A Swiss born South African with an Irish nationality, and a constant interest in solving global problems with local solutions. I joined the Global Innovation Design program in September, a double Masters (MSc & MA) at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. After a term at Tsinghua University, I will be spending my next term at Nanyang Technology University in Singapore. I’m currently focusing on the intersection between education, circularity, culture and wellbeing – from small to large scales.
I see the program in Shenzhen as a great opportunity to discover one of the fastest moving innovation ecosystems in the world, and identify opportunities for large scale problem solving
1 year as regional manager for Africa at Seedstars World, the world’s largest startup completion for early stage startups in emerging markets. Worked in 15 African countries and coached over 150 startups on presentations and overall business model. Supporting entrepreneurial ecosystems and communities at large.
6 months as managing director of Seedspace, a network of collaborative workspaces in emerging markets. At the time, working with partners in over 20 countries spread across 4 continents. Focused on community building and growth, the experience allowed me to build a global network and understand cultural dynamics.