Professor Alan Barrell DBA., FRSA

Director of Studies Cambridge Innovation Academy

Alan has worked in Health Care and Medical Research, as Chairman and Chief Executive of large multinational companies and smaller technology start-ups as well as charities such as Cambridge Rare Diseases Network. He teaches in Universities in UK, Europe, North America and Asia with Professorships in European and Chinese Universities. He has raised and managed a Venture Capital Fund, is a Business Angel Investor and Trustee of charities. He has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in the UK and with membership as Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland for services to Education.

His current work is focussed on the commercialisation of research, technology start-ups and the development of UK-China Trade and Educational Relationships. Alan promotes the vision of “A World Without Borders”. His career experience has prepared him well to be Director of Studies at Cambridge Innovation Academy. Alan is particularly active in youth entrepreneurial education and support, with focused interests in interpersonal skill and human resource development.

During lockdown Alan helped form and became Chairman of a new online Education and Research company – The Cambridge Learning Gateway