Meet the core team....
Simon Gifford: "the strategist”
Sajni Shah: "the hustler"
Sajni is a banker / trader turned tech startup business developer, with vast experience in financing and investing in businesses to building partnerships.
She adds value to Disrupt through her hands on experience of working in a startup, recognising the evolving marketplace to then shape, pivot and grow a business.
Lives by: "To have joy, one must share it"
Arlon Stok: "the designer"
Cosmin Mircea: "the lobbyist"
Cosmin is a public policy specialist with 5 years experience of working in and out of the public and private sector.
He adds value to Disrupt through his extensive knowledge across a variety of EU and UK policy areas related to the digital space, including privacy, cybersecurity, and copyright. He has grasped complex technical and policy issues, to advise on policy developments and lobby on behalf of various organisations.
Lives by: "The best way to predict the future is to create it"
Michelle Beretti: "the vision-builder"
Michelle has spent 5 years working for Accenture where she focused her efforts on transformation, operations & strategy-led projects.
She adds value to Disrupt through her consulting experience, recent MBA at IE Business School and an enhanced cultural awareness having lived in North America, Europe & Africa.
Michelle also has personal experience building a startup that was focused on disrupting the insurance industry across developing markets.
Lives by: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes but in having new eyes!"
Apoorv Bamba: "the trainer"
Apoorv is the Founder & Curator of Startup Safari and his passion lies in igniting ideas in the darkness of stereotypes. He consults with the SA Institute of Entrepreneurship around curriculum development, product innovation and entrepreneurial mindset training.
He is a true global citizen having worked with entrepreneurs across South Africa, Bhutan, Taiwan, India and Portugal. He is determined to revolutionize the design of classroom education and influence the future of emerging market startup eco-systems.
Lives by: "Life begins when you step out of your comfort zone."