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Professor Alan Barrell DBA, FRSA

Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence
Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning,
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

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Chairman MedTech International Ltd
Chairman Bactest Ltd
Chairman Eagle Genomics Ltd

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Alan Barrell began life in Clinical Laboratory Medicine, specializing in Hematology and spent six years working in the Pathology Department of a major UK hospital. He migrated to business and eventually to a mix of business, investment and academia. He has become known as one of the UK’s most articulate promoters of entrepreneurship from his Cambridge base.

Alan is currently Entrepreneur in Residence, Center for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has spent more than thirty years in senior executive positions in technology based industries, mainly Healthcare and Medical Products and has been CEO and Chairman of private and public companies in UK, other European nations and for a time, Chairman of a Chinese company based in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China. His work at Baxter Healthcare included seventeen years with the US ased multinational company, the final six years as CEO UK, parts of Europe and Africa.

UK University appointments in addition to Cambridge, include Visiting Professorships at University of Sunderland (Innovation), and University of Portsmouth (Enterprise). He is also a Fellow of Essex University Business School and Anglia Ruskin University. In Finland, where he was honored in 2010 by the President of Finland as Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, he is Research Fellow at Laurea University of Applied Science Helsinki and Lahti University.

Working as an investor (having spent six years as Managing Partner of a Venture Capital Fund – Cambridge Gateway Fund), director and mentor, Alan divides his time now between working with high growth technology companies in Life Science and Digital Technology and University work focused on the commercialization of research much of this work now concerns China and Chinese students and entrepreneurs. Alan is Visiting or Guest Professor as the following Chinese universities:

  • University of International Business and Economics
  • University of Xiamen
  • University of Shanghai
  • Shanghai Arts and Design Academy
  • Fuzhou International School of Economics and Finance

Alan has taught as guest lecturer at Tsinghua University, Peking University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Southeast University, University of posts and Communications, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University and at Ningbo. He has advised the Ministry of Education in China on entrepreneurial education and acted as part time Dean of the Business School for Youth run by the Beijing based Global Youth Development Organization. He writes regularly on China in UK and Chinese press and is an enthusiastic student of Chinese history. The book he co-authored with colleagues in the UK “Show Me The Money – How to Raise the Cash to get your business off the ground” has been distributed in China and Tsinghua University Press are launching a Chinese language version of the second edition in 2015.

Updated November 2015


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Download and view the latest presentations and downloads from recent events:

Entrepreneurship 101

30 June 2014 | 34 MB

Canada's Entrepreneur Institute features 3 broadcasts by Alan in June - 'Entrepreneurship 101' 'From Silos to Ecosystems' and 'The Continuum of Entrepreneurial Finance' - see all here.

Business Cycle Management and Strategic Planning

17 June 2014 | 43 MB

Lecture given to delegation of CEOs and Chairmen of independent companies from the City of Chengdu

The Crowdfunding Phenomenon

16 June 2014 | 3 MB

RSA continues to support projects with Crowdfunding and Alan Barrell speaks about it at Regional Conference

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