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Mo Hakimi, Dunedin Solutions

MO HAKIMI

FOUNDER, CEO

MSc EPM, MBEng Hons EE, APM, IPMA, Prince2, Scrum

​Execution & Delivery Solutions

(UK, USA)

Over 25 years of experience in execution and delivery of strategies, business plan  and programs for multi-billion dollar US and UK corporations  and innovative hi-tech startups. Mo's core expertise is to resolve complex business challenges through effective and disciplined execution models.

Mo believes that innovation without effective execution is just an invention that is not going anywhere, which results in waste of time, money, and resources.

Mo's bio

Pirooz Parvarandeh, Dunedin Solutions

PIROOZ PARVARANDEH

CTO

BSEE, MSEE

Technology & Strategy Solutions

(USA)

Over 30 years of experience in managing technology development organizations and running businesses for public companies. He has invested in and advised many 10’s of start-ups in a broad range of fields including semiconductors, sensors, systems, software and bio-tech.


Pirooz believes in creating robust strategies and business plans and creating the proper culture as a foundation for any company.

Pirooz's bio

​Professor Charles Swainson, Dunedin Solutions

PROF CHARLES SWAINSON

CMO

MB ChB FRCP (Edin) FRCS (Edin) FFPHM

Biotech and Medical Solutions

(UK, China)

Over 30 years experience in healthcare at operational and strategic executive roles in large public sector organisation. Charles’ core skill is strategic analysis and planning in complex systems, performance improvement and finding solutions.


Charles believes that innovation is the life blood of progress and that finding and nurturing talent is worthwhile.

Charles' bio

ANDY LAING

BSc CA MBA

Finance & Investment Solutions (UK)

Andy has a wealth of operational and finance experience across venture-backed software start-ups, high-growth SMEs and publicly traded marketing groups.


Currently CFO at sensor specialist Pyreos, Andy spent the prior four years at early stage investor, Archangels, raising equity capital and securing exits in Scotland’s flourishing technology sector.

DR. CLAUDIA M. DUFFY

BSc MSc PhD (Cantab); EPA

IP Protection, IP Due Diligence & Innovation Management

(UK, Europe, International)

A Scientist turned Patent Attorney, Claudia is a European Patent & Design Attorney and, since March 2019, the Founder of Innovare IP, a patent and trademark attorney practice based in Edinburgh. Since 2008, she has held both private practice attorney and in-house attorney roles.


Claudia has collaborated with Edinburgh University on industry engagement and commercialisation of university-generated IP from the Engineering and Medical Sciences. She is the lead for CAMentrepreneurs Scotland, member of the Young Academy of Scotland and the Economy and Enterprise Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Ian Kunkler, Dunedin Solutions

PROF IAN KUNKLER

FRCPE, FRCR FRSA

Medical Science Solutions

(UK)

Consultant and Honorary Professor in Clinical Oncology at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Edinburgh University. Consultant in Clinical Oncology in Sheffield in 1988 and a senior specialist in breast clinical oncology since 1992. Chief Investigator of the MRC BIG 2-04 SUPREMO Trial of postmastectomy radiotherapy breast cancer and co-Principal Investigator of the METOXIA, 22 partner EC funded consortium on translating the hypoxic tumour microenvironment. He is co-Principal investigator of EPSRC programme grant , President of the British Oncological Association (2000-2), a member of the QA group on radiation oncology of IAEA.

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NICK MACKIE

BA (Hons)

China Engagement Solutions

(UK, China)

Nick has been engaged with China since 2003, including a decade of working in-country as a business and financial correspondent, developing academic-industry partnerships and as General Manager China of a Sino-UK university healthcare joint venture. He is well-informed on China policy, socio-economics and an avid daily consumer of news from within China. He is well networked with leading industry players, investors, and government in strategically important regions. Nick assesses our clients’ goods/services for the Chinese market, guide appropriate engagement strategies and support companies throughout their journey.   Read More About Nick 

ED GRANVILLE

MEng EEE

Technology, Strategy Solutions (UK)

Ed is an entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry. In 2008 he was co-founder and CTO of Calvatec Ltd, a semiconductor company specialising in mixed-signal System-on-Chip technology, which was acquired by Maxim Integrated. He has extensive expertise in semiconductors and technology development, in environments ranging from start-ups & SMEs, to global players. More recently he has been NXD at a number of small privately held companies, working with founders and investors on strategic development and fund raising.

CHRIS EDWARDS

Ph.D. EE

Sensors & IC Solutions

(USA)

A leader in innovation with more than 22 years of integrated circuit engineering, sensor design and technology development experience. He has led global R&D teams distributed across the US, Europe and China, has filed over 30 patents in various technology areas: Optical sensors, audio chips, bio-sensors, colour sensing, gesture recognition, finger tracking and heart rate monitoring, advanced visible and near IR spectroscopy techniques for bio-medical applications and micro-scale electrochemical sensors.

NEIL MITCHELL

CTA

Tax Solutions

(UK)

Neil has specialised in tax for over 30 years, advising a wide range of corporate and personal clients on managing their tax liabilities. In 2015 set up on his own practice, NM Advisory Ltd concentrates on providing commercial and innovative tax solutions delivered in a pragmatic manner. With significant experience and as a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Neil works hard to find the right tax solutions and opportunities for your business.

CRAIG STIRLING

LLB (Hons); Solicitor (Scotland) 1997

Legal Solutions

(UK, International)

Craig is a partner at Davidson Chalmers LLP in Edinburgh.  He is a corporate lawyer with over 20 years of experience in advising high growth companies of all sizes and across all sectors.  His primary focus is on raising private equity and M&A but he can also assist with set-up and other structural issues, commercial contracts, protecting and exploiting IP and R&D Tax Credits. Craig is ranked as a leader in his field by both Chambers and Legal 500, the latter of which describes him as “excellent”.

PAUL KETTLE

Ph.D. EE

Systems, Software & Algorithm Architect

(USA, Ireland)

Paul brings over 25-yrs of experience providing system, software and algorithm design services to wearable, mobile, healthcare, semiconductor, and consumer electronic industries. While working at Analog Devices, Maxim Integrated and Vital Connect, he has delivered innovative computational sensing, machine learning, imaging and control solutions. A Dublin native and DCU graduate, Paul is currently based in Silicon Valley. A life-long sailor with 60,000++ nautical miles logged including two transatlantic crossings.

ALBERT BERGEMONT


Technology & Systems Solutions (USA, France, Switzerland)

Albert, originally a physicist, is a semiconductor expert with 45 years of R&D. He led many complex engineering projects, created & innovated new technology strategies that opened up additional markets. He has successfully developed innovative technologies in the field of digital/analog CMOS, memories, imagers and 3D integration. For the last 7 years, he provided consulting for the industry, angel investors and VCs and Startups, including medical devices and Virtual Reality (silicon retinas).

LISA THOMSON

Chartered MCIPD

HR Solutions

(UK)

CEO of Purpose HR, working with high-growth, entrepreneurial technology companies. She is an alumni of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Saltire Fellowship programme, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a qualified Executive business coach. Professional experience includes working in a global semiconductor, global software company, organisational development of a healthcare technology and services company from inception to post-investment commercialisation. Her current clients include high growth start-ups.

KRISTA NILSEN BORDNER

M.A. Com.

Communications Strategy & Solutions (USA)

As a communications consultant, actively engaging in a wide variety of work. Her experience includes building executive presentations, managing newsletters, coaching presentation skills, pitching game-changing technology, strategizing effective change management communication and overall project management. Krista’s previous professional experience includes employee communications manager, public relations manager and account executive.

 

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