THE TOWN HALL SUMMIT 3.0 SPEAKER BIOS
Day 1: Wednesday July 14
Fireside Chat with Ric Lewis
Executive Chairman and Co-CIO
Tristan Capital Partners
Ric Lewis is Executive Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Tristan Capital Partners, an independent real estate investment management firm with €12.0+Billion in assets under management across the UK and continental Europe. Ric founded the firm in 2009, continuing the collaborative track record he established with former partners at Curzon Global Partners/ AEW Europe, a €20 Billion+ real estate private equity company (1998-2008).
Headquartered in London, Tristan Capital is majority-owned and autonomously managed by its principals with 140+ members of staff in eight locations across Europe. Tristan was voted by industry peers as European Real Estate Private Equity Firm of the Year in 2014 and 2015; and awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise and International Trade in 2017.
Ric was awarded the 2021 Urban Land Institute (ULI) European Leader Award for his contribution to urban development and real estate, along with his civic and social endeavours. Ric is the only two-time recipient of Real Estate Private Equity Professional of the Year 2013 and 2015; and he ranked first in the JP Morgan/EY Powerlist 2019 as the UK’s most influential person of Afro-Caribbean heritage. In 2019, Ric was also included in Facebook’s global list of ‘50 over 50’ of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and innovators.
In 2009 Ric founded The Black Heart Foundation dedicated to improving educational access, quality and outcomes for underprivileged young people. The foundation provides educational scholarships with currently over 313 Black Heart Scholars at 110 intuitions completing 155 degrees, courses, training and education programmes throughout the UK (and US).
Ric also serves on a number of Boards, including Dartmouth College (USA); the International Council at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Chairman of The Institute of Imagination; Trustee of the Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation; and Non-Executive Director of Legal & General Group Plc. He is also a Patron of the Eastside Young Leaders Academy.
Ric graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School, and holds an Honorary Master’s Degree from Dartmouth College. He has dual British and American citizenship and has resided in London since 1998 with his two daughters.
Race As a Corporate Diversity Mandate
Principal, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Co-author, The Equity Imperative: The need for business to take bold action now
For over 25 years, Joanne has worked with C-suite executives to define, design, and operationalize their workforce experience vision. She helps clients transform their Talent and HR organizations, from strategy through implementation and beyond, to achieve sustainable results.
Joanne is eminent on the evolving role of HR, and of the CHRO, in shaping the way enterprises compete for and access talent, curate workforce experiences, and impact the communities where they operate. She brings this perspective in examining how organizations can and should drive towards racial equity.
In addition to serving clients, Joanne also leads our Cross-Enterprise Equity Activation Offering and serves as the Chief DEI Officer of our US Human Capital practice.
Joanne primarily focuses in the Consumer Products, Healthcare, and Life Sciences sectors.
Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion -
EMEA & APAC, Northern Trust
Sarah joined Northern Trust in 2016 and is responsible for the strategy and implementation of a wide variety of diversity, equity and inclusion programmes and initiatives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions. As part of the Global Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion she is responsible for supporting the business to recruit, develop and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Before joining Northern Trust, Sarah headed up Diversity and Inclusion teams at AIG and Barclays Wealth. Prior to this she held a variety of HR roles at Morgan Stanley and Simmons & Simmons LLP.
Sarah holds a BA in International Management and Business Administration with German from the University of Reading. Additionally she holds an MSc in Human Resource Management and an MBA from the Open University.
She is a Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) and is bilingual English/German. Sarah is also a Magistrate, serving in the East London Local Justice Area across two magistrates’ courts.
Sarah is a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor, delivering Mental Health First Aid England’s one and two day courses on mental health both within Northern Trust and externally.
Chief Inclusion Officer at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
With over 20 years of experience as a diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) professional, Danyale Price is the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Paul, Weiss. Working closely with firm leadership and the firm’s Inclusion Task Force, Danyale is responsible for the global strategy and implementation of Paul, Weiss’s efforts to promote a diverse workforce and sustain an inclusive culture. Those efforts include multifaceted approaches to talent acquisition, talent management, training, development and engagement.
Danyale serves as a career advisor for associates and as a DE&I advisor to partners and clients. She also directs the firm’s annual diversity networking reception, which attracts more than 1,000 of the best and brightest diverse professionals across numerous industries.
Since Danyale was hired as Paul, Weiss’s first full-time DE&I professional and was subsequently promoted to its first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, the firm has consistently surpassed many industry benchmarks for diversity, receiving high rankings from The American Lawyer, Chambers USA, Law360, the Human Rights Campaign, the New York City Bar Association, Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), Vault and more.
Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Danyale was Director of Career Planning and Personal Development at the National Basketball Players Association, where she designed career transition and educational programs for members of the National Basketball Association. Earlier in her career, she managed diversity recruiting programs and initiatives for Goldman Sachs. Danyale began her career as a litigation attorney in Atlanta. She also was a facilitator of a leadership development class at her alma mater, Spelman College.
Danyale is a national co-chair for WILEF’s Diversity Council. She previously served as membership co-chair and strategic plan co-chair for the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals. She is a former board member of the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA). Danyale served on the board for the Council of Urban Professionals Executive Leadership Program.
Danyale has presented at numerous diversity and inclusion conferences. She has been a guest lecturer at New York University School of Law and volunteers with several community and philanthropic organizations. Danyale was honored by ABWA with a 2020 Ruth Whitehead Whaley Professional Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions and commitment to DE&I in the legal profession. She was named to the 2018 EBONY Power 100 list of most inspiring African-Americans, and to The Network Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential Women in Business” list.
Work and Life in Asia
Publisher & Head of Strategic Content, Treasury Today Group
Sophie Jackson is Publisher & Head of Strategic Content at Treasury Today Group and has 13 years’ experience in publishing. She began her career in a role in cultural publishing at the Dazed Group in London before moving to Tokyo in late 2010 to work as a freelance editor and consultant.
Sophie headed up the launch of Treasury Today Asia in 2012 whilst based in Japan and then Hong Kong. Treasury Today Asia is now read by 65,000 corporates across Asia Pacific and our Adam Smith Awards Asia are in their seventh year. Sophie is a driving force behind our global Women in Treasury initiative and a passionate proponent of diversity and inclusion. She is a UCL graduate who studied in Paris and London and is based in Europe.
INED & Corporate Governance Chair, Innovation Advisor & Entrepreneur at iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited
Honnus has over 20 years’ combined start up and finance experiences in the high-tech, online media, e-commerce and travel industries. She is the Co-Founder of Mojodomo Group and the Founder of T20 Limited. She is a mentor for she1K, the world’s first corporate executive angel syndicate that empowers and funds early stage of startups globally with 80% female representation and the mentor of Cyberport Hong Kong, an innovative digital
powerhouse that supports over 1,500 start-up and technology companies.
Honnus was the ex-INED and Audit Committee Chairman for iClick (NASDAQ:ICLK), China’s largest independent online marketing technology platform. She was the CFO, Asia and General Manager, China for Travelzoo (NASDAQ:TZOO). Prior to Travelzoo, Honnus worked as the Regional Finance Leader of Yahoo Asia. She was heavily involved in setting up the Asia operation and dealing with mergers and acquisitions, including the strategic investment with Alibaba. She served as founding executive for both Travelzoo and Yahoo and built the Asia business from the scratch to a decent operation. She has also held pivotal positions in notable companies such as American Standard Inc and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Honnus has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Queensland, Australia and an MBA from Northwestern University, United States. She is also a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institution of Certified Public Accountants of Hong Kong (FCPA), the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (FCPA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors (FHKIoD). She frequently contributes to leading professional publications and engages her insights and experiences as a frequent speaker in the start-up and finance community.
CEO of Tesco Business Services and Tesco Bengaluru
Dr. Mitra is a versatile senior executive and board member with over 20 years’ experience in outsourcing, P&L management and client management & Business transformation. A strategic thinker with shrewd commercial acumen and experienced in building and managing large globally diverse teams. His track record on execution is through his unique ability to join the dots in a complex multinational environment and making things simple.
Dr. Mitra is currently the Chief executive officer for Tesco PLC’s Global Business Services division and CEO of Tesco Bengaluru entity. Dr Mitra is also board member of Tesco’s joint venture (Trent Hypermarket and Booker India) with the Tata Group.
Prior to joining Tesco, Dr. Mitra was the Managing Director of British Telecom (BT), where he conceptualized and executed BT’s Global Business Services (GBS) model with direct responsibility for 10,000 plus employees across 9 countries and several 3rd party vendors. Sumit led BT GBS to one of the top 25 best employers in India and Budapest as the best shared service centre in Europe.
Dr. Mitra studied in Scotland and has a Bachelor of medical sciences degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. He has completed the Global Strategic Management program from Harvard Business School in Boston and has received an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) in management excellence. Dr. Mitra loves sports. He holds a cricket coaching diploma from the England & Wales Cricket Board and is an expert in martial arts. He is a passionate Manchester United supporter, loves traveling and enjoys spending time with his two daughters.
Seng ti goh
Director at Focal Partners Private Limited
Seng Ti is the Director at Focal Partners based in Singapore where they are currently building a digital platform offering Corporate Functions as a Service (CFaaS).
He was most recent the Senior General Manager at Isuzu Motors Asia holding a CFO/COO position whereby he heads the FP&A, Treasury & Accounting, and the Human Resource departments.
Prior to that he was at A.P. Moller Maersk Group, SKF Group, Asia Genesis Asset Management and SMBC. He has over 15 years of corporate and market experience spanning from sell to buy sides.
Seng Ti was the previous President of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (Singapore) and a member of the MAS SOR to SORA Steering (SC STS) Committee. Seng Ti holds an MBA from Nanyang Business School and had attended an Executive Programme at IMD Lausanne. He has been interviewed and featured on media, news, and publications. He has hosted events and curated panels, moderated and guest spoke at numerous physical and online events.
Moving Towards A Post-COVID Business World
COO & Head of Investment Banking Technology, TD Securities Technology
Naveen Balakrishnan is currently COO & Head of Investment Banking Technology, TD Securities ("TDS"). In his role, Naveen is responsible for leading all of the strategic and operational needs of the Technology group including Strategy, Business Management, IT Support & Engineering, Project Delivery, Innovation and Cyber Security. Additionally, Naveen is also responsible for managing a global technology team to ensure business and innovation capabilities are developed to support long term goals for TDS's Corporate & Investment Banking ("CIB") line of businesses.
Previously he has held several leadership roles at BMO Capital Markets supporting the CEO and COO with wholesale banking strategy development and transformation for both Global Markets & Investment Banking lines of businesses globally. Prior to joining BMO, Naveen has successfully led strategic advisory engagements with Deloitte Consulting specializing in developing and executing enterprise risk and growth strategies within the public and private sectors.
Naveen holds a Honours B.Comm degree from the University of Toronto, an MBA in Strategy from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Certified Professional Accountant.
Naveen most recently served as Director and Treasurer on the Board of Children's Aid Society and is currently engaged in leading community engagements with several non-profit organizations. Additionally, Naveen is currently an active Mentor with Toronto Business Development Centre to help incubate new start ups wanting to grow in Canada.
Ceo, jll canada
Alan is responsible for developing JLL Canada’s business strategy, driving
revenue, delivering best-in-class service to clients, and partnering with the
company’s business in the Americas and globally.
Based in Toronto, he leads the business and its adoption of new technologies across
Before joining JLL in September 2019, Alan was President at Triovest Realty Advisors, a real estate advisory and investment firm with over $10 billion in assets under management. Alan’s career spans over 30 years assuming the roles of broker, investor, asset owner and company founder. His experience in commercial real estate includes: capital markets, development, value enhancement, leasing, asset management and joint ventures.
An Honours graduate of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo, Alan began his commercial real estate and entrepreneurial life part timethroughout university as a market researcher with a side business of producing handdrawn architectural renderings.
In his spare time, Alan enjoys golfing, fishing, playing hockey and spending timewith his wife Margaret and two kids: Cabot and Erika.
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at Tronox
Elizabeth Marengo is a creative and accomplished Human Resources Leader with nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Management, Organizational Development and Core HR who leverages her strategic experiences across multiple industries to achieve organizational goals while maintaining a strong ability to adjust to mixed, fast-paced, changing environments.
Currently, as the Global Human Resources Senior Vice President for Tronox LLC she provides strategic oversight for all aspects for all Tronox regions (North & South America, Australia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Europe) which ensures adherence to regulatory provisions and requirements as well as the development and execution of talent development initiatives to cultivate diverse talent pipelines and a culture of inclusion.
Prior to her role at Tronox, Marengo led the Diversity & Inclusion division for Nestlé USA where she developed a Diversity & Inclusion strategy to safeguard diverse talent pipelines to meet the needs of the organization. While at Nestlé Marengo also served as a Director of Human Resources where she deployed key strategic HR initiatives in North and South America for a global transformation within the Human Resources function as well as talent and performance management for Nestlé Purina PetCare. In addition to specialty chemical manufacturing, she also has distinct experiences in consumer product goods and financial sectors.
Elizabeth currently serves as an on the board for the Hispanic Business Center in Cleveland, OH. Prior to Joining the board, she served on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Vice Chair), Greater St. Louis Region, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board and the United Way. She is also a member of professional organizations such as Conference Board D&I Council Member Organization, Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Originally from Cleveland, OH, Elizabeth Marengo, fluent Spanish speaker, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University (Kent, OH) and obtained her Master’s Degree in Organization Development and Change Management from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH).
Elizabeth is a proud graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative – Fellows Program, a member of the Regional Business Council Professionals Network Leadership 100, recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal, “40 under 40” (2018), Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - “Hispanic Chamber Member of the Year” (2019) and proud member of Alpha Psi Lambda, National Inc. (Latino Greek fraternal organization).
Day 2: Thursday, July 15
Fireside Chat with Beverly Israely
Managing Director, PJT Partners
Beverly Israely is a Managing Director on the Human Resources team at PJT Partners, based in New York.
Beverly joined PJT Partners in 2018 from Morgan Stanley, where she was Head of Talent Acquisition, Institutional Securities Group.
She had previously run recruiting for the Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division (IBD) and prior to that launched and built the Real Estate Practice at Glocap Search. Earlier in her career, Beverly was as a Leveraged Finance banker at JP Morgan after having spent five years in the public sector.
Beverly has a BA from Brandeis and an MBA from NYU Stern.
The Diversification of Corporate Boards
Rabia de Lande Long
Co-Founder, The Monarchs Collective
Rabia de Lande Long is a management consultant, executive coach, and team facilitator who helps organizations improve their performance at the individual, team, and enterprise levels. She partners with senior executives to enhance their business results by aligning business strategy, processes, structure, and people.
Prior to launching Chartwell Advisors, Inc. in 1997, Rabia helped found and grow the
Organizational Change Practice at Price Waterhouse, where she specialized in organizational strategy, structure, culture, post-merger integration, and technology assimilation.
She had joined PW as a compensation consultant. Rabia was later recruited to Ernst & Young to develop the People Effectiveness Practice, where she led projects in knowledge management, change management, and human capital. Before consulting, she held a number of corporate positions for PepsiCo International, GE Capital, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Macy’s.
Over the last ten years, Rabia has worked in the media and entertainment world with clients such as A&E, BET, Facebook, Hallmark, History, HBO, Lifetime, McGraw-Hill, Nielsen, New Line Cinema, Saatchi & Saatchi, Time Warner, Univision, WEtv, and Yahoo. In any given week, she leads off-sites and leadership development programs, advises on post-merger integrations, and serves as a consigliere to senior leaders working through complex business issues.
Rabia earned an MBA with concentrations in marketing and organizational behavior from the Yale School of Management, and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. With clients in the US, Europe, and Asia, Rabia racks up a lot of frequent flier miles from New York, where she lives with her husband and two children.
CEO and Founder of Powerful Media
Michael is a lawyer-turned-journalist-turned-entrepreneur who runs Powerful Media Ltd, one of the most respected black-owned businesses in the UK.
Michael, who grew up in south London, left the UK for Nigeria in his early teens, living there for some eight years and qualifying for the Nigerian bar.
After returning to Britain and doing a masters degree in law, followed by a post graduate diploma in periodical journalism, he made the decision to become a journalist and worked on a number of national newspapers, including the Sunday Times and The Observer on the sports desk. He has written on a variety of subjects for many more, including The Guardian, The Sun, The Mirror and The London Evening Standard. And he has appeared on television a number of times, usually related to issues concerning the UK’s African and African Caribbean-heritage communities.
Michael spent nine years as the Editorial Director of Ethnic Media Group, which was at the time the biggest minority ethnic newspaper organization in the UK. Fourteen years ago, he founded Powerful Media, which, while it is best known for its flagship publication, The Powerlist, also boasts another well-regarded publication, Future Leaders, a bespoke recruitment firm, and an events division.
Michael’s quarter of a century of experience within minority-owned media organisations means he is one of the UK’s foremost experts on matters of diversity and inclusion as they relate to the country’s black communities. But he is also very conversant with sport, particularly football, athletics and boxing, all of which he has written about extensively.
His interests include sport, photography, design and travel. He is, for his sins, a diehard Manchester United supporter.
Acting Chairman at Britam Holdings Limited
Experienced Board Member & Management Consultant:
▪ 25 years of experience leading high performing organizations and solving complex business challenges in the United States and Sub-Sahara Africa.
▪ Acting Chairman, Board of Directors Britam Holdings Plc, a publicly listed company specializing in insurance, asset management, banking and property services with operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Mozambique and Malawi.
▪ Non-Executive Director, Board of Directors, Britam Life Assurance Kenya, the largest Life Assurance company in East and Central Africa.
▪ Global experience in leading complex IT transformation projects to include ERP, core banking, fin tech, cloud, mobile and internet platforms for financial services and public sector clients.
▪ Extensive knowledge of Financial Services, Government/Public Sector, and Healthcare industries with management expertise in building successful consulting practices.
▪ U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) with diversified consulting skills, from strategy through execution.
Non-Executive Director at Euromoney PLC
India Martin is a 25 year veteran of financial services and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. An American by birth, she 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, India was Managing Director & Global Chief Operating
Officer for Investment Banking Technology and Operations where she had multi-billion dollar budgetary management responsibility for 15,000 staff in more than 40 global locations.
Post her corporate career, India established Leadership For Life, a global Executive coaching, facilitation and consulting practice. She is a globally recognized leadership expert and coach with a clientele of Fortune 500 and C-Suite executives from around the world. Formerly an adjunct professor of Corporate Education at Temple University in Japan, India is a well known keynote, panel speaker and TV panelist having appeared on CNBC, TVOne, BBC (UK) and CBS. India is currently on the coaching faculty at Georgetown University for the Exec Master's in Leadership and is also on the coaching faculty of the New York City Bar Association's Associate Leadership Institute. She is an expert diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner with specific expertise in both race and gender equity. She has led several Fortune 500 CEO's, their leadership teams and staff through racial equity programming and strategy development.
In her time in Europe, India was been named one of the 50 top businesswomen in Europe and Top 100 Black executives in the UK. A proponent of the gender pay equity and women on boards, India is the President Emeritus of City Women's Network, a professional body for senior women in corporate, third sector and entrepreneurial industries where she spearheaded the "Corporate Board Readiness Program". For this work, she has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Marketing Week, Harpers Bazaar and Glamour.
India is a published writer, speaks fluent French and functional Japanese. She attended Spelman College and London Business school. She is married with 3 children and resides between London and Washington D.C.
BLM/Stop Asian Hate in The Corporate World
Global Head of D&I at Anomaly
As the Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kristi is an ambitious change agent who’ll develop industry leading DE&I initiatives with the ultimate goal of driving a more equitable workplace.
As a dedicated racial equity and cause-marketing strategist for a number of years, Kristi stands firmly at the intersection of organizational change, social change, political advocacy, popular culture and corporate social responsibility.
Earning a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master’s from The London School of Economics. Kristi’s passion to impact, inclusion, racial equity, and culture is driven by her personal and professional dedication to systematic change and social innovation.
Kristi was the founder of The 2fifty Seven Group, and has worked with leading companies and award-winning campaigns like Color of Change, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Essence, Time Inc., Microsoft, American Airlines, Weber Shandwick, THINX, Viacom, TRUTH, Proctor & Gamble, Obama For America ‘08/’12, Elizabeth Warren For President, and gubernatorial campaigns for Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum. Her experiential activations have appeared at Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, BET Awards, Grammy Awards, Oscar Awards, American Black Film Festival, The Democratic National Conventional, Essence Music Festival and The Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Caucus to name a few.
Ms. Henderson is also a co-founder of The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). She is a recipient of the Young Gifted and Black Entrepreneurial Award, Culture Creators Award and a member of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Board of Directors.
Entrepreneur, Professional Speaker and Executive Coach
David McQueen is an executive coach, international speaker and facilitator. He is the co-founder of Q Squared, a learning company where he spends his time focusing on inclusive leadership and cultural equity. He is a direct communicator not afraid to tackle tough subjects but also empathetic enough to bring people along journeys of change.
David has had the pleasure of working with a number of global brands including BMW, Mercedes, Shopify, JP Morgan, Tate and Lyle, Fidelity, Investec, Uber and Virgin Media. Working with a number of teams on nearly every continent (except Antarctica).
David is the host of Leadership Decoded, a half hour podcast where he walks his audience through some of the challenges and concerns of 21st century leadership. He is also the author of The BRAVE Leader, A Guide to Inclusive Leadership, due for publication in Q4, 2021.
Alice yoo leClair
CHRO, Financial & Professional Services Division at Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
Alice Yoo LeClair is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Euromoney PLC’s Financial & Professional Services (FPS) division. She is responsible for leading talent management, DEI, recruitment and performance enablement initiatives, in alignment with the organization’s strategic objectives. In this capacity she also serves as a member of the division’s executive committee and the group’s HR leadership team.
Before joining Euromoney, Alice was the Head of HR for the Americas GTM region and multiple product verticals at Refinitiv, an LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group) business. Previously, she held global people strategy and commercial program management roles at IPC Systems, IntelePeer and Level 3 Communications (now Lumen Technologies).
Alice has a bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Hartford where she double majored in Piano Performance and English. She also has a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, Cornell University’s external education unit.