Debu Purkayastha

Managing Director, 3rd Eye
Board Member
University of Cambridge and NHS Foundation Trust
Debu is also Industrial Advisor to EQT (global private equity fund, AUM $30B+) advising on late stage, big-ticket TMT private equity investments. Debu used to be Entrepreneur-inResidence at Octopus Investments (global investment firm, AUM $8B+) doing early-stage technology venture capital investments.

Debu has significant Investment/M&A and operating experience – in US, Europe, Asia & Africa. Debu spent almost 6 years at Google, spearheading its M&A and Investment efforts including landmark acquisitions & investments globally. Debu also spearheaded Google’s New Business Development team & was instrumental in launching several of Google’s iconic products globally spanning multiple key strategic focus areas. Debu is a founding member of Google “Campus”, the pre-eminent co-working space for startups in London’s Tech City, which led to the “Google for Entrepreneurs” program.

Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre’s Corporate Development/M&A team (sold in a $5B transaction) & in a past life was a Technology/Media/Telecoms M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley & London.
Debu sits on the Boards of University Hospitals Birmingham (the largest hospital group in the UK), Cambridge University/Cambridge Enterprise, MercyCorps (global NGO) & Tadaweb (Cyber) – in addition to the Advisory Boards of Unilever, Sadara Ventures & Global Tech Advocates/Tech London Advocates plus the Technology Pioneers Selection Committee at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Curriculum Committee at London Business School.

Debu has a MBA from London Business School & is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Debu spends a fair bit of his personal time working with leading NGOs & governmental institutions in several politically sensitive and conflict zones focusing on economic development initiatives (primarily helping fund & build small businesses). A certified cricket nut & film fanatic, Debu is also passionate about white-water rafting & hiking.
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