Amadeus Stevenson, Decoded

Amadeus is Chief Technology Officer of Decoded, providing digital enlightenment across the globe. A self-taught coder and physical computing nut, he worked for a number of years as a web developer before moving into academia. After completing a Masters degree in Physics at Imperial College London, he obtained a PhD in Biological Physics at the University of Oxford, where he studied the interactions of nanostructures with bacterial cells. Amadeus is passionate about demystifying the wonders of technology from a code, data and security angle.

Amadeus is a thought-leader and frequent speaker at conferences around the world, including the Future of Storytelling Conference, Internet Week, GE Global Leadership Meeting, Social Media Week, SXSW, the Ad Age Data Conference, and more.


Amy Webb, Author, Futurist and Founder of The Future Today Institute

Amy Webb a futurist, author and professor. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading future forecasting and strategy firm that researches technology and answers “What’s the future of X?” for a global client base.

Now in its second decade, the Institute advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups around the world. Amy Webb was named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led and was shortlisted for the 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award.

Webb’s research focuses on how technology will transform the way we live, work and govern. Her future forecasting work has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, CNN, NPR, and more.


Ana Ferrell, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean

Ana Ferrell is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Mastercard Latin America & Caribbean since June 2017. In this role, she is responsible for driving Marketing & Communications Strategies and Innovation to advance the company’s agenda, propel business results and deepen brand connection with consumers and customers.

Ana’s career spans more than 20 years, driving profitable growth in consumer packaged goods industries in US and Latin American markets. She has extensive experience defining new customer segments, developing strategy, building brands and expanding business geographically.

Before joining Mastercard, she served as Sr. Director of Global Growth & Strategic Capabilities at Tyson Foods International, leading the company’s business expansion in Asia as well as driving Disruptive Portfolio Innovation for the US retail portfolio. Previously, she worked at Tyson Foods, Grupo O Boticário – one of the fastest growing players in Beauty & Cosmetics in Brazil – Nike (US), Kraftz Heinz and Mondelez. Over the years, she has received many awards including Best Corporate Communication, Company of Year, Brand Communications Category, Best Place to Work, Effie Award, among others. She has also been nominated one of the top 50 most innovative professionals in Brazil in 2014.


Daniel Cohen, Digital Payments and Labs, Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean

Daniel Cohen is head of Digital Payments and Labs for Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment solutions that can be used at the check-out counter, via the web, mobile phone, tablet, and beyond.

Previously, Daniel headed Mastercard’s operations in Israel as Country Manager. He was responsible for opening Mastercard’s first office in the country and expanding the company’s local payments footprint. During his time as Country Manager, he led the commercialization of breakthrough innovative payment solutions in the electronic and mobile commerce space.

Daniel began his career at Mastercard in 2007, leading prepaid card program initiatives across the globe out of the company’s headquarters in Purchase, New York. Prior to joining Mastercard, he was a Strategy Consultant for BTS where he managed corporate strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies.


David Bell, award-winning researcher, professor at the Wharton School, and Author of “Location Is (Still) Everything”

Professor Bell is an expert in consumer shopping behavior. His current research focuses on theories and explanations for geographic variation in the performance of Internet retail startups. Startups studied include,, and Recent articles explain the effect of physical location on customer acquisition, contagion effects among co-located consumers, and the effect of preference isolation on online demand. Other projects focused on traditional retail settings explore unplanned and impulse buying, and consumer amortization strategies for fixed shopping costs. Previous articles explained consumer store choice among retailers with different pricing strategies, the effect of reference point formation on consumer response to promotions, and the effect of structural factors (e.g., dwelling size) on consumer shopping strategies.

Professor Bell teaches Marketing Management in the Wharton MBA and MBA for Executives Programs and Empirical Modeling in PhD program. He also teaches an elective course Digital Marketing and Electronic Commerce on both the Wharton | Philadelphia and Wharton | San Francisco campuses. He is the Academic Director for Wharton’s Advanced Management Program.


Frits van Paasschen, Author of The Disruptors’ Feast
Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive and the author of The Disruptors’ Feast. His thirty years of experience inside global companies has afforded him a unique perspective on the current trends that are impacting business around the world. Frits shares his deep understanding of the forces that are disrupting the status quo to help businesses evolve and thrive in changing environments.

Frits served as CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts from 2007-2015. Before that, he spent three years as CEO at Coors Brewing Company. Frits also held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike’s President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to working for Nike, he worked in finance in Disney’s Consumer Products Division. While Frits has a long history of executive roles, his career began in management consulting. At The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, he primarily served retail and consumer clients.

In addition to being a frequent keynote speaker, advising on strategic direction is a passion of Frits’ and he has served on a variety of boards throughout his career.


Garry Lyons, Chief Innovation Officer, Mastercard

Garry Lyons is Chief Innovation Officer for Mastercard. In this role, he leads both the digital payments and Mastercard Labs businesses, consolidating the development and delivery of emerging digital payments solutions to ensure a simple, safe and high quality consumer and merchant experience. He sits on the company’s Management Committee.

In 2010, Garry led the launch of Mastercard Labs, the company’s global research and development arm focused on payments innovation, delivering additional consumer shopping convenience with greater speed than ever before. Mastercard Labs is focused on looking at how advances in technology and consumer trends can help create new products and solutions. As part of its remit, the team also works with the global startup community.

Garry has more than 20 years of experience in the software and financial services industries, primarily focused on innovation and on the technology and business development aspects of deploying complex, large scale payment systems.

He was Chief Executive Officer of Orbiscom, a leading provider of innovative payment solutions to the global financial services industry, prior to its acquisition by Mastercard in 2008. He was with Orbiscom since its incorporation in early 1999, when he was recruited by its founders to take responsibility for all aspects of technology, innovation, delivery and support.

He was recognized as one of Forbes’ “Next Gen Innovators” in 2014.


Gilberto Caldart, President, Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean

Gilberto Caldart is President of Mastercard’s Latin America and Caribbean region. As president, Gilberto is leading efforts that place the company at the forefront of the payments industry in the region, by making electronic payments safe, simple and accessible for banked and unbanked consumers. Gilberto is a member of the Mastercard Operating Committee, and a member of the Junior Achievement Americas Board of Directors.

Prior to his current role, Gilberto was president of Mastercard’s GeoSouth Division, which encompassed managing the company’s operations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil – a top global market for Mastercard. He served as a board member of the Brazilian Credit Card Association (ABECS) during this time.

Before joining Mastercard, Gilberto spent 26 years at Citigroup in various leadership positions in Brazil and New York. Most notably, he led Citi Brazil’s Retail Bank, Consumer Finance and Cards business for over six years. During his time at Citigroup, Gilberto was on the boards of Credicard and Redecard, where he played a critical role in the restructuring of the Credicard Group in Brazil. He was also a member of the Redecard board, where he was involved in the company’s IPO transformation.

Gilberto is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He also has a degree from Duke University – Fuqua School of Business (MBA, Global Management) and the University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.


Jaime Neely, Vice President of Content and Culture, Trend Hunter

She’s the creator of our Trend Hunter Innovation Assessment, a mainstage Future Festival keynote presenter, and has helped brands such as Staples and McCormick learn how to innovate through custom in-office trend sessions. She specializes in corporate culture, consumer lifestyle, health and wellness, and technology.


James Anderson, Executive Vice President, Digital Payment Products, Global Products and Solutions, Mastercard

James Anderson is Executive Vice President, Digital Payment Products at Mastercard. In this role he leads two initiatives; Masterpass and Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES). Masterpass is the flagship Mastercard digital payment service offered to consumers by their card issuers. MDES enables Mastercard accounts to be used on digital devices through multiple digital payment services – including Masterpass.

James has spent his career at the intersection of mobile, payment, and internet technologies in Product Development, Business Development and General Management roles.

James joined Mastercard in 2007.


Kathryn Parsons, Co-Founder and CEO, Decoded

Kathryn Parsons is co-founder and CEO of Decoded, a technology education company founded in East London in 2011, which launched with the promise to teach anyone Code in a Day. The firm’s accelerated learning experiences have since expanded to include the worlds of code, data, innovation, cyber security and artificial intelligence.

In addition to growing and scaling the business, Kathryn is a regular keynote speaker and campaigns globally for code on curriculums and gender diversity in technology.

Described by the Evening Standard as “a woman on a mission to teach us all to code”, Kathryn was part of the successful campaign to have code introduced as a mandatory subject to the UK national curriculum in September 2014. In 2016 she was appointed Chairwoman of the UK Government Institute of Coding and received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list.

In 2017 Kathryn joined the London Mayor’s Business Advisory Board, the UK Government Cyber Security Skills Advisory Board and the non-executive board of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


Michael Miebach, Chief Product Officer, Mastercard

Michael Miebach is the chief product officer of Mastercard, leading the team that develops and manages the company’s consumer credit and debit, commercial, prepaid, acceptance and ACH solutions. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.

Michael brings a wealth of insights and global experience from a career in payments and retail banking to drive customer-focused innovation and deliver solutions that provide more than just a transaction. He previously headed Mastercard operations across the Middle East and Africa, and held senior roles at both Barclays Bank and Citibank across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

In addition to his role as chief product officer, Michael is a member of the Mastercard management committee. He is also a member of Board of Directors for the nonprofit Accion, which provides Michael an opportunity to further pursue his passion of bringing more people greater opportunities in the formal economy. In 2017, Michael joined the advisory board of the Ronald McDonald House New York, a global charity that provides vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide.

Michael holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Passau in Germany and lives with his wife and their two children in New York.


Nick Shapiro, Global Head of Trust and Risk Management, Airbnb

Nick Shapiro is the Global Head of Trust and Risk Management at Airbnb. He was previously the CIA’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to CIA Director John Brennan. Shapiro has served on the National Security Council staff and was a White House spokesman for President Obama.


Simon Borrero, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Rappi

Simon is the founder of Rappi, an online marketplace that imitates in-person shops. After launching in Colombia, the app is ‘a star for millennials’ according to Dinero magazine. Simon has captured the attention of global investors with his understanding of millennial consumers in emerging markets. He is also CTO and co-founder of Grability, a platform for leading grocery retailers and was named to MIT Technology Review’s Innovators under 35 in 2016. Borrero has a degree from Unversidad de Los Andes in Colombia and EADA Business School in Barcelona.


Steve Wozniak, aka “The Woz,” Computer Scientist and Co-Founder of Apple, Inc.

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science.

For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.”

After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students.