THURSDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2023
Dr. Efraim Chalamish
NEW YORK | Adjunct Professor of Law and Economics at New York University | Expert in Global Governance, Trade and Investment
Dr. Efraim Chalamish is an international economic law Prof., advisor, and commentator. He has been involved in international legal practice in New York, Paris and Israel, along with research and analysis of cutting edge areas in public and private international economic law. His work included both international arbitration disputes and cross-border transactions for multinational clients and sovereign governments.
Dr. Chalamish is teaching at New York University and IESE Business School and is a Senior Advisor with Duff and Phelps/Kroll, the world’s leading valuation and risk management firm. He has also served as a Global Fellow at New York University, exploring global governance of corporations and multilateral institutions, the intersection of business and national security, energy and sovereign wealth funds’ economics and policy, international investment arbitration, and global governance and financial regulation
Dr. Inbar Maymon-Pomeranchik
TEL AVIV | CEO | AgChimedes Group | Scientist and Biotech investment Consultants
Dr. Inbar Maymon-Pomeranchik is a Scientist and Biotech investment consultant expert, specializing in Life science, Biotech, and Ag-tech with expertise in market access and business strategy formulation and execution. Inbar brings more than 15 years of experience in molecular & genetic research at the academy and as an R&D researcher and project leader in the Biotech industry in large & small, and venture builder. She is a veteran speaker at global conferences, sharing her knowledge and exposing investors to insights, various opportunities, and key industry topics. Inbar has taken her knowledge and applied it to the Ag & Food tech Industry, and she is the co-founder and CEO of AgChimedes Group, a venture builder that focuses on providing resilience solutions to reinforcing global food security in the era of climate change, and serves a director in a few international companies.
Inbar has taken her knowledge and applied it to the Ag & Food tech Industry, and she serves as a director in few international companies.
LONDON | CEO | Algbra | Banking Platform
Zeiad is Co-Founder & CEO of Algbra. Algbra has set out to revolutionise how communities save and spend their money. We are pioneering a movement; one in which people can invest, save and sustainably spend. Our approach is underpinned by a set of fundamental principles and values that support this. As a digital ethical banking platform and values-based ecosystem, we have designed a state-of-the art technology architecture and curated a world class operational team to execute on this vision. This is enabled by a strategic network of Tier 1 global partners operating within the world’s leading regulatory infrastructure. Sitting at the intersection of values, finance and technology, Algbra is the next generation in financial services and lifestyle. This is the Algbra movement.
Prior to founding Algbra, Zeiad was Co-Founder & Managing Partner at New World Group (NWG), an FCA regulated global merchant banking & investment firm, where he successfully helped grow the business to >$2.5bn of AUM across asset management, real estate & technology. At NWG, Zeiad & his partners took the business to >25 territories, securing partnerships with leading corporates, family offices & financial institutions.
Zeiad began his career in the commodities division at Credit-Suisse in London. He holds an MSc. from the School of Oriental & African Studies (with Distinction) & a BA from King’s College London. Zeaid is also a member of the CFA Society of the UK & holds the Investment Management Certificate.
Professor Sir David Omand
Former UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator and former Head of GCHQ
Professor Sir David Omand was the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy and “homeland security”. He served for seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000, and before that Director of GCHQ (the UK Sigint Agency). Previously, in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy, he was particularly concerned with long term strategy, with the British military contribution in restoring peace in the former Yugoslavia and the recasting of British nuclear deterrence policy at the end of the Cold War. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary during the Falklands conflict, and served for three years in NATO Brussels as the UK Defence Counsellor. He has been a visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies since 2005-6.
Baroness Susan Greenfield, CBE, FRCP (Hon)
Founder and CEO of Neuro-Bio
Baroness Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Neuro-Bio Ltd (www.neuro-bio.com) is a neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster. She has published over 220 papers in peer-reviewed journals, based mainly at Oxford University but has held research fellowships at the College de France Paris, NYU Medical Center New York and Melbourne University.
She holds 32 honorary degrees from UK and foreign universities, has received numerous honours including the Legion d’Honneur from the French Government, an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians, The American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, and The Australian Medical Research Society Medal. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Simon Jacot de Boinod
LONDON | Founder | Forum
Simon Jacot de Boinod is the founder of Forum, a network of privately invited principals and experts. Members are situated across 30 cities worldwide and are drawn from the senior échelons of the business community and family offices with journalists, economists, politicians, public speakers, academics, designers, writers and those working in the arts also included within the number. Simon is also the founder of the social enterprise: Sporting Chance Prize Draw. The enterprise provides a platform, through sport, from which small UK charities are able to fundraise, whilst retaining all [100%] of the funds they raise.
LONDON | Founder and CEO | Amit Bhalla Transformative Services | M&A
ABU DHABI | Managing partner & Co-founder | DSV Group
Andrew is managing partner and co-founder of the DSV Group, an emerging markets tech investment platform. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, with investors from Europe and the Gulf, and investments across the Middle East, the CIS and CEE regions, South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, DSV specializes in helping mature market capital access risk-mitigated high-return investments in rapidly growing internet economies. Encompassing both VC fund management and private family office advisory verticals, DSV supports emerging market entrepreneurs to build regional champions and global leaders.
Having started life as corporate lawyer, before moving to corporate finance, capital raising and venture investing, Andrew has experience across the whole start-up life cycle from seed, to growth and ultimately to exit. His prior experience ranges from international law firms (Covington & Burling; Travers Smith), to Europe’s largest Series A-focused VC investor (Balderton Capital), to banks and corporate finance groups (Lloyds; Numis). Andrew sits on a variety of boards, from South East Asia to MENA, and is a passionate supporter of the win-win outcomes afforded by digitalization in under-developed economies
LONDON | Founder | Leadership Coaching
Andy catalyses inspiring journeys to a better life. He does this through applying the fusion of story, music, art and culture to myriad scenarios. These include helping senior leaders and teams co-create journeys to success; using improvisation with jazz/classic fusion concert pianist and film composer Tom Donald (The General and The Maestro) to help senior leaders and organisations co-create and innovate; and helping people get through insecurity and conflict and out the other side, through the not-for-profit Journey Through Conflict.
NEW YORK | Founder | Ahimsa Partners | Private Equity
Anish is an entrepreneur and investor. He has led cutting-edge innovation over 20 years across real estate, hospitality, technology and capital markets. In this period, he has contributed to converting new concepts into $1bn+ revenue, including as an early teamer at Bloomberg Tradebook and developing a disruptive product that helped raise more than $7bn for US REITs. Anish is an experienced Board Member across multiple jurisdictions, and has been an ‘Approved Person’ with multiple regulators around the world (US, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong). Today, Ahimsa Capital’s portfolio of seven venture-build companies generate more than $50m in ARR; this has been achieved in less than three years from conception. Anish is passionate about solving environmental issues, including broader access to better food for all, and access to better education for all.
DUBAI | Founder & CIO | Abbey Road Investment Group | Financial Advisory
Arjun grew up in Zambia and UK, and has spent the last 18 years living in Dubai. He worked for 23 years in banking before establishing his own Investment Group in early 2021. Arjun is a passionate investor, for himself and clients, across public and private markets. He is also a wannabe historian, with a genuine interest in the interplay of history and economics over the last two centuries. In his spare time he enjoys the happiness that family, sport, friends, good food and stimulating company add to life.
LONDON | Head of Commercial | Palantir Technologies | Software & AI
Ashwin leads Global Accounts at Palantir Technologies, an AI company responsible for driving meaningful and systemic transformation in how organisations operate & make decisions. Ashwin’s role focuses on partnerships globally, with an emphasis on Australia & the Asia Pacific region.
Ashwin was formerly a Director of 7-Eleven India, and previously served as Chief of Staff at the Chairman’s Office at Future Group, overseeing Corporate Development & Strategy. Ashwin’s career began at global professional services firms including UBS, Linklaters and Deloitte, where he built expertise across the investment banking, legal and tax worlds.
Ashwin is currently based in London. He is an avid traveller, loves old world wine, cricket & motorsports.
LONDON | Product Designer | Fast Growth Start Ups
Cassius has built and led multi-disciplinary design teams behind billion-dollar digital products. His previous clients include unicorns such as Bumble and Riot Games, alongside household names such as Facebook, Google, and Opera.
With a history of entrepreneurial experience, Cassius has joined noteworthy accelerators such as Entrepreneur First, built grassroots business without capital, and raised seed rounds for formidable ventures in emerging technologies.
LONDON | Journalist & Author
Known for her wide-ranging articles, opinions and commentaries on everything from Fourth Wave feminism and the horror of ‘wokery’ to health, beauty, fashion and motoring, Daily Telegraph columnist Celia Walden has written for Glamour, GQ, Elle, Porter Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, Grazia, Stylist, Standpoint, The Spectator and Russian Vogue.
Her first book, ‘Harm’s Way’ – described by Grazia as “a subtle, sensual, absorbing tale” and the Observer as a “gripping debut” – was published in 2008 and translated into four languages, and her second book, ‘Babysitting George’, was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week and nominated for the William Hill 2011 Sports Book of the Year prize. Her thriller, ‘Payday’, was published by Sphere, and was an instant Top 10 bestseller. Her latest novel ‘The Square’ is published this month, November 2023
LONDON | Private Investor
Charles is a venture capitalist with a particular interest in start-ups. His strengths include identifying early stage commercial opportunities, acquiring large and strategic assets and positions, partnering with regional and technology experts, securing teams of appropriate executives and developing assets.
Charles’ current interests range from oil and gas interests in the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. He is a founding investor in Neuro-Bio – a UK R&D company with a potential therapeutic to Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerational diseases – and Peters Fraser and Dunlop [PFD], a literary agency that owns and invests in literary estates.
LONDON | Managing Partner | Audley | Strategic Leadership Consultancy
Chris is a former Director of Strategy and Chief Speechwriter at Number 10 Downing Street. During a twenty year political career, he has advised successive Conservative Party Leaders and Cabinet Ministers on their communications, policy and political strategies. Beyond Westminster, Chris has built a career in international strategic communications, working with governments, individuals and corporations on campaigns around reputation management, country branding, FDI, security and counter-terrorism. He now runs London-based reputation and strategy consultancy Audley, which advises leaders in business and government to help them achieve their political, professional or personal goals. He also commentates on politics for the BBC, Sky News and others and writes occasional columns for the Times, Daily Mail and other outlets.
ZURICH (St. Gallen) | Managing Partner | ASC IMpact | Sustainable Investment in Agriculture & Forestry
Since 2021 Christian K. Winkler is a co-founder at asc impact, an owner-led firm that primarily manages sustainable investments in agriculture and forestry. asc impact establishes various impact funds. The first one invests in sustainable forestry in Sub-Saharan Africa, having a fund volume of up to 200 Mio. EUR. The second one invests in agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. The investment approach of asc is characterized by the deep involvement and active management of the investments and aims to ensure sustainable value creation operationally.
LONDON | CEO Education Development Trust | Education: International, not-for-profit
Dan has an exceptional track record as a leader in the education and commercial global business sectors. Most recently he has been CEO of Sparx Learning, the schools’ maths solution, where he grew the business from its original two schools to serving nearly two million learners in over half of the secondary schools in the UK, in addition to establishing a global footprint in 25 countries. Across his career, Dan has been a founder, CEO and investor in technology, education and EdTech, taking businesses from start-up to global scale.
Alongside his executive career, Dan has also held several non-executive positions. Until recently he sat on the board of the British Education Supplier Association (BESA) and currently sits on the Leadership Council at the Centre for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution (Washington) and on the board of Foresight VCT plc as a non-executive director. In 2020, he founded the EdTech Evidence Group to support evidence and efficacy in the EdTech sector. In 2022, he was awarded the Asian Tech Pioneer award by Diversity UK.
ZURICH | President and Founder | Topan and MapuFi | Triple E Finance and Investment
Daniela Herrmann, a serial entrepreneur, is the founder of the Topan® Ecosystem and president and founder of Topan® AG (www.topan.ch) and Topan MapuFin® AG (www.mapufin.ch) and sits on the advisory boards of young growth companies in AgriTech, FinTech and Retail.
LIMASSOL | CEO | JSD Consulting | Management Consulting
Daniela, based in Limassol, Cyprus and Vienna Austria, is the Founder of JSD Consulting, a company she has recently formed following the successful sale of Wojnar where she was the Managing Director. Wojnar is one of the largest food producers in Austria, exporting to Europe and USA, responsible for overall financials and trademarks. Prior, she worked at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in Vienna and Frankfurt in proprietary trading. Prior, she collected work experience in the tech-oriented environment of e-learning. As an Austrian, her native tongue is German. She is fluent in English and basic Italian, French and Greek. Daniela holds a graduated in Applied Informatics.
Daniela von Siebanthal
ZURICH | Director | Kinled Holdings
Daniela is the granddaughter of renowned Swiss optical instruments inventor Dr. Heinrich Wild, the founder of Wild Herrbrugg AG and the SWX-listed Swiss Wild-Leitz, both of which companies merged into Leica Holding in 1990.
Today, Daniela primarily focuses on raising funds for groundbreaking medical research on behalf of the Central European Biotech Incubator & Accelerator (www.cebina.eu).
At Kinled Holding, Daniela identifies and invests in successful medical innovation ventures. Recent businesses she has financed include Medina Medical Inc., a neurological device manufacturer (sold to Medtronic in 2016) and KB Medical SA, a spinal surgery robotic system (sold to Globus in 2018).
NEW YORK | Partner | Griffitts LLP | Law Firm
Danilo heads the Family Office and Private Investment practice of Griffitts LLP. Danilo represents domestic and international private investors, individually or through their single-family or multi-family offices (SFOs and MFOs), as well private market sponsors and asset managers seamlessly integrating his longstanding experience with private investments, corporate governance, ESG & sustainability compliance, public-private partnerships, charitable planning, as well as M&A and real estate transactions in the United States and Europe.
When assisting families of substantial wealth in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Danilo’s work includes the structuring and operations of their SFOs, MFOs, and long-term capital vehicles, including their direct investments, co-investments and joint ventures in a variety of private investment funds and vehicles. Danilo also assists them with their corporate governance matters, regulatory and securities law compliance, formation and administration of private foundations, and ongoing counselling and ancillary advice on a variety of issues, including crisis management, confidentiality, commercial contracts, and strategic introductions.
VIENNA | Chairwoman of the Executive Board | Flick Privatstiftung |Family Office
Donatella Ceccarelli was elected Chairwoman of the Executive Board of the Flick Family Trust in 2011.
As CEO and Managing Director of the Flick Family Office, she oversees a dedicated team of asset management professionals for the management of the wealth of the Flick Family while pursuing asset allocation strategies on a global basis both in the liquid and illiquid space.
Since 2014 she has been a Member of the Supervisory Board of Advanced Metallurgical Group (AMG) NV, a critical material company listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. In her role she serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee as well as Member of the Selection and Appointment Committee.
Since 2014 she has served as Board Member of the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) based in Vienna. The OiER focusses on building partnerships in key future-oriented areas like sustainability, innovation, communication, energy and mobility.
ZÜRICH | Founder | Doris Hangartner AG | Fine Jewellery
Doris Hangartner loves gemstones. She is a Graduate Gemologist (GIA GG) with more than 30 years of experience. Her fine gem and jewellery salon (founded in 2014) is in the heart of Zurich. Specializing in coloured stones, it is the more newly discovered gems that fascinate her the most, such as the aquatic and luminous Paraiba Tourmalines. In a changing gem world and with her extensive knowledge of the gem market she strategically builds individual and personalized ‘Gem Portfolios’ as a direct investment in the tangible asset class of loose gemstones, also bridging to NextGens with ‘Gems for Generations’. As a private jeweller she enjoys describing ‘Gem Personalities’ with all five senses and is attuned to finding ones right ‘Gem Match’ – seeing and feeling gems with the heart. In honour of her favourite gems she published ‘Purely Paraiba’.
LONDON | Strategist and Advisor | Doris Hangartner AG | Fine Gems and Jewellery
Eloise is a unique connector: a connector of dots and like-minded people. After a rich journey of corporate roles in varied sectors such as finance, banking, pharmaceutical and consumer goods, she embarked on an entrepreneurial one fuelled by her passion for gemstones and jewellery. She honed her skills and became a jewellery designer and a Graduate Gemmologist, graduating from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in London. Over the last three years, she has used her skills and voice to lead insightful gem conversations and interviews, engaging with numerous industry experts. She has merged her business acumen with her love of gemstones to offer her strategic expertise and lateral thinking to high-end jewellery brands and now works hand-in-hand with Doris Hangartner AG.
NASSAU | Chairman | The Winterbotham Trust Company | Merchant Bank
More than 30 years ago, Geoffrey Hooper set up a financial services business in Uruguay focusing on Latin American markets. In 1994 he established the head office of The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited in The Bahamas, having obtained banking and trust licences. From humble beginnings, the business today employs some 140 worldwide and is headquartered in Nassau, with subsidiaries in Uruguay, Cayman and Hong Kong as well as a subsidiary bank in San Juan, Puerto Rico and a centre for outsourcing in Chennai. Winterbotham is a merchant bank working with entrepreneurs, their companies and families to support their cross-border ambitions around the world.
VIENNA | Partner | bpv Hügel | Tax and Corporate Law
Gerald is a Partner at bpv Hügel, a leading law firm in Austria. He is dual qualified as a tax advisor and an attorney at law with a ‘Big Four’ background. He heads the firm’s tax practice. He is Head of Lounge Vienna of the Tax & Legal Excellence Network in the DACH region.
Gerald’s practice focuses on tax and corporate work, in particular advising on tax audits, high-stake tax disputes (including fiscal criminal tax disputes), representing in tax court, rulings, complex multi-jurisdictional cross-border transactions, holding structures, private foundations and trusts. He also advises on relocations of corporates and individuals.
bpv Hügel is particularly known for its high-level corporate/M&A, tax, capital market and competition advice. In the past 5 years, more than 40% of the issuers in the ATX of the Vienna Stock exchange have relied upon bpv Hügel’s advice.
TEL AVIV | Managing Partner | Flora Ventures | Venture Investments in AgriFood-Tech
Gil has worked around the globe in executive roles for leading food multinationals: Kraft Foods, PepsiCo & Nestle, and co-founded the Mondelēz corporate venture investment arm (CVC). Gil is currently founding a new early-stage fund, Flora Ventures, that is backing the best purpose-led entrepreneurs from Europe & Israel, whom are redefining the $8T AgriFood industry, at its intersection of human & planetary health.
LONDON | Legal & Investment Coordinator | Moore & Moore Investments | Investment Consultancy
Moore & Moore Investments Group (“MMI”) introduces high net worth and/or sophisticated private investors to alternative investment opportunities. Through its extensive network of corporate and professional contacts, MMI is able to provide private investors with access to deals which are, ordinarily, only available to select family offices and institutional investors. MMI is incorporated and registered in the Cayman Islands, regulated by CIMA.
LONDON | Senior Partner | Hunters | Family Law
Henry is the Senior Partner at Hunters. Prior, he was the Head of the Family department with over 20 years’ experience in family law following a career in commercial litigation. Henry is a specialist in high value divorce with extensive experience of financial claims involving substantial wealth and complex UK and foreign assets. His work includes sensitive children matters, where his expertise and understanding are highly regarded. Henry also regularly advises on pre-nuptial agreements in the context of family wealth protection planning. Henry’s clients include UHNW individuals and their spouses, ranging from bankers, entrepreneurs, senior lawyers and substantial property owners, both urban and rural. Henry has a particular focus on landed estates due to his farming background which means he is particularly conscious of the range of complexities arising in such cases, including dynastic trusts, partnerships and liquidity. Henry is an accredited Resolution Specialist in advanced financial provision and private children law; he is an accredited mediator, a collaborative lawyer and a family arbitrator (finance only). Henry is highlighted as a Top Recommended Family Lawyer in the Spear’s Indices 2019. He was awarded the Career Achievement Award at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2019, and is also recognised in the Honours list as a leading lawyer in family and matrimonial work, the highest category of the Citywealth Leaders List 2019.
NEW YORK | Founder | Ivana and Kyle Team | Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
LONDON | Global Vice President and Worldwide Technical Lead | VMware | Cloud Sales
James Forrester is Vice President and Worldwide Technical Leader, Cloud Sales at VMware. He is responsible for leading VMware’s Cloud Sales technical community to help accelerate customers’ journeys to the cloud and modern applications across VMware’s and partners’ cloud platforms. Prior to VMware, James spent almost five years with Amazon Web Services, most recently as Head of Technology for Global Accounts. Before that, James spent 17 years leading enterprise financial services technology teams globally, including application development, operations, and enterprise architecture functions.
VIENNA | Managing Director | Geotechmin | Family Office
LONDON | Chief Executive Officer | Atlanticomnium (UK) | Bond Fund Management
Jeremy is CEO of the London branch of the family-owned bond fund management firm Atlanticomnium, which was founded in 1976 in Geneva. Atlanticomnium has been managing bond funds since 1985 for GAM, the well-known independent, active investment management group.
Jeremy also serves as Senior Adviser to the Private Clients division of GAM, of which he was a founding member in 1983. Until 2012, he was a director at GAM, co-managing a range of GAM funds based on Managed Portfolios strategies. He became a member of GAM’s Investment Committee for Managed Portfolios in 1998, and was a bond fund manager between 1985 and 1998.
Prior to joining GAM, Jeremy was a fund manager of Asian equities at Arbuthnot Latham. Pro bono, Jamie also sits on the investment committees of a number of charities. He was educated at Harrow School and holds an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
ZURICH | CEO | ATU Advisory Services | Fiduciary/Consulting
Jerome Rubin-Delanchy is the CEO of ATU Advisory Services AG in Zurich, Switzerland, a member of ATU Group and the Swiss Rep office of ATU’s operation in the British Virgin Islands. A French national, Jerome holds a master’s degree in Management from the Institut Superieur Europeen de Gestion of Lyon. He started his career in Financial Services in the early 2000’s, as a Wealth Planner in Geneva, assisting High Net Worth individuals in structuring their cross-border transactions and implementing their succession plans.
Jerome has been actively involved in the BVI Financial Industry, having acted as Chair of the Association of Registered Agents from 2012 to 2015 and board member of BVI Finance in 2018. He also sat on several industry groups such as the Financial Services Business Development Committee, (FSBDC) the Joint Anti- Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Advisory Committee (JALTFAC) and was appointed a member of the Non-Profit Organization board by the BVI Government from 2018 to 2020.
LONDON | Author, Journalist & Public Speaker
Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker. Jessica is well known for her work as author of five official companion books to the globally successful television series and film Downton Abbey, various of which hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists. Former deputy editor of Country Life and columnist on the Mail on Sunday, as well as regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, she is now author of a bestselling 1920s crime series, The Mitford Murders, which has been nominated for awards in England, Germany, Italy and France. Jessica has spoken at events across the UK and US, and has made numerous appearances on radio and television.
LONDON | Managing Director | Forfar Capital | Investment Advisory
Post a career in the British Army as Captain, John worked for Mars Ltd making Maltesers in the UK. In 2010 John joined the Chandler Corporation (now the Clermont Corporation) in Singapore and Vietnam. His role was to buy, build and lead education, real estate, finance and healthcare businesses across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He became the first CEO of the corporation in 2011. In 2013 John co-founded Rising Tide Asia, an education and healthcare investment platform, based out of Singapore.
In 2016, John then founded Forfar Education with a view to buying and managing great schools across World. John has been the Chairman, Director or CEO of over 40 schools across the World.
LONDON | Director | Forfar Capital | Investment Advisory
Kate is a highly experienced and commercial HR Professional with significant International experience gained in the UK, Asia and the Middle East.
Kate started her career with Hudson Global Resources, an internationally based, NASDAQ listed, HR consultancy. Her passion for international work led her to Dubai where she was asked to lead the expansion of Hudson’s international network, successfully establishing their presence in the Middle East.
Following this, Kate moved to Singapore where she enjoyed the unique opportunity of working for two private investment companies as HR Director, the Clermont Group and Rising Tide Asia, both of whom focussed on investing within the Education sector.
Having relocated back to London in 2019, Kate is currently the HR Director for Forfar Education and provides support on all aspects of HR including HR diligence, post-acquisition change management, talent attraction, learning and development and organisational design.
NEW YORK | Adjunct Professor of Electronic Art, New York University | Artist
Kelly Heaton is a visionary, creative polymath, and acclaimed pioneer of electronic art. She coined the phrase “electronic naturalism” to describe her keen observation of circuits as bodies with electronic soul. Her passion for analog electronic hardware stems from Nikola Tesla’s philosophy that energy, frequency, and vibration are the keys to universal understanding. Heaton has made electronic devices act like a mirror, hug like a lover, sing like a bird, chirp like a cricket, fly like a bee, breathe like a yogi, radiate a colorful aura, and evoke spiritual awakening. She views electrical engineering as a form of modern magic and the most important creative medium of our time.
Heaton aims to heal the gap between humanity and technology. She is currently focused on the development of her artistic brand, Circuit Icon, to promote human thriving through ethical capitalism. The brand DNA is comprised of electric symbols for fashion and collectibles with positive charge, love frequency, cultural resonance, and collective power. Circuit Icon is a soft but strong call to heart-centric activism on behalf of the global circuit in which we are all connected.
Jonathan lives in Malaysia but travels frequently back and forth to London.
LONDON | Chief Executive, Virgo Stone | Global Leadership Advisory
Kevin is the founder of Virgo Stone, a global Leadership Advisory firm considered thought leaders, both in leadership design and behavioural change They are engaged to work on the leadership challenges faced by executives, companies, family offices and governments. These are broad in nature but include the dynamics of family succession, developing executive leadership skill, the functioning of boards and executive teams, acquisition or disposal challenges, the start-up of new ventures and designing leadership interventions in difficult circumstances.
Kevin previously contributed to the global leadership of Hewlett-Packard in a range of senior roles. He was first trained in aerospace, both as a pilot and engineer, and followed this with business training in the UK and the US. He then augmented this with research and study into human psychology and behaviour so that he could affect substantial and meaningful change.
LONDON | President & Founder | Tide Risers | Female Community
Lara Holliday is a coach, creator, and community-builder, and the Founder + CEO of Tide Risers, a deliberate community for women leaders. She specializes in helping women own their roles as leaders and is known for her ability to help people uncover hidden barriers, get unstuck, and uplevel their lives professionally and personally. Lara also offers speaking engagements and workshops focused on issues that affect female professionals. Her thought leadership challenges perceptions about management, re-orients the work/life balance conversation, and leads people through a framework to establish their own, authentic definition of success.
LONDON | Founder | Thistlethwaite Associates | Family Office Consultancy
Lee has worked for over 30 years in investment and private banking, 25 of those for JP Morgan. For the last 15 years he has worked as an advisor to families of wealth focusing on governance, risk, strategy and succession.
As an advisor, Lee works with family principals, wealth creators, families of different generations, family offices and their advisors. He works with such individuals or groups where the complexity and scale of the family’s wealth requires his discreet advice.
LONDON | Director of Strategy | Algbra | Banking Platform
Maria is Director of Strategy at ethical and Sharia compliant fintech Algbra. Algbra’s ultimate aim is to eradicate social and financial exclusion globally. Maria also manages the company’s charitable foundation Algbra x. Prior to that she was at strategic advisory, Audley where she worked with leaders in business and government, and at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as Head of Policy working across a diverse range of portfolios, including financial services, the environment and government relations.
Whilst living in the British Virgin Islands, she was instrumental in the concept design and establishment of a recovery agency established in 2018 following the devastating category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.
VIENNA | Principal | Thomas Prinzhorn Privatstiftung | Private Trust
GENEVA | Author
Melanie Levensohn grew up in Germany and studied literature and international relations in France and Chile before becoming a spokesperson for the World Health Organisation in Geneva. From 2006 to 2013 she worked as a communications expert at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., managing corporate external relations for the Caribbean region. When Melanie got married, she joined her husband in Napa Valley, California, where they created an award-winning wine estate. In 2021, they moved back to Geneva. ‘A Jewish Girl in Paris’ is her debut novel and was published in early 2023.
LONDON | Co-Founder & CEO, Ananda Developments PLC | Medicinal CBD Fund
Melissa Sturgess holds a BSc and an MBA and has more than 20 years of experience as a director of UK and Australian Stock Exchange quoted companies, in the roles of Chair, CEO and non-executive director. She has also chaired listed company audit committees and served on remuneration and corporate governance committees.
Melissa’s interest in the cannabis sector commenced with a trip to Israel in 2017 to review the medicinal cannabis research in that country. She subsequently co-founded UK based, AQSE quoted Ananda Developments Plc. Ananda holds a licence from the Home Office to grow medical cannabis in the UK for research and is currently conducting field trials on various cultivars and undertaking a genetic breeding programme, ahead of applying for commercial licences. Melissa was the recipient of the Executive of the Year at the Malta Cannabiz Awards in November 2019. She is a committee member of the Cannabis Industry Council and Co-Chair of its Research Working Group.
Melissa commenced her listed company career as a member of the Executive Committee of Aquarius Platinum Limited, the most successful Australian/UK dual listed company and a miner of platinum in South Africa and Zimbabwe. She was also founding director of Sylvania Resources Limited and a number of other companies operating in the metals and mining sector throughout Africa and listed on the AIM Market in London. During her career Melissa has raised significant amounts of capital and in 2017 she spearheaded the structuring and £50m financing for the acquisition of a building materials business in the Channel Islands. She is also a non-executive director of Lexington Gold Limited, an AIM quoted gold exploration company.
SINGAPORE | Chief Executive Asia, Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) | Private Bank
Michael is Chief Executive Asia for Union Bancaire Privée (UBP), a family-owned private bank and asset manager headquartered in Geneva.
British by birth, Michael’s connection with Asia began in the 1990s, when he was posted by the British Diplomatic Service to Beijing for language training and then to Hong Kong. He subsequently joined the private sector, working for an international wealth manager at a time of rapid business expansion in China and India.
He has maintained a strong connection with Asia for two decades, working and living in the region for seventeen of the past twenty years, with short assignments during intervening periods in London and Switzerland.
Michael joined UBP in 2016 upon its successful acquisition of Coutts International. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Coutts International, with responsibility for leading its international wealth management business and overseeing its integration with UBP in Europe and Asia.
Michael is a graduate of Oxford University and is active in various internal affairs forums.
LONDON | Director, Sports for Schools | Sports/Education Outreach
Michael is a serial entrepreneur whose career spans strategy consulting, the creation of a very early cloud software business (1998), and a Cambridge chip business for which he raised over $50m.
After a stint at Go Ape in Australia, he returned to relaunch Sports for Schools in 2013 as a social enterprise that brings Olympic athletes to run inspirational ﬁtness events in over 1,200 primary schools each year. Sports for Schools has connected with over 1.5m children to date, and raised over £2.5m for Sports Equipment for schools. Michael also founded Clubs for Schools as part of a growing group of companies with a mission to make physical activity in primary schools as important as numeracy and literacy.
VANCOUVER/LONDON | Investor and Board Member | Sustainable Finance
With over 20 years’ experience in impact and sustainable finance, Michael is an investor, thought leader, and senior advisor to public and private sector organizations around the world and serves on various boards for funds in the EU, UK, US, Canada and Asia. He is co-founder of the Forum for Impact and is the former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association, a consortium of leading institutional investors with AUM of over £11 trillion. Michael is also the former CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the largest sustainability standard in the world. As a pioneer in climate finance, he has also served on the board of trustees of Global Canopy, former CEO of Carbonetworks, vice-chair of the Natural Capital Coalition, and is the current CEO of Canoe Carbon, an asset manager in climate finance based in Canada. Michael is also an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Canada where he serves as the faculty lead for Sustainable Finance. Throughout his career, Michael has worked with the White House, the UN, the World Economic Forum, and many other organizations in his mission to improve the state of the world through impact.
Minka Nyberg (Dr)
LONDON | Managing Partner | Nyberg Capital | Advisory Services for Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Real Estate and Alternative Investments
After a career in private banks and family office in Zurich, Switzerland, Minka set up her own business, Nyberg Capital, in 2011. The company operated out of Zurich until 2015, and from Singapore thereafter, when she and her husband moved to Asia. Since 2021 Minka has been based in London.
Minka works as an advisor to family offices and HNW investors, with the main investment focus being on private equity (funds), real estate and some hedge funds. This includes sourcing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence and monitoring, as well as portfolio consolidation and coordinating service providers.
TORONTO | Chairman | Parker Venture Management | Exponential Impact Entrepreneur, Investor and Advisor
Nick has pioneered sustainability ventures, funds and initiatives around the world for over three decades, working with leading public and private sector organizations. As Chairman of Parker Venture Management he currently makes catalytic investments – presently in solar, fin-tech and analytics while advising asset managers, governments and businesses on “exponential impact opportunities globally.
Nina von Steuben
ZURICH | Private Investor
Nina spent her early life in Germany and studied for a degree in Marketing and Communication. This led to a career as a Public Relations Consultant in International Healthcare, mainly working for agencies in the WPP Network (Ogilvy&Mather and Hill&Knowlton) but also for Burson-Marsteller. Nina moved to Switzerland in 2006 and has undertaken projects in property development, property management and interior design as well as studying “Advanced Studies in Applied History” at the University of Zurich.
Nina is mother to three boys and enjoys traveling, literature, music and art.
NEW YORK | Founder and Creative Director | NZR Jewellery LLC | Custom Jewellery Design
Born and raised in Tbilisi, the capital city of the Republic of Georgia, I immigrated to the US, just before civil war broke out in Georgia. I was afforded the opportunity to study in the US and then after graduating, getting married and having my first child, in 1995, I founded and ran a Montessori School for eighteen years.
In 2013, my passion for jewelry design and precious gems pivoted me from education to jewelry design. Today, I design and manufacture bespoke one-of-a-kind jewelry using diamonds and other precious stones.
My significant other, Steven Hirth and I live, with our two adult sons, in New York City. I and Steven both enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures, people and food. Wherever I may be in the world, one thing that remains constant and keeps me grounded is my commitment to yoga.
GENEVA | Managing Member | Levensohn Venture Partners LLC | Private Investor/Family Office Advisory
Pascal Levensohn is the Managing Member of Levensohn Venture Partners LLC (1996 -Present), the CEO of Levensohn Global LLC (1996- Present), and the Senior Managing Director of Dolby Family Ventures (2012 – Present). Pascal specializes in aligning interests and resolving conflict among the different stakeholders of closely held enterprises to optimize their potential for success. He has invested in over 100 startups and organized or reorganized 12 single family offices over the past three decades. The longevity of his client relationships bears witness to Pascal’s ability to provide trusted advice and implement it with integrity and balance.
His 42-year career as a professional investor began as a risk arbitrageur on Wall Street in the 1980’s at the First Boston Corporation. He has been a VC since 1996 and is a former director of the United States’ National Venture Capital Association (2007 – 2011). With his partners, currently manages a global technology portfolio of over 70 startups across four vintages of single-LP funds, the most recent having been launched in 2021.
ZURICH | Chairman | Kinled Holdings | Family Office
Patrick is an Anglo-Austrian serial entrepreneur who has been active in early stage businesses since 1990. Throughout his career, he has created and invested in over fifty businesses, exiting twelve via IPO (in London, New York, and Madrid) and twelve via trade sale/licensing deal. Patrick is Chairman of Kinled Holding, a Hong Kong-based private investment company established in 1924, with offices in London, Shanghai, Vienna, and Zurich. Kinled holds a portfolio of more than 50 companies in the life sciences, digital and financial technology industries. He is a Founder/Partner in five independently-managed funds in Boston, London, Monte Carlo, Vienna, and Zurich with $300M AuM, and is a member of the Swiss Corporate Finance and Private Equity Association.
Peter Wild (Dr)
LONDON | Private Investor
Peter runs a Swiss family owned real estate business and the alternative investments for the family. For most of Peter’s professional life he was an attorney focusing on alternative dispute resolution and IP. Peter was born in and spent most of his life in Zurich as an attorney, with 2 years in San Diego (1986/87) for comparative law studies and 6 years (2015-2021) in Singapore. His interests are running, triathlon and charity work with The Temple Garden Foundation in Cambodia and as a committee member of Human Rights Watch in London. Peter lives in London with his wife Minka Nyberg who is also a member of Forum.
PRAGUE | Founder & CEO | Pokorny & Wagner | Private Investor
Radek is today a private investor based in Prague, Czech Republic seeking and investing in various opportunities globally in the private markets sector.
An established personality in the highest levels of Prague business society and philanthropist within his home country, Radek is the founder and majority shareholder of the successful law firm Pokorny, Wagner & Partners in Prague, Vice-Chairman of the Court of Arbitration, and a big supporter of European integration. Shortly after the fall of communism, he received the opportunity to start working in the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly as an assistant. Afterwards worked as an associate for JUDr. Pavel Rychetsky (today the 3rd President of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic) for three years and immediately afterwards in 1996 founded his own law firm.
NEW YORK/BUCHAREST | Entrepreneur & Investor
Radu is a young entrepreneur and second generation family business owner. He Started his first company at 17, developing a technology that transformed hard to recycle plastics into energy. He sold the company at 21.
The family business is in infrastructure, construction and real estate development with operations in Romania and Germany. Radu is currently based in New York and travels frequently between Bucharest, London and US. He is focused on building a legacy as an investor and operator in frontier technologies.
NEW YORK | Managing Partner | Griffitts LLP | Law Firm
Robert has 20 years’ experience representing clients at all stages of their life cycle, from incorporation to exit, with an emphasis on working with entrepreneurs and rapid-growth companies. Robert’s practice focuses on critical corporate transactions for emerging technology companies, including seed, angel and VC financings, and M&A. Robert also advises clients on corporate governance matters, commercial and licensing transactions and complex, strategic relationships. Robert’s clients span a wide range of sectors, including technology and media companies, advertising and consumer product companies.
Prior to founding MGA, Robert practiced at Skadden, Arps (NYC) and Wilson Sonsini (Palo Alto), focusing on venture capital, private equity and M&A for a wide range of clients, from banks such as Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch to leading venture capital companies, start-ups and emerging technology companies.
TEL AVIV| Director | MKA Israel | Communications Program Leader & High-Performance Executive Coach
Ron Weinreich is a unique face in the consulting and coaching landscape. Born in Israel and raised in the United States, he has both a love for training and developing leaders in the business world as well as a profound excellence in the world of art – namely music.
By the age of 20, Ron was leading soldiers in combat in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Tank commander where he suffered a spinal cord injury at war. After rehabilitating with unlikely speed, he studied Business in Israel’s premier Reichman University and graduated from the renowned ZELL Entrepreneurship Program. He led leadership workshops for the IDF, and became a leading director in a US all-volunteer non profit where alongside his partners, over $42 million in grassroots donations were raised to fund devices for injured US veterans within a two year period.
Over the last decade Ron has been heavily involved in leading programs and coaching in one of the world’s most demanding leadership programs at Landmark Worldwide. Ron currently resides between Israel and Los Angeles, and is spearheading Mark Kamin & Associates in Israel, causing extraordinary performance for leaders and executives of some of the world’s most prominent organizations.
Ron has spoken before thousands of people on the subjects of communication, performance and leadership both in Israel and the United States. He is known for his pragmatic, inspiring style and warrior spirit.
ZURICH | CEO & Co-Founder | Intercontinental Capital | Cross-Border Financial Advisory
Sara is the CEO and co-founder of Intercontinental Capital, a premier cross-border financial advisory firm that aims to assisting overseas healthcare start-ups to enter the Chinese market, connecting them with both financial investors and strategic partners. Prior to founding Intercontinental Capital, Sara served as the Investment Director Of Shanghai Creation Investment(SCI), where she helped build SCI’s overseas investment department and four overseas investment funds and led due diligence on the key investments into healthcare start-ups in the US and Israel.
Sara has gained vast experience of cross-border deals in healthcare sector and has a deep understanding of the difference and gaps between the Chinese healthcare market and overseas healthcare markets. Prior to joining SCI, Sara used to work for Naok Financial and CCG investor relations in New York City.
Sara holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MS in Finance from Case Western Reserve University, and a BS in Economics from University of International Business and Economics. Sara is an avid tennis player.
NEW YORK | Founder and Principal, S. H. Hirth & Associates | Merchant Bank
Steven is the Founder and Principal of S.H. Hirth and Associates, an international merchant banking boutique modeled after pre-World War II European merchant banks His family office concentrates on North and Central American real estate and global private equities. SHH&A co-invests with HNWI and family offices in domestic and international small-to-medium size companies and funds seeking capital (human and financial), strategic services and ‘matchmaking’. It is modeled after pre-WWII European merchant bankers. The firm is agnostic in the sectors in which it co-invests, except it does not invest directly in weapons, alcohol nor in certain countries.
VIENNA | Founder | Cukon Law | International Real Estate Law
Tanja is a registered lawyer in Croatia and EU-based lawyer in Austria. She founded her own law firm offices in Austria and Croatia in 2014 after several years of cooperation with one of the leading law firms in the CEE. She has many years of legal experience in cross-border legal activities advising domestic and international clients, specializing in real estate transactions primarily advising property investors and developers. After many years of practice in a large international law firm, Tanja offers a similarly pragmatic approach and quality work product, combined with a more personal client relationship.
SAN FRANCISCO | CEO, Ad Altius Advisors | Advisory
LONDON | Partner | Rawlinson & Hunter | Trust and Wealth Services
Toby specialises in the field of Private Client Tax, as part of the Trust & Wealth Services department. He enjoys working closely with clients, legal advisers and Family Offices to understand their particular requirements and has a wide breadth of experience, having advised both UK and non-domiciled clients.
Toby joined Rawlinson & Hunter in 2004, working initially in the Private Client department before transferring to the Firm’s Cayman Islands office for several years . He returned to the UK in 2010 and became a partner in April 2014.
VIENNA | Director | Bank Gutmann AG | Private Banking
Velitchka Hristova is a Senior Banker and Director at Bank Gutmann AG with over 16 years of private banking and business development experience in Central and Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
In her current role, Velitchka Hristova is responsible for setting up and growing the private banking franchise. In her capacity as Financial Advisor and Relationship Manager, Velitchka Hristova has worked extensively with first generation family business owners and entrepreneurs. Originally from Bulgaria, Velitchka Hristova has previously worked in a major non-profit organization in Minnesota, prior to moving back to Europe.
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