Speakers

Keynote

Andrew Lynch

Co-founder and COO, Huckletree

Andrew is Co-founder and COO at Huckletree, one of Europe's most iconic, technology-focused workplace accelerators - where members include of Silicon Valley Bank, Sweet Capital, Accenture Digital, Kontainers, and Butternut Box. Whilst leading Huckletree's commercial, financial and investment activities, Andrew is tasked with expanding their member-base across the UK, Ireland and continental Europe, where the business now operates nine locations with over 3,000 members. He also advises early-stage businesses across a wide range of sectors, helping them with fundraising, finance and strategy.

Prior to Huckletree, Andrew was a private equity executive at global investment management firm Cambridge Associates, where he advised corporate pension and sovereign wealth funds on over $5.0 billion of private equity, venture and real estate fund investments. Andrew began his career as an analyst at Parkmaster Investments and JP Morgan Asset Management, where he focused on property acquisitions and asset management. He holds a BSc in Construction Economics from WIT, a BSc in Quantity Surveying from Liverpool John Moores University, and an MSc in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School, London.

Talks

Professor Scott Moeller

Professor of Finance and Director of the M&A Research Centre, Cass Business School

Scott Moeller is the Director of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School and the former CEO and Director of Executive Education. He also teaches Mergers & Acquisitions in the MBA and MSc programmes and has also taught 'Business Intelligence and Social Networking' in the MBA programme and 'Corporate Finance' in the executive education programmes. He has also been a visiting lecturer at Imperial College (London) and Oxford University, and has been an accredited executive coach.

Scott is a frequent commentator on business issues on television (BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC) and in the press (Financial Times, Sunday Times, Independent) and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the BBC and other publications. One of his books received an award in the United States as one of the top 30 business books of the year in 2008.

During his six years at Deutsche Bank, Scott was Global Head of the bank’s corporate venture capital unit, Managing Director of the Investment Bank's Global eBusiness Division and Managing Director of the department responsible for world-wide strategy and new business acquisitions. Scott worked first at Booz Allen & Hamilton Management Consultants for over 5 years and then at Morgan Stanley for over 12 years in New York, Japan, and most then as co-manager and then member of the board of Morgan Stanley Bank AG in Germany. Scott has held a number of other board seats throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas and is currently a non-executive director on several boards.

Professor Nicole Coviello

Lazardis Research Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University and Visiting Lecturer, Cass Business School

Nicole received her PhD in Marketing and International Business from the University of Auckland. She also holds an MSc (Technology Management) and BComm Hons (Marketing) from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2010, she received an honorary doctorate from the Turku School of Economics (Finland).

Through her career, Nicole has held academic appointments in New Zealand, Canada and Finland. Now, she is the inaugural Lazaridis Research Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.

Nicole is also the Research Director of the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises. She studies high-growth technology firms, focusing on a variety of topics at the intersection of marketing strategy, international business and entrepreneurship. Her work is published in the top journals across all three of her disciplinary areas, including Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Academy of Management Review.

Nicole’s current research programme involves projects in Canada, Spain, Finland and Germany. She is also working with colleagues from the Lazaridis School and UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology on a major entrepreneurship study through the European Innovation Academy in Portugal. More locally, Nicole leads a SSHRC-funded team in the study of marketing-related innovation capabilities for high growth technology firms.

In 2016, Nicole was recognized as Laurier’s ‘University Research Professor.’ In 2018, an international study showed her to have four of the most influential publications in International Marketing- more than any other scholar in the world. In 2014, she was ranked as the number two scholar worldwide for International Marketing. Nicole was also ranked eighteenth in the world for International Business, the only female in the ‘top 20’ list for that discipline.

Nicole is Associate Editor at the Journal of Business Venturing - the premier journal for entrepreneurship research. She is also Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies and sits on numerous other editorial boards. She teaches in the Lazaridis School’s International Business Concentration (undergraduate) and a PhD seminar course in Marketing Strategy.

Professor Meziane Lasfer

Professor of Finance, Cass Business School

Meziane Lasfer won a scholarship towards a master's degree and followed this up with accounting and corporate finance qualifications from the LSE and University of Bath. He joined the Business School in 1990. He has written extensively on Corporate Finance, Capital Markets and Corporate Governance issues. His research is widely reported in the financial press and was sponsored by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), the Finance Lease Association (FLA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and various companies (e.g., BP, Donaldson’s and Land Securities-Trillium). The outcome of his research is published in top academic journals such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Finance and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Financial Management and European Financial Management. Meziane was the Director of the MSc Finance programme, the PhD programme, and acted as Director of Research. He teaches Corporate Finance, Financial Analysis, Research project Management and Financial Economics to MBA, MSc and PhD students. In addition he taught executives in UK and abroad. His outstanding teaching performance led him to win the first Dean's Prize for Teaching Excellence in 1998, 2003, 2006 and 2008. He was visiting professor at HEC Paris, University Paris Dauphine, and University Paris XII Creteil.

Professor Vangelis Souitaris

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Cass Business School

Vangelis Souitaris is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School. He founded the Entrepreneurship group at Cass and he is the current subject-group leader. He joined in 2004 and became Cass’s youngest full professor in 2006 (age 34). Before Cass, Vangelis spent 6 years as an assistant professor at Imperial College London. He currently holds a visiting chair at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Vangelis also visited on sabbatical LBS (2015-16), Wharton (2008-09), Bologna (2008), and Vlerick (2005). In 2011, he was recognized as one of the top 40 business school professors under 40 years old, by the online business education magazine “Poets and Quants”. As the PhD director (2011-15) he has instrumental in the academic transformation of the Cass PhD programme (extending the duration to 4 years, introducing formal training and scholarships).

Vangelis specialises in behavioural and social aspects of technology entrepreneurship. His behavioural portfolio includes studies on entrepreneurial inspiration, polychronicity, analysis versus intuition, halo effects, and escalation of commitment. His sociologically-driven work includes studies on institutional and network influences on technology enterprise. Currently he focuses on 3 specific areas: 1) Behavioural aspects of entrepreneurial decision making, 2) Entrepreneurial finance and 3) Academic entrepreneurship. Vangelis published work in prestigious field journals (Research Policy, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, R&D Management, Technovation) and also general management journals (Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management, Long Range Planning).

Vangelis brings his expertise to practice by advising large Technology Businesses (such as IBM and Telenor) and also small technology startups that spin-out from engineering universities. He has supervised/currently supervising 9 PhD students. If you are interested in a PhD in Entrepreneurship (and/or more specifically in technology entrepreneurship) please contact Vangelis directly.

Dr Stefania Zerbinati

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Cass Business School

Stefania Zerbinati is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School, City University London. Before joining Cass in 2011, she was a lecturer at the Universities of Portsmouth and Brunel University. She has a broad background in social sciences (Politics and Sociology). She is a committed academic with a dedication to quality scholarship and teaching. During 2008-2009, she was a visiting scholar at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where she attended formal research-training.

Stefania researches entrepreneurial behaviour in local governments (public entrepreneurs) and higher education (students and academic entrepreneurs). More recently she has developed a new research stream on corporate venture capital. She has built a reputation for quality research. Her work has appeared in top outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Journal of European Public Policy./She has developed and managed courses in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management targeting different audiences: undergraduates, MSc and MBA students. She employs a variety of techniques in her classes including case analyses, experiential exercises, debates and applied group projects.

Workshops

Professor Costas Andriopoulos

Professor of Management and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship, Cass Business School

Costas Andriopoulos is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He joined Cass Business School in September 2014. Before joining Cass, Costas held a Chair in Strategy at Cardiff Business School, and, prior to that held posts at Brunel Business School, University of Aberdeen Business School and the University of Strathclyde Business School. He has also been a visiting Professor at Said Business School (University of Oxford), Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), Grenoble Ecole de Management, International Hellenic University, and ALBA Graduate Business School.

His main research interests focus on how organizational paradoxes enable innovation in the face of changing technological environments. In particular, he studies how entrepreneurial firms in high-velocity markets can excel at both incremental (exploiting current capabilities) and discontinuous innovation (exploring into new space).

His research, funded by the Carnegie Trust and the Institute for Innovation & Information Productivity has been published in leading academic journals such as Organization Science, Human Relations, Long Range Planning, California Management Review, European Journal of Marketing, International Small Business Journal, among others. He is the co-author of the book “Managing Change, Creativity and Innovation” (2nd Edition, Sage, 2014). Currently Professor Andriopoulos is working on a book about corporate curiosity.

Professor Andriopoulos is an award-winning teacher. He teaches New Venture Creation at the EMBA programme and New Product Innovation at the MSc in Marketing Strategy and Innovation at Cass Business School. He has taught executive and senior leadership teams how to manage organizational change and innovation, high-performing teams, entrepreneurial/design thinking, strategic paradoxes and breakthrough innovation. In his teaching, he systematically intertwines theory and practical application (e.g. teaching cases, simulations, in-class exercises).

Dr Ruben van Werven

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Cass Business School

Ruben van Werven is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School. Prior to joining Cass, Ruben was an assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he also wrote his PhD thesis. He is mainly interested in early-stage entrepreneurship, with a focus on pitching and mentoring. Specifically, he examines the rhetoric entrepreneurs use when trying to convince investors to fund their new venture. He also applies a linguistic perspective to studying how entrepreneurs respond to feedback provided by third-party advisors.

Liz Broderick

Head of Network and Portfolio Services, Kindred VC

Liz is Head of Network and Portfolio Services at Kindred Capital, an early stage venture capital investor focusing on European tech companies. Kindred are pioneering a unique model of Equitable Venture, where they share carry with founders. Liz supports 30+ portfolio companies post-investment, connecting them to Kindred's network of startups and advisers, and addressing seed stage growth challenges. Liz completed her MBA at Cass in 2018, where she was head of the Women in Business Society. Prior to studying at Cass, she was responsible for product, operations and client relations as Director of a digital brand consulting company.

Linda Coyle

Investment Manager for the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, Cass Business School

Linda has worked in early stage investments for over 15 years. She managed a portfolio of early stage company investments with Enterprise Ireland and with the London Co-Investment Fund. She worked on environmentally focused investments with Sustainable Ventures and joined the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund in November 2018 as Investment Manager.

Dr Aneesh Banerjee

Lecturer in Technology, Innovation and Strategy, Cass Business School

Aneesh Banerjee researches, lectures, and consults on decision making in strategy, technology and innovation. He has worked extensively with executives across multiple industries to design their organization’s digital strategy. Before re-joining academia, he spent several years in executive positions at SAP and Accenture. He is currently an assistant professor at Cass Business School.

Professor Ajay Bhalla

Professor of Global Innovation and Family Business, Cass Business School

Ajay Bhalla is the Professor of Family Business and Innovation at Cass Business School. Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on building resilient family business and strategy, he has won multiple awards for his research and teaching, including best paper award from Academy of Management.

Panels

Zoe Peden

Entrepreneur and Investment Manager, Ananda Impact Ventures

Zoe Peden loves to invest in and build tech companies that change lives with measurable impact. She has spent almost 20 years researching, designing and building products and services across healthcare, education and social care.

Her entrepreneurial journey started when the iPad first came out. She created an app called MyChoicePad. It has helped develop language and communication for over 110,000 children and adults across the UK so far and continues to keep on growing. Achievements include Elle Magazine UK Female Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Finalist Global Mobile Awards, BAA Female led investment of the Year, BT Connected Society Award, Big Venture Challenge Winner to name a few./ She's also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School where I have the privilege of teaching some of the world's brightest future entrepreneurs on the MSc Entrepreneurship.

Her work as a VC for Ananda Impact Ventures sees her visiting lots of startups as she looks for late seed/Series A investments.

Yvonne Bajela

Principal and Founding Member, Impact X Capital Partners

Yvonne is a Founding member and Principal at Impact X Capital, a venture capital fund focused on underrepresented founders. Prior to joining Impact X Capital, Yvonne was a Senior Investment Manager at Mitsui where she led over $200m in investment transactions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, an Advisor for the Mayor of London’s Access to Finance programme and a board member for charitable and private sector organisations in the UK.

Magda Poluszny

Investor, Speedinvest

Magda, investor at Speedinvest is an ex-founder and an operator. She has started her first Edtech startup at the age of 19, which was successfully acquired in 2016. After graduating in Economics, and Linguistics in German and Swedish, she co-founded a travel startup Flyhacks.com. Prior to joining Speedinvest Magda was part of the investment team at Seedrs, Europe's leading equity crowdfunding platform. Currently at Speedinvest, she is based in London and is focused on businesses with network effects.

Speedinvest is a pan-European venture capital fund with more than €220M assets under management that invests in seed stage technology start-ups in fintech, insurtech, deeptech, industrial tech and marketplaces. Speedinvest has offices in London, Vienna, Munich, San Francisco, and Berlin.

Tong Gu

Investment Lead, ADV

At ADV Tong is responsible for sourcing and executing our direct investments. Companies they invest in combine innovative business models and cutting edge technologies to create value for their customers. But Tong's belief is that our industry is people-based—which is why she spends most of her time building relationships with entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders in technology across the UK. Having left her career as a VP in Tech and Media investment banking to found a successful market intelligence startup, Tong focused on data crawling, analytics and visualisation. Her own startup experience demonstrated the importance of working with investors who are themselves entrepreneurs—people who can help growing companies achieve their respective visions. Tong holds an MBA from INSEAD and an BEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College London. Beijing born and raised, she moved to the UK at 16, and has since studied, lived, and worked back and forth between Europe and Asia.

Professor Barbara Casu

Professor of Finance and Director of Research of the Centre for Banking Research, Cass Business School

Professor Barbara Casu is the Director of the Centre for Banking Research at Cass Business School, where she is Professor of Banking and Finance. Her main research interests are in empirical banking, financial regulation, structured finance, accounting and corporate governance. Barbara has published widely, with over 40 publications in peer reviewed Journals. She has also written the popular textbook "Introduction to Banking" (Pearson FT), which is widely adopted for banking courses across the world. She has recently co-edited the Palgrave Handbook of European Banking. Outside academia, Professor Casu has been a consultant/visiting researcher at several organizations, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF); the European Commission (EC); Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); the Building Societies Association (BSA). She is an advisory board member for the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance hosted by HEC Montreal.

Catherine Wines

Executive Director and Co-Founder, WorldRemit Ltd

Catherine co-founded WorldRemit in 2010, convinced that digital innovation would enable faster, lower-cost money transfers around the world. She frequently appears at conferences and in the international media talking on issues from fintech and innovation to women in business. A qualified accountant, she has extensive international experience and has held several previous corporate leadership roles. She is also the Pathway Leader for the Fintech Entrepreneurship Specialist Pathway at Cambridge Judge Launchpad, and a board adviser to a Fintech for good company called beam.org. Beam supports homeless people through training and into rewarding work using crowdfunding.

Omer Ahsan

Head of Customer Propositions and Innovation, HSBC Commercial Banking

Omer Ahsan leads Innovation & Propositions for the Commercial Bank  at HSBC. As part of his role, he is responsible for integrating new technologies to enable growth of the business, alongside exploring new digital models that add to the capabilities of the bank and respond to client needs better.

He is the HSBC representative on We .Trade, which is a blockchain based trade platform being developed to support SME trade by a consortium of seven European banks.

Prior to this,  he spent two years as the Head of Propositions in the Global Trade and Receivables Finance business at HSBC.

He was Director, International Corporate Banking at Barclays responsible for integrating and growing corporate banking business across 14 markets in Africa and establishing new operations in Asia and U.S. He was also responsible to co-ordinate digital transformation of the business.

Isabel Woodford

Fintech Reporter, Sifted

Isabel covers the elusive world of fintech, tracking the promised tech “revolutions.” She has been featured in The Guardian, Reuters, The New York Times, and spent the last year as a reporter at US crypto news outlet, The Block. She is now a journalist at Sifted, the FT's sister publication focused on covering European fintech startups.

Philippos Kassimatis

Partner and Co-founder, Maven Global and Deputy Director of Cass X

Philippos is a co-founder of Maven Global and Panthir Capital. Previously, he was Global coHead of FX Structuring at Barclays Capital. Before Barclays, he was responsible for Merrill Lynch’s European Structuring, where he started his career in Investment Banking. Passionate about innovation, his teams have won multiple innovation awards and he is the co-author of several financial patents. Philippos holds a BA from Oxford, and an MA /MBA from Yale. He sits on the boards of Brookstreet Equity and YPO London and is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Innovation and Disruption.

Anna Godas

Head of Enterprise at the Royal Academy of Engineering

Anna heads up the Enterprise Hub team at the Royal Academy of Engineering supporting technology entrepreneurs on their journey of setting up and growing innovative engineering companies. Anna started her career in a technology start-up overseeing introduction of a number of innovative products and services to market. Anna’s most recent role before the Academy was with the technology and innovation consultancy, PA Consulting Group, where she worked with a wide range of clients on business growth, innovation and economic growth projects, including an assignment setting up a technology hub in Beirut, Lebanon.

Nigel Toon

Co-founder and CEO, Graphcore

Nigel Toon is the co-founder and CEO at Graphcore, a new silicon and systems company based in Bristol, UK and Palo Alto, USA that has developed a new type of processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), to accelerate machine learning and AI applications. Since its founding in 2016, Nigel has secured over $300m in funding and support for the company from some of the world’s leading venture capital firms including Sequoia Capital, Foundation Capital and Atomico, from major corporations including BMW, Bosch, Dell, Microsoft and Samsung and from eminent Artificial Intelligence innovators.

Nigel has a background as a technology business leader, entrepreneur and engineer having been CEO at two successful VC-backed processor companies XMOS and Picochip (sold to Nasdaq:MSPD, now Intel), a founder at Icera (sold to Nasdaq:NVDA) and VP/GM at Altera (Nasdaq: ALTR, sold to Intel for $17Bn) where he spent over 13 years and was responsible for establishing and building the European business unit that he grew to over $400m in annual revenues. Nigel was a non-executive director at Imagination Technologies PLC until its acquisition in 2017 and is the author on 3 patents.

Joanne Wheeler MBE

Director, Alden Legal Limited

Joanne is an expert in satellite regulation and commercial contracts. She has worked for Ofcom, the European Space Agency and in private law. She was awarded an MBE for her services to the UK space industry in 2017. She won the FT European Legal Innovator of the Year award in 2014 and is Co-founder and Chair of the Satellite Finance Network.

Alberto Corvo

Partner, Head, Motive Labs

Alberto has been in the Financial Technology sector for over 20 years, managing and growing businesses ranging from startups to multi-million dollar publicly traded divisions.

Most recently, Alberto was a Partner in the Advisory division of PwC, leading the Capital Markets Technology and Managed Services practices, where he partnered with clients and a range of global financial institutions.

Previously, Alberto was the Global Head of Financial Services for eClerx, then the only publicly traded knowledge process outsourcing company in India, resulting in an 11-times growth in the stock price, a substantial expansion of capabilities and eClerx being named “#1 BPO in Financial Services”.

Alberto began his career at FICS in Belgium, where he developed the first commercially successful technology suite for Internet Banking, leading up to its sale. Subsequently, he worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers before joining Murex, where he expanded the firm into a buy-side powerhouse, serving clients including some of the world’s top hedge funds, asset managers and insurance companies.

Alberto holds a MSc. in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, an MBA from the Yale School of Management, is fluent in 4 languages and has worked, lived and led businesses in North America, Europe and Asia.

David Stevenson

Journalist, author, columnist, Financial Times

David has been the Adventurous Investor columnist on the Weekend FT for more than eight years and is a widely recognised expert in the world of alternative investments and ETFs. He’s also a regular columnist on finance for Money Week, Investment Week and the Investors Chronicle.

John Rosenbeg

Co-Founder and Partner, Farview Equity Partners

John is a co-founder of Farview Equity Partners, a venture capital and growth equity firm investing in growth-oriented enterprise and financial technology companies in Europe. Previously, he spent 18 years at TCV, a provider of capital to growth-stage companies in the technology sector. He established TCV’s European investment team and led investments in Believe Music Group, TastyWorks, World Remit, NewVoiceMedia, Spotify and more. John started his career as an investment banking analyst and is an economics alumnus of Princeton University.

Simon Cook

CEO, Draper Esprit PLC

Simon is the CEO of Draper Esprit PLC, which IPO’d on the London and Irish stock exchanges in 2016. Simon has been involved with the European VC industry since 1995 and co-founded Draper Esprit in 2005. He has been involved with a number of Europe’s most successful start-ups including Love‑Film (Amazon), Cambridge Silicon Radio (IPO), Virata (IPO), nCipher (IPO) and KVS (Symantec). He currently works with Trustpilot, Revolut, Podpoint, Perkbox, Ledger. He has a Computer Science degree from UMIST.

Laurel Bowden

Partner, 83North

Laurel has led investments and been on the boards of many Multi-Billion-Dollar European technology companies, including Hybris (acquired by SAP), iZettle (acquired by PayPal), Just Eat (LSE: JE) and Qliktech (NASDAQ: QLIK). Laurel’s current company boards and investments include BlueVine, Celonis, Ebury, Lendbuzz, Mirakl, MotorK, TIS, Wolt and Workable. She is also on the Boards of Investec PLC and Ltd. She is an angel investor in companies such as Fizzback (acquired by Nice Systems), Wix (NASDAQ:WIX), FreeAgent and Secret Escapes. Laurel was previously at JVP and GE Capital in London.

Roisin Levine

Roisin Levine is Head of Banks at Flux, a fintech that delivers fully itemised digital receipts into banking apps. Flux is building the world's first API to make receipt data standardised and accessible and has partnerships in place with Barclays, Starling and Monzo. Roisin was listed as a 'Rising Star' in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist and prior to Flux she worked at Funding Options, Europe's leading SME finance marketplace.

Final Panel

Professor Costas Andriopoulos

Professor of Management and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship, Cass Business School

Costas Andriopoulos is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He joined Cass Business School in September 2014. Before joining Cass, Costas held a Chair in Strategy at Cardiff Business School, and, prior to that held posts at Brunel Business School, University of Aberdeen Business School and the University of Strathclyde Business School. He has also been a visiting Professor at Said Business School (University of Oxford), Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), Grenoble Ecole de Management, International Hellenic University, and ALBA Graduate Business School.

His main research interests focus on how organizational paradoxes enable innovation in the face of changing technological environments. In particular, he studies how entrepreneurial firms in high-velocity markets can excel at both incremental (exploiting current capabilities) and discontinuous innovation (exploring into new space).

His research, funded by the Carnegie Trust and the Institute for Innovation & Information Productivity has been published in leading academic journals such as Organization Science, Human Relations, Long Range Planning, California Management Review, European Journal of Marketing, International Small Business Journal, among others. He is the co-author of the book “Managing Change, Creativity and Innovation” (2nd Edition, Sage, 2014). Currently Professor Andriopoulos is working on a book about corporate curiosity.

Professor Andriopoulos is an award-winning teacher. He teaches New Venture Creation at the EMBA programme and New Product Innovation at the MSc in Marketing Strategy and Innovation at Cass Business School. He has taught executive and senior leadership teams how to manage organizational change and innovation, high-performing teams, entrepreneurial/design thinking, strategic paradoxes and breakthrough innovation. In his teaching, he systematically intertwines theory and practical application (e.g. teaching cases, simulations, in-class exercises).

Ana Avaliani

Head of Enterprise Hub, Royal Academy of Engineering

Ana heads up the Enterprise Hub team at the Royal Academy of Engineering supporting technology entrepreneurs on their journey of setting up and growing innovative engineering companies. Ana started her career in a technology startup overseeing introduction of a number of innovative products and services to market. Ana’s most recent role before the Academy was with the technology and innovation consultancy, PA Consulting Group, where she worked with a wide range of clients on business growth, innovation and economic growth projects, including an assignment setting up a technology hub in Beirut, Lebanon.

Alicia Navarro

President & Co-founder, Skimlinks; Founder, Navarland

Alicia is the entrepreneurial founder and President of Skimlinks, an innovative platform helping publishers such as Buzzfeed, Conde Nast, Gizmodo, and Aol monetize their commerce-related content. Alicia started the company in her living room in Sydney, Australia, and over 10 years as CEO of the business she grew it to a $50m/year business based in London with operations in San Francisco and New York. In 2018 she stepped down as CEO to focus on building her next venture, working as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at firstminute and Breega Capital, coaching CEOs, and speaking at events.

She’s won the EveryWoman in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, a Finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and the WCIT’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year, along with countless other awards for her leadership and Skimlinks’ innovation, growth, and culture. She has donated much of her time to mentor and speak to young founders and students, encouraging them to take careers in technology and startups.
Alicia is now on the Board of Trustees of the charity Young Enterprise, helping young people build their confidence and enterprising skills while starting their own businesses at school.

Prior to founding Skimlinks, Alicia worked in product management and business development for both corporates such as IBM, Vodafone and Fairfax Media, as well as startups. She has a computer science degree from University of Technology, Sydney, where she graduated at the top of her class, the first woman to do that at her university.

Triin Linamagi

Investment Lead, Fintech and AI, Founders Factory

Triin is looking after investments at Founders Factory - a highly active early-stage investor in London, backed by seven leading international corporates: L'Oreal, M&S, The Guardian Media Group, Aviva, easyJet, Holtzbrinck, CSC, Reckitt Benckiser. Before joining Founders Factory, she was Head of Ecosystem at Startupbootcamp, early stage investor and accelerator. Previously she helped to establish a handful of tech startups, was recently shortlisted in Women in FinTech Powerlist 'Investors' Category by Innovate Finance. She also helps startups to scale in UK and beyond through British Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Swedish Chamber of Commerce.