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 - Commercial Partnerships
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 - Community 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 - Finance
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 Griffin - Logistics
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.
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.
Carlotta Benedetti - Community Operations & Expansion
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.
Donatella Montinaro - Social
My story started in Italy, took me to France, then to The Netherlands and back to France 6 years ago; in the middle, I happily discovered another home: Hub Dot. I took part in its launch in Paris before joining the Social Media content team where ideas, words and visuals flow before being edited, shaped and shared with our community. I am a Daydreamer with a strong taste for encounters and books, and a passion for the quest of my true self and that of my human peers.
Eugene Sutula - Tech
A web developer and entrepreneur from Ukraine, father of two kids, co-founder of WebHive team. Passionate about new technologies and ways in which they could be used to improve our lives.
Judith Völz - Social
Born in Germany, travelled around and stranded in Luxembourg a couple of years ago and working in technology and social media monitoring. Lost her heart in the Scandinvian countries (Hygge & Lykke!!). Judith is all about multicultural communities, loves story hunting as much as connecting people. Hub Dot combines it all.
Stefania Indelicato - Events
An Italian living in London, born and brought up in Africa but a world nomad at heart. Mum of three girls with a passion for creating jewelry that has a story to tell and for believing that human kindness and togetherness go a long way! Stefania supports our London events and helps us spread the magic of our Dots all over the world.
Lia Younes - Events
Born in Paris and raised in London, I later discovered adulthood in New York and made the loop back to London. After many years of working with children in both schools and outdoor adventure settings, I now have combined my passions for play, the arts and human connection into child psychotherapy. Curious about the world and a lover of all things colourful and inspiring, I was naturally drawn to Hub Dot and now I'm hooked!
Debbie Watson - Technology
An Australian in London, Debbie is the founder and CEO of a successful Microsoft Consultancy. She helps Hub Dot by bringing technical insights to support Hub Dot in what they do best… making connections that matter.
Simon Halberstam - Advisor
I have worked for 28 years as an IT lawyer, specialising in all types of provision and procurement agreements. I endeavour to be cost-effective and highly efficient, trying to turn work around within one day and on a fixed cost basis. I represent many IT providers, Webdevelopers, online companies and major IT users. I deal with many domain name disputes and have written books on this and other IT law topics. My clients span traditional IT, AI, VR, AR, ML and all sorts of cloud based offerings.
I speak French, German and Italian fluently. Also some Spanish.