Courtney Jermyn - van der Zee



Courtney is a natural leader, mentor and entrepreneur with a drive to generate new opportunities, improve processes, and inspire the mind. She has over 16 years of extensive international experience as a consultant, business developer and specialist working globally on multidisciplinary and multinational geological and geotechnical projects for the energy (oil & gas, offshore wind), mining, built environment, and public sectors. Courtney is also experienced in implementing and facilitating various programs and professional sessions including online and in-person hackathons.

Senior Advisors


Mary Adams

Sustainable Rescue Foundation


Mary Adams is the founder and director of Sustainable Rescue Foundation, committed to help organizations disrupt the human trafficking exploitation model by integrating existing business best practices, digital technology, academic concepts, and legislation to facilitate collaborative work environments. Previously, Mary worked 25 years as a business management consultant in the international Oil & Gas industry.


Steve Koutros

Emperia Advisors


Steve Koutros is the founder of Emperia Advisors (his 3rd consulting startup firm) and has a proven track record assisting clients building revenue and profitability. Steve focuses on assisting his clients with business and sourcing strategy design and implementation. His expertise includes finance / accounting, procurement, HR, management team building, change management, application design and maintenance, IT infrastructure alignment, systems development and operations. Steve has a passion for effective Executive Information Systems, both financial and HR. Prior to founding Emperia, Steve was a Partner & Director of CFO and HR Services with TPI and part of the EMEA Leadership team. Steve worked for CapGemini for 6 years running an energy consulting practice, a nationwide ERP solutions practice for global rollouts including a complete HR front and back office solution from the ground up for 350 consultants. Steve has a Masters in Accounting from St. John’s University (New York) and Bachelors in Political Science from Emory University (Georgia).


In order to make Transformathon – The Journey Begin possible, it takes a tribe. A special thanks goes out to Mark Aelmans for his contribution in the early phase of Transformathon’s development, Susan Morgan, Marise MikullisDr. Eduardo de Mulder, Dr. Iain Stewart, Brenn Sarata and John Feenan, and many others for their mentoring, insight, sound boarding, and support. 

It is also important to recognize the valuable support and contribution of all Transformathon’s presenters, mentors, judges, jury and supporting organizations for their role in helping achieve successful results. It would not be possible with out them.

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