Cristobal Alonso
Global CEO Startup Wise Guys

An experienced serial Entrepreneur (Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board, advisor, mentor), Global Executive (with focus on telco, media & software Development) and Insead MBA who makes company strategy and vision a reality through operational fulfilment, technology, and people management. Defined by colleagues, partners and clients as the ultimate “make it happen” person, always thinking strategically and with the capacity to create and develop highly empowered teams. He became an expert leading several transformation and turnaround efforts across different countries and cultures.
Cristobal’s most recent role has been as Chief Transformation Officer at Telenor (while having also the title in Telenor Denmark), heading the Radical Transformation initiative in Europe across all company areas. This includes a radical simplification (closing more than 80% of existing products), changing the entire BSS portfolio, redesigning all process on a lean manner and building the innovation in user interface and real time analytics.
As an entrepreneur today he sits at the board of a number of promising start-ups, including the leading Africa’s social Marketplace (MoboFree) and one of the most promising e-commerce start-ups in Europe (Sellfy). In the past he also co-founded a mobile application start-up, where he was the interim CEO and led the negotiations for a €2M round of VC funding. Additionally, Cristobal has worked for several mobile operators, one of them leading a turnaround on the technology department (IT and Network) and another as Director of Corporate Planning, Strategy, and Project Management. Prior to that he spent over 10 years as a consultant on a variety of strategic and operational projects in the TMT space.
Finally, Cristobal has extensive experience as “the public face” of media outreach campaigns and as a frequent speaker at Startup and Telco conferences and panels.
He also maintains a blog covering professional and personal topics at


Talk Title: Igniting change from inside ( Event Space: Best Practice Sessions, 16:30 – 17:30, February 7th)


About His Talk: When corporations are looking for innovations and “boost from inside”, an accelerator or pre-accelerator program might be just the right thing to discover new revenue streams, develop businesses, retain talents and make a change. But provided with this – are they ready to experience the change themselves!
Cristobal Alonso is bringing to you experience from the leading B2B startup accelerator in Europe – Startup Wise Guys – and corporate accelerator Telia JUMPideas into great companies.

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