Meet the People Behind
Global Startup Ecosystem
Managing Partner Christine Souffrant Ntim is an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the US State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more. She started her career as the founder of Vendedy- a social network connecting people to street markets with the aim of digitizing a $10 trillion dollar black economy and centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets. Today, Christine is the Director of Startup Grind Dubai Powered by Google For Entrepreneurs and a partner at the GlobalStartupEcosystem.com which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year.
Caribbean Regional Director: Georgie-Ann Getton-McKoy is the founder of CaribbeansInTech. She is a young woman who wears many hats! In her personal life, she has a family and is a senior at CUNY Baruch College. In her professional life, she is a serial entrepreneur, community builder, speaker, author and a Diversity in Tech Enthusiast. She is the founder of Illicit Mind Inc a company that develops initiatives to enable the growth of Black and diverse entrepreneurs and techies. At the moment she is a Community Organizer for Girls Who Code. Her other roles include being the President of the Hack for Baruch Club and the Business Manger for Theater in Motion.
Latin America Regional Director: Angie Carillo- Angie is an entrepreneur. Her passions are education, gender equality and exponential technologies. Angie is board member of Liks, an online platform to teach kids robotics and programming, the only winner from Latin America of Moonbots, part of Google Lunar X Prize. Angie also has a non profit to teach girls to code and is the Regional Ambassador and Master Educator for Technovation, the largest competition for girls in tech entrepreneurship. In the past, Angie has also worked as a business consultant for large Fortune 500 companies. She holds a BA from the Tecnologico de Monterrey and was chosen as the 100 Best from Latin America by the ITESM.
Europe Regional Director: Kerstin Karu is an entrepreneurship facilitator helping startup founders succeed on a global scale by providing them with personal and business development-focused training as a startup advisor within the Draper University network. Simultaneously, she works with universities, accelerators and government institutions seeking to empower startup growth through LaunchPad Central’s unique Lean Innovation software founded by Steve Blank. In the past, Kerstin co-founded Blast Innovations, a Silicon Valley-based marketing software company, for which she was chosen in the Forbes Estonia 30 Under 30 list in 2015. Kerstin has also worked as a market research analyst for the largest automotive appearance products company Turtle Wax, started a fashion eCommerce business while at university, and presented as a TEDx speaker in the United Kingdom.
America Regional Director: Adi Abili (Startups, Venture Capital, Tech) Advisory board member at SXSW; Former program director at Draper University and investor at Glassroots Ventures; Consulting at AngelHack HACKcelerator program.
Africa Regional Director: Shaina Silva- is an ecosystem architect and venture builder who has dedicated her career to creating pathways to opportunities for entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Her regions of focus expand the Caribbean and West Africa, specializing in building capacity within startup ecosystems. She is the founder of WoCo, a platform that facilitates asset-sharing in dense cities, and aims to catalyze urban resilience, reduce carbon footprint, and improve overall access to infrastructure for entrepreneurs operating in cities across the African continent.In recognition of her work, service and accomplishments, she’s been awarded the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ “30 under 30, Emerging Leaders Award”, Babson College’s ‘Nan-Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award’, and is a proud recipient of ‘The Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize’.
Asia Regional Director: Asra Nadeem Director Entrepreneurial Programs – Draper University —Asra loves technology and believes that Internet and intelligent systems will enable humanity to achieve it’s truest potential. She got started on the Net by running MIRC channels, making friends all over the globe and starting an ecommerce business that paid for college and more. Fresh out of college, Asra led product and growth for Rozee.pk, Pakistan’s first internet startup, that brought government institutions, universities and local companies online through SaaS based recruitment platforms. Asra later launched Naseeb, a matchmaking social platform for Muslims and spearheaded Bayt.com’s special projects team to build web infrastructure for government organizations and MNC’s in the Middle East North Africa region.Today Asra heads up Draper University’s startup programs, where they grow startups solving the most intractable problems in the emerging markets. She frequently speak and write about building entrepreneurial ecosystems, relationship between science and entrepreneurship and empowering the human spirit. Asra loves working with entrepreneurs and ecosystems in the emerging markets and helping them change systems through intelligent product design.
Board of Advisors
Einstein Ntim is a Partner at GlobalStartupEcosystem.com: first and largest creator of digital accelerators in emerging regions and exponential tech industries accelerating 700 companies to market annually. The program is now the premier digital accelerator for entrepreneurs globally also offering customised programs for organisations developing their ecosystems.
He is a serial entrepreneur, founding two healthcare startups- Enabled AI (Artificial Intelligence to decode mental health) and Bloomer Tech (embedding IOT sensors into fabrics for cardiovascular diseases). Pivotally working with and connecting venture groups such as Tim Draper’s venture networks, Bold Emerge Capital, accelerators and more into the African region; amassing several partners from Singularity@NASA, Draper University, and Silicon Valley based groups to build startup ecosystems.
Einstein Ntim is an influencer within startup networks across Silicon Valley, Alley, UK to Africa and sits on a Singularity University Advisory Board for Inclusion. He was selected into Ghana’s Future Leaders U30 and speaks about entrepreneurship, AI, exponential technologies and emerging markets at global conferences and corporate programs. Prior to his work in the USA, Einstein had a diverse career in capital markets (UBS, Statestreet, Deutsche Bank), commodity sales, authorship, military (UK), Tutoring (Methodist Church) and professional sports (Harlequins Rugby). He has conducted business across Europe, China, India, Latin America and Africa for supranational companies. Einstein studied Economics and Policy at London School of Economics (LSE), Chinese Languages and Philosophy at Nanjing University, Faith and Theology at the Methodist Church of Britain, and acted as British Council GenUK Ambassador in India and China.
Pascal is a well-known and experienced speaker, covering topics from entrepreneurship to open innovation and technology trends, in formats ranging from high-profile keynotes to workshops and executive roundtables. Anchored in more than twenty years of experience in the IT and Internet industry, with a vast network of subject matter experts, he regularly consults and delivers deeply engaging, refreshingly honest, direct, thought provoking and highly motivational experiences for your audience.
He draws you into a spellbinding future where artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology and other exponential technologies solve humanity’s greatest challenges. His masterful presentations make sense of our rapidly accelerating and converging world — cutting through the noise, synthesizing the essentials and connecting the dots to prepare your company or career for the exciting opportunities ahead.
Called a “prophet” by Germany’s main TV station ARD, featured in a primetime documentary about Silicon Valley (ARD: “Go West, Ihr Genies!” — watch here) and voted one of the top 100 internet influencers in the country by Wirtschaftswoche, Pascal’s work is on the edge of technology, entrepreneurship and global impact. Learn more about him and watch some of his talks on his website, check out his resume and get in touch to discuss your event and how we can create an unforgettable experience for your audience together.
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee).
As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). She has appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, keeps a column on Inc.com, blogs on myturnstone.com and tweets frequently (@jkhoey).
Kelly’s career story is one transformation, and can only be explained by her unique ability to tap into networks and make valuable connections. Her career started in corporate law, eventually transitioning to the management side of Big Law. A chance opportunity in 2009 to work with a visionary leader sparked her transition from earning a paycheck to seeking equity. Co-founding a startup accelerator then an interim CMO role with an emerging tech company are just part of her journey of reinvention as an author, influencer and investor. In addition to her portfolio of angel investments (Levo League, Hullabalu, Smigin, CloudPeeps, flowthings.io), she is an LP in two funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and an advisor to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. On top of these professional pursuits, Kelly is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Girls Geek Club.
John is a connector, innovator, and leader in the NYC tech community. Prior to founding the Studio Project, John developed expertise on accelerator programming via his experiences at techstars and Startup Institute. John sits on the selection committee for Paris-based NUMA accelerator network and Parallel 18 accelerator, council seats at Sheworx, Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us NYC chapter, and New York Cares, NYC’s largest volunteer organization. He also co-founded the Innovation Collective a network of accelerators in the NYC tech community, comprised of over 40 organizations and over 60 leadership-level individuals. He as well as a variety of formal positions as a mentor + advisor to founders and teams of all kinds at accelerators worldwide.
At Startup Institute, he brought together hundreds of top founders, investors, team members, and domain experts from throughout the NYC tech community to deliver an 8-week accelerator program that prepares its participants, (average age: 29) to join and lead tech companies in any community.
John’s mission is to align the future of work with the future of education, and he appeared on the “Process” podcast to talk about how acceleration at places like Startup Institute and techstars represents a new kind of educational model. He is also a veteran of the startup community and ready to talk all things entrepreneurship: in the past, he founded a company accepted to one of the world’s top accelerators, helped manage the techstars NYC program, and was selected for Startup Institute’s first class. He has engineered connections resulting in LP investments for venture capital funds (including the techstars Venture Fund, $150mm), the creation of a techstars company, angel investment for a mentor’s new venture, and sourced co-founder relationships, c-suite hires, and first hires. He also co-founded a network of accelerators in the NYC tech community, comprised of over 40 organizations and over 50 leadership-level individuals