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ISD Board of Trustees

Lord Weidenfeld - President

Lord Weidenfeld - PresidentBorn in Vienna in 1919, George Weidenfeld left Austria for England in 1938. During World War II he worked with the BBC Overseas Service and in 1948 founded the publishing firm Weidenfeld & Nicolson, with Nigel Nicolson. In 1949 he became Political Advisor and Chef de Cabinet in Israel to President Weizmann, and spent a year in this capacity.

A British citizen since 1946, Lord Weidenfeld was awarded a peerage in 1976. From 1992 to 1994, he was Vice-Chairman of the University of Oxford Campaign and since 1994, Vice-President of the Oxford University Development Programme. He is involved with the Europaeum network of postgraduate Institutes of European Affairs. He has several honorary degrees from universities across Europe including the Diplomatic College Vienna and the University of Exeter. He is an Honorary Fellow of both St. Anne's College and St. Peter's College, Oxford and of King's College London. He was made an Honorary Senator of Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn (1996), and Magister, Diplomatic College Vienna (1999). He received the Charlemagne Medal for European Media in Aachen (Germany, 2000) and the London Book Fair/Trilogy Lifetime Achievement Award for International Publishing in 2007. He holds the German Knights Commanders Cross (Badge & Star) of the Order of Merit (1991), the Austrian Cross of Honour First Class for Arts and Science (2002), the Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the County of Vienna (2003) and the Italian Grand Officer of the Order of Merit (2005). In 2008 he signed the Golden Book of the City of Potsdam (Germany).

Among other appointments he is Chairman of Weidenfeld & Nicolson; President of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; Director of Cheyne Capital Management; Honorary Chairman, of the Board of Governors, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Board Member of Herbert Quandt Foundation Bad Homburg; consultant to the Bertelsmann Foundation and columnist for Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag (Berlin).

Michael Lewis - Chairman

Michael Lewis is a director of Foschini Limited, one of South Africa's foremost retail companies with 1,200 stores. He is actively involved in the biotechnology industry, having co-founded ProChon Biotech Limited, an Israeli-based biotechnology company focusing on bone and cartilage development and tissue engineering. Mr. Lewis' other interests include general investment, real estate and media. Mr. Lewis has an Honours Degree in Economics and previously worked for Ivory & Sime, Lombard Odier and money management companies in Scotland and England. He is a director of United Trust Bank Limited, a UK merchant bank and is on the supervisory board of Axel Springer AG. Mr Lewis is Chairman of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Co-Chair of the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme.

Sir Ronald Grierson

Sir Ronald Grierson is a banker and industrialist and has on several occasions held full-time appointments in government. His principal business posts were Managing Director of S.G. Warburg (1948-1985) and Vice-Chairman of The General Electric Company (1968-1996). His main public appointments (other than service in HM Forces from 1940-1952) were Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of the UK Industrial Reorganisation Corporation and Director-General for Industry and Technology of the European Commission in Brussels. At various times he also served on the boards of Chrysler Corporation, R.J. Reynolds Nabisco, W.R. Grace & Co., British Aircraft Corporation (now BAE Systems) and International Computers Ltd. He continues to serve on boards and advisory boards in Europe and the USA (Blackstone Group and Bain & Co. among them) and is chairman of several international philanthropic bodies in the fields of medicine, education and music. From 1984-1990 he was executive chairman of the South Bank Centre, London's principal arts complex. He is also a trustee of the London Symphony Orchestra and of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Stuart C. Fiertz CFA, CAIA (Club of Three Treasurer)

Stuart is President and Director of Research of Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP, which is a London-based asset manager with $6 billion under management.

From 1991 to 2000 and prior to establishing Cheyne Capital, Mr. Fiertz worked for Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for the development and implementation of customised portfolio strategies and for credit research in the convertible bond management practice, latterly as an Executive Director. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Fiertz was, in chronological order, an equity research analyst for the Value Line Investment Survey from 1984 to 1986, and a high yield credit analyst in Boston at Merrill Lynch from 1986 to 1988 and in New York at Lehman Brothers from 1988 to 1990.

Mr. Fiertz is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst who was educated at the International School of Geneva from 1976 to 1980 and from 1980 to 1984 at Dartmouth College where he was awarded a BA degree in Political Science and Economics.

Professor Peter Baldwin

Peter Baldwin is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests focus on the comparative development of the modern state and the long historical roots of much seemingly modern policy. His latest book, Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS (Berkeley and New York, 2005), for example, investigates contemporary epidemic disease policy as the outcome of long-established public health strategies dating back at least to the beginning of the nineteenth century.


Professor. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger is Founder and Honorary Chairman of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has grown to become  the fifth largest strategy consultancy in the world, with 36 offices in 25 countries. The company advises leading international industry and service enterprises as well as public institutions.

Roland Berger is Honorary Professor for Business Administration and Management Consulting at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus. He is a member of the Councils of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, and of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. Furthermore, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich and a member of the Board of INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France.

Roland Berger was a member of many expert groups advising various federal and state governments. The Portuguese State President, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, appointed him to the "Globalization Council Portugal". In 2007, Roland Berger was appointed by the European Commission to the "High Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens" headed by former State Premier Dr. Edmund Stoiber.

Roland Berger is Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Finland in Bavaria and Thuringia.

He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of his private Roland Berger Foundation. The Roland Berger Foundation is committed to protecting human dignity and human rights worldwide, and to facilitating access to high-quality education for talented young people from underprivileged backgrounds in Europe.

Roland Berger is a member of various supervisory boards of national and international companies, foundations and organizations. These include Fiat Group, Turin, Italy; Telecom Italia, Milan, Italy and Fresenius SE (Chairman Audit Committee), Bad Homburg. He is also a member of various international advisory boards, including Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt; MillerBuckfire New York, USA; Sony Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, and The Blackstone Group, New York, USA.


Dr. Mathias Doepfner

Mathias Döpfner is Chairman and C.E.O. of Axel Springer AG in Berlin. He has been with Axel Springer AG since 1998, initially as Editor-in-Chief of Die Welt and since 2000 as Member of the Management Board. During his career Mathias Döpfner held different positions in media companies. Among others he was Editor-in-Chief of the newspapers Wochenpost and Hamburger Morgenpost. At Gruner+Jahr he was Assistant to the CEO in Hamburg and to the Head of International Business in Paris. Mathias Döpfner worked as a writer and Brussels-based correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He studied Musicology, German and Theatrical Arts in Frankfurt and Boston. He is member of the Board of Directors of Time Warner Inc, Member of the Board of Directors of RHJ International SA and holds several honorary offices; among others at the American Academy, the American Jewish Committee, the Aspen Institute, the Ben Gurion University of the Negev and the EPC-European Publishers Council.

Francis Finlay

finlayfrancisFrancis Finlay  is currently director of a number of international investment companies and institutions with a range of specialties including listed global equities,  hedge funds, private equity, frontier markets as well as a sovereign wealth fund,  and also serves on several endowment investment committees.

He was formerly Chairman of Clay Finlay, an international investment firm based in New York which he co-founded in 1982 and led until 2006 following acquisition of the firm in 2000.  Previously Mr. Finlay held senior investment management positions at Morgan Guaranty and Lazard Freres in New York and Paris and was a member of the investment policy committees of both institutions.

Mr. Finlay's interests outside the investment world include serving as co-chairman of the EastWest Institute in New York, a Trustee of the British Museum and of the Ditchley Foundation, chairman of the James Martin 21st Century Foundation and a governor of the London Business School.

Educated at Oxford University, where he is an honorary fellow of Merton College,  Mr. Finlay was an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Business 1981-1986 and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE

Charles Guthrie joined the Welsh Guards in 1959 and in the 60s served with them and the SAS in the United Kingdom, Germany, Libya, The Middle East, Malaysia and East Africa. He spent 1972 as a student at the Army Staff College and then held a number of appointments in Whitehall and with his Regiment in London, Northern Ireland and Cyprus.

From 1977 to 1980 he commanded the Welsh Guards in Berlin and Northern Ireland. In 1980 he served briefly in the South Pacific and as the Commander British Forces, New Hebrides, recaptured the island of Espirito Santo, which had been seized by insurgents. Apart from holding a number of senior staff appointments, he commanded an Armoured Brigade, an Infantry Division, 1st British Corps, the British Army of the Rhine, and the Northern Army Group before becoming Chief of the General Staff (Head of the Army in 1994). From 1997 to 2001 he was Chief of the Defence Staff and the Principal Military Adviser to two Prime Ministers and three Secretaries of State for Defence.

For ten years he served as Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps and is currently Colonel of The Life Guards, Gold Stick to The Queen and Colonel Commandant of the SAS. He retired from the Army in February 2001.

He is a director of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited, Advanced Interactive Systems Inc, and Aon Ltd. In addition he is a Council Member and Executive Committee Member of The International Institute of Strategic Studies, a Visiting Professor and Honorary Fellow of King's College London, Chairman of the Trustees of The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives and a Member of the Steering Committee of The Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC. He is President of The Army Benevolent Fund, Action Medical Research, The Federation of London Youth Clubs, Weston Spirit and a Governor of The Charterhouse, Clerkenwell.

Andre Hoffmann

André Hoffmann studied economics at the University of St. Gallen and holds a MBA from INSEAD. In 1983, he became head of administration of the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat in the Camargue, France. In 1985, Mr. Hoffmann joined James Capel and Co., London as an associate on the Continental Desk. Later he became Manager for European Mergers and Acquisitions at James Capel and Co. Corporate Finance Ltd, London.

In 1991, he joined Nestlé UK, London as a brand manager. In 1994, Mr. Hoffmann established a family office dealing with asset management and board directorships. He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Roche Holding Ltd. as well as of the Board of Givaudan Ltd., a member of the Board of Brunswick Leasing Ltd, Amazentis SA, MedAssurant Inc. and INSEAD. He is Chairman of Nemadi Advisors Ltd, Living Planet Fund Management Co. and Massellaz S.A.

Mr Hoffmann serves on the board of Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. and is Vice-President of WWF International. He also serves on the board of Global Footprint Network and other non-profit foundations.

Born in 1958, Mr. Hoffmann is a Swiss national.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Helena Kennedy practises predominantly in criminal law, undertaking leading work of all kinds. She also undertakes judicial review, public inquiries and sex discrimination work. She has acted in many leading cases including the Brighton Bombing Trial, the Guildford Four Appeal and many of the trials of battered women who kill their partners.

She has 20 honorary doctorates in law and is Vice-President of the Haldane Society, the Association of Women Barristers and a Patron of the civil rights organisation Liberty. She chaired the Commission of Inquiry into Violence in Penal Institutions for Young People and the Commission¹s report Banged Up, Beaten Up, Cutting Up was published in 1995. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. A member of the Foreign Policy Centre's Advisory Council, she is also a Bencher of Gray¹s Inn and a Member of the House of Lords.

Baroness Kennedy is President of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She is a member of the French Academie Universelle des Cultures, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of the National Children's Bureau. As commissioner on the National Commission for Education, she chaired a committee on widening participation in further education and the commission's seminal report, Learning Works, was published in 1997. In 1999 she became a member of the World Bank Institute's External Advisory Council. She was a member of the International Bar Association's Task Force on Terrorism which reported in 2003.

A frequent broadcaster and journalist on law and women's rights, Helena Kennedy created the BBC television series Blind Justice in 1987 and presented the BBC's Heart of the Matter (1987), Raw Deal, on Medical Negligence, (1989), The Trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1990) and Time Gentlemen, Please (1994) and she was the first female moderator of the BBC's Hypotheticals. She presented Channel 4's After Dark throughout the 80s and continues to present the show in its current incarnation on BBC 4. Her award-winning book on women in the criminal justice system, Eve was Framed, was published in 1992. Her latest book, Just Law, on the changing face of justice and why it matters to us all was published in March 2004.

Pierre Keller

Pierre Keller studied law at the University of Geneva and international relations at Yale University where he obtained the degree of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. He started his banking career with the Swiss Bank Corporation in New York, and then spent a number of years in the Swiss Diplomatic Service where he was assigned to the Swiss Observer's Office to the United Nations, the Federal Political Department in Berne and the Swiss delegation to EFTA in Geneva. He joined Lombard, Odier & Cie in 1961, and has been the partner responsible for institutional clients since 1970. He was also chairman of Lombard, Odier International Portfolio Management Limited in London, and senior partner of the bank from 1990 to 1994. He retired from Lombard, Odier & Cie in 1995.

Pierre Keller was a member of the Board of the Swiss Bankers' Association, of the International Centre for Monetary and Banking Studies and the "Institut International d'Etudes Bancaires". He was a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross and its Vice-President for a number of years. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Baroness Patricia Rawlings

Baroness Rawlings has been a member of the House of Lords since 1994.  In 1997 she became Opposition Whip for Culture, Media and Sports, then Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development. She was also a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for Essex South West from 1989 to 1994.  While in this post, she was a member of the Culture, Media,  Education and Sports Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Vice-President of the Delegations for Relations with Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania. Baroness Rawlings graduated from University College, London (B.A. Hons.) and attended the London School of Economics (Postgraduate diploma - International Relations).  She is a recipient of the Order of the Rose, Silver Class, in 1991 from the Republic of Bulgaria; the Brazilian Order of the Southern Cross and holds the National Badge of Honor from the British Red Cross Society.  Baroness Rawlings is Chairman of Governors of the English College in Prague and was Chairman of Council, King’s College London from 1998 to 2007.  She is also a Member of the Global Council of the Women’s Forum, President of the British Antique Dealer’s Association and a Trustee of Chevening Estate.

Lord Simon of Highbury CBE

Lord Simon Lord Simon of Highbury (David Simon) is currently Deputy Chairman of the Unilever Group and a non-Executive Director the Suez Group. Lord Simon is also Senior Adviser of Morgan Stanley Europe, and a member of the International Advisory Council of Fitch, and of Dana Gas. He also sits on the Council of Cambridge University and was a Trustee of the Cambridge Foundation, having been the Foundation’s Chairman from 2001 – 2005. Former Minister for Trade and Competitiveness for Europe at the Department of Trade and Industry and H.M. Treasury 1997 - 99. Former Chairman of British Petroleum from 1995-97, Group Chief Executive from 1992-95, having joined the Board in 1986. He was appointed CBE in 1991, knighted in 1995 and created a Life Peer in 1997.

Lord Turner of Ecchinswell

Lord Turner of Ecchinswell (Adair Turner) has combined careers in business, public policy and academia.

He is currently a director of Standard Chartered plc, and since January 2008 Chair of the Climate Change Committee. More recently he has been appointed Chairman of the FSA (effective from September 2008). Lord Turner is also Chairman of the Economic and Social Research Council and the Overseas Development Institute. He is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and at Cass Business School, City University.

He became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2005. He was Chairman of the Pensions Commission from 2003 - 2006, and of the Low Pay Commission from 2002 - 2006. His book Just Capital - The Liberal Economy, was published by Macmillan in 2001.

Lord Turner was Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-2006), and Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (1995-1999). Prior to that he was a Director at McKinsey & Company, building McKinsey's practice in Eastern Europe and Russia between 1992 and 1995.

Lord Turner studied History and Economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge from 1974-78, and was also chairman of the University Conservative Association and President of the Union. He was a college supervisor in economics at Caius from 1979-82, teaching part time in parallel with his business career.

He is a trustee of Save the Children UK, and has been a trustee of WWF.UK. He is married with two daughters.