The Conference
to Your Future

connecting female talents with professionals, companies and brands to create the leaders of tomorrow


KOA aims to inspire, encourage and empower women to find their place in the professional world. We take a comprehensive approach to supporting women in their professional growth through our KOAconference and online platform. The idea is for women to be presented with opportunities they would otherwise not come across, enhance their professional networks and uncover hidden potential. Perhaps you’ll meet the perfect co-founder for your business idea, a company who is hiring for your dream job, or inspiration to take a leap into a new field.

Our mission is to inspire, encourage and empower women to achieve the utmost success in their career through providing a platform for them to access the skills, expertise and connections they need.

KOA acts like a bridge so that women at the early to mid stages of their career can meet, connect, and train with established professionals, both female and male, from well-known brands and organisations. At our KOAconference everything from talks, interviews, and workshops aims to inspire, encourage and empower a group of around 250 women to get to where they want to be in their professional lives, whatever their field of choice may be.

What does KOA mean?

The word KOA [Hawaiian, ko-a] perfectly encapsulates the KOA vision for how women should be in the professional world:


KOAwomen supports and encourages women to be brave enough to speak up, bold enough to achieve their goals, and fearless enough to take risks.

Speakers 2017

Our Speakers are experts who have achieved great success in their field and would like to share their knowledge and experience with KOAtalents to help guide them on their career journey. At the conference, our experts share stories of their own unique road to success in lively and broad-ranging discussions. Success stories from a diverse range of professional backgrounds motivate our KOAtalents to be bold, brave and fearless when it comes to their own professional goals.

KOAspeaker Eva Wimmers

Eva Wimmers

President of Honor Central Europe

KOAspeaker Richard Harless

Richard Harless

Directing Manager Shazam Germany

KOAspeaker Dr. Anne-Kathrin Bräu

Dr. Anne-Kathrin Bräu

Vice President Powertrain Communications, Continental

KOAspeaker Daniel Krauss

Daniel Krauss

MD & Founder Flixbus

KOAspeaker Nicolas Dolenc

Nicolas Dolenc

President of Slush Conference

KOAspeaker Maria Redeker

Maria Redeker

Global Media Manager at Montblanc

KOAspeaker Karsten Lemm

Karsten Lemm

Senior Editor with WIRED Germany

KOAspeaker Christian Bracht

Antje Hundhausen

VP Brand Experience at Deutsche Telekom

KOAspeaker Gemma Comabella

Gemma Comabella

Country Manager DACH & Netherlands at Vestiaire Collective

KOAspeaker Christian Bracht

Christian Bracht

CEO of Sleek-Art and publisher of Sleek magazine

KOAspeaker Yael van der Lek

Yael van der Lek

HR Director Philips Lighting

KOAspeaker Paul Schwarzenholz

Paul Schwarzenholz

Co-Founder Flaconi & Co-Founder zenloop

KOAspeaker Robin Eric Haak

Robin Eric Haak

Managing Director @
Founder & Managing Director @

Annett Polaszewski-Plath

Annett Polaszewski-Plath

General Manager Germany at Eventbrite

Sven Wedig

Sven Wedig

CEO & Founder Vollpension


Agenda 2017

KOA Conference Agenda
KOA Conference Agenda