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Web Summit 2019 - Opening Night

Dr. Mihaela Ulieru

Founder and President | IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy

Dr. Mihaela Ulieru is a technology alchemist and is an innovator at the edge of the impossible. She is founder and President of the IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy (IMPACT stands for ” Innovation Management and Policy Accelerated with Communication Technologies”), which she founded as a consulting arm of her work aiming at policy reforms for the adoption of the latest digital technologies in all areas of society and sectors of the economy. Since her early career, she kept inspiring and supporting young entrepreneurs – one of her first MSc students was Garret Camp, co-founder of Uber and StumbleUpon – and she currently advises several startups aiming to put the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” technologies (AI, Blockchain, IoT) to work to make the world a better place.

Dr. Ulieru is a Blockchain champion at the World Economic Forum where she advocated to list it in the 2016 Top 10 Emerging Technologies, developed in collaboration with Scientific American. Dr. Ulieru’s research in distributed intelligent systems created a strong foundation for governance on Blockchain as an institutional technology and for its role in revolutionizing manufacturing, logistics and homeland security. She has authored over 200 scientific articles, works on several Boards and Councils and still has time to write poetry. 

Dr. Ulieru has been awarded two research chairs in intelligent systems and has held numerous board appointments including the Science Councils of Singapore, Canada and European Commission and to the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. She is a Global Leader with the Aspen Institute. She has been involved with major multi-stakeholder programs leading the scaling-up of operations through strategic partnerships and networks in Industrial Informatics, the Future of Medicine, Self-Organizing Security, the EnergyWeb, Global Manufacturing Systems, and Sustainable Personal Living Technologies.