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Speaker's Biography:

Sir Tom Hunter
Founder, Hunter Foundation; Founding Partner, West Coast Capital

Tom's first business, started from the back of a van, grew to become Europe’s largest independent sports retailer, Sports Division. He sold the business in 1998 for £ 290m going on to establish his private equity business, West Coast Capital ("WCC") and philanthropy, The Hunter Foundation ("THF"). With his wife Marion, THF has invested in excess of £ 50m in entrepreneurship and enterprise, poverty alleviation and education. THF formed a joint venture with former President Clinton, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, to support delivery of a sustainable poverty alleviation strategy in Rwanda with economic development as its key driver. THF recently co-invested with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Scottish Government to extend, remodel and accelerate a fund to support Scotland's nascent high growth businesses, the Scottish Edge. Tom sits on the Presidential Advisory Council of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. He was Knighted in 2005 for services to entrepreneurship and philanthropy and was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2013.

Twitter: @SirTomhunter

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