Modwenna Rees-Mogg, Editor-in-Chief of Angel News UK and Chair of the Great Britain Venture Forum, has been appointed as High Commissioner for the United Kingdom. High Commissioner Rees-Mogg represents the United Kingdom in the International Academics Committee of the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
Modwenna Rees-Mogg has 20 years’ experience working in corporate finance, business angel investment, and venture capital. She started AngelNews in 2003, focusing on media and events in the angel and VC market. From an initial GBP £1,000 of start-up capital, she has grown it into the leading information source and commentator for the UK business angel market. Her website - www.angelnewsletter.co.uk – is the broadest commentator of the wider UK private investor market (including VCTs and crowdfunding) and a thought leader in UK angel investing. Through the Pluralists Club and Pitching for Management initiatives, the AngelNews Group has expanded in recent years into assisting senior executives build second careers in the start-up and early-stage entrepreneurial ecosystems. It has also built a private investor conferences business, hosting the Great British Private Investor Summit and the VCT and EIS Investor Forum. Modwenna is a Non-Executive Director of Albion Tech, General VCT and Asset Match and a co-founder of FCA authorised. She has authored two books: Crowdfunding, How To Raise Money and Make Money in the Crowd and Dragons or Angels – A Handbook for People Wanting to Become Business Angels, or Raise Money From Them.
Prof. Stephanie Hussels Director of the Business Growth Programme at the Cranfield School of Management, has been appointed as Senator to the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Hussels represents the United Kingdom in the International Academic Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Prof. Stephanie Hussels has a passion for early-stage and growth companies, particularly family businesses. As part of her role at the Cranfield School of Management, she is the Director of the Business Growth Programme (BGP), the longest established owner- manager programme in the UK. Previously, she was the Director of the full-time MBA programme. She lectures at executive, graduate, and doctoral levels on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, family business and quantitative research methods. Besides working with entrepreneurs, Stephanie cooperates with charities and multinationals on how to encourage and implement intrapreneurship. Her current research focuses on entrepreneurial resilience, family business and business survival. Stephanie has written several prize-winning case studies and is now frequently asked to give talks about case study writing and teaching.
Tina Allton, London Chapter Director for EBW2020, has been appointed as Senator to the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Allton represents UK in the Global Woman Leaders Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Dr. Tina Allton is a multi award winning Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur, Global Keynote Speaker, and a qualified Educational Psychologist. Coming from a challenging background in Ghana, over the past four decades she has proven that women can accomplish anything and has now chosen to channel her success into empowering others to do likewise through group and individual mentorship programs. Having a strong entrepreneurial flare she has become a global leader, building multiple award winning businesses and successful brands across the globe and co-founding and running international start-ups. In 2014, she co-founded the multi award winning Undefeeted. Org, a global not for profit organisation focused on preventing lower limb amputations caused by diabetes, something that was inspired by her daughter’s diagnosis of Type one diabetes. Most recently it succeeded in winning an award as the UK’s Best not for profit organisation. In 2016,Tina became London Chapter director for Empowering a billion women by 2020, Tina was headhunted to join the executive leadership team and by summer 2017 became the COO, as someone who truly understands business growth and systems she played a key role in streamlining the company’s systems both front and back end leading another successful launch of the financial software platform Minther.com for EBW before transitioning to serves as the Head of Global Expansion and CFO at Empowering a Billion Women by 2020, a global FINTECH company, created for the empowerment of women by helping them to start, grow, scale and be successful in their business. Tina has mentored many leading CEO’s, and business leaders. At the same time she has never forgotten her roots and continues to empower women across the globe, particularly amongst minorities and underprivileged communities by sharing her own story of hard work leading to success and providing them with much needed educational and medical resources through her substantial network of organizations and individuals.
Asma Bashir, Chairman at Centuro Global, has been appointed as Senator to the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Bashir represents UK in the Global Woman Leaders Committee of the Grand Assembly.
She is a legal professional having started her career within one of the largest law firm’s in the world. Asma then went on to establish her own business from a start-up, acting for some of the largest multinational companies in the world offering global services to worldwide jurisdictions. Her clients included Fortune 500 companies and UHNW individuals. Asma’s company was acquired at the end of 2014 and she continued to lead the growth within the newly acquired structure, integrating new companies, setting up new global offices and growing the team around the world. She is now focussing on business growth, mergers and acquisitions and working with fast growing companies on scaling their business and finding investment. She works with both private and institutional investors as well as investing in opportunities directly. She is also an authorised on the Mayor of London’s International Business Program supporting companies with their growth needs. Asma’s experience includes business transformation, innovation and technology, managing risk and compliance and international expansion. She has worked on many government initiatives having contributed to the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on shortage occupations in the UK, government stakeholder events to support companies with their recruitment challenges and worked with leading trade associations to lobby government on their behalf. She was also a judge for UK Business Awards, London and Partners IE20 program and the start-up awards in London.
Kal El-Wahab, Senior Portfolio Manager - Eisler Capital, has been appointed as Senator at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator El-Wahab will represent UK in the Global Startup Committee of the Grand Assembly.
After attending Oxford University as an undergrad and achieving my Masters in Chemistry, I embarked on a career in finance where I spent 12 years in Investment Banking at top bulge bracket banks as a managing director, trading in the capital markets running the European Interest Rates businesses and generating annual trading profit of $400mm+. Here I gained an invaluable experience into the world of financing at an institutional level. It was during this time I started to spend a lot of personal time networking in the startup world and affiliating myself with various angel groups and networks. Through these networks I began to come across and invest in some very exciting high growth opportunities.. After moving to become a senior portfolio manager at a fund running personally over $500mm of capital, gaining exposure and involvement in many interesting seed and early stage projects, I found it compelling to move and pursue my career in professional angel investing full time. I now run a healthy portfolio of companies- approximately 15 as it stands having taken a couple to exit. They vary in nature but all remain generally disruptive, with a heavy tech and energy focus. Renewable energy sector in particular is something that excites me having seed funded the UK’s fastest growing company, the nation’s largest renewable energy provider, and a unicorn, Bulb. My current portfolio (which started at $750k, and now sits in paper terms conservatively between $20-30mm value) features companies engaged in industries such as sustainable retail, arts/entertainment management, fintech, edtech, and e-commerce. From a geographical perspective the majority of my portfolio currently is European centric, although I have some projects in the Middle East, and the United states too. I take an active role as advisor in several of these businesses too.