Colby Benari is an experience facilitator and public speaker. She draws on her years of experience in academia an aligned organisations to develop engaging and innovative masterclasses that build researchers’ careers.
Colby is Head of the Academic Careers Office at University College London with responsibility for delivering targeted support for UCL’s 11,000 early career scientists. Colby has over ten years of experience supporting biomedical researchers to find mentors, win funding and develop their careers in academia and industry. Colby has previously developed research funding schemes and mentoring programmes for Cancer Research UK and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.
In addition to her experience in academia, Colby has run a fintech business since 2011. Solvency II Wire Ltd is a news and analysis website and database tool that serves the EU insurance industry. This profitable bootstrapped company supports a small staff and is a leading voice in EU insurance regulation.
Colby is also dedicated to the charity sector and is a Trustee for the Obesity Empowerment Network UK and the McPin Foundation, which aims to give people with lived experience of mental health issues an active role in medical research.