Adam Simon, Global Managing Director, CONTEXT

Adam joined CONTEXT in February 2013 to develop the company's research coverage of ICT and technology, working with the industry to achieve new & measurable business outcomes. Recently he has pioneered research into the opportunities for retailers selling technology to small businesses ('R2B') and has formed a pan-European Smart Home Research Group including Smart Home Associations, retailers and manufacturers. He is leading research into Omnichannel best practices in EMEA and regularly brings together industry roundtables on this and other technology issues. Prior to joining CONTEXT, Adam spent his career in professional services, introducing operational best practices in large retailers. He has worked with many of the largest retailers in Europe at senior executive level.  

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Christian Riedl, Director Market Insights Central Europe, GfK 

Christian is leading GfK's Point-of Sales tracking services for Telecoms in Central Europe. Working with several international clients, Christian has a profound market expertise in mobile devices, wearables and smart home. Prior to joining GfK, he worked within the marketing and sales departments of other technology and automotive companies. Christian has graduated in business economics with emphasis on management and statistical methods and has several years of experience in HighTech Markets.

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Sebastian Woldmann, Consultant Market Insights Central Europe, GfK 

Sebastian is a tech enthusiast who has been with GfK for several years, focusing on the telecom and smart home industry. In his role within GfK’s Market Insights team, Sebastian is working with international clients, providing them with strategic insights based on point of sales data and offering his expertise. Before he was leading GfK’s global point-of-sales reporting for smart home devices, being responsible for product management and commercial activities. Sebastian has an academic background in business and economics with a focus on China.


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Stefan Lampinen, Managing Director, Game Advisor Ltd

Founder of Game Advisor Ltd, a UK company with speciality on customized advisory and business development. Stefan is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of Sweden’s globally successful gaming industry and has held leading positions at EA, Nokia, Microsoft and Warner Bros. He was also in the Advisory Board at Mojang/Minecraft and the co-founder of the Swedish Trade Association for games and Chairman of the Swedish Video Association 2013-2015. He received the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Nordic Games Industry in 2008.


Peter van den Berg, General Manager EMEA & APAC, GTDC

Peter is a seasoned executive who started and represents the Global Technology Distribution Council in EMEA and Asia Pacific as its General Manager EMEA & APAC. In addition he is the CEO and co-owner of an IT services and talent management software company.  Prior to this he served as Vice President Vendor Management, Purchasing & Operations at Ingram Micro Europe. In this position, he was the prime contact for Ingram Micro’s vendor partners on European level. His responsibilities included vendor and inventory management, product procurement and operations management of Ingram Micro's logistics network including carriers and freight forwarders.

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Laurent Eymard, Co-Founder & CEO, Red Dolphin

Laurent has been involved in wearables since 2012 (remember the Google Glass ?), channel and distribution for over 25 years. He founded RED-DOLPHIN in 2013 (based in Switzerland). RED-DOLPHIN started from a passion for Innovations and cool gadgets, it now turned into a dedicated platform for startups to promote their solutions to « change the world » ! Prior to RED-DOLPHIN Laurent held various senior European positions in multinational companies like HP, Iomega and Tech Data. Each year after visiting CES in Las Vegas, this workshop at DISTREE is an opportunity to share some trends and network with our great vendors/distributors community.

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Pradip Somaia, Partner, Regent Assay

Pradip is an experienced investment banker within the technology sector. Since joining Regent in 2000 he has completed numerous assignments including the recent divestment of Altimate, from DCC Plc to Arrow Electronics Inc. Other transactions include the sale of PSCAL (financial management software) to Civica; the sale of Codework (Security distribution) to Altimate Group; the divestment of IQ-Sys (a virtualisation and network management provider) from QA to SCD; the sale of Talisman Software S.A (IT resourcing) to Vedior. Prior to joining Regent, Pradip served as chief financial officer within a number of large European and US multinational IT corporations. He has worked for EDS, International Data Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation and Equant Integration Services. Pradip is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

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Tatjana Wismeth, Global Manager - Distribution Panel, GfK 

Tatjana Wismeth, Global Manager of GfK´s Distribution Panel at GfK, the global leader in market tracking service for Sell-through & Sell-out data for all kind of High-tech Markets. As Global Manager Tatjana is taking care of GfK´s Distribution Panel which is collecting sell-through data from distributors worldwide. Prior to this position, Tatjana was responsible for various international key clients in the IT industry. Being a market analyst for several years, Tatjana has a profound knowledge of global distribution & IT markets. Before joining GfK, she has worked several years within the energy and technology industry focusing on Smart Home solutions. Tatjana has graduated in International Business Studies & International Management in Germany and Australia.



Victor Ivanov, Country Manager, CONTEXT

Victor Ivanov is responsible for CONTEXT activity in Russia and Baltics, he is a senior member of EMEA Channels Team at CONTEXT. With a good understanding of the realities of the European and Eurasian markets, Victor is overall responsible for developing the Russian and CIS markets for CONTEXT, but additionally he has a lot of experience at a broader EMEA level and is well-versed in participating and presenting at events and panel discussions. Prior to CONTEXT Victor worked at a new product development department at SAP. Victor studied in Spain (IESE Business School), Germany (University of Heidelberg) and Russia (Plekhanov Akademy), and is fluent in 6 languages.  

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Pavlin Lazarov, Global Strategic Insights Manager, GfK 

Pavlin Lazarov is a recognized market expert and GfK lead for the PC & IT markets with extensive knowledge of the global and regional retail trends in the tech and durable industry. He is an experienced presenter at senior management level with international and German audiences. At GfK he is responsible for the trends & insights as well as for the product feature management for the IT & Telecom sectors.


Bob Snyder, Editor-in-Chief, CHANNEL MEDIA EUROPE LTD 


Bob Snyder, Editor-in-Chief of CHANNEL MEDIA EUROPE LTD content provider and channel consultant to high tech companies in Europe and Middle East. A well-known speaker on European IT and consumer electronics industry trends, Bob has been a guest speaker for international leaders as well as research organizations, national IT shows and trade associations. Channel Media Europe publishes several e-newsletters for international channels and Bob still serves as Editor-in-Chief. These channel e-newsletters & portals include: Consumer IT, European Solution Provider (eSP), rAVe Europe, Digital Signage News EMEA, ECI and On CE. He also serves as Content Chairman for the annual pan-European Smart Building Conference in Amsterdam.