Our Management Board is an array of critical thinkers from a variety of different fields of expertise, united by their passion to make education freely accessible to the world
Ben is a tech enthusiast, scientist & entrepreneur, with strong leadership experience in digital transformation, process optimization, and business/tech innovation projects, acquired through high-impact roles such as his current Senior Account Manager position at Google and his previous EU Operations Program Manager position at Amazon. Prior to entering the tech industry, he was a Senior Strategy Consultant for Europe’s leading Future Institute, and, during his time in Oxford, London, Singapore & Zurich, researched the functionality of the human brain together with world-leading scientists across the globe. Eager to support people in need, Benjamin has also been leading in and initiating different social impact projects, and it was this combination of scientific passion and concern for the well-being of others that made him envision ACIT back in 2014.
Manuel Brenner studied physics in Heidelberg, where he acquired his M.Sc. degree in 2018, working on fundamental questions of quantum mechanics. Seeking a more human-centered career, he switched to study the intricacies of the brain and its relationships to mental health by pursuing a PhD at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim. In his free time, he is a passionate jazz pianist, double bass player, and music producer. He loves learning about novel ideas from all kinds of disciplines. His interdisciplinary interests find expression in his articles for the ACIT blog and in his hosting role at the ACIT Science Podcast.
Patrick Juan is a fourth-year student at Simon Fraser University, studying Business with a concentration in Management Information Systems, and in addition to this, he is working towards an Education minor in Counselling and Human Development. He also works part-time at a robotics firm called Apex Motion Control, where he focuses on business development and marketing for the company. One of the things Patrick is passionate about is creating social impact, and he actively tries to find ways to give back to his community; one of the ways he does this is through Enactus SFU. As a Project Manager for inCompass at Enactus, he has the opportunity to lead a team that helps newcomers gain a better understanding of financial literacy, employability skills, and housing through engaging workshops, while also incorporating mentorship to build a better sense of community. Now, as a part of ACIT, he hopes to bring people from Canada together to collaborate and find solutions to some of the community’s most pressing challenges.
Fiona works as a marketing and M&A manager in an international trade company in London, specializing on marketing campaigns and public relations. With an interdisciplinary background between political science, knowledge management and business, critical and innovative thinking have become central pillars of her career. Previous to her current role, Fiona developed different approaches for managing sensitive information within large corporations, and worked in HR for a major Chinese tech firm. With study and research experience across top schools in China (Tsinghua and Nankai University), Korea (Hanyang university) and London (University College London), she embraces various cultures and has developed a network all around the world. At ACIT, she predominantly focuses on building a bridge between the European and Asian branches, and manages both the UK and Chinese branches. In her private life, Fiona is especially interested in designing fashion and Korean drama.
Nicole is a PhD candidate at Tsinghua, China’s leading university, and previously graduated from University College London. Combining a rigorous scientific spirit with her business-focus, Nicole has set up three companies ever since graduating from college, and now successfully operates an education consulting firm in Beijing, focusing on the international exchange of educational resources & self-enhancement services between Chinese and foreign students. In addition, Nicole takes on important positions in the Tsinghua University Student Union. Lastly, Nicole is responsible for recruiting outstanding Chinese members for establishing and growing ACIT China.
Antoine is a Ph.D. researcher in international law and legal theory from Belgium. He was involved in various student and youth organizations throughout his studies. He grew up in Brussels (Belgium), where he also obtained an LL.B. and a B.A. in philosophy. He then moved to Leuven (Belgium) and Zurich (Switzerland) for his master’s degree in law. In addition, Antoine lived in the Netherlands and Ireland for a year after high school… and has not given up on being “international” ever since. Antoine hopes to bridge theory and practice, academia and the real-world, the abstract and the concrete, and to do so through the law, precisely where the books meet the courtrooms. At ACIT, Antoine works on partnerships at the global level, manages the legal side of things and recently launched ACIT Brussels in his hometown.
Cameron is currently a student at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University where he is studying Business and planning on concentrating in Accounting & Strategic Analysis. He also works as a Project Coordinator for BenchRetro, a department of Bench Accounting, America’s largest bookkeeping service for small businesses. In his role he specializes in collecting documentation for historical tax filing as well as refinancing and connecting with clients who have defaulted on their payments. Cameron’s passion for knowledge and learning and sharing those with the world is one of the main reasons he is excited to be a part of ACIT SFU. When not working or in school, you can find Cameron reading up on the existential school of thought, shopping at socially conscious & ethical brands or catching up on sleep.
Audrey is currently a student at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication with a Minor in Print and Digital Publishing. She also works at the university’s Student Services department as a Design and Marketing Coordinator, where she creates and manages the department’s marketing and social media initiatives. One of the many things Audrey is passionate about is building one’s self-awareness in the way one communicates and interacts socially with respect and mindfulness. As a part of ACIT, she hopes to learn, connect and create meaningful dialogue with a global network of thinkers of diverse backgrounds.
Leon Fuchs is currently a high school graduate interested in psychology, business, game theory, music and fashion, looking to study psychology in Japan in the near future. Having worked on multiple ecommerce websites, YouTube channels and social media accounts, he joined ACIT Global in 2020 to be able to further improve his video production, website design and online marketing skills. He also designed this beautiful website you are currently viewing. Youre welcome.
Remus did his bachelor’s degree in sociology, law and philosophy at the university of Zurich, where he is also currently doing his master’s studies, specializing in economic sociology and the use of quantitative research methods. Remus favors historical-comparative readings on society and holds a special interest for the long-term evolution of human societies and the sociology of morality. As a teaching assistant, he introduced students to classics of social theory and currently assists students in doing empirical theses. Being interdisciplinary interested, Remus co-founded a philosophy association in Zurich in order to provide individuals from different disciplines and backgrounds a platform for free thought-exchange, an aim which he also pursues within ACIT. As for recreational activities, Remus enjoys playing a variety of instruments, such as violin and mandolin, and focuses mainly on 19th century European dance music.
I’m Niek, a Dutch student in economics & business from Rotterdam. However, after four years of Rotterdam, I left towards Zurich to pursue my exchange. To respect my Dutch heritage, I biked all the way here! And because one adventure wasn’t enough, I decided to join ACIT! After setting up Extraordinary Life in Rotterdam last year (an organisation about self-development) I wanted a new challenge with a new association. Other passions and interests of me include reading, sports, playing guitar and spending time with my lovely family & friends. A perfect night for me would be Scottish whisky, a cigar and dark chocolate accompanied by deep, genuine conversations.
Tomas holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history, and completed an assessment year in law. He is currently studying his masters degree in European Global Studies at the European Institute of the University of Basel. He worked as a tutor for Theoretical Philosophy and as a research assistant in political science. He also helped organize academic conferences and cultural events at the University of Basel and is part of the student editorial office. In his studies, he is very interested in international affairs, conceptual history, phenomenology, political theory and the critical theory from the Frankfurt School. Tomas is passionate about reading, music and photography. With ACIT he wants to make room for interfaculty discussions, where arguments count more than rhetoric.
Driven by the question of what essentially constitutes human beings, Xenia has been studying philosophy and biology at the University of Basel since 2016. As a part of ACIT, she is keen to advance interdisciplinary discourse in science, and thus hopes to contribute a small part to solving the problems the world presents us with. Besides her studies, she works in the cultural field, and when she is not cooking and trying out new dishes, doing sports or reading, Xenia is outdoors in nature, hiking, skiing or simply admiring the beauty of nature.
Aurel completed his master’s degree in mathematics at ETH Zurich in early 2017, with focus on axiomatic set theory. Following his passions, he completed a further trainee program in data science. Changing his focus from a technical to a more overarching perspective, he started a comprehensive trainee program at Allianz Insurances. In his spare time, he likes to do sports, and to try out new things. He loves to organize cozy game evenings with his friends, mastering difficult escape rooms, and participates in ninja warrior from time to time. At ACIT, Aurel predominantly works on partnerships with Mensa International and is part of the conference event organization team.
Rafael completed his BSc in Nanosciences at University of Basel with the aim of gaining a deep understanding of the mechanisms governing the natural world. For his Master, he specializes in experimental Nanophysics with a focus on Semiconductor Quantum Computing and Quantum Optics. Additionally, he is interested in Biophysics and the foundations of life at the molecular level, and he hopes to bring together these fields in his future work. In his leisure time, he pursues his fascination for financial markets, investing and personality development, which he tries to expand through reading. Besides that, he is passionate about keeping and breeding freshwater ornamental fish. He is member of the steering group of the parosphromenus project, an initiative of private fishkeepers aimed at the protection of the highly endangered liquorice gouramis, both in their Southeast Asian habitats and the aquaria of enthusiasts around the world.
Haris focused his studies on musicology and ethnology, and he is now transitioning towards studying business administration. He found a fascination in how all the sciences, along with music, are linked by different forms of information. Haris is passionate about music, so in his free time, he enjoys working on his musical talents with the piano and accordion. He also sets aside time to play tennis and read when he can.
Jackomo is an altruistic and analytic thinker, constantly flooded by new ideas. After six years of studies involving biology, management of natural resources, chemistry, economics, and psychology, he is now working as a financial consultant. In his private life, he loves to discuss thoughts and new concepts ranging from human nature, investment, future technology, taking care of body and soul with yoga and movement practice, all the way to martial arts. He has also worked in rough jobs ranging from construction to care. As part of ACIT he wants to connect people to discuss ideas and start impactful projects.
Avedeep is a third-year Business Student, concentrating in MIS and Finance, at Simon Fraser University. She is an open-minded and creative individual who is a great team player and a strong leader which she believes will help her succeed in this role. She enjoys playing sports like soccer and volleyball, loves being outdoors, enjoys reading, and loves to spend quality time with her family and friends. She is passionate about equality, diversity, social changes, and loves to plan events, which motivated her to be part of the ACIT team. She has been planning events for other school clubs, her other community involvements, and her family events as well. As an Event Planner for ACIT, she hopes to get more of her school for a wonderful organization.
After being at CERN and DESY, two of the leading research institutes for high energy physics, to study particle interactions in next-generation detectors for his bachelor thesis, Jonas is currently pursuing master’s degrees in both physics and philosophy. Having recognized the central role of complexity in some of the most relevant questions of the 21st century, he moved from investigating the fundamental constituents of the universe to the interdisciplinary field of theoretical neuroscience. There he hopes to bring together insights both from theoretical physics as well as analytical philosophy. Being part of ACIT, he aims to further interdisciplinary discourse around the globe to help others (and himself) to make sense of the complex world we call home.