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

Nede Al-Dihany

Kuwait City

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

Dorie Clark

Boston, Mass­a­chu­setts

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

Jorge Fernandes

Zurich, Switzer­land

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

Yere­van, Arme­nia

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

Deep Mehta

Mum­bai, India

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.

Kyle Pierson

Kyle Pierson

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.

Tatiana Sadala

Tatiana Sadala

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

Nora Anderson

Cor­do­ba, Argenti­na

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.

Steven D´Souza

Steven D´Souza

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

David Fogel

Ham­burg, Ger­many

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

Paul Kirkbride

Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

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

Hana Milanov

Munich, Ger­many

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

Joseph Pistrui

Madrid, Spain

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

Niels Bjerregaard

Copen­hagen, Den­mark

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).

Dimo Dimov

Dimo Dimov

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

Dale Hobson

Jack­sonville, Flori­da

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

Ulrike Klaussner

Madrid, Spain

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

Deb Mills-Scofield

Deb Mills-Scofield

Pemaquid, Maine

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 ReviewSwitch 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

Jennifer Poh

Sin­ga­pore

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

Coree Schmitz

Den­ver, Col­orado

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.

Angela Brennan

Angela Brennan

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.

Anton Elizarov

Anton Elizarov

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

Siegfried Hoenle

Zurich, Switzer­land

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

C. Todd Lombardo

Boston, Mass­a­chu­setts

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

Nancy Mu

Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

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

Ken Quandt

Dal­ton, Penn­syl­va­nia

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

Fahim Siddiqui

Boston, Mass­a­chu­setts

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.

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