Shirin Dehghan

Talented entrepreneur Shirin Dehghan formed a pioneering software company which helped mobile networks handle the rush of phone traffic in the advent of 3G mobile internet. After a decade of remarkable growth at Arieso, when her software was used to support the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the London 2012...

Chris Broad

Chris Broad has participated in the meteoric rise of technology giant Apple in three decades of captivating work since studying electronics in Southampton. He has risen to Director of Sales Contracting at Apple in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) over a career that has combined a technological background...

Gordon Clyne

Gordon Clyne is a veteran Silicon Valley executive and startup adviser who has managed the innovation and expansion of high technology around the globe. He introduced cutting-edge products to the African, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern markets across seven years with Apple before singlehandedly growing SanDisk’s product line of custom USB...

Mujibur Choudhury

Motivation to create lasting impact in the technology sector has propelled Muj Choudhury around the globe accumulating vast experience in sales and operating strategies. This University of Southampton graduate has directed ambitious start-ups and excelled in multinational corporations before he took his latest role at salesforce, a cloud computing company...

David Tordrup

As Managing Director of consulting business Triangulate Health Ltd, health economist David Tordrup works with a broad range of clients from the public and private sector to provide insight and analysis in the interface between life sciences, economics and policy. His assignments include projects in pharmaceutical economics, policy research, economic...

Jim Wicks

Biotech entrepreneur Jim Wicks co-founded DNA detection-based business Primerdesign in 2004 from within the University’s Faculty of Medicine. Starting on a shoestring budget, the company delivered highly profitable accounts from year one, resulting in a multimillion pound turnover and a world-renowned reputation in their field. Following the successful sale of the business, Jim guides...

Annie Jullien Pannelay

Annie Jullien Pannelay’s career and experience span over multiple areas within the financial, pharma and health policy sectors. She is a shareholder in a number of startups that she supports and her current work as an independent adviser focuses on European health policy projects. In her role as Principal Consultant...

Simon MacKenzie

Simon MacKenzie believes that communication is key to developing a successful business. “It’s like learning language and the quicker you learn how to communicate well, the better,” he explains. With more than 15 years’ experience of senior business and scientific roles, in drug discovery, innovation, business development and collaborative alliance...

Simon Kerry

Simon Kerry is a business expert with expansive experience of creating and developing innovative life science businesses.  He enjoyed success as the CEO of University of Southampton spinout Karus Therapeutics, where he took the company from a startup phase and progressed it through to a clinical stage cancer company.  Simon...

Ben Clark

Ben Clark works to convert great ideas into high growth businesses that change the world. He is helping unlock the potential of entrepreneurs as Director of Growth Shack, which builds on his experience accelerating early stage growth to support ambitious startups. His business catalogue ranges from enterprise software as a...

Geoff Baker

Geoff Baker has co-founded and sold two successful companies in a pioneering example of mechanical engineering’s entrepreneurial spirit. His professional journey has taken him from the initial stages of the Concorde jet’s supersonic development to the intricacies of the industrial, defence, oil and gas markets. Geoff learned from his early business...

David Watchus

Business consultant David Watchus is optimising the performance of growing enterprises as he draws upon decades of managerial and marketing experience at the AA. He rose through the ranks as a Marketing Manager, Publisher and later Head of AA Media as he guided the creative outputs of the famous motoring...

Dame Wendy Hall

Professor Dame Wendy Hall is a world-renowned computer scientist and serial entrepreneur who has formed several spinout companies across three decades at the University of Southampton. A pioneer in multimedia and hypermedia, her work has held global significance in the areas of digital libraries, the Semantic Web and the foundation...

Robbie Rice

Robbie Rice is the General Manager of the UK branch of Fresh Consulting LLC, an international User Experience (UX) design agency headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Fresh Consulting is an award-winning design agency in one of the hottest tech centres in the world. With clients such as Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Cisco,...

Lohan Presencer

Lohan Presencer has expanded the Ministry of Sound into a multimedia entertainment business, guiding its diversification and growth into a global brand as its former Chief Executive and current Chairman. He developed core skills in an acoustical engineering degree at the University of Southampton before joining the rapidly evolving music...

Chris Buckingham

Crowdfunding specialist Chris Buckingham has supported everything from artists to zoos in the UK’s evolving startup ecosystem. An author, columnist and full-time postgraduate researcher, he provides educational resources and expert advice for crowdfunding projects through his startup, minivation. Chris has authored three books on crowdfunding theory and practice, and is...

Russell Champion

Russell Champion has always been interested in business, having set up his first company at the age of just 15. Watching the technology market as a young entrepreneur from Reading, Russell and two close friends spotted an opportunity to build PCs at a third of their retail value by ordering parts...

Ben Cons

Ben Cons is a passionate entrepreneur and risk taker who has enjoyed commercial success in the strategic growth and sale of innovations in the pharmaceutical sector. He has managed well over a billion dollars of deals across two decades’ experience in drug development and commercialisation for pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and...

Andrew Doe

Andrew Doe is an adept digital leader with more than two decades’ experience transforming the performance of businesses through digital technologies. A serial entrepreneur, he has directed three startups that include British internet success confetti.co.uk. He has spent the majority of his career in e-commerce, helping brands like News Corp,...

Steve Braithwaite

Electronics expert Steve Braithwaite has consulted for over 50 startups and companies in his role as founder and Managing Director of a growing electronics consultancy. During a technical and entrepreneurial career, Steve has co-founded a social-minded startup delivering telecommunications networks to rural African communities and developed military satellite communications products with Marconi Secure...

Chris Spackman

Chris Spackman’s decades of experience within and advising some of the world’s largest corporations has secured major deals across a range of industries. He has operated at the top level of business as a senior level consultant in an impressive career that included managing a $450m IT outsourcing deal for...

Layla Stacey

Layla Stacey’s tenacious competitive spirit has earned her sustained success across a dynamic career in marcoms (marketing and communications). She shone in exciting posts at PR and marketing agencies up and down the country before setting up two PR companies – most recently at Southampton Science Park. Layla is the Founder...

Penny Endersby

Penny Endersby has thrived in an eclectic research and management career that has guarded national security through advances spanning from electric armours to cyber defence. She promotes diversity in engineering as a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton while working as a Division Head at the Defence Science and Technology...

Tim Thornton

Tim Thornton’s inventive applications for technology have helped doctors save lives and supported police forces on the beat in a diverse technical career. He built his experience as a Modelling Engineer and Technical Marketer at ARM Ltd before tackling new challenges as a Technology Architect at management and technology consultancy...

Tim Drysdale

Tim Drysdale has spearheaded and successfully communicated complex engineering and electronics research in a diverse international career. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Open University’s Department of Engineering and Innovation with special expertise in electromagnetics. He has embraced the potential of public engagement and celebrated academic research in locations...

Brian Luff

Brian Luff discovered an entrepreneurial spark mid-way through his career which led him to found and grow two businesses in the software sector. He started as a Software Engineer, System Designer and Business Area Manager before he established a UK subsidiary of a US software company. Around a decade later,...

Simon Kampa

Simon Kampa has made the transition from software engineer to business director in an impressive career which has included spells in the defence, energy and space sectors. A proud Southampton alumnus, he rose through the ranks at Lockheed Martin, Roke Manor Research Limited and CRITICAL Software before co-founding predictive analytics...

Josh Valman

Josh Valman’s uncompromising focus turned a childhood fascination with engineering into a million pound business by the age of 19. Once a youthful contestant in the popular Robot Wars TV series, this teenage millionaire taught himself product design through an obsessive hobby and became a freelance consultant for multinational firms. He...

Thomas Papakostas

Thomas Papakostas is driven by a desire to develop new technologies that will enhance human lives. He gathered experience in Greece, the UK and America before pursuing his dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Thomas is the founder of R&D CORE Ltd, a business specialising in the research, development and...

Max Toti

Business expert Max Toti wants his experiences founding and expanding an international computer technology group to help the University of Southampton produce the world’s best graduates. Max is the Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of the Captec Group, a network of four technology companies manufacturing specialist and industrial computer...

Ali Saheli

Ali Saheli’s passionate creativity has been at the core of his ability to turn innovative ideas into business opportunities since an ambitious move across the Atlantic. Ali graduated from the University of Southampton in 2010 and chose to move to Canada and later the US as he explored a string of entrepreneurial ideas....

Pete Goodwin

Few engineers can draw on experiences as engaging and diverse as software expert Pete Goodwin. Pete has applied his expertise in audio technology to several sectors, including the video games industry where he spent four entertaining years with British company Codemasters. He currently works with manufacturer Vision RT, developing imaging...

Mike Lurcock

Whether it’s manufacturing soft drinks or supercomputers, Mike Lurcock’s sound financial planning has ensured business growth for many companies. His diverse career in management accounting has ranged from supporting ambitious tech start-ups to working on multi-billion pound investment funds. Mike grew up in Rochester, Kent, and studied Agriculture at the...

Mike Payne

Serial entrepreneur Mike Payne remembers computers the size of rooms when he was an Electrical Engineering undergraduate at the University of Southampton. Technology has catapulted forward since his student days and Mike has been at the leading edge of semiconductors, circuits and software across an international career. He co-founded several technology...

Vincent Mifsud

Vincent Mifsud has amassed decades of technical and professional expertise across a number of engineering fields in a prestigious career which has led him to a highly-respected consultancy role in aviation and aerospace. He has made notable contributions to the medical, electronics, aerospace and defence sectors in a series of high-profile roles...

Bruno Johnson

Bruno Johnson is an expert in the innovation, design and creation of products for the electronics industry. His years of business experience led him to co-found semiconductor specialist Cascoda and he is now preparing to launch a pioneering new technology he believes can offer ‘immense value’ to society. Bruno knows...