Raam Shankar has been appointed as the new President of TiE UK North.
The Equitus World founder and CEO replaces the outgoing President Tony Walker.
Raam said he is looking forward to his tenure and further growing TiE UK North, a chapter of TiE Global – one of the world’s largest entrepreneurs networks.
He said: “I wish to start by thanking the TiE UK North board for placing its trust in me. I would also like to congratulate Harry Dhaliwal and Chris Kelly on being elected Vice Presidents.
“It is an incredible privilege and honour to be elected President of the Chapter. Tony, given his experience and knowledge, has left some big boots to fill. I am looking forward to working in the best interest of our members. As President my focus will be to enhance our ties (no pun intended) with the wider TiE Global community, and with the innovation ecosystem in the North of the UK.”
Established for over a decade TiE UK North each year works with hundreds of businesses and some of the most influential CEOs and founders across the North of England.
The heart of TiE efforts lie in its five foundational programs – mentoring, networking, education, funding, and incubation.
The nonprofit venture is devoted to the entrepreneurial life cycle in all industries and was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region.
Ashok Kallumpram of Premier Textiles and a TiE UK North charter and board member, said: “TiE UK North has played a very important and unique role in the Manchester entrepreneurial community for many years.
“From one-to-one mentoring of young entrepreneurs, to speaker and networking events where the journeys of key business leaders are explored and by giving access to a global network.”
He added: “And as TIE UK North has evolved over the years, it needs to move forward again.
“Raam is a brilliant choice to lead TiE UK North. He has the energy, passion and commitment to make the changes and also bring people together with a shared purpose.
“He has experience connecting with TiE members locally and globally. Fundamentally he is approachable, enthusiastic and the board are sure he can take TIE UK North to a new level.”
Outgoing President Tony Walker is Deputy Director at The University of Manchester’s Masood Centre.
He said: “I feel very proud to have been President of TiE UK North for the past two years during which the Chapter has grown its membership base despite Covid restricting our activities. The chapter is poised for growth and is highly respected and has a global reach. I am looking forward to supporting Raam in his Presidency and the fantastic work of the Chapter.”