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Vikas Shah
Entrepreneur, Writer and Speaker

Entrepreneur, Thought Leader, Speaker, MC, Conference Chair and Interviewer

Vikas is a renaissance man.  He is a serial-entrepreneur (with global business interests) alongside being Professor of Entrepreneurship with MIT Sloan in Europe, an award-winning writer, and advisor to government, CEOs and charities worldwide.   He is considered a thought-leader on entrepreneurship, business, technology and global issues.

Vikas has been recognised globally for the quality of his analysis and insight, his publication ‘Thought Economics, was named as an Official Honoree at the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Webby Awards (run by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences) for Best Writing (Editorial) alongside the New York Times, the BBC, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times and National Geographic.  He has personally interviewed many of the world’s most prominent leaders and thinkers including: Sir Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group), Sir James Dyson (Founder, Dyson) Buzz Aldrin (Lunar Astronaut), Noam Chomsky (Global Intellectual), Ed Catmull (Founder, Pixar), Gilles Ste-Croix (Founder, Cirque du Soleil), David Bailey CBE  (Photographer), Dr. Jane Goodall (Primatologist), Nobel Laureates (including President F. W. de Klerk, President Maarti Ahtisaari, Prof, Muhammad Yunus, Prof. Jody Williams, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Prof Michael Spence, Prof. Edmund Phelps, Prof. Daniel Kahneman), Vint Cerf (Co-Founder of the Internet), Admiral James Stavridis (Former Supreme Allied Commmander, NATO), Moises Naim (Global Intellectual), Celso Amorim (Minister of Defence, Brazil), Maya Angelou (Freedom Fighter and Writer), Sir Ratan Tata (Chairman, TATA Group), Jimmy Wales (Founder, Wikipedia) and many more.

He is also an in-demand speaker and conference chair, having delivered keynotes at, and hosted events including – Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015, MIT Global Startup Workshop, UnLTD Big Social Conference, Silicon Valley Comes to Lisbon (SVC2Lx) and many corporate and private events.  Vikas is regularly called upon to provide commentary and opinion and has featured in publications including Director, the Economist, The Guardian and CNBC. 

Vikas is also Chair of FutureEverything (one of the world’s most prestigious technology and art festivals) and on the Council of Manchester Digital (the industry body representing digital industries in the North of England).  He is a Trustee of Mustard Tree (a charity helping tens of thousands impacted by homelessness, marginalisation and poverty) and is Executive Patron of Manchester Cancer Research Centre. He is also the Founding Patron of Life Fit (a major mental health campaign) and advisor to over a dozen charities in the North of England and internationally.

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.  Vikas was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in May 2013.

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23 October 2017 - 14:20

Congrats to everyone who made it into the #FSBAwards Manchester shortlist! We're excited for all our entrants.…

23 October 2017 - 12:48

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23 October 2017 - 11:13

Take a look at the shortlist for the #UKAppAwards this November!

23 October 2017 - 10:31

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23 October 2017 - 08:26

Our final thanks go to our host, our partners, our sponsors and to everyone who has joined us! #OTTAwards17

20 October 2017 - 21:57

That wraps up the awards – congratulations to everyone who walked away with a trophy tonight! #OTTAwards17

20 October 2017 - 21:57

…And finally, our Special Recognition Awards goes to - Kevin Cox Well Done! #OTTAwards17 Sponsored by @bandofbuilders_

20 October 2017 - 21:57

Well done to the winner of Training Excellence Award - @MaxTopQuartz. Congrats! #OTTAwards17 @dl4bnews

20 October 2017 - 21:48

The award for Construction Industry Employer of the Year goes to @ClarksonEvans #OTTAwards17 Well done! @Farsight_uk

20 October 2017 - 21:46

Congratulations to the winner of Best Recruitment Agency @Farsight_uk #OTTAwards17

20 October 2017 - 21:44

The Awards for the Best Insurance Provider, goes to @TradeDirectLtd #OTTAwards17

20 October 2017 - 21:43

Congratulations to the winner of the Workwear/PPE Brand of the Year @scruffsworkwear #OTTAwards17

20 October 2017 - 21:42

Well done to the winner of Roofer of the Year, Tom Savage #OTTAwards17 sponsored by @jewson

20 October 2017 - 21:35

The Power Tool Supplier of the Year is awarded to @AxminsterTools #OTTAwards17

20 October 2017 - 21:35

The award for Power Tool Brand of the Year goes to @MakitaUK #OTTAwards17 Congrats!

20 October 2017 - 21:35

Congrats to Lewis Shaw for taking home the Plumber of the Year Award #OTTAwards17 @HROCGroup

20 October 2017 - 21:34

Congrats to Stephanie Leese for winning Plasterer of the Year! #OTTAwards17 Sponsored by Castle Homes of Warwick

20 October 2017 - 21:25

Well done to the winner of Painter / Decorator of the Year Driss Keriouh! #OTTAwards17 @leylandpaints

20 October 2017 - 21:24

The Landscaper of the Year Award goes to Malcolm Duncan #OTTAwards17 Congrats!

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