We welcome Prof. Vikas Shah to FutureEverything, who will lead the company into its third decade as new Chair of the Board.

Vikas Shah is founder of consultancy Thought Strategy, and CEO of leading global textiles and trading business Swiscot Group. He is Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship on the Lisbon MBA with the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Board Member of TiE UK North (part of the world’s largest entrepreneurs network). In addition, he regularly lectures at entrepreneurship events globally, including the MIT Global Startup Workshop and the RICE Business Plan Competition.

Vikas joins the FutureEverything Board of Directors with high profile members drawn from the arts, technology and industry:

  • Rowena Burns, Chief Executive at Manchester Science Partnerships and a Non-Executive Director of Bruntwood, a family-owned and run property company.
  • Emer Coleman, architect of The London Datastore, founder of DSRPTN consultancy and Development Director with TransportAPI, a startup powering innovation and change in transport.
  • Ruairidh Jackson, Senior Project Director at Argent, one of the UK’s largest property development companies.
  • Drew Hemment, Founder & CEO, FutureEverything and Dundee Fellow, University of Dundee.

Vikas takes over from outgoing Chair, Lou Cordwell, CEO of digital agency magneticNorth.

Vikas joins FutureEverything in our 20th Anniversary year – a pivotal period in our history. FutureEverything has been experiencing significant growth over the last three years, with our staff having recently expanded to 14, including the appointment of Tom Higham as Executive Director and the enlargement of our programming, production and communications teams.

On joining FutureEverything, Vikas said:

“This is a profoundly important time in the relationship of people with technology; not just in terms of how we (as individuals) use technology, but rather how the digital culture emerging from science and technology interfaces with society, economies, art, governance and more. It is through festivals and organisations like FutureEverything that we will begin to develop the thinking tools to solve the crises impacting our futures, and take full advantage of the opportunities on our horizon.

I feel immensely humbled to have been asked to take the Chair at one of the world’s most important organisations working in this sphere, which is proudly run by a truly inspirational group.”

Drew Hemment, Founder and CEO said:

“Vikas is a visionary figure whose appointment is causing tremendous excitement in the team and among our partners. His wealth of cross-sector insight, entrepreneurial vision and international outlook will be an invaluable asset in driving the company forwards. Myself, the board and the whole team could not be more excited to have someone of his calibre join the company as Chair.”