2020 Programme Team
JOYSY JOHN – SLP London Founder & Trustee
Joysy is an entrepreneur and digital consultant. She is the former CIO of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills where she led the College’s industry engagement and online learning website. Prior to this, Joysy headed up international strategic development for EF Learning Labs, led business development for Emerge Venture Lab, Europe’s first education technology accelerator and advised Level39, technology incubator based in Canary Wharf.
Joysy is passionate about education, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. She helped launch three non-profits focused on education. She founded Founders Fit to help startup leaders find the right cofounders. Joysy has over a decade of experience in technology, business management, strategy and sales roles with JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley in Singapore, US and UK. She was the youngest person selected into the Future Leader Development Programme at JP Morgan Chase.
She holds a Computer Engineering (Honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA with Distinction from London Business School where she was the President of the Women in Business Club and a Forte Scholar.
STEVEN HESS – Trustee
Steven is a successful entrepreneur, award winning strategist, creative thinker and experienced corporate leader in the global brand and marketing services industry. He has strong people skills, business acumen, investment ability and is proven to inspire and engage teams through rapid change. His has deep knowledge of consumer and media brands, digital technology, growth drivers, finance, digital technology, the investment and M&A process.
He co-founded growth advisory firm WhiteCap, has led global strategy for media and creative agencies on blue chip consumer businesses and local challenger brands. He was one of the founding teams’ at two agency startups, one creating a new business model, featured in Fast Company, the other a high growth, multi award winning business he sold to marketing services giant, Omnicom in 2006.
He led the creation of one of the first internal accelerators with the launch of article27, a $9mm venture funded online movie business launched at Cannes into the teeth of the dot com bust in 2000.
He was a ‘Face to Watch’ in advertising industry bible, Campaign, a jury foreman for D&AD the creative benchmark, at 28 one of the youngest Board Planning Directors in Leo Burnett’s history and co-wrote an award winning strategy for the launch of Xbox 360. He is an adviser and trustee to the Startup Leadership Program, is passionate about emerging technology and has been published and quoted on how the advertising business is evolving as a result of these changes. He was selected as one of one hundred senior leaders to participate in Omnicom’s four year Senior Management program with Harvard Business School and Babson College. He lives in London with his wife Katharine and three small sons, Finn, Jo and Kimball.
ANUPENDRA SHARMA – SLP Founder & Trustee
Anupendra Sharma is the Global VP of Growth & Business Development at Siemens Healthineers within Enterprise Services & Solutions.
Anupendra founded the Startup Leadership Program in Boston with a cohort of seven. He also co-created and teaches the Healthcare Innovation & Commercialization course at Harvard Medical School that has educated 700 MDs, PhDs, Postdocs and faculty.
Anupendra was Founder & Chairman of Mobile Medics Healthcare, named the Most Outstanding Social Venture of the Year at the Global Social Venture Competition in 2006, and became the foundation for Piramal Group’s eSwasthya which runs in hundreds of villages. Anupendra also co-founded the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at BITS Pilani, named one of India’s top five entrepreneurship centers in India. He serves as a mentor, reviewer or judge for several entrepreneurial organizations including National Cancer Institute, Harvard i-Lab, MIT, MassChallenge and TiE Scaleup.
Anupendra holds an MBA from Cornell, Masters in Accounting & Finance from Manchester Business School, and Masters in Economics and Bachelors of Instrumentation Engineering from BITS Pilani.