Research Administrator, Faculty of Education
David Carter is the Faculty of Education Research Administrator. His role acts to improve the success in Faculty research activities by providing professional, high-level research support to all members of staff and students. It is a varied role which requires a broad knowledge of research management and finance. He is also exposed to a multitude of Education projects on a daily basis. His two additional roles are as Enterprise Champion and as a representative on the University Brand Advisory Panel. As an Enterprise Champion he acts as a first point of contact for Faculty members who want advice on bringing their ideas and expertise to market. As a member of the Brand Advisory Panel he shares opinion on the suitability of use of the University brand with products and services applying to use it.
David achieved a Master of Philosophy in Materials Science, after graduating with an Engineering Bachelor of Honours degree from the University of Sussex. He has both an MA and an MSc.
UK Angel Investor
Peter Cowley studied Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, now lives near Cambridge and has set up 12 companies over the last 30+ years. He is UK business angel of the year 2014/15 and a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Peter has spec-built several domestic houses and refurbished many others, including the £1.7 million Cambridge Advice Centre. Peter has been voluntary chair, treasurer and trustee of numerous charities for over 15 years - the Citizens Advice service, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity and a local private sixth form college.
He has been a very active angel investor for many years (currently 40 investments) and is the Investment Director of the Marshall of Cambridge, Martlet Corporate Angel division, and a board member of Cambridge Angels. He has led many investment deals and is on the board of seven angel-backed technology startups.
Managing Director, Vestar Consulting
Tara Hein-Phillips's professional experience as a digital business leader spans 18 years, from global strategy and new product design to the management and implementation of large-scale digital projects and initiatives. She has spent the last 13 years running her own consultancy working with both large and small companies to create memorable digital experiences with a particular expertise and passion for digital education and innovation.
Tara currently spends 25 per cent of her time as a strategic consultant advising US- and UK-based tech startups, 50 per cent of her time working with mission-driven organisations to help them to develop sustainable digital growth plans, and 25 per cent of her time working with large global corporations to innovate and change their organisations facilitated primarily through digital initiatives, both internally and externally. She is fortunate to work with government ministers, think tanks, Chairpeople/CEO's of Fortune 500 companies and progressive entrepreneurs at all career stages, which allows her to bring a well-rounded perspective to each new business challenge she faces.
Director Digital & New Products, Cambridge English Language Assessment
Geoff Stead is Director, Digital & New Products at Cambridge English Language Assessment. He is a global expert in the use of mobile and emerging technologies for learning and teaching and has built successful tech-innovation teams in both the UK and the US.
Previously he was Senior Director of Mobile Learning at Qualcomm, California, leading an award winning team who developed an enterprise app store with over 40 learning and training apps.
He runs worklearnmobile.org and can be found on Twitter at @geoffstead.
Executive Director, World Media Online
An alumnus of the University of Oxford and the London College of Fashion, Ahsan is a media & publishing entrepreneur and investor based in London. As the Founding Director of IoT World Forum, and the Impact Investing World Forum, Ahsan is passionate about innovating the IoT (Internet of Things), Digital Health and Impact Investing Ecosystems.
Ahsan is currently the Executive Director of World Media Online, a London-based B2B publishing & media house focused heavily on the emerging IoT Market. Ahsan is also a board member of the International IoT Council, one of the leading international think tanks, that has representation from global connectivity players in the IoT ecosystem, including Sprint, AT&T, Telus, Orange, TELE2 and SAP, amongst many others.
Director of Development, Cambridge International Examinations
Claudia Bickford-Smith joined Cambridge International Examinations as Director of Development in October 2015.
Claudia oversees a team of 80 which develops international curricula and qualifications, and directs online support services for teachers and students, including computer-based assessments.
She is responsible for partnership and commercial strategies, building relationships with providers of learning resources, both print and digital linked to Cambridge International qualifications.
Software Engineer and Entrepreneur
Claudio Carnino created a location-based event recommendation service in 2010, called Hinii. Initial success created a partnership with Groupon and Samsung. In 2012, he started Fanchimp, a social media marketing tool for small businesses. He raised two seed rounds from StartupChile and Wayra.
Claudio started his career as full stack web developer, to be able to create his own products. He is now spending the majority of his time on iOS development and mobile products.
UK & EU Director, IUSTITA
Mark Dang is passionate about building great business models that make use of technologies to solve real-world problems. He has been running his business for three years, focusing on software products, and has been CTO for a social dating mobile app startup in the last two years. Although his background was in electrical and electronics engineering, he started his professional life with a short period working in management consulting. Now he is an expert in digital transformation, software systems and technical strategies. Personally, Mark loves to reconnect with Cambridge after a few years living in London.
Tim is an expert in content development for digital products for English language learners. Tim has worked in ELT publishing since 2008, as Senior Editor on Touchstone Blended Learning and as a Commissioning Editor at SELT, working on online learning products for Turkish university students.
Prior to that, Tim taught English in China for five years.
Technical Marketing & Business Development, Broadcom
Shiri is an advisor, mentor and investor in the startup space. Shiri has over 15 years' experience in the technology sector, in various roles including marketing, strategy and business development, project and product management. Currently Shiri is a business development manager at Broadcom, a Fortune 500 technology company. Shiri has an engineering degree as well as an MBA (from the University of Cambridge). Shiri founded two companies; a failed payment app business and a moderately successful tea business.
Shiri has been advising startups since 2011, helping companies achieve over $2m in seed funding. Shiri's main interests are technology, mobile, biotech and fintech. She currently has three live investments and is a non-executive director of one of these.
Laurie is a specialist in the development of digital content and products for learners of English.
Laurie has degrees in English Language & Literature and Electronic Publishing, and over 20 years of professional experience in language teaching, software development and educational publishing, including senior management positions at Cambridge University Press, where he oversaw digital publishing in the English Language Teaching division.
Marketing Communications Manager, Cambridge International Examinations
Mainda has been working for national and global organisations in the UK for over 12 years. She has industry experience in publishing, information technology, television, travel, education and legal services. She has predominantly worked as a marketer with global portfolio responsibility and has successfully supported key business development initiatives in the US, South America, Europe and Asia.
With a strong belief that we all benefit as individuals and as a society when we are empowered to: Make. Be. Do, Mainda is looking to be involved with enterprising individuals whose inspiring ideas, when developed, impact our lives - our physical well-being, the way we learn, how we are entertained, engage with others or experience the world around us.
In addition to the startup scene, Mainda enjoys travel, fitness, art, drumming, coffee and cafes.
Head of Education Technology, Cambridge English Language Assessment
Anna Lloyd is Head of Education Technology for Cambridge English Language Assessment and has been working in the English Language field for more than 15 years.
For the past 10 years, she has been working in digital learning, primarily in product development. She has developed everything from apps and courses to immersive games, virtual schools and MOOCs.
Prior to working for Cambridge, she built and led the digital learning department at Kaplan International English. Anna's background is originally in teaching, academic management, course development and school management.
Head of Market & Customer Insight, Cambridge English Language Assessment
Dr Sanjana Mehta works as Head of Market & Customer Insight at Cambridge English. She is responsible for conducting commercial research to inform the sales and marketing strategies of the organisation.
Sanjana has worked and studied in India, Belgium and the UK. She has a PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Cambridge. Sanjana is interested in how technology can individualise learning and create more equal opportunities for educational success.
In her free time, she likes to go on long walks and also enjoys watching independent cinema at the Arts Picturehouse.
Senior Managing Director UK, Intrinsiq
Sudesh is Senior Managing Director for UK operations at Intrinsiq, an educational technology software provider. He has a strong background in multi-stakeholder projects within the international language sector, including schools, guardianships, universities and tertiary providers.
Sudesh's task has been to restructure Intrinsiq to be more efficient and implement process driven methods within the company to provide better solutions for end user clients. In the last two years he has overseen the doubling of company turnover and gain international market share.
His background is in art history, however he has been involved in the tech sector for the last decade. He speaks four languages and is currently working with his partners to develop the Australian and EU market for Intrinsiq.
Jo works mainly on internal and external product development and on developing partnerships with technology companies and software developers.
Jo has worked in ELT since 2006, most recently as Product Manager for English at busuu and eLearning Academic Lead for EC English.
Jo is a regular conference speaker and former Technology Coordinator for MaWSIG. He is interested in how technology can improve the lives of learners and works to improve the learning experiences of the products developed by ELTjam.
Digital Learning Designer
Jess Wakelin is a Digital Learning Designer specialising in mobile learning design. Her work can be found in high-end corporate learning apps, in medical support apps for disaster relief, and in rural classrooms in Africa.
She is known for 'cutting through the hype' to ensure that any learning app is delivering something that the learners actually want, and her clients end up with a usable, engaging, innovative product.
Customer Insight Researcher, Cambridge English Language Assessment
Joanna Weber has worked for Cambridge English Language Assessment for 15 years and is part of the Market & Customer Insight team, providing market research and analysis with a focus on the education technology sector.
In her spare time, she has developed a number of award-winning video game 'mod' expansion packs for Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Morrowind, and is part of the development team for Skywind. Joanna's background is originally in blogging and journalism.
Executive Director, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School
Hanadi is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. A serial entrepreneur herself, she has a strong understanding of the needs of early stage ventures and entrepreneurs. Since 2010 she has been an advisor to startups all over the globe in every conceivable sector.
Hanadi sits on the advisory board of several startups at various stages of development and growth and is a director of Pitch@Palace CIC.
In 2016 Hanadi's work to support entrepreneurs earned her recognition as one of the Maserati100.
Sayara Thompson (Organiser)
Programme Manager, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School
Sayara manages a few programmes at the Entrepreneurship Centre, such as the Venture Creation Weekend, Ignite and the SME Growth Challenge Programme. She previously worked in Alumni Relations and for the MFin programme at Cambridge Judge Business School. With a background in IT and research she has experience in working in International organisations and the private sector. She is a great networker and is always keen to help people to connect.
Digital Learning Programme Manager, Cambridge Judge Business School
Mark has over 10 years' experience of delivering effective digital educational and assessment experiences that span a wide range of educational levels from primary through to executive and corporate education. By partnering with startups and by leveraging the edtech eco system he has designed and implemented innovative solutions in sectors such as international education, business and medical education sectors.
Currently responsible for digital learning initiatives here at CJBS, Mark is interested in turning great technology solutions into meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences.
Founder & CEO, Go Enrol
Stephen Parkes is the founder of Go Enrol, a company that aims to widen access to education across the world. Since its launch Go Enrol has helped people in 188 countries discover, apply to and enrol on courses. Stephen's experience spans over a decade working in education and private equity with time spent in the UK, China and other emerging economies in Asia.
Programme Assistant, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School
Christoph holds a business degree from Germany and a law degree from the US. He has worked in a variety of industries and ventures in Germany, Australia and the UK before settling in Cambridge. This is his first Venture Creation Weekend and his first brush with education technology, and he is looking forward to learning a lot.
Marketing Assistant, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School
Following graduating from her university degree in drama in 2015, Sophia set up her own musician-booking agency startup. She has since presented opportunities to small and large business ventures, and booked emerging talent and world-class musicians out to private and public events. Sophia is currently working in the Entrepreneurship Centre, and supports the team as Marketing Assistant.