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Philipp Rittershaus

Philipp Rittershaus

Head of Corporate Innovation & Startup Coaching

Philipp has gained extensive experience as LifeScience Investor at the High-Tech Gruenderfonds and has a background in industrial biotechnology. Philipp holds a Doctorate degree in Biotechnology from the University of Hohenheim, an MBA in Engineering Management from the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim and a Master in technical Biology from the University of Stuttgart.

Gaia Amatteis

Gaia Amatteis

Head of Program & COO

Gaia has extensive experience in project management working for companies like Techstars, Procter and Gamble and Bosch in different countries like Italy, Germany and Japan. She studied between Italy and Germany and has a Double Master degree in International Business and Economics.


Caspar Olenhusen

Startup Coach

Caspar provides over ten years of first-hand experience from the corporate (KWS, John Deere), startup and venture capital world. His passion spans across the agri-food-tech value chain, and he is eager to have a sustainable impact. Caspar studied in the USA and UK and has an MBA in International Food & Agribusiness.

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Ilka Gomez

Project Manager

Ilka is an experienced agronomist and project manager. Her experiences include research activities at the Ohio State University (USA), management of vegetable production under protected conditions in Nicaragua (where she is originally from), and lately as a project operations consultant at the UN-FAO. Ilka holds a Master's Degree in International Horticulture from the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany), and a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture from the Pan-American University of Agriculture (Zamorano), located in Honduras.

Margarita Klyuchko

Margarita Klyuchko

Event & Community Manager

Margarita is passionate about events. Having experience in hosting events in Dubai she is engaged in arranging corporate and private gatherings for companies or individuals.

Sandy Korshed

Sandy Khorshed

Marketing working student

Sandy is a marketing and design passionate. She studies industrial economics with the majors brand management and entrepreneurship at the University of Bremen. With her practical experience in event marketing and her life experience in Egypt and Saudi Arabia she completes the international team puzzle.

Mario Verbeek

Mario Verbeek

Startup & Innovation Manager

Mario is very interested in the startup ecosystem and has successfully failed to found his own startup. After his apprenticeship in ornamental plant production, he studied horticultural and environmental economics. With practical experience in the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation in Agriculture (i4Ag) at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and his ongoing freelance job in web development, he is an innovation-driven all-rounder.