We are an international group of enthusiastic and seasoned professionals, established to assist and support large and small, for profit and not for profit organisations needing to outsource / insource individuals or teams for short or longer term periods to “get things done”.
Our approach is NOT to offer “standard templates” or “canned solutions”. The client, for us, will always have specific and individual needs, aspirations and goals – and objectives. Our approach is to become “part of the team” and to take time to understand the issues, opportunities, problems, dilemmas, and to work with the client to construct a highly customised plan which we will propose in outline following an initial charge free consultation.
Our Associates are all experienced professionals who will be introduced to individual clients once we have made a first assessment of the particular skills and experience individual clients may need to access.
The list of our associates (in alphabetical order):
Dayo Abinusawa has spent the last decade helping businesses innovate and internationalise and has become a leading enthusiast of user led and technology enabled organisational strategy. He is Strategy Development Partner of GYDO – Global Youth Development Organisation Cambridge. He received his MBA - Master in Business Administration from the University of Glasgow Business School and has consulted to IBM, P&G, Tencent QQ China, Sphere Fluidics Cambridge, Ini-Graphics and Ini-novation Gmbh Frankfurt amongst others. Linkedin public profile: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/adedayo-abinusawa/10/b51/84
After rising through the Marketing ranks at British Airways and Thomas Cook, Tony turned from gamekeeper to poacher when he was appointed Sales and Marketing Director of easyJet six months before the airline’s first flight. As the start-up airline’s third employee he worked closely with Stelios to launch and build the company that became a major force in European aviation. Tony went on to become the first Marketing Director for the easyGroup taking the easy brand into new business areas ranging from car rental to a chain of giant internet cafes. He has held positions on the board of several of Stelios’s companies. In 2011 Tony was re-hired by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou to work as an adviser and consultant for easyGroup.
Outside of travel Tony has held senior positions including Directorships at online bank Egg, TNS and The Children’s Mutual. Tony is a Director of theeducation services company Bell and also a Director of venture capital group TIH Holdings. He is an experienced speaker on marketing and branding with clients including SAP, Microsoft, DHL, BT and Yahoo. Tony has also appeared as a commentator for the BBC on the Apprentice and Radio 4’s Profile series. Marketing Magazine have ranked him among the top marketing names in the UK and he has been a finalist for the Marketeer of the Year award. Tony is the author of “Gorilla Marketing” an inside account of the easyJet start-up.
An experienced executive and non-executive Director, CEO and leader of academic, research teams, engineering teams and teams of marketers in high technology and software companies. A visionary, mentor to marketing professionals and creative analytic, with vast experience of business development, technology licensing working with both academics, business professionals and researchers...
Jin Hooi Chan
CEng MIMech, UK; CEnv MIEMA, UK
Jin has more than 15 years of professional experience in energy and environmental related sectors. He has worked extensively in both Europe and Asia, bringing along not only key technical and management expertise but also a strong international business experience. He was trained as a mechanical engineer and attained his professional qualification as a Chartered Engineer. He holds two master degrees in environmental management (Mal) and sustainable development (Cantab) and a Chartered Environmentalist registered with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment in the UK. He is also a PhD candidate at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
Belinda is based at the University of Cambridge’s ideaSpace, where she focusses on the development of innovation ecosystems in the UK and beyond. She has extensive experience at the interface of the public and private sectors in the greater Cambridge and east of England innovation ecosystems, with particular emphasis on the health and life sciences sector. In her previous role, she was responsible for developing and implementing the sector strategy for the Regional Development Agency, based at One Nucleus, the life sciences membership organisation. Prior to that she was an international trade advisor, helping biotech and pharma SMEs do business outside the UK. She was a member of BBSRC’s Bioscience for Industry Strategy Panel from 2009-12; she also chaired the UK’s national Task and Finish exercise for life sciences and was a member of the UK Life Sciences Marketing Strategy Workstream. She currently chairs the International Relations Forum for the Greater Cambridge-Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership. She has a first degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of East Anglia (John Innes Centre). She is a Chartered Biologist through the Society for Biology.
FCIM, Chartered Marketer
Managing Director of Alliantus Ltd
Kevin is an entrepreneurial marketer with over twenty-five years of senior level experience working with leading edge companies.
He founded Alliantus in 2002 and he has developed it as a leading boutique consultancy at the centre of innovation in Cambridge, UK. Recognised as an international marketing specialist, he has created campaigns to promote companies in Australia (and New Zealand), Europe, SE Asia and the Americas.
Kevin has worked with hundreds of companies with great technologies to overlay a commercial perspective: guiding senior teams, developing and implementing business plans and ‘rolling his sleeves up’ to help growth. He has unique experience of working with government agencies and develops trade, promotion and digital media strategies to exploit UK capabilities. He has strong links to business and academia in Japan and the USA.
Latterly, he has worked in the social networking space and is a shareholder in Cambridge Open Systems which he changed from a developer to managed services business. He co-founded Incus Media (digital audio) and Ryppel (aerodynamic optimisation of large objects).
He devised the widely acclaimed Discovering Start-Ups programme, now in its fourth year, which has helped to hone the Cambridge technology ecosystem and provides profile and coaching for entrepreneurs.
From 2000, he was Director Japan for Infobank, Europe’s leading e-procurement company leading its expansion into SE Asia during the dot com boom.
In the eighties and nineties, Kevin held various commercial roles at Acorn Computers. He was head of group marketing during a time of immense change and led the team that repositioned it from an educational supplier to technology innovator, (Acorn created ARM, Online Media and Element 14).
Kevin is the founder of the Cambridge Wireless Business SIG, a Chartered Institute of Marketing Regional committee member and a recognised speaker, commentator, facilitator and chairperson. He publishes a range of online digests including The Cambridge Technology Daily.
More information: www.alliantus.com oruk.linkedin.com/in/alliantus/
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Founder Director, Global Regulatory Services (GRS)
Bobby is a visionary embracing new technologies and new markets. He started his career as an anaesthetic technician working as part of a team on the first heart and liver transplants at the world famous Addenbrooke's and Papworth hospitals.
This kindled his interest in innovative medical solutions which today has translated into him becoming involved in the advances of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine. Having worked in hospitals he is well placed to offer advice from the perspective of the end user.
Director，Global Regulatory Services (GRS)
Member of the Chartered Management Institute and The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) Greer has an extensive career spanning over 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Her experience includes regulatory affairs, medical information, pharmacovigilance, product development, compassionate use programmes and plant derived products.
She is well known in the industry for being patient and clear headed under pressure. With her particular skills and experience, Greer can ensure that work undertaken by Global Regulatory Services will be of a consistently high standard throughout the lifecycle of a project and beyond.
Managing Director, CanadaUK Partners Ltd www.canadauk.com
George Edwards established CanadaUK Partners following over thirty-three years as a Trade Commissioner at the Canadian High Commission in London. CanadaUK Partners helps Canadian technology companies enter the UK market and UK companies enter Canada for the North American market.
During his time at the Canadian High Commission, George had responsibility for assisting Canadian IT & Telecoms companies to develop their business in the UK. He also worked with many UK companies looking to expand to North America via Canada.He has developed an extensive knowledge of both the Canadian and UK IT industries.
He has been regularly consulted by colleagues responsible for the development of new IT systems to support the Trade Commissioner Service. He was one of the first Trade Commissioners in Europe to trial RIM's BlackBerry™ and remains an enthusiastic user. He is also an active user of LinkedIn and Twitter and can be followed @canadauk.
During his last four years at the Canadian High Commission, George lead a Canadian government European ICT Multi-Country Sector Team, developing strategy for trade, investment and innovation across the team's ten member countries and the wider European market.During this time he strengthened his links with many of his colleagues across Europe and Canada.
Over the years he has organised a number of high profile conferences featuring Canadian speakers such as Don Tapscott and Leonard Brody, as well as leading Canadian promotional efforts on such major events as Cambridge Enterprise Conference, Cambridge Wireless Conference and pan-European events including Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.
In recognition of his services to the Canadian Government and its clients, he was awarded the Deputy Minister's Award for Locally-Engaged Staff in 1995.
Outside of CnadaUK Partners, his recreational activities include playing badminton, photography/video and walking his dog in the Hertfordshire countryside, where he has lived for over twenty-five years.
Huw Edwards’ experience spans strategic and tactical aspects of knowledge transfer for businesses, industries, public bodies and academic institutions, underpinning the international knowledge based economy. He has comprehensive portfolio of strategy projects conducted in the UK and abroad, a wide selection of high technology development projects for individual academic institutions and industry organisations, backed up with many years experience in project management and project evaluation.
Over a twenty five year career in knowledge transfer and economic development Huw has worked as a bridge between companies, universities and research centres and the public sector in the UK, Europe and North America. Originally a research bioscientist, he worked in international product development for information and new media multinationals before becoming a consultant in innovation and research commercialisation. Huw has a particular insight on knowledge transfer infrastructures across Europe, reinforced by a long history of working for the European Commission, both as project participant (seven projects to date) and as an expert advisor. His most recent work has been to write the Horizon 20/20 consultation report on Innovative Procurement Mechanisms, while for FP 7 he wrote the consultation reports in Micro and Nano Biotechnology for Life the underpinning document for R&D programmes in diagnostics, sensors and other nano applications in the bioscience sector. His European experience extends to initiatives to support technology based businesses with private capital, the development of regional economic policies and public sector initiatives.
Huw regularly contributes to projects and programmes analysing the needs, service provision and material requirements of the technology sectors in national and regional development. He has analysed the Oxfordshire biotechnology cluster, worked on the laboratory need specification for the Oxford Bioincubator. Other infrastructure assessment work has included: the setup of Diagnox – a “soft start facility” for embryo bioscience companies, the Local Innovation Networks and UK Centre of Excellence in Neuroscience reports for Government, the BBSRC Invertebrate Neuroscience Initiative - a two year project to identify and develop commercial links and the DTI Technology Audit Scheme ( plus the follow on Focus Technical Programme). Huw has worked on European support programmes for innovation and entrepreneurship in Karlsruhe, Bologna, Grenoble, Lyon, Bordeaux, Kluj-Napoca (Romania), Czech Republic (Czech Academy of Sciences), Russia (Institute of National Economy), Poland (via the British Embassy), Meckelenberg Vorpommern (Regional Government, Germany), Finland (through Tekes), and most recently Lithuania (Ministries of Science & Health) . Through his international work and publications he has investigated clusters, incubator provision and technology infrastructure issues in several Canadian Provinces, Australia with a focus on NSW and Queensland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, the USA through work with AUTM, Saudi Arabia (Badir program), Finland and Catalonia in Spain.
Huw has a particular role with a key client, Oxford Innovation, in the development and delivery of innovation and entrepreneurship teaching materials. This work includes the research and development of lectured material, the creation and design of business tools to support early stage companies, the invention and refinement of business games to demonstrate key points such as intellectual property trading or technology project management, the delivery of these courses to a wide variety of audiences requiring both modification of the material and delivery to adapt to academic, commercial and international audiences.
Huw is a writer and speaker, increasingly employing these skills in the communication aspects of projects. Frequently his role, in assignments, is to facilitate the adoption of knowledge transfer, entrepreneurial and economic best practice through clear and effective communication. He is passionate about developing and embedding a professional approach to knowledge transfer with all clients.
Jane Garrett is a business professional with over 25 years experience in technology company management. She has a degree in Physics and spent many years as an employee learning the ‘ropes’ before embarking on developing her own Internet software business which she bootstrapped, raised equity funding and eventually floated on London’s AIM in July 2000.
Born in the UK and educated in England and Wales Jane spent over 21 years in Cambridge during the rapid growth of technology businesses and in 2005 founded a business angel network in southern Spain.
Jane migrated to Australia in 2006 and is now based in a small remote town in Australia’s far northwestfrom where she runs Global Composition, undertaking speaking, training, mentoring and consulting roles,using technology to work remotely and travelling when needed. Jane is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and returns to Cambridge yearly to mentor on Cambridge University Judge Business School Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning’s ‘Ignite’ programme. Since arriving in Australia she has been a regular mentor to pitch coach the finalists of the WA State Government ‘Innovator of the Year’ competition and the university lead ‘Univation’ program. Most recently she workedas Program Director with Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship to bring ‘Ignite’ to Australia, where it debuted as ‘Ignition’ in November 2011 and will run again in August 2012. Jane is also a sessional academic for CurtinSchool of Management, author of “When it’S HIT the Fan: An Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster Ride”, and is a Business Mentor for Commercialisation Australia.
David is Managing Director of the St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge. He previously served as a director of ETCapital Limited, a venture firm specialising in early-stage, technology-based investments. From 1997 to 2004, he ran the Innovation & Technology Unit at HSBC Bank in London, overseeing HSBC’s funding of two professorial chairs of innovation and the creation of a national network of technology banking managers. Educated at Cambridge, he qualified as a barrister before working in corporate finance for US and UK banks. He was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in California (2005) and is an Official Visitor at the Institute for Manufacturing (University of Cambridge Department of Engineering). David is the co-author of several country-based reviews of the commercialisation of innovation and a recent analysis of the impact of incubation (NESTA 2011). He is a non-executive director of UK Business Incubation Ltd and a member of the UK Government Department for Business Access to Finance Expert Group.
A Board Member and Treasurer of Sophia Business Angels, Burton Gintell actively participates in its Entrepreneurship Programme as a mentor / coach to early-stage companies.Burton is also a Director / Founding Shareholder of Innovation Europe S.A., an investment vehicle created by SBA to invest in a portfolio of innovative young companies.
He has been a leader of the SBA initiative with the Government of the Basque Region in Spain (and its Institute of Competitiveness), and SBA's continuing liaison with Cambridge Angels.
American born, educated and trained, with now 30 years in Europe, Burton has had the practical experience of actually having run businesses, two of which received the Queen's Award for Export Achievement in the U.K. during his tenure as Chief Executive. Burton Gintell has formed/headed companies in seven European countries, including emerging markets in Eastern Europe, and operated within corporate environments and as an entrepreneur in consumer products and media. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of a Turkish university-based company.
U.S. financially trained (Certified Public Accountant), Burton directed corporate/financial planning for two New York Stock Exchange-listed companies.
Resident in Cannes for the past 10 years, Burton is Vice-Chair of the Côte d'Azur – Monaco Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in France, President of the American Club of the Riviera, and supports several French arts organisations.
Charles Hampden-Turner is the author of 21 books, is a graduate of Cambridge University and has an MBA and DBA from the Graduate School of Business, Harvard University. He is a past winner of the Douglas McGregor Memorial Award and the Columbia University Prize for the Study of the Corporation.
He spent 21years in the USA, working in the War on Poverty, SRI International and in a halfway house for ex-convicts about which he wrote a book. In 1981 he published Maps of the Mind which was Book of the Month for Science and BOM alternate selection and sold 120,000 copies. He was elected President of the Association of Humanistic Psychology and returned to the UK in 1982 as Visiting Scientist at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He worked in Shell’s scenario planning department from 1982 to 1986, when he became Royal Dutch Shell Senior Research Fellow at the London Business School. In the same year Trompenaars-Hampden-Turner was founded in Amsterdam to consult on cross-cultural management.
He left LBS in 1990 and worked for the next 18 years at the Judge Business School. His book with Trompenaars Riding the Waves of Culture has passed one quarter of a million copies in the English language and has nineteen translations. In 2002 he became Goh Tjoe Kok Distinguished Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and in 2003 he was Cambridge University Hutchinson Visiting Scholar to China, funded by the Lee Ka Shing Foundation. He received a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 2005 to write a book about the Cassini-Huygens space mission to Saturn. The Titans of Saturn was published in 2005. He was a Leverhulm Fellow in 2007. In 2009 he published Teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Cambridge University Press and Innovation and Global Crisis, Infinite Ideas Press in the same year. He is currently a visiting professor at Anglia Ruskin University, a consulting supervisor at the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University and is making a documentary filmentitled “Innovation and the Fate of Nations” which he narrates.
Dawson is CEO, CTO and Founder of Cambridge Healthcare, working in partnership with the NHS to develop howareyou.com, an e-Health platform for patients and healthcare professionals.
Dawson is an NHS consultant, sits on the NHS Innovation Council, NHS Innovations Expert Panel and is a UKTI representative for eHealth. Previously, he was a Technical Lead at the European Bioinformatics Institute and co-founded one of the first companies to integrate into the NHS Connecting for Health network and to offer secure tools for patients to work with clinicians.
Victoria is the first Canadian and one of the youngest recipients of a Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. Victoria won the award for having pioneered a grassroots youth entrepreneurship movement both in the UK and globally that has taken on a momentum of its own with a membership of more than 45,000 enterprising students across over 80 universities. As the Founder and Chair of the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), Co-founder and Chair of ICUE, Co-founder of Enterprise Alliance UK, Entrepreneur in Residence at London Metropolitan Business School and former President of Oxford Entrepreneurs, Victoria has built enterprise networks, stimulated public discourse and developed meaningful political and policy inroads to further the entrepreneurship agenda.
On the global stage, Victoria supports and mentors the development of youth enterprise organisations in numerous countries; provides advisory support to international organisations in the areas of entrepreneurship networks, education and policy development; and undertakes consulting projects for universities to enhance their entrepreneurial projects.
Victoria has been invited to speak at universities and international enterprise conferences across the UK and Europe and has contributed significantly to various international enterprise boards. In 2009 Victoria was awarded the SFEDI 'Enterprise Support Network Builder Award' and 'Overall Enterprise Champion of the Year Award', was recognized as a 'Champion of Entrepreneurial Britain' and 'Top 30 Under 30'by Real Business Magazine and was noted as 'One to Watch' by Spectator Business.
Victoria moved back to Ottawa in January 2010 where, after having spent a year with Industry Canada's Small Business Policy Group, she is now working on her next big venture with the vision of fostering amore entrepreneurial and prosperous Canada through Startup Canada.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Building Enterprise Networks • Embedding Enterprise Education • Student-Led Enterprise Engagement • Political Acuity & Diplomacy • University Enterprise Audits • Business Plan Competitions • Student Enterprise Conferences • Start-up Boot Camps • Venture Academies • Stakeholder Relations • Government and the Enterprise Agenda
Prof. Rafik Loutfy
Director, Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Prof. Rafik Loutfy was named centre director and the inaugural holder of the Walter G. Booth Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2004.
A business executive and entrepreneur, Loutfy brings 30 years of expertise in managing technology innovation to the position. As Chair, he is responsible for overseeing the new Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation master's program in the School of Engineering Practice, and the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (XCEEi).
Prof. Loutfy' previous experience with Xerox Corporation included progressive management positions in research, development, business and strategy development. He also served as manager of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada where breakthrough imaging materials, research and technology for the corporation was developed.
Prior to McMaster's, Prof. Loutfy held the position of Corporate Vice President and Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the University of Toronto. Dr. Loutfy holds more than 43 patents and has published more than 166 articles.
Marshall Ma, Med. MA
Marshall Ma was educated in China and UK at University at Postgraduate levels and received his second master's degree from Manchester University in 1991.
Mr. Marshall Ma worked for one of China's top University Research Institute to successfully organize and publish the important report "China 2000 Educational and Training Development Strategy" as part of "China 2000 Social and Economic Development Strategy" research project in China.
Mr. Marshall Ma started Link China Solutions Ltd since 2004 after he worked for Vodafone several years. The business focuses on mutual beneficial collaboration with UK and China research and development projects, licensing and market entry in the global market to maximum the research value and minimize the cost and benefit for the research institute, commercial companies and good care for the patient, especially promote the modern TCM globally. Marshall successfully helped organisations, research institutes, companies in UK and China. He is proud to be one of the founding members of Vass Foundation, a charitable organisation dedicated to fight the threat of malaria infection to children of Africa after he successfully helped British Vass Medical Supplies company to form the strategic partnership with Chinese companies to save Africa Children's life.
Jonathan Mantle was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is a writer, filmmaker and playwright whose books have been published in over thirty countries including Japan, China, Taiwan, India, South Korea and Indonesia. He has worked for over twenty years with local, national and global corporates in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Most recently he spoke at the ‘Implementing MP3I’ conference in Jakarta on the subject of communications, foreign private sector investment and the creative industries and also at the ‘Business Opportunities in Asia’ conference at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. He has two children and lives in London. www.jonathanmantle.com
John Martyn ACA
Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in December 1986, John has had over 20 years experience in the technology sector, including 15 years at board level, and has worked for a number of fast growth hi-tech and multi-national companies, both in the UK and abroad. He has also has extensive experience working for venture-backed firms from start-up through to successful multi-million pound exit.
Prior to joining Cambridge Healthcare, John was CFO at Open Cloud, a telecoms software company, and prior to this, CFO at DisplayLink Corp, a fabless semiconductor company based in Cambridge and Palo Alto. Before this he was CFO for several years at Geneva Technology and was made CFO of Convergys EMEA, when the company merged with Convergys Inc in early 2001.
He has also works as an independent financial consultant and non-executive director for a number of technology based companies.
Managing Director, icamani
Nicola left school at 16 because she wasn't very good at being told what to do. In 1992 at the tender age of 23 she founded FastPath International an IT Training and Development organisation specialising in IBM Mainframe technology, Management and Leadership development, training people throughout the UK, Europe and South Africa. After 12 very successful years the business was sold and Nicola decided to take a more personal approach to people development through business Coaching and Mentoring with focus on motivation and leadership and so in 2004 icamani was born. Her key strength lies in her intuitive ability to understand people.
Clients include, Bank of America, Rank Hovis, The Met Office, 3m, Hays, Food NorthWest, CILT.
Nkem Mpamah is the CEO and Founderof Cognition Global Concepts, a Cambridge-based firm with a mission to inspire greatness, create business transformations and sustainable growth for organizations and leaders.
Nkem is a visionary with passion for creating effective business map that results in the best turnaround and peak performance accomplishments embracing vivid vision,customized strategic tools, and disciplined execution.
With more than 20 years experience within financial services primarily in Banking, Nkem led various teams of financial control and strategic planning of banks in Africa and Europe supporting IT and Communication-focused businesses strategically.
At Cognition Global Concepts, Nkem implements high-growth strategies for organizations and entrepreneurs with crystal clear vision rooted in deep culture of commitment, accountability, and planned execution to achieve increased performances and sustainable growth.
Nkem Mpamah is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Business Coach, and recognized Business Mentor. He is a Member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IoEE) United Kingdom.
Website: www.cognitionglobal.com . Email: email@example.com
Chairman Cambridge Cleantech, co-founder and now sole Director of Cambridge Energy Forum, co-manager Cambridge Network’s “cleantech” SIG, non-exec NW Brown and of several other companies, angel/VC and corporate finance, early stage business support, mentoring etc.
Since qualifying as a chartered accountant Hugh has had a diverse career centred around finance, management and business development. With 16 years in diverse roles with British Petroleum followed by 6 years in the City doing international corporate finance, he had had enough flying around when, in 2000, he joined the Cambridge technology/innovation community with NW Brown Group.
From early 2007 Hugh has divided his time between i) consulting to early stage businesses and investment funds and ii) engaging with cleantech activities and companies directly to help with their growth and development.
From 2001 he has been involved in supporting environmental and energy technology companies i) as Chairman of business support organisation Cambridge Cleantech (formerly Envirotech Ltd) which inter alia made 3 promotional DVDs about energy and environmental businesses around the region for EEDA, ii) co-founding and running the Cambridge Energy Forum and iii) organising the Special Interest Group on ‘cleantech’ for the Cambridge Network. He has also co-founded a CSR community in 2010 – www.cambridgeresponsibilityforum.co.uk
Peter Phillips FCA
Peter is a financier whose career includes 30 years' in international banking and ten years mentoring and giving strategic advice to smaller companies.
Amongst the more interesting transactions were the first German Mortgage Bank consortium loan to a non-German Government, to finance the North Sea gas development in the 1970s. the establishment of the leading global private sector trade finance business of its kind in the 1980s and the first low head hydro scheme in Pakistan following Privatisation in the 1990s.
Since 1999 he has financed start-ups in IT, telecoms, security and green plastics businesses and advised the largest independent pan-African security business on strategic development. This experience has confirmed his belief that the successful businesses are those that focus on meeting an unfulfilled market need and the role of the entrepreneur is to identify the opportunity of new technology in fulfilling this.
Peter speaks German French and Spanish and has been closely involved in the development of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Cambridge University.
Vincent has more than 12 years of sales and marketing experience in China. He has built an extensive network in local Chinese business communities and also among western expatriates. His local network expands over Beijing, Shanghai, the North-eastern city of Shengyang and Dalian, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. He is especially familiar with shipping and logistics industry during his career working for DHL, DB Schenker, CMA-CGM, K-Line and the Swedish Trade Council, Embassy of Sweden in China. He Holds two master degrees (MSc & LLM) and is a PhD candidate in anthropology. Vincent worked as sponsored researcher in Queen's University and UCL in the UK. He has published very widely internationally in business anthropology, specializing in MNC's operation in China. Currently, he is pursuing part-time Executive MBA degree at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
Michael “Kell” Ryan
Kell has over forty years of extensive airline and business experience with a comprehensive knowledge that spans the aviation field including operations, customer service training, marketing, sales public relations and media communications.
Kell spent the first 24 years working for the Irish national airline Aer lingus where he was responsible for all operations, passenger and other airline handling contracts at London Heathrow Airport.
Joining Ryanair in its embryonic stage. The company was conceptualised and financed by Dr T.A.Ryan, Kell’s older brother. Working unrelentingly to revolutionise and change air travel within Europe, Ryanairs business model has made air travel affordable to all and changed the way people fly and even the way society works.
Kell headed the major and crucial transfer of establishing the airline to, the then little known airport Stansted and before retiring spent the last few years primarily promoting and marketing Ryanair within Europe and North Africa.
It is of great pride to him that he is a pioneering member of a team that has changed travel within Europe to the extent that in 1985 Ryanair carried 5000 passengers and is the largest low cost airline in Europe and carried 72 million passengers in 2010. It is now the largest international airline in the world.
Kell has chaired and involved with many tourism forums within Ireland, England, Wales the Channel Islands and mainland Europe. A strong advocate of higher education, and is currently involved with universities in Ireland, England, Germany and in the United States of America where he is also on the advisory board for the Daytona based Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Kell takes great delight in passing on his knowledge, enthusiasm and love of Aviation and Tourism and an insight into Ryanairs success on changing aviation in Europe, how it managed change, company culture, leadership, innovation, motivation and most importantly of all for any company the unrelenting control of costs and how it can be applied to any business.
He is now highly sought after on the worlds speaking circuit as keynote speaker at conferences and many well known companies have invited him in to motivate their employees.
The modus operandi on how Ryanair revolutionised air travel in Europe is a fascinating one. This industry had not changed in 75 years and he outlines the methods, tough decisions taken, implementing change so that the company became the first low cost carrier in Europe and now the largest. Dozens of airlines have tried to emulate Ryanair but none have achieved the same success.
As an international speaker Mr Ryan has addressed global companies in both formal and relaxed venues with numbers ranging from 25 to 1500 delegates. Tailoring his speech to any audience or requested theme.
Jeff Saperstein is an author, teacher, consultant, and enabler in how technology can be used to create growth in regional economic development and success for organizations. His most recent book is: Bust the Silos: Opening Your Organization for Growth. His books and case studies are focused upon best practices for innovation. "Toyota: Driving the Mainstream Market to Purchase Hybrid Electronic Vehicles" is one of Richard Ivey Business School top ten most popular case studies.
He has worked with governments, corporations, and NGO's to use marketing to increase growth. Jeff teaches writing and speaking at San Francisco State University College of Business and on-site at Cisco and other corporations. He teaches seminars on Tech Clusters and Innovation at the European School of Management in Paris.
Jeff also hosts International MBA groups for immersion tours in Silicon Valley and leads technology bloggers on writing trips to regional centers of innovation excellence including Israel, London/Cambridge and Paris.
Jeff lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife, Ilene Serlin.
Since 1983, Jeff Saperstein has provided consulting services, executive education, and training in strategic planning, marketing, advertising, market research and management meeting facilitation.
Jeff Saperstein is an adjunct lecturer at San Francisco State University Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in business communication and writing to an international student body. He teaches MBA students at ESCP-EAP University in Paris and hosts a Silicon Valley immersion tour for ESCP Specialized Masters students. He has also taught marketing and business communications workshops to multinational business management executives in Mexico, Columbia, and Venezuela for Technology Training Corp for prefecture representatives for the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
He has conducted account management workshops for ADWEEK magazine in over 15 US cities to both client and advertising agency executives and advertising workshops for the Jamaica Advertising Association, the Milwaukee Advertising Association, and the San Francisco Advertising Association.
Co-founder of the Travelling Geeks, a network of business/technology writers, bloggers, videocasters, and thought leaders who travel to regions and collectively engage with Innovators. To date TG have visited Israel, London/Cambridge and Paris.
Jeff Saperstein is co-author of the books:
Bust the Silos: Opening Your Organization for Growth, Amazon Create Space, 2010
Improve Your Marketing to Grow Your Business, Prentice Hall, Wharton Business Press, 2007
The New Marketing Mission, Association of National Advertisers, 2004
The Art and Strategy of Service Learning Communications, Wadsworth, 2004
Creating Regional Wealth in the Innovation Economy, Prentice Hall, 2002
How to Be a More Effective Account Manager, 1989.
Practical Approaches to Impromptu Speaking, 1988.
He has published over 20 articles in business publications on marketing and advertising and three case studies for Richard Ivey Business School: Agilent, Toyota, and Infosys.
1978-1983 FCB True North
Accounts: Managed Levi Strauss & Company account where he supervised the introduction of the 501 jeans for women and other successful new product introductions.
1977-1978 Ted Bates
Accounts: Nabisco Fleischmann's Margarine and Egg Beaters and Mars Kal Kan products
Accounts: Coke Foods and Heublein Food products
1974-1976 Rosenfeld Sirowitz & Lawson
Accounts: McDonalds New York
Accounts: Pepsi and Burger King
B.A. cum laude from City University of New York, Queens College, 1971
Masters of Arts in Communication from Denver University, 1972
Completed the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Marketing Management Program, 1981
Completed the Stanford University Finance for Non Financial Managers Program, 1997
A Managing Director with board level success in UK and International markets, who repeatedly delivers a positive impact on his environment. A hands on strategic analyst that has the highest aspirations for profitability, growth and product quality. An entrepreneur, who will accelerate progress, and deliver skills that are above personal and market expectations.
Originally trained in electronics and computers at GEC a strong reputation has been established for building and leading outstanding teams to deliver above target performance and achieve corporate growth objectives in both manufacturing and distribution channels.
Results orientated and profit focused, with highly developed marketing, sales and manufacturing skills. A specialist in change management, reorganisation & outsourcing. An innovator with the vision to start up, implement & enhance performance from acquisitions.
Key Career Achievements
Relocating Allen Coding System's Manufacturing to Taipei & Barcelona. Winning the company's largest order ever & restructuring to bring the company back to profit in 2 years.
Planning, funding and designing KCC USA an innovative, start-up Packaging Business.Bringing a multi-million dollar consultancy to profit, in preparation for sale.
Securing $1m investment to build Imaje's Atlanta based manufacturing operation. Building a facility to support 40% of the global fluid supply chain. Reversing declining profits by opening operations in the Mid-West & South. Becoming Imaje's largest subsidiary with $40m sales.
Achieving the highest profits in the group in less than three years at Willett's £35m European operation by bringing France and Spain to profit and starting up a business in Ireland.
Making Videojet the £20m UK market leader from third place, in the home territories of its three major competitors, by strong sales, marketing and acquisition.
Pankaj Sood is currently reading for his PhD with the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. He also acts as a key advisor for the McMaster RFID Applications Lab and is an active participant in global standards organizations.
Prior to starting his PhD Pankaj led the setup of the first academic RFID Lab in Canada at McMaster University, McMaster RFID Applications Lab (MRAL). While at McMaster he was responsible for leading some of the key projects undertaken by MRAL and developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with industry partners, key government organizations and other academic institutes.
He has worked on and provided advice on RFID projects in multiple industries including Healthcare, Retail, Transportation and Manufacturing. Under his leadership MRAL had grown to provide services and develop projects as well as relationships across various regions including North America, Caribbean, South East Asia and the Middle East.
Pankaj was also instrumental in assisting with the setup of the Photovoltaic Innovation Network of Canada where he assisted in developing the structure for the network and was responsible for raising over $4.2 Million in commitments from various industry partners and provincial granting agencies.
His prior experience includes working for Research in Motion, IBM and Deloitte as well as starting two technology businesses. A passionate entrepreneur, he is actively involved in providing advice and mentorship to various technology startups in Canada and India.
Colin is a business consultant, mentor and hands on salesman. He has led sales teams and a pan-European team of 150 with a $30m pa budget to roll out a trading network. Colin began his career in engineering before qualifying as a banker and has spent the last 30 years actively involved with high potential businesses. He was the Business Development Manager for 8 years for an early stage VC technology investor. Colin now runs a variety of workshops on S & M, mentors a number of clients and takes products to market, such as an operational risk management system that he sold to a number of Banks including the Bank of England and Rothschild. Also recently won 3 UK clients for a supplier of Traceability and Manufacturing Control systems.
More recently Colin has led the launch and now manages the London Angel Club for Angels Den and recently closed 3 fund raising, £80k, £165k and another for substantially more, with 8 or more angels involved in each. Colin also helps to organise and run the London meetings of the 3Cs Community on a pro bono basis. The 3Cs helps and encourages entrepreneurs to start up and grow their own business. He recently joined London Met University as an external assessor on their Management Programmes.
Ms. Nadine Su had obtained her BA degree in China and Master degree in UK. Ms. Su has over ten years experience of project coordinating and management and customer account management in China and UK. The different roles in big or small companies enhance Ms. Su's management, organization and communication skill and target focused business development skills and project management with the strict deadline.
As an important team member, Nadine developed and managed banking project, which had successfully helped an Australia public company to launch their products in China market and win the contract to be the official supplier for largest bank in China.
Nadine worked in UK as the Customer Account Manager for a British Medical supply company to successfully manage an American blue-chip company for pharmaceuticals supply, surgical/Medical equipment to global clients. Since Ms. Su joined Link China Pharma Solutions as marketing director to Strength Company as the specialist to help UK R&D organizations to collaborate with Chinese organizations to maximum the research value and minimize the cost and enter global market, especially promote TCM. We also appointed by local important organization GCP as China specialist to promote the international cooperation between Cambridge and China.
Jeff has had a long and distinguished career as Managing Director / CEO of March Publishing Ltd, an award winning publishing, events, marketing and communications company. He attends, speaks and moderates at major conferences and events around the world, including APEC, the Asian Financial Forum, CIFIT, IGEBC, Asian Development Bank’s Urban Forum, Low Carbon High Growth Eco Cities, Think Asia Think Hong Kong and UK China – Facing the Challenges. Jeff is one of Cambridge Worldwide’s most popular associates and hosts bespoke seminars and training sessions on marketing, communication, leadership and entrepreneurship.
Jeff is also the creator and producer of a series of UK based ‘International Question Times’ which travels around the UK and features panels of experts drawn from business and government, hosted by BBC broadcaster Peter Sissons. He also developed the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology showcase in the City of London in conjunction with the Energy Saving Trust and the Dept for Transport and also developed the London Islamic Finance Conference. Held annually at Reuters, this event attracts renowned industry experts from around the globe. The development of these events was a contributing factor to March Publishing Ltd winning a MACE award for Diversity (sponsored by UK Trade & Investment).
Jeff has travelled extensively throughout China, including visits to Tibet and Inner Mongolia and has worked with the Trade & Investment and Marketing teams at the British Embassy in Beijing and British Consulates in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Chongqing and is a regular contributor to panel discussions and trade forums both in the UK and in the Far East. He has been a keynote speaker at the CCPIT Round Table (part of CIFIT) as well as the Elite Enterprises Conference in Shenzhen and was the Moderator at the “What Lies Ahead for the Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs of the UK and China” Symposium in 2008 featuring HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and Sir David Tang in Beijing which was broadcast on Chinese TV and had wide reaching press coverage.
March Publishing are the sole UK agents for CIFIT, the world's largest trade & investment fair (60,000 delegates) that takes place each September in Xiamen, China. Their role includes sourcing and working with overseas delegates, exhibitors and world leading keynote speakers. See www.chinafair.org.cn
Jeff’s work includes working with the government of Abu Dhabi to promote and implement their US $200 billion Public Private Partnership programme, the “2030 Vision”. He was the Moderator at PPP 2009 – Abu Dhabi which was opened by Sheikha Lubna, United Arab Emirates Minister for Trade and Ian Luder, The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of London during his recent Official Visit to the Middle East.
Jeff was a key member of the organisation team of a Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Showcase on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board and the Dept of Transport at Guildhall Yard, London, where an electric vehicle campaign was launched live on BBC news, Reuters, Radio Five Live, national, trade press and various other media by Lord Drayson, the Science and Technology Minister and Lord Adonis, the Transport Minister. Mass media coverage was achieved and the event was hailed as a huge success.
Jeff’s current work continues in the eco cities, sustainable development and low carbon arena and has developed market leading events in Hong Kong and China featuring world renowned experts and leading organisations including UK Trade & Investment, Asia House and the Pacific Basin Economic Council.
Jeff is featured in Queen's Awards presentations as a “Promoter of Britain” overseas and is an active promoter of Cambridge, his home region, around the world.
With education in both China and the UK, including a PhD and an MBA from Loughborough University, Wei Wang has had nearly twenty years of international business experience involving both multinationals and start-ups. He is currently founder and managing director of a number of young companies, including 2W China Investment Consulting Ltd (www.2wchina.com). He is author of The China Executive, a global bestseller on China business, and has also published in the Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship and in the prestigious World Affairs. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences and seminars on entrepreneurship, management/leadership/strategy, and all matters concerning China—his three areas of expertise.
Dr. Di Wei received the B.Sc. degree from University of Science and Technology of China, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees (with distinctions) from the Process Chemistry Centre of Finland c/o Abo Akademi University. He has visited Leibniz Institute of Solid State Physics, Dresden and the FMF (Materials Research Centre), Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany, with the aid of DAAD Scholarship during Ph.D. studies. In 2007, he acknowledged an offer from University of Oxford and chose to join University of Cambridge as the postdoctoral research fellow. Since February 2008, he has been a senior research scientist at NOKIA Research Centre c/o University of Cambridge. He has authored many patents, peer-reviewed journal publications and chapters for three books on the topic of nanotechnology and electrochemical applications. His research interests include sensors, organic electronics, electrochemical nanofabrication and renewable energies such as photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries. Dr. Wei has been senior member of Wolfson College at University of Cambridge since 2010 and is member of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Cambridge Network and the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE). He has been involved in R&D, technology transfer and high-tech business for more than 5 years.
Managing Partner, China Time Inc
Doctoral Researcher, Cambridge University
Helen is a published author, sought after cross-cultural business consultant and speaker on cross-cultural related topics. She is passionate about facilitating the cross-cultural understanding by helping international business and political leaders to make better-informed decisions about China and vice versa.
Born and raised in Mainland China, Helen lived and worked in Australia for 8 years before relocating back to Beijing in 2002. She has over 20 years experience working in management consulting, executive training and in management positions. She has worked in senior consulting, investment banking and management positions in China, Australia and Hong Kong. Companies she has worked in include Citigroup, Bain & Co Consulting, and major Chinese state owned and private corporations.
Helen is currently conducting her doctoral research on Culture for Business in Cambridge University. She holds an MBA, a Master of Business in Finance from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and a BA (English Language and Literature) from Peking University.
Helen has published two books: "Think Like Chinese" (in English 2008 & Chinese 2010) and "Act Like Westerners" (in Chinese 2010), both co- authored with Geoff Baker.