Team

You’ll work with exceptional people who combine boldness with pragmatism from their unique start-up and corporate experiences.

Start-ups at our core

We've walked the walk, gaining the unique insight and commercial knowledge from founding and running start-ups amid ultimate uncertainty

Corporate understanding

We bring the discipline, structure, best-in-class training, and client understanding that comes from working at the blue-chip players

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SENIOR TEAM

  • ROB CHAPMAN

    CEO & Partner
    Rob Chapman

    Rob is CEO and part of the founding team at Founders Intelligence. He has extensive experience of leading strategy, digital due diligence and innovation projects for clients including Tesco, Endemol Shine, Exponent, Diageo and Rightmove. Prior to Founders Intelligence, he was in the media and technology strategy team at PwC, ran the analytical team for a multi-billion pound spectrum auction at EE and started his career at data analytics start-up BIME.

    Rob Chapman
  • ROBERT HAINES

    Partner
    Heins

    Rob is part of the founding team at Founders Intelligence, he has extentensive experience advising clients such as Facebook, Unilever, Fannie Mae and Sky on growth strategy, digital transformation, venture incubation and start-up investment/partnerships. Prior to Founders Intelligence, Rob founded and successfully exited StadiumLIVE, a venture-backed startup providing high density wi-fi and rich media fan applications to sports stadia. Prior to that he has worked in VC, investing in sports, media and technology companies and as a strategy consultant in the tech and telecommunications space.

    Heins
  • SANDRA STEVING VILLEGAS

    Partner
    Sandra

    Sandra’s multidisciplinary background spans strategy, innovation, venture development, design and architecture. She is Head of Innovation at Founders Intelligence, where she leads projects across new ventures, digital transformation, partnerships and investment across consumer goods, luxury, retail and financial services. Previously she was a Director at Fahrenheit 212, initially in New York, from where she went on to launch and scale the London office. She has advised global companies including American Express, Citi, Fannie Mae, GE, Marriott, Puig and Unilever. Sandra holds an MBA from Oxford University and is a graduate of New York University.

    Sandra
  • GIOVANNI DONALDSON

    Partner
    Giovani

    Giovanni (or Gio) is a Partner at Founders Intelligence. He is also NED & Advisor to ustwo which includes: ustwo Studios, a leading global independent product and service design studio; ustwo Games, an award-winning games studio; ustwo Adventure, ustwo’s venture-arm; and NED for Wayfindr, a social enterprise backed by Google.org on a mission to empower vision impaired people to navigate the world independently. Previously he was CEO & Co-Founder of SideStory, a luxury travel experiences start-up (acquired by Mr & Mrs Smith); Corporate Development Director / SVP for Virgin Group; Head of Corporate Development at Virgin Atlantic; Strategy Director for TACA Airlines in El Salvador; and strategy consultant with Bain and Company

    Giovani
  • EZRA KONVITZ

    Director
    Ezra

    Before joining FI, Ezra co-founded art social discovery platform ArtStack. He was previously a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and holds BA and MPhil from Cambridge University, an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a law degree.

    Ezra
  • JAD FADL

    Director
    Jad

    Prior to joining Founders Intelligence, Jad was the Co-Founder and CEO of Tenant Genie, a proptech venture. He is also a mentor at the Flat6Labs accelerator and advisor to several start-ups. Jad started his career in corporate and investment banking having spent eleven years at Citigroup and Barclays.

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  • ALEX COMNINOS

    CEO AND PARTNER - FI LATAM
    Alex

    Alex leads the Founders Intelligence LATAM team based in São Paulo, which in 2017 became the first international office outside of the European headquarters. The move followed four years with the team in London, after becoming an early joiner at the business inception in 2013. Prior to this, Alex worked at a boutique investment bank, Lepe Partners, which advised clients executing M&A and venture investment transactions in the technology, media, and telecoms (TMT) sector. He is also a Tech for Good advisor to the Founders Pledge, a non-profit organisation that supports a community of 1k+ global entrepreneurs who have pledged over $1.9bn in equity to social impact causes. Alex holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Leeds.

    Alex
  • MIGUEL SIEH

    Partner - FI LATAM
    Miguel

    Miguel joined Founders Intelligence as a Partner in Latin America in 2019 bringing a breadth of experience from prior corporate and executive leadership roles in strategy, M&A, business transformation and new ventures. He was also part of the early teams at two startups (Netstream and OptiGlobe) in the IT and telecom infrastructure space in Brazil. He started his career in strategy consulting with Monitor Group and holds a ScB in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and a MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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THE BOARD

  • ORNA NICHIONNA

    Chair
    Orna

    Orna is Chair of Founders Intelligence. She spent 18 years at McKinsey and Company's London office, where she was the first woman to be elected Partner. Since leaving McKinsey in 2001, she has served on the boards of Royal Mail, Bupa, Northern Foods, HMV and Bank of Ireland UK, while also continuing to advise major retailers on strategy; she has also been an advisor to Apax Partners LLP. Orna is Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Burberry plc and is the Senior Independent Director at Saga plc. She is a senior advisor to Eden McCallum, Deputy Chair of the National Trust and a Trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum. She holds degrees in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin and University College Cork, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

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  • BRENT HOBERMAN

    Co- founder
    Brent

    Brent co-founded Founders Intelligence and our parent organisation, Founders Forum. He co-founded lastminute.com, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1B; he is the co-founder of made.com, among other tech businesses which have raised over $650B. Brent is a former board member of TalkTalk, TimeOut, The Guardian Media Group, Shazam Entertainment and The Economist. He is an advisory board member of LetterOne Technology (a $16B investment fund), the Oxford Foundry and the UK Gov Digital Advisory Board. Brent is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a former Prime Minister’s Business Trade Ambassador and co-chairs the Prime Minister’s Business Sector Council for Britain in entrepreneurship, scale-ups and small business. In 2015, Brent was awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship.

    Brent
  • HENRY LANE FOX

    Co-founder
    Henry

    Henry is a co-founder of Founders Intelligence and is Co-Founder & CEO of Founders Factory; he previously was CEO of Founders Forum Group and remains a partner. He has deep experience of advising global brands and institutional investors on digital transformation, emerging technologies and start-up partnerships, working closely with companies including Sky, Visa, Tesco, Silver Lake and L’Oreal. Henry is a partner at firstminute capital, co-founded micro-learning platform SmartUp.io and professional matchmaking platform Grip. He began his adventures in digital as one of the founding team at lastminute.com where he served as Head of Product Development.

    Henry
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