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Chris van der Kuyl

Chief executive officer, brightsolid 

Chris van der Kuyl is a highly experienced Chief Executive and Non-Executive Director ("NXD") whose expertise combines the start-up, development and market listed business arena in the technology, media and entertainment sectors.

His experience has equipped him in delivering successful and substantial fundraising exercises in the Private Equity, Corporate Venturing and now Listed Markets. Moreover as a business builder he has an exceptional ability in developing committed employees whilst keeping an ever- watchful eye on the bottom line.

Chris is currently Chief Executive Officer of brightsolid Limited, the owners of Friends Reunited and also one of the world's largest Internet family history companies.  He is also Chairman of the Tayforth group which has interests in Video Games development, Technology and Intellectual Property and Chairman of 4J Studios, a next generation video game development studio.

Chris is widely recognised as one of the UK's the leading entrepreneurs. He is also a regular contributor to the 21st Century business and enterprise agenda through a variety of conference keynote speaking engagements and media coverage. Chris is a member of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow Programme at the World Economic Forum.

The young entrepreneur also embraces the spirit of ‘giving something back' and is fully committed to building the next generation of business people by encouraging enterprise education in Schools, Colleges and Universities.  He is a member of the Smith Group advising the Scottish Executive on educational matters.  As one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Chris sat as a member of the Scottish Scientific Advisory committee for eight years.  Chris also Chairs the advisory board at Napier University and is a Director of Dundee Science Centre.

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