We are an ambitious, passionate team, united by our belief in the power of government to tackle today’s biggest challenges
Co-founder and CEO | email@example.com
Prior to Apolitical, Robyn co-founded OneLeap, an executive education company, and a Southern African non-profit teaching coding to vulnerable youth. She has written an acclaimed memoir and is an ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index, an advisor to the Responsible Mining Index, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Gates Scholar. She has a BSc in Bioinformatics from Auckland University and a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge.
Co-founder and Executive Chairperson | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Witter is an award-winning executive, entrepreneur, author and public speaker. For more than 25 years, she’s been working at the intersection of business, policy, government and behavioural science. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and served three terms on the Forum’s council on Behaviour and now co-chairs the Agile Governance Global Future Council. She’s sat on numerous boards including a publicly-traded company and one for the U.S’. National Academy of Science and Engineering.
Chief Operating Officer | email@example.com
Nitika was formerly a senior policy advisor at the UK Government’s Treasury. She has advised ministers on financial and budgetary policy, led negotiations in Brussels on the UK’s behalf, served as Chief of Staff to the UK Ambassador to the EU, and driven commercial reforms in the public sector. She has also worked in India and France with human rights NGOs and holds a degree in PPE from Oxford University.
Chief Technology Officer | firstname.lastname@example.org
A 20 year veteran of Silicon Valley, Tom most recently, as CTO, led Syft’s engineering organization from Series A to acquisition. Prior to that, he was CTO at ReputationDefender, leading the company’s engineering and data science team. Tom has also led global engineering teams at Hands-on Mobile, Yahoo!, Earthlink and Excite@Home, and has proven expertise in building mobile applications and architecting large-scale consumer Internet systems. Tom holds a PhD Physics from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He is driven towards using his scientific expertise to achieve meaningful social impact.
Chief Customer Officer | email@example.com
Prior to Apolitical, she was the Founding and Managing Partner of Conduit Connect, an impact investing platform for a community of investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders. She was the co-founder and former CEO of UnLtd India for 11 years, an incubator for social entrepreneurs. She also co-founded Bombay Connect, a co-working space, and Journeys for Change, offering immersive experiences for global leaders to learn from entrepreneurs. She is an advisor to private family offices on their impact investment portfolios. Pooja is a TED India Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and an Aspen India fellow.
VP of Finance & Operations | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe has spent the majority of his career scaling cutting-edge organisations in the financial technology space, most recently as Director of People Operations at Gambit Research and Chief Operating Officer at RISQ capital. He holds an MBA from Durham University where his research focussed on predicting job performance during the recruitment and selection processes.
Head of People | email@example.com
Ellis is a People and Ops specialist who has spent his entire career in the start up world. Starting out at Affinity Private Wealth, Ellis helped to scale the investment operations infrastructure over the course of three years. He joined Apolitical in a generalist Ops role in 2017 which scaled into a Head of Ops role, before a sideways shift into Head of People after five fold growth in headcount. His prime responsibility now is fostering a culture where Apolitical’s talented workforce can learn and grow.
VP of Growth | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilana is a growth strategist and experienced digital marketer with expertise in driving tangible business results for start-up and scale-up tech companies. Prior to joining Apolitical, she was VP of Growth at Edinburgh-based healthtech startup Care Sourcer and Director of Growth at Skyscanner, where she was responsible for global growth marketing in over 35 markets worldwide. Ilana has been shortlisted by Scottish Women In Technology for the ‘Inspirational Leadership’ award, and was formerly named one of The Drum’s ‘30 Women Under 30’.
Head of Learning | email@example.com
Nigel has two decades experience working in digital transformation and content development in the media and education sectors. He joined Apolitical from FutureLearn where as Director of Content he was part of the leadership team that drove the company’s strategic direction and growth which in 2019 resulted in the largest edtech investment in Europe from the SEEK Group. Prior to that worked at the BBC where he led the digital teams at both BBC Radio 5 live and Radio 4. He’s advised a number of companies and organisations on their scale-up of online learning.
VP of Product | firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to Apolitical, Nic Yeeles was the Co-founder and (product-obsessed) CEO of the MarTech platform Peg, which grew to 1,700 companies using it across 169 countries and was later acquired. Some other highlights of his varied career include co-founding a food waste collection and recycling company with the mission of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, being an exec at a hyper growth scaleup designing plant-based food brands with Michelin starred chefs, co-running the fastest growing YouTube channel in the world for Google and Simon Cowell, founding a creative agency and production company which produced a documentary in Ethiopia and a music video for Skrillex, and sitting on the board as product advisor for Foundrs, a group of 350+ startup founders.
Adam Parr is an academic, entrepreneur and investor based in Oxford. He is Professor of Practice at the University of Western Australia Business School. He chairs Oxford University knowledge graph spin-out, Oxford Semantic Technologies, and The Downforce Trust, a charity aiming to accelerate action on climate change, particularly through nature-based carbon capture. Adam was a founding investor in QuantumBlack, now part of McKinsey & Co. A barrister by training, he served as chief executive and chairman of the Williams F1 team between 2006 and 2012. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a PhD from UCL University of London.
Diego Piacentini served as Italian Government Commissioner for Digital Transformation, reporting directly to the Prime Minister, after 17 years as Amazon SVP of the International Consumer Business. Earlier in his career, he worked at Apple for 12 years and was GM of Apple Europe. In addition to Apolitical, he is also a member of the Boards of Directors of The Economist Group and OODA Health. Diego is active in NGOs and is on the board of Endeavor Italy, University Bocconi and Maasai Association (Kenya). He is also an Advisor for KKR and Convoy and serves as a mentor for Endeavor Global. Diego graduated in Economics from University Bocconi and was awarded “Bocconiano dell’anno” in 2010.
Sebastian Darr is a founding member of ResearchGate, the world's largest network for scientists. An MD PhD by training, he built ResearchGate’s international sales team from the ground up and now heads its global business development efforts. In 2008 and 2009, Sebastian was one of the first investors in ResearchGate and now supports several start-ups in the science and healthcare space as an investor and strategic advisor in their growth and monetization efforts. He is a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and an alumnus of the University of Hannover and Harvard Medical School. Originally from Berlin, Germany, he now lives on an island in beautiful British Columbia with his family where he’s finding peace of mind and a true sense of community.
Paul Kirby is a non-executive director of the UK Cabinet Office and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously Paul served as Partner and Global Head of the Government and Public Sector Practice at KPMG and Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit. He studied at Oxford University.
Professor Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and Johnstone Professor at Harvard University. He has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Better Angels of Our Nature. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” His tenth book, published in February 2018, is called Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Sheila Lirio Marcelo is the Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of care.com; a public company that is the world’s largest online care destination with 20.7 million members in 18 countries. Sheila frequently speaks about women, technology and leadership, and has presented alongside former US President Barrack Obama. Sheila has been named a ‘Top 10 Women Entrepreneur’ by Fortune, is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. She graduated from Mount Holyoke, where she also holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, and received her JD/MBA from Harvard University.
Lindiwe Mazibuko is the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. At 31 she was elected to be her party’s youngest ever parliamentary leader. She successfully prosecuted a Constitutional Court case against the Speaker of the National Assembly that vindicated the right of Members of Parliament to move a motion of no confidence in the President. She studied at Cape Town and Harvard University and was a Fellow of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
H.R.H. Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
H.R.H. Jaime de Bourbon de Parme is currently Senior Advisor Private Sector Partnerships at the UNHCR, and the former Netherlands’ Ambassador to the Holy See. Previously, Jaime was the Special Envoy on Natural Resources at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His main focus was long-term and sustainable security of supply of energy, metals and minerals. In this capacity, he initiated the Responsible Mining Index. He set up the Conflict Free Tin Initiative, which brings traceable minerals from conflict-prone areas in Congo to the international market. He also brokered a deal with Bolivia, which has the greatest deposits of lithium in the world, to help industrialise their lithium sector.
Alex Lovell-Troy is an experienced entrepreneur and technology advisor with organizations including NewsDeeply, OneLeap and the William James Foundation. He is currently a Cloud Architect at Cray, and former Vice President of Transformation with Pythian where he led strategy and analytics consulting practices. As an advisor to Apolitical, he guides strategic use of data and technical leadership.