EBAN Board

Executive Committee

  • JORMALAINEN Janne

    President FiBAN, FINLAND

    Janne Jormalainen is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is active in the angel investment scene in Northern Europe, his has invested to over thirty high tech and education companies. He is currently chairman of the board in four highly successful start-up companies. He is chairman emeritus of the Finnish Business Angel Network (FiBAN). He is a frequently heard speaker in conferences and seminars.

    Janne made his early career in large corporate environment, then moving to entrepreneurship. At Nokia, he was in charge of multiple functions and businesses; managing for example the mobile accessory, IoT and wearables business unit with 860 M€ in annual revenues. He has lived and worked in the USA, Europe and Southeast Asia. Since 2005 he has been working as an entrepreneur in multiple industries and founded several companies. In 2015 he sold SPU Oy, a company producing energy efficient building materials, to Kingspan Plc.

    Janne holds master’s degree from Tampere University of technology. He considers himself as a resident of the world with current home in Espoo, Finland. He is passionate about the opportunities technology and entrepreneurship can bring to the human race.

  • PRODANOVIC Selma

    Vice President, Capacity Building Committee Chair Austrian Angel Investors Association, AUSTRIA

    Selma Prodanovic is an internationally awarded entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. She is passionate about empowering people and creating the future. Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, she is famous for her ability to identify, create, and connect business potential. Selma is founder & CEO of 1MillionStartups, the global platform providing exposure and support to entrepreneurs dedicated to solving today’s grand challenges and the UN SDGs. She is co-founder and Vice-President of Austrian Angel Investors Association, Board Member of European Business Angel Network (EBAN), and member of Global Business Angel Network (GBAN). The Business Angelina has a portfolio of startup investments, is lead investor at Rising Tide Europe 1 – impacting the next generation of female business angels, was an investor in the Austrian startup TV show “2 minutes – 2 million”, and served as a judge in over 100 investment panels. Since 2005, with her business developer Brainswork, she launched a dozen of “made in brainswork”-brands, supported over 400 startups, and advised numerous global investors, corporations and organizations. As an inspirational speaker Selma was over 1000 times on stage. Selma is happily married to her first love and proud mother of two fantastic teenagers.

  • JARLBÆK Jesper

    Treasurer Danish Business Angels, DENMARK

    Jesper Jarlbæk is an angel investor and board member of a number of growth businesses. Jesper is currently Vice-Chairman of DVCA (Danish Venture Capital Association) and Chairman of DanBAN, Danish Business Angels, Denmark’s largest and most successful Business Angel Network. In 2009, Jesper was awarded the “Business Angel of the Year” title by DVCA. Jesper Jarlbæk is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Bang & Olufsen A/S, an NASDAQ OMX listed company and Chair of Happy Helper listed on NASDAQ First North. Jesper is the Chair of CataCap, a Danish PE fund. Until 2002, Jesper Jarlbæk was employed at Arthur Andersen, ultimately holding dual positions as Managing Partner, Denmark and Nordic Managing Partner – Assurance and Business Advisory. From 2002 to 2006, Jesper was Managing Partner of Advisory Services at Deloitte. Jesper lectures and mentors at CBS, Copenhagen Business School and is a member of the Danish Committee for Good Corporate Governance.

  • ALVAREZ DE LARA Juan

    Community Engagement Committee Chair Seed&Click, SPAIN

    Juan is running an impact investing fund in Deep tech & Deep science to fund IP, Proof of Concept and Spin-offs raising from the most universities, research centers, scientific and technological Parks.

  • DRIDJE Marcel

    Corporate Partnerships Committee Chair Sophia Business Angels, FRANCE

    Marcel Dridje is the SOPHIA BUSINESS ANGELS President Emeritus & a Mentor at The Camp in Aix en Provence.

    A seasoned European Sales senior Executive, Marcel has substantial field experience helping IT and Telecom startups in the US and EMEA. Marcel has a broad range of experience in all aspects of sales, marketing, communication and management with direct experience with Fortune 500 enterprises (IBM, Nortel, Lucent, Cisco, EMC, ALU) and startups (Quantum, Andrew Networks, Pluris, Corvis, Ascend and Airespace). During the course of his career he has held VP roles most notably as VP EMEA Corvis (first all optical router) where he grew the team and business to an outstanding success. Of French-Algerian and British origin, Marcel launched his career after completing a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science from Portsmouth Polytechnic UK and holds an M&A executive program credentials from INSEAD.

    Marcel most recently left CISCO after 35 years in IT and Telecom Sales to start his new venture as a Business Angel with SBA to help startups with seed money, VC connections and Business development.

    Vaelsys/ IVAS (France), Zetalabs (France), Faveeo (CH), Digitalarti (France), OnePulse (UK) and Cyberflowanalytics (Recently acquired by Webroot a leading US cybersecurity company based in Denver USA) are six of his star ventures.

    A self-proclaimed Serial Entrepreneur, Marcel loves new Challenges in sharing his 30 years IT& Telecom experience with IT VC firms and new High-tech Start Ups Ready to expand their Sales & Mktg success across EMEA, USA and APAC.

  • KETIKIDIS Panayiotis

    Advocacy Committee Chair Hellenic Business Angels Network, GREECE

    Professor Panos Ketikidis is the Co-Founder of the Hellenic Business Angels Network (HeBAN) and Board Member of EBAN.

    Current position: Professor of Innovation and Technology, CITY College – Chairman of the South East European Research Center (SEERC) and Business Angel Investor.

    Professor Ketikidis has over 30 years of experience in management, education, innovation, research, and competitive research funding and very solid networks as a result of this experience. His expertise lie in (responsible) innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, triple helix, (impact) investment, regional development, supply chain management and health informatics. Prof. Ketikidis also served as President and Board member in several profit and non-profit associations supporting and mobilizing the knowledge triangle (research, business and education) to facilitate innovation. He holds a Ph.D. in Systems Science, Health Informatics from CITY University (UK).

  • LUZ Ricardo

    Financial Institutions Partnerships Committee Chair FNABA, PORTUGAL

    Founder & Partner of Gestluz Consultores & of Matching Ventures. Board Member of EBAN – European Business Angel Network. Member of the Fiscal Council of 321 Crédito – Instituição Financeira de Crédito and Payshop, SA. Founder & Emeritus President of Invicta Angels – Porto Business Angels Association and Founder & Vice-President of FNABA – National Federation of Business Angels Associations, from 2007 to 2015. Executive Board Member of IFD – Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento, SA. from 2015 to 2017. Former Board member of several SME´s and private associations, and Consultant of Strategy, Business and Cities Competitiveness. Former Professor of Higher Education of Courses of Management, Commercial and Sales, and Financial Management. Master degree in Design for Sustainability, Postgraduate Degree in Political Journalism, Undergraduate Degree in Economics.

  • POLEKHIN Vitaly

    International Cooperation Committee Chair International Investor Organization INVESTORO, RUSSIA

    Vitaly Polekhin is the President of International Investor Organization INVESTORO aiming and focusing on early stage investment deals in startups and scale ups around the world. Since 2016 he serves as a Board Member of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN) and the President of the National Business Angels Association of Russia.

    Vitaly is a founder and head of the Association of Entrepreneurship Development ‘SKOLKOVO Community’ Investor’s Club – a platform that brings together entrepreneurs and investors looking for new business opportunities.

    Vitaly Polekhin is an active angel investor and was named Angel Investor of the Year 2015 in Russia, has PhD in Philosophy and graduated Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO (Executive MBA), Lomonosov Moscow State University (MBA) and different programs in business schools like MIT Sloan School of Management (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Executive Education), UC Berkley Haas School of Business (Venture Capital Executive Education), Harvard Business School (Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive Education).

Board of Directors

  • BJARKBY Christine

    Sciety, SWEDEN

    Christine Bjarkby is an investor and founder at Lincs focusing as Senior Advisor in Growth Capital at Lincs. Christine is in the board of EBAN since 2017. Christine has a broad experience from business development worldwide from large public global companies to small start-up companies. Christine has previously worked with investments as a representative of Invest Sweden, Entrepreneurship Network (Enterprise Network for Startup ICT) and Connect Sweden. Christine is and has been a board member of several startup companies and is herself a business angel. Christine is one of the founders of NordicBan and are now building up the Business Angel community in Sweden. Christine matches growth companies with capital and crucial skills and contacts. Her network consist more than 500 investors is spread all over Sweden both Business Angels as VC. Christine works actively to develop its investment network at regional, national and international levels.

  • BRAUN Peter

    Equity Pitcher Fund, SWITZERLAND

    Peter E. Braun has 20 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and in various senior and top management positions in the aerospace and automotive industries. He has successfully launched two industrial companies and two finance-related enterprises, and completed two IPOs, one in the United States and one in Germany. During his career, Peter acquired profound knowledge of the capital markets and the finance sector though his activities in Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada, USA and Asia. He is a much asked for coach for start-ups, a compelling speaker and a sought after senior advisor and board member.

    In his most recent activity as a Co-founder and CEO of the Mountain Club AG, he created a peerless e-banking solution for business angel and private equity investments in collaboration with strategic partner UBS AG.

  • COLOMER Albert

    Business Angels Network Catalunya, SPAIN

    Albert has been at the forefront of the angel investor movement in Spain. In 2002, he co-founded and became executive director of the Business Angel Network Catalunya BANC, the first Spanish angel network, which he led. Additionally in 2006 he co-founded ESBAN, a private foundation to raising awareness and promoting angel investment and Business Angels Networks in Spain. Since 2003, Albert is member of the Board of EBAN. Albert has been appointed by the Parliament of Catalonia as member of the Advisory Board of the Catalan Institute of Finance, the public credit institution of the Government of Catalonia. During his career, Albert has gathered a profound knowledge of the entrepreneurship skills. As a consultant, advisor, coach or business angel, His experience in entrepreneurial field, over 25 years, has helped thousands start-ups and entrepreneurs to born and grow. He is co-founder (1986) and executive director of CPAC (Fundació Privada per a la Promoció de l’Autoocupació de Catalunya), an independent charity with a mission to help people and organizations to be entrepreneurs.

  • COWLEY Alan

    Martlet Capital, UNITED KINGDOM

    Alan is an entrepreneur and investor for the UK based investment company Martlet Capital. Martlet invest in UK based IP rich deep technology start-ups, with a focus on Life Science enabling technologies and digital health; sensors, software and devices; and sustainable technologies.

    Alongside his venture role, Alan is co-founder of the Invested Investor, an educational publishing start-up helping start-ups. He co-authored the entrepreneurial challenge book ‘Founder to Founder’ and wrote a chapter for the UK Entrepreneur’s Guide ‘Yes Business Can’. For the Invested Investor, Alan has interviewed hundreds of leading global early-stage business professionals, building up a huge understanding of how the start-up ecosystem operates, as well as numerous roles mentoring and training entrepreneurs and investors. Additionally, he is a director of Camdata Limited and on the Board of Advisors for an independent Sixth-Form school in Cambridge.

    His expertise and knowledge of the European early-stage start-up ecosystem allows him to contribute toward all aspects of EBAN.

  • DEMIRHISAR Huseyin R

    BiD Network, THE NETHERLANDS

    Huseyin R. Demirhisar, is a renowned investor, advisor and entrepreneur with a professional career, spanning corporate finance, family office/private equity, venture capital, and investment banking. He is a globally recognised expert and influencer in the impact investment and development finance domains. He is currently the CEO/ Founding Partner of Bid Capital Partners/ BiD Network, impact investment advisory and management firm with offices in Africa and Benelux focusing on cross border investments and development finance. Before BiD Network, he founded Angel Wings Ventures, investment firm serving to institutional clients and family offices. Before his entrepreneurial activities, Huseyin led investment and portfolio management activities at Royal Dutch Shell Group- M&A and Treasury, ING Wholesale Bank- Structured Finance Power and Utilities, PYMWYMIC- Dutch impact investment HNWI coop, and AmsterdamPark Capital Partners- Dutch Family Office/ PE.

    Amid his active engagements in the investment ecosystem, he has a proven track record as a business leader with organisational transformation and deal making skills. In addition to his Board Member role at EBAN, Huseyin serves as a Senator of Rwanda at WBAF, and took founding member roles at Associations such as European Chamber of Commerce Rwanda, and Circular Economy for Africa in his pursuit of supporting emerging country entrepreneurship. He is married with two children and enjoys spending his time with his family as an active member of his community. Huseyin holds an MSc in Banking and Finance from the University of Stirling, UK.

  • DE SAN JOSE Amparo

    IESE Business Angels Network, SPAIN

    Amparo de San José is CEO at IESE’s Business Angels Network since 2009. The network has reached a record investment year in 2017 with 32 deals and +4 million invested, added to complete a +190 startups portfolio. In 2013, IESE was recognized with the EBAN Award for Best European Business Angel Network. Previously, de San José served as consultant for InterAmerican Development Bank in Washington, and keeps occasional collaboration with the institution on entrepreneurship issues.

    At LATAM, she has been part of several consulting projects devoted to entrepreneurship and startup creation, and is a member of the XCALA initiative for the creation of business angels networks. Her study Accelerators and Social Entrepreneurship: Acceleration Models and Support Ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean has recently been published, along with three case studies conducted at a local scale and the AEBAN Business Angels Report 2016 (an annual report on the situation of business angel investment in Spain). Currently, she is the lead person behind Startup Europe Latin America and Women Angels for Entrepreneurs in Spain.

  • LLOPIS Regina

    AEBAN, SPAIN

    Ph.D. in Mathematics applied to Artificial Intelligence from UC BERKELEY, PADE Executive Training IESE Business School. Aplicaciones en Informática Avanzada and Group AIA’s Founder and President. AIA has been transferring basic science and providing AI (ML and Data Analytics) solutions to business and industries, Building Algorithms for a Better World, for over 30 years working with leading Companies and NASA. Co-Founder and President of WA4STEAM (Women Angels 4 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Architecture and Mathematics). Vice President of AEBAN 2019-2021. Business Angel with over 30 investments. Member of the Advisory Board of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain’s Government, Member of the Advisory Council National Pact for the Knowledge Society of the Catalonia Government. Global Ambassador & Board Director IWEC. Boards of Non-Listed companies and SMEs in EUROPE & US.

    Awarded: Ada Byron prize: ‘2017 Technologist Woman of the year’ in Spain by Deusto University (Spain), ‘2018 Best Business Angel’ by Big Ban Angels Association (Spain), 2019 ‘Entrepreneurial Trajectory’ by ACCIO Catalan Government (Spain), ‘The 2019 Businesswomen Leadership Award’ by Spanish Federation of Female Directors, Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, FEDEPE (Spain), ‘2019 Technology Award’ by International Foundation of Entrepreneurial Women, FIDEM (Spain).

  • LUGOWSKI Robert

    CobinAngels, POLAND

    Robert graduated from the Carlson School of Management MBA program and the Warsaw School of Economics as well as individual intercollegiate studies at Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin University of Technology and Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. Co-founder and Managing Partner at CobinAngels, business angel network, entrepreneur, investor.

    He is an expert in diffusion of innovation, business models and organization and development of new ventures. Mentor and member of evaluation teams in start-up contests, investor and coach in several innovative technology startups. Member of the supervisory boards and control bodies of a number of companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, including WorkService S.A. He has extensive experience gained while working on managerial positions in global technology companies such as Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, recently Atos.

    He supervised and was responsible for the implementation of a number of innovative projects in Poland like STORK EU, projects in collaboration with Atos Research & Innovation and ASE Scientific Community. He created and supervised the implementation of strategies in the area of introducing new products and technologies as well as marketing and sales on the Polish and regional markets of Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, Egypt and Turkey. He also held a number of functions in industry and social organizations including President of Business Students Club, Member of the Board of Polish Chamber of Information and Telecommunications, Warsaw Executive MBA Alumni Association and French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Poland. Initiator of the Business Angels Poland Confederation and a member representing Poland in Business Angels Europe Association and EBAN Space Executive Committee.

  • O’CONNOR Michael

    CorkBIC, IRELAND

    Michael O’Connor started in marine and arctic exploration before specialising in high technology or innovative projects usually involving international growth. Early experience with Raychem Corporation Menlo Park before co-founding Intepro, a venture capital backed Irish IT startup. Led the US market entry with several rounds of international venture capital before a successful trade sale.  Since returning from the USA he has created many new initiatives, advised over 300 start-ups and built an angel network doing over 100 deals, investing over €50m in primarily start-ups. Founded the International Security Accelerator to invest in AI, Cyber & big data global start-ups and co-chairs the EBAN E-Xcelerator.  Graduated from Cambridge University in Engineering and holds an MBA from London Business School and the Wharton School. Board member & investor in several companies. International judge and umpire in the sailing world for major international  events.

  • PHELAN John

    Halo Business Angels Network, IRELAND

    John has extensive experience in start-up and growth businesses (three start-ups; one in the UK, two in Ireland and GM of a computer games company in Chicago). His first business was an Animation Studio in London focusing on Feature films, TV series and Commercials. The success of this venture led to his appointment as General Manager of a Computer Games company in Chicago.

    His domain knowledge is in the MediaTech, Digital Media, Software, ICT, Games & Animation sectors, but has also engaged in early stage Research (FP7, H2020 and the European Commission) and Space (ESA) technology sectors.

    Through his engagement with Dublin BIC, the Halo Business Angel Network, the AIB Seed Fund and Enterprise Ireland he has his “Finger on the Pulse” of entrepreneurial activity in Ireland and the funding requirements (Equity, Debt, Grant, R&D) for start-up and growth companies.

    John is also the Independent Chair of Animation Ireland and a board member of Filmbase.

  • ROHUMAA Priit

    Estonian Business Angel Network, ESTONIA

    Priit Rohumaa has a master degree in Power Engineering from Tallinn University of Technology and MBA from Estonian Business School, lives in Tallinn, Estonia. Priit has worked in corporate finace sector – privatized Estonian second biggest power grid and has been 18 years in Estonian biggest Oil&Gas-Energy corporation Viru Keemia Grupp, where first 11 years he was CFO and last 7 years as a CEO.

    He is a board member of the EstBAN – Estonian Business Angels Network and has been an active angel investor for several years and has invested in over 10 startups (in the defence, machine learning, gaming, education, IOT, industry solutions).

    By Estonian President Priit is nominated as Chairman of the Council in Estonian Foresight Center next to Estonian Parliament. Priit is a Chairman of the Supervisory Board in Estonian Railway. Also supervisory board member in Tallinna Vesi – water utility company in Estonian capital.

    He was elected as Alumni of the Year 2014 in Tallinn University of Technology (TTU) and he is also a board member of TTU Alumni Council.

  • SAI Caroline

    Angels Santé, FRANCE

  • SHALLAL Audra

    Nordic Female BAN, FINLAND

    Audra Shallal is an expert in Women’s Entrepreneurship and Angel Investment in the EMEA region. She promotes Entrepreneurship and Angel Investing through Programs, Mentoring, Business Plan Competitions, Business Angel Networks and Women’s Economic Empowerment within the EU and the MENA region. She consults for international organizations such as OECD, UNEP, UNIDO and the European Commission, and teaches courses on Entrepreneurship to the Grandes Ecoles such as ENSCP, X, ParisTech, CELSA. Audra has played a key role in launching the Enterprise Financing Network within the MENA-OECD Investment Programme which creates a unique platform to connect entrepreneurs, financiers, research bodies and policymakers in order to improve the conditions for financing entrepreneurship. She is used to hold the position of Vice-President of the Femmes Business Angels and currently serves on the Board of BADGE (Les Business Angels des Grandes Ecoles), the Advisory Board of Tenmou-Bahrain First Business Angel Company, and the Paris Executive Business Accelerator. She is also Chair of the Mentoring Taskforce within the American Chamber of Commerce’s Women Leadership Committee and is an accredited Mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, the Tony Elumelu Foundation, and BiD Network. She is also a Member of the Board at NFBAN – Nordic Female Business Angel Network.

  • SIMA Petr

    DEPO Ventures, CZECH REPUBLIC

    Founder of DEPO Ventures with 25 years of experience in M&A and Corporate Finance with emphasis on business valuation. Founder of Angel Network and Grouport Investment Fund. Petr has extensive VC and Investor exposure accumulated over the years.

  • SOSSO Ian

    Monte Carlo Capital, MONACO

    Ian Sosso, winner of EBAN’s “best European early stage award” in 2019, is the founder of Monte Carlo Capital (MCC), a group of business angels, UHNWI and family offices investing in Europe and the US in early stage deep tech and highly disruptive businesses.

    MCC combines the best features of business angels and venture capital: a global group of sophisticated investors and family offices capable of taking businesses from seed all the way to exit, providing financing and helping management scale their businesses up internationally. MCC typically starts investing as pre-seed/seed, taking an entire financing round, and leads follow-ons too.

    Ian is also a managing partner of the Start Up Nursery fund, a fund dedicated to financing the creation of deep tech US university spin offs. Ian started his career in 1993 and previously worked in Paris, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong with HSBC, UBS and JPMorgan, holding investment banking positions in trading, sales and financial engineering. Before founding Monte Carlo Capital, Ian was, until 2009, the regional managing director and head of capital markets in Asia for Commerzbank where he was managing all capital markets activities in Asia, including equity derivatives, credit, precious metals, foreign exchange, debt capital markets, as well as the treasuries of HK, Singapore and Shanghai.

    Over the years, Ian has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences in China, HK, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia and Monaco. Ian currently lectures venture capital to MBA and finance MSc students at the International University of Monaco, and a regular speaker at leading business school. He is also a board member of the Monaco Venture Capital Association. Ian joined the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), in 2016 and recently won the best performing new member award at the annual conference of EBAN in Malaga. Ian is a Monégasque and holds a MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics (LSE)

  • STETNER Davorin

    Croatian Business Angels Network, CROATIA

    Davorin Stetner is an entrepreneur, investor and an adventurer. He is the President & CEO at his KREATOR GROUP which consists of companies, brands, projects and investments. Among these accomplishments he is President of the Croatian Business Angels Network – CRANE and member of the Economic Council of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar – Kitarović.

    Born on 10th of November 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia, Stetner launched his first company when he was 20. He is the owner of various businesses in the media & entertainment industry (Kreator TV, Kreator Film New York, Zimo digital), hospitality industry and others. Stetner is an active angel investor with a wide portfolio of investments in startup companies around the world, mainly in Croatia and USA.

    He made a world breakthrough with acquisition of Formula 1TM media rights for Croatia in 2011 when he alone negotiated and signed a contract with Bernie Ecclestone beating huge multinational companies. At 29 years old then, he thus became world’s youngest private F1TM rights holder. As he later said – Formula 1TM and the contacts and friendships he made there were his true breakthrough and lifetime value. Stetner has huge premium sports and television production experience. He worked, and he is working with the biggest names in the industry like Formula 1TM, Volvo Ocean RaceTM, MotoGPTM, Eurosport and others. He leads multiple media projects for more than 15 years. He built a numerous media projects and TV stations from the scratch. Motorsports is his big love. He founded Kreator Racing Team in 2012 to help young drivers to compete at the World stage. Kreator Racing made great results in Formula Renault, Karting and Motocross. This team now holds more than 11 national and international Championships titles and is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Croatia.

    Stetner was appointed to Croatian President Kolinda Grabar – Kitarović’s Council for Economic Affairs. He has been active in the National Car & Carting Federation (member of FIA) first as a Board member and from 2017, as a Deputy President. His other passions include traveling and long expeditions. Stetner is an adventurer who has traveled throughout many countries of the world such as: the Ivory Coast, Liberia, DR Congo, Panama, Bhutan. So far he has visited more than 70 countries. He also has a Pilot License (PPL) and he is a skipper.

PRESIDENT EMERITUS ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • COWLEY Peter

    EBAN President 2018-2020

    Peter Cowley, a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over a dozen businesses in technology and property over the last 39 years. He has built up a portfolio of over 70 angel investments with eight good exits (including more that is 107X and returned all invested cash) and twelve failures. He is the President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), former chair of the Cambridge Business Angels and was UK Angel of the Year 2014. He has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and is on the board of nine startups.

    In 2011, he founded and has since run Martlet: a Corporate Angel, investing (currently £8M) from the balance sheet of Marshall, a £2.5bn revenue Cambridge engineering company. He is a fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Cambridge Judge Business School and on the investment committee of the UK Angel Co-fund. He has also had 16 years’ experience as chair, treasurer and trustee of the boards of seven charities.

    With his son, Alan, Peter is sharing his and others’ experience and anecdotes in order to educate angels and entrepreneurs via The Invested Investor which publishes two books and 75+ podcasts. Peter is a public speaker on entrepreneurship and angel investing throughout the world.

  • JOHNSON Candace

    EBAN President 2014-2018

    Candace Johnson is a co-founder of SES, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group and the architect of SES Global. She is also the founder of various companies as Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network, and Europe Online, the world’s first Internet-based online service and a founding investor and Member of the Board of Kacific, the high-throughput Satellite Internet System for the Pacific.

    Under her presidency of EBAN, she co-founded MBAN, the Middle East Business Angel Network and ABAN, the AfricanBusiness Angel Network. Ms. Johnson is also the President of three investment funds and is the founder of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN), Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) and the VATM, the German Association of Private Telecom Operators.

  • ANDREZ Paulo

    EBAN President 2012-2014

    Paulo Andrez is an angel investor. He is Vice-President of FNABA (Portuguese Business Angels Federation), President of Cascais Business Angels, and Member of the Board of DNA Cascais (BIC). He chaired (2010-2012) the EBAN Research Committee, which produced the first EBAN Co-Investment and Tax Breaks reports, in cooperation with BDO. Paulo Andrez was the Chairman of the 2007 World Business Angels Leaders Forum (Estoril) that decided to create the World Business Angel Association. Within the scope of his involvement with FNABA, Mr. Andrez participated in the design of the first Business Angel co-investment fund in Portugal. In 2010 he also participated in the design and implementation of the first Business Angels Tax Break in Portugal.

    Paulo Andrez has experience as a serial entrepreneur and has created several companies in areas like IT software, training, real estate and industrial resins. In 2000, he participated as an entrepreneur (seller) in the IPO of Novabase (via Euronext), the largest national IT provider in Portugal, with more than 1900 employees and working in 33 countries. From this point on, Mr. Andrez became a business angel, helping entrepreneurs achieve desired results. He is an IT Engineer and has an MBA from Nova University in Lisbon.

  • BAUMANN Brigitte

    EBAN President 2009-2012

    Brigitte is the Founder of Go Beyond Early Stage Investing. Go Beyond enables novice & experienced, small & large investors, to access angel investing as an asset class through its unique platform, tools, training and expert angels. Go Beyond works with individual investors, family offices, professional groups/associations and corporations. Go Beyond operates in Europe and the US. Its team is comprised of seasoned business angels and is the subject of a Harvard Business School case. Brigitte is a Business Angel since 2003 and has received The European Investor of the Year from EBAN in May 2015. In 2017, Brigitte was selected in EY’s European Winning Women Entrepreneur program. In November 2016&2017, Brigitte is listed in Europe’s TOP 50 most influential women in the start-up and venture capital space and Top Women in FinTech. Brigitte is President Emeritus of EBAN, the European trade association for Business Angels and Seed Funds www.eban.org and Member of the Board of CTI Start Up www.kti.admin.ch . Brigitte is past Chair of Young Presidents Organization’s www.ypowpo.org (24k CEOs) global Angel Investing group.

    Brigitte Baumann has 20+ years of experience in bringing new technologies to market in the US and Europe . She was the CEO and Director of iWORLD Group, a VC backed, global developer of mobile content. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager Internet at American Express (Amex) Corporate Services. There she launched a variety of internet businesses including online travel (strategic partner of Expedia.com and subject of HBS case study) and e-Procurement. Prior to that, Brigitte spent three years as President for US and Canada of Gemalto, the world’s leader in smart card technology and applications to introduce smart cards in the North America. Before, she spent six years in different Vice-Presidential/General Manager positions in the UK, France and Switzerland at Amex. She also spent five years with McKinsey & Company Inc. as Senior Engagement Manager, in New York, Paris and Tokyo. She began her career in manufacturing and sales with Rohm & Haas, a leading specialty chemicals company.

    Brigitte holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, Boston and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

    Born and raised in France, Brigitte and her family now live in Zurich.

  • CLARKE Anthony

    EBAN President 2004-2009

    Anthony is professionally a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Legal Secretary having qualified whilst with the City of London based Deloitte Haskins & Sells.

    His early career post qualification was as a CFO and CEO of a number of U.K. based SMEs before becoming a serial angel investor nearly 25 years ago. During this period he founded the UK’s first Government backed Angel Co investment Fund in 2002 namely London Seed Capital where he was also its CEO. He also founded London Business Angels twenty years ago and sold this business and its associated Angel VC arm to City of London based Newable Group in 2017. He remains as an Investment Committee member of Newable’s private investment arm.

    Anthony joined the Board of EBAN in 2004 and served as its President from 2004/2009. He is currently President Emeritus of EBAN. He also co founded UKBAA in 2003 and was its Chair from 2004/2012.

    Anthony is a co founder and Managing Partner of early stage City of London based VC firm Seraphim Capital which was established in 2006. It manages circa 125m EUR which includes the world’s first Series A Space Fund notably Seraphim Space Fund which was launched in 2016.

    Anthony cofounded EBAN Space in 2016 and was its President until 2019. He is also a Board Member of the UK’s Space Research and Innovation Network ( SPRINT).

  • JUNGEN Peter

    EBAN President 2001-2004

    Peter Jungen holds an MBA from Cologne University, Germany. Starting his career in the industry, he became CEO of Strabag AG, Köln 1987, one of the largest European Civil Engineering Groups. After a successful turnaround of Strabag AG, he founded Peter Jungen Holding GmbH in 1991, which holds investments in various industrial and service companies.

    He is a Co-Founder of or Investor in numerous start-ups in Europe and in USA, including Idealo Internet GmbH, the leading German prize comparison shopping platform from Berlin. He is a Partner at the Halo Fund, Palo Alto. Peter Jungen is the Founding President of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND) as well as Co-Founder and President (2001-2004) of European Business Angels Network (EBAN). He is a member of the New York Angels and founding member of the China Business Angels Network (Cban).

    He is a Co-Founder of or Investor in numerous start-ups in Europe and in USA, including Idealo Internet GmbH, the leading German prize comparison shopping platform from Berlin. He is a Partner at the Halo Fund, Palo Alto. Peter Jungen is the Founding President of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND) as well as Co-Founder and President (2001-2004) of European Business Angels Network (EBAN). He is a member of the New York Angels and founding member of the China Business Angels Network (Cban).

    Mr. Jungen is a Member of the IAC, Columbia University. He is the Chairman of the MENA-OECD Enterprise Financing Network, a Member of the International Josef Schumpeter Society and of the Mont Pelerin Society. Additionally, he used to hold the position of Chairman of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University.

    In August 1999, Peter Jungen was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by its President.

    In September 2000, the leading German business weekly “Wirtschaftswoche“ named Peter Jungen one of the most important personalities to shape the future of the „New Economy“.