Mihai DraghiciFounder / CEO
Mike Draghici is a serial entrepreneur with almost 20 years of experience turning ideas into products and launching startups in several countries including Romania, USA, Canada, Mexico and India. He has founded over 25 companies that range from sole proprietorship in smaller local markets to several limited liability partnerships and corporations doing business around the world.
Shefket RobelliCo-Founder / COO
Working in finance and investment at the bank, I always enjoyed getting to know my clients and finding out what was important to them and what they wanted to achieve in the future. Still, I realized that I did not want to work just as a financial counsellor. I always had a general interest for new technologies and I wanted to bring my passions – establishing personal connections, finance, technology – together.
Rishi ChattopadhyayAdvisory Board / Head of Global Partnerships
Rishi worked over 20 years in the financial sector as a business development and finance lead, e.g. UBS, Credit Suisse, Coutts and Julius Baer. He was accountable for large-scale change-management and digitization projects. He is the founder of SwissWealthTech, and an advisor for digital transformation and business innovation. Rishi is also a F10 Fintech incubator & accelerator mentor for startups and ambassadors.
Eduard MaximovChief Marketing Officer
What drives me professionally is the passion to tackle complex business challenges and the responsibility to engage & enable teams to BE and DO BETTER by always having the customer/consumer/user at heart. Therefore, I tend to challenge the conventional thinking in sales & marketing through the way we think, plan and act as a business and as a brand. International Business education, with over 20 years of commercial strategy experience, design & implementation, across several industries, and international markets, establishing long term partnerships with both retail and distributor partners.
Olimpiu BalasChief Technology Officer
Serial entrepreneur, with 3 Core-Banking systems sold in more than 20 Banks, 2 IT companies sold before 37 years old and 1 IT company rescued from minus to 2mil$ turnover in just 1 year, Oly has vast knowledge on how to approach the technical solution architecture in large-scale projects.
Ebrahim AzeekInternational Business Manager
Having 7+ years experience in the stream of Business Development especially in providing software solutions to F&B and Retail Industry from the education background of Diploma in Computer Technology, Bachelor of Engineering in Computer science and MBA in International Business Management.
Elena UnciuleanuAdvisory Board
Woman in Tech, Elena founded this incubator, TechVentures.ro, after a life-changing experience in the USA, as she got the chance to visit 8 American tech incubators in 4 states: Atlanta, Boston, Utah and Chicago. Now, she is determined to enable the local Tech Startup Ecosystem rise. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Tech Ventures Capital, a VC fund interested to invest in early stage disrupting tech companies. She is constantly scouting for tech talents, being present as a jury in various tech competitions – the most important is ESTIC, where each year offers several innovation awards.
Nicola CoscioneAdvisory Board
Born in 1980 in Italy ( Naples) for more than 20 years he has been traveling everywhere in the world thanks to Motorsport. Learning different cultures and different ways of working in a group, thinking that there is never an end to improving .
I have worked in large companies in Brazil, Canada and Portugal in the retail and payment markets in the areas of technology, products and business. In this time (20+ years) I related to several suppliers, customers, merchants, using various technologies and innovating products, managing various teams, Bachelor of Business Administration (Brazil) with Specialization in Executive Development & International MBA in Management IT Strategy and Specialization in Products and Projects at ISCTE-IUL / PT, where I received a prize for the work of conclusion about Vila Gale Resort / PT being invited to present to CEO in 2015. Certificate on Implications of Artificial Intelligence in Business Strategy at MIT Sloan School and BootCamp Web Developer in Vancouver.
Ajay is a Chief Executive Officer and one of the Directors of Infinitas. Ajay has been in the Technology Sales since 1993. In his career, he has worked with large MNCs selling IT products and services in India, Africa, Middle East and East Asia. In his total experience of 25 years, His last assignment was as a CMO and headed Domestic & International Product & Project Sales for Emerging Markets like Africa, Middle East, Far East. He has successfully booked multi million dollars projects from different countries in Africa like Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda and India, UAE, Oman etc.
Michelle RachmanSouth Africa
Michelle is a serial entrepreneur; CEO and co-founder of Omni Hospitality and Innovative Merchant Solutions Africa having in excess of 15 years’ experience in the hospitality technology field. Michelle has a passion for marketing and implementing solutions that allow businesses to leverage technology to give them a competitive edge in their respective market with a focus on providing innovative seamlessly integrated solutions in the hospitality and retail verticals.
Charming, sporty and authentic. Go for Gold! Many years of experience in the sports and event world. Development of PaybyFace in the sport, fitness, beauty and hotel industry in Switzerland.
Bogdan Bahnariu acquired a PhD title and two master’s degrees in civil engineering, and he has been working as a project manager in the construction industry for the last 15 years. He has been helping both investors and construction companies to work together and complete their projects, such as commercial shopping centers, hypermarkets, office buildings and residential neighborhoods, by handling all the stakeholders involved and by keeping under the control the three key elements budget, time and quality.
Deon HoltzkampfSouth Africa
Deon is co-founder of Innovative Merchant Solutions and is a qualified Oracle DBA. He has a passion for technology and system architecture across a widespread variety of business verticals. In his role as CTO for Innovative Merchant Solutions Africa, Deon plays a key role in driving the technology strategy and leading the business by driving new initiatives. Deon and his team constantly endeavor to ensure that the products they implement are of the highest standard and meet all legislative compliancy requirements as well as ensure that the security strategy is sound and robust.
The passion for advanced technology has left its mark on him ever since adolescence. Thus, he has more than 16 years of experience in the field of IT&C and advanced software solutions and has contributed to the development of companies for which he has been a valued collaborator, through active involvement in the constant improvement of business processes. Starting with computer troubleshooting and continuing with the implementation and sale of software solutions, he achieved outstanding performance, becoming manager in the IT area for multinational companies and later sales manager for a strong international software developer. He has proven to be a real support in implementing strategies for the promotion and sale of software solutions dedicated to several business segments in Romania.
Beatrice graduated from the University of Geological Engineering in Ploiesti, Romania with a degree focusing on Wind Turbine Renewable Energy. She has experience working for multi-national import and export processing with air freight transportation services. She also built her own startup company in Bucharest which hosted artist events and silent art auctions.