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MSt Entrepreneurship workshops and seminars.

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, 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 workshops

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 to the pitch events organised by Cambridge Judge Business School.

Contributors

Below is a representative sample of contributors to the programme. Individuals vary from year to year.

Paul Bourne

Pitching trainer

Ed Bussey

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.

Stephen C. Capsaskis

MEng PhD

Stephen has been working in venture capital for more than 20 years, first at a major Greek VC firm as head of its Technology Investments Group, leading technology and internet investments in Greece, Ireland and the US West Coast, and then as Partner in a small independent VC fund investing in technology and telecoms businesses based in SE Europe.

Prior to that, he worked in London in commercial banking for a decade and, before that, at a startup industrial software company (a spin-off from a major UK university), where he first encountered venture capital (on the receiving end).

Stephen holds MEng and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is a non-executive director of a major Athens-listed investment group and an Athens-based think tank. He also lectures on topics related to startup funding at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in Cambridge.

John Cassidy

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.

Priyanka Chaturvedi

CEO, Healthclic

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.

Andrea Cockerton

Pitching trainer

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.

Peter Hiscocks

Fellow (Management Practice)

MBA (Imperial College London)

Syed Jafri

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.

Rafik Jallad

Mentor and Coach, Entrepreneurship Centre

Director, CompanyDeep

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 Jin

Pitching trainer

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.

Chris Jones

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.

Denis Kaminsky

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.

Mickey Kawick

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 (Enseble), 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.

Rosemary Lokhorst

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 ‘techspertise’ 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.

Mandy Lozano

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.

Claudio Marinelli

CEO, Cambridge Photon Technology

Dr Claudio Marinelli – CEO of Cambridge Photon Technology, Cambridge, UK – has 20 years of experience in founding, managing and investing in technology startup companies, in sectors such as advanced materials, telecommunication, cleantech and medical technologies. Claudio’s expertise includes restructuring, fundraising and transfer of technology to an acquirer (as CEO of Eight19, Cambridge, UK); venture growth and business development in preparation for a public listing (as Business Development Director of Applied Graphene Materials, Redcar, UK – listed on AIM in 2013); corporate R&D and technology scouting (as Director of Open Innovation for Nokia); seed investment in academic spin-out companies (Advance Nanotech – US investment fund); high-tech product design and commercialisation (as Senior Engineer at Luxnet Corp – California). In the last three years, as a mentor to researchers in the UK QTEC program, he has contributed to the launch of more than ten startup companies, which have secured £12 million in funding. Claudio holds a first degree in Physics (University of Trieste, Italy), a PhD in Electronic Engineering (University of Bristol) and an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School (University of Cambridge).

Mariana Lucia Marquez

Pitching trainer

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.

Jeremy Newton

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

Founding Managing Director, CSR

Phil O’Donovan, as founding Managing Director, helped grow Cambridge-based CSR from a startup 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 largest global market supplier of Bluetooth chips with annual revenue of $1 billion in 2012 and by 2015 had shipped three billion chips. CSR was acquired by Qualcomm in September 2015 for $2.5 billion. Phil is now a Cambridge-based angel investor in technology startups, a speaker on entrepreneurial topics and an advisor to Universities on the commercialisation of their IP.

Lanre Ononiniyi

Co-Founder, Orbitt

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.

Shilen Patel

Co-Founder and Non-Alc Lead, Distill Ventures (DV)

Shilen is Co-founder and Non-Alc 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-Alc 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 per cent 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.

Tim Rea

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 Shende

CEO, KisanHub

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.

Tom Simmons

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.

Mark Smith

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.

Jeremy Sosabowski

CEO, Algodynamics

Dr Jeremy Sosabowski is CEO and Co-founder of AlgoDynamix, a risk analytics company providing hours or days advance warning of major directional market movements. Their products are used by investment banks and asset managers, including CTAs, hedge funds, family offices and other managed funds. 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. His ‘IP portfolio’ includes several granted patents and more than ten 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).

Wendy Stephenson

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.

Alice Thwaite

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

International journalist

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 Varga

Co-founder, Playbrush

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

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.

Catherine Wines

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 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.

Emma Zangs

Pitching trainer

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 [email protected] competition.