Volker Hirsch is a mobile, gaming and digital media entrepreneur and executive. He is the co-founder of Blue Beck (a game development studio) and Digital M (branded digital merchandise for avatar and sticker platforms), and also serves as non-executive Chairman of Cognisess, a people analytics start-up based in Bath and Berkeley, California. He is also a Venture Partner at Emerge Venture Lab, an education-tech accelerator sprung out of Oxford University’s Said Business School. Previously, he headed up business development at Games for BlackBerry, and was Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel at mobile social gaming platform Scoreloop. Educated as a lawyer, Volker worked in private practice with Deringer Tessin (now Freshfields) in their European Merger Control practice in Brussels and in the corporate and M&A practice with Luther in Hamburg.