Chris Mathias is a successful entrepreneur and leader, born and raised in India but now living in the UK. He is married with three daughters and is an active sportsman and keen traveler. He combines these interests with active roles in private equity and in social and philanthropic investment.
Chris studied Politics and Economics at Bristol University before joining Arthur Andersen. He completed an MBA at INSEAD, Paris in 1987, graduating on the Dean's List, and then joined Bain &Co's London office.
He was for a while CEO of the Harpur Group. In a very active career he has completed a number of successful business turnarounds and buyouts. With Martin Gill he founded Conduit Communications Ltd, substantially growing the business and opening offices in London, Amsterdam, New York and Boston. In 1999 Conduit merged with an American based IT services provider I-Cube and was subsequently acquired by NASDAQ-listed Razorfish Inc.
Chris is trustee and board member of several organizations including World Links and Common Purpose. He supported the start-up of Basic Needs India and he is also an Ambassador for Action Aid and supporter of and advisor to Oxfam GB. More recently he was a founder of the British Asian Trust and has joined the board of Bioss and the advisory board of Barclays Private Bank.
Chris is the chairman and one of the seed funders of i2india, a technology commercialisation and investment company focused on creating commercial value from intellectual property developed in India.
Chris is active with a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations. Organisations and projects that make a difference beyond the lifetime of a funding commitment are of particular interest. Through these, Chris is able to fulfill his belief that charities should work to build lasting value, develop local skills and help the poorest citizens of the world.
Projects that involve the use of information technology &communications in education and international developments are also close to his heart, as are those that relate to India.