Founding Advisors.

AVA’s founding advisors provide guidance on matters of strategy, operations, finance, legal, regulatory and collaboration with specific industries. They also represent AVA in an external capacity, as representatives and speakers in their respective area of expertise. Special sub-committees, for Ethics, Social Impact or R&D provide AVA with further experience from our extended network of supporters.

Carl Verbrugge

Partner, Lombard Odier
Luxembourg, Geneva and Brussels

Carl Verbrugge, Partner at Lombard Odier Group

Dutch-born, Carl has a Master in Law degree from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He has spent his career in finance in Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Brussels and Luxembourg. As an entrepreneur who has successfully founded several private banking franchises in Europe, he is also passionate about technology and member of the global Singularity University alumni-circle ever since he joined the university’s executive program in 2011. Being a partner at the private bank Lombard Odier, Carl is also a private investor in technology companies in Europe and the US, and an advisor to several European families.

Cindy Chin

CEO, CLC Advisors, LLC
New York City, United States of America

Cindy is an entrepreneur, venture strategist and a cultural ambassador of the arts. She is a former consultant for several leading international management consulting firms including McKinsey and PWC. Cindy has over 20 years of experience in corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, public and private sector partnerships. She is a sought after speaker and attendee at many global conferences and summits, and she is actively engaged in building global entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. She is passionate about social impact, public-private sector partnerships and giving back to global communities.

Christian Riis-Madsen

Managing Partner, O’Melveny
Brussels, Belgium

Christian has a broad competition law practice, advising on antitrust and regulatory matters before the European Commission. He has advised companies in a variety of industries and has significant experience in the technology sector, including issues related to two-sided markets, online platforms and intellectual property rights. Before joining Gibson Dunn, Riis-Madsen led O’Melveny’s Brussels office from 2004 to 2019 as its Managing Partner. Supporting some of the world’s leading digital and deep technology companies, Christian was recognized as one of the “top young antitrust lawyers in the world” by Global Competition Review.

Graham Colclough

London, United Kingdom


Graham is an international leader with a wealth of cities experience, who is driving the global smart cities agenda through positions within the EC Smart Cities & Communities Partnership, UK Ministerial Smart Cities Forum, Chair of the ISO Smart City Strategic Advisory Group. With previous executive roles at Capgemini and Shell, Graham is well-networked and a recognized thought-leader on issues of public services futures, city governance, urban mobility and the like. He is an active shaper of new smart city and eGovernment thinking and a regular speaker and chair of world leading conferences.

Rainer Gehrung

Stuttgart, Germany

Rainer Gehrung

Rainer is the CEO and Co-Founder of the prestigious Steinbeis Center of Management and Technology and Co-Founder of the Steinbeis University Berlin, which are amongst the largest private universities in Germany. In addition, he is the founder and CEO of Smart Solutions for Industry AG. Rainer, being actively involved in the technology and venture ecosystem in both the US and China, is also an investor in several successful startups and is – as a personal matter of heart – supporting ambitious entrepreneurs and management talents to become future world leaders.

Dr. Pero Mićić

CEO, FutureManagementGroup AG
Eltville, Germany

Pero is founder and CEO of FutureManagementGroup AG and director of the Leader’s Foresight Institute. He has been a consultant on foresight, vision, and strategy to world leading companies in a variety of industries since 1991. Pero earned his Ph.D. in the UK with a work on foresight methodology. He is the author of several award-winning books and a frequent keynote speaker on foresight, future technologies, innovation, strategy, leadership, andovercoming short-termism. Pero is fellow and a member of advisory boards of various enterprises and organizations.

Jimmy R. Schulz

CEO, CyberInvest
Munich and Berlin, Germany

Jimmy Schulz

Jimmy studied in Austin and Munich and held a Master in political sciences. He founded CyberSolutions in 1995 and led the company’s IPO in 2000. In the same year, he joined the Free Democratic Party and became an elected member of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) from 2009 to 2013 and from 2017 to 2019. Here, he held various functions, for example as a member of the Interior and Home Affairs Committee and spokesperson of the Enquiry Committee „Internet and Digital Society“ of the Federal Republic of Germany. He served as the president of the LOAD Association and as an ICANN ALAC board member.

Jimmy died in 2019, leaving more than just his beloved family and many close friends and companions. With him, one of the most future-minded thinkers and politicians has left us. With AVA, too, he was the first investor and board member to leave significant traces with his clear stance for a human-centered and ethical use of digital technologies. He believed in AVA’s grand idea and vision from day one and will remain alive with AVA through the values he represented and his optimism. Thank you, Jimmy.

Bruno Kalhøj

Senior Advisor and former Head of Security, ECB
Member of the Board of Directors, SAAB Denmark

Bruno Kalhøj is an international security leader with an extensive experience in security strategy, resilience, risk management and crisis management for top-tier global private and public sector employers in a range of international environments, most recently as Head of Security & Safety for the European Central Bank – where he is currently a Senior Advisor. Bruno started his career as an Air Force officer and from there, he progressed to lead high-performing security functions for employers in private and government sectors, initially for the dynamic clothing company, Bestseller, then a three-year period protecting Danish embassies in high-risk environments, before a move to a global security leadership position for Maersk Oil. He is passionate about inclusive leadership and proud of the teams he built through intensive training and coaching – “many of my biggest achievements come from an ability to empower people to see the bigger picture and deliver results beyond the position’s normal remit”.