Meet The Team
Akash’s interest towards bringing a change is inspired by Ben Lacomte and Feike Sijbesma. In addition to the roles of this initiative, he is a Pre-sales & Innovation Lead for EMEA & Emerging Markets at Pegasystems based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He majorly consults large organizations across industries on Decisioning, AI and Customer Engagement solutions and leads innovation projects. He has an International MBA from Nyenrode Business University located in The Netherlands where he studied with his peers from 19 different nationalities and graduated with a thesis on the impact of AI on Customer Experience in the Travel industry, sponsored by Google Inc.
Désirée van Gorp
Founder & Chairman
Désirée is a professor International Business, chairman of the International Advisory Board and education committee of the full time MBA at Nyenrode Business Universiteit. Furthermore, Désirée is visiting professor at the Renmin Universiteit in Beijing, China and Politecnico di Milano in Italy. She teaches and conducts research on topics such as Global Sourcing, Offshoring, Outsourcing, New technologies & Innovation and International Business & Diplomacy. Additionally, Désirée is among others member of the supervisory board of Atradius, advisory committee of the World Trade Organization, Chairs Programme and the International Institute of Social Studies.
Fabiola is a Marketing Manager in Royal FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands. She has built an international career inside multinational companies like PepsiCo, BMW Group, and Booking.com within Sales and Marketing. She has an International MBA from Nyenrode Business Universiteit in the Netherlands.
Robin is a management consultant and a PhD candidate at Nyenrode Business University. For his PhD he examines the influence of employee diversity, leadership behaviour and motivation on open innovation processes. As a Management Consultant, he advises companies in Europe and Asia on digital strategies and customer experience.
Sreekanth Vaddigiri is a plasticarian and passionate about sports, sustainability and climate change. He believes in "Innovation drives the change" and it is the only way going forward to fight against the negative impact of climate change. His inspiration towards fighting for building a sustainable future for the generations to come is Paul Nicklen, a Nat Geo professional photographer. Sreekanth worked as a Digital Business Analyst in Tata Consultancy Services. He has an International MBA with a background of International Business from Nyenrode Business University located in The Netherlands.
Andreea is an experienced business strategy professional with over 14 year of experience working for multinationals in telecommunications and information technology. Most recently she is part of the business development strategy team at Microsoft shaping strategic partnerships and acquisitions in the space of AI and Intelligent Cloud. She is actively advising start-ups in ag tech and smart cities particularly around technology choices as well as business models. Andreea has an International MBA from Nyenrode Business Universitiet, Netherlands where she specialized in Business Sustainability and graduated with a thesis on Orchestrated Collaboration Models for Smart Cities, sponsored by IBM Europe.
Linda Hentzepeter has a MsC in Financial Management from Nyenrode Business University. Currently she works at Basware as Partner Account Manager. Basware helps organizations around the globe to simplify operations and spend smarter by delivering the best financial supply chain solutions and experience. Linda is a do-gooder
Berk is progressive professional who is Business oriented and has Global experience in Telco and FMCG industries. He has worked and lived in 6 countries (and counting..). He is an MBA graduate from Nyenrode Business University and also an Electronics Engineer. He has been the keynote speaker at international conferences and also is the Founder of Digital innovation manager meetup’s (which has members of 15+ multinationals). On his freetime, he likes to read and write (working on a novel project), travel the world, play with his cat and go to festivals.
Raymond is an entrepreneur and innovator. His vision is that Innovation is necessary for a sustainable future for companies and organizations. Raymond helps organizations to design, validate and accelerate honest, sustainable and scalable new business models. He also helps to strengthen the innovation power of organisations by sharing innovation expertise and methods, design thinking and technological trends. He does this as a lecturer at Nyenrode Business University, host of the corporate innovation podcast of Microphone media and founder of the venture studio Seedling.studio.