“There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

Jules Verne

Professor Alan Barrell DBA, FRSA

Alan has worked in Health Care and Medical Research, as Chairman and Chief Executive of large multi-national companies and smaller technology start-ups. 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 most recent work has been focussed heavily on the commercialisation of research, technology start-ups and the development of UK-China Trade and Relationships including cross-continental investment. Alan promotes the vision of “A World Without Borders”. Alan’s work with Shanghai Government, Hong Kong Management Association and numbers of overseas business and academic organisations commissioning world class executive education programme prepared him well for his last full-time position as Director of Studies at Cambridge Innovation Academy.

On July 21st 2019 – his 79th Birthday Alan announces his plan to retire from his professional positions as Director and Trustee of those organisations he currently represents and focus on family affairs involving his wife, four children, eight grandchildren and wider family circle whilst engaging in creative writing, his musical interests and leisure pursuits in Cambridge and the British Countryside especially beloved Yorkshire.

This web page is being maintained for a limited period to enable ongoing access for those interested to a wide range of presentations and articles which can be downloaded. Alan will remain online with e-mail at alan@alanbarrell.com for correspondence, but will not be accepting speaking or other engagements which involve activities beyond December 31st 2019.

Alan offers sincere thanks to ALL who have encouraged, supported and helped him during his long and very interesting career and looks forward to keeping in touch with friends around the world.

Best Seller – “Show Me The Money”

“Show Me The Money” is a widely used workbook by Alan Barrell, David Gill and Martin Rigby about raising the cash to get a business off the ground….


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