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Speakers & Talks

António Saraiva
President of CIP


António Saraiva, is the President of CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Business since January 2010 and Chairman of the Board of Metalúrgica Luso-Italiana. He was born in 1953, has two children and four grandchildren. Director of the Metalúrgica Luso-Italiana since 1989 and its Administrator since 1992, he has bought the company from the Mello Group in 1996. He was President of the Association of Metallurgical Industries until 2009, before being elected President of CIP.

Volker Hirsch
Founder, Advisor, Angel Investor


Title of the Talk: “Data-driven Societies – How digital accelerates the future”

Volker Hirsch, a corporate lawyer by original profession, was Global Head of Games for Blackberry. Before that he was Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop, a mobile social gaming platform with, at its peak, 450.000 users. is a.

He is an entrepreneur who founded/co-founded a total of 7 companies so far. He is a co-founder of Blue Beck, a 50-strong mobile development firm with 400+ person.

Volker is also an active angel investor, a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, Europe’s leading EdTech accelerator, and the Chairman of Bibblio. He is a board member and/or advisor to another 7 companies in EdTech, AI, IoT, Travel, Advertising and Gaming and a co-founder of Tech North Advocates, a non-profit initiative seeking to aid the evolving tech ecosystems in the North of England. Volker is also a frequent keynote speaker at technology conferences and corporate events around the world.

Carmel Johnston
Commander HI-SEAS IV


Carmel Johnston recently finished serving as the Commander of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation where she and five other people lived in complete isolation for an entire year. With a Masters of Science in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University, she was able to apply her passion for science and sustainable living to growing fresh vegetable for the crew while learning about the psychological aspects of isolation and confinement. Now that she is out of the dome, she is taking full advantage of being able to run, hike, swim, and play outside in her hometown in Montana.

Peter Albert David Singer


Peter Albert David Singer was born in 6 July 1946. He is an Australian moral philosopher. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective. He is known in particular for his book Animal Liberation (1975), in which he argues in favour of vegetarianism, and his essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” in which he argues in favour of donating to help the global poor. For most of his career, he was a preference utilitarian, but he announced in The Point of View of the Universe (2014), co-authored with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, that he had become a hedonistic utilitarian.
On two occasions, Singer served as chair of the philosophy department at Monash University, where he founded its Centre for Human Bioethics. In 1996 he stood unsuccessfully as a Greens candidate for the Australian Senate. In 2004 Singer was recognised as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies, and in 2006 he was voted one of Australia’s ten most influential public intellectuals. Singer is a cofounder of Animals Australia and the founder of The Life You Can Save.