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Shailendra Vyakarnam


Shai is a Director and a co-founder of AcceleratorIndia. His experience and expertise in early stage company development, along with research and publications on entrepreneurship, books, public speaking and track record in education have provided a strong platform for the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem on which AcceleratorIndia is able to build and through which its clients can benefit. His particular focus is on technology and biotechnology entrepreneurship, especially in building management capability.

Shai's role within AcceleratorIndia is two-fold. In Europe he champions the Indian innovation agenda highlighting opportunities. In India, he advises and actively engages in the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and provides vital links to entrepreneurs, policy makers, educators and technology clusters. Due to his research and policy advice activities with Universities and research institutions, Shai also helps encourage and train future generations of smart business builders in the technology sectors, a key element of long term ecosystem development across UK and India.

Shai is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He also currently holds a Visiting Professorship at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and is on the Advisory Board of the Venture Center, Pune. He blogs on;; and

Dr Geraldine Kenney-Wallace

Photo Geraldine Kenney-Wallace stepped down in 2009 as Group Director New Ventures at City & Guilds Group, having founded and grown the successful digital-media business to 18% of Group turnover of £103m in 2008. She is now a company director working with technology based businesses, including media and the arts.

Formerly she was a Managing Director of British Aerospace plc, responsible for corporate R&D labs, and founding Vice-Chancellor of the Virtual University of BAESystems for four years (1997 - 2001), a pioneering business strategy to align and integrate R&D and e-learning to accelerate and embed the new lean manufacturing, avionic and information technologies. In 2000, the founding VU won the USA Corporate Excellence Award for Innovation, co-sponsored by the Financial Times. She also brings considerable international business experience in USA, Europe and Asia and held nine non-executive Board Directorships in North American multinational companies in the telecomms, financial service, IT, aerospace, nuclear energy, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors (1990 - 2000) and three Prime Ministerial Boards. Having chaired a Venture Capital Fund for new technology based businesses in the 1990's she was also a member of the UK Engineering Technology Board's Wealth Creation Group (2003 - 2006) which issued two public reports to Treasury to influence investment in innovation and early start-ups. A member of Innovation Investment Committee (and spin-off companies) for Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (1999 - 2004), she presently sits on the Court of Imperial (2006 - 2010).

Born in London, Dr Geraldine Kenney-Wallace was educated in the UK and Europe, worked in Physics research groups at the Atomic Energy Authority Harwell and Oxford University, undertook postgraduate studies in USA and Canada, and held Professorships (Physics and Chemistry) at Yale University, University of Toronto, as well as visiting faculty positions at Stanford University and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. She was President and Vice-Chancellor of the research intensive McMaster University, Canada (1990 - 1995), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, (1989) and received many international awards for her pioneering ultrafast laser research and for her public policy work on innovation.

Last updated: 03 Oct 2016