Irene Graham
ScaleUp Institute

Irene Graham

CEO & Board Director, ScaleUp Institute

Irene Graham is the CEO and a board director of the ScaleUp Institute. A former senior banker at Standard Chartered Bank where she held both European and global managing director roles, she set up, ran and scaled several of the bank’s key client and product businesses across its corporate and institutional bank and led several global M&A activities.

Before joining the ScaleUp Institute she was Managing Director at the British Bankers Association. She led a host of strategic work across the industry from the regulatory and business perspectives, including leading the Business Finance Taskforce set up by the CEOs of the UK banks which resulted in the creation of the BGF, the Enterprise Research Centre, the SME Finance Monitor, and Mentorsme as well as being responsible for new export and business policy initiatives including the Small Business Act, expanded UKEF products and Open Banking which Irene advised Government and industry upon.

She is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and holds a variety of non executive director and advisory roles across the creative, business and finance communities.

keynote: 10:30 – 11:00

The Future Of Growth Capital – Irene Graham

Access to appropriate Growth Capital is the fuel to maintain a vibrant, innovative economy but the Covid-19 crisis has placed unprecedented strain upon business and finance ecosystems around the world. Irene Graham will discuss the key findings of the Future of Growth Capital report and the latest 2020 Scale-Up Review and what needs to be done to address the access to finance gap to support scaling businesses across the UK.

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