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The team

Stelios Kavadias

Professor Stylianos (Stelios) Kavadias

Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre

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Hanadi Jabado

Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre

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Eden Yin

Dr Eden Yin

University Senior Lecturer in Marketing

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Feryal Erhun

Professor Feryal Erhun

Professor of Operations & Technology Management

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Philip Stiles

Dr Philip Stiles

University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance

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Tim Rea

Tim Rea



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 startup 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.

Andrew Hatcher

Andrew Hatcher



Andrew is the Managing Director of The Applied Knowledge Network, a marketing and strategy consultancy that also develops physical and digital products.

Andrew has a long history of identifying, developing and managing innovation within corporate environments and notably created and implemented a comprehensive and international innovation management system while working for Reuters, the European media group. His career at Reuters culminated in a role as CEO of an Asian-based Internet trading corporate spin-out in Singapore, which he took through initial VC funding and on to a trade sale.

Andrew is an accomplished author of five books on subjects that include "inventuring", strategy, innovation and metrics, which demonstrate his extensive experience in the areas of business startup and growth and in the specialist areas of marketing, innovation management and corporate venturing.

With a personal corporate history that includes journalism, software development, venture investment, marketing and strategic sales. Andrew draws on a wealth of experience in all aspects of business management gained through working internationally, predominantly in the US and UK.

Andrew received both a bachelors in engineering and an MBA in international business from the University of London and is a Fellow of Cambridge Marketing Colleges. His specialties include strategy development, communication and implementation, innovation management and strategic marketing.

Shiri Gold

Shiri Gold



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. Her main interests are technology, mobile, biotech and fintech. Shiri's strengths are operations, marketing and strategy. She currently has three live investments and is a non-executive director of one of these.

Colin Oakman



Colin is a management accountant who spent 10 years in the financial services industry, working for a mutual building society before spending the last 9 years in the software industry at Redgate Software Ltd as their CFO. 

Across both roles he's scaled & skilled up the finance teams, led on finance strategy and worked with the senior and executive management teams to deliver company strategy.

Most recently at Redgate, Colin's work has involved international expansion, corporate structure changes, software acquisitions alongside managing the many legal, financial and compliance challenges faced through periods of sustained growth.

Konstantinos Ladas

Dr Konstantinos Ladas

Associate in Entrepreneurship


Dr Konstantinos Ladas is an Associate at the Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School. He served as project manager on the relationship of technology and innovation for the School's Executive Education division. Previously he was head of network strategy - responsible for the fixed network - at OTE the incumbent Telecom operator in Greece. He has more than 20 years' experience in a broad range of high-level management positions in telecommunications and has served as adviser to the CEO responsible for technology selection and collective labour agreements negotiations.

Dr Ladas holds an MPhil in Technology Policy from Cambridge Judge Business School and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA. He has authored several papers in electromagnetics, mathematics and business journals.

Jo Winchcombe



Jo is a coach, mentor and facilitator working with individuals and teams to enhance personal performance and creativity, leading to increased productivity in all areas of business, and wellbeing in life.

Jo has over 10 years' experience as a senior marketeer in blue chip companies, working for M&S, Asda and Scottish & Newcastle Breweries. She successfully project-managed the launch of the George Davis clothing range into Asda Stores in the 1990s.

Jo founded and successfully ran a personalised printing business for 15 years, supplying name labels to customers of Tesco, Great Little Trading Company and Mothercare as well as direct to the public. Her specialties are marketing, business development, creative leadership, women in business, performance optimisation and problem solving.

Chris Thomas



Chris has significant experience in pharma, biotech and healthcare, and is an internationally recognised company director with a sustained record of achievement in global pharmaceuticals, healthcare technology and management consultancy. He was UK Sales and Marketing Director at AstraZeneca before joining Dendrite as Global Vice President, where his focus was on optimising commercialisation. 

Since 2002, he has provided commercialisation and management consultancy to global pharma as Marketing Partner (and currently Company Director) at Oxford PharmaGenesis, an internationally renowned HealthScience communication consultancy which was recognised by the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2015. His expertise includes global launch excellence and strategic brand planning for more than 15 brands across a wide range of therapy areas, driving commercial excellence and new selling models, and providing management coaching on a one-to-one basis exclusively with CEOs and board directors.

Chris has practical hands-on experience in growing and shaping businesses of all sizes and at all stages – new or early ventures, SMEs or top 10 pharma – and supporting them in realising commercial opportunities and developing business models for scaleable growth to achieve maximum commercial success and shareholder value. 

Chris has experience in Europe, US, APAC and LATAM and is particularly interested in personalised medicine, genomics and wearables, encompassing access to doctors, access to medicines and advances in early diagnosis. His specialty is coaching in pharma, biotech, healthcare, wearables and healthcare technology.

Beverley Kent

Programme Administrator

Ruth Berry

Programme Administrator

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