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Jass Sarai (Voting Panel Chairman)PwC

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Jass is PwC’s UK Technology, Media and Telecoms Industry Leader. In this role, Jass leads the services PwC provides to its clients within the sector, ensuring that PwC offers insight, analysis and value and helping clients develop and implement strategies. Jass has worked in the sector for over 15 years, during which he has been based in Boston and London. He has significant experience with high growth companies, SEC and UK Listings, and the issues facing companies as they grow rapidly in a market dominated by change.

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Rosh WijayarathnaSilicon Valley Bank

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Rosh leads Silicon Valley Bank’s Corporate Technology team in the UK, focusing on providing support and financing for technology and innovation businesses predominantly in the public markets.

With 16 years of financial services experience (including Barclaycard and Barclays’ Corporate and Investment Bank TMT team), Rosh has worked across a broad spectrum of growth and technology businesses including many high profile acquisition financings, LBOs, IPOs and public to privates. Since joining SVB in 2014, Rosh has built a market leading team devoted to later stage businesses and has since supported a number of key clients with debt and global treasury solutions including The Hut Group, Mimecast, Learning Technologies Group plc, CentralNic Group plc, IMImobile and GB Group plc.

Rosh has a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southampton and is a Chartered Marketer.

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Kerry BaldwinIQ Capital

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Kerry co-founded IQ Capital in 2006 and has over 20 years deep-tech venture capital experience. Originally with BDO Stoy Hayward, she joined Venture Technologies in 1998, investing in the first wave of UK internet companies and has focussed on early stage technology investing ever since. 

Kerry specialises in GTM, Strategic Marketing, Competitive Intelligence and board dynamics. She sits on several boards including FNA, Cybersmart, BMLL, Divido and Neurovalens and has conducted several IPOs and exits. 

She is known as a contributor to best practice in venture capital following her studies, including an in-depth study on Investment Committee best practice and decision making. She is the Vice-Chair of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge (Judge Business School).

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Anton BlackRothschild & Co

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Anton is a Managing Director and European Co-Head of Technology. 

He has been with Rothschild & Co since 2004 and has extensive experience across all types of transactions including: acquisitions, disposals, public and private M&A, IPOs, and debt advisory mandates. Anton has a broad technology remit with a particular focus on software companies. 

Rothschild & Co is one the leading global financial advisers, providing independent, expert advice on many high profile transactions. 

Anton earned a BBusSci (Hons) in Finance, Economics and Accounting from the University of Cape Town in 1999 and is a Chartered Accountant. 

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Niall CallanDesign Portfolio

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Niall has been advising companies on their digital communications for over a decade. In this time he has worked at leading digital and communication agencies. Now heading up digital at Design Portfolio, Niall is responsible for all aspects of digital from project inception through to delivery, and the ongoing care of clients’ digital communications.

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Harry ChathliLuther Pendragon

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Harry is a financial PR and media strategist. Over the past 15 years, he has designed and implemented successful communications campaigns to raise the profile of public and private companies in a variety of sectors, with a particular strength in technology-led businesses. Harry has been the key PR adviser in over 30 IPOs on the London Stock Exchange (Main Market and AIM), NASDAQ and other global bourses, as well as in other transactions and corporate events such as M&A, MBOs, crisis communications, boardroom disputes and shareholder activism.

Harry’s strength in PR strategy is built on his previous experience as a management consultant advising foreign governments on their economic reform programmes.

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Sean DuffyBarclays

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Sean is Managing Director - TMT at Barclays Corporate Banking. Further details will be available in due course.  

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Fraser ElmsHerald Investment Management

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Fraser has nearly 18 years’ experience in investing in technology companies, the last 15 years of which have been with Herald Investment Management as a specialist TMT Investment Manager. He has lead responsibility for the Herald portfolios’ Asian exposure. He also has analytical responsibility for the semiconductor industry. Immediately prior to joining Herald, Fraser was a Technology Analyst with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, where he covered the European technology sector. He also spent three years at Prudential as a UK Unit Trust Fund Manager.

Fraser has a degree in Economics from Lancaster University, an MSc in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling and is an Associate of the CFA Society of the UK.

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Arun GeorgeGlobal Equity Research

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Arun has over 13 years’ experience covering the technology sector. During this time, he has worked with technology start-ups and as an Equity Analyst in investment banks and independent research firms. He was formerly a Technology Analyst for Canaccord Genuity, Altium Securities, Espirito Santo Investment Bank, Noble Group and Clear Capital.

He has a dual Master’s in Financial Engineering and Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

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Jeremy GleesonAXA Investment Managers

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Jeremy joined AXA Investment Managers in July 2007 and is the lead fund manager of the AXA Framlington Global Technology Fund and the AXA WF Framlington Digital Economy Fund. In 2017 he was named winner of the Tech Fund Manager of the Year Award at the UK Tech Awards.

Previously, he was a senior portfolio manager at Close Investments (formerly Reabourne Technology), a subsidiary of Close Brothers Group PLC, from 2003 to 2007, having been a portfolio manager for the previous three years and an assistant portfolio manager from 1997 to 2000 with Reabourne Technology. During this time, Jeremy was the lead fund manager on several technology funds and won the FTSE techMARK Technology Fund Manager of the Year award in 2003 and 2005.

Jeremy holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics (1st class) and an MSc. in Systems Engineering from Cardiff University (1992-1996). He is also a CFA charterholder. 

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Nezahat Gultekin Nomura

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Nezahat is Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking, EMEA, at Nomura. Previously she was a Director at Temasek, responsible for TMT direct investments in Europe. Nezahat has over 18 years of technology sector experience in Silicon Valley and Europe. Prior to Temasek, she provided independent strategic advice to technology companies including as a Senior Adviser to Atlantic Bridge Capital in early-stage investments, and as a founding member of the Future Fifty programme of Tech City UK, a Downing Street supported initiative to assist selected leading growth-stage technology companies, where she currently serves on the Advisory Panel. Nezahat had previous technology investment banking experience with Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Broadview.

She has an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University as a Fulbright Scholar and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, as top of the graduating class.

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Max HerrmannStifel

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Max joined Stifel in September 2013 as Head of European Healthcare Equity Research. Prior to joining Stifel, Max was Chief Financial Officer of Silence Therapeutics plc. He possesses more than 25 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry experience, having held key management positions with leading development-stage companies, as well as establishing several highly rated equity research teams at a number of investment banks. He has also been involved in raising over $700m in funds for biotech companies. 

Max holds a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Kent and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen.

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Fatima IuPolar Capital

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We are delighted to welcome Fatima back to the Voting Panel and further details will be available in due course. 

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Eric Lawson-SmithArma Partners

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Eric leads Arma Partners’ media/internet practice. Arma Partners is Europe’s pre‑eminent mid-market M&A advisory firm focused exclusively on communications, media and technology. The firm has completed 88 transactions with a total value of over $33bn since January 2014. Eric’s 30-year career has spanned both the US and Europe, during which he has advised on deals with a total value in excess of €20bn.

Prior to Arma, Eric was Managing Director and Head of European Internet/Digital Media at Jefferies.

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Richard Longdon

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Richard has enjoyed a very successful career in the technology sector, most notably having served with AVEVA Group plc for 33 years, during which time he was CEO for 17 years. He retired from that role in December 2016; since then he has gone on to serve some of the UK’s brightest tech companies.

He is Senior Independent Non-executive Director at Alfa Financial Software Holdings plc, and served as a Senior Independent Non executive Director of Fidessa group plc from March 2017 until the company’s sale in August 2018. He has been Chairman of Process Systems Enterprises Ltd since January 2015 and a Non-executive Director of Prometheus Group Enterprises LLC in the US since June 2017.

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Milan Radia2020 re:think

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Milan is a leading Equity Research Analyst focusing on coverage of European data centres of operators, software vendors, payments processors and IT services providers. He has 24 years of equity market experience and has won a number of awards in recent years. In 2017, Milan was ranked the No.1 earnings estimator in the UK for his sector in the Thomson Reuters StarMine Awards. This followed No.1 StarMine rankings for Europe in 2010 and 2011 and a No.2 ranking in the UK in 2011. In 2015, Milan’s team was ranked No.1 by corporate management teams for UK Small and Mid-cap Technology Research in the Extel Awards.

Milan has also been techMARK Analyst of the Year and achieved top three institutional investor sector ranking for his coverage of the software and telecoms sectors. Milan started his career at Prudential Portfolio Managers, where he was latterly a Fund Manager responsible for portfolios worth in excess of £350m.

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Mark ReillyIP Group plc

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Dr Mark Reilly is Head of the IP Group plc Technology business, running a £350m portfolio of early-stage, “Deep Tech” companies. The portfolio includes some of the UK’s most exciting emerging technology start-ups, such as First Light Fusion, Ceres Power, Wave Optics and Ultrahaptics. Mark has 10 years’ experience as a Board Director of early-stage technology companies and has overseen well over 100 private and public company equity investments.

Prior to joining IP Group, Mark was the founder and Managing Director of Remarkable Innovation, a Singapore-based technical due diligence company with a range of international Fortune 500 and national government clients. Mark began his career at the technology company Marconi plc. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK.

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Ian RestallFlathill Communications Group plc

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Throughout his career, Ian has been involved in the quoted growth companies sector. His early career was as a stockbroker, analyst, broadcaster and financial journalist in this area and, since founding The Design Portfolio Marketing Services in 1991, he has been active in helping many companies in this sector with their investor communication and corporate reporting requirements.

Ian is also Chairman of Flathill Communications Group plc, President of The Design Portfolio Marketing Services Inc. and a member of the Investor Relations Society.

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Benjamin RobertsonZeus Capital

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Benjamin is Head of Equity Capital Markets at Zeus. He has advised European growth companies for over 20 years and was previously Managing Director of Jefferies ECM and before that Managing Director at UBS responsible for technology investment banking.

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Matthew SiebertToscafund

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We are delighted to welcome Matt as a panellist and further details will be available in due course. 

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Tom WrennECI Partners

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Tom is a Partner at leading Private Equity firm ECI and heads its Tech Sector team. Over its several decades of working with great management teams and founders, ECI has supported businesses across the technology sector – current and prior investments include IT Lab (IT Managed Services), Auction Technology Group (digital marketplace), Arkessa (IoT), Oaktree (EdTech), CliniSys (healthcare IT), Fourth (SaaS) and CarTrawler (travel technology platform).

ECI raised £700m, its eleventh fund, in 2018, of which a substantial proportion will be invested in growth tech companies.

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