Priya was a UK diplomat for 20 years with her most recent post being British Consul General to San Francisco, where she was Britain’s first female appointee before being appointed as Ecosystem General Manager at RocketSpace UK. As Consul General, among many other things, she was responsible for hosting numerous British delegations of start-ups, corporates, investors and government officials to the Bay Area and interacting with their counterparts in the U.S. She has an exceptional global network and passion for the UK tech community.

Priya studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and joined the Foreign Office in 1996. Prior to San Francisco, she spent four years at the British High Commission in India, where she was First Secretary for Political and Bilateral Affairs (2007–11), leading on Indian politics and the UK-India bilateral relationship.