AVP of Open Innovation and CRM Lead

Ben manages the Rise FinTech Platform for the Barclays Group Innovation Office. In the last few months he has been responsible for delivering the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars – a 13-week intensive program for early stage growth driven companies, aimed at bringing new technologies into the bank. Currently he is recruiting for the next New York cohort of the Barclays Accelerator whilst growing out the physical presence of the Rise Studio space in the Flatiron district and directly innovating on the technology that powers Barclays Innovation Initiatives.

With a degree in Computing Science and Business Management from the University of Glasgow, Ben joined Barclays in 2014 after working for a semantic technology business in Darmstadt, Germany. As a developer at Barclays Ben built out a frontend framework for design components. He then joined innovation through which he’s been involved in over 25 projects having worked for the global bank in Glasgow, London, Northampton, Frankfurt and New York.

There’s various ways you can get involved with Rise, created by Barclays; as an serial entrepreneur, an angel investor, a founder or mid-sized to larger corporate. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Ben directly.

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CORE President 2018-19

Heejin (Irene) Koo is a second year student in CC, studying computer science and economics, honored to serve as CORE's 2018-2019 president. She has a wide range of interests, from entrepreneurship and environmental science to economics and social ventures. 

As a part of Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE), Irene has led tech treks to Barcelona and Tel Aviv, organized faculty dinners, and spearheaded the fall high school social entrepreneurship conference and 6-week course in partnership with Columbia Double Discovery Center. On campus, she is also a part of TAMID, One for the World, and conducts research with the Earth Institute. In her free time, she coaches for Woodbridge High School's Academic Decathlon team. 

She looks forward to contributing to CORE and making entrepreneurship accessible for the greater community. 

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Vice President of Global Marketing, Core Brands at AB-InBev

Julie Yufe ‘98CC is Vice President of Global Marketing, Core Brands at AB-InBev. She had previously served as ABI’s Global Innovation Director for 4 years. Prior to joining ABI, Julie spent 8 years at Unilever in various global and local brand development and brand building roles. She is a Brand Innovator "40 Under 40" recipient.  Prior to Unilever, Julie held innovation marketing roles at Revlon and Mars. She received her BA History and Art History from Columbia and her MBA from the Yale School of Management

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