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Open Innovation Ambassadors

Gain access to Open Innovation Ambassadors by becoming a Fellow on the Open Innovation Fellowship.

Ambassadors are champions for open innovation across London, with a dedication to ensure activities are effective, inclusive and diverse. They are leaders in the innovation community who have successfully executed open innovation activities.

Ambassadors have excellent contacts and innovation expertise to effectively guide the Fellows. They are senior leaders, entrepreneurs, academics and corporate leaders with a passion for developing London’s open innovation ecosystem.

The network that the Fellowship has opened up is amazing and the personal support offered really is brilliant.
Claire Holden
Chief Innovation Officer, H&K Strategies

Open Innovation Ambassadors

  • Andrew Humphries

    Andrew Humphries

    Co-Founder, The Bakery
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    Andrew Humphries

    Andrew Humphries

    Co-Founder
    The Bakery

    Andrew Humphries is Co-Founder of The Bakery, the world's first dedicated workspace and tech accelerator for the advertising, marketing and communications industry. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, business and executive coach with a background in sales and marketing.

    Andrew was voted one of the Sunday Times Maserati 100, recognising British business leaders who actively give back to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

  • Emma Frost

    Emma Frost

    Director, Innovation & Sustainability, London Legacy Development Corporation
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    Emma Frost

    Emma Frost

    Director, Innovation & Sustainability
    London Legacy Development Corporation

    Emma Frost is highly experienced in delivering strategic integrated urban regeneration programmes. She has been working on the London Olympic and Paralympic Legacy since 2006 and leads on all aspects of community and business development around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

    She is also Chair of the UK Innovation Districts Group, and Co-Founder and Chair of Echo Trustee of East Village Trust and the One Percent Scheme.

  • Christopher Haley

    Christopher Haley

    Senior Entrepreneurship Strategy Specialist, The World Bank
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    Christopher Haley

    Christopher Haley

    Senior Entrepreneurship Strategy Specialist
    The World Bank

    Christopher Haley has more than 15 years of experience working with startups and open innovation. He previously worked at Nesta, the innovation foundation, where he led the role in the Startup Europe Partnership, a multi-year European initiative to connect startups and corporates.

    He also has advisory roles with the APPG for Entrepreneurship, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Enterprise Research Centre, the ScaleUp Institute, GEN UK and Startup Olé, and is a Startup Europe Ambassador.

  • Priya Guha

    Priya Guha

    Venture Partner, Merian Ventures
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    Priya Guha

    Priya Guha

    Venture Partner
    Merian Ventures

    Priya Guha is Venture Partner at Merian Ventures, investing in women-led innovation, and a member of the Innovate UK Council, NED at the Digital Catapult and Adjunct Faculty at the Ashridge Hult Business School.

    She was previously General Manager for RocketSpace, launching the UK operations. Priya was recently named in the 2020 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology for the third year running.

  • Eric Van der Kleij

    Eric Van der Kleij

    Co-Founder, EdenBase
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    Eric Van der Kleij

    Eric Van der Kleij

    Co-Founder
    EdenBase

    Eric Van der Kleij is Co-Founder of the UK’s "Covid-native" EdenBase, the supergrowth innovation ecosystem, and was previously founder of one of London’s leading fintech hubs, Level39.

    He is Chairman of quantum-safe data security company Keybox.co and distributed ledger Activeledger. He previously founded fintech company Adeptra, which was acquired by US FICO in 2012.

  • Saul Klein

    Saul Klein

    Founder, LocalGlobe
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    Saul Klein

    Saul Klein

    Founder
    LocalGlobe

    Saul Klein is Founding Partner at LocalGlobe, a new seed fund focused on helping London's great, most ambitious founders build game-changing businesses. Previously, Saul was a partner at Index Ventures from 2007 until May 2015.

    In 2012, David Cameron appointed Saul to be the UK's first tech envoy to Israel and a Technology Business Ambassador. Saul is a serial entrepreneur with two decades of experience building and exiting companies in the US, Israel and Europe.

  • Amali de Alwis

    Amali de Alwis

    CEO, Founders Forum
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    Amali de Alwis

    Amali de Alwis

    CEO
    Founders Forum

    Amali de Alwis is the current CEO of Founders Forum. Previously, she was responsible for Microsoft’s strategic and commercial direction across Microsoft’s startup and scaleup activities in the UK and CEO of Code First: Girls, a multi award-winning training company focused on increasing diversity in tech.

    Amali was a founding member at Tech Talent Charter, topped the list of Most Influential Women in UK Technology and was awarded an MBE in 2019 for services to diversity and training in the technology industry.

  • Geraldina Iraheta

    Geraldina Iraheta

    Director, Business Development, Digital Catapult
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    Geraldina Iraheta

    Geraldina Iraheta

    Director, Business Development
    Digital Catapult

    Digital leader, technologist and strategic thinker, Geraldina Iraheta is the Director of Business Development at Digital Catapult. Passionate about turning innovative ideas into concrete business benefit, Geraldina works with leading corporations to drive a culture of innovation and deliver growth through the adoption of leading-edge digital technology.

    Bringing a wealth of experience from her global career, including working with startups in Silicon Valley, where she has performed key roles at Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile, and Critical Path Inc.

Become a Fellow

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