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Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2015 Rajay Naik CEO (UK) - Plattform Rajay Naik is CEO (UK) for PlattForm, a world leader in edtech, which partners with universities around the world to launch online degree programmes, recruit students and enhance student outcomes. Since it was founded more than 25 years ago, PlattForm has worked with 4000 universities using its proprietary technology. Prior to joining the company, Rajay was Director of Government & External Affairs at the Open University, the largest university in the UK with over 264,000 students; a world leader in flexible learning achieving over 65m downloads on iTunesU and the owner of FutureLearn; a catalyst of social mobility (20% of newest students from the 25% most disadvantaged communities) and a driver of economic growth (80% of FTSE 100 companies sponsor staff on OU courses). A graduate of Warwick University, Rajay holds a number of board level positions including The British Council Education Advisory Board; UKTI ASEAN board and Coventry City Football Club. He was Chairman of UK Programmes at the Big Lottery Fund from 2009-2015; Commissioner at the UK Department of Health (2009-2015) and Council Member of the National Careers Council at the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills from 2012-2015. Rohit Nanda Chief Operating Officer at Asset Match Limited Rohit Nanda is COO at Asset Match, the online marketplace to buy and sell shares in UK private companies. Rohit has over 14 years experience in the Financial Services sector having worked at GE Capital, Nomura, and UBS. He has a broad range of business expertise, notably e-commerce, websites, electronic platforms, technology and fixed income. Rohit has a detailed understanding of client ‘on-boarding’ practices to Platforms and has successfully implemented and improved a number of key business processes. Rohit holds an MBA from Cass Business School, is PRINCE 2 qualified, and studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine. Prior to joining Asset Match he started his own consultancy business in early 2012 and has completed a term contract with a major name in the Retail sector, instigating and developing e-commerce projects to improve their online offering. Rahul Parekh Co-Founder & CEO - EatFirst Rahul Parekh is the Co-Founder & CEO at EatFirst, which brings fresh and healthy meals to The City, Canary Wharf, East London, East Central, West Central and SE1 within just 15 minutes, which he co-founded in 2014 with Humberto Ayres Pereira, who is based in the company’s Berlin office. Following an M.A in Economics from Cambridge University, he started his career at Goldman Sachs as an Executive Director in Securitised derivatives trading prior to setting up EatFirst. 27