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Dirk Hopfl


With 20+ years of experience in the higher education industry and having worked for one of the most progressive, global top-tier higher education institutions, IE Business School, Dirk oversees the strategic operation and development of Speechsquare.

Dirk holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and HR from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He pursued an MBA and an Advanced Management Program at IE Business School, Spain. Most recently, Dirk completed a micro-MBA in EdTech and Higher Education Leadership from ConnectED, Australia.


Ben Roberts


Having previously built a start-up that allowed university students to gain paid work experience before graduating and seeing its successful exit, Ben is now committed to creating technological solutions which increase access to education and ultimately social mobility.

Ben holds a BA (Hons) in International Business Management from the University of Wolverhampton. He started his career as an IT Professional Practitioner at Capgemini. Ben has extensive experience in business development, marketing, and IT from working in the UK, France, China, Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore.

Yunqian Zhou


Yun is a qualified accounting professional with over 10 years of internal and external audit experience in various industries, possessing strong abilities in, data analytics, accounting, internal controls, and financial reporting.

After graduating with honors from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Finance, Accounting, and Management, Yun not only manages the financial aspects of Speechsquare, but also ensures we maintain a data-driven business.