Professor Simon Baron-Cohen BY BRIAN HARRIS © 2008

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge.

He holds degrees in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry. He held lectureships in both of these departments in London before moving to Cambridge in 1994. He is also Director of CLASS (Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service), a clinic for adults with suspected AS. 

He has been awarded prizes from the American Psychological Association, the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA), and the British Psychological Society (BPS) for his research into autism. He has been President of the Psychology Section of the BA, Vice President of the International Society for Autism Research, and the National Autistic Society, and received the 2006 Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge from the BPS.

Henry Hoare

Having obtained a degree at Cambridge University, Henry went straight into C Hoare & Co, the 340 year old bank owned by his family. He served both as Chairman and Chief Executive, and still remains an active Partner.

Henry’s outside interests are largely rural, with a specific emphasis on forestry.  He also has many charitable interests.

  Robert Leeming

Robert Leeming (Chairman)

Robert is a Partner at Charterhouse Capital Partners, a Western European private equity firm currently investing a £4bn fund. He is on the Board of a number of portfolio companies and has been involved with a range of deals from environmental consulting to insurance. Robert previously graduated with distinction from an MBA at INSEAD.

Robert was an undergraduate at Cambridge University, where he studied Natural Science. He specialised in aspects of Psychology and his Director of Studies was Simon Baron Cohen. During that time, he specialised in development psychology which is where his understanding and interest in autism spectrum conditions was born. It was his ongoing relationship with Simon that lead to the creation of ART. 

Sylvie Nunn

Sylvie Nunn

Sylvie is a Partner in the Charity and Social Economy Team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP. She is a member of the Charity Law Association, the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners and is involved with the Charity Tax Group.

In her spare time, she plays the saxophone and the flute (badly) in a community jazz band, and enjoys travelling and walking up hills.

Sylvie has been interested in the development of the mind and how people interact and communicate for many years, and has been fascinated by what she has learnt, since becoming a trustee of ART, from the wide range of research being carried out by the ARC into autism spectrum conditions.   At university she was vice president of a small university-based charity which took people with severe learning difficulties on trips out and holidays to provide respite for them and for their families.

Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah

Sanjay is the Founder and CEO of Solo Capital Partners, a financial services firm headquartered in London. He previously worked in the banking sector for 14 years.

Born and bred in London, he has lived in Dubai since 2009 with his family. He is a keen marine aquarist and is focussed on raising funding for the Autism Research Trust.

He attended King College in London, studying Biomedical Science.


Andrew Swann

Andrew Swann

After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in genetics, Andrew joined Baring Brothers merchant bank in 1974 and was appointed to the board in 1988.  In 1998 he joined Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank where he became the board member responsible for creating and running the Corporate Banking operation.

Andrew left banking in 2007 to concentrate on advisory work and on voluntary activities becoming Treasurer of his local church and continuing his long term interest in working with and for young people through the Scout Association and as a governor of a local school.

Andrew has a continuing involvement with autism through his son, now in in his late twenties, who after many very difficult years was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome in his early teens. The work of Simon Baron-Cohen and his team in both the understanding of the genetic background to Autistic Spectrum Disorders and in early screening to detect their presence are both of great interest to Andrew and his family.

Robert Verwaaijen

Robert Verwaaijen

Robert is a venture capitalist, investing capital in high-potential technology startup companies. He previously worked as at Prime Ventures and as a consultant for the Monitor Group, a management consultant firm specialized in strategy consultation. Robert worked in Monitor’s New York and London offices advising blue-chip corporates in a broad range of industries.  Robert started his career as an Analyst at PA Consulting Group in New York and holds a BS degree in Business Management from Babson College, MA, USA.

Robert has a personal interest in autism spectrum research as his young son Rover has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS. Robert and his wife have been working tirelessly with many specialist to get the most out of Rover’s development. In the process of learning more about his son’s condition, he has become aware of the disparity between the high prevalence of autism and the relatively low levels of private funding for research. Robert is strongly committed to help propel autism research and understanding to the next level and give it the public awareness and private funding it deserves.


VR Ferose

VR Ferose is Senior Vice President and Head of Globalization Service for SAP AG. Based in Bangalore, he is responsible for adoption of SAP products to locations
outside of Germany and US through functional and language localization, legal changes and maintenance, developing products for local markets. Before heading Globalization Services,
he was the Managing Director of SAP Labs India.

VR Ferose is Senior Vice President and Head of Globalization Service for SAP AG. Before heading Globalization Services, he was the Managing Director of SAP Labs India. At 33, Ferose became one of the youngest Chief Executive of a Global Multi National Corporation (MNC) in India, a post he held for over 5 years. During his tenure, he transformed SAP Labs India into an innovation hub and in 2012, the company was recognized as one of the “Great place to work” in India.

Ferose is a Director on the Board of Specialist People Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation with the goal to create one million jobs globally for people with autism and similar challenges. He is the founder of “India Inclusion Summit “, a first of its kind event aiming to bring the topic of inclusion at the forefront in India. He is in the panel of “The Vision Group on Information Technology”, Government of Karnataka. He co-founded, the Global Shapers, Karnataka chapter with a vision to create leadership amongst the youth Ferose was honored as a ‘Young Global Leader’ in March 2012 by the World Economic Forum. In a study published by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart,

Ferose was selected one of the leaders in ‘Indian’s Top 40 under 40’ – 2014.


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