Gyuri Karady, PhDChairman of the Board
Gyuri has over a decade of private equity experience in Central Europe with Baring Private Equtiy / Baring Corilius, which he cofounded, and with Julius Baer Capital. Prior to that, he spent six years with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as a Senior Banker, responsible for Hungary. A graduate of McGill University, he earned his Doctorate in Engineering at Harvard University.
FarkasChief Executive Officer
Chris is an international investment banker and private equity executive, formerly with DOXA, Deutsche Bank, UBS, and PwC specializing in M&A, strategy, and technology. He has managed over USD 2.2 billion in successful M&A transactions across 20 countries, and over USD 2.9 billion in successful turnarounds across 13 countries. An entrepreneur and angel investor, his passion is helping build great teams.
Glenn ThomasChief Technology Officer
Based in Seattle, Glenn is an entrepreneur and angel investor focused on digital strategy, media, and marketing, as well as open source and cloud computing. A founding member of Danger TV, he was a founder and CTO of Jagtag, a mobile marketing platform acquired by Agume Technologies. He has several patents pending and was a cofounder of Smashing Ideas, a digital marketing agency acquired by Bertelsmann.
Krisztina TolnaiChief Financial Officer
Krisztina served as Finance Director for NASDAQ traded Peet's in San Francisco, sold to German private equity firm, JAB, for USD 1 billion. Prior to Peet's, she was a Senior Manager and Global Software Category Lead at The Gap, responsible for business intelligence, supply chain, infrastructure, store technology, corporate systems, and architecture. She speaks five languages and is a graduate of the Hogeschool Utrecht.
Mate Pataki studied Applied Economics at Corvinus University, where he serves as Vice Chairman of the FAKT College for Advanced Studies, responsible for corporate relations, community, and their Corporate Social Responsibility project. He is also a volunteer instructor in the CTP Foundation's Youth Business Program, helping Hungarian students who aspire to become entrepreneurs and give back to their communities.
Colm Morgan, LLBAdvisory Board Member
Based in London, Colm is an entrepreneur and corporate attorney. He is an international specialist in capital project financing, procurement, contracts, and dispute resolution, formerly with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Trafalgar House in the United States, Europe, and Middle East. Clients include Goldman Sachs, Lend Lease, Halifax Bank of Scotland, and the British Ministry of Defence.
Simon StraussAdvisory Board Member
Based in New York, Simon is a Partner with E/W Capital with a focus on infrastructure, renewable/alternative energy, transportation, media, and communications. He has substantial experience in project finance and complex financial structures. Prior to E/W, Simon was a Managing Director with Gerard Klauer Mattison (now BMO Capital Markets), focused on telecoms, and before that a Principal with Ernst & Young.
David JoynerAdvisory Board Member
Based in San Francisco, David is a former Senior Vice President of Blue Shield, one of the largest healthcare plan providers in the US, with responsibility for a multi-billion dollar P&L, management of statewide provider networks, corporate development, and government affairs. Prior to Blue Shield, David spent nearly a decade as a management consultant at Bain and Co, having earned a MBA from Wharton, and a MA from Oxford.
Andrea Canidio, PhDAdvisory Board Member
Andrea is Assistant Professor of Economics at Central European University in Budapest, where he teaches microeconomics, game theory, and development economics. His main research interests range from entrepreneurship to contractual incentives within firms to the savings behavior of the poor in developing countries. A graduate of Bocconi University in Milan, he earned his Doctorate in Economics from Boston University.
Balazs SzaboEntrepreneur in residence
Balazs is a digital creative, pixel pusher, game designer, and CEO of EEGL Interactive. Previously, he worked for TBWA\Dubai, where he designed and created games for clients such as Nissan, GE, and Standard Chartered Bank. His work has been awarded and recognized at top-tier advertising festivals including Cannes Lions and Dubai Lynx. Balazs studied Animation Design at Moholy-Nagy University of Applied Arts.
Barnabas DebreczeniEntrepreneur in residence
Barnabas started programming at the age of five and has not stopped since. His experience ranges from the technical to marketing, having built websites handling millions of unique visitors per day to increasing revenues twenty-fold in a three month period. He is an evangelist for seamless user experience: you should get technology out of the way to build elegantly simple and intuitive products.
David TimarEntrepreneur in residence
Prior to founding Crossway, David was a founder of Skymarx Solutions, a Canadian software firm, and of Szefbank, an Hungarian security provider. He was executive producer of Throbbing Stones, a full-length feature film that received full theatrical release, and serves as Program Manager of the Hungarian Motion Pictures Accessibility Program, whose mission is to bring media, new and old, to the visually and hearing impaired.
Miklos Weszl, PhDEntrepreneur in residence
Miklos is an innovator and CEO of NanoTi. He cut his teeth as a researcher in the field of chemistry and regenerative medicine; medical device engineering came naturally. He founded his first venture to commercialize his scientific achievements in biomaterials. He graduated in pharmacology from Semmelweis University and studied technology management at the National Institute of Health in the United States.
Zsolt MagyariEntrepreneur in residence
Zsolt is a guest lecturer of stereoscopic filmmaking at the Film and Television Highschool Potsdam and the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Before founding Stereocake, he supervised the 3D post-production of two feature films for international markets and has 124 shooting days with stereoscopic technology to his credit. His production experience is uniquely coupled with significant engineering expertise.
Livia BusEntrepreneur in residence
Livia was awarded the Marias Antal Scholarship for original research on dynamic strategy at Corvinus University and was a member of the prestigious Rajk Laszlo College for Advanced Studies. She started her first film project while she was a student, Rajk 40, and founded Belanski Films, focusing on video on demand. Together with partner index.hu, she has delivered millions of views for Hungarian cinema.