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Rory Picardo - UK Department for International Trade

Head of Digital Economy Sector

Niraj Vedwa

Rory Picardo is part of the Department for International Trade, UK, wherein he heads the Digital Economy sector. He is a strategist at heart who works very closely with the technology ecosystems in the UK and in India. His spectrum of activities range from working with the start-up ecosystems to supporting multinationals in both the geographies. Over the years he has helped bring in various elements of the start-up ecosystem from the UK to the India- be it incubators, accelerators, individual start-ups or relevant industry bodies. Rory's strength lies in his ability to look at the macros and design strategies accordingly- he is also a connecter who has always thought things through. His other passion is to mentor and guide companies in the UK and in India on cross-border collaborations.

Rory has more than 10 years of experience in the financial services and technology sectors across UK and India. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and holds a PG Diploma in Banking & Finance and a UG degree in Chemical Engineering