Durham University Business School has announced the appointment of Priya Guha, Venture Partner at Merian Ventures to the School’s International Advisory Board.
The International Advisory Board is made up of senior executives and academics from a corporate background whose close connections help ensure the Business School’s graduates are prepared for the real world of business.
Working as part of the advisory board within the Business School, Priya will play a vital role in the School’s strategic direction, offering independent guidance on the key issues that affect the School, its relationships and its development. The Board members’ particular areas of expertise mean the School benefits from having spokespeople in a variety of fields – from business and academia to government and the voluntary sector.
Speaking on her appointment and what she hopes to bring to the role, Priya said;
“As a former diplomat now working at the heart of the technology ecosystem, it is clear to me the world we live in is inherently global. Joining the Durham University Business School International Advisory Board is a unique opportunity to help the leaders of tomorrow navigate that environment and realise their ambitions in the world of global business.”
Priya is a Venture Partner at Merian Ventures, a venture capital investment firm which strictly invests in companies founded, co-founded or majority owned by women innovators. Priya is also a Member of the Innovate UK Council, NED at the Digital Catapult & GB Badminton and Adjunct Faculty at the Ashridge Hult Business School. Priya was recently named in the 2020 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology for the 3rd year running.
Previously, Priya worked as GM for RocketSpace, launching their UK operations. Priya also held many roles in diplomacy, most recently as British Consul General to San Francisco and previously in India and Spain. She is on the Althea Foundation Board, Tech London Advocates Advisory Board and Royal Academy of Engineering International Committee. She also Chairs the Board of Trustees of Modern Muse and is an Advisor to The Youth Group.
Executive Dean, Professor Susan Hart welcomed Priya to the Advisory Board saying,
“I am delighted to be able to welcome someone of Priya’s calibre to the School’s International Advisory Board. Priya’s combined experience and links offer the School invaluable global insight into essential business aspects of technology and innovation. Her current work and influence in championing innovation and in supporting female entrepreneurs fits perfectly with the School’s work to support diversity in business and innovation as a crucial pillar of economic recovery and development”
The group of experts on the International Advisory Board are able to challenge and support the School in ensuring that it’s programmes remain internationally relevant and the School is able to grow as a prestigious and respected institution.
Priya’s announcement follows last month’s appointment of Chloé Reuter as a member of the Business School’s International Advisory Board. Chloe is the Founding Partner of Gusto Luxe and Founding Partner/Vice Chair of Gusto Collective.