Honorary Professors

Daria Tataj

Dr. Daria Tataj

Daria Tataj is the Founder and CEO of Tataj Innovation, a global crowdsourced learning company helping industry and governments innovate better and faster. As a former scientist and author, Dr. Tataj has been shaping tomorrow's agenda at the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation and serving as an expert on collaborative innovation.

Dr. Tataj holds a Ph.D. from the Polish Academy of Sciences in design and an International MBA from Warsaw University of Technology, London Business School, HEC Paris, NHH Bergen. She has published over 50 academic and non-academic articles and is regularly invited at many business, government, and academic events all around the world. Dr. Tataj has played an instrumental role in setting up a new European Union institution - the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. For six years, as an Executive Member of its founding Governing Board, she fostered entrepreneurship and ecosystem thinking across Europe and helped build the EIT into a multibillion EUR funding institution with a novel governance model.

Vikas Shah

Vikas Shah MBE DL

Vikas Shah MBE DL is an entrepreneur, investor & philanthropist. He started his first business aged 14 and is now CEO of Swiscot Group (a textiles & commodities trading business) alongside being a venture-investor in a number of businesses internationally. He is a Non-Executive Board Member of the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and a Non-Executive Director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Vikas was awarded an MBE for Services to Business and the Economy in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours List and in 2021 became a Deputy Lieutenant of the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy.

Vikas has taught at universities around the world . He holds an Honorary Professorship of Business at The Alliance Business School, University of Manchester (where he is a member of the advisory board) and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). He was formerly Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan Lisbon MBA.

As a committed philanthropist, Vikas sits as Chair of In Place of War (international peace building and entrepreneurship NGO with 100 grassroots community organisations with a collective reach of over 60m people in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America), as a Trustee of Mustard Tree (helping tens of thousands impacted by poverty and marginalisation across Greater Manchester) and as a trustee of the We Are Family Foundation (artist Nile Rodgers’ global charity). Vikas is Former President and sits on the Board of TiE UK North (part of the world’s largest entrepreneur’s network) was a Digital Advisor to the British Council.

Vikas is also a published author. His 2021 book Thought Economics released features his interviews with the people shaping our century. Including conversations with Nobel prize winners, business leaders, politicians, artists and Olympians, he has been in the privileged position of questioning the minds that matter on the big issues that concern us all.