Meet Our “NextSensors”
Members of the Nextsensing project team are called NextSensors. The 27 team members have diverse backgrounds and interests, and they are definitely a global group. They represent 17 different nationalities based in 24 cities — from Madrid, Spain, to Cordoba, Argentina; from Sydney, Australia, to Boston, Massachusetts; from St. Petersburg, Russia, to St. Petersburg, Florida. As you will see, the team members also have diverse backgrounds and interests. However, all share a keen interest in helping leaders find their “next”.
Nede Al-Dihany (native of Kuwait) holds an MBA from IE Business School. In 2012, he co-founded Brilliant Lab, a startup accelerator service. His goal was to enhance the spirit of entrepreneurship among youth by matching the best startups with the potential investments community in Kuwait and throughout the Arabian Gulf. To date, Brilliant Lab has helped incubate more than 40 startups in various fields. It has also developed two acceleration programmes: one in Spain that is associated with IE Business School, and one to take place in San Francisco, associated with Mind the Bridge, one of the top startup schools in Silicon Valley.
Dorie Clark (native of United States) teaches for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and IE Business School in Madrid. She is the author of Reinventing You and the forthcoming Stand Out.
Jorge Fernandes (native of Portugal) is VP of the Innovation Programme Office at DSM and a member of the DSM Innovation Centre [www.dsm.com]. In his role, Jorge drives DSM’s radical innovation portfolio management, while supporting selected innovation platforms, corporate ventures and top innovation projects, accelerating and de- risking their execution. Prior to DSM, Jorge worked for Nestlé and Kraft Foods, both on strategy development, operations and the execution of multi-market innovation projects. He has been successful bringing ideas to market across businesses, cultures and geographies.
Petros Kirakosyan Alexandr
Petros Kirakosyan Alexandr (native of Armenia) is currently Head of Business Development for Locator CJSC [www.locator.am]. He holds a Masters in Management degree from IE Business School.
Deep Mehta (native of India) started his career with a Dutch multinational but soon realized that entrepreneurship was the professional route for him. He combined his passion for clothing and technology to start Bombay Clothing. Also, during his MBA studies at IE Business School, he started another clothing company with a classmate.
Belleair Bluffs, Florida
As a writer/editor/educator, Kyle Pierson (native of United States) specialises in architectural history, city planning and environmental design. On her website [iconicornot.com], she tracks global developments in the field of iconic architecture. Her mission is to develop ways to measure iconicity. She also teaches at St. Petersburg [Florida] College and is attuned to the new emphasis on training students to meet the demands of the 21st Century workplace. She co- wrote a Florida-based geology and paleontology curriculum for public schools. She has also produced and edited two award-winning patient education newsletters in the health care field.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tatiana Sadala (native of Brazil) is a member of an innovation consultancy and a former Brand Manager for Coca-Cola Brazil.
Nora Anderson (native of United States) is passionate about creating a positive impact on business, society and people’s lives through education. Over the past decade, she has worked at business schools in Europe and Latin America, leading projects with global clients across the world. She is currently Director of International Development at the Business School of Universidad Siglo 21, the largest private university in Argentina.
London, United Kingdom
Steven D’Souza (native of United Kingdom) is an organisational consultant, educator, coach and international speaker. He has trained in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Ontological Coaching and Appreciative Inquiry. He also has managed diversity and inclusion programmes for a top-tier global investment bank across the Europe-Middle East-Africa region. Steven is the author of two international best-selling books on diversity and networking. He is also the co-author of the just-released Not Knowing: The Art of Turning Uncertainty Into Possibility.
David Fogel (native of Israel) is a manager with Skillnet. Before joining Skillnet, he worked as an associate in a European venture capital fund and as a fellow at a Spanish start-up accelerator. David also co-founded and managed a division in an IT firm, providing solutions to the finance and telecom industries.
Paul Kirkbride (native of Australia) is Executive Director of Executive Education and a Professorial Fellow at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), with campuses in Sydney, Australia, and Hong Kong, China. For the last 25 years, Paul has worked globally with client organisations in the interstices of strategy, change and leadership — and in situations of environmental turbulence and organisational disruption.
Hana Milanov (native of Croatia and a graduate of Indiana University) is a Professor in International Entrepreneurship at Technische Universität München (TUM), and serves as the Senior Vice President for international alliances and alumni at TUM. She conducts research at the nexus of entrepreneurship, international business and social networks. Her interests lie in understanding the evolution of alliances and networks and their role in firm internationalisation, opportunity exploitation and firm performance.
Joseph Pistrui (native of United States) is Professor of Entrepreneurial Management at IE Business School based in Madrid, Spain. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Previous to his academic endeavors, Joseph had a 15-year sales and marketing management career in the consumer products industry, mostly with Bristol-Myers Squibb in the US.
Niels Bjerregaard (native of Denmark) is CEO of Elvstrøm Sails A/S. Previously, he was CEO of Danfoss IXA A/S and worked as Investment Director and Business Development Manager in the Danfoss Group, leading investments in early stage ventures as well as other strategic initiatives. Niels also has held leadership positions in the Bitten and Mads Clausen’s Foundation and Danske Bank (in London).
Bath, United Kingdom
Dimo Dimov (native of Bulgaria) is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Bath. He is interested in how entrepreneurial opportunities emerge from uncertain, nebulous ideas. His work focusses on how potential entrepreneurs and investors think, act and interact in the face of uncertainty and how these interactions give rise to exciting new phenomena.
Dale Hobson (native of Australia) is Vice President at Pinova Holdings, a global leader in specialty chemicals manufactured from natural and renewable feedstocks. He has more than a decade of experience in discovering market insights and building tangible business cases in the chemicals, mining and metals industries.
Ulrike Klaussner (native of Germany) is a skilled learning facilitator and doctoral candidate at the University of Reading, where she researches behavioural change in leadership as a result of immersion experiences. She joined IE Business School in 2004, focussing on learning design, methodologies and implementation to create high-impact learning interventions with practical relevance for executives. Since 2011, she has served as Executive Director for the IE/Brown Executive MBA
Deborah Mills-Scofield (native of United States) has her own consultancy on innovation and strategy and is a partner in an early stage venture capital firm. Deb writes for Harvard Business Review, Switch and Shift and other venues, including her own blog, and has contributed to several books. She is on the board of RISD’s DESINE- Lab [www.desinelab.org] and Brown University’s Engineering School as well as lecturing in Brown’s IE-Brown E‑MBA program. Deb also mentors students doing ‘regular’ and social startups and supports those involved in STEAM. Her patent from AT&T Bell Labs was one of the highest-revenue generating patents for AT&T and Lucent.
Jennifer Poh (native of China) is a New York-qualified cap ital markets lawyer with experience working in three of the top financial centers of the world: New York, London and Hong Kong. However, not quite your traditional lawyer, she took a year off to pursue an MBA at IE Business School, where she founded a fashion e‑commerce platform and got bitten by the entrepreneurial bug.
Coree Schmitz has a background in operations and marketing and is currently the Vice President of Administration at the growing restaurant brand, Punch Bowl Social. She is a US Fulbright Scholar that attended IE Business School to obtain her International MBA and is currently living in Denver, Colorado, USA.
São Paulo, Brazil
Angela Brennan (native of United States) has over 10 years of experience in project management, leadership development and executive education working in Europe, the US, and Latin America. She earned her MBA from IE Business School and is currently living in San Jose, CA. Apart from her work as an independent consultant, she loves to spend time volunteering and cooking.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Anton Elizarov (native of Russia) is an entrepreneur with a background in educational sciences and cross-cultural communication. His interests lie at the intersection of business, learning and technology.
Siegfried Hoenle (native of Switzerland) is the Managing Director of Talent & Leadership Solutions as well as a Visiting Professor at IE Business School. After an international 20-year career in various human resource leadership roles, he now helps executives and organisations develop positive leadership practices, unleash performance and creativity, and learn faster than the competition.
C. Todd Lombardo
With over 15 years’ experience facilitating change in organisations, C. Todd Lombardo (native of United States) is comfortable navigating ambiguity and excels at helping others do so. You can find him working on user-experience, communication, design and/or innovation projects in his role as Principal Innovation Catalyst at Constant Contact. He also is adjunct faculty at Madrid’s IE Business School.
Nancy Mu (native of Australia) worked in the business development area in both Asia and Oceania. She also has great interest in new business development and expansion. She’s currently enrolled in the International MBA program at IE Business School.
Ken Quandt (native of United States) is an experienced health care Internet marketing and communications professional. His interests include content development, paid search, search engine optimisation, and effectiveness measurement.
Fahim Siddiqui (native of Pakistan) has served as Executive VP of Product and Operations for Intralinks since 2008. Before that, he served as CEO at Sereniti, a privately held technology company. He was also Managing Partner of K2 Software Group, a technology consultancy providing product solutions to high tech, energy and transportation companies. He has also held executive and senior management positions in engineering and information systems with other major firms, including ICG Telecom, Time Warner and Sprint. In these roles, he led teams with more than 1,100 members and assisted in scaling organisations from startups to over $2 billion in revenue.