Ajay is a tech entrepreneur, writer and theatre director. His first children’s novel ‘Ayesha and the Firefish’ was published by Puffin in 2016 and his new crime novel ‘The Waiter’ will be released in May 2021 by Harvill Secker.
He is the Artistic Director of the Rented Space Theatre Company that he formed in 1987 and has directed over a dozen plays in London including ‘The Merchant of Vembley’ at the Cockpit Theatre and ‘Cymbeline’ at the Etcetera.
On the business front, Ajay has been the founder or CEO of several startups, including Shazam (sold to Apple), Seatwave (sold to Ticketmaster) and LineOne (sold to Tiscali). He has served on the boards of Lionhead, Department of Culture Media and Sport, Arts Council London and Historic Royal Palaces amongst others.
He is currently a Managing Director and Partner at BCG Digital Ventures and Chair of Cambridge Enterprise, Cambridge University’s spinout arm. He also serves on the council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), is a Trustee of the renowned Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company and is a board member of Enacte – a San Francisco based South Asian Theatre Company.
He was selected to be part of the Asian Power 100 – the 100 most influential and powerful Asians in the UK and was selected as one of 2016’s Sunday Times top 100 BAME business leaders in the UK.
Ajay is married with three children and lives in North London.