Jan Scheele (35) – The Netherlands
Started my first company when I was 13 and also started my first company, making websites. During high school and my studies at Maastricht University, I grew several companies at the intersection of digital communications, events and consulting, like TheMavens. With a broad portfolio of projects on national and international scale, for clients varying from governments and multinationals to non-profits and startups.
In my free time, I’ve organized 50+ TEDx events globally, from Maastricht to Amsterdam, Baghdad to New York and for organizations like the UN and CERN. Nowadays, I’m working on event concepts, programs and production with The Mavens. After having coached 200+ TED speakers I started TalkLikeTED.nl, where I had the pleasure of coaching already over 3000 professionals worldwide.
Since 2015, I’m active in the blockchain / crypto industry. Currently, I have been CEO of blockchain scale-up Bitcanna ($18mln funding), am currently advisor at boutique Bloqon and board member of the Blockchain Netherlands Foundation (BCNL); the largest blockchain/crypto ecosystem in The Netherlands. I often speak at events about blockchain topics like NFTs, DeFi, Tokenization, CBDC, Stablecoins, Metaverse and more.
Since 2017 I’m active at the World Economic Forum, previously as curator and Global Shaper, now as Digital Leader.
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