Robert Cashmore MBE is Octopus Investments’ Director for the Middle East, leading Octopus’ relationships across all asset classes with Middle Eastern investors.
Prior to Octopus, Robert was a senior British diplomat specialising in Gulf investment into the UK. He spent four years as the UK Government’s Head of Investment for Saudi Arabia, based in Riyadh, and two years as the Director for Investment Middle East, based in the UAE, during which time he played a leading role in securing the £10bn UAE-UK Sovereign Investment Partnership. He received an MBE in the 2020 Queen’s Honours for services to UK Trade and Investment.
Prior to Government, Robert spent five years in the City of London working for a number of investment banks, including UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Robert holds degrees from the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics.
Dr. Chris Coleridge
Chris is a Fellow and Tutor at Wolfson, an Associate Professor in Management Practice at Cambridge Judge Business School, and Founder/CEO of Carbon13, the venture builder for the climate emergency. He is American, but has lived in the UK for 33 years. As a young man he was an entrepreneur (in marketing services), in midlife a business school academic (at the LSE, LBS, UCL and, since 2016, in Cambridge), and since founding Carbon13 in 2019, is an entrepreneur again.
Dr. Robin Daniels
Robin is a seasoned business leader, strategist and entrepreneur with a track record of driving rapid business growth and innovation across technologies, sectors and countries. He holds a number of executive and non-executive Board positions in the UK, the US and Brazil. Robin was the CEO and Co-Founder of Magma Innovations, the global Smart City, Internet of Things and Integrated Mobility consultancy, where he led the technology arm of Magma Group, the world’s leading automotive services business. Prior to Magma Innovations, Robin was an Advisory Board Member and Executive Vice President with Smart City software specialist and 2012 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, Living PlanIT. Previously, he was the founding CEO of the Norwich Research Park, Europe’s largest single-site life science park and founding COO of the Centre for Scientific Enterprise Ltd, a joint venture between London Business School and University College London. Robin has also held senior positions at Cambridge University. He holds Bachelor's and Doctoral degrees in engineering and organisational psychology from Loughborough University, is a Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Anastasiya is a Principal at the R42 Group, based in Silicon Valley and London, evaluating companies in longevity science and artificial intelligence. She also manages the R42 Institute, which mentors the next generation of founders in longevity and AI. Previously, Anastasiya co-founded Aikora Health, focused on the longevity biotech ecosystem. She holds a Master's degree in Sustainable Development from St. Andrews University.
Dr. Ronjon Nag (Wolfson '84)
Ronjon Nag has invented and deployed artificial intelligence systems for over three decades. He received a PhD in engineering from Cambridge (Wolfson '84), an MS from MIT, and the IET Mountbatten Medal at the Royal Institution. Companies he has co-founded have been sold to Motorola and Blackberry. He advised VocalIQ, started by a Wolfson College founder, sold to Apple. He is currently an Interdisciplinary Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at Stanford University and President of R42 Institute, a think tank and deep science venture firm.
Michael O'Sullivan has extensive executive and international experience, having held the Chief Executive positions of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, the Cambridge Commonwealth, European, and Overseas Trust, as well as Cambridge Assessment International Education. He received his MPhil from Cambridge ('85) and BA from Oxford ('82), and was made Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George ('08). He is now an international education consultant and Wolfson College Fellow.
Dr. Jerry Wu
Jerry is the Head of Investment at TusPark Holdings UK, which is a science and technology service corporation with an investment arm as a venture capital and private equity group fund. TusPark has invested £220m+ in Cambridge since 2018. Being an innovator and investor, he is always enthusiastic to push the boundaries, drive the innovation, and foster the collaborative network among stakeholders; being a scientist, he brings 24+ years of experience in research and development covering life sciences and deep technologies; being a leader, he is a passionate believer in the importance of personal development and in helping others to achieve their full potential; being a boy, his first ever computer was an Apple II Plus.
Carol Yuen (Wolfson '22)
Carol Yuen is a 3rd generation banker with over 20 years of international financial experience. Carol founded the Alpha Grand Group in Hong Kong in 2017. Prior to founding Alpha Grand Group, Carol held senior positions with a number of international financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Standard Chartered, Citigroup and HSBC Group.
Carol has diversified experience in the international financial sector. She has worked in areas including commercial banking; treasury products and structuring in forex, interest rates, commodities, equities; private banking and investment banking. After having accumulated years of banking experience, Carol further expanded into real estate investments and structuring bespoke life insurance policies for ultra-high net worth clients. She has completed over USD 35 billion worth of transactions in aggregate during her career.
Carol obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University; a Master of Laws degree in Corporate and Financial Law from The University of Hong Kong and a Master of Studies degree in Global History from University of Cambridge. She was the award recipient of the Corporate Governance and Shareholders Remedies subject from the Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong.
Carol is currently a Board Member of McGill University’s Asia Advisory Group. She was an ex-student representative and committee member of the Master of Studies program at the University of Cambridge and an ex-Board Member of the Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong.