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Karin Cohen
Master of Ceremonies for WLS 2018

Karin Cohen was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1968.

She graduated from the Higher Institute of Radio Broadcasting (ISER Instituto Superior de Radiodifusión) as an announcer and subsequently obtained a degree in communication from the University of Buenos Aires.

Karin began her nearly 30-career in radio and television working at various radio stations in Argentina.

Later she went on to work at Radio Mitre – one of the most popular radio station of the city of Buenos Aires.

Shortly thereafter, Karin gained popularity as a television commentator, most notably working for CVN, Argentina’s premier news channel.

After the Argentinian government changed in 2016, efforts were made to modernize and rejuvenate state television. She was then taken on as anchor for Televisión Pública’s morning edition news where she continues to work today.

Karin is well known throughout Argentina for her amiable personality, her eloquent oratory, and her effectiveness in communication.

Isela Costantini
Former CEO of Aerolineas Argentinas, author of Un Líder en Vos (A Leader in You)

In January 2016, Isela Costantini took over as CEO of Argentina’s national carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas, to oversee President Mauricio Macri’s mandate to make the airline profitable. During her tenure at the airline, they successfully reduced their deficit by a staggering fifty percent, before Ms Costantini’s resignation for personal reasons in 2017.

Isela Costantini has had a prolific and high-profile career, serving as the CEO of General Motors Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay – making history as the first woman to run an automotive manufacturer in Argentina – and as the head of ADEFA, the Argentine Automobile Builders Association. Today, she serves as Member of the Council for both Banco de Alimentos de Buenos Aires and CIPPEC (Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento), as well as Advisory Board Member for Hawksbill Group, and In-house Consultant and General Manager for GST Grupo ST.

Ms. Costantini is a proponent of and advocate for employee engagement and customer-focused development in business, and she is viewed as a change and restructuring expert. She has been widely recognized as a strong leader, having won the CEO of the Year award several times, and having been included among Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in the Business World in 2013. In 2017, she published the book Un líder en vos: Descubriendo oportunidades de desarrollo y transformación (A leader in you: Discovering opportunities for development and transformation).

Jeff Fromm
President of FutureCast, a marketing consultancy that specializes in millennial trends

Jeff Fromm is a subject matter expert and professional speaker on consumer trends, marketing and innovation. He has keynoted over 500 times all over the world – well, not Antarctica.

He is a contributing writer for Forbes and co-author of three books: Marketing to Millennials, Millennials with Kids as well as Marketing to Gen Z.

Jeff is president of FutureCast, a consumer trends consultancy that is a division of the ad agency Barkley. While others talk about trends, Jeff and his partners are applying trends to create marketing and innovation best practices. His humorous stories and provocative new strategy paradigms are supported by hard research and real client profit growth.

A partial list of FutureCast clients include: Amazon, Dairy Queen, Hershey, Marriot and the Missouri Lottery.

Jeff has more than 25 years of brand marketing consulting experience. He serves on the Board of Directors at Three Dog Bakery and Tickets for Less.

Jeff graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and attended The London School of Economics.

Naomi Goldapple
Director of Industry Solutions at Element AI
Naomi is currently the Director of Industry Solutions at Element AI, one of the largest applied research labs in the world. Naomi's role is to work with clients and organizations to identify the most impactful ways of leveraging AI solutions that fit into Element AI's roadmap and research goals. Prior to this, Naomi was the VP of Business Development and COO of Nexalogy Environics, a startup that specialized in semantic clustering algorithms. She led the company to work on meaningful problems with the federal government in security, health and environment sectors.
Naomi's experience was gained through business and technology consulting for IBM. She worked in Latin America on various technology projects. She held the position of Director e-business for Royal LePage Commercial Inc., one of Canada's largest commercial real estate companies.
Naomi has been a mentor with Founder Fuel for the past 6 years and uses her expertise to help technology entrepreneurs with strategy and financing. She has an International MBA, specializing in developing markets in Latin America, from the Schulich School of Business as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Tyler Hamilton
Former Professional Cyclist, New York Times Best Selling Author

Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s top-ranked cyclists – a fierce competitor renowned among his peers for his uncanny endurance and epic tolerance for pain. He started his career with the U.S. Postal Service team in the 1990s and quickly rose to become Lance Armstrong’s most trusted lieutenant, and a member of his inner circle. For the first three of Armstrong’s record seven Tour de France victories, Hamilton was by Armstrong’s side, clearing his way. But just weeks after Hamilton reached his own personal pinnacle – winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics – his career came to a sudden end: he was found guilty of doping and exiled from the sport.

Denying the use of performance enhancing drugs in the years that followed Hamilton was forced to come to terms with his past in 2010 when the Federal Government launched an investigation into systematic doping on the U.S. Postal Service team. Hamilton was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury and for the first time, broke the code of silence that had protected the sport’s hard truth for so long. His testimony chronicled a shocking culture of performance enhancing drug use encouraged and aided by team doctors, managers and coaches, and a dark world in which the sport’s top performers lived.

In 2012, Hamilton released his memoir, The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs, a riveting journey into the heart of a never before seen world, the stark choices that went along with his decision to compete at a world class level, and his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong. The book became an instant New York Times bestseller and was the recipient of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

Freed from the burden of hiding the truth and being able to tell a story that only a few short years ago would have seemed unimaginable, his story is the example of how culture can drive behavior – not just in sports, but in business and in life – and how values can be easily compromised as a consequence. He is also a testament to the transformational power of the truth.

Hamilton raced professionally from 1995 to 2008 and now runs his own training business for cyclists of all levels, Tyler Hamilton Training LLC. He currently lives in Missoula, Montana.

Friedrich Martens
Head of Integrity Betting Intelligence System, International Olympic Committee Ethics and Compliance

Following various initiatives taken by the IOC to combat illegal and irregular betting, Friedrich Martens was appointed to the position of Head of the newly created Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) in 2013. IBIS establishes a link between the Olympic movement, players in the sports betting world, and various law enforcement entities. Through its pragmatic approach, IBIS enables communication between all stakeholders in a lean and direct way, with the aim of identifying and therefore safeguarding sports events from match manipulation connected to sports betting.

Mr. Martens was appointed as Head of the ‘Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions’ in early 2017, strengthening and streamlining all IOC initiatives under the ‘3 Pillar Strategy’ (regulations and legislation, education and awareness raising, intelligence and investigations) including IBIS – and further engaging all Olympic Movement stakeholders, including international federations, national Olympic committees, athletes, and their entourages.

Prior to joining the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Martens had already been drawn to the field of sports and betting, working both for sports organizations (two years as manager of competition analysis at FIFA’s Early Warning System, which aims to spot patterns suggesting match fixing) and the sports betting industry (for a German gaming company and, more specifically, their sports betting company, Cashpoint).

Jane McGonigal
World-renowned game designer, Inventor of SuperBetter. Author of the New York Times bestsellers, SuperBetter and Reality Is Broken

“We can use the same strengths we display playing games to overcome business and individual challenges.”

Jane McGonigal is today’s leading speaker on the engagement economy and the application of game-design to the real world, referencing lessons learned through her work creating games for organizations such as the World Bank, the Olympic Games, the American Heart Association, the New York Public Library, and many more.

Jane is notable for bringing gaming to the healthcare space. Her best-known project is SuperBetter, a mobile app and web-based game that helps individuals challenge personal health challenges (depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress reduction), and get support from their “allies” – real-life friends and family. With more than 400,000 players, it is currently under study at OSU Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania. Jane’s other healthcare games include collaborations with the American Heart Association and the Myelin Repair Foundation.

Her book, SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient, which debuted at #7 on the New York Times Advice bestsellers list, reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She shares stories and data from players who have followed the SuperBetter rules to get stronger, happier, and braver in the face of depression, anxiety, illness, and injury.

Her previous book, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World, is a New York Times bestseller. In this engaging, forward-thinking book, Jane makes the case that the gamer spirit – an attitude of fun, dedicated, collective problem-solving – is our greatest asset as we face the social, economic, and environmental problems of the 21st century.

Jane herself is a specialist in this field, a designer of alternate reality games, where a real-life activity is re-framed as a game. Players of Jane’s games face challenges as serious as surviving peak oil or establishing local sustainable businesses. And they face them with courage and creativity, inspired by their gameful state of mind. Persistence, energy, collaborative creativity, a sense of purpose in hard work – games unlock all of these powerful attitudes. And, most importantly of all, they restore to contemporary life the kind of heroism and communal striving that most of us struggle so hard to find.

She serves as the Director of Game Research & Development with the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. Her recent projects include a Games for Healthcare initiative with IFTF and the White House as well as Paths Out Of Poverty, a crowdsourcing game by IFTF for the Rockefeller Foundation.

Nando Parrado
Author, CEO, television presenter, and airplane-crash survivor

His is a story that many will recognize, but few have an opportunity to hear first hand. Nando Parrado recounts the extraordinary tale of how he and 15 of his teammates survived for 72 brutal days after their plane crashed into the frozen Andes Mountains more than 40 years ago. It remains one of the paramount survival stories of all time.

From the time the plane crashed on October 13, 1972 until their rescue on December 22, Nando and his fellow Uruguayan rugby teammates were forced to cross both physical and mental boundaries. After waking from a concussion only to learn that his mother had died on impact and his sister was near death, Nando became obsessed with surviving and emerged a hero after he and teammate Roberto Canessa walked for 10 days to find their salvation. Their story of courage, teamwork, determination and leadership, experienced at a level few have known, will leave you with a heightened awareness of the value of human life.

Soon after the rescue of the 16 survivors, Nando worked with Piers Paul Read, the author chosen by the survivors to pen the best-selling book Alive. Twenty years later, Nando served as technical advisor to the Frank Marshall/Kathleen Kennedy production of the film of the same name starring Ethan Hawke as Nando. The success of the film quickly prompted requests for Nando to speak around the world about the "Miracle in the Andes" and he began doing so on a very limited basis in 1995. Requests for presentations continue to exceed the number that he is able to accept due to business and family obligations. Nando is the author of the New York Times bestseller Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home, a major release from Crown books which tells the story of the Andes ordeal from an intensely personal perspective. In 2010, Nando was featured in the History Channel documentary I AM ALIVE: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash, which continues to air around the globe.

Since this experience, Nando has become a successful businessman and television producer. He is CEO of four companies in Uruguay. He also hosts several popular television programs in Uruguay including shows on nature, public affairs, autos, and travel. He is also a highly sought-after speaker on the international lecture circuit.

In his spare time, Nando enjoys racing motorcycles, sports cars, stock cars, and watercraft. He has many awards, including the European Team Cup for stock car racing and the Open Watercraft Championship in Punta Del Este, Uruguay. In 1991, Nando was part of a team of drivers who raced across the Sahara in stock model Peugeot. The trip, from Morocco to Tunisia, covered 8,500 km and took 28 days.

A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando graduated from Stella Maris College run by the Irish Christian Brothers. He also participated in a study abroad in the United States that allowed him to attend high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nando speaks five languages and travels extensively.

Don Tapscott
C.M., BA, BSc, MEd, LLD / CEO, The Tapscott Group Inc. / Chancellor, Trent University / Founder and Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute

Don Tapscott, CEO of The Tapscott Group, is one of the world's leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored over 15 books, including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, which has been translated into over 25 languages.

Don has been advancing groundbreaking concepts for over 3 decades. His 1992 bestseller, Paradigm Shift, helped coin this seminal management concept, and The Digital Economy, written in 1995, changed business thinking about the transformational nature of the Internet. Two years later he helped popularize the terms "Net Generation" and "the Digital Divide" in Growing Up Digital.

Don's most recent and ambitious book was co-authored with his son, startup CEO and bitcoin governance expert Alex Tapscott. Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Underlying Bitcoin is Changing Business, Money and the World was published in May 2016 and is, according to Harvard Business School's Clay Christensen, "the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption."

In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute whose 70+ projects are the definitive investigation into blockchain strategy, use-cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations.

Don is a member of the Order of Canada and is ranked the 2nd most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School of Management and Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario. It is hard to imagine anyone who has been more prolific, profound, and influential in elucidating today's technological revolutions and their impact on the world.