Managing Director Swiscot Group & Thought Strategy

Vikas Shah

Vikas Shah is Managing Director of Swiscot Group, a Manchester based textiles and commodities trading firm, with operations worldwide and is founder of the consulting group Thought Strategy and CEO of the film company, Fifty Three Degrees North. He is also Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship with MIT Sloan on their European MBA programme.

Vikas has built businesses in diverse sectors around the world for almost 20 years, and is also a consultant and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs, and organisations globally. He is President of the North West region chapter of TiE (the world_s largest entrepreneurs network), and a respected speaker and commentator on entrepreneurship, business, and social issues.

He is a Board Member of The UK Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) which advises the UK Government on the £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund operating across England. Vikas is also Chair of FutureEverything and on the Council of Manchester Digital. He is a Trustee of Mustard Tree (a charity helping tens of thousands impacted by homelessness, marginalisation and poverty) and is Executive Patron of Manchester Cancer Research Centre.

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