Ranjana brings in extensive experience in social innovation. Ranjana has led and worked with two technology based startups in the educational space. She has provided insights for R&D as well as business development strategy for the Indian market. Ranjana graduated with a first class degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from R. V. College of Engineering Bangalore, an MSc Nanotechnology from University College London and speaks fluent French, Hindi and Kannada. 

Dirk brings in extensive experience in emerging technologies for the renewable energy sector. He has led and worked on both private and publicly funded projects involving R&D strategy, technology feasibility and product design for a variety of technology sectors. Dirk has received a Diploma degree with distinction in Physics from the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and speaks fluent Russian and German.

Dishant has provided insight in emerging technology markets, technology innovation, and understanding investment opportunities for emerging technologies. Dishant has led and worked on contracts involving technology-led mergers & acquisitions, commercialisation strategy development, feasibility and product design. Dishant graduated with a first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of York, a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge and is fluent in Danish and Hindi.

DR. DISHANT MAHENDRU

RON SMITH

DR. DIRK MERSCH

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Having gained an MBA from Manchester Business School in 2011, Ron left the corporate world of the FTSE250 PLC Electrocomponents to move into consultancy, setting up Level 5 Consultants Ltd. A Focus on international business development and industrial cluster design has led to contracts at government level in BRIC economies, involving market analysis, strategic auditing, strategy development and stakeholder management.

 

RON SMITH

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR (INDIA)

DIRECTOR

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Starting from the humble roots in the North East Lancashire coal mines, Neville rose to become the UK Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Electric Europe responsible for a turnover of £250 million. He has also received several honours during is a long and distinguished career.

Neville holds a BSc Electrical Engineering, MBA from Cranfield, Chartered Engineer (C Eng) and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA). He currently holds the following Non-Executive Director positions:

 

  • Chairman of Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

  • Chairman of Young Chamber UK

  • Chairman of Groundwork, a sustainable development charity

  • Director of Premier EDA Solutions.

  • Chairman, Advisory Board of Smartsource.

 

As Deputy Chairman of the then East of England Regional Development Agency he established the Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP) Ltd. Neville served on the UK government Electronics Leadership Council, was a member of the European Commission (European Cluster Policy Group) in Brussels, was Vice President European Chambers of Commerce (eurochambres) also in Brussels, former President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and a board member of UK India Business Council (UKIBC). He is a visiting professor at the University of Hertfordshire, School of Engineering and Technology.

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Dennis has experience working as senior director for 25 years with responsibility for operations, supply chain, engineering, corporate IT and software product development functions in the electronics/gaming Industry.

 

He has served as Board Director and General Manager at Barcrest (part of IGT until 2011), where he managed manufacturing and outsourcing activities with a turnover of £60 million and introduced an ERP system embracing all of the company's corporate functions. He also turned around the loss-making analog gaming division of Barcrest into healthy profits.

 

Before that, Dennis contributed to the setting up of Elkay’s Greenfield manufacturing plant in Wales and also worked with GEC/Marconi (now part of BAE systems) in their design function. More recently, following the acquisition of Barcrest by Scientific Games, Dennis acted as Principal Management Consultant in integrating both businesses. This included relocation of factory and offices, process improvements and a harmonising of systems and practices.

Charles Cotton is founder and Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon International Ltd. He co-authored The Cambridge Phenomenon: 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise. He currently holds the following positions:

 

  • Director of Solarflare Inc.

  • Director of XMOS Ltd

  • Director of Cambridge Enterprise, as well as a member of its Investment Committee

  • Chairman of the Advisory Panel of Cambridge Innovation Capital

  • Deputy Chairman of Cambridge Ahead

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah

  • Member of the fund-raising committee at the Rosie Maternity Hospital

  • Advisor to CUER (Cambridge University ECO Racing).

 

His engagement in high technology dates back to 1983 when he was Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Research Ltd. After graduating, he worked in the automotive industry at British Leyland and Ford. He holds a BA Hons in Physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

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Jaideep Prabhu is the Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Business and Enterprise at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, England. Professor Prabhu is also the Director of the Centre for India & Global Business (CIGB). He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth.

 

Prior to his current position, Jaideep Prabhu was Professor of Marketing and Director of Research at the Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London; University Lecturer and University Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge; Assistant Professor and Fellow at the Center for Economic Research, Tilburg University, the Netherlands; and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA.

 

Jaideep Prabhu is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the International Journal of Research in Marketing Science and the Journal of Management Studies, and a member of the senior advisory board of the European Journal of Marketing.

 

He has consulted with or taught executives from ABN Amro, Bertelsmann AG, British Telecom, the UK's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), EDS, Egg, IBM, ING Bank, Laird, the NHS, Nokia, Oce Copiers, Philips, Roche, Shell, Vodafone and Xerox among other organisations in Colombia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, UK and US. 

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DISHANT MAHENDRU

DIRECTOR

DR. DIRK MERSCH

NEVILLE REYNER (CBE)

DENNIS WOLSTENHOLME

CHARLES COTTON

JAIDEEP PRABHU

NEVILLE REYNER (CBE)

DENNIS WOLSTENHOLME

CHARLES COTTON

JAIDEEP PRABHU

QING SHAN DING

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RANJANA PATHI

Marcos takes his extensive research experience, and his awareness of regional markets, to deliver industry and market-driven research to direct the firm's business development. Marcos has received a bachelors in Biochemistry from Imperial College London and a Master of Research degree of the University of Cambridge, where he now pursues a PhD in Biological Sciences on human palaeogenetics. Marcos speaks fluent Spanish, German, Icelandic and conversational Hindi.

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MARCOS GALLEGO LLORENTE

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QING SHAN DING

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Born in China, Qing has extensive experience of studying and working in the United Kingdom. Qing holds a PhD in International Marketing and Management, and maintains a senior position in the UK University/research sector. His research expertise focuses on Chinese consumers, primarily study the impact of country of origin, consumer ethnocentrism and consumer animosity on product preference and willingness to buy. He also conducts market entry consultancy and advises companies on Chinese culture and business etiquette.

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