Vikas  Shah  MBE 

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Chair of Future Everything

Professor Vikas S. Shah is a serial-entrepreneur, investor, thinker and educator who has built businesses in diverse sectors around the world for almost 20 years. He is also a consultant and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs, business and organisations globally.

Vikas is CEO of Swiscot Group (a diversified international trading business), a venture investor in numerous technology startups and businesses internationally, and co-founder of 53 Degrees North (a feature film studio).

He is also an Honorary Professor of Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester Alliance Business School and Professor of Entrepreneurship on the MIT Sloan Lisbon MBA.

Vikas is a member of the UK Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) which advises the UK Government on £billions of investment and support, a Board Advisor on Digital Strategy to the British Council and a Board Member of the General Medical Council (advising on their international services and development).

As a committed philanthropist, Vikas sits as Chairman of the Board at FutureEverything and Chairman of the Board at In Place of War. He is also a trustee at Mustard Tree, and sits on the board of TiE UK North.

Vikas is also a multi-award winning writer, and his journal, 'Thought Economics' features his conversations with many world leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers, artists, creatives and entertainers.

He is frequently called on to provide commentary and opinion, and has featured in media including: The Economist, Guardian, CNBC, BBC, Sky News, ITV News, the Telegraph, Bloomberg and the FT.

What I learned from the people that shaped the century

Prof. Vikas Shah launched Thought Economics in 2007, and since then has interviewed many of the people who have shaped the century including: Sir Richard Branson, Will.I.Am, Buzz Aldrin, David Blaine, Rita Ora, Olivia Newton-John, Usain Bolt, Moby, Kevin O’Leary, Hans Zimmer, Philippe Starck, Claudia Schiffer, Steve Ballmer, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, David Blaine, Noam Chomsky, Garry Kasparov, Jane Goodall, Cherie Blair, Maya Angelou, Bear Grylls, Marina Abramovic and close to 20 Nobel Prize winners.

In this illuminating talk, he tells the story behind Thought Economics and picks out some of the key messages from the people he’s interviewed about how they think our world will change.