Top 0 Asian Stars in UK Tech - JOOMAG version Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2015 - Page 40
Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2015
Raj Sivalingam - Executive Director, Telecoms &
UK Spectrum Policy Forum - Tech UK
Raj Sivalingam is the Executive Director for Telecoms and Spectrum at TechUK, an organisation
involves the leadership of activities in support of telecommunications-based companies.
Raj’s responsibilities include negotiating and influencing government and regulatory
policy, knowledge sharing (across industry) and thought leadership, and enabling market
development (ie. tackling business issues and barriers). He was recently asked by Government
officials to establish an industry forum (UK Spectrum Policy Forum) to act as a sounding board
on the future approaches on spectrum and a working group on internet child safety. Prior to
joining TechUK he was a Senior Civil Servant as Director for UK Space Policy and European
Relations, where he led the development of UK government policies and strategy on space
activities. Prior to this, he worked at The Radiocommunications Agency, RA, (now Ofcom). In the
private sector, he held roles as the Chief Technologist at M/A-Com Ltd and senior programme
manager at Matra Marconi Space Ltd. He has an MBA from Imperial College London, a B.Eng
degree in Electronic Engineering from Sheffield University and is a chartered engineer.
Partner & Co-Founder - Seedcamp
Reshma Sohoni is Partner and Co-Founder at Seedcamp, an accelerator helping startups from
prototype to IPO with $25K-$250K in initial funding. Early on in her career during the height of
the dot com boom, Reshma worked in M&A and venture capital across B2B Software and Internet
services businesses in the US and India. She had a small helping hand in building MakeMyTrip
(NASDAQ) in its formative days. Following on from this, Reshma went to INSEAD and earned
her MBA, fell in love with Europe and stayed on to work in Commercial and Marketing Strategy
at Vodafone. Reshma has always combined technology and business from university to today.
Getting degrees in both Engineering and Business (UPenn M&T) meant that from an early age
she was cultivating a path that would always bring business and technology together. Starting
Seedcamp in 2007 was a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that she jumped into with a
strong desire to help the European founder realize global success. Seedcamp has made 169
investments in 158 companies and exited from 12 acquisitions to date.
Co-Founder & CEO - Marketinvoice
Anil Stocker is CEO and Co-Founder of MarketInvoice, one of Europe’s largest peer-to-peer
finance providers, connecting businesses with outstanding invoices to investors. Anil cofounded the company in 2011 and been the CEO ever since, overseeing more than £380m
worth of invoices traded. MarketInvoice has raised $10.4 million in two rounds of funding.
From August 2013, the UK Government became an active investor on MarketInvoice as part
of the British Business Bank initiative to provide SMEs with access to finance. Having studied
economics at Cambridge, Anil worked in private equity for Lehman Brothers and Cogent
Partners for five years during which time he spoke to hundreds of business owners and came to
understand the financial constraints they faced. Along with friends from his time at Cambridge
he hit upon the idea of helping businesses access finance by selling individual invoices direct
to investors to raise funding. He quit his job in 2010 and MarketInvoice began trading in 2011.
In 2012, Anil was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 entrepreneurs and has won
numerous business awards.