Neeta Patel is chief executive of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, a charity that aims to develop the next generation of UK entrepreneurs. It is pushing for better integration of business skills at all education levels.
Before joining the NEF, Ms Patel worked in private equity, matching technology entrepreneurs to investors. She has also worked at the British Council, the Financial Times, Legal & General – where she launched the first personal finance website in Europe – and Thomson Financial (Reuters).
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Ms Patel came to London when she was 12 years old. She has an MBA from City University Cass Business School and a Sloan fellowship in strategy and leadership from London Business School, where she is now an entrepreneur-mentor in residence. She is also a non-executive director at Go City Girl, a fashion e-commerce business and a trustee at the Young Women’s Trust.