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25 May 2023

King's Business School welcomes new cohort of Executive Fellows

Fellows' expertise and networks will help build new connections with the business community and beyond

A panel of speakers on a stage
The panel at a welcome event for our Executive Fellows

King's Business School is delighted to announce the appointment of nine new Executive Fellows. These accomplished leaders have expertise spanning a range of industries, including consulting, finance, retail and technology; as well as geographies, ranging from North America, to Europe, to East Asia. They contribute to the King’s Business School community by bringing their extensive experience into education, research and thought leadership activities.  

These exceptional individuals will make an enormous contribution as Executive Fellows. Their expertise will inspire innovation in our teaching and research and through their networks they will help us find new ways to share and test ideas with organisations that want to transform the way they work.

Professor Stephen Bach, Executive Dean of King's Business School

Global engagement is central to our approach to responsible and sustainable business at King’s Business School. I’m excited about engaging our Executive Fellows to work with our students, to co-create research projects and contribute to our discussions and public events. They are posed to further bridge theory and practice, boost students’ confidence and skills, mainstream sustainability throughout our learning environment, and help us foster the next generation of business leaders.

Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra, Associate Dean, Global Engagement

Meet the new Executive Fellows:

Michael Abbott: Executive Chairman of Columbia Care, the largest pharmaceutical manufacturer of cannabis-related medicines in the United States. Michael also brings a wealth of financial expertise from his career at Swiss Bank Corporation/SBC O'Connor and Goldman Sachs, in addition to an early career in law enforcement. Michael previously served on the Business School's Advisory Council and holds a degree in Law from King's College London.

Lucien Alziari: Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Prudential Financial, Inc., with over 30 years of experience in major international companies, including A.P. Moller-Maersk and C&J Clark International. Lucien is a fellow and director of the US National Academy of Human Resources.

Eliot Salandy Brown: Partner at ReD Associates where he leads strategy projects for global companies such as Intel, LEGO, Ford and Mars, and heads ReD Associates’ mobility and automotive practice. In this work his teams use methods from social science to understand customers and culture and set strategic directions to enable companies to approach their challenges and opportunities.

Kevin Dunckley: Chief Sustainability Officer at media company HH Global, leading its market-leading Innovation with Purpose sustainability program. Kevin's extensive network and experience have facilitated collaborations with innovative startups, universities, and NGOs.

Adam Elman: Head of Sustainability for Google Europe, Middle East, and Africa. With over 15 years of sustainability leadership, Adam coordinates sustainability efforts across Google's physical, digital, and natural infrastructure.

Emily Farrimond: Partner at Baringa, responsible for building its ESG & Sustainability practice for Financial Services. Emily's expertise lies in assisting financial services clients with ESG strategies, climate risk management, and developing sustainable products and services.

Warwick Hunt: Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at PwC UK, Warwick brings extensive experience in finance, operations, and governance to King's Business School and previously served as Chair of the Advisory Council. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of New Zealand.

Aekta Patel: Aekta is Global Head of the Venture Capital Unit at the Department for International In this role she leads a large team that attracts overseas investment into British high growth potential companies, British brands and British Arts, Culture and Philanthropic organisations. Over the past seven years, her team has attracted more than £1bn into the UK. Previously in the Cabinet Office, she holds a First-Class Honours degree from King's College London.

Paul Zaman: a Singapore-based strategic advisor on Investor Relations, fundraising and ESG reporting. Paul was previously Head of Investor Relations at Maxis Communications, Malaysia's leading converged digital connectivity solutions provider offering voice and data solutions.

The new Executive Fellows join further Executive Fellows serving a second term:

Anthony Gahan: Managing Partner and co-founder of Wyvern Partners, an investment banking business, and founder of IPSX Group, the world's first stock exchange dedicated to real estate companies. Anthony has extensive experience in private equity transactions and growth equity financing.

Dr Michael Holland: Medical Director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Liaison Psychiatrist at Guy's Hospital.

Philip Keller: Non-Executive Director of John Laing Plc, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Ballet, and London Music Masters. Philip's financial and leadership experience includes roles at Intermediate Capital Group plc and ERM Holdings Limited.

Dr Gillian Kingston: Lead, EU Elections and Partnerships, at Meta. With a strong research background focused on maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, education and migration.

Dr Lionel Ponsard: Group Chief Financial Officer of Fawaz Al Hokair Group and Vice President Finance of Arabian Centers Company. Dr Ponsard has more than 20 years’ experience in finance, operations, and management consulting.

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