Cabinet Expert, European Commission
Werner Stengg, who joined the European institutions in 1996, is currently a cabinet expert on the cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, dealing with digital matters. Between 2006 and 2019, he held different head of unit positions across the European Commission, dealing with e-commerce and online platforms, public interest services, online gambling and postal services, and with the better regulation agenda. Prior to that, he was involved in mainstreaming policy evaluation across the Commission, in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral textile trade agreements, and in the negotiations on regulatory files in the areas of aviation and maritime transport. He earned his doctoral degree in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
Martha de la Torre
CEO, El Clasificado
Martha de la Torre is the CEO of El Clasificado, dba EC Hispanic Media. Founded in 1988 as a weekly Spanish-language classified publication, ElClasificado.com is now the largest Spanish language classified marketplace in the U.S.. With Quinceanera.com, Su Socio De Negocios, and EmpleosLatino.com, EC Hispanic Media provides a marketplace for business to business as well as business to consumer media opportunities in the U.S Hispanic market. El Clasificado was named Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the SBA for helping small businesses thrive in Los Angeles. The Company has also been an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for Los Angeles. In 2020 El Clasificado won an Editor and Publisher award for helping over 500 struggling small businesses during the pandemic with free advertising and marketing tools. Ms.de la Torre currently serves on the Board of the Loyola Marymount University Latino Alumni Association. She formerly served on the Board of Regents for Loyola Marymount University and was Chair of the International Classified Marketplace Association headquartered in Amsterdam. Ms. de la Torre is a graduate of LMU where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She joined Arthur Young & Company where she became a CPA and audit manager specializing in banks and businesses targeting the U.S. Hispanic market. In 1986, she became the Chief Financial Officer of La Opinion, the largest Spanish language daily in the United States. Ms. de la Torre resides with her husband and El Clasificado co-founder, Joe Badame, in Rancho Palos Verdes
Stefano Pavignano is CEO of Bakeca.it, one of the main Italian horizontals, with about 10 million sessions per month and an average of 2 million ads published. He took the leadership of Bakeca.it in 2018, after being consultant for six years at McKinsey & Company and Manager of transformation for three years at Fedex Corporation. Stefano holds an MBA from IE Business School and a Master Degree in Economics at Bocconi University.
Group Head of Operations, ROAM Africa
Diane Moalem is the Group Head of Operations of ROAM Africa, the largest classifieds and marketplaces group in Sub-Saharan Africa. She brings diversified experience in digital from corporates, SMEs, and start-ups. Bolstered with an MBA at the University of Cape Town in 2017 and specialisation courses at Kellogg Business School, she brings a distinctive skillset to the ROAM management team. She leads the ROAM Africa businesses through data driven customer-first operations. Diane is passionate about leveraging the power of technology to enable economic opportunity, boundless knowledge distribution, and social connection on the world’s fastest growing continent.
Product Manager, Facebook
Mayank Yadav is a Product Manager at Facebook based out of their HQ in Menlo Park, California. He is a part of the Facebook marketplace product team building an online platform to connect buyers with sellers globally. He specializes in building two sided marketplaces and has previously worked with Uber and ebay along with advising startups globally.
Product development and Online marketplaces, Schibsted and Adevinta
I have had the privilege to work with product development and online marketplaces for 10 years in Schibsted and Adevinta in Sweden, Mexico, Spain and Finland. My passion is to build strong cross-functional teams that build great products for our users and customers. Trivia: I co-founded an esport community at age 15 which allowed me to travel the world before the word "startup" as we know today even existed :-)