Thursday 4 March 2021

Spring Interdisciplinary Research Lecture: My Journey as a Virologist from India to Scotland and Translation to Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation World: An Economic Development Leadership

  • Speaker: Dr. Poonam Malik, Startup Growth-Exec and Mentor| Board-Advisor Consultant| Non-Exec Director| Board Member| Social Entrepreneur| Investor and Speaker
  • Location: Online (email for guest link) 5.00pm – 6.00pm (GMT)

During the talk, Poonam will discuss her career journey, where her passion for Virology/Biomedical science comes from and the challenges faced along the way. Leading into the discussion of how COVID-19 has put the importance of collaboration and interdisciplinary nature of science and triple helix (Academia, Businesses and Government) on Centre stage to solve key societal challenges. 

Dr Malik's biography

I am an entrepreneurial business strategy leader and research management academic professional with extensive experience of working in innovation, enterprise, governance, healthcare, industry and academic business sectors globally. With a STEM background, I bring expertise in growth of life sciences, health, digital and Technology sector businesses and am an investor in Innovation. I have an interest in entrepreneurship, skills and economic development with leadership roles across public, private, higher education and social enterprise sectors. I have held Academic Faculty positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cumbria/Lancaster. I have been responsible for Global Health Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement for National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit (RESPIRE) at the University of Edinburgh.

I am an active member of Investing Women Angels Scotland, Scotland's only all Women Angel Investor Community- supporting female entrepreneurs and company founders with investment, mentoring, Coaching advisory and training. A start-ups and growth entrepreneurship expert, supporting innovative Startup Company Founders and businesses – I meet with  more than 150 data, digital, life sciences, health and Tech companies annually – applying my expertise to grow founders and drive entrepreneurship with Start-Ups innovation for growth. 

For delivering global impact, I was also chosen in February 2020, among the top #100Alumni from over 17,000 Alumni in University of Edinburgh’s Business School’s 100-year operating history (1919-2019).  I have collaborated, travelled, spoken globally and worked with over 12 International Organisations in multiple Asian Partner countries including India, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Pakistan among others. I was awarded the Title of Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, am an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and have held personal Research Fellowship from the Royal Society UK. I hold an MBA in Strategy and Leadership (with Distinction) from University of Edinburgh Business School and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences/Virology from University of Glasgow, UK. 

I was born in India and completed a Postgraduate Master’s (MSc) degree in Biotechnology from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute and an undergraduate BSc degree in Chemistry and Zoology, prior to moving to the UK with a Commonwealth Fellowship Commission’s Scholarship for PhD. My Doctorate research studies were on 'cancer causing viruses' conducted at the Institute of Virology, University of Glasgow. I have lived in the UK since the late nineties and Scotland is my family home now with two kids for over 21 years, with international collaborators and global partnerships in Asia and USA.