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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.


Sep 15, 2017

Did you miss out on last year's publishing conference? Get a glimpse of #SEPM16 in this recap video.

Sep 11, 2017

Do you want to be up to date with the latest trends and challenges in publishing? Join us on 23 November 2017 at #SEPM17 in Copenhagen. 

Jun 30, 2017

Mark your calendar now! Join us at SEPM - 23 November 2017

Feb 13, 2017

Get a glimpse of last year's Scandinavian Executive Publishing Meeting!

Feb 08, 2017

How can you make on and offline content more easily accessible to everybody? See the interview with Joop Heijenrath.

Feb 07, 2017

How do you unlock your company's full business potential? Get Simona Maschi's advice.

Feb 06, 2017

Is virtual reality the final frontier of entertainment? Get the answer from Bobby Thandi

Feb 03, 2017

Can augmented reality change the way you read and learn in the future? Let Mark Folkenberg, CEO at Books & Magic inspire you.

Feb 02, 2017

Exponential thinking: A new mindset, not a toolbox? See the interview with Märtha Rehnberg.

Jan 26, 2017

Discover how you can travel and read on location. Be inspired by Johanna Forsman.

Jan 25, 2017

How do you build successful subscription business models? Get the answer from Rolf Bangsgaard, senior consultant at Subscrybe.

Jan 24, 2017

"Disrupt yourself before someone else does it!" Watch the full interview with Camilla H. Lastein here

Jan 24, 2017

Anna Jean Hughes: "Increase exposure and discoverability of books". See the full interview here.

Jan 11, 2017

"We improve the experience of reading". Watch the interview with Morten Strunge from #SEPM16 here.

Nov 29, 2016

A big thank you to all participants for an inspiring day at the Scandinavian Executive Publishing Meeting 2016. Join the discussion in our LinkedIn community here!

Nov 23, 2016

At #SEPM16 you can hear how Mark Folkenberg from Books & Magic provides quality reading experiences that inspire children to read.

Nov 18, 2016

Get to know your customers better and discover how to unlock your full potential from #SEPM16 speaker Simona Maschi.

Nov 17, 2016

Hear founder of SuperJam, Fraser Doherty, talk at #SEPM16 about his experience with setting up digital businesses and building brands.

Nov 16, 2016

Make your content talk! Co-founder and COO, Joop Heijenrath from ReadSpeaker will join us as speaker at #SEPM16.

Nov 15, 2016

Be inspired at #SEPM16 by Anna Jean Hughes, founder of The Pigeonhole, the "book club in your pocket".