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.

Beck Harrison - Social & Community Engagement

Aussie born, raised in the UK. Worked in the music industry for many years in a previous life. Now winging it through Motherhood and practising #workthatworks as a fully trained #DigitalMum. Love meeting new people, making authentic connections and the power of live events.

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.

Helen Hannan - Client Partnerships

Irish Londoner with a pinch of New York. Strategy consultant with particular expertise in brand, marketing, and people engagement. After 23 years working for professional services firms, now enjoying introducing the magic of Hub Dot to Corporates and Brands, providing consultancy services and developing property. Passionate about helping people bring their ideas to fruition.

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. 

Matt Beese - Design

Design Director of We Mean This, a design practice that helps forge meaningful relationships between brands and audiences. Matt is also the guiding hand behind the design of our website and Marketplace.