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Priya Guha joins the School’s International Advisory Board

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Priya Guha, Venture Partner at Merian Ventures to the School’s International Advisory Board.

Priya’s career

Merian Ventures is a venture capital investment firm which strictly invests in companies founded, co-founded or majority owned by women innovators. Priya is also a Member of the Innovate UK Council, Non-Executive Director at the Digital Catapult and GB Badminton and Adjunct Faculty at the Ashridge Hult Business School. Priya was recently named in the 2020 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology for the 3rd year running.

Previously, Priya worked as general manager for RocketSpace​, launching their UK operations. Priya also held many roles in diplomacy, most recently as British Consul General to San Francisco and previously in India and Spain. She is on the Althea Foundation Board, Tech London Advocates Advisory Board and Royal Academy of Engineering International Committee. She also Chairs the Board of Trustees of Modern Muse and is an Advisor to The Youth Group.

Working as a member of the advisory board

Priya will play a vital role in the School’s strategic direction, offering independent guidance on the key issues that affect the School, its relationships and its development.

"As a former diplomat now working at the heart of the technology ecosystem, it is clear to me the world we live in is inherently global. Joining the Durham University Business School International Advisory Board is a unique opportunity to help the leaders of tomorrow navigate that environment and realise their ambitions in the world of global business." Priya said.

Executive Dean, Professor Susan Hart welcomed Priya to the Advisory Board saying,

“I am delighted to be able to welcome someone of Priya’s calibre to the School’s International Advisory Board. Priya’s combined experience and links offer the School invaluable global insight into essential business aspects of technology and innovation. Her current work and influence in championing innovation and in supporting female entrepreneurs fits perfectly with the School’s work to support diversity in business and innovation as a crucial pillar of economic recovery and development”.

More information

  • Details of the School’s Advisory Board can be found here
  • View Chloé Reuter’s appointment in April to the Board here
  • The School’s vision and mission can be read here
  • Read more about our business connections here