The Hub Dot Team



We’re a family of 100+ people located across multiple cities. At our core is a group of people who have one thing in common: a desire to inspire and connect communities all over the world.

Meet them here. 


Simona Barbieri - Founder

Italian mamma, Londoner and former Goldman Sachs suit with a huge love for jazz. Passionate about bringing people together celebrating our authentic and unique stories.

Sophie Castell - Global

French and Spanish rooted, mother of three girls, Recently moved to New York from living in London. Former marketeer at Unilever, reinvented as professional coach. Strong believer that anything is achievable…it’s only a matter of willingness.

Lesley McBride - Planning

A Scottish person living and working in London for over 20 years. Having spent most of her career helping organisations connect with the people who work for them, Lesley loves the fact that Hub Dot brings people together in a unique way. Moving the conversation away from what you are to who you are is a concept that she is keen to share with the world.

Kristina Sekhon - Piazza content

London based Northerner with Scandinavian and Irish roots at her core. 15 years experience in Retail Management, and consultancy roles with global lifestyle brands, and now new Mumma to twin boys (she got in before Beyonce made it cool).

Kristina curates our Piazza  - helping to showcase our incredible community talent; shining a spotlight on the people and what they can bring to our community. 

Duygu Ergin - Alchemy

Londoner from Istanbul, former JPM. Passionate about change, Hub Dot and what it can bring to all. Finance background, with entrepreneurial spirit. Did a bit of everything: corporate life, entrepreneurship and own business. Mother of twins.

Catalina Silva - Logistics & Admin

A Colombian who brought to London her love of dancing, music, great food and good beer when she came to study International Relations in 2001. Having now made London her home, Catalina supports Hub Dot operations, covering community administration, event logistics and the practicalities of sharing our five dots across the world.

Joel Finningley - Innovation

Joel is an entrepreneur + innovation consultant focused on the sharing economy and fintech.

Nick Besbeas - Strategy

Nick has over two decades of leadership experience in consumer technology and consumer internet companies including Microsoft/MSN, Yahoo! and most recently LinkedIn where he served as Global CMO. In addition, Nick has several years of entrepreneurial experience through a company he founded, Audience Science, one of the world’s first behavioral targeting companies.

Gisela Garcia - Strategy & Commercial

Gisela is the European Managing Director of a global lifestyle brand that is renowned for innovative merchandising, its customer centric approach and a expertly curated array of products.

Mariana Lopez - People

Psychologist, who followed a HR career for more than 10 years. Passionate about the human ability to change and to adapt. Challenged by parenting teenagers. In 2015 I was introduced to the amazing Hub Dot phenomenon, it blew my mind and my heart away so I started as a Connector and one year later I joined the core team as Hub Dot People. 


Gabija Jankauskaite - Design

Creative and very practical woman, graphic and UX designer. Studied in Sweden, worked in London and now back in my lovely hometown Vilnius. Enjoy freedom of freelancing and love dogs.

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Carlotta Benedetti - Global

An Italian-american architect, mother of two, passionate yoghi, she lives in Luxembourg after having been in the States, Canada and UK. So for her, lot’s of moving-cities and, of course, luggage's of friends!  Enthusiastically open to new challenges, she created the Hub Dot Luxembourg team and now she is also in charge to spread the dots globally opening new cities and following the growth of Hub Dot in the world.