The Rt Hon Gisela Stuart
General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE
The Rt Hon the Lord Boateng
Louise Harvey OBE MVO
Marcus Lenzen FRSA
Sue Middleton MBE
The Rt Hon the Baroness Northover
Mona Siddiqui OBE FRSE FRSA
Emma Sky OBE
Rob van den Berg
Sir Rob Wainwright KCMG
Dr Heather Williams
Gisela was the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston from 1997 to 2017. She was a Health Minister in the first Tony Blair government. In parliament she served on the Foreign Affairs as well as the Defence Committee. In 2015 she was appointed by the Prime Minister to join the Intelligence and Security Committee and was made a Privy Councillor.
In the 2016 referendum, Gisela chaired the official ‘Vote Leave’ campaign. For more than 10 years she was Editor of the weekly political magazine The House. She is a Non-Executive Board Member for the Cabinet Office and is a founding director of the Henry Jackson Society. Gisela sits on the advisory board of the Global Strategy Forum, a forum focussing on foreign affairs, defence and international security issues, and sits on the Board of Birmingham City University. She is, alongside Sir Simon Fraser, the former Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, honorary president of the British Foreign Policy Group, which explores the foreign policy challenges and opportunities for the UK.
Sir Richard served as Commander, Joint Forces Command, one of the six Chiefs of Staff leading the UK Armed Forces from 2013 to 2016.
His distinguished military career included the last decade of the Cold War and leadership from Captain to General on military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, often as part of US-led coalitions and in NATO. As a Lieutenant General serving in the Ministry of Defence, he oversaw all UK military operations, including support to the 2012 Olympics.
His work today includes Managing Partner of Wychwood Partners, providing government and senior board-level geo-strategic insight and advice on digital risk and opportunity, particularly cyber resilience. He is Co-Chairman of Universal Defence & Security Solutions, applying the expertise of former Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and MoD Civil Service personnel to work around the world. He advises widely on senior leadership, defence and security, lecturing regularly on defence policy, strategy and the transformation of the armed forces through Digital Age technology.
Sir Richard read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at The Queen’s College, Oxford. He is a Distinguished Fellow at RUSI, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS.
A member of the House of Lords since 2010, Paul Boateng was previously a Labour Member of Parliament from 1987 to 2005 and a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury. After leaving the Commons he served as British High Commissioner to South Africa.
He currently chairs Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), an international donor funded organisation helping to transform cities to benefit the millions who lack access to water and sanitation. He sits on the Board of a pan African bank and on the Advisory Boards of a number of US and European companies and foundations in the pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors.
Lord Boateng is Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, chairs Book Aid International, is a Vice President of the London Library and sits on the Boards of the Museum of London and the Ballet Rambert. He is a Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and chairs its International Council.
He has written, broadcast and lectured extensively over the past 40 years on community relations, the law, the role of faith in politics, public service delivery and international development.
Lord Boateng read law at the University of Bristol and is a barrister by profession.
Andrew is the Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs. Before politics he worked at Sky plc for 20 years and rose to become Group Chief Operating Officer. In 2019 he was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Chief Business Adviser.
He served on Sky’s Board of Directors from 2008-19, at the time being the youngest person to hold such a role in a FTSE100 company. Throughout his tenure at Sky, the company was a leader in taking action on climate and the environment, becoming one of the first companies to be carbon neutral in 2006 through partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Between 2014-2019, Andrew served as Senior Independent Non Executive Director of Just Eat plc. After acting as interim Chairman between April 2018 and April 2019 he was named The Sunday Times Non Executive Director of the Year for his leadership.
Andrew previously worked at PwC and Rothschild. He studied Law at Nottingham University and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995.
Louise Harvey is Chair of the global business advisory firm FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications practice in Brussels. She has 30 years experience in public affairs, government relations and communications consultancy and has lived and worked on three continents. She currently works with a team drawn from 23 nationalities.
Before moving into consultancy, Louise worked for 13 years for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. She had diplomatic postings to Kuala Lumpur, Dar es Salaam and The Hague and worked in departments in London focusing on European affairs. She was awarded an MVO in 1979.
Louise has strong international management expertise having run public relations and public affairs businesses in The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. She was the first female President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium in the 102-year history of the Chamber. During her tenure, it was awarded ‘Chamber of the Year’ against a field of 40 chambers across Europe. She is currently a member of the Board of Amcham EU which speaks for American business committed to Europe on trade, investment and competitiveness issues. Louise was awarded an OBE for services to British business in Belgium in 2004.
Louise is a Member of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Short Term Holding Facility in Dover. She was appointed to the Advisory Council of Wilton Park, an executive agency of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in June 2016.
Marcus is currently a senior adviser for the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in New York. He has specialised throughout his career on the interface between international development and peacebuilding and served with several international aid agencies.
Until 2017, he was the Senior Conflict Adviser in the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE). He led the refresh of DFID’s guidelines on building peace and stability, and coordinated a corresponding workstream in the UK’s 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review. Previous DFID roles included lead Conflict Adviser in Nigeria and policy lead on multilateral peacebuilding institutions.
Marcus held prior positions on development, peacebuilding and transitional justice with UNDP and GIZ. He has worked in and on a range of countries including the Balkans, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Timor Leste, Myanmar, Guatemala and Peru. In 2013-14, he was a Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and has served in advisory roles on research programmes of Oxford University and the International Center for Transitional Justice. He holds an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Politics, Modern History, and Applied Cultural Studies from the University of Muenster (Germany).
Lesley-Anne is an internationally recognised leader in digital global health and a highly networked and experienced international development actor. A progressive and innovative thinker, she is skilled at driving transformative change through collaborative, inclusive, transparent and productive action.
Lesley-Anne has helped establish an array of international development initiatives, including in health, education, child rights and law, across 17 countries. A former practicing family law Barrister, Lesley-Anne also has served as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University (UK), Global Director of mPowering Frontline Health Workers (US), and Director of Digital Square (US), the founder and first Director of HEAT (Heath and Education Training, to train over 38,000 community health workers in Ethiopia), Assistant Director of International Development at the Open University, and the first CEO of the African Justice Foundation.
Lesley-Anne is now working as an international development strategist, providing direction and technical advice to governments, regional organisations, technology developers, program implementers, the private sector, NGOs, and academic institutions in Africa, the U.S. and Europe.
A member of several international boards and committees, Lesley-Anne is also a frequent international speaker on global and digital health.
Sue is Vice President at the Vaccines Division of the global drugs company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
She has worked in many roles in communications and government affairs in the UK, Australia and Belgium. These include managing GSK’s European Government Affairs, working with European institutions in Brussels. Prior to this, she was Vice President of GSK’s Corporate and UK Government Relations and was responsible for managing the high level dialogue between the pharmaceutical industry and the UK Government.
In 2014, Sue was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to the pharmaceutical industry.
Sue has a degree in Chemistry from Sheffield University.
The Rt Hon the Baroness Northover is Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for the Liberal Democrats and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Angola and Zambia. She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of International Development (DFID), and Minister for Africa, 2014-15, in the Coalition Government. Prior to that she served in a number of Government departments, including the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Government Equalities Office, as well as serving as Lead Government Spokesperson for DFID from 2010-14.
Lindsay Northover is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College. She is a former Member of Council of the Overseas Development Institute, Trustee of the Tropical Health and Education Trust, Trustee of UNICEF UK and Trustee of the Liberal Democrats. Her first degree is from Oxford University, and her Master’s and PhD are from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. Lindsay Northover was formerly a Lecturer at University College London and the Wellcome Institute.
David is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Chief of Staff and Strategy. He is an experienced community relations and peacebuilding practitioner, community theologian, board member and chief executive, having worked and held office in regional, national and international faith-based organisations and public bodies.
His particular interests are public theology, especially the relationship between religion, politics and national identity; the rise of religiously motivated violence in global and regional conflicts; diversity in multicultural societies; and the theological foundation, moral vision and practical outworking of reconciliation.
David studied at the London School of Theology (BA in Theology, Honours thesis in Missiology, Advance Diploma in Pastoral Theology) and the University of Ulster (MA in Peace Studies).
Catherine is a former British diplomat, currently working for NATO as Political Advisor to the Commander at Joint Force Command Brunssum, NATO’s command headquarters in the Netherlands.
She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986 and has served overseas in Chile, Ireland, Argentina, Venezuela. From 1991-1997 Catherine worked on UK policy in Iraq and from 2001-2003 she served as the Head of the Policy Unit on the Convention for the Future of Europe.
From 2010-2014 she served in Afghanistan, first as Deputy Ambassador, then as Head of the Secretariat of the International Policy Co-ordination Board where she worked with the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI) in developing a ten year vision and roadmap for the reform of the Ministry. As Senior Advisor to the Interior Minister, she supported efforts to implement functioning, sustainable and Afghan led reform.
Catherine studied at the Universities of Oxford (BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and Wales (Msc Econ in Strategic Studies).
Mona is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean international for the Middle-East at the University of Edinburgh. She is known internationally as a public intellectual and a speaker on issues around religion, ethics, and public life. She is a regular commentator in the media, known especially for her appearances on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland’s Thought for the Day.
Professor Siddiqui’s research areas are primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations.
In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to interfaith services and in 2017 was listed in Debrett’s list of the 500 most influential people in the UK. In 2019 she received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation.
Mona is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, holds six honorary doctorates and in April 2019 was elected a Fellow of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences.
Shanker is currently CEO of Competere Ltd and a prominent trade and competition lawyer. He is an adviser to governments and companies around the globe and an author on the subject of competition and trade.
An Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Shanker previously led the IEA’s International Trade and Competition Unit and has worked with governments and multi-national companies on trade, competition and regulatory issues in 50 countries.
In his recent work he advised the UK government, industry and media on the UK’s exit from the European Union. He is a former advisor to the Secretary of State for International Trade in the UK and was an advisor to the United States Trade Representative and Department of Commerce, of the few people to advise both the UK and US governments on trade issues.
Shanker has written books on the subject of trade, competition and regulatory frameworks, as well as lectured and spoken extensively. He has been featured in various articles and media publications surrounding his expertise in the fields of trade and competition.
He is the founder of the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition, the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities Project (CECP), co-chair of the small business working group of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and the lead author of the SRB economic model to measure Anti-Competitive Market Distortions.
Emma is Director of Yale World Fellows and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics and Global Affairs. She is the author of the highly acclaimed The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.
She served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq from 2007-2010; as advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006; as advisor to the US Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005; and as Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004. Prior to that, Emma worked in the Palestinian territories for a decade, managing projects to develop Palestinian institutions; and to promote co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Rob van den Berg is Visiting Professor at the Department for International Development of King’s College, London, as well as a Honorary Associate of the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton. He serves as Chair of the Advisory Group on Evaluation and Learning of the Climate Investment Funds at the World Bank. On 1 April 2020 his second and last term as President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) ended.
He has had a long career in international development, first at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, where from 1999-2004 he was Director of the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department. From 2004-2014 he was Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility at the World Bank in Washington DC. He has been involved in the DAC Evaluation Network, which he chaired from 2002-2004, and the Evaluation Cooperation Group of the multilateral banks, as well as the UN Evaluation Group.
Rob has published more than 25 articles and chapters and co-edited five books, on subjects ranging from the history of development to research funding and evaluation issues, especially in the light of sustainable development.
Sir Rob is a Senior Partner at Deloitte advising global companies on cyber security, financial crime, and other areas of risk.
He previously served as Executive Director of Europol, the European Union law enforcement agency. Here he helped to establish the European Counter Terrorism Centre and the European Cybercrime Centre and led the transformation of Europol into a world-class security institution.
Sir Rob has had a 28-year career in intelligence, policing, government, EU and international affairs, including with the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, National Criminal Intelligence Service and the British Security Service. He has worked across a range of pioneering security solutions in technology, data and intelligence operations, including driving new public-private initiatives on cyber security and financial crime through the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Institute of International Finance.
In June 2018 he was awarded a Knighthood by HM The Queen for his services to security and policing.
Sir Rob is a Board member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Centre for Cyber Security, the Global Cyber Alliance and the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Information Security.
Dr Heather Williams is a lecturer in the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at King’s College London where she teaches on arms control and deterrence.
She is an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and a Senior Associate Fellow with the European Leadership Network.
From 2018 to 2019 Dr Williams served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords International Relations Committee inquiry into the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Disarmament. She is also an adjunct Research Staff Member in the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia.
Her research focuses on the impact of emerging technology on strategic stability and arms control, nuclear order and disarmament, and the impact of social media on escalation. Until January 2015, Heather was a Research Fellow on Nuclear Weapons Policy at Chatham House and led research on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Initiative.
Dr Williams completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She has a BA in International Relations and Russian Studies from Boston University, and an MA in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University.
Tom is President of the Washington, DC based consulting firm Woods International, LLC. The firm creates public and private collaboration in support of economic growth and sustainable development in emerging markets. Woods International advises US Fortune 500 companies, international non-governmental organizations, and emerging technology companies across a range of sectors.
He also serves as the Chairman of the Wilton Park USA Foundation and hosts the Washington Hub of Wilton Park. The Foundation and the Hub work to expand Wilton Park’s outreach in the US through events and funding partnerships.
Tom served as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa (2004-2006) and led US engagement with 25 countries in west and southern Africa. He also led US economic policy towards Africa. He also served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa at the US Agency for International Development (2002-2004).
He earned a BA in International Studies and economics with highest honours from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.