Grow your business with expert help.

Some of the world’s most experienced and successful entrepreneurs will be available to offer invaluable advice.

Our mentors are on hand for one-to-one and one-to-many mentoring sessions.  Take a look at the list of experts already signed up to find out who you could be going to for advice.

Tim Abraham (London, UK)

VP Product Strategy & Partnerships

Adbrain

Tim has over 10 years’ experience in the Digital Marketing sector with a broad commercial, technical and partnerships background with roles at AOL and WPP’s GroupM.  Currently a leader at Adbrain, Tim is responsible for launching an enterprise technology product in the US and UK including product strategy, customer acquisition and partnerships.

Hussain Al Hilli (London, UK)

Co-Founder & COO

Byoot

A polymathic entrepreneur & polyglot-tic thinker, Al Hilli has been pioneering the FinTech & PropTech sectors since 2013. He is the Co-Founder & COO at Byoot, a Fintech platform giving access to trade and invest in residential properties globally. He previously worked at UBS & Deutsche Bank, and completed his Officer training with the British Military. Hussain graduated with a BA in Chinese & Economics from The School of Oriental & African Studies. Al Hilli currently champions the Fintech sector as a UKTI Envoy & Tech London Advocate.

Omid Ashtari

Omid Ashtari

General Manager

Citymapper

Omid Ashtari is General Manager at Citymapper. Before joining Citymapper, Omid setup up Foursquare Europe as its Managing Director and was focused on growing the international user base and revenues. Prior to that he spent 7 years with Google in Dublin, London and San Francisco. During his Google tenure he held multiple positions in sales and business development. (In his spare time Omid is a Seedcamp & Techstars mentor, Non-Exec Director at London startup Streetbees and sits on the Mayor's Business Advisory Board.)

Alex Barker

Head of User Experience

Sift Digital

Alex is an experienced practitioner who ensures user-centred design is integral to all client relationships, leading a multi-disciplinary team of UX Consultants, Content & Digital Strategists. He is the inventor of UCT (User-Centred Transformation), whereby UX and digital are catalysts for organisational change. Alex is a mentor for Google Launchpad instilling UX thinking into startup product development.

Jennifer Byrne (San Francisco & NYC, USA)

Co-Founder & Partner

Quesnay

After spending 20 years leading business development and innovation in Fortune 100 companies as well as start-ups, Jennifer co-founded Quesnay to help financial institutions, telecom providers, media companies, and retailers accelerate the launch of new products and services leveraging external innovation. Jennifer is an active advisor, board member, mentor, speaker, and innovation judge for organizations such as Bootup Ventures, Tech London Advocates, Duke Global Entrepreneurial Network, DreamIt, Zahn Innovation Center, Startup Fintech Bootcamp, Money 2020, Women in Strategy, and is an active angel investor in seven mobile startups Lettuce Inc. (acquired by Intuit). Jennifer received her B.A from Duke University and speaks Spanish, French, and Italian.

Xueling Cao (Beijing. China)

Director

Shengjing Group

Xueling Cao is a director at Shengjing Group, leading their Fund of Funds and early stage investments division, worth more than 400 million RMB. She has many years experience managing investments and has worked with a number of early stage high-tech startups with opportunities across China, the USA, Israel and Europe.

Mark Charkin (San Francisco, USA)

Advisor & Seed Investor

Mark is a proven digital business leader & digital pioneer spanning 20 years. He has a very successful and consistent track record in building & leading high-calibre commercial organisations and models internationally from scratch. Mark is now based in San Francisco and currently advising and consulting a number of earlier stage businesses, most notably Snapchat, Onfido and Jaunt VR. Previously he was at the TheExchangelab where he was responsible for scaling global revenue and defining the commercial strategy. Prior to this Mark was EVP Advertising & Business Development at King.com and VP Global Sales at Bebo.

Allan Chou (Beijing, China)

Partner

Cheku Cafe

Lih Woei Chou is a partner at Cheku Cafe (Garage Cafe - www.chekucafe.com) one of the first privately operated and nationally recognized tech incubators in China.  Mr. Chou is a 20 year old veteran of the advertising industry in China and have managed some of the most high profile branding campaigns for Chinese listed companies such as NetEase and Snow Beer. He is also a pioneer in digital marketing and online consumer research in China having founded his own agencies in both discipline in Beijing. Mr Chou moved to Shanghai in 2013 to invest and incubate startups in the International luxury goods sector. Before coming to China he worked in the government of California as Chief Assistant Secretary of State in charge of the World Trade Commission and later worked in the Clinton administration as a trade advisor during the first term. Mr. Chou has a degree in political science and is currently also a mentor in the Action Learning program at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), part of the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Bob Chua (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Serial entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Bob has been working with the UKTI as a Catalyst member for many years, advising on matters arising around opportunity in ASEAN and Malaysia, as well as inward opportunities towards London.
As he has personally experienced significant fundraising, and a successful IPO on the London Capital Markets, he is keen to assist and advise companies seeking opportunities in London and the Greater UK, as well as UK based companies seeking opportunities and networks in Asia.

John Clark (NYC, USA)

Business Development

Long Ridge Equity Partners

John Clark leads Business Development efforts for Long Ridge Equity Partners. Long Ridge is a private equity firm that focuses on growth capital investment opportunities in a range of financial sub-sectors including financial technology, business services, wealth management, and specialty finance. At Long Ridge, John focuses on cultivating and managing relationships with technology companies across business verticals and size, ranging from startups to established financial companies. Prior to Long Ridge, he was a Senior Associate with Dinan & Company, a middle-market investment bank specializing in mergers & acquisitions, valuations and merchant banking advisory services.

Sherry Coutu (London, UK)

Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Founder

Scale up Institute

Sherry Coutu CBE chairs Founders4Schools, is the author of ‘The Scale-up Report’ on UK economic growth  and  serves as a non-executive director on the boards of the London Stock Exchange Group plc,  Raspberry Pi, Zoopla plc  and Cambridge University (Finance Board).  As an entrepreneur, Sherry has founded a number of businesses and charities in the past. As a philanthropist,  in addition to Founders4schools, she is a supporter of the Crick Institute and a Trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.  She received the honour Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for “services to entrepreneurship” from HM Queen in 2013 and is an Ambassador for London for the Mayor of London. She is an alumnus of the London School of Economics, Harvard Business School and the University of British Columbia.

Ashank Desai (India)

Founder & Former Chairman

Mastek

Mr. Ashank Desai, Founder & Former Chairman of Mastek Limited also guides the Mastek Foundation whose mission is enabling “Informed Giving & Responsible Receiving”.   He is one of the founder members and past Chairman of  National Association of Software and Services Companies ( NASSCOM ) and a former President of Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO).  For many years he has been involved with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Executive committees at National & Regional level.  Mr. Desai graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),  Bombay and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM),  Ahmedabad.  He was recently felicitated by Prime Minister Modi for his leadership role in IT Industry for the last 25 years. 

Jean Donnelly (Boston, USA)

Executive Director

FinTech Sandbox

Jean Donnelly, the FinTech Sandbox Executive Director, is a recovering engineer who has spent time at GE Capital, Fidelity Investments, and EnerNOC, as well as a digital forensics startup. With over twenty years experience in technology, operations and process excellence in both financial services and clean tech, she now heads up an organization looking to create as many collisions within the FinTech ecosystem as possible.

Jean received her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her MBA at University of Edinburgh.

Pierre Dubuc

CEO & Co-Founder

Open Classrooms

Pierre Dubuc is the CEO and co-founder of OpenClassrooms, the leading online learning platform in Europe for digital skills, with more than 2 million members and 50 partners. In 2016 Pierre was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 – Europe’s leading entrepreneurs to watch.

Mark Felix

Director of Online Trade

johnlewis.com

Mark is the Director of Online Trade for johnlewis.com, responsible for Trading John Lewis's online channel, a turnover of c £1.7bn. Mark joined John Lewis in February 2015. Previously, he was at Sainsbury's in roles responsible for Strategy, Pricing and Online across Food, General Merchandise and Clothing. Prior to this, Mark worked at Carphone Warehouse in Strategy and general management roles. Mark began his career in Management Consulting.

Anthony Fletcher (London, UK)

CEO

Graze

Anthony Fletcher is the CEO of graze.com, the healthier snack brand which designs, manufactures and sells its snacks both online and offline. During his time at graze.com, Anthony has been responsible for taking the business to the US achieving a $32m run rate in the first year, led the sale of the business to the private equity group Carlyle in 2012 and launched the brand through traditional FMCG channels becoming the fastest selling healthy snack in retailers such as WHSmiths, Sainsbury’s and Boots. Previously Anthony held various roles at the smoothie business innocent drinks, including brand manager and innovation manager. He holds a first class degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and has also undertaken pharmaceutical research in at the Frick Laboratory Princeton.

Isabel Fox (London, UK)

Head of Venture

White Cloud Capital

Isabel is passionate about technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. She started out in finance, followed by financial PR (IPOs) before founding two corporate/tech PR firms, being part of the founding team of two software start ups and an active investor in the UK and US. She is an advisor and angel investor in several start-ups including Adbrain, Jumio, BitPay, Get Around, Violin Memory, Tray.io, Cloud House, GetCrane and others. Isabel has spent 15+ years in a variety of communications and marketing roles.

Christophe Garnier (NYC, USA)

Managing Director

Spark Labs

Technology entrepreneur with expertise in SaaS, Digital Media, E-Commerce, Mobile Tech & Ad Tech verticals between the US & Europe. Results-oriented with P&L responsibility and experience in setting business strategy, scaling distribution, building/leading teams up to 200 people & ultimately driving business growth. Primarily focused on revenue generation through sales efforts, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, strategic M&A & licensing deals.  Board member/advisor in several early stage startups including Parentify, Tape, ClarityAd, Boardvote, Whatt & Exclusively.in.

Peter Gillingwater (London, Uk)

Founder

NEXEC Leaders

One of the most experienced and accomplished global technology sector head hunters; Peter is the founder of NEXEC Leaders following on from his 25 years’ experience in international Executive Search; he previously founded European Leaders and was a board member of UK quoted Corporate Executive Search Group where he focused on building senior executive teams for international technology companies. Peter was a technologist in his early career in Citigroup’s IT operations and at HP. He actively mentors and invests in early stage Companies and uses his extensive network to assist these young businesses to gain further funding or strategic relationships for growth.

Phil Gillman (NYC, USA)

Co-Founder & CEO

Siberia

Phil is co-Founder and CEO of Siberia, a design and engineering firm. He is an Experience Designer, Programmer, Copywriter, Creative Director, Suit. Phil has over 15 years of strategically leveraging experience design, engineering, content and utility to build successful brands, products and services.

Nilesh Gopali (Mumbai, India)

Country Head, India

cloudBuy

Nilesh Gopali has been the Country Head, India for cloudBuy since 2014. cloudBuy provides cloud solutions for buyers and sellers – and brings them together to trade securely and ethically via an increasing number of public e-marketplaces and private purchasing portals around the world. With an extensive background in the financial markets and leveraging his extensive C-Level Executive expertise, Nilesh was instrumental in launching a new UK High Street bank from scratch – Metro Bank – which was Britain's first new High Street bank in over 100 years. His increasing presence as a key industry influencer is reflected in the popularity of his articles such as his 4-Part series in Brokers Forum of India Magazine. 

Anil Hansjee (Stockholm, Sweden)

Co-Founder

Firestartr

Anil co-founded London’s leading angel investment club firestartr.co and is currently advising mojo.capital to invest in leading European VC funds and their top growth stage companies. He has previously been in executive M&A/investment positions since 1997 with Modern Times Group, EQT funds, Investinor, Google, International Data Group and JP Morgan Chase.

Edward Harding (London, UK)

Consultant

Ed is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW)with over 20 years of experience transforming the business models behind global brands. In the late 90s he was in the launch team of UBS e-services (internet banking) and then ran business analysis for global wealth management in Zurich. At Coutts he transformed the finance function and doubled UK profits. After taking time out to travel the world Ed returned as a consultant with banking crisis roles at RBS in Asia (banking) and UK (insurance). He was CFO at innovative tech incubator HackFwd, FD at RSA, Corporate Finance at CityIndex, CEO at Clermont Hotels & Residences and Group CFO at GLH, London’s largest hotel group. Most recently he consulted for Deloitte in Zurich. He advises, mentors and has co-founded a number of start-ups.

Robert Jones (London, UK)

Managing Director & Founder

Bluefire

Robert Jones has over 25 years’ global experience with growth and turn around initiatives for technology companies in senior sales, business development, product and executive general management roles. This includes working with companies like Nortel, Cisco, Acision, and Truphone where, as a member of the executive team, he led an expansion across five countries in Europe and delivered consistent growth of the regional business of more than 40% every quarter for more than two years.  Robert has done business in more than 30 countries around the world with particular focus on North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. He currently lives in London where he runs Bluefire to help mid-market technology companies scale-up and grow effectively.

Max Kantelia (Singapore)

Chairman

Aeriandi Ltd

Max is a financial services entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience of building professional services and technology firms in Europe, the US and Asia. He operates an advisory firm, McLaren Global Partners and is on the board of several fintech companies including Anquan Capital (Singapore), Aeriandi (Oxford), untapt (New York). Max has a degree in engineering.

Parul Kaul-Green

Head of M&A and Innovation

AXA UK Group

Parul is Head of M&A and Innovation at AXA UK Group. She is a passionate advocate of Open Innovation in Financial services and works with Fintech and Insurtech start-ups both for investment and corporate partnering. Parul is a Financial Services and PE specialist who has worked in UK, Germany and India. She is a mentor at The Duke of York Pitch@Palace, Fintech Innovation Lab and other Fintech accelerator programmes in London.

Jonathan Keeling

Head of Partnerships

Crowdcube

As Head of Partnerships for Crowdcube Jonathan is responsible for building quality partnerships to sustainably scale the platform. As part of the original founding team, he also continues to support Pavegen's exponential growth as a shareholder and advisor. Previous to Pavegen, Jonathan worked for the United Nations and Centrica supporting the uptake of sustainable land management policies in S-W Africa and modelling the rollout of the UK smart metering programme respectively. Speaking highlights include TEDxLondon ‘City 2.0’, the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Istanbul, pitching at the British Library amongst the WONGA Future50 as well as presenting Pavegen as one of the "5 Ideas to Shake the World" during The Global Design Forum, 2015 at the V&A.

Jonathan Keidan

Co-Founder

InsideHook

Jonathan has spent his career at the intersection of the media, technology and entertainment industries. He is the Co-Founder of mens’ digital lifestyle guide InsideHook, a Venture Advisor to Trigger Media (digital media fund) and an active early stage investor and advisor (e.g., Zoc Doc, Compass, Acorns, among others).  Jonathan previously worked for former General Electric CEO, Jack Welch, launching his online education venture, and at Mendeley, a UK startup that is the world's largest online research collaboration platform where he launched and led their US operations. He started his career in the entertainment business, where he founded a music talent management company, developing and directing the careers of high profile artists, songwriters and producers. He then joined McKinsey & Company as a consultant in their Media & Entertainment practice.

Ravi Lal

Consultant

Ravi is very active in the London Tech Scene and has been involved in Tech City UK, Mass Challenge, Techstars, and many other initiatives. Prior to that, he was CMO at TalkMobile; and spent over 10 years in consumer marketing and proposition roles at various large telecoms companies (and has the t-shirts to prove it).

Tord Lendau

CEO & Owner

Lendau Capital

Tord helps Owners, Boards and CEO's to work with the right issues, have the right governance, activate their plans, grow their companies,  protect what they built and activate change. Tord enjoys taking part in growing companies and people and believes that it has to be fun to work. He has worked in a number of different areas from music to heavy industries but mainly with  Cloud- Med-, Bio- and Nanotech areas as CEO or Chairman.

Bruce Macfarlane (London, UK)

Managing Partner

MMC Ventures

Bruce was an active business angel investor while working as a banker in the City and saw the opportunity to combine interested, valueadded capital with thorough, supporting due diligence to create a new model of angel investment. MMC resulted and this philosophy has guided the firm as it has grown into the leading venture capital investor it is today. 

Eyal Malinger

Investment Director

Beringea

Eyal is responsible for sourcing investments, executing deals and monitoring portfolio companies. He currently sits on the boards of Perfect Channel and Poq. Prior to joining Beringea, Eyal was director of Corporate Development at Countrywide PLC where he oversaw investments in the Property Technology sector and helped set up Countrywide’s analytics division and asset management operations. Prior to this, he was Vice President with Oaktree Capital’s European private equity fund and a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Eyal began his career as a software engineer developing advanced telecommunication solutions.Eyal has an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya.

Tamara Medina

Founder

Sapovalova Coaching

Tamara Medina is the founder of Sapovalova Coaching, member of Tech London Advocates, Huffington Post blogger and author of "10 days, 10 actions, 10 times more productive" published in English and Spanish. She has written for various magazines and international publications. She has also been a judge in several technology start-up panels and is a mentor at MassChallenge. Tamara helps business owners and leaders develop their entrepreneurial and leadership mind-sets. For over fifteen years she has worked with renowned companies in Mexico, United States and England where she worked for the BBC. In 2016, she launched the online program 10XProductive.

Helen Mitchell

Director

Blukudu

Helen Mitchell is a business development specialist with 20 years’ experience in financial services/FinTech. She runs Blukudu, working with governments and established firms to explore the potential of new technology companies to address business problems.  Blukudu delivers innovation consultancy, trade curation, corporate-startup engagement and business enablement in the UK and overseas. Clients include the government of Ontario, Science and Technology Facilities Council, HCL Technologies, Citi, TravelFund. Helen was previously Global Head of Marketing and Digital Distribution, Barclays, Director EMEA eCommerce, Fidelity, and Vice President, Deutsche Bank eCommerce.

Jeff Moore (London, UK)

Founder & CEO

Curileum Discovery

Dr. Jeff Moore is an American stem cell drug discovery and development scientist and founder of two biotechnology companies.  He raised equity financing from top tier venture firms while in Boston; from the UK he has created and led collaborative discovery and biomarker partnerships with big pharma in the US.

Richard Muirhead (London, UK)

Co-Founder and Chairman

Firestartr

Richard is an Australian-British technologist, Internet entrepreneur, investor and bitcoin pioneer. He was Main Board Director, Chairman of Compensation Committee and Interim CEO of Automatic Software, an international enterprise and IT software company and Managing Partner of Firestartr.co, a Europe focused seed acceleration platform with over 40 portfolio companies.

Juan Mullerat

Graypreneur

300mullerat and others

Early entrepreneur (1976) software development, processes re-engineering, IT-tech products distribution, URSS/CCCP trading and Telefonica fairs organization.

Juan developed in Europe, Japan and Chile, joined DHL EMEA (1997) holding several roles in operations and international business development for several sectors. Managed traditional (Primark) and innovative (Amazon) accounts and led the e-fulfilment product development.

 

Eeswaran Navaratnam

Managing Partner

01Ventures

Eeswaran Navaratnam is Managing Partner at 01Ventures; a VC fund based in London investing in European early stage companies developing deep technological solutions. Prior to 01Ventures, Eeswaran was a management consultant specialising in growth and international expansion with an exceptional track record.

Kathryn Parsons (London, UK)

Founder & Co-CEO

Decoded

Kathryn co-founded Decoded in January 2011, with a mission to demystify the technologies behind the screen. Famous for teaching anyone Code in a Day, their face-to-face and online learning experiences span code, data, cyber security, machine learning and lean methodologies. Decoded now have offices in London, New York and Sydney and have since taught tens of thousands of people across every industry and sector in over 45 different cities worldwide.

James Parton

Director of Europe

Twilio

James is Twilio’s Director of Europe, and brings over 20 years experience working at the intersection of telecommunications and the web for BT, O2, Telefonica and now Silicon Valley high growth company, Twilio. James has spoken at over 70 events and sits on the European Board of the Application Developers Alliance. He mentors at various Startup Accelerators across Europe including TechStars London, and is a Tech London Advocate. Previously he was the founding chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Technology Interest Group, and served a successful two year term as a global board director of MEF, the not for profit global trade association for companies wishing to monetize their products & services via mobile.

Alastair Paterson (San Francisco, USA)

CEO

Digital Shadows

Alastair is a cyber security entrepreneur and co-founder of Digital Shadows. Amongst his many achievements, he was named in Financial News' 40 most influential people in European FinTech (2015) and has made appearances as a live industry expert on several notable networks including Bloomberg & BBC. Before founding Digital Shadows, Alastair was International Propositions Manager at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, working principally with national security clients worldwide.

Sebastian Dovey

Managing Partner

Scorpio Partnership

As an entrepreneur based in London, I co-launched what became a global award winning strategic research and management consultancy business that worked in more than 40 countries. The business specialized in game changing client experience insight in the financial services industry supporting the world’s wealthiest individuals. This business was acquired by Aon in 2014. 

As a strategist and commercially minded entrepreneur, I have two decades of experience working with global, mid-sized and niche organisations in more than 40 countries to help them to launch new initiatives, to grow and to realise the value of their businesses. As an owner-operator, I have experience in all the elements of creating, building and managing a talented team of specialists in multiple countries. I know how to navigate complex problems and complex organisations.

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Ted Pendleton (NYC. USA)

President

Sybenetix

Mr. Pendleton’s experience includes scaling and monetizing early stage and growth companies across the globe spanning financial services, telecommunications, “horizontal” Enterprise technology solutions including cloud computing and bio-pharma.  Global expansion experience includes EMEA, APAC and Americas.  His focus on mass distribution and channel growth, as well as regionalization to fit local cultures, results in high-growth revenues and market brand dominance.

Alexsis de Raadt St James (San Francisco, USA)

Founder and Chairman

The Althea Foundation

Alexsis is an investor and entrepreneur with over 25 years of investment experience. She is the founder and managing partner of Merian Ventures, a US and UK venture capital firm. She is also founder and chairman of The Althea Foundation, a social-venture fund in San Francisco she established in 2003.  Prior to creating Merian Ventures and The Althea Foundation, Alexsis held leadership roles with companies she funded or founded, senior executive roles in Commerce One, Shell International in London and Holland where she served in a number of management positions, including director of M&A and venture investments, treasury advisor and pension-fund manager. She also worked at Kidder Peabody Investment Bank in London and Boston as an investment advisor.

Kerry Ritz

CEO

Great River Ventures

Kerry has a broad range of international experience. Most recently he was Managing Director of MassChallenge UK the most start-up friendly accelerator. Prior to that, he was Chief Marketing Officer of FTSE 250 Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, where he was responsible for marketing, sales, customer service, fulfillment, marketing technology, product management, and customer insight. He has also been CEO of Palringo and VP Business Development for EVRYTHNG, both innovative early-stage VC-backed start-ups.  Kerry has advised, mentored and invested in early-stage companies in the UK and the US.

Sumeet Shah

Principal

Brand Foundry Ventures

Sumeet handles sourcing and managing new opportunities at Brand Foundry Ventures. He has 6 years of experience across the startup and private equity industries, formerly running new business strategies at Gist Digital and handling business development and project work at Gotham Consulting Partners. He also assisted in the creation of XRC Labs, a consumer and retail accelerator run by Kurt Salmon and Parsons, as the Program Manager for their inaugural class and was Head of Strategic Partnerships for their second class. Sumeet graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering, specializing in Biomechanics.

Joyce Shen

Director of Emerging Tech Partnerships and Investments

Thomson Reuters

Joyce is the global director of emerging tech partnerships and investments at Thomson Reuters.  She leads the Thomson Reuters efforts on emerging technology strategy, partnerships, and investments globally.  She is a regular speaker on emerging enterprise technology, startup ecosystem, and product innovations. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Joyce was the founding executive member and CFO of Bluemix cloud platform at IBM.  She also spent several years leading technology mergers and acquisitions at IBM Corporate Development.  Joyce received her undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Chicago.

Allyson Stewart-Allen (London, UK)

Chief Executive

International Marketing Partners

Allyson Stewart-Allen is an international marketing expert whose expertise in helping companies enter/expand in the US is sought by a wide range of businesses around the world.  A Californian based in Europe for over 25 years, Allyson applies her extensive international consulting experience, MBA education with Dr. Peter Drucker and languages (French, German) to the company she founded, International Marketing Partners.  Allyson has advised more than 200 businesses in 26 countries including Aegis, BAE Systems, Burberry, Cadbury, Coach, HSBC, Lufthansa, NBC Universal, SAB Miller and Shell.  She is the author of best-selling book Working with Americans (Prentice Hall) and Marketing in the USA (UKTI; editions 1-3), to help business leaders improve their relationships with, and profits from, American business partners, bosses and colleagues.

Paul Swaddle (London, UK)

Founder & CEO

Pocket App

A self-confessed ‘gadget geek,’ Paul has been working at the leading edge of mobile technology for the past 15 years. He co-founded Pocket App, the UK’s largest independent app developers, in 2011 to bring the creative and technical development elements of mobile technology together under one roof. Paul’s extensive industry knowledge and renowned reputation in the app development sector resulted in him being headhunted for one of the judging roles for the acclaimed BBC Television flagship programme, The Apprentice, in 2015.

Rhodri Thomas (London, UK)

VP Business Development

Swiftkey

Rhodri is VP Business Development at SwiftKey, leading the commercialization of its technologies. This primarily involves owning the relationships with handset manufacturers, platforms, ISVs and content owners and developing go-to-market propositions for new products. Before joining SwiftKey, Rhodri worked with other software-centric companies such as Texperts, kgb and Convergys. Rhodri has been with SwiftKey for over 5 years, overseeing the growth from a team of 10 to around 150!

Victoria Usher (London, UK)

Managing Director & Founder

GingerMay Public Relations

As Managing Director and Founder of GingerMay Public Relations, Victoria helps start-ups, fast-growth businesses, and established companies to promote their brand across domestic and international markets, achieving differentiation and a tangible commercial impact. A self-confessed tech geek, her career followed an unconventional – but highly relevant – path from political researcher for two MPs, to data analyst, global marketer, and finally PR specialist. http://www.gingermaypr.com/

Alexander Trewby (London, UK)

Product Manager Android Wear

Google

Alexander Trewby works for Google as a Product Manager in Android Wear. In 2009 he founded Divide, an enterprise mobile startup which was acquired by Google in 2014. Prior to that he spent 10 years working for Morgan Stanley IT in New York and London.

Koen Vandecaveye (London, UK)

Head of Investor Relations

Silk Ventures

Koen Vandecaveye is Head of Investor Relations at Silk Ventures, a cross-border technology accelerator and venture catalyst with a focus on China, where he works with Chinese tech corporates and VCs. He founded and co-chairs the China Working Group at Tech London Advocates and is a recognised China expert at AllStreet, the leading alternative finance research firm. Previously he led engagement with Chinese technology firms on behalf of the capital at London & Partners where he attracted the first Chinese companies to set up in London's Tech City. Koen has a Master in Chinese Studies from the University of Leuven, studied at Zhejiang University and is fluent in Mandarin. He lived in China for 10 years, where he worked as Head of International Business at Mandarin House.

Rahul Vohra (San Francisco, USA)

Founder & CEO

Superhuman

Rahul is founder and CEO of Superhuman — lightning-fast gorgeous email for power users and professionals.  He is keen to support CEOs who want to expand or network in the US.  Previously, Rahul was co-founder and CEO of Rapportive, which was acquired by LinkedIn.  GQ once described him as “a slender English gentleman of Indian extraction who’s 50% hair and 50% brain.”

Yanan Wen (London, UK)

Cloud Architect

Alibaba

Yanan Wen is a London-based Cloud Architect for Alibaba Group's European Cloud business. He is an expert in cloud-based industrial solutions covering gaming, media (audio & video), e-commerce, education and big data sectors. In his current role, he has provided counsel and technical advice to help a large number of international business develop their cross-border solutions in order to penetrate the Asian market, specifically China. Yanan is qualified in software architecture and artificial intelligence disciplines. In previous roles, he worked in different layers of software development, from embedded telecommunication systems to web-based identification security solutions.

Elise West

Digital Strategy Consultant

Studio West

Elise’s passion is building beautiful digital products that customers want and love to use. This requires engaging creative strategies, process-driven development, thoughtful design and robust engineering, to design optimal digital products. Elise runs a consulting firm whose goal is to ensure a fully user-centric focus for her clients’ products. Making successful digital products ties together her deep understanding of the customer, their needs, desires and emotional drives with the ability to execute. She has built digital solutions for clients such as Philip Morris International, Heathrow Airport, Al Jazeera, O2 and many more.

Carl Witton (Singapore)

APAC CEO & Partner

Workbook

Carl is APAC CEO and Partner at web-based software company, WorkBook, clever software for project driven businesses. He is responsible for heading up the newly formed APAC regional team and his remit covers Singapore, China, Hong Kong, ASEAN, Japan, Korea, India, New Zealand & Australia.   Whilst the majority of Carl’s clients come from independent and network advertising, digital and PR companies, architects, consulting engineers and management consulting companies are also benefiting from WorkBook’s software and consultancy services. Prior to WorkBook, Carl worked in EMEA and was based in NYC, heading up the North American team for a UK company.

Evan Rudowski

Managing Partner

Atlantic Leap

One of the first Silicon Valley executives to move to London, as head of Excite Europe in 1998. My strengths are in digital media and revenue models such as advertising and subscription. I am founder and managing partner of Atlantic Leap, which simplifies international expansion for leading digital media and ad tech companies. http://atlanticleap.com

Anna Wong (Hong Kong)

Co-founder

Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide

Anna is the Co-founder of Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide, an international platform of businesswomen, professional and corporate leaders. Anna is a speaker at universities and TED, and PR partner/advisor for local and overseas startups, including education, fashion, entertainment and healthcare related industries. Anna is strong at strategic planning, stakeholders engagement, crisis management, project execution, market entry and growth, and cost effectiveness analysis. She worked for world's leading communications agencies, O&M and Edelman, responsible for designing integrated communications and marketing strategies to promote global brands especially in Asia Pacific. Accounts include GSK, Pfizer, Novartis, Bayer, Starbucks, Wyndham Hotel Group, The Economist, ebay & BOC. Anna pursues a balanced life in the aspects of physical, mental, social and spiritual, delivering her best in work and fully utilize her capabilities and potential; and continuing to learn, grow and share.

Mei-Han Wong (Hong Kong)

Sales & Marketing Director

Pacific Century Premium Developments

Mei has over 19 year’s sales experience, previously at Jones Lang LaSalle where she brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the sales and marketing of predominantly London projects and have been involved in over 200 UK projects so far. Prior to recently joining PCPD, Mei spent most of her career in Director or Partner roles for reputable property agents successfully leading a team to sell hundreds of properties yearly. With thousands of properties sold under her belt.

Michael Wong (Hong Kong)

Educational Technologies and Innovations

Michael C. Wong focuses on the education sector with a professional background in publishing, research, and business development. Based in Hong Kong, Michael is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Southern California. He is also an entrepreneur with experience in growing start-ups. In 2016/17, he serves as President of The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong, which represents the two universities' alumni in the region.

Xania Wong

CEO

Jobdoh

Xania Wong is CEO of JOBDOH (www.jobdoh.com), an award-winning smart on-demand hiring platform to connect, screen and hire workers anytime, anywhere. Further to three entrepreneurial ventures, Xania gained her professional experience in Canada and Hong Kong as an investment analyst, a management consultant and a Product Manager, launching products on regional stock exchanges. She has an INSEAD MBA.

Sarah Wood (London, UK)

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Unruly

Sarah Wood is co-founder and Co-CEO of marketing technology company Unruly, where she ensures the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet. Sarah was named one of 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. and one of 10 London-Based Entrepreneurs to Watch by Forbes.

John Zai (London, UK)

Founder & CEO

Cocoon Networks

John is the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Cocoon Networks, the first and the largest Chinese-capital backed international start-up ecosystem. In addition, John is also the Founder and the Chairman of the British Chinese Young Entrepreneurs Association (BCYEA), the largest Chinese start-up community in Britain. John brings extensive experiences to start-up companies who want to expand internationally through his previous business activities between China and the UK. Prior to founding Cocoon Networks, John worked as an Investor Relationship Director at Hanxin Capital. Being a serial-entrepreneur himself, John previously founded businesses in international luxury goods trading, international organic food trading, real estate, and management consulting.

Stuart Mills (London, UK)

Advisor

A senior executive and mentor focused on digital transformation and commercial leadership. Stuart has a diverse global experience driving customer-centred value, leading sustainable business development, and increasing the positive impact of organisations. Strong track record of delivering change and growth in public and Private Equity owned businesses.

Andrew Zarick (NYC, USA)

CEO & Founder

Digital DUMBO

Andrew Zarick is the CEO & Founder of Digital DUMBO. Digital DUMBO, founded in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, produces events that connect forward-thinking companies with influencers in media, tech and advertising. Zarick is a serial entrepreneur and digital marketer by trade.

Chen Zhao (China)

Managing Partner, China

Plug and Play

Chen is currently spearheading Amidi Group and Plug and Play's startup accelerator and investment initiatives in China. He manages a team that are specialized in both growing local technology startups and helping cutting edge global companies enter into and expand their businesses in China market. Since 2013, Plug and Play China has been in operation in 7 cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Zhengzhou, Xi'an and Chongqing), and Chen’s led and participated in investment and cross-border acceleration of over 50 startups in both China and the U.S., including Intviu.com, Xberts.com, iDareX.com, Vocore.io, Lepow, Acton, Kadho, Crazybaby, etc. Prior to Amidi Group and Plug and Play, Chen worked as the team lead and Sr. Software Engineer at Investment Technology Group (NYSE:ITG), where he led a development team in designing and implementing various Equity and Foreign Exchange trading analytics applications for institutional investment firms. Chen holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, MS from USC and BS from Beihang University in Computer Science.

Maggie Zhao (China)

Partner

China Going Global Think Tank

Maggie has more than eleven years sales, sales management and business development experience in China within the government, financial, corporate and academic sectors.  She has worked with LexisNexis, The Economist Group and CIMA, and has plenty of experience in helping businesses to enter a new market. If any company is interested in entering the Chinese market, she would be very pleased to hear from you.

Mark Duman MRPharmS

Managing Director

MD Healthcare Consultants

Mark Duman MRPharmS is a rare blend of clinician, management consultant and patient advocate. He works with organisations to help them realise the full benefit of their services and products, especially through the often untapped potential of patients and the public.

He supported the development of Europe’s first paperless hospital, installing a Cerner system in Health Care International in Scotland in 1994. In Lewisham Hospital he developed the award-winning PharmAssist system harnessing multimedia t to help ethnic minorities with their medicines-taking. At The King’s Fund, Mark promoted shared clinical decision making, founded the Ask About Medicines campaign & authored ‘Producing Patient Information’.  At the BBC, he developed a range of behaviour change interventions to improve people’s health and lifestyle. 

Following roles in publishing and telecoms, Mark moved into consulting with clients including Cancer Research UK, Care Quality Commission, Pfizer, NHS England and Microsoft.

In addition to various advisory and (digital health) mentor roles, he is a Non-Executive Director of the Patient Information Forum, a Patient Ambassador for HIMSS UK and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Salford.

Mark is a NW Service Champion for Diabetes UK who lives happily in Salford, England (despite being Scottish).

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Malcolm Luker PhD

Consultant

M A L

Graduated in Genetics at Edinburgh University. Malcolm has 30 years of scientific and commercial experience with international responsibilities gained in diagnostics and healthcare companies.  He was responsible for the global commercial activities for Hypoguard, Medisys and Genzyme Diagnostics. Managed the global activities for the HCM business of Philips, focused on managing patients with chronic disease in the primary care setting, starting with oncology patients.

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Triona O'Keeffe

Chief Information Officer

Direct Line Group

Triona is a seasoned leader in Financial Services technology,  A developer at heart, she has led many large tech teams and is now CIO at Direct Line Group. She was previously an MD at Deutsche Bank and also co-headed the WEB diversity network for 2 years to increase inclusion. Triona holds an MA in Mathematics.

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Loy Lobo

Director for Health Service Transformation

Connected HealthTech Solutions

Loy is an experienced innovator and leader in healthcare. Over the past decade he has taken a number of innovations from concept to market. He advises healthcare providers and payers on application of technology to transform services. He also helps innovative companies access markets in the UK and India.

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