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28 September 2021

King's Business School appoints new members to its advisory council

Alumna and inclusion strategist Rita Kakati-Shah, McKinsey partner Louise Herring and PhD Student Luka Gebel join Advisory Council

Head and shoulder pictures of Rita Kakati-Shah and Louise Hering
Rita Kakati-Shah (left) and Louise Herring (right)

Rita Kakati-Shah, Louise Herring and Luka Gebel have joined the King’s Business School Advisory Council to help shape the School’s future direction. Rita and Louise will bring their wealth of experience to bear on developing King’s Business School’s connectivity to practitioners, businesses and future partners, while Luka will represent the interests and ambitions of the emerging generation of new researchers.

Louise Herring is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s London Office where she supports consumer facing organisations with their digital and analytics transformations. Prior to joining McKinsey, Louise was a Consultant at PwC (Transaction Services), delivering commercial and market due diligence.

King’s Mathematics with Management BSc graduate Rita Kakati Shah is the Founder and CEO of Uma, a strategic diversity and inclusion coaching, consultancy and training platform. Rita’s work as a business leader, entrepreneur and pioneer in female empowerment, youth development and diversity and inclusion has been recognized by multiple international awards. Prior to founding Uma, Rita held roles on the Goldman Sachs equities trading floor and in the clinical trials and drug development industry.

Luka Gebel is a PhD candidate at King’s Business School. His research focuses on how businesses organise themselves for innovation in the context of the convergence of ‘deep tech’ and traditional science. Luka completed his MSc in Strategic Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the School and has also worked at the Milner Therapeutics Institute at the University of Cambridge which facilitates university-industry collaborations.

We are delighted Rita, Louise and Luka have agreed to join our Advisory Council. Rita and Louise bring deep expertise in digital transformation and diversity and inclusion; two of the biggest challenges that businesses are currently facing, while as a home-grown PhD student Luka has both a great understanding of the Business School and strong relationships with our newest researchers. I am looking forward to applying their insight across our research, and through the opportunities that we offer to our students.

Professor Stephen Bach, Executive Dean King's Business School

It’s truly an honour to join the KBS Advisory Council. As an alumna of the Business School, and someone who is passionate about diversity, inclusion and strategic development, I am particularly excited to explore ways of enriching the educational, leadership and cultural experiences for all our global students and faculty.

Rita Kakati-Shah Founder and CEO of Uma

I have always been passionate about learning and the crucial role of education and am really excited to support such a fantastic institution as it sets out to deliver big ambitions. And, at a personal level, my parents met at KCL, I was born at the hospital: it was quite a start to my relationship with KCL. I look forward to what comes next.

Louise Herring, Partner, McKinsey & Company

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