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Speakers at SEPM 2017



Moderator: Alexander Avanth, Optimistic Futurist, International Speaker, Ordained Buddhist Monk and Entrepreneur

Alexander Avanth is an optimistic futurist, international speaker, ordained Buddhist monk, and entrepreneur with a passion for exponential technology. Through his work as an advocate for emerging technology and driven by a natural curiosity and eagerness to unravel complex themes, Alexander's studies have always centred around a playful and open-minded approach. He has a solid theoretical background with a MSc in Business Development & Innovation and a Minor in Neuroscience from Copenhagen Business School.


Over the years he has have developed a holistic understanding of emerging technological trends, encompassing the technical advancements and our social, political, and humanitarian reactions to these. He believes that with the right educational focus on leveraging new tools and scalable learning, technological threats to our traditional livelihoods can be transformed into profound life-enhancing opportunities for the masses.



Co-Moderator: Rasmus Bie-Olsen, CEO and Co-founder, DareDisrupt Advisory

Rasmus Bie-Olsen is CEO and co-founder of DareDisrupt Advisory. With more than 15 years of experience as strategic advisor for companies and boards, Rasmus Bie-Olsen has achieved a strong understanding of how to leverage exponential technologies to create new business models and platforms. With years of hands-on experience as a strategy consultant, educator, and CEO, Rasmus has specialised in transforming company mindsets into 21st century thinking and has helped industries ensure future competitive advantages in a disruptive world.


Rasmus has a strong understanding of how to guide organisations towards the necessary strategic actions to address and leverage the specific challenges and possibilities in various industries.




Thomas Terney - Expert in artificial intelligence and digital disruption 

Thomas Terney has a diverse background with experience from both the public sector, academia, the startup scene, and large corporations. Now he spends most of his time in the startup world building companies with a disruptive digital agenda. As a seasoned corporate leader from a world-leading company within industrial biotech, he knows the challenges of dealing with a disruptive agenda while simultaneously running a daily business. Thomas has built and lead digital strategy and innovation teams to help leaders tackle that challenge.


Before his leadership career started, Thomas earned a PhD within the field of artificial intelligence based on research on how we can make computers understand the meaning conveyed by human language and create systems that are "digitally sensitive" and adapt to the user.




Deanna Macdonald, CEO and Co-founder, BLOC (Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration)

Deanna MacDonald is an entrepreneur, civic technologist, and technology communicator. With over a decade of industry experience in developing and applying technology and mobilising industries towards change, she has worked with smart energy grids, medical technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. As an advocate of open-source technology and governance, Deanna was an early adopter of blockchain technology and regularly holds educational talks and developer workshops. She is the co-founder and CEO of BLOC (Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration) with the mission of providing a global platform for co-creating blockchain solutions for the benefit of society, and is a prominent member of the Blockchain Education Network (BEN).


In her talks, Deanna begins by providing a simple and constructive definition of the blockchain. Through the use of concrete use cases, she deconstructs the blockchain piece-by-piece and then reconstructs and places it a real-world context, coupling it with a critical evaluation of our current definition of progress. In order to address the issues of technological progress for the benefit of society and not just the few, the talks also aim to unravel the concepts of citizenship and the issues of knowledge, trust, and identity upon which it hinges. Also, Deanna used to be a professional figure skater and will take on anyone in a game of Tetris, anytime.




Britt Wray, Documentarist, Author, Media Host

Britt Wray is a science storyteller with a passion for public engagement around emerging biotechnologies, such as synthetic biology and gene-editing. Britt's first book, Rise of the Necrofauna – The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction, is about the new science of de-extinction, which aims to revive extinct species using advanced biotechnologies. She is also co-host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow's World, which explores the future of science and technology, and the director of a forthcoming documentary series about personal genomics, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.


Before moving to Denmark, Britt was working as a radio producer and host on a variety of national radio shows at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), such as Spark, Think About It, IDEAS, and Radio 3. Britt's other radio work can been heard on New York Public Radio (WNYC), National Public Radio (NPR), and the Radiotopia Network podcast Love and Radio.


Britt has lectured on biotech, public engagement, and science communication at the University of Oxford, University of Toronto, University of Copenhagen, University of Warwick, and York University, among others. Aside from her PhD, she holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) in Biology and a Master's in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Goldsmiths College University of London and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.




Mads Holmen, Founder, Bibblio

Mads Holmen is the founder of Bibblio – a company that has developed a content recommendation service that helps publishers and media outlets make the most of their content. The algorithms understand both content and user behaviour, ensuring that recommendations are always relevant, engaging, and improving. The company works with clients such as Open University, BBC, JSTOR, AFAR, Canadian Electronic Library, Stratfor, and Business of Fashion.

Before Bibblio, Mads used to promote some of the world's largest brands as part of goviral, where he worked closely with the founding Danish team throughout the company's rapid growth and sale to AOL in 2011. After the acquisition, Mads continued as planning director for Europe where he contributed to multiple Cannes Lions winning campaigns such as The Epic Split and did extensive public speaking and written work on online media and marketing.




Adam Lowe, Co-Founder, unrd

Originally from the world of digital advertising, Adam Lowe has written for some of the world's biggest brands including Honda, Samsung, and Siemens. In 2016 Adam co-founded ‘unrd' with the aim to create immersive mobile fiction. By telling stories through text messages and multimedia – all in real time – their goal is to blur the lines between fiction and reality. Adam wrote and produced their first story ‘Last Seen Online' which reached number 1 in 91 countries on Google Play and is nominated for Adult FutureBook of the Year at the 2017 FutureBook conference. unrd is based in the UK and is also nominated for the Booktech Company of the Year 2017 award.



Aditya Prakash, Founder, Skidos Labs

Aditya Prakash is an entrepreneur with a passion for technology especially within education and gaming. Aditya is co-founder and CEO of Skidos Labs – an award-winning creator of children's educational apps based in Copenhagen, backed by Denmark's largest early-stage investor SEED Capital and Innovation Fund Denmark, and a 2015 alumni of StartUpBootCamp.


Skidos is building the largest platform of casual games for education for primary school children using their proprietary SDK (Software Development Kit) which converts regular casual games on mobile devices into learning apps to practice skills like mathematics and coding. Skidos has won many awards and recognitions including the Parents' Choice Award and the Family Choice Award and has been recognised by Silicon Republic as one of the 14 fast-moving Copenhagen startups to watch in 2018.


Aditya is a 2007 alumni of the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth and ISB, Hyderabad. He has worked in many different industries like telecommunications, media, and FMCG, and has founded two startups during the last 14 years. Some of his past experiences include launching luxury cigars in India, launching the first iPhone in India, and helping one of India's largest media companies set up a new business in the mobile entertainment space and making it profitable within two years.

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Mar 07, 2019

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Feb 28, 2019

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Jan 18, 2019

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Jan 11, 2019

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Dec 19, 2018

From all of us here at Schilling we wish you and your colleagues a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Please not that our office is closed from 24 to 26 December and from 31 December to 1 January. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Oct 08, 2018

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Sep 18, 2018

How do you improve your author relations? Meet us at Göteborg Book Fair 27-30 September 2018 and here more!

May 16, 2018

How is technology really changing the playing field?
Listen to the interview with Thomas Terney about artificial intelligence and robotics here.

May 02, 2018

"Publishers face two big challenges. One is structural and one is technology-based".
Listen to the interview with Mads Holmen here.

Apr 25, 2018

Blockchain allows us to timestamp information that can be used in a database. Listen to the interview with Deanna Macdonald.

Apr 18, 2018

What does the future of human life look like with the use of emerging technologies?

Listen to the interview with Britt Wray, Author and Media host.

Apr 11, 2018

"The problem with the publishing industry is that it is very path-dependent. They do what they've always done!"

Listen to the interview with SEPM17 moderator, Alexander Avanth.


Feb 27, 2018

"We need to redesign classrooms, so children can take ownership of their own learning using online and offline tools". Hear the interview with Aditya Prakash here

Feb 15, 2018

How does your business work hand in hand with technology? Listen to the interview from SEPM17 with Adam Lowe, founder of an immersive storytelling platform that uses different multimedia.

Dec 13, 2017

Schilling wishes you and your colleagues a merry Christmas and a happy new year! We are closed from 24-26 December and from 31 December to 1 January.

Nov 30, 2017

A huge THANK YOU to all who participated at the Scandinavian Executive Publishing Meeting 2017!

Nov 21, 2017

How will our children use technology in the future to learn and play at school? Join us at #SEPM17 and hear one of the new exponential mindsetters in the publishing industry, Aditya Prakash, introduce Skidos Labs – an award-winning creator of children's educational apps.

Nov 15, 2017

Who among the new industry-changing mindsetters should publishers pay attention to? Hear Adam Lowe, co-founder of ‘unrd', inspire us at #SEPM17 with his stories through text messages and multimedia in real time.