Management Board

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Ingrid Veling

CO-FOUNDER &
CHAIRWOMAN

"Always keep an open mind"

Ingrid is an executive coach, trainer and has held various international HR leadership positions. She is an expert in culture change, leadership & talent development and diversity & inclusion.

 

She helps companies in changing their culture, increasing team and leadership performance and bringing down the silos with the Outward Mindset philosophy of Arbinger.

 

Helping people create their power network has always been a part of her professional responsibilities as well as of her personal mission at Polaris.

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Daniela Lens

HEAD OF GROWTH &
OPERATIONS

"Dare to try"

Daniela masters the ability to rein in complex tasks and processes and come up with simpler solutions to our challenges, enabling sustainable development opportunities for current and future generations.

 

She draws energy from connecting with people at all levels, probing, learning new things and pushing boundaries to reset expectations of what normal should be.

 

She understands cultures, people,
dreams and aspirations, and can help develop ways to achieve our goals. She thrives when generating ideas, when helping organisations or people to grow.

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Julia Jelinska

HEAD OF STRATEGY & TRANSFORMATION

"There is always a solution"

Julia is a curiosity partner. She focuses on finding innovative, efficient, and creative solutions to challenges and on achieving strategic results. Throughout her career in audit and risk management she has been a trusted guide through risky environments and as a linking pin connecting people, ideas and needs.

 

Julia is a flexible, open-minded and focused on solutions design thinking facilitator who builds bridges to close the gap between opportunities and risks.

 

Being a passionate equality advocate, Julia founded and led the Dutch Chapter of the LEAD (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) Network and she served on the Board of the Polish Professional Women in The Netherlands Society.

Team of Volunteers

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Adriana Frasin

DIGITAL CONSULTANT

"Always Try"

Adriana’s purpose in life is to be courageous, playful, connected to her heart and guide people towards fulfillment. Amongst her identities are: Transformational Life and Career Coach. Brand Strategist. Fundraiser. Ex-Corporate Manager. World Traveler. Rookie Investor. Makeup Artist. Human on a mission for a life well lived.

www.AdrianaFrasin.com

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Lulu Lightning

PHOTOGRAPHER
 

"Follow your Light"

An artist, a film maker and a photographer living in Amsterdam. Lulu is a self-taught artist with years of experience in photography of people, artists, musicians, events, weddings and other passion projects. She creates music videoclips and promo trailers for theatres or companies.

www.LuluLightning.com

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Oana Dumitru

FOUNDING MEMBER &
PROJECT MANAGER

"Greatness starts at the end of your comfort zone"

Oana is one of the founding members of Polaris Foundation and is currently leading our "Look to the Stars - Ask Me Anything" Program. She combines her broad experience in the marketing and innovation domain, with a robust understanding of human behaviour to create bridges between people, businesses and technology. After living and working in 5 countries, Oana remains passionate about discovering new cultures and is a strong advocate for diversity & inclusion.

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Tracy Zhang

PROJECT MANAGER 
 

"I value meaningful connections"

At the edge of business and tech, Tracy is an experienced program lead who builds bridges, fosters innovation and delivers creative solutions.

Her passion as well as curiosity lies in creating meaningful connections with people and contributing to inclusion and belonging.

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Anca Barbulescu

MARKETING &
DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGY

"Never Give Up!"

Involved in various international projects, Anca has an entrepreneurial spirit, passionate about new and innovative ways of working through change on both people and business level. Intuitive and creative, Anca is inspired by people and and takes great energy from her work and projects.

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Michaela Nociarova

MENTORING PROGRAM COORDINATION MANAGER

"People are my inspiration"

With a background in Learning & Development, Michaela is happy to join Polaris and support the Mentoring Program. In her opinion, learning is a never-ending process and not one experience is the same. She enjoys working with people and providing learning solutions. "The possibilities and people around me are my inspiration and push me to grow", says Michaela. In her free time, she enjoys a good book, wandering in nature and travelling. 

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Olga Pantchenko

MARKETING &SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

"Innovation is what drives me"

Growth and strategy expert. Serial entrepreneur. Passionate about innovation, education and launching new ventures. Olga specializes in bridging the gap between business and technology.

Co-Founders

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Renata Mrazova

CO-FOUNDER &
Chief People Officer at Home Credit International

"I want to give back & support others"

“During my life, I have met many inspirational people who supported me, listened to me and pushed me forward. I have received a lot from them, therefore I want to give back and support others.”

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Lenka Libanska

CO-FOUNDER &
Chief Executive Officer / Fintech Project Lead at Creative Dock

"I believe in the power of community"

“I believe in power of communities. I have seen during my nomadic life that people can accomplish something that seemed so out of reach when leaning on each other, supporting & helping one another!”