OUR TEAM

The Iconic Labs founding team has strong experience in digital media and technology having not only built the worlds’ biggest social first publisher but also developing a strong commercial offering behind it working with some of the world’s largest brands across multiple sectors during the process.

  • Brad Taylor

    Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
    Brad has a wealth of experience at the executive and board levels with public and private companies, and brings managerial, restructuring, financial, and legal expertise to Iconic Labs. He began his career as an attorney in Texas with law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Greenberg Traurig before moving on to private equity with Holland Park Capital. From there, he worked in Paris as the General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee of Orco Property Group. Working with Ott Ventures, Brad has started and managed numerous companies and real estate projects in various stages of growth. A Canadian citizen, he has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, a JD from Baylor University School of Law, and an MBA from INSEAD.
  • Jaya Patten

    Financial Director (non-board)
    Jaya spent almost three decades in investment banking Capital Markets Trading and Structuring activities in London, Paris and Hong Kong. He held leading roles at Morgan Stanley, Credit Agricole and Lloyds Banking Group. Over the past decade Jaya worked as a subject matter expert providing technical assistance and advisory services in new product development, risk, governance and financial litigation. Jaya has extensive experience of advising Board and C-level business leaders on strategic initiatives including capacity building, shaping business strategy, influencing execution plans and building capability and performance of senior leaders. Originally from Mauritius, Jaya holds an MPhil in Monetary Econometrics from Paris X and an MBA from ESSEC.
  • Marija Hrebac

    Non-Executive Director
    Marija has over 20 years of executive experience managing a variety of complex organizations. She has worked with international corporations including Schering-Plough, MSD, L’Oréal, and Alas International at both the national and international levels, and has also worked across various industries including pharmaceutical, construction, cosmetics, hospitality, and banking. Marija’s expertise revolves around the implementation of business processes, establishing organisational structures, turnarounds, crisis management, operational consolidations, and business integrations. Since 2012, Marija has been leading the Croatian Deposit Insurance Agency with a focus on implementing international standards and improving the national deposit guarantee system. In addition, she is a member of the Croatian Financial Stability Committee, a member of the Executive Council of the International Association of Deposit Insurers, and the vice-chair of the European Forum of Deposit Insurers. Marija holds a master’s degree in Organizations and Management from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb.
  • Dr Christoph Manthe

    Non-Executive Director
    Christoph has more than 30 years of international experience in fund raising, financing, and real estate investing. Based in London and Berlin, he is currently the Managing Director of Manthe Consulting. From 2005 until 2010, he was the Managing Director of the Endurance Fund, a closed end real estate investment fund backed by institutional investors focusing on commercial office, residential and health care properties in Central Eastern Europe. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with HypoVereinsBank where he was responsible for relationships with its major real estate clients in Europe. From 1998 until 2000, he was based in New York, and was the senior risk manager for the bank’s real estate portfolio in America. Between 1995 and 1998, he headed the real estate team for Bayerische Vereinsbank in Prague where the bank became the leading real estate lender in the Czech Republic. Christoph has an extensive network in the global capital and real estate markets. He received his master’s degree and doctorate degree in economics from Mannheim University, Germany.
  • David Stybr

    Non-Executive Director
    David has extensive experience in real-estate, having had senior roles within the leading investor and developer in the region, CPI Property Group.
  • Willem van der Meer

    Non-Executive Director
    Willem has extensive experience in private equity. He is the founder of Amsterdam Effecten Kantoor, a Mid & Small Cap Investment firm that he managed between 1990 and 2010. Since the he has created and invested in several ventures.