Our trainers are experienced international product leaders who love sharing their experience and believe in giving back to the community.
Starting his career as a corporate lawyer, Marc made the transition into digital technology initially as a project manager and then as product manager. Marc has been managing products for the last 8 years, working on a range of successful digital products/services, at companies such as 7digital, carwow, YouView, Not on the High Street, WorldFirst and Settled. He currently serves as the Product Ownership Practice Lead at ASOS.com. He works closely with organisers of all our ProductTank meetups in over 150 cities around the world to ensure deliver the highest quality events for a the world's largest community of product people. He's also written a book about product management: My Product Management Toolkit.
Keji is a self confessed product nerd who particularly loves the discovery process. Her experience has mostly been in B2B and edTech but more recently in the world of B2C in the digital team at National Express (the UK's largest coach & bus company). She is passionate about building product communities, sharing and learning experiences and as well as running ProductTank Birmingham, is also the regional coordinator for ProductTanks in EMEA.
Taisia is a Co-Founder & CPO at Polyteia, a govtech startup enabling municipal governments to make data-based decisions. Within 15 years of experience in building digital services, she has managed cross-functional teams within startups and large companies and launched multi-platform services that are being used by millions of people daily. Taisia completed an interactive Art Director program at Hyper Island, a digital media school in Stockholm June 2013 and lives in Berlin since 2015.
Carolin has a strong background in security and is also driving security standardization as the Co-Chair of one of the Trusted Computing Group's (TCG's) working groups. She strongly believes that security and usability can go hand in hand.
Ben Haim currently serves as Senior Director Marketplace at Booking.com in Amsterdam. Prior to that, he has been with Google between 2007 and 2019, in Zurich since 2008. His last position at Google involved leading the Flights and Packages product teams. Before, Ben Haim worked on Google Maps, leading all the directions related product, including Driving Directions, Public Transit, Road Traffic and more. Ben Haim joined Google in Tel Aviv, as the first PM hired in Israel, and worked on launching products for Israel and the Middle East. Prior to joining Google he spent 5 years with Mobileye, developing Vision based technologies for Driving Assistant systems. Ben Haim is a graduate of the Hebrew University, majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Sciences, as well as the Stanford Graduate School of Business and École Polytechnique Ignite program.
Alex is a seasoned product manager with over 7 years experience, currently working at trivago on personalisation topics. He has worked on or built advertising products, online services, mobile apps and games and physical, educational and travel products. He’s also had the chance to experience working at companies with 2, 20, 200 and over 1000 employees, trying out various ways of working, frameworks and tools while working onsite, distributed or fully remote with cross-functional teams. He likes bowties and wishes everyone a “crazy day”.
Alex is a Senior freelance UX Designer with a background in research. She has worked globally for well-known brands to smaller startups. With a passion for finding the real problem to be solved, she works closely with product managers and has formed some great working relationships along the way. Outside of work, she is a keen traveler and avid diver.
Katia is passionate about building B2B and B2C products for established business and startups with more than 15 years of international experience in companies such as eBay, eDreams and Schibsted Media Group. Currently she is responsible for driving innovative credit solutions at PayPal as Lead Product EMEA. Katia has a master degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University and a certificate in Design Thinking at Stanford University.
After starting his career as a software engineer for iOS app, Cédric decides after 2 years of developing apps to move to the project management in parallel to a MSc BA in entrepreneurship. After several years of experience in the agile project management, he decides to move to the product management and joins anibis.ch (scout24). He’s currently the product manager of the team in charge of all the n”next gen” topics. His team is in charge of testing and developing quickly new features for anibis.ch on the web and apps. He’s passionate about innovation and a big fan of the design thinking and design sprint.<br /> During his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family and learn new things.
Chanel is passionate about technology and chose to venture into the IT industry after an apprenticeship as an Office Clerk. With a Swiss federal degree in computer science she managed projects for different companies in the automobile industry and worked as a software developer at web agencies. As she well knows how challenging it can be to learn a programming language, she’s passionate about sharing her technical knowledge and experience with programming beginners and enabling them to gain confidence through their newly gained coding skills.
Tim is a product and business leader, as well as a prolific writer, podcaster, and speaker. Currently, he’s responsible for the overall sales, product, engineering, and marketing efforts behind the leading conversion optimization platform Iridion. He previously shaped digital products at XING, Gruner+Jahr, and several smaller startups where he held product leadership roles for more than seven years. Tim also regularly co-organizes the Product Tank Hamburg meetup to promote the local product management community.
Dominique has been with Scout24 Switzerland for 14 years. With a background in software engineering, he started out writing code for Immoscout24.ch, and gradually transitioned into different leadership roles in engineering and business development. He is interested in all aspects of creating great digital products, and loves learning and sharing. Dominique and is currently leading the product organization at Scout24, where he helps multiple cross functional, agile and international teams achieve their goals.
Tilke Judd is a Product Manager working on the Google assistant. During her 7 years at Google she was a product manager on Google Alerts, Google Search and the Google Assistant. Prior to Google she completed her BS in Math, and MS and PhD in Computer Graphics from MIT while dabbling in digital video making and competitive ballroom dancing. Originally from the United States, she now lives and works in Zurich. When not at work she and her husband like to take their twin 3-year-olds to the mountains.
Philipp is a passionate Product Manager by profession with a strong product sense and a penchant for human-centered product development. Currently, he is working as Senior Product Manager at Zalando SE, where he drives new product development starting from product discovery to implementation and scaling. Prior to Zalando, Philipp worked as Product Manager for Lovoo, responsible for monetization, and Opera Mediaworks, responsible for the development of innovative advertising formats. Philipp holds a Master`s degree in Business Informatics, which helps him to understand technology capabilities, market and user needs to envision digital solutions at scale.
Grace has been a Product Manager at Google for the last 15 years, and has worked on defining products such as Google Calendar, Google Flights, and most recently Google Assistant. Previous to Google she worked as a PM at Microsoft, and before that she got a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University. Grace has two children and has been working part-time (60%) since her first child was born 5 years ago. There have been many positives and negatives from this decision -- even at a company as progressive as Google -- and she has a lot of thoughts on topics such as leaning in/out, ``having it all,`` and how becoming a parent makes you better at work.
By launching the Product Academy, Tanja is combining her passion for continuous learning with her professional background as product leader. As founding partner of start-ups in Munich and Madrid, she has gained valuable entrepreneurial experience which she passes on as e-commerce consultant and public speaker on various occasions. Previously, she worked as senior consultant for Unic as well as Head of Product for siroop, a former marketplace in Switzerland. She loves to take on pet projects such as being Head of Marketing for TEDxZurich 2015 or launching non-profit initiatives. In 2017, she founded the local ProductTanks Bern and Zurich for Mind The Product and is now also leading the Swiss chapter of 'Women in Product', a non-profit organization dedicated to provide women with equal access and representation in product management careers at all levels.
Stefania is a product leader specialized in B2B and Platform Product Management. She is passionate about technology, with a focus on how to abstract from it to fasten and facilitate application design. At Appway, she heads the product team, creating software products for the financial services industry. Previously, she was a product manager of the Appway Platform focusing on developer and operations experience. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich and has worked in research for several years. She spends her spare time cooking and exploring the world with her husband and two children.
Boris is a product and people person. He has a passion for coaching because he believes experience should be shared and avoidable mistakes prevented. After founding the IoT company Snuk, Boris moved on to coaching product managers and co-founders at WATTx, a Berlin-based company builder. He has set up various product teams from scratch; conceptualizing the idea, hiring the team and setting up the processes to deliver a great product. His background in electrical engineering enables him to manage products of various tech stacks and markets; Internet of Things, e-commerce, mobile apps, etc. Boris puts a lot of attention to communication, and how it can impact people collaborating more effectively and with less anxiety.
After a career start in management and marketing, Aude moved into digital product management 5 years ago. She is currently the Head of PM for anibis, leading three cross functional product teams, and line managing four direct reports. Her approach to work as a product leader and life as a young mother is: learning by doing, failing, iterating and always staying curious and humble
Before joining Konsus in Oslo as their VP of Product, the Canadian was part of the product team at Booking in Amsterdam. Previously, he was a product and growth leader at Shopify. He’s always excited to find unique ways to connect his experience in development, product management, and growth.
Alexandra is a product leader and a digital transformation expert who’s been in the game for more than 10 years.</p> <p>Originally from Romania where she worked as a consultant in new business launch. Previously held positions in marketing, communication, product strategy and development and consulting in digital transformation. She's been building products for years touching various phases of the product lifecycle: user research, business insights, market analysis, financing, product vision, strategy and roadmapping. Alexandra was listed in the top women in Product in Europe 2018and the elite business women to follow in 2019.</p> <p>She is focused on helping companies transform the way they build software. She’s a result-driven expert who has extensive knowledge in finding product market fit and gathering deep understanding of the user in order to build a product people will love. She also shares her know-how and stories through talks and workshop all over the world and she mentors and coaches product professionals.
Regula is a product manager in the media industry, passionate about being in the intersection of technology, journalism and engaged users. She currently leads the product team for the news sites of Tamedia, including Tages-Anzeiger, Berner Zeitung and Tribune de Genève. She has been with the company for over 5 years, working in various product roles, spanning from E-Commerce to paid media. Previously, she has been working as a project manager and consultant in IT projects in the financial sector. Regula holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and is a certified Fraunhofer Institute Usability Engineer. In her spare time, she can either be found running and cycling, reading or traveling the world.
Hélène recently joined Delivery Hero as Product Leader for Machine Learning and Customer Journey. Prior to that, she has been driving product in Zalando’s Sizing team, discovering and launching innovative machine learning based size guidance that helps customers find the right size online. She has been an advocate of machine learning based product development, sharing her insights on how to build data driven products hat customers love. Hélène holds a M. A. in political science and journalism. Her background enables her to focus on discovery, bring empathy and look for the “why” behind each story. Prior to Sizing, Hélène built transactional and logistics products, both for retail customers and major airlines, at Zalando and Amadeus. In her free time, she loves mentoring future PMs, reading - real, paperback books! -, learning new languages and debating with friends, if possible in German.
Ingrid is the Founder and CEO of appear.in, a browser-based video meeting service used by 10 million unique users worldwide in 2018. Prior to taking over as CEO in 2017, she was Product Manager and has been deeply involved in the design and development of the service since it's inception in 2013. She has a background in economics and entrepreneurship from Norway and Boston, and has also been working with product development at Norway's largest newspaper. She's an avid offpiste skier and has recently taken up knitting.
Lukas Oldenburg holds 12 years of experience in the Digital Analytics field and works as a freelancer in Switzerland and Germany. Before deciding to start his own business, he was the Head of Analytics & BI at siroop, an ecommerce online startup in Zurich, Switzerland. Earlier, Lukas acted as Senior Consultant for Digital Analytics at Unic, one of the largest Swiss-based E-Business specialists. From 2006 to 2012, Lukas worked as an editor-in-chief and webmaster for e-fellows.net, the German career network, online scholarship and recruiting company owned by McKinsey & Co. and DIE ZEIT. He has planned and rolled out several complex data setups, using mostly Tealium, Google Tag Manager, and Adobe DTM as the Tag Management System, and Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics and Webtrends as the Analytics tools. His experience goes beyond Web Analytics and Tag Management however, having been the driving force behind several Business Intelligence initiatives as well.
Paolo Petrolini, a product coach with well over a decade of experience in product management and strategic innovation management. Paolo is a product advisor to a number of fast growing startups in Europe and Asia, while being the Chief Product and Growth Officer at Salarify, a fast growing fintech startup revolutionizing the way salaries are paid, and Chief Technology Officer at Digital Nomads, a growth marketing agency based in Hong Kong. Lastly, Paolo served for 12 years at Google as the Head of Trust & Safety in Switzerland, where he led an international team of Product Specialists, Data Scientists and Program Managers working on innovative solutions to keep Google users safe online.
Tobias is a strong operations professional with a Diploma in Business Administration focused on Strategic Management and Business Development from HTWG Konstanz University of Applied Sciences. He is skilled in e-commerce business development, agile leadership, leading consumer-focused cross-functional teams, user experience, online marketing, category management and passionate about applied machine learning use cases.
A product specialist with a background in business strategy and international relations, Nina is currently working as Head of Products and Solutions driving the go-to-market strategy of Appway, a global software company serving the financial services industries. In her previous roles at Appway she worked closely with the CEO and CTO of the company to build-up and institutionalize product management during the company’s growth from 30 to 200 employees. She holds a degree in Strategy and International Management from the University of St. Gallen. When she is not doing gymnastics, Nina spends her spare time recharging on sunlight in Ticino, following world politics and trying to find her voice as a passionate supporter of women in leadership.
A recovering music journalist & editor, Randy has been working as an interactive producer & product manager across the US & UK for nearly 20 years. (Yikes!) After launching Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, Randy has worked with museums and arts groups, online education, media & entertainment, retail and financial services. He’s held Head of Product roles at HSBC and Sainsbury’s, where he also directed their 100+-person product community. Randy currently works with Motivate Design to bring their Discovery process to Europe, and as a Product Management consultant. He’s also the co-host of Mind the Product’s podcast, The Product Experience.
Isa Steiner started her career in R&D as a research Engineer after her Computer Science studies. In 2008, she joined local.ch as an Engineering Director. After spending some years in technical leadership positions, she restarted her professional life as a human centered design consultant at Swisscom and eventually took over the PO position for the relaunch of Swisscom TV. After the successful market launch, she took over a cross-functional Service Innovation department at Swisscom, to develop the next generation of customer service product lines. In 2013, she moved to Swisscom’s Outpost in Silicon valley before joining siroop.ch as a CTO just a year later. After an other year at YouTube, she started a new assignment as CTO of carforyou.ch recently. Her passion is to lead x-functional organizations, enable them to develop new products in a lean way and to inspire the next generation of knowledge workers.
Yves works for Switzerland’s largest real estate platform homegate.ch at Tamedia. He started as a Senior Product Manager, then transitioned into the role of Head of Product Management and now leads the B2C segment. Whether it is being a co-founder in startups or as a consultant for SPI-listed corporations, he is passionate about building commercially viable products and services that users love. He also believes that to build great products, self-organising teams and helping individuals to grow are keys to success. Yves holds degrees in Computer Science and Business and is lecturing entrepreneurial courses where he continues to learn a lot from his students. In his spare time, he loves the feeling of flying over lake Zurich with his rowing team or visiting his town in sunny Wallis.
Phil started his career during the dot-com bubble and the first agency he worked at was short lived. But he stuck with the field because he was utterly fascinated by the possibilities of this new medium. In the following years he worked for several web agencies and launched an online video magazine with friends. He currently works at Scout24 Switzerland where he leads three UX teams, a UX Writing team and the Group Innovation team. Phil is curious by nature and strongly believes that one should never stop learning. When he isn't working he spends time with his son, brews beer, cooks and reads way too many sci-fi books.
Kristina brings 8 years of digital experience to her current role as Product Lead at N26 Group where she enjoys developing product mobile-first. Before taking over the product leadership in the Loyalty team of Zalando, she led the browse & shop & find team for Mobile Apps, delivered customer-centric solutions and drove the mobile mindset within Zalando’s various departments. Besides her passion for building products, Kristina hosts her own podcast “emploYAY” that challenges us to rethink employment & purpose at work and showcases role models with nonlinear careers & new work approaches. Before joining Zalando, Kristina worked as Mobile Consultant and Account Manager for Aperto Move and icon mobile, building up mobile strategies and creating innovative mobile solutions for major clients in the retail, television, NGO and automotive industries. Kristina holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration.
Julia Whitney is an Executive Coach who helps individuals and teams, in the tech community and beyond, step up to the next level of their leadership potential. Julia brings her own experience as a board level leader to her coaching practice. She’s led UX design teams for more than 20 years, in both the U.S. and the UK, most recently as General Manager and Executive Creative Director for the BBC’s 150 person strong UX&D department. Julia is supporting our mentoring program 'Women in Product' as coach and trainer for 'Conflict Competence'.