Vikas Shah MBE is Managing Director of Swiscot Group, a Manchester based textiles and commodities trading firm, with operations worldwide. He is also Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship (The Lisbon MBA with MIT Sloan) and an honorary professor at the Alliance Manchester Business School. He has built businesses in diverse sectors around the world for almost twenty years, and is also a consultant and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs and organizations globally. He is President of the North West region chapter of TiE (the world’s largest entrepreneurs network), a respected speaker on entrepreneurship, business and social issues, and a regular columnist for British Airways Business Life magazine. He is an advisor to many civic and community groups, advises the government as part of the IDAB and is a trustee of charities Mustard Tree and In Place of War, Executive Patron of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, and a member of the University of Manchester General Assembly.