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CEO and President of Digital Citizen Fund, Bright Citizen (Coffee& Tea) and EdyEdy

Roya Mahboob is a serial entrepreneur, CEO and President of Digital Citizen Fund, Bright Citizen (Coffee& Tea) and EdyEdy. She focused on building #Digital Literacy for women and children in developing countries. And her personal goal for #Digital Literacy is to bridge the gap between education and job markets by offering practical online skills in her new company and platform EdyEdy for women and youth in developing countries. Roya Mahboob is also President and board member of the Digital Citizen Fund, with aims to increase women’s technological literacy and provide employment and educational opportunities for girls and children in developing countries like Afghanistan and sits on the Advisory Board of Forbes School of Business of Ashford University, Resolution Project, and the Global Thinkers Forum organization.

Roya was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2013 for her work in building internet classrooms in high schools in Afghanistan. The TIME 100 essay was written by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg who is also the author of “Lean In Women, Work and the Will to Lead”. She is also a member of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, Civic Innovators, the Overture Catalyst Award The Advancement of Gender


Director of Makeblock Europe B.V., subsidiary of Makeblock Co. Ltd.

Yu is the director of the European subsidiary of Makeblock Co., Makeblock Europe B.V. located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Yu has multiple disciplines in his education and working background, including electronic engineering, aviation, robotics, systems and control, and software engineering. He is finishing his Ph.D. at Delft University of Technology in systems and control. With Makeblock being a world leading full-stream STEAM education solutions provider, Yu’s profile fits in their philosophy, which is to help building up the next generation STEAM education, and to inspire young talents becoming the future source of innovation. Yu and his team aim to fully support their customers in Europe, so teachers, students, parents and makers can construct their dreams with Makeblock’s open-source hardware and software solutions.



Project director for Aalto Satellite Project, Aalto University

Jaan is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, at Aalto University. He is also leading the Finnish student satellite program at Aalto University. The student satellite project Aalto-1 started from a small teaching project in 2010. The second satellite project, the Aalto-2, was successfully launched in April 2017. The team is currently already working on the Aalto-3 satellite. Although helping Finns reach space, Jaan is actually Estonian, having studied physics in the University of Tartu. In addition to small satellites his professional interests include remote sensing techniques, namely SAR polarimetry, SAR interferometry and spectral imaging.



Head of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies

Jim holds degrees in physics, philosophy and the life sciences. He is a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. After leading the ethics team in the EPSC (European Political Strategy Centre), the European Commission’s in-house think-tank, he now does so in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. He chairs the EC inter-service group on Ethics and EU Policies. He is the EC representative in relevant organizations dealing with the ethical implications of science and new technologies (OECD, Council of Europe, UN agencies) and heads the secretariat of the EGE, the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies. He is also an award-winning game inventor and multimedia sculptor.



Head of the Centre for Ethics, Tartu University


Head of Innovation and Development, Hansab Group

Priit leads product, service and solution innovation development in Hansab companies with one goal in mind – to help organizations and society advance. With more than 10 years of technology background up his sleeve, Priit has worked on many industry changing projects, including the Smart Harbour, introducing the first humanoid robots to the Baltic market and more. As the Innovation Manager, Priit has a possibility to travel to future and back, anticipating the next development steps in the world of automation and security.



Senior automation and tools engineer, Pipedrive

Renno started his evolution as an engineer from the trenches of the Robotex battlefield:

2005 – Rescue of the teddy bear, 3rd place
2006 – Robots play volleyball, 3rd place
2007 – Robots climb the rope – the special award: the most innovative robot
2009 – Robots play football – 3rd place
Since retirement Renno continued to work with several recognized companies in Estonia: Swedbank (finance), Adcash (ad-network) and finally Pipedrive (sales software). But as the veteran of the Robotex, he still enjoys to visit the event annualy.



Head of Computer Vision and Perception, Starship Technologies

Kristjan is responsible for the intelligence of Starship delivery robots by allowing them to learn and adapt from their experiences as they travel on sidewalks around the world. In his spare time, he is finishing a Ph.D. in Machine Learning. Kristjan has also led a successful GitHub project where they were first to replicate the notorious Atari playing AI by DeepMind and he is a co-author of the 3rd best selling book in Estonia in 2014 “Bedside Reading About Mathematics”.



Director of Global Programs, RoboRAVE

Russ is a former math and physics teacher, founder and president of the non-profit Inquiry Facilitators, and the co-founder of RoboRAVE, a popular robotics education program and an international robotics competition, that began in 2001 in New Mexico. Since then, RoboRAVE has grown international, with competitions being held in countries like Czech Republic, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Canada, India and Germany, just to name a few. Currently, Russ is in charge of the Global Programs of RoboRAVE International, helping spread the love for STEAM fields and robotics across the world.



Managing Partner of Derling Law Firm, President of the Estonian Bar Association

Hannes Vallikivi specializes in the areas of banking and finance, insurance law, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, trademarks, intellectual property, and IT and telecom.

International independent journals Chambers Global and Chambers Europe have acknowledged Hannes as an experienced and well-known attorney who “knows banking and finance throughout and is really helpful in advising clients on issues related to this subject”.

Hannes has made several presentations regarding the issues of commercial law, IT, international law, and human rights.



Workplace Happiness Advocate, Proekspert

Tiina is a career counselor, psychologist and a trainer, as well as the workplace happiness advocate at Proekspert, a software development company. Proekspert has won many awards for its innovative approach to workplace management – that is, there are no middle-managers. Instead, the company empowers its employees, allows them to make their own decisions and plan their own time. The result? Happier people! Tiina lectures on subjects like workplace happiness, career planning, motivation and time management.



Head of TTU Mektory Space Centre, Tallinn University of Technology

Rauno Gordon has studied physics and electronics in Tallinn University of Technology and has worked with computer simulations for developing medical diagnostic devices. He completed his PhD studies with a simulation of 3D dynamic heart model for diagnostic measurements with electric signals. He has been an enthusiast for space technologies and a fan of science fiction. In addition to working with software and doing theoretical research during free time Rauno also tinkers with robotic devices and likes to build things manually. Hobbies include photography, drones and model airplanes with cameras. Rauno is currently the project leader for the TTÜ satellite project.



Research Group for Space and Military Technologies, University of Tartu

Mart is the initiator and project manager of the first Estonian satellite program – ESTCube. He is also an avid spokesperson for science popularization, acting as a judge on the popular youth science show “Rocket 69”. He has served as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Science and Technology as well as the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the University of Tartu. He has been awarded the President of the Republic’s Educational Award of the Cultural Foundation, the Estonian Science Journalists’ Ökul Prize, Person of the Year Award by Estonian newspaper Postimees, and has received many other recognitions.



Marketer at Jobbatical

Maria Magdaleena Lamp is a marketer at Jobbatical, an international job platform that connects globally-minded companies with ready-to-relocate talent from everywhere in the world. Maria creates content for both sides of the global job market, covering topics ranging from cover letter advice to communication in a multicultural workplace. She also helps companies optimize their job descriptions to appeal to top tech, business, and creative talent.

Having lived and worked in London, Brussels and Kuala Lumpur, Maria is currently based in Jobbatical’s hometown of Tallinn, where she works with a team of HR, relocation, and marketing experts to help companies across the globe make the best hires of their lives.


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