Our mission is to reinvent self-directed learning with artificial intelligence and create hyper-personalized learning journeys.

Meet the team.

Nikolaus Weil

CEO & Founder

Nikolaus is a serial entrepreneur/investor with over 25 years of experience building businesses in media, technology, and learning. Before starting Skillup, he co-founded the Singularity University Germany franchise and Mindex GmbH, a corporate learning and digital transformation company.

Dr. Shashi Thandra


Shashi is a product leader who has worked in Fortune 50 Enterprises, scaleups and startups. He has led several new product launches and is committed to inclusive design, having built best-in-class accessibility applications. He holds a PhD in Literature & Culture and is an educator dedicated to building cultures of continuous learning and curiosity

Dr. Olaf Görlitz


Olaf is a machine learning and AI expert with a strong product and customer focus. Before joining Mindex, he successfully implemented multiple machine-learning solutions in SaaS, e-Commerce, content marketing, and travel. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Ekaterina Malichenko

Head of Content Partnerships & Strategy

Ekaterina has +10 years of experience acquiring and managing content. She has a background in digital licensing for television.

Nico Rivera

Head of Growth

Nico is a marketer with over 5 years of experience growing Brands and Products in SaaS & E-commerce.

Julian Kantus

Head of Learning

Julian is a Senior L&D expert with long-term hands-on experience regarding digital learning, digital transformation and employee development in corporate environments consulting big players like Apple and Mercedes-Benz but also family-owned companies like the BABOR BEAUTY GROUP.

Rozerin Şakar Çelik

Product Manager

Rozerin is a product manager with a passion for natural Interfaces. She has led cross-functional teams focused on chatbot products and developed customer first solutions in multiple international settings. She holds a degree in International Relations and an MBA.

Justin Schmitz

UX Designer

Justin is a UX Consultant & Digital Designer with experience ranging from enterprise software architecture to start-up concept development. Working on Design Systems & Foundations for Skillup, he views design as a strategic concept that contributes to the product's success.

Shashank TR

Growth Marketer

Shashank has 4 years of experience in scaling ed-tech companies across India and the EU. Been living in Berlin for the past 2 years, and my favorite Berlin sentence would be "alles saus und gemüse".

Janis Dzikevics

Full Stack Developer

I am passionate about using the latest web technologies to build experiences that people love to use. Originally from Riga, I have lived in 4 countries for the past 10 years and have been working for multiple tech start-ups and scale-ups.

Madlen Duderstedt

Team Assistant

Madlen is our team assistant and responsible for office management and a helping hand for accounting. She is the first point of contact for the team and ensures that the organizational structure runs smoothly.Madlen spent several years abroad, loves the mountains of New Zealand and traveling. She has experience in various areas such as project management & sales, as well as photography and hospitality and is therefore our creative all-rounder.

Mindex GmbH is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability. We comply with and enforce the Diversity Standards of the International Labor Organization.

International Labor Organization: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion at work.

A learning culture starts with your people

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