Derek Browne is the Chief Executive of Entrepreneurs in Action (EiA), founded in 2003. EiA has worked with thousands of young people introducing them to the world of business through a range of innovative and engaging programmes. He is a social entrepreneur committed to inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurial talent across the UK drawn from diverse and challenging backgrounds. He believes that with the right mindset anything is possible in your life, be it personal or business.
In 2006 he was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and was a finalist of the 2006 Daily Telegraph Business Personality of the year awards. In 2007 he worked as a business mentor to the 4 Fifteen graduates for Jamie Oliver’s TV programme C4’s Jamie’s Chef. He has appeared on TV with CNN and BBC News. He has also been interviewed by FT, Telegraph, Independent on Sunday and The Economist.
He is an ambassador for The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and delivered the closing speech to the 2007 recipients. He also features in the promotional video and image was used for the marketing of the award.
In April 2008 he was appointed as a Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at London Metropolitan University Business School. He also sits on the advisory board for the Business School. In July 2008 he was invited to join the London Task Force for Apprenticeships by David Lammy, Secretary of State for Skills.
He has a background in investment banking working for The Securities and Investment Board (Now FSA), Barings Investment Bank as a trader and Foreign Exchange Dealer, and Merrill Lynch as a senior Private Banker in which capacity he advised many of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs on their financial affairs.
Derek is also a keen athlete and during his time at Barings he combined his day job with his passion for athletics, and competed internationally as a triple jumper in the UK and Europe.
He sits on the national judging panel for HSBC SKY NEWS Start-Up Stars and National Training Awards.