COO & Co – Founder , The D Gmbh
“The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”
I am a results-driven serial entrepreneur adept at translating high-level strategy into field-level functional impact. In my work I focus on how we can optimize opportunities at the intersection of financial return and social value through innovative thinking and integrated partnerships between business, governments, and the non-profit sectors. I worked with a number of international companies in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, and spent multiple years consulting the United Nations within social entrepreneurship in emerging economies with a special focus on the Euro-Med region. I co-founded The D. GmbH, The Sandbox, and HackaMENA, arranging open Innovation initiatives in Europe, Iran, Iraq, UAE, and Kurdistan. Today I spend most of my time working on a new project focusing on video-recognition and artificial intelligence. I am mainly interested in evolving technologies and how they can be applied to make us and our society better.
In my spare time I advize and mentor startups within tech and business development, specifically focusing on startups operating in developing economies and working with purpose-driven tech & social entrepreneurship. Besides this I am supporting the development of the startup ecosystems in EU & MENA region. I was born on Sakhalin island, but grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and hold a M. Sc. in Economics and Business Administration and a CEMS MIM from Copenhagen Business School and National University of Singapore. I am mainly based between Copenhagen,
Denmark and Cairo, Egypt these days.