David Cameron's senior technology advisor Rohan Silva, who has been greatly responsible for the Tech City initiative, has stepped down from his post in order to work with European venture capital firm Index Ventures.
Downing Street could not be reached for comment, but it is thought that Silva will be leaving his role in June to work in the education technology industry. It is in this work, Silva will be closely aligned to Index Ventures, and will be joining the firm as an entrepreneur in residence.
"Rohan has been an incredibly entrepreneurial force within government, we can't wait to work with him as he applies his considerable talents to the education space," said an Index Ventures spokesperson.
Rohan, still in his early thirties, has actively led the development of Tech City, and whenever government ministers attended meetings in the area, he was always present.
He is said to have been responsible for policies that have improved the environment for UK start-ups, including the EIS tax changes announced in 2011, the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneur Visa.
Silva also previously spent four years as an economic advisor for George Osborne, as well as a a two year stint as a policy analyst for the Treasury.
Silva is thought to be directly responsible for the appointment of Joanna Shields, previous Facebook European director, to the role of chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation.
Shields commented on Silva's departure.
"When you have a passion for entrepreneurship like Rohan and spend as much time working with start-ups as he has in building Tech City, moving from championing those businesses to creating one is a natural next step," said Shields.
"We will continue to work closely with Rohan until his departure in June and we wish him a world of success."
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