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.

Stathis Papadimitriou

Startup Analyst

Anirudh Balakrishnan

Regional Director India

Thomas Meijer

Head of Operations at Global School for Entrepreneurship

Roy van der Loos

Finance officer

Ruben Nieuwenhuis


Lee (Willy) Wei Lee

Business Development

Dominika Tess

Startup Analyst

Annelize (Ann) Singh

Regional Director USA

Jurgen Nieuwenhuijsen

Partner & CTO

Jorinde Willbrink

Head of Scouting

Annique de Greef

Head of People

Prof. Eric Claassen

Senior Advisory - Biotech

Richard Luxemburg


Joost Bax

Head of Finance

Andy Mosmans

Advisory - Startup Marketing

Noortje van Heijst

Technology & Growth

Floortje Mostert

Research Analyst

Edward de Jager


Luc Mureau

Research Analyst

Lars Crama


Tharek Ghobar

Director Middle East

Prof. Roy Thurik

Senior Advisory - Professor Entrepreneurship

Tom de Heus

Head of Events

Erwin Koenraads


Hendrik Halbe

Partner & CEO

Prof. Justin Jansen

Senior Advisor - Corporate Entrepreneurship

Thomas Blekman

Dean Global School for Entrepreneurship

Jessica Hale

Head of PR & Communications

Keith Wallace

Advisory - Investments

Aurelia Fiumarelli

Event Manager

Erwin Retel

Head of Design

Dirk Schouten

Team Development

Robert van Gasteren


Jelle Turkstra

Advisory - Investments

Yana Lipcheva

Global Network

Thomas Bijen


Yannick Limburg

Business Development

Lucas Franse


Denise van Blitterswijk

Head of Policy Advice

Martin Luxemburg


Timo Timmermans

Chairman Global School for Entrepreneurship

Peter van Houdt


Aqeel Ahmad

Chief Technological Architect

Keith Bradley

Regional Director MENA

Jochem Cuppen

Partner & Chief Strategy

Rachelle Brusselaars


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.