Who are we?

Discover the dynamic fusion of collaboration and innovation embodied in Co-Innovate. We specialises in delivering innovative support services tailored for SMEs, entrepreneurs, and start-ups in London. Co-Innovate, as its name suggests, combines the power of collaboration and innovation to provide access to BUL academic expertise and student talent, driving transformative outcomes through collaborative endeavours. Let us guide and nurture your collaborative innovation projects, connecting you with the right students and academics for unparalleled success. For further details, visit

Innovation Champions

Innovation Champions are selected staff in all academic and research areas of the university whom the Innovation Directors connect with to identify and deliver the optimum expertise to support project activity.

CEO of MIB 2023/24
Alan Serrano

Dr. Alan Serrano is a Reader in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London, UK.

Co - Director
Dr David Bell

David is a Reader in the Department of Computer Science, at Brunel University London. 

Social Media Manager
Dr Fang Wang

Dr Fang Wang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London.

Social Media Coordinator
Dr Gabriella Spinelli

Dr Spinelli researches and explores resilience as the outcome of the interplay between technology, health and wellbeing, and communities.

Branding Specialist
Dr Geraldine Cohen

Geraldine Cohen PhD MBA (INSEAD) FHEA MCIM Chartered Marketer and much more.

Marketing Coordinator
Professor David Harrison

David Harrison  is a  Professor of Design Research and lectures in Sustainable Design and Environmentally Sensitive Design. 

Graphic Designer
Mr Rakesh Mohun

Lecturer at Brunel University London about Video Production and Motion Design.

Communications Coordinator
Professor Vanja Garaj

Professor Vanja Garaj is Professor of Design, Director of Research for Brunel Design School and Module Leader.


Events & CFO
Professor Monomita Nandy

Monomita Nandy is a Professor in Accounting and Finance in Brunel Business School (BBS).

Events Coordinator
Mr Alan Mannion

Educational Academic Lecturer in Digital Media.

Business Ambassadors

Co-Innovate Business Ambassadors are business owners whose company has benefitted from working with us.

CEO of MIB 2023/24
Lena Rosenior

CEO, De Graft Management with over 25+ years of experience in software development & property in the UK and Africa.

Co - Director
Richard Hyams

Founder of ASTUDIO. Experienced in Architect mixing, Architecture and Research.

Social Media Manager
Bardot Taylor

Founder of innovative clothing company House of Nyabinghi.

Social Media Coordinator
Farah Qureshi

Farah Qureshi is a multi-award winning British designer/maker specialising in creating ethical and sustainable collections of jewellery in precious materials.

Branding Specialist
Mark Hester

Mark, a Brunel alumni, is an innovation consultant/coach with 25 years experience in product and service development across a wide range of industries.

Marketing Coordinator
Siddharth Mukne

Siddharth Mukne is a regional head at UKIBC and is responsible for engaging with companies across the UK and South Wales with an interest in the Indian market.

Graphic Designer
Samreen Nurullah

Co-founder/Director of Strategic Planning & Operations at ReCyrcle, a London-based cleantech startup to establish Circular Waste Systems.

Communications Coordinator
Christine Hemphill

Founder of Open Inclusion. Christine is a disability and age-inclusive researcher and innovator.


Events & CFO
Mann Matharu

Founder and CEO of Qi Digital, British entrepreneur, angel investor, author, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

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