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Dr. Lieve Fransen

Since mid-November 2011, Dr. Lieve Fransen is the Director responsible for Europe 2020: Social Policies in Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. Dr. Fransen has devoted herself to promoting social justice and the values of solidarity.

During a distinguished career in international public health, Dr. Fransen has worked as Public Health Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda and Cape Verde Islands; as Task Manager of a research programme on pregnant women and new-borns in Rwanda; and as Director of a research programme on sexual and reproductive health in Kenya and in the Tropical Institute in Antwerpen, Belgium.

Dr. Fransen is Medical Doctor with a PhD on Social Policies.

María Fanjul

María Fanjul was co-founded StepOne, a startup based in Madrid and San Francisco focused on the internationalization of Spanish internet companies to Silicon Valley. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of idealista.com, the leading online real estate platform in Spain.

On March 2012, she was appointed CEO of entradas.com leading web site in the field of ticketing and leading company among e -commerce companies in Spain. She is a member of the World Economic Forum. María is also member of the Executive Committee of Spain Startup & Investor Summit, mentor at IE Business School, and lecturer at ICADE and ESIC Universities.

Gary Stewart

Gary Stewart is the Director of Wayra Spain (Telefonica's start-up accelerator). Gary was the managing director of IE Business School's Venture Lab before becoming an associate professor and Entrepreneur-in-residence at IE Business School. Gary founded nuroa.es (a property search engine operational in 12 countries) which has raised more than ?3 million in financing.

Gary graduated from Yale and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where he was co-Executive Editor of The Yale Law Journal before working as a lawyer specialized in M&A and securities law in Spain and the United States. He has been interviewed and written about his views on entrepreneurship in The Wall Street Journal, China Business News, Forbes, etc. OnlineMBA.com selected him as one of the "50 Business Professors You Should Follow on Twitter".

Dr. Robyn Klingler-Vidra

Robyn Klingler Vidra has recently completed her PhD at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). Robyn's research interests focus on the role of national and regional governments in building venture capital markets, promoting innovation and developing entrepreneurial clusters. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and MSc and PhD in International Political Economy at the LSE.

Robyn leads the World Economic Forum's United Kingdom Executive Opinion Survey on global competitiveness and has conducted studies on technology clusters and development. She helps teach the LSE undergraduate summer school course on international political economy and is an instructor for LSE Enterprise executive education courses on economic competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation. Her publications include peer reviewed journal articles on the development of venture capital markets in East Asia and how policy models transform as they diffuse.

Martin Kissinger

Martin Kissinger built new internet ventures for Rocket Internet, a Berlin-based incubator that has raised $2B to operate more than 100 e-commerce companies in over 50 countries, including Zalando and Groupon. Rocket Internet has been described as a training ground for internet entrepreneurs, and is credited with accelerating e-commerce growth in developing countries. At the same time, it is controversial for its practice of executing on business models originally developed by others.

He was previously with Accel Partners, a venture capital firm that backed companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Spotify and Wonga. Martin holds a research master's degree in Economics from Oxford University . His research examines how online marketing channels affect industry structure and consumer welfare. He previously received a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Eze Vidra

Eze Vidra is the head of Campus London and Google for Entrepreneurs Europe. In March 2012, Eze launched Campus London, Google's first physical startup hub, providing entrepreneurs with work and event space, mentorship, and educational programs as well as access to a vibrant startup community.

Before Campus, Eze spearheaded Google's commerce strategic partnerships in EMEA, launching Google Shopping in Spain and Local Shopping in the UK among other projects. In the years before joining Google, Eze held product management leadership roles at Shopping.com in Israel, Gerson Lehrman Group in New York , Ask.com in Silicon Valley and AOL Europe in London.

In 2003, Eze co-founded a startup in Israel , developing text-input technology for mobiles. In 2005, Eze founded VC Cafe, a highly regarded venture capital blog shining a spotlight on Israeli startups. In 2012, he founded Techbikers, a non-for-profit cycling community responsible for starting a school and 20 libraries for children in the developing world. Eze serves as an advisory board member of BBC Worldwide Labs. He holds a B.A. in business and entrepreneurship from IDC in Israel (Cum Laude) and an MBA from London Business School . A native Argentinean raised in Israel , Eze is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, and English and lives in London with his family.

Dr. Jan Brinckmann

Dr Jan Brinckmann is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Department of Business Policy at ESADE. Before joining ESADE, he was Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago, where he served as Program Director of the Entrepreneurship Program. Prior to this, he taught at Cornell University and the Technical University Berlin.

Dr Brinckmann's research has been published in five books and prestigious entrepreneurship journals including the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He regularly presents at leading international entrepreneurship conferences and has received two best paper awards.

Dr Brinckmann has co-founded, advised and supported several start-ups and high-growth firms in the US , Germany , Spain , Malta and Kenya . His focus lies in supporting start-ups, business development, entrepreneurial marketing, and internationalization. He has a passion for applying the lean startup methodology. He has received has received scholarships and awards from the German Business Association, the German Exchange Service, the German Parliament, the American Congress, and also from various academic institutions.

José Luis de la Rosa

José Luis de la Rosa is the CEO and co-founder of Yerbabuena Software. He is an entrepreneur by vocation: he founded this company, which develops smart applications within e-learning, mobile and ECM, with university colleagues in 2005.

Yerbabuena's success has taken it to open offices in San Francisco and Miami. He is especially dedicated, as CEO, to product management within Yerbabuena. He is a mentor for Bolt, a Málaga-based start-up accelerator. He holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Málaga and an MBA from EAE Business School. He is the author of several academic papers, published among others by the University of Málaga.

Irina Anghel

Irina Anghel started her career as a lawyer with KPMG, she then worked for the EBRD. In 2000 she founded a law firm specialized in transactions between entrepreneurs and private equity funds.

In 2007 Irina became Secretary General the South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and she sits on the Representative Committee of European Venture Capital Association. After spending a year as Mason Fellow at Harvard, Irina came back to Romania in 2010 and founded Triple Helix, the association that aims to contribute to launching an entrepreneurial revolution in Eastern Europe .

Irina has a law degree from University of Bucharest , an MBA degree from the program of HEC Montreal and University of Ottawa and an MC/MPA degree from Harvard Kennedy School , where her research focused on the role of venture capital in supporting entrepreneurship, as well as on public policy measures for stimulating the entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystems.

Lourdes Cruz

Lourdes Cruz is Director for Sales and Investment Promotion of the Technology Park of Andalucía, one of Europe's largest tech hubs, with more than 14.000 employees, billing 1.546 million euros through 538 companies - some of them multinacional corporations such as Accenture, TDK, Oracle or Ericsson.

From 2006 to 2012, Lourdes was Director General of Andalucia's Technological Spaces Network. Before that, she worked in the Office of the Presidency of Andalucia's regional government as Director for Institutional Relations for more than nine years.

Lourdes has a law degree from the University of Málaga , a diploma in Management from Seville 's Instituto San Telmo and a Master's degree in European Law and International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Rafael Atienza Medina

Chairman, Real Maestranza de Ronda, former President of Helvetia Insurance.

Ignacio Herrera

Ignacio Herrera, Director General, Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda. Ignacio is a consultant in cultural policy and strategy. He holds a bachelor´s degree in Scenography & Art Direction, and a Doctorate in Communication Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is an alumnus of the Strategic Management program at IE University Madrid and Master´s in Cultural Law at U.N.E.D. and Carlos III University in Madrid.

Specializing in the design and management of arts and cultural projects and institutions, before joining the Real Maestranza he served as Director of the Castillejo Foundation in Madrid , and Cultural Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Paris.


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