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Emmanuel Carraud

Emmanuel Carraud

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, AppChocolate

Bio

Emmanuel Carraud is an entrepreneur and investor in mobile applications and digital marketing.

He is the Co-founder and CEO of AppChocolate, the festive mobile apps publisher. AppChocolate's most famous app for iPhone and Android, 'Advent Calendar - 25 Days of Christmas', is better than chocolate. It offers 25 apps for free and reached over two million users every year.

As a serial entrepreneur, Emmanuel co-founded MagicSolver, the apps discovery specialists, in 2009 and reached over 50 million downloads, ranking number one on the iTunes App Store in over 40 countries.

As an investor, Emmanuel invests in early stage startups directly and as a venture capital limited partner. He also owns a portfolio of buy-to-let properties and HMOs in East Anglia and Yorkshire.

Emmanuel has over 15 years' experience in consumer marketing and mobile advertising across Europe. Fluent in French, Spanish and English, he has a masters degree from Sciences Po Paris, and an MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also helping the next generation of entrepreneurs as an investor and as a mentor for the Cambridge Judge Launchpad. He likes to share his expertise and help developers and publishers gain success in the competitive app world.

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Marco Donzelli

Marco Donzelli

Global CEO, HLB International

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Marco is CEO at HLB International, a global leading mid-tier network of accounting and advisory firms with consolidated turnover of US £2.2 billion and presence in 150 countries.

Marco joined HLB International in February 2012 as Head of Strategic Network Development and then moved to the position of Chief Operating Officer in August 2015. During that time, he has diligently helped grow the network's cross-border business, and drove HLB International's growth rate to outperform that of most competitor networks.

Marco's career has focused on leading business development projects, entrepreneurial initiatives, business transformation change management programmes. He started his career in Italy, where after a brief period with Deloitte, he moved to Deutsche Bank, where he spent over six years in both commercial and internal consultancy roles before moving to the UK.

Here, he set up a food-tech business aiming to disrupt the restaurant industry and then joined MagicSolver, a top UK mobile innovator, where he helped increase the turnover of the company by 30 per cent. He also worked with a number of consultancies where, as Engagement Manager, he led projects for large organisations in the areas of operations and strategy.

Over the last few years, Marco held several external and independent advisory roles in SMEs, and acted as a mentor in a number of programmes, including Ignite and Accelerate at Cambridge Judge Business School, and the 30% Club. He is currently a Member of the Alumni Advisory Council at Cambridge Judge Business School; and Member of the Governing Body at a Cambridge-based primary school. Marco holds an MSc in Business Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Naples, Italy, an MBA from the University of Cambridge and a Non-Executive Director Diploma from the Financial Times.

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David Foster

David Foster

Director, Rally Strategic

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David has been an independent consultant and facilitator since 2007, focusing on people, development and change. During this time he has coached a wide range of teams, executives, entrepreneurs and students, creating bespoke interventions to help people solve their challenges quickly and effectively.

Through a deep understanding of 'business needs' as well as those of the individual (and the inevitable communication challenges between the two), he is able to bring a holistic perspective and additional value to bear on team and individual challenges.

Prior to 2007 he ran Direct Experience marketing agencies for 12 years, founding one agency and co-founding another. These worked with blue-chip FMCG companies to deliver complex, short-duration consumer-marketing activity, exposing David to a wide range of non-standard business challenges.

Since 2013 David has also been teaching the 'Creativity in Enterprise' module at Brighton Business School (BBS), helping students to 'think freely, at will', for example when creating new products and services or solving 'messy' business challenges. In 2017 he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and he will be teaching International Strategy on BBS's MBA programme from September.

David has a small portfolio of Angel investments which affords him useful insights into investor/entrepreneur perspectives and management.

In 2003 David completed an Executive MBA at London Business School where he focused on Change Management. He subsequently mentored a series of students through their two-year EMBA programme.

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Lesley Hetherington

Lesley Hetherington

Enterprise Legacy Facilitator

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As an enterprise legacy facilitator, Lesley supports individuals who are already successful and competent to unlock their personal vision and motivation. If you feel that you should be doing something else, or there is a legacy that you would like to leave for others, then she provides the space and facilitation processes to support you in uncovering, shaping and articulating your personal vision. Lesley loves creating value and finding elegant solutions.

Lesley's early career was as a design process engineer, designing water treatment plants mainly for the Egyptian market. Following an MBA and a brief stint as Business Development Manager for part of the Vickers Group, she started a consultancy business with her then husband working in both business development and competence based recruitment/assessment centres and outplacement consulting. In 2000, she moved back to Scotland. For the past 16 years Lesley has worked in enterprise/entrepreneurship development specialising in developing the inner entrepreneur, with respect to mindset, skills and vision.

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Ward Hills

Ward Hills

Director, Makespace Cambridge

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Ward is an IOD-certified director, experienced executive and entrepreneur and investor. Ward is actively involved in a number of services-based business such as deal flow software, digital healthcare consultancy, interim management and education, as well as product-based business such as a producer of nano-scale positioning and microscopy technology. Previously he directed the turnaround of a medical device company resulting in product launches in Europe and Asia in addition to a multimillion-pound investment. That opportunity grew out of a business model he created in the aerospace industry which allowed the innovations of smaller companies to be adopted more quickly by tier-one contractors with established infrastructure and paths to market.

Since founding his first business 20 years ago in the environmental management sector, developing high-level nuclear waste analysis tools, he has been involved in 100s of transactions including, partnerships, launches, and successful campaigns in the UK, Europe, Japan and Russia.

Ward has won business with multinational organisations in autonomous vehicle control, remote sensing, rapid prototyping, signal processing, regenerative medicine, predictive toxicology and medical devices. He has been a board member and observer in the US, UK and Malaysia; co-founded the East of England Stem Cell and UK Micro & Nanotechnology Networks; Member Institute of Directors (Certificate in Company Direction), American Chemical Society(ret.).

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Julie Horne

Julie Horne

CEO, Cambridge Leadership Coaching

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Julie is an experienced ICF master-accredited business and executive coach and proven businesswoman with hands-on experience of entrepreneurship and enterprise development. Based in Cambridge, she has over 25 years of experience working as a consultant and coach with senior executives, academics, entrepreneurs and high potentials mainly with science, engineering and technology backgrounds. Following an early career in teaching and graduate careers publishing she founded Oakland Innovation Ltd to provide consulting services to support innovation in Global science and technology based companies and universities. Working closely with the UK research Councils, Universities and Industry she has led a wide range of projects to promote knowledge and technology transfer both in the UK and globally.

After 17 years, Julie's interest in this international business was successfully sold in 2006. Julie is passionate about encouraging and supporting people with entrepreneurial spirit to fulfil their potential and has since developed a variety of ways to enable this passion. She trained and became a qualified coach and has built a successful practice coaching entrepreneurial individuals in business and academia. She regularly coaches executives enrolled in programmes for The Leadership Foundation, London Business School, CASS Business School and Imperial College MBA programmes and staff development. In Cambridge she is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Anglia Ruskin University where she contributes to business teaching programmes as well as mentoring budding entrepreneurs. She is also a coach/mentor and business advisor for several of the University of Cambridge startup and business growth facilities. Her business clients include Board members in technology start up and high growth companies as well as a variety of blue chip companies such as Marchall Aerospace; Microsoft Research; Handelsbanken; GSK; Morgan Stanley; and T-Systems.

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Fiona McSwein

Fiona McSwein

Chief Customer Officer/CMO, Simply Business

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Fiona is currently Chief Customer Officer/CMO with insurtech firm Simply Business (UK's largest business insurance broker with over 430,000 SME customers and Sunday Times Best Company winner). She has previously held CMO and Product lead positions with Euromoney Institutional Investor (part of Daily Mail group), lastminute.com and European Directoris. She has co-founded and run her own business consultancy (Juice Associates) and food business (Victoria Sandwich). She has experience of VC and PE-led businesses, including Simply Business which sold for $490 million in August 2017, as well as corporate venturing through BT Group Ventures. Fiona holds an MA Marketing and BSc Hons Psychology. Her passions are encouraging businesses to be a force for good (as a Benefit Corp), creative cooking and walking (including the Arctic Biathlon and Mont Blanc Trail for charity).

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Charles Nixon

Charles Nixon

Entrepreneur in Marketing Knowledge

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Entrepreneur in Marketing Knowledge. Charles has experience in the telecommunications, publishing, finance and education sectors, and has had hands-on involvement in the IT revolution from the first days of PCs. Charles established one of the UK's first computerised marketing intelligence systems, co-founded a Fintech startup in the 1980s and then founded Cambridge Marketing College in 1991, growing it to a dominant position in its sector before retiring in 2016 to run a publishing venture and establish his Foundation.

Charles is on the Advisory Panel of Harvard Business Review, and is an advisor for Astia. Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and Chartered Marketer.

Charles has developed skills over 40 years in market research, marketing and business development. An author, creator and occasional presenter of the Marketing Review podcast, Charles has a degree in Modern History and Economics from Manchester University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

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Andre Spark

Andre Spark

Co-founder, GPV Investment

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Andre has more than 20 years of experience on both the buy and sell sides of banking and venture investing. He spent five years as an investment banker at Credit Suisse, where he led the European Semiconductor and IT Hardware Team as a Director in the Technology Group in London. He later made technology investments as Chief Investment Officer of Prokom Internet in Poland and served as Senior Banker in the Financial Institutions Department at the EBRD in London. Most recently Andre co-founded a regional technology-focused venture fund affiliated with Giza Ventures, a global venture manager based in Israel. Andre has been a non-executive director of private and publicly traded companies from the digital media, software, IT services, energy, biotech and property development sectors. He is a graduate of Cornell, Harvard and the University of Michigan Law School magna cum laude. Andre started his career as a corporate lawyer at the Cravath firm in New York.

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Chris Thorne

Chris Thorne

Head of Strategic Marketing, Fluidic Analytics and Co-founder, SixGreenDoors

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Having completed a PhD in Cell Biology at the University of Liverpool in 2010, Chris jumped straight from academia into industry joining a young, 25-person startup called Horizon Discovery in Cambridge. The rapid growth of the company allowed Chris to try on many hats - R&D, operational, customer facing - but he ultimately settled in marketing where he found he was able to combine a love of science, communication and analytics. Subsequently he drove implementation of marketing automation and good content marketing practice, and helped build a digital platform from which Horizon now launches and sells many of its products and services. Since then, Chris has worked at Cambridge Epigentix as senior product manager, and is now Head of Strategic Marketing at Fluidic Analytics, where he oversees everything from market analysis and validation to marketing channel development as the company builds and launches new instruments into the life sciences industry.

In his spare time, Chris also co-founded SixGreenDoors, a SAAS business. Here, Chris is responsible for all non-coding related activities, and has built a marketing platform from which the company recently launched its first product TinyPA - a client management app for makeup artists.

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Dr Liisa Van Vliet

Managing Director, Drop-Tech

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Liisa is an entrepreneur, a postdoctoral research associate and EU Training Network manager at the Department of Biochemistry. She has a PhD in Biochemistry from St John's College, University of Cambridge. After working for Accenture in project management, she returned to Cambridge as a postdoc in the field of Microfluidic Droplets. She was awarded a 2010 BBSRC Enterprise Fellow to spin out Drop-Tech Ltd, a microfluidic instrument development and consultancy, which started selling its first product in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics in July 2013.

After winning the CUE competition 'Best Biotech startup' Carpe Diem award in 2013 for an Alzheimer diagnostic test they are developing, she and her colleagues were finalists of the Oxbridge Round Table 2014 'One Start competition' and were selected to join the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Accelerator. She was nominated as a 'Rising Star' and one of the BioBeat 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2014. Liisa is passionate about bringing technology and science to market for the benefit of all, particularly for healthcare applications. She has given entrepreneurship workshops for several EU network consortia and since 2012 facilitates and mentors for programmes run by the Entrepreneurship Centre (Cambridge Judge Business School). She continues to develop microfluidic droplet systems for drug discovery, personalised medicine and Alzheimer diagnostics.

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Suzan Ziobro

Suzan Ziobro

MedTech Consulting Analyst, Health Enterprise East

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Suzan Ziobro has worked as an 'intrapreneur' in a number of Cambridge businesses including Sentec, Omobono, breathe technology and Cametrics (acquired by Xennia). She was interim Head of Business Development and Marketing for Audio Analytic, Marks & Clerk, Health Analytics, Green Energy Options, Linguamatics, QlikTech and Geneva Technology (acquired by Convergys). She has also worked with the YTKO Group and Allia, specialising in business creation and growth for startups, SMEs and social enterprises in the East of England. Before moving to Cambridge, Suzan worked for GSK as Head of Customer Marketing and Communications. Prior to pharmaceuticals, Suzan worked in professional services and ICT in the City of London and New York.

Suzan is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania, with a BSc (Hons) in Economics. She completed her MBA with Distinction at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and was also an exchange student for six months at the London School of Economics.

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