CEO, The ScaleUp Institute
Irene is a former senior banker at Standard Chartered Bank where she held both European and Global managing director roles. She set up, ran and scaled several of their key client and product businesses and led several global M&A activities. Before joining the ScaleUp Institute she was Managing Director at the BBA responsible for Commercial Banking and key strategic and regulatory projects. She led the Business Finance Taskforce set up by the CEOs of the UK banks which resulted in the creation of the BGF, the Enterprise Research Centre, the SME Finance Monitor and Mentorsme, as well as many other key export and business policy initiatives on which Irene advised Government and industry upon. She is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and sits on the advisory boards of the UK Business Angel Association and Small Firms Enterprise and Development Initiative and Stratford Circus Arts Centre.