BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Luigi is one of the nine founders of Italian Angels for Growth, one of the fastest growing business angels groups in Europe, counting more than 200 members, and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Business Angels Association. He is the co-founder and CEO of META, a European company with offices in several countries delivering Investment, Academy and Advisory Services in the field of Research and Innovation. Since 1993 he has led the development of the company counting now many International Institutions and Investors, such as the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and many other leading International and National Research and Innovation Organisations as clients. During the early years of his career, he was a researcher and software engineer in the field of Computational Mechanics working with a spin-off of Imperial College (www.lusas.com) and Italian Research Institutions. He holds an Engineering Degree Summa cum Laude from the University of Rome a Master of Science and a Diploma from Imperial College London.
Honorary President and Vice-President for Public Affairs
Philippe Gluntz is the founder and former president of Paris Business Angels, former president and current executive vice-president of the French federation of business angels and early stage funds (France Angels). Furthermore, Philippe is the founder of Business Angels Europe and has been its first president from from 2013 to 2017.
Philippe graduated from "Ecole Polytechnique” (Maths-Physics) and "Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées” (Civil Engineering). He also graduated from "l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris" in Economics and Political Science, and holds a PhD in Management from Vanderbilt University (USA). Philippe Gluntz has spent his whole professional life as CEO and COO of major Software and Telecom Companies (Alcatel Group, Cap Gemini Group, ADP Group). He is a serial Business Angel and was chosen as European Business Angel of the year 2012. Philippe is also involved in the Venture Capital market, as Board member, and also teaches in academic institutions.
Board Member and Treasurer
Reginald Vossen is managing director of BAN Vlaanderen, which since the merger of 4 Flemish BAN's is the leading angel network in Belgium, with 400 investments made. Reginald holds two Master’s Degrees in Applied Economic Sciences (Commercial and Financial Sciences, Commercial and Consular Sciences – International Marketing). As Chief of Staff of the provincial economic executive of the Belgian province of Limburg, he was founding secretary of the Limburg BAN in 1999. He became manager of this network at the end of 2000.
Board Member and Vice-President for Research
Since 1999 she is executive board member of Business Angels Agency Ruhr e.V. and since 2001 executive board of Business Angels Network Germany e.V. (BAND), the umbrella organisation of the German Business Angels Networks. Additionally Dr. Günther is Director of the company Startbahn MedEcon Ruhr GmbH, Managing Board Member of pro Ruhrgebiet e.V. and since 2013 she is Vice President of Business Angels Europe (BAE). In 2013 she was appointed to be member of the Advisory board "Young digital economy" at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Ute Guenther has studied Philosophy, Romance languages and Education. Since 1980, Dr. Günther is active in research and teaching, especially at the universities of Bochum, Essen, Trier and Vallendar. Parallel she is managing large regional infrastructure projects.
Board Member and Vice-President for Women Investing
Jenny Tooth is the CEO of the UK Business Angels Association which has superseded the British Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early stage investing. Jenny has been providing strategic support to BBAA since its establishment in 2004, supporting both policy and interfacing with Government, as well as developing the trade body’s major annual events. She has operated a wide range of investment readiness programmes, including projects supported by national and EU funding. She has also participated in a number of expert groups on access to finance and chaired the EC Knowledge Intensive Services group under DG Enterprise. She has also been a frequent judge at business plan competitions and acted as an assessor for the Technology Strategy Board for innovation grant applications.
Board Member and Vice-President for Cross-Border Investing
René Reijtenbagh is co-founder and vice president of the Dutch Business Angels Association, BAN Nederland. He is also CEO of Business Angels Connect, a Benelux business angels platform for the sectors Agro-Food, Health and (bio-) Chemistry. The network cooperates with the Dutch Topsector Chemistry and Agri-food. For the Health sector Business Angels Connect is the Benelux lead for the EIT Health Investors Network. Business Angels Connect is founding member of the BAE club and does have cooperations with several Business Angels Networks in Germany like Angelengine in Düsseldorf en Business Angels Argenthur Ruhrgebiet in Essen.
René is vice president of Business Angels Europe (BAE) responsible for the Cross border Cooperation initiatives. René studied Economic Geography at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and followed a Business Administration program on innovation management at the TSM Business school in Enschede, the Netherlands. He is father of two sons, loves gardening and breeds Welsch- and Shetland ponies as a hobby.
João Trigo da Roza
Board Member and Vice-President for Strategy
João has more than 25 years of business experience and is president of Portuguese Business Angel Association (APBA) and founder of Toplever Business Consultants. Born in Lisbon in 1959, graduated Civil Engineering in 1982, M. Sc. in Structural Engineering in 1986 at IST (Lisbon), MBA at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and post graduated in European Economics in 1989 at UCP. As business angel Joao is partner of an investment company, Brains2Market. He also invests in start-ups in different fields like web applications and services. As executive Joao was CEO of Portugal Telecom Multimedia.com , CEO of Telepac (ISP), Chairman of Sapo portal, board member o PT Ventures. Joao also served as Board Member of Expo Urbe, the company that was in charge of the urban development project associated with the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition. As a consultant Joao was Vice-President and Country Manager of AT Kearney, focusing on telecom and banking, strategy and organization and manager at McKinsey & Company. Joao is also Professor of Entrepreneurship at Universidade Catolica Portugues and a regular collaborator and commentator in the media on economics and politics.
Independent Board Member for the CEE Region
Jacek Błoński is a board member of APER Ventures and Partner of the Zernike Meta – Ventures Ingenium Poland Fund. From 2007 to 2012 Jacek was a CEO of Lewiatan Business Angels – the largest Business Angels Network in Poland. Prior to Lewiatan Business Angels, Jacek worked as Consultant in Simon Kucher and Partners – global consulting firm specializing in product pricing; Analyst at Enterprise Investors Corporation - leading PE/VC Fund in the Central and Eastern Europe and as a Head of Product and Price Planning in BMW Group (Warsaw, Poland and Munich, Germany) being responsible for BMW and MINI range. Jacek Błoński is an alumni of IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain where he finished Advanced Management Program, alumni of the Singularity University in California, USA and also holds Master Degree in Financial Management from the Higher School of Business – National-Louis University in Nowy Sacz, Poland.
Independent Board Member for International cooperation
Claire Munck has just been selected as "one of the top personalities to follow in Belgium in 2021" by the Financial Newspaper l'Echo. Claire is CEO of BeAngels, one of the most active business angel networks in Europe. Since its creation, the network has brought together more than 50 million euros of private capital to support more than 300 companies. She took over the management of the organization in 2013, after starting her career in Brussels as a lobbyist at EURADA, the European Association of Regional Development Agencies, dealing with European projects related to the financing of innovation and the exchange of good practices in stimulating entrepreneurial ecosystems. Claire has, after having coordinated the association within EURADA, operated the spin-out of and then managed EBAN, the European Association of Business Angel Networks from 2006 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013, she collaborated with BeAngels and the international network Go Beyond to develop new investment products for private investors. Claire participated in the creation at the international level of the World Business Angels Association and then of the Global Business Angels Network. She is an alumni of McGill University (Montreal) and ULB (Brussels). She is the mother of two children.