Industry expert seminars
Industry expert seminars are a vital part of the programme and take place during the residential weeks in Cambridge.
These seminars complement academic teaching, provide external validity opportunities to challenge academic learning, encourage entrepreneurship behaviour, and ultimately lead to a more thorough understanding of entrepreneurship.
Because each speaker brings their specific understanding of an industry vertical, the understanding of the needs of their customers and creative solutions for their problems, they provide a level of insight which cannot otherwise be gained.
Industry speakers will share their experience from startups in fintech, consumer and retail, creative industries, biotech and healthcare.
Depending on the demand of the cohort the programme will aim to deliver seminars from representative industries.
Interactive seminars will give you the opportunity to learn and practice entrepreneurial skills such as pitching, storytelling, structuring of information and presentation skills.
These skills are taught by highly experienced coaches, each an expert in their own field. The aim of the interactive seminars is to allow you to observe and practice these skills and ultimately boost your confidence.
Many students have applied their newly-honed skills and business strategies to the pitch events organised by Cambridge Judge Business School.
Below is a representative sample of contributors to the programme. Individuals vary from year to year.
Fellow in Arts (Creative Engagement), Cambridge Judge Business School
Paul works in Creative Engagement in four connected ways; as a Theatre Director, a Business Storyteller, an Entrepreneurship Teacher and as a Corporate & Start-up Consultant.
He is the Artistic Director of Menagerie, a Cambridge-based professional theatre company which creates and tours theatre productions worldwide. Formerly Artistic Director of The Frankfurt Playhouse and of Center Stage New York, Paul regularly freelance directs and teaches theatre in the UK, Europe and the US. Over the past 30 years he has directed and produced over 90 professional productions in 12 different countries. He has also been the Artistic Director of The Hotbed Festival of New Writing since 2002 and Co-Director of Divadlo 6-16 (Prague) since 2016. He is Chair of the Jury for two International Theatre Festivals; in The Czech Republic and Bulgaria. He teaches directing and performance skills as an international expert at Theatre Schools in Brno, Belgrade and Prague.
In Executive and Entrepreneurship Education, Paul’s key areas of interest and research are; working alongside artists exploring creativity in the workplace, presentation skills, enterprise thinking, collaborative working, communication impact, storytelling, pitching skills and transformational leadership.
He has most recently focused on two key areas: Cultural Transformation (running his EPIC programme: Engage. Perform. Inform. Challenge), with The Dubai Stock Exchange, Liverpool Football Club, Slaughter & May, Zurich Insurance and Nike, and Communication Impact (CSI Lab: Content. Style. Impact), for McLaren Formula One, United Nations Young Global Leaders, Fairtrade, United States Armed Forces, Novartis and Infosys.
Paul’s work as a Personal Coach has been utilised by many companies and individuals worldwide including Lloyds of London, Procter & Gamble, TTP and Nike. Paul is also currently working with CARBON13 Cambridge as Storyteller-in-Residence, supporting over 100 Venture Builder Start-ups focusing on developing new Carbon Reduction businesses.
Paul teaches Enterprise and Creativity as an Associate at St Andrew’s University, as well as on the Masters in Entrepreneurship, EnterpriseTECH, MBA and EMBA at Cambridge Judge Business School and as an Associate Professor in Enterprise at Stockholm School of Economics.
As an International Arts Consultant, Paul works with a wide variety of organisations including Trans Europe Halles (Arts Planning), Wroclaw and Kaunas ECOCs (European Capital of Culture; Audience Development) and Creative Kosice (Artistic Interventions in the workplace).
Paul has three TEDx talks; “How to Tell Stories That Matter.“, “The Power of Personality.” and “How to be Lucky.”
Founder and CEO, Quill
Quill is the global leader in multi-language content production for ecommerce. Prior to launching Quill in 2011, Ed was Chief Operating Officer at ZYB, an award-winning social networking pioneer acquired by Vodafone in May 2008. Ed was also part of the founding team and Global Marketing Director for online retailer Figleaves.com, acquired by N Brown in October 2010. Ed has held non-executive director, chairman and advisory positions with companies including, Mr & Mrs Smith Boutique Hotels, Bauer Media Group, Charles Tyrwhitt & Secretsales. Ed began his career in the Royal Navy and held various security appointments with the UK diplomatic service.
Dr Stefanos (Stephen) Capsaskis has worked in venture capital for more than 20 years, most recently in SE Europe. Currently he acts as mentor to start-ups in Greece and serves as a company independent non-executive director. He holds MEng and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge and lectures on start-up financing at the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
CEO and Co-founder, Cambridge Cancer Genomics
John has a background in cancer research in both academia (Cancer Research UK, University of Glasgow, and University of Cambridge) and pharma (MedImmune). His PhD at the University of Cambridge focused on understanding how tumours become resistant to therapy. He also has experience with multiple startups.
Daughter of doctors, Priyanka Chaturvedi, set up HealthClic in 2015 with a drive to support leaders to continue achieving excellence and positively impacting those around them. Growing up with medics and with family values, she saw clearly why the quality of care was constantly sacrificed; there was no sense of urgency on prevention, nor a world-class primary care provider. Holding a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Warwick, Priyanka completed further entrepreneurial studies at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Following the academic programme, she started a concierge medicine service based in London, offering high-quality private doctor services 365 days a year. As knowledge of preventive healthcare among UK practitioners remains scarce, she ensures HealthClic doctors are regularly trained on global evidence and advanced treatments. Providing patients with a seven-star service is Priyanka’s fundamental standard. Respected by both clients and their teams, she has a key interest in the unique medical challenges faced by world leaders, celebrities and executives, and coined the term ‘trust barrier’ with Dr Chaturvedi.
Founder, Mudhut Consultancy
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.
Gonçalo de Vasconcelos
CEO & Co-founder, SyndicateRoom
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.
Founder, Cambridge Xyz
James Edward Goode founded Cambridge Xyz, a multi-million-pound digital advertising agency which specialises in driving new customer acquisition for businesses through Google Ads and Google Analytics strategy. Cambridge Xyz sits in the top 1-3% of Google-Partners awarded by the internationally recognised Google Partners programme. James also works for the University of Cambridge managing Google strategies and analysis on behalf of the business school, colleges, and business partnerships owned by the University. An alumni of the programme, he has helped many student ventures navigate this complex digital area, helping many student businesses grow significantly through strategies designed to acquire new customers through Google Ads and Google Analytics.
Simon Hall is a Course Leader in writing, public speaking and storytelling skills at the University of Cambridge. He runs his own business communication agency, Creative Warehouse, and is a journalist, author, and business coach. He’s helped guide companies from the start up stage to multi-million pound success, through fundraising rounds from Seed to Series D. Simon has a series of books on business and communication published, including – public speaking and presentations – writing blogs – how to secure media coverage – and leadership communication – along with eight thriller novels. Previously, Simon was a broadcaster for 20 years, mostly as a BBC Television, Radio and Online News Correspondent, specialising in business and economics.
Founder and Luxury Consultant
From organically growing accounts on social media to over 1m in a year, to smartly using paid acquisition for their own brand, Jadoon oscillates between working on their private ventures and consulting. If there’s one piece of advice Jadoon would share with founders today, it’s this: understand and respect the role of marketing. In Jadoon’s experience with over 150+ brands – ranging from fitness YouTubers to the world’s top coffee and chocolate manufacturers – success leans heavily on this understanding. Currently, you’ll often find Jadoon in one of the world’s major cities, delving into the evolving psyche and behaviours of the international consumer. The insights gained not only benefit Jadoon’s ventures but also the brands Jadoon consults.
Global Head Clinical and Medical Affairs, Linde
Dr Syed Jafri is a triple-accredited physician who has served as clinical head of one of the world’s largest multinational corporations, as well as portfolio director for a leading Private Equity group. Currently seconded to the UK Cabinet Office, he has coordinated the planning and execution of capacity building during the current pandemic – specifically new healthcare facilities and ventilator manufacture – and is currently overseeing commercial and academic SARS-CoV-2 vaccine initiatives. Beginning his career by studying natural sciences, he then enlisted in the Navy at the end of the cold war and served in frontline and intelligence roles. Subsequently he went on to train as a physician, serving as a trauma surgeon in regions as diverse as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cambodia before seeing sense and pursuing the rather more pedestrian disciplines of radiology and cardiology. After completing an MBA at Imperial, he went on to undertake a variety of senior commercial leadership roles where he was privileged to nurture existing businesses and leverage research and innovation to develop entirely new ones.
Mentor and Coach, Entrepreneurship Centre
Rafik is an international entrepreneur with telecom, high-tech and Internet of Things (IoT) experience. Rafik has the skills required to transform innovative IP into successful and profitable businesses. Rafik latest experience was founder and CEO of BlueCreation, a company focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT). Rafik grew BlueCreation with an international customer base and sold it to NASDAQ listed Sierra Wireless (www.sierrawireless.com) in November 2016.
Previously Rafik was Vice President at CSR (now part of Qualcomm) responsible for its automotive division and part of the team elaborating strategy and managing post-merger. Rafik other experiences include Business Development Manager at Ubinetics (Telco company acquired in 2005 by CSR). Rafik has also previously worked at McKinsey on various mainly Internet strategy and operational projects worldwide.
Rafik holds a telecoms engineering degree from the Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD. Rafik is a part-time coach and mentor for startups at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.
Amy is a leadership coach, speaker, and facilitator. She works with high-potential founders and purpose-driven individuals to help them unleash the power of their full potential. She believes that we are all born with innate gifts, and that life should be spent giving them away.
Her training draws on her previous corporate life at Google. There, Amy led Business Development Google’s emerging products in London, Mountain View, and New York. By leading diverse teams at both international scale and alpha stages, she honed her skill of translating product benefits to non-technical audiences. Her pitching prowess enabled Google Pay to launch in its first international markets in record time. While at Google, she was an active member of Toastmasters, taught mindfulness and public speaking workshops, and was personally trained by Stuart Diamond as a negotiator.
Prior to Google, Amy was an award-winning sales executive at OpenTable.com, where she led their biggest market (NYC), and helped grow the company through its 2009 IPO.
Amy is in her second tour as an entrepreneur. Her first venture, MEI New York, was a women’s apparel company. Founded in 2010, it was featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Nylon Magazine and Daily Candy.
Amy is an avid meditator, certified yoga teacher, and insanely curious. She utilises neuroscience, mindfulness, and psychology in her coaching style, and has been trained by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI Co-Active).
She holds a BA in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
NED (CyanConnode) and independent business advisor
As VP Product Licensing (2008 to 2012) Chris led Arm’s licensing team in the management and closure of the licensing deals and revenue management. During this time, as a member of the management team for the CPU and System group, he assisted in establishing their position as one of the leading technology companies in the world. From 2012 to 2016 he was COO of a new joint venture company (between Arm, Gemalto and G&D) Trustonic. Operating as a startup, Trustonic developed and licensed a secure operating system to leading mobile manufacturers and an associated market for the development of secure applications. He returned to Arm as VP commercial operations in their new IoT group, developing the Saas business model for device management. Today, he is a NED (CyanConnode) and independent business advisor, specialising in business operations and product licensing.
Co-founder and CEO, Arcus Global
Denis is co-founder and CEO of Arcus Global. He has grown the business from a two-man band to a thriving company of over 100 people and revenues of over £12 million per annum. He co-founded Arcus while studying for an MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School. Following his first degree in Management and Systems in 2001, Denis joined Rolls-Royce as a graduate trainee. During his time there he held roles in sales, operations, consulting and services outsourcing teams. In 2006, Denis moved to Cadbury Schweppes (now part of Kraft) as a senior IT director and has purchased and implemented IT and outsourcing services to the value of over 750m pounds globally, managing teams in the UK, US and Asia.
Technical Director, Masters of Pie
Having worked in games for about 25 years on titles from Age of Empire to Titanfall Frontline, Mickey Kawick is an industry veteran. He has worked for companies in Dallas (Ensemble), BC (EA), California (NC Soft and Sony), and shipped many titles. He now works for a VR company in central London, adopting VR technology to make CAD systems more immersive and helpful to Siemens clients.
Founder, Downstream Innovation
Matt has 27 years of experience in both the corporate innovation world and working with innovative start-ups. Matt was Director of Applied Innovation at BT, leading a company-wide programme, engaging with start-ups globally and delivering new products and services. Matt now leads his own innovation consulting business (Downstream Innovation) helping other companies implement effective innovation processes, tools and techniques. He is also Internal Innovation Specialist at L Marks, a UK leading corporate innovation provider where he is focused on innovation strategy & culture, intrapreneurship, and new venture creation for large enterprises globally. Matt is a speaker, mentor and coach for Judge Business School supporting executive education programmes and the Masters in Entrepreneurship.
CEO and Founder, Lokhorst Automation AG
Rosemary Lokhorst is a writer & technology entrepreneur. She is the producer of Shadow’s Edge, the multiple award-winning game that drives better emotional health outcomes for young people, by helping them build resilience and life skills. She uses her technical expertise and vivid imagination to harness the power of technology for social change and produce content that positively impacts lives. She writes screenplays and blogs, is an investor, Women in Games Ambassador and mentor to young entrepreneurs.
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, MiiR
Mandy Lozano is Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer for MiiR, a fiercely independent, sustainable drinkware company in Seattle, Washington. Mandy has been in the consumer products industry (CPG/FMCG) since 2003 at companies such as Burt’s Bees, PepsiCo, Starbucks and Nestlé. She was also a professional bicycle racer for two years in her late 20s.
Mandy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Mariana Lucia Marquez
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.
Vice Principal & Director of Advancement, Guildhall School of Music & Drama
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.
Phil O’Donovan, as co-founder and Managing Director, helped grow Cambridge-based CSR plc from a start-up of nine into a highly successful FTSE 250 listed fabless semiconductor company employing, in 2015, more than 2,000 people in 23 locations.
Within four years from 1999, CSR became the Bluetooth market leader and supplier of chips to hundreds of global high-volume consumer product manufacturers. By 2012, CSR had achieved annual revenue of $1 billion and, by 2015, had shipped close to four billion chips. CSR was acquired by US company Qualcomm in September 2015 for $2.5 billion.
Phil is an Engineer and a Cambridge-based mentor, coach and investor in technology start-ups where he takes a non-executive director or chairman role. He is also a speaker on entrepreneurial topics at universities and business schools and an advisor to organisations wishing to commercialise their IP.
Lanre has over 15 years’ investment experience doing business between Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Prior to co-founding Orbitt, Lanre was involved in originating investment ideas and raising the required capital to grow startups in Africa, including Sankuru, First African Gold and Tranergy Capital. He also worked at BP, Subsea 7 and Citi in the UK. Lanre holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Ado, an MSc degree in Energy Economics from the University of Dundee and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.
CEO and Founder, Synergy Solutions
From organically growing accounts on social media to over 1m in a year, to smartly using paid acquisition for my own brand, I oscillate between working on my private ventures and consulting. If there’s one piece of advice I’d share with founders today, it’s this: understand and respect the role of marketing. In my experience with over 150+ brands – ranging from fitness YouTubers to the world’s top coffee and chocolate manufacturers – success leans heavily on this understanding.
Co-founder and No & Low Alcohol Lead, Distill Ventures (DV)
Shilen is Co-founder and No & Low Alcohol Lead at Distill Ventures (DV), which has committed in excess of £100 million to over 20 founder-led drinks brands around the world. DV was founded in 2013 and helps entrepreneurs scale their business in three ways: providing equity investment, deep and hands-on acceleration support to help them go further, faster and tapping into an extensive network of drinks industry experts. DV has successfully exited four companies to Diageo, including Seedlip which has led the development of the revolutionary and fast-growing “Non-Alcoholic Spirits” category.
Prior to this, he co-founded and was CEO, at Independents United (IU), a highly disruptive innovation consultancy that created value for large CPG companies through helping them to partner with startups. Over 13 years, IU successfully developed and implemented dozens of new brands, products, services and projects across food, beverages, cosmetics, health & wellness and fashion working with clients such as Johnnie Walker, ASOS, PepsiCo, Smirnoff, Burberry, Saga, Sainsbury’s and Walgreens Boots Alliance. The common thread was “to learn by doing at pace”, and he is proud that IU projects delivered significant incremental bottom-line value of tens of millions of pounds. IU was also part-accelerator and invested 100% of its profits in startups across technology, dating, financial education, homewares, fashion, food and beverages. He has worked directly with tens of founding teams to help them successfully realise both their business and personal ambitions. Shilen has over 25 years of experience across strategy, marketing, innovation and venturing. He began his career as a strategy consultant working across a number of global consumer goods projects. He then moved to Guinness Brewing Worldwide and was part of the team that led the merger with Grand Metropolitan to create Diageo. He then held a number of line management, marketing and innovation roles culminating with leading a team at Guinness that turned around 20 years of brand decline in Ireland. Shilen’s passion is “making profitable revolutions happen” and alongside his work at DV, he is also an investor and mentor to a number of leading startups in food and drinks such as Dash Water, LoveCorn and Lucky Saint.
Professor of Entrepreneurial Management at EIMF
Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School
Dr Panikkos Poutziouris is Professor of Entrepreneurial Management at EIMF and Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School, working with the Circular Economy Centre. He leads the module Enterprising Families & Family Offices, part of the Cambridge Executive MBA programme. Professor Poutziouris is Board member and Fellow of the Family Firm Institute and former President of IFERA- International Family Enterprise Research Academy. As an academic practitioner he has been leading/supporting initiatives in teaching, training, research, engagement and consulting across frontiers. He is the founding partner of Zateon – offering consulting, coaching, and training for family business owner-managers and next generation leaders.
Director, ePlanet Ventures
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.
Sachin grew up on a farm and combines the insights of a rural upbringing with recognised expertise in the development of data analytics and research platforms. He holds a PhD in Computational Hydraulics from Loughborough University, and prior to founding KisanHub in 2012, managed the development of bond trading and research analytics platforms for Barclays Global Investors and BlackRock.
CEO, Stem Foods
Tom is Founder and CEO of Stem Foods. Stem is a ground-breaking food ingredient startup based in Cambridge, whose mission is to tackle the world’s greatest public health crisis: excessive sugar consumption. Tom is a Y-Combinator graduate and is backed by major VCs in Silicon Valley and Europe. Tom was formerly a Fellow in Cambridge’s Biochemistry Department and is a graduate of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship Studies.
Senior Advisor and Fellow, Professional Services Group
Mark Smith is a Senior Advisor and Fellow in the Professional Services Group at Cambridge Judge Business School. Mark spent a decade practising as a lawyer, in national and City law firms and leading the international legal team of a Fortune 500 outsourcing and software company. Since completing his MBA and leaving legal practice, Mark has held a number of senior strategy roles at corporate organisations serving the legal sector. Mark is currently the Director of Strategic Markets at LexisNexis, part of FTSE20 RELX Group. Alongside his work at Cambridge Judge and LexisNexis, Mark works as an executive coach (with an MSc in behavioural change) to law firm leaders.
Executive Director, AlgoDynamix
Dr Jeremy Sosabowski is Co-founder & CEO at AlgoDynamix, an AI-based financial price forecasting analytics company. Their products are used by asset managers, including CTAs, hedge funds, and family offices. Jeremy has over a decade of business and technology commercialisation experience. His previous roles include CTO at an instrumentation company (technology acquired) and data analyst within the online transaction space. Publications include a chapter on ‘Financial forecasting and portfolio optimization in the 21st Century’ in the global bestseller ‘The WealthTECH Book’, Wiley editions. His ‘IP portfolio’ includes several granted patents and more than 10 peer-reviewed publications. Jeremy has an undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees in engineering, including an Engineering PhD from the University of Cambridge (laser physics/quantum mechanics).
CEO, The Converging World
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.
CEO and Founder, Hattusia
Alice Thwaite is a technology ethicist who has built a modular, accessible and flexible course for professionals to learn the basics in ethics and apply it to their every day. She holds an MSc in the Social Sciences of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute, and an MA Cantab in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge.
Alina Trabattoni is a print/television journalist with almost three decades of experience at top news organisations including Reuters, Bloomberg, Associated Press, BBC, the LA Times, the International Herald Tribune Television, CNN, CNBC, People Magazine, NBC, Eurovision, Platts, and Breakingviews. She currently works at Eurovision and reports for Platts on the Italian oil and gas industry, as well as doing a part-time PhD at the Lord Ashcroft Business School. She studied at the London School of Economics from 1990 – 1993 where she obtained a BSc Economics, and was then awarded an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge (Magdalene College) in 1993 – 1994. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.
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.
Chief Operations Officer and Director, Xaar
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.
Director & Co-founder, WorldRemit
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% in under two years) and managing the new licensing 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.
Emma Zangs is a Choreographer and Movement & Communication Coach. From public speaking training for presentations, pitches and talks, to movement direction and choreography for fashion shows, editorial and dance workshops, Emma inspires people to move and communicate with confidence. Emma works with growing and established businesses, from GoCardless to Babylon Health, and coaches entrepreneurs on accelerators programmes such as Dream Assembly and D&AD Young Blood. She lectures at Cass Business School and on UCL’s Entrepreneurship MSc, and has successfully trained startups to pitch at Dragon’s Den and Pitch@Palace. Since 2018, Emma has facilitated dance workshops with refugees living in the UK, to help overcome trauma, regain self-confidence and recreate a sense of belonging and community. In 2019, Emma delivered her TEDx talk ‘We Are All Dancers’, as part of TEDxWomen. Through her work with business owners and refugees, she shared the message that dance unites us all and has a unique power to repair and reshape our lives beyond the physical. Emma studied Art History and Film Studies at Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris and has an MA in Choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London.