Hitesh Thakrar

STFC Council member

Hitesh Thakrar is a member of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Council.

Hitesh is an experienced investor in the technology sector, having spent over 30 years investing in public equities in the life sciences, information technology and innovation sectors.

Since 2015, he has moved into early stage venture investing.

Hitesh is currently:

  • a Partner at Syncona Limited (a Wellcome Trust backed venture fund)
  • a Trustee of the Alan Turing Institute, UK’s national Institute for data science and artificial intelligence
  • a Governance Board Member of KQ Labs at the Francis Crick Institute, an accelerator supporting next generation businesses in data science and life sciences
  • the Chair of the Investment Committee for Newable Ventures (a pre-Series A deep tech fund)

He was recently appointed Chair of the South London AHSN, Health Innovation Network, set up to drive digital health Innovation into the NHS.

He recently joined as a Trustee of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity.

Prior to 2015, Hitesh has worked at various public market institutions in global equity research and fund management including at:

  • ADIA (Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund)
  • JP Morgan
  • Aviva Group
  • Dresdner Bank
  • New Star Asset Management

He was the Portfolio Manager on a Global Innovation Fund and Global Technology Fund at ADIA and New Star respectively.

He started his career in the UK computing industry as a system and business analyst.

Hitesh has a degree in chemistry from Kings College, London, an MBA from Cranfield University and a CFA from the American Association of Investment Analysts and has previously held a position as Innovation Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Last updated: 1 September 2023

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