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Meet Our Team

Heikki Leskinen
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 FOUNDER & CEO 

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Marina Cvetkovic

 CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER 

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Rémy Bertoli

 GROWTH MARKETING ADVISOR 

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Noemi Poget

 COMMUNITY MANAGER 

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Tali Leibowitz


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Rita Kerola

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Heikki Leskinen
Founder and CEO 

Prior to The NextGen Project, I have over 20 years of experience in strategy consulting, change management, and workshop facilitation. I have worked with senior executives and management teams around growth and transformation initiatives in various industries, such as telecommunications, banking, insurance, media, entertainment, manufacturing, travel, and retail.
While facilitating match-making sessions between startup founders and management teams, I realised the power of cross-generational and cross-disciplinary dialogue. That is how the idea of The NextGen Project was born: I wanted to build a community where senior executives can connect with exceptional young talent from various industries to come up with thought-provoking insights and perspectives for their businesses.
 
I am proud to say The NextGen Project has grown into an increasingly global network that embodies the values of diversity, inclusion and sustainable growth. 
 
Outside of work? I am a loving husband, a proud father, and a passionate instrument-rated pilot flying a Cirrus SR20 airplane.
 
 

Marina Cvetkovic 
Chief Commercial Officer 

I came to The NextGen Project with a strategic consulting and executive advisory background - having worked for large multinational organizations across the globe and having worn diverse hats. In my last inhouse role, I was a VP of Strategy and Chief of Staff to the CEO of the largest reinsurance company in the world. As I was working closely with the board and the executive

team, it has occurred to me that the diversity that is most lacking on this level is generational diversity. I initially wanted to develop a business concept around providing invaluable NextGen perspective to top teams - then I came across the brilliant work of The NextGen Project team!  I decided to give Heikki a call and the rest is history. Alignment of our visions was impressive and it was clear to both of us that we had to join forces in this mission.

 

I am passionate about accelerating the performance of top teams (CEO/EC/Board) by unlocking their full human potential. I have designed a portfolio career around my mission and enjoy sharing my expertise in various capacities: as a board member/advisor, executive coach and keynote speaker (I am a TEDx speaker and TEDx founder in New York City) to name a few! I am a Forbes Coaches Council member and part of the 100 coaches’ group, best leaders and coaches globally selected by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, one of the top executive coaches in the world. I strongly believe in the power of cross-generational perspectives to accelerate executive team / board thinking and I am delighted to support the realisation of this vision with The NextGen Project. 

 

I consider myself a global citizen with multiple homes across the world: Belgrade, Zurich and NYC.

Remy Bertoli 

Growth Marketing Advisor 

Pastry-loving traveler, sauna fan and a brutally honest marketer, Rémy is a Growth Marketing enthusiast, serial intra- and entrepreneur, and Digital Consultant, but above all a Social Architect – he builds up his energy through meeting and exchanging with people.

Currently working as a Growth Marketing Manager at Leadoo Marketing Technologies, the fastest growing MarTech company in the Nordics, he is also the Founder

of Bertoli Digital, his own digital agency specialised in no-code solutions for freelancers, startups & SMEs.

With more than 5 years of experience in the digital industry, he has had the opportunity to experience and learn how to grow brands online.


Highly active and involved in local startups and entrepreneurs communities in Helsinki, he often takes part in workshops and panel discussions while striving to stay connected to nature and living a sustainable lifestyle.

 

Noemi Poget

Community Manager

Noemi Poget wears different hats all connected by one red thread, her passion for people. After an academic career as a Papyrologist at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Noemi became a Paramedic to see what she was worth outside of a library. 

Her interest in a holistic approach to any situation has then led her to open her yoga school before taking one more career turn and entering the startup world in Helsinki, Finland where she worked as the Community Manager of the Nordics’ leading startup campus Maria 01.

 

Beside taking care of The NextGen Project’s community members, Noemi now puts her rich background to the service of others as a Life Coach while being on the advisory board of Lincoln Academy, Utah, in the role of International Internships.

 

Contact us

The NextGen Project Oy

℅ Epicenter Helsinki,
Mikonkatu 9, 00100 Helsinki

heikki.leskinen@thenextgenproject.io

+358 40 521 0125

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