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Catalyst Impact Lecture Series

A Course that Decodes Technology Trends
Hosted by IE Sci-Tech and UC Berkeley 
for global students and professionals 


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Dates: Alternate Thursdays: February 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30
6:00 PM CET, 9:00 AM PST, 5:00 PM UK, and 10:30 PM India
and recorded/asynchronous for all other time zones.

Hosted by:
Ikhlaq Sidhu, Dean and Professor, Science & Technology, IE, Madrid

Victoria Howell, Director & Instructor, Newton Berkeley Changemaker Series, UC Berkeley

There is no cost to participate.
Capacity limited.


The Catalyst Impact Lecture series decodes today’s technology trends.   The goal is to understand the current state of technology and to be able to predict future implications for business, research, and policy.  The series covers AI trends and applications, web3, gaming, metaverse, NFTs, robotic automation, financial services, health technologies, and bio-convergence.


New ventures are the advanced development product labs of today. What they create today will be adopted over the next 5 years.  This series features high-profile, funded technology ventures. Each will speak to their venture and how they see the capabilities and limits of their technologies and business models.  

Spring 2023 Speakers:


  • February 2: Edo Segal, Touchcast, (Metaverse) via Elysium

  • February 16: Ed Albanese, Vectara (AI and Search)

  • February 16: Fabi Riesen, Loft Dynamics (Metaverse & Mixed Reality) via OST, Switzerland

  • March 2: Adam Ahmad, Kea (AI & Voice)

  • March 2: Amine Anoun, Evisort (AI for Law)

  • March 16: Anada Lakra, BoldVoice (AI and Voice Accents)

  • March 16: Caleb Boyd, Molten Industries (Green Hydrogen, Synthetic Fuels)

  • March 30: Melanie Matheu, Prellisbio (Bio-convergence, tissue engineering for drug discovery)

  • March 30: Shwan Lamei, Emulate Energy  (Clean Energy)



The series is available to

* Students in person in Madrid
* Global students from Catalyst Partners
* Professional audiences - virtually

About the Catalyst Impact Series: The series is part of a larger initiative called an Impact Xcelerator, which is being done in collaboration with global faculty from Berkeley, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, DTU, Melbourne University, Lund, HKU, HBKU Qatar, Prague VSE, and other global institutions.  See



Meeting Day/Time:  Starts February 2, 2023.  Every other week on Thursdays at 6:00 PM CET, 9:00 AM PST, 5:00 PM UK, and 10:30 PM India and recorded/asynchronous for all other time zones.


No cost to participate

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