The appointment sheds light on SEI's determination to encourage and incubate new ideas and businesses.
SEI, the technology and investment solutions group with offices in Asia and Europe as well as the US, has appointed former Refinitiv figure Sneha Shah as head of new business ventures – a newly-created role. She reports to the group’s CEO, Ryan Hicke.
Shah’s role is to lead new business and platform identification and incubation, engage clients, accelerators, and the entrepreneurial community to invest in and accelerate new ideas and solutions, and cultivate innovation that drives top-line growth.
“Her knowledge of industry trends and emerging technologies, as well as her leadership and relationships within the startup, private equity, and venture capital communities, will add tremendous value as we execute our growth strategies,” Hicke said. “As a critical member of the executive team, Sneha will bring fresh perspectives that will challenge our thinking and push us forward. We're excited to welcome her to SEI."
Shah most recently served as managing director and group lead of the London Stock Exchange Group's (LSEG) Business Accelerator, where she created and scaled new businesses at the intersection of data, artificial intelligence, and technology. Prior to LSEG, her roles as MD, global head of risk managed services at Refinitiv and MD in Africa for Thomson Reuters included leveraging emerging technologies, innovation, and strategic partnerships to drive profitable growth.
In other roles, Shah serves as a board trustee for the African Leadership Foundation, the Education Development Center, and the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. She is also board chair for the Young Presidents Organization's New York Polaris Chapter. Shah spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in 2019 on the human impact of illicit financing and delivered a keynote on innovation to the UNDP Taskforce on digital financing. Shah holds a bachelor of arts in politics with international studies from the University of Warwick in the UK and completed the Harvard Business School's YPO Presidents' Program.