“A loving person lives in a loving world, a hostile person lives in a hostile world: everyone you meet is your mirror.”

Ken S Keyes. Jr

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 and, is a Business Angel Investor and Trustee of charities. His current work is focused heavily on the development of UK-China Trade and Relationships including cross-continental investment. Most recently appointed Chairman of a 3 billion RMB Chinese Technology Venture Fund. Alan promotes the vision of “A World Without Borders”.

My Favourite Quotes

INSPIRATION is so often the means whereby we can be lifted from either a bad mood, despair, or that dull state of mind which descends on each of us from time to time. And INSPIRATION can be the key which unlocks the door to better, healthier, greater, more creative thoughts and actions. I have always found the wonderful and often eloquent words of great thinkers, discoverers and leaders help me to find my way towards the light when darkness threatens – or to point the way through a sticky problem. And such words often open my mind, and many more minds to greater and more positive things which can be done. The Human Spirit needs food for growth and development and for sustenance during tough times. Maybe some of these words will INSPIRE you.

Please help me to be inspired and keep this list of great words alive and growing – by sending me your own favourite Quotations, so that I can add them. Any language will do!

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

Jules Verne

90% of all the scientists and engineers born in the human race are alive today.

Prof. John Story



Luck – yes I have it – but, funny thing….the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get.

Tiger Woods

Chance favours only the prepared mind.

Louis Pasteur


世界高尔夫冠军-泰格 • 伍兹



The Source of Real Discovery consists not in seeking new Landscapes… But in having NEW EYES.

Marcel Proust

The world is big enough for everyone’s needs – but it is too small for the GREED of one man!

Mahatma Gandhi

Excellence can be achieved, if we: Care more than others think is wise, Risk more than others think is safe, Dream more than others think is practical, Expect more than others think is possible.

Deborah Johnson-Ross

When the strong winds blow – some people build walls and others build windmills!

Chinese Proverb

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity – the optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill


约翰 • 史都瑞 教授-欧洲工商管理学院




莫罕达斯 •卡拉姆昌德 •甘地






温斯顿• 丘吉尔


约翰• 拉斯金

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Albert Einstein

You look at things and ask – why? but I dream of things that never were and ask – why not?

George Bernard Shaw

Creativity is no more than looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.

Albert Szent Gyorgyi

The Vitality of Thought is an adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something has to be done about them.

Alfred North Whitehead

I have not failed – I just found 10,000 ways that do not work.

Thomas Edison

The World Owes you Nothing! – It was here first!

Mark Twain


阿尔伯特 • 爱因斯坦


乔治 . 萧伯纳


圣捷尔吉 • 阿尔伯特 (诺贝尔奖获得者)


阿尔弗雷德• 诺思• 怀特黑德


托马斯. 爱迪森


马克. 土温

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best and making what is best of them.

John Ruskin

Alan Barrell’s career journey is ongoing and the story is summarised in short and long form in the profile and biographical information included here. Visitors to the site are invited to use this information for reference and to download and share whenever appropriate. Alan makes every effort to reply to requests for more information and to reply to questions.

Profile in

Biography & Recent Work in ENGLISH (PDF)

Biography & Recent Work in CHINESE (PDF)

Cambridge Innovation Academy

Descriptive 2 Pager

Existing CIA
Course (PDF)

CIA Presentation

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….

Alan’s World:
Upcoming Events

Entrepreneurship 101

30 June 2014 | 34 MB

Canada’s Entrepreneur Institute features 3 broadcasts by Alan in June – ‘Entrepreneurship 101’ ‘From Silos to Ecosystems’ and ‘The Continuum of Entrepreneurial Finance’ – see all here.

Entrepreneurship 101

30 June 2014 | 34 MB

Canada’s Entrepreneur Institute features 3 broadcasts by Alan in June – ‘Entrepreneurship 101’ ‘From Silos to Ecosystems’ and ‘The Continuum of Entrepreneurial Finance’ – see all here.


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