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SPEAKERS & INVESTORS

Meet the movers and shakers, the investors, innovators and advisory leaders who are delivering impact today. Use the Filters option below to toggle between Speakers and Impact Investors options.

Martijn Blom (EVPA)

Martijn Blom (EVPA)

Martijn joined EVPA in 2020 as the Manager for Benelux and coordinator for the Impact Funds Initiative. In the past years he was active an impact investment practitioner at Hivos Impact Investments, where he was responsible for investor relations at the Hivos Food & Lifestyle Fund.

Martijn has been active as an entrepreneur since 2003 at JongeHonden and started investing in startups from 2007 onwards. He has a expertise in impact investment particularly. He is co-founder of Dutch business angel network De Investeerdersclub, a co-chair of EBAN Impact and member of the Investment Committee of the Brabant Startup Fund.

Edwin Zu-Cudjoe (Social Enterprise Ghana)

Edwin Zu-Cudjoe (Social Enterprise Ghana)

Edwin Zu-Cudjoe is the Executive Director of Social Enterprise Ghana, the national network of social
enterprises in Ghana. These social enterprises include environmentally friendly and circular economy
businesses. Edwin is also a social entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and CEO of SocialFarm Company
Ltd, an agribusiness social enterprise that connects youth and women to solar powered irrigated
farmlands to form farm co-operatives. He is also founder and director of Ghana Chamber of Circular
Economy Businesses.

 

He has 13 years’ work experience in business development, training and fundraising having worked
with Voltic, Vodafone, Glo and Ansa Systems Ltd in various senior management positions.

 

He has a first degree from University of Ghana, Legon and an MBA in Global Business and
Sustainability-Social Entrepreneurship Track from Catholic Institute of Business and Technology,
Accra and Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan. He is also a graduate in Msc Development
Finance (SME Finance) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana. Edwin is a Christian who is married with two sons and loves reading and public speaking.

Nelly Nyirenda (Nelvir Consult)

Nelly Nyirenda (Nelvir Consult)

Nelly is Specialist in conducting training needs assessments, developing tailor made training packages based on needs identified, facilitating practitioner led trainings using experiential methods, coaching , mentoring business development services provision and general after care support. She has helped startups and other organizations with concept note and proposal writing. monitoring and evaluation. Programme coordination and child centred community development management; organizational development and change management.

Temitayo Ada-Peters (WeForGood)

Temitayo Ada-Peters (WeForGood)

Temitayo  Ade-­Peters is an award winning bilingual (French/ English) Sustainable Development Consultant and an eco-­‐segment leader with over 15 years’ experience in the operations, communications and sustainability fields.

She is currently the CEO of WeForGood International, an expression of Kharis Cares Foundation, a non-profit she founded to build a new crop of African leaders who will champion its sustainable development. Prior to her current role, she led the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability efforts at the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and before that, she was Head, CSR at FCMB, one of the top banks in the country.

In 2018, in recognition of Temitayo’s contribution to helping businesses create sustainable value and lasting impact, she was honoured with the prestigious “GLOBAL CSR LEADERSHIP AWARD” at the World CSR Day at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India.

As an avid learner, in addition to the various courses she has taken, she has a certificate in sustainability strategy from the Lagos Business School, a degree in Foreign Languages and an MBA from the Paris Graduate School of Management.

Temitayo is a dynamic mentor and coach who is committed to helping young people and professionals gain competitive advantage by pursuing impact-­‐driven careers.

Prof Sergio Shimura (Instituto Federal Sao Paulo)

Prof Sergio Shimura (Instituto Federal Sao Paulo)

Sergio Shimura currently works at the Instituto Federal Sao Paulo as Electronics and automation Professor. His research interests includes Renewable Energies, Statistics and Space Research (Cubesats).

His recent work includes The Inspire respirator project , developed by the Polytechnic School of USP, in partnership with the IFSP and the Brazilian Navy, entered a final testing phase. According to Professor Denilson Mirim, general director of Câmpus Sorocaba, starting this week, the prototype should go into production to meet the demand of hospitals in the fight against Covid-19.

Pedro Figueroa (DiploCientifica)

Pedro Figueroa (DiploCientifica)

Pedro Figueroa is Co-Founder and President of DiploCientifica. He has a Masters in international relations and Bachelors in political and administrative science. He has a decade of experience promoting international cooperation in science and technology. Pedro is an Expert in international project management, Advisor on foreign policy and internationalization of science. He served as Coordinator of the International Relations Unit at CONICYT Chile. Former NCP (National Contact Point) for Horizon 2020 and Senior Official for the JIRI (joint initiative in research and innovation) CELAC-EU. Technical Secretary of ICGEB Chile. He has helped expand current global partnerships and launch new initiatives for Scientific Diplomacy. Coordinator of international cooperation at ANID.

Dr Maria Lima-Toivanen (VTT Finland)

Dr Maria Lima-Toivanen (VTT Finland)

Maria is a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. She is a doctor in Innovation Management by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Her work in topics related to different aspects of innovation, business and policy, sustainable development, capabilities of industries, and innovation for tackling societal challenges (special focus on ICTs and Nanotechnologies). Her experience relates also to different international settings, especially Latin America, Europe and Africa. Since 2011 she has also been working for the intensifying of Finnish and European STI cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean, especially on the level of the EU-CELAC Senior Officials on Science and Technology Meeting (SOM) and the working group on ICT for societal challenges.

Prof Duncan McLaren (Linköping University)

Prof Duncan McLaren (Linköping University)

Duncan McLaren is a Professor in Practice and Research Fellow at Lancaster University and a visiting researcher at Linköping University, Sweden where he works on a project investigating the role of Repair in Circular Economies from a cultural and political ecology perspective. His book on ‘Sharing Cities’ with Julian Agyeman was published in 2015 with MIT Press. More recently he has published academic papers on climate and technology in Nature Climate Change and Climatic Change. In his previous career, Duncan worked as an environmental researcher and campaigner, most recently as Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland from 2003 to 2011.

Malena Sell (Sitra)

Malena Sell (Sitra)

Malena Sell is Senior Specialist on Circular Economy at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. She is currently on leave from the Trade Policy Unit at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which she joined in 2013. Before joining the ministry, Malena worked at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva for over 10 years, including as Environment and Natural Resources Senior Programme Officer. She has also worked at the World Bank and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Ms. Sell holds an MA in Environmental Studies and a BA in International Relations (international commerce), both from Brown University.

Vaibhav Chhabra (Maker’s Asylum)

Vaibhav Chhabra (Maker’s Asylum)

Vaibhav is Founder of Maker’s Asylum, a FabLab in Mumbai. Vaibhav is a mechanical engineer by profession but a carpenter by passion. A graduate from Boston University, Vaibhav spent 2 years of his career at EyeNetra, a startup from MIT media labs, building eye diagnostic devices. A few years ago, when he moved to Mumbai, Vaibhav began ‘Makers Asylum.’ He essentially coupled his degree with his passion to create the first community Makerspace in India. He is also the Chair for innovation and entrepreneurship at Young Indians – Confederation of Indian Industries and a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum. He recently started the STEAM school in collaboration with the French embassy in India, that focuses on project based learning to work on the sustainable development goals. He enjoys making furniture, photography and winning at ping pong.

Kunal Singla (COBO Consult, previously Confederation of Danish Industry)

Kunal Singla (COBO Consult, previously Confederation of Danish Industry)

Kunal Singla founded COBO Consult in Copenhagen after 8 years in Mumbai, as director of Confederation of Danish Industry DI’s India office, where he advised top management of Danish companies in several industries about expansion to the ‘high-potential high-complexity’ Indian market. Kunal was also part of the founding team that developed NordIN, the first accelerator program for Danish SME’s addressing the Sustainable Development Goals in India.

Cecilia Oldne (Sweden India Business Council)

Cecilia Oldne (Sweden India Business Council)

Cecilia Oldne is currently Head Innovation in Sweden India Business Council. Cecilia moved from Stockholm to Mumbai in 2007 to spark what is today called the Indian Wine Revolution. She has been instrumental in the success of India’s largest wine company Sula Vineyards with its 70% market share today, where she is also a shareholder. During her time with Sula she placed India on the world wine map and headed Marketing amongst other departments. Her initiatives on digital platforms including on Social Media has made Sula one of the world’s most successful and spoken about wine companies.

 

Cecilia is a trained Sommelier and has judged many prestigious wine and spirits competitions around the world. In 2007 she was in charge of the wine being served at the Nobel Banquet.

 

Cecilia is today a Business Advisor based out of Mumbai. She is involved in the opening of Soho House Mumbai. Soho House being one of the world’s most sought-after memberships. She is also an Ambassador for Fashion Revolution, a global movement working towards a more transparent clothing industry with positive outcomes for both people and the planet. Cecilia also represents Amphora Portfolio Management – and award winning fine wine investment service. She helps wine investors earn their just rewards safely, profitably and pleasurably.

 

Cecilia moved to India to make a difference and to inspire. She is today spearheading a program working towards empowering women in India, also aiming for more diversity at the top, including in the boardrooms. She has a Diploma from Michael Berglund AB in “Business of the Board”.

 

Before Cecilia moved to Mumbai, she lived in Stockholm where she ran her own wine imports company – bringing new world wines to Scandinavia. She is known for her ‘thinking out of the box” initiatives, attention to detail, commitment to quality, engagement and for her extensive high-end business network in India.

 

Cecilia is also a mentor at Girls Club Capital Foundation in New York.

 

Cecilia works with innovation, startup and communication at SIBC. She also represents SIBC at various functions and events and shares her extensive knowledge with our members and the extended community.

Espen Daae (Ferd)

Espen Daae (Ferd)

Espen Daae works for Ferd Social Entrepreneurs as Portfolio Manager and Business Developer. He has extensive experience of venture capital and consultancy in the areas of renewable energy and biotechnology, as well as experience in Corporate Finance and business development.

He focuses on the development and commercialisation of ground-breaking technologies, primarily in the fields of alternative energy, life sciences and next generation electronics. He also follows the investments and strategic consulting process at Ferd. Espen graduated in engineering at the University of Surrey and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Meri Helleranta (Rising Tide Europe & Hack Fund V)

Meri Helleranta (Rising Tide Europe & Hack Fund V)

Meri Helleranta is a vocal advocate for effective social sector investments with 14 years of experience from the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. As an investor, she is part of the Rising Tide Europe (RTE3) Network and a member of the Impact Investment Committee of the European Business Angel Network. and her work is focused on encouraging entrepreneurs to find their passion in social development. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Eastern Finland.

Jaime Vera Calonje (European Investment Fund)

Jaime Vera Calonje (European Investment Fund)

Jaime Vera Calonje is Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund within the Social & Environmental Impact dedicated activity. Jaime is focused on investing in social impact financial intermediaries through the Social Impact Accelerator and the EFSI Equity instruments dedicated to social enterprises. Prior to joining EIF Jaime was an associate at the Iberian law firm Cuatrecasas. Jaime has experience in PE/VC/Impact Investing from different angles of the business cycle.

Hanna Ideström (Sweden’s AP4 Pension Fund)

Hanna Ideström (Sweden’s AP4 Pension Fund)

Hanna Ideström works with the Alternative Investments team at AP4, one of the buffer funds in the Swedish state pension system, as a Senior Portfolio Manager.

Hanna previously worked as an Investment Director of CapMan Oyj. She previously worked at Greenhill & Co. as an Analyst. She has close to ten years of Private Equity and M&A experience, both on the buyside in the Nordic mid-cap segment, and on the advisor side from a London based M&A boutique.

She have 5+ years experience from board work representing the majority owner with an active ownership agenda. She served as board member, deputy board member and board observer, and have extensive experience in election committee work, including for a listed company.

Mikkel Skott Olsen (Danske Bank +impact)

Mikkel Skott Olsen (Danske Bank +impact)

Mikkel is heading the two digital platforms, the Hub and +impact, as part of Danske Bank Growth & Impact’s initiatives.

Since the launch in 2015, The Hub (thehub.io) has developed into the Nordic region’s largest marketplace for startup jobs and talent with more than 25.000 job postings, 450.000 applicants and 7.500 startup profiles. In addition, it has worked to create more transparency between startups and investors in the funding process.

+impact (plusimpact.io) is a community platform that provides an overview of the impact startups and investors in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Today the platform holds more than 1.000 impact startups across the Nordics and 400 investors.

Mikkel is also editor in chief on the report, State of Nordic Impact Startups, which is part of the +impact universe (plusimpact.io/impactreport2020). For three consecutive years, the impact startups in the Nordics have been mapped and analysed. The 2020 edition analysed 1000+ impact startups and is structured around 10 myths that gets in the way of accelerating the impact ecosystem. Our ambition is to test these myths with data. And in doing so to direct the conversations and actions to the matters were we should put most attention.

He has a background as Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at the VELUX Group and management consulting at Deloitte. Mikkel was also part of founding the Active House Alliance, an international alliance of more than 40 organisations around the world, working to develop and promote sustainable buildings. For a number of years, Mikkel acted as Chairman of the board of the organisation.

Giovanna Sanchez Nieminen (VTT Finland)

Giovanna Sanchez Nieminen (VTT Finland)

Giovanna Sanchez Nieminen (M.Soc.Sci) is a research scientist at VTT. She has worked with international cooperation since 2013. Ms Sanchez Nieminen holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research. She has been involved with Horizon 2020 projects related to the socio-political and ethical aspects of new technologies, social acceptability, Responsible Research and Innovation and international cooperation, including the on-going YAKSHA and VOGAS. In addition to international cooperation and RRI, her research interests include citizen science application, sustainable development and gender studies.

Dr Tina Klages (Fraunhofer IRB)

Dr Tina Klages (Fraunhofer IRB)

Dr. Tina Klages is a member of Fraunhofer IRB Competence Center Research Services & Open Science since 2010 and Head of the Open Science Working Group. She holds a master’s degree in communication science, sociology and philosophy and wrote her PhD thesis about Technology Transfer in Research and Development Cooperations between RTOs and SMEs. She is an Open Science expert and works in the field Open Science research and related topics. Furthermore she is Open Science Consultant for Fraunhofer regarding the aspects: Open Access, Open Data, Citizen Science, technology transfer. Furthermore, she represents Fraunhofer at EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations) in the Legal Working group on the topic Open Science.

Nida Broughton (Behavioural Insights Team)

Nida Broughton (Behavioural Insights Team)

Nida Broughton is the Director of Economic Policy at the Behavioural Insights Team. Previously, she was Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation, leading policy research on economic growth, public spending and employment. She has also worked at the House of Commons, where she provided economic advice to MPs and select committees, and at Ofcom, where she led research on the application of behavioural economics to market regulation.

She holds an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London, and an MA (Cantab) in Economics from Cambridge University.

Tatsuro Shimada (Angel Investor)

Tatsuro Shimada (Angel Investor)

Tatsuro Shimada is Co-Founder, Ex-CTO of Connehito, Inc, and angel investor. The company runs an online Q&A platform, “mamari” which is the most significant(No.1) communication platform for moms in Japan. Connehito, Inc. was acquired by the Japanese telecom giant, KDDI, in 2016.

After creating an application used by over 7 million users, he went on a worldwide tour to see the culture, understand startups globally. He visited over 40 countries, 60 cities and met terrific startup people. He joined a team of some startups as an angel investor. He invested in over 20 companies globally.

Duncan Goldie-Scot (Impact investor, African Diaspora Network)

Duncan Goldie-Scot (Impact investor, African Diaspora Network)

Duncan Goldie-Scot has co-founded or seed-invested 17 companies in Africa since
2005, and has helped these startups raise more than $50m in external investment.
The companies operate across 15 countries in Africa and across many sectors
covering finance, payments, big data, healthcare, logistic and agricultural supply
chains.

For example, Musoni Kenya is an award winning microfinance institution that
pioneered the use of mobile payments in microfinance in Kenya; Musoni Services
supplies a core-banking platform to 75 microfinance banks around the world; First
Access provides credit scoring using alternative data for the unbanked; AZZA
Finance enables cross-border payments in Africa; Access Afya is a chain of low-cost
high-tech health clinics for informal communities, Wazi is a platform on online
mental health support, and Medixus is a patient handover platform for use in
hospitals.

Duncan was President of the Microfinance Club of New York until 2014, and is
currently a Director of the African Diaspora Network in the USA, and helps organize
the annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium.
Before focusing on Africa, Duncan founded and ran his own financial technology
publishing company. He was Founding Chairman of the UK’s Electronic Money
Association and a director of the International Financial Cryptography Association.

Evelyn Mora (Helsinki Fashion Week)

Evelyn Mora (Helsinki Fashion Week)

Evelyn Mora is a strategist and consultant based in Paris. She is the Founder of Helsinki Fashion Week and the internet company DIGITAL VILLAGE, a Metaverse where all Digital Asset, Buying, Selling, Trading, Showing, and Networking are interlinked where she also developed the first global and open Digital Sustainability report and guidelines for sustainable cyberspace.

Evelyn is associated with major government initiatives like the ‘Wood construction program’ within the Ministry of Environment of Finland, including the ‘Sustainable city development initiative ‘. Her clients and partners include Tesla, VTT Technical Research Institute, Kering, European Space Agency, Flanders DC, Ministry of Environment of Finland, Vogue, Stahl, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland among others.

Evelyn’s work has been featured , referenced and used as case studies across the world including in Varsity of University of Cambridge, Ministry of Economy and Employment of Finland and her well-known contributions have earned her repute as a “Change-agent” by Vogue Australia, a “Sustainable trailblazer” by WWD, a “Game changer” by Glamour South Africa, “Multi-talented and genius” by Vogue Italy.

Päivi Korhonen (PDGE Project Development Group Europe)

Päivi Korhonen (PDGE Project Development Group Europe)

Päivi is Owner, PDGE Project Development Group Europe and is an internationally recognized senior level expert in Start Up and SME Grow&Go International Funding, National and EU funding for Research, Development & Innovations. She has more than 30 years of experience from the education sector and for 20 years she has acted as an external expert for the EU Commission in various missions related to the sectoral funding programmes.

For the last 10 years, she has been helping Finnish ed-tech innovations grow to mature businesses and go international. Since 2015, she has been paving the way for Finnish companies to enter on the Indian market.

She has proven capacity to build funding portfolios of private investments, public national and EU level funding sources.

She is a member of the FiBAN – Finnish Business Angels Network, one of the largest and most active business angel networks in Europe.

Piyush Dhawan (The Circular Collective)

Piyush Dhawan (The Circular Collective)

Piyush is a German Chancellor Fellow, Humboldt Fellow and a TEDx speaker. He is passionate about the future of cities and is interested in designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. Piyush has previously worked with the United Nations and German Technical Cooperation for ten years. Piyush has represented India in many international conferences including the European Forum Alpbach, Global Environment Network in the University of Oxford and G20 Global Leadership Programme in Korea.

Mika Välitalo ( Fingo Powerbank)

Mika Välitalo ( Fingo Powerbank)

Mika is currently Advisor, Innovation and Development at Fingo. He supports the ability of Fingo’s member organizations to utilize technology in their work and to innovate new solutions, e.g. with the private sector. Mika is passionate about international development work, technology, innovation, design thinking, climate change and taking a morning swim every now and then.

Previous work includes

– Developing a new digital monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning system for Plan International Finland programs with my MEAL colleague Vilja Liikanen.

– Preparing the next Smartup Innovation Challenge 3 for our new sexual and reproductive health and rights projects.

– Managing the Smartup Factory youth innovation projects in Uganda and Ethiopia.

 

Jukka-Pekka Kärkkäinen (FCA Investments)

Jukka-Pekka Kärkkäinen (FCA Investments)

Jukka-Pekka Kärkkäinen is the CEO of FCA Investments Ltd (FCAI), a subsidiary of Finn Church Aid (FCA). He joined FCA in 2017 and based on the shared vision, he developed the strategy and facilitated the initial Finnish Government funding of 16 million euros for FCAI. FCAI’s primary objective is to make funding and skills available for economically, socially and environmentally sustainable SME’s that work to improve livelihoods in developing countries and fragile states for more resilient and productive communities. Mr. Kärkkäinen has a unique combination of experience in the field of finance, which helps him to see opportunities and potential systematic problems when it comes to long-term sustainability. He started 1997 as equity derivatives advisor at Finnish derivatives exchange and later at Helsinki Stock Exchange. Thereafter he served seven years’ as a portfolio manager in the largest pension fund in Finland. From 2005 until 2017, he worked as a partner and CFO for a logistic service company operating in Tanzania. The company grew in sustainable way from USD100k turnover to USD24million in 10 years, created 200 sustainable jobs and became part of a logistics platform intended to cover Sub Saharan Africa

Teemu Seppälä (Helsinki Business Hub)

Teemu Seppälä (Helsinki Business Hub)

Teemu Seppälä has long investment manager experience by running various investment schemes investing in 1000+ start-up business ideas as a fund manager of several public funds. Experience on running own company as well as several board memberships. Programme leadership, change management, planning, foresight, monitoring and risk management experience gained in Chief Technical Advisor, Head of Sales and other international executive positions. In charge of fundraising and marketing for different industrial sectors and serving wide range of companies including technology transfer. Teemu has established and managed partnerships with educational institutions, governments and private sector. Solid background with multi-partner and funder projects with EU, IFIs (like World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and IDB), Regional Funds, Business Finland and FinnFund. Extensive knowledge on innovation ecosystems and fund management; both public and private sector. E.g. years 2008-2012: Supporting establishment of Aalto Entrepreneurship Society (AES) and the ecosystem incl. funding, coaching and building the Aalto Venture Garage / Start-Up Sauna accelerator space and running several incubation training programmes. AppCampus (21M€): First in the world mobile application accelerator funded by Nokia and Microsoft, hosted by Aalto University. STIFIMO programme (22M€) in Mozambique; setting up funding schemes and capacity building programmes (in Maputo Capital Region, Nampula, Beira and Tete) as well as public incubators and supporting private accelerators. TANZICT programme (6M€) in Tanzania: Innovation initiatives at all levels of the society from grassroots to the state policy level in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Iringa, Zanzibar and Mbeya. Various programme preparations, implementations and evaluations in Uruguay, Vietnam, Mongolia, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey, Bangladesh and Ukraine; and 20+ Global North countries. Currently, Teemu works in Helsinki Business Hub leading fintech ecosystem development in Finland. 

Venla Voutilainen (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland)

Venla Voutilainen (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland)

Venla Voutilainen works as a Senior Advisor for Development Policy Investments at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. In this role, she works with the ownership steering of the Finnish development finance institution Finnfund, the management of the funding to FCA Investments Ltd as well as tax and corporate responsibility issues in relation to private sector instruments of the Ministry. In her previous role, Venla was responsible for Finland’s bilateral development cooperation programmes with Vietnam, and for implementing the transition from grant-based cooperation towards more diverse partnerships and cooperation modes. During the transition period, Vietnam became one of the most popular destination countries in the Finnish private sector instruments. Previously, she has worked with good governance and Aid for Trade issues in Tanzania and as a researcher focusing on East Africa.

Joseph Olassa (Ignitho & Nuivio)

Joseph Olassa (Ignitho & Nuivio)

Joseph brings a track record of nearly two decades of fast paced business growth in IT services across Europe, US, Middle East and Asia. His core expertise lies in successfully setting up and growing business in new geographies and service lines. Prior to Ignitho, Joseph was part of the core team that grew Mindtree in Europe, US and the Middle East by orchestrating multi-million dollar contracts as a strategic IT services partner for clients. He is also an early advocate of IT product start-ups and is a mentor at Startup Village in Kochi, India. As CEO, he drives Ignitho’s mission of igniting thought to accelerate customers into the digital economy and in building IP in digital software products.

Prof Jaideep Prabhu (Cambridge Judge Business School)

Prof Jaideep Prabhu (Cambridge Judge Business School)

Jaideep Parbhu is Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise and Director of the Centre for India & Global Business (CIGB). His research focuses on international business, marketing, strategy and innovation. Specific interests include: cross-national issues concerning the antecedents and consequences of radical innovation in high-technology contexts such as banking, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; the role of firm culture in driving innovation in firms across nations; how multinational firms organise their innovation activities worldwide; the forces that drive R&D location decisions and the factors that influence the performance implications of these decisions; the internationalisation of firms from emerging markets; and innovation in emerging markets.

He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing, the International Journal of Research in Marketing and the Journal of Management Studies. He is an associate editor of Customer Needs and Solutions and BMJ Innovations, is on the editorial advisory board of The Schmalenbach Business Review, and is a member of the senior advisory board of the European Journal of Marketing. He is also a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Prior to his current position, Jaideep Prabhu was Professor of Marketing and Director of Research at the Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London; University Lecturer and University Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Cambridge Judge Business School (at the time the Judge Institute of Management), University of Cambridge; Assistant Professor and Fellow at the Center for Economic Research, Tilburg University, the Netherlands; and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA.

Dr Anita Gupta (Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India)

Dr Anita Gupta (Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India)

Dr Anita Gupta is currently Associate Head ( Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. It is the lead Govt. of India Department in the country for promoting Technology Business Incubators and startups in tech domain under National initiative of Startup India.
She has have played a significant role in horizontal and vertical growth of innovation, entrepreneurship and startups in the country and been a lead catalyst in establishing over 150 technology business incubators at Institutions of excellence including IITs, IIMs, NITs, and leading private universities and institutions . Deeply involved in transforming the Indian innovation landscape by engaging new models of Public Private Partnerships with leading MNCs i.e Intel, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Texas Instruments, Tatas and Bennett Coleman and Co etc. She has over 25 years + of professional experience in Management of Govt. of India programs on Innovation,Entrepreneurship, Startups and Incubation coupled with research and academic experience at premier Technical institutes .

Few of her recent works are first of its kind initiatives in the country, which includes an exclusive program on empowering Women Entrepreneurs in technology, DST-Texas Instruments led India Innovation Challenge for engg. students, DST-Intel driven Plugin a first hardware product based incubation program etc. Apart from National outreach, contributed in fostering result oriented International linkages with countries like, Brazil, China, Canada, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Switzerland and USA, etc . Have lead several delegations of innovators , startups and women entrepreneurs to USA , Russia and Israel.

Dr Abhay Adhikari (Digital Identities)

Dr Abhay Adhikari (Digital Identities)

Abhay Adhikari (PhD) is the founder of Digital Identities, a global programme to create new models of engagement and social impact. This programme has been commissioned by organisations such as Google, the Guardian and NESTA. He has run Storytelling Labs in thirteen countries with the private, public and cultural sector. Participants have ranged from BMW and Coca-Cola to museums such as Tate (London), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) and Nordiska museet (Stockholm).

Abhay also leads the Urban Sustainable Development Lab, which has been named one of UK’s 50 New Radical projects by the Observer newspaper. He currently leads the Careview project to help cities tackle social isolation. This programme has been co-funded by the European Space Agency. Abhay has a research background in biofeedback gaming and has run mindfulness workshops in India, Japan and the UK. Abhay has spoken on digital culture and social impact at events such as Deutsche Welle Global Media Form (Bonn), International Journalism Festival (Perugia) and Battle of Ideas (London).

Dr. Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan (University of Washington-Seattle)

Dr. Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan (University of Washington-Seattle)

Dr. Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan is an affiliate faculty member and senior economist with the School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences, University of Washington-Seattle. He co-founded a global consulting firm Infinite Sum Modelling LLC. He has also been serving as a consulting economist to McKinsey and Company. Previously, he spent almost a decade as a research faculty member at Purdue University and ICRIER, New Delhi, after completing his PhD Economics from IGIDR Mumbai.

 

His expertise lies in the analysis for business strategy and public policy, employing a variety of quantitative models focusing on applied economic research in international trade, energy/environment and development issues and business economics of innovation and new technologies like drones, 3D printing, AI, robotics, blockchain, etc., advising several start-ups in these sectors. He is widely known for his role in developing GTAP (Global trade Analysis Project)-based models and datasets used by thousands of researchers across the world. He has published five books, over 100 research papers in reputed journals, books, etc., cited over 4200 times by top journals and many more times by media outlets like BBC, NYT, WSJ, FT, WP, ToI, ET, FE, The Hindu, etc. He has served as a consultant/advisor to UN, World Bank, FAO, WHO, KPMG, ADB, IMF, Harvard University and many other organizations.

Rajesh Mehta (Entry India)

Rajesh Mehta (Entry India)

Rajesh Mehta is a leading Business consultant & entrepreneur having more than 20+ years of cross functional expertise. He has acquired a depth and breadth of experience from having worked in large companies, small & medium technology companies and has consulted various technology enabled startups. He has diverse experience in Market Entry of international Companies, Innovation & Startup Consulting for leading Innovation Global Organizations & Public Policy & Advocacy for the top Fortune 500 companies, Business Chambers & Leading Public Affairs Companies. He is also a prolific writer who has written on a wide range of subjects for leading publications like Financial Express, The First Post,The Daily Guardian, American Bazaar, The Diplomatist & The Fair Observer. He has also written compendiums & Reports on issues like Women Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Water  & Skill Development.

He is President India of Indo Scandic Organization based out of Sweden.He is a Member of the Executive Committee at Centre For Trade, Promotion & Industry – an organization that works with reputed entrepreneurs, investors, companies and associations across the globe.He was earlier Adviser to WASME(World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises). He is a specialist in setting up new companies and organizations and has worked or advised with international organizations like Tekes, Finnode, Finpro (Finland) JETRO, METI(Japan) and European Business Technology Center. He has been extensively working on US India Public Policy space and has advised companies like APCO Worldwide, SJ Consulting, Red Fort Strategies etc. He also helps companies in Outsourcing & setting up their manufacturing base in India. He is involved with various Non Profits like Jaipur Foot, End Poverty & FAEA(Foundation For Academic Excellence & Access). He has been responsible for setting up dozens of small and medium sized international companies in India. He has also helped Indian companies in going global.

Trond Skundberg (Nordic Hub India)

Trond Skundberg (Nordic Hub India)

Trond is Co-Founder of Nordic Hub India, and General Manager in Norway India Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a mentor/consultant specialized in India sourcing and assisting Nordic startups and scale-ups in India. Trond is a big-picture thinker at the intersection of business, technology and marketing. 25 years in ICT and communication. Always focused on next-practice in web, mobile, social, cloud, IoT, proximity and AI. Passionate about digital innovation, especially conceptualizing ideas with entrepreneurs. He is an outsourcing to India pioneer with extreme “business-time on ground” in India with on the ground solid network.

Francesca Spoerry (The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment GSG)

Francesca Spoerry (The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment GSG)

Francesca Spoerry is the Head of Knowledge Development at The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) and is responsible for the sharing and dissemination of intellectual capital amongst the GSG’s Community of National Advisory Boards. Previously at the GSG, she was working to support NAB development across Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Before joining the team, Francesca was on the year-long OnPurpose leadership development programme where she worked at Big Society Capital, and SystemIQ. Prior to this, she briefly worked at an accelerator supporting early stage environmentally focused companies in scaling, through partnerships with large corporates and impact investors.  She began her career in the financial services industry, where she spent 5 years working at Morgan Stanley in client service and account management functions.

Antti Öhrling (InnoFrugal)

Antti Öhrling (InnoFrugal)

Antti is co-founder of InnoFrugal and is a serial entrepreneur who combines creativity with strategy with previous experience as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Jolla/Sailfish and country director of India for Rovio Entertainment/Angry Birds. Though he has 20 international patents to his name, Antti’s forte is business and not technology. Antti has worked in the FMCG, retail and wholesale, media, advertising and IT and telecommunication industries. Antti co-founded Blyk, and founded Contra Advertising Group. He is currently the Chairman of Contra China, based in Beijing. Through his consultancy, Ohrling Ltd, Antti guides companies through market entries and re-positioning exercises mainly in the Asia region. He is also a board member of IFBF (Indo-Finnish Business Forum based in New Delhi) and a Fellow at RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce), UK.