Andreas Schwarz

Head of consulting & solution sales north & northeast Germany (Berlin, Germany)

Mentor to Akojo Market

Andreas’ consultants create comprehensive solution designs based on business customer needs. They cover his whole business portfolio in regards to IoT, Mobile, Fixed, Cloud, and UCC solutions.

“I really appreciate getting in touch with (sense of) purpose-driven entrepreneurs. I’m excited to feel their spirit, see their vision, and how they are going to realize it. I’m very happy to set some triggers by asking questions they may haven’t think about yet…”

Chandni Sood

Legal Counsel, Products and Services (London, UK)

 Mentor to Zoora

 Chandni is a lawyer at Vodafone Group, London, and advises our internal business on the launch of global consumer products and services (e.g. new technologies, partnerships, and payments) across Vodafone markets.

 “I am thrilled to be a Lead Mentor for the F-Lane 2020 cohort and guide a start-up on its journey to reach its full potential and empower women worldwide! It is very exciting to be part of this inspiring and passionate community.”

Cilia Kanellopoulos

Global Innovation Lead (London, UK)

Mentor to SheKab

In her role as Global Innovation Lead at the Vodafone Group, Cilia helps drive the innovation agenda through collaboration with startups and scale-ups while sourcing for emerging tech solutions that can solve business challenges. In short, she acts as a matchmaker between various business units at Vodafone and external ventures.

 “I’ve always been passionate about supporting businesses that transform societies and empower people, and especially women. Therefore, I’m excited about working with a Hira and SheKab in scaling their impact and driving a positive societal change in Pakistan.”

Costanza Fazi

Sustainability & Foundation Expert (Milan, Italy)

 Mentor to Mete a Colher

Costanza is currently Sustainability & Foundation Expert at Vodafone Italy, which means that she splits her time between Vodafone Italy Foundation’s social impact projects and grant-making activities and environmental sustainability strategies.

 “I am very excited to have the opportunity to exchange with an entrepreneur whose mission is to empower women. I also look forward to sharing my expertise and learn from this experience and from the team itself.”

Kerstin Larsson-Knetsch

Director Customer Solutions & Projects (Düsseldorf, Germany)

 Mentor to Hive Online

 Kerstin started her career in consumer marketing. She has held several management roles in Strategy, Technology, and Vodafone Business. In her current role, she is responsible for pre-sales consulting, solution design, and complex project delivery and heads eleven central and regional departments. Kerstin has significantly developed the management culture and mindset in her area and increased diversity. She acts as a role model in a former “male-dominated” technical unit and has been able to attract several female talents into her team. Kerstin is also particularly active as a mentor for female employees and motivates young women to create their own careers and overcome all obstacles in that way.

 “I am passionate about diversity and equal chances as a driver of a better future for all. F-Lane’s idea to support social entrepreneurship for women resonates strongly and I am super happy and proud to be one of their lead mentors.”

Matei Frunzetti

Innovation Manager (Düsseldorf, Germany)

 Mentor to Autsera

Being part of Vodafone Germany’s Digital Accelerator a big part of Matei’s daily work is to support early-stage start-ups to develop their IT-solutions and provide them with additional opportunities. For him, the greatest aspect is building partnerships and seeing the start-ups thrive.

 “The F-LANE programme is an excellent opportunity to apply the learnings from UPLIFT in a new setting and directly help develop tech4good. I am very much looking forward to learning together with and from the start-up mentees and the other mentors.”

Paul Critchley

 Patent Attorney (London, UK)

 Mentor to Nabta Health

Having obtained a Ph.D. in physics and having worked as both a Patent Attorney and Technology Consultant, Paul has worked with a range of SMEs, start-ups, and VCs, and gained extensive knowledge in IP Law, Telco, FinTech, HealthTech, ML, and Software.

 “Having worked at the forefront of innovation for most of my adult life and having previously worked with several startups, I am excited to use my knowledge, experience, and connections, to help a startup to thrive.”

Rubi Kaur

 Senior Solutions Architect (London, UK)

 Mentor to Bidhaa Sasa

Rubi Kaur is a Senior Solutions Architect at Vodafone for Enterprise New Product Development. Her passion is to help design and build progressive, fair, inclusive, ethical, and responsible digital technology for everyone. In 2020 Rubi featured in the Computer Weekly list of most influential women in technology.

 “Being a part of an entrepreneurs’ development journey and witnessing the real positive change they will make towards women’s empowerment and enabling a fairer society.”

Sabine Möller

 Director Business Sales Public (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Sabine joined Vodafone Business Germany in February 2020 and heads up the B2B sales organization catering for the public sector and health. Previously Sabine held various leadership positions at cable operator Unitymedia and incumbent Deutsche Telekom, looking after content licensing for entertainment services. Sabine has recently finished her one-year training as integral business coach and is passionate about corporate culture and food.

 “I am super excited about the opportunity to support th F-LANE journey. I have all the respect in the world for social businesses who are 100% purpose-driven and I am positive, we will all benefit from the experience.”

Vesna Trtic

Principal Manager Technology Operations (Luxembourg, Luxemburg)

 Mentor to ProyectoMoms

 Vesna has been working in Telcom industry for over 20 years now. She joined Vodafone in Vodafone Roaming Services in 2012 and is currently responsible for central roaming platforms for Vodafone Group.

 “We need more diverse products and solutions and that is why I’m excited to join F-LANE as a mentor and support ProyectoMoms in creating more opportunities for women in the workforce.”