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TEAM

Alex Spiro Latsis

Founding Partner

English, Français, Ελληνικά

Entrepreneur with a background in tech, publishing, media and licensing with deep networks across education, entertainment, publishing and mobile software.
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Alex serves as Chief Investment Officer - Venture Capital at Gestron Asset Management SA.

Isabella Vahdati

Associate

English

Previously worked in a strategy role at an ESG management software start-up in London. Prior to that was in the digital arm of a management consultancy.

Mattheus Dias

Head of Finance

Português, Español, English

Accountant and finance lead for 10+ years, started as a Big4 auditor, worked at a top 3 European bank and in a fintech startup helping to clinch €40m in early stage funding.

Ben Wirz

Founding Partner

English, Français, Español

Edtech & media focused VC since 2010, prior to that led business development and strategy for startups for 10 years.
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Ben serves as Deputy Chief Investment Officer - Venture Capital at Gestron Asset Management SA.

Hege Tollerud

Head of Community

Skandinavisk, English

15+ years experience in communication, community building, events and media in Norway, the UK and China. Formerly CEO of Oslo Edtech Cluster.

James D Wilson

Designer in Residence

English

15+ years in a broad range of visual communication roles with experience in graphic design, UX and animation for broadcast, education and interactive media.

David Guérin

Principal

Français, Español, English

Operational and consultancy background. Previously ran the marketing efforts at a leading healthcare start-up in Mexico, and worked as a management consultant in LATAM. Involved in 40+ investments.

Rhys Spence

Head of Research

English

Previously Director of Comms and Engagement at the Education Policy Institute (UK). He was EPI's EdTech lead, forming policy and research papers with partners (i.e. Apple, OECD).

BRIGHTEYE MENTORS

Roxana Dobrescu

Chief People Officer @ Commercetools & former Chief People Officer at Labster

People & Teams Mentor

Scott Eblen

VP of Product Management @ Monzo Bank & Former Head of Product, Content Platform @ Spotify

Product Mentor

Olav Schewe

Learning Scientist @ WiKIT

Impact Mentor

Jessica Djeziri

Chief People Officer @ Bloomays & former Chief People Officer @ Ornikar

People & Teams Mentor

Kirsten Campbell-Howes

Chief Learning Officer @ Visibly & former Chief Learning Officer @ Busuu

Learning Design Mentor

Simon Hay

Co-founder & CEO @ Firefly

Executive Mentor

Sophia Ahrel

Fractional CMO with
Albion Capital, FPE Capital & Gradient Ventures

Marketing Mentor

Jenny Coogan

Co-founder and Chief Content Officer @ Newsela & former journalist

Impact Mentor

Kareem Zaher

Director of Engineering @ BetterUp

Engineering Mentor

Jono Hey

Former Chief Product Officer @ Zen Educate & former Head of UX @ Nutmeg

Product Mentor

Prof Natalia I Kurcikova

Founder of WiKIT AS

Impact Mentor

Andrea Spillman-Gajek

Former GM of Customer Success & Partnerships SV Academy

Customer Success Mentor

SPeciaLIST advisory network

Erika Batista

Former Head of International at On Deck leading their expansion efforts and was previously a Director at the European accelerator The Family.



Nancy W. Gleason

Director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Felipe Sommer

Co-founder and former COO of Nearpod, a leading US EdTech company that was acquired by Renaissance for $650m in 2021.

Toby Salt

Former CEO of AQA (exam board) and Ormiston Academies Trust (37 UK schools). Previously worked as Director of the UK government’s Department for Education’s Innovation Unit.

Felix Ohswald

Co-founder and CEO of GoStudent, the leading online tutoring platform in Europe that provides tailored/high quality video-based tuition. He was featured in the Forbes “30 under 30” list.

Johan Brand

Co-founder and former CEO of Kahoot!, a Norwegian EdTech startup that went public in 2021. He has over a decade's experience merging creativity, innovation & technology.

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