Top Influencers: 19 UK Founder & President’s To Follow in 2022

2 years ago

Founder & President play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Founder & President role. We have selected these Founder & President’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Founder & President’s. The list is in no particular order!

Guy Podjarny

Founder & President @ Snyk

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Guy Podjarny, or Guypo for short, is a web performance researcher and evangelist, constantly chasing the elusive instant web. Guy is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Akamai’s Web Experience business unit, dealing with everything fast browsing and mobile. Guy was previously the co-founder and CTO of, acquired by Akamai in 2012. Guy focuses heavily on Mobile Web Performance and Front-End Optimization, is a fan of large scale tests using real world websites, and regularly digs into the guts of mobile browsers. Guy is also the author of Mobitest, a free mobile measurement tool, and contributes to various open source tools. Before digging into performance, Guy spent a decade working on Web Application Security, and more specifically the first Web App Firewall (AppShield) and the market leading Web Application Security scanner (AppScan). Learn more about Guy Podjarny on Crunchbase…

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Nicolas Cary

Co-Founder & President @

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Nicolas Cary is the Co-Founder & Vice Chairman at Learn more about Nicolas Cary on Crunchbase… is a platform that offers ways to buy, hold, and use cryptocurrency. Read more on Crunchbase…

Liam Negus-Fancey

Founder & President @ Pollen

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Pollen is a members-only community that curates and shares experiences for you and your friends to discover. As a marketplace of the best experiences in the world, our mission is to elevate lives by bringing people closer to the people and the things they love. From festivals, events, dining experiences, island escapes, and beyond, we want to help create unforgettable memories shared between friends old and new by allowing members to unlock a range of experiential rewards. Learn more about Liam Negus-Fancey on Crunchbase…

Pollen builds, curates, and delivers the best travel experiences. Read more aboutPollen on Crunchbase…

Mark Munro

Founder & President @ Munro Capital

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Mr. Munro has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as the Chairman of our Board since December 2011. Mr. Munro is also the Founder and has been President of Munro Capital Inc., a private equity investment firm, since 2005. Mr. Munro has been the Chief Executive Officer and owner of 1112 Third Ave Corp., a real estate holding company, since October 2000. He has also been an investor in private companies for the last seven years, including Vaultlogix, LLC, a provider of online data backup solutions for business data. Prior to forming Munro Capital, Mr. Munro founded, built and sold Eastern Telcom Inc., a telecommunication company, from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Munro has been directly involved in over $150 million of private and public transactions as both an investor and entrepreneur. Mr. Munro sat on the board of Vaultlogix, LLC from March 2004 to February 2008. Mr. Munro also has experience as a former Chairman of the Board of Inc., a NASDAQ-listed internet access, web design and e-commerce hosting company, from May 1999 to August 2002. Mr. Munro received his B.A. in economics from Connecticut College. Mr. Munro brings extensive business experience, including years as a successful entrepreneur and investor, to our board of directors and executive management team. Learn more about Mark Munro on Crunchbase…

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Will Wells

Founder & President @ Hummingbird Technologies

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Will founded Hummingbird Technologies in January 2016, where the business spent its first year developing Machine Learning algorithms at the Imperial College technology incubator. Prior to this, Will spent 10 years in the Finance and Investment sector. This included M&A and other special advisory roles at Citigroup and Lincoln International, as well as investment management at the successful multi-billion dollar Highclere global equity fund, where he was also a Partner. Will grew up on a farm and is a keen sportsman. He holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School and a First Class MA Honours degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. Will sits on the Board of a Royal Marsden cancer charity and Math Engine plc, a UK public investment fund. Learn more about Will Wells on Crunchbase…

Hummingbird is a drone and satellite enabled imagery analytics business for precision agriculture. Read more aboutHummingbird Technologies on Crunchbase…

Michael Gibbs

Co-founder & President @ Second Nature

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Cambridge pharmacology graduate, strategy consultant, entrepreneur, author, health and nutrition geek. Incredibly strong believer in immersing yourself in the details of science and physiology – rather than the face value of published scientific papers – in order to come to a critical viewpoint on nutrition and public health. “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines” – Marcia Angell, long-time editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. Learn more about Michael Gibbs on Crunchbase…

Second Nature is a digital programme that helps people lead healthier lives Read more aboutSecond Nature on Crunchbase…

George Kazianis

Co-Founder & President @ BlocSide Sports

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George is the Co-Founder and President of BlocSide and the Only4Stars International Sports and Entertainment Corporation (I.S.E.C). He was a licensed FIFA player agent and official agent for the Hellenic Football Federation. Over his 30 years in the football industry, he has built up a client list of elite youth and well-established players. Furthermore, George is renowned and widely recognized by major football clubs, such as AFC Ajax, FC Internationale Milano, and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, for his scouting prowess, youth camps, emphasis on developing young talent, and professionalism. He also has managed to acquire the exclusive rights to start building the Ajax brand name in Southern Europe, starting with Greece and Cyprus. Previously, George was the owner of AllStar Sports Consultancy, a Players & Match Agency in Athens, Greece. Learn more about George Kazianis on Crunchbase…

BlocSide Sports is creating a digital platform that leverages frictionless payments, mobile ticketing and blockchain technology. Read more aboutBlocSide Sports on Crunchbase…

Sergio Mottola

Founder & President @ Public Pressure

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Public Pressure operates an online NFT marketplace for the music industry. Read more aboutPublic Pressure on Crunchbase…

Sofia Fominova

Co-Founder & President @ Truligent

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Sofia is a successful technology entrepreneur with experience in both B2B and B2C software. As a Co-Founder of Truligent, Sofia’s responsibilities span from marketing to sales to general management and venture development strategy. For her business activities and outstanding research in Artificial Intelligence, Sofia has been awarded a prestigious award from the Worshipful Company of Marketors and recognised as one of the “10 Most Influential Businesswomen” by Insights Success Magazine. Amongst other ventures, Sofia founded – one of the most prominent food technology platforms, educating millions of people about the art of healthy eating and living. Prior to Mealz, Sofia worked at a boutique hedge fund in London and built a business in the hospitality industry. Sofia received her bachelors from the London School of Economics (LSE) and completed two master degrees at University of Westminster. Learn more about Sofia Fominova on Crunchbase…

Truligent builds and operates great software companies. Read more aboutTruligent on Crunchbase…

Amir Ofer

Founder & President @ mySupermarket

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Amir Ofer is Founder & President at mySupermarket. Learn more about Amir Ofer on Crunchbase…

mySupermarket designs a supermarket shopping and comparison website that helps users to compare prices across different stores. Read more aboutmySupermarket on Crunchbase…

Matthew Mueller

Founder & President @ Knot Standard

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Matthew Mueller, Co-Founder & CEO of Knot Standard, added, “The clothing industry is entering a new period of rapid change as new products and technology take hold. Knot Standard’s customers have made it one of the 10 fastest-growing retails brands in the country, and proven that custom, personalized apparel is the future of fashion. The talented group at TRAUB will help us reach new clients worldwide, expand to new products, and launch the new standard for custom retail in the months to come. Learn more about Matthew Mueller on Crunchbase…

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Colin Yellowley

Founder & President @ Igloo Vision

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Colin is a co-founder of Igloo, and now runs its US operations. He previously had more than ten years’ experience of working in multimedia, web design and film production. Having originally launched Igloo on the contemporary arts circuits, he successfully steered the company into the simulation and visualisation sector, and continues to play a central role in its product development. Learn more about Colin Yellowley on Crunchbase…

Igloo Vision is the shared VR company. We create 360° immersive solutions and all of the enabling technologies. Read more aboutIgloo Vision on Crunchbase…

Martin Fuggle

Founder & President @ Adaxa

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Adaxa is an Open Source ERP Software. Read more aboutAdaxa on Crunchbase…

Brian Bolam

Founder & President @ OmPrompt

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Brian Bolam is Founder & President at OmPrompt. Learn more about Brian Bolam on Crunchbase…

EDI connectivity, non-EDI document automation, visibility and control solutions in order-to-cash and procure-to-pay processes. Read more aboutOmPrompt on Crunchbase…

Alex Shashou

Co-Founder & President @ ALICE

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Alex works as the president of Alice. Learn more about Alex Shashou on Crunchbase…

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Will MacAskill

Co Founder & President @ 80,000 Hours

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In 2009, Will co-founded Giving What We Can, a leading charity evaluator that has raised over $400m in pledged donations to effective charities and advised the UK government, World Bank, Oxfam among others. In 2011, he co-founded 80,000 Hours with Ben. Currently an Associate Professor of moral philosophy at Oxford, Will has pledged to give over half his income to charity, and is the author of ‘Doing Good Better’. Learn more about Will MacAskill on Crunchbase…

80,000 Hours is an evidence-based advice on careers that make a difference. Read more about80,000 Hours on Crunchbase…

Alfredo Boni

Founder & President @ Creabilis

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Alfredo Boni was the CEO of a large service company, Boni S.p.A, which has operated since 1964 across Europe within many industries in the field of general maintenance, cleaning and sterilization. He was also the founder of a consortium of more than 150 companies devoted to global service for various institutions including hospitals. His industrial, financial and administrative experience in founding and acquiring companies and his entrepreneurial spirit are now being devoted to the world of biotechnology. Learn more about Alfredo Boni on Crunchbase…

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Enrico Brosio

Co-founder & President @ MarketOne

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Brosio has led MarketOne’s London-based European operation since its inception in 2002. He has taken a lead role in developing MarketOne’s lead lifecycle management practice, and is actively involved with the professional marketing community across Europe. Brosio began his career with Deloitte Consulting where he defined business strategies and implemented operational improvement programs for global 500 clients. He then moved to France where he co-founded Gaiatel/Faxnet, a telecom service reseller for Cable & Wireless. Brosio subsequently relocated to London where he worked as a financial analyst with Merrill Lynch and in corporate development with Level 3 Communications. In 2000 he co-founded Avondi, Europe’s first venture-backed trade exchange. Enrico earned his BA from Trinity College and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Learn more about Enrico Brosio on Crunchbase…

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Bianca Jagger

Founder & President @ The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

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Bianca Jagger is the Founder and President of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation (BJHRF), Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador and member of the Executive Director’s Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA. She is a prominent international human rights, social justice and climate change advocate. For over three decades she has been a voice for the most vulnerable members of society, campaigning for human rights, civil liberties, peace, social justice and environmental protection throughout the world. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards for her human rights and humanitarian work, including: in 2004, The Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “alternative Nobel prize.” In 1997, The Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight Award for Leadership. In 1994, The United Nations Earth Day International Award. In 2006, The World Citizenship Award from The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. In 2004, she was presented with The World Achievement Award by Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1997, The Green Globe Award from the Rainbow Alliance. In 1998, she was awarded the American Civil Liberties Union Award. Learn more about Bianca Jagger on Crunchbase…

The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation is hosting its first benefit gala “Arts for Human Rights.” Read more aboutThe Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation on Crunchbase…

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