The University's knowledge exchange team

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There’s a lot going on at Cambridge, and lots of ways businesses can work with us.

A network of knowledge exchange professionals across the University works with our Business Partnerships team to understand how we can collaborate most effectively and to put you in touch with the right people.

To start the conversation, email us at: or call us on +44 (0)1223 333300.


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, working with business partners and colleagues from across the University to cultivate high impact partnerships.

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







Simon Daly
Simon Daly, Business Partnerships Co-ordinator

Simon has responsibility for helping new and existing corporate partners establish a rewarding relationship with the University. He has a longstanding track-record of successful business management experience in the academic, charity and commercial sectors and a passion for entrepreneurship within the university sector.

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






Manar Alsaif
Manar Alsaif, Business Partnerships (Energy)

Manar’s role is to manage existing and develop new strategic business partnerships in the energy sector.

Previously, she worked as a geologist at Schlumberger, where 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.







Mark Hayes
Mark Hayes, Business Partnerships (Digital and AI) and Aviva Partnership Manager

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

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






Rui Mauricio
Rui Mauricio, Business Partnerships (Life sciences and Healthcare)

Rui’s focus is on developing strategic partnerships between the University and businesses in the life sciences and healthcare sector.

Rui has a BSc in molecular and cell biology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, an MSc in Human Diseases and Therapy from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. After completing his PhD, he worked at UNESCO, then Rand Europe and most recently, as a Research and Strategy Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK with oversight of strategic initiatives and partnerships.







Tyler Shores, ThinkLab Programme Manager

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

He is completing his PhD in Education at Cambridge, where 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, and has previously worked at Google, running the Authors@Google program, one of the world’s largest collections of online lectures. He has also served as director of digital content at an international education non-profit organisation and worked at the Stanford University online high school programme.






Asha Carpenter
Asha Carpenter, Research Analyst

Asha works across all sectors, facilitating and providing support for current and emerging partnerships.

Prior to joining the Strategic Partnerships Office, Asha worked for a policy research institute in the area of innovation, health and science. She holds a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Durham University and a PhD from the Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge.







Sarah Fell
Sarah Fell, Communications Manager

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

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