Jeremy Awori

Managing Director

 Absa Bank Kenya, PLC

Nairobi, Kenya

Jeremy Awori is the Managing Director at Absa Bank Kenya PLC (formerly Barclays Bank of
Kenya), a position he assumed in February 2013. Prior to joining Absa, he held various positions
within Standard Chartered Bank (SCB); among them, CEO Standard Chartered Tanzania (2008 to 2012), Regional Sales and Performance Director at SCB Middle East, South Asia and Africa (2005 to 2008) and Head of Consumer Banking in SCB UAE (2003 to 2005). He also served Standard Chartered as Executive Director and Head of Consumer Banking for East Africa. Jeremy has in addition lived and worked in the in UK, North America and Asia.

 

He completed his Master degree in Business Administration from McGill University, Montreal,
Canada and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Manchester University in the
United Kingdom.

In addition to his responsibilities at Absa Kenya, Jeremy is a Director at Absa Financial Services
Limited (AFS), a pan-African Insurance and Wealth Management Company; Absa Kenya
(Nominees) Limited; First Assurance Company Limited; First Assurance Holdings Limited; Absa
Life Assurance Kenya Limited and Absa Asset Management Limited.

 

Furthermore, Jeremy is a board member of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the
former Chairman of the Kenya Bankers Association where he sits on the Governing Council. He is additionally a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and an Aspen Global Leadership Institute fellow. In March 2020, Jeremy was appointed by the President of the Republic of Kenya as a board member of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

Jeremy is married with three children and has a knack for high adrenaline sports. He has competed in the highest levels of swimming in All Africa Games in Nairobi and Cairo, World Students Games and enjoys travelling.

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Michael has an extensive global track record in primary and secondary banking and markets

appointments, both on the sell and buy side. Client activity spans the developed markets of

EMEA, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Michael is responsible for key client

relationships for Barrington Hibbert Associates, operating at Board and Global Management

Committee level. His clients include Global Investment Banks, Insurance Companies,

Asset Managers, Hedge Funds, Family Offices & Private Equity Firms.

 

He is a leader in the field  of diversity awareness and equality and is an active contributor to press

and television media on executive recruitment practices and inclusivity. His tireless and on-going

work as a mentor,  in part through the Government backed REACH Role Model programme to

raise the aspirations and achievements of young black men, has been recognised in the

Powerlist, a comprehensive compendium of the most influential black people in Britain today.

 

In 2012, Michael founded the Barrington Hibbert Associates Scholarship which is awarded

annually to outstanding 18-21 year olds. In the same year, he established an education-through

-sports charity based in South Africa, called Inspire Through Sports.

Prior to founding Barrington Hibbert Associates, Michael spent four years with Odgers

Berndtson, the UK’s pre-eminent executive search firm. He began his career with Morgan Stanley

in New York.

Michael Barrington-Hibbert

Chief Executive Officer

Barrington Hibbert Associates

London, UK

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Keri Putnam

Chief Executive Officer

Sundance Institute
Los Angeles, US

Keri Putnam oversees all programs of the global nonprofit Sundance Institute, including the Feature Film Program, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Film Festival, Film Music Program, Theatre Program, and Native American and Indigenous Program. She is also responsible for expanding the Institute's international work, initiating strategic partnerships, and growing the Institute's annual operating budget.

 

In addition, Putnam leads Institute initiatives to provide independent filmmakers with access to digital distribution through the Artist Services program and to identify and lessen roadblocks for women in the independent sector via the Women Filmmakers Initiative. Before joining Sundance Institute, Putnam served as president of production for Miramax Films, the Walt Disney Company's specialty film division. Prior to joining Miramax, Putnam was executive vice president, HBO Films, responsible for the development and production of films for both the cable network and for theatrical release.

 

A graduate of Harvard, Putnam studied theatre and began her career working for Williamstown Theater Festival, McCarter Theater, Arena Stage, the ART, and others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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Andrew brings 20+ years of experience across investment banking, corporate venturing, entrepreneurship, angel and private equity investing and consulting, always with a strong focus on community service. He has worked at UBS, Deutsche Bank, and Citizens Bank in an entrepreneurial, transatlantic career that now has him as CEO of SEO London, which he founded in 2000.

In his current role, Andrew works on a daily basis with a broad spectrum of front office executives and human resources leaders at global multinationals to address matters related to diversity & inclusion, early careers and experienced hire recruitment, learning & development, employee engagement and retention, marketing and business development.

 

Andrew holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in International Development Policy from Stanford University.

Andrew Fairbairn

Chief Executive Officer

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

London, UK

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Ruth Harrison

UK Managing Director

Thoughtworks 

London, UK

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As a business leader, Ruth is a go-to commentator on the evolving technology and business landscape. An experienced board level executive (past roles includes CEO/ COO/ CMO/ VP) she is considered a specialist in company turnaround/ brand building, accelerated growth strategies and business transformation including strategic trading models and operational excellence/ resilience, working with world leading commercial organisations, academic institutions and governments.

Focusing on stakeholder value creation as Managing Director for ThoughtWorks UK she is board advisor and european board member of the Global CMO Council. As founder and former CEO of management consultancy The ReLUX Partnership, she remains an ambassador and sought after keynote speaker: on women in technology leadership and business. She is a recognised champion of diversity and inclusion in business, advising organisations on D&I policies, practices and accelerator strategies.

In 2018 she was awarded by BIMA in the top 100 UK Digital Leaders and in 2017 also nominated Diversity Leader of The Year by Tech Leaders UK. She was recognised in the Northern Power Women’s Top 50 Power List 2018/19/20. Media commentary and coverage includes BBC Sunday Politics, The Business Debate, WSJ, Sydney Morning Herald, The NE Times, Daily Telegraph, MarketWatch, WGSN, Essential Retail/ Essential eCommerce and writes a regular column for SPC magazine

She is a passionate UK Tech North Advocate, a board member of Dynamo NE, a non-profit org dedicated to digitising the North East UK economy. Pro bono working includes time dedicated to Inspire the Future UK charity, mentoring young women into business and STEM careers. She has worked in London, New York, South Asia and across the EMEA region. Ruth holds an Exec MBA from Stirling University. 

 

Maja Hazell

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion

White & Case

New York,  USA

Maja Hazell is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at White & Case. She oversees the Firm's global D&I strategy as a member of the Business Services Leadership team and reports to the Firm’s Chair and Chief Operating Officer. Following seven years of practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Maja has led diversity and inclusion and career development initiatives for over 15 years, also working for law firm Fried Frank LLP as their Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and as an Assistant Dean for Career Development at Pace University School of Law. Maja is a member and past President of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, and a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, NALP, and Professional Development Consortium.

 

Maja currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the New York Urban League, Hunter College Pre-Law Advisory Board and the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession. She previously served on the NYCBA Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, assisting in its administration of their long-standing Diversity Fellowship Program, and as a founding member of the Leadership Institute Board of Advisors of the Council of Urban Professionals.

 

She received her B.A. in English from Yale University and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Maja is also a certified graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, an ICF-accredited leadership coach training program. She is a frequent speaker on diversity and career development issues.

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Gugulethu Mfuphi

Award-Winning Journalist

Johannesburg, SA

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Gugulethu is an award winner and a well-versed orator, with plenty of experience in front of cameras, behind the microphone and addressing many diverse audiences.

 

This skill, together with her sound grasp of the Financial Markets, Economic Data and Current Affairs Issues and the impact this has on the Business Community, makes her the perfect candidate to; speak to Industry Analysts or Political Leaders and C-suite Executives from all across the African continent.
 

This forms the basis of her tasks and responsibilities as Presenter of Kaya FM’s prime time, award winning business show, Kaya Bizz and her experience as a Senior Anchor on
CNBC Africa.

 

Gugulethu has also served as an experienced Conference Chair, Panel Discussion Moderator and Programme Director, at various industry gatherings that impact the business and investment landscape.
 

She had facilitated the second annual South Africa Investment Conference in 2019, hosted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

 

Having previously worked for other institutions like Talk Radio 702, SAfm, Lotus FM and The City Press Newspaper, through their affiliation with Moneyweb Gugulethu has gained a wealth of experience in financial journalism through radio, TV, print and online media.

Gugulethu could have chosen a career as a chartered accountant, but the lure of broadcasting was too much to ignore. While studying towards a BCom Accounting at the University of Johannesburg, she was yearning to merge her love of numbers with her passion for
broadcasting.

 

Mfuphi was introduced to radio broadcasting by UJFM newsreader Mommy Mohlahlo, who
opened the door for her, and there she started as a newsreader. That led to a graveyard shift, a right of passage for most broadcasters, at Talk Radio 702. It was a regular caller on the talk
radio station that pointed her to her next career move to financial news provider Moneyweb,
where financial broadcast guru Alec Hogg gave her a chance.


Some of her career highlights include attending and reporting from the Annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and in Africa and moderating conferences for The World Bank and International; Finance Corporation, The MasterCard Foundation, The International Labour Organisation, Investec Ltd, Standard Bank, Old Mutual to name a few.

 

Keamogetse "Moula" Mokhobo-Amegashie

Managing Partner

 Drayton Glendower 

Johannesburg, SA 

Moula has more than 25 years broad consulting experience working for global professional services firms. She is the Managing Partner at Drayton Glendower and leads the Executive Search Capability globally. In addition to her search work in South Africa, she is an expert in the sub-Saharan business landscape and has supported clients in a range of industries across the region and internationally. She has partnered with organisations in the public and private sectors, at both Board and senior Executive levels.


Management consulting and leadership advisory experience and extensive sub-Saharan business expertise


Before joining Drayton Glendower, Moula spent 12 years at Spencer Stuart and resigned as  the Partner responsible for the sub-Saharan business. She was a member of the People Committee of the Spencer Stuart Board. Prior to Spencer Stuart she was a Partner in the consulting practice at Deloitte. She began her career at Accenture, where she spent 8 years as a management consultant.


Moula has a BA Social Science degree from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Science degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from the University of Oxford & HEC in Paris.

 

Her previous Board roles include:
• Serving 2 terms as a member of Council for the University of Johannesburg. She was a sub-committee member of the Finance Committee.
• A member of the Remuneration Committee of the Board of Governance for St Stithians College, a leading private school in South Africa.
• Co-Chairman of Women Corporate Directors (South African Chapter).


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Lee Naik

CEO, Transunion
Johannesburg, SA

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Lee Naik is Chief Executive Officer of TransUnion Africa and is recognised as one of South Africa's leading digital and technology transformation experts. Lee is responsible for a portfolio of businesses across 8 countries that help businesses make more informed decisions and help consumers manage their personal information better to lead a higher quality of life.


Lee is a visionary and thought leader on real-world digital trends, challenges and solutions. He is a frequent speaker and commentator and was recognised as a global top 10 technology commentator in the inaugural LinkedIn Top Voices awards.

 

Patricia Obo-Nai

CEO, Vodafone Ghana

Accra, Ghana

Patricia Obo-Nai is a high ambition leader – combining a commitment to achieving strong performance with creating long-term value and building robust social capital for the organisation and community. With 25-years’ experience in telecommunications, she represents one of the leading figures in Ghana’s telecom sector.

 

Patricia started her career as a Network Planning Engineer with Millicom Ghana Ltd (Tigo) before rising to become the first and only female Chief Technology Officer in the company. She was instrumental in the transformation of the Tigo network from analogue to digital whilst driving coverage extension.

 

She was appointed Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana in April 2019, having served in other Directorship roles in the company including Technology Director, Director for Fixed Business/Customer Operations and Acting Director for Consumer Business. Her vision as Technology Director led to Vodafone being ranked number 1 twice in voice clarity and 3G+ speed during an independent survey on network quality by P3 Research, based in Germany. 

 

As Director for Fixed Business and Customer Operations, her unabashed commitment to excellence, led to the introduction of Fibre-to-the-Home and Convergence/Content; leading to double digit growth in subscriber base and revenue. She also drove Frontline Empowerment, Ask-Once and other CARE initiatives whilst serving in this role.

Patricia’s commitment to female empowerment and Diversity & Inclusion, are a key definition of her leadership outlook and strength. During her tenure as Technology Director, she led in the setting up of the ‘Women in Technology’ platform, which focused on supporting and mentoring young ladies at the Ghana Street Girls Aid - an NGO that provides refuge and vocational training for young homeless girls. She was also instrumental in the setting up of the Female Engineering Students Sponsorship Programme (FESSP) by Vodafone to encourage and nurture young ladies to pursue careers in STEM related programmes. These interventions have resulted in a record number of females in the Technology function – resulting in high productivity and efficiency. 

 

Patricia is also a member of the Executive Women Network - a network of women leaders who provide mentorship and support for other women whilst driving advocacy on diverse female related issues. She has won several awards including Best Female Technology Director at the Ghana Telecom Awards 2012, Distinguished Alumni from the College of Engineering at KNUST 2017, Women in Red from Vodafone 2018 and recently, Officer of the Presec-Odadee Torch 2019 for her outstanding contribution to her high school. 

 

She holds a BSc in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), an Executive MBA in Project Management from University of Ghana Business School and has executive education from Kellogg School of Management, London Business School, and INSEAD in France. 

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Lisa Osborne Ross

COO & President, Edelman US

Washington, DC USA

Lisa Osborne Ross serves as Edelman’s U.S. Chief Operating Officer and currently leads Edelman’s Washington, D.C. office as President. In this role, Ms. Ross is responsible for overseeing the firm’s U.S. operations. She also continues to counsel C-suite executives at leading Fortune 500, higher education, and government clients, such as the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Labor, Under Armour, Prudential, Hilton, Howard University, and Morehouse College.

 

Prior to Edelman, Ms. Ross served as Managing Director of APCO Worldwide’s flagship office for over 2 years, arriving there after a 15-year career at Ogilvy Public Relations. Over her tenure at Ogilvy, Ms. Ross held several titles, including Founder of the Multicultural practice, Head of the Public Advocacy Group and Practice, and Head of the Public Affairs division.

 

Ms. Ross began her career as an Issues Coordinator at the Tobacco Institute, working on fire safety and education efforts. She moved on to spend time at FleishmanHillard, where she represented clients such as the NCAA, Southland Corporation and Anheuser-Busch. She then served as Communications Director for the U.S. Department of Labor’s effort to create and promote high-performance workplaces. Continuing her work in the public sector, she became the Deputy Director of the bipartisan Federal Glass Ceiling Commission and a member of the inaugural team of the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach in the Clinton Administration, where she served as Deputy Director and Chief of Staff. She later returned to the U.S. Department of Labor where she created and directed the Office of Public Liaison under Secretary Alexis Herman. Ms. Ross devotes considerable amounts of time to her philanthropic endeavors, especially with efforts to build a better Washington and to empower women. She co-founded and led the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fund grassroots organizations addressing the critical needs of women and young girls through essential services and training throughout the Washington metropolitan area. She also helped establish a scholarship fund at Howard University for students seeking careers in public relations.

 

Ms. Ross has served on numerous school boards and commissions including Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School Board of Trustees, Marquette University Centennial Celebration of Women, LeMoyne College School of Communications, Catholic Charities of America and the Washington Jesuit Academy. In addition, she serves in the board of the PRSA Foundation and member of the Awareness Leadership Council for the Capital Area Food Bank and Diverse Leadership Group for the Ad Council.

 

Ms. Ross has received several awards including Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Corporate America (2019), Honoree of Washington Women Who Mean Business (2018), PR Council Diversity Champion Award (2017), Marquette University Alumni of the Year (2012) Washington Life "Style and Substance" Award (2004) and Washington PR Woman of the Year Awards (2003).

 

Valerie Rainford

Founder & CEO, Elloree Talent Strategies

New York, NY USA

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Steve Pamon

COO, Parkwood Entertainment

Board Director, WWE

New York, NY USA

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Steve Pamon is the President and Chief Operating Officer of global entertainer Beyoncé’s management and production company, Parkwood Entertainment.

 

In his time at Parkwood Entertainment, the team has continued its history of critical and commercial success in the media, entertainment, and consumer products business, as evident in the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, Lemonade visual album, 22 Days Nutrition, The Formation World Tour, Coachella Homecoming, On the Run II world tour, Everything is Love album, Global Citizen Africa Festival, Adidas / Ivy Park partnership, Disney’s The Lion King: The Gift album, among many others.  In addition, his team manages the careers of rapper/songwriter, Ingrid and actresses/musicians, Chloe x Halle.

 

Prior to joining Parkwood Entertainment, Pamon was the head of sports and entertainment marketing for JPMorgan Chase, where he led a team responsible for the ongoing operations around the bank’s broad sponsorship portfolio, including Madison Square Garden (NY Knicks & NY Rangers), NY Jets, NY Giants, Radio City Music Hall, The Rockettes, The US Open Tennis Tournament, Chicago Theater, and the Los Angeles Forum.

 

Before joining JPMC, Pamon was the Vice President of Strategy and New Business Development for the National Football League. He also served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of HBO's digital distribution.  His career began with stints at Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, McKinsey & Co., and Time Warner.  Outside of his full-time role, Pamon recently completed a 10 year term as a board member of New York Road Runners ("NYRR"), a non-profit organization that produces more than 100 sports events each year - including the famed New York City Marathon.

 

Pamon holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in business administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

 

Valerie Rainford

Founder & CEO, Elloree Talent Strategies

New York, NY USA

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Valerie Irick Rainford is uniquely qualified to advise CEOs and boards after
delivering historic results at two iconic organizations on Wall Street. She founded
Elloree Talent Strategies a consulting firm that partners with senior leaders to
drive strategies that visibly increase the representation of diverse talent within their
companies.

A savvy business executive with a passion for equity and diversity, Valerie is a sought-
after speaker, author and thought-leader on advancing diverse talent with 30 plus years’

experience driving business transformations with people at the center. She spent the
first 21 years of her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she rose to
become the most senior black woman and the first to achieve a Senior Vice President title. As Executive Business Sponsor, she is credited for launching the Fed’s first employee resource group and hiring the first Chief Diversity Officer in the organization’s history. She then went on to spend 12 years at JPMorgan Chase leading numerous complex business transformation programs, including serving as head of Advancing Black Leaders, a unique and first of its kind role where she was charged with delivering increased focus on attracting, hiring, retaining and advancing top black talent at all levels of the organization. In three short years in that role, Valerie led the firm’s representation of black professionals to historic results, including increasing the black senior executive talent by over 70%, embedding strategies that led to increases across all representation of diverse talent.


Elloree Talent Strategies takes Valerie’s transformative approach and strategies for increasing workforce diversity to organizations across corporate America.

 

Jim Taylor

Vice President, BoardSource

Washington, DC USA

As Vice President of Leadership Initiatives, Jim Taylor focuses on leading BoardSource’s efforts to position nonprofit boards for stronger leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity. This includes leading the organization’s work to spark and support understanding, action, and change at the board level on these issues; serving as an external representative, speaker, and writer; developing new resources and programming; and partnering with peer organizations around the country.

 

Prior to joining BoardSource in December 2018, Jim held several leadership roles in community development and diversity, inclusion, and equity. As Vice President of Multicultural Leadership at AARP, he developed partnerships to create greater access to health, wealth, and “quality of life” programs and information for African Americans of age 50+. At Capital One, in the roles of Director of Community Relations and Director of Community Development, Jim developed and implemented impactful national and local strategies that leveraged the organization’s philanthropic, volunteer, and programmatic resources to serve lower-income populations. As Director of Product Innovation at Fannie Mae, he developed several successful first-time homebuyer programs targeted to multicultural audiences. And most recently, Jim was the Corporate Relations Program Officer at the Fairfax County (Virginia) Office of Public Private Partnerships, where he was a key member of the strategy team for the county’s racial and social equity policy, “One Fairfax.”

 

Jim has served on boards of directors and advisory boards of various local and regional nonprofits, including Carpenter’s Shelter, The Giving Square, the Latino Economic Development Center, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County (Maryland), Shelter House, and LearnServe International. 

 

Jim is from Long Island, New York and earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia.

 

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Melanie Trottman

VP and Chief Editorial Consultant, Edelman

Washington, DC USA

 

Melanie Trottman is a Vice President and Chief Editorial Consultant in the Washington, D.C. office of global communications firm Edelman. She joined in 2017 after two decades as a journalist with The Wall Street Journal covering topics such as labor, economics, and aviation.

 

At Edelman, Melanie is part of the Editorial and Media Strategies team, a group of former print and broadcast journalists and other media experts who help shape storytelling and media strategy for clients. She helps build and run multi-channel Newsrooms for brands, including leading content creation for their websites. She also conducts executive media trainings, storytelling and writing workshops, and helps shape and drive coverage of client research reports and surveys.

 

Melanie has spent much of her time at Edelman as Editor in Chief of an award-winning Newsroom she helped build for a global hospitality company. She has also helped establish Newsrooms for other clients and provides ongoing editorial counsel to clients in industries ranging from retail and finance to biopharma and tech.


At The Wall Street Journal and its publisher, Dow Jones Newswires, where Melanie began her career, she covered a variety of beats over time from bureaus in New York, Dallas, and ultimately, Washington, D.C.  From New York, she covered the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, tracking drug development and the FDA. From Dallas she covered aviation and travel – through boom times and during and after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. in 2001. From Washington she covered regulation – of the workplace, consumer products, and transportation – chronicling hot-button issues such as minimum wage, unionization, gender pay equity and the gig economy during the Obama administration. 


An insightful interviewer, adviser, and moderator, Melanie has conducted hundreds of talks with industry titans, government officials, small-business owners, rank-and-file employees, and more throughout her career. She has been a guest on NPR, Good Morning America, CNBC, PBS, C-SPAN and elsewhere as a journalist, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, IL. 


Melanie serves on the Board of the Center for Improving Women’s Lives, a Northern Virginia
organization that supports and promotes the health, education, and full economic and civil equality of women and girls. Her work with the group has included shaping and teaching financial literacy classes to women in crisis.

Jaap Venema, Ph.D., is Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer (CSO) for USP. He leads the organization’s scientific strategy and is responsible for the development of quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, food ingredients and healthcare, including collaborations with other pharmacopeia and scientific groups. Dr. Venema guides USP’s exploration of emerging technologies that may inform future quality standards and oversees USP’s Up-to-Date program, which continuously evaluates and revises standards to reflect current and best practice. Dr. Venema also serves as Chair of the Council of Experts, spearheading USP’s work developing science-based standards. This body guides and approves the draft standards developed by USP’s numerous expert committees, comprised of nearly a thousand scientific experts from academia, industry, healthcare, as well as government agencies.

 

Dr. Venema’s more than 25 years’ experience in global research and development, as well as academic research, informs his scientific leadership at USP. Dr. Venema previously served in a variety of scientific leadership positions at Solvay and AbbVie (formerly Abbott Laboratories), where he held various roles in drug discovery and development in vaccines, pain care and immunology, and developed and implemented a global scientific and medical strategy for biotherapeutics. Before his transition to industry, Dr. Venema was a post-doctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and a Fellow of the Netherlands Academy of Sciences at the Free University of Amsterdam.


A native of the Netherlands, Dr. Venema earned his Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Free University of Amsterdam, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Jaap Venema, P.h.D

EVP, Chief Science Officer USP

Rockville, Maryland USA

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India Gary-Martin

C-Suite Coach & Advisor

Leadership For Life

Washington D.C. & London

www.leadershipforexecs.com

India Martin has held a number of global C-Suite roles including expatriate assignments in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong. In her final role at JPMorgan In London, India was Managing Director & Global COO for Investment Banking Technology and Operations with multi-billion dollar management for 15,000 staff in 40+ global locations.

India is a globally recognized leadership expert and coach with a clientele of C-Suite executives from around the world. Aside from traditional individual coaching, India’s practice is focused on delivering dynamic leadership curriculum and facilitating for groups. She helps clients to build profile locally, regionally and globally through her sought after business delegations and summits. She is a masterful strategist who provides expert counsel on an array of issues like crisis, transition, succession, positioning, promotion, bus. dev, and navigation.

India is a moderator, keynote and panel speaker on the global stage. She has been featured in media outlets like: CNBC, BBC, TVOne, Harper's Bazaar, The Times (London), Forbes, Bloomberg Televison and Marketing Week. She is a former adjunct professor of Corporate Education at Temple University in Japan and is on the current coaching faculty at Georgetown University for the Exec Master's in Leadership. India also sits on the President's round table of Notre Dame of Maryland University and is on the coaching faculty for the NYC Bar Association’s Associate Leadership Institute.

American by birth, she was named one of the top 50 businesswomen in Europe and Top 100 Black executives in the UK while she was an expatriate there. A proponent of pay equity and women on boards, India is the President Emeritus of London based City Women's Network, a professional body for senior women in corporate, and third sector industries where she spearheaded the "Corporate Board Readiness Program". She is a global Ambassador for WOW (Women of The World Foundation) and Executive Producer and Co-Chair of the WOW/United Nations Special Sessions. India was awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the National Association of Female Executives in 2019.

India is a writer, speaks fluent French and functional Japanese. She lives between London and Washington D.C. 

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