Our team

Advisory board

Wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, leading lawyer and committed campaigner for women’s rights, Cherie set up the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women www.cherieblairfoundation.org in 2008 to help women build small and growing businesses in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. Cherie is an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues. She is a member of ICRW’s leadership council, Ambassador for the GSMA mWomen Programme, Honorary Vice President of Barnados, President of the Loomba Foundation, Ambassador for Scope, Trustee of Africa Justice Foundation and Patron of a number of charities, including Breast Cancer Care and SolarAid. Cherie is also Vice-Chair of the US Secretary of State’s International Council for Women’s Business Leadership and Honorary Chair of the World Justice Project. 

Pinky Lilani is the founder and chairman of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, the annual celebration of the achievements of Asian women. Pinky is also the creator of the Women of the Future Awards, The Inspirational Women’s Network, the Ambassadors Programme and the Global Empowerment Award. She is patron of several charities including the Asian Women’s Resource Centre, DIL and the Westminster Society. She is a trustee of the Halo Initiative, on the advisory Board of the Global diversity Practice and a member of the Court of Brunel University. Pinky is an exceptional advocate for women in business and women entrepreneurs.

Bruce is Global Chief Operating Officer of Human Resources for Deutsche Bank. In addition, Bruce is a long-time champion of DB's Women in European Business group and co-Chair of DB's UK People Committee. Prior to his current role, Bruce served as the first Distinguished Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business' London campus where he coached and taught MBA students. Previously, Rigal was the Deputy COO of Deutsche Bank's Corporate and Investment Bank and prior to that Rigal was COO of Global Banking. Bruce joined Deutsche Bank in Equity Capital Markets focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Deutsche, he worked in Equity Capital Markets at S.G. Warburg, and was a management consultant with Oliver, Wyman. Rigal is the past co-chair of Chicago Booth’s EMEA Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves in the UK.

Herta von Stiegel has over 25 years of international management, finance and board level experience.  She has specific expertise in banking, clean energy and cross-border risk management. During her 17 years in banking, Herta held senior positions at Citibank, Rabobank, JP Morgan and AIG in London and New York. Until 2005, she was managing director at AIG Financial Products, where she co-led an investment banking division with net revenues in excess of $800 million. She is the founder and CEO of Ariya Capital Group Limited, a financial services firm focusing on sustainable investments in Africa. Herta founded the Prince’s Trust Women’s Leadership Group, is a member of the board of Opportunity International, serves on the governing board of The Committee of 200 and chairs the C200 Foundation.

Johanna Waterous is a Non-Executive Director of a number of listed companies including Wm Morrison PLC, RSA Insurance PLC, Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexam PLC.  She is an Operating Partner of Duke Street LLP and Chairman of two of Duke Street’s portfolio companies: Sandpiper CI, the largest retail group in the Channel Islands; and LM Funerals, the UK’s third largest chain of funeral arrangers. In the not-for-profit sector, she is a trustee of the Kew Foundation and NED of Kew Enterprises, and on the Commercial Board of the RHS. Johanna spent over 20 years with McKinsey & Company, where she co-led the firm’s Retail and Consumer Marketing Practices.

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