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Spotlight on Lucy Marcus, Contender for Thinkers 50 Poll 2011

19th August 2011

Lucy Marcus is Founder and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting and a highly experienced conference and keynote speaker on global economic trends and best practices for investment. Lucy has been nominated for the 2011 Thinkers 50.

Committed to fostering sustainable success for funding organisations, Lucy works with clients from around the world in venture capital and private equity funds, institutions and corporations to help them create robust businesses with strong foundations for their funding efforts, and to ensure that they are recognised as smart and good money in what is a competitive and challenging funding environment. She is also a fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, teaching and researching on leadership & innovation, and exploring the changing landscape in funding in biotech, pharma, and cleantech.

Lucy serves as non-executive chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund, chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund Investment Panel, and non-executive director and chair of the board audit committee of BioCity Nottingham. She is co-founder, judge and chair of the board of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards, a member of the international advisory board of the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid, and is also on the board of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. Lucy served as an independent non-executive director and treasurer on the board of the International Step-by-Step Association (ISSA). She recently completed two consecutive terms on the advisory board of the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, and was a non-executive director and board treasurer and fellow of the British-American Project. She is the co-founder and chair of “Leadership in Conflict” which is working to develop leaders in conflict and post-conflict zones. Lucy is also the chair of The Global Task Force on Building Women Leaders, and the founder of HighTech Women.

Lucy has worked in a various of sectors from software and the internet to government and financial services. Prior to founding Marcus Venture Consulting, Lucy was co-founder and VP of Marketing and Sales of an enterprise management software company, she was in charge of Marketing and Business Development for EMEA at Infinity Financial Technologies, ran the EMEA operations of a communications consulting company, and worked at Price Waterhouse in the East European Services Division and at the US Treasury Department’s Economic Policy Division.

Selected as a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, Lucy is also a fellow of the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship Program and a fellow of the British-American Project, and was selected to take part in the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Transatlantic Forums, and the Council of the United States and Italy’s Young Leaders Forum.
Rated as The Independent Newspaper’s 43rd “Most Powerful Britons on Twitter”, Lucy was also featured as Director Magazine’s Director of the Month in December 2009, was listed as a face to watch in Management Today Magazine’s list of Britain’s 50 Most Powerful Women, and in Business Age Magazine’s 10 Women Changing the Direction of British Business. Lucy also served on the jury to select The Wall Street Journal Europe’s Most Successful Businesswomen in Europe, and on the Digital Democracy steering group of the John Smith Memorial Trust.

She has been profiled in the Financial Times, Tornado-Insider Magazine, and Lynne Franks’ Seedfusion and has appeared on CNBC, Sky Business Report, and BBC World Service; her articles have been published in The Huffington Post, CSRWire, Mediaite, Management Today Magazine, Tornado-Insider Magazine, netimperative, and Business 2.0. She was also profiled in the book “Powerful Women: Dancing on the Glass Ceiling”, and contributed to “Women in the New Economy: A Regional Perspective”.

Lucy speaks regularly on board dynamism, and is a prolific writer-including in social media channels. In fact, in 2011 she received the Rising Star of Corporate Governance award from Yale University, and The Independent ranked Lucy as 43rd in their Most Powerful Britons on Twitter. She will soon be blogging for the Harvard Business Review.

A dual American and British citizen, Lucy holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge.

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