About Innovation DB


Stewart Carmichael, Chairman

Stewart has been involved with Innovation DB for several years and was one of our investors before becoming our Chairman.

Stewart was most recently the Chief Technology Officer at Schroders from 2015 to 2021, which involved driving the Schroders Global Technology strategy, Group Change practice, their Digital agenda, Information Security, and Data architecture.

Previously, Stewart was Chief Technology Officer at JPMorgan Asia Pacific, which involved managing the technology strategy in the Asia Pacific region and developing their IT presence in India, where he oversaw 2000 engineers.

In his earlier career, he was Chief Technology Officer (APAC) at Merrill Lynch, CAO MLGS at Merrill Lynch from , which involved building a global service centre in Singapore to supply IT, Operations, Finance, and HR services to the rest of Merrill Lynch. He had already worked as Chief Technology Officer (International) at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and prior to this he was instrumental in developing ML’s IT operations in India in the late ‘90s, in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chenai.

Stewart holds an Honorary Doctorate in Science from University of Hertfordshire and a BSc in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Hertfordshire.


Gerald Law, Chief Executive

Gerald Law

Dr Gerald Law, Chief Executive, studied at London Business School, following a PhD (D.Phil) from Oxford University, where he also held a research post and where he still sits on his old faculty’s external advisory board. Gerald has worked in banking for a Paribas subsidiary, management consulting with a global US strategy house, and has been involved in several start-up businesses, including successfully raising funds, acquiring assets and exiting via trade sale.

Gerald was also invited to help the STFC commercialise its science and founded the UK Innovation Forum in 2009, launching in 2010, which grew and developed and finally was renamed as Innovation DB, following the international expansion of the company’s activities.

Gerald is a recognised speaker in a variety of emerging technology, academic-industrial liaison conferences across Europe, including BioFIT, the Advanced Engineering Show, Pharma Integrates, Lab Innovations, GSTIC and others. He also sits on the investment committee of a London-based Venture Capital fund.


Kajsa Law, CTO

Kajsa Law

Dr Kajsa Law has a Master’s in Physics from KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and a PhD in statistical physics from Imperial College London. She spent 12 years at Morgan Stanley, finishing as VP in their Global Core Data team. At Morgan Stanley she provided business analysis and solutions for architecture flow and control visualisation and the representation of control meta-data for the bank worldwide, before joining Innovation DB as its CTO.

Kajsa has designed the existing Innovation DB database and managed the team of developers, as well developing aspects directly herself. With her extensive and senior experience at Morgan Stanley, she brings best in class processes, as well as personal skills in coding and data management, to the company.


Paul Liptrot, Commercial Director

Paul Liptrot

Paul Liptrot has an Degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Hull, with masters studies also at the Babson Business School in Harvard and the Thunderbird International Leadership School in Arizona. He started his career in the technology industry over 30 years ago with ICL/Fujitsu before moving on to spend 20 years with EDS and HP and more recently IBM, holding roles in the United States, across Europe and the Middle East.

A passionate advocate of Open Innovation, Paul’s focus has been on developing and negotiating innovative and complex commercial agreements, helping organisations to harness technology, improve performance and create shareholder value. An early investor in Innovation DB, Paul helps shape our commercial relationships with partners and offerings to our customers.


Rob Quirke, CFO

Rob Quirke

Rob grew up in South Africa, training as an accountant with KPMG, following a degree in commerce from Witwatersrand. Following a number of roles in major capital markets firms, he moved into venture capital. He has served as FD at three funds over the last twelve years, investing internationally in a range of sectors, including AI and cyber security and more recently clean tech and impact, as well as acting as FD of several of the companies in which they had invested.

Rob brings significant experience of early-stage, high growth companies to the board and is responsible for keeping our finances in good order.


Kiran Rana Khunti, CEO India

Kiran Rana Khunti

Entrepreneur and Innovation thought leader Kiran heads Innovation DB in India. Born in Gujarat in India, he came to the UK as a child. In an impressive careeer, he has amassed over 25 years’ experience in business growth and development, from start ups to FMCG companies.

In conjunction with the Indian Government, his goal is to create programmes that will help participating companies across all sectors with research and development needs, by combining IDB's database and platform with forums and community inclusion, fully supported by Dr Gerald Law (CEO) and IDB's international team.

With his team, Kiran also hopes to involve both SMEs and Universities and Research Institutes in India to play a larger role in the global innovation ecosystem.


Chris Shipley, Company Secretary

Chris Shipley

Chris is a seasoned solicitor specialising in corporate and commercial law, transacting more than 300 trade sales and take overs during his career. For 12 years he was the Senior Partner running a major regional legal practice, with customers for whom he acted across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. As our Company Secretary, his focus is on corporate administration and settling contracts for the Company, and all other legal matters affecting the business. He lived in the USA in the early part of his career and added an MBA from Boston University to his law degree from the UK.