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Alison Coward

Alison launched Bracket in 2009 to help people in the creative and technology sectors collaborate more effectively. Her clients include Barclaycard, The British Library, and Google. Before that, she ran entrepreneurship programs for creative students and graduates at University of the Arts London, making her an ideal contributor to eLab.

Jens Gunter Greve

Jens has founded dozens of companies in the last 25 years. What’s this German entrepreneur excited about right now? Transforming his core engineering and letter service businesses, and building a digital healthcare company with young entrepreneurs from London.

Luni Libes

A self-titled “serial entrepreneur,” Luni launched Fledge – a U.S.-based business accelerator – in 2012, after founding four startups and joining a fifth. Since then, Fledge has helped thousands of entrepreneurs pursue their visions. Luni is also co-founder of and the author of The Next Step: Guiding You from Idea to Startup. 


A powerhouse in entrepreneurial education, Babson College is ranked number one in the United States for its cutting-edge programs. Amir has been a key driver of Babson’s international education initiatives for 17 years. As Vice Provost of International & Multicultural Education, his duties include advancing internationalization and overseeing education abroad. Amir holds a master’s degree in education from University of Maine and a doctorate in higher education from Boston College.

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Dagmar Hoppe


An experienced founder, Dagmar’s achievements include establishing and selling an Internet platform that facilitates school fundraising with high-frequency online e-commerce channels. She was also a brand manager for Unilever in Hamburg, working on major consumer product accounts in Europe. Several years in Shanghai and her work in international environments has made her a global citizen with awareness of and admiration for cultural differences. 

Dr Marina Abrosova

Academic Program Manager

Marina has started her international life path by traveling from Siberia to the United States for a Highschool semester exchange at the age of 15. Since then she has got a Bachelor and Master in Mathematical Economics from Novosibirsk State University, Doctorate in Economics from Technical University of Berlin and Executive Education from MIT Sloan Business School. She has worked as an assistant professor at the Chair of Innovation Marketing of the TU Berlin and as a guest lecturer in various business schools and universities of Europe and Russia. She is also an entrepreneur, researcher and corporate consultant, facilitating authorial method training workshops. Volkswagen, Audi, Bosch, Pandora, Movavi are among Marina’s clients.

Claudia Limbach

Customer Relations

Formerly a credit analyst for Deutsche Bank Argentina and ING Barings Bank in Buenos Aires, Claudia honed her management and interpersonal skills with roles in office management and high-end real estate sales. She speaks six languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and German).

Naveed Ratansi

Marketing Manager

Naveed brings a strong combination of experience in entrepreneurship and consulting to our team. He is the founder of Mobile UX London (MUXL) – a community of experience creators and innovators working in UX, product, mobile, and design – and also helps early-stage companies such as Peerspace, Upwork, and The ASI grow in the UK and Europe.

Kiran Sahib

eLab London Location Manager

Kiran brings eights years of experience of working in the education and innovation space. She began her career as a member of the founding team at Balloon Ventures and then went on to found swivelBOX, a STEM and Entrepreneurship training programme, based in East Africa. Having dabbled with entrepreneurship she moved on to become a Consultant and used her technical abilities to support the build of global education projects for the likes of UNICEF and Argidius.

Bastian Behrmann

eLab Berlin Location Manager

Bastian is the point person and coach of the eLab Berlin participants while on the program, managing outreach and relationships to guest speakers and startups. He's very familiar with the Berlin startup ecosystem as he worked as a country manager in a startup and later as community and event manager in different co-working spaces and startup communities. Bastian holds a coaching certificate from the university of Bremen and supported international students within this university and in an Erasmus program.


Mia Forbes

Instructor, eLab London

A skilled mediator, trainer and conflict coach, Mia specialises in resolving difficult conflict. She is a former City solicitor and Head of Alternative Dispute Resolution in a boutique law firm.

Dr. Katharina Bayer

Digital Marketing Specialist, CMO at Pixformance,  eLab Berlin

Dr. Bayer has delivered large marketing projects for renowned brands (B2B & B2C) and has profound experience in handling a broad range of creative services, producing marketing, sales, and other print communications, as well as online communications and video projects. Katharina also gained profound know-how in the planning and execution of innovative exhibitions and important trade shows (i.e. Art Cologne, Paris Photo, Arco Madrid, Art Moscow or Art Dubai).

Richard Cappin


Richard has been an entrepreneur for the past 13 years, running and selling niche e-commerce businesses. He has also led growth marketing efforts at London start-ups Butternut Box and Adzuna, and helped other start-ups develop marketing strategies at Jaguar Land Rover's digital accelerator. Richard's area of focus is the interrelationships between marketing, product and customer service.

Gosbert Chagula


Gosbert has spent his career in supporting, building and investing in mission driven businesses across energy, education and future mobility. Most recently, Gosbert led Velocities, an impact focused Accelerator intended to transform Exeter into a world-class sustainable city. Prior to that Gosbert was a Director at The Africa Technology Business Network (AFTBN), a global network focused on driving innovation-led growth and impact in Africa. Whilst at there he worked on launching #HerFutureAfrica, an innovation accelerator focused on helping Ghanaian women launch sustainable businesses in the city of Accra.

Ella Chalfon


Ella's expertise rests on a career with HSBC where she worked in investment banking helping businesses raise finance in public and private markets. Since 2018, she advises start-ups and scale-ups on capital raising and transaction structuring and delivers training on investment readiness and startup fundraising.

Johannes Gaedicke

INSTRUCTOR, eLab Emerge Berlin

Fluent in English, German, Italian, and Swedish, Johannes is an agile methods and design thinking coach at Nudge & Leap in Berlin. He has provided coaching and consulting on strategy development and implementing innovation and transformation processes to a number of clients, including Audi, Easy Credit, T-Mobile, and Vodafone. Johannes also founded and managed BPNF, an international trade and business development firm based in Berlin, and teaches digital business development at the School of Management, University Bergamo, Italy.

Pascal Heymann

Pitch Trainer, eLab Berilin

Pascal Heymann is an internationally distinguished speaker, event moderator, and public speaking trainer. Working in the heart of Europe’s start-up landscape, Pascal empowers young CEOs and business owners to confidently communicate their ideas, generate interest for innovative products and present with a WOW-factor!

His pitch trainings have accelerated a wide range of local and international startups, companies and organisations in their effort to bring valuable new ideas to life. Amongst his prominent clients are APX, Startupbootcamp, and Philips.

Michael Katzmann

INSTRUCTOR, eLab Advance Berlin

Michael is a full stack entrepreneur for 7 years. He started his career as a financial analyst at a Private Equity Fund (Turn Around Fund) in Munich. Specialized in Finance he worked as CFO and CRO to restructure distressed companies over 4 years. In 2014 he funded a Start Up as a Business Angel and went on to be the CFO. Today Michael is working as Trainer and Consultant for SME’ s and Start-Ups in the area of Finance, Sales, Leadership Management and Business Development.

Matt Kuppers


Matt Kuppers is an Independent Consultant specialized in private sector development, entrepreneurship training, and start-up consulting. He believes entrepreneurship is key for creating economic growth, peace, and stability. He has been working in the start-up industry since 2008 including venture capital, launching businesses, and consulting. He has also been mentoring start-ups with Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, Startupbootcamp FinTech, and Oxford University. Matt is a regular speaker at conferences globally such as The Economist Lisbon Summit, Horasis Global Meeting Portugal, and World Startup Expo Bangalore India.

Ekaterina Solomeina


Ekaterina is a creative director, entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and educator. She is also co-author of the British Design book and co-founder of Future London Academy. For the past 14 years Ekaterina has worked with top design and innovation companies helping to grow brands, developing design teams and creating innovative products.

Daniel Tuitt


Daniel is on a quest to help start-ups and organizations see the once thought impossible a reality through finding new opportunities in the market. Daniel talks, lives and inspires all things creativity, business models, design thinking and co-innovation. His six years of expertise lies in the cross-section of human-centered design, digital transformation and open innovation. He's working with clients such as Lego, Vodafone, Nike etc.

Malte Recker


Malte is a doctoral candidate at TU Berlin´s Center for Entrepreneurship, researching on sustainable entrepreneurship in a joint project with the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. During the last two years he coached 50+ startup teams to identify, measure and improve their impact potential. As a former engineer and consultant, Malte combines technical knowledge and business experience to support sustainable oriented entrepreneurs on their journey to transform our world.

Irina Wedler


Irina is a graduate engineer in aviation engineering and a sales expert. She gained profound knowledge of sales, strategy and business development, key account management, planning and organization, coaching and social competence in management positions in various industries. She worked for Mercedes Benz, Airberlin, Groupon and ImmobilienScout.