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Commercialising Science and Technology-enabled Innovation

Core Team

We bring a unique mix of knowledge, experience, networks and relationships. The driving force for our activities comes from the Cartezia core team, which operates across Europe, North America and Asia. This core team is backed up by over 50 other experienced professionals based across the world.


Uday Phadke

Uday PhadkeDr Uday Phadke read Engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge and then went on to do a PhD in Aero-thermodynamics at the University of Sussex. He has worked in a wide range of academic, technical, commercial and strategic roles in Europe, North America and Asia over the last three decades.

He has a deep technology background in a number of areas, including aerospace engineering, digital signal processing, remote sensing, electronics, computing & software, medical diagnostics, engineering design, media and telecommunications, financial technologies and digital media.

He has been actively involved in the building of over 100 technology firms over the last two decades, as an advisor, mentor and investor, working closely with technology transfer offices, innovation agencies, incubators and accelerators. He has also been part of the founding team at a number of technology advisory and consulting companies since the early 1980s; since 1997 he has been Chief Executive of Cartezia, the technology business builder based in Cambridge, UK.

He was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge from 2011 to 2016 and is now actively involved in several innovation policy development initiatives in Europe and Asia.

Uday is based in Cambridge, UK.

Arun Muthirulan

Arun MuthirulanArun started his career in the IT services industry, moving on from software development/team management roles to managing complex business critical IT development and implementation projects across multiple geographic locations. A computer engineer by background, most of Arun’s IT career was with Cognizant Technology Solutions in India, Canada and the UK, working with blue chip clients such as Ford Motor Co, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Aetna Life Insurance Company.

In 2006, Arun graduated with an MBA degree from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Post-MBA, Arun has focused on the challenges of developing viable commercial concepts from nascent ideas/technologies and developing them to be market and investor ready. He has worked with start-ups and early stage companies in a range of advisory and operational roles to build them into viable businesses. Most recently, he has worked with an engineering design software start-up in a strategic marketing role.

Other assignments include a corporate development role for an early stage company and running a series of commercial due diligence/feasibility projects for novel technologies coming out of the labs of Cambridge University. Arun also develops and conducts programmes for international audiences on entrepreneurship, business planning and commercialisation of innovation across technology, products and services and business models.

Arun is now based in Cambridge, UK.

Tony Hart

Tony HartTony has more than 30 years of deep experience mainly in the IT, telecoms and media industry, in business development, marketing and sales roles for major US corporates such as DEC, Intel and Cisco, medium-sized UK companies such as RM PLC and Amino Communications, UK-based media technology start-ups such as Packet Vision, Culloma Technologies and Handheld Learning and consultancies such as Channel Dynamics and the Bathwick Group. He has a strong understanding of how companies, large and small, work and interact with each other, and has a well-developed network of industry contacts and relationships, especially in the technology sector.

Tony’s key skills are in developing and taking to market "whole" products and services, complete solutions to meet the needs of the customer, initiating and developing alliances and partnerships with complementary product and service vendors, and developing innovative sales and marketing programmes.

Tony is passionate about connecting ideas, people and companies to build business opportunities that are both commercially viable and beneficial to society. He is also an active supporter of Macmillan Cancer Support, having completed a number of treks and cycle rides.

Tony has an MA from Oxford and MBA from Henley Management College.

Richard Cawdell

Richard CawdellRichard graduated in 1977 from the University of Sussex with a degree in Physics, Electronics and Maths. He then worked with the Long Range Studies unit of BT, based in Cambridge. Having focussed on emerging local communications technologies, in 1981 he moved to a Marketing role in the rapidly growing Canadian manufacturer Mitel, gaining an early first hand view of the issues implicit in a high growth technology company.

From Mitel he moved in 1985 to the European Commission as an expert advisor, introducing user and application aspects of the RACE R&D programme, in particular creating application pilots which challenged technologists to understand the requirements of users, and users to absorb the potential of broadband technologies.

Putting theory into practice, in 1990 he took on a role for 3 years as Group Telecoms Director in the systems function of Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo). He briefly followed this with a similar role for Allied Signal, based in Paris, before beginning a decade addressing systems, infrastructure and technology issues in financial services in the City of London, firstly as Group I.T. Director of Exco (now Intercapital), and latterly as Group I.S. Director of the Rothschild investment bank.

Richard has broad international experience of both supply and client sides of telecommunications, I.S. and consultancy businesses, operating in IT/telecoms, FMCG and financial services sectors. He has also experience of the issues involved in creating an effective, efficient I.S. organisation within specific regulatory, compliance and cultural frameworks.

06 Mar 2017