Ms Patel is Head of Direct Private Investments at the Wellcome Trust and looks after its Direct Private portfolio valued at over $1B. Direct Private Investments back a range of companies from technology, ecommerce and healthcare businesses to energy and financial services firms. Ms Patel joined The Wellcome Trust in 2006 and has worked across multiple asset classes. Prior to joining The Wellcome Trust she worked at Lazard, an advisory investment bank, in their London corporate finance practice. She currently serves on the Investment Committees of Pembroke College, Oxford and the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. Ms Patel is a CFA Charterholder and read Economics & Management at the University of Oxford.