Rt. Hon. Lord Alec Nigel Broers, Kt, FRS, FREng
Lord Broers was born in Calcutta, India and educated at Geelong Grammar School and Melbourne University in Australia, and then University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College) in England.
He then worked in the research and development laboratories of IBM in the United States for 19 years before returning to Cambridge in 1984 to become Professor of Electrical Engineering and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a pioneer of nanotechnology.
Lord Broers subsequently became Master of Churchill College, Cambridge (1990–96) and Head of the Cambridge University Engineering Department (1993–96). He was Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, 1996–2003. He was knighted in 1998 and created a life peer in 2004, as Lord Broers, of Cambridge in the County of Cambridgeshire. Lord Broers was Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Lords from 2004 to 2007 and was President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2001 to 2006.
In September 2008, Lord Broers became Chairman of the board of directors at the Diamond Light Source, the United Kingdom’s largest new scientific facility for 45 years. Lord Broers has received more than twenty honorary degrees and fellowships from universities, colleges, and academic and professional institutions. He is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the American Philosophical Society.
Rt. Hon. Professor, Lord Winston, FMedSci, FRSA, FRCP, FRCOG, FIBiol, FREng(Hon)
Lord Winston was raised in London where he attended The London Hospital Medical College, University of London, in 1964 with a degree in medicine and surgery and achieved prominence as an expert in human fertility. For a brief time he gave up clinical medicine and worked as a theatre director, winning the National Directors’ Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1969. On returning to academic medicine, he developed tubal microsurgery and various techniques in reproductive surgery, including sterilization reversal.
He has published over 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He was appointed as a new chair at Imperial College, Professor of Science and Society. He is Chairman of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trust and chairs the Women-for-Women Appeal charity.
Lord Winston is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (HonFREng) and Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG), and of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP), and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS Edin), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCPS Glasg), and the Institute of Biology (FIBiol). He holds honorary doctorates from sixteen universities. He is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council where he chairs the Societal Issues Panel, and patron of The Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Rt. Hon., Baroness Afshar, OBE
Haleh Afshar, Baroness Afshar OBE is a British professor and a life peer in the House of Lords. She completed her PhD degree from the New Hall, Cambridge and is a prominent Muslim feminist.
Her background is in equal opportunities in Britain, and before that, land reform and development in Iran, where she grew up, and journalism in both countries. Haleh Afshar is a professor in politics and women’s studies at the University of York, England and a visiting professor of Islamic law at the Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé (International Faculty of Comparative Law) at Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France. Afshar serves on several bodies, notably the British Council and the United Nations Association, of which she is Honorary President of International Services. She was appointed to the board of the Women’s National Commission in September 2008. She has served as the Chair for the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES). Afshar is a founding member of the Muslims Women’s Network.
She was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to equal opportunities. Baroness Afshar was named as one of the twenty most successful Muslim women in the UK on the Muslim Women Power List 2009.
Rt. Hon. Lord Waheed Alli
Lord Alli is a British media entrepreneur. He was co-founder and managing director of Planet 24, a TV production company, and managing director at Carlton Television Productions. He is currently chairman of ASOS.com, and a director of Silvergate Media, which purchased two of the media rights previously held by Chorion Ltd, where Alli was former chairman. He is a Labour life peer and is one of a few openly gay Muslim politicians in the world.
Lord Alli community work has been focused around gay rights, youth and education. He is the Chancellor of De Montfort University in Leicester. He is also the President of the Croydon Youth Development Trust. He is a patron of Skillset, the Sector Skills Council supporting skills and training within the creative media industries. In 2002 he became a patron of The Albert Kennedy Trust.
Rt. Hon. Lord Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury
Lord Shaftesbury attended Eton College in his youth, as his father before him. In 2008, Lord Shaftesbury graduated from the London Business School, earning his Masters in Business Administration. At Herald Park, Lord Shaftesbury concentrates on private and venture equity, including the asset management business. As of 2010, Lord Shaftesbury has significant holdings in GoMix, an interactive music software platform company. His capital raising credentials include raising over $5 million for Saatchi Online. Prior to his work with Saatchi Online, he worked in Digital Strategy and Business Development with Terra Firma Capital Partners, following their acquisition of British music company EMI Group Limited.
While maintaining his musical interests, Lord Shaftesbury has also shown an interest in supporting charitable organisations, primarily those addressing the needs of children with disabilities. Lord Shaftesbury earlier work involved providing strategic analysis with Discovery Networks Europe as a member of the strategy team for Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In 2010, Lord Shaftesbury was recognized as one of the top 20 young individual in the UK, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
Rt. Hon. Baroness Dunn DBE, JP
Baroness Lydia Selina Dunn, DBE, JP was the Senior Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council and Executive Council in Hong Kong. She has been Deputy Chairman of HSBC Group in 1992-2008.
Baroness Dunn attended the University of California, Berkeley and joined Swire Group in 1964 and is an Executive Director of John Swire & Sons Limited and a Director of Swire Pacific Limited. She was appointed to a seat on the Legislative Council in 1976.
Dunn was created a DBE in 1989. In 1990 she was made a life peer as Baroness Dunn, of Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong and of Knightsbridge in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Nigel Carrington is the former Managing Director of the McLaren Group and was previously an international lawyer with Baker & McKenzie. Mr. Carrington was appointed as the Rector of the University of the Arts London, succeeding Sir Michael Bichard in 2008. Mr. Carrington currently holds senior positions in the public, private and charitable sectors that include: Chairman of The English Concert; Trustee of Independent Opera; Non-Executive Director of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Hornby Plc. Mr. Carrington read Law at St John’s College, Oxford and he recently completed a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Mr. Carrington spends his leisure time watercolour painting in the beautiful English countryside of Devonshire.
Rt. Hon. Lord Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, 2nd. Viscount Stansgate, PC.
Lord Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn PC is a retired British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament (MP) for 50 years and a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. Lord Benn served in the Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council. From 1964–1970, he served first as Postmaster General, where he oversaw the opening of the Post Office Tower, and later as Minister of Technology. In the period when the Labour Party was in Opposition, for a year he was the Chairman of the Labour Party. In the Labour Government of 1974–1979 he returned to the Cabinet, initially as Secretary of State for Industry, before being made Secretary of State for Energy. Benn has topped several polls as the most popular politician in Britain. Since leaving Parliament, Lord Benn has become involved in grass-roots politics, and has been the President of the Stop the War Coalition for the last decade. He has been a vegetarian since the 1970s.
Sir Michael Bichard, KCB
Sir Bichard was appointed as a Knight in the Order of the Bath in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999. On the recommendation of the House of Lords Appointments Commission, he was created life peer 24 March 2010, as Baron Bichard, of Nailsworth in the County of Gloucestershire. In 1995, Sir Bichard was made Permanent Secretary of the Department for Employment. When it merged with the Department for Education (DfE) to form the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE), he became Permanent Secretary of the combined department, under Gillian Shephard, and then, post-1997, David Blunkett. In September 2001 Sir Bichard was appointed Rector of The University of the Arts London and also served as Chairman of the Design Council. Sir Bichard is now Chairman of the Board of FILMCLUB, a nationwide after-school film club scheme which is free to state primary and secondary schools.
A native of the Netherlands, Ms. Ansari is an Erasmus Scholar where she read economics at Stockholm School of Economics, earning her doctorate. Diane was Chief Economist at ING Investment Bank for 8 years and later 21 years at UBS Investment Bank, specializing in Middle East high finance and Islamic banking. Today, she gives her time as consulting economist to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Diane is Chief Economist, providing strategic macro views on international geopolitics. In her community, Diane volunteers for Red Crescent and the Tom’s Shoes Foundation.
Kensuke received his Ph.D in Physics from MIT. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he was a propulsion engineer on the Cassini-Huygens and the Voyager missions. After fulfilling his space endeavours, Kensuke completed his MBA from Harvard Business School and was the first generation of proprietary traders at Goldman Sachs.Today, Kensuke heads the Proprietary Trading Desk at Herald Park. He holds 45 patents to his name and has published more than 254 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Currently, he is also the lead in Hamasaki + Partners – the venture arm of Herald Park Capital Management. Kensuke and his wife spend their time on the Indian and African continents with Astronomers Without Borders, spreading the love of space in developing countries.Kensuke traces his lineage to Tomhatsu Hamasaki, one of the very first rice futures traders during the Edo Period and birthplace of Herald Park Capital Management.
Mr. Montgomery completed his Ph.D in Economics at Harvard thereafter he was portfolio strategist in investment banking at Citibank where he was involved in the Salomon Brothers transaction with Berkshire Hathaway. After Clarence complete his MBA in Investment Management at Wharton, Clarence became a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley and have seeded companies such as Paypal, Adobe and NeXT. After his tech success, Clarence founded Atlas Asset Management where Clarence helped finance art, music and film festivals such as Sundance and the Berlin Art Fair. Merging Atlas Asset Management with Herald Park, Clarence is deputy of Asset Management under Lord. Grayson. In his leisure, Clarence is a familiar face at the annual Head of the Charles Regatta as a volunteer coxwain coach for the Harvard team.
Ms. Amin completed her MSc in Geology and Mining from the Colorado School of Mines, she was later Associate Engineer at BHP Billiton’s operations in outback Australia. After her MBA from the London School of Economics, Noushafarin returned to BHP as a Metals and Mining Investment Associate, responsible for portfolio strategy and acquisitions in the industry. In 1994, Noushafarin started the alternative asset management fund Amin & Co. specializing in metals and mining. Since then, her firm funded more than 23 mining operations in Mongolia, Greater China, Canada and the United States. At Herald Park, Noushafarin is head of commodities trading and portfolio management for metals and mining. During summers, Noushafarin volunteers as a geology teacher, organizing Geology Summer Camps in her native Tehran. Noushafarin is an avid mountain climber having ascended K2 with an all-women team sponsored by Breitling.
William Cecil completed his BSc. in Accounting at Unviersity of Edinburgh. He became staff accountant at Deloitte’s investment banking practice. Intrigued by the complexities of corporate law, William was called to the Bar at Inner Temple where he practiced accounting and investment banking law at Standard Chartered and HSBC. Today, William serves as Auditor General for Herald Park Capital Management where he represented the company at the renown Cadre Noir in France.
A Manchester native, Krishna is Ssangyong scholar where he was sponsored to read his BEng in Civil Engineering at Imperial College. After 4 years at Ssangyong Construction where he was involved in the Jumeirah Emirates Tower and the Grand Hyatt Dubai Hotels, Krishna won a Fulbright Scholarship to the Chicago Booth School of Business to read an MBA in Corporate Finance. Krishna was an investment banking associate at UBS Investment Banking until his current position as Junior Partner for the Construction and Hospitality industries under Herald Park Asset Management. During summers, Krishna volunteers with Engineers Without Borders in India.
Raised in Bern, Switzerland, Natalie wrote her first computer program at 10 and sold her first computer game to Sega for $500. Naturally, Natalie took her BSc. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, working for Sony and Nintendo. Natalie had her first taste of success when she sold her in-game payment tools to Paypal. Advancing her career, she enrolled in the MBA program at INSEAD and worked at top Silicon Valley firms like Clarium Capital, Greylock Partners and Google Ventures. Natalie continues to advance Web 2.0 technology through Hamasaki + Partners as a Junior VC. Natalie and her husband maintains a vineyard in Napa valley where they indulge in perfecting the perfect glass of Bordeaux.
Having lived on the farms of Sasketchewan, Stephanie indicated passion in Alternative Energy by completing her BASc in Engineering Physics at the University of Toronto. Stephanie was headhunted to Shell’s Alternative Energy Engineering Division at the Hague in the Netherlands. There, Stephanie became a strong advocate for equal grid access for developing nations via her advocacy group ‘Power To All’. Persuaded, she pursued law and received her LLB from the Erasmus School of Law. Since then, Stephanie is general counsel to ING Asset Management (Energy). Today, Stephanie serves as legal advisor and energy investments specialist at Herald Park Asset Management.
Olumide obtained his Dipl-Eng in Electrical Engineering from TU Munich and was a commodities and metals floor trader at Deutsche Bank. Since then he has set up 4 proprietary trading shops in Europe, holds 3 algorithm trading patents to his name. Olumide has an MBA from Wharton School of Finance. He likes cross-country running and is a golf-enthusiast. Olumide spends his summers drilling wells in his mother’s homeland with Water Wells For Africa.
A Munich native, Christian won the DAAD Scholarship to pursue a B.A in Economics at Princeton. Since then, he rose to the rank and was Associate of Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank’s Telecommunications practice. A self-professed beer aficionado, Christian and his civil partner pioneered non-profit microbreweries in his native Germany, expanding operations to Austria and Switzerland.
Ms. Phillipe read law at Yale after her art history degree at UCLA. She articled for Justices at the Ninth Circuit and practised tax law at Bain Capital and Boston Consulting Group. Currently, Louise is a tax law consultant with Herald Park specializing in art and estate tax. A vegan at heart, she has campaigned for sustainable roof gardens in her hometown of New Jersey, and offers pro-bono services for refugees seeking political asylum in the U.S.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Mr. de La Rochefoucauld specialized in Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich. On graduation, he was Power Distributions Engineer at SIEMENS. Francois completed his MBA at INSEADS and was an investment banking associate at Sociale Generale. He later moved into private equity at Rothschilds & Sons in Paris. Today, Francois manages portfolios in the power and infrastructure industries. When not acting as Teaching Assistant at Ecole Polytechnique, Francois volunteers at the local soup kitchen and teaches affordable healthy cooking to inner city families.