Oliver co-initiated ECN in 2012 and went on to ensure its establishment as an international NGO in 2013 as founding Executive Director and Chairman. Oliver stepped down as Chairman in 2015. Oliver has been driving ECNs professional activities with a view to establish an independent industry representation for the emerging crowdfunding sector. The past decade, Oliver has worked with venture capital, microfinance, technology and social entrepreneurship in both commercial and non-profit settings in Europe and the USA. Oliver is an Advisory Board Member at Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (FGF) and a member of the European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum at the European Commission. A former journalist, he started his career in the early 1990s in the publishing and business information industries. Oliver holds Masters degrees from Solvay Business School and from the University of Hamburg and studied at SEESS (UCL) in London.