Meet the team

Our diverse skills and backgrounds combine to help our clients find the talent they deserve.

Michael Varley

Founder & CEO

Michael is the founder of ACELR8 and leads our team in Berlin. He is a never-ending source of knowledge on every issue associated with recruitment, and used these insights to found the company. His leadership is about empowering his team to work autonomously.

Steve Brumwell

Advisor

Steve is one of the most experienced headhunters in the UK. He uses his networking and people skills to find exactly what founders are looking for and connect them with the right talent worldwide.

Mark Muller

Country Manager France

Mark is the sniper of our team. He uses his skill and experience to deliver on the most difficult searches. His background lies in sales and management. Mark used these skills to open up the Paris market, where he helps French startups to flourish. His experiences come together in the way he is a mentor to the team.

Isabel Strijland

Growth Manager

Isabel began life at ACELR8 on the agency side and then grew into an in-house recruitment superstar. Her background in communication and business has given her a broad skillset. This, combined with her recruitment experience, has allowed her to progress into the role of Growth Manager.

Cait Kennedy

Business Development Lead

Cait joined ACELR8 as our first Business Development Lead. For the last 5 years she has spearheaded the development and growth of several sales teams for startups within Berlin, Boston, and NYC. While leading BD teams, as a hiring manager she scaled teams and managed the recruitment pipeline. She is deeply excited about Berlin's startup ecosystem, and strengthening her understanding about the unique challenges revolving around recruitment & talent acquisition.

Viola Kovaca

Engagement Manager

Viola utilises her background in recruitment and human resources in her role at ACELR8. Her passion for the field brings a positive energy to the team. As Engagement Manager, she is handling a subset of accounts and managing her own team. Her mission is to grow our in-house model and improve our internal growth and development.

Joyce Ye

Engagement Manager

Joyce gained headhunting experience in Shanghai (China) after graduating in Computer Science. After completing her MBA in France, she moved to Berlin to take on the challenge of upscaling ACELR8. She shares her experiences with the team through training and discussions. On top of that, she uses her strategic and process-driven mind to make our service model into a perfect market fit.

Grant Badgery

Engagement Manager

Grant gained his experience while working for companies such as Zalando, Eurostaff, and Scout24. He led teams and has a data-driven mindset to recruitment. In ACELR8, he is going to run one of our internal squads and work with many of our Berlin clients.

Georgia May

Executive Talent Partner

Georgia moved from the UK to Berlin to join our headquarters team. She brings years of headhunting experience, giving her the edge to find the right talent. Her caring and shining personality, combined with experience, makes her perfect for the role. She speaks at eye-level with founders and candidates, due to her life, and business experience. Maybe you will have the chance to experience her white-glove approach firsthand, or end up in her black book for further reference.

Daniel Sedgwick

Senior Talent Partner (UK)

Daniel is building out our ACELR8 office in London. He has an entrepreneurial background, having founded his own recruitment startup, and has experience building teams from scratch. This, combined with his years of experience in agency recruitment, adds a lot of knowledge and skills to our team.

Niels van der Heijden

Senior Talent Partner

Niels posseses the 'golden triangle': entrepereunerial, in-house, and agency experience. After learning about recruitment theories and models at Randstad, he moved to Berlin to build up the recruitment efforts from scratch at Contentful (one of Berlin's most successful startups). Hiring for finance, sales, marketing, and product, he was ready to dive into one of our onsite recruitment projects from day one. Niels translates his recruitment knowledge into useable models for our clients, in order to strengthen their talent infrastructure.

Estelle Boussès

Talent Partner

Estelle came to support our French team, but jumped into her first Berlin in-house assignment in the blink of an eye. After a successful period in-house at HelloFresh in Berlin, she took on our first in-house assignment in Hamburg. She is a master in sourcing and loves to give an exceptional candidate experience!

Angela Ndagire

Talent Partner

Angela is an expert in sourcing and her interview experience allows her to communicate effectively with the greatest talent world wide. She has a down-to-earth mentality and is highly interested in people. She took all her past experience and translated it into recruitment power, which maintaining her love of learning.

Gia Metreveli

Talent Partner

Gia gained experience as a Team Lead, where he honed his skills in sourcing talent, leading people, and providing an excellent client experience. His legal background gives him the ability to have a structured approach to recruitment. This all comes together in the role as Talent Partner, where Gia helps his clients to build superstar teams in order to scale.

Andre Jank

Talent Partner

Andre joined our team in Berlin when support was needed most. He is a fast learner and passionate about building up our company. He knows what needs to be done to improve the lives of our clients, but also internally he is able to bring ACELR8 to a next level.

Jonathan Tsang

Talent Partner

Jonathan is the perfect example of ACELR8 talent as he is a recruiter and entrepreneur by heart. He travelled the world to fill roles for high-growth companies, which made him in a full-cycle recruiter globally. He thrives in a fast-paced and changing environment and uses his network to find the right fit.

Pragnya Challapalli

Talent Partner

Pragnya is an experienced Tech Recruiter with HR knowledge. She learned to work with and hire developers in several early-stage startups. Furthermore, she loves food, improv theatre, and books.

Anya McDonard

Talent Partner

Anya has a passion from recruitment and comes from a sales background. Her natural interest in people, combined with strong business understanding will help her to build quality teams at our client side.

Swenja Tauchmann

Office Manager & Research Analyst

Swenja is an energetic all-rounder. She uses her creative mind and her passion for people to create the perfect working enviroment for all ACELR8ers to thrive. At the same time, she is supporting our recruiters by mapping out the best talent worldwide.

Evgenia Penia

Senior Research Analyst

Evgenia is a strong tech recruiter, that uses her strong sourcing skills to attract engineers from all over the world. She worked as inhouse recruiter in several technical companies and implements her knowledge into ACELR8 from day 1!

Miriam Sara Suleiman

Research Analyst

Miriam joined our sourcing team with a lot of curiousity and high engergy. Her literature background makes her a great researcher and on top of that, she is fluent in English and German. With a hidden passion for public relations and a talent for events, you will hear alot about us!

Jonathan Hingorani

Research Analyst

Jonathan has a background in Law and a passion for great music (being a DJ back in Hong Kong). This love of structure, combined with his creative mind, gives him a unique approach to his role as 'Research Analyst'. He is on a mission to optimise the communication between our recruiters and our sourcing team in ACELR8, as well as to hire the best talent globally.

Laura Voisin

Research Analyst

Laura is a people person at heart, combined with strong business sense and technical experience. She studied engineering in Switzerland and the UK, added business experience in The Netherlands and connects to many people, by the three languages she speaks. Making our French, German and English team stronger all at once and researching the markets to hire the best talents for our clients.

Annie Li

Research Analyst

Annie joined our Berlin team to help our clients find exceptional talents as a 'Research Analyst'. She is an allrounder, who has a quick understanding of how business works and her dream is to found a startup herself. She studied sociology and has experience working in Business Development as well as in consulting. Her biggest passions are travelling and photography. In the past years, she had a chance to live in the US, UAE, and now in Germany.

Ludovico Voi-Puccini

Research Analyst

Ludo brings a consultative sales background, understands businesses, and speaks four languages (Italian, English, and French fluently + Spanish). He comes from Italy but spent a big part of his life in New York. He moved from Milan to Berlin to help our team in business development and hiring for our clients.

Chido Therisa Nyandor

Research Analyst

Chido has 2+ years of recruitment experience and has a passion for diversity hiring and people analytics. Currently she is sourcing for multiple clients and researching how a sustainable messages influences employer branding.

Paul Power

Research Analyst

With a strong background in recruitment marketing and a passion for sourcing and interviewing, Paul support our teams to find the best talent worldwide and build teams at our clients.

Alya Makharinsky

Research Analyst

Alya is always on the hunt for her next challenge and this shows in the 5 languages she speaks and the diverse experience she gained in marketing, events and business development. All scenario's set her up to be succesful recruiter that hires great talent for our clients.

Daniel Marcinkowski

Content Marketing Manager

Daniel has a proven trackrecord of success in creating content and delivering it to the right audience. From a privately owned podcast to building out a designer community for an early stage startup. He came onboard at ACELR8 in order to share our recruitment expertise with founders, HR leaders and VC's. You will be reading and hearing alot from him!

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