I was born in the UK and now live permanently in Singapore.
Most recently I co-founded JFDI.Asia, Asia's #1 business accelerator program, which has a 60% success rate taking groups of entrepreneurs to investment averaging $600,000 in 100 days.
My undergraduate degree in Physics was sponsored by GEC-Marconi Research, where I worked on projects exploring digital radar, home automation and radio propagation. I then trained as a broadcast TV producer on the BBC's primetime science show, Tomorrow's World. 8 million viewers tuned in every week hoping that at least one of the live demonstrations would go wrong. My items on the show frequently gave them what they wanted.
Subsequently, I founded Narrateo, a successful independent TV production business which won awards including a British Academy Award nomination, making over 150 documentaries about science and technology for Discovery Channel, National Geographic and many other international broadcasters.
Ultimately, building a company around creative people turned out to be more fun than hands-on creative work. So, in 2001, I co-founded Pembridge Partners in London to provide finance and advice to marketing, media and technology businesses. Over a decade we raised or directly invested USD50 million and I personally mentored over 300 innovative companies.
I am a regular public speaker, teaching at New York University Tisch School of the Arts (Asia) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). My first book, Brainfruit: Turning Creativity into Cash from East to West, was written with Mark Chong and published by McGraw Hill in November 2011. I co-founded the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme, a UK education charity. I am a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Drapers.
Publicity pictures of me are on the Flickr link below.
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