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Top Influencers: 45 UK Advisory Board’s To Follow in 2022

Member of Advisory Board play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Member of Advisory Board role. We have selected these Member of Advisory Board’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 Member of Advisory Board’s. The list is in no particular order!

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Simon Yun-Farmbrough

Member of Advisory Board @ Creamfinance

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Simon has a proven track record of envisioning, leading and delivering growth initiatives in a number of financial companies. In addition to leading the IPO of Egg, the first digital bank in United Kingdom, Simon has more than 20 years of consultancy experience within financial services. He is also a member of the Investment Committee of the world’s oldest scientific society, The Royal Society. Simon joined the Advisory Board of Creamfinance to facilitate the growth of the company. Learn more about Simon Yun-Farmbrough on Crunchbase…

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Greg Reeve

Advisory Board Member @ Growth Street

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Greg is the CEO for TranssNet Payments, a new entrant into the African Payments scene, backed by Transsion Holdings, Mediatek and NetEase. TranssNet is introducing a full suite of financial services, accessed directly from and embedded in the handset, providing an out of the box experience. Transsion Holdings are the manufacturers of Tecno, Itel and Infinix mobile Phones. In the African Business most admired Brands in Africa 2018 they were ranked 7, 16 & 28 – three brands in the top thirty! NetEase is valued at $43Bn and is China’s largest games company. Learn more about Greg Reeve on Crunchbase…

Growth Street is fast, flexible overdrafts for growing businesses. Read more aboutGrowth Street on Crunchbase…

Simon Jones

Member of the Advisory Board @ Chime Communications PLC

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Simon specialises in strategic communications and reputation management for governments, corporations, organisations and individuals around the world. Over the course of the last 20 years he has advised chief executives and chairs of global organisations, in addition to managing complex and global communications campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands (including Barclays, BBC, BSkyB, Coca Cola, Facebook, Vodafone). Simon is a lead consultant advising clients across Chime with expertise spanning international relations, communications strategy, crisis communications and reputation management. Learn more about Simon Jones on Crunchbase…

Chime is an international communications and sports marketing group. Read more aboutChime Communications PLC on Crunchbase…

Yann Gindre

Deputy Chairman and Head of Advisory board @ Akoni Hub

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Advisory Board Member, bringing international finance and diverse experience servicing corporate banking clients. Senior executive with global experience In Corporate Investment Banking, Hedge Funds with a front to back experience. Previous roles from 2004 to late 2012, include CEO Natixis, The Americas & CEO Natixis UK, Chairman of the New York and London Executive committees, Chairman of Natixis Alternative assets. Yann has been a financial consultant and a Director at UNPRI until 2015. Between 1988 and 2004 he was MD Global Head of DCM at JP Morgan Chase, UBS and Barclays Capital and Global Head of Markets at Commerzbank. Yann Gindre holds an MBA from London Business School. Learn more about Yann Gindre on Crunchbase…

Akoni provides simple cash management tools for individuals and SMEs. Read more aboutAkoni Hub on Crunchbase…

Ruth Cairnie

Member of the Advisory Board @ Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University

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Appointed to the Board in September 2014 Member of Nominations and Governance Committee, Remuneration Committee, Science and Technology Committee Ruth Cairnie was formerly Executive Vice President Strategy & Planning at Royal Dutch Shell Plc, where she held a number of senior international roles, including managing the Global Commercial Fuels business. She served on the boards of Shell Pakistan Ltd and joint venture companies in Germany and Thailand. Ruth graduated in Joint Honours Mathematics & Physics from Bristol University and then took a Masters in Advanced Studies, Maths, at Cambridge University. Ruth is currently a Non-Executive Director of Associated British Foods plc and Keller Group plc. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Rotterdam School of Management. She has joined the POWERful Women board as industry chair. Learn more about Ruth Cairnie on Crunchbase…

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Anton Kaszubowski

Advisory Board Member @ Betfect

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Antony Sheriff

Member of the Advisory Board @ AeroMobil

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Mike Payne

Member of Advisory Board @ Infinity Circle

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Infinity Circle is a digital wealth creation fintech platform. Read more aboutInfinity Circle on Crunchbase…

James Alexander

Advisory Board Member @ LANDBAY

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James has been one of the main revolutionaries of British financial services over the past decade. He radically transformed the notion of financial intermediation as co-founder and UK CEO of Zopa, the world’s first peer-to-peer lending platform. Prior to that, he was Strategy Director of Egg, the groundbreaking online bank, where he launched the company’s digital TV and mobile services and the UK’s first and most successful account aggregation service. James is currently a Partner of The Foundation, a leading growth and innovation consultancy, where he has worked with clients including M&S, O2, Just Giving, Barclaycard, Tesco, Eurostar, The Guardian, Save the Children, A&n Media, Friends Life, Old Mutual and HSBC. He is also a Trustee for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), a Trustee and former CEO of Green Thing and a Chair of GEN Community, an industrial provident society that delivers low carbon investments as well as social impact. Learn more about James Alexander on Crunchbase…

Landbay is a specialist Buy to Let mortgage lender using peer-to-peer technology to fund its loans. Read more aboutLANDBAY on Crunchbase…

Costis Kompis

Advisory Board Member @ DMR

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DMR owns proprietary AI technology that adds intelligence to unstructured data from any source and language, to produce invaluable insights. Read more aboutDMR on Crunchbase…

Shaun Springer

Advisory Board Member @ Bink

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Shaun Springer, is a dynamic and seasoned global commercial marketer with experience gained across a wide range of industries, sectors and brands from MasterCard, Sky, BT to Sainsbury’s. He has been heavily engaged in building successful programmes and brands and most recently MasterCard’s Iconic Priceless Brand & Priceless Programmes as Head of Brand, Digital, and Consumer Marketing. Also, from his entrepreneurial and creative approach throughout his career, in defining and understanding consumer insights and their passions he has significantly driven business value across key business areas such as, Loyalty, ARPU, Sponsorship and Retention. Learn more about Shaun Springer on Crunchbase…

Bink develops a mobile application that links card payment to loyalty schemes. Read more aboutBink on Crunchbase…

Guy Whittle

Chairman, Advisory Board @ Diginius

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Diginius is an advertising technology company that turns complex reporting data into improved sales conversions. Read more aboutDiginius on Crunchbase…

Martin Landaluce

Strategic Advisory Board @ Broadview Ventures

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Martin Landaluce, a member of Broadview’s Strategic Advisory Board, has also been a member of the Fondation Leducq Board of Directors for 10 years, and serves as its treasurer. His responsibilities include the financial management of the Foundation, and the coordination of activities with the Leducq Trust, where he oversees investment and spending policies and handles the legal matters of the Trust and its underlying companies. Learn more about Martin Landaluce on Crunchbase…

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Liv Boeree

Co-founder and Advisory Board Member @ Raising for Effective Giving – REG Charity

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Kim Fox

Strategic Advisory Board @ Broadview Ventures

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Kim Fox, MD, a member of Broadview’s Strategic Advisory Board, is a Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Cardiology at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Professor of Clinical Cardiology, Imperial College. Professor Fox has published over 400 papers in leading scientific journals. His expertise is in the understanding, investigation and treatment of angina; he has played a major role in many important international clinical trials (EUROPA, HPS, ASCOT etc) that have revolutionized the treatment of this condition. He is the acknowledged European expert in this field and consequently chairs the Task Force producing the European Angina Guidelines and chairs the committee responsible for the audit for the management of these patients in Europe. Professor Fox has given plenary lectures to National Societies all over the world. He has given the “Finlayson Lecture” to the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow, the “St Cyres Lecture” to the British Cardiac Society and the “Andrea Cissalpino Lecture” to the Italian Society of Cardiology. Professor Fox has been elected an honorary member of the French Cardiac Society and Japanese Circulation Society for his services to cardiology. Learn more about Kim Fox on Crunchbase…

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Prof Fergus Gleeson FRCP FRCR

Chair, Medical Advisory Board @ Optellum

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Optellum develops an imaging biomarker for smart lung cancer detection. Read more aboutOptellum on Crunchbase…

Marco Taricco

Advisory Board Member @ Satispay

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Mehdi Mahfoud

Advisory Board Member – MScPM, PRINCE2, MPM, CSMA @ MyTrustedWill

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Mehdi has a Masters Degree in Project Management from the famous 6 stars Lancaster Management School in UK. He holds an Engineering degree in Petroleum with 11 years of extensive Project Management experience and Business Consultancy in UK, MEA and North Africa region. Mehdi is a PRINCE2 Certified Practitioner, CILC – Certified Coach, MPM and Certified Strategic Management Analyst. Before launching his own private business: Tassili Training Center, Mehdi was the Special Advisor to H.E. Ambassador of South Korea to Libya on Economy and Public Diplomacy Strategy. He is a Dev. Consultant and Advisor for various governmental bodies and the President of LY-Chapter of the American Academy of Project Management. Learn more about Mehdi Mahfoud on Crunchbase…

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Joe Nicholson

Member of the Advisory Board @ Neyber

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Joe Nicholson is a COO & CAO at Ion Trading. Learn more about Joe Nicholson on Crunchbase…

Neyber is financial wellbeing provider that helps UK employees to be better with their money. Read more aboutNeyber on Crunchbase…

Thomas Jones

Member of the Advisory Board @ Duke University

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Tom has over 20 years of experience in leading both publicly listed and privately funded enterprise software and applications companies. Most recently, Tom was CEO of Levanta, Inc, a leader in on-demand Linux management and data virtualization. Before Levanta, Tom was President & CEO of Velosel Corporation, Senior Vice President of North American Sales at PeopleSoft and President of MDL Information Systems, Inc. (MDL). Tom has served on the Board of Directors of MDL, Nexprise, Ventro, Crosslogix and OnQ Technologies. He is currently on the Board of Directors of RivalWatch. He also serves on the national board of directors for the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation and the Advisory Board for Duke University School of Nursing. Tom spent 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps attaining the rank of Captain, USMC. Tom holds a BS in Analytical Management from the United States Naval Academy and a MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Learn more about Thomas Jones on Crunchbase…

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Lord Francis Maude

Advisory Board Member @ OakNorth

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OakNorth is the creator of the ON Credit Intelligence Suite – proven cloud software that transforms commercial lending Read more aboutOakNorth on Crunchbase…

William Knight

Advisory Board @ Movement Capital

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William is an alternative Asset Investment Specialist who has spent almost his entire career involved with financial development of companies and projects in developing economies. He originally specialised in project finance at Lazard Brothers, following which he spent 18 years in various senior positions in the Lloyds Bank group based in London, Hong Kong and Portugal. Since 1991 he has served in a wide range of non-executive positions as an independent director or adviser based in London. William Knight is Chairman of the JP Morgan Chinese Investment Trust, Myanmar Investments International Ltd and three Chinese joint venture companies : MCS (HK) Ltd, Henry Cotton’s (Greater China) Ltd and Marina Yachting (Hong Kong) Ltd. He also serves on the boards of the GNet Group Plc, Guardian Ceylon Investment Trust Plc and Smith Tan Asia Phoenix Fund Ltd. His previous company board experience has encompassed early stage biotechnology investing in advanced economies and investment funds for India, Korea, Mauritius, Portugal, Russia‎, Thailand and Vietnam. William’s advisory assignments have included: the Asian Development Bank, Campbell- Lutyens, the government of Mauritius, the British Government Know-How fund, Aureos Capital, CDC and Clearwater Capital; (investors in and restructuring specialists of Asian debt). He is a regular member of City of London missions around the globe and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders, where he is involved in Commonwealth initiatives. Learn more about William Knight on Crunchbase…

Movement Capital is a crowdfunding platform that facilitates investments opportunities for its users. Read more aboutMovement Capital on Crunchbase…

Bill Edwards

Executive Advisory Board Member @ Kennet Partners

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Bill Edwards is Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board and has served on the board, advised and/or invested in several Kennet portfolio companies including Revolution Prep, Intelepeer and Daptiv. Bill was part of the founding executive team at Siebel Systems, serving as vice president of engineering and later as chief technology officer. During his tenure, from 1993 to 2005, Siebel grew rapidly achieving revenues of almost $2 billion in just six years, went public and ultimately was acquired by Oracle for $6 billion. Siebel was one of the most capital efficient high value exits in enterprise software having raised only $8 million prior to its IPO. Prior to Siebel Systems, Bill worked with three other Silicon Valley companies that had successful IPOs during his tenure. He was responsible for graphical authoring systems at Macromedia, was senior vice president of engineering, research and development at Frame Technology, and held engineering management positions at Convergent Technologies and Apple Computer. Bill began his career at Intel. He received an M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. Learn more about Bill Edwards on Crunchbase…

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Ed Matthews

Advisory Board Member @ Bink

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Investment Banker being lead advisor for FTSE100 and 250 companies and is a specialist in the Retail and Luxury Sector Learn more about Ed Matthews on Crunchbase…

Bink develops a mobile application that links card payment to loyalty schemes. Read more aboutBink on Crunchbase…

James Koons

Research Advisory Board @ International Association of Privacy Professionals

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Dean Johnson

Advisory Board Member @ Continuous Ventures

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Neira Jones

Chairman of the Judges, Advisory Board Member @ Merchant Payments Ecosystem

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Prof Andrew Zisserman FRS

Scientific Advisory Board Member @ Optellum

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Optellum develops an imaging biomarker for smart lung cancer detection. Read more aboutOptellum on Crunchbase…

Timonthy Payne

Member of Advisory Board & co-founder @ swarmOS

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Timothy Payne is Co-Founder and advisory board member at swarmOS. He is a highly experienced marketing executive with over 30 years’ international experience in the IT Industry and is recognised as one of the top B2B marketers in Europe. He previously led EMEA Marketing at Oracle where his responsibilities included creating industry leading marketing programs around Cloud computing, Database & Hardware and annually generating in excess of $5bn of pipeline. Learn more about Timonthy Payne on Crunchbase…

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Heiko Schilling

Technology Advisory Board Member @ Gousto

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Heiko Schilling launched his first startup in 1989. Since then, his passion for algorithms, data, and software has led his to start two more business ventures at the same time that he was completing four academic degrees and working for several large corporations. He had joined TomTom in 2007, where he has lead TomTom Navigation – with his team they are responsible for delivering the software components (APIs,SDKs,Apps) for the TomTom products that are used by several hundred million people every day. Learn more about Heiko Schilling on Crunchbase…

Gousto is an online meal-kit manufacturer and retailer, using AI and automation to provide extensive choice and personalisation. Read more aboutGousto on Crunchbase…

Manisha Dahad

Advisory Board @ Head Held High

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Manish Dahad has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of professions ranging from social entrepreneurship, management consulting, partnership engagement, leadership development and IT. She brings fresh and new perspectives to the area of social change. Manisha is passionate about 2 areas: Collective Change and People’s Potential. She has initiated projects and enterprises (namely Centre for Social Brilliance , and World Changers & Co) that have inspired, mobilised and mentored social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to create new business models and have social impact. She has also developed a strong network of entrepreneurs & built relationships with senior executives from global companies (Accenture, Barclays, M&S, Unilever, BT, Novartis, Kroll, Colliers CRE, RBS), NGOs (Save the Children, VSO,NEST, LDA) and social enterprises (Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Turquoise Mountain, MaFoi) in the UK, Denmark, Afghanistan and India. Working as a management consultant at IBM, Manisha engaged in large IT and business transformation projects of telecom companies that combined strategic advice, programme management, business process re-engineering & implementation capabilities. Manisha has an MBA from London Business School, a Masters in Science and Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, a leading engineering institute in India and is a trained Visionary and Executive Coach from Coaches Training Institute and Visionary Network. She is also an active visionary speaker and consultant on social change. Learn more about Manisha Dahad on Crunchbase…

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Paul Russell

Chairman Strategic Advisory Board School of Physics & Astronomy @ University of Nottingham

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Sheree Atcheson

Advisory Board Member @ Women Who Code

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Helena Ward

Scotland National Advisory Board Member @ Creative Skillset

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Helena Ward is Portfolio Manager at Creative Scotland. Learn more about Helena Ward on Crunchbase…

Creative Skillset is the creative industries’ sector skills council that works across film, television, fashion, games, and many more. Read more aboutCreative Skillset on Crunchbase…

Simon Guild

Executive Advisory Board Member @ Kennet Partners

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Simon works with a wide portfolio of early stage European media and technology businesses which have the ambition to become international market leaders. Simon is the Chairman of: Bigpoint, a German browser video-games company, WAYN, a UK-based travel and lifestyle social network, and Diffusion Media Group, a UK viral marketing business. In addition he is a Director or advisor to: Eyeka, a France-based engagement marketing company; Digicompanion, a French digital promotion business; Freerunner, a UK free WiFi startup; Xing, a Hamburg-based business social network; Horizon Media Group, an African content business; Twig, an online educational project and Spreadshirt, a Leipzig-based Kennet III portfolio company offering personalised apparel. From 1993 to 2007 he was at MTV Networks Europe, latterly as President & CEO. From a single MTV-branded channel in the mid 90’s the network grew to 75 channels, numerous online offerings and a market-leading mobile business, all spanning a variety of music, children and comedy brands. Simon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of the MTV Europe Foundation and a member of Pilotlight, the organisation that supplies executive time to charities. He also participates as a mentor at Seedcamp, the annual week-long programme for young entrepreneurs. Simon holds an MBA from Insead and an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge. Learn more about Simon Guild on Crunchbase…

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Steve Booth

Advisory Board @ Pollen – Social Platform

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Josh Wyatt

Advisory Board @ The Guestbook

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Josh Wyatt is Advisor at Universal Points. Learn more about Josh Wyatt on Crunchbase…

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Michael Portillo

Advisory Board Member @ Portland Communications

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Michael Portillo was a minister for eleven years and held three positions in the Cabinet, including Secretary of State for Defence. He worked for the Conservative Party and for government ministers between 1976 and 1983. He entered the House of Commons in 1984. He lost his seat at the 1997 election, and began to develop a career in the media. He returned to the Commons between 2000 and 2005, was Shadow Chancellor, and contested the leadership of the party in 2001, unsuccessfully. Since leaving politics, he has devoted himself to writing and broadcasting. He writes for the Sunday Times and is a regular on both BBC 1’s This Week programme and Radio 4’s Moral Maze. He has made documentaries on subjects as diverse as Richard Wagner and the death penalty. In 2008 he chaired the judges of the Man Booker prize. He attended Harrow County grammar school and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history. Learn more about Michael Portillo on Crunchbase…

We design and deliver communications strategies for some of the world’s highest profile organisations, governments and individuals. Read more aboutPortland Communications on Crunchbase…

Richard Baldock

Chairman of Advisory Board @ GameFace Labs

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Worlds First ‘All In One’ standalone virtual reality headset and DARPA software platform for the next generation of VR gaming. Read more aboutGameFace Labs on Crunchbase…

Derek Southall

Advisory Board Member @ NAVA

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David Solomides

Advisory Board Member @ NAVA

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Conan Buideagan

Radvisory Board Member @ Threatbutt

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Hywel Wiliam

Wales National Advisory Board Member @ Creative Skillset

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Hywel Wiliam is Wales National Advisory Board Member at Creative Skillset. Learn more about Hywel Wiliam on Crunchbase…

Creative Skillset is the creative industries’ sector skills council that works across film, television, fashion, games, and many more. Read more aboutCreative Skillset on Crunchbase…

Paulo Gomes

Advisory Board @ Movement Capital

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In his capacity as an Executive Director of the World Bank, Paulo, represented 24 Sub-Saharan African countries, including all UEMOA countries, on the Board of Directors of the said Bank (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA and ICSID). During his term in office, major milestones were reached in advancing the African agenda, in particular: focusing World Bank policies on African regional integration; increasing World Bank resources to support infrastructure development; emphasizing Africa’s agricultural sector; providing more financing for training and capacity building programs; and increasing the African voice at the World Bank Board of Directors. Paulo is key advisor for the advancement of reconstruction and reconciliation efforts in Guinea-Bissau. He is Chairman of the Constelor Group and AFIG (West African Investment Fund). Paulo is a member of the Board of Directors of the BOAD (West African Development Bank;) member of the Board of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (“ETI”), a leader in the banking sector in Africa. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) a World Bank agency. Paulo obtained a Master’s degree with Honors in Economic Policy and Management from the Kennedy School of Government (USA). While a student, Paulo also served with the Monitor Group, a consulting firm; and with Citizens Energy, an energy corporation owned by the Kennedy family, as an assistant to Michael Kennedy. Paulo obtained a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po Paris) and obtained a B.A. in Economics and International Trade from the Institut d’Etudes des Relations Internationales (ILERI). Learn more about Paulo Gomes on Crunchbase…

Movement Capital is a crowdfunding platform that facilitates investments opportunities for its users. Read more aboutMovement Capital on Crunchbase…

John Wilkie

CTO – Advisory Board @ The Work Crowd

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The Work Crowd is changing the way talented people choose to work and how work finds talented people! Read more aboutThe Work Crowd on Crunchbase…

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