The People


Kalyan Sarma

VP Commercialisation – Climate, Environment and Sustainability

At Ploughshare, I lead the commercialisation of inventions and innovation from Dstl, the wider MOD network and the UK government in the field of Climate, Environment and Sustainability. I have also recently joined a management consultancy company as a Non-executive Advisor, and am an Advisory Board member for a technology incubator organisation where I advocate for the development of sustainable technologies across a wide range of sectors. 

I am passionate about travel and learning about different cultures, and this has played an important role in my career. Following my PhD in nanotechnology from the University of Cambridge, I worked across the UK, Europe, the USA, Israel, Singapore, China, and in Southeast Asia. I have also completed a senior executive programme in Strategy and Innovation from MIT and IMD, and I am a fellow at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).  

Prior to joining Ploughshare, I headed the delivery of the CTO’s corporate venturing implementation strategy of a FTSE 100 chemical company. I developed open innovation assets, ecosystems and capabilities in various geographies to identify external projects, and built technology portfolios to support the development of future products and markets. I have also worked for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as a Global Innovation lead. In this role, I was responsible for providing expert advice on European funding in Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, and represented the UK at the Programme Committee and High-Level Advisory Group of the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate of Research and Innovation. I have had the opportunity to work on many strategic projects with various European government agencies, industries and research organisations.  

Outside of work, I love to read books on a wide variety of topics – from innovation and technology to philosophy and religion! When I’m not reading, you’ll often find me eating out and trying different restaurants.