Professor Vikas S. Shah is a serial-entrepreneur, investor, thinker and educator who has built businesses in diverse sectors around the world for almost 20 years. He is also a consultant and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs, business and organisations globally.
Vikas is CEO of Swiscot Group (a diversified international trading business), a venture investor in numerous technology startups and businesses internationally, and co-founder of 53 Degrees North (a feature film studio).
Vikas is a member of the The UK Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) which advises the UK Government on £billions of investment and support, a Board Advisor on Digital Strategy to the British Council (which works in over 100 countries, and reaches 20 million people per year) and a Board Member of the General Medical Council (advising on their international services and development).
As a committed philanthropist, Vikas sits as Chairman of the Board at FutureEverything (one of the world’s most influential festivals and social enterprises, focussed on digital culture) and Chairman of the Board at In Place of War (international peace building and entrepreneurship NGO with 100 grassroots community organisations with a collective reach of over 60 million people in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.). He is also a trustee at Mustard Tree (helping tens of thousands impacted by poverty and marginalisation across Greater Manchester), and sits on the board of TiE UK North (part of the world’s largest entrepreneurship network).
Vikas is also a multi-award winning writer, and his journal, ‘Thought Economics” features his conversations with many world leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers, artists, creatives and entertainers. The roster of individuals he has interviewed includes: Will.I.Am, Buzz Aldrin, Noam Chomsky, Sir Richard Branson, F. W. de Klerk, Bear Grylls, Moby, Philippe Starck, Sir James Dyson, Garry Kasparov, Ai Weiwei, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Maya Angelou, Usain Bolt, George Takei, Hans Zimmer, Jack Welch, Ed-Catmull, Steve Ballmer, close to 20 Nobel Prize Winners and the Presidents and Prime Ministers of nations including Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Belgium and the Maldives.
He is frequently called-on to provide commentary and opinion, and has featured in media including: The Economist, Guardian, CNBC, BBC, Sky News, ITV News, the Telegraph, Bloomberg and the FT. He has also spoken and judged at many of the world’s most influential entrepreneurship events including: MIT Global Startup Workshop, The Rice Business Plan Competition, NYU Start Abu Dhabi and Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Vikas has attended Manchester University (UMIST), Manchester Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School and the ICMA Centre (Henley Business School). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.