Dr. Vikas Shah MBE DL is an entrepreneur, investor, non-executive & thought leader with significant experience in founding, leading and exiting businesses to trade, private-equity and listed groups. He is a Non-Executive Board Member of the UK Government’s Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) and also a Non-Executive Director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Shoosmiths LLP & Enspec Power. In his career, Vikas has also mentored and coach hundreds of entrepreneurs & leaders.

Vikas was awarded an MBE for Services to Business and the Economy in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours List and in 2021 became a Deputy Lieutenant of the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy. He holds an Honorary Professorship of Business at The Alliance Business School, University of Manchester (where he is a member of the advisory board) and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) by the University of Salford in November, 2022.

Since 2007, Vikas has also interviewed some of the world’s most influential, interesting and impactful people including: Maya Angelou, Shaquille O’Neal, Matthew McConaughey, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Buzz Aldrin, Will.I.Am, Sir Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Deepak Chopra, Kevin O’Leary, Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates, Dr. Jane Goodall, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Steven Pinker, Jordan Peterson, Usain Bolt, George Takei, Hans Zimmer, Adam Grant, Seth Godin, Penn Jillette, Nico Rosnberg, Brian Grazer, Niall Ferguson, Garry Kasparov & Noam Chomsky. Some of the key learnings from these interviews are captured in his 2021 book, Thought Economics

Vikas is a Trustee of Chester Zoo and was Chair (from 2012-2024) of In Place of War (international peace building and entrepreneurship NGO with 100 grassroots community organisations with a collective reach of over 60m people in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America) and was a Trustee of Mustard Tree (helping tens of thousands impacted by poverty and marginalisation across Greater Manchester). Vikas is a mental health advocate. His2018 TED talk, chronicling his own journey, has now been viewed almost 110k times.

You can contact Vikas directly here, or connect with him on: linkedin, twitter [X] & instagram. You can download Vikas's headshots here.

A few recent media-clippings & interviews with Vikas:
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