Our Team

Who we are

Dr. Anica Zeyen – Director Enterprise Hub

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Sustainability at the School of Business and Management and the Head of the Royal Holloway Enterprise Hub. I have previously founded a similar platform for student social entrepreneurs at a German university. Over the last 10 years, I have supported many student entrepreneurs, some of whom went on to win national awards. I am passionate about sustainability – the link between economic, social and environmental aspects. Thus my particular passion is social entrepreneurship or social, environmental or sustainable start-ups. This is also where I focus my research.

Dr. Ankit Gaur – Deputy Director

I’m a Lecturer in the field of Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship. I have nearly a decade of industry experience in the spheres of customer service management, marketing, business planning, strategy formulation, regulatory and policy research in the field of Mining, Hospitality, Recruitment and Education sector. I have helped transform multiple traditional firms to entrepreneurial organisations in India, Africa and Middle East.

In my research, I work on wide range of topics related to Entrepreneurship. I have a keen interest in Corporate and Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial intentions, Innovation and open data. I’m passionate about teaching and developing entrepreneurial skills in the youth.

Emilio Costales – Ideation Consultant

I completed my bachelors degree in Economics at the Pennsylvania State University, in the United States, where I was a teaching assistant and tutor in Economics. I’ve spent two years working with low-income groups in New York City teaching financial literacy. In 2017, I completed a MsC in Practising Sustainable Development at Royal Holloway. I have initiated multiple projects surrounding volunteering, research, and teaching business and community engagement. Currently, I am a Research Assistant and PhD candidate in Royal Holloway’s School of Business and Management, where I am researching the role of Social Entrepreneurs in the Development of Smart Cities.