Professor Vikas S. Shah MBE 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 an Honorary Professor of Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester Alliance Business School and Professor of Entrepreneurship on the MIT Sloan Lisbon MBA.
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) and Chairman of the Board at In Place of War (international peace building and entrepreneurship NGO 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 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, Steve Ballmer, 20 Nobel Prize Winners and the Presidents and Prime Ministers of nations including Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Belgium and the Maldives.
Vikas has recently received an MBE for his services to business and the economy.