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


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, Managing Partner at the Brussels office of O’Melveny, focuses on competition and regulatory law and has significant experience in high-tech industries involving fast evolving markets, intellectual property rights, and complex trade patterns. He was recognized as one of the “top young antitrust lawyers in the world” by Global Competition Review in its 2016 “40 Under 40” awards. In addition, Chambers notes that Christian has a good understanding of commercial issues and provides companies with pragmatic advice that is well-connected with the business realities.

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.

Jimmy R. Schulz

CEO, CyberInvest
Munich and Berlin, Germany


Jimmy studied in Austin and Munich and holds 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) in 2009. 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. Today, he serves as the president of the LOAD Association and as an ICANN ALAC board member.

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.

Rainer Stinner

Munich, Germany


Rainer has been active as a management consultant since 1976, building up an international consulting company with an emphasis on strategic and organizational consulting. He was a member of the German Parliament from 2002 to 2013, where he was especially active in foreign and security policy. From 2009 to 2013 he served as his party’s spokesperson on foreign policy and coordinator for international policies. In the same time he was a member of the Königswinter Conference of the German-British society and served on the board of directors at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.