IoD appoints new Cambridgeshire chair
The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Prof Rameen Shakur to lead its Cambridgeshire branch.
Prof Shakur is as a professor of genomics and precision medicine who has founded and run businesses in the med-tech, digital health-tech and AI sectors.
He is the founder and chairman of Cambridge Heartwear, a medical device and algorithm company that develops health technology, wearables for cardiac monitoring and artificial intelligence for the prevention of heart disease and stroke.
Prof Shakur returned to Cambridge after a spell at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, US.
The IoD supports its members to become better directors. Prof Shakur will work alongside a team of branch ambassadors to provide connections, professional development opportunities and an influential lobbying voice for directors in the area.
He said: “Cambridge is one of the best places in the world to research medical technology and develop innovative businesses that can make a huge difference to the healthcare industry. We have an unrivalled eco-system to nurture cutting edge research and development.
“I am looking forward to working with colleagues to grow the IoD’s presence in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire branch, enabling members to expand their networks and receive support where it is needed most from our influential policy team.”
IoD East of England Chair Biplab Rakshi said: “I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Prof Shakur, who brings extensive experience in the worlds of healthcare and technology – areas in which Cambridge is world-famous.
“I am looking forward to working with him as we support the entire spectrum of Cambridgeshire directors in their journey and give them all the skills and tools they need to fulfil their potential and expand their organisations.”
IoD members range from start-up entrepreneurs to directors of large SMEs and international companies, as well as the public and third sectors.