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Meet the Business Partnerships team

Catherine Hasted
Catherine Hasted, Head of Business Partnerships

Catherine leads the Business Partnerships team based in the University's Strategic Partnerships Office. They work with business partners and University colleagues to cultivate high impact partnerships.

Previously, Catherine worked in senior leadership roles in commercial and not for-profit organisations. She has founded two successful companies and holds a PhD. Catherine maintains an active research interest in catalysing learning between universities and industry.


Simon Daly
Simon Daly, Emerging Sectors Lead

Simon helps corporate partners establish a rewarding relationship with the University. He has a history of successful business management experience in the academic, charity and commercial sectors. He has a passion for entrepreneurship within the university sector.

Simon is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. He has extensive experience of developing successful knowledge exchange partnerships between academia and a broad range of industrial and corporate partners.


Manar Alsaif
Manar Alsaif, Business Partnerships Lead (Energy)

Manar manages existing and develop new strategic business partnerships in the energy sector.

Previously, she worked as a geologist at Schlumberger. Her career in the energy sector spanned the full science and technology cycle, from research, to technology to operations and training. Manar holds a PhD in Earth Science and her expertise lies in structural geology and geodynamics.


Tammy Dougan

Tammy Dougan, Business Partnerships Lead (Life Sciences)

Tammy manages the strategic partnerships within the life sciences and healthcare sector. She works closely with University academics, senior business leaders and other Cambridge industry-facing initiatives to identify potential areas of collaboration. Tammy also manages the University’s partnership with GSK.

Tammy holds an MSc (Kings College, London) and PhD (JCU, Australia) in Immunology. She has worked for over 25 years in research, strategy and programme management in the area of healthcare, life science and biotech. 


Nicola WhiteNicola White, Business Partnerships Manager (Life Sciences)

Nicola manages strategic partnerships within the life sciences and healthcare sector. She works closely with academics and senior leadership in industry and the University. Her role is to identify and develop collaborative initiatives. She has a particular focus on the University’s partnership with AstraZeneca.

Nicola holds a PhD in Genetics. She has over 25 years’ experience working in the pharmaceutical industry and at the university-industry interface. She specialises in collaborative projects and programme management in clinical and non-clinical research alongside education and training in the area of healthcare and life sciences.


Mark Hayes
Mark Hayes, Business Partnerships Lead (Digital and AI) 

Mark manages the University's partnership with Aviva which is centred on data science. He provides oversight, coordination and advice for the University's key industry partnerships in the digital sector.

Mark has worked in IT systems and project management since 1995. He has built sensor networks for air quality monitoring and data management systems for radiotherapy treatment of cancer. He has also studied how to measure data quality.


Tyler Shores, ThinkLab Programme Manager

Tyler manages the University of Cambridge ThinkLab Programme. This connects researchers with public and private sector organisations. The aim is to produce research impact at scale.

He is completing his PhD in Education at Cambridge. His research focuses upon reading habits, social media and the impact of digital technology in everyday life. Tyler received his Master’s degree at the University of Oxford. He previously worked at Google where he ran the Authors@Google programme, one of the world’s largest collections of online lectures. He has served as director of digital content at an international education non-profit organisation. Tyler has also worked at the Stanford University (USA) online high school programme.


Marianna Kaimaki

Marianna Kaimaki, Business Analyst

Marianna gathers and interprets data on business partnerships. She provides data insight and support to business sector managers, the Head of Business Partnerships and senior academics at Cambridge. She manages a pump priming fund for industrial related activity and works on events.

Marianna has previously worked in the Education Quality and Policy Office and the Research Office at the University. She holds a PhD in Linguistics. She has worked as a lecturer and researcher in Conversation Analysis and Phonetics.


Sarah Fell
Sarah Fell, Communications Manager

Sarah’s role is to showcase the many ways in which businesses can work with the University of Cambridge.

She was previously a senior executive at Cambridge University Press. She led on marketing and communications for the University’s Institute for Manufacturing. Sarah also ran her own successful communications business.