Meet The Team

Cevat Giray Aksoy

Cevat Giray Aksoy - is a Research Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and researcher at London School of Economics. His main research interests are inequalities in the labor market, entrepreneurship and economics of fertility. He also contributes to the social inclusion agenda of World Economic Forum, and writes for LSE Business Review and University of Oxford based collaborative blog, openpop.

Ruth Spiller

Ruth Spiller is the founder of Pixelchic, Digital Artist, founder of the Retouch Society Collective, a visionary and is one of the "Deutschlands Gesichtern der Nachhaltigkeit“. Since 2015, she has been the Creative Director of the Community Initiative "Auf ein Wort", which is focusing on regaining values of society like opening up inspiration and communication. For many years, Ruth has been working intensively on the subject of society. How does it develop? In which context does it or does it not evolve, or where does it even go in the wrong direction? With her great diversity she´s assisting others to channel already acquired talents into a positive regeneration of our society. For no more money and career prospects are the absolute influencing factors of our society. It´s about security, fun and the freedom to develop themselves, as well as the free knowledge and education. Also the possibility to explore and make new experiences.

Maisha Reza

Dr. Maisha is a skeletal muscle biologist and has obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Science from the School of Biological Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2017). She is strongly passionate about women’s leadership and gender equality. Dr. Maisha was selected as a Leader of Tomorrow at the prestigious 46th St. Gallen Symposium, advocating for equal opportunities and resources for women. She has conducted a pilot project, Leading Ladies in their Queendom, to share the micro-narratives of outstanding young women to highlight some of the challenges that hinder women’s empowerment in the 21st century. Dr. Maisha was invited by the 71st President of the General Assembly, His Excellency, Peter Thompson as a speaker for the High Level Sustainable Development Goals Action Event at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Solveiga Pakštaitė

Solveiga Pakštaitė is an award-winning designer who specialises in user-centred and sustainable design and is passionate about creating elegant, intuitive and beautiful products that improve the quality of our everyday lives.She is the inventor of Bump Mark, a patent-pending food expiry labelling innovation which she is taking to market with her company. It is a bio-responsive food expiry label that is calibrated to experience decay at the same rate as the food it is labelling and provide accurate, real-time indication of the product’s freshness to reduce food waste and increase food safety. Bump Mark is pioneering within the active and intelligent packaging space and is paving the way for intelligent management of resources through access to bio-accurate data.

Katharina Wäschenbach

GenYer | MA | Marketer | Employer Brand Value | Talent Sourcer | HR Growth Hacker | Speaker | Rethinking Recruiting | Leadership |People person and recruiting expert with several years of experience in marketing communication, employer branding, talent programme and candidate sourcing of diverse profiles. She gained experience in old economy as well as in fast-paced environments. Katharina gets motivated when she has the driver seat, an impact in business success by creating brand value, bringing a company culture to life and sourcing the best talents for an organization.

Swarochish Goswami

Swarochish is a 19 year old sophomore from Toronto, Canada studying at the University of Toronto. He is an award winning serial tech entrepreneur and innovator, UN Youth Ambassador, Huffington Post contributor, early stage tech investor, LinkedIn campus editor, social media personality and TEDx speaker. He is one of the world's youngest venture capitalist as a Business Development Associate at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital. In his role he has consulted with Fortune 500 companies on promoting investments in the digital media space. He is also the brand manager for business leaders and public figures like Trevor Booker of the Brooklyn Nets. He is currently planning on working in New York this summer and focusing his energy on writing a book on personal branding and growing my wearable tech startup Technotronics (in partnership with NBA teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz), RafikiMedia, The Next Foundry, and FoodShare. He is "already made a dent on the global entrepreneurial landscape" and has been notably featured on The Huffington Post, Canadian Student Business Review, Thrive Global, and Influencive along with notably winning Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Strategy Magazine's Social Innovator of the Year, the United Nation's Outstanding Youth Leadership Award, and Plan Canada's Top 20 under 20 award. In 2016, he was recognized as the "Face and Future of Canadian Entrepreneurship" by UPS Canada.

Pritika Raj

Pritika Raj is a business student at the University of Cologne. She was born and brought up in Germany to Indian parents. She has lived in three countries and studied in 8 different schools. Her focus in writing is mainly on self-reflection and personal development.

Toni Lane Casserly

Toni Lane is an artrepreneur in the Digital Currency and Blockchain Industry who has been affectionately entitled, “The Joan of Arc of Blockchain” and “Young Star of Bitcoin” by her peers and various publications.Notably, Casserly is working on creating competitive marketplaces for governance using Bitnation and as a humanitarian, used Bitcoin as a tool for direct response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.Miss Lane spends the majority of her time building new models of peaceful, creation based civilizations while serving as an advisor and/or board member to 6+ companies and funds including BitNation, Draem Ventures, ChangeTip and Factom.

Madeleine Eppensteiner

Madeleine Eppensteiner is a 25-year-old Austrian sport psychologist and rock climber. Throughout the past decade she has travelled the world representing Austria at youth climbing competitions and later on in the one or other bouldering world cup. Specializing on sport and organizational psychology, Madeleine’s aim is to not only help athletes to enhance their performance but also to apply sport psychological concepts onto businesses. She loves the challenge of finding new, innovative solutions and strategies for businesses to enhance their general performance and employee’s wellbeing.

Jana Tepe

Jana Tepe is founder and CEO of Tandemploy, the job-sharing platform. At the age of 26, Jana decided to commit herself to making the working world a more life-friendly place. As one concrete and pragmatic solution to achieving this ambitious goal, she rediscovered the concept of job-sharing whose realization she now promotes with her own company.For the idea of Tandemploy, Jana and her co-founder Anna won several prizes and a 1-year grant from the German government. They have become experts on the job-sharing working model in particular but also for a new way of working in general – and have received attention and requests from dozens of countries all over the world.

Tash Willcocks

Tash has 20 years of experience shaping future changemakers in the creative industry. She was previously programme leader of the BA and MA Graphic Design course at Salford University, and now facilitates the learning of worldwide postgraduate students that join the MA Digital Management and MA Digital Experience Design programmes at Hyper Island.Parallel to disrupting design education, she has acted as an album creative for the band Elbow, and carried out Skateboard design collaborations with Linder Sterling. Her popular daily typographic project, 'Mundaneaday' is now it its fifth year, and its demand has expanded her portfolio to include the commission of large scale hand-lettered murals in studios around UK. She recently built up MapMyMCR, a growing map of illustrated buildings and their narratives which is being developed to incorporate additional cities.

Patrick Daniel

After beginning his career on Wall Street, Patrick worked for Professor Niall Ferguson on macroeconomic and geopolitical problems. As a former fellow at Harvard University, he researched how individuals, markets and societies have changed throughout history. He co-founded The Future Society at the Harvard Kennedy School to raise awareness for problems at the intersection of governance and technology. He also founded Savvy, a magazine that shapes the dialog for philosophical questions arising from exponential technologies. In Silicon Valley, Patrick has helped early stage startups accelerate their growth.Patrick has a degree in history and politics, and a degree in economics and philosophy. He graduated from the London School of Economics and was named a Young Scholar at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He is a contributor for The Huffington Post and the host of Pensive, a podcast that engages world-renowned thinkers and doers on philosophical questions.

Steffen Maier

Steffen Maier is the co-founder of Impraise, a web-based and mobile solution for actionable, timely feedback at work. Today’s workplace still relies on outdated methods for providing feedback. Annual performance reviews are too inefficient and lacking to provide actionable feedback that helps employees improve continuously. Impraise turns performance reviews into an easy process by enabling users to give and receive valuable feedback more specifically and frequently. Steffen is Y Combinator alum and recognized thought leader in HR innovation.

Hyper Island

Hyper Island designs learning experiences that challenge companies and individuals to grow and stay competitive in an increasingly digitized world. The range of immersive programs and courses seeks to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to lead the change and begin a journey of lifelong learning.Hyper Island is referred to as “The Digital Harvard” and has been listed by CNN as one of the “most interesting schools around the world”. In 2015 Hyper Island was awarded “Stora Annonsörspriset” for its contribution in educating designers, creatives and strategist to the Swedish and International Communication Industry.

Benson Saulo

Benson Saulo brings insightful and impactful experience that he has develop throughout his working life from across corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. In 2011, Benson was appointed the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations in which he undertook a national engagement tour to gain a deeper understanding of issues impacting Australian youth. Benson then represented Australian youth at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly as an accredited member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Benson became the founding director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA), which engages young Indigenous Australians to develop and drive youth-led social action campaigns. In 2013 – 14, NIYLA participants developed and launched ten youth-led social action campaigns focusing on suicide prevention, climate change, mental health and welcoming refugee and asylum seekers. Benson was selected to participate in the U.S. State Department’s International Leaders Program that enabled him to engage First Nation’s groups to explore leadership, economic development and cultural opportunities.In 2014, Benson was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year, and the Human Rights Medal.

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