Tim Rowe is Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). He also serves as Chair of MassRobotics and Venture Café Global Institute. Tim cofounded and served as the inaugural Chair of LabCentral and the Kendall Square Association, a community organization dedicated to strengthening innovation. He previously served as a lecturer at MIT, a manager with the Boston Consulting Group, an analyst at the Mitsubishi Research Institute, and a venture partner at New Atlantic Ventures. Tim speaks Spanish and Japanese fluently. Tim holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA from Amherst College.
Brian Dacey - President
Brian Dacey is an experienced real estate executive and entrepreneur who has overseen a wide range of commercial, hospitality, retail, and residential projects during his career. Brian has an extensive history of involvement in government, not for profits, and charitable organizations. He is currently President of CIC. He was a founding member of the Board for the Kendall Square Association and serves as a member of A Better City, and the Kendall Square Masterplan Committee and the Transit Advisory Committee for the City of Cambridge. Brian has his B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Boston University.
Dawn Neher - Chief Financial Officer
Dawn Neher is the CFO of CIC, overseeing the financial and global growth strategy initiatives of the company. She has a track record of financial and operational success in the commercial real estate business. She has spent over 30 years raising capital, setting strategy and managing and directing investment decisions and company financials. Her experience includes a long tenure as CFO of New England Development, a premier real estate development and management company.
Sarah Morin - Head of Centers, North America
As the General Manager of CIC's Massachusetts campus, Sarah is focused on cultivating high-quality facilities and dynamic communities for innovators. Prior to joining CIC in 2012, Sarah served as the Director of Programs and Volunteer Services at the Cambridge-based Tutoring Plus, which provides free tutoring services to students in under-served communities. Sarah is also an artist, with a particular interest in pen and ink, and watercolors.
Melissa Ablett - Strategic Director of Sales & Operations, Europe
Melissa Ablett is the Strategic Director of Sales & Operations, Europe. Her role focuses on the success of CIC’s future international centers. As former General Manager of CIC Rotterdam, she was responsible for launching and leading CIC’s first international location. Previously, Melissa worked in innovation policy and also helped grow an online media startup from four to 50 employees and through an acquisition. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, does a really good Midwestern accent, and lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
As site director of CIC Philadelphia, Sally recruits pioneering, civically-minded organizations to expand its entrepreneurial ecosystem and amplify its good work. An expert in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Sally’s passion is creating opportunities for innovation communities to balance global and local priorities and perspectives through growth, strategic partnerships, community engagement, and outreach programs. Sally created CIC’s first Social Impact Cohort to nurture novel local non-profits by providing space, resources, and networking opportunities to accelerate their impact and develop Philadelphia’s talent pipeline.
Joyce Kornet-Vreugdenhil - General Manager, Rotterdam
Joyce is the General Manager for CIC Rotterdam. Prior to joining CIC, Joyce served as Program Manager at EY. In that role she managed the team responsible for EY's Entrepreneur Of The Year program in The Netherlands and was instrumental in the launch of EY's first startup and scaleup service. Before her time at EY, Joyce held international sales and business development positions. In addition, she is a board member of The Entrepreneurs Foundation that supports entrepreneurs in emerging markets with microcredit. Joyce gets her energy from connecting people.
Natalia Martinez-Kalinina - General Manager, CIC Miami
An organizational psychologist and strategist, Natalia merges innovation, entrepreneurship, and community impact. She focuses on creating connected communities and vibrant ecosystems, most recently by leading the expansion of CIC to Miami, seeking to deepen and nuance the conversation about entrepreneurship, and building tangible bridges to innovation hubs and Latin America. Prior to CIC, she served as the Chief Innovation & Technology Officer for a nonprofit focused on Cuba, one of six product strategists for a $5B human resources software company. She is the founder of Awesome Foundation and Aminta Ventures.
Mark Moreau - General Manager, Massachusetts Campus
Mark Moreau is General Manager of CIC’s Massachusetts campus. In this role, Mark oversees external relationship building, strategic planning and business operations for CIC’s Massachusetts innovation centers, which include 50 Milk Street in downtown Boston as well as 101 Main, One Broadway, and the company’s newest building, 245 Main, in Kendall Square. A 14-year veteran of CIC, Mark has held roles across a variety of teams within the organization, the most recent being Strategic Director of Operations for North America Centers.
Rebecca Webber - General Manager, Providence
Rebecca Webber is the General Manager of CIC Providence. A Rhode Island native with a background in economic development and public policy, Webber completed degrees at Connecticut College and the London School of Economics before returning to Rhode Island. She has held positions in state government and, most recently, served as Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Her extensive leadership experience is matched by a deep connection to her home state and belief in its economic potential.
Sarah Delmar - Director of Global Expansion
Sarah Delmar is the Director of Global Expansion at CIC. In her role, Sarah leads CIC’s expansion to new cities to build innovation infrastructure -- both programmatic and physical. Since the inception of CIC's expansion efforts as a two-person task force in 2012, Sarah has built and led the team that designs the strategy, development, and financing of expansion to new markets. Working closely with public and private stakeholders in each city, Sarah’s team has launched centers in St. Louis, Miami, and Rotterdam and is currently overseeing the development of new projects in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Warsaw, Tokyo, and Dublin.
Janice Dru - Senior Marketing Director
As Senior Marketing Director of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), Janice Dru is responsible for leading the global marketing initiatives that support CIC’s mission to build thriving innovation communities around the world. Janice has managed marketing programs for startups to Fortune 500 corporations spanning various industries, including financial services, e-commerce, information services, legal, B2B software, digital advertising, consulting, and higher education. Developing partnerships internally and externally, Janice focuses on establishing powerful brands and forming deep relationships.
Marcus Fernhout - Executive Director, CIC International
Marcus has a broad background in the development of innovation districts and start-up ecosystems. His talent lies in discovering potential and facilitating entrepreneurs and startups so they can form powerful communities that can thrive optimally. Marcus started his own startup in 2008 and because he needed an office space and there were no accessible alternatives at the time, he founded his own startup co-working building. In 2014, Marcus joined CIC to set up a new branch in Rotterdam. Two years later, in 2016, this first international location opened. Marcus is currently responsible for CIC's European expansion.
Pam Fraher - Strategic Director, Events
Pam Fraher is the Strategic Director of Events at CIC. Pam is responsible for launching and leading CIC's events programs in North America, where she is focused on supporting events that help drive the innovation ecosystem. Through events at CIC, Pam seeks to build and foster community connections by providing opportunities for innovators to collaborate, learn, and grow. In 2017 Pam cofounded Asali, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gap between grassroots organizations and the resources they need to help improve the lives of children. Prior to CIC, Pam graduated from Providence College with a BA in global studies with a concentration in business.
Stas Gayshan - Managing Director
Stas Gayshan is Managing Director at CIC and Founder of CIC Boston. Stas leads the development of new CIC projects in the Americas, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and beyond, connecting innovators across boundaries and borders. Stas works with governments, universities, large corporations, real estate developers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, funders, and other stakeholders to solve difficult problems, build powerful, interwoven innovation ecosystems, and help cities craft lasting, impactful outcomes. A globally sought-after thought leader on innovation and entrepreneurship, Stas often speaks at conferences and judges startup competitions around the world.
Geoff Mamlet - Managing Director, Executive Chairman of Impact Hub Boston
Geoff has been Managing Director of CIC since 2000. In addition to his role with CIC, Geoff is Founder/President of Impact Hub Boston. From 2003 to 2015, he was also a Principal with New Atlantic Ventures. Prior to joining CIC, he was CTO and co-founder of E-Travel, Inc., a leading provider of Internet corporate travel management systems. E-Travel is now a division of Amadeus. Geoff began his career as a software engineer with a variety of startups in the networking and telecommunications industry. He has a B.A. from Williams College.
Ben Shaw - Director of Global Finance
Ben Shaw has 25 years of experience working in the technology, startup, and real estate sectors as an entrepreneur, banker, consultant, engineer, investor, and board advisor. As Director of Global Finance at CIC, he is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and financing the growth of the company. Prior to joining CIC, Ben was the CFO and cofounder of a photonics startup, spent 10 years in investment banking, served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and worked as an engineer on oil rigs. He holds a BEng in aerospace engineering from Bristol University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Chris Linssen - Director of Asset Management
Chris Linssen joined CIC at the end of 2015 as the Director of Property Management. He is an experienced real estate and property management executive, having overseen a variety of different properties in several cities during his career. Chris also has an extensive of history of championing sustainability efforts at his properties and getting involved with local civic and charitable organizations. His most recent responsibilities have been overseeing the management and leasing of four office properties totaling nearly one million square feet in Cambridge and Boston.
Kari Mruz - Launch General Manager, CIC Warsaw
Kari Mruz is the General Manager of CIC Warsaw, responsible for launching and leading CIC’s second international location. Kari is passionate about building systems and spaces that catalyze community and help people work better. She brings this expertise to CIC Warsaw, opening in 2020, to connect startups and scaleups, incubators and accelerators, specialized industry hubs, investors, international soft landing programs, and more under a single roof to innovate more collaboratively and efficiently. Previously, Kari worked in Rwanda managing education technology projects with Open Learning Exchange and the British Council.
Aureliusz Górski - Managing Director
Aureliusz is Managing Director at CIC Poland and founding Executive Director of Venture Café Warsaw. He serves as an advisory board member at Startup Poland and former Managing Director of Business Link in Warsaw, Poland. He lives with his wife and son in Zoliborz, Warszawa, Poland and is from Szczecin, Poland.
Travis Sheridan - President, Venture Café Global Institute
Travis Sheridan is President of CIC’s Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI) where he is responsible for growth and expansion of the organization. Sheridan was also the founding Executive Director of Venture Café St. Louis – the first expansion city outside of Cambridge, MA. Travis grew the St. Louis program to become of the largest weekly events for innovators and entrepreneurs in the U.S. Travis is on the board of directors of Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, the Missouri Venture Forum, the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, and serves as an advisor to for Balsa Foundation and Pipeline Entrepreneurs.
Kuba Szwacki - Senior Director, Global Core Infrastructure
Kuba is the Senior Director of Global Core Infrastructure at CIC. Responsible for creating exceptional client IT support, he leads technical oversight of information systems, technology, and global security. With his team, Kuba has successfully built the IT infrastructure for new CIC centers around the world. Kuba has a unique set of interdisciplinary skills, creative problem solving and deep understanding of technology. Prior to CIC, Kuba was a teaching assistant at Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), Poland. Kuba holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from GUT, with research on electrochemical sensors and liquid membranes.
Carrie Earle Allen - Managing Partner for CIC Captains of Innovation, LLC.
Carrie Earle Allen is an experienced international leader in innovation, education and the arts. Currently, Allen is the Managing Partner of CIC Captains of Innovation, LLC, a full spectrum corporate innovation program designed to help corporations find new products, services, business models and technology in today’s global, hyper- competitive environment. Allen also co-founded AGENCY, the world’s first innovation cluster focused on age-tech innovation and longevity with co-working space at CIC, international programming and ecosystem connections.
Naomi Berlin - Strategic Sales Director, North America
Naomi leads the sales and relationship management team at the Massachusetts sites of CIC, and is the Strategic Sales Director for CIC's growing North American portfolio. In these positions, she helps foster an environment where thousands of innovators and entrepreneurs can launch new ventures quickly and efficiently, giving them a resource-rich environment in which to succeed. Prior to CIC, Naomi focused her professional life in communications and government. Naomi holds a BA from Tufts University in International Relations, and an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School for Public Service.
David Lambertz - Director, Talent Development
As Director of Talent Development at CIC, Dave Lambertz and his team are dedicated to supporting CIC's most valuable resource: CIC's staff. They help CIC staff do their best work in the service of supporting collaborative communities of innovators across the globe—creating effective systems, resources, and opportunities for staff members to learn and grow. Dave brings 12 years of institutional knowledge and experience, formerly working in various client-facing operational roles, talent roles, and leadership positions primarily in the hotel industry. He has a B.A. in English Literature from Warren Wilson College.
Anna Whitlock - Director, Talent Acquisition
Anna Whitlock is the Director of Talent Acquisition at CIC. In her role, she focuses on all aspects of hiring: from devising strategies and policies for a growing company entering new markets to the daily operation and management of the recruiting team. Anna became the first dedicated member of the Talent Team in 2012. Since then, she has built and led a six-member team to support and drive hiring at CIC’s flagship location in Cambridge, and at CIC’s expansion sites in Boston, St. Louis, Miami, and Rotterdam.
Huib ter Braak - Head of Europe
Huib ter Braak is Head of Europe in CIC's growth team based in Rotterdam. Huib ter Braak was Arval Director Europe and Mediterranean Area, BNB Paribas Group. He co-founded a leasing company and managed 18 Arval countries, and was one of the 4 finalists of the 2017 International Fleet Hall of Fame.
Michael W. MacPhail - Director of Architectural Design
Prior to his role as Director of Architectural Design at CIC, Michael served as Chair of the Architecture Department at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Director of Administration at Harvard’s Center for Green Buildings and Cities. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and Southern California Institute of Architecture. In Boston, he worked for several large architecture firms on educational facilities, museums and transportation centers. He co-founded the firm, dEmios, and is a registered architect in the state of MA as well as a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Quinn DeAndrus - Construction Project Management
Quinn DeAndrus is the Director of Construction Project Management at CIC. After receiving her BA in Architecture from Lehigh University, Quinn worked for multiple architects on residential and commercial projects in CT and NYC. Upon relocating to Boston, Quinn began her career at CIC on an Operations team prior to helping form CIC's Design team. She later moved into the world of Construction Project Management and now leads the team through oversight and coordination of the buildout of CIC's numerous projects that are under development.