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Kalyan Sarma

Kalyan Sarma

VP - Climate, Environment & Sustainability, Ploughshare

Kalyan leads Ploughshare’s Climate, Environment and Sustainability portfolio and works with the intellectual property and innovation teams from Dstl and wider MOD.

Prior to joining Ploughshare, he headed the delivery of the CTO’s corporate venturing implementation strategy of a FTSE 100 chemical company. He developed open innovation assets, ecosystems and capabilities in various geographies to identify external projects and built technology portfolios to support the development of future products and markets.

Kalyan also worked for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as a Global Innovation lead. In this role, he was responsible for providing expert advice on European funding in Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials; and represented the UK at the Programme Committee and High-Level Advisory Group of the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate of Research and Innovation. He also had the opportunity to work on many strategic projects with various European government agencies, industries and research organisations.

Kalyan also spent more than 5 years in South East Asia, working for a healthcare incubator and was involved in commercialising a technology that came out of his PhD. In these roles, he was involved in developing commercial and technical development strategies, technology transfer activities and raising investments from institutional investors and large corporates.

Kalyan holds a PhD in Nanotechnology from the University of Cambridge, completed a senior executive programme in Strategy and Innovation from MIT and IMD; and is a fellow at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).