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Meet our team

Meet our global team of thinkers and doers, strategists and innovators. Our diverse team is united by its common commitment to support the growth of our global network.

Read their stories and get to know them.

Kirill Korn
Global Tech Coordinator - Salesforce
Kirill Korn
Global Tech Coordinator - Salesforce
Kirill joined Impact Hub Company as Global Technology Coordinator in January 2020.
He is based in Prague and a part of the Technology team. Previously he worked as a business Process consultant on multiple projects and streams for one of the leading IT companies on the market. Kirill’s work is mainly focused on coordinating IT projects from requirements gathering up to implementation including the Salesforce platform. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and skiing with his family. Kirill is based in Prague.
Laura Smitheman
WWF & Impact Hub Project Manager
Laura Smitheman
WWF & Impact Hub Project Manager

Laura’s passion for advancing socio-environmental goals through innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration has led her to support & bridge the very special worlds of Impact Hub and WWF in her PM role. At Impact Hub she enables the operational implementation of the network’s 2030 environmental strategy. While at WWF, she empowers WWF offices and communities to grow their innovation capacity. Having co-founded Impact Hub Phnom Penh and provided entrepreneurship and innovation program design, facilitation, and coaching, she hails from the UK, is currently based in Spain and loves exploring the great outdoors whilst eating gelato with her family.

Meet Muchhala
WWF & Impact Hub Project Manager
Meet Muchhala
WWF & Impact Hub Project Manager

Meet is the Project Manager for WWF & Impact Hub partnership. At Impact Hub, he enables the operational implementation of the network’s 2030 environmental strategy. While at WWF, his focus lies in supporting and empowering WWF offices and communities to grow their innovation capacity. The meet is a strong advocate of socially conscious leadership, social and environmental justice. He has taken up various roles in the past working with organizations such as AIESEC, Being Ocean Foundation, Let’s Do It Foundation, Sustainable Square, and is currently also the co-founder of an NGO called ComunitiLab. Meet is based between India and Nepal and in his spare time loves to travel, go for hikes with his dog, and scuba dive.

Wendy van Leeuwen
Global Brand & Communications Director
Wendy van Leeuwen
Global Brand & Communications Director

Wendy joined Impact Hub Company as our Global Brand and Communications Director in March 2021. She leads our storytelling, digital marketing, media, and brand development initiatives. She is passionate about telling stories that inspire action to make an impact happen. She brings experience both as an impact entrepreneur herself, as a leader of corporate impact funds and accelerators, and as an established professional in marketing, communications, and branding. Wendy is based in Lisbon, Portugal. 

Ana Carolina Andrade
Global Growth Coordinator
Ana Carolina Andrade
Global Growth Coordinator

Carol is mainly responsible for the onboarding of new teams in our Network. If you are wondering how to bring an Impact Hub to your city, reach out to Carol! She joined the Impact Hub Network in 2016 as a maker at Impact Hub Floripanópolis. Overthere, she developed experience in events organizing, program design and management, and finance and operations. Carol is Brazilian, and she is passionate about building solutions collectively for impact.
*Based in Lisbon, Portugal

Nayla Attas
Programs & Partnerships Operations Manager
Nayla Attas
Programs & Partnerships Operations Manager

Nayla is a Senior Manager specialised in enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship for public and social impact.
Based in London, she is currently Programs & Partnerships Operations Manager at Impact Hub Global Network where she manages a portfolio of global programs that support social entrepreneurs from idea generation to scaling their ventures. She is passionate about designing innovative approaches to tackle social and environmental challenges in different regions of the world. Nayla holds a BA in Political Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and a Master’s Degree in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics.

Ulysse Coates
Global Tech Coordinator - Websites
Ulysse Coates
Global Tech Coordinator - Websites

Ulysse joined Impact Hub Company as Global Technology coordinator in March 2020. He loves to create websites and apps, and tries to make people’s life easier every day through technology and user experience. Ulysse has 6 years of practical experience working in startup environments and has also participated in a few Hackathons. He has won three hackathons, one focused on harnessing the power of open data to help parents find schools for their children, the second, building an app to help epileptics track their medication and seizures, the last was a service to help athletes manage their wealth and plan for retirement. Ulysse is based in Lisbon.

Fatmata Alice Koroma
Global Technology Support
Fatmata Alice Koroma
Global Technology Support

Fatmata started her role as a Tech Support in June 2019. She is a tech enthusiast and eager to learn. She currently pursues her degree at African Leadership University Rwanda where she studies Computer Science. Fatmata is also a huge fan of social business and likes to connect it with her expertise. She loves to travel as she enjoys maintaining relationships that contribute to her growth which has allowed her to embrace diversity. Fatmata is Based in Kigali, Rwanda.

Aneta Quraishy
Global Programs Lead
Aneta Quraishy
Global Programs Lead

Aneta has worked for international non-profit, cultural, research, human rights, and educational organizations such as the British Council, Amnesty International, Leeds City Council, and Cambridge University Press. Past roles include strategic leadership and program management, fundraising, portfolio planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact measurement, partnership development, and more recently organizational development and change management. Her special areas of interest and thematic focus include the area of cultural relations, EU funding, creative hubs, urban space, and innovation at the city level. In her free time, you will find her near or in water (ideally the sea) or Lindy Hop and Balboa dancing -pandemic permitting. She is based in sunny Málaga, Spain.

Tom Johnson
Programs Capacity Builder
Tom Johnson
Programs Capacity Builder

As Programs Capacity Builder Tom works with Impact Hubs and partners to develop and deliver entrepreneurial support initiatives for social entrepreneurs. This includes the co-creation of a curriculum and learning journey and the capacity building of Impact Hubs and organisations to deliver support initiatives within their local contexts – if this interests you then simply reach out to Tom to find out more! Tom has developed his career in the social impact space with a focus on social innovation methods, digital technology, learning experiences and business development. Currently based in London, Tom has also spent some time living in Berlin while learning more about the world of tech for good and coding.

Mariana Nunes
Global Development Coordinator
Mariana Nunes
Global Development Coordinator

Mariana is our Global Development Coordinator. She is responsible for the new exciting programmes we are developing across the globe to foster social entrepreneurship and impact at scale. Mariana holds a Masters degree on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics and has a strong background on business and partnership development. Are you interested in collaborating with the Impact Hub on social impact programmes? Reach out to Mariana!
*Mariana is Brazilian and based in London, UK.

Alberto Masetti Zannini
Global Development Director
Alberto Masetti Zannini
Global Development Director

Alberto joined Impact Hub Company as Global Programmes Director in January 2019. “I am based in London and work across a number of areas to help support the development of the network, the establishment of partnerships and donor-relations with UK-based funders and organisations, and the overall awesome growth of our association.In my spare time, I raise my two kids, take pictures of London, go to the cinema, cycle a lot and read sci-fi novels!”

Anna Arato
Project Manager Network Development
Anna Arato
Project Manager Network Development

As a Global Host within the Network Development team Anna supports the design, planning, delivery and coordination of capacity building activities and initiatives for the Network and for the team. She also works closely with the Association Board in governance related matters and is the bridge between the Network and the Board. Anna’s background lies in Adult Education Management and in HR management. She is passionate about learning and knowledge sharing and loves to connect people through that. Anna joined as an HR Coordinator in 2017.

*Anna is based in Vienna, Austria

 

 

Maria Trindade da Silva
Network Development Director
Maria Trindade da Silva
Network Development Director

Maria is originally from Brazil but spent the last 12 years between Brazil and England (London). She joined the Impact Hub Network as Impact Hub King’s Cross- London Managing Director in 2012. Before joining the Impact Hub network, Maria worked supporting the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the people on the base of the pyramid in Brazil, working with microfinance and business education. Maria background is in business management. She has a degree in Business Administration and MSc in International Management from King’s College in London. Maria undertook a field research in Bangladesh, about challenges that social enterprises face in reconciling profitability and social impact as part of her MSc programme. Maria believes that we can build a more fair and just society that works for all and that is why she joined the Impact Hub global movement.
*Maria is based in London, UK

Petr Skvaril
Partnerships & Programs Director
Petr Skvaril
Partnerships & Programs Director

Born and raised in the Czech Republic, Petr has lived in the US, the Netherlands and currently commutes between Vienna and Prague. Before joining Impact Hub to manage global partnerships and fundraising, Petr worked in business development and innovation at Vodafone, leading a number of initiatives in mobile media, online services, ICT, and mHealth. Previously, Petr worked at AIESEC, a global youth-run leadership and talent development organization, where he managed the national branch in the Czech Republic and later joined AIESEC’s global office to lead sales and external relations. He and his wife enjoy travel, various outdoor sports, and, from time to time, even ballroom dancing.

*Petr is based in Prauge, Czech Republic

Flavia Ladino
Brand & Communications Lead
Flavia Ladino
Brand & Communications Lead

Having spent the past six years consolidating her experience in communications, brand and events management as well as partnerships development, Flavia found her true calling in Storytelling for impact. She’s passionate about helping businesses develop their online communication strategy and brand positioning through powerful storytelling. At Impact Hub, Flavia leads the internal communications strategy and campaigns driving the engagement of our Impact Hubs, leads the development of our content strategy to ensure our inspiring stories get told and oversees a broad range of activities for the continuous development of Impact Hub’s brand portfolio, as well as brand governance and special projects.
*Flavia is based in Berlin, Germany

Beate Weinzinger
Growth & Accelerate Membership Lead
Beate Weinzinger
Growth & Accelerate Membership Lead

Beate is, as our Network Development Coordinator, the go-to person when it comes to growing new Impact Hubs across the world. She is responsible for the overall onboarding process and its due diligence. Beate brings in her experience in Project Management, Event Design and Human Resources and Team Development. Do you have any questions related to development plans or budgets, induction calls, membership agreement or how to bring Impact Hub to your city? Reach out to Beate!
Beate joined Impact Hub Company as Event Management & HR-Coordinator in September 2016. She supports the team in HR operations and aims to create global events, which enable building new connections and foster new ways of thinking. Beate holds a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of Liechtenstein. Born and raised on the countryside of Austria, she also supports initiatives for the children’s movement of Austria. Beate enjoys traveling around the world and spending time with her family and friends.

*Beate is based in Vienna, Austria

Marina Sarli
EU Cluster Coordinator
Marina Sarli
EU Cluster Coordinator

Marina was born in Potenza, Italy but she lives in Athens, Greece. She has been working as a volunteer and as a professional in the CSOs sector since ever. When she was 16 she had the first part-time contract as Environmental Educator. Since then, she has been working as project manager and general director for Youth Associations, Development Association. In 2002 she has founded Fair Trade Hellas, the first Fair Trade Association in Greece, that is a member of Impact Hub Athens community.
She has been active in consultancy, advocacy and governance level into the European Development Cooperation Sector (she is actually at her second mandate for international board of the Concord Confederation of European Association for Development and Relief) and she loves to be a trainer on Advocacy and Leadership skills. After her daughter Chiara arrives to make her life even more chaotic and richer, she became a freelance fundraiser, trainer, and consultant for CSOs. So she arrived at Impact Hub Company as EU Cluster Coordinator and, actually, she is also the Account Manager of the Social Challenges Innovation Platform EU project. She is very often on an airplane, where she can forget e-mails and cultivate her reading passion!
*Marina is based in Athens, Greece

Sarah Stamatiou Nichols
Global Impact Measurement & Strategy Director
Sarah Stamatiou Nichols
Global Impact Measurement & Strategy Director

Sarah is our Global Impact Strategy Director. She leads the global member survey and builds capacity for impact management across the network. Sarah is a co-founder of Impact Hub Vienna and has on-boarded new teams and managed network projects as associate over the past couple of years. She moved to the Bay Area 3 years ago, and worked with the Social Capital Markets conference in San Francisco. She consulted with Schaffer&Combs, where her projects included the certification of the firm as a B Corp and the diagnosis of the Monitoring & Evaluation system of a global WASH fund.

*Sarah is based in San Francisco, California

Portrait Tapiwa Nyandoro
Tapiwa Nyandoro
Africa Development Lead
Tapiwa Nyandoro
Africa Development Lead
Portrait Tapiwa Nyandoro

Tapiwa is driven by the prospect of contributing to the creation of a better and more functional entrepreneurial ecosystem within Africa. He is a dedicated development practitioner with professional research and consulting experience spanning across over ten countries across Africa and beyond.
Prior to joining the Impact Hub Harare team as a coordinator in September 2016, Tapiwa had been working as a consultant on two DFID-funded programs in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. These programs were focused primarily on public-private partnerships as well as accountability. These experiences form the basis of Tapiwa’s expertise in strategy formulation and partnership development. His work in various instances involved the facilitation of relationships between government and private sector actors, as well as coordination of research projects across East Africa. Tapiwa’s emphasis on strategy has been a key strength in his professional success. As a committed team player and advocate Tapiwa hopes to deepen the roots of Impact Hubs across the continent. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Development Studies from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

*Tapiwa is based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Anne Kathrin Merkle
WWF & Impact Hub Global Partnership Lead
Anne Kathrin Merkle
WWF & Impact Hub Global Partnership Lead

Anne is the WWF & Impact Hub Global Partnership Lead focusing on the strategic partnerships between the two networks while also holding unique roles in each. In this hybrid role, she leads the implementation of Impact Hubs’ environmental strategy which spans from work with our Impact Hubs on the topic to climate global partnerships and programs. For WWF, Anne is the innovation culture manager: empowering WWF offices around the world to foster their innovation culture. Anne has always been curious about the topic of collaboration and innovation, so over the years she took a variety of roles: with an NGO in Kayamandi Township South Africa, for the BMW Foundation in Germany & Canada, for UnLtd UK, and as a virtual facilitator and consultant. Anne is now based in Berlin. The outdoors are her way to feel connected – from yoga and hiking to scuba diving and surfing.

Petruta Stoica
Finance Controlling & Reporting Lead
Petruta Stoica
Finance Controlling & Reporting Lead

Born in Romania, Petruta spent her childhood in Bucharest. In 2006, she attended university at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, where she majored in Accounting and Management Information Systems. From 2004 until 2013 she was an accountant at Foundation Center for Economic Development ( CDE ), having a range of activities, from bookkeeping to microfinance activities.
In 2009, the foundation became a non-bank financial institution and she went from Economist in 2009- 2013 to Senior Controlling and Reporting Officer in 2014, where her main responsibilities were controlling (preparing periodical reports, compliance audits, monitoring internal controls, budgeting and analysing financial data to varying degrees) and reporting (preparing the internal and external reports, budgets, forecasts). In 2016, Petruta joined us as part of the Finance & Operations Circle at Impact Hub Global as Controlling & Reporting Lead.

*Petruta is based in Bucharest, Romania.

Gabriela Gandel
Executive Director
Gabriela Gandel
Executive Director

As an experienced leader of innovative global organisations, organisational and personal development consultant and experiential learning designer Gabriela is committed to building organisations and systems that enable people and planet to thrive and meaningful visions to get accomplished.

She spent her last 10 years working as a manager or consultant with a mix of not for profit and for profit global organisations spanning over 50 countries around the world. As a manager, she worked for AIESEC International and Romania, Future Considerations and Impact Hub. As a consultant, her clients included HSBC, KPMG, BP, TATE Britain and 10 key art galleries in England, ProVita Romania, RoPot, Human Invest. Throughout her career, Gabriela had coaching engagements with over 40+ leaders. This all was fun and makes up for her more than 5 passports used up to date.

Currently, she happily works for the Impact Hub network as a global director, helping build a global infrastructure for catalysing and scaling social enterprises and change making businesses that address the key issues of our time. And with this pursuing her stand of a connected humanity acting as a power for good.

*Gabriela is based in Vienna, Austria.