Editors & Contributors

Mandy Kovacs

Mandy Kovacs is a journalist writing for news agency International News Services. She writes analytical pieces on a wide variety of industrial and business sectors. She has reported on the business, fraud and money-laundering industries, as well as the food, technology, transportation, and personal-care sectors, with a particular focus on Canada.

Nirmalya Kumar

Nirmalya Kumar is a distinguished fellow at the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, and a visiting professor of marketing at London Business School. Most recently, he became a member of the Group Executive Council of Tata Sons and strategy thought leader at the group. Nirmalya has written six books, five of which are published by Harvard Business Press: "Marketing as Strategy" (2004), "Private Label Strategy" (2007), "Value Merchants" (2007), "India’s Global Powerhouses" (2009), and "India Inside" (2012). Nirmalya is an outlier among marketing professors, having accomplished the rare feat of publishing six articles each in both the Journal of Marketing Research and the Harvard Business Review. His publications have attracted more than 8,000 citations on Google Scholar.

Katherine Lee

Katherine Lee is a founder of Bendon Lee, the investor relations advisers. She is a former CFO at YouGov plc, where she was instrumental in growing the business from £2m to £43m in revenues and internationalising the group. Katherine was awarded the Finance Director of the year - Growing business in 2007. She has managed investor relations from within corporates and worked in corporate finance and advisory at both PwC and Grant Thornton.

Andrew Leigh

Andrew is author of 'Ethical Leadership: Creating and Sustaining an Ethical Business Culture' (Kogan Page, 2013) and writes regularly on this at www.ethical-leadership.co.uk. 

He is a joint founder of Maynard Leigh Associates whose mission is to 'Inspire Greater Impact'. The company pioneered the use of ideas from theatre in business and is now in its 26th year of trading, with many global and international clients.

Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis has been an EU-accredited freelance journalist since July 1988, covering the Brussels angle on subjects ranging from finance to car emissions, medicine to food and everything in between. Originating from Wales and an Aberystwyth politics graduate, Sara, who speaks fluent French, is a business correspondent based in Brussels.

Simon Lowe

Simon Lowe leads Grant Thornton's large corporate practice and is chairman of the Grant Thornton Governance Institute. He is also lead partner for a number of the firm's larger external audit clients and has more than 25 years' experience in the role of partner delivering audit, advisory, assurance and risk management services to public and larger private companies, during which time he founded the firm's business risk services practice and worked across a wide range of sectors. Simon is the author of Grant Thornton's FTSE 350 Corporate Governance Review, the UK's leading research document into the UK's Code of Corporate Governance and referred to by the FRC in all of its recent reviews of the Code and also by the Walker review. Simon was also a member of the FRC's steering group responsible for the Guidance for Effective Boards issued in March 2011, the replacement for the Higgs guidance.

Stuart MacKenzie

Stuart is managing director of Maynard Leigh Associates. He provides consultation on behavioural change as well designing and delivering workshops in communication, leadership, creativity, change and team working. Stuart also has a background in the performing arts, working in film, theatre and TV as a director, actor and writer. As a pioneer of performance coaching he brings a creative and challenging approach to help produce extraordinary results. Stuart promotes individual and corporate change, unlocking performance and creating people-centred solutions to business needs. Stuart has worked with organisations such as BP, Credit Suisse, Hewlett Packard, the Home Office and Sun MicroSystems.

Florence Massena

Florence Massena is a journalist working in Lebanon since 2013. After studying political sciences in Toulouse, she travelled in the Middle East region and settled in Beirut. She writes about economic, cultural and social matters.

James McAlister

James McAlister, MA DipBCM DipEd FBCI FICPEM, is the director of Crisis Prepared Limited, an organisational resilience consultancy and vice chair of the Business Continuity Institute. He is a former police officer with over 30 years experience in business continuity, civil protection, crisis and major incident management. James specialises in developing and facilitated training programmes and exercises throughout the UK and internationally for a diverse array of topics including political party conferences, major sporting events, counter terrorism operations, VIP visits, public order events, environmental / man-made disasters and more recently cyber-attacks and active shooter scenarios.

Dina Medland

Dina Medland is a former staff journalist and regular contributor at the Financial Times. Since September 2013 she has written for Forbes magazine, covering leadership, the boardroom and issues around corporate governance.

Peter Montagnon

Peter Montagnon is an associate director at the Institute of Business Ethics, a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Board of Norges Bank Investment Management, and a member of the board of Hawkamah Institute, Dubai. Peter was previously senior investment adviser at the Financial Reporting Council, and director of investment affairs at the Association of British Insurers. Peter started his career as a financial journalist, including 20 years at the Financial Times where assignments included Asia editor and head of Lex.