Barbara Diehl is a self confessed ‚mongrel‘ and an expert in entrepreneurship, innovation and education. Before moving to SPRIND, she successfully worked 10 years in Great Britain and Ireland: at the Entrepreneurship Center at Oxford University (2008-2015) and the Innovation Academy at University College Dublin (UCD) (2015-2018). At Oxford she led early stage venture training programmes and was also a member of investment committees of various seed investment funds. Back in Germany, she was Head of Transfer and Innovation in the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, Germany’s largest research organization with 40,000 researchers across 18 national research centers and an annual budget of 4.5 billion euros (2018-2020). Barbara’s particular strength: she can give researchers and scientists the confidence to develop and test their creative and entrepreneurial skills and support them in all the stages of transferring their research into application.