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Saurabh Srivastava

Saurabh Srivastava is one of India's leading IT entrepreneurs, Angel Investors and VCs. He chairs Infinity, India's first seed stage VC fund and co-founded the Indian Angel Network, India's largest Business Angel Network. He also sits on the Investment Committees/Boards of the Indian Government's National and several State VC Funds, on the Prime Minister's Innovation Council, the Planning Commission's Committee on Venture Capital and chairs the IT Ministry's Working Group on Software Export. He is a Government nominee on the EU India Round Table and the Task Forces for India's two largest states.

Saurabh founded one of India's trendsetting IT companies, which grew to US$ 800m, listed on LSE and was recently acquired by Steria, a large French company. He is a co founder and Past Chairman of NASSCOM (the Indian Software Industry Association) and the NASSCOM Foundation. He is the Chairman Emeritus of TIE, the world's largest organisation devoted to Entrepreneurship.

He is on the Advisory Board of the Imperial College Business School, London, an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at IIT Mumbai, holds a Masters Degree from Harvard University, a BTech from IIT Kanpur. Awards include 'the Distinguished Alumnus Award' by IIT Kanpur; an Honorary Doctorate in Technology by the University of Wolverhampton, UK and the Lifetime Achievement Award for IT. Recently, Saurabh has also been invited to be on the board of the National Research and Development Corporation.

Saurabh is based in New Delhi, India.

Hemant Jalan

Hemant graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1979 with a degree in Chemical Engineering with Distinction, and then worked for Nucon industries in India and Europe for 7 years. During this period he was instrumental in setting up a major collaboration between Nucon and Zander of Germany for the manufacture and supply of compressed air filters and driers. He then did his MBA at IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland in General Management, graduating with Distinction and also winning the Scholars Award.

Hemant joined The Generics Group plc, a technology and business consultancy company, based in Cambridge UK, in 1989. He developed some major new clients for Generics in the Engineering and Telecommunications industries, and also enabled the company to set up a new business activity targeted at the IT industry. During this period, he also led several teams working on the application of new digital technologies for the packaging industry.

Hemant returned to India in 1993, to become Managing Director and Chairman of Nucon Industries. Over the past fourteen years, he has been instrumental in developing the business of Nucon, both in the domestic Indian and international markets successfully and building a high-calibre operational team to run the business. Hemant now divides his time between Business development and Finance activities at Nucon, and advising European companies who would like to do business with Indian companies and vice versa. His strong technical background, coupled with international business experience, has been of significant benefit to clients in mapping out their market entry and development strategies and plans.

Hemant is now based in Hyderabad, India.

Peter Cowley

Peter Cowley studied Engineering and Computer Science at Cambridge University, and after 25 years away, now lives near Cambridge, owning and running small technology businesses. He has spec-built several domestic houses and refurbished many others, including the £1.7 million Cambridge Advice Centre. In total, he has founded 12 businesses, bought 4, sold 3 and been a director of 21.

He has been voluntary chair, treasurer and trustee of numerous charities for over a decade – the Citizens Advice service, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity and a local private sixth form college. He has formally and informally mentored and coached scores of people over the last decade. He is a freeman of the City of London and on the advisory board of a Social Enterprise in criminal justice.

He has been an active angel investor for many years, is a board member of Cambridge Angels and the Investment Director of the Marshall of Cambridge, Martlet Corporate Angel. He has over 30 angel investments, with sectors including web and mobile software, energy, biotech, fintech, edtech, medtech, security and construction. He has led many investment deals and is a non-executive director of several angel-backed start-ups.

Alan Barrell

Alan Barrell has spent almost 30 years in senior executive positions in technology based industries and has become one of Cambridge's most articulate promoters of entrepreneurship. He is a founder shareholder in Library House, Entrepreneur in Residence at the University's Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and Visiting Professor of Enterprise at the University Of Bedfordshire School Of Graduate Business Studies. He is Visiting Professor at Xiamen University in China and Senior Enterprise Fellow, University of Essex. Recently appointed as International Fellow, Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, he was also formerly Chairman of Health Enterprise East Ltd, an organisation seeking to exploit innovative inventions, processes and procedures in the National Health Service within the Eastern Region.

Following a scientific training, he worked around the world with Baxter Healthcare and was its Chief Executive for six years. Subsequently, he joined Domino Printing Sciences as Managing Director, following which, after six years, he joined Willett International, an industrial electronics company, and was its CEO, building its international business into a major success.

He was instrumental in launching the Cambridge Gateway Fund to fund early stage technology businesses in the region and is involved with a number of charities including the Papworth Trust, the RSA, the Centre for Tomorrow's Company and The Prince's Trust. He has also chaired the Cambridge Enterprise Conference and works closely with a number of Science Parks and Innovation Centres in Cambridge, elsewhere in the UK and overseas. He received The Queen's Award in 2006 for Enterprise Promotion.

Alan is based in Cambridge.

Prof John Baits

John is Chief Technical Officer of DN Capital Ltd. He has over 30 years experience in senior technology roles in IT and Telecommunications. John was world-wide CTO for Cable & Wireless, Managing Director of IT and Research for Telstra (Australia) plus previously 23 years at IBM where he held executive development positions in the UK, USA, Japan and France.

He holds a PhD in Engineering from Leicester University. He is also a visiting professor at Southampton University and is a Fellow of the IEE.

Last updated: 11 Aug 2013