Alex Edmans is professor of finance at London Business School and a member of The Purposeful Company Steering Group.
Alex’s research interests are in corporate finance (corporate governance, executive compensation, investment/growth/innovation, and mergers and acquisitions), behavioural finance, corporate social responsibility, and practical investment strategies.
Alex has published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Economic Literature. He is managing editor of the Review of Finance.
Turid Elisabeth Solvang, is president of ecoDa and co-founder and former managing director of the Norwegian Institute of Directors, established in 2009. (www.styreinstitutt.no).
Ms Solvang has been a board member of ecoDa (www.ecoda.org) since 2011, and was also member of the nomination and evaluation committee, the policy committee, and chairing ecoDa’s working group on board selection processes until November 3 2015.
Turid took her M.Sc. in general business at BI Norwegian Business School in 1989. She also holds a master program in scenario planning. Turid has extensive experience in corporate communications, as well as many years experience in board rooms as Non-Executive Director in both corporate boards (mainly financial and service sector) and membership associations.
From 2004 onwards, she has focused on board related products and services, including recruiting for corporate boards, and as co-owner and managing director of Infovidi AS, a project-development company based in Oslo, Norway. She was formerly responsible for corporate communication at Burson-Marsteller (the leading global public relations and public affairs firm) in Oslo, and was head of marketing at Fearnley Data, Oslo.
Richard Emerton is managing partner, board and CEO services, EMEA at Korn Ferry. His clients range from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 companies, to major global consulting and private equity firms. Prior to joining the firm, Richard spent eight years with another global executive search firm, where he held various leadership positions, including head of the board and CEO practice for the UK and head of the EMEA leadership consulting practice.
Kevin joined the University of York in September 2014. Prior to that he was senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield and held visiting professorships at the University of Toronto and Carleton University, Canada. Kevin has published widely on business and public policy, corporate power, corporate welfare and economic crisis, and welfare states.
Richard Fenning is the CEO of Control Risks. Richard joined Control Risks in 1993 and was head of the firm’s New York office from 1997–2000. He was appointed COO in 2001 and CEO in 2005. Richard advises many of the firm’s clients on a wide range of risk management issues. In addition, he is a frequent speaker on geo-political risk and its impact on business. Richard has an honours degree in Modern History from the University of Bristol, UK, and in 2004 attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD business school in France.
Guilherme Filardi is a partner at the law firm De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Sociedade de Advogados (DDSA) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a specialist in corporate and international law and is the author of several articles on corporate governance and business in Brazil.
Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes is director of research at Tomorrow’s Company.
He worked for eight years in investment banking and venture capital, primarily as a sell-side research analyst. He worked for Dresdner Kleinwort, Frontiers Capital and was vice president on the Citi telecoms equity research team before joining Tomorrow’s Company in 2015. Laurie led the Tomorrow’s Company Futures Project, reviewing progress since the foundation of Tomorrow’s Company in 1996, and developing a fresh agenda for the years ahead, published in the report, 'UK Business: What’s wrong? What’s next?'. He is also the author of 'Playing the Long Game - How to Save the West from Short-Termism' (2015). Laurie studied Economics at Cambridge University.
Anthony read engineering at Cambridge, then became a solicitor specialising in international liability and insurance law. During two decades as a partner in one of the leading legal specialists in the handling of international disasters, he refined strategies to prioritise and reconcile the reputational, humanitarian, commercial, legal and insurance issues arising in crises. He also advised major brands in the wake of severe adverse events. Following his retirement from the law, Anthony founded Reputability, of which he is chairman. He is co-author of "Roads to Ruin", the Cass Business School report for Airmic and, with Derek Atkins, of "Rethinking Reputational Risk: How to Manage the Risks that can Ruin Your Business, Your Reputation and You".
Gary is a political sociologist with broad research interests in the relationship between business and society with a particular focus on the impact of business political activity over health policy and financial regulation. His work covers the role of multinational corporations in shaping the regulatory architecture of the European Union and European member states, their use of corporate social responsibility practices to influence policy and their use of outsider political strategies and third parties to expand policy conflicts.
Lars-Erik Forsgårdh (known as 'LEF') has extensive experience of chairing boards of different types of companies and organisations, as well as being a member of boards in both listed and non-listed companies. He is a current board member and former chairman of ecoDa (the European Confederation of Directors' Associations). He is also chairman of the Swedish Academy of Board Directors and chairman of the Swedish Society of Share Promotion, an organisation that annually informs 25,000 students how to invest in stocks and mutual funds. LEF has a PhD in Finance and Accounting from the Stockholm School of Economics where he worked as teacher and researcher. He is a former managing director of the Swedish Shareholders' Association and cofounder of Euroshareholders. LEF was also a member of the Swedish Corporate Governance Board.
Philippa Foster Back CBE is director of the Institute of Business Ethics. She has 30 years of business experience, having begun her career at Citibank. She speaks widely on business ethics issues, encouraging high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values. Philippa sits on the boards/advisory boards of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and RAND Europe. She is a visiting fellow of the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and honorary vice president of the Employee Ownership Association. She chairs the Antarctic Place Names Committee and is former chairman of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. Philippa was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours 2006 for services to the Ministry of Defence, and in July 2008 was awarded the BITC Marks & Spencer Sieff Award. In the 2014 New Years Honours she was awarded a CBE for services to Antarctic Heritage.