Seedstars World

Seedstars World is a part of the Swiss group Seedstars and runs the global startup competition covering 65+ emerging and developing markets. Our mission is to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through the promotion and investment in entrepreneurship and technology.

Team

It is impressive to see how such a small team can feel connected by the same values even when spread around the world. Whether we are snacking on tacos in Mexico, exploring the dusty streets of Dakar or swooshing on mototaxis across Jakarta, we all look at the world around us with the same eyes, welcoming its diversity and willing to do the impossible to improve people's lives through technology and entrepreneurship.

Alisée de Tonnac

Co-founder & CEO

Alisée graduated from HEC Lausanne and obtained her Master in International Management at Bocconi University with highest honors. She lived eight years in Singapore and two years in Silicon Valley. She worked as product manager for luxury brands at L’Oreal Group and was part of the Italian team at Voyage Prive, a leading European startup. She was a member of the Harvard Model Congress Europe where she won the Award of Excellence. After traveling for a year around the world to set up the first edition of Seedstars World, Alisee is now managing the company and taking it to the next level!

Charlie Graham-Brown

CFO

Charlie studied at The University of Leeds, UK with a year at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and holds a Master of Engineering First Class Honours degree. He transitioned into finance following an MBA at the Collège des Ingénieurs, Paris and became a CFA charter holder. Charlie has six years of experience in innovative financial institutions. Working as an investment officer for four years at BlueOrchard Finance, he analysed and invested in microfinance institutions across Africa, MENA and Asia. When he’s not working on Seedstars World, Charlie can usually be found in the mountains or doing a triathlon!

Sandra Febvre

Seedstars Summit Manager

Sandra studied Tourism and Events Management at ISTEC in Paris and holds an MBA in Marketing and Events Management.  She co-founded the first Entrepreneurs Festival in France, which reunites the top CEOs in the country. Sandra is now proud to be a part of the Seedstars World adventure. Her motto is “Believe in your dreams and live each day with passion” and when she’s not working on Seedstars World, Sandra can usually be found behind the kitchen oven of Seedspace or dancing Lindy hop!

Ana Almeida

Community and Communications Manager

Ana holds a degree in Economics from the University of Porto, with 6 months abroad in the Corvinus University of Budapest. During college she took part in the junior enterprise movement and co-organized several entrepreneurship events. Her passion for startups made her join Startup Pirates, where she was providing innovation services, measuring the impact of the pre-acceleration program and helping people create their ventures. She also worked for PortugalStartups.com as content generator and editor. She was the community manager of the coworking space Porto i/o and volunteer at CoderDojo.When not diving into Seedstars Blog and Social Media, Ana is researching odd things, eating sweets and learning web development.

Marcello Schermer

Regional Manager for Africa

After graduating from the University of Innsbruck with a double degree in Economics & Psychology, Marcello moved to Silicon Valley to work for Detecon, an innovation & strategy consulting subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. In that role, he helped global telcos identify, implement and incubate new ideas. He's also strongly involved in startup communities all over the world as a board member of StartupBus, an organizer of the AMPION venture bus in Africa as well as an advisor to the Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship. He joined the Seedstars World Family as Regional Manager for Africa. When he’s not staring at a screen or organizing events, you can find him scuba diving the world's oceans.

Selam Kebede

Senior Associate for Africa

Selam graduated from Aalto University, Finland with a Masters Degree in Communications Ecosystem. Originally from Ethiopia, she also holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. During her college days , she was actively involved in organizing start-up, technology & entrepreneurship related events including Slush. She passionately believes in technology being the biggest mover to change lives in emerging countries and she loves the new 'Africa-Rising' narrative. While she holds a Black Belt in World Taekwondo from Kukkiwon, she is also 2016's Mandela-Washington Young African Leaders Fellow. When she isn’t traveling across sub-saharan Africa to discover the best startups, she spends her time researching Ethiopian history and contemplating Quantum Physics.

Claudia Makadristo

Associate for Africa

Claudia holds a degree in International Business from the HZ University in the Netherlands. Claudia’s thesis on the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Lisbon that mainly focused on entrepreneurial growth, internationalisation and the competitive position of the city, received highest praise. During her time in Lisbon, she was also the event organizer for the city’s main incubator: Startup Lisboa. In addition, she speaks over five languages and runs the whatisgeek.com blog. When Claudia is not scouting for the best entrepreneurs, creators and innovators of today’s and tomorrow’s Africa, she can be found trying out weird combinations of food.

Katarina Szulenyova

Regional Manager for Asia

Katarina graduated from Leiden University with a Master degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy. After finishing her studies, she lived in Israel and in New York, where she was interning at the Permanent Mission of Slovakia to the United Nations. She later became a team member of Impact Hub Bratislava, where she is providing support until now. For the past 6 months, Katarina was living in Malaysia, developing an e-health platform aimed to improve the pre-pregnancy health of women in order to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes. Combining her passion for social entrepreneurship  and enthusiasm for connecting like-minded people from all over the world, she happily joined Seedstars World as the Community and Regional Manager.

Nick Feneck

Associate for Asia

Nick graduated with a law degree before completing a Masters in Legal and Political Theory from University College London in 2013, focussing on human rights and international law. He started his career in management consultancy, starting at a leading strategy house and moving to risk management consultancy at the Risk Advisory Group. In 2015 he left to coordinate a social enterprise program in India for two months, helping grass roots social enterprises develop. Before joining SSW he was the UK lead in business development for EventsTag, a tech startup that creates experiential social activations for brands at events. When he’s not working for SSW, he will either be eating or pursuing anything sport-based!

Enrique Alvarado Hablutzel

Regional Manager for LATAM

Enrique graduated from Tec de Monterrey and obtained a Master degree in Management from HEC Lausanne. He has 5 years experience working in Mactell de Mexico, developing sales and marketing strategies in LATAM related to technology and innovation with big corporates such as Honeywell, Wincor Nixdorf, IBM, and Zebra. In Europe, he has been working as a consultant on innovation for Innobridge and on the Strategy and Corporate development team of the biggest entrepreneur in Europe Virgin. When he won’t be organizing the third edition of Seedstars World and planning the revenue strategy, you might find him dancing salsa in the middle of the streets!

Rómulo Navarrete

Associate for LATAM

Rómulo holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of South Florida and in International Business at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, studying a semester abroad at Rotterdam University. He was part of AIESEC, the largest student-driven organization, sending Peruvians to volunteer abroad and worked for EF Education First, the largest private education company in the world, as a sales tiger for 4 years. He has studied and worked in Brazil, The Netherlands, USA, Peru and volunteered as an English teacher for high school kids in Thailand. When he is not traveling with Juliane around Latin America looking for the best startups, you can find him cooking Peruvian food or at a local karaoke!

Juliane Butty

Associate for LATAM

Juliane graduated from the HEG Fribourg with a trilingual degree in Business Administration and holds a diploma in International Management from the FGV of Sao Paulo. Originally from Switzerland, she is Brazilian in her heart. After her studies, she moved to Sao Paulo to work for Aliança Emprendedora, an organization that aims to foster entrepreneurship among low income and discriminated communities. With a team of inspired changemakers, she helped micro entrepreneurs to establish and grow their business. She created a Network of Entrepreneurs in the favela of Vila Prudente. When she is not around Latin America seeking the best startups and connecting highly creative people with her incredible associate Romulo, you can meet her in the swiss mountains or traveling in a camper with her super super best friends!

Igor Ovcharenko

Regional Manager for CEE and MENA

Igor holds two Master degrees in Civil & Industrial Engineering and Financial Management in Business. Being tech savvy and in love with innovations, Igor organized one of top tier conferences on startups and tech in CEE, called IDCEE for 3 years. Thanks to this opportunity, he attended numerous amount of events in Europe to scout startups, investors and partners. He also took part in organizing U-Start Conference Africain Cape Town. When not rocking Seedstars World, Igor is on the soccer pitch or in mountains for snowboarding.

Tiffany Obser

Senior Associate for CEE and MENA

Tiffany completed her Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. During her studies, she participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Lab at MIT , gaining insight into the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs in frontier markets. Working post-graduation for a “startup city" in Saudi Arabia she applied this research on the ground, establishing ways to attract enterprising residents to new a city of 2,000 inhabitants on the Red Sea aspiring to a population of 2 million. Prior to joining SSW, she has worked in design, research, and development capacities, contributing to projects across Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East, where she became intrigued by the implications of new technologies, entrepreneurship, and big data on a quickly urbanizing world. Tiffany is a city enthusiast, when she's not on the road in MENA or CEE, she's exploring new eateries or experimenting with new recipes.