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“The meetings were fantastic and networking that we established here was great. To see all these companies and people inventing and reinventing all these technologies is inspiring.”
Gerson Santos
Projects Manager at York Region, Canada
“Thank you Silicon Valley Meetings team for the opportunity to be part of the Leading Digital Transformation. It was quite intense and exciting program. All speakers (startups, VCs, accelerators, and corporate innovation labs) were excellent presenters with real practical knowledge. “
Igor Protasov
Client Service Director, Mail.Ru Group, Russia
“Jojo Guingao Chief Digital Officer Aboitiz Equity Venture, USA shares his views about his experience at Silicon Valley. He attended the Leading Digital Transformation Program. He found it beyond his expectations.”
Jojo Guingao
Chief Digital Officer at Aboitiz Equity Venture, USA
“The program made by Silicon Valley Meetings was a great experience. We read about Silicon Valley, we hear about innovation challenge, speed, disruption, and when you come here and see the real ideas, the real innovation, and real people, it validates everything. You leave with a sense of being a part of something to go forward and make changes in your company with confidence.”
Gabriela Vargas
Director of Organizational Development at Zenvia Mobile, Brazil
“Thank you Silicon Valley Meetings for this great week. I like to be the part of the program and the group. The program was very intense and impressive: great speakers and good choice of companies. For me, it was a really successful week.”
Marcel Haert
Head of Digital Transformation, KPMG, Switzerland
“Overall our winners had a wonderful experience getting to visit the tech giants of Silicon Valley and pass on their sincere thanks to you and the Silicon Valley Meetings team. I think each of them took away some unique insights, furthered their knowledge and importantly also had fun. The resounding highlight for the group was the visit to Airbnb”.
Kay Eriksson
COO, Talent International, Australia
“The tour I’ve been is just incredible. What I expected and what you see in live is just incredible. It’s amazing. I have to say if you get an opportunity to come and see then you should do it. It’s absolutely brilliant.”
Mark Russel
APO Manager, Jaguar Land Rover, Australia
“I just wanted to say that it was a really great event top to bottom. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of it”.
Brett Noyes
Managing Partner , unbank.ventures, USA
"Very efficient week learning about FinTech evolutions. It gives the synthetic view of the opportunities and threats within the sector and provides ample contact possibilities with investors, accelerators, and FinTech companies in a wide variety of application."
Dr Marcia De Wachter
Executive Director and Honorary Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Belgium
It’s been a busy and exciting week. Not only was it great to connect with the Silicon Valley companies, but also with some promising startups for future partnership and collaboration
Inci Aksun
Vice President Retail Banking at Akbank, Turkey
“I found this event is very useful for me because it gives a lot of insights into technologies, high tech, and I have a lot of insights on how to bring this innovation to our bank. I personally feel it will be a great shift for our bank to adopt those technologies.”
Taghreed Ali AbdelRahman Ali
Head of IT, Arab Bank, Egypt
“See Robert Jenkis, Director – Process Optimisation at Westpac Australia, share his views on his experience at Silicon Valley Navigating FinTech Disruption Program. He is completely satisfied with what the program had to offer.”
Robert Jenkis
Director – Process Optimisation, Westpac, Australia
“Thank you for your great job. The program was very well designed and executed: bringing different elements of Silicon Valley innovation culture, meetings, company visits, and startup showcases. The key takeaway of the program : understand how can startups and corporates work together and create partnerships where both sides can benefit.”
Fouad Alnazawi
Managing Director at Lamarka Consulting Services, Saudi Arabia
“I came with Abdul Latif Jameel Company to visit Silicon Valley. I was impressed by what I have seen through this program. It was very informative, and eye opening. I am impressed with the majority of things we discussed, and new startups that will change the future of our industry and overall a human being. I will recommend to other companies to have such a trip to Silicon Valley.”
Wisit Promrak
Geophysist, Strategy and Planning at PTTEP, Thailand
“I’ve been on the EMEA innovation tour here in Silicon Valley all week. I think it’s very important for companies to have a chance to do something like this because you get a chance to get outside of your box, outside of your office and see what other companies are doing. I think one of the biggest takeaways that we all got from this week was the creativity that so many companies embody. It’s just so refreshing to acquire other companies’ takes on everything from HR to marketing techniques and then to the technologies, so, you know we learned about all different sides of the business, not just innovation, even operational models. So we learned how to fail quickly, to fail often and to take chances, and to think outside of the box. So every company needs to take the time to open your mind and see what else is out there.”
Faith Maginley
Partner Marketing Senior Specialist, SAP (USA)
"The week in Silicon Valley exceeded my expectations. We were able to feel, touch and have a real look at what the future will look like. The people we met were so competent, transparent. It was a unique opportunity for us to have a 360 degree of what is going on in our industry and what we can expect in the next 18-20 months."
Denis Gorteman
CEO at D'Ieteren Auto, Belgium
“It’s been a great week, and a fantastic program focused on Silicon Valley innovation and specifically innovation in AgriTech. Great learnings, great insights, and great fun. We had a great time and really had our minds opened to the full range of opportunities to improve our business.”
Andrew Crane
CEO, CBH Group, Australia
“We had an amazing experience and amazing journey that in any way cannot be quantified in terms of impact. The experience has been immense: we are planning to come back here next year because this is the place to be. Thank you Silicon Valley Meetings: great speakers and great companies. “
Ernest Onuiri
Researcher/Lecturer at Babcock University, Nigeria
“The immersion tour was very successful and everyone had a great time – and learned a lot about the various disruptive influences likely to impact RACV’s business now and into the future. I would be happy to recommend Silicon Valley Meetings to any of RACV’s business contacts if they are considering a similar tour in the future.Thank you again for your contribution and that of your team in making RACV’s visit a very rewarding experience.”
Richard Sanzin
Company Secretary, RACV, Australia
“The Silicon Valley Immersion program was very thought provoking and feeds well into our bank’s digital next-gen agenda and the innovation framework. Thank you for the impact you made.”
Donna-Maree Vinci
Group Executive, Enterprise Solutions, Bank of Queensland, Australia
“I just wanted to thank Silicon Valley Meetings for all of the effort and organization that you put into the executive program. It was absolutely wonderful and truly inspiring to be a part of the group, get acquainted with the business culture of Silicon Valley and visit top Silicon Valley companies.”
Chaiwat Kovavisarach
Group Executive, Enterprise Solutions, Bank of Queensland, Australia
“Exciting, stimulating, challenging times. The key mix for generating growth is inventive minds, immersed in the leading state of technology, and experienced, but not blinkered management.”
Graeme Chipp
Managing Director/CEO, Growth Solutions Group, Australia
“Thank you for everything. It was a fantastic week! We got more than we expected with the Silicon Valley Meetings Program.”
Aurore Gillmann
Managing Director/CEO, Growth Solutions Group, Australia
“Thank you for the excellent program! I really enjoyed the content and meeting some innovative Silicon Valley companies.”
Valentin Peltek
Innovation Partner, Noosphere Ventures, USA
"I have been spending days in Silicon Valley visiting companies. So what I learned during this week – first, all these technologies that I was learning in my country but I didn’t really know what is; now I have a much better idea of what AI is, what is Deep Learning and new digital transformation like blockchain. Second, how people are implementing all these changes and how it is critical to making it happen."
Sathaporn Paisanbupata
Managing Director at Burapa Prosper, Thailand
“The program made by Silicon Valley Meetings was great: regarding looking at the new trends and what is going on, regarding innovation and digital transformation processes that you can apply inside your company. I was impressed by case studies that were so practical and gave us some new methodology that can improve our customer experience.”
Paula Campoy
Customer Excellence Director, AbbVie, Brazil
"This week we spent with our business partners from Germany and Austria in California. I think it was an awesome experience and it was nice to see the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem. One of the key takeaways for me is how ideas are born in Silicon Valley, and how they are taking into curation and executed. It will be very interesting to see how we can bring this new startup mentality and scale it to replicable business model. Meeting with such companies as Google and Linkedin is always inspiring."
Rinse Tamsma
Rinse Tamsma
We’ve been to IBM and Google: incredible operations, we learned a lot from very smart, smart people, the enormity of operations is incredible. What I would take back – the future and technologies we really need to embrace.
Geoff Arnold
Business Manager, Berwick Jaguar Land Rover, Australia
“Thanks again for organizing the Banking Disrupted event, I really enjoyed the content and meeting some familiar faces. Let’s definitely talk about some marketing partnership for next year, I will put it on the radar of our marketing team, but please let me know when you start planning the next event.”
Tomas Likar
VP of Strategy and Business Development , Hyperwallet Systems Inc., USA
“Thank you for such a great and inspiring week. With the opportunities that have been presented and the connections, I have made, I am taking away a lot of insights. I look forward to keeping in touch!”
Erkut Baloglu
Vice President of Strategy at Akbank, Turkey
"We were able to meet with big giant tech companies, we were able to have deep dive discussion, and we also had a chance to meet FinTech startups that offer smart solutions to some of the banking problems that we faced."
Abeer Khedrt
Information Security Director at National Bank of Egypt, Egypt
We saw Fintech today and payments. We saw payment world is transforming very very rapidly, all of the visits were very interesting experiences, some of them are immediate applications for Santander globally and particularly in Mexico. Thank you very much, we are looking forward to the next steps and follow on these conversations.
Javier Castrillo
Executive Director of Digital Transformation, Banco Santander, Mexico
“On behalf of the Egyptian Banking Institute – Central Bank of Egypt, we would like to express our appreciation for the very successful and informative 4 rounds of the “Navigating FinTech Disruption” tours, that was conducted to several groups of Egyptian bankers during this year; specifically in March, April, June and November 2018. We appreciate the time that had been dedicated from your side in securing well prepared and organized sessions, which were definitely of an added value and were reflected into a constructive and fruitful output to all participants. Special thanks and gratitude to all Silicon Valley Meetings staff for their professionalism and dedication, that was reflected into the superior quality of work delivered. Dedicated time and efforts to support these tours are highly valued, and looking forward to more fruitful cooperation in the future.”
Zeinab Abdel Razek
Director International Cooperation and Donor Projects Unit at The Egyptian Banking Institute, Egypt
“Thank you so much for an excellent program and successful immersion experience with Silicon Valley Meetings. We were pleasantly surprised with what we were able to achieve and what we are going to achieve. The program was very well structured, and the choice of organizations from Silicon Valley was very well thought through. Thank you.”
Nelson Gasparian
Commercial Director at Bexs Banco de Câmbio, Brazil
"It was a very great opportunity to come to Silicon Valley to see a lot of startups and how they work, how they innovate their solutions. We got to see a lot of companies and we can use these new technology/ build/or co-create a use case with them."
Ashish Dahiya
Regional Director/ Head of Marketing, Portfolio, and Category Management, Tetra Pak, Singapore
“The program was great and well organized. I’ve been here for a couple of days now, and for me, it was an opportunity to step out of day to day and look around to get a better perspective of what is going on around and try to see what do we need to do and what other companies are doing.”
Ashish Dahiya
Regional Director/ Head of Marketing, Portfolio, and Category Management, Tetra Pak, Singapore
“Hi I’m Veronique Hangard from France for SAP France, and I’m very happy with the tour that we did. It’s amazing and a lot of visits. Lots of companies to discover the way about innovation but also on all the dimensions of leadership, the people management, the technology, a complete tour. Thank you so much.”
Veronique Hangard
VP EMEA North Channel, SAP, France
“We decided to come to Silicon Valley to see an ongoing change and disruption in main areas to make necessary adjustments to our strategy. We met an extraordinary people in terms of perception, vision, people who create things and changes. Reading is one thing, but seeing and feeling, asking questions make this experience unique, something that is giving you the boost in doing something new and avoid mistakes.”
Mikołaj Woźniak
Chairman of the Board, Volkswagen Bank, Poland
“Thank you very much for the great organization and perfect logistics, we really enjoy our intense and productive time in Silicon Valley and we will come back for more soon for sure.”
Jose Luis Valls
Chairman of Nissan Latin America
“Thank you so much for a memorable and successful immersion experience with Silicon Valley Meetings. The program was very well structured and the choice of organizations from SV was very well thought through. Thank you for the professional and friendly way Silicon Valley Meetings went about shepherding us around the Valley and arranging the key introductions. I was pleased to receive the feedback – as I am sure other members of our party will be. I sincerely hope that our paths cross again soon and until then, I would like to wish Silicon Valley Meetings continued success always.”
Trent Bartlett
Non Executive Director, Chair of Remuneration Committee, Audit & Risk Committee Member, CBH Group, Australia
“We came to Silicon Valley to learn about how entrepreneurs are building new technologies, how corporations are transforming themselves through innovation and digital transformation and saw how the ecosystem works. We are happy with Silicon Valley Meetings, they understood our strategy and built the agenda based on that. The program was very affected; my team was super happy.”
Juan E Clariond
Executive Chairman at Dimex Capital, Mexico
“We wanted to come to Silicon Valley and learn how companies innovate. We didn’t know how to do it, so we approached Silicon Valley Meetings that managed to connect us to numerous Silicon Valley organizations that opened our eyes to what is possible.”
Mathew Regan
General Manager - Corporate Services, CBH Group, Australia
“We got a chance to join Silicon Valley for one week and meet with innovative companies and startups, and to have a view on the future. We are happy to make this experience: Excellent for team building and learnings.”
Philippe Simonart
Brands and Networks Officer, D'Ieteren Auto, Belgium
“Andre Cabral, Marketing Director at Phillips, Spain shares his views about his experience at Silicon Valley. He attended the Leading Digital Transformation Program. He found it beyond his expectations.”
Andre Cabral
Marketing Director at Phillips, Spain
“See Erica Virgili, SC Director at Unilever Brasil, share her views on her experience at Leading Digital Transformation Program. She is completely satisfied with what the program had to offer.”
Erica Virgili
SC Director - Unilever, Brasil
“Nicolas Toth Managing Director Latin America shares his views about his experience at Silicon Valley. He attended the Leading Digital Transformation Program. He found it beyond his expectations.”
Nicolas Toth
Managing Director Latin America
“We came across this program from Silicon Valley Meetings. I was not sure what I was going to get through the program, but I intended to learn more about Silicon Valley ecosystem. We are on the 5th day of the program, and I am completely enjoying it. Lots of takeaways that I will use and can apply for my company. It was a very diversified program: I got access not only to practitioners but people from the academic field as well. We got to know Silicon Valley thought technology thought leaders that shared with us first-hand insights, access to the right people, and new technologies that are coming. I enjoyed the program and would recommend it to individuals who are not from Silicon Valley and want to get a very compact overview of what is going on in Silicon Valley.”
Anand Shiralkar
Founder and CEO of Vizitech Solutions, India
“We enjoyed the digital engagement tour a lot. I have to say that our week in San Francisco passed by at full speed. I personally enjoyed most the sessions at Berkley, Bootup and Flex. The program overall was very inspiring and provided a lot of ideas for future business. Also the people within the group were very open and social to share experiences. Networking is also very important during such a trip. Thank you again for the organization and perhaps see you next year again for another inspiring tour.”
Kurt Vanclooster
Managing Partner at SINUBE NV, Belgium
“That was an amazing and inspiring program: Getting exposed to Silicon Valley environment and mindset, seeing all the different technologies and innovative organizations (startups and big corporation) supporting those technologies, and interact with Silicon Valley insiders on-site.”
Sebnem Dag Guven
Vice President of Strategy at Akbank, Turkey
“For 2 days visit to Silicon Valley, I’ve been exposed to different and new experiences through meetings with big companies. I can emphasize the different scope of how different technologies will change the future of banking system and economy. The second point is the role that technology will play to integrate the unpaired segment into the banking system and the whole ecosystem. The last point is the importance of startups and its vital for the future of any bank.
Bassem Mahmoud Nour El Din Mohamed
Commercial Marketing Director, QNB, Egypt
“See Cristina Caballe, Executive Director at IBM, Spain, share her views on her experience at Silicon Valley Navigating FinTech Disruption Program. She is completely satisfied with what the program had to offer.”
Cristina Caballe
Executive Director at IBM, Spain
“I have been here for 2 days and it was really very interesting, very informative and very well organized. Thank you so much for that and hope to see you again in other events and seminars. Thank you.”
Ayman Badr ElDin Ahmed Gamgoum
Head of Branches Group at National Bank of Egypt, Egypt
“Thank you for organizing such a great program with useful and motivational meetings and relevant insights from the FinTech innovators of Silicon Valley.”
Cem Marti
SVP,SME Banking Marketing at Akbank, Turkey
“I am very thankful to Silicon Valley Meetings for organizing this one-week event. It was very helpful to get to know VCs who are investing in new digital technologies, entrepreneurs who are is building these technologies and large companies that are already applying it.”
Juan Clariond
Executive Chairman at Dimex Capital & Alis Foods, Mexico
“It’s my first time to San Francisco and the Valley. Even though I heard a lot about it, read a lot about it, google it if you like, it doesn’t compare to coming here and actually meeting people, hearing the stories, and really get observed into that stories. We came with a few things we wanted to achieve: how can we build an innovation culture, how we can positively contribute to our ecosystem: what are the things we need to start or finish: how do we use water for example, and how do we look into environmental monitoring on app, and how we can use drones and the whole range of other technologies.”
Megan Harris
Innovation and Partnerships at Bank of Queensland, Australia
I have come here to Silicon Valley Meetings to have a look forward and see what is coming. I enjoyed getting to know how is it here and being able to build up this relationship, whether it was HP or Upwork. It’s really up to you to define what you want this experience to be. I recommend this experience highly enough and looking forward to coming back.”
Katherine Boiciuc
Director Business Capability GES at Telstra. Australia
"I spent one week in Silicon Valley: it was really interesting, and I got to know all the new technologies that will impact the business of the future. I recommend to visit Silicon Valley and visit all these different companies and meet different people to understand what is happening and how it will affect your industry."
Eric Cortois
Chief Retail Officer at D'Ieteren Auto, Belgium
“The whole world is at the 4th Industrial revolution and we as Nigerians believe we should not just follow, we should be active participants at the forefront and that’s is what we are bringing home. We got a very wonderful reception and support. Thank you very much for contributing to the realization of our country.”
Olabiyi Durojaye
Board Chairman of NCC, Nigeria
“It was a really great week with lots of stuff to think about. I’m sure there will be some follow-up strategic outcomes. Thanks again for all your hard work”
Graeme Stephens
CEO, SKYCITY Entertainment Group, New Zealand
“The Brazilian team was delighted with the visits to Silicon Valley companies. We were particularly interested in the presentation made at the Silicon Valley Meetings about Tesla and the Energy subject. Thank you Silicon Valley Meetings for your support during our visit.”
Renato Sarzano
Managing Director, Continental Tires, Brazil
“I would like to thank the Silicon Valley Meetings for the incredible journey you organized for us. The quality of the chosen companies and the speakers were simply perfect. We learnt a lot and discovered a new world. Thank you.”
Claude De Neef
Chief Operating Officer, D'Ieteren, Belgium
“Our group just finished up the visit to Silicon Valley Meetings, and we had an outstanding time: resources were really good, you got a lot of takeaways, great companies. We are planning to bring more groups here.”
Franz Altpeter
Executive Board Director at Intek Plastic, USA
“Thank you for such a wonderfully inspiring week. Your commitment, attention and stimulation made for a very thought provoking week. It was truly transformational. I look forward to keeping in touch!”
Jacki Johnson
CEO, IAG New Zealand
“The experience Silicon Valley Meetings provided us was both transformational and very enlightening. Silicon Valley is a unique experience where collaboration and sharing is second nature. Being given the opportunity to review our strategic direction in light of more contemporary innovators and disruptive technologies was invaluable.”
Kevin White
President and Chairman, RACV, Australia