Aekta Patel is currently Head of Venture Capital Unit at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), responsible for bringing investments from Venture Capital firms, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Family Offices and Ultra High Net Worth individuals to fund British companies. She runs a series of sector specific showcase pitching events in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank, the most recent being focused on Smart Retail. In financial year 2015, she brought over £200m into the UK, this included working with Cisco to setting up a £100m fund in Britain.
Prior to UKTI, she worked in the Cabinet Office working closely with Ministers and leading on initiatives such as growing social investment in the UK as well as making government departments more efficient. Before joining the Civil Service, she spent a few years working as a Management Consultant at Accenture, followed by a 2 year stint in Deutsche Bank’s global strategy team. She holds a First Class Honours degree in Business Management from King’s College London.