President

James May

James has a Masters in Engineering, First class degree, from Oxford University. Specialising in Mechanical engineering and 3D-printing. While completing his final year in Oxford he held the position of Head of Marketing for Oxford Entrepreneurs. He is an entrepreneur at heart and wants to spread the entrepreneurship vibe throughout Oxford and beyond. He has already started multiple start-ups and continues to look for new ventures to get involved in.

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Vice President

Tallulah Le Merle

Originally from San Francisco, California, Tallulah is an undergraduate studying geography at the University of Oxford. Her interest in entrepreneurship was sparked as a result of her proximity to and interaction with Silicon Valley startups, particularly those in the technology sector. Tallulah is currently writing her dissertation on the economic impacts of drought in California, while also working on a management consulting project for Google.

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Head of Marketing

Taimur Abdaal

Taimur began his entrepreneurial endeavours by doing online “psychic readings” for $5. He’s come a long way since then – he now charges $10. Having just finished his first year studying Maths, Taimur was involved in organising Oxford Inspires and the OE Internship Programme last year, and is head of marketing and co-director of the hackathon this year. His site, www.speedsums.com, won a “Student Innovation Award” from the university, and he hopes that his latest project (www.hublist.co), an online platform for university societies, will also reach such dizzying heights. His ambition is to eventually start a company that capitalises on the untapped business potential in the developing world.

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Head of Sponsorship

Christer Holloman

Christer Holloman is current completing his Executive MBA at Saïd Business School until Sep ’15 while researching a FinTech start-up opportunity in the consumer finance space. The last 10 years he has helped companies take new digital products to market, recent roles include Head of Digital Product Development at The Times and Head of Commercial Product Development at Daily Mail General Trust. Holloman was named ‘One of London’s most influential individuals within New Media’ by The Evening Standard. He is the Chairman of First Tuesday and the author of Amazon bestseller The Social Media MBA published by John Wiley & Sons in multiple languages.

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Head of Educational Events

Tomas Halgas

Tomáš is currently a Growth intern at the Facebook HQ researching and improving the quality of friend suggestions. He has one more year to go before finishing off a joint-course Master’s degree at the University of Oxford specialising in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Tomáš is also the Head of Educational Events at Oxford Entrepreneurs, a freelance lecturer and tutor on technical matters, (Re-)founder of the Oxford Transhumanism and Emerging Technologies society and the Treasurer at the Oxford University Scientific Society. Tomáš has a background as a game-patcher and penetration-hacker as well.
More at http://tomas.halgas.co.uk.

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Head of Internal Relations

Pieran Maru

Pieran is currently an undergraduate student reading Material Science (MEng) at Oxford. The world of materials plays an important role within industry and product development, where it is an integral part in design, structure and pricing. His internship at an aeronautical defence company provided exposure to various departments, identifying how improvements could be made on production methods and efficiency. While a recent industrial tour to Beijing had been an interesting venture, by learning the processes of product development abroad.

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Head of External Relations

Mateusz Ciasnocha

Mateusz is currently pursuing his bachelor degree in Business Administration at Hult International Business School in both London and Dubai. His professional experience includes working in a governmental office in Brussels and managing international machinery purchases for innovative Polish farmers. He loves travelling and is well known for asking plenty of questions. Finally, he is deeply interested in the global agricultural sector and Africa, which he sees as the land of opportunities.

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Head of Alumni Relations

Jean Petreschi

Jean is reading for a graduate BA in Law. He recently co-founded Ublend, an Oxford-based tech startup available by next term. Ublend is a platform that centralises events across campus in order to increase event visibility and facilitate interaction between students and event organisers within universities. Prior to Oxford, Jean was a trainee at the OECD, where he worked in the Department of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs reviewing and assessing Member State income statistics, and proposing growth strategies for them. Jean also obtained a BA in History from Royal Holloway and a MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.

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Director-Oxford Inspires

Ridhi Kantelal

Having lived in Portugal, UAE and USA, Ridhi is just finishing her Materials Science degree at St Catz. She is passionate about using technology and research creatively to solve people’s problems and make the world more efficient. She has a wide range of interests from space technology to data analytics to chocolate making as been involved with many societies ranging from Engineers Without Borders UK to Portuguese Society.

She is the founder of OxPortunidades, a social enterprise helping Portuguese students getting into top UK universities and co-founder of Oxford Ice Cream Co, a gourmet science-utilising ice cream startup. She has also founded the Oxford chapter of MakeSense, a global community of social enterprise enablers.

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Director-Tata Idea Idol

Sam Holt

Sam Holt is currently a 2nd year Masters Engineering student, with a keen interest in Electronics. He has worked at Cambridge Consultants testing electronic hardware and software, with a focus on prototype development.

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Director-Silicon Valley Trip

Niloy Biswas

Niloy is a third year undergraduate studying Maths at St. John’s College. Outside studies and OE, he is also involved with playing cricket at college. He has worked at a tech company in India, a finance firm in London, and also had a web start-up in school.

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Director-Silicon Valley Trip

Akeel Malik

An undergraduate student of Economics & Management at Pembroke College, Akeel is from Manchester and has a long-standing passion for entrepreneurship. Having launched a number of projects, he founded a social media marketing company in 2012 and is Co-founder of Ublend, an Oxford based events platform launching in Michaelmas 2014 with the aim of increasing the visibility and accessibility of interesting, exciting and relevant events, for students.
Since receiving an offer from Stanford University, Akeel has maintained links with Silicon Valley. He received a college travel grant in Spring 2014 to travel to California and research ‘The role of Venture Capital in the growth of technology companies in Silicon Valley’, which involved interaction with local tech entrepreneurs and partners at firms such as Andreessen Horowitz, Sequioa Capital and Silver Lake Partners.

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Head of Co-Working Space

Jan Ahrend

Jan has been conducting scientific research since he was 11 years old. While in high-shool he won the state title in Europe’s biggest science competition and was given two environmental protection awards. He taught himself programming at age 13 and later became a Gameforge Scholar while studying Computer Science in Heidelberg (Germany), Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Birmingham (UK) and taking online courses from Stanford University. In the past he worked as a developer for a startup in Silicon Valley, a business incubator in Munich and co-founded a German startup that improves how dance studios advertise and sell their products. Jan is currently reading for a DPhil at the University of Oxford.

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Senior Advisor

Zelga Anderson

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Industry Advisor

Media Advisor

Paul Bhangal

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Strategic Advisor

Angelica Anton

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Events Advisor

Placi O’Neill-Espejo

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