EERICA e-Residency Festival

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Meet The Founders

We are a group of nine e-Residents spanning the globe from Vancouver to Seoul. Our board is democratically elected by other EERICA members for a term of two years. We're here to ensure that e-Residency works for everyone, no matter where you live or what background you come from. Read on for a bit more about the current board.

Ksenia Ashrafullina

Management Board Member in General Functions

Ksenia is a polyglot and a flamenco dancer who founded Invisible City, a non-profit that enables emerging artists to perform more and get paid fairly for their work. Originally from Russia, she resides in Lisbon and works with creatives from Planet Earth.

Ksenia became an e-resident in 2018, when she faced the need to give a legal structure to her non-profit. She was one of the first e-residents to register an MTÜ—a non-profit organisation—in Estonia. She then wrote a blog post about her experience, which won her a trip to Estonia where she shared her experience at Latitude 59.

Ksenia speaks fluent English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, French, Russian and Polish. She is learning Turkish and hopes to go beyond flower names in Estonian!

Bruno Conte

Management Board Member in General Functions

Bruno likes to define himself as a Senior Senior Social Startupper. In about 45 years of ICT career, he always dreamed to engage people through technology to make the world a better place—more sustainable for everyone—and the Estonian Digital Society made this dream come true.

An active entrepreneur across 7 countries to date, Bruno lives in Milano, Italy. He has been rewarded by the Estonian Foreign Ministry with the Citizen Diplomat Certificate of Honour for spreading e-Residency in Italy.

Bruno is fluent in both Italian and English.

Luigi Dell’Aquila

VP of Media and Public Relations

Luigi Dell’Aquila (49 years old) is a European Project Manager, an enthusiast of Economics and Policies of the European Union and native of Italy. He is the founder of the “”Knowledge Management & Intellectual Capital”” Consulting and Training Agency which operates in the sector of Programs, Projects and Funding throughout Europe. He also serves as the Senior External Expert of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and Deputy Vice-President of the Permanent Seminar of International Studies.

Luigi lives in Calabria (Southern Italy) but is itinerant between Rome and Brussels, and is fluent in Italian and English.

Martin Nørgaard Gregersen

Management Board Member in General Functions

Martin Nørgaard Gregersen is Danish, tall, nerdy, a musician, and nobody. He became an e-Resident in 2016 and founded a digital agency, mr noe OÜ, which allowed him to be a homeless nomad (in a good way!) for a year and a half until settling down in Germany. He founded Global API OÜ in 2018 and is currently working on several projects to support local government and organizations like the Red Cross with mobile apps.

Martin lives on the country side with his girlfriend and their dogs. He enjoys time outside and hobbies include gardening, brewing, and PS4.

He speaks fluent Danish, German, JavaScript, English and some Greek.

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Michelle Hamaoui

VP of Finance (Treasurer)

Michelle is fascinated by learning and trying new things. In the past ten years, she has gone back to college three times as well as held a variety of jobs ranging from librarian to marketing as well as IT support and project management.

Michelle discovered e-residency and Estonia by trying to find a way around her home country’s lack of access and support for online businesses. Recently, she has relocated with her husband to Vancouver, Canada but is still looking forward to helping others from countries where there is a similar lack of support as the one she faced earlier on.

Michelle speaks Lebanese Arabic, English and French at a native level and can manage a conversation in Spanish.

Christoph Huebner

President

As primus inter pares, Christoph (37) has the honor to represent EERICA as the founding president. Originally from Germany, he is now a perpetual traveler and sometimes referred to as “the” digital nomad of the insurance industry.

As his main business, he runs a little company with a team of 6 which is specialized in children’s health insurance plans. Christoph is e-Resident by heart and deeply in love with Estonia – enough to spend several months there every year – mainly in the summer season. 😉

Christoph speaks German and English fluently and picks up some words and sentences in other languages while traveling. Latin, French, and Russian from school became pretty rusty.

Mark Izatt

Management Board Member in General Functions

Mark (51) is a Scottish born e-Resident living in London who specializes in strategic brand marketing and communications with experience in the super-premium and luxury spirits industry, technology and luxury goods categories. He lived and worked in New York for 10 years.

He is a trustee of Combat Stress the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health and is also Chair of the passenger representation body at London Heathrow Airport.

He enjoys mixology, autobiography, travel and hiking, and is a native English speaker.

Gwenaël Mouthuy

VP of Political Relations

Gwenaël (39) is an e-Resident living in Northern France and working in Belgium and in Germany.

He became an e-Resident in 2018 and created his coaching company in Tallinn in June 2019.

Gwenaël speaks French and English, and sometimes a few words in German and Dutch. During the weekend, you can find him in his forge or brewing beer. He likes to learn new things like Ethical hacking, cooking Korean food or baking.

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Ian Wagner

VP of Internal Communications

Ian is a serial entrepreneur who loves using technology to make the world more accessible. He spent most of his life along the East coast of the US, and now happily calls Seoul home with his Korean wife.

Ian became an e-Resident of Estonia in 2015, re-domiciled his software development company (Funktional OÜ) to Estonia in 2017, and loves sharing his knowledge and experience with others whenever he can. Tallinn feels like a third home for him, and he even speaks enough Estonian to help others use the tram or order a round of drinks at the bar.

When he’s not working, Ian enjoys travelling to new places, brewing traditional alcohols, and learning languages. He is a native English speaker, can hold a reasonable conversation in Korean or German, and dabbles in Japanese and Estonian.

 

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