Find out more about our Board

Get to know our Board members by reading their biographies below.

Kristen Davis, CEO and Founder, CinqC

After more than 25 years in global media, working with organisations including Future Publishing, Ziff-Davis and The International New York Times, Kristen Davis has witnessed the amazing opportunities – and also the deep disruption – that technology has brought to our businesses, society, culture, planet and institutions. 

In 2016, she created CinqC to apply the experience, insight, resilience and agility she has gathered, using technology to advance media to sectors in both the private and public domain. Today, she supports start-ups, large organizations, innovation labs and incubators around the globe seeking to use technology to positively evolve and impact our ever-changing world through new services, products, regulations and policies.

Ms. Davis is proud to be a mentor and coach at the Katapult Accelerator in Oslo, and she regularly works with companies and accelerators in Estonia, the most digitally advanced democracy on Earth.

She is also an external assessor for the Google Digital News Innovation Fund, and chairwoman of the U.S. board of Apopo, an N.G.O. that trains rats to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis

 

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President International, The New York Times Company

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, international of The New York Times Company with responsibility for revenue oversight and the strategic development of the Times Company’s international digital and print business. 

Mr. Dunbar-Johnson was appointed president, international of The New York Times Company in October 2013 to lead its global expansion. Previously, he was publisher of The International Herald Tribune (IHT), a position he assumed in January 2008. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of the IHT with responsibility for worldwide commercial operations and strategic development. He oversaw the IHT’s expansion in Asia, the growth of its advertising revenue streams, the development of its conference business, new product development and the restructure of the newspaper’s cost base. 

Before that, he held the position of senior vice president and commercial director, with primary responsibility for newspaper revenue streams. He also played a key role in the integration of advertising and other aspects of the IHT’s commercial operations when The New York Times took full ownership of the IHT in 2003. 

Before joining the IHT, Mr. Dunbar-Johnson was U.K. advertising director of The Financial Times for 12 years, holding various positions in the paper’s advertising department, including manager in France and vice president of advertising in the Americas, based in New York. 

Mr. Dunbar-Johnson was educated at Worth School and Kent University in England. He has completed an executive management program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Sulzberger program at the Columbia School of Journalism

 

Yannis Harizopoulos, Partner, McKinsey & Company Greece

Biography coming soon.

 
 

Anthony Kefalas, Vice-Chair, Consultant and author of McKinsey strategy plan

Anthony Kefalas is a British (LSE) and USA (WSU) educated doctoral economist. He has served as senior researcher at KEPE, as adviser to the ministers of economics and industry and to the president of OAE, as director of SELPE and ESIP, as editor of the bi-monthly “Agora”, as contributor to major Greek newspapers and periodicals (especially for “Oikonomikos Tachydromos”, Express, Proto Thema etc.)-- in Greece as well as abroad  (Newsweek, IHT)-- as an economic adviser to the NBG and the Federation of Greek Industries (SEB) and as adviser to numerous well-known Greek and non-Greek companies—including Delta/Vivartia, Citibank, McDonald’s, Hoechtief, Orelikon etc.  He has taught economics at Queen’s College (in London), at WSU and the Un. of Oakland (in the USA) and at the Un. of Maryland (European Campus) and Pierce-Deree (in Greece). 

He has published more than 1500 articles on the Greek economy and is the author of four books. His latest book “Aspects of Industrialization: Greece 1945-2010” was published in July by the Sideris Editions and reflects his strong interest in economic policy as well as in the history of Greek enterprises (past and present) and has been given as a textbook at the Economic University of Athens.   

 

Corinne Momal-Vanian, executive director, Kofi Annan Foundation

Corinne Momal-Vanian is executive director of the Kofi Annan Foundation. Previously, she worked in various senior positions and a variety of countries for the United Nations, most recently as director of conference management in the United Nations Office at Geneva from 2015 to 2020, and previously as director of information from 2010 to 2015.

Ms. Momal-Vanian served as special assistant to Kofi Annan in 2005 and 2006, traveling with him to some 20 countries as he worked to resolve crises, defuse tensions, highlight the plight of communities and individuals suffering from discrimination and abuses, build international cooperation and strengthen support for development and justice. She worked for a total of six years in the executive office of the secretary  general, after serving in two regional economic and social commissions of the United Nations.

Passionate about justice, gender equality, inclusion, innovation and learning, Ms. Momal-Vanian chaired the Steering Group of the International Gender Champions from 2016 to 2019, and was a co-organizer of the three editions of TEDxPlaceDesNations.

A French citizen, she holds a master’s degree in business administration from HEC Paris Graduate School of Management, and an advanced degree in international relations from Sciences Po. She recently completed an executive certificate in management and leadership at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.

 

Crystal Patterson, Head of Global Civic Partnerships, Facebook

With more than 15 years of experience in politics, policy and elections, Crystal Patterson leads Facebook's global civic partnerships team, with a focus on civic participation and elections integrity. 

A native of northeast Ohio and a graduate of Northwestern University, Ms. Patterson is based in Washington, D.C.

 

Abhijit Pawar, CEO, AP Globale & Delivering Change Foundation

Abhijit Pawar is a passionate entrepreneur, philanthropist and a visionary.


He is the Founder and Chairman of AP Globale, a purpose driven,impact focused group with diversified business interests across agriculture, angel investments, advisory and consulting, education, infrastructure, manufacturing, media, philanthropy, private equity, real estate, technology, and trading.

He is the founder of Delivering Change Foundation, Tanishka Foundation, Young Inspirators Network (YIN), Chairman of the Poona School and Home for the Blind and Trustee of the Sakal Social Foundation, Sakal Relief Fund and Sakal India Foundation.


He has been an Executive Committee Member of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) and Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Abhijit holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is patron of arts, culture and music.

Alexander Rhodes, head of Mishcon Purpose, Mishcon de Reya

Alexander Rhodes is head of Mishcon Purpose at Mishcon de Reya. He provides strategic environmental, social and governance (ESG) advice, alongside purpose-driven insights to help clients navigate the opportunities and risks presented by a rapidly changing world.

With more than 15 years of legal and global consultancy experience, Mr. Rhodes is a trusted advisor to a predominantly international client base. He acts on behalf of families in relation to their personal, business and philanthropic interests, as well as businesses seeking to transition to more sustainable and resilient ways of working. He is privileged to have worked closely with governments and global leaders in their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

A seasoned litigator, Mr. Rhodes has particular expertise in the resolution of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and public affairs. As a trustee and advisor, his long-term preoccupation has been balancing the imperatives of environmental conservation and human development.

Mr. Rhodes was the founding C.E.O. of the charity Stop Ivory and head of the secretariat to the intergovernmental Elephant Protection Initiative. He is currently a trustee and co-chair of the Strategic Projects Committee of the Tusk Trust. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a conservation fellow of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). In 2018, the ZSL named him Conservationist of the Year in recognition of his work to support African governments in their efforts to combat the illegal ivory trade and in elephant conservation.

 
 

Annika Savill, Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

As executive head of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), Annika Savill manages a United Nations secretary general's trust fund that strengthens the voice of civil society, promotes the rule of law and human rights, and encourages the participation of all groups in democratic processes.

Initiatives range from empowering Syrian women refugees in frontline states to working with civil society to support the peace process in Colombia; from strengthening democratic practices in Ukraine to motivating marginalized youths in Tunisia. Since it was established in 2006, UNDEF has disbursed over $160 million to projects covering over 100 countries in post-conflict, transition and consolidation phases of democratization.

Before joining UNDEF, Ms. Savill served in the executive office of the U.N. secretary general from 1997 to 2008, working under Ban Ki-moon and Kofi A. Annan as the secretary general's speechwriter and a senior member of his communications team. Prior to joining the United Nations, she had a 15-year career as an international journalist, serving with The Associated Press, Reuters and The Independent in London, where she was a founding member and diplomatic editor.

Ms. Savill has written about democratic processes in a number of societies in transition. She is the winner of two UN 21 Awards for organizational innovation.

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