Hanadi is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. She supports early-stage businesses across a range of sectors with a focus on healthcare and technology. Her ability to act as a technology translator and to align vision and strategy with operational constraints are key to her high success rate. She is industry agnostic, selecting the ventures she works with depending on the individuals behind the idea and on the quality of the teams they form. She is passionate and committed to the ventures she supports and expects them in return to be dedicated.
In 2012, Hanadi was the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of Accelerate Cambridge, which enhanced the Cambridge Judge Business School’s contribution to the Cambridge entrepreneurial cluster by providing help, nurture, and support to innovators and entrepreneurs in the cluster. She coined the term “sneak outs”, describing IP out of the University of Cambridge being commercialised directly by the inventor. Hanadi has supported the creation and scale-up of over 180 early stage ventures, building a portfolio of an estimated collective value of £1bn and over £185m of risk capital raised.
In early 2016 Hanadi was appointed Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge. The Centre’s mission is to develop practical and academic entrepreneurship programmes supporting budding entrepreneurs and fledging companies from pre-idea all the way to growth. Hanadi has also been instrumental in the recent launch of the SME Growth Challenge programme, which expands the Centre’s offering to scale-ups and high-growth companies; and is currently the Director of the Barclays Scale Up programme.
Hanadi’s experience in developing innovation clusters is globally recognised. She has helped set-up entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Middle East, Russia and China. Her stakeholder management skills and her clear leadership make her an effective Chair allowing her to develop a portfolio of non-executive directorships alongside her executive roles.
She is a seasoned start-up advisor, angel investor and non-exec. Her work in Cambridge is already enabling a unique platform for entrepreneurship research ranging from case studies of start-ups, scale-ups all the way to industry reports and longitudinal studies of the underpinning factors of entrepreneurial success from both the entrepreneur’s and the early investor’s perspectives. She has co-authored a series of articles on SME growth case studies on various facets of the entrepreneurial struggles, and is currently developing a book on early stage ventures with Professor Stelios Kavadias.
Since January 2019, Hanadi has centred her work around the investment needs of early stage ventures and more specifically, the funding gap in the UK for ambitious life-sciences and biotech businesses. This led to the creation of CMS Ventures, and Hanadi’s appointment as its managing director. CMS Ventures is an early-stage investor based in Cambridge investing in Biotech & Life Sciences start-ups in the UK with a focus on the 4Ds (Drugs, Devices, Diagnostics, and Digital) and privileged access to international markets, in particular China.
Born in Lebanon and raised in France, she is fluent in English, French and Arabic and speaks another four languages. She lives in Cambridge with her four children.