Commission Horizon 2020 projects. Pascal has been features in numerous publications and a speaker at many major industry events. Pascal holds a degree in Engineering from the Free University of Brussels. Before Radware, Pascal was a consulting engineer for Juniper working with the largest EMEA hyper cloud providers and service providers on the topics of SDN/NFV, programmable infrastructure, DevOps, and automation.
CEO and co-owner, Junk Mail Media, South Africa
Felix Erken has a long history with classifieds dating back to 1992. He first got involved as a photo agent in the launch of Auto Trader before running the Company as MD 2 years later. ‘Those were incredible days where new concepts, thanks to entrepreneurial flare and new technology, opened the industry up and made it rife for disruption’. ‘We had just launched a credible niche car classified paper when, BAM, the internet came along’. ‘Really’?? Felix later joined the Junk Mail Media group in 1998 as a project manager. ‘The Company was as disruptive as you can get, free classifieds in print taking on the newspaper groups, and we’d already gone online 8 months prior, cannibalising our own print products. ‘There was a great pioneer spirit and a feeling that so much was going to happen in the future’. And happen it did. Junk Mail Media group rapidly expanded print operations and in tandem launched several website equivalents’. ‘It was just a matter of time before this started to turn towards online’. Today the initial publishing empire has completely transformed to digital. ‘We are the biggest pureplay classifieds/marketplace Company in Africa’. All indicators for the future are green lights and the prospects look fantastic for a Company that has not only seen a transformation from print to digital but now from classifieds to full blown marketplaces. ‘I wouldn’t change from this industry for anything’. I’m a qualified fashion designer, but nothing has changed more in 15 years than this industry’. ‘It’s mega and its helluva exciting’ Following a recent management buy-out, Felix is the current CEO and shareholder of Junk Mail media group.
CEO, Emlakjet, Turkey
Tolga Idikat has BA in Statistics department from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. After graduation Idikat started his professional career as a credit risk specialist in QNB Finansbank, then continued as CRM Analyst in Yap? Kredi Bank. Afterwards, he joined Vodafone Turkey team and worked in different roles in Marketing Department as CVM manager, Senior Segment Marketing Manager in convergence and prepaid segments. Tolga switched to internet sector and startup world in 2017 as Chief Growth Officer in emlakjet, fastest growing real estate portal and lately appointed as the CEO of the company in the beginning of 2018.
Daniela De Marco
Strategy and Business Development Manager, subito.it, Italy
Daniela De Marco has 12+ years experience in strategy; she has been the Strategy and Business Development Manager in Adevinta Italy for 5 years, driving the evolution of the largest General Classified in Italy, Subito.it, and the most relevant vertical Job Board, Infojobs.it. She spent the last years in strengthening the position of Subito in Italy both for professionals and privates, identifying and organize the key projects and strategic partnerships. Prior, she has run several projects in consultancy, in Bain & Co Italy.
Director of Consumer & SMB, Shieldpay, United Kingdom
Tom is a member of the founding team at Shieldpay – making online payments more secure for everyone. As an alum of giants PayPal, eBay and JudoPay, Tom is an expert in all things payments. Tom is particularly well known for transforming classifieds sites into transactional marketplaces, creating a whole new revenue stream, powered by payments.