Debu Purkayastha - External Non-Executive Director
Debu Purkayastha is the Managing Partner at 3rd Eye, a Venture Capital and Private Equity firm investing globally in the technology, media and telecoms sectors.
Mr Purkayastha was formerly the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Octopus Investments, a global investment firm focusing on early stage technology venture capital investments.
Previously, he spent six years with Google, spearheading their global mergers & acquisitions, and investment efforts, which included several landmark acquisitions in the US and Europe. Prior to Google, he headed Sabre’s Corporate Development team and was an M&A banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley and London.
Mr Purkayastha is a founding member of Google ‘Campus’, a co-working space for start-ups in London – an initiative that led to the formation of the ‘Google for Entrepreneurs’ program.
Sitting on the boards of MercyCorps (global NGO) and Tadaweb (Cyber), he also sits on the advisory boards of London Business School, Sadara Ventures and Tech London Advocates. Previous board directorships or advisory boards include Veon, DataFlow, Fon, Mobile Planet, Reevoo and HTL/Scandic Hotels, amongst others. Additionally, Debu is a Senior Advisor to EQT (global PE firm).
Mr Purkayastha spends much of his personal time working with leading NGOs and governmental institutions in several politically-sensitive conflict zones including Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Kashmir, focusing on economic development initiatives aimed primarily at helping fund and build small businesses.
Mr Purkayastha has a MBA from London Business School and is a Chartered Accountant.