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Ian Whalley

Research Associate

Ian Whalley qualified as a chartered accountant and spent most of his subsequent career in the financing of projects, ranging from very small technology start-ups to major infrastructure in the UK and overseas. After experience in Africa and Europe, he worked at the merchant bank Morgan Grenfell in London and New York on loans, leasing and venture capital, specialising in due course in export credit and overseas project finance. He then worked in risk capital and the licensing of intellectual property for a research development organisation, and latterly in the financing and provision of public services.

From 2001 to 2004 he studied international financial systems and corporate governance at Birkbeck, which led to a Master of Research degree. His main interest lay in seeking a solution to the problems faced by many enterprises, including small and medium-size firms, major companies, providers of public services and diverse enterprises like mutual and non-profit organisations, when they require risk capital but do not wish to borrow excessively or undergo any change in their ownership and control: in essence, how such enterprises could hire risk capital, rather than be hired by it.

This research, coupled with his practical experience of raising capital for a very wide range of projects, provided the basis of his subsequent book, Creating Risk Capital: A Royalty Fund Solution to the Ownership and Financing of Enterprise. Since publication, Ian continues to promote the adoption of royalty funding to provide solutions and help more enterprises to prosper and enrich society.

London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics

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