Category Archives: CEO Dinner

Henk Koopmans, CEO – Huawei Technologies R&D UK

As CEO of Huawei Technologies R&D (UK), the Chinese telecoms giant with a £3bn investment pot for UK technology, IP and services, Henk’s role is to bring together the top research and innovation talent in the UK to enable a better connected world.

Ting Zhang – Founder/CEO, Crayfish International

Ting is one of the UK’s foremost China business experts, with 20+ years’ experience advising businesses from technology start ups to FTSE 100 companies. In 2017 Ting founded Crayfish International, an innovative online platform dedicated to accelerating collaboration between Western & Chinese businesses.

John Snyder – Co-founder, Grapeshot

John co-founded Grapeshot and served as CEO until the acquisition by Oracle. He built Grapeshot into a global leader in contextual intelligence with offices in the UK, US, Australia & China. Previously, he grew the Muscat information search business to exit in 1997, and invested in a series of hi-tech start-ups.

Shirin Dehghan – Senior Partner, Frog Capital

Shirin has led winning teams within start-up, SME and larger corporates. As Founder/CEO of Arieso, she led a decade of remarkable company growth, culminating in an exit to JDSU in 2013. Shirin is now Chairwoman of Opensignal, and a Senior Partner at Frog Capital, the London based European VC focused on scale up stage companies.

Leadership Dinner

Bailey Fisher is pleased to host dinner and discussion for leaders of growth technology companies. The topic is Talent & Growth and we will be joined by a group of experts including the VP People at FiveAI and VP Talent at Thought Machine.

Richard Baker, serial entrepreneur and adviser

Richard is a serial entrepreneur, CEO, board member and adviser to businesses at the cutting edge of technology, with extensive experience of growing businesses and leading teams to achieve their full potential. Richard led discussion around ‘Share options: how to incentivise your team’ alongside Neil Pearson, Partner at Mills & Reeve specialising in advising on share incentives for employees.

Andrew Williamson – Investment Director, CIC

Andrew joined Cambridge Innovation Capital from True North Venture Partners in Chicago where he was a partner in its $300m venture fund.  Previously he spent ten years leading materials science and semiconductor research in US government research laboratories, followed by managing director positions at Physic Ventures in San Francisco and MalibuIQ in Los Angeles.

Richard Gibson, investor & adviser

Richard is an investor, director and adviser to growth businesses. Richard played a leading role in the growth of SwiftKey, firstly as CFO and then as Executive Chairman, leading the investment rounds and subsequently working with the founders, executive team, board and shareholders on the acquisition by Microsoft in 2016.

Simon Calver – Head of BGF Venture Fund

Simon heads BGF’s £200m fund dedicated to earlier stage UK tech. Former LOVEFiLM CEO, leading growth from a series of small start-ups into a multi-million pound enterprise & negotiating successful sale to Amazon. Subsequently CEO of Mothercare, kick-starting turnaround plan to improve UK profitability & growth and accelerate international expansion.

Alex McCracken, MD Venture Services – Silicon Valley Bank

Alex works closely with the VC community and venture backed companies and leverages Silicon Valley Bank’s global network to help early and growth-stage businesses succeed. Alex has over 20 years’ experience financing technology companies at all stages of growth, and prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, was an Investment Manager at TTP Ventures.