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.

Prof. Roy Thurik

Senior Advisory - Professor Entrepreneurship

Thomas Meijer

Head of Operations at Global School for Entrepreneurship

Jessica Hale

Head of PR & Communications

Nevena Bojovic

Startup Analyst

Joris Zielstra

Business Development

Geoffrey van der Ven

Business Development

Stathis Papadimitriou

Startup Analyst

Anirudh Balakrishnan

Regional Director India

Thomas Blekman

Dean Global School for Entrepreneurship

Ruben Nieuwenhuis


Jurgen Nieuwenhuijsen

Partner & CTO

Dirk Schouten

Team Development

Prof. Justin Jansen

Senior Advisor - Corporate Entrepreneurship

Edward de Jager


Joost Bax

Head of Finance

Robert van Gasteren


Floortje Mostert

Research Analyst

Aqeel Ahmad

Chief Technological Architect

Jochem Cuppen

Partner & Chief Strategy

Peter van Houdt


Jorinde Willbrink

Head of Scouting

Thomas Bijen


Prof. Eric Claassen

Senior Advisory - Biotech

Rick Straathof

Startup Analyst

Keith Wallace

Advisory - Investments

Erwin Koenraads


Mischa Estella Cho

Startup Analyst

Hendrik Halbe

Partner & CEO

Dan Yates

Innovation Expert

Lee (Willy) Wei Lee

Business Development

Eva Jansen

Account Manager

Anuj Tater

Startup Analyst

Yannick Limburg

Business Development

Gabriela de la Vega

Digital Content Creator

Jelle Turkstra

Advisory - Investments

Denise van Blitterswijk

Head of Policy Advice

Roy van der Loos

Finance officer

Annelize (Ann) Singh

Regional Director USA

Yana Lipcheva

Global Network

Noortje van Heijst

Technology & Growth

Lars Crama


Kamen Tsvetkov

Startup Analyst

Erwin Retel

Head of Design

Martin Luxemburg


Keith Bradley

Regional Director MENA

Tom de Heus

Events Lead

Tharek Ghobar

Director Middle East

Luc Mureau

Research Analyst

Lucas Franse


Timo Timmermans

Chairman Global School for Entrepreneurship

Danique Willemstein

Business Development

Andy Mosmans

Advisory - Startup Marketing

Giedre Birmontaite

Global Network

Rachelle Brusselaars


Aurelia Fiumarelli

Events Coordinator

Dominika Tess

Startup Analyst

Marianna Fogiel

Management Assistant

Vincent Hitchins

Startup Analyst

Richard Luxemburg


Annique de Greef

Head of People

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.