Announcing the Chairs of Webit.Festival 2020

I have the pleasure to announce the Chairs of Webit.Festival in Valencia, Spain on 17-20 June, 2020.

For the past 2 years we have been honored to have the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mrs. Mariya Gabriel as Chairwoman of the Plenary Session of Webit.Festival!

She has been one of the strongest creative and transformational powers in the current European Commission!

Her work is instrumental for creating stable grounds for Europe building the Gigabyte Society, fostering dialogue and legislative packages for protecting the business and people in the cyberspace, empowering equality and inclusion and creating digital skills, supporting potential for better digital infrastructure, to name a few of her cabinet initiatives which she developed for a record short time.

On behalf of the global Webit community we wish her a lot of success and good luck in her new role as European Commissioner-elect for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth in the new European Commission.

We are honored to have her being the Chairwoman for 3rd year in a raw of the Plenary Session (the Innovate!Stage) of Webit.Festival 2020 in Spain.

A visionary leader with global impact! Before joining the Government of Spain, Mr. Francisco Polo has been one of the most successful founders and impact entrepreneurs of Europe founding and making the largest petition platform in the world.

At the age of 29 he put together his three passions – will for social change, the potential of the internet and his relentless determination to make things happen and founded the fastest-growing startup ever in Spain, growing it from 40 users to 2.5 million in 18 months only.

Through his work he has helped millions of users to start campaigns on the issues they care about while also helping his clients to connect with hundreds of thousands of people to support their mission.

After making sure his new partners will continue growing, Mr. Polo committed his talent to improve the state of innovation and digital advancement of his country.

Currently Mr. Polo serves as Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, Spain.

We are honored to have Mr. Francisco Polo as Honorary Chair of The Global Impact Advisory Board of Webit.Festival 2020 in Spain.

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Mr. Thomas Debass is a senior government leader with extensive experience and network in tech/innovation, global finance, economic growth, media, and public-private partnerships!

For the past 18 years, he has been working under various capacities for the U.S. Government and he currently serves as the Managing Director for Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State. Thomas has played a leading role in promoting and institutionalizing the role of innovation and partnerships as a tool for advancing policy and development objectives.

Thomas has played a leading role in promoting and institutionalizing the role of innovation and partnerships as a tool for advancing policy and development objectives. Thomas received the 2016 Wood Pencil Award for Innovative Use of Mobile Technology for mFish, a public-private partnership he led that aimed to bridge the digital divide as well as promote ocean sustainability for rural fishermen. He regularly gives lectures and talks about the intersection of foreign policy, business, and society.

On behalf of the global Webit Community and the Webit.Foundation – we are honored to welcome Mr. Thomas Debass as Chair of the Policy Innovation Summit of Webit.Festival 2020 in Spain.

Mr. Raja Rajamannar is the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and President, Healthcare Business of Mastercard

Globally recognized for his innovative thinking, leadership in business transformation that he has brought to executive roles across industries, and leadership in Mastercard’s marketing and brand transformation.

The most recent awards among the many in his career are: WFA Global Marketer of the Year (2018), Forbes 2018 Top 5 World’s Most Influential CMOs, Campaign Power 100, Business Insider’s 25 Most Innovative CMOs in the World, Billboards 2018 Top Branding Power Player and The CMO Club Hall of Fame.

We are honored to welcome Mr. Raja Rajamannar as honorary Chair of the Brand Innovation Summit of Webit.Festival in Valencia Spain on 17-20 June 2020.

Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi award winning surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur.

He is a laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and has been awarded the accolade of the most watched surgeon in human history.

Among the recent numerous awards in his career are the Future NHS award for NHS70 by members of UK Parliament in 2018, top British Asian star in Tech awarded from HRH Duke of York in 2017 along with the British Bangladeshi of the Year the same year.

His work has been featured in over 400 newspapers, tech journals and mainstream TV news channels including Sky, BBC, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, CNBC, Time, Forbes, Bloomberg.

He is one of the top 20 global influencers in Digital Health and Virtual Reality.

We are honored to have Prof. Shafi Ahmed as a Chair of Webit.Health Summit for the past 3 years and as part of the upcoming Webit.Festival 2020 in Spain!

Coming up next, we shall announce the Chairs and the advisory board members of the rest of the summits hosted by Webit.Festival in Valencia, Spain on 17-20 June 2020, including:

– The Digital Entertainment and Media Summit
– The CyberTech Summit
– The Future of Food Summit
– The Future of Work Summit
– The Mobility Summit
– The FinTech Summit
– The Blockchain Summit
– The Venture Summit
– The Startup Academy
– The Spirit of Webit

to name some.

See you at the Marina of Valencia in Spain on 17-20 June 2020!

Warm regards,
Dr. Plamen Russev

Executive Chairman of the Board, Webit.Foundation
Goodwill Ambassador for Digital Affairs, Republic of Bulgaria
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