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Lola Adebanji

Director, EMEA eCommerce Solutions Lead, Citigroup

Lola is responsible for e-commerce strategy for Citi’s payments business across Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Her role involves working with some of the largest digital companies and Fintechs to grow their business across EMEA and supporting multinational companies as they launch e-commerce business models.

She has held various roles in Product Management, Business Development, Sales and Operations in London and South Africa. She previously led Citi’s launch of mobile payment solutions for institutional clients, driving business development and partnerships with technology and telecoms companies.

Lola has spoken at numerous financial services industry events, including Money 2020 Europe and the World Congress of Banking Institutes. She holds a BSc in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Paola Bay

Co-Founder, Flourishing Diversity Series

Paola Bay has been a filmmaker, a fashion designer and is now an artist/designer based in London. In 2018 she was commissioned an installation – Reliquaries – for the acclaimed Broken Nature Exhibition in Milano, Italy.

In September 2019 she cocreated the Flourishing Diversity Summit in London at UCL, inviting Elders from Indigenous People to share their knowledge and heart. Flourishing Diversity is now an ongoing global project that is flowing in different directions and countries connecting people and worlds to help restore nature.

She has been working with the Mamos (spiritual leaders) of the Arhuaco community in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia for the last five years – empowering them to build an education system based on their culture and securing their sacred sites.

Mark Buswell

VP of Research Solutions R&D Tech, GSK

Mark Buswell is the VP of Research Solutions in R&D Tech, GSK. He has accountability for all pre-clinical IT solutions supporting R&D from target sciences through discovery and development, and finally to clinical trial supply. He joined GSK in 2002 and has held roles in R&D and manufacturing in process development and engineering, innovation and sustainability, and more recently moved into the R&D Tech function.

He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Cranfield University. His interests include R&D IT technology, advanced automation and manufacturing technologies. He is a chartered Chemical Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Board Director of the Pistoia Alliance.

Stephanie Butcher

Invesco, Chief Investment Officer and European Equity Fund Manager, Henley Investment Centre

Stephanie brings more than 25 years’ investment experience to the CIO role. Stephanie is an investor of the highest calibre, combining strong leadership and investment skills, with an exceptional understanding of clients’ needs. As a long-standing member of the team, Stephanie is committed to the Henley investment philosophy and its conviction-led approach, delivering strong investment outcomes and playing an active role as a steward of clients’ capital. She is focused on continuing to strengthen the team’s capabilities in order to meet the changing needs of our clients well into the future.

Stephanie began her investment career at Lazard Asset Management as a graduate trainee and progressed to become a US fund manager before joining Aberdeen Asset Management in 1997. Stephanie joined Invesco in Henley in 2003, where she specialised in European equity income investing and was responsible for a number of European equity portfolios.

Stephanie holds an MA (Cantab) in History from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Senior Scholar. Stephanie also holds the AIMR designation from the Association for Investment Management and Research (now known as the CFA Institute).

Mandy Calvert

CEO & Founder at Quince Consultancy, Non-Executive Board Member and Board member of Group Audit and Risk Committee, The Guinness Partnership

Mandy studied engineering at the University of Cambridge where she learned to solve technical problems and where she learned to row which taught her about teamwork, endurance and resilience.

Thirty years’ experience in the life sciences industry where she successfully lead global teams and solved tricky problems in areas as diverse as manufacturing, product development, information management, cyber-security and compliance, has given her a great foundation for becoming a board member and running her own business, Quince Consultancy.

She is a Non-Executive Director and member of Audit and Risk Committee at The Guinness Partnership one of the largest housing associations in the UK and at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and a member of the Advisory Board at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Quince Consultancy specialises in working within the healthcare sector helping smaller organisations bring products to market and using the riches of data and technology in an ethical way.

A keen sportsperson, Mandy rows a little and runs quite a lot. She is also Race Director for RunMaccFest, a large community-based running festival organised by volunteers.

Dr Jenny Chu

Academic Co-Director, Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre

Associate Professor, Cambridge Judge Business School

Dr Jenny Chu is an Associate Professor at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. She is the Academic Co-Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at the School. Her main research interests include earnings quality, capital market reactions to financial reporting, as well as management incentives and corporate governance. She is also passionate about research on how gender and diversity issues are linked to corporate governance and firm performance. Her research has been published in top academic journals such as Management Science, as well as covered by the popular press such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, Reuters, The Times (UK), and the Wall Street Journal.

Jenny combines teaching and research with a background in investment banking and portfolio management. She worked on corporate finance and M&A transactions for technology companies at Credit Suisse in Silicon Valley. She later transitioned into a portfolio management role at the hedge fund division of Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock). Jenny holds MBA and PhD degrees from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

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James Cox

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher UK

James A. Cox is a partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he serves as Co-Partner-in-Charge of the office. He is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Mr Cox has extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious labor and employment matters, with an emphasis on cross-border employment issues, collective labor and industrial disputes, redundancies and workforce restructurings, ARD/TUPE, the employment aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements, corporate governance matters, boardroom appointments and removals, contractor and directorship matters, employment issues facing private equity companies, whistle-blowing, equal pay and other discrimination claims, worker consultation, enforcing and resisting post-employment restrictive covenants, and protecting confidential information from misuse by current and former employees. Mr Cox also advises on data privacy and data protection issues.

Mr Cox is recommended as a leading lawyer for Employment in the 2007-20 annual editions of Chambers UK. He is also recognised as a leading employment lawyer by Chambers Global 2013, Chambers Europe 2013, Best Lawyers International (2009-2020), Euromoney’s Labour & Employment Expert Guide and UK Legal Experts 2012. Mr Cox is also recognised by Legal 500 UK 2020 for Employment. Mr Cox has been interviewed on matters relating to employment law on television and radio and has been quoted in The Times, The Sunday Times and Financial Times newspapers on employment law issues. He lectures regularly on behalf of the Employment Lawyers Association and at commercial conferences. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr Cox practiced as a partner in the Employment, Incentives and Pensions department of a major English law firm.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr Cox practiced as a partner in the Employment, Incentives and Pensions department of a major English law firm.

Khayala Eylazova

Senior Manger, PwC

Khayala is a Senior Manager at PwC UK, Financial Services. She is responsible for developing and driving insurance and investment management, consulting propositions, services and opportunities, working closely with industry leadership team and senior clients across all line of services. Khayala is also leading the firm’s ‘Women in InsuranceTech’ initiative, which aims to empower the next generation of female leadership, bring more women into insurance and technology, inspire, advance and provide mentorship and support in their career progression.

Prior to joining PwC Financial services, Khayala worked at Microsoft EMEA, APAC and CEE HQs for almost 10 years, holding various senior roles within consulting, global business development and channel sales covering different sectors and segments. She led teams comprising business development, sales, marketing and geographical expansion. She was awarded ‘Best Start-Up’ at one of the Venture Creation Weekends at Cambridge Judge Business School in 2016 for proposing a bracelet for epileptic suffers.

Khayala was a finalist at the Women in IT awards 2018 and Women in Insurance awards 2019. Recently she has received PwC Chairman’s Empowerment award for her efforts in leading and driving Diversity & Inclusion, Women in Technology, leadership initiatives for the firm and beyond.

She holds an Executive MBA degree from Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and MSc degree in International Management from BI Norwegian Business School.

Tilly Franklin

Chief Investment Officer of the Cambridge University Endowment Fund

Tilly Franklin is the Chief Investment Officer of the Cambridge University Endowment Fund, where she oversees a global portfolio of investments across asset classes on behalf of the University, as well as a number of Colleges and trusts. She previously worked as director of private equity at Alta Advisers, a London-based single-family investment office. At Alta, Tilly’s primary responsibility was for the construction and supervision of a substantial global portfolio of investments in private equity funds. Prior to Alta, Tilly was a principal at Apax Partners, where she led a number of successful leveraged buyout transactions.

Earlier in her career, Tilly held a number of positions at BBC Worldwide, Virgin Management. and McKinsey & Company. Outside her work at the Endowment Fund, Tilly is the founder of GAIN, a charity which aims to attract more young women into careers in investment management. She is also a member of the Investment Committee of Jesus College, Cambridge.

She holds a first-class degree from the University of Cambridge in English literature, and an MBA from London Business School. Tilly was also a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the 2017 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. She lives in London with her husband Eric Beinhocker and two daughters.

Maria Franzoni

Speaker Bureau Director, Maria Franzoni Speaker bio

Maria Franzoni is one of the most experienced speaker bookers in Europe and a recognised speaking industry expert. She has held senior positions with two of Europe’s leading bureaus; CSA Celebrity Speakers and the London Speaker Bureau – named by the New York Times as ‘the only international speaker bureau.’ In 2007 she founded her own boutique bureau imaginatively named Maria Franzoni.

In the 20 plus years that she has been working in the industry Maria has strived to raise standards of bureaus, agents and speakers alike constantly innovating and doing things differently. In that time, she has mentored and trained many of top speakers and bookers. Over the years she has worked with the ‘who’s who and the who’s that?’ of the speaking world, including first man on the moon Neil Armstrong; Body shop founder and environmentalist Anita Roddick; singer songwriter and political activist Bob Geldof; business magnate Richard Branson; international singing legend Lisa Minnelli; former trader and author of Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb and F1 and NASCAR racing champion Jacques Villeneuve, to name a few.

Maria is a founding member and former co-chair of the European Association of Speaker Bureaus. She is Director of Operations at We Do Things Differently cultural change consultancy. She is founder and chief mentor at Speaking Business Academy where she and her team provide training for new and established speakers. She is also the host of the Speaking Business podcast where each week a speaker on the bureau roster is invited as a guest to share their expertise.

Prior to working with speakers Maria worked in retail management, management consultancy, educational travel and as an entrepreneur starting five businesses, three successful, two not. Her experience in other industries has given her an excellent foundation for her speaker bureau work.

Smaranda Gosa-Mensing

Global Head of People/HR, ClienTech, McKinsey & Company

Smaranda is Global Head of People ClienTech at McKinsey. For more than 18 years, she has been advising and coaching senior professionals with a combination of deep psychological expertise as well as business and consulting experience. Before joining McKinsey, Smaranda worked in consumer/retail (P&G, LVMH) and as a specialised consultant for change management and coaching, advising senior executives on leadership issues.

She is a caring and passionate driver of initiatives and programmes to help advance women leaders and was a Finalist Coach for the Cartier’s Women’s Initiative. In 2017 Smaranda was appointed as a Fellow of Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School. She is a psychologist and holds an Executive MA in Coaching and Consulting for Change (CCC) from INSEAD. Smaranda has also followed her passion in shoe and fashion design by completing courses at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion.

She is a speaker on leadership and has led workshops and programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School, Said Business School, London Business School and the University of St. Gallen.

As much as she cares about women leadership, she is also a passionate mother of three small children and enjoys spending her free time with her son and twin daughters.

Dr Allègre Hadida

Associate Professor in Strategy, Cambridge Judge Business School, Fellow of Magdalene College

Dr Allègre L. Hadida is an Associate Professor in Strategy at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS), a Fellow and Director of Studies at Magdalene College, and a member of the Centre for Film and Screen and the Heritage Research Centre, University of Cambridge. She has pioneered teaching and research in Cultural, Arts and Media Management and on Creativity in Business at CJBS and on the Cambridge MBA.

Her research interests focus on strategy in creative, arts and media organisations, on creativity in business, and on temporary organizations. Her scholarly work has been published in the Harvard Business Review and in international peer-reviewed journals, including Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Marketing, and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. Her innovative work as a researcher and educator has been noted in the press, including Business Week, The Independent, The Financial Times, and BBC Online.

Allègre is a Scientific Committee Member and the Head of the Strategy Track at AIMAC (International Association for Arts and Cultural Management). She served as Representative- At-Large of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Teaching Community (2015-17) and is a co-director of the SMS Initiative for Academic Collaboration in the Middle-East and Africa (SMS IACMENA: 2015-ongoing).

Allègre teaches strategy, creativity, and arts and media management. She is a certified Lego® Serious Play™ Methodology facilitator, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. During her three years as Director of the University of Cambridge MPhil in Management (2013-16), she restructured the programme and developed it into a flagship course. She has received numerous awards for her teaching, including two CJBS Faculty Teaching Prizes, four Cambridge MBA Professor of the Year Awards, and the 2018 University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2017, the Financial Times ranked her MBA Strategy course second in the world.

Victoria Higgins

Senior Director, UK Academic Alliance Management, WWBD, GSK

Victoria is currently Senior Director, UK Academic Alliance Management, and has responsibility for maximising GSK R&D’s engagements with UK academic institutes with a focus on ‘the Golden Triangle’. Since its establishment in 2012 Victoria has actively managed a strategic partnership between the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust driving medicine focused collaborations that deliver mutual value for all involved. The University of Cambridge is their Number 1 academic alliance partner in the UK; reflecting its world leading research output, outstanding people and scientific alignment with GSK’s strategic areas of focus.

Victoria also holds a position at KCL as visiting Director of Strategic Industry Partnerships with an emphasis on building a strategic relationship between GSK and centred on Cell and Gene Therapy.

Over her 20+year career at GSK and its legacy companies Victoria has held various leadership roles chiefly in the field of Biopharmaceutical R&D and Project and Portfolio Management and held a central role in establishing the GSK-Crick Institute ‘LinkLabs’; a unique embedded partnership model.

Victoria is unfortunately used to being the only female in the room and and strives to support the next generation to ensure that this becomes a thing of the past.

Tracey Horn

Executive Director, Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre

Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Cambridge Judge Business School

Tracey works with the Directors executive team, staff and faculty to oversee the alignment of branding, communications, marketing, public relations and media relations efforts across Cambridge Judge Business School and develops the strategy for positioning Cambridge Judge as a leading global business school. She is the Executive Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at the Business School. She is passionate about improving gender balance through dialogue and action. She is also a member the European Foundation for Management steering committee.

Tracey’s background is in project management, engagement, and PR. In her early career she project managed the creation, successful operational running and marketing of museums including the Museum of Rugby and Twickenham Experience Tours at England Rugby, Twickenham. She developed engagement and partnership programmes as Director of Outreach for the NASA Specialised Center of Research and Training in the Research Triangle, North Carolina, USA, before joining Cambridge Judge Business School.

Tracey holds degrees from the University of St Andrews and the University of Aberdeen and has completed the Executive Education Cambridge General Management Programme at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville,

Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies, Director of the Doctoral Programme, Cambridge Judge

Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville is the Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies at the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Her research is focused on how people generate and navigate change within and beyond their organisations. She is an expert on organisational culture, identity, and identification, leveraging her insights into these topics to understand how they both impede and enable change. Jennifer has conducted in-depth studies on how people seek to make meaningful change to address sustainability issues in the semiconductor manufacturing, athletic apparel, oil and gas, and other sectors. Jennifer received her PhD at MIT, her MA at Oxford, and her BSc (Eng.) at Queen’s University, Canada.

She has taught extensively on management and sustainability topics at the MBA, Executive MBA, doctorate and undergraduate level. Jennifer is author or editor of four books, has published extensively in top management journals, and serves as a Deputy Editor at Academy of Management Journal, one of the field’s premier journals. She is a Fellow of Trinity Hall College, Cambridge.

Annamaria Koerling

Partner, Owl Private Office

Annamaria’s career in wealth management spans over 25 years including senior roles at Schroders, Cazenove Capital Management, Merrill Lynch and latterly C Hoare & Co. In 2017 Annamaria, who headed the wealth management business of C Hoare & Co, oversaw the completion of the sale of its wealth management business to Cazenove Capital following which she joined Owl Private Office, a strategic wealth advisory business as a founding partner.

Aside from her main executive role at Owl Private Office, Annamaria is a Commissioner of The Jersey Financial Services Commission and a non-executive director of Schroder & Co. Amongst other roles, Annamaria is a Fellow Commoner of Queens’ College Cambridge and serves on the College’s investment committee. She is also a trustee of the choral Charity, ORA. Annamaria has an MA in modern languages from the University of Cambridge and speaks Italian, German and French and is a Chartered Wealth Manager.

Annamaria has received recognition for leadership and business growth in financial services as well as for her public service, being named ‘Woman of the year’ by Citywealth in 2013, 2016 and 2019.

In her spare time, Annamaria is a member of a number of angel syndicates and her focus is on supporting businesses where at least one of the founders is a woman. She has a keen personal interest in promoting financial education for women and young people.

Mike Laven

Chief Executive Officer, Currencycloud

An accomplished entrepreneur, Mike has built venture-backed companies towards growth and liquidity as a founder, executive, board member, advisor and investor. He is currently CEO of Currencycloud one of the founding firms of the London ‘fintech revolution’ that is leading the digital transformation of the finance industry. Mike has led Currencycloud from initial funding in 2012 to over 200 employees and processing over $1 billion per month in international payments.

Over three decades, he has led many technology firms in London and Silicon Valley including CEO Infinity Financial Technology (Silicon Valley, IPO acquired by SunGard), CEO Cohera (Silicon Valley, acquired by PeopleSoft/Oracle), Board Member/COO Traiana (London/Tel Aviv, acquired by ICAP/NEX). He has been a Board Member at many early and growth-stage tech firms in London, Paris, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Dublin and New York.

Mike is on the board of RxArt, a New York non-profit that places works by contemporary artists to improve the environment of children’s hospitals. He started his career with the United Nations working in disaster recovery operations in India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Mike has a bachelors in anthropology from Wesleyan University and advanced degrees from Harvard in education and the School for International Training in international affairs.

Sarah Legg

Independent Non-Executive Director, Lloyds Banking Group

Sarah Legg has spent three decades in International Financial Services, and until March 2019 was a Group General Manager and the Group Financial Controller of HSBC Group. She was also a non-executive director of Hang Seng Bank Ltd, a HK-listed bank, for eight years.

Prior to this, she was the Chief Financial Officer for HSBC’s Asia Pacific businesses, an Alternate CEO of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, and a nonexecutive director of HSBC Bank (Taiwan) Limited. Sarah worked in various divisions within the HSBC Group, both in London and Hong Kong, joining as a Finance Graduate Trainee.

Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK. She is an Honorary Vice President for The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation and was a Trustee of WWF-Hong Kong for eight years.

In 2018, Sarah was appointed as the Chair of the Campaign Advisory Board of King’s College, University of Cambridge, with a focus on access and wider participation.

Sarah was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit and Risk Committees of Lloyds Banking Group plc in Dec 2019. Sarah graduated from the University of Cambridge where she read Natural Sciences. She is married with three children.

Professor Christoph Loch

Director of Cambridge Judge Business School

Professor Christoph H Loch is the Director (Dean) of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). Since 2011, Cambridge Judge has progressed as one of the top 20 business schools in the world, with a high evaluation of its research by the UK government (REF) and with research centres that successfully combine the creation of research output of the highest academic quality with a tangible impact on business practice and society.

CJBS actively supports the Cambridge Cluster, helping entrepreneurial talent development and commercialisation of new ideas; enhancing management development, enabling growth, and sharing thought-leadership.

Professor Loch’s research focuses on the management of innovation processes, and project management more broadly; including innovation strategy; projects under high uncertainty; the emotional aspect to the motivation of professional project workers, and project supervision and governance.

Before coming to CJBS in 2011, Professor Loch was Chaired Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD, where he also served as Dean of the PhD program and as the director of the INSEAD Israel Research Center. He served as department editor and Associate Editor of Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management, and as chair of the Behavioral Operations Section of INFORMS.

Professor Loch holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree from the Darmstadt Institute of Technology in Germany.

In 2012, Professor Loch was identified in a benchmarking study as one of the top ten innovation researchers world-wide. He serves on the supervisory board of an educational software start-up company and is a member of the Cambridge United Football Club board of directors.

Alison Loehnis

President, NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER

Alison Loehnis is the President of NET-A-PORTER and Mr PORTER, which together contribute more than 50% of the revenue of YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, the world’s leading luxury fashion ecommerce retailer. Loehnis has built a reputation as a passionate advocate of the customer, driving innovative and creative ways of engaging and connecting with the Group’s 3.1 million active customers. The business’ mobile-first strategy, and the pioneering NET-A-PORTER app, demonstrate how the digital retailer has been revolutionizing customer experience under her direction, and resetting industry standards as a result. Presiding over a company where more than half of the leadership roles are filled by women, Loehnis has created a work environment that promotes diversity, creative thinking, opportunity and community.

She is listed in the Business of Fashion 500 and was recently named ‘the most powerful woman in retail’ by The Daily Telegraph. A graduate of Brown University, Loehnis was born and raised in New York City, and moved to London in 2001 where she lives with her husband and two children.

Janet Mui

Global Economist, Cazenove Capital Management Speaker bio

Janet Mui, CFA is the global economist at Cazenove Capital, the wealth management division of Schroders. Janet is responsible for the formulation and communication of Cazenove’s top-down views. She is a member of the investment committee that oversees strategic and tactical asset allocation at Cazenove.

Janet is also the macro spokesperson and a regular commentator at major media outlets including the BBC, Bloomberg and CNBC.

Wendy Papworth

Chair and Trustee of FACET, Ambassador, Everywoman

Wendy is the former Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Barclays, where she led on such innovative programmes as dynamic working for all staff and the engagement of male colleagues in advocating for greater gender balance in financial services.

Wendy previously worked for IBM latterly as the Workforce Diversity Manager for the Major Markets Division (Europe, Canada and Japan). Before joining Human Resources, Wendy was a Financial Services Consultant in IBM’s Global Business Solutions division. Prior to that Wendy worked for the insurance group, RSA in various management positions both in the UK and internationally.

She is currently the Chair and Trustee of FACET, a social enterprise for adults with learning disabilities based in Cambridgeshire and is an Ambassador for Everywoman, a network for professional women. Wendy has previously sat on the Advisory Boards of Catalyst Europe, (a leading research organisation on gender diversity) and International Women of Excellence and she was a member of the Heads of Diversity and Inclusion Council for UK Finance.

Lionel Paolella

Associate Professor in Strategy & Organisation, Cambridge Judge Business School

Lionel Paolella is an Associate Professor
at Cambridge Judge Business School, and an Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School (Center on Legal Profession). He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS) in France, after which he took a MA in Sociology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), a MS in Management and Organization Science (University Paris X), and a PhD in Strategy (HEC Paris).

Before joining the University of Cambridge, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago (Booth Graduate School of Business) in 2011, and a Chazen visiting scholar at Columbia University (Graduate School of Business) between September 2012 and December 2013.

His research lies at the intersection of economic sociology, organisation theory and social psychology. He is studying market categorisations and how they affect social evaluation and performance of organisations, specifically in international legal services. His work has appeared in Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of Management Studies. He received the Cambridge Judge Teaching Award in 2017, the MBA Faculty of the Year Award in 2018, and he has been listed among the Best 40 under 40 Professors by Poets and Quants in 2019.

In his free time, Lionel’s interests center around photography and the art of watch making.

Ruth Kennedy

Managing Director, Kennedy Dundas

Ruth Kennedy is a brand consultant advising clients in the luxury goods and services sectors to meet their business development objectives. From 2006 to 2009 she served as head of Quinlan Private UK, a real estate and private equity group managing commercial and residential properties in Europe including luxury hotels. Before that position, Ruth was 16 years with David Linley and Co., the bespoke furniture and design business. She began her career at S.G. Warburg as an investment banker. Ruth serves as Chairman on the board of The Resident, is a non-executive director on the boards of Daylesford Organic, Bamford, Value Retail (the owners of Bicester Village), and until 2019 on the public board of Belmond Hotels.

In 2009 Ruth founded the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care at Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL Institute of Child Health and is a Patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Simon Thorpe

Managing Partner, Delta2020

Simon is an angel investor, entrepreneur, coach, mentor and NED to early-stage technology companies. He has invested in over 50 companies (with a third founded/run by women) achieving nine exits along with seven failures.

Simon is Managing Partner of Delta2020, Chair of Cambridge Angels, Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Fellow, and UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2016/17

He is a University of Manchester (UoM) Innovation Factory NED, UoM mentor and Manchester Tech Trust member.

A member of Angel Academe supporting female entrepreneurs.

He is a sports and outdoor enthusiast, cyclist, skier, petrol/electric head, and traveller.

Simon is an active proponent of the digital economy empowering #digitalentrepreneurs.

Sarah Vasani

Head of Investor State Dispute Resolution, Addleshaw Goddard

Sarah Vasani is the head of Addleshaw Goddard’s Investor State Dispute Resolution Practice. She is an experienced international arbitration lawyer specialising in international commercial arbitration and investor state disputes. Who’s Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review have recognised Sarah each year between 2017 and 2020 as a “Future Leader in International Arbitration”, while Legal 500 describes her as “one of the best in her generation”.

Sarah represents clients before all major arbitral institutions, and in arbitrations conducted under the UNCITRAL Rules and under foreign investment laws. She regularly advocates for her clients’ interests before international tribunals, and advises clients on investment (re) structuring, and on strategies for minimising the prospects of full-blown disputes. She also regularly sits as arbitrator, and is a panel member on CIArb’s Business Arbitration Scheme.

Sarah has vast experience in energy, oil and gas, mining, and other large-scale project disputes in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, and Latin America. She has represented clients such as Exterran, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, El Paso, Sempra, Murphy Oil, Reliance, PA Resources, Quantum Oil and Madagascar Oil.

Sarah lectures on international investment arbitration, and has spoken and published extensively on topics relating to international arbitration and cross-border issues, including climate change, the resolution of energy disputes, third-party funding, collateral attacks on arbitration in national courts, improving efficiency in international arbitration, and corruption. Sarah is qualified in England and Wales, the District of Columbia and Texas; and is a solicitor advocate of the Higher Courts of England and Wales.