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We have the privilege of working with a strong group of CVP mentors who are an integral part of the CVP offering. CVP mentors are experienced business professionals, with expertise in a particular industry. Their role for the duration of the CVP is to be an effective sounding board, offering business guidance and critical support to the student team.

John Allan

John Allan

Sales, Marketing and Business Development Consultant

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William Allan

William Allan

CEO at SurgaColl Technologies

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Tania Balsa

Tania Balsa

Investment Director at Cambridge Enterprise

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Shima Barakat

Dr Shima Barakat

Entrepreneurial Educator

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JL Beattie, MBA project mentor

J L Beattie

Technical and Managerial Consultant

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Michael Birdsall

Michael Birdsall

Founder at TwoSigmas

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Alison Booth

Alison Booth

Business Transformation & Executive Coach at Fitzwilliam Consulting

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Ludo Chapman

Ludo Chapman

Strategy Facilitator

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Phil Churchman, MBA project mentor

Philip Churchman

Technology and Operations Consultant

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Philips Claridge

Philip Claridge

Chief Architect & Strategist at Mandrel Systems

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Mark Collins

Mark Collins

IP Consultant and Chairman

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Gordon Coutts

Dr Gordon Coutts

Director at Coutts Consulting

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David Dahan

Strategic Advisor

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David Dahan is a strategic advisor, with a particular focus on investment management of real assets, business growth, transformational change and post-acquisition integration.  

His experience spans over 23 years in financial services. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of corporate and business strategy roles, in which David worked with global Boards and Executive teams. Most recently, David was Managing Director of Aviva Investors' activities in infrastructure and structured finance assets, as well as co-head of Alternative Income Solutions. He was previously part of the Aviva Investors real estate executive committee with a range of responsibilities during his tenure; he led strategic and corporate development, he created and grew a number of new businesses and has led real-asset based income strategies, private equity, listed real estate securities, infrastructure and structured finance investment businesses and teams.   

David has studied and worked in France, the US and the UK. He holds a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Dr Jane Dancer, MBA project mentor

Dr Jane Dancer

Chief Operating Officer at F-star

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Jane has over 15 years' experience in business development gained from roles in both biotech and pharma. Since joining F-star in late 2011 Jane has led a series of significant and innovative transactions with BMS, AbbVie, Denali and Merck (EMD Serono) raising almost $200M in non-dilutive financing and advancing F-star’s drug pipeline. By establishing asset-centric-vehicles as well as more traditional licensing, F-star has been able to realise the value of its individual assets through flexible deal structuring. As well as business development, Jane is responsible for transactional legal matters, IP and Communications at F-star. Earlier this year she was identified by Labiotech as one of the 15 Women Leading in European Biotech. 

Prior to F-star, she held business development positions at Cellzome and Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT). At Cellzome she led two significant transactions with GSK; Cellzome was subsequently acquired by GSK in 2012. During her time at CAT she led negotiations on multiple significant transactions, subsequently continuing this work within AstraZeneca following the acquisition of CAT. 

She has a first class degree, a PhD and an MBA from the University of Cambridge and spent the first part of her career within the agrochemical industry. She is Vice-Chair of the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, a member of the University of Cambridge Careers Service Syndicate and an Honorary Associate of Newnham College.

Chris Dunn, MBA project mentor

Chris Dunn

Business Development Consultant

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Martin Fincham

Martin Fincham

Board Advisor, Chairman and Non-Executive Director at The Gorilla Factory

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Neil Gough

Neil Gough

Advisor on strategy in economically regulated industries

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Richard Green, MBA project mentor

Richard Green

Entrepreneur & Strategist

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Shelley Gregory-Jones
 

Shelley Gregory-Jones

Development Director at International Cat Care

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Elly Hardwick

Elly Hardwick

Fintech/Innovation Advisor and Investor

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Collette Johnson

Collette Johnson

Technology Strategist

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Mainda Kiwelu

Mainda Kiwelu

Senior Product Manager at Metail

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Richard Leaver, MBA project mentor

Dr Richard Leaver

Guest (Visiting) Professor at Beijing University of Science and Technology

Mark Lees

Mark Lees

Biotech Consultant Operations & Strategy

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Arthur Meadows, MBA project mentor

Arthur Meadows

Technology Strategist

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Arthur is the Commercial Director at Fetch.AI, a two-year-old startup applying AI, machine learning and Blockchain technology. He classes himself as a product manager and product marketing manager and a retired programmer - he has always been much more interested in the business processes underlying the software, rather than the nuts and bolts of its programming. His former positions have included translation engineer, QA tester, change management consultant and project management specialist in the UK, France and the USA. He has an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School. Whilst at Cambridge, he caught the innovation bug and has been fascinated in new ideas and building new ventures and helping small software companies ever since. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Product Management Network, a professional network for technology product managers in Cambridge.

Hamza Mudassir

Hamza Mudassir

Visiting Fellow in Strategy, Cambridge Judge Business School and a technology & product consultant

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Sian Nash

Sian Nash

Associate Chief Operator Officer at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Wellcome Genome Campus

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Hugh Parnell

Hugh Parnell

Cleantech Specialist

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Aileen Ryan

Aileen Ryan

Technology Strategist

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Ian Sandison

Ian Sandison

CEO at Cambridge BID

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Thomas Sawyer

Thomas Sawyer

Chief Operating Officer at Cantabio Pharmaceuticals

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Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley

Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley

Director of Innovations and Impact at British Antarctic Survey

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James Strachan

James Strachan

Co-founder at James and James Fulfilment

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Adrian Swinburne

Adrian Swinburne

Technology and Business Development Consultant, Quintaxiom

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Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor

Director of Business Development at Virion Biotherapeutics

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David Taylor

David Taylor

Management Consultant

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Chris Thomas, MBA project mentor

Chris Thomas

Business Coach

James Thomas, MBA project mentor

James Thomas

Senior Investment Associate at Cambridge Enterprise

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Trina Watt

Trina Watt

Technology Coach and Founder at Watt Knowledge

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Mark Wickham

Mark Wickham

Principal at Alacramed

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