Dr Roger Barker is Policy Director at IoD UK and an honorary associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London. He has authored several books and articles on corporate governance and board effectiveness. Dr Barker is a regular speaker on corporate governance. A former investment banker, Roger spent almost 15 years in equity research and management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel in the UK and Switzerland. He has a doctorate from Oxford University and previously taught Politics at Merton College Oxford. Until January 2020, he served as a UK member of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.
Professor David R. Beatty C.M., O.B.E., F.ICD, CFA spent a decade managing one of North America’s largest food companies. Over his career he has served on 39 different boards of directors in Canada, America, Mexico, Australia and England and been chairman of 9 public companies. Currently, he serves on the board of Colliers International – traded in Toronto and New York. He also serves on the boards of privately held Canada Steamship Lines and City Financial (in London). He was the founding Managing Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (2003-2008), an organization that represents 50 institutional investors with ~C$1,300 billion of assets under management. David is a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where he teaches corporate strategy and corporate governance.
CEO of Fintech.IL the largest and most influential Fintech organization of the industry, after serving as the Founding Chairman of City TLV since its inception in 2013. From 2010 until 2011 he was Executive Director of Ben-Tovim Consultants Ltd., a boutique investment bank. He also serves as Chairman of the Israel-Malta Chamber of Commerce and a Founding Director of the Israel Smart Cities Institute (ISCI). Among previous positions: Minister for Economic Affairs, The Embassy of Israel, London, Assistant Director General, the Bank Leumi Group, Chief Economic Adviser to the Minister of Industry, Trade & Tourism, Israel’s Consul & Trade Commissioner to the USA, Directly-elect Mayor of Kfar Shmaryahu. Shmuel was the first Chairman of the International affairs Committee of the Israel Directors Union (IDU) and has served as non-executive director in leading Israeli corporations, including: Bezeq Ltd., Israel Chemicals Ltd., The Jerusalem Economic Corporation Ltd. and the Tel-Aviv Development Corporation Ltd. He was a board member of the Tel-Aviv Chamber of Commerce and of the Israel Export Institute. He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the Hebrew University.
Stephanie Bertels is the Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability and the VanDusen Professor of Sustainability at SFU's Beedie School of Business in Vancouver, Canada. She also founded and leads the Embedding Project (www.embeddingproject.org), a global public-benefit research project collaborating with leading global companies across a range of sectors to develop practical tools that help them embed sustainability into their decision-making. Stephanie regularly supports companies, executives, and boards helping them to deepen their understanding of sustainability and take credible action.
As President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rahul Bhardwaj leads an organization of nearly 15,000 members committed to improving national outcomes by growing the board leadership and governance capacities within Canadian businesses, agencies and not-for-profits. Mr. Bhardwaj currently serves on the boards of the Rideau Hall Foundation, supporting the office of the Governor General of Canada as it connects, inspires and honours Canadians, and the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Executive Committee of the Global Network of Director Institutes, as well as the Leader Council at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School. He was Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, the first multi-sport games to be held in Toronto, and was Co-chair of TO2015 IGNITE, a program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games. Other past board commitments include founding board member of Metrolinx and Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Chair of Community Foundations of Canada, Upper Canada College, George Brown College, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way of Toronto, among others. Prior to joining the ICD, Mr. Bhardwaj was a corporate lawyer at a leading Canadian law firm, and then later, President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation, where he focused on engaging philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. He was also Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid and, as part of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Fiscal review panel in 2008, Mr. Bhardwaj was involved in identifying efficiencies for the City of Toronto. In 2012, Mr. Bhardwaj’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been named one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city by Toronto Life magazine and was named to the Quadrangle Society at Massey College and The Ultimate List of Social CEOs on Twitter. His vision for Toronto and Canada has made him a sought-after presenter and speaker locally, nationally and internationally, particularly on issues relating to leadership and governance.
Carol Bolger is Chairperson of An Post, Ireland’s leading supplier of postal, e-commerce and financial services. She is a Chartered Director, an Assessor with the Institute of Director’s Board Evaluation service and a tutor on the Chartered Director Programme. She is a non-executive Director on the Board of BCMGlobal ASI Ltd and Chairman of Utexam Solutions Ltd, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas. She also Chairs the Audit Committee of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and is a Patron of Chapter Zero Ireland a community of non-executive directors who lead Irish boardroom discussions on the impacts of climate change. She has broad banking experience gained in Corporate and Business Banking in Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank where she held senior roles including Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategy & Planning. She is a highly experienced governance professional and previously sat on the Boards of the Institute of Banking, The Health & Safety Authority and the Coombe Women & Infants Maternity Hospital
Carol is a Certified Bank Director and holds qualifications in Finance and Strategy & Innovation. She is an also an Executive Coach accredited by the EMCC. A Fellow and a former Council Member of the Institute of Banking, she previously held the position of Vice President.
Michael Bray is Director – In-Country Engagement of the International Integrated Reporting Council, driving in-country integrated reporting adoption and assurance. Michael has been associated with the IIRC since its inception, most recently as a member of the IIRC Board of Directors (2017 to 2020). Prior to joining the IIRC management team, Michael was a Director of KPMG Australia’s Better Business Reporting Services (2016-2020), and an audit partner of KPMG Australia until 2016 (1989-2016). Michael led the global development of KPMG’s Performance Insight service to assist clients in improving their corporate reporting and corporate reporting management systems. Michael continues as Professor of Practice (Integrated Reporting) at Deakin University, Director – Industry Engagement & Thought Leadership within the Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre, and Project Executive for the Australian Business Reporting Leaders Forum. Michael was the Executive Partner of KPMG’s Global, Asia Pacific and Australian Energy & Natural Resources groups between 2001 and 2010, a Director of the Australian Energy Policy Institute, and an alternate member of the 2015 B20 Infrastructure & Investment Task Force.
Graeme Codrington is an expert on the future of work. He is a researcher, author, futurist, presenter and board advisor working across multiple industries and sectors. Graeme’s breadth of knowledge and expertise make him highly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving business world. He has a particular interest in disruptive forces changing how people live, work, interact and connect with each other. Speaking internationally to over 100,000 people in more than 20 different countries every year, his client list includes some of the world’s top companies, and CEOs invite him back time after time to share his latest insights and help them and their teams gain a clear understanding of how to successfully prepare for the future. Graeme is CEO of a global company of futurists and leadership experts, a lecturer at five top business schools, including the London Business School, Duke Corporate Education and the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He has five degrees, including a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), a Masters in Sociology, and other professional degrees in Accounting, Arts and Theology and Youth Work.
Caio Figueiredo C. de Oliveira, CFA, leads OECD Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance Division’s work on sustainability globally and regional activities in Latin America. Recent OECD reports include Anti-Corruption and Integrity in State-Owned Enterprises in Latin America, Private Enforcement of Shareholder Rights, Public Enforcement of Corporate Governance Related Rules in Latin America, and Review of the Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises in Brazil. Prior to joining the OECD, he held senior positions in the Brazilian securities regulator (CVM) and Ministry of Economy, and he taught Corporate Governance at FGV (Brazil). He received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Oxford (UK) and a Bachelor of Laws from Rio de Janeiro State University (Brazil). Caio speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Prof. Dr. Alexandre Di Miceli is an author, professional speaker, consultant, and researcher entirely devoted to corporate governance and business ethics since 2000. He is the founder of Virtuous Company, a top management consultancy firm, providing state-of-the-art knowledge on corporate governance, ethics, diversity, leadership, and purpose to its clients through advisory and executive education. He is also a full professor at Alvares Penteado School of Business in Sao Paulo. Dr. Alexandre is the author of “The Virtuous Barrel: How to Transform Corporate Scandals into Good Businesses” as well as of several best-selling management books in Brazil, including “The Resilient Company: Thriving in a Changing World”, “Corporate Governance in Brazil and in the World”, “Behavioral Business Ethics: Solutions for Management in the 21st Century”, and “Corporate Governance: The Essentials for Leaders”. He has been a short-term consultant with the IFC (International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group) since 2015 in projects and trainings related to ethics and corporate governance. He is a member of the committee that prepared the Brazilian Code of Best Corporate Governance Practices and professor of IBGC’s course for board members since 2005. He was also a professor at the University of Sao Paulo (2005-2016), independent consultant for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), and vice-president of the Brazilian Society of Finance. Dr. Alexandre holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in management from the University of São Paulo and has been a visiting professor at Cornell University and Université Catholique de Louvain. He has published more than 25 papers on peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 50 papers at international conferences. For his contributions to corporate governance and business ethics in Brazil, Dr. Alexandre is the recipient of several awards.
With two decades of experience in law, policy, and education, Danie advises on technology and communications policy and regulation, cybersecurity, privacy, access, and business and political transformation. He has researched diverse legal and public policy matters for legislatures, non-profit organizations, and as legal counsel for leading high-tech corporations. Danie has also advised leading private companies in litigation and M&A matters worth over $1 billion in revenue or potential liability. He founded and provided governance for an elementary school serving low-income students and led students to achieve 90% passage rate on state testing after one year and was awarded Teacher of the Year.
Professor Alan Duffy is the founding Director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute at the Melbourne-based Swinburne University of Technology, finding ways to use space to help companies and communities on Earth. From reducing space junk to launching experiments to the International Space Station, his team have also used Earth Observation imagery in partnership with EY to help multinational companies reduce their carbon emissions, increase worker safety, and lower costs, all as part of a broader vision to support companies in their climate change mitigation and adaptation journey. Alan is the co-founder and CEO of mDetect, a spin-off company from his astrophysics research to improve safety and infrastructure monitoring. As a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Board member of Questatcon (Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre), he uses his experience to brief executives and directors alike on the governance and technical challenges and opportunities of breakthrough technologies from space to AI.
HE Mohammed A. El-Kuwaiz is chairman of the board of the Capital Market Authority (CMA) of Saudi Arabia. Previously, he was the vice chairman of the board of the CMA. In addition, Mr. El-Kuwaiz was the co-founder and CEO of Derayah Financial Company. He has served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and has worked in investment banking and corporate finance at Samba Financial Group. Mr. El-Kuwaiz has served in various other roles in the finance and corporate industry. He earned a bachelor’s of administrative sciences with honors from King Saud University, majoring in law. Mr. El-Kuwaiz obtained an MBA from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, specializing in finance and entrepreneurship.
Hiranthi has over 19 years of experience in the Ernst Young Colombo office and her experience spans areas such as,
Audit, IFRS/SLFRS consultancy, forensics, automation, Data Privacy, and ESG. She was also seconded to the EY Miami, Florida USA office where she worked with the assurance teams on a number of diverse assignments. Hiranthi is a Partner at the Financial Accounting and Advisory Services Division, and she co leads the forensics services in the firm. Hiranthi is part of the INED (Independent Non-executive Directors) working committee at SLID (Sri Lanka Institute of Directors), where she is instrumental in putting together programmes for INEDs and have also played the role of speaker and moderator at such sessions. She is a speaker on Environment, Social and Governance (transformations, Data Privacy Laws, and accounting standards for both public and private organizations, and Board Audit Committees. She has been a panelist at an ASEAN EY webinar on the topic Driving Integrity Agenda. She maintains extensive experience in Financial statement closure process (which entails re-engineering the finance function to ensure a faster close. Hiranthi is involved in assessing Processes for RPA (Robotic Process Automation) effectiveness and managing the client expectations for Automation projects. She is a fellow member of the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Colombo.
Kate Jenkins is Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner and a member of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her purpose is to advance gender equality, consistent with the Sex Discrimination Act and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Kate is currently leading a number of projects including: action to implement the Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces Report (2020) recommendations; the Australian Human Rights Commission’s collaborative projects on cultural reform with both the Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police; as well as the Independent Review of Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces. She is also an Ambassador for the FIFA2023 Women’s World Cup. Prior to joining the Commission, Kate spent three years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, 20 years as lead equal opportunity partner with Herbert Smith Freehills and many years serving on the boards of Berry Street Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Carlton Football Club.
Abby is a professional director with over 12 years’ governance experience, including publicly listed and Crown companies. With qualifications in both law and accounting, Abby's career has covered both disciplines, focusing on corporate finance, treasury and commercial transactions. Abby is Chair of Z Energy, and currently serves on the boards of Sanford Limited and Freightways Limited. Abby’s previous governance roles include TVNZ, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Transpower New Zealand, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA).
Steve has 40 years of working experience in exploration, mining, government, investments, corporate and project finance, banking and strategic management; and has served on boards of several financial and mining companies. Steve retired from banking in early 2017, but still serves on governing bodies of various banking, ICT, tourism, environmental, community and governance organisations and on selected policy committees. Steve is the Chairperson of the Board of the Namibia Institute of Corporate Governance.
Shai Ganu is passionate about enhancing board effectiveness, combating climate change, ensuring cognitive diversity on boards, embedding ESG priorities, and driving meaningful behavioral change through incentives and human capital governance. He is the Global Leader for Executive Compensation & Board Advisory business at WTW. Based in Singapore, he has extensive experience working closely with some of the largest companies in the world on Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee, and Sustainability Committees issues. Shai serves on Boards and HR Committees of leading companies and not-for-profit organizations in the region. He is a Fellow and Governing Council member of the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), chairs its Partnerships Committee and is also a member of its ESG Committee. He is also a faculty member with universities and at director associations in the region, teaching courses for current and aspiring Board members. He is a member of the Global Governing Board of Climate Governance Initiative, as well as a founding member of Climate Governance Singapore and the ASEAN Climate Governance Network.
Peter Gleason has been the CEO of NACD since 2017. He has served in a variety of roles during his tenure at NACD, including President, CFO, COO, Managing Director, and VP of Research and Development. Gleason is a recognized expert on board leadership and corporate governance. He serves as a member of NACD’s national faculty, is regularly quoted in the media, and is a frequent presenter on the subjects of corporate governance, executive and director compensation, risk, strategic planning, and board/shareowner relations. Gleason has served as a commissioner on every NACD Blue Ribbon Commission report since joining NACD in 2000 and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
He currently serves on the NACD board, the advisory board of NuraHealth, Inc., and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), based in London. He is the immediate past chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI) and the former chair of the International Professional Practices Framework Oversight Council of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
He has served on a number of other non-profit boards.
Before joining NACD, Gleason was a management consultant with both Ernst & Young and Pritchett & Associates. He also served as vice president and director of US Research for Institutional Shareholder Services.
Gleason is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA, with concentrations in both Finance and Marketing, from Virginia Tech.
One of the forerunners of corporate governance in Brazil, Sandra Guerra has served as a board member and chairperson of boards of directors since 1995. Her experience includes acting on the boards of listed, closed, family-controlled and state-controlled companies as well as of non-profit organizations both in Brazil and abroad. With more than 26 years' experience in corporate governance, she was one of the founding members of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC), where for four years, from 2012 to 2016, she was the chair of the board. On two occasions, she was also a member of the board of directors of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). She was also board director of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), from 2017 to 2019. Ever since she completed her Master's degree in Business Administration at FEA-USP (2009), her research has been focused on the board of directors. Certified as a Board Member by the IBGC and as a Mediator by the CEDR-Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (United Kingdom). In 2017 she published the book “A Caixa-Preta da Governança. Conselhos de Administração Revelados por Quem Vive Dentro Deles”, published by Editora Best Business in Brazil and which is now in its 4th edition. The book – The Black Box of Governance. Boards of Directors Revealed by Those Who Inhabit Them - was updated and translated to English and published by Routledge in September 2021.
Mqondisi has extensive experience in the interconnected fields of Strategy, People, Marketing and Technology. Mqondisi brings a unique and thought-provoking perspective to the commercial challenges and the opportunities of the day and is described by CFO South Africa, as “SA’s most visionary storyteller.” He is passionate about exponential growth of the South African and other emerging market economies. He is a keynote speaker and a Knowledge Merchant at IC Knowledge Bureau which is intent on being a driver of exponentiality. Mqondisi is Founder and CEO of the customer success company, The OMG, a sought after corporate and conference keynote speaker and is one of only four knowledge merchants alongside Vusi Thembekwayo, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh and Nosipho Damasane at IC Knowledge Bureau. The OMG is a company that uses Uncommon Sense to assist customers to radically grow their businesses. IC Knowledge Bureau aims to provide the top 1% of thinking to inspire customers to exponential growth. Mqondisi has the aim of providing fit for purpose knowledge necessary to inspire the growth of the South African economy to 6 times its annual turnover in all industries in the next 20 years. He is skilled in the use of a number of highly valuable intangible tools, concepts and frameworks drawn from the humanities and social sciences that allows him to bring a fresh approach to strategy, technology and operational considerations. As the Executive Director at Greymatterz, a technology advisory for business, Mqondisi was a technology advisor to KPMG, South African Tourism, eBucks, Momentum, SITA and flySAA.com and Coca-Cola’s East and Central African Business Unit through subcontracting arrangements. This breadth of advisory and operational experience; depth in digital technology experience and work across various industries gives Mqondisi unique perspective and insight which are a feature of his presentations.
At South African Tourism, Mqondisi was responsible online marketing in 13 countries namely: USA, Brazil, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Nigeria, Kenya, India, China, Japan, Australia. Over the past years, Mqondisi has travelled to Brazil, Argentina, UK, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Botswana for work.
A Yorta Yorta man, Ian has extensive government and community sector experience, particularly at executive and governance levels. Ian has overseen major policy and strategic reforms for government and community organisations. He works with people from a vast array of backgrounds, managing complex and sensitive relationships to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Ian was CEO of a major Aboriginal community organisation from January to August 2018. He is now devoting himself to improving the representation of Aboriginal people on boards and other high level governance, through strategic action, advocacy and mentoring.
Michael Hilb is the founder of DBP Group, chairs the International Board Foundation and serves on various corporate and foundation boards. He is a titular professor at the University of Fribourg and teaches strategy, entrepreneurship and corporate governance at universities in Asia and Europe. Michael holds a PhD from the University of St. Gallen, was a visiting fellow at INSEAD and Harvard University and completed executive education programs at leading business schools.
Dr Victoria Hurth, Fellow, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Victoria works at the intersect of academia and hands-on business to help companies transition to be drivers of long-term wellbeing for all (sustainability). Victoria focuses on five core pillars of organizations: purpose, governance, marketing, leadership and culture. She has 25 years’ experience in marketing, management and sustainability, having previously worked for 3M and Accenture and as a full time Associate Professor of Sustainable Business and Marketing. From 2016-2021 Victoria co-led the process to create the first global ISO standard in Governance of Organizations (ISO37000) and currently co-leads the ISO working group (TC309/WG1) developing standards on Indicators of Effective Governance (ISO37006) and guidance for governing bodies in Selecting, Creating and Using Indicators (ISO37005). Victoria is an UNCTAD review panel member for ISAR Honors, was a member of the UNCTAD/UNEP Task Force developing a methodology for SDG indicator 12.6.1 and guidance on core SDG indicators for business and was on WBCSD’s working group on Governance. She is academic lead for Common Ground Research Network’s Climate Change theme, a Scientist’s Warning Foundation advisor and a Non-Executive Director of the organic standards company Soil Association Certification Ltd. She has published in journals including: Nature Climate Change, Energy Policy, The New Scientist and Sustainable Development.
Kulvech Janvatanavit is now a CEO at IOD (Thai Institute of Directors Association). He has led CAC (Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption) under the supervision of IOD. CAC is a private sector platform that addresses corruption issues in Thailand. He is currently a member of the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s Sustainability Award Committee. Before he was working at IOD, Kulvech was a director at The Financial Institutions Policy Committee (FIPC), one of the main committees in the Bank of Thailand. The FIPC is responsible for setting prudential policies, regulations, and supervisory practices to ensure the safety and stability of Thailand’s financial institutions. Kulvech was a partner at PwC, helping clients integrate sustainable development into their business operations. His team assisted several leading Asian multinational businesses in developing sustainability strategies to adapt to the ever-changing global business landscape.
Kulvech holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and International Business from Sasin GIBA, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University.
With over 30 years of business, marketing, and communications experience, Michael Jackson has been at the forefront of strategic business development and has pioneered many new global conferencing and presenting initiatives. Known for his keynote speaking and interactive conference style, Michael is referred to in the industry as ‘The Other Michael Jackson”, for obvious reasons! Born in Britain and educated in London, Michael’s reputation as an internationally sought-after presenter has been built on his conferencing involvement worldwide. Having personally previously worked for ‘big name’ clients like Richard Branson and Bill Gates, Michael fosters relationships with thought leaders in the way few people can and the way he presents, provokes, and interacts with audiences has gained him a formidable reputation with leading global businesses like Qatar Airways, Dell, Pfizer and Amazon, plus many others Today, Michael is internationally sought-after as a globally renowned specialist on the subject of change in a business context. Having honed an enviable reputation as one of the best business-to-business speakers and facilitators on the global professional circuit, Michael has addressed around 160 conferences and seminars a year since 1990. His audiences across the United Kingdom, Europe, the USA, Africa and the Middle East remain captivated regardless of their position as either factory workers or Heads of State. Michael is consistently rated by his clients, conference organisers and audiences alike as ‘simply outstanding for the way he creates and delivers powerful business messages’. These, interwoven with personalised individual company and industry business stories, always suit each particular audience precisely.
Craig Jones leads the INTERPOL Global Cybercrime Programme. The objectives are to reduce the global impact of cybercrime and protect communities for a safer world. Under this mandate, he focuses on operational delivery, cyberthreat response and capabilities development in support of 194 INTERPOL member countries.
Sir John Kay is an economist whose career has spanned the academic world, business and finance, and public affairs. He has held chairs at the London Business School, the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, where he began his academic career in 1970. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. John is a director of several public companies and a contributing editor of the Financial Times. He chaired the Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision-Making which reported to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in July 2012. He is the author of many books, including The Truth about Markets (2003), The Long and the Short of It (2009, new revised edition 2016) and Obliquity (2010). Other People’s Money was published by Profile Books and (in North America) by PublicAffairs in September 2015, was a book of the year for Bloomberg, The Economist and the Financial Times, winner of the Saltire Literary Prize for non-fiction, and was short-listed for the Orwell Prize for political writing. Radical Uncertainty, jointly written with Mervyn King, was published in March 2020. His latest book, Greed is Dead, co-authored with Paul Collier, was published in July 2020.
Jeremy Maggs is a media specialist with close on forty years’ experience in television, radio, and print. Until recently, he hosted television news channel eNCA’s weekday lunchtime news programme before stepping down in early-2021 to start his own media company Bold – a strategy and reputation management enterprise which is part of the independent Brave Group. Best known for his role as presenter of the international hit show Who Wants to be Millionaire, he also is the founder of maggsonmedia one of the longest running media and advertising shows in international television history. The show has moved with the times and is now online. Maggs also has extensive media management experience. He acted as editor-in-chief of eNCA for 12 months in 2019. Prior to that he was editor of Radio 702’s Eyewitness News for 8 years. He also writes for the authoritative Financial Mail on the advertising industry and edits the publication’s annual review AdFocus. Maggs has also worked for SAfm and Power 98.7 where his programme The Power Update won best current affairs programme at the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards. In the same year he was also inducted into the SA Radio Hall of Fame. He is the author of a bestselling book Win! Compelling Conversations with 20 Successful South Africans which is also a powerful corporate presentation. Maggs is an accomplished public speaker, popular and witty MC, and conference facilitator. Most recently he hosted a global conference on canned lion hunting for famed conservationist Lord Michael Ashcroft.He also runs a successful media training and coaching business with numerous blue-chip listed companies as clients. He has just completed his second book, My Final Answer. Published by Pan McMillan it is a memoir of his life and experience in the media.
Mervyn King has chaired and been a director of several companies listed on the JSE and is probably best known as the Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa. However, he also serves as President of the Advertising Standards Authority, First Vice-President of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa, a member of the Securities Regulation Panel, which oversees all mergers and acquisitions in the country, Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the United Cricket Board and of the Automobile Association, Strate, the settlement arm of trades in equities and other instruments in South Africa, and of Brait Societé Anonyme. He was the South African representative at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris for nine years and still acts as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes. He is associated in numerous ways with several other organisations including the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance, the World Bank and the United Nations, amongst others. King’s contribution goes well beyond his involvement in business. In 1981 King became chairman of Operation Hunger, whose mission was to feed as many children in rural areas as possible. He retained the position for eight years, after which he became Honorary Life President of the organisation. A committed South African, dedicated campaigner for justice and fairness, an accessible and selfless man, Mervyn King has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business and corporate governance issues in 39 countries, has written a book, The Corporate Citizen, and has received many awards.
Dan is Senior Managing Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, and leads Deloitte’s Global Boardroom Program. He leads a network of 60 countries that engages with boards of directors and audit committees. He serves on the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and serves as Chair of the OECD’s Business Advisory Committee for Corporate Governance.
Harry Korine teaches Corporate Governance at the London Business School and the Hochschule St. Gallen. As a professor and independent consultant, he engages with owners, board members, and executives to address questions of leadership and value generation. Areas of particular expertise include board structuring, succession planning, shareholder advice, strategy development, and partnership management. His governance experience covers family businesses, as well as listed companies, cooperatives, and not for profit organizations; strategy projects have focused on health care, consumer goods, information and communications technology, and general engineering. Harry Korine’s writing has been published widely and includes articles in the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, case studies on companies such as Bombardier, Fresenius, Renault, and Takeda, as well as a number of books on governance and strategy: “The Leap to Globalization” (Jossey-Bass, 2002) “Entrepreneurs and Democracy” (Cambridge University Press, 2008), “Strong Managers, Strong Owners” (Cambridge University Press, 2014), “Succession for Change in Family and Founder-led Businesses” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and, most recently, “Preventing Corporate Governance Failure” (Haupt, 2020).
Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos is Senior Vice President of Emerging Tech Insights at KnowBe4. She is a multi-disciplinary professional whose expertise lies at the intersection of strategy, security and emerging technologies. Dr. Kostopoulos brings a systems thinking approach to her work, examining technology opportunities and risks in the context of global macro trends, geopolitics, international economics, climatic factors and demographic change. She continues to work with U.S. Special Operations, speaks at NATO events and has worked with the United Nations and the IEEE Standards Body. In the realm of technology ethics she is an advisor for the Data Ethics Consortium for Security and for Ethical Intelligence Associates. Passionate about spreading awareness on emerging technologies, Dr. Kostopoulos makes art about technology and has a multilingual, reflective game on emerging technologies called Sapien 2.0, which explores the human and machine relationship.
Professor Lucy Kueng is an expert on strategy, leadership and digital transformation and consults companies worldwide on mastering digital transformation. She is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, Oxford University and an experienced Non-Executive Board Member. She is the author Hearts and Minds – Harnessing Leadership, Culture and Talent to really Go Digital and Going Digital – A Roadmap for Digital Transformation.
Lisiane Lemos considers herself to be an expert in the B2B business area, including planning and prospecting new business, market analysis, sales performance, customer satisfaction and retention. She has solid knowledge in different industries with a track record of managing more than one thousand clients distributed in the corporate and governmental segment to offer technological solutions. She also has leadership experience in volunteering, positions in which she has led more than 500 people in the last 6 years, focusing on organizational expansion and development of young leaders, especially minorities (black professionals and women). In 2017 she was recognized by Forbes Brazil magazine as one of the 91 young people under 30 that make the difference in Brazil as a result of her activities related to inclusion and diversity in the corporate environment. In the same year, she took this experience to the TEDx Floripa stage.
Prof. dr. Abigail Levrau is Knowledge & Research Officer and Member of the Executive Committee of GUBERNA. She joined GUBERNA in 1997. Abigail has built up expertise in the field of corporate governance over more than 20 years and has published several articles on this topic. In 2007, she obtained her PhD with a thesis on 'board effectiveness'. Relying on her academic background, she is currently responsible for overseeing the multiple research projects conducted by GUBERNA and is a key actor in board evaluation exercises. She is also instrumental in the development of the education portfolio and frequently acts as a lecturer on governance and boards in particular. Besides, she is a guest professor at Ghent University and Mathias Corvinus Collegium (Hungary). She also serves as an independent director. In addition, she is member of the Admission Committee of WoB and of the Editorial Board “Corporate Governance: The International journal of Business in Society”. More recently, she took up the position of leader of the Corporate Governance Dialogue, an initiative of ecoDa (link).
Abigail holds a degree in Applied Economics from Ghent University.
Karina serves on the boards of Eni S.p.A. and the CFA Institute, following a 25-year career in Sustainable Investment. Karina also co-founded and chairs the Governing Board of The Climate Governance Initiative, a project launched in collaboration with the World Economic Forum to enable Non-Executive Directors to place the climate transition at the heart of board strategy and decision-making.
Bruce MacLellan is a communications veteran and the founding CEO of Proof Strategies Inc. With over four decades in private consulting, Bruce has also worked in government as Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defence in Ottawa and Executive Assistant to the Minister of Culture in Ontario. Proof Strategies was named the #1 Workplace in Canada in 2010 by Great Place to Work® and has received more than 300 industry awards for exceptional client work. The firm has been carbon neutral since 2008. Bruce leads the CanTrust Index, an annual study of trust in Canada. The study’s results are shared publicly to advance knowledge and understanding on how to maintain and grow trust. In 2021, Bruce co-authored a Trust Toolkit for Boards of Directors, in collaboration with the Institute of Corporate Directors. Bruce is an active board volunteer, serving from 2017-19 as Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (the country’s largest conservation charity) and currently as Vice-Chair of the board of Canada’s National History Society (an organization active in education and which manages the Governor General’s History Awards).
Patrick was appointed Chair of the IoD on 22 March 2021. Patrick Macdonald has gained extensive international experience and expertise during his 35 years in business. He started his professional career at the Ministry of Defence before working for Unilever and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), based in Germany and the UK. Patrick then joined General Electric (GE) in the USA before returning to the UK and becoming CEO of John Menzies plc, a large quoted, family-backed logistics company. He has subsequently led a number of private equity-sponsored businesses, including waste management firm Reconomy. As well as being a Founding Partner of the School for CEOs, he is Chair of call answering service Moneypenny and facilities management business Arcus FM. He is a director of NatureSpace Partnership, an environmental consultancy, and an angel investor in a number of startup companies. Patrick holds a first class Honours degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD in France. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Manager, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also a Sainsbury Management Fellow. Patrick is Vice-Chair of the Scottish Advisory Committee of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE). He enjoys a number of pastimes, usually with his family, including watersports (rowing, sailing and canoeing), running, hillwalking and ‘extreme’ gardening – his description of horticulture in Edinburgh!
Executive with over 28 years of experience in the luxury market, she was CEO & CFO of the multinational Seven Eleven (8 years), Novartis Pharmacy (5 years), Tiffany & Co Joalheria (8 years), Pandora (9 years), responsible for expansion from 2 points of sale to 100 points of sale and with a sales channel (e commerce). She was also CEO of Lacoste Brasil for (2 years), with the main responsibility to expand the brand in inspiration. Currently CEO at RM Consulting DE&I, a company specialized in Lectures, Corporate Education in DE&I, ESG with a focus on S (Social and Sustainability), Expansion and Leadership. Rachel, also at this moment, starts to contribute with her experience integrating Boards of Directors in several segments such as Vale, Banco do Brasil, CVC Corp. and Soma Group. She won 5 awards such as GREAT PLACE TO WORK as a Work Leader, in 2020 she was awarded by EXAME as LEADER of the year.
Dedicating herself to volunteer work as the founder of Projeto CAPACITA – ME, former President of the Advisory Board of UNICEF Brazil and ambassador of the GURI project. She is also a columnist for RACE Magazine, O Globo and Vogue Negócios.
She gives lectures on various topics such as DE & I, ESG with a Focus on the S, Success Trajectory, Leadership, Female Empowerment and integrates a group of Women of Power.
Rachel holds a degree in Accounting Sciences, a postgraduate degree in Finance from USP (University of São Paulo), FGV (CEO – Chief Executive Officer) UVIC-C and Harvard Business School
Jose Manuel Arnaiz founded a computer dealer at the age of 21, that reached a prominent position in the Spanish market. Since 1990, he has been successively Southern Europe Director for AT&T, member of the Founders’ Team and executive for Jazztel (NASDAQ:JAZTF) and Marketing VP for Auna. He has founded more than 10 other tech companies in Spain, among them DigiMobil, mobile operator servicing over 3 million customers today with a turnover of nearly €300MM. He holds a Master’s degree in Telecom and Computers Engineering, a Certificate and Diploma for Professional Directors by the Spanish Instituto de Consejeros-Administradores (IC-A) , currently chairing its Digital Committee. He has also been a member of the British Institute of Directors IoD, the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the Asociación Española de Directivos (AED) and the Advisory Board of Intel Corp. Today, he is acting as founder, angel investor and advisor for several companies, and member of the board of a payments company in the UK, among others.
Author of books “Transformation occurs at night” and “El Mundo de Telos Chronopoulus”
• Consultant in strategy and corporate governance (Europe, Asia, the Americas) – 37 years
• Board member of private companies in Argentina and the UK, former board member of quoted companies in Argentina and Central Europe, former board member of SOEs in Argentina – a total of 34 years’ experience
• Part-time professor at IAE Business School, Argentina – a total of 27 years lecturing at MBA level
• Chartered Director and Fellow, IoD (UK) member of GNDI
• Founding member, Honorary Secretary to the Board, Academic Director, IGEP (Argentina) member of GNDI
• BSc in Operations Research and MSc in Industrial Engineering (Catholic University of Argentina), MBA (Harvard University), DBA (Universidad del CEMA, Argentina), PAD (IAE Business School)
Experienced Business, Product and Technology Executive with a proven track record for delivering billions of dollars of business growth and building high performance teams globally. Thought leader, business architect and product visionary on pragmatically integrating commerce platforms, algorithms and community at scale. Entrepreneur, consultant, line manager, general manager and country manager. Over two decades of experience building, managing and leading global cross functional teams across North America, Europe, China and Israel.
STRATEGY & INNOVATION:
o Deep domain experience in managing Two Sided Marketplaces, Platform Strategy and Community Management
o Experienced leveraging Big Data, Machine Learning/AI and Computer Vision algorithms
o Worldwide expert on Structured Data and standards for unique identification in Global Trade
o Guest speaker at industry forums and top tier universities (e.g. Stanford, Berkeley, NYU)
Prof. Dr. Eng. Ehud Menipaz is Chairman, National Association of Engineers, and Architects (AEAI), and Chairman of the Ira Foundation for Business, Technology and Society. Ehud Menipaz is the Chairman of the International and Advisory Boards of the Israel Directors’ Union (IDU). He is a former Senior Partner and Director of Ernst & Young International, where he has had Fortune’s 500 corporate and governments as clients. An expert on corporate governance and innovation, he is an Elected Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) and a former President of the Association of GEM National Countries. Ehud Menipaz is Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Business Administration, Ben Gurion University, Israel; Founding Director, Young Entrepreneurs Israel; Dean, School of Industrial Engineering & Management, Shenkar; Head, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Team Israel (a founding country of GEM); Founding Chairman, The National Engineering and Design Hackathon. Ehud served as a visiting professor at leading universities around the world. He is the recipient of the International Inspiration Day Award, 2022, a recipient of the National Lifetime Achievement Award on Behalf of both Academia and Industry, 2021; The WEF’s Leader of the Decade in Academia Award, 2018; The National Engineers and Architects Association Merit Award 2020; The Young Entrepreneurs Israel Special Recognition Award; The Special Recognition Award of Israel Directors’ Union (IDU) and the Friends of the Technion-IIT Award. His books are sold on e-Bay and Amazon, including International Business: Theory and Practice, London, U.K.: Sage Publications.
Bonang Mohale is the President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Professor of Practice in the Johannesburg Business School (JBS) College of Business and Economics and Chairman of The Bidvest Group Limited, SBV Services and ArcelorMittal! He is a member of the Community of Chairpersons (CoC) of the World Economic Forum and author of the best-selling books, “Lift As You Rise“ and “Behold The Turtle”! He is a highly respected South African businessman, who is known as much for his patriotism and his active role in seeking to advance the country’s interests. He is the past president of the BMF and Author of the best-selling books, ‘Lift As You Rise’ and ‘Behold The Turtle’, launched in November 2018 and November 2021 respectively - a compilation of some of his spoken and written words in which Mohale reveals the issues he is passionate about – among them ethical leadership, transformation, social justice, people development, constructive collaboration and integrity. Bonang was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) until 30 June 2019 - a forum which brings together the leadership of South Africa’s most successful and influential big business and multinational investors to exchange ideas, facilitate effective dialogue with government and other stakeholders and advocate for pro-business, economically sustainable policies and programmes. Prior to joining BLSA, Bonang ended a distinguished term as Vice President, Upstream and Chairman of Shell Oil Products Africa (SOPAF) on the 30 June 2017. Bonang, who originally studied to be a medical doctor, has had a distinguished career at the helm and in leadership roles of several major South African and multinational companies; including Otis Elevators, South African Airways (SAA), Sanlam Limited and Tsebo Outsourcing’s Drake & Scull Integrated Facilities Management. He currently serves on the Boards of Swiss Re Africa Limited and Rand Merchant Bank Limited (RMB). Bonang has an impressive track record of building successful companies, delivering results and making significant advances in transformation in the companies he has been privileged to lead. He is a change agent, defender of democracy, social justice activist and has been a vocal, courageous and active proponent of transformation since the 1980s, and played a leadership role in the Black Management Forum (BMF) for over 33 years, where he was the president.
Diana Mondino is CEO of Banco Roela and Board member of Bodegas Valentin Bianchi and Loma Negra (ticker symbol LOMA), a NYSE listed company. She has formerly been a Pampa Holdings (ticker symbol PAM) and Banco Supervielle (ticker symbol SUPV). She is also a Board member of the Food Bank of Buenos Aires and other NGOs. She is Dean for Institutional Relations in the MBA and Master of Finance of Universidad CEMA. Until 2005 she was Standard & Poor’s Managing Director for LatinAmerica, based in NY, with regional responsibilities over LatinAmerica. Diana is MBA from IESE, Spain and a Senior in Economics from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba.
Sir Geoff Mulgan is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy & Social Innovation at University College London (UCL). He has previously been CEO of Nesta and the Young Foundation, director of the UK Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. Past books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (OUP) and ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ (Princeton UP). His latest book ‘Another World is Possible: How to Reignite Social and Political Imagination’ is published by Hurst Publishers in June 2022. His Twitter handle is @geoffmulgan. His website is geoffmulgan.com
Danny established and commanded the SAPS National Computer Crime Investigation Unit and went on to launch Cyanre, the Digital Forensic Lab in 2002 with the aim of establishing the company as a recognised and respected role-player in the IT forensic field. Subsequently Danny also launched LexTrado EDS in 2012 and CyberCom Africa in 2016, through which the group specialises in digital forensic investigations, data fraud trend analysis, incident response, eDiscovery services and litigation support services. During 2021, Danny was appointed as an Associate Professor of Practice at NWU and holds a BCom Honours degree in Information Systems - Cyber Forensics (UCT-2013) (Cum Laude) and MCom – Forensic Accounting degree (NWU-2016) (Cum Laude). Danny was inter-alia trained in computer forensics, cybercrime and hacking investigations by the FBI and the French Police and have attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC) in the USA and obtained his qualification as a SCERS (Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist). He is also qualified as an EnCE (Encase Certified Examiner), CEDS(Certified eDiscovery Specialist) and CCBI (Certified Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Investigator).
Faroze Nadar is an experienced corporate sustainability practitioner having led projects that have been featured in national level and Fortune 500 companies’ sustainability documents. He provides advisory and insights for various private sector, government and UN agencies on SDGs and corporate sustainability matters. He was previously Global Head of Sustainability at Emery Oleochemicals, a major natural chemicals multinational company, of which he has guided to become the first ASEAN based organization to be invited to be part of the global SDG-Fund Private Sector Advisory Group. In his consulting capacity he has led projects to develop national-level SDG programs that catalyzes public-private-people partnerships to enable SDG related impact and formulated sustainability strategic frameworks for various private sector organizations. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei, a local network of the United Nations Global Compact, where he is developing various strategic programs and digital tools to accelerate private sector SDG performance. He is a business sector representative to Malaysia’s National SDG Steering Committee and has presented at various national and global sustainability forums. Academically he holds a masters in knowledge management and is an Adjunct Professor (Sustainability) at Taylor's University.
Parmi Natesan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA). She is a leading corporate governance specialist in the country who has authored numerous articles and papers, and spoken as various conferences and events. She has also attained the Chartered Director (SA) designation. She has served as an Executive Director on the Board of the IoDSA for 7 years. She also served on the board of PPS Holdings Trust and currently serves on Alviva Holdings as a non-executive director and St Peters College as a Council member. Parmi represents the IoDSA on a number of forums and committees, including the King Committee of South Africa, the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa, the Anti-intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum, the 30% Club (which advocates for gender diversity on boards) and the Global Network of Director Institutes. She has received numerous accolades over her career, including a Rising Star alumni award from the Nelson Mandela University and was named one of Destiny magazine’s top 40 African women under the age of 40. More recently, she was a finalist for Businesswoman of the Year 2021 in the Top Women Awards, and was awarded Global Woman Achiever at the 2022 World Women Leadership Congress. Parmi is a qualified Chartered Accountant, registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, with BCom (cum laude) and BCom (honours) degrees.
Alejandra Naughton has been Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Supervielle since September 2011. She holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a post graduate degree in Project Management from Universidad de Belgrano. She attended the CFO Executive Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has taken courses at the Bank of England in London, where she was awarded the Expert in Finance and Management Accounting and Expert in Corporate Governance degrees; at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she was conferred the Expert in Management and Operations degree and at the International Monetary Fund where she was awarded the Expert in Safeguards Assessment degree. From 1994 to 2007 she served on the Central Bank’s staff in several senior positions, including that of Deputy General Manager (2003 to 2007) and Argentine Representative to the Governance Network at the Basle based Bank for International Settlements (Switzerland). During the years 2007 and 2008 she worked as a Consultant to the International Monetary Fund. As of the date of this prospectus, she is also Chief Finance Officer at the Bank and she serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Espacio Cordial.
Juan Javier Negri is a founding member of the firm (1990). He specializes in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. As an avid art collector, he now devotes part of his time to art law. He has acted as Adjunct Professor of Commercial Law (1977-1992) and Professor of Law at the Graduate Course on Banking Law of the Argentine Catholic University (1987). He also was Associate Professor of Banking Institutions at the Graduate School of Economy and Business Administration, (1986-1993); Guest Lecturer on Foreign Trade and Exchange Control Laws at the Graduate Course on Legal Aspects of Financial Activities, Escuela de Abogacía de Buenos Aires (1990); Professor, Commercial Law Continuing Education, (Legal Aspects of Capital Markets Law) School of Law, University of Buenos Aires (1992). Professor, Corporate Conflicts, Austral University, since 1993. He also currently teaches Mergers and Acquisitions, at the Universidad di Tella Law School (Buenos Aires) and Universidad Siglo XXI (Córdoba) 2000. He was Lecturer on Latin American Law at the University of Illinois, (1979). He also taught Legal Aspects of International Financing at the Center of Comparative Studies, Buenos Aires, (1981); at the Bank of Boston Foundation’s School of Export Trade (1987-1990); at the Mar del Plata Stock Exchange (1988); at the Córdoba Seminar on Risk Investments (1988); Santa Cruz (Bolivia) Bar Association, 1989; Center for Macroeconomic Studies (CEMA), Buenos Aires. He is a Member of the Board of Advisors, Universidad Torcuato di Tella Law School. He was a Speaker on “Corporate Governance” as representative of the Instituto Argentino para el Gobierno de las Organizaciones, to discuss the White Paper on Corporate Governance, organized by the OECD in Cartagena, Colombia, May 2004. Javier was a contributor to “Product Liability: a Manual on Practice-Argentina,” Oceana Publications, New York, 1981; “Business Operations in Argentina,” Washington, D.C., 1988, and has authored “Restructuring of Public Banks: A Proposal for Change” (1990) which won him the Argentine Banks’ Association 1990 Award. He also received the “Argentine Legal Profession Award” granted by the Argentine Press Association and Argentine Federation of Bar Associations (1990). He is also author of various law review articles on corporate mergers, joint ventures, voting arrangements, exchange controls and other corporate matters, and was a former columnist of the Buenos Aires daily “La Prensa”. He has contributed with several editorial notes to “La Nación”, a leading Argentine newspaper. Javier is also a member of the International Bar Association (of which he was Deputy Secretary General for America-South, 1992-1998 and is member of several standing committees); the American Society of International Law; the Argentine Association of Comparative Law; the Institute of Legislative Studies (Member of the Board, Commercial Law Section, 1987-1988); the Associazione Giuristi di Lingua Italiana, Milano; the Argentine-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (Board Member, 1998-2000); PENT Foundation -Fundación para la integración de la Argentina en el mundo- (Member, Board of Directors, 2002-). He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fundación Sur since 2003; Treasurer Pro-tem of the Board of Trustees of Fundación Konex, since 2004, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of PlaNet Finance until 2013.
KP is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors. She is a qualified lawyer and a Distinguished Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, Co-deputy Chair of the Global Network of Directors Institutes (GNDI), Chair of the Brian Picot Ethical Leadership advisory board and was previously Chair of the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust.
With extensive governance and leadership experience, she is actively involved in community initiatives.
A strong advocate of diversity, KP was also a founding member of Global Women’s ‘Champions for Change’, a group of senior executives and directors who commit to diversity in the workplace, and a founding member of WiSPA, an organisation promoting women in sport, and mentors a number of business leaders.
Debora Plunkett is a cybersecurity leader with more than 30 years of experience. Culminating a career of U.S. federal service in 2016, she currently is Principal of Plunkett Associates LLC, a consulting business. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and Technology and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College Graduate School in the Cybersecurity program. She serves on several boards, to include as a Director on the Boards of JCPenney and CACI International and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. As a federal senior executive, Ms. Plunkett served first as the Deputy Director and thereafter for over four years as the Director of the National Security Agency’s Information Assurance Directorate. As the leader of NSA’s cyber defense, cryptography and information systems security missions, she directed thousands of personnel across NSA’s worldwide presence and managed a multi-million-dollar budget. Her efforts enabled continuous innovation and development of strong security solutions and policies for the protection of the classified communications of the United States government, serving the needs of a wide range of consumers from the White House to the war fighter. Ms. Plunkett also served as the first Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) for Equality where she led efforts to develop and deliver solutions to improve equality, inclusion and diversity for the highly technical NSA workforce. Her efforts resulted in the identification and implementation of new strategies to address systemic issues. In one year, her breakthrough leadership resulted not only in new NSA policies and processes, but also extended to the broader Intelligence Community (IC) where the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) mandated two of her initiatives for the entire IC. Ms. Plunkett has significant executive experience in working with industry and at the senior- most levels of the U.S. government. She served as Director on the National Security Council at the White House in the Administrations of Presidents William Clinton and George W. Bush where she contributed to the development of national cybersecurity policies and programs. Among her many awards are the ranks of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service by President George W. Bush in 2007 and Distinguished Executive by President Barack Obama in 2012. In 2015 Debora was recognized with the Intelligence Community Equal Opportunity and Diversity Exemplary Leadership Award from the Director of National Intelligence and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award from the NSA Director.
Mark Podlasly (Nlaka’pamux Nation, BC, Canada) provides strategic advice on Indigenous-corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. He has over 25 years of experience in the development of capital projects connected to energy, natural resources, and community infrastructure around the world.
He is the Director of Economic Policy at the First Nations Major Projects Coalition (Canada), a national 90+ nation collective that seeks ownership in energy and mining infrastructure, and he serves as a board member at Hydro One (Ontario). He is also the Chair of the First Nations Limited Partnership, a $500 million commercial partnership with the Kitimat LNG project, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Mark advises Indigenous groups such as the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations and others on economic and public policy issues. In addition, Mark informs Indigenous governments on the establishment and management of financial trusts to capture and invest revenue from resource extraction industries. He currently manages a ~$57 million fund shared by eight First Nations. Mark holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Experienced Legal Executive with a demonstrated history of working in Mergers & Acquisitions. Skilled in Negotiation, Risk Management, Board Practices, Stock Market Regulations and Corporate Governance. Strong educational background with a BA (Hons) Jurisprudence in Law from Balliol College, Oxford University and Executive Education Programmes at London Business School and INSEAD.
Caren is proud of her Cook Islands Māori heritage and brings this perspective to all her work. She is an accountant by background and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Caren set up her own consulting business that provides facilitation, planning and governance training to organisations. For the last 18 years Caren has also been contributing her expertise and perspective to a range of Boards as a Professional Director. She’s held positions on boards in the health, arts, education, community, investment and broadcasting sectors over the years. She was part of the inaugural Pacific Women’s Economic Development Advisory Board and a founding member of the Charities Registration Board. She's currently on the Boards of Te Papa, Radio New Zealand, the Cook Islands Investment Corporation and is Deputy Chair of Creative New Zealand. In 2018 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the Pacific community and to Governance.
Iman Rappetti is an award-winning journalist who has worked across print and radio, and is currently a senior news anchor. Iman counts among her career highlights, interviews and encounters with former South African President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, and queen of talk Oprah Winfrey. In May 2018 “Becoming Iman” An Adventure Through Rebellion, Religion And Reason was launched and has been received with critical acclaim. In a competitive industry that’s often marked by duplicity, Iman stands out for several reasons. Her raucous, infectious laugh is one. Her refusal to contort herself into boxes is another. She’s gained a reputation as a fearless journalist and broadcaster but she’s also a dedicated single mother who’s tackled issues of divorce, self-image and happiness in a very admirable way. In her own words, after spending “too much time” living up to other people’s ideas of her and succumbing to social pressure, she’s now resolved to be as true to herself as she can. “I do a happiness audit every day. I’m, like, ‘What am I feeling today? What’s making me upset?’ I ask myself whether it’s about a job, an attitude or a niggly thing I can fix. That’s how I navigate my life now,” she says. Opening herself up to these perspectives and pursuing “the real” feeds her evolution into an authentic brand. She’s confronted politicians on many occasions, forcefully asking things we’ve all been dying to know of Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, through a career that’s taken her from being a religious student in Iran, to the field and then the studio. She’s also lived through moments of pride in her work – and mortification about her hair! She still cringes remembering how she looked on camera in 2007 when she confronted former President Mbeki about then Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi’s arrest warrant. “My hair looked terrible! And on the days when I asked Zuma about the National Prosecuting Authority and the possibility of charges, it looked awful too,” she laughs. Being on TV every day makes it difficult for her not to become hypersensitive about her appearance, especially since viewers often email or tweet her with opinions of it. Whether these are compliments or criticism, they put a lot of pressure on Rappetti. “You have to be very careful how you put yourself together – and, trust me, I haven’t won every battle. There are days when I’ve wondered what on earth I was thinking!”.
Dr. Béatrice Richez-Baum is a Doctor in Law specialized in European Law. Additionally, she followed the training of the Paris Bar School. Having completed her PhD thesis on international Trade and European Law in 1999, Dr. Béatrice started her career as a legal expert for the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry after a few experiences in Brussels including the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe and the European Economic and Social Committee. At the creation of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa), Dr. Béatrice Richez-Baum was appointed as Secretary General and began her Director General mandate in September 2017. She has been able to raise ecoDa’s profile by advocating the interests of European board members, and by developing close working relationships with the EU institutions and European peer organisations. Béatrice was a board member of the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) and of the Club of Rome-EU. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Chapter Zero Brussels. She is also part of the GNL, a network of French representatives involved in advocacy and located in Brussels.
Tonia E. Ries is Executive Director of Intellectual Property at the Edelman Trust Institute, Edelman’s center for the study of trust. Her role includes stewardship of the Edelman Trust Barometer, the largest global survey and foremost authority on trust in institutions and brands. Now in its 21st year, the Trust Barometer surveys more than 34,000 people in 28 countries. Its cross-cultural insights are widely cited in media outlets such as The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Fortune, Forbes and others. The survey informs academic studies on trust and provides insights to thought-leaders and opinion-shapers around the world. Under Tonia’s leadership, the Trust Barometer has evolved from an annual global study to become an ongoing series of reports that examine trust across stakeholders, and examine the expectations for business and other societal leaders across issues such as employee activism, climate change and systemic racism. Tonia works with Edelman teams across practices, sectors and geographies to set the firm’s thought leadership agenda, and to create insights that help them to build trust.
Mr. Scriven is the Executive Chairman of Dragon Capital Group. Before founding the company in 1994, he worked in financial markets in London and Hong Kong. He serves as a director of various Vietnamese public companies and actively promotes financial market development and governance. A U.K. national fluent in Vietnamese, Mr. Scriven received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 2006 and was awarded the Labor Medal by the Vietnamese President in 2014. He graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Law and Sociology and studied at Hanoi University for two years.
Tania is committed to improving outcomes for Māori and supporting the Treaty of Waitangi relationship between Maori tribes and British Crown/New Zealand Government. She holds a number of private and public directorships including as Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Director of Tainui Group Holdings, Meridian Energy and Auckland International Airport.
Tania is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and is the Deputy Chair of Waitangi National Trust. She is also Chair of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge and a member of the Deep South National Science Challenge governance groups. Tania is a published author and a Distinguished Alumna of Waikato University. In many of her roles she has been the first Māori, or first Māori woman to have held these positions. She actively mentors other Māori into governance through her mentoring programme Te Marae o Hine. Tania is an active member of Global Women New Zealand and the Order of St Lazarus.
Ms Ida Tiongson is known as a Turn-around expert. She is the CEO-President of a multi-billion ING formed company, OPAL Portfolio Investments (SPV-AMC) Inc. She started as a traditional banker spanning over 22 years in senior management positions in National Australia Bank and Philippine National Bank, before heading OPAL SPV. She also sits as Chairperson and Independent Director of Prulife UK Ph, one of the largest Insurance companies in the Philippines and Independent Director of two other companies namely Seedin Technologies Inc, a Southeast Asia P2P fintech and a publicly listed technology company Xurpas Inc. Further she is part of Philippines Central Bank’s Open Finance Oversight Committee. Her expertise include Finance, Technology, Governance and Strategy Formulation. Presently a Board Trustee of several associations namely, Institute of Corporate Directors, and two of Philippines largest Fintech associations. She received many recognitions, among others:
* 2021 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in LINKEDIN
* 2021 and 2020 Phil Empowered Woman by Asia Luminaire
* 2020 and 2019 Phil Most Influential (Women Empowerment) by Asia Luminaire
* 2020 APEC Philippine representative in 2020 Fintech – Vietnam
* 2019 Phil representative in the ASEAN Women CEO topic: Digital and Fintech
* 2019 Asian Banker Speaker
Emma Torres enjoys a long experience in the United Nations, with responsibilities involving management, strategic programme development, and negotiations to promote sustainable development initiatives globally and regionally. She coordinated the strategic initiative A Biodiversity SuperPower, which makes the case for biodiversity’s importance to the development, equity, and long- term competitiveness of the Latin America and Caribbean region. As UNDP coordinator for the Commission on Development and Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean she produced the Our Own Agenda and Amazonia without Myths reports. Both remain a point of reference in the field. Emma holds an MA in Economics from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain; a Diploma in Language and French Civilization from Sorbonne, Paris; and certificates in Environmental Economics and Climate Change, IIED, at Harvard University.
Jane Valls joined the GCC Board Directors Institute (GCC BDI), based in Dubai, in January 2016 as Executive Director. She is also the Deputy Chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes. Jane has over 20 years of international experience in corporate governance and working with board of directors. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, and is an accredited trainer with the Ethics Institute, as well as being a Certified Ethics Officer. From 2010 to 2015, Jane was the CEO of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD), one of the leading Institutes in Africa. She was the first Chairperson of the African Corporate Governance Network from 2013-2015, a network which she helped to found, bringing together 17 Institutes of Directors from across the African continent. Before joining the MIOD, Jane has held senior positions and directorships in a wide range of business sectors with leading companies including British Airways, Air Mauritius, Sun International and The Rogers Group, amongst others, as well as running her own management and training consultancy. Jane holds a BA Hons in French and Italian from Birmingham University, UK. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Middlesex for services to business, women’s empowerment and social justice and she was decorated by the Republic of Mauritius as a Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) for services to corporate governance.
Asela Waidyalankara has been a prominent personality in the sphere of cyber-security in Sri Lanka, with over a decade of experience in progressive technology and digital strategy. Garnering extensive qualifications in both the legal and technical arenas, Asela is a pioneer trailblazer and avant-garde in the Information Security marketplace.
Dr Suzy Walton is a Chartered Director and has a portfolio of board roles, both UK and internationally. Currently she sits on the board of IoD UK and has recently completed a stint on the Regulatory Board for ACCA the global regulator for accountancy. Suzy has been on the boards of many regulators including the regulator of the UK university sector. Suzy is the former Deputy Chair of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Arts. She has extensive government experience and has been a Senior Civil Servant in the UK’s Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. Currently she advises the UK’s Secretary of State for Health on changes to contested services. She also has a PhD in Military Suicide. Earlier, Suzy was an actress, broadcaster and journalist. She played a leading role in the West End in the award-winning play “Children of a Lesser God” and she worked as a producer and presenter for BBC Television. Suzy is also a Vice-President of Combat Stress, an organisation that helps veterans with PTSD and she has seven children of her own.
Kerrie was appointed ICGN Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 where she leads ICGN's work programme around the world after joining the company in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer. Under her tenure, Kerrie has transformed ICGN into a world leading governance and stewardship organisation led by investors responsible for assets of $70 trillion, based in over 45 countries. A prominent governance commentator, Kerrie is a regular public speaker representing the global investor perspective on how governance and stewardship contribute to long-term value creation, ultimately contributing to sustainable economies, societies and the environment. She actively engages with regulators, standard setters and other capital market participants and has written extensively on governance and stewardship matters. Kerrie serves as a Member of the Japan Financial Services Agency’s Council of Experts advising on corporate governance and investor stewardship reforms. She established the Global Network of Investor Associations in 2013 to convene the worlds most prominent investor bodies. She also established the Global Stewardship Code Network, an international group of regulators and others responsible for Code development in 2016 – both of which she chairs.
Prior to her appointment to ICGN in 2008, Kerrie directed high profile initiatives as Corporate Governance Manager at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to highlight the important role corporate reporting and auditing play as part of the corporate governance ecosystem. Earlier, she was International Professional Development manager at the UK Institute of Directors, where she established IoD International and the Global Director Development Circle (now known as the Global Network of Director Institutes). Kerrie is a lead author of the IFC’s Global Director Training Toolkit (2002) which has helped establish governance associations around the world and co-authored the Handbook on International Corporate Governance (2004), among a series of other publications. Kerrie was named Rising Star of Corporate Governance by the Millstein School of Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management (2008). A chartered company secretary and fellow of ICSA, she holds a BA honors degree in international business and Japanese.
Su-Yen is a Fellow and Chairperson of the Singapore Institute of Directors. She is an experienced independent director who has served on the Boards of several several public, private, and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and the United States. Su-Yen is a professional speaker who engages audiences globally on leadership and the future of work. She is an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore where she teaches Global Leadership, and member of the Executive Education Faculty at Duke University. Previously she was CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, Chairman for Marsh & McLennan Companies (Singapore), and Senior Partner and Managing Director, Southeast Asia at Mercer. Earlier, she was Asia Managing Partner for the Communications, Information & Entertainment practice at Oliver Wyman. Su-Yen holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in music and computer science from Linfield University, and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. She is an avid adventure traveller and has ventured to some of the most remote parts of the world, including Antarctica and Timbuktu. She is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation.