The people behind GINSUM

Carsten Ovens

Carsten Ovens – Executive Director

Carsten Ovens is the Executive Director of ELNET-Germany since March 2019. In late 2020 he co-founded the German Israeli Network of Startups & Mittelstand (GINSUM) together with ELNET. With almost two decades of experience in politics, i.a. as a Member of the Hamburg State Parliament, he devoted his work to the German-Israeli relations with a focus on innovation and startups for many years.

Beforehand, Carsten worked in business development and management consulting throughout Europe, as a lecturer on marketing and communications at several leading universities, and as a researcher on social media communication effects on politics and society.

Carolin Bischop

Carolin Bischop – Program Manager

Carolin Bischop has many years of experience in various national and international projects and associations as well as a broad network in the national and international startup ecosystem. Most recently, she worked at the German Startup Association, where she was responsible, among other things, for international delegations and projects, e.g. to Israel in close cooperation with the German-Israeli Startup Exchange Program (GISEP). At ELNET she leads the German Israeli Network of Startups & Mittelstand (GINSUM).

Marc Jacob

Marc Jacob – Project Coordinator

Marc Jacob was able to gain national and international professional experience through various professional positions in Germany, the USA and Luxembourg. Until recently he worked for a large German law firm in the area of M&A/transactions and was also able to build up extensive knowledge in the context of venture capital.

At ELNET he works for the German Israeli Network of Startups & Mittelstand (GINSUM). Marc Jacob studied management and finance in Frankfurt am Main, Budapest and Los Angeles.

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Jill Wyler – Project Coordinator

Jill Wyler held various professional positions in Israel and was until recently the Israel representative of a Washington based independent academic organization which focused on enhancing knowledge about modern Israel at universities in the United States and around the world.

At ELNET she works for the German Israeli Network of Startups & Mittelstand (GINSUM), as the Program Coordinator at the Israel office. Jill has a master’s degree in International Relations, with a focus on diplomacy and foreign policy, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem