Tatjana de Kerros-Budkov is a Corporate entrepreneurship expert, investor and Venture Builder at Ricolab, leading the venture-building and innovation activities at the Ricolab Innovation Lab. In addition, she is an investor with SICTIC, Investiere, and Saudi Business Angels (SIBR) and on the Advisory Board of Lish and Startups House. She is specifically passionate about startups in foodtech, health tech, SaaS, EaaS, machine learning, blockchain and B2C consumer tech.
Prior to joining Ricolab, Tatjana founded (and exited) Tagmemics- the first NLP startup to provide semantic analytics in Arabic dialects, and also worked with 500 Startups in Saudi Arabia. She headed the development of Saudi Arabia’s first renewable and nuclear energy entrepreneurship initiative for KA-CARE, and has consulted on entrepreneurship and technology transfer programs with government initiatives and universities including KACST, BADIR, KAUST and SEC.
Tatjana is passionate about startups and leveraging Switzerland’s global competitiveness as a world-class technology ecosystem. She writes for VentureBeat, Mattermark, Arab News, The Economist Intelligence Unit and other leading outlets, and you can find her articles on Venture Capital on www.boudkov.com She is the proud owner of two Bahraini strays.