Verena Kuen is the founder of gobeyond Innovation. After 15 years as an executive in big corporations she decided to make her passion her profession and initiated an Innovation Program with her last employer Bayer Pharma AG which was one-of-a-kind within the whole organization and produced an impressive track record of innovation success stories. Verena is a manager by training and a trend-spotter by heart; she holds an MBA and speaks 5 languages. She is a world-traveler and enjoys working in diverse cultural environments. She is a people-person with an infectious enthusiasm who genuinely loves her job. Besides running her own business she teaches innovation methodologies with the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at University of Economics in Vienna, Austria and design thinking at Columbia University, NYC. Verena loves Bikram Yoga and spending time with her family. She is a passionate cook and foodie.
Olga Bratsun is Innovation Facilitator and Strategist at gobeyond Innovation. Olga’s studies and desire to explore the world took her from Russia, her home country, to Canada and then Austria. She successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in cross-cultural communication & international business, and a dual master’s degree in strategy, innovation and social entrepreneurship. Olga had a chance to work in different environments and support a number of projects with focus on marketing, communications, strategy and impact programs development. Most recently, she worked for a social impact agency in Toronto. Through these experiences, Olga got a better understanding of human motivations and how to translate them into business decisions. Olga has a great passion for innovation, change management and sustainability, including the ways new technologies can address the world’s most pressing problems. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring new places or being crafty at home.
Ana-Maria Salcu is Customer Engagement Specialist at gobeyond Innovation. The born and raised Romanian has a background in socio-cultural anthropology and has worked in a variety of social organizations before joining the gobeyond team. Ana’s professional interest lies in the design of customer interactions across the innovation process in order to draw hands-on insights and iterate prototypes into compelling solutions. Always on the hunt for the latest methods and tools, she has contributed big time to the gobeyond toolbox. Deeply passionate about books, Ana loves to read both for work and outside of it. Other favorite pastime activities besides reading are traveling, drawing, and spending time with family and friends.
Emanuel Kornherr is our Social Media and Digital Marketing Expert. He manages all digital engagements throughout an innovation project. His educational background is in Business Administration, specialized in Digital Marketing, which helped him combine his analytical and creative skills. Before joining our team, he has realized a variety of digital marketing projects mainly in the field of NGOs. His genuine interest in tech, data science and the Start-Up scene drives him to continuously gather current know-how in these fields.
In his time off, he might just be doing various flips and jumps while practicing Parkour/Freerunning, working out at the gym or casually binge watch on Netflix. He also is obsessed with supercars and loves living in the most livable city in the world but also travelling the globe.
The former VP of Global Marketing Innovation at both Merck and Novartis, acts a s a senior advisor for gobeyond Innovation. She created the first Digital Marketing team that served as an industry model of organizational design and infrastructure and innovative best practices. At Johnson and Johnson she was the creator and lead of WomensHealth.com which was the first virtual cross company digital initiative and won the prestigious Chairman’s award for Innovation. Kathleen offers her expertise in creating innovation cultures within corporations. She is skilled in the art of influencing and selling ideas across a complex organization. Through her own corporate experiences she has a deep understanding of the discipline of innovation Management including the latest methodologies such as design thinking and the growing importance of analytics and ROI measurement in the Innovation process. Kathleen is based in NYC, she is a family person with a great passion for interior design.
Lee Miller supports the gobeyond team as a senior advisor. He is a Harvard Law graduate and an industry leader in the field of influencing and negotiating, focusing on influencing for innovation. As a trainer and executive coach, Lee is an expert partner for executives providing the necessary support for successful innovation. Lee serves a s an adjunct professor at both Seton Hall and Columbia University teaching graduate courses in leadership, influencing and negotiation. Lee is the author of “UP: Influence Power and the U-perspective”, “The art of getting what you want” and “Getting people to believe in something they can’t yet imagine” (published in Harvard Business Review online). Lee is based in NYC, he loves spending time at the seaside and is a Yoga-enthusiast.
We have a broad network of freelancers specializing in different aspects of innovation management who support us on project by project basis.
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