Meet the 1030 team

Different perspectives spark innovation

The Visionary

Verena Kuen

Verena Kuen is the founder of 1030 Innovation. After 15 years as an executive in big corporations she decided to make her passion her profession and initiated an Innovation Program with her last employer Bayer Pharma AG which was one-of-a-kind within the whole organization and produced an impressive track record of innovation success stories. Verena is a manager by training and a trend-spotter by heart; she holds an MBA and speaks 5 languages.

She is a world-traveler and enjoys working in diverse cultural environments. She is a people-person with an infectious enthusiasm who genuinely loves her job. Besides running her own business she teaches innovation methodologies with the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at University of Economics in Vienna, Austria and design thinking at Columbia University, NYC. Verena loves Bikram Yoga and spending time with her family. She is a passionate cook and foodie.

Marlene Handler
Creative Specialist

Marlene Handler is our creative all-rounder. Professionally trained in photography, film and graphic design, she supports our team in various areas, such as workshops and events, project visualization, communication and social media. As a technology enthusiast, she is always on the lookout for the latest creative hacks through technology. Her technical and artistic talent is also extremely helpful when prototyping new solutions and visualizing complex content.

In her free time, the animal lover spends a lot of time with her ferrets and her dog. Nature is her place of retreat, where she recharges her batteries and finds creative inspiration.

Portrait von Marlene Handler in einem Studio, in ihrer Hand hält sie zwei Frettchen

The Creative

The Ecologist

Moritz Blei
Sustainability Innovation Specialist

Moritz Blei is Innovation Strategist & Facilitator at 1030 Innovation. He holds a degree in economics specializing in sustainable business. Moritz has worked in a variety of NGOs before joining our team, where he was responsible for strategy & campaign development as well as public relations. His passion for sustainable entrepreneurship and his strong strategic background are very valuable assets for innovative solution development projects. 

Moritz is an inspiring instigator opening the eyes of our clients for cutting edge new opportunities, facilitating their translation into sustainable business-models.


Outside of work, he engages in environmental activism, enjoys spending time outdoors playing football or strolling through nature.

Ana-Maria Salcu
Head of Co-Creation

Ana-Maria Salcu is Customer Engagement Specialist at 1030 Innovation. The born and raised Romanian has a background in socio-cultural anthropology & international development and has majored in fine arts. Ana has worked in a variety of social organizations before joining the 1030 team. Ana’s professional interest lies in the design of customer interactions across the innovation process in order to draw hands-on insights and iterate prototypes into compelling solutions. Always on the hunt for the latest methods and tools, she has contributed big time to the 1030 toolbox. In addition, she loves to visualize complex content with compelling designs and illustrations.

Deeply passionate about books, Ana loves to read both for work and outside of it. Other favorite pastime activities besides reading are traveling, drawing, and spending time with family and friends.

The Empathic

The Organizer

Daisy Mascha
Office Assistant

Daisy Mascha is an Office Assistant in training at 1030 Innovation. She is responsible for a variety of organizational and administrative tasks, including filing, preparing documents, and managing correspondence. Daisy is currently completing her theoretical training through BRRZ, ensuring a solid foundation in office administration.Daisy’s ability to efficiently and precisely handle a variety of tasks alleviates her colleagues’ workload and ensures that all projects run smoothly. Her support is invaluable to our team, as she takes on many administrative duties, allowing other team members to focus on their core responsibilities.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Daisy enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family. She has a passion for drag and travesty shows, and loves to travel whenever she gets the chance. Her vibrant personality and diverse interests bring a unique energy to our office environment.

Kathleen Onieal
Senior Advisor

The former VP of Global Marketing Innovation at both Merck and Novartis, acts a s a senior advisor for 1030 Innovation. She created the first Digital Marketing team that served as an industry model of organizational design and infrastructure and innovative best practices. At Johnson and Johnson she was the creator and lead of which was the first virtual cross company digital initiative and won the prestigious Chairman’s award for Innovation. Kathleen offers her expertise in creating innovation cultures within corporations.

She is skilled in the art of influencing and selling ideas across a complex organization. Through her own corporate experiences she has a deep understanding of the discipline of innovation Management including the latest methodologies such as design thinking and the growing importance of analytics and ROI measurement in the Innovation process. Kathleen is based in NYC, she is a family person with a great passion for interior design.

The Connector

The Entrepreneur

Cornelia Auer
Senior Advisor

Cornelia is an energetic leader and an expert in growing businesses. With a strong legal and finance-background, she is the perfect partner to draw the big picture and to connect people and businesses. She held C-level positions in corporations in the Finance, Healthcare and Real Estate sector and has profound knowledge about the different needs and mindsets in large corporations and Startups. As a mentor, she coaches young entrepreneurs and is well connected in the Start-up scene with a constantly growing network. At 1030 Innovation, her focus lies on Corporate Intrapreneurship as well as Start-up Incubation and acceleration.
Also in her free time she likes changing the perspective and getting upside down in an aerobatic aeroplane. She is a family person and mountain enthusiast on her bike or on skis.

Lee Miller
Senior Advisor

Lee Miller supports the 1030 Innovation team as a senior advisor. He is a Harvard Law graduate and an industry leader in the field of influencing and negotiating, focusing on influencing for innovation. As a trainer and executive coach, Lee is an expert partner for executives providing the necessary support for successful innovation. Lee serves a s an adjunct professor at both Seton Hall and Columbia University teaching graduate courses in leadership, influencing and negotiation.

Lee is the author of “UP: Influence Power and the U-perspective”, “The art of getting what you want” and “Getting people to believe in something they can’t yet imagine” (published in Harvard Business Review online). Lee is based in NYC, he loves spending time at the seaside and is a Yoga-enthusiast.

The Changemaker

The Makers

A Global Network
of top-tier partners

Innovation is a very broad field and every project is different. Especially when it comes to execution, we bring in partners with a very specific skillset in the required areas. We have built a strong network over the past 12 years covering all major aspects of innovation-developments across the 10 types of innovation, such as art directors and designers, start-ups, developers, etc. We foster long-term business relationships with our partners and thus, we can easily form tailored teams around the specific needs of our clients. Our partners are spread out around the globe and we successfully practice virtual collaboration for years, not only since Covid-19.