Key Staff Members

Wolfgang Kniejski, Managing Director

Brief professional information:

After finishing studying business management and economics at the University of Mannheim, Germany, Wolfgang Kniejski started his business career in 1991 as the Financial Manager of Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, in Darmstadt, Germany. In 1999 he took the position as Business Manager of INI-GraphicsNet Foundation, since 2004 he was appointed as its Treasurer and Business Director. In this capacity he developed and implemented successfully methodologies and processes to support the technology commercialisation for universities and research institutions via licensing and spin-off activities. Mr. Kniejski spun his technology commercialisation knowledge off into his own company and created INI-Novation GmbH as an innovation management and consulting entity. INI-Novation consults clients across the globe in the development of innovation policies and implementation strategies. INI-Novation actively transfers research results to markets by consulting research and innovation oriented institutions in the area of technology evaluation, exploitation and valorisation. INI-Novation also focuses on entrepreneurship qualification and the creation of high-tech start-ups.

Other professional qualification:

He is represented as shareholder in the Boards of several high-tech start-up companies and technology transfer organisations all over the world, and he his active member in several professional advisory bodies. Recently, Wolfgang Kniejski was contracted by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT Digital) to establish their Business Development Accelerator in the South West German region. He is also leading the EIT Digital Business Community for Privacy, Security & Trust.

In addition, Wolfgang Kniejski is juror and reviewer of the Macedonian Fund for Innovation and Technology Development (FITD) as well as juror in several international business competitions.

Research interests:

  • Internationalisation of SMEs: Softlanding and co-incubation
  • Start-up financing
  • Technology transfer

linkedinAngela Ivanova, Business Development Director

Brief professional information:

Angela Ivanova has 16 years (1996 – 2012) of experience in the private sector as an owner and business executive in her own consulting company developing market research projects, advertising and PR campaigns for many small and medium-sized companies. At that time, she was also a trainer and coach in the area of change management and market communications.

In 2012, Ms. Ivanova won concurs for a leading position in the public sector in the city of Ruse (Bulgaria) with a conception for development of cultural tourism market in the region and concrete proposal for organizational change merging together five small municipal entities into one. She was two years on this position as a general director of a municipal enterprise “Ruse art”, acting in the field of city tourism marketing and cultural tourism. During this period she presented detailed “Tourism Development Strategy of Ruse City and Region”, acting as one of the main authors and consultants.

Since 2014, Angela Ivanova is a Business Development Director in INI-Novation GmbH (Germany) – an innovation management and consulting private company. INI-Novation consults clients across the globe in the development of innovation policies and implementation strategies. INI-Novation actively transfers research results to markets by consulting research and innovation oriented institutions in the area of technology evaluation, exploitation and valorization. INI-Novation also focuses on entrepreneurship qualification and the creation of high-tech start-ups.

Other professional qualification:

Angela Ivanova is certificated consultant in Strategic Communication Management from Ithaca College (USA), certificated coach in Guerrilla Marketing and certificated business mediator from BAADR (Bulgarian Association of Alternative Dispute Resolutions).

Research interests:

  • Innovation Management,
  • Market strategies
  • Coaching,
  • Strategic Communication Management

 

About INI-Novation GmbH

INI-Novation is an international business consulting company with a focus on innovation management and technology commercialization. The company has been providing tailored services to three different lines of clients:[For more information: www.ini-novation.com/about-us/]

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