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London Fellows

Aaliyah Ansari ,TAG.MEDIA

Aaliyah Ansari is the co-founder and CEO of TAG.MEDIA, a London-based fashion advertising company that connects brands and retailers with fashion publishers and influencers. Aaliyah has previously set up her own creative development agency called Aali-A that has led projects with clients such as Cutler and Gross, Toni & Guys and Savile Row as well as industry giants such as London College of Fashion and University of Arts. Aaliyah's background includes business development and launch of numerous fashion start-ups including HASAN HEJAZI and Hentschman as well as creative direction of projects with blue chip clients. She has been instrumental in the re-branding of University of Arts alumni association (July 2012). Her previous experience includes working at Browns Fashion, Selfridges and National Fashion publications. Aaliyah is passionate about fashion and technology and has spoken at numerous events. She is a regular contributor for Libas International magazine, Asia's largest lifestyle publication and is a fellow of SLP 2013, London chapter.

Ali Meruani ,MenuSpring

Ali Meruani is the founder of MenuSpring( a portal to help users discover their favourite restaurants, dishes and markets in London. he wants to use food and restaurants as a way of bringing people and cultures together. Prior to MenuSpring he was recently involved with launching Frogmetrics a YCombinator backed startup in Europe. He has previously worked at MTV where he was involved with launching two MTV ventures, MTV-Nickelodeon Records and MTV Desi as well as developing a concept for a new show on VH1. He has also worked a management consultant with Accenture. Ali holds a dual bachelor’s degree with a triple major in computer science, math, and Economics from Washington and Lee and a MBA from London Business School. He was a guest speaker at the European Business School business plan competition. Ali is passionate about micro-entrepreneurship in developing countries and wants to develop systems that can help these small business become more efficient and profitable. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Amaresh Ray ,Webgains

Amaresh Ray is currently the product owner at Webgains, an international affiliate marketing network. He holds an Msc in Technology Entrepreneurship from University College London and a Bachelors of Engineering from the University of Pune. He is passionate about travelling, food, photography, football and all things usability. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Aneesh Varma ,FabriQate

Aneesh Varma is a co-founder of FabriQate, an award-winning international Mobile technology company. Currently based in London, Aneesh's prior experiences have involved the Venture Capital and tech startup industry. He started his first business when 16 and since has been involved in the technology and startup scene. Prior to FabriQate, he started his professional career with JPMorgan in New York working on M&A transactions for Financial Technology industry including leading transactions such as Visa, Synovus, Jaguar-Tata including wide-coverage of the emerging technologies in the mobile payments sector. Aneesh lives in London and was educated at Lehigh University, USA studying Engineering and a second degree in Finance. He speaks 4 languages and has had the fortune of living in 11 countries (so far). An active food enthusiast, he also is a writer for food publications apart from writing for technology publications within the mobile sector. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Chris Minett ,Action for Ageing

Chris Minett is the co-founder and CEO of Action for Ageing, UK's most innovative positive ageing information provider to the 50+ market. Action for Ageing is already partnered with Engage Mutual Assurance (health insurer), My Family Care (leading corp wellbeing co) and NHS Bolton (Health and Wellbeing pilot program). Prior to Action for Ageing, he worked as derivatives trading business analyst on IT projects within leading Investment Banks (Deutsche, Citi, UBS, etc.). He has been invited onto UK Govt. Steering Group for EY2012, the All Party Intergenerational Group and asked to deliver Innovations in Healthcare workshop at the annual UK GPs College of Medicine conference. He also has previous start-up experience as a co-Founder of Rabid TV, the world's first viral marketing agency (before the term 'viral marketing' existed). Their business model also included 'user-generated and uploaded video content', 5 yrs before Youtube. He has also authored a book, Action for Ageing. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Christopher Pruijsen ,LetsLunch

Christopher Pruijsen is the founder of ArtPi, for which he won the LIVE UnLtd. Award (UnLtd. Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. ArtPi is bringing fractional ownership practises to fine art, with the social mission of bringing more art from the private into the public space. He was the youngest-ever President of Oxford Entrepreneurs (OE) for March - June 2012 where he engaged in a number of new international partnerships (FounderBus UK, Skolkovo Foundation) and personally secured sponsorship worth over £50,000, also increased the social media presence of OE by more than 75% during his tenure. He served on the Board of Directors of Oxfordshire Business First and the Advisory Board of Venturefest Oxford, he started in the UK as founding Country Manager, and has served as a partnership & business development advisor to a number of start-ups internationally. He is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), and a member of the YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council). Christopher is a student at the University of Oxford, where he matriculated at age 17 - although he is currently on academic leave. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

David Tuch ,Artemis Diagnostics LTD

Dr. David Tuch is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Diagnostics, a medical device start-up with a ground-breaking technology for cancer surgery. Prior to Artemis Diagnostics, he held senior leadership positions at GE Healthcare and Novartis and served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his PhD from MIT and Harvard Medical School and his BA from the University of Chicago. Dr. Tuch has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and has 4 patents (awarded and pending) in the field of medical imaging. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Dilek Akca ,Chanta London

Dilek Akca is the Co-founder of Chanta London, a luxurious yet affordable handbag brand for working professionals. Prior to launching Chanta London, she worked at Citi London, in Commercial Banking and Wealth Management in EMEA region, where she managed key clients. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Economics from Bogazici University in Turkey . She holds an MBA from London Business School and Columbia Business School . She was awarded the Goldman Sachs New Markets scholarship in 2012 and has a concentration in Private Equity. She is a keen traveler, loves good food and cooking. Dilek is passionate about helping disadvantaged women and female entrepreneurs in developing countries. She is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Evrim Numanoglu Ozgen ,GyroFalco Ltd

Evrim Numanoglu Ozgen is the co-founder of GyroFalco Ltd, a start-up that provides information security and business continuity risk management software and consultancy. Prior to GyroFalco Ltd, she worked at BSI- British Standards Institution, where she managed international customers like Alcoa, Johnson&Johnson, Unisys, Accenture and Ricoh and was Head of Customer Services in EMEA Region. She managed and worked with multi-cultural teams in Europe, Asia, America and Middle East in her entire career and gained invaluable insight from this experience. Evrim is specialized in Operations Strategy, Key Account Management and Compliance&Risk. She has Lead Auditor qualifications for Information Security, Business Continuity, Quality Management and Social Accountability. She holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from London Business School. She is enthusiastic about helping women in business. She is a mentor at Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and London Business School. Evrim is passionate about dancing and sports. She has been dancing tango for 13 years and dreams about living in Buenos Aires, the city she fell in love with when she spent a month only dancing tango. She is addicted to sports and her typical start of a day is a hearth-pumping exercise. She runs marathons and does triathlons. Another dream of her is finishing an Ironman race in the next 5 years. She is also studying a Diploma Course about Sports Therapy and Massage at LSSM. She is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Farid Haque ,ERLY STAGE

Farid Haque is currently Managing Director of Haque & Company, a boutique through-the-life-cycle venture advisory practice focused on supporting start-ups and SMEs through their most difficult challenges around funding and works extensively with Founders and CEOs of Start-ups to help get their business ‘investment ready’. Haque & Company also works with Family Offices, Angels, UHNWs, VCs, Corporate, University and Sovereign Venturers helping them find the right investment opportunities in the early stage and growth space. A Chemical Engineer by education, Farid is a seasoned management consultant (having begun his career at Andersen Consulting in Canada) and strategist with over 10 years of experience across a broad range of sectors ranging from Financial Services, FMCG, Retail , Pharmaceuticals and Public sector (Health and government). He has lived and worked in a range of mature and emerging economies (some of which he argues have ‘emerged’). Farid was asked to join the Provocation Group in 2012, an advisory board to the Global Chairman of the British Council. Having served as the first Council Manager for the Prime Minister’s Council on Social Action Farid is passionate about the social investment sector and is a member of the Social Angels network in the UK. Farid also served on the Junior advisory board for the UK India Business Council (the trade body between the UK and India) and is a mentor to a number of small businesses and start-ups. Farid also served as Campaign Director for StartUp Britain a national campaign ‘for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs’ in 2012. Farid is a part of the Courvoisier 500 Network in the UK and is also a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Farid is the London chapter lead for the Startup Leadership Programme.

Itxaso del Palacio Aguirre ,Founders Fit

Itxaso del Palacio is an academic entrepreneur who has worked with entrepreneurs in Spain, Silicon Valley and the UK. As an entrepreneur she is the co-founder of Founders Fit. Founders Fit aims to bring together and create a global community of highly talented designers, developers and business people to launch and grow startups. We are working with accelerators, universities, entrepreneur networks, and incubators to create a community of founders through our online eTeamUps platform and facilitate offline events. As an academic, Itxaso is a Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship at University College London in the UK. She is passionate for mentoring and supporting students while setting up their own companies and for helping start-ups in London getting access to the university talent. At UCL Itxaso has started Mastering Start-Up program for helping students at the MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship developing their dissertations in collaborations with start-ups and entrepreneurs of the London Tech City. She is also an Investment Analyst at EC1 Capital. EC1 Capital invests in seed and growth startups in London. Itxaso is responsible for building and finding quality deal flow. In the past, Itxaso worked with entrepreneurs at Imperial College London and at UC Berkeley where she spent sometime developing her PhD about Venture Capital. Her main area of research is on venture capital and clusters of innovation, and she has published papers in journals such as the California Management Review and the Small Business Economics. She is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

James Martin ,AAAS Steering Ltd.

James Martin is the founder of AAAS Steering, a revolutionary new steering system to significantly reduce tyre wear and improve fuel consumption. He is currently in the final year of a PhD in Medical Imaging, where he is working on incorporating motion management into the radiotherapy treatment of lung cancer. Prior to this, James has spent time as a Management Consultant at Deloitte. He is an expert in hitting a peculiarly shaped piece of cork, surrounded by feathers, repeatedly until it touches the floor. James has been awarded a Bright Ideas, Shell LiveWIRE and Camden Innovation Central Award to get AAAS Steering off the ground. More academic awards include an RAEng & IoP Engineering Leadership Award and Industrial Fellowship from the 1851 Commission. James holds a First Class degree in Theoretical Physics from University College London. James wants to solve pressing problems by leveraging on cutting edge science and technology. You can follow him on Twitter @affinity812. James is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Jelte de Jongh ,W.i.P

Jelte de Jongh is the founder of W.i.P. He exited his technology training startup, joining the most entrepreneurial consultancy Roland Berger. Even as a junior, he was always sent to deal with stressful client situations, which he really enjoyed. He has volunteered in teenager summer camps and a Ghanaian school made him aware of his passion for Education. After gap-year at a french conservatory and a law degree, he decided to pursue entrepreneurship. He used his MBA exchange to explore the science of education at MIT's Media Lab and Harvard Ed-School. He is a Global Dutchman, bike fanatic, gypsy jazz bass player, independent thinker who's vocal in 4 languages. Jelte is a 2013 Fellow in Startup Leadership in London.

Jonathan Collie ,CREO Strategic Solutions (UK) Ltd

Jonathan Collie is the Founder and Director of CREO Strategic Solutions (UK) Ltd. CREO is committed to the design and delivery of innovative patient-centric solutions with tangible benefits that improve people's lives. The Design Challenge: Living well with dementia is a perfect fit for CREO's values, capabilities and ambitions and he and his team are completely committed to the successful delivery of Trading Times. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of transformational healthcare delivery models, particularly related to service integration, process optimisation and quality/risk management. Jonathan has worked in clinical practice in the NHS and has held senior positions in international IT and consulting organisations, most notably with EDS and Perot Systems, as well as some time at the Department of Health. He is a passionate entrepreneur who co-founded the innovative leadership and performance improvement company, Food@Work, before establishing the UK base of CREO Strategic Solutions. He holds MBChB and MBA degrees. Jonathan is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Juan Guerra ,StudentFunder

Juan Guerra is the founder and CEO of StudentFunder, a platform that allows students in need to raise loans and donations from multiple parties. Prior to launching StudentFunder, he worked at Prudential Plc, as part of the Momentum Programme working at the Group Head Office in London. Juan has also worked at Velifin, a Micro-SME wholesale finance fund and Citi’s SME Banking division in Mexico. He is an expert in kitchen parties and fire-fighting. Juan was awarded a Chevening Scholarship. He holds a degree in International Business Administration from the Europa-Universitaet Viadrina and an MBA from Cranfield. He loves ancient history, Yunus’ good work and rock n’ roll. Juan is passionate about eradicating the scourge of poverty and removing barriers to realising our full potential. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Jun Seki ,Poq Studio

Jun Seki is the co-founder of Poq Studio, a startup making it possible for small and medium-sized fashion retailers to on-sell mobile devices using their own branded applications and mobile websites. Due to their passion and drive, they won the Bright Ideas Award from The University College London. Poq Studio is currently strongly backed by one of the most renowned venture capitalists in the e-commerce industry and has most recently been accepted into the prestigious accelerator Seedcamp. Jun is looking forward to revolutionizing the online fashion industry. Jun comes from a long career in entrepreneurship. At the age of 16, Jun was the founder of one of the biggest high school online social network in Shanghai. While as a student in Australia, Jun established his web consulting business iBooster Pty Ltd, which provided tailored web solutions to various clients. He also worked in corporate jobs as a software engineer at Macquarie bank and a business analyst later in the Australian government, much to his disappointment. He speaks 3 languages and holds Bachelor of I.T from Australian National University along with a black belt in Japanese martial arts. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Katharine Hirst ,DropGifts

Katharine Hirst is the Head of Product and UK Managing Director of DropGifts, a full service social commerce and marketing provider enabling brands and retailers to use the dynamics of gifting to engage and acquire customers on their Facebook fan pages. Prior to DropGifts, she worked at Accenture where she managed the B2B and B2C app strategy for Accenture’s largest mobility client and helped drive the development of the UK Mobile Strategy practice. Katharine also supports the works of two NGOs: Integrate Hands, working to improve digital literacy in post-conflict societies and Benjamin Franklin House, a museum and educational institute in London. She holds a MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol. She is passionate about using technology to empower women in developed and developing countries to create better careers, live better lives and make their own change. She is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Kit Harman ,Global Strategies Group

Kit Harman is the founder of Musiquity, a online/offline music education platform. Prior to starting Musiquity, she worked for a Defence/National Security company where she led corporate special projects, rolling out critical programmes and initiatives in interesting and challenging parts of the world. She has significant consultancy experience, providing strategic and business planning advice for companies in the leisure, media, technology and finance industries, focussing on early stage/startup projects. Kit has also worked extensively in the mobile devices/software industry in technology planning and project management and has a passion for technology. She is an accomplished opera singer and enjoyed a career as an orchestral musician in Canada. Kit holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (University of Victoria), a PGDip in Information Technology (UVic) and an MBA from London Business School. She believes in the words of Sir Ken Robinson - “Creativity is as important as literacy” and is working to break down the barriers to engaging with and making music for as many people as possible. Kit is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Kotresh Kiran Sonnadamath ,Panoaction 360 Media Ltd

Kiran Kotresh is the co-founder of Panoaction 360 Media, creating 360° video software products for Mobile/Smart/IPTV platforms focussed towards Broadcasting Media, Entertainment & Advertising verticals. As a CTO, he is responsible for Business development, Technology Strategy, Product Management & Development. He has vast Research and Product development/management experience of around 12+ years having worked at Hewlett Packard Labs, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and an innovative Stanford spawned start-up 3D Solid Compression (3DSoC). He has completed his Masters in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), India. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Kumaran Veluppillai ,Repeat Labs

Kumaran Veluppillai is the founder of Repeat Labs. He was among the formerly founding team at Bluefields ( 500 S12 batch + Seedcamp Y12). Kumaran is a Distribution & Product Geek and possesses Grad blending technical and commercial expertise. He is also the co-organizer of Lean Startup London. He holds a masters degree in computer science. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Nir Yamin ,Go GO Cart

Nir Yamin is a venture partner at Amarel holdings, in his role, Nir identifies opportunities and manages Amarel investment process. At Amarel Nir has co-founded “Shadow”, a new consumers online engagement platform. Prior to that role, as partner at April to March, a UK incubator, he had been identifying and developing fast growth opportunities in the TMT sector. At Followap (acquired for US$144m by Neustar) and later at Neustar, as Director Product Marketing and Management, he gained vast experience delivering mobile services to the consumers of over 40 mobile operators worldwide, including the likes of Vodafone Group, Orange Group, 3 Group, TIM and Turkcell. Nir is a Co-Founder of Bright Nature Corp., the largest company in Russia in the Papercraft space selling to over 500 stores across Eastern Europe. He holds an MBA from London Business School and Columbia Business School in NYC and a BA from the Open University of Israel. Nir is a big fan of FC Barcelona, very passionate about travelling, electro and Latin music. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Sam Patel ,

Sam Patel is the co-founder of, a discreet members-only store allowing shoppers to save, earn and play more by giving them the power to buy and sell our deals at prices they set themselves. Prior to silentbuyer, he worked with as a core team member. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs on European equity derivatives – volatility & exotics, and as a capital markets equity sales analyst at Lehman Brothers. Sam profiled in the “Top 50 Entrepreneurs in the UK” by Courvoisier/ The Guardian Future 500. He is winner of the Duke of Edinburgh award and LAMDA Silver honors award. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a sandbox member and a graduate Windsor fellow. Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in International Economics and a master’s degreein Consumer Economics, both from University College London, University of London. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Sarah Dembitz ,Saviour Box

Sarah Dembitz is the founder of Saviour, an online snack subscription company, matching hungry consumers with nutritionally specific, healthy snack boxes. Sarah’s serendipitous background includes roles in Business Development, Account management and Broadcast Journalism – working with clients from Hewlett Packard to the BBC. Prior to launching Saviour, she set-up SEED Consulting, a boutique food consultancy company. Sarah was awarded a Level I UnLtd Award and was member of the UnLtd Futures Incubator programme. She won a scholarship to business school, has a PgDip in Broadcast Journalism and holds a degree in History of Art from University College London. A believer in creating profits with purpose and aligning a healthy brain with a healthy body – Sarah is passionate about eradicating the global obesity epidemic and spreading the word about real nutrition. She gets her release through running, pilates or being on a mountain - she loves to dance but hates to cook (and uses her oven to store her towels). She is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Tak Lo ,The Travelst

Tak Lo is Chief Sweeper of Travelst, a travel list management platform with the vision of connecting the world’s travel content. Prior to Travelst, Tak worked at Nomura Investment Banking and consulted at Booz Allen Hamilton, and served in the United States Army. Due to his diverse work experience, he is an expert in operational execution, leadership, and team management. Tak was awarded RisingStars status by TechStars, the #1 accelerator, and is part of the London Business Incubator. He holds an MBA degree from London Business School and an Economics degree from the University of Chicago. He is a fan of startups that have a global view and connect the world together. Tak is passionate about inspiring others to do what they love and commit 100% to it. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Tia Kansara ,Kansara Hackney Ltd.

Tia Kansara is the director of Kansara Hackney Ltd., a sustainable life consultancy she co-founded with Dr Rod Hackney, PPRIBA, PPUIA, the pioneer of Community Architecture. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and academic with a passion for making the impossible, possible. She was invited to advise the UNCTAD- BioTrade Initiative on Sustainable Development, a post she held for three years as the youngest advisor on sustainable issues for the UN. She has advised the Royal Government of Bhutan after meeting the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck under the patronage of the Club of Rome. She is part of the selected communications team of Gross National Happiness for Rio+20 in Brazil and on the research for the New Economic Paradigm, away from Fossil-Fuel dependency, speaking at the UN General Assembly with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. She is completing her Ph.D. at UCL, Bartlett School, on the theme of sustainable cities, supervised by Prof. Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of the Energy Institute and Prof. Yves Cabannes, Chair of the Development Planning Unit. Tia is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in (London). She is completing her Ph.D. at UCL, Bartlett School, on the theme of sustainable cities, supervised by Prof. Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of the Energy Institute and Prof. Yves Cabannes, Chair of the Development Planning Unit. Tia is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in (London).

Vida Tayebi ,dindin kitchen

Vida Tayebi is the founder and CEO of dindin kitchen, which aims to satisfy the consumers insatiable desire for something unique and delicious by creating a fast-casual dining concept centred around authentic, Persian cooking. Vida is a young professional born and raised in London, with Persian origins. Having worked in the corporate financial world for nearly a decade, she became well known for her consummate professionalism, reliability and team work. Vida speaks four languages fluently and is learning a fifth. Her talent of bringing people together and being service-oriented by nature is reflected in the ease with which she organises business, charity and social events and where her acute attention to detail shines most. Vida has always been a “foodie” at heart. She saw an opportunity to provide something different tasting to the market place. This combined with her passion to deliver excellence, led to the development of the dindin kitchen concept. Vida has held senior positions at credit rating agency - Fitch Ratings and prior to that international real estate advisory firm - DTZ. She is a graduate of Kings College, London and holds an MSc in Corporate Real Estate, Finance and Strategy from CASS Business School, London. Vida is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Vivienne Taylor ,Passing Lives

Vivienne Taylor is the Founder of Passing Lives, an obituary based website celebrating and remembering the lives of loved ones. Prior to Passing Lives, she held senior positions in marketing at Ten Group and EMG Ltd, an entertainment venture group, and worked as a medical researcher at Hammersmith Hospital in London, studying the causes of IBS. She received her B.Sc in biochemistry at McGill University in Montreal and Vivienne has been published twice for her research in the field of Gastroenterology. She is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Yana Drapkina ,Education Index LTD

Yana Drapkina is the Managing Director of Education Index Ltd. Education Index enables Russian speaking students to find the best degree courses abroad for them. She started her business career in sales and marketing and became CEO of a national distribution company in less than 10 years. She helped grow a distribution business in Russia from £4 to $60 million in revenue and built a team of about 100 people to do so. She firmly believes that an international education provides students with not only knowledge and skills that are pivotal for building a global career, but that it also enriches a student’s personality and releases his or her potential as no other learning experience. She won a Summer Entrepreneurship School Competition at London Business School. She is very happy to be involved with a business that enables me to stay very much connected with Russia and to help young people at the very start of their careers. She holds a BA in Economics from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, MA in Management from Higher Commercial Management School, Russia and an MBA degree from London Business School (LBS). Yana is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Nicholas Tan, Terawand Systems Ltd

Nicholas is currently pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, he graduated with a degree in chemistry from Brown University. Nicholas' research started in medicinal chemistry, where he developed several new antibiotics and anti-Parkinsonian agents. He has also worked on developing new catalysts for more efficient production of biodiesel. His current research seeks to understand the fundamentals of catalytic reactions to improve current engineering processes. Beyond the lab, Nicholas has a strong interest in the commercialisation of technology and founded Terawand Systems in 2012, which aims to develop a new security application for use in airports. The company won the Cambridge Elevator Kickstart competition in 2012 and was named in Business Weekly's 'Ones2Watch' list. He also serves as Business Development Director of AQDOT, a material science company. AQDOT has recently closed a seed funding round and also placed 5th at the Rice University Business Plan Competition. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Jonathan Grubin, SoPost

Jonathan Grubin is the Founder of SoPost, a platform that lets individuals send physical and digital gifts to their friends via social media, for free. He launched his first start-up at the age of 14, which turned over more than £100,000 in its first full year of business. As well as his involvement with a number of start-ups, he has held positions as Head of Business Development at The Rainmakes and Head of Product at The Sandpit. Jonathan was the youngest person to be included in a ‘Rising Stars and Future Leaders’ guide to North East England, and was shortlisted for th 2008 North East Young Business Person of the Year Award. He moved to London for university in 2009, but left a few months later to take the entrepreneurial adventure full-time. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Matteo Cantarelli, MetaCell, LLC

Matteo is a software architect and entrepreneur. He worked for many years in the software industry gaining tremendous experience in designing and building solid large-scale software platforms and co-patended technologies. Matteo worked as Principal Research Associate with the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at the University College of London to build Open Source Brain, a Wellcome Trust funded platform to share and develop computational models of neurons and networks. Throughout the years Matteo co-founded three startups. He earned a Master in Systems Engineering at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan in 2005 and a Master and Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Cagliari (Italy). He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

River Tam, HIVE

River  is the Founder of HIVE, a collaboration tool for startups and enterprises allowing them to communicate and share files with each other without the distractions of email. Prior to HIVE, he worked at NACUE, where he consulted a dozen top universities in enterprise strategy. He is an expert in user experience and marketing.  He has won various hackathons throughout the UK as well as placing 2nd in the highly prestigious StartupBus. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Andres Sanchez Sandaza, Living Indie

Andres Sanchez, MBA by the SoM of Cranfield and Master in Interantional Relations,  has 8 years of experience as consultant in change management and innovative projects in different sectors (media, entertainment, ICT, energy, health, transport) obtaining from the European Commission more than €45m for projects. Andres successfully developed and led a new business strategy in a post M&A scenario to change the management and HR processes of a consultancy into a more complex specialised one focused on Innovative and R&D projects. With a strong entrepreneur spirit he’s founded three creative ventures among them a Music Festival. He’s the CEO of Living Indie a platform streaming live some of the best concerts. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Kate Jackson, TableCrowd

Kate Jackson is Co-Founder & CEO of TableCrowd, a real life social network where you can meet people over food. Kate qualified as a commercial lawyer in Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard), working for clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations. She left in 2007 to co-found her first tech business, ClickTonight and then her second, SilkFred. Kate is a master of all trades, having to work in all non-technical areas of the business. She has won numerous pitch events for TableCrowd and secured great fexposure & partnerships for this project. She holds a degree in Law & Business and then went on to study the Legal Practice Course. She loves cycling, triathlons and all things outdoors. Kate is passionate about revolutionising the way people dine out. She is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Stony Grunow, Daddy Donkey Labs

Stony Grunow is the CEO of Daddy Donkey Labs, which develops enterprise SaaS products and has a portfolio of subscription apps based on the platform. Prior to Daddy Donkey Labs, he started and ran Third Sector IT, a social enterprise dedicated to helping non-profits get the most out of Salesforce, which was the fastest growing startup Social Enterprise in the UK in 2011. He  is an expert in all things Salesforce, and also bootstrapping SaaS companies.  Stony has been a recipient of the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business awards and is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Fahim Sachedina, Rightcrowd

Fahim is a Growth and Data Partner at True Up - London’s Growth Hacking Agency. He was also the co-founder of Startup Hacks, a prestigious student-only hackathon which courted partners such as Facebook, Duedil, Cisco, Uber and many more. During his undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester, he was the President of Manchester Entrepreneurs - the largest enterprise society in the UK. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Hans-Christian Zappel (Gigi Zappel), Knomi

Hans-Christian Zappel is co-founder of Knomi, a London-based retail technology startup that revolutionises the in-store shopping experience for customers of brick-n-mortar retailers. Prior to Knomi, Hans-Christian worked as an investment professional at Davidson Kempner, a +$20Bn US hedge fund, where he was responsible for over $250m in distressed debt investments. Hans-Christian started his career at Morgan Stanley where he spent 3 years in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring practice in London and Frankfurt. He executed landmark restructuring transactions totalling a deal volume of more than $15Bn. Hans-Christian holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). He is passionate about bringing together great people to build great things that have an impact on the life of many. Hans-Christian is 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Uma Subramanian, Cycle50

Uma Subramanian is the Co-Founder of Cycle50, a "revolution"ary spinning studio concept that will build and scale cycling studios in Central London. This is a passion project as Uma is also the Divisional Strategy Director for Ultra Electronics Infrastructure & Power Systems, a FTSE 250 listed company. Uma has had a varied career, involving stints on the Space Programme, with Bain & Company, and Rolls-Royce. She is extremely passionate about science and exploration, and believes in creating conscious businesses that holistically consider stakeholder value creation beyond the bottom line. She is a 2014 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Programme in London.

Rajeev Nayyar, Fixflo

Rajeev Nayyar is the founder of Fixflo, a system that allows property repairs to be carried out more quickly and painlessly. Prior to Fixflo, he  worked at a property lawyer in London and New Zealand. Rajeev has also worked at a major international bank and is the director of a charity that makes life better for children in a township in South Africa. He  is an expert in property and property developments.  Rajeev was chosen as one of the top 8 young entrepreneurs in the UK by Shell LiveWIRE. He holds a degree in law from Oxford University (Brasenose College). He loves playing and watching sports.  Rajeev is passionate about solving the problems of property owners and occupiers. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Hugo Macedo, Smart Separations

Hugo Macedo is the Founder of Smart Separations, a medical devices startup developing a novel and more efficient method to separate blood cells. Born in a small town in the North of Portugal, he graduated in Chemical Engineering, during which he discovered his entrepreneurial spirit. With this in mind, he moved to London in 2006, where he embarked on a PhD journey in Tissue Engineering, creating the first "3D hollow fibre bioreactor for the production of human red blood cells" – a system design that he patented. This work was featured in different magazines such as Metro, got the cover page of The Chemical Engineer in 2011 and was selected as one of “Ten life-changing ideas under research at UK universities” by the Research Councils UK. Hugo has participated in different entrepreneurship competitions, including reaching the finals in the prize Start 2007 (in Portugal), a mini-MBA by the Imperial College Business School in 2009, and the final 10 startups at the Design London Entrepreneurial Bootcamp in 2009. He holds 2 patents and is passionate for innovation leading to improve people’s quality of life. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Romain Eude, Utelly

With over 15 years of experience in application development and technical architecture applied to large distributed systems and consumer-facing web sites, Romain Eude is the co-founder of Utelly, a mobile application and a platform aiming at changing how consumers discover and find what to watch. Prior to Utelly, Romain oversaw the IT team as Chief Technology Officer. Before joining in July 2011, Romain was CTO of, a luxury hotels booking site. During his 2-year tenure, Romain integrated 45 booking partners under one real-time price comparison platform and rolled out 4 white-label booking sites and developed GekkoLinks, an innovative patent pending in-text advertising solution used by Travel publishers such as TravelDK and the Telegraph. Prior to, Romain was Head of Technology and a member of the executive team at, a Balderton-backed start-up. Romain has also developed a market-leading temperature tag tracking business and delivered two major projects of the EudraTelematics Programme for the European Union. Romain holds a General Engineering Master's degree with a thesis in IA from ICAM Lille (France) and studied Marketing at Temple University, Pennsylvania (USA). He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Matt Kuppers, Startup Manufactory

Matt Kuppers started PhD at the London School of Economics in game theory but dropped out to join the VC firm Straub Ventures where he co-founded an SEO boutique consultancy backed by that VC firm. Following that he co-developed an iPhone app named Wobbly Wallet solving the common problem finding an open pub in London serving drinks past 11pm. From pubs Matt moved on to restaurants and co-founded a £100k seed funded start-up named MenuSpring which later became UK's biggest restaurant and menu item search portal. With over 5 years of digital experience at the time Matt had a brief stint as a private start-up consultant before he founded a venture building firm named providing flexible solutions for start-ups all along the early to post-seed stage cycle. Matt is also mentor to the start-up boot camp Oxygen Accelerator, is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London and also completed a course in entrepreneurship at Said Business School of Oxford University. Matt is largely driven by challenges, creating value and fun. Other than that, he loves running, trying out new restaurants in London and treats himself to modern art. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Marc Corbalan, MEME

Marc Corbalan is CEO and co-founder of MEME, a web 2.0, luxury online aggregator. Previously he was a senior Product Manager at Experian and Verizon. He holds bachelors degree from Universidad de Zaragoza and masters degree from University of Salford. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Sachin Obaid, Think Shaadi

Sachin Obaid is the founder of Think Shaadi, a curated wedding portal bringing inspiration and content from high quality and unique suppliers to discerning couples. Sachin manages business development, product management and customer acquisition. He recently lead the team in pitching and winning a place on Accelerate Cambridge, a start-up accelerator established by University of Cambridge, Judge Business School. Sachin previously worked on Wall Street (Merrill Lynch and UBS) for 7 years and covered sales, relationship management, product management and finance. Sachin is a world citizen, and while he is originally from India; he grew up in Saudi Arabia, studied in U.S.A. and is currently based in London. Sachin has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Denison University, U.S.A., completed a course in entrepreneurship at Said Business School of Oxford University and is an alumnus of the School for Creative Startups. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Anastasia Roumelioti, Lady & Lara

Anastasia Roumelioti is the Founder of Lady & Lara, a fashion tech company based in New York and catering to stylish pet parents who opt for luxury brands. Anastasia founded the company in 2012, right after graduating from Wharton School with a double major MBA. She recently moved from New York to join P&G as Brand Communications and PR Manager for the Household Brands, while in the past she worked for Giorgio Armani and Unilever. She is an expert in luxury brand management and digital marketing. In her free time, she writes for the Huffington Post and serves as an advisor at the social enterprise Arzu Studio Hope. She thinks that the perfect entrepreneur would come from a mix of Steve Jobs and Coco Chanel. Anastasia is passionate about solving the problem of entropy: “there must be a way to keep things in order with minimum effort”. She is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

George Butler, Spry

George Butler is the CEO and co-founder of the Spry app and Spry Player “Bringing video to life”  A video tagging tool and web platform that will help video bloggers make money through affiliate advertising. He is also the managing director of Mutiny Media and is the director and producer of documentary’s.  Currently in production: “Meet Me at Samois” a film about people inspired by the legacy of gypsy jazz founder Django Rienhart and “The Time Traveller” A film about the mysterious life of Bernard Fevre and the Black Devil Disco Club. Holding an MA in Globalisation and Development he is involved with social development projects and is currently running workshops producing an educational video about child trafficking and is planning a participatory video research project to inform the development of an educational project in the Dandora slum in Nairobi Kenya. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Mohit Midha, COO, Blue Duck Education


Mohit Midha is Chief Operating Officer at Blue Duck Education, the company behind Mangahigh one of the world’s first games-based-learning sites, where students learn mathematics via purpose-built casual games that balance fun and learning. Prior to that, he worked as an independent consultant in the digital strategy arena, advising startups and SMEs in the TMT sector. Before embarking on an entrepreneurial career track, Mohit did a stint as a senior consultant within the strategy practice at Accenture, where he advised clients in the financial services. He started his full-time career at Deutsche Bank in London, where he worked in various capacities and led the team responsible for redesigning the Bank’s technology infrastructure that allowed for a record growth in trading volumes. Mohit is a Sainsbury Management Fellow and holds an MBA from London Business School, specialising in ‘private equity’ and ‘entrepreneurial management’. He did his bachelors in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering from University of Sussex, where he achieved a merit based scholarship each year. He co-founded the ‘Turnaround Management’ club while at London Business School and ‘Enable Ethiopia’ NGO while at Deustche Bank.


Adam Davies, Startup, Film Distribution


Adam P Davies has advised exclusively in the entertainment sector since qualifying as a solicitor in the early ‘90s. In 1999, he left the law to provide film financing advice to sales agents, distributors, equity and tax funds, high-net-worth individuals, producers, talent agencies and studios, including by Fox Searchlight, who appointed him to source and secure slate finance for the studio arm. In 2002, he was personally invited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences to attend the Oscars® at its inaugural ceremony at its new home on Hollywood & Vine. Adam went on to head the Legal & Business Affairs departments of a number of international public listed companies in the film industry, and to help establish the (then) largest ever film finance fund on the African continent. In all, he has consulted to film companies on four continents, and has advised on the finance or distribution on more than 200 feature films including several Oscar® winners. His latest book, the Film Finance Handbook, now in its 3rd edition, is reportedly the world’s best-selling book on the subject. In 2008, Adam was selected by London Business School to become a Sloan Fellow, undertaking a year-long senior management programme in Strategy and Leadership, specialising in various entrepreneurship programems. Whilst there, Adam switched his industry focus towards business models for digital distribution, leading various strategy and marketing consulting teams into key industry players, including LoveFilm. For his acclaimed 2009 Industry Report on the Critical Success Factors for Online Film Distribution, he collaborated with 26 leading industry companies including Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Sony, Microsoft, Google, Virgin, BT Vision, BBC, Lovefilm, the Film Council and even governmental peers. He is now interested in setting up a business in this space.


Arshya Lakshman, FuturON


Arshya Lakshman, CEO & Founder of futurON Ltd, chose to make a living out of her hobby – creativity for the corporate world. futurON does marketing and social media strategies for the tech world. Arshya’s keen interest in blending the best of the creative and corporate world, started due to her education in Visual Communications (Madras University) and Business Management (Strathclyde Business School). From being a part of the Tamil films industry to being associated with multinational brands (like Ingenico, BBC, BBDO, Tata, Sony) and startups, Arshya has worked with a variety of industries and organizational sizes leading branding, marketing, PR and social media campaigns. Arshya is a serial globetrotter, she has worked and travelled across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Her love for the creative art led her to become an actor for a multicultural theatre group in the UK and singing for a band in Scotland. She also enjoys her photography, painting, martial arts and meditation. Arshya is a fellow in the 2012 Startup Leadership Program in London and is looking forward to combining her love for entrepreneurship, leadership and technology to dive deep into the startup world.


Barath Shankar Subramanian, Accel Partners


Barath Shankar Subramanian currently works as a Senior Consultant in the healthcare industry at Frost & Sullivan in London. Prior to his MBA, Barath was a Senior Industry Analyst with Frost & Sullivan in San Antonio and Pittsburgh, USA tracking emerging trends in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. During his MBA, Barath worked with startup ideas in the renewable energy and financial services markets from Carnegie Mellon University and helped them take it to market and. Barath interned with Accel Partners in an investment analysis role during his MBA. Most recently, Barath was named the Co-Program Leader for the Startup Leadership Program in London and selected as Fellow in the Class of 2012. Barath holds a Pharmacy (Honours) degree from Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS), Pilani India and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University USA. His hobbies include trivia, quizzing, cricket, golf and traveling.


Daniel Saunders, Founder & MD, Decarbon


Founder and Managing Director of Decarbon Limited. Decarbon offers equitable funding to help large energy users to lower their energy costs and carbon footprint. £5m capital ringfenced to date to fund energy saving projects. An evolution of business model (GreenLease) that won 2009 Cleantech Challenge. Prior to Decarbon, IBD Associate at Morgan Stanley, senior Managing Consultant at IBM, hold MBA from London Business School and a 1st class honours degree in Combined Sciences from University of Liverpool.


David Noonan, Imperial


David P. Noonan received the B.Eng degree in Mechatronics from Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland in 2005 and the M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Research) from King’s College London, London, U.K., in 2006. He is currently working toward the Ph.D degree jointly at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery and the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, London, U.K. He has worked as a member of research staff at Imperial since 2007. His research interests include applications of mechatronics technology in medicine with an emphasis on articulated robotic devices, gaze contingent control and both stereo and fluorescence imaging platforms for minimally invasive surgery.


Ian Broom, Weboo


Ian Broom has been creating web sites since he was 15 years old. Since then he has studied software development, business management, HR, and project management. He has worked in project management, consulting, software development, and IT management roles for IT, finance, digital agency, and charity companies. In 2004 Ian started Weboo in Australia to help clients with online advice, development, and management. In 2007 Ian moved to the UK and started Weboo in the UK in 2009. Weboo has rapidly expanded and today works with some of the biggest companies in the UK as well as helping smaller clients in the UK and Australia to effectively use the internet. Ian is a serial networker who never says no to a coffee, he works hard to help others and enhance the startup community globally. He is passionate in the business opportunities the internet offers entrepreneurs and works hard to stay on top of the latest technologies to ensure he can always give current advice to startups and customers.


Jackson Carroll, OnCallInsight


Jackson Carroll is the Founder and CEO of OnCallInsight and a Fellow in the 2012 Startup Leadership Program in London. Jackson’s mission is to radically change the speed at which businesses are able to make strategic decisions. He has worked for McKinsey and Company in London and with Accenture in Australia. In his spare time Jackson enjoys open water swimming. Jackson has an Information Technology (Honours I) degree and an MBA (with Distinction) from London Business School.


Jamie Wilson, Physician


Dr. Jamie Wilson is founder of an assisted living technology platform, helping older adults ?age in place? in their own homes. He was previously Platform Director at SharpBrains, a neurotechnology firm based in San Francisco, advising early stage companies on emerging technologies in neuroscience. Jamie previously wrote the digital strategy at Novartis and managed initial business development in digital. A physician and psychiatrist by background, he trained at Imperial College, London. In 2007, Jamie product managed a point-of-care clinical decision tool for a NASDAQ listed PDA clinical informatics platform, before founding an online physicians? marketplace in the UK. He has an MBA from the London Business School and is an alumnus of University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.


Nazz Ahammad, Founding Director, Nimbulus Consulting


Nazz Ahammad is a serial entrepreneur and a Founding Director of two technology companies in Central London. He founded Nimbulus Consulting, one of the UK’s leading Microsoft Cloud computing consultancies, in 2009 and before that co-founded Hypercubic Solutions a leading small business IT consultancy in 2002. Before running his own businesses Nazz worked as a programmer at Goldman Sachs International for five years in London and New York after graduating from University College London.


Mandeep Rai, Media Reporter


Mandeep went from Private Banking at JP Morgan in London to a colourful ten years of creative activism, journalism and development. She used her degree in Politics, Economics and Philosophy to report for the BBC World Service, covering the emerging markets from every angle. She travelled up to 100 different countries, and produced documentaries/features and programs on Development Issues across the board; from Environmentalism in Ladakh to Luxury Goods trafficked into China, from Religion in the Galapagos Islands to the Lonely Dogs in Japan, from Astrology in the Atacama to Political Street Theatre in Kenya, followed by Retuers Television presenting political stories from the UN and the financial updates and explanations from the Nasdaq, Times Square, New York. Mandeep earned her MSc from the London School of Economics, to broaden her understanding of Development issues, and subsequently worked for the UN in New York, DG Enterprise at the European Commission in Brussels and grassroots NGOs in the Himalayas, Uganda and Guatemala. Prior to Business School, Mandeep worked for the Government of Abu Dhabi, to inform the global political economic dialogue around Islam and the Middle East. TwoFour54 partnered with both the BBC and Reuters, and she was given the responsibility to strategise and set up the first Media Venture Capital in the MENA region. Now educated at Harvard Business School, MIT and London Business School, Mandeep has come full circle and is equipped and ready to change the world.


Joysy John, Equity Derivatives, Morgan Stanley


Joysy John currently works in Equity Derivatives business at Morgan Stanley, London. Prior to her MBA, Joysy worked for over six years with JPMorgan Chase in Singapore and New York, where she was the youngest person selected into JPMorgan’s Future Leader Development Programme (in 2002). Joysy has nurtured her entrepreneurial interests throughout her career. In her undergraduate years, she co-founded Students’ Initiative For Technopreneurship as a platform for students interested in entrepreneurship to network with industry and social leaders. In recent years she has worked with several entrepreneurs to help improve their business plans. Joysy is passionate about developing and empowering women to achieve their goals. She was the President of the Women in Business Club at London Business School. She also served on the first executive-committee for Financial Women’s Association in Singapore and was responsible for launching the mentoring programme for young women. She has mentored high-school students through Big Brothers Big Sisters and Financial Women’s Association in New York. She was a student delegate at the 2007 Women’s Forum held at Deauville, France. She volunteers with Young Enterprise to teach primary school students. Joysy is originally from India and has lived in Singapore, USA and UK. She holds a Computer Engineering (Honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA with Distinction from London Business School. She was a recipient of the SIA-NOL scholarship for her undergraduate studies and the 2006 Forte Scholarship for her MBA. Her hobbies include horse-riding, ceramic arts, travelling and hosting parties.


Lily Lapenna, Founder & CEO, MyBnk


Lily Lapenna is the Founder and CEO of award winning UK social enterprise, MyBnk. Her non-profit organisation helps 11-25-year-olds in some of the poorest parts of London manage their money effectively and make enterprising choices. She’s created the county’s first FSA approved, independent, in-school and online youth-led banking scheme. Lily is Italian and grew up between London, Italy and the USA within a very socially minded family. At 18 she left London for rural Zimbabwe working on youth AIDS awareness. A SOAS graduate in Development, she later worked in Asia for BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) and after this experience, returned to London and founded MyBnk. From a lone pilot and with no government funds, her charity has reached over 34,000 young Londoners in three years. Her 24 microfinance branches offer young people a safe and accessible place to save, develop good financial habits. Pupils are trained to administer the banks and decide on approving 0% interest loans – 100s have had their first enterprise experience. As part of the this global movement, she is spreading her expertise to China with the Shanghai Better Education Foundation, Save the Children in Ghana, Kenya, Nepal and Columbia, and PEDN in Uganda. This autumn the first of several UK social franchises goes live in the North West of England. This year Lily was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Selected as an Ashoka fellow in 2010, she was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the New Statesman in 2008 and her programmes continue to win awards for excellence in financial capability – most recently in 2010 by Children and Young People Now Magazine. Lily mentors and guide start-ups such as Big Society Award winners, FoodCycle, of which she is a Director. She sits on the Board of Trustees for CIVA (Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action) and is an advisor to the charity Olive Branch for Children (Tanzania).


Melissa Morris, Founder & CEO, Network Locum


Melissa is CEO and Founder of Network Locum, which she founded in 2010. Network Locum is an online marketplace where temporary doctors (Locums) can find jobs in GP practices, and medical centres. Melissa’s experience working for the NHS both during her time at Mckinsey and at her current role in London’s Strategic Health Authority, enabled her to identify the locum marketplace as both a painpoint for GPs and a needless expense to the health system; damaging doctor-patient relationships and preventing locums from maximising their earning potential. Network Locum was featured at the spring 2011 launch of the coalition government’s Startup Britain campaign. Melissa has a strong background in finance and management consultancy having worked for Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division and top-tier management consultancy, McKinsey, she gained experience she was keen to transfer to her own business. Melissa has a strong academic record, gaining a 1st class Degree in Business from the University of Bath and 3 A’s at A level


Rajeeb Dey, CEO, Enternships


Rajeeb Dey (25) is CEO of – a jobs portal connecting talented students and graduates to ‘entrepreneurial work placements’ in start-ups and small businesses worldwide. Rajeeb graduated in 2008 with First Class Honours in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford where he was the longest serving President of Oxford Entrepreneurs. His entrepreneurial endeavours started at the age of 17 when he Founded the English Secondary Students’ Association (ESSA) – the first national organisation working to give school students aged 11-19 a voice in their education – and for which he has received numerous accolades including the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award & Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA). He was awarded the “02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009 for Enternships and has been recognised as one of the ‘rising stars’ of the Business World by Spectator Business Magazine. Rajeeb was profiled in The Observer as ‘One to Watch in 2010′ from “Courvoisier The Future 500 Network” – a prestigious network of emerging leaders in the UK. Since launching Enternships in May 2009, Rajeeb has secured global media coverage including CNN, BBC World News, The Daily Telegraph, ABC News, The Sunday Times, Wall Street Journal to name a few. He was referred to by the Financial Times as “among the most high profile” young entrepreneurs in the UK. Most recently he was one of the Co-Founders of the StartUp Britain campaign – an initiative supported by HM Government which aims to celebrate, inspire and accelerate entrepreneurship in the UK. StartUp Britain was launched in March 2011 by the Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne and Secretary of State Vince Cable. Rajeeb also accompanied the Prime Minister on his recent Trade mission to Africa in July 2011. Rajeeb is also a Trustee of UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, a Channel 4 Education Advisory Board Member and on the UK India Business Council Next Generation Advisory Board.


Øyvind Henriksen, poq studio


Øyvind Henriksen, founder of poq studio. Poq studio creates mobile apps for fashion shops. He was awarded twice in Gulltaggen Norwegian Web Awards for e-commerce websites. He was lead developer in a digital agency for 10 years, and is now getting into mobile commerce. He graduated from the MSc Technology Entrepreneurship programme at UCL in 2011. He likes backpacking and hiking, but is also a bit of a gaming geek. He is a Fellow in the 2012 Startup Leadership Program in London.


Philip Woodward, Founder, HipSnip


Significant experience and success in corporate strategy, business management and start-ups. Currently growing HipSnip, an exciting mobile internet business. Five years experience in board level corporate strategy for international blue chip companies in various sectors including FMCG, consumer electronics and consumer finance. Specialties Mobile marketing, social media, corporate strategy, financial analysis, competetive assessment and benchmarking, purchasing and procurement strategy, small business strategy, consumer goods


Tony Dhillon, Head of European Operations, GrowVC


Tony is a finance, media and technology professional. He is currently the Head of European Operations for Grow VC a global venture community for start-ups entrepreneurs, funders and experts. He has raised significant funds for feature films and has worked for Barclays Corporate in the technology, media and telecoms team and at Variety Magazine. Tony holds a BSc in Economics with Management from the University of Royal Holloway and holds the Securities and Investment Institutes – Certificate in Investment and Financial Advice. He has a passion for entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation and ideas which will help shape our world in the future.


Will McQuillan, CoFounder, Osmoda


Will McQuillan graduated from Trinity College Dublin, where he received his Bachelor of Business Studies. After an Internship for Lehman Brothers in UK M&A, he became one of the founding employees of Ondra Partners, a start-up investment-banking boutique. He helped Ondra grow from 4 people to having over 40 people in London, New York and Paris within two years. He is currently the Co-Founder of Osmoda, an online fashion marketplace curated by its users and also Co-Founder of BetaPitch, a start up accelerator. In his spare time William is also a mentor for Spring Board and LSE Incubators in the UK and is the London Ambassador for the Sandbox Network.


Zoe Peden, Founder, MyChoicePad


Originally from Stockport this Northern Lass migrated south to study at LSE and spent the first ten years of working life in editorial management and product development at various publishers in the UK and Australia, with a particular interest in web technologies. She made the transition to senior management and the charitable sector aged 30 and looked after the development of resources at The Makaton Charity. While at the charity Zoe become obsessed with all things EdTech – particularly in regards to Makaton users and the special needs arena. This was an area crying out for some industry disruption. Alongside working for the charity, Zoe started a flexible MBA at Henley Business School. Having had a longstanding interest in entrepreneurship and a desire to set up her own business the MBA gave her the confidence to take the risk and put everything behind the idea for MyChoicePad. It was too big an opportunity to resist! Zoe loves building things that change lives and puts smiles on faces. She is fascinated with all EdTech stuff, the thriving world of UK tech start ups, entrepreneurship and innovation in general and mobile app development.

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