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Commercialising Science and Technology-enabled Innovation


We bring a unique mix of knowledge, experience, networks and relationships. The driving force for our activities comes from the Cartezia team, which operates across Europe, North America and Asia.

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.

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.

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

David Coates

David CoatesDavid has a PhD in materials science; is a Fellow of the RSA and an independent management consultant. His expertise lies in combining process consultancy, innovation and relationship marketing, which gives me added depth and insight to strategic innovation and branding. Also, he has been involved in a number of programmes looking at the impact of innovation and technology on society over a twenty-five year timeframe, to 2030.

Prior to becoming an independent consultant, and an associate of a number of innovation consultancies, he was a founder of the branding consultancy, Indigo Partners. Also, he has held senior positions with organisations such as PA Consulting, Scientific Generics and Identica-Generics.

David’s early career was with the Ministry of Defence and De Beers Industrial Diamond Division where he carried out research in a number of fields, such as optimizing materials for rocket motors and the manufacture of diamond composite drilling and cutting tools.

Hemant Jalan

Hemant JalanHemant graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1979 with a degree in Chemical Engineering with Distinction, and then worked for Nucon industries in India and Europe for 7 years. During this period he was instrumental in setting up a major collaboration between Nucon and Zander of Germany for the manufacture and supply of compressed air filters and driers. He then did his MBA at IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland in General Management, graduating with Distinction and also winning the Scholars Award.

Hemant joined The Generics Group plc, a technology and business consultancy company, based in Cambridge UK, in 1989. He developed some major new clients for Generics in the Engineering and Telecommunications industries, and also enabled the company to set up a new business activity targeted at the IT industry. During this period, he also led several teams working on the application of new digital technologies for the packaging industry.

Hemant returned to India in 1993, to become Managing Director and Chairman of Nucon Industries. Over the past fourteen years, he has been instrumental in developing the business of Nucon, both in the domestic Indian and international markets successfully and building a high-calibre operational team to run the business. 

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson Following an MA in Physics and Philosophy, Peter gained an MA and MBA from Stanford before embarking on a consulting career with Bain & Co during its initial European development. He joined The LEK Partnership in 1983, becoming a Managing Partner in 1989. 

In 1993, he left consulting in order to help develop the new SAID business school at Oxford and gained an DPhil in 1997. Until recently he was a Fellow of Balliol College and a University Lecturer in New Business Development. While at Oxford he had significant involvement in technology and entrepreneurship development, including sitting on the board of a high-tech displays company, Opsys, where he helped with funding and strategy. He was also responsible for initiating the Venturefest fair for entrepreneurs.

He has started a number of companies himself (Softsign, LEK Paris, Airbabes), is an active business angel and mentor. He is a non-executive or advisory board member of a number of companies including a seed capital firm (Egan and Talbot).

Greg Glass

Greg Glass Greg has eighteen years sales experience in Financial Services, I.T., Media & Publishing and General Industry in the U.K., Northern Europe, North America and Australasia. He has specialist skills in the commercial development of internet-enabled products and businesses particularly the implementation of strategic selling programs to create key sales as a Partner at Mathias and Co Inc., a New York based consultancy. Long term clients in this role include HSBC, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Deutsche Bank, ABN AMRO and NIBC. Previously, Greg was Marketing Director at E*Trade UK focusing on Brand Development, Customer Acquisition, Development and Retention, New Product Development. Prior to E*Trade, he led product development for Electronic Share Information (E.S.I.),UK’s first internet only market data service for investors that was acquired by E*Trade. Greg also held various Marketing roles in New Zealand prior to establishing himself in the UK.

Greg has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Canterbury University, New Zealand.

Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh Paul has over 20 years experience in Telecoms and has worked for Manufacturers(STC/Nortel), Service Providers (Ionica plc) and Semiconductor companies(Virata/Conexant). He has managed software development from Enterprise applications to embedded protocols and drivers, and across many different time zones.

He joined Virata pre-IPO and helped it succeed as their VP of Software, in charge of the Integrated Software on Silicon (ISOS) product.

In 2005 he co-founded Vidanti – provider of an innovative platform for HD IPTV products. In 2008 he spun-out a new company to offer the CogniDox enterprise content management system to a fast-growing base of high-tech companies.

Simon Jones

Simon JonesSimon has spent 20 years in the management consultancy profession, having completed an Economics degree at Cambridge University, an MBA at Wharton Business School and a period in commercial banking. The first part of his consulting career was with Andersen Consulting and the Mac Group/Gemini Consulting focusing on strategy development, operations and change management in the telecoms, airlines, oil and gas and public sectors.

In 1998, he joined Analysys in Cambridge UK, the global telecoms strategy and research specialists, as Head of Consulting, progressing to Group MD in 2001 when he also took responsibility for the Publications division. He became CEO of Analysys Mason when Analysys was sold to Datatec in 2004.

Simon is currently leading a joint venture with Datatec, (Analysys Mason's parent company) whose aim is to continue to build Analysys Mason's Energy Consulting and Research practice and running his own company delivering management, marketing and personnel consulting.

This time also included a period as a Non-Executive Director of (a community web-site builder and manager eventually sold to Sift in 2006) and member of the investment committee of Analysys Ventures. 

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.

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.

16 Jan 2019