It is beneficial to get familiar with the concept of VAT and learn the basic mechanisms behind it. This awareness might become useful at multiple stages of your career! You will also score a few points in your professional environment if you know how the public tax system works.
Maura Declercq-Mindrila LLM, is a Belgian M&A Lawyer turned Entrepreneur. She is the founder of S T A F F, an executive search agency focussed on senior tech profiles within the STEM industries, helping companies grow Europe wide.
Maura studied International & European Law and Economical Law in Dutch and French at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in collaboration with HUBrussel and at the Saint-Louis University in Brussels. She also holds a degree in Fashion from the Akademie for Fashion and Design (AMD) in Hamburg, Germany. Maura lived in Belgium, Germany, Romania and is currently based in Madrid, Spain. She is fluent in 6,5 languages.
She came in contact with politics and networking at the age of 16. After having successfully completed 2 internships in the Belgian Federal Parliament – with Senator Martine Taelman and with Deputy Hilde Vautmans, she was a board member of Open VLD Grimbergen, President of Jong VLD Grimbergen and PR and of Communication Manager for the Blue Ladies and LIMA.
Maura had a few career turns: from M&A lawyer, to headhunter on the pharmaceutical market in the DACH area, to owner of a production agency in the fashion sector, and finally owner and managing partner of an international network-based recruitment business. As an avid networker and serial connector, she is an active member of 18 network organizations globally organizing and attending events. She loves connecting people, building communities and creating meaningful relationships, based on trust. Lastly, Maura is a Polymath, with varied interests: technology, neuroscience, biohacking, philosophy, yin yoga, podcasts, animal welfare, gastronomy, music, cinematography, and many more!
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Roger Royse is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. He works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries.
Roger is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and former chair of several committees of the American Bar Association Sections of Business Law and Taxation. He has been an instructor or professor of legal, tax and business topics for the Center for International Studies in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Golden Gate University School of Law and Stanford Continuing Studies. Roger also authored the book “Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Start-Up.”
Dr. Davide Valeriani is a senior machine learning scientist at Neurable, a Boston-based startup developing EEG-based brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for enhancing focus and controlling external devices. He obtained his bachelor and master degrees in computer engineering from the University of Parma (Italy), and his PhD in computing and electronic systems from the University of Essex (UK), developing collaborative BCIs for improving group decision-making. Between 2018 and 2021, he was a postdoc at Mass Eye and Ear / Harvard Medical School, working on deep learning algorithms to diagnose dystonia from MRI data. Dr. Valeriani’s research interests are in the areas of computational neuroscience, machine learning, brain-computer interfaces and decision-making. He is also a passionate mentor, loves cooking and playing with his cat Gin.
Dr. Krzysztof Choromański is a Research Scientist at Google Brain Robotics New York and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University.
Prior to joining Google, he completed his PhD at Columbia University working on structural graph theory (Ramsey-type results, in particular the Erdos-Hajnal Conjecture). His interests include structural & random graph theory, robotics & reinforcement learning, quasi Monte Carlo methods for machine learning, Riemannian optimization and more recently, attention-based architectures for sequential data with applications in robotics (memorization, lifelong learning), bioinformatics and vision.
Dr. Ruud Berkers is currently working as an early-career psychologist at HSK, a mental health care institution with locations across the Netherlands. He uses cognitive-behavioral techniques to treat a wide variety of complaints, including depression, anxiety, ptsd, and burnout.
In a previous stage of his career, he was a cognitive neuroscientist studying human memory, sleep and decision-making, obtaining his PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen and doing a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. Prior to that, he studied biology and psychology at Maastricht University, and obtained a Master in Cognitive & Clinical Neurosciences. During the latter program, he gained his first clinical experience working with patients diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition.
From the previous text, it might seem that Ruud’s career went in a straight linear trajectory. However, this is not quite true as his interests have always been broad. During his studies he gained experience in teaching, science journalism, and science policy, along with science and clinical work. At some point during his postdoc, he decided to redirect course and quit his postdoc to work towards a career as a clinical psychologist. He pursued to gain additional education and training, including working in an inpatient clinic specializing in anxiety and compulsive disorders, before landing a job at HSK in the little Dutch city of Ede.
Amy Cunningham is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for Columbia Hospitality. She leads a team of 21 people to support digital marketing, social media and public relations across more than 25 properties within the Columbia Portfolio.
Before joining Columbia, Amy was principal of ElUquote, a consultancy that focuses on better business communications. She ghost-wrote speeches for presentations across the globe, and led internal communications across four teams for Deloitte Consulting, representing more than 15,000 employees. Before Deloitte, Amy also worked with PR firms and digital marketing agencies for 20 years, building awareness campaigns and writing thought leadership pieces for technology and medical device clients including Philips Healthcare and IBM.
She is a recipient of the STAR award of excellence for her work in technology communications. Often working closely with C-level executives, Amy’s expertise is the ability to message key thoughts and ensure each word supports the speaker’s goal.
Amy spends her free time as a marathon runner, a TedX Seattle volunteer, traveling with her family and coach for the St. Anne middle school speech team.
Miguel Heinonen is an entrepreneur who has worked in the startup community across the United States and United Kingdom. He is the founder and CEO of Heirizon, an employment marketplace that pairs employee with employers. Heirizon collates jobs by geography to make sure that out users can find employment conveniently. Miguel bootstrapped and built from the ground up, and he is an expert in building companies with little to no financial resources.
He also serves as a board member, advisor and avid YouTuber.
Dr. Eniko Manek is the Founder of Teuton Tech, the world’s first Nanoformulation Consulting company. Eniko also acts as Head of Research at a pharmaceutical start-up; as well as scientific advisor at different nanotechnology, biotechnology, IP law and innovation management firms. Currently, Eniko is affiliated with the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates, while previously she collaborated with the Florida International University in the US.
Eniko holds a PhD in chemistry, an MSc degree in materials science, and a BSc degree in environmental science, and she also has education in executive management, thermal analysis, quality assurance and life cycle assessment. In her early career, Eniko worked at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics as a research associate and as a lecturer in physical chemistry. Subsequently, she transitioned to industry and gained experience in various executive-level positions – such as Board Member, Deputy & Interim CEO, Chief Technology Officer, Head of Nanotechnology Department and Head of Formulation Laboratory – at various enterprises in the US and in the EU that focus on the development and commercialization of nanoformulated pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and cosmetics. During this time, Eniko also served as board member of the American Chemical Society, Hungary Chapter.
In 2018, Eniko turned her dream into reality and created Teuton Tech, the first and only Nanoformulation Consulting enterprise in the world. At Teuton Tech, Eniko and her team help companies to develop their own nanoformulated products and thus drastically enhance the bioavailability, efficacy, stability and safety of their active ingredients. At present, Eniko’s commercial projects cover the fields of pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, cosmetics and agrochemicals; while in her academic studies she concentrates on nano-therapeutics for the treatment of brain diseases.
In the pandemic, businesses had to rapidly move almost all their operations online. It increased the influence of online means of communication and sales. This also resulted in an increased the amount of white collar jobs in Digital Marketing, and an increased interest in choosing this career path. Yet due to several myths and stereotypes, this profession is still rarely considered as a career of choice by most university graduates.