IKAR Global Institute is a do-tank, located in London.
The founding member of IKAR Global Institute Foundation – Mario Diel, Founding Humicorn, Serial Entrepreneur, Global Citizen,Founder of IKAR Holdings UK. 
Our aim is to upscale business leadership and entrepreneurial education by facilitating accessibility to practical training and professional mentoring as a gateway to societal betterment.
We are focused on providing effective assistance to upcoming young leaders by practically complementing traditional education, and facilitating access to required resources by equipping them with valuable tools needed to succeed in the increasingly competitive business environment.

SEMIH AYCICEK

Board of Patrons

Semih Aycicek had worked as a manager in different sectors such as auditing, aviation and logistics. Also in 2015, he was entitled to receive a financial advisor certificate and became one of the youngest names to do so. Semih is the CEO of Adelfi Ventures Ltd. based in London He had completed his master degree from Beykent University and graduated from there with his M.B.A. diploma.

SERTAN AYCICEK

Board of Patrons

Sertan Aycicek is the former Ceo of Albayraklar Holding. He was awarded four times as CEO of the year. Sertan has more than 20 years professional experience in administration. He is a private diplomat, and he is the winner of the International Finance Magazine UK and Oxford Global UK awards too. Sertan is also currently Turkey CEO of Wrap Technologies Inc. and Vice President, Investments of IKAR Holdings Ltd.

ERALP UNGELDI

Board of Patrons

Eralp Ungeldi is a notable Entrepreneur and Business owner with a strong background in Global Marketing, Media and Film Production, and Team Management. His portfolio extends into a variety of industries from Real Estate to Defense Contracts to Film & Entertainment. He is the current Chief Business Development Officer of IKAR Holdings and is a graduate of Marmara University.

LAUREN UNGELDI

Chairwoman

Lauren Ungeldi is a bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Lauren is the author of 7 books which have been featured on a variety of prominent media outlets and topped numerous bestseller charts. She works with well-known politicians, thought leaders, war heroes, and famous media figures to bring true stories of extraordinary human triumph to a global audience and advocate for human rights across the world. She is the current CEO of IKONIC-A Media and Technology.

CAMPBELL B. YOUNG

College of Mentors

Campbell has over 40 years management experience in sales and marketing, working as an Area Manager, Regional Manager, National UK Manager and main Board Director. He has also spent 8 years working overseas in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in Spain and Gibraltar.

His focus is the importance of developing diverse and inclusive teams which has always been at the forefront of his career. Campbell is a Fellow of Ashridge Business School having studied Strategic Management for 9 months there which culminated in him leading a presentation to The BBC EMIA (European and Middle East Division).

He has been working with Synergy Worldwide since June 2008 and his particular field of expertise is Cardiovascular Disease/Nitric Oxide Therapy and building high performing teams.He also has a role with a Scottish Government development agency to develop and grow the economy in the South of Scotland where Campbell currently lives.Away from work Campbell plays guitar and golf and is a keen sports fan and likes to travel.

DAN HIGGINSON

Board of Patrons

When Dan Higginson founded Synergy, he envisioned a company that would procure tangible changes in people’s lives—a company that would Leave a Legacy for good. Dan offers Synergy Team Members a wealth of knowledge and experience that he gained as a corporate leader, motivator, trainer, and consultant. He conveys a philanthropic ambition that inspires others to give. Dan’s desire to help others extends beyond his contributions to Synergy. He sits on the board of numerous charitable organizations, including the Board of Chancellors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and he assumes an instrumental role in many philanthropic efforts

BERT CARSON

College of Mentors

Finance and insurance Specialist. During his career Bert worked with Federal, State and local governments and police departments and was actively involved in getting federal aid to the countries of West Africa 

SABRINA BEN SALMI

College of Mentors

Social entrepreneur, Author, Multi award winner. A proud mother of 5, Sabrina's all children are published authors, youth coaches and public speakers since the age of 11 and 7. She has been awarded with numerous accolades most recently as 'mother of the year' and 'No: 2 most inspirational black women in UK'.

GAZIELLA THAKE

College of Mentors

Graziella brings 32 years of dedicated leadership experience as both a Chief Executive Officer (CEO and is highly in risk, major events management, sport, corporate, government, and education sectors having worked with 26 multinationals . Her commitment to economic and community development is guided by 30 years of committed experience in human performance, risk, psychology, and leadership. Holding a Master’s in Psychology, with specialist qualifications in forensics, business and sports psychology, her current work is dedicated to small nations development and is both a Ceo of the optimisation Hub, a  trustee  of 100 Rugby Legends, is a Global Ambassador of the IKAR Institute Vienna, leadership mentor for SIGA and leads the eHMIC round table on e-mental health for sport with 13 nations. advising significant leadership teams & organisations, contributing to change and economic growth around social responsibility, media, economic and health infrastructure, sports entertainment and  community development. She was voted most inspirational female leader of the years IWD 2020 with Health economics, governance and leadership is in her DNA delivered with her drive and passion to contribute to every sector of humanity with ethics and responsibility for a better world around us.

MARIO OTTIGLIO

College of Mentors

Mario is a Managing Director for the High Lantern Group, a strategic positioning firm. Mario advises businesses, international institutions and global trade associations on theirexternal engagement, reputation and sustainability strategies, in particular in healthcare and life sciences sectors. Mario serves as strategic advisor or in leadership roles on several private sector alliances.  Throughout his career, Mario has promoted active, cross-sector dialogue and was often involved with high profile media, TV commentaries, keynotes, and authored several thought pieces.

ANDREAS TOLAROS

College of Mentors

Entrepreneur and renowned lobbyist. Andreas supports new businesses and their commercial interest in Greece and helps in bridging government and investor relations.

ROGER FAJNZYLBERG

College of Mentors

Born in 1947, The career of Roger Fajnzylberg is extremely rich marked by important responsibilities in the private sector, the senior civil service, the associative world as its commitment in the political sphere.

Director of the UNEF, the french student’s association, between 1969 and 1972,Mayor of the city of Sèvres from 1978 to 1983, he chaired the Board of Jean Rostand pubic Hospital and the Board of Directors of SEMI Sèvres, a development and construction company. He is a former Regional Councilor of Ile-de-France between 1986 and 1991. He was a candidate in the MP’s elections in 1978. He was during many years, involved in french political life. General Secretary of the National Theater of Chaillot, he worked for a while with Jack Lang, Minister of Culture and then at the National Center of Cinematography.

After graduating from the ENA (Promotion Michel de Montaigne) he joined the Ministry of Cooperation and Development and more particularly his direction of Financial Studies. After he joined Canal + subsidiary pay TV channel to Africa, for 12 years. He leads the project to launch the chain in Ivory Coast and was appointed Network Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Between 2004 and 2013, he was General Director of the Children's Relief Society, OSE, a social institution. With 650 employees and a budget of 30 Meuros, it develops its action for children, the disabled, elderly people with Alzheimer's disease and health. In 2013 and 2014 he is appointed General Delegate of the OSE Foundation.

In 2014 he founded Roger Fajnzylberg Conseils. He worked on several projects in France, in sub-Saharian Africa and in Algeria.

KEITH THURGOOD

College of Mentors

Retired 2-Star Major General. Legendary strategy and logistics visionary in both the military and the corporate world. Major General Thurgood has served over 28 years leading large military organizations on active duty. He was also a C-level executive guiding corporate strategy, development, structure and logistics. Past executive leadership roles include, PepsiCo, Sam’s Club where he led one of three $15B operating divisions, and as CEO of  “the DOD’s retail operation

GERT-JOHANNES HAGEMAN

College of Mentors

General Hageman (Retired) has served almost 43 years as a Paratrooper and Infantryman in the German Army.

Between 2016 and 2020 he was the Deputy Commander of Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ RRC-FR) in Lille, France. Created in 2005, HQ RRC-FR is a French NATO certified headquarters able to command a national or multinational high intensity warfare force of between 15,000 and 60,000 personnel deployable worldwide.

Prior to this appointment he commanded the Infantry School and the Infantry Training Centre in Hammelburg, Germany and served as General and Director of the German Infantry, Paratrooper and Mountain Infantry.

From 2011 to 2013 he was the twelfth Commander of the German-French Brigade in Müllheim.

Throughout his entire career the General focused on military leadership (platoon, company, battalion, brigade and corps level), operations and on political-military affairs.

WENDY COUMANTAROS

College of Mentors

Sixteen years ago, Wendy Co-Founded Spear's Wealth Management Survey, the bimonthly wealth management magazine for UHNW Entrepreneurs, Family Offices, the Financial community and Law firms. Spear`s has been called " The Bible of the Banking fraternity " according to GQ magazine , and " a European rival to Forbes " by London's Evening Standard. She is the Commercial Director of the Spear`s 500 Directory, the indispensable guide to the top wealth managers, private client advisers and lawyers for UHNW individuals.

Prior to Spear`s, Wendy served as the Director of Strategic Growth at Brecher Connect, where she spearheaded the Private Equity platform of the Brecher Law firm.

She spent seven years as a Consultant in the Conflict Resolution Research Institute in Seattle, USA. Her consulting role took her to both the USSR and Cuba.

In 2003 Wendy was the Business Development Director for KGR Capital Absolute Return Fund (Asia Pacific).

She has filled Senior Adviser and Consulting positions at:

Senior Consultant to Eastern Harmony Limited, a UK merchant bank with strong Chinese relationships.

Senior Adviser to Conrad Capital, a short- and medium-term business lender. 

Senior Consultant to The House of Quality Brands, a Swiss Equity Fund.

Currently she is also a Strategic Advisor to Sopher + Co, a UK & US Accounts and Tax Advisors.

VADIM BONDAR

Board of Patrons

Owner of United Marine Group, one of the largest shipping company having its business presence across six continents. Vadim also owns a huge personal portfolio of investments in Energy and Real Estate sectors.

NICOLAS KANELLOPOULOS

Board of Patrons

Managing Partner of the Law Firm Kanellopoulos – Zerva and Associates” (NKLAW FIRM). President of the “Institute for Justice and Growth”. Former Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice in Greece. Former President of the Greek National Tourism Organization

JIMMY MISTRY

Board of Patrons

Social Entrepreneur, Hotelier Philanthropist and Community Builder. Jimmy is the Founder of Della Leaders Club.

ALPHA DIA

Board of Patrons

Alpha Dia is a young Senegalese model who has already walked the ramp for some of the top brands such as Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, L’Oreal, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Givenchy, Balmain, Off-White, Les Hommes, Fila, Fay, Prada, and many moreAlpha is known for working with some high-end designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Christian Pellizzari, Roberto Cavalli, and Christian Dada.

STEVE HACKNEY

Board of Patrons

Steve was a former celebrated rugby union professional. For over 20 years since, he has applied his elite sporting attributes to growing businesses, and the combination has been and is a potent and unique weapon in the world of marketing.
His mission is to transform the way businesses grow to ensure their sustained success and his no-nonsense approach is both refreshing and to the point. Tens of thousands of businessowners are right now benefitting from his easy-to-apply tactics and strategies.
He is a best-selling author, international speaker and mentor to hundreds of his ‘BusinessGrowth Mentors’ around the world. He is the author of three celebrated books: ‘THE FORMULA’, Business Mentoring Success’ and his latest book entitled, ‘The MACHINE.

ALI RIZA ARSLAN

Board of Patrons

Founder and Chairman of Emsas Group, Turkey.

FADI SAAB

Chair, Board of Patrons

Founder and Chairman of Trans Capital Finance, U.K. 

He has an extensive track record of more than 45 years experience in private equity, investment banking, corporate finance, aviation, logistics, tourism, hospitality, management consultancy, fintech services, information technology, telecommunications, renewable energy, and real estate.He started his career as a banker in London’s financial centre (the City) at Saudi International Bank, then in New York (Wall Street) at Morgan Guarantee Bank, thereafter with Bankers Trust on Park Avenue as Vice President of International Investment Management Group. 

In addition to his private business activities, Fadi held numerous responsibilities as advisor to government ministers, public sector organizations, and prominent private companies; while being member of major business associations or professional organizations on entrepreneurship & SME development, business ethics & anti-corruption, transparency & accountability, governance principles, and quality standards.

Fadi holds an MBA in Finance from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and a BA in Economics– Statistics from American University of Beirut-AUB. 

HRH PRINCE MICHEL OF YUGOSLAVIA

Council of Trustees

Global Investor, Socialite, Artist and Philanthropist. Grandson of the last King of Italy and of the last Regent of Yugoslavia and the oldest son of Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and Princess Maria Pia of Savoy.

OZCAN MUTLU

Council of Trustees

Former member of the German parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) for the Green Party from 2013 to 2017. During his Bundestag mandate, he was spokesperson for educational policies, served on the Committee on Education, Research and Technology, as well as spokesperson for sport policies and was his parliamentary group’s rapporteur on citizen participation. He is notably a founding member of the twin city agreement between the districts Kreuzberg and Kadıkoy and Treptow and Tepebasi.

Since 2018, Ozcan Mutlu is the president of the Berlin Paralympics Sports Federation. He is advisory board member of the Berlin-Bosporus-Initiative (BBI) and Berlin-International, University of Applied Sciences. He is a member of the BMW-Foundation world responsible leaders network and young leader of the Bertelsmann-Foundation Germany.

JON COSS

Chief Technology Officer

Jon is the CEO and Founder of a United Kingdom based Cyber Security Company who has, many years of, experience working in all technology areas across countless industries. His list of technical qualifications are endless and one of those is a First Class Honours Degree in Cyber Security. Jon has a strong passion for technology.

LAILA NASR

Chief Executive Officer

MBA Bahchesehir University, Turkey.Laila also holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Management from Arab University, Saudi Arabia.

ARLIN CILINGIROGLU

Managing Director

Arlin Cilingiroglu is the Managing Director of IKAR Global Institute. She has more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry, focused on business development and wealth management, where she developed strong knowledge in finance, investor relations and management.

In addition to her career in banking, Ms. CILINGIROGLU has an entrepreneurial background as well as experience in digital marketing, NGO-projects and the hospitality industry.

Her personal vision is to enable people to become the best version of themselves through wisdom and knowledge, in turn, creating a better world. It is this mission that has led Ms. CILINGIROGLU to her new role at the IKAR Global Institute.

DOUGLAS SNEDDON

Director, Global Relations

Douglas portrays outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to forge client/stakeholder relations at all levels.

MICHAEL SPINDELEGGER

Chair, IKAR Global Institute

Former Vice Chancellor of Austria, Former Finance and Foreign Minister of Austria.

MARIO DIEL 

Founder

Mario is the Chairman and Founder of IKAR Holdings Limited, London which is a multi-tiered investment holding.

In addition he is the co-founder of the business think tank IKAR Global Institute, headquartered in Vienna.

With more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, he is driven to lead IKAR in the new future of entrepreneurship.

His mission through IKAR is to accelerate wealth creation and prosperity in balance with driving sustainable economic opportunity, significant positive impact, democratized prosperity, and innovation into the future.

He is the creator and intellectual founder of the World's First HUMICORN™ in business: IKAR!