People who make us great

Dr. Sigvald Harryson

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Switzerland

Sigvald Harryson is a Professor of Disruptive Innovation at HULT Business School in San Francisco. He also teaches at HULT in London and Dubai. Founder of HCG, InnoVentum and iKNOW-WHO. His first PhD was on Japanese R&D Management and his second one on Breakthrough Innovation. His book DISRUPTING INNOVATION – was recently published in co-authorship with Dr. Johan Roos to describe the iKNOW-WHO-method. See more at iknow-who.com/about/ Languages: SV, EN, FR, DE.
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Dr. Rafal Dudkowski

Managing Partner - Warsaw

Entrepreneur, manager and consultant with many years of project management, training, consulting and research experience.  Areas of expertise include creation and implementation of Growth Strategies, R&D Management, Industry/University R&D Partnerships, New Product/Business Development, Technology Venturing and Strategic Innovation. Prior experience gained within Booz Allen Hamilton, HCG and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as well as start-up investor and entrepreneur. Languages: PL, EN, DE.
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Dr. Erik j. Baas

MANAGING PARTNER - AMSTERDAM

Widely experienced management consultant from Arthur D Little with strong expertise in Life Science. Former Director of Medicine and Technology, Medtronic. Also worked as team and project leader at DSM Biologics, as well as partner in M&A advisory Crosstree Capital Partners. Proven track record at senior level in large cap, VC-backed and self-started companies and as management consultant, with specific knowledge of corporate venturing and M&A, new product development / innovation programs, and as team leader. Languages: EN, DE, NL and IT. Holds a PhD in Medicine (MIT/Neth. Cancer Inst.), and an MBA from IMD.
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Esmeé Vermolen

UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION MANAGER - NETHERLANDS

Esmeé is bringing her mathematic expertise into the business world. She has worked in a solar energy university team competition and conducted analytical research for the risk models of a hedge fund. Esmeé’s interests are professional development, disruptive innovations and using technology for environmental impact. She has a BSc in Applied Mathematics and is currently pursuing a MSc in International Business in London. Languages: EN, NL.
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Urban Emson

Managing Partner - Stockholm

Urban Emson has a wide range of professional experience working with sales management, business turnaround and innovation management in the role of entrepreneur, management consultant, SVP and CEO. Geographically he has deep experience from the Nordic countries, East Europe and Asia. MSc in computer science, MSc in management and an executive MBA from INSEAD/Copenhagen Business School. Languages: SV, EN, DE, ES and PL.  
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Liza Shvyndikova

University Collaboration - Manager Eastern Europe

Liza is an IoT enthusiast with a marketing background. She has worked in B2B digital marketing, market research,  strategy and business development as well as product management for international tech companies. Liza’s main interests are eMobility, Disruptive Innovation, hi-tech product development and business modelling. She has a BA in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Economics. Languages: EN, RU and a minor in French.
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Martin Ertl

Principal - Berlin

CTO – Head of Research and Technology, Chief Innovation Officer at Bombardier Transportation. Leading global R&D activities including innovation, IP, integrated planning, public funding, networks, academia and strategy. Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy. Languages: DE, EN, FR.
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Colin Harvey

Principal - London

Colin Harvey is an experienced professional with a background in the financial services industry.  He has worked in market risk management, developing and implementing analytics for the trading businesses and in trading.  He ran the GBP interest-rate option trading book at Barclays and was a Director in the Credit Trading business at HBOS Treasury Services.  He has interests in behavioural effects in economic decision making, finance and effective learning.  MEng in Mechanical Engineering, MSc in Finance, MSc in Behavioural Economics and MBA from London Business School. Languages: EN, FR.
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Kailash Suresh

University Collaboration Manager - San Francisco

Kailash Suresh is a technology enthusiast and has played multiple roles on developing customer centric products. He is experienced in leading cross functional teams, delivering executive-level presentations, business pitches and simplifying complex concepts into messages that resonate with the target stakeholders persona. He is currently working on analyzing the impact of artificial intelligence, machine learning and block chain technology on society and businesses. He has an Bachelors of technologies from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and MBA from Hult International Business School.
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Caroline Quintanar

External Relations Manager - Madrid

Caroline is an experienced professional offering expertise in international relationship management, strategic planning, digital marketing, market research, corporate event management and executive networking. Having worked for the prestigious IE business school as admissions advisor for senior executive MBA programmes and the Operations manager for the European Networking Group, Caroline is an expert at bringing the right people together and fostering long term lucrative relationships. Her experience spans diverse fields and sectors, including open innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship, technology, food safety and executive finance. BA in Art history, Spanish studies and Communication. Languages: EN, ES, FR.
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Marcus Ulmefors

University Collaboration Manager - Malmö

Engineer with background in low-carbon energy technologies such as wind, solar pv, nuclear fission, ocean waves, and concentrated solar. Professional experience in industrial software development and project management on mobile platform front-end. Interest in management, finance and international development. MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and University of California, Berkeley. Languages: SV, EN, ES, FR.
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Göran Roos

University Collaboration Officer - Australia

Göran Roos is Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney Business School and Visiting Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai. Göran is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). He holds an MSc in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology and an MBA from INSEAD.
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Tino Sperk

University Collaboration Manager - Germany / Austria

Tino is an Engineer with background in the renewable energy industry. He has worked in photovoltaic-, wind- and biomass projects as project – and sales manager for several companies. Strong interest in ecological farming and sustainable lifestyles. Dipl. Ing. in renewable energy systems from University of Applied Science Nordhausen. Tino is supporting universities from DACH countries. Languages: DE, EN
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Julien Daligault

University Collaboration Manager - France / Asia

Julien has a B.Eng in Product Design from UWS (UK) and a M.Sc in Sustainable Energy Engineering from KTH, Stockholm. As French national, he is naturally supporting team from France. Julien also worked 5 years in China and thanks to his knowledge of Chinese culture and language he is also supporting universities from Asia and China in particular during collaborative competition challenge.
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