Nadia Danhash

Royal College of Art

United Kingdom

Nadia leads the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) enterprise and entrepreneurship centre, InnovationRCA and is responsible for the direction of its start-up incubator which transforms creative graduates into successful entrepreneurs. She is also responsible for the RCA’s intellectual property commercialisation programmes and, for many years, led the design and delivery of FuelRCA, an extracurricular service developed to equip art students and graduates with the professional skills they required to succeed in their chosen careers.

Nadia has supported the creation of over 50 RCA graduate spinout companies and is involved in a number of entrepreneurial programmes in London including the Medtech SuperConnector Accelerator, Techstars’ Techboost and the Digital Catapults’ Augmentor. She also set up and runs AngelClubRCA, an angel investor network to connect creative companies with angel funding.

Before joining the RCA, Nadia held a number of roles in the biotech sector. This included business development, strategic marketing and general management roles at GE Healthcare Life Sciences with a world-wide remit for industrial molecular biology. She has worked in Europe, Asia and the USA. A PhD life scientist, with an MBA, Nadia’s commercial experience, at international corporates and at a start-up, have given her a breadth of experience from which she draws when investing in and mentoring early stage companies.

Nadia is a member of the Representative Board of ELIA (European League of Institutes of Arts) 2016-2018. Other voluntary roles include being a member of ImmerseUK’s Access to Finance and Investment Group, and a trustee of the Institute for the Future of Work.

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