Founder & CEO
I’m a self-described ‘learning geek’. Having worked in venture capital after my Bachelors in Drug Design and Development at the University of Queensland, I was awarded Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship to complete a PhD in protein crystallography at the University of Cambridge.
Whilst at Cambridge, I was voted into the role of president of the Cambridge University Technology & Enterprise Club (CUTEC) from 2010-2011, and I was still in this role when I was approached by Alice Bentinck and Matthew Clifford of Entrepreneur First, who were seeking to recruit the nation’s top 30 graduates with entrepreneurship ambition. This was where I met my co-founder Niluka Satharasinghe, an experienced startup founder with a background in machine learning from the University of Oxford.
We founded Sparrho in 2013 to solve the problem of staying up to date with scientific literature in an increasingly multidisciplinary world. Inspiration for Sparrho came from Steve, a postdoctoral researcher in my research lab who would scan through a wide range of sources and bring personalised reading recommendations to each lab member every morning. When I described this problem to Nilu, he suggested ‘digitising Steve’. Sparrho has since evolved into a global platform that combines artificial and human intelligence to help research professionals and layman users alike discover the science that matters to them. As of 2017, we have raised a total of $3 million of funding, and Sparrho was selected as Consumer Product of the Year at the National Technology Awards in 2018.
Given Sparrho’s vision and mission, I’ve had the opportunity to address the EU Ministers of Research and Innovation about Open Science on multiple occasions, and I sit on the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Digital Economy Advisory Group.
I’ve also had the honour of being named in the MIT Tech Review’s 35 Under 35 Innovators in 2017, and the Top 5 Asian Stars in UK Tech in 2018. Previously, I was selected as a semifinalist for The Duke of York New Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in 2014 and one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 in 2015.