We are an expanding, diverse, global, high-trust community


We are an expanding, diverse, global, high-trust community


Combined, we are equipped with both the human/cultural and market/business understanding needed to perform Amazing Actions

We always team up for each business case to create a unique Ge Forze optimally equipped to succeed in high-impact business creation.

We are a new breed complimentary player and work alongside accelerators, venture capitalists and other service providers to co-create value for shared customers.

Expanding Global Partnership

As a business, Global enabler is owned by an expanding global partnership of individual professionals who want “to help good people build great companies” as Co-Entrepreneurs.

There are currently altogether 48 individual Co-Founders — referred to as Ge Partners — representing 20 nationalities and 6 continents. 

How to become a fellow Co-Founder and Ge Partner?

To join us, you need to have one of us as your “patron”.  This is a high-trust community expanding across individuals as bridges of trust. A patron’s responsibility and personal trust placed on a new fellow Co-Founder are key, but also all you need. We are currently finalizing Ge Code of Conduct to be co-signed by all Co-Founders during 2019.


Expanding Global Partnership

As a business, Global enabler is owned by an expanding global partnership of individual professionals who want “to help good people build great companies” as Co-Entrepreneurs.

There are currently altogether 48 individual Co-Founders — referred to as Ge Partners — representing 20 nationalities and 6 continents. 

How to become a fellow Co-Founder and Ge Partner?

To join us, you need to have one of us as your “patron”.  This is a high-trust community expanding across individuals as bridges of trust. A patron’s responsibility and personal trust placed on a new fellow Co-Founder are key, but also all you need. We are currently finalizing Ge Code of Conduct to be co-signed by all Co-Founders during 2019.


Interested in learning more?

Executive Partners

Currently, four Ge Partners serve Global enabler as executive partners. They serve the entire Ge Community as the owner-managers responsible for the design and execution of activities. 

Executive Partners

Currently, four Ge Partners serve Global enabler as executive partners. They serve the entire Ge Community as the owner-managers responsible for the design and execution of activities. 

Christian Aspegren, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board

Christian Aspegren has always been involved with creation, design, development, implementation and research of disruptive innovations.

Christian has many unique stories of how to take leadership and manage change with disruptive concepts. He has designed successful leadership concepts for many large organizations and for his own companies. He has made three exits as entrepreneur and co-entrepreneur.

His most recent involvement is NAAVA where he has been Advisor to the Founders from inception to internationalization, COB and co-entrepreneur.

Many Ge Partners know his Amazing Achievements, having been part of them. Christian started Ge with Marko Seppä & Co. after they had performed several Live Case experiments via Global Venture Lab, their rewarded platform for university based business creation.

Christian’s most recent creations are Ge Fundability Audit, Ge Score and Ge Quantum Leap Program.

Mika Nurmesniemi, Co-Founder, Member of the Board, Chief Operating Officer

Mika is passionate about customer value, personal growth and organizational growth. He is driven by execution of growth through transformation, performance improvement and customer experience (CX).

Mika is both an entrepreneur and someone with an entrepreneurial mindset. He was born to a 2nd generation family business and started his first business at the age of 10. Having thereafter established several companies and served as head of business unit and managing director, Mika has specialized in the roles of a Coach, Facilitator and Master Trainer.

Mika´s experience around customer value driven growth and change comprises over 20 years, 100 000+ learners representing over 80 nationalities. Mika is a true believer in strategic capabilities and a leader in leadership development.

Marko Seppä, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Jury Member of the European Innovation Council EIC, the 2B€ grant program to select Europe’s highest potential SMEs for growth funding; Creator of Kasvu Open, Finland’s disruptive growth company mentoring program selected the best in Europe in 2018; Contributor to startup ecosystem in Vietnam, with a track record covering startup funding, training of trainers and a market access program for IPP in 2015-2018; Co-founder of the Silicon Valley based Global Venture Lab Network, the UC Berkeley coordinated worldwide university platform; and former JYU Professor of Growth Venture Creation, with industry awards, 158 publications and keynotes, a PhD in Corporate Strategy, and over 20M€ raised for 70+ R&D projects since year 2000. Started career in 1986 as Apprentice at Panostaja Plc, Finland’s oldest owner-managed private equity group, making it the Founding Managing Director of FVC, Panostaja’s pioneering VC arm for Russia in 1991, and Group Board Member by 1994. By 2000, had led FVC through a management-buy-out, global fund raising, creation of Kareltrans in Russia, privatization of Mainor in Estonia and, eventually, exit mode and trade sale.

Elena Vester, Co-Founder, Member of the Board, Chief Advisory Officer

Elena Vester is a senior international business executive and corporate innovation expert. Elena’s career as a commercial, policy and IPR  lawyer with tenure track in a Big 4 advisory firm, a major Scandinavian bank and a Fortune100 company, has transformed into innovation, business growth and internalization advisory.

Elena is an active early stage business expert – an active member of several European early stage investment networks, she has a portfolio of over 30 startup investments in various European countries. Elena is a Lead Investor in Rising Tide Europe, a leading cross-border investment and education program for professional women.  Since 2018 Elena is a PhD candidate at University of Helsinki researching IPR (copyright) governance & growing impact of blockchain in business transactions.



What does it mean to be a Co-Founder?


Being a Co-Founder and Ge Partner is an invited non-executive position yielding many opportunities but only few obligations.

What does it mean to be a Co-Founder?


Being a Co-Founder and Ge Partner is an invited non-executive position yielding many opportunities but only few obligations.

Ge Partners can earn shares of portfolio company exit profits by contributing, for example, leads and introductions, serve as a Lead Enabler for selected portfolio company, and/or participate in customer projects as interim experts on a case-by-case basis.

Technically, Ge Partners are Limited Partners of Global enabler Partners, a Finland domiciled Limited Partnership. The individual Ge Partners own 100% of Global enabler Corporation, a Finland domiciled Limited Liability Company, directly or through Global enabler Partners.

Raquel Benmergui, Co-Founder, Finland and Canada
As a leading graphic facilitator, Raquel provides lo-fi/hi-fi arts-based graphic facilitation.
She works in co-operation with businesses and organizations to capture ideas ranging from meaningful conversations to concrete actions maps. 
Raquel’s strength is in her ability to quickly capture information, see patterns, make meaningful connections, support collaboration and communicate a holistic picture.
She has extensive experience in visually recording talks and facilitating strategic visioning processes, conceptualisation and ideation.
Raquel is insatiably curious, a great listener, quick & easy to work with. She engages in action research on using participatory arts for intercultural learning.
She has co-authored 12 textbooks and her specialisation as an educational writer is enactive learning.
Raquel’s passion is helping groups engage in dialogue, furthering understanding and spreading joy.


Mark Harris, Co-Founder, Germany
Prof. Dr. Mark Harris is an experienced executive with over 35 years of leadership experience in the high-tech industry and in entrepreneurship.
Prof. Harris retired from Intel to follow his passion in entrepreneurship, new venture creation and innovation management and is focussed on his key attributes of creativity, innovation and break-through approaches to achieve the goals. 
Prof. Harris holds Master Degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the Technical University in Munich. He also holds several Adjunct Professorships in Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management in Europe, holds several Dr. honoris cause titles, is also an expert for the Executive MBA Program at the Technical University of Munich, is a Senior Fellow at the International Entrepreneurship Academy Intentac, drives the digital transformation of innovation management and processes into corporations,  and sits on advisory boards of collaborating or invested companies. 


Guus Keder, Co-Founder, Belgium

Guus Keder was trained as an electrical engineer at Eindhoven Technical University in the Netherlands. Subsequently he obtained a Master’s Degree in business administration from Rotterdam School of Management, as well as a post-graduate MBA from INSEAD in France.

He has worked at the edge between technology and business all his life, starting in the medical devices industry. He was a Partner in a London based venture capital firm where he was responsible for investments in ICT and the Internet. For the past fifteen years, he has focussed on bringing advanced energy and environmental technologies to the market, mainly through Indra Scientific, a technology development company based in Brussels, Belgium. He has extensive experience in the management, governance and funding of SME’s.

Guus Keder is a Board member of several companies and organisations, all related to the technology transition in the energy and environmental sectors.

Kari Mattila, Co-Founder, Finland
They called me and said “we want you to come to help us, because you really challenge us”.

Transformation of organizations through individual thinking, that’s what Kari brings to you. Building bridges and new solution between science and business. Kari helps you to clean windows of traditional ways of doing, so that everyone gets to see opportunities.
Kari has a wide educational background connecting engineering (M.Sc.) with pedagogy and gamification. International work and customer history covering 5 continents and all main legal businesses. For more, check LinkedIn “kariimattila”
Learning is the key to every strategy implementation. For successful learning Kari has created BfEAL® (Board for Emotions Activating Learning) – system. This high-quality system has proven its efficiency in public and private organisations on multiple continents. BfEAL® has been audited by specialist and gained one of the highest marks in the history. BfEAL® has also given special nomination for it functionality by Kunteko.
If there is a will, there is a way – will is something Kari is heavily interested in. He is very strong and experienced in Emotional Intelligence systems. How to truly learn about ourselves and through that how to lead others. Kari connects the business development (ie. Steve Blank model) with operational cycles (Deming real circle) whit the most important asset of every organization, peoples mind. Business results have proven, that Kari has the way to deliver!
3 of the educational institutes Kari has worked with, have won National Board of Education quality award.
As the CEO of Johtajuustaito.fi Oy Kari currently helps customers in Finland, China, Brazil, Russia and Pakistan


Andi Roberts, Co-Founder, UK

Andi brings an eclectic range of experience to our network, he has created three start up companies, directed a large family health company and worked as an operations and sales leader in a professional services firm.

During his time as a coach, facilitator and consultant he has helped companies from diverse sectors raise performance, pivot their strategy and create new alliances.

Andi is globally the only person with the “Professional Certified Coach” and “Certified Professional Facilitator” designations.

Andi works part time for two business schools: OU Business School where he is an associate lecture in Marketing & Finance and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership as a member of the executive education faculty focused on leadership and visual consulting.

He holds a Diploma in Management, MBA, MSc Systems Thinking in Practice and Ma in Online & Distance Education. He is currently studying a BSc in Design & Innovation.


Aki Soudunsaari, Co-Founder, Finland
Dad. Health-related serial entrepreneur with a global mindset. Mission to improve your health, happiness, learning and performance. Powered by action-oriented people and doing good. An obsessive learner with a multidisciplinary background. 2 x MSc, head of school & PhD Candidate. Passionate about human behavior, teams and company culture. Raised under the Northern Lights. Nominated in Finland as EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year (2017), PWC’s Most Valuable Entrepreneur (2015) & Young Academic Entrepreneur (2014). Read my entrepreneurial story from Taivas + Helvetti 2015 book.

Yunya (Ving) Wu, Co-Founder, China
Ving Wu is a project management professional. She speaks Mandarin, French and English. Experienced in cross cultural online marketing and project management of innovative projects.
Previously she worked as a high-tech headhunter, a corporate consultant, and operational manager for a University & Government based investment management company.
She has been volunteering as study event organiser in Hundun businesses school and is capable of organising and host big events (100+ attendees) and high level business activities.
She graduated from the prestigious Zhejiang University in Hangzhou with a major in French literature. Personal interests include psychology, philosophy, arts and physics.
Always curious about how and why the world is functioning, welcoming all opportunities to make friends or help others with professionalism, enthusiasm and discretion. Has a strong need to achieve impact with her professional activities.


Angele Giuliano, Co-Founder, Malta
Angele Giuliano is a Mediterranean entrepreneur, networker and business angel with over 20 years experience.
Her passion is information technology – focusing on edtech, healthtech and digital culture. Her contacts in Southern Europe especially Malta, Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Spain can help companies that want to discover those markets.
She’s strategic, fast and non-conventional, making her an ideal problem solver. Angele will not rest until she has kicked a company back in shape against all odds. Her energy and drive will inspire teams to come together and deliver, whilst her sharp wit and humour will ensure that everyone enjoys the journey towards profitability!


Klaus Sailer, Co-Founder, Germany

Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer is professor for Entrepreneurship at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and CEO of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE).

He is a co-founder and on the board of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie and also founder of SCE Projects. Klaus Sailer is spokesman for the think tank “Denkfabrik Gründerhochschulen” as well as a member of the expert group of HEInnovate,, an initiative of the EU commission.

Klaus Sailer holds a Ph.D. in physics from Ludwigs Maximilian University in Munich. At Infineon AG, he was responsible for project management and marketing of new semiconductor technologies.

In 2000, he co-founded a communication technologies company with three partners, which he successfully established in the market. At the same time, he was able to realize his innovative ideas further by creating various other start-ups.

His main research topics are in innovation process, business modelling, networking, co-creation and societal innovations.



Jari Ala-Ruona, Co-Founder, Finland
Jari Ala-Ruona has co-founded a dozen innovative software companies. He has raised finance, sold and acquired businesses. He has lead renewalist and socially transformative technology businesses to significant growth across several industries. Jari co-chairs Oxygen 2050 –  ”home” of  high impact entrepreneurs and investors at the forefront of a movement for a better world. His activities bridge Nordic, African and Asian software, AI and blockchain based business and services. Jari is a passionate coach for HJK – Helsinki junior soccer since 10 years.



Malcolm Smith, Co-Founder, Canada

Dr. Smith is a professor in the Department of Marketing in the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.  He teaches courses in Fundamentals of Marketing, Marketing Management, Consumer Behaviour and Marketing Research at the undergraduate and graduate level. The focus of his research is marketing to older adults, and in particular, age-related differences in memory for advertising. His research has been presented at numerous national and international conferences, and published in various texts and such journals as the Journal of Marketing,Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Journal of Business Research, Psychology and Marketing, andJournal of Tourism Research. He has been a visiting professor at the L’viv Institute of Management (Ukraine), the University of Oregon (USA), and at Thammasat University (Bangkok, Thailand). In the past, Dr. Smith held positions as the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Research Program), Department Head, and Director of the International Student Exchange Program.

Dr. Smith received his B.Sc. (Hons.) and MBA from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada) and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (USA)



Tülin Kahvecioğlu, Co-Founder, Turkey
Founder, Senior Executive and Leader Coach, Mentor Coach,Trainer,Facilitator, Writer


She graduated from Ankara University Education Management and Planning. Since 2005 she has been working as a coach and trainer. She completed the training models of Erickson College, Science and Art of Coaching and CRR (ORSC) Relationship Systems Coaching.


She has over 5000 hours of experience at the master coach level. She’s a mentor coach. She keeps her knowledge in the leadership and coaching area up-to-date through the international relationships she is involved with.

Between the years of 2007-2015 she took place as founder and licensor of Inside Out International coaching company’s Turkey branch. She is experienced in the intelligence and gender dimensions of leadership. She completed the Neuro Leadership training at the American-based Neuro Leadership Institute and also Cinergy, Dispute Management Coaching training at the Canada based Noble Solutions Inc.

Her works are based on science, knowledge and intuition, development through the Far East and India philosophies, esoteric studies for understanding human and creation. She works by melting body, soul, heart and mind in the same pot.



Susan Iorns, Co-Founder, New Zealand

Susan is a seriel entrepreneur with positive and negative exits from companies based in New Zealand.  She has portfolio management experience with focus on business investments in companies of an array of sizes in a number of different jurisdictions. 

She is an active member of the New Zealand early-stage venture finance community as a founding member of Wellington New Zealand’s premier angel group, Angel HQ.  Susan is an investor through her company, Venture Lighthouse which now holds a diverse portfolio of 20 – 50 New Zealand investments.  Susan has a growing network of global contacts in the investment industry with emphasis on early and expansioin stage.

Susan has enjoyed an active involvement as a mentor and a Limited Partner in several Lightning Lab accelerator programmes.  She is lead investor in several investee companies of Angel HQ Nominee.




Giang Bui, Co-Founder, Vietnam

Entrepreneur in AT Group and Founder of Google Developer group Mekong

With 10+ years’ experience in VN market and Master degree in Marketing, a can do attitude and a strategic thinking mindset; she doesn’t merely help companies to build a plan, but also to implement the plan that help strategically transform those companies to a greater scale.

Beside networking and matching for companies on a global scale, she is an owner CEO to help client in implementing integrated Tech-enable Business model.

Personally, she believes that Listening and respecting mutual interest can initiate a long-lasting partnership.

Lesley Hetherington, Co-Founder, UK

With over 25 years in enterprise eduction and mentoring, Lesley brings an extensive portfolio of practical tools, frameworks and skills ‘hacks’ to support the clarity and growth of the top team and hence stabilise the foundations of any venture for solid, sustainable growth.

Her speciality lies in working with the senior team in technology based companies, bringing the human resources and value proposition align with both the technology and the people in the business.

She is a BioChemical Engineer, currently runs her own mentoring business and is adjunct member of faculty at the University of Glasgow and mentor at the Judge Business School, Cambridge.


Leni Kuivaniemi, Co-Founder, Finland
Leni enjoys working with high competence teams dedicated to make a change in the world by creating growth ventures for problems worth solving. At the moment Leni runs Nordic Medicine and Wellness Oy that helps to promote medicine competence in health care organizations and thus save lives of of medicine users around the world. She is also co-founder Synergy Partners Finland and works there as a coach for pharmacies.
Previously Leni has worked as an assistant professor at Global Venture Lab.

Takeru Ohe, Co-Founder, Japan

Dr. Ohe has vast experience as a consultant for companies competing in the high-tech industries of the United States, Europe and Japan.  He founded T. Ohe & Associates, Inc. in 1976 to assist companies in building better businesses in Japan.

Dr. Ohe is the chairman of The Association of ASEAN Japan Entrepreneurship Education. He currently sits on the boards of Cognex Japan K.K., and Consulting Oasis K.K., a Tokyo-based consulting firm specializing in innovation management, to large companies including Panasonic, NTT, Olympus, Seiko Epson, Shiseido. Daiwa House and Ajinomoto.

Dr. Ohe taught at Waseda University’s MBA program and also was Director of Waseda’s Incubation Center. Currently he is a specially invited professor at International University of Japan and also is an advisor to Waseda University, Research Promotion Division.

Dr. Ohe has a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Sujay Santra, Co-Founder, India

After having worked in leading MNCs for over 12 years, Sujay started iKure with the vision to provide quality healthcare which is affordable and accessible, up to the last mile using technology intervention. Within just 8 years of its journey iKure is catering to 7.5 million underserved people & treated 850k patients, across six states in India.

Sujay Santra is changing the current healthcare paradigm of doctors merely treating illnesses, to one where doctors, local NGOs, local businesses and academia work together to identify endemic health issues in communities and design holistic disease prevention solutions, including sanitation, hygiene and nutritional components, that end the disease from its root cause.

Using the evidence based evaluation metrics of improved health parameters of the communities through this model, Sujay is lobbying to change national health policies to make holistic healthcare solutions that treat the root cause of diseases, rather than just treat individual illnesses by medicine or surgery, the accepted paradigm of healthcare in India.

With a strong technology & business skills backed with his never-say-die spirit, Sujay has led iKure to many milestones.Today iKure is recognised as one of the very few successful sustainable primary healthcare model in the world.In recognition to his outstanding efforts in the field of social innovation, he was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016 & received the appreciation from President of India.

Lam The, Co-Founder, Vietnam

Lam The had a MBA degree and had an experience more than 15 years to export Vietnam fruits to EU and USA market from 2003 under GlobalGap standard .

He is an expert in food supply chain management in Vietnam. He is also a Manager of Project Division at Association of Food Transparency in Vietnam. He has a group of 23 companies working in Agricultural sector with different positions from farm to table. He has a dream to build up a great team that they can supply Vietnam good foodstuffs to kitchens in the  world.


Keith Wyness, Co-Founder, UK
Keith Wyness has been CEO at Aberdeen,Everton and recently Aston Villa Football clubs. He has also advised countries on restructuring of football from grassroots to elite level.

Before joining the football industry in 2000 he was responsible for the domestic marketing of the very successful Sydney 2000 Olympic games. He has been involved in the development and launch of new sporting concepts in golf and cricket.

He was also worked on the  founding of a luxury cruise line which featured the worlds first twin hull cruise ship in conjunction with Radisson hotels. He was the youngest Vice president in British Airways history working on the marketing of the Concorde project and starting the British Airways executive club.

He studied Industrial economics at Nottingham University and appeared on their University Challenge team.



Jari Kaitera, Co-Founder, Finland

Jari is a serial software entrepreneur and Founder of TWID. Jari has 20 years of experience in several international B2B software companies. He has held C-level positions in companies like QPR Software, Finantix and Trackway (Stora Enso company).

He has gathered essential know-how in the management of growth companies, raising funding and exits. He is a M.Sc. of Business and Economy.


David Rahman, Co-Founder, UK
Drawn by a deepening interest in all aspects of the human mind, David left a successful career in Optometry to train as a personal and executive Coach. Since that critical point in 2004/5, he has honed his knowledge and skills to the point where he is now an acknowledged international expert, pioneering specialised techniques and tools to build a diverse and influential client base.
David’s work combines psychology, neuroscience, neurobiology, philosophy into the latest practical tools. His pragmatic approach has been applied with proven success for both individual and corporate clients, and it is now the foundation for a global digital brand.
He is about to embark on the next expansion phase of his enterprise by launching an ambitious programme of events for 2019 and 2020, these include workshops, speaking tours and seminars in London, New York, Finland, and Romania.
He is also developing his on-line presence and reach through podcasts, webinars, e-publications and is currently working on two books that are nearing completion



Tiina Latikka, Co-Founder, Finland

Tiina has been always interested in people and especially: “How our mind works? What makes us keep going? What makes us unique ourselves? Why people doesn´t use their full potential?” Respecting people and life are important to her. Nothing is as valuable as life itself. Meaningful for her is to support people find there purpose, full potential, in courage to brakefree from their limits. People make a profit in an organization and business. Motivation is not enough – we need to understand people´s mind deeper – to succees in business. It needs courage to change the culture.

Tiina has been working as an executive coach and fasilitator over 9 years. She got experience of coaching in private and public sectors. She also speaks at public events. She has a coaching product “Inner Warrior” was born from her experiences. She encouraging people to face their fears and find their inner power. Tiina use practical tools and strategies in her job.



Jennifer Kutvonen, Co-Founder, Finland and Kenya

Skills and cultural understanding are key to survival. The one who can solve the the basic physiological needs within the emerging markets, will have won the social impact lottery. I am on that path and the correct numbers will be measured by the provision of financial inclusion, education, housing, health and wellbeing. My duty as one fortunate winner is to make provision for the success of others through global enabler. I am a doer, educator, facilitator for those willing to make the global enabling journey to emerging markets.

I own a couple of companies in Kenya and Finland and act as an advisor in others. I provide consultation by banking on my vast market knowledge in emerging markets within the fields of ICT and education, and I facilitate business partnerships between Finland and Kenya.



Mika Ahlfors, Co-Founder, Finland
Mika Ahlfors, M.Sc. (econ), is a business development professional who has over twenty years of experience from working with leading ICT service and solution providers including latest digitalization offerings.

Mika has solid understanding of what it takes to develop customer experience with right solutions for customer relationship management, sales and business development based on business targets and utilizing recent data management and analytical solutions starting from the importance of right data.

Mika has extensive experience especially from financial services, high-tech and manufacturing industries and has received excellent feedback when it comes to energizing and coaching teams with understanding of team dynamics in different organizations. Another strength Mika has is to understand complex issues and simplifying them in the proper form depending on the target group focusing on business impact helping decision making.



Kery Boucher, Co-Founder, South Africa

Kery is an experienced finance professional and has over 20 years commercial experience, much of it in the financial services industry (Retail and Corporate banking and asset finance).

She is also the owner and founding partner of Think Sustainability, a boutique consultancy, specializing in sustainability consulting, reporting and assurance. She also consults in financial management in assisting new businesses obtain financing and supporting them on their financial sustainability journey.

In addition she facilitates on a part time basis for leading business schools in Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Mauritius) on the topics of financial management, sustainable competitiveness and corporate governance and ethics with regard to management development programmes.

She has additional post-graduate qualifications in business management and taxation.


She is passionate about assisting businesses to create sustainable value in the new economy. Financial modelling, strength of forecasts, ability to manager and interpret the numbers in creating the story of the business are key for financial sustainability.




Shlomit Kenigsberg, Co-Founder, Canada

Shlomit is a scientist*, an entrepreneur and a personal motivator.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in the molecular biology field, together with a Master’s in business administrations (MBA) from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. She has a vast experience working both in the Academia and the Biotech industry in various roles in sales, marketing and business development. Moving to Canada over 12 years go, she transitioned her focus from research to scientific entrepreneurship, establishing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) private research institute and translational research laboratory in reproductive medicine. She has initiated and presented her research at many national and international professional meetings, and today she keeps on consulting in the biomedical field and serves as the business development officer for Juno Fertility Clinics (Canada). 

After many years in the scientific world, she decided to add one more niche to her portfolio and chose a new path as a coach and people’s motivator.  She is the founder and ownerof ATIVE-inspiring**, the company provides personal and professional transformation experiences through unique interactive workshops were participants practice new skills for collaboration, intra- and entre-preneurial creative thinking, and together discovering new ways for business and personal growth and development.

*An experienced scientist with broad knowledge of Extracellular Vesicles (exosomes) liquid biopsies, Biobanking, Stem-cells technologies. Extensive research on ovarian physiology, infertility biomarkers and stem-cells. Vast experience in molecular and cellular biology, laboratory techniques and research management as well as bioinformatics and big data analysis.

**Certified practitioner and facilitator of FreshBiz™, MindPlayTM, and Point-of-YouTM workshops and techniques.




Oksana Buto, Co-Founder, Lithuania

Combination of Oksana’s established project management skills, deal experience, intuition and ability to communicate and motivate people at all levels brings projects to completion and success

-Experienced senior investment banker with over 20 years of proven transaction execution and client coverage track record

-Advised global top tier clients, mainly in TMT sector, for a total deal size of c.285bn in equity/debt raising and M&A, among them transactions being the first in the market such as IPOs in Russia’s telecoms, rights issue of France Telecom, financing in the cable and energy sectors

-Recent experience includes building a successful charity organization from a startup stage

-Recognised skills in improving corporate governance/business processes and managing the transition during M&A

-Passionate about establishing and deploying corporate social responsibility frameworks and policies

-Graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge (UK) and Vilnius University (Lithuania)

Jaco Jansen, Co-Founder, the Netherlands

“Creating a firestorm of fresh thinking and building a structural framework for higher levels of performance.”

Jaco Jansen is entrepreneur, interim manager, facilitator, trainer, business coach, digital pioneer, husband, father and sailing instructor who inspires and empowers you to create sustainable (new) business that your customers will love, igniting real results for your business.


Automotive | IT | Education | Healthcare | NGO

Sweet spot: small and medium enterprises


  • MBA Sales & Marketing
  • Accountability Master
  • NLP practitioner
  • System Thinking (Peter Senge)


  • Business Transformation
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • High Performance Culture


Ricardo Lillo, Co-Founder, Germany

Ricardo is dedicated to one goal: helping organizations around the world achieve measurable and sustainable results. As CEO of DOOR International, one of the leading training & consulting companies in the world, he is passionate about enabling leaders, teams and organizations to improve their performance and effectiveness. He is known as an industry expert, innovative thinker, and vital partner in helping executives, teams, and organizations achieve unprecedented performance.

Ricardo works with CEOs and their teams in company-wide, multi-year processes focused on developing accountability skills to achieve unprecedented results, at the most notable global organizations. In fact, he has successfully assisted organizations throughout the world to achieve their key results by helping them shape and transform their culture. One of Ricardo ́s major skill is the ability to meet the unique challenges of every client to build high- performing teams and install a culture of accountability.

He is proud of being able to work on all different layers of organizations, ensuring sustainable growth and success. He has led large scale, multi-year transformation projects with Fortune 1000 clients across numerous global industries, with extensive experience in automotive, pharma and telecommunications. His major clients now range from Abbott, IBM, Microsoft, Unilever, Ford, Merck and the Asian Development Bank. Johnson & Johnson, Bayer among many others. While considered a world-class facilitator and keynote speaker, Ricardo ́s consulting and integration experience positions him as a long-term partner. In 2002, Ricardo successfully achieved the management buyout of the DOOR global franchise business, tripled its growth and profitability and led the DOOR network to new heights.


Juhani Räty, Co-Founder, Finland

Juhani has over 35-years of experience in building new businesses and successfully entering new markets in Nordic countries. He has extensive experience in ITC service sales, mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing for large companies. He has made his business career at Nokia and Tieto having worked both in Sweden and Finland.

Juhani retired from Tieto to follow his passion of creating new ventures and using breakthrough approaches to create new businesses. His latest achievement has been to create a successful strategy for Code School Finland, a new start-up company, where Juhani is acting as a Chairman of the Board.

Juhani has studied economics and he is an MBA alumni of the IMD business school from Lausanne, Switzerland.


Theo Seegers, Co-Founders, France

Theo creates and facilitates learning journeys for managers and their teams to improve their performance and reach their potential in below areas:

  • Project Management
  • Personal and Team Leadership skills
  • Personal and collective Accountability
  • Conflict Management
  • Influencing Strategies
  • Collective Purpose
  • Strategic Thinking

Theo facilitates and coaches in 4 languages; French, English, German and Dutch

Help managers and individuals to perform together in their organisation; to be the preferred partner for improvement and growth of individuals and organisations

Personal Motto: Advance Together


Tom Venning, Co-Founder, Austria
I am a business consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach specialized in B2B Sales and Leadership.
I have over 20 years’ experience, working internationally with clients such as IBM, Astellas, Henkel, BASF, Kuehn+Nagel, etc. covering IT, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, petrochemicals, industrial machinery, logistics etc.
This business, cultural and life experience developed by living in eight countries and traveling extensively across five continents and sailing four oceans.
My working style is visual, energetic, and entertaining. My strength lies in helping teams understand complex systems, act at the point of maximum leverage, and create long-term, sustainable change.
Outside of business I am a dedicated family man, an artist, active in sport, a sailor and always ready for travel and adventure.

Anamaria Magri Pantea, Co-Founder, Malta

An economist with specialisation in finance and an MBA alumni of the Edinburgh Business School UK, Anamaria has over 18 years of experience in innovation management, entrepreneurship and business development initiatives, projects structuring and funding sourcing, their management, monitoring or evaluation, in both private and public, as well as Public-Private- Partnerships contexts.

She also has extensive expertise in EU funding and impact financing. Anamaria has been working with the European Commission as staff member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, as Malta National Contact Point and Management Committee representative forthe EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme for SMEs (covering ICT and energy sectors), as well as an independent expert on a number of EU and national support programmes.

As a Romanian national, living in Malta and working across Europe and beyond, Anamaria is a strong believer in the harnessing of diverse competences, experiences and cultures for a truly sustainable development of our global community.

Frank Brilman, Co-Founder, the Netherlands

Organizations, teams and leaders who really must change their execution behavior patterns to achieve their desired outcome, know me as a trusted advisor, a confrontating coach and energizing trainer.

Very result oriented with the human touch always uncomfortable but safe.   I  help to change habits fast, to coop with non negotiable change, and I help individuals and teams to learn what they need to know, to do and to want,  to achieve results.  Learning how to learn fast is my expertise and passion.   

My experience is with non profit and for profit organizations, with experienced and with young people. Everyone who needs to learn and change, and is hold back by fear, limited beliefs or old habits, I love to help. 

Oh… and energy follows focus. So to have fun together, especially when the going gets though, is part of the game. 


Ronen Gafni, Co-Founder, Israel
Ronen Gafni is a serial entrepreneur who grew up in the StartUp Nation of Israel trading on the stock market, operating a branding company, training companies, and more.
He is the creator and founder of FreshBiz, and the FreshBiz game developer as well. Ronen co-authored “The New Entrepreneurz” and is a visionary global trainer.
Ronen is a TEDx speaker, has been featured on TV, radio, and magazines talking about the future of business, and he has trained over 15,000 people across 20 countries on innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. As a keynote speaker and futurist, Ronen masterfully weaves together new approaches to business, education, design, and lifestyle.



Mitro Kivinen, Co-Founder, Finland
Mitro Kivinen, MBA, MSc (econ), is a professional executive who has over twenty-five years of leading experience.
He practices handcrafted leadership. Mr. Kivinen specializes in companies in the 2^nd phase of the S-curve, where effective execution of a strategy calls for professional management. Professional management includes implementing strong set of KPI’s and empowering people.
Most of his career, Mr. Kivinen has been working with Platform based technologies and businesses, where management needs to be lean and agile and based on servant leadership.



Roman Wong, Co-Founder, USA

Dr. Roman Wong is a professor in the areas of information systems and operations management at the Andreas School of Business of Barry University.  He received his PhD in information systems from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Before joining Barry University, Dr. Wong held a faculty position at the California State University at Northridge.


His current research interests include the interrelations between the online review and product adoption processes, and the development of innovativeness in emerging countries.  Dr. Wong’s work has been published in major academic outlets such as Decision Sciences, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, and Journal of Applied Case Research.


Dr. Wong is actively affiliated with a number of international academic functions.  He  regularly speaks and presents at numerous international conferences and seminars.  Dr. Wong also maintains a strong tie with the local and overseas business communities.  He serves as advisor and consultant for several significant enterprises in south Florida and overseas. 



Anna Maj, Co-Founder, Poland

FinTech executive, including C-level and NED roles. Anna has 19 years of experience in the banking and payments industries with a focus on CEE (Citigroup, T-Mobile, mBank, PwC). She was also a CEO of one of the leading local payment institutions and acquirers.

Particular expertise in the field of innovative digital payment solutions, acquiring, merchant services and digitally enabled financial products (e-commerce, open banking), acquired in the strategy, innovation and product management roles. 

Anna drives innovation in the European FinTech and Payments ecosystem. As an Advisor, she is constantly working with different industry stakeholders – corporate clients, start-ups, VC investors, accelerators. Anna is also an Expert/Jury Member of EIC/EASME “SME Instrument” program financing innovative solutions across Europe. She is a Non-Executive Director of the FinTech/Payments companies in Poland and abroad. Featured in the “TOP 100 Women in FinTech 2019” list by Lattice80.





Darius Lomsargis, Co-Founder, Lithuania
I am a facilitator of EnterTraining programs, certified FreshBiz moderator, mentor, entrepreneur, representative of international teambuilding network Catalyst Global in the Baltic States, co-owner of agency ŪPAS Events. Over 25 years I have been working in Event Management, EnterTraining, Team Development, Sales and Marketing.     
Areas of expertise: 
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Employee training and motivation
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Business development
  • Marketing and sales strategies


YanJun LI, Co-Founder, China

YanJun holds a dual master degree in Marketing and Human Resources Management from University of Queensland, specialized in cross-cultural management and communication. He has over 10 years’ experience in practicing innovative education solutions in China. His interest and specialty lie in researching and introducing new ways to solve current education problems in China.

YanJun is an experienced entrepreneur and educator. For the past 8 years, He has been running his own school, which aim to provide students and educate families with innovative educational programs and pedagogy. Great cultural sensitivity makes him an excellent communicator in leading a cross-cultural team to accomplish various organizational goal.

Areas of expertise: 

  • 10 years’ experience in international education field;  
  • Hands on experience in implementing international education program in China;
  • Rich experience in cross-cultural communication and management;
  • Cultural understanding of Chinese business environment;
  • Leadership in cross-cultural context;
  • Languages: English-excellent, Chinese-native speaker;






DOOR International, the Netherlands
FreshBiz Global, Israel
Panda Training, Finland
Turtle Holdings Co Ltd, China