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Launchpad faculty & contributors

Cambridge Judge Launchpad engages with contributors from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. The expertise of these contributors has a significant impact on the programme, enabling and nurturing the ambitions of our community of innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Chris Coleridge

Chris Coleridge

Director of the Cambridge Judge Launchpad
Senior Faculty in Management Practice

PhD (London School of Economics)

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Tim Barnes

Tim Barnes

Pathway leader (Government Services Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Tim Barnes is a govtech pioneer. He founded and runs The Rain Gods in Westminster, which is an incubator and network hub for the govtech industry in the UK and globally. He holds the Queens Award for Enterprise for his work over 10 years at University College London, where from 2011 he directed all outward-facing enterprise activity for the University until leaving to set up The Rain Gods; he is Chairman at the Sirius Programme, the UK Government's effort to bring the most exciting businesses and entrepreneurs from around the world to the UK, is Co-Chair of the Tech Policy working group at Tech London Advocates, is a Board Member at the Government's Growth Builder programme for high potential businesses in London, at the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres, at the London Co-Investment Fund, at NACUE, the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs, and at Maker Wharf in Bethnal Green, London. He has played an important role in just about every significant London-based tech startup initiative over recent years.

Monique Boddington

Monique Boddington

Programme Tutor & Research Associate, The Entrepreneurship Centre

Bio

Monique's research includes the study of entrepreneurial teams, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship and gender; and the use of sociological approaches to broaden our understanding of entrepreneurial activity. Monique leads the EVER project which is a longitudinal qualitative study of the teams within Accelerator Cambridge. This project aims to understand the strategic decision-making of early ventures and how teams pivot over time. She is also currently working on a project exploring the impact of gender on entrepreneurship in the gaming industry. 

Previously, she worked on the design and implementation of a survey-based tool to measure the impact of entrepreneurial education (as part of multiple EU-funded projects) and remains passionate about understanding how research can improve the delivery and impact of entrepreneurship education to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs.  

Her original background is in Archaeology having completed a BA and MA in Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and taken part in excavations across Europe. Monique also has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and her thesis focused on applying philosophy to archaeology to look at the nature of knowledge creation of the past. This has given her the opportunity to bring new insights into the field of entrepreneurship and she is particularly interested in issues around gender, social theory and philosophy. Alongside her research, Monique is also a tutor and teaching associate on the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship. 

Her research interests include entrepreneurial teams, entrepreneurial strategy, gender, entrepreneurship education and application of sociological approaches.

Paul Bourne

Paul Bourne

Pitching trainer

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Sean Butler

Sean Butler

Pathway leader (Agritech & Food Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Sean Butler runs Cambridge Agritech, an investment syndicate which invests in early stage agritech companies. He meets a lot of agritech startups and their founders, which has given him the opportunity to get a better understanding of the shape of new businesses in the sector and the factors that can contribute to success. 

He has law degrees from Oxford and the LSE, a postgraduate diploma in genetics from Cambridge, and a PhD from Imperial College in the commercialisation of agricultural research from the public sector. He worked in Shell's plant breeding and plant biotechnology division, advised Nokia (Finland) on strategy for eight years, and was co-founder of Blyk, a UK/Finnish MVNO. 

He currently works for the CGIAR, a group of international publicly funded agricultural research centres supporting poor farmers in developing countries. He works with Centres in Peru (CIP), Nigeria (IITA), Kenya (ICRAF), and Sri Lanka (IWMI) on intellectual property and commercialisation of research. 

He is a Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he teaches intellectual property law and animal rights law.

Andrea Cockerton

Andrea Cockerton

Pitching trainer

Bio

Andrea Cockerton founded pitch consultancy MudHut in 2005, following on from three years running one of the leading angel investment networks in the UK. Since then she has worked alongside over 1,000 entrepreneurs and business leaders on investment and commercial pitches for values ranging from £50k to £10m, working alongside business networks, bootcamps, business schools and incubators across the UK.

The focus of Andrea's work is on intelligent choice and the effective communication of business critical, frequently complex, information when under pressure. Sectors advised include technology, social enterprise, legal, academia, public sector and the arts. Andrea is also the founder and artistic director of the Downing Sound Collective, a genre-bending musical collective launched in Cambridge in 2010 and in London in 2014.

Goncalo de Vasconcelos

Gonçalo de Vasconcelos

CEO & Co-founder, SyndicateRoom

Bio

Gonçalo is the CEO and co-founder of multi-award-winning online investment platform SyndicateRoom and was considered one of the Top 10 most influential people in tech in the UK at the Tyto Tech 500 Power List as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in fintech in Europe.

Gonçalo pioneered the investor-led™ model in the UK, opening up access to exclusive deals that professionals are investing in. SyndicateRoom is an equity investment platform that allows investors to access companies throughout their entire equity journey, from early stage private companies to premium segment listings on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

A contributor to Forbes, Gonçalo is often a speaker and panellist at leading industry events on topics including equity crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, fintech, corporate finance, business angel investment and venture capital investment. He regularly contributes or is featured in the media including the BBC, Forbes, Financial Times and The Sunday Times amongst others.

Peter Hiscocks

Peter Hiscocks

Fellow (Management Practice)

MBA (Imperial College London)

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Stylianos Kavadias

Stylianos Kavadias

Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth

PhD (INSEAD)

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Shasha Lu

Shasha Lu

University Lecturer in Marketing

PhD (School of Management, Fudan University)

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Andrew Lynn

Andrew Lynn

Pathway leader (Biotech Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Andrew Lynn is an entrepreneur and executive with a focus on life-science and physical-science ventures. Since 2014 he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Fluidic Analytics, a VC-backed biotech developing transformational products for understanding biology in real-time in lab, clinical and digital-health applications. He previously led Orthomimetics (an orthopaedics and regenerative-medicine venture) and CamGaN (a high-bright LED venture) as CEO from founding to exit. 

Andrew currently holds appointments as a member of the UK Medical Research Council's Regenerative Medicine Programme Board, an Associate in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School and a Board member of Cambridge Network and Paragraf, amongst others.

His efforts have earned him recognition in Europe as an inaugural winner of a Science|Business Academic Enterprise Award and in the US as a member of Technology Review Magazine's TR35 list of the world's top young innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs.

Vincent Mak

Vincent Mak

Reader in Marketing & Decision Sciences

PhD (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

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Mariana-Lucia Marquez

Mariana Lucia Marquez

Pitching trainer

Bio

Mariana Lucia is a choreographer and entrepreneur with a very varied and exciting career. At age 19 she left her hometown of Buenos Aires to study Dance & Political Science at Hunter College/ City University of New York (BA Hons). Upon graduating, she co-founded a bookselling startup in New York which today sells $8m a year with a star team of 25 people across the world. In 2007 she returned to Buenos Aires and founded Argentina's audiovisual dance archive at the National Library as a way to give back something truly wonderful to her home country. A few years later Mariana Lucia relocated to London, where she earned an MA in Choreography from TrinityLaban Conservatoire. A certified Kundalini yoga teacher, she also has an associate degree in Culinary Arts, and is the proud mother to two wonderful children.

Mariana Lucia is fascinated by the power of the human body to learn, adapt, and express. She loves coaching people on these skills and seeing how their business communications improve as their assumptions of themselves change.

Rupert Merson

Rupert Merson

Adjunct Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Bio

Rupert is a leading authority on owner-managed, entrepreneurial businesses and the problems they confront as they seek to grow. As an experienced consultant and facilitator Rupert has worked with clients on a broad range of issues including formation, governance, strategy, ownership, remuneration, succession, turnaround and organisation development. He has worked on business assignments for businesses in the UK, South East Asia, South America and the Middle East. He has worked extensively with entrepreneurs, family businesses and professional partnerships. Rupert was a partner in BDO Stoy Hayward in London from 1993 to 2009. He now leads his own firm of advisers. He is also a non-executive director to two businesses.

As a teacher and educator, Rupert is an Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School where he has taught for 18 years and where he currently teaches MBA electives on the Management of the Growing Business, Managing Corporate Turnaround, Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets, Family Businesses and New Venture Development. Rupert has also taught at INSEAD (Fontainebleau and Singapore), CEIBS (Shanghai) and ISB (Hyderabad and Mohali). He has taught strategy, growth management and financial management on a wide range of executive programmes in the UK, Europe, North America and India.

Rupert won prizes for his teaching in 2015 at both LBS and INSEAD – perhaps a unique double.

Rupert has published a series of books on the key management roles in the growing business and has co-authored a book on family businesses. Another book, Rules Are Not Enough, on corporate governance, was published in February 2010. His book, A Guide to Managing Growth, was published by The Economist in 2011. His latest book, Growing a Business: Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Leaders, was published in 2016. He has spoken at conferences in Europe, America, and Australasia.

Alistair Moore

Alastair Moore

Pathway leader (Construction & Property Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Alastair is currently Head of Analytics Machine Learning at Mishcon de Reya, a leading British law firm. Alastair's experience spans a number of industry sectors across new venture creation and corporate innovation. He is a UCL PhD computer scientist with 10 years' experience in early-stage tech, having been on the founding team of UCL spin-out Satalia.com (data science) and venture funded WeArePopUp.com (real estate marketplace).

At UCL, Alastair has been responsible for the coordination of entrepreneurial and new venture support in a variety of roles and is currently a Faculty Member of the Center for Blockchain Technologies and senior teaching fellow at the UCL School of Management. Previous projects include helping set up IDEALondon innovation center with Cisco and DC Thomson, now in its fifth year with more than 50 startups celebrating upwards of £60m.

He has served as a member of the Special Group for Entrepreneurship for the British Computer Society and has mentored at the Wayra Academy, TechStars London & Startupbootcamp IoT. He is programme chair for the PAPIS Europe conference on real-world machine learning, and his ongoing EU grant-funded research projects include work on business model innovation in 5G and support for London-based AI companies under the £7m CASTS programme. Recently Alastair has acted as a technical adviser to Nesta (the UK's Innovation Foundation), working with the Competition and Markets Authority on the "Open Banking" remedies.

Cyrille Najjar

Cyrille Najjar

Co-founder & CEO, White Lab

Bio

Cyrille is a co-founder & CEO of White Lab, a healthcare analytics company that specialises in environmental detection and winner of multiple prizes for innovative technologies and patents.

A teaching fellow of the MSc technology entrepreneurship at UCL London, he is a former graduate from the Royal College of Art, with two masters in spatial and industrial design.

Cyrille is the Founder of White sur White, an interdisciplinary architecture and design agency at the intersection of innovation, technology and materials with clients ranging from early stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. He teaches executive education from UCL, Gazelles and Babson College Boston, combining the intricacies of business modelling, strategy and innovation with an emphasis on prototyping and design thinking.

A designated expert of the French think tank "The Internet of things", consulting for the French government, his designs and innovations appeared in TED and were featured on CNN, BBC, WSJ, published in the Herald Tribune, Wallpaper, Icon Magazine, La Croix, Monocle, alongside science and technology publications like Science et vie, Wired, Tech City Insider, Entrepreneur, Executive, Wamda and the Huffington Post.

Jeremy Newton

Jeremy Newton

Pathway leader (Creative Industries Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Jeremy Newton studied Modern Languages at St John's College, Cambridge and then trained as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PwC), qualifying in 1979 and becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants 10 years later. Since 1980, he has occupied a series of senior posts in the cultural, non-profit and education sectors. He has led the Regional Arts Board for the East of England, the Arts Lottery Fund, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He has also set up and run a large-scale international charity (The Louise T. Blouin Foundation) and, most recently, has been working for His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, running The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts. In 2018, he will be taking up the role of Vice Principal at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Jeremy has chaired the Boards of three major UK arts organisations (English Touring Theatre, Youth Dance England and the National Association of Youth Theatres), has lectured widely on topics such as Financial Administration in the Arts and Strategic Management, acted as External Examiner for the Department of Arts Management at City University over a period of several years and in 2006 received an Honorary Doctorate from Loughborough University for his services to the arts, science and technology.

Ali Parsa

Ali Parsa

Pathway leader (Healthcare Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Dr Ali Parsa is an engineer and a serial healthcare entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of babylon.

babylon's sole aim is to put an accessible and affordable health service into the hands of every person on earth. Today, babylon has brought together one of the largest teams of scientists, clinicians, mathematicians and engineers to focus on combining the ever-growing power of machines with the best medical expertise of humans to create a comprehensive, immediate and personalised health service and make it universally available. babylon's technology now serves millions of users globally, with operations in the UK and Rwanda.

Prior to babylon, Ali founded Circle and built it within a few years to become Europe's largest partnership of clinicians, with some £200m of revenue, some 3,000 employees and a successful IPO.

Earlier, Ali was the recipient of the Royal Award for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year for founding his first business, V&G, and the Healthcare Entrepreneurial Achievement Award for establishing Circle. Ali was named by The Times among the 100 global people to watch, is the UK Cabinet Office Ambassador for Mutuals and has a PhD in Engineering Physics.

"Ali is a rare breed. He is a genuine entrepreneur. His restlessness for change, his enquiring mind, his passion for his product or service and his total belief make him the ultimate businessman of our age. If I was down to my last £5, I would give it to him. I know I would get it back tenfold and that the world would be in a better shape as a result of it." Giles Gibbon, Founder & CEO, Good Business.

Tim Rea

Tim Rea

Director, ePlanet Ventures

Bio

Tim Rea maintains a portfolio projects related to investment and new business creation. He started his career with British Telecom where he worked on the development of novel optical materials for opto-electronic applications, went on to found a software start-up and from there moved into the Venture Capital industry with Softbank. Over the past 20 years Tim’s portfolio has included a mix of work across the full investment value chain including the management and allocation of capital into VC funds, VC investments, direct, and sometimes operational work with early stage companies, and both the buy and sell side of the exit process. He is an advisor to several investors and over the past 15 years has been a Director of ePlanet Ventures, a global Venture Capital fund where he has been a party to over 100 investments in the US, Europe and Asia including prominent success cases such as Skype and Baidu. He serves on a number of boards where he often takes oversight of financing strategy and engagement with investors.

Khaled Soufani

Khaled Soufani

Faculty (Professor level) in Management Practice

PhD (University of Nottingham)

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Wendy Stephenson

Wendy Stephenson

Pathway leader (Cleantech Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Dr Wendy Stephenson is an engineer by background and graduated in environmental energy engineering. Wendy has been the Group Managing Director of CW Renewable Energy as well as CEO of The Converging World charity since 2009.

Wendy has worked in the energy and environment sectors for more than 20 years which included working on the first regional energy strategy (North East Energy Strategy) back in the 1990s as well as overseas assignments for five years on a variety of projects including for Shell and DFID. In 2004 Wendy returned to the UK taking up the post as head of environmental affairs at EEF, representing UK manufacturing and UK Steel on climate change and energy issues both in Westminster and Europe. She was the chair of the UK Manufacturers' climate change group.

Wendy was the lead author of the Exmoor Carbon Neutral Strategy and the West Somerset Climate Change Strategy which led to securing a £5m grant for the area to develop a low carbon economy.

One of her primary roles now is the CEO of The Converging World, a Bristol-based charity which invests in renewable energy in India and uses the surplus income to support reforestation and other environmental and social initiatives.

Wendy was awarded a Beacon Fellowship in 2013 for her contribution to 'Impact Investing' and led the TCW group as CEO when it achieved the Deloitte Pioneers Award in 2012.

Philip Stiles

Philip Stiles

University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance

PhD (University of London)

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Paul Varga

Paul Varga

Pathway leader (Retail & Consumer Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Paul is the CEO & Founder of Playbrush, a venture-funded technology startup that is digitalising oral care. He has scaled Playbrush to seven-digit revenues and 20+ employees within only two-and-a-half years, won several international awards and was recognised by the media globally. Paul is also a Co-Founder of Hug A Brit, an independent movement and social media campaign around the British EU membership referendum in June 2016.

He has a professional background in investment & advisory, with a focus on healthcare and technology. He holds an MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship from University College London, and a Bakk.techn. from the University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna. Furthermore Paul is a graduate of executive programmes at London Business School and General Assembly.

Ted Wiggans

Ted Wiggans

Pathway leader (Manufacturing Technologies Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Ted has over 30 years' experience in the high-tech industries. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Chartered Engineer and a former Chair of the Manufacturing Industries Division Board of the IMechE.

During his career Ted has run operations in Sweden, and Germany in addition to the UK and established and ran one of the first semiconductor joint ventures in the People's Republic of China.

In his role of Chief Operations Officer and main board Director at Xaar, Ted has responsibility for R&D, Operations (manufacturing and logistics) and Quality. Immediately prior to joining Xaar he was Chief Operating Officer at Cambridge Semiconductor (CamSemi), a fabless semiconductor spinout from the University of Cambridge which specialised in power management ICs. Camsemi was subsequently acquired by Power Integrations.

Before joining CamSemi in 2006, Ted was Operations Director at Zetex Semiconductors with overall responsibility for its multi-site, multinational manufacturing activities and a global team of 500. In addition, he has held senior-level manufacturing, engineering and quality roles with Motorola and Philips.

Ted is passionately committed to the engineering and manufacturing industries and in particular to the encouragement of young people to enter the industry. As part of this commitment Ted established the 'Home Automation Apprentice Challenge' whilst Chair of the MID Board and also two 'Imagineering' clubs at schools in Huntingdon and Cambridge.

Catherine Wines

Catherine Wines

Pathway leader (Fintech Entrepreneurship)

Bio

Catherine co-founded WorldRemit with Ismail Ahmed in 2010, inspired by the belief that digital innovation could revolutionise the global money transfer market, benefitting customers with safer, more cost-effective ways of sending money. Catherine's current board responsibilities at WorldRemit focus on corporate governance and compliance. She represents the company, with keynote appearances at major conferences and in the media. 

Catherine is a qualified accountant with a track record of leadership in the commercial money transfer business; her experience and contacts in the sector were invaluable in the early days of WorldRemit. Her first encounter with money transfer was at First Remit, a subsidiary of Universe Group - a publicly listed company where she managed the currency division. She turned the loss-making startup into a saleable business which was acquired by Travelex Money Transfer (later known as Coinstar Money Transfer).

At Coinstar, she was the Regional Director for the UK, Ireland and Benelux. She was actively involved in scaling up the business (by over 50 per cent in under two years) and managing the new licencing process following the introduction of the Payments Service Directive.

From 1993 to 2003, Catherine gained international experience, working and travelling extensively in emerging and developing economies – China, Russia, Eastern Europe and in Africa. She was involved in developing professional standards for the financial services – leading training programmes on behalf of the World Bank and EU.

In her early career, Catherine was a manager at KPMG and also Coopers (now PwC) where she was involved in M&A work.

Eric Wood

Eric Wood

Innovation Advisor, Oxford Innovation

Bio

Dr Eric Wood works part-time with Oxford Innovation Services, where he consults to ambitious businesses. He also consults privately to clients in the UK and internationally. His main interest lies in practices which strengthen the capacity of entrepreneurial teams to manage uncertainty and sustain value creation.

Eric's career has straddled the worlds of academe and business. He was at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town for 15 years, where he served as Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He has taught in those fields in South Africa, UK and the Netherlands. He continues to serve as Adjunct Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town. He has co-led four international research collaborations and published in leading entrepreneurship journals.

Eric acquired a majority stake in a loss-making business, and managed a turnaround and expansion for 14 years before selling it to the team he had assembled. He was a founding investor in a biotech startup where he served as NED for six years and helped to grow the business to 30 people. Eric served on the board of a not-for-profit which assists homeless people make the transition back to paid work. Eric has consulted to more than 50 organisations over the past 25 years. Seeing organisations become more rewarding for all their stakeholders lights his fire.

Eric holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Eden Yin

Eden Yin

University Senior Lecturer in Marketing

PhD (University of Southern California)

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Emma Zangs

Emma Zangs

Pitching trainer

Bio

Emma Zangs is a Choreographer and Movement & Communication Coach based between London and Suffolk. She holds an MA in Choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and is a resident of Sadler's Wells Artist Development Programme.

Emma works with growing and established businesses from GoCardless to Google, coach entrepreneurs in accelerators such as Seedcamp and support women returning to the workplace with The Abbey Centre charity. 

She lectures at Cass Business School and UCL's Entrepreneurship MSc, and has successfully trained startups to pitch at Dragon's Den and win the royal Pitch@Palace competition.

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