OUR INDUSTRY EXPERT ADVISORY BOARD

César Castro WiderPool

César Castro

Miami, LATAM

César Castro

Cesar Castro is Advisor, Board Member, Founder and Managing Partner. He has spent his career as a strategic driver of corporate expansion at Microsoft, Nokia and America Movil…

César Castro

Cesar Castro is Advisor, Board Member, Founder and Managing Partner. He has spent his career as a strategic driver of corporate expansion at Microsoft, Nokia and America Movil. Along the way, he has delivered profitable growth, generated hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value. These days he helps organizations to drive the path of business transformation particularly focused on digital transformation, exponential organizations and the application of accelerating technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things), Blockchain, Mix Reality and AI (Artificial Intelligence).

Meni Maor WiderPool

Meni Maor

Israel

Meni Maor

Since 2011, served as the founder & Managing Director of Horizon GreenTech Ventures, a strategic fund in the Green & Smart Energy space jointly owned by GE and Rotem Industries ltd. In addition, serves as a director…

Meni Maor

Since 2011, served as the founder & Managing Director of Horizon GreenTech Ventures, a strategic fund in the Green & Smart Energy space jointly owned by GE and Rotem Industries ltd. In addition, serves as a director/ chairman in 10 portfolio startups. In parallel, heading the Technological Hub for Green Energy at Rotem Industries ltd. Serves as well as an External Evaluation Expert in the Horizon2020 program, SME Instrument, reviewing proposals and consulting to Cleantech companies in Europe (SME).

Previous to that, functioned as the VP for Business Development at Rotem Industries since 2004. Holds an MBA and BA in International Business Administration from the University of West of England (UK), and since 1998, gained substantial experience in managerial, business development & marketing positions in a variety of start-ups, as well as multinational companies.

In the past 7 years, intensively engaged as a senior manager, consultant, venture capital specialist, and a business development leader of green & smart energy innovation ecosystem, primarily in Israel. Over 10 years of experience in capital raising for cleantech innovators. Secured over 40 m $ from a variety of capital sources such as Strategic Investors (Alstom, GE etc), VC’s (Israel. US, EU), Angels, Governmental Grant programs (OCS, H2020 etc).

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Mark Holland

USA

Mark Holland

Mark is a growth strategy and marketing specialist with a demonstrated history of growing and scaling businesses. Mark most recently led and exited a CPG brand to a fortune 500 CPG entity for 300 times…

Mark Holland

Mark is a growth strategy and marketing specialist with a demonstrated history of growing and scaling businesses. Mark most recently led and exited a CPG brand to a fortune 500 CPG entity for 300 times multiple of the acquisition cost.

Over this 10-year period, he led the North American entity of Lifes2good to appear on the inc 500 fastest growing private companies in the US for four successive years.

The business developed a multi-channel sales and proprietary direct response marketing strategy. Mark has been an active Venture investor over the past 6 years, recently focusing on exponential technology in the cleantech space through his investment entity www.carbontoclean.com. He is also an active member of Hyde Park Angels group in Chicago and leads the Cleantech group within YPO. His educational background is in Accounting and Finance and Managing Company growth at the University’s of Limerick, Ireland and Stanford respectively.

Russell Pullan WiderPool

Russell Pullan WiderPool

USA

Russell Pullan WiderPool

Russell is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with over 25 years of investing in cleantech and funding clean energy infrastructure.

Russell Pullan WiderPool

Russell is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with over 25 years of investing in cleantech and funding clean energy infrastructure. He is Chief Investment Officer at Sustainable Development Capital’s UK Energy Efficiency Fund. Russell is former chairman of EvoEnergy, a solar energy installer; led the cleantech venture fund at Nomura Bank; and was head of venture capital at The Carbon Trust.

He has advised several investment funds and has extensive experience as a board director for clean energy companies. Russell holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

Carl Thong WiderPool

Carl Thong

Singapore

Carl Thong

Carl is the founder and CEO of the Sunstone Group (www.sunstone.biz), a holding company that owns businesses in technology, consumer products, healthcare, mining, financial services, real estate, hospitality, education and management consulting. 

Carl Thong

Carl Thong

Carl is the founder and CEO of the Sunstone Group (www.sunstone.biz), a holding company that owns businesses in technology, consumer products, healthcare, mining, financial services, real estate, hospitality, education and management consulting. The group is headquartered in Singapore. Carl started his career as a management consultant with Epistat, a technology transfer consultancy. He subsequently joined Orasure Technologies, a NASDAQ-listed biotech company. Here, Carl established distributor relationships in 18 countries. In 1997, Carl moved to Tokyo to setup Orasure’s joint venture in Japan.  In 1999, GE Capital recruited Carl as CEO for Dynafront, its fintech business in Malaysia and Singapore. In 2001, Carl established Incontech, a trading company exporting US consumer products to Asia. He successively founded other companies including Health On-line (mobile healthcare provider), Momenta Group (leadership development consultancy) and I.Investment (external asset manager and corporate advisory). Recently, Carl has invested in 3 technology startups, TeachnLearn (edutech), BankingON (fintech) and Dining Butler (foodtech). In addition to managing Sunstone, Carl is often engaged as a strategy consultant by MNCs, NGOs and government organizations to drive innovation and strategic leadership initiatives. Clients include UBS, Credit Suisse, Chinatrust, Singapore Tourism Board, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, Franklin Templeton, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, American Airlines, BASF and Leo Pharma. He also serves on the board of several non-profit organizations, including Church World Service and Family First Global. Carl has a masters in theology from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, a bachelors from Lewis & Clark College and he is currently completing his doctorate in strategic leadership at Corban University. His hobbies include practicing Tae Kwon Do with his family, reading the Bible and playing musical instruments.

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Florian Kemmerich

Switzerland

Florian Kemmerich

Florian is Managing Partner of Bamboo Capital Partners, Founder of Ryan-Kay and Board Member of numerous organisations.

Florian Kemmerich

Florian is Managing Partner of Bamboo Capital Partners, Founder of Ryan-Kay and Board Member of numerous organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science in Marketing and different diploma on business and personal development. Florian leverages his extensive background on corporations, start-ups, fundraising and transactions in healthcare and private equity to invest in, build and (re-)position organizations in the competitive global marketplace.

In particular, his passion is around tech impact investing leapfrogging the underserved population in emerging markets and effective personal development methodologies to create high-performance teams. In addition, Florian founded a medical education foundation in Mexico while supporting many NGOs, patient advocacy groups and extramural surgery programs in Central-America’s most remote locations. As active Member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation and on the global Executive Committees of the Sustainable Business and Healthcare Industry Networks.

With over 25 years of team leadership and investment, Florian held senior executive positions at B. Braun, Olympus, Small Bone Innovations (now Stryker), Parter Capital and several other early & commercial stage technology companies. Fluent in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian.

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Roberto Saint-Maló

Panama & Spain

Roberto Saint-Maló

Roberto Saint-Malo has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in direct equity investment and company-building efforts. The 19 investments he has championed during this time period – such as Eyesquad…

Roberto Saint-Maló

Roberto Saint-Malo has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in direct equity investment and company-building efforts. The 19 investments he has championed during this time period – such as Eyesquad, the earlier opto-electronics venture by the Corephotonics founding team – have returned capital many times over.

He founded BetaAngels in 2011 to invest in compelling venture opportunities and was one of Corephotonics’ initial investors in 2012. Earlier, Roberto founded Spain VC firm Adara in 2002, where he served as Managing Partner until 2010. A YPO/WPO member since 1992, Roberto received an MBA degree from Harvard University and a BA in Computer Sciences from Dartmouth College (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors).

He is a citizen of Panama and Spain, a proud father of 3, and does his best to maintain his golf handicap in the single-digit range.

Hari Hundle WiderPool

Hari Hundle

London, United Kingdom

Hari Hundle

Gonzalo Martínez WiderPool

Gonzalo Martínez de Azagra

Spain & Israel

Gonzalo Martínez de Azagra

Gonzalo has over twelve years of technology and venture capital experience. He is currently the founder and Managing General Partner of Cardumen Capital. His investments in venture capital amount to over $100M worldwide…

Gonzalo Martínez de Azagra

Gonzalo Martinez de Azagra

Founder & Managing General Partner – Cardumen Capital

Advisor Role: Investments Committee

Location: Madrid, Spain

Gonzalo has over twelve years of technology and venture capital experience. He is currently the founder and Managing General Partner of Cardumen Capital. His investments in venture capital amount to over $100M worldwide. His professional career started at the former Atomic Energy Authority in the United Kingdom (AEA Technology) as an electrical and electronic design engineer. This was followed by an advisory position at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. After business school, Gonzalo joined the Samsung Global Strategy Group under the Chairman’s office in Seoul, Korea. After several successful audits and strategy projectsGonzalo was invited to join Samsung Ventures in 2011. Gonzalo was the founder of Samsung Ventures’ Israel office and was its Head until his departure in 2017. Major deals include PrimeSense (Acquired by Apple), Replay Technologies (Acquired by Intel), Rounds (Acq. by Kik), StoreDot, Cortica, EarlySense, Aveni, Celeno, Scylla. Gonzalo’s board positions included StoreDot, EarlySense, Giraffic, Aveni, Elastifile, Replay Technologies, Corephotonics (board he participated in jointly with Roberto Saint Maló).

Gonzalo was educated at Colegio Gaztelueta/American School of Bilbao with a dual baccalaureate in technical sciences. He completed his MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in Paris. He also holds a Bsc in Economics from University of London (London School of Economics). Gonzalo complemented his studies with an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Skills: Engineering /technology, venture capital, Israel expert.

Paul Oudenhoven WiderPool

Paul Oudenhoven

Brazil & Spain

Paul Oudenhoven

Paul has worked over the last 17 years in the financial services market mainly in insurance. He has ample international experience having worked in multinational and large local companies in Argentina, Brasil, Mexico, Spain and the US. Most of his work has been centered on innovative project implementation within large insurance multinationals. 

Paul Oudenhoven

Paul has worked over the last 17 years in the financial services market mainly in insurance. He has ample international experience having worked in multinational and large local companies in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and the US. Most of his work has been centered on innovative project implementation within large insurance multinationals and he has always included a strong component of technology in his responsibilities. He is fascinated by the innovative environment that exists today in the insurtech world and ads value in helping large incumbents in working with startups to boost their technological and digital capabilities. He holds an MBA from the US and also has a Masters in BI and Data Science from Spain. 
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Christophe de Cacqueray

France

Christophe de Cacqueray

Christophe is the Group Innovation Director at Covéa, the #1 P&C insurer in France. He is responsible for delivering prospective analysis of market changes and for driving innovation through new products and services aiming at increasing customer lifetime value.

Christophe de Cacqueray

Christophe is the Group Innovation Director at Covéa, the #1 P&C insurer in France. He is responsible for delivering prospective analysis of market changes and for driving innovation through new products and services aiming at increasing customer lifetime value. Besides, Christophe has founded and is running a unique internal incubator developing innovative projects based on the most rigorous Lean Startup principles. 
 
A 15-year seasoned insurance professional, Christophe brings in an extensive experience accumulated across various European markets, and most notably the UK and France. His areas of expertise range from strategy to marketing, distribution, innovation and change but his one professional goal is to help make insurance businesses future-proof by delivering higher value to customers through the best customer experiences. 
 
Christophe has graduated from Saint-Cyr, the foremost French Military Academy and from Sciences Po in Paris. He holds a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Information Management. In parallel of his business activities, Christophe has co-founded unstrap.me, a social enterprise providing coaching to unlock people's ability to happiness. Last, he is a dedicated Franco-British Young Leader.