Gary Stewart is the Director of Telefónica Open Future_ UK, which includes Wayra UK. Telefónica Open Future_ has committed more than $412 million to open innovation, has invested in more than 550 start-ups and is present in 18 countries, primarily in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Wayra UK has accelerated more than 125 British and Irish start-ups that have raised more than $100 million in third-party funding and have secured 71 trials with Telefónica, leading to contracts that have generated $7.1 million in revenue for the start-ups.
Prior to joining Wayra, Gary was an associate professor at IE Business School, where he also ran the Venture Lab (the business school’s accelerator) and helped refocus the school’s entrepreneurship curriculum. Gary also co-founded nuroa.com, a Barcelona-based start-up that was sold earlier this year, after working as a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions and IPOs at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett in London and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Spain. Gary graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and was the executive editor of The Yale Journal at Yale Law School.