2023 Speaker Meetups with Dr. Maja Göpel, Andreas Liebl and Oliver Burkeman took place. During these sessions, you have the unique opportunity to get to know our top-class speakers up close and personal and to engage in discussions with them. Be curious to see which of the speakers will be there in 2024. 

Dr. Andreas Liebl

Managing Director appliedAI


Dr Andreas Liebl is Managing Director of the appliedAI Initiative and the appliedAI Institute for Europe with the goal to "Shape Europe's innovative power in AI" by working on advancing organizations to highest levels of AI maturity and by creating state of the art AI applications. He is Steering Committee member in the Global Partnership on AI and serves as expert regarding innovation and commercialization next to other advisory roles. He previously was one of the Managing Directors of UnternehmerTUM, worked for McKinsey and did his PhD at the Technical University of Munich. 

Oliver Burkeman

Bestselling author and Journalist


Oliver Burkeman is a journalist and best-selling author. For 14 years he was writing the popular weekly column called ‘This Column Will Change Your Life’ in The Guardian and online where he investigated routes to mental wellbeing.

His book Four Thousand Weeks (the average lifespan of a human) is a New York Times best-seller and named one of the best books of 2021 by the Financial Times, The Times, The Observer, Audible, Time and Barnes & Noble. Here, Oliver explores why the central challenge of time management isn't becoming more efficient, but deciding what to neglect; why, in an accelerating world, patience is a superpower and why, in conditions of limitless choice, burning your bridges beats keeping your options open.

His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian US, Esquire, Psychologies and New Philosopher.

Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel

Expert in sustainability policy and transformation research, co-founder of Scientists4Future


Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel has been working as a political economist, transformation expert, and sustainability scientist at the intersection of science, politics, and society for 25 years. Until October 2020, she advised the German government on global environmental changes as Secretary General of the scientific advisory board.

For her work, Maja Göpel has already received numerous awards, including the Science Communication Medal from the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen and the Theodor Heuss Prize in 2021. In 2020, she was awarded the B.A.U.M. Environmental and Sustainability Prize and the ZEIT WISSEN Prize for "Courage for Sustainability," as well as the Adam Smith Prize in 2019.