Alexander Matthiessen

Acceleration Manager

Alex is passionate about working with startups on their business & financials. He is responsible for the finance workshops of the program. Alex is a senior advisor at EY and part of the EYnovation™ Initiative focusing on startups and fast-growing companies.

Alex obtained his bachelor’s degree in international and European economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece, and his master’s degree in economics from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He started out his career working as a junior financial analyst at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Greece, dealing with tax-related issues and operational costs. He then moved on to become a project supervisor at HSBC, where he organized and managed the project team and work flow of an internal change development project. Then he went on to work as a financial analyst at International Life Insurance Group, focusing on financial reporting, budgeting, and solvency II capital requirements calculations. He then moved to Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to become a senior advisor at EY  Financial Accounting Advisory Services & EYnovation, assisting clients in addressing the accounting and financial reporting challenges that their business face. He focuses on process improvement and innovation as a means of building a stronger and more efficient finance function.

Alex is Greek and Danish from his mother’s and father’s side, respectively. He’s lived in Athens, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Antwerp, Eindhoven, and Utrecht. He speaks Greek, English, Danish, and German. Alex’s prime goal is to enjoy life and fill it with plenty of memorable experiences. He says that at the risk of sounding cliché, the journey is more important to him than the destination.

In addition to his passion for business economics and research, Alex is also interested in renewable energy and sustainability. In 2013, he was part of a multidisciplinary team that published the article: Financial Crisis and Energy Consumption: A Household Survey in Greece , in Energy & Buildings, Elsevier