Our leadership council comprises of technologists and entrepreneurs who share a passion for using technology to improve the delivery of public services.
Aamer A. Sarfraz
Aamer A. Sarfraz is founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Draper Oakwood Companies, which he established together with Tim Draper, one of the world's most successful venture capitalists. This includes Draper Oakwood Royalty Capital Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority. Draper Oakwood is part of the Draper Venture Network (www.drapernetwork.com), the leading global collective of venture capital firms.
Aamer is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is founder of several businesses, including Better Grain (www.bettergrain.co.uk) , which builds sustainable agricultural supply chains worldwide, working with thousands of small-hold farmers to use technology to grow better crops and increase livelihoods. He is also founder of Indus Basin Holding (www.indusbasin.com), which invests in Pakistan.
From 2006 - 2014, Aamer served as Managing Director of The Electrum Group (UK) LLP, which was part of The Electrum Group, a global private equity business investing in natural resources, headquartered in New York. At The Electrum Group, Mr. Sarfraz was involved in building international strategic partnerships, sourcing and evaluating new opportunities, fundraising, international business development for portfolio companies, managing government relations, and overseeing the management of various mineral exploration projects.
Previously, Aamer served as Business Development Director in the London office of Ithmar Capital Partners, a Dubai based private equity fund, where he was responsible for the development of an international network of co-investors. He started his career as an Analyst in the venture capital team at 3i Group plc in London, where he worked on evaluating new technology investment opportunities, due diligence, and value addition strategies.
Aamer serves as a Member of the International Advisory Board of Texas A&M University (www.tamu.edu), Trustee of the Cogito Scholarship Foundation in London (www.cogitoscholar.org), Member of the Wolfson College Strategy Group in Oxford (www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk), Member of the President’s Circle at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (www.bcm.edu), Trustee of his family foundation - the Fazaldad Institute (www.fazaldad.org), Trustee of the Cheetah Conservation Fund UK (www.cheetah.org.uk), and Member of the Board of Governors of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan(www.wwfpak.org). He is Honorary Consul of Estonia in Pakistan.
Aamer founded the Govtech Alliance (www.govtechalliance.org), a UK not-for-profit which promotes technology and innovation for delivering better public services.
He holds an MSc (with Distinction) in Information Systems from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and graduated from Boston University’s School of Management. While still a graduate student, he conceived of and launched the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship.
Moshe Bar is an author, technology investor and entrepreneur. He is currently a general partner of Texas Atlantic Capital LP (www.atlantic.vc), a venture capital company. He was previously a co-founder of Qumranet, sold to Red Hat in 2008 for US$ 107 million.
He previously founded the company behind the Xen software, XenSource, which was sold to Citrix for US$ 500 million in 2007. Before that he founded Qlusters Inc, and was the founder, main developer and project manager of openMosix. Furthermore, he frequently acts as an angel investor in high-tech start-up companies such as Hyper9, Neebula, and Qlayer, which was sold to Sun Microsystems in January 2009.
The author of several books on Linux, file systems and open source development, he was also a senior editor at Byte Magazine for over eight years.
Rod Perry is a seasoned international technology investor. He served as Global Head of Venture Capital at 3i Group plc, one of the oldest private equity groups in the world. He was at 3i for over 20 years, and had numerous roles, including developing 3i’s business in Asia Pacific. He also served on 3i’s Executive Committee.
Rod served as non-executive Chairman of PartyGaming plc, until its merger with Bwin Interactive. Thereafter, he served as Deputy Chairman of bwin.Party Digital Entertainment. He has also served as Senior Independent Director at Indago Petroleum, and 3Legs Resources plc.
Rod currently serves as a director and member of the investment committee at Ithmar Capital, a private equity fund based in Dubai. He holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Salford.
Shantanu Agarwal is a Partner at Energy Ventures (www.energyventures.no), a private equity firm investing in technology innovation in the energy industry. Shantanu has deep expertise in Oilfield Services with experience in fieldwork, managing operations and business development. Previously, he has led business unit management roles and regional marketing and sales roles within Schlumberger in North-West Europe and Africa. He has also experience working with McKinsey & Co. in California. Prior to Energy Ventures he also co-founded a startup in the natural gas compression domain. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, B.Tech Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology
Dionysios Demetis PHD
Dr Dionysios Demetis is a technologist, and Lecturer in Management Systems at the Hull University Business School. He holds a PhD on Anti-Money Laundering and Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he taught classes on Information Systems Management, IS Security and Research Methods. While at the LSE, he contributed widely to a number of research deliverables for the European Union, but most importantly to the domain of Anti-Money Laundering for the Spotlight EU project, as well as the GATE EU Project targeting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. His research on the Risk-Based Approach to Anti-Money Laundering and the 3rd EU Directive has been featured in the IMOLIN select bibliography of the United Nations while his research on ‘Data Growth and the Consequences to Anti-Money Laundering’ has won the Emerald Highly Commended Award from the Journal of Money Laundering Control. For his teaching at the London School of Economics, he was awarded the departmental Teaching Assistant award for Outstanding Contribution based on peer review and student feedback from the Information Systems Department in 2006. During his PhD, he secured three consecutive research scholarships from the LSE.
His book on AML entitled ‘Technology and Anti-Money Laundering’ and published by Edward Elgar is the first book to provide a coherent theoretical structure for Anti-Money Laundering research and practice, based on Systems Theory, and the first book to provide an Information Systems perspective on Anti-Money Laundering. With LSE Professor Ian Angell, he co-authored another book that applies second-order cybernetics to uncover deep-seated epistemological paradoxes in science. The book is entitled ‘Science’s First Mistake’, and it is published worldwide by Bloomsbury.
Dr Demetis has a background in Physics from the University of Crete, as well as an MSc from the London School of Economics on the Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems. Prior to this academic post he was an Adjunct Professor for the California based Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL), where he lectured on the International Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering courses for the university’s online program for about three years. He has also been lecturing for TJSL on Qualitative Research Methodology for both MSc-level and PhD-level students, while advising a number of students in their research. He has given a large number of talks in conferences, and is a regular speaker at Cambridge University at the Annual Economic Crime Symposium.
Shahzad Ali is a technology entrepreneur. He is founder of Altech Labs, YapJobs, Get Licensed and crowdfunding charity hemaa.org. He has served as the Education Chair of the London Chapter of (YPO) Young Presidents Organisation and is currently Education & Mentoring Chair of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneur) London chapter.
Shahzad attended Harvard Business School's OPM (Owner/President Management) programme.