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Workshop facilitators

Neil Stott

Dr Neil Stott, Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation, Cambridge Judge Business School

Speaker bio

Dr Neil Stott was Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust until April 2015. Keystone is one of the largest development trusts in the country delivering community development, social enterprises and property development.

Neil is a Senior Associate of Locality's consultancy. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (SFIPM) and a Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University.

Vivien Gruar

Dr Vivien Gruar, Equality and Diversity Consultant at the Equality & Diversity Section of the University of Cambridge

Speaker bio

Dr Vivien Gruar is an Equality and Diversity Consultant within the E&D Section of the University of Cambridge. A former scientific researcher, she worked for the researcher development organisation, Vitae, before joining the University in 2012. Vivien has overseen the expansion of Athena SWAN activity across the University; from one award in 2012, the University now holds 16 Athena SWAN Departmental Awards as well as a prestigious University Silver award (one of only five in the UK).  As part of the E&D Section, Vivien supports the delivery of initiatives and events promoting equality for all.

Shima Barakat

Dr Shima Barakat, Research & Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Cambridge Judge Business School

Speaker bio

Shima is an entrepreneur, director and academic obsessed with making the world a better place. She is the director of two enterprise and entrepreneurship programme at the University of Cambridge, UK supporting the development of technology entrepreneurs and the commercialisation of technology from within the university and its partners. She is Director of EnterpriseWISE as well as Director of ETECH Projects at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, part of the Cambridge Judge Business School.

An engineer by training to postgraduate level, she also has an MBA and a PhD in Management focusing on corporate strategy and the natural environment. She has spent two decades helping companies, governments and international funding agencies improve their performance in an environmentally and socially sensitive manner. As an entrepreneur, Shima is one of the founders and a Director of Value in Enterprise, the responsible business consultancy company. She was also one the founders of Nahdet El Mahrousa (the most successful social enterprise incubator in the Middle East) and the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) in Egypt and the Global Communities Initiative (GCI) in the US which she chaired the board of for a number of years. Shima is interested in critically studying entrepreneurship practice to explore the implications on people and the planet. Currently, she has a particular interest in gender influences.

Smaranda Gosa-Mensing

Smaranda Gosa-Mensing, Head of Professional Development Europe New Delivery Models at McKinsey & Company

Speaker bio

Smaranda Gosa-Mensing is the European Head of Professional Development for McKinsey's New Delivery Models, based in London. She has a background in psychology and holds an Executive Masters in Coaching and Consulting for Change from INSEAD. For many years she has been helping women and men to reach their potential as leaders, becoming more successful and fulfilled. She is a passionate speaker and faciliator of McKinsey's Centered Leadership model and an active promoter of women equality and advancement in business.

Sucheta Nadkarni

Dr Sucheta Nadkarni, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management at Cambridge Judge Business School

Speaker bio

Sucheta is the Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Her primary research interests include strategic leadership, strategic change and competitive dynamics. She has published extensively in leading academic journals in management. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Management and sits on the editorial boards of four other leading academic journals. She has also worked on research projects and grants with companies such as Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton and Newton Asset Management/BNY Mellon in the areas of strategicleadership and change.