Firoz Ladak joined the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations as its CEO in 2005. Firoz is responsible for the strategy, implementation and financial management of a philanthropic network that spans Europe, the United States, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. Across all regions, EDRF works to create social empowerment and a more collaborative society, supporting projects and programs in education, the arts, health and social entrepreneurship. Firoz is leading the Foundations’ transition from traditional giving to strategic philanthropy through an innovative mix of impact-driven programs and best practice sharing.
Firoz is also a member of the board of various foundations under the Edmond de Rothschild umbrella, including the Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild, a Paris-based teaching hospital specializing in ophthalmology and neurology; Carnegie Hall in New York; and Admical, France’s leading organization for the professionalization of the philanthropic sector.
Previously, he spent over 12 years in investment banking at Paribas, specializing in project and media finance, privatization and the creation of public-private partnerships. Through his work in emerging markets, he gained considerable experience in economic development and the management of relations with international organizations and governments.
Firoz is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Oxford, where he completed an M. Phil in Oriental Studies as an Aga Khan Foundation Scholar. He is a Canadian and French citizen and resides in Geneva, Switzerland.
Andy Brady is a senior lecturer in the business school at Anglia Ruskin University. Prior to joining the university he worked in both public and private sectors, but most extensively in the voluntary sector in London, where he was co-ordinator at a refugee community centre.
In 2008 Andy set up the university’s 3rd Sector Futures initiative, which delivers a range of learning, research and consultancy services to charities and social enterprises. This work has been recognised with a Vice Chancellor’s Award for services to Anglia Ruskin University in the Community. He is undertaking research as part of a PhD on social enterprise, a topic on which he has delivered conference papers and published articles and book chapters.
Andy has been a director of Social Enterprise East of England (SEEE) since the company was founded in 2005, and is also a trustee on the board of Voluntary Sector Training, a charity and social enterprise based in Essex.
Andy holds a Masters Degree in Community Enterprise from the Judge Business School, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and an external examiner for Hertfordshire University. He is course leader for Anglia Ruskin’s BA in Charity and Social Enterprise Management.
Gaëtan Baudry is the Founder of Legal Easy, a French start up that provides legal, financial and administrative information and advice to french entrepreneurs through 9 websites. In particular, he has launched www.my-business-plan.fr, a website that helps entrepreneurs build their business plan and raise funds. .
Born in Arras (Pas de Calais, France). he graduated from ESSEC MBA with a major in Entrepreneurship and Finance. He worked for two years in a consulting firm, with a focus on advising entrepreneurs and SMEs on their strategies and their business plans. Then he joined the financial sector with experiences in mergers and acquisitions at Fox Pitt Kelton, and in investment in SMEs at Amiral Gestion. Before founding Legal Easy, he worked for the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, developing the social entrepreneurship portfolio with a strong focus on income generation, business model sustainability, the measurement of social impact and the scaling up of social ventures. He is also a football coach for the U11 team at ACBB, a semi professional football club in Paris.
Leonore is currently the Founder of True Measure Limited an independent consultancy. True Measure’s current portfolio of services includes training, consultancy, Project Management, psychometric assessments, mentoring and coaching. Leonore herself, is a commercially minded business psychologist experienced working with commercial SME’s and social enterprises. Leonore’s passion to build her business True Measure has been achieved through her skills in effective networking across many industries and disciplines Her success in business and enthusiasm for enterprise has created many mutually beneficial relationships between people and businesses and she is a true Connector.
Leonore is also a Winston Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Achievement includes business development, securing investment finance & developing employer engagement strategies with corporate to increase their community participation. A track record of coaching a wide range of diverse entrepreneurs, specialism includes working with entrepreneurs with multiple barriers including those with sensory, mental and physical disabilities. Current coaching experience includes pre- start up and high growth potential companies.
Previously a trustee of the OASIS (Drug and Alcohol charity), sat on the clinical governance advisory committee for Clinovia (Bupa Group of Companies), Vice Chair at NACRC, a volunteer mentor for the Windsor Fellowship and Common Purpose and a Listener with the Samaritan. Currently a trustee for GRO MCH, a committee member of the BPS London and she sits on the LCF Redbridge Grant Panel.
Jessie Mooberry is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Stanford University’s Peace Innovation Lab where she builds & teaches about Peace Technology. She is a humanitarian UAV practitioner, built the first humanitarian cargo UAV nonprofit, and is a frequent speaker and writer for such venues as CES, CES Asia, Commercial UAV Show Asia, USAid, Drone 360 Magazine, and Build Peace.
Her current work includes mentoring & building businesses to support and empower Syrian refugees, working directly with a local NGO in the Middle East to plan humanitarian drone cargo delivery programs in the MENA region, building ICT and network technology to prevent violence, and writing & speaking internationally to use neutral technology positively.
Jessie is a Social Enterprise Fellow for the Ariane de Rothschild Foundation at Cambridge University. Jessie sits on the Board of People’s Light theater in Malvern, Pa. Also, she has her commercial drone license, and soon will have her Private Pilot’s license.
Marcus Weston is an international speaker on Purpose & Greatness. He also personally mentors leaders in the fields of business, politics, show-business and sport. Marcus began a career in international finance working for the likes of Citibank and Goldman Sachs. Setting up his own consulting practice, he successfully experienced how core values maximise business growth and revenues. Over time, his once singular aspiration to change the world as a billionaire transformed into a desire to help a billion people. Marcus thus in 2001, sold his business to devote himself full-time to this end. He has spearheaded many socially impacting community projects worldwide, especially with underprivileged children and unemployed youth, empowering a new generation of leaders. Teaching at the Kabbalah Centre, he has also spoken at the United Nations, World Banks, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, some of the biggest corporate and financial institutions in the world on Personal Development, Community Consciousness and Global Leadership. He is a regular commentator in the media and has recently relocated with his family to New York.
Professor Wilson, started his career over twenty years ago in the advertising industry – later moving into academia and consulting. Professor Wilson specialises in what he calls the ABCDs of Business and Culture: Advertising, Branding, Communications, and Digital. He has spoken at conferences across the globe on over 100 occasions, and published over 200 pieces of work.
Professor Wilson asserts that, “today more than ever Brands have to Take a Stand – and articulate an authentic and credible position on Race, Religion, and Politics”.
He has become skilled at bringing this thinking into a body of work that covers: corporate identity, food, fashion, sport, tourism, music, technology, ethnicity, religion, personal branding, social media, and popular culture. Islamica 500 lists him in the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders for his work in Islamic Economics, Halal Branding, and Muslim consumers. His papers on Halal and Islamic Branding are currently some of the most widely cited globally.
Amongst others, Professor Wilson holds roles as: a Halal Branding and Marketing Consultant to the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia; Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Islamic Marketing; an Executive Trainer for Al Jazeera Media Network in Qatar; and an Advisor to innovation and research firm Stylus, and consultant to luxury fashion brand The ISHU.
Ritchie leads lectures and seminars on Principles of Business, Industry Studies and Organisational Behaviour modules. He is an enthusiastic, passionate and experienced lecturer with both academic and industry experience, who tries to bring insights from both these areas into the classroom. His hands-on teaching style gives our students the chance to solve real-life problems that have a lasting impact on business and society.
He currently runs his own marketing consultancy and has worked for a range of global financial institutions, including HSBC, RBS Insurance and Direct Line Group, in a variety of marketing and strategy roles. His most recent role was Head of Retention & Customer Loyalty Strategy at Direct Line Group.
Ritchie has a Masters degree in Strategy and Innovation from the Cambridge Judge Business School, a Masters degree in Business from Edinburgh University Business School and an undergraduate honours degree in Financial Markets from Manchester Business School. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Financial Services Marketing where he critiques and advises the journal on academic paper submissions, and is also studying for an MBA at Warwick Business School.
Johnny El Hachem is the Global Head and CEO of Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity (EDR PE). The EDR PE platform includes 11 funds that have deployed more than € 3 billion to date. He has been involved in a large number of PE transactions in different sectors and geographies. He is responsible for deploying the existing funds and launching new initiatives. Mr. El Hachem currently serves on the boards and investment committees of Amethis (pan African PE fund), Ginkgo (pan European soil remediation fund), Moringa (pan African and Latin American agroforestry fund), Aina (pan European luxury hotels fund), ERES (a global diversified PE Fund), CBR Management (AIFM of EDR PE) and is the president of the Board of EDRIP (a large PE firm active in the field of growth capital through Winch funds and Life Sciences through BioDiscovery). Mr. El Hachem joined La Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild in 2002 where he initiated, structured and raised capital for several private equity funds. He holds a M.S in Financial Engineering from ESSEC in Paris, and a B.S. in Banking & Finance and Political Science from Lebanese American University.
Christiana Weber holds the chair for Management and Organization Theory at the Leibniz University Hanover, Germany. Christiana Weber researches and consults at the intersection of innovation management, (social) entrepreneurship/sustainability, and social network theory. Further, her research interest lies in organization theories, (inter-)organizational learning and knowledge transfer as well as reciprocity and corporate venture capital.
Christiana Weber studied social and business communications at the University of Fine Arts Berlin, Germany (MSc) and at the University Stendhal Grenoble, France as well as management science at the Technical University Berlin, Germany and at the University of Berkeley, USA. Christiana Weber holds her PhD in Sociology from the Technical University Berlin/Social Science Research Center, Berlin (WZB).
From 1996-2001, the former investment manager at G+J Multimedia Ventures filled various leadership positions at the publishing house G+J.
Christiana Weber teaches Strategy, Organization Theories, Social Network Theories, Innovation Management, International Management and (Social) Entrepreneurship. She has taught on the faculty of Bucerius Law School, European Business School, University Hamburg, and University of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany. She is a review member of several academic journals and the author of several books and edited volumes as well as over 30 articles and book chapters. Her research has appeared in such journals as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Scandinavian Journal of Management, and others.
Rebecca Eastmond is Founder & CEO of Greenwood Place, a community of strategic philanthropists.
Rebecca created Greenwood Place in 2017, to leverage the experience she gained over 20 years’ work at the intersection of business and non-profit, including almost a decade with J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she served as Managing Director, leading the bank’s philanthropy advisory offering in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Dr. Shani Orgad is an Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She writes and teaches on representation and globalization, suffering, war and conflict in the media, and gender and the media. She is particularly interested in the public narratives of these issues in today’s media and how they interact with people’s personal narratives and lived experiences. Dr Orgad explores these issues in her recent book on Media Representation and the Global Imagination (Polity, 2012), in various journal articles, and a research project on humanitarian communication, which she co-directed. Dr Orgad is also interested in gender and the media and online communication, themes she examined in her previous book Storytelling Online: Talking Breast Cancer on the Internet (Peter Lang, 2005) and in her current research which examines media constructions of gender, work and family and the lived experiences of middle-class stay-at-home mothers.
Stephen Frosh is Pro-Vice-Master and Professor in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has a background in academic and clinical psychology and was Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic, London, throughout the 1990s. He is the author of many books and papers on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis, including Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions; Feelings; ; Psychoanalysis Outside the Clinic (Palgrave, 2010), Hate and the Jewish Science: Anti-Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis; After Words (Palgrave, 2002) and The Politics of Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 1999). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social sciences, an Academic Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society, a Founding Member of the Association of Psychosocial Studies, and an Honorary member of the Institute of Group Analysis.
Dawn Chatty is Emeritus Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration and former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She is a social anthropologist with long experience in the Middle East as a university teacher, development practitioner, and advocate for indigenous rights. She has worked with various international agencies including UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, IFAD, and USAID. Professor Chatty’s research interests include nomadic pastoralism and conservation, gender and development, health, illness and culture, and coping strategies of refugee youth and their care givers in prolonged conflict and forced migration. Her most recent book is Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East Cambridge University Press, 2010. She is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally entitled Syria: the making and Unmaking of a Refuge State.
Farid Hafez, Ph.D. is a researcher at the University of Salzburg, Department of Political Science. Hafez has been teaching at numerous universities in Austria and beyond (Indonesia, Turkey, Germany, USA). He has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in 2014 and is currently Botstiber Fulbright Visiting Professor for Austrian-American Studies. He is the editor of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook (www.jahrbuch-islamophobie.de) and since 2015 co-editor of the European Islamophobia Report (www.islamophobiaeurope.com). Hafez serves on the advisory board of the project ‘The Bridge Initiative’ (Georgetown University) that extends education about Islamophobia to the public. He has received the Bruno-Kreisky-Award for the political book of the year for his anthology Islamophobie in Österreich (Studienverlag 2009) co-edited with John Bunzl. He has more than 50 publications. His last publications include an anthology on young Muslims in Austria: “Jung, Muslimisch, Österreichisch. 20 Jahre Muslimische Jugend Österreich” (New Academic Press, 2016).
Zrinka Bralo is CEO of Migrants Organise – community organising platform where immigrants build power, develop common ground, connect, speak out and act for justice.
Zrinka is a refugee from Sarajevo, where she was a journalist and where she worked with leading war correspondents during the siege in the 90’s. She is a founder of Women on the Move Awards that celebrates achievement of migrant and refugee women and winner of the 2011 Voices of Courage Award by the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York. She served as a Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission, the most comprehensive review of the UK protection system and still leads the process of implementation of its 180 recommendations. In 2010, Zrinka successfully negotiated the end of immigration detention of children. She is a founding chair of the National Refugee Welcome Board working to welcome 20,000 Syrian refugees and campaigning for safe passage. Zrinka holds MSc in Media and Communications from London School of Economics and is 2014 Churchill Fellow.
Amaf is a Development Coordinator at Rethink Rebuild Society in Manchester UK. He works on developing partnerships to support Syrian refugees in the UK through activities that include language, volunteering, mentoring, economic activities and others.
He has also worked as a Refugee Support Coordinator where he provided support to Syrian Refugees and Asylum seekers with applications and daily needs. He has participated in multiple panels as an expert on refugee experiences and empowerment, and coordinated efforts with local councils, support groups, national organizations and public authorities. Amaf’s past experiences include working with national, international organizations and the private sector in addition to researching business and human rights issues with the Alliance Manchester Business School.
Dr. Edie Friedman was born in Chicago. A student in the 1960’s, she was heavily influenced by the civil rights and peace movements. She came to England to study in Leeds and subsequently worked for Oxfam and the Community Relations Council in Ealing, west London. In 1976 she founded the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), of which she is now the executive director. In 2008 she co-authored Reluctant Refuge – The Story of Asylum in Britain. She has also authored and co-authored a series of race equality education resources covering the primary school to adult age ranges. In 2014 she co-founded Tzelem – the Rabbinic Call for Economic and Social Justice in the UK. She is a ‘distinguished friend’ of the Migration Museum and is a regular speaker and writer on race and asylum issues.
Dr Alex Simpson is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Applied Social Science. Having joined in September 2015, his work focuses on the criminology of harm, issues of elite deviance, cultural marginalisation and the sociology of political economy. Alex undertook his PhD at the University of York. Supported by an ESRC studentship, this ethnographic study examines the culture of finance and the neutralisation of deviance within the City of London. Alex has also been part of a British Academy funded, ethnographic study of class-based experiences of dirt and dirty work. Other previous research interests include the politics of representation and recognition for culturally marginalised groups, notions of memory and home for migrant communities as well as an exploration of symbolic expressions of religiosity in the home. Out of this critical engagement, Alex has a keen interest in qualitative research methods, including ethnography, photographic representation and elicitation, critical discourse analysis and in depth interview techniques.
Dr Naaz Rashid is currently a Teaching Fellow at the School of Law, Politics and Sociology at the University of Sussex. She previously worked in central government and has held positions as a Research Associate in the Sociology Department at the University of Manchester and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she completed her PhD in 2013. She has also previously studied at Birkbeck College and SOAS at the University of London and at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include ‘race’, gender, religion, urban studies, and social policy. She has had her work published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, as well as in Open Democracy and The Guardian.