Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Meet the team
The GEP Team consists of a network of internationally successful entrepreneurs, who offer their insight and experience to help our client companies accelerate into global markets from the UK.
Sarah has spent the last 15 years working with and around start-ups as an advisor and supporter and leveraging her connections in the corporate world to make introductions to potential partners, customers and investors.
She is a founder and director of Unthinkable, a consultancy that understands the potential of digital media and how to use it to create better connections. Prior to founding Unthinkable, Sarah was MD of Wired Sussex, a media and technology networking and venture group, a founding Director of TIGA, the trade body for games developers and Head of Production at Maxim, a digital media agency.
James is a serial entrepreneur with more than 14 years' experience in the fields of climate change and renewable energy. James has worked in Europe, North America and Asia.
In 2003, James co-founded , taking the business from concept through two rounds of financing and on to a listing on AIM. At the end of 2009, James left Camco to build a portfolio of private business activities. His work has since included acting as both principal and intermediary in renewable energy project development (PV, wind and hydro) and innovations in low carbon supply chains and technologies.
Alpesh B Patel
Alpesh B Patel
Alpesh is responsible for India, Malaysia, Singapore and Southern China for the GEP, dealing with the Financial Services, Software and Environment sectors.
He is founder of an asset management company and a past member of the Advisory Board of ICICI’s private banking division. He wrote a weekly column for the Financial Times, has authored 16 books and co-presented Bloomberg TV for 3 years. He is a former Visiting Fellow in Business, Oxford University and a Barrister. Alpesh was appointed by the Foreign Secretary to the UK India Roundtable, is a Board Member of the UKIBC and co-founder of TiE-UK. When US Congressional intern for Hon Eliot Engel he worked on lobbying the White House on countries involved in international terrorism.
Tony deals with the Digital Media and Electronic IT Hardware sectors.
Tony is founding investor in Springboard Accelerator, shareholder/board member of Lingospot Inc, ScreenReach, P2iLabs, Minimonos, PlayMob, Arachnys, apiary.io and Spontly having been active for the last 10 years in investing and developing growth companies in Europe & USA. Tony was Group Managing Director of Bauer Digital for the €1.4bn M&A of EMAP plc and on the operational board of T-Mobile International and Deutsche Telekom's VC arm, T-Ventures. His venture experience includes co-founding mobile entertainment company Mobilephonia, digital agency Bluewave (acquired in 2003) and member of the leadership team for the $800m NASDAQ IPO of Agency.com.
Based in San Francisco, Sheetal assists technology start-ups in the Environment and Software sectors.
Sheetal began her career in the Middle East as Director of WestLB, and started the VC Relations business for Microsoft, as Director in the Silicon Valley and then EMEA. She is advisor to several tech companies, taking them global and often enhancing their social impact. She is founder of Shanti Microfinance and on the Board of MetaCert which has a child friendly browser application. Sheetal has been Deal Maker since 2006. A Canadian and British Citizen, Sheetal completed her MSc at London School of Economics and undergraduate at University of Alberta.
Andrew’s role is to help entrepreneurs and new businesses find the best and most profitable opportunities fast in new markets.
Andrew has held senior executive roles in Sales, Marketing and Product Management for some of the largest US and European IT manufacturers. In 2000 he was part of an executive team that raised over $42m, and went on to develop the world’s largest and most successful Alert and Messaging solutions business for the financial industry. Since then he has co-founded two successful technology businesses.
Andrew Corbett Jones
Andrew Corbett Jones
Andrew is our Dealmaker for Australia & New Zealand and is based in Sydney. He has extensive experience across a range of industries, including Web, broadcast media, technology commercialisation and healthcare.
Andrew is behind the Melbourne-based Healthcare at Home Australia joint venture, and is also a major shareholder in a pioneering resource recovery company which has received strong support from the Australian government. His current GEP focus is Europe’s fastest-growing technology hub – Tech City in London – and in linking Australasian tech entrepreneurs to the many opportunities there to develop and grow a global business.
Mark has 25 years experience building technology businesses in the energy, engineering, medical and consumer markets.
He has a PhD in materials science and started his career with BP and worked in a range of corporate research and business development roles in the US and Europe before moving into management consulting. Mark founded Harrogate Partners Ltd in 2006 which invests in early stage ventures and provides development advice to start-ups, corporates, investors and governments and he mentors new teams, for example, at Cambridge Enterprise.
Anthony works with start-ups from across Europe, Israel and the US. He has extensive experience with large global technology enterprises and VC funded start-ups. His primary areas of focus are mobile, internet, software and analytics.
During a 6 year tenure at Qualcomm, Anthony established multiple new lines of business in Europe and led global strategy for mobile marketing, advertising and personalisation technologies. He has also developed and led successful European market-entry sales and partnership strategies for US software start-ups including Urban Science and Packetvideo.
Judith is an internationally recognised authority on business aviation, and is currently Founder and Managing Director of her own business Little Blue Private Jets Ltd.
Judith has held several senior aviation roles and was previously General Manager UK at Virgin Express. She later moved to Bombardier Flexjet (Europe) as Head of European Operations, and then Managing Director with responsibility for operations across Europe. When the company re-branded as Bombardier Skyjet International, Judith’s area of responsibility expanded to Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. After Judith formed Skyjet she grew the business from a turnover of US$16m in 2002 to US$90m by 2008.
Anmol Nayyar has over ten years of global business experience and is currently based in New Delhi.
He founded IndEU Capital, an international private equity firm and is the India founding partner for Bryan, Garnier & Co, a leading European investment bank. He has advised some of the world’s leading corporations including Apax, ICICI, Airtel and Goldman Sachs. He is a board member of several companies including the Style Kitchen, India’s leading health food company, a charter member of TiE and the Deputy Chairman of the UK-India Business Angels Network.