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Paola Bonomo

Angel Investor, Advisor & Non-Executive Director

Paola Bonomo started her career at McKinsey & Company, where she was an advisor to top management teams at leading international companies on strategic positioning, growth, new markets, alliances and acquisitions. She then worked in leadership roles in the digital domain such as Senior Director, European Operations at eBay International; Head of Online Services, Commercial Operations at Vodafone Italia; and Regional Director, Southern Europe at Facebook.

Since 2009 she has invested in technology startups with Italian Angels for Growth, where she focuses on investments in the digital space; her most successful portfolio exit is the sale of AdEspresso to Hootsuite. In 2015 and in 2016, Paola was recognized as one of the Inspiring Fifty, the fifty most inspiring women in European Technology. In 2017, she was recognized with the Business Angel of the year award in Italy and the Golden Aurora award for the best woman business angel in Europe.

Paola currently serves on the Boards of Directors at Telecom Italia, AXA Assicurazioni, Piquadro, and other public and private companies. She is an Advisory Board member at two fintech companies, Moneyfarm and Euklid. She is also the President of Stanford Club Italia, the local Stanford University alumni chapter.

Paola holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Annieke Puylaert

Event Manager & Marketing Specialist

Annieke is an event manager with extensive experience in the European media industry. Born in Italy and graduated in International Business at the University of Amsterdam, she has been growing her marketing experience working in Italy, the Netherlands, Colombia and Indonesia. Passionate about event management, Annieke coordinates the organisation of large premium events, conferences and tradeshows. As ambassador of Inspiring Fifty Italy, she supports the cause to increase gender diversity in the technology sector highlighting inspiring female role models. Soon relocating to Singapore, Annieke will pursue her ambition to shape her business profile internationally.

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