Vikas Shah is Managing Director of Swiscot Group, a Manchester based textiles and commodities trading firm, with operations worldwide. He is also Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship with MIT Sloan on their European MBA programme, as well as receiving a prestigious honorary Professorship from the Alliance Manchester Business School. 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 world¹s largest entrepreneurs network), and a respected speaker and commentator on entrepreneurship, business, and social issues. Vikas is an advisor to many civic and community groups, and is a trustee of Mustard Tree, Executive Patron of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, and a member of the University of Manchester General Assembly.