Meet the people who plan, map and execute bespoke
solutions for successful Discovery Trips.
Ted is an Executive with many years experience both in policy and R&D. Apart from his role as Executive Director at Tekiu, he is currently CEO of the vaccine development company Prokarium and as such has been recognised as a ‘Leader in Synthetic Biology’ by the Sloan Foundation sponsored LEAP programme. He has also worked in strategy consulting at one of Sweden’s leading think tanks developing policy proposals and leading delegations to meet e.g. the Prime Minister of Finland and President of Israel, as well as top industry leaders. He has a wide international background earning his degrees on three different continents. In 2009, he was one of 45 European astronaut finalists; the last Swedish candidate. Ted co-founded Tekiu in order to widen his and others’ horizons to new applications of technology, new ways of organising society and to meet inspiring people and organisations. Ted believes in the positive spirit of innovation triggered by dynamic challenges as a driver for both personal and community development.
Since 2011, Thomas Malmer runs a communication and management consultancy, focusing on strategic communication, background analyses and development of knowledge-based organisations. Thomas joined Tekiu in March 2017 to advise on corporate development and communications. Thomas has extensive experience in building mutual understanding and partnerships between industry, research organisations and politics. Much of his work is about public affairs in R&D, education and industrial policy and ranges from investigating and performing background analyses, writing of articles, organising and moderating discussions and meetings, to setting up new organisations or research platforms. Thomas has been Programme Director at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), CEO for the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists, expert adviser to the Environmental Advisory Council of the Swedish Government’s Cabinet Office, and continues to sit on the boards of various private and non-profit organisations. He also had a past part-time engagement as city council politician, which gave him a deep, hands-on understanding of how politics works.
Cindy is an entrepreneur and researcher with many years experience in environmental monitoring, social policy, community development, programme monitoring and evaluation, and public engagement in science and technology. She earned her BAH and MSc at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, where she developed her passion for social and urban innovation. She recently earned her PhD in Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London, UK. Her early research and projects focused on how people thrive by innovating solutions and build capacity in rapidly changing socio-economic and environmental landscapes and how to connect social innovations to governmental frameworks. More recent work has focused on environmental monitoring and community-led development of monitoring technologies. She co-founded Tekiu to promote goal-oriented transdisciplinary knowledge sharing and organisational inquisitiveness.
Ekin Can Genç joined Tekiu in October 2017 to advise on the innovation ecosystem in Turkey and the role of private-sector innovation in mitigating socio-economic challenges. Ekin has been working as a consultant through his own company focusing on public sector reform, political risk and due diligence, policy analysis, and regulatory strategy. His industry-specific expertise lies in healthcare, higher education, and artificial intelligence. Affiliated as a non-resident Policy Fellow with a Turkish think tank, he has also published policy reports on issues such as Industry 4.0 as well as popular media articles on innovation policy in Bloomberg Businessweek, EUobserver, and others. He previously worked on international fiscal issues at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and EU innovation & entrepreneurship at the European Commission in Brussels.
Derya Atlas started her career as a freelance music and cultural writer, then made assistant editor at a literary magazine in Istanbul. She then transitioned to freelance translating where she worked with companies like Booking.com, Microsoft and Netflix. In 2018, she joined Tekiu as a logistics coordinator to plan and deliver workshops in T-DEB’s Phase 1, and later became project coordinator to oversee the project’s completion. In addition, she also coordinates a digital history project that she co-founded, aimed to capture stories of women around Turkey and Middle East.
Burak Dogramaci joined Tekiu in June 2018 to help with the design and dissemination operations of the T-DEB project. He is working as a communications consultant through his own company focusing on digital and print design as well as marketing projects. Expert in user experience research and design, he previously worked as a customer experience researcher in the field interviewing customers from financial services and automobile industry for 4 years in various parts of Turkey. He now runs a UX-focused design consultancy in London, helping entrepreneurs and teams understand their users and reach their business goals.
Alan joined Tekiu in September 2019 to help with business development. He is responsible for in-depth research for Discovery Trips as well as advising on investment for both UK and Turkish companies as part of the T-DEB project. Originally from Suffolk, Alan studied for a BSc in Biology before completing an MSc in Cardiovascular Sciences at UCL in 2018. Before joining Tekiu he was head of Client Management at a start-up tuition agency in West London.