Meet the Members of the Jury

André Hoffmann
Vice Chairman of Roche Holding
André Hoffmann is the Vice Chairman of Roche Holding, Switzerland and serves on the board of the fully owned subsidiary Genentech Inc. in California (USA).

Alongside his non-executive roles in the family business, Mr. Hoffmann has a distinguished cursus in nature conservation and sustainability. He has served among others on the board of WWF International as Vice-President. He is the President of Fondation MAVA and of Fondation Tour du Valat in the Camargue, France.

Mr Hoffmann has joined the Board of SystemIQ to help positively disrupt critical economic systems; the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, as well as of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. He has also been instrumental in establishing the Hoffmann Global Institute in Business and Society (HGIBS) at INSEAD, his Alma mater, and chairs its Advisory Board.

Mr. Hoffmann studied economics at St. Gallen University and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Mika Salmi
Partner at Lakestar
Mika Salmi focusses on early-stage investments and is based in Zurich. A Finnish and US dual national, his geographic focus will be the parts of Europe where he has the strongest networks – the Nordics, Spain and France – as well as the US.

Before Lakestar, Mika was a senior advisor to The Raine Group, a global investment and advisory firm focused on digital media, technology and sports industries. At Raine he focused on sourcing and assessing venture capital investments.

Prior to this, Mika was the CEO of a rapid-growth start-up called CreativeLive, a real-time video platform targeting the continuing education market. Mika has also worked for the past 15 years in a deal-sourcing role, focused on angel-stage investments, for Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.

He has founded several successful businesses, including Atom Enter-tainment, which was sold to the media giant Viacom for USD200 million. After the sale, he became President of Viacom.

Mika has an MBA from INSEAD, the prestigious international business school. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Insead.

Philip Anderson
INSEAD Alumni Fund Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship
Academic Director, Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship


Philip Anderson is the INSEAD Alumni Fund Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. He currently teaches courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, and change, and has written over 120 original case studies and teaching notes for these classes. Professor Anderson is also the Academic Director of the Rudolf and Valerie Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Professor Anderson is co-author of Managing Strategic Innovation and Change: A Collection of Readings (with Michael Tushman), published by Oxford University Press in 2004 (second edition), and Inside the Kaisha: Demystifying Japanese Business Behavior (with Noboru Yoshimura) published by Harvard Business School Press in 1997. Inside the Kaisha was named the 1997 Booz-Allen & Hamilton/Financial Times Global Business Book of the Year for Industry Analysis/Business Context. In 2010, CMO Asia’s Best B-School Awards named Philip Anderson the ‘Best Professor in Entrepreneurship.’

Matthias Meyer
Co-founder and Managing Director of 27pilots


Matthias is co-founder and Managing Director of 27pilots.

Before 27pilots, Matthias was founder and head of the BMW Startup Garage. Based on the needs at BMW Matthias co-invented the Venture Client model to leverage startups as a source for competitive advantage for the BMW Group. Starting within the R&D department Matthias grew the BMW Startup Garage to a BMW Group-wide corporate venturing vehicle.
Before Matthias held several roles in innovation management and R&D strategy. Matthias led the BMW innovation process and innovation controlling. Matthias pioneered Open Innovation at BMW R&D doing several crowd-innovation campaigns. Matthias have substantial experience in product development and led projects from idea to worldwide market launch of BMW and Rolls-Royce products.

Matthias graduated with a Master’s and P.h.D, in Safety Engineering at the University of Wuppertal. My Ph.D. focused on predictive data analytics for product warranty cost. In addition, Matthias was awarded an MBA in Innovation & Business Creation from the TU Munich and UC Berkeley.

Rob Sewell

Chief Digital & Transformation Officer

Rob leads the Digital and Transformation team which drives key strategic initiatives for Maxis, champions Innovation and Agility across the business and guides the organisation in pursuit of Digital and Analytics ambitions.

Rob joined Maxis in August 2018 as the Head of Corporate Strategy and was appointed to the Chief Digital and Transformation Officer role in May 2019. He brings over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, with experience in ‘incumbent’ as well as ‘challenger’ operators and in leading strategy, delivery and operations across the full suite of IT and network technologies.

Before Maxis, Rob held the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Head of Network Planning in an Indian telecommunications company, driving major improvements in productivity. Prior to that, Rob was with Telstra Australia for 18 years, where he served as Director of Voice & Convergence and subsequently, Director of Architecture. His time in Telstra started in Research & Development before transitioning into delivery and then transformational engineering roles.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science, from the University of Western Australia.