Digital Event, 8 June 2021
18:30 – 19:15 British Summer Time

Digital Platforms and Ecosystems: The Markets and Marketplaces of the Future

Technical infrastructures and their inter-connected systems of social and commercial interaction are already disrupting or dominating many sectors. What strategies will succeed in a world of boundaryless online marketplaces, operating systems and innovation communities that orchestrate economic and social activity in new ways? How will digital platforms and ecosystems evolve into the future?

Confirmed Panelists

Passionate about bridging cultures and enabling people and businesses to engage globally, about helping teams to focus on their brand’s purpose. Growth by enabling long-term vision to create differentiated value for consumers and business partners.
Strong believer in using curiosity, creativity and technology to create stakeholder value.


When Business owners, sales leaders, technology leaders, and marketing experts need help getting their growth engine running more predictably, my team and I step in to help. In other words, if you need help figuring out your CRM, website sales performance, marketing automation, HubSpot, and the integration of your customer-facing technology, please give us a call, or send me an email ►

As a Rotarian, and someone who has lived and worked in 6 countries and on 3 continents, I’m also happy to meet with and help anyone who understands the great work Rotary does around the World to further the power of community. #RoyaryConnectstheWorld #BetterTogether


Author TODA/IP internet protocol, Global Chair IEEE AI Standards. Served as Chair ACM PB CC, ACM 100,000 members #1 in computer science globally.
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

Loves algorithms, cryptography, BFT/ADG Autonomous Decentralized Governance, Distributed Computing, Machine Learning, Game Theory and AI in general.


Founder and CEO of OpenGrowth.Ventures helping entrepreneurs and family offices with making entrepreneurship more diverse, sustainable and open.

After spending nearly a decade working in various customer interfacing, recruiting and sales management positions, I quickly realized my passion for helping others realize their entrepreneurial ambitions by building a diverse, inclusive and open ecosystem of startups and social impact non-profits.

Through OpenGrowth.Ventures we have launched and built exciting and successful startups and businesses like,,,,,, and many others.

As a flagship initiative of OpenGrowth.Ventures, I am currently also the founding CEO of – a one-stop membership based lifestyle management company that provides global lifestyle and work-life integration support to Family Offices, CEOs, executives and high-net-worth individuals.


Independent consulting for management consultancies, advertising agencies and corporations in the field of digital transformation


Moderated by

Ralf Hirt, launched 8W8 Global Business Builders to deliver on his vision to empower founders and business owners to deliver the full potential of their purposes and create compound value. Ralf has accumulated extensive experience throughout a diverse career encompassing volatile phases in the tech, marketing and commerce industries. He held operational executive positions (CXO, MD, VP) around the world including Hong Kong / China, Sydney / Australia, London / UK, Munich / Germany. Last but not least he relocated with DoubleClick (acquired by Google) from Asia to New York City, where he has resided since 2005. In other roles, he drove growth for tech companies such as Harri, TUNE (acquired by Constellation Software), MODE and fit CRM (acquired by Omnicom) as well as advising Prion Group from inception to the successful sale to Accenture.


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