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Global Advisory Board
Lord Mervyn Davies
Chairman of the Global Advisory Board

​Lord Davies of Abersoch is a Partner and Vice Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specializing in financial services.  He has a wide range of interests, including being Chairman of the Trustees of the Royal Academy of Arts Trust.  He was Minister for Trade, Investment, Small Business and Infrastructure from January 2009 until May 2010. Prior to that, he was Chairman and previously CEO, and served on the Board of Standard Chartered for over 12 years. He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for seven years.  Lord Davies is also a JP in Hong Kong.

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Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky was the United States Trade Representative from 1997-2001, and Acting and Deputy USTR from 1993-1996. As a member of President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, she was responsible for the formulation of US trade policy and the negotiation of hundreds of complex trade, market access and investment agreements across the globe, including China’s WTO agreement.  She is currently Senior International Partner at WilmerHale in Washington, DC. She has been a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the recipient of numerous academic and professional honors. Her current Board affiliations include American Express Company, Inc., Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., Intel Corporation and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. She is also a Trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Professor Dr. Herbert Henzler

Professor Dr. Herbert Henzler was Chairman of the Advisory Board of Credit Suisse Germany and Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Credit Suisse Group from 2002 – 2012. He is currently director emeritus at McKinsey and has been a member of the office of the Managing Director of McKinsey since 1994. Prof. Dr. Henzler joined McKinsey in 1970, was promoted to principal in 1975 and to director in 1978. He also served as Chairman of McKinsey Germany for 14 years and as Chairman of McKinsey Europe for three years. Prof. Dr. Henzler has been a lecturer in International Management at the University of Munich for 25 years, an honorary professor of Strategy and Organization and member of the faculty of business administration since 1992. He is also a visiting professor of Skolkovo Moscow Business School. Prof. Dr. Henzler also chaired the Wissenschaftlich-Technischen Beirat from 2004 – 2009 and served as chairman of the Zukunftsrat (Counsel on the future of society) of the Bavarian Government from 2009 – 2012. Prof. Dr. Henzler currently serves on the advisory boards of Deutsche Bahn, New Silk Route and FC Bayern München. Previously he served on the advisory boards of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hochtief, Siemag and Mainstream Renewable.​

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Kwon Ping Ho
Kwon Ping Ho is Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, which owns both listed and private companies engaged in the development, ownership and operation of hotels, resorts, spas, residential homes, retail galleries and other lifestyle activities around the world. Born in 1952, Mr. Ho was educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore. He worked as a broadcast and financial journalist and was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He joined the family business in 1981. In 1994, after the success of rehabilitating an abandoned tin mine into Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort, he launched Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. Banyan Tree has grown to more than 30 hotels and resorts, over 60 spas and close to 80 retail galleries, as well as three golf courses. With a strong presence in China, Banyan Tree currently has over 20 projects under development.  In May 2000, Mr. Ho was conferred an honorary doctorate by Johnson & Wales University, and later received the London Business School 2005 Entrepreneurship Award. In 2008, he was named CEO of the Year at the Singapore Corporate Awards. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award at the China Hotel Investment Summit in Shanghai.  As Chairman of Singapore Management University (SMU), Mr. Ho was awarded the Singapore Government’s Meritorious Service Medal for his contribution in the founding of SMU. In 2010, he became the first Asian to receive the ACA (American Creativity Association) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his creativity and innovation in various spheres of endeavor. In 2011, he was voted top Thinker in Singapore in the Yahoo! Singapore 9 Awards, a testament to his business innovations and leadership in civic causes.  The year 2012 saw Mr. Ho awarded with CNBC’s Travel Business Leader Award Asia Pacific 2012, in addition to being named to the board of Diageo, a British multinational.
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Michael Marks
Michael Marks is a Founder and Partner of Riverwood Capital. Established by a group of private equity and technology industry executives, the company is a globally-focused private equity firm that invests in high-growth businesses in the technology and service industries.  He was a Partner and then Senior Advisor at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co between 2006 and 2007, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Tesla Motors, Inc. in 2007 and worked at Flextronics International Ltd. as Chairman and CEO between 1993 and 2006. His current Board affiliations include SanDisk Corporation (Chairman), Schlumberger Ltd, Aptina Imaging, GoPro, Globant, The Julliard School and The V Foundation (non-profit).
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Sidney Taurel
Sidney Taurel had a distinguished career with both US and international experience at Eli Lilly and Company between 1971 and 2008. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals and animal health products.  Mr. Taurel joined Eli Lilly and Company in 1971 as an international marketing associate.  His 37-year career included 15 years in Brazil, France, Eastern Europe and the UK.  He became president of Lilly International in 1986, president of the Pharmaceutical Division in 1993, COO in 1996, CEO in 1998 and chairman of the board in 1999.  He retired as chairman and CEO in 2008.  He is currently Senior Advisor at Capital Royalty LLP, a private equity firm investing in intellectual property in the biopharmaceutical industry. His current Board affiliations include IBM Corporation, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and BioCrossroads. Mr. Taurel is a member of the Global Advisory board of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. and Almirall.  He received three Presidential appointments including the Homeland Security Advisory Council (2002-2004), the President’s Export Council (2002-2007) and the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (2007-2009).  He is an officer of the French Legion of Honor.
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Hubert Védrine
Hubert Védrine was French Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Lionel Jospin cabinet between 1997 and 2002. He was foreign affairs advisor, then chief of staff, of French President François Mitterrand between 1981 and 1995, and has been Chairman of the Institut François Mitterrand since 2004. He is the Founding Partner of Hubert Védrine Conseil, specializing in geopolitical strategy. He published a number of pieces including a 800-page book on foreign policy titled “The Worlds of François Mitterrand”, “The Maps of France at the Time of Globalization” with Domique Moisi, a selection of articles and speeches under the title “In the Face of the Hyperpower”, “Le temps des chimères”, “History Strikes Back: How States, Nations, and Conflicts Are Shaping the 21st Century” (Brookings Institution Press, 2008), and “Dans la mêlée mondiale” (2012).  He is a Director of LVMH and IPSOS, and was on the Advisory Board of Booz Allen Hamilton France.
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