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Ancilla Van De Leest, digital rights and privacy expert, speaker at Spark.me 2017

 

The organizing team of Spark.me, one of the most carefully curated business/Internet conferences in Southeast Europe, which is set for May 29-30, in the seaside resort of Budva, Montenegro, has just announced the final Spark.me 2017 speaker – Ancilla Van de Leest, privacy advisor, speaker and writer on topics related to digital rights, privacy, civil rights, and the future of technology.

Ancilla began her career of a digital rights and privacy issues activist and spokesperson as an intern in the leading Dutch digital rights organization – Bits of Freedom.  In June 2016, Ancilla was elected as the top candidate of the Pirate Party of the Netherlands for the Dutch parliamentary elections in 2017. Her priorities were aimed at strengthening privacy rights and opposing abolishing cash, warning about the future where a person would be followed on the basis of their payment history.

In April 2017, Ancilla announced she would be leaving the Pirate Party as front-runner, choosing the role of a passive member and an advisor to future party members. Ancilla keeps advocating for digital rights, privacy and civil rights by wiriting for popular Dutch media such as the New Revue, The Next Web, De Volkskrant, on Joop.nl and in Financieel Dagblad, and speaking at the biggest technology conferences across the world.

Spark.me organizers have previously announced 11 Spark.me 2017 speakers – Rory Sutherland (Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather UK, a global advertising and marketing agency based in London), Kamran Elahian (a global venture capitalist, serial high-tech entrepreneur, and philantropist), Heather B. Armstrong (the most popular “mommy blogger” in the world with more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter, and a New York Times bestselling author), Dr. Max Mckeown (multiple best-selling author, strategic coach, and behavioural psychologist), Jason Romeyko (former Worldwide Executive Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi and multiple winner of the highest-profile awards in advertising and marketing industry), Virginia Salas Kastilio (CEO of consulting company Ginicanbreathe, and #1 rated female Snapchat business influencer in the world), Peter Kim (VP of Digital Consumer Engagement at The LEGO Group, the largest toy company in the world), Aza Raskin (serial entrepreneur and one of the most influential interface designers in the world), Sharad Sagar (an Indian social entrepreneur included in the Forbes “30 Under 30” global list), Rob Fitzpatrick (a tech entrepreneur, and the author of internationally acclaimed book, „The Mom Test“), and Jon Burkhart (an award-winning keynote speaker, content strategist and copywriter based in London).

Spark.me tickets are available at the conference official website, at www.spark.me. The price of the ticket is 300€. High school, undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. students who are 27 years old or younger can get their ticket for a special price of 50€.

Spark.me conference ticket includes: pass for all the conference sessions, workshops, and the start-up competition, buffet lunch on both conference days, all coffee breaks on both conference days, and a cocktail reception on the evening of Day 1 of the conference. A ticket does not include accommodation and transport. All bought tickets can later be transferred to another person (“name change”), but cannot be refunded.

Spark.me, one of the most carefully curated business/Internet conferences in Southeast Europe will be held on May 29-30, 2017, in Hotel Mediteran, in the seaside resort of Budva, Montenegro. Spark.me is organized by Domain.ME, a private company in charge of operating Montenegro’s national Internet domain -.ME, and powered by Crnogorski Telekom ( a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG).

Spark.me brings stories from the front lines of disruptive technological solutions, innovative business models, engaging branding strategies, and world-changing initiatives, and brings together business, technology and innovation leaders, marketers, startups, and geeks.