Oliver is a hands-on operational and strategy consultant focusing on innovative and open businesses. A former journalist, he started his career in the early 1990s in the publishing and business information industries at a subsidiary of Deutscher Fachverlag and moved later to the UK where he worked, amongst others, for Euromoney Institutional Ivestor. The past decade, Oliver has worked with venture capital, microfinance, technology and social entrepreneurship in both commercial and non-profit settings in Europe and the USA. Oliver is an Executive Committee member of CF50 Inc., the New York-based global think tank on crowdfunding. Oliver holds Masters degrees from Solvay Business School and from the University of Hamburg and studied at SEESS (UCL) in London. He is the co-founder and chairman of the European Crowdfunding Network.