Top Influencers: 13 UK Founder & Executive Director’s To Follow in 2022

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CEO, Co Founder & Executive Director play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the CEO, Co Founder & Executive Director role. We have selected these CEO, Co Founder & Executive Director’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative CEO, Co Founder & Executive Director’s. The list is in no particular order!

Benjamin Todd

CEO, Co Founder & Executive Director @ 80,000 Hours

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In under three years with Ben’s leadership, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society, to an Oxford affiliated charity, featured on TED, the Washington Post, the BBC Today Programme and more. Ben has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics and speaks Chinese. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. Rather than taking the job, he persuaded the Chairman to donate £60,000 to 80,000 Hours. Learn more about Benjamin Todd on Crunchbase…

80,000 Hours is an evidence-based advice on careers that make a difference. Read more about80,000 Hours on Crunchbase…

Jostein Svendsen

Founder & Executive Director @ Jaja

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Jostein Svendsen currently serves as executive director of Jaja Finance since October 2015. Learn more about Jostein Svendsen on Crunchbase…

Jaja is a fintech company that provides digital and physical credit cards and other financing services. Read more aboutJaja on Crunchbase…

Ning Zhang

Co-Founder & Executive Director @ Limejump

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Limejump is a Technology-Driven Utility: harnessing the power of big data to positively disrupt and transform today’s energy market. Read more aboutLimejump on Crunchbase…

Indy Johar

Co Founder & Executive Director @ Dark Matter Labs

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Indy is a founding Director of 00 and Dark Matter Labs. An architect by training, Indy is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. He co-founded Impact Hub Birmingham and Open Systems Lab, was a member of the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission. He is a thought leader in system change, the future of urban infrastructure finance, outcome-based investment, and the future of governance. Learn more about Indy Johar on Crunchbase…

Dark Matter Laboratories design institutional infrastructure for a distributed and collaborative future. Read more aboutDark Matter Labs on Crunchbase…

Scott Witters

Founder & Executive Director @ Glownet

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Scott is the skipper of the Glownet crew. The leader and visionary, he is passionate for good design and innovation. You rarely get to see much of Scott sitting down. His time is split between Madrid, London, and sleeping on airplanes. A family man, with two vibrant young daughters. Soon after graduating with an MBA from IE Business School in 2003, he shortly became a serial entrepreneur. Just prior to Glownet, Scott was the Festival Director/CEO of Rhythm Group. Rhythm is the producer to New Zealand’s premier music festivals including the 30,000 capacity Rhythm and Vines now in its 12th year. Scott always makes time to mentor business students and support them with their own plans and ambitions. Scott was never cured after being infected by electronic music back in rave scene of the early 90’s. He loves working in the live event industry. He seems to feed off the adrenaline of the show. To him, it’s all about the people you work with. Learn more about Scott Witters on Crunchbase…

Glownet transforms the event landscape through RFID innovation, developes world-class technology that delivers and inspires. Read more aboutGlownet on Crunchbase…

CJ Green

Co-Founder & Executive Director @ BraveGoose

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BraveGoose develops a human resources technology solution called CleverGoose. Read more aboutBraveGoose on Crunchbase…

Lisa Hamill

Co-Founder & Executive Director @ BraveGoose

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BraveGoose develops a human resources technology solution called CleverGoose. Read more aboutBraveGoose on Crunchbase…

Alexander Mark Lemon

President,Co-Founder & Executive Director @ Mkango Resources

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Mr Lemon is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London (MSc Mineral Exploration) and Oxford Brookes University (BSc Geological Sciences) He has 21 years experience in mineral exploration and business development and from 1994 to 2001 was the Managing Director of a Gold Mining company, which owned and operated a producing gold mine in Central Asia, where he gained extensive operating experience in emerging markets including government negotiations and project management. From 2001 to 2005, he worked for a family office Allied Commercial as an investment advisor. Mr Lemon is a founding Director and President of Mkango Resources Limited which listed on the TSX.V in January 2011 and is a founding director of its major shareholder Leo Mining and Exploration Limited. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a Member of the Southern African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy. Learn more about Alexander Mark Lemon on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutMkango Resources on Crunchbase…

Julie Walters

Founder & Executive Director @ Xperiome

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Xperiome is a global healthtech company that delivers deep insights in rare disease experiences Read more aboutXperiome on Crunchbase…

Rafael Libardi

Founder & Executive Director @ NoLeak Defence

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William Dawes

Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder & Executive Director @ Mkango Resources

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William Dawes is a graduate of Bristol University (BSc Geology) and Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London (MSc Mineral Exploration with distinction). Having trained as a geologist in South Africa, he worked as a mining analyst based in London and then for Rio Tinto’s exploration division. Subsequently, he gained significant global mining transaction experience in the metals and mining team of Robert Fleming & Co, Chase Manhattan Bank and JPMorgan. Mr Dawes was a founding director of Mkango’s major shareholder, Leo Mining and Exploration (Leominex) and since 2004 has been involved in the exploration and evaluation of a variety of projects throughout Central Asia, Middle East and Africa. He has 12 years’ experience in exploration and business development and 9 years in mining finance, mergers and acquisitions. He is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Learn more about William Dawes on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutMkango Resources on Crunchbase…

James Bellamy

Founder & Executive Director @ MINEXIA

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James is a former member of the Royal Marines and founder of MINEXIA, an alternative natural resources asset manager. James has over 10 years’ experience of private and public sector consultancy across the project finance and risk management sectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa. James has supported organisations including Apple Inc, Lloyds Banking Group, Private Family Offices, UK Department for International Development and the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Learn more about James Bellamy on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutMINEXIA on Crunchbase…

Eunice Ball

Founder & Executive Director @ Africa Technology Business Network

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Eunice is a social entrepreneur whose mission is to see Africa emerge as a leading global tech hub. She previously founded a tech startup in Uganda and now runs the Africa Technology Business Network, a London-based social enterprise working to drive growth and impact in the African technology ecosystem by enabling investment, skills exchange and collaboration opportunities with the UK. ATBN’s work includes the Africa Technology Business Forum London, an annual gathering of Africa-focused global investors and innovators; and #HerFutureAfrica a programme helping to put women at the forefront of innovation in Africa by supporting them to launch high-impact businesses using technology. Eunice is a regular speaking on tech in Africa and is passionate about supporting organisations, startups and entrepreneurs, particularly women to leverage technology as a tool for addressing social and developmental challenges in Africa. Learn more about Eunice Ball on Crunchbase…

ATBN is a social enterprise and global network focused on accelerating technology innovation for sustainable growth in Africa. Read more aboutAfrica Technology Business Network on Crunchbase…

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