a global network

We are explorers

Local expertise

Global reach

We work with more than 1000 explorers globally to achieve our mission. They are experts and frontrunners in innovation, technology, strategy, investments and entrepreneurship.

Peter van Houdt


Tom de Heus

Head of Events

Anirudh Balakrishnan

Regional Director India

Dirk Schouten

Team Development

Richard Luxemburg


Dominika Tess

Startup Analyst

Annique de Greef

Head of People

Keith Wallace

Advisory - Investments

Prof. Justin Jansen

Senior Advisor - Corporate Entrepreneurship

Luc Mureau

Research Analyst

Lucas Franse


Erwin Koenraads


Annelize (Ann) Singh

Regional Director USA

Ruben Nieuwenhuis


Lars Crama


Timo Timmermans

Chairman Global School for Entrepreneurship

Lee (Willy) Wei Lee

Business Development

Rachelle Brusselaars


Jurgen Nieuwenhuijsen

Partner & CTO

Yannick Limburg

Business Development

Yana Lipcheva

Global Network

Joost Bax

Head of Finance

Prof. Roy Thurik

Senior Advisory - Professor Entrepreneurship

Edward de Jager


Thomas Meijer

Head of Operations at Global School for Entrepreneurship

Erwin Retel

Head of Design

Hendrik Halbe

Partner & CEO

Martin Luxemburg


Keith Bradley

Regional Director MENA

Aurelia Fiumarelli

Event Manager

Robert van Gasteren


Tharek Ghobar

Director Middle East

Thomas Blekman

Dean Global School for Entrepreneurship

Thomas Bijen


Aqeel Ahmad

Chief Technological Architect

Roy van der Loos

Finance officer

Prof. Eric Claassen

Senior Advisory - Biotech

Jorinde Willbrink

Head of Scouting

Denise van Blitterswijk

Head of Policy Advice

Jelle Turkstra

Advisory - Investments

Stathis Papadimitriou

Startup Analyst

Jessica Hale

Head of PR & Communications

Jochem Cuppen

Partner & Chief Strategy

Floortje Mostert

Research Analyst

Andy Mosmans

Advisory - Startup Marketing

Noortje van Heijst

Technology & Growth

Meet the Unknown Group

Next to our activities for enterprises the Unknown Group embodies different brands that are catered to a specific niche or target group.

Get in the Ring

A global platform for founders and creators that we support with deals and global exposure to accelerate the realization of their ambitions.

Go to the Get in the Ring website

Global School for Entrepreneurship

A University of Applied Sciences educating tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, fostering the next generation of explorers.

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Whitelabel corporate venturing program, enabling collaboration and investment in startups.