Pro-Biz Player Bios

 

Demis Hassabis is co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, a neuroscience-inspired AI company which develops general-purpose learning algorithms and uses them to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

 

 
 
   

A child chess prodigy, Demis coded the classic game Theme Park aged 17. After graduating from Cambridge University, he founded videogames company Elixir Studios and completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at University College London. Science declared his research one of 2007’s top breakthroughs.

 

He is a five-time World Games Champion, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and recipient of the Royal Society’s Mullard Award and the Royal Academy of Engineering's Silver Medal. In 2017 he featured in the Time 100 list of most influential people.


Shreyas Royal, of Battersea Chess Club is just nine years old but has big ambitions in chess. He became a Candidate Master at the age of six, becoming the UK youngest player to achieve this title

 

 
 

He is currently the top English Under 12, and his November 2018 FIDE rating put him second in the world for his age category. In 2017, he achieved joint first place in the European Youth Under 8 Championship and joint 4th place in the World Cadets Under 8. In 2018, he was awarded the Junior Prize in the British Major Open.

 

Shreyas is a pupil at The Pointer School.


J. Christopher Flowers is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC, an investment firm specializing in financial services with $6 billion of assets under management.

 

 
 
   

Previously, Mr. Flowers was partner in charge of the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Flowers was at Goldman Sachs from 1979 to 1998. He was among the founders of Goldman’s Financial Institutions Group in 1986, and became a general partner of Goldman in 1988.

 

The Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation operates the distribution of malaria nets in Africa in partnership with the Anglican Church. The Foundation is also involved in various programs for returning prisoners in New York State. Mr. Flowers is a trustee of the Kasparov Chess Foundation.


Karina Vazirova is Head of Product and Implementations at ClauseMatch.

 

 
 

A London-based RegTech company that employs AI capabilities to empower the world’s top financial companies to automate the regulatory cycle and ensure compliance.

 

Karina is a Women's International Master.

 


Natasha Regan is a Director at RPC Consulting.

 

 
 

An actuary specializing in financial modelling in insurance, Natasha is a Women’s International Master and co-author of the highly acclaimed book ‘Chess for Life’ together with GM Matthew Sadler.

 

She has represented England in Chess Olympiads and played for UK teams at Go, the oriental strategy game. In 1993, she was a TV commentator for the Kasparov v Short World Championship match.


Ali Mortazavi is a former Chief Executive Officer of Silence Therapeutics and held this position until July 2018.

 

 
 

The company has developed a new generation of medicines by harnessing the body’s natural mechanism of RNA interference, or RNAi, within its cells. The company’s proprietary technology can selectively inhibit any gene in the genome, specifically silencing the production of disease-causing proteins.

 

Ali joined Silence in 2012 and previously served as Director of Corporate Strategy. He has extensive expertise in small UK companies, particularly in biotechnology and technology investment and ventures, and has over 17 years’ experience in financial markets.

 

Ali is an International Master has written numerous books and publications on chess openings and strategies.


Nigel Povah, is an advisor to US firm PSI.

 

 
 

Having trained as an Occupational Psychologist and working in-house for several years, Nigel founded his own Talent Management Consultancy business which he built up over 30 years, employing around 50 people, until he sold it to US firm PSI in June 2017. Although Nigel is now officially retired, he still acts as an advisor to PSI from time to time.

 

Nigel is also an International Master and an International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster.


Rajko Vujatovic works as a model risk consultant.

 

 
 
   

He won the 2014 Pro-Biz trophy thanks to grandmasterly rescue operations from teammate Anish Giri, and again in 2017 partnering grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi. While Rajko does not play much chess these days, he enjoys solving chess puzzles on his commute to work.

 

He won the 2014 Pro-Biz trophy thanks to grandmasterly rescue operations from teammate Anish Giri, and again in 2017 partnering grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi. Rajko does not play much chess these days, but enjoys solving chess puzzles on his commute to work.

 

Justin Baptie is Managing Director of Insight Strategic Associates, a firm of accountants dealing with the SME and HNW market. He is also MD of Savills Catering, a specialist contract catering company for schools and care homes.

 

 
 

Justin is also Co-Owner of Quick Insulation, an online-based business designed to provide a quick and easy way to order insulation products and accessories. He likes to invest in SEIS companies where his experience can hopefully help the founders.

 

He occasionally tries (and fails) to recapture the golfing abilities of his youth and hopes he can remember how to move the pieces when playing chess. Married with two beautiful daughters.


Terry Chapman is a successful entrepreneur and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Terence Chapman Group PLC, which floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1999.

 

 

Since his retirement in 2002, Terry has been a keen amateur chess player, achieving the FIDE Master title and reaching his highest rating so far (2331) in 2013.


Gilles Betthaeuserr is President of global real estate company Colliers International for France, Belgium, Spain, Morocco and Switzerland.

 

 
 

The founder of AOS in 1997 (acquired by First Service – parent company of Colliers International, in October 2014), Gilles’ entrepreneurial spirit and foresight fuelled his ability to take a small independent Parisian company, specializing in space planning and grow it into a global organisation, that today provides high-level occupier-focused real estate services.

 

As a keen amateur chess player, Gilles is a strong advocate of adapting risk management and decision-making strategies in chess to business – and likes to quote Savielly Tarkower’s maxim: “He who takes risks may lose, but he who never takes risks always loses.” Together with the Vivendi Group, he is the co-organiser of the Grand Chess Tour Paris, and since 2009 he has financially supported Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s progress in his pursuit of the world title.


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