a global network

We are explorers

Local expertise

Global reach

We work with more than 1000 explorers globally to achieve our mission. They are experts and frontrunners in innovation, technology, strategy, investments and entrepreneurship.

Anirudh Balakrishnan

Regional Director India

Aqeel Ahmad

Chief Technological Architect

Prof. Roy Thurik

Senior Advisory - Professor Entrepreneurship

Stathis Papadimitriou

Startup Analyst

Thomas Meijer

Head of Operations at Global School for Entrepreneurship

Keith Wallace

Advisory - Investments

Denise van Blitterswijk

Head of Policy Advice

Annelize (Ann) Singh

Regional Director USA

Rachelle Brusselaars


Noortje van Heijst

Technology & Growth

Roy van der Loos

Finance officer

Annique de Greef

Head of People

Jurgen Nieuwenhuijsen

Partner & CTO

Erwin Koenraads


Lucas Franse


Richard Luxemburg


Jochem Cuppen

Partner & Chief Strategy

Lee (Willy) Wei Lee

Business Development

Andy Mosmans

Advisory - Startup Marketing

Dirk Schouten

Team Development

Martin Luxemburg


Jorinde Willbrink

Head of Scouting

Thomas Bijen


Keith Bradley

Regional Director MENA

Tom de Heus

Head of Events

Thomas Blekman

Dean Global School for Entrepreneurship

Floortje Mostert

Research Analyst

Dominika Tess

Startup Analyst

Prof. Eric Claassen

Senior Advisory - Biotech

Yana Lipcheva

Global Network

Ruben Nieuwenhuis


Edward de Jager


Jelle Turkstra

Advisory - Investments

Hendrik Halbe

Partner & CEO

Lars Crama


Robert van Gasteren


Aurelia Fiumarelli

Event Manager

Prof. Justin Jansen

Senior Advisor - Corporate Entrepreneurship

Peter van Houdt


Jessica Hale

Head of PR & Communications

Tharek Ghobar

Director Middle East

Erwin Retel

Head of Design

Yannick Limburg

Business Development

Luc Mureau

Research Analyst

Joost Bax

Head of Finance

Timo Timmermans

Chairman Global School for Entrepreneurship

Meet the Unknown Group

Next to our activities for enterprises the Unknown Group embodies different brands that are catered to a specific niche or target group.

Get in the Ring

A global platform for founders and creators that we support with deals and global exposure to accelerate the realization of their ambitions.

Go to the Get in the Ring website

Global School for Entrepreneurship

A University of Applied Sciences educating tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, fostering the next generation of explorers.

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Whitelabel corporate venturing program, enabling collaboration and investment in startups.