Our executive team is working towards implementing our founders’ vision and is responsible for delivering an outstanding programme.
Neeta is an experienced executive with over 20 years of strategy and operational leadership experience in launching new ventures, business turnarounds and change and has a sharp focus on growth and revenues. She has a successful track record of turning ideas and concepts into tangible businesses. Her experience spans financial services, media & publishing, education, arts and the creative industries. She has also led two of her own start-ups.
Prior to joining the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Neeta worked in Private Equity matching technology entrepreneurs with investors. Neeta has held senior positions at Thomson Financial (Reuters), Legal & General PLC, Financial Times Group and at the British Council. She is an early internet pioneer having launched the first personal finance web site in Europe for L&G in 1996.
Neeta holds an MA in Chemistry from Oxford University, an MBA (Marketing) from Cass Business School, and a Sloan Fellowship in Strategy and Leadership from London Business School, where she was the winner of the PWC prize in 2009 for a consultancy assignment in China.
Neeta is passionate about the importance of storytelling in business and has published a book about it, “Creative Business – the making of addictive stories”, FT/Prentice Hall 2002.
Programme Director – Learning & Partnerships
Véronique is an experienced Strategy and Learning and Development executive with over 20 years of experience in launching and growing training businesses or new ventures as well as building strong and long lasting business relationships at all levels.
Her experience was gained in various sectors including Financial and Professional Services, Management Consultancy, Pharmaceutical, Media & Entertainment, Property, Chemical, Energy.
Prior to joining the new Entrepreneurs Foundation, Véronique was a Strategy and Learning consultant working with Top 500 organisations to develop, design and implement people engagement strategies and innovative learning programmes. She also worked with SMEs and start-ups: she was instrumental in the launch of the first digital French radio in London, leading all the Marketing & PR activities. She held senior international commercial roles when working for Bloomberg and Moody’s and was heading the training business units at IIR Ltd and Parkwell Management Consultancy.
Véronique holds both a European Masters in Law & Economics from Oxford University and a French Master’s (DEA) in Institutional Economics (with honours) from Aix-En-provence University. She has lived in the UK since 1994 and speaks fluently Italian and French.
In her spare time, and since 2003, Véronique is the President of the Young Chamber of Commerce French-English (Jeune Chambre de Commerce Franco-Britanique- JCCFB). More recently she was elected Vice-President of the Federation of all French Associations in UK (FAFGB). In 2011 she was nominated for the Most Influential French Londoner Awards, in her capacity as President of JCCFB.
Head of Talent, Marketing and Communities
After graduating from Newcastle University (History and Politics), Felix joined Hanover Communications, a leading global public affairs and corporate communications consultancy. At Hanover he advised clients on UK and EU policy across a range of industries including energy and renewables, pharmaceutical, defence and financial sector. He also supported clients with implementation of strategic stakeholder engagement strategies and intelligence gathering.
After two and a half years in public affairs he joined Teach First’s Leadership Development Programme, trained as an English teacher and taught at Harris Academy Bromley in London for three years. As well as teaching English and fulfilling his pastoral duties, he was in charge of whole school literacy provision and his biggest achievement was spreading a love for reading and literature across the school.
Felix loves to read and is a music enthusiast, who loves spending time back home in Austria skiing or surfing beautiful spots around the world.
Felix is passionate about young talent, entrepreneurship and education.
Following an academic background in Humanities and degrees from Manchester Metropolitan and Sussex University, James gained experience in the publishing and charity sectors, working with Bloomsbury Academic and Hackney based charity Shoreditch Trust before joining NEF in 2015. As Operations Manager, James manages the logistics for all NEF events, workshops, and marketing across the programme along with supporting the team.
Beyond working with the NEF, James is a keen reader with a passion for literature, helping to co-found literature groups throughout university, and an avid photographer with a love for London.
James is passionate about entrepreneurship and developing the NEF programme.
The newest addition to the NEF team, Rebecca graduated from Newcastle University in 2014 with a degree in English Literature. She spent some time after university interning with publishing companies before spending some time travelling in India.
She was honing her office management skills at Bright Network before joining NEF at the beginning of 2016. As Operations Assistant, Rebecca supports the executive team in the day to day running of the office, delivering the events schedule, and supporting the learning and development programme to the NEF cohort throughout the year.
She’s a self-proclaimed book worm, the Justin Bieber enthusiast, resident grammar and punctuation police and is looking forward to getting hands on and helping NEF reach new heights.