Team

MEET THE TEAM

OLIVER PERKINS

Founder and Managing Director, Oliver Perkins is the driving force behind Brainovate™. His is no ordinary ‘booted and suited’ story, however, his life has been a voyage that reflects the innovative, daring, passionate and action-oriented personality he injects into his company.

Oliver grew up in 1970s, conflict-riven Belfast, in an epoch of punk rock anarchy, industrial action, and supersonic flights that moulded him as an original thinker with a bit of a maverick streak. Oliver started his first company when he was eighteen, so brands and business have always been in his blood. Since then he has travelled the world, worked in many arenas, from event management, publishing, business development and education to DJing and concert promotion, gaining diverse experience, skills and attributes.

Oliver has a degree in Sociology from Durham University and is an SDI, Fast Track and Legacy Leadership certified facilitator.

ALINA BANESCU

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Alina, whose career has been focused on human resources consulting, executive coaching and organisational development, is Managing Partner at BrainovateTM. She has been involved with various entrepreneurial projects in trade, marketing and PR. She has an impressive range of management development and team building qualifications and worked with professional development organisations for several years before joining Brainovate™. Alina is also Managing Director of PSP Romania – Moldova – Poland, specialising in SDI (Strength Deployment Inventory), a motivational profiling tool considered by companies worldwide as ‘the manual for working with people’. Alina is a natural problem solver and communicator and her favourite question is “How can we do this better?” She has recently published her first book of children’s stories.

Alina has an honours degree in economics and an MA in marketing and business communication, both from The Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.

ARMINA DOBRICA

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With a background in strategic thinking at an international business level, Armina is BrainovateTM’s Leadership Wellness expert. Her experience spans journalism, specialising in economics, high level PR and the financial services industry. Armina’s meticulous attention to understanding the facts (she describes herself as a ‘truth fanatic’), coupled with her constantly questioning mind led her career down the leadership development route.

Armina’s professional approach to leadership wellness and development merges Socratic questioning with diligent listening to help leaders understand and learn from their past to create their future. Along the way, she injects her work with her quirky sense of fun and all the energy you’d expect from a former basketball player and crossfit fanatic.

Armina has an honours degree in International Business and Economics, International Relations and Affairs from The Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.

MARILEN KENINGTON

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Certified Executive Coach Marilen Kenington spent fifteen years working in the Legal, Corporate Affairs and HR fields at local, regional and C-level for a multi-national corporation, most of the time being the only woman in the executive team. She is intimately acquainted with the challenges, pressures and rewards of such roles. During this time, she was strongly aware of how one can be helped by others to understand personal strengths and weaknesses and address both for positive growth. Being an executive coach is a dream come true for Marilen, who brings her long corporate experience, her coaching credentials and her passion for people growth, both personal and professional. She is especially passionate about working with women executives to help them reach their full potential.

Marilen holds a degree in Law from the Nicolae Titulescu Faculty of Law and International Affairs, a post-graduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Bucharest and has completed leadership programs at INSEAD, Wharton University and Antwerp School of Management. She is certified in Coaching for Performance and Purpose by Performance Consultants International.