ISC3 Mentors and Experts Programme – MEP

ISC3 Mentors and Experts Programme – MEP

Meet our Mentors and Experts

The MEP program is part of the ISC3s Sustainable Chemistry Mentoring Program with the goal to match high impact Sustainable Chemistry start-ups with Mentors and Experts based on personal needs, goals and technical field and area of expertise.

We introduce our Mentors & Experts:

Azmath Rahiman - Mentor

Azmath Rahiman - Mentor

Product and Project Manager at Lesa Automotive

Expertise: Finance, Business Development, Product Development, Marketing, Growth Strategy, Technology Development

Language: English

Azmath has a Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology from the University of Calicut in India and MBA in Financial Analysis and Investment from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) in the US. He has over 14 years of work experience in various fields of entrepreneurship, business development, equity valuation as well as in product and project management. He has also experience with Mentoring as he had the opportunity to be part of the Connecticut Centre of Entrepreneurship and in Life Sciences Initiative (ELSI) from 2015 to 2016.

“I feel very inclined to help the budding enterprises. I see mentoring as a process of training to ask the right questions, so that mentees can navigate to their goal in a meaningful manner.”

Michele da Silva-Wagner - Mentor

Michele da Silva-Wagner - Mentor

Mentor Sustainable Business Development

Expertise: Finance, Business Development, Sustainable Development, Marketing

Language: Portuguese, English and German

Michele da Silva-Wagner has an MBA in Project Management as well as Master of Risk Assessment & Sustainability Management. She has more than 15 years of professional experience in different areas from finance to project manager. Since 2017 she has been working as an expert in the Horizon Europe Program of the European Union.
What fascinates Michele about mentoring is seeing ideas come true, companies being created, acquiring their first clients and scaling-up . Through her experience she can help startups in all phases of development while keeping the focus on sustainability.

“I believe that a mentorship program is the best way to help start-ups to achieve their goals, and to impact and transform the economy and society.”

Marwa Hannouf - Expert

Marwa Hannouf - Expert

Founder, CEO and Director of TOSSA Sustainability Services Startup; Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Expertise: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, Social Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Assessment, Sustainable Development, Systems Analysis

Language: English, French, Arabic

Marwa obtained her PhD degree in Environmental design with a specialization in Energy and Environmental systems at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She has over 8 years of experience working with the life cycle sustainability assessment method including environmental, economic and social assessment focusing on the methodological aspects as well as the practical application with high number of peer-reviewed publications on the topic. Implementing research results into a practical tool that benefit everyone, Marwa with her team have launched their startup “TOSSA Sustainability Services” producing a commercial software tool for complete sustainability assessment and providing other services including consultancy services and training on different areas of life cycle sustainability assessment, social life cycle assessment, ESG and other related areas. She is now excited to share her passion in sustainability assessment and systematic thinking with the startups encouraging them to achieve their goals while managing their sustainability impacts on the environment and all stakeholder groups.

"I am excited to join the mentors/experts program and looking forward to support startups with advice and guidance in their journey to improve their sustainability performance while achieving their goals."

Samuel Opoku - Expert

Samuel Opoku - Expert

Founding Partner at Start.Up Lounge Africa

Expertise: Business Development, Financial Management, Building Strategic Partnerships for Business Growth

Language: English

Samuel Opoku has worked with and supported over 300 tech and non-tech startups and entrepreneurs/brands in Ghana and other African countries over the past 6 years. He has also started, failed and succeeded at many ventures of his own. Samuel is founder of Start.Up Lounge Africa, which is a management consulting firm that provides business development services to startups, SMEs and Enterprise support organizations. He has deep passion for supporting young African entrepreneurs to achieve their desired business and professional goals, and to impact positively the environment as well.

“I am passionate about Africa and its growing tech ecosystem. I am very open to learning and sharing valuable experiences with others."”

Gideon Rath - Mentor

Gideon Rath - Mentor

Innovation Manager

Expertise: Business Development, Product Development, IP Protection, Technology Development, Agile Change

Language: English, German

Gideon Rath focuses on topics such as working within a team and with external partners: agile working, effective collaboration, business development, scale-up or finding the right partners. He worked in different application fields of chemistry and has deep knowledge on the food and life-science sector. As an Innovation Manager, he regularly supports and advices innovation projects.

What motivates Gideon to be a mentor, is the experience of being mentored in the past and he wants to giveback by passing on his knowledge to other mentees. He believes in lifelong learning, so others can learn from him, and he can learn from them.

“I profit a lot from networking, formal and informal. So, others shall profit from my networks too.””

Abdelrahman Fahmy - Mentor

Abdelrahman Fahmy - Mentor

Chairman at youthinkgreen Egypt

Expertise: Business Development, Sustainable Development, Fundraising

Language: English, Arabic

Fahmy Co-founded the Egyptian group of the international youth movement “youthinkgreen – jugend denkt um.welt”. He has mentored and supported more than 50 startups & SMEs at different stages to grow their business and have successful market penetration, growth, or scaling. He has also support SMEs within their sustainability transformation across value chains.

"Working with innovative minds keep me on track of the state of the art clean tech innovations worldwide. I am always thrilled to support the journey even by a small advice or guidance.””

Sebastian Diaz - Mentor/Expert

Sebastian Diaz - Mentor/Expert

Cofounder of DEEP Ecosystems, Former CEO of Start-Up Chile

Expertise: Business Development, Marketing, Communication, Team Management, Pitch Training

Language: English, Spanish

Sebastian Diaz Co-Founder & Head of acceleration at DEEP Ecosystems, where he helps countries, ecosystems, companies, or any public or private organization to become more innovative by putting people at the center, enhance their connections and interactions based on trust, diversity and a common goal/story. Sebastian has more than 10 years experience building the startup ecosystem in LATAM. Former Start-Up Chile CEO, where he worked with +1,000 startups from all over the world. Also, a public policies consultant for economic development. Previously, he was the founder of AfterBang Chile, a ski clothing company and Domadores TV, a broadcasting platform for journalists.

“I believe that when a truly inspired entrepreneur does something, nothing will stop him/her. The mentors programs are the corner stone of every accelerator because triggers that, inspiration, for the mentor and the founder. Here is where we see the talent pushing all to their limits, in a comfort zone, to get ready to grow ”

Prof. Zohar Ben-Asher

Prof. Zohar Ben-Asher

Senior Consultant, Research Funding & Academic Strategy

Expertise: Research funding through Horizon Europe

Language: English, Spanish

Prof. Zohar Ben-Asher gained his professional knowledge and skills in Israel, the United States, and the United Kingdom, where he also held senior academic positions in Strategic Planning and Management, Business Economics and Methodology.Zohar has also taught at various higher education institutions in Europe, Asia, and America. He has extensive theoretical and methodological research experience and has been a long-standing expert and reviewer for European Framework Programs. Aside from EU & other internationally funded scientific & technological projects, Zohar has been actively involved in planning and management of projects in strategic planning and Sustainable Development, policy formation and government, management, education, methodology and Asian business. He is also co-founder of a Strategic Management & Research firm.

“Innovation in science can truly be materialized in making the science translational thus impacting society”

Gokulnath Ramu - Mentor

Gokulnath Ramu - Mentor

Go to Market Specialist

Expertise: Business Development, Marketing, Growth Strategy, Technology Development, Positioning

Language: English

Gokulnath is a dynamic entrepreneur with 4 years of experience in the go-to-market industry. He has a proven track record of building and scaling successful businesses from scratch. His expertise lies in developing and implementing innovative strategies that drive growth and profitability.

Over the past 4 years, Gokulnath has co-founded and grown successful startups in Robotics, Operations and Tutoring industry. His latest venture, a robotics ed-tech firm become one of the most sought-after firms in the space. Under Gokulnath’ s leadership, his startup has secured several high-profile clients and achieved impressive revenue growth.

Looking ahead, Gokulnath is eager to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the go-to-market industry and to help his clients achiever their growth and revenue goals.

“Consider me as your go-to expert in the ever-evolving world of go-to-market strategies. With my experience and insights, I’ll help you unlock your startup’s potential and achieve your growth goals”.

Thore Vogel

Thore Vogel

Investment Manager at Leanox Impact Capital

Expertise: ESG Investing, Finance, Valuation, Reporting, Governance, Business Development

Language: English

Thore started a clothing brand during his bachelor, and now is running his own VC. With extensive experience in the startup ecosystem, Thore understands the unique challenges and opportunities that startups face and is committed to helping founders navigate them effectively. Through this mentorship, his goal is to provide tailored guidance, share practical insights, and empower founders to achieve sustainable growth for new ventures. His countries of expertise include Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, China, Russia.

“I want to support founders and get in contact with bright minds that might build future investment opportunities for the fund I work for. Let's collaborate and drive your startup towards success together.”

Donna A. Seid

Donna A. Seid

Sustainability Consultant at Donna A. Seid Consulting

Expertise: Sustainable development, Product development, Marketing, Compliance to chemical and product safety and ESG-related regulations globally

Language: English

After reaching her retirement age in the Netherlands in 2021, Donna set up her own firm, Donna A Seid Consulting, as a sustainability consultant. Her clients are currently inthe life sciences, pharmaceutical, and medical devices industries.

Donna has been a mentor in different capacities. Donna has actual “hands-on” experience working within companies, covering a variety of industry sectors, globally, on setting sustainabilitystrategies, targets & goals, and developing programs to achieve them. She has participated in initiatives that impact the entire product lifecycle, from ideation (includingpackaging), supply chain, operations, logistics, and end-of-life (circular economy). Donna has worked with staff that spans a wide swath of the organization to work together towards common goals and reporting thattie deeply and directly to the overall business strategy.

Her countries of expertise include the US and EMEA.

“This current phase of my life is aimed to “Pay it Forward;” to pass onsome of my learnings and experience.”

Santanu Talukdar

Santanu Talukdar

Chartered Chemical Engineer/ Innovations & Technology Transfer Consultant

Expertise: Industrial Biotechnology, Medicine Biotechnology, Climate actions, SDGs

Language: English

Santanu is a chartered chemical engineer having 25 years of practice in technology, engineering and project management, and lately as an independent consultant.As an Innovations Consultant, he is currently practicing in areas as Licensing, Consulting & Technology Transfers from research to commercialization. Santanu handles syndicated fund raising, start-up value creation & portfolio management in full life cycles of Life Sciences, Medical Tech, Clean Tech applications.

Experiences include 5 years as Managing Director, Intrapreneur & Start-up Consultant in Frankfurt am Main. He has networked with investors, start-up accelerators, research institutes, research clusters, trade bodies & chamber of commerce in Frankfurt & India.

Katerin Carrillo

Katerin Carrillo

Industrial Engineer, MSc. in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Co-founder and CEO of Natupla

Expertise: Impact Management and measurement, Social business model

Language: English, Spanish

Katerin has broad experience as Program Manager and mentor of early-stage social business in Colombia and East Africa, and as co-founder of two organizations in the arts and services sector in Colombia.

As an entrepreneur and during her career, Katerin has developed a broad set of skills to develop early-stage business models with strong focus on social business and impact measurement. She has worked in dissimilar roles ranging from production, marketing, project management, sales, and research. Katerin is highly adaptable, loves challenges and enjoys solving problems hands-on.

“I would like to support entrepreneurs on measuring and communicating their impact they are creating with their work.”

Dr. Johannes Wehner

Dr. Johannes Wehner

European Patent Attorney, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Litigator (Ph.D. and Diploma in chemistry, LL.M. in Technology and Intellectual Property Law)

Expertise: Chemistry (Polymers; synthesis; organic and inorganic; biological and medical chemistry; biochemistry; chemical engineering) and German & European patent law

Language: English, German

Johannes studied law and chemistry with a strong focus on organic and biological chemistry. In patent law firms based in Munich, Germany, he worked as patent attorney and managing partner. Following his entrepreneurial mindset, Johannes founded his own law firm in greater Frankfurt area, Germany, in 2017.

Johannes enjoys keeping a bigger picture in mind. He practices comprehensive consultancy with international clients regarding their patent and brand portfolio. He strongly believes that regular engagement with inventors supports a creative mindset and keeps his network vivid. Johannes is convinced that close contact to each individual client is the decisive success factor for good IP protection. Clients appreciate his solution-oriented approach to IP and his commitment to provide excellent services.In 2003 Johannes was listed 300 as the World’s Leading IP Strategists in IAM Strategy.

Johannes holds a lecturer position at the University of Frankfurt where he teaches chemistry students the basics of patent law. During his academic career he published multiple papers in prestigious journals such as Chemical Communications and Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry.

“I have a passion for IP law and education, and I enjoy collaborating with diverse and talented teams to deliver high-quality services and solutions to our clients. My mission is to support innovation in the scientific community and beyond.”

To participate:

Please contact our Start-up Relations Manager Silvia Perez Hector with a short description of your desired field of expertise or mentoring topic and we will connect you with a suitable Mentor or Expert.

Become a Mentor or Expert!

We are always looking for new Mentors and Experts with first-hand entrepreneurship experience or/and specific skills in sustainability and/ or business-related topics, for example: Sustainable Chemistry, biotechnology, sustainability management, business development, marketing, IP protection and more.

The program allows you to share your experience and your network, to contribute to the development of a start-up, to nurture young talents, to support the local innovation ecosystem and to develop your own interpersonal skills.

If you are interested in getting in touch apply to become a Mentor or an Expert!

Mentors:

Our Mentors are development driven and focus on a holistic approach. Meaning that the focus is the overall development of the Start-up and not a specific outcome, our Mentees want to learn from the experience of the Mentor.

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Experts:

Our Experts are performance driven and focus on a specific need or outcome. Meaning that the focus of the relationship is solving a specific problem. Start-ups are interested in a specific expertise.

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