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

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

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!

Katarina Szulenyova

Katarina Szulenyova

COO

Katarina graduated from Leiden University with a Masters degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy. After finishing her studies, she became a team member of Impact Hub Bratislava, and later lived 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. She has joined Seedstars World almost three years ago, combining her passion for entrepreneurship and connecting like-minded people from around the world!

Claudia Makadristo

Claudia Makadristo

Regional Manager 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. 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.

Nick Feneck

Nick Feneck

Regional Manager 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!

Juliane Butty

Juliane Butty

Regional Manager 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 , you can meet her in the Swiss mountains or traveling in a camper with her friends!

Kamran Samadli

Kamran Samadli

Associate for MENA

Kamran studied Information Technologies Engineering at Azerbaijan National Aviation Academy and Social Entrepreneurship at University of Massachusetts. After getting both degrees, Kamran managed Azerbaijan's first initiative for supporting tech entrepreneurs - Barama Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, and transformed social responsibility project into full functioning business incubator. Kamran later joined Uber as a Marketing Manager and launched the world-renowned startup in Baku, as well as several B2B services in the Middle East. Kamran is a globe walker, and when he is not on the road with Seedstars, he loves to get lost in cities around the world, enjoying their spirit in all of their diversity.

Meghan Warner

Meghan Warner

Associate for MENA

Originally from New York, Meghan participated in the Mountbatten Internship Programme, which entailed her working at UBS Investment Bank and receiving a certificate in International Business from the University of Cambridge International Examinations. Later she obtained her Masters in mathematics and finance from Cass Business School in London and subsequently worked with JP Morgan before transferring to their Brazil office. Afterwards she left the cooperate world behind to volunteer as a consultant with a social entrepreneur incubator in India, followed by completing a Fellowship with Kiva Microfunds in Palestine. When she is not traveling around the Middle East and North Africa with Seedstars, she can be found traveling somewhere else!

Matevz Gantar

Matevz Gantar

Associate for LATAM

Mat graduated from Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana with a masters degree in Entrepreneurship - Small Business Management. For the past two years he has been connecting different European startup ecosystems as part of Startup Europe and its projects. There he worked with many investors, accelerators and entrepreneurs all over Europe and supported them to ultimately grow the Europe's tech sector. When Mat is not roaming around Latin America in search for cool tech entrepreneurs, he can be found climbing mountains or exploring the many historic ruins.

Anis Kallel

Anis Kallel

Associate for Africa

Anis has a B.S in Computer Science and a B.A in Business from the University of Rochester. He previously interned at Electronic Arts (EA) and Microsoft in the U.S, before falling in love with emerging markets and joining Seedstars World. When he's not travelling to find the best startups in Africa, Anis works with the Tunisian Foundation "Wallah We Can" on transforming public boarding schools to become self-sufficient in energy and food production. He also enjoys singing/beatboxing, taking pictures, and playing soccer.

Rosie Keller

Rosie Keller

Associate for Asia

Rosie holds a degree in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She fell in love with emerging markets after leading teaching and cultural exchange projects in China, CSR studies in India, and collaborating with Engineers without Borders in Tanzania. She also co-founded the ‘Emerging Market Fellowship Program’ that aims to prepare students for entrepreneurship in emerging markets, before joining the Global Summit team to organize the Seedstars Summit 2017. When she is not hustling for Seedstars World, she can be found wandering the great outdoors, trying new foods, and planning her next trip.

Adriana Collini

Adriana Collini

Associate for Asia

Adriana holds an MSc in strategy and innovation from Vienna University of Business and Economics. Before joining Seedstars, she’s been working as an innovation consultant, studying engineering and organizing TEDx events. When she was studying grassroot innovation at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India Adriana was inspired to join Seedstars Asia team to support entrepreneurs in emerging markets. When she is not on the hunt for the best startups, she’s keen to learn about tech, different cultures, food and explore nature.

Aga Ahmadov

Agahuseyn Ahmadov

Associate for CEE

Agahuseyn got his Bachelor degree in Chemistry at Baku State University. After his studies, he has been a Logistics Manager for Karate and Fencing disciplines at Baku 2015 European Games. Later, he founded a car-sharing startup in his home country, helping locals and travellers to easily find vehicles for temporary needs. Agahuseyn was also the Community Manager of SUP Accelerator - first startup accelerator in Azerbaijan. With the SUP team, he helped to build a strong community of startups in Azerbaijan and help entrepreneurs to grow their ventures. When not working for Seedstars World, he is playing piano, working out in a gym and eating a lot of food.

Daria Golikova

Daria Golikova

Associate for CEE

Daria graduated in journalism at National Aviation University in Kiev and University of the Russian Academy of Education in Moscow. While working in PR, she tried practically everything, ranging from a local boutique PR agency and SPN Ogilvy in Russia, to in-house team at leading global game developer Game Insight, to being a PR director at international venture fund Flint Capital. There, she launched a joint project “Art Venture” with award-winning artist Andrei Logvin, featuring calligraphy that highlights Russian investment sector. Before becoming a part of Seedstars, Daria has done communications consulting for startups and enjoyed life as a tech nomad in Moscow, Koh Phangan, Tehran and Sevastopol.

Tom Vaillant

Tom Vaillant

Head of Digital

Tom is a multimedia creator driven by an unshakable belief in the disruptive powers of fiction and technology to convey knowledge! After starting an adventure film production unit, he moved on to work as an innovation producer for Red Bull Media House, with whom he is grateful to continue directing film projects. Tom spends his free time working on an open-source edtech platform, and is committed to supporting entrepreneurs in emerging markets with Seedstars.