Priya Lakhani OBE is Founder & CEO of Century Tech, which utilises data mining techniques to provide a personalised learning experience to students. Century Tech has 5 schools committed to launch the pilot programme but is still in the fundraising stage. A libel lawyer, she set up Masala Masala a fresh food company in 2008. It became the forerunner for Priya’s subsequent charitable enterprise iamSOCO (i am socially conscious) which she set up alongside her business to provide a hot meal to a homeless person in India for every pot of her sauces sold. The charity provided over 1,000,000 hot meals to the homeless in India and over 35,000 Pentavalent five-in-one vaccines to the underprivileged in Africa, via charitable partners, before closing in December 2012.
Priya was a member of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ Entrepreneurs’ Forum, and an Advisory Board Member to the Education Foundation, the UK’s leading education think-tank. She was awarded Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, and was named on the Growing Business Young Guns list 2009 and listed in Management Today’s ’35 Women Under 35’ in the same year. Priya launched her second business Century Tech in 2013 and was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2014 for services to business, community and voluntary initiatives.