Director of Secretariat
As the Director of Secretariat, Jacopo tracks issues of strategic importance to the early-stage investing ecosystem. He also strives to identify opportunities to influence the EU decision making processes, working closely with industry’s stakeholders to promote the excellence and expertise of EBAN’s Board Members to the European audience. Jacopo is also responsible of the coordination and implementation of EBAN’s activities in EU funded projects. Being the first contact point of the Association, he is also looking after members’ interests and helping ensure they obtain best value from their membership. Jacopo holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Thanks to his education and his strong academic background both in marketing and in financial management, Jacopo has a successful track record with international work experiences. He is a native Italian speaker and perfectly bilingual both in English and Spanish.
As Operations Director, Keti ensures efficient implementation of all of EBAN’s activities – organising events, liaising with the association’s members and partners, implementing EU-funded projects, research and marketing activities, and more. Prior to joining EBAN, she obtained her MSc. with distinction from the University of Sheffield International Faculty in Thessaloniki, Greece and went on to collaborate with the Hellenic Business Angels Network. In addition to other international experiences, Keti received her BA in Business Administration with distinction from the University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she is originally from.
EU Projects Manager
As EU Projects Manager, Martina is responsible for EU-funded projects and other pan-European initiatives. She collaborates with international partners worldwide for drafting and executing projects meant to strengthen the early-stage investing ecosystem: as such, she works closely with investors, mentors and entrepreneurs to deliver added value programs leveraging EBAN’s network and expertise. Before joining EBAN, she worked on a paper about Circular Economy and Finance with the Department of Finance of Università Bocconi, and in Equity Research for a financial advisory boutique. Through these roles she got exposure to key trends and topics related to sustainable development, impact investing and SMEs growth. Martina holds an M. Sc in International Management from Università Bocconi and had the chance to live and study in Asia for more than two years, during which she often engaged with the dynamic entrepreneurial communities of Shanghai and Seoul.
SpaceUp Project Manager
Emanuele is the project manager for SpaceUp, an EU funded project that aims at scaling up European space-tech companies. He worked as a consultant in strategy, finance and development for numerous companies in the ICT industry and the digital economy. He is also an expert of integrated reporting and strategy, maximizing financial and non-financial value creation in the short, medium and long term. Emanuele holds a double master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and ISAE/ENSICA (France).
Medina Braha graduated in Msc. Economics for Business Analysis at Staffordshire University, UK. She is currently a PhD candidate in Business Administration at Istanbul Commerce University, Turkey. As Teaching Assistant at Faculty of Economics, University of Prishtina, Medina delivers tutorials in the subjects Management, Business Ethics, Managing SMEs, Statistical Analysis, and Risk Management. Medina has experience in both public and private sector, as well as in national and international research projects. As Research Analyst at EBAN she does research on the “Compendium of Co-investment Funds with Business Angels” and the “Compendium of Tax Outlook in Europe: Business Angels Perspective” which remain an utmost tool to EBAN and its members and are highly regarded by policy makers across Europe. Other engagements regarding entrepreneurship and investment of SMEs include the presentation of her paper (Angel Investment vs. Kosovo: A Promising Opportunity?) at the 9th Annual International Conference of Alb-Shkenca Institute, participation in local and international business events as well as participation at conferences organised across Europe by the European business angels community. Medina managed a market research project for the global pharmaceutical company Abbott, at its Netherlands’ branch. She contributed to all parts of the project by presenting the current market position, providing conclusions and recommendations to the Board and designing future strategies to be taken by the company. Medina contributed one year to the EU Office Twinning Project supporting the Office of the Auditor General of Kosovo. She also did research for the Kosova Health Foundation in the field of treating the repatriated migrants, with specific emphasis to the repatriation of the Roma community in Kosovo. Medina attended various conferences, workshops and trainings in the fields of research, entrepreneurship, SMEs, economic development, angel investment, fundraising, financial and performance audit, marketing, human resources, business, project management, politics etc. As a student she worked part-time and as an intern in organisations such as Kosovo Energy Corporation, Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo, Central Election Commission of Kosovo and Zero Positive Publicis.
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