Ilona Simpson

Head of Cross Functional Services Information Technology (CIO) - innogy SE

Since starting her career in technology 18 years ago, Ilona has built, refocused, right sized, turned around and span off IT capabilities to enable and to drive achievement of business objectives. She worked for companies like Accenture, Porsche, DHL and Aston Martin; served on two ExComs and run IT as a P&L.

She also built operations of a tech start-up, growing the business (team from 6 to 24 in less than 6 months), negotiated major partnerships and joint venture contracts and experienced the process of going through VC due diligence first hand. 

Her belief that the future is best when is co-created between corporates and start ups brought her to Ariadne Capital, a leading VC firm who introduced the Ecosystem Economics(R) approach as a systematic way for corporates to engage with start ups as digital enablers. As CIO in Residence, Senior Advisor and Venture Partner, Ilona is involved in start up assessment for Ariadne’s Ecosystem Economics Fund as well as in advisory of corporate clients on technology and innovation topics. Ilona is a Board member of Contego, an online fraud prevention start up (50 hottest start ups by Money2020 and one of 15 graduates of Accenture Fintech Accelerator in 2016). She is a start up mentor with Virgin Start Up.

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