Julie Hawker

Joint CEO, Cosmic

Julie is strategic lead at Cosmic, combining her strong skills in development, innovation and collaboration with a real passion for the work of this nationally recognised digital business and social enterprise. She is an enthusiast for the ways in which digital technologies will improve businesses, organisations and lives over the coming years, and regularly speaks on these subjects at local, regional and national events. Julie contributes to delivery of major consultancy projects at Cosmic, and is learning director on the digital leadership programme. She also works in a variety of roles at national, regional and local levels to improve the collaboration in advancing digital skills, digital transformation for businesses, and is Chair of the Heart of SW Digital Skills Partnership.

Geri Cupi

CEO and Co-founder Monochain

Geri is currently CEO & Co-founder of MonoChain, a blockchain start-up which is developing provenance and tracking for the luxury second life market. He has been in the blockchain space since 2014 doing research for a Bitcoin ETF and Bitcoin use cases in other industries while he was working as a VC at Velo Partners. Geri is the Co-Founder & Technical Director of Retail Blockchain Consortium, where he looks after the DLT development and thought leadership for the consortium. Also, Geri is a Research Fellow at UCL Center for Blockchain Technologies and a visiting lecturer at University of Bath & University of Edinburgh. Previously, Geri has co-founded 2 retail e-commerce technologies: Jook, a social commerce company and Social DNA which was exited to Levi’s Albania.

Paul Harwood

Co-Lab organiser

Paul Harwood has worked in financial administration, people management and as a teacher in special schools and PRUs throughout the Southwest. As a PhD student at Falmouth University, his research looks at how blockchain technology can change relationships of trust. Paul takes an action orientated approach to his research and is particularly interested in building links between local contexts of blockchain technology and future business models.

Alex Hughes

Senior Lecturer in Business & Project Management

Alex is a former project manager and digital artworker, completing projects within the domains of software development, website production, app development and print publishing.
He is currently a full-time Senior Lecturer at Falmouth Launchpad, and part time PhD. Researcher.
His interests lie at the intersection of digital media industries and business, more specifically, within the area of blockchain innovation and market disruption.

Chris Archer Brown

Professor of Digital Entrepreneurship and Director of Falmouth University’s School of Entrepreneurship

Chris spent the majority of his early career in software and technology services. He was part of the team that founded one of the UK’s first ‘big data’ businesses, which helped large telecoms, media and financial companies understand their customers’ behaviour. After escaping corporate life in 2008, Chris entered academia and has extensive experience of teaching Undergraduate, Masters and MBA programmes and has mentored a range of student entrepreneurs.

Chris’ research has centred on digital technology and human factors, specifically the role of social and mobile technology in shaping working life and the effect of social media on buyers’ choices. Chris leads Falmouth University’s Design Thinking Research Theme.