Leadership & Board

Our leaders represent the best attributes of the private and public sectors. We get things done. And we take risks that get results. Across functions, our global leaders have deep expertise in international education, business and finance. Our board is comprised of CEOs of major companies, leaders of industries, and regional influencers. These people push us, keep our eye on the prize, and help us achieve our bold goals. Their vision empowers us to provide millions of children in low-income communities with the lifelong gift of education.


Board of Directors

Scott Kapnick: Board Chair

Scott Kapnick is a managing partner and member of the board of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC, and chief executive officer of HPS Investment Partners, LLC. Highbridge Capital Management is a global leading alternative investment and asset management organization. Scott is a retired management committee member, partner, and co-head of Global Investment Banking at the Goldman Sachs Group. Before returning to the United States in 2006, he was also co-chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs International. Scott is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, chairman of the Churchill Archives Centre Campaign Board, managing director of the Metropolitan Opera and serves on the board of directors of the Naples Botanical Garden. Scott received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College. He holds a combined J.D./master’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Yusuf Alireza

Yusuf Alireza is the former CEO of Noble Group, a Hong Kong-based global supply chain manager of agricultural and energy products, metals and minerals. Yusuf is a retired management committee member, partner, and co-president of non-Japan Asia at the Goldman Sachs Group. Yusuf holds a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Craig Bruya

Craig Bruya is retired from Microsoft Corporation, most recently as chief financial officer of Microsoft Business Solutions. During a three-year sabbatical, he taught accounting and management classes to M.B.A. students at Seattle University and the University of Washington. Prior to this, he spent 12 years at Microsoft in executive finance positions primarily in Microsoft International as well as nine years with the audit division of Arthur Andersen & Company in Seattle, Brussels, Belgium and Athens, Greece.

Mary Byron

Mary Byron is retired from Goldman Sachs, most recently as the global head of corporate technology including Finance, Risk, Operations and Human Resources at Goldman Sachs. She served on the Technology Division Executive, Operating and Risk Committees. Prior to this role, Mary was based in Tokyo as CIO for Asia Pacific businesses and co-chair of the Asia Pacific Diversity Committee. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1989 and has held various roles within technology, including managing the firm’s global networks and computing infrastructure. Mary was named managing director in 1999 and partner in 2006. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Auburn Theological Seminary. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1986.

Dr. Luis Crouch

Dr. Luis Crouch is the Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of RTI’s International Development Group and is a recognized international leader in providing high-level advice to governments involved in complex educational systems change. In this role, Luis leads work in key strategic areas, addressing important challenges in global health and youth issues, and in particular, measurement and finance issues regarding these two sectors. Prior to this, Luis was Coordinator for the Global Good Practice group with the Global Partnership for Education. Luis has worked on all aspects of policy analysis research and implementation, from field surveys to quantitative and qualitative analysis to policy dialogue presentations. Luis has experience in many countries in the developing world. In particular, he was a high-level technical advisor to the governments of South Africa in the period after the end of apartheid and Egypt during the current drive to decentralization. Luis received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Erin Ganju: Co-Founder and CEO

Erin Keown Ganju is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Room to Read. From the early start-up days of Room to Read, Erin has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the organization’s scalable, replicable model for improving the quality of education across Asia and Africa. She oversees Room to Read’s global operations which includes implementing programs in ten countries; a technical assistance unit called Room to Read Accelerator; fundraising teams in North America, Europe, Australia and the Asia Pacific region; and a worldwide staff of more than 1,200 employees. Erin has been selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs for 2014 and in 2012 was one of Fast Company’s Extraordinary Women. Before founding Room to Read, Erin worked at Unilever, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and a couple of technology start-ups. She has spent extensive time working and living in Asia, where she saw firsthand the need to enhance developing countries’ educational systems. Erin holds a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Jerry del Missier

Jerry del Missier is former COO of Barclays Bank Plc and former Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking. Before joining Barclays in 1997, Jerry was the Senior Managing Director of Derivative Products at Bankers Trust, responsible for European Business. Jerry is a former Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and has served on the Boards of the Global Financial Markets Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, and the Markets Management Group of the International Institute of Finance. He served on the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Queen's School of Business. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario.

Kim Anstatt Morton 

Kim Anstatt Morton worked almost a decade on Wall Street as an equity research analyst at UBS and Hambrecht and Quist in New York City. She later joined Montgomery Securities in San Francisco where she covered emerging growth and big cap biotech companies. Kim is passionate about literacy, education and the arts. She enthusiastically serves on the advisory board of 10x10, a global movement for girls' education through a film and social action campaign (and a partner of Room to Read). She is a member of San Francisco’s Edgewood Arts Advisory Board, has trained as a docent for middle school children with SFMOMA, and is active on their Artist’s Circle Donor Development Committee. Kim has worked with the Department of Health and Human Services in San Francisco with abused and neglected children and has tutored a special literacy program for sixth through eighth grade students struggling with reading at Francisco Middle School in San Francisco. Kim received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and fine art and graduate painting degrees at the San Francisco Art Institute. Kim travels extensively in the developing world and lives in San Francisco with her husband Ian and son Baker.

John Ridding

John Ridding is the chief executive officer of the Financial Times and FT.com. He was formerly editor and publisher of the Financial Times, Asia, as well as chairman of Pearson in Asia. John led the launch of the Asia edition of the FT in 2003. It won the award for the best newspaper from the Society of Publishers in Asia in its launch year and received top awards for business reporting, scoops and newspaper design at the same ceremony in 2006. He graduated from Oxford University with a first-class honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by a billion people across the globe to access information, share video, and shape culture. An early champion of online video who was instrumental in Google's 2006 acquisition of YouTube, Susan now oversees YouTube's content and business operations, engineering, and product development. Prior to joining YouTube in February 2014, Susan was Senior Vice President of Advertising & Commerce at Google, where she oversaw the design and engineering of AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. She joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and led the initial development of several key consumer products including Google Images and Google Books. In 2002, Susan began working on Google’s advertising products and over the next 12 years she led teams that helped define the vision and direction of Google’s monetization platforms. Before joining Google, Susan worked at Intel, Bain & Company, and a number of start-ups. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in economics from UC Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA.

John Wood: Founder

John Wood is the founder of Room to Read. He started Room to Read after a fast-paced and distinguished career with Microsoft from 1991 to 1999, during which he served as director of business development for the Greater China region and as director of marketing for the Asia-Pacific region. John continues to bring Room to Read a vision for a scalable solution to developing global educational problems with an intense focus on results and an ability to attract a world-class group of employees, volunteers, and funders. Today, John focuses full-time on long-term strategy, capital acquisition, public speaking, and media opportunities for the organization. John holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, and has four honorary doctorates including from McGill University and the University of San Francisco. He also serves on the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative and New Story. John is a frequent lecturer at Harvard Business School and at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy.

Frank van Veenendaal

Mr. Frank van Veenendaal retired from Salesforce in 2015 after almost 14 years with the company in multiple leadership roles including Vice Chairman, President of Worldwide Sales and Services, President of Worldwide Sales and Chief Sales Officer, President of North American Operations and Global Corporate Sales, President of Worldwide Corporate Sales and Services and Senior Vice President of North America Sales at Salesforce.com. He was instrumental in growing Salesforce from $5M to $5B+. Mr. van Veenendaal has over 30 years of technology sales and executive management experience. Previously Mr. van Veenendaal held various sales and sales management positions for companies such as Actuate, Interleaf, Integrated Solutions, Pyramid, and Harris Corporation. Mr. van Veenendaal also serves on the board of directors of Coupa, NewVoiceMedia and Vlocity.

 

Emeritus Board

Hilary Valentine: Chair

Hilary Valentine is a partner at Black & White Design and serves on the Board of Directors of the Valentine Family Foundation and the Canary Foundation. She also serves on the Emeritus Board of Breast Cancer Connections. Her primary focus has been to evangelize the Room to Read mission in front of high net-worth donors in the technology world. The Valentine Family Foundation provided the initial multi-year seed funding for Room to Read's Girls' Education program. Hilary graduated with a BS in Psychology from St. Lawrence University. Hilary served on the Room to Read Board of Directors from 2003 to 2012 and was Co-Chair of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008 and was Chair of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010.

Christopher S. Beer

Christopher Beer is the managing member of Ironmark Law Group, PLLC, a firm providing strategic business and intellectual property services to individuals, companies and other lawyers both in the U.S. and worldwide. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington and master’s degree from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Chris served on the Room to Read Board of Directors from 2004 to 2013.

Peter T. Grauer

Peter T. Grauer is Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial media company. He has been a member of the Bloomberg Board since October 1996 and was named Chairman of the Board in March 2001 succeeding Michael R. Bloomberg. Mr. Grauer joined Bloomberg full time in his executive capacities in March 2002. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1992 to 2000 when DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston and then Managing Director and Senior Partner of CSFB Private Equity until March 2002. Mr. Grauer serves as lead director of Davita, Inc., as well as the Boards of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Inner City Scholarship Fund in New York City, Rockefeller University and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, Program for Management Development.

Tim Koogle

Tim Koogle is a private venture capitalist, entrepreneur and business leader, and philanthropist. He has had a long career in starting and growing businesses of scale. From 1995 to 2001 he served as Yahoo! founding Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Currently, Tim is on the board of a number of private early stage companies in which he is a venture capital investor. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of Thomas Weisel Partners, a publicly held investment bank; is the founder and CEO of Serendipity Land Holdings; chairman of the board of Method Home Products, Inc.; and managing director of the Koogle Foundation, a nonprofit foundation focused on the education of underprivileged and high risk young people in the United States, Asia, and Latin America. Tim holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and an MS and EngrD in engineering from Stanford University.

Alastair Mactaggart

Alastair Mactaggart is President of Emerald Fund Inc., a San Francisco residential real estate developer. Since 1998 Emerald has developed in excess of US$2 billion of real estate, including over 1,500 units of new housing, and 1,900 units of condominium conversions. Alastair serves on the board of Sutter West Bay Hospitals, which includes San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center. Alastair received a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in San Francisco, CA. Alastair served on Room to Read’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009.

Dr. Fernando Reimers

Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fernando was a senior education specialist at the World Bank. He has extensive experience in the area of international development assistance with the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other development organizations. Fernando is best known for his theory of informed dialogue, an approach to bridge scientific research and education policy through the mapping and mobilization of social networks. Fernando is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a fellow of the International Academy of Education, a member of the Advisory Board of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education. Fernando earned doctoral and master’s degrees in education from Harvard University and obtained a Licenciatura en Psicologia at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by Emerson College for his work advancing global education.

Muneer A. Satter

Muneer Satter manages Satter Investment Management (SIM), a Chicago-based private investment firm, and the Satter Foundation, a private family foundation. SIM has significant investments in several life sciences and medical technology companies. Muneer retired in 2012 after sixteen years as a partner at Goldman Sachs in the Merchant Banking Division. As Global Head of Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Group, Muneer raised and managed more than $30 billion of investments. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and he is on the Board of the Nature Conservancy where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee. Muneer received a B.A. from Northwestern University, and a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Muneer served on the Room to Read Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010 and was Co-Chair from 2005 to 2008.

Jenny Shilling Stein

Jenny Shilling Stein, Senior Advisor, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, co-founded the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation in 2002 to identify and support the most talented social entrepreneurs. The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation seeks to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies. Its goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment. Jenny is also a Visiting Practitioner at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Jenny currently serves on the boards of FoodCorps, Global Health Corps, Sanergy, Think Unlimited, and The Future Project and is an Advisor to New Classrooms. Jenny received both her Master of Business Administration and her Master of Education from Stanford University. She graduated magna cum laude in Psychology and English from Amherst College.

Yusuf Alireza and Dina Khreino-Alireza

Yusuf Alireza is chief executive officer and board member of Noble Group. Previously, he served as Co-President of Asia (excluding Japan) for Goldman Sachs and a member of that firm’s Global Management Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in New York and moved to London in 1997, where his last position was head of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2008 Yusuf moved to Hong Kong to lead Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific securities division. He also serves on Room to Read’s Global Board of Directors. Yusuf has a joint undergraduate and graduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He and his wife, Dina Khreino-Alireza, live in Hong Kong and have 3 children.

Dina Khreino-Alireza received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from L'Universite Americaine de Paris, and completed her post-graduate studies at the University of London, where she obtained a master’s degree in Middle Eastern politics. She has worked as a researcher and writer of International Law and Politics and has been published in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and the Herald Tribune. She is the founder and chief executive officer of INVU Media, a post production company specializing in family motion picture entertainment. She lives with her husband and three young children in Hong Kong.

Damien and Rebecca Brosnan

Damien Brosnan is Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets at UBS Asia. Before joining UBS in 2012 as Head of Equity Syndicate & Equity-linked Origination for Asia, he worked for Morgan Stanley in New York. He is a member of UBS Investment Bank's Diversity & Inclusion Committee for Asia Pacific. UBS seeks to lever on the multiple backgrounds, cultures and perspectives of its employees to produce cross-cultural teams that are adept at generating new ideas and creative solutions for its clients. A Physics graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brosnan is a keen runner. In 2015, he ran the New York marathon to raise money for Room to Read. He and his wife, Rebecca Brosnan, live in Hong Kong and are expecting their first child in November.

Rebecca Brosnan is currently the Director of Finance at Mother’s Choice. Until February 2016, Rebecca served as Managing Director at HKEx in variety of roles including Head of Product Development, responsible for the design of new products to be listed on HKFE, and Head of Asia Commodities, responsible for growing LME’s business in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to these roles, Rebecca was responsible for corporate strategy and business development running the deal team which successfully acquire the London Metals Exchange, the world’s leading industrial metals trading venue. While at HKEx, Rebecca founded and co-chaired the Women’s Exchange at Hong Kong Exchange. Prior to joining HKEx in 2010, Rebecca worked in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch in HK from 2005 to 2008 and served as a Legal Assistant at Skadden, Arps in both the Washington, D.C. and HK offices. In 2016, China Daily and the Asia News Network awarded Rebecca the “Asian Women’s Leadership Award”. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity College, and master’s degree in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke is Managing Director and Head of the Institutional Client Group Debt, Asia. He is responsible for product distribution and development of foreign exchange, fixed income, commodities and structured products involving both retail and institutional clients in Asia. He is a member of the Corporate Banking & Securities Executive Committee for Asia, and a member of the Global Institutional Client Group Debt Executive Committee. Kevin joined Deutsche Bank in January 2014, prior to which he was Global Head of Investor Solutions for Barclays, with over 20 years of experience in Asia, 15 years of which he was based in the region.

Kevin is married with three children and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Toxicology & Pharmacology (First Class) from the School of Pharmacy, University of London, and a Master of Science degree in Management (Industrial Relations) from the University of Oxford.

Ben and Asami Ferguson

Ben is co-head of Asia Pacific Equities Distribution. He is also head of Asia Credit Distribution. Previously, Ben was head of Asia Equity Derivatives Sales and co-head of Core Japan Equity Sales. Ben also had oversight of private placement distribution in Asia as part of the Asia Private Finance Group from 2007 to 2008. Ben is a member of the Pine Street Board of Directors. He has served on the Ongoing Education Committee and Charitable Contribution Advisory Group in Tokyo. Ben joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 as a financial analyst in Tokyo. He was named managing director in 2005 and partner in 2008. He earned a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from Pepperdine University in 1998 and graduated from Sophia University's Japanese Language Institute in 1995.

Asami started her career as a model for global brands like Adidas and Uniqlo while attending Senzoku University. She spent 6 years with Miss Universe Japan (MUJ) to recruit, develop and manage finalists in addition to working in public relations and event planning. After leaving MUJ, Asami worked with a number of brands including Red Bull's F1 team in public relations and event planning in Japan. Later she worked with Valentino as a brand consultant. Asami has leveraged her event planning background to work with charities like the Pink Ball/Run for the Cure in Tokyo and Special Olympics Japan. Asami loves sport and is an avid tennis player, wake-boarder, swimmer and snowboarder.

Neil Harvey

Neil Harvey is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse, based in Hong Kong.  He is CEO, Hong Kong and Co-CEO, Greater China for the bank encompassing the Private Banking & Wealth Management and Investment Banking divisions.  He is also a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee.

Neil has worked at Credit Suisse for 14 years and has been involved in banking and asset management for over 28 years, of which 16 have been in Asia Pacific.  He has also been responsible for businesses in Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Turkey and Russia.

Neil has twin boys.

John and Camilla Lindfors

John Lindfors is the Managing Partner of DST Investment Management, the investment adviser of DST Global. DST was founded by Yuri Milner to back exceptional category-leading internet companies led by visionary founders. Over the last several years, DST has invested more than $5 billion in companies such as Facebook, Alibaba, JD.com, Xiaomi, AirBnB, Spotify, Lending Club, Flipkart, etc. Prior to joining DST in 2010, John was the Partner in charge of the European Technology and Media Investment Banking department for Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 and worked in London and New York during his 17 years at the firm. John earned a M.Sc. (Econ.) from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki in 1993.

Camilla Lindfors received a M.Sc. (Econ.) from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki in 1993 and worked for the leading global paper company UPM Kymmene following her graduation. She received diplomas from the Inchbald School of Design in London in 1998 and the New York School of Interior Design in 1999 after which she launched a successful interior design business taking on projects in different parts of the world.

John and Camilla reside in Hong Kong with their three children.

Carl Huttenlocher and Tamiko M. Lippit

Carl Huttenlocher is managing partner and chief investment officer for Myriad Asset Management. Prior to founding Myriad in 2011, Carl was managing director of Highbridge Capital Management, senior portfolio manager for the Highbridge Asia Opportunities Fund and a member of the Global Investment Committee for Highbridge Capital Corporation. Before joining Highbridge in 2002, Carl was the portfolio manager for Asian Convertibles and Equity Derivatives at Long Term Capital Management. Carl began his career at Citadel Investment Group where he traded European and Latin American Convertible Bonds. He also founded Intelligent Markets—a venture capital-backed financial software company—and served as chief executive officer from 1999 to 2001. Carl earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tamiko M. Lippit received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in history and literature from Harvard College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She has practiced law at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, LLP in New York City and at Venture Law Group in Menlo Park, California, where she advised start-up companies on a broad array of legal issues. She currently lives in Hong Kong with her husband Carl and two young daughters.

Alan and Christine Miyasaki

Alan Miyasaki is a Senior Managing Director for Blackstone based in Singapore and is responsible for real estate acquisitions throughout Asia.  Since joining Blackstone in 2001, Mr. Miyasaki has been involved in transactions of over $30 billion including the privatizations of Extended Stay America, Prime Hospitality, La Quinta and Valad Property Group.  Since 2007, he has been involved in the Blackstone Real Estate’s Asia expansion, including investments in China, India, Japan and Australia.  Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Miyasaki worked in acquisitions at Starwood Capital Group.  Mr. Miyasaki received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude.

Christine Miyasaki received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles and a nursing degree from New York University.  She practiced nursing in New York while working for Pathways to Housing, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support services to people suffering from psychiatric disabilities.  She currently lives in Singapore with Alan and their three children.

Dieter Turowski and Laura Howard

Dieter Turowski is co-head of the Asia Pacific investment banking division and member of Asia Pacific Executive Committee of Morgan Stanley since early 2013, based in Hong Kong. Prior to his current role, Dieter was co-head of the global natural resources group within investment banking division, which includes energy, metals & mining, chemicals, cement and forest products. For most of his career, Dieter was in the merger and acquisitions department, including a period as head of European mergers and acquisitions, based in London. Dieter joined Morgan Stanley in 1988 and has worked in Toronto, New York, London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong. Dieter graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering and has an M.B.A. from Harvard University where he was both a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Fellow. Dieter is a Canadian and British citizen. He and his wife, Laura Howard, live in Hong Kong and have two children.

Laura Howard is a senior advisor within the Asia Pacific investment banking division at Morgan Stanley. Prior to this she was the co-head of the European healthcare group at Morgan Stanley based in London where she worked from 1997 to 2013. Laura also worked in the mergers & acquisitions department at Goldman Sachs in New York from 1990 to 1992 and The MAC Group / Gemini Consulting in both New York and London from 1992 to 1997. Laura received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in economics from Haverford College where she currently serves on the International Council. Laura is also a member of the Board of Chelsea & Westminster Healthcare Trust. Laura lives in Hong Kong with her husband Dieter Turowski and twin boys.

Zoltan and Tamara Varga

Zoltan Varga is an Executive Managing Director and Head of Asian Investing for Och-Ziff Capital Management Group. Mr. Varga is also a member of the Partner Management Committee and helps manage Och-Ziff's Hong Kong office. Prior to joining Och-Ziff in 1998, Mr. Varga was with Goldman Sachs & Co. as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. Mr Varga holds a bachelor degree in Economics from DePauw University.

Tamara Varga has a bachelor's degree in economics. Originally from Slovenia. Tamara now resides in Hong Kong with her husband, Zoltan and two young daughters. She is fluent in conversational Mandarin.


Steve and Carrie Bellotti

Steve Bellotti has worked in leadership roles in markets for 23 years. He has worked across all asset classes—managing bonds, foreign exchange, rates, credit, equities, derivatives, sales and trading—for Merrill Lynch in nine successive managing director positions over 13 years. He has built a number of large, complex capital markets operations for global banks, including Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort in London, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. Steve’s most recent role is as managing director for global markets at ANZ Bank based in Sydney.

Carrie Hayes Bellotti completed her bachelor’s degree in business and French at Skidmore College in New York. She has worked in the fashion industry in New York and Los Angeles and sold real estate in Aspen and Vail, Colorado. She founded O2 Aspen, a yoga and pilates studio, retail store and day spa in 2002 and maintains sole ownership today. She has two children and moved to Sydney in 2009 with her family after living in London for five years.

Mike and Annie Cannon-Brookes

Mike Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Atlassian, an award-winning enterprise software company. Sydney-based Atlassian currently has over 20,000 customers globally, including industry-leaders such as Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, Oracle, Proctor & Gamble, Exxon, BMW and NASA. Mike has received international recognition for his work, and was named “Australian IT Professional of the Year” in 2004 and “Australian Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2006. He was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009 and is currently a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Charles and Maile Carnegie

Charles Carnegie is the Managing Director of the Waypoint Group. For the past decade he has been an advisor to Boards, CEO's and senior executives on strategy execution and leadership development issues. His experience includes the industrial, technology and services sectors in both the United States and Australia. Prior to consulting, Charles worked as an executive with firms like Accenture, Boral, Procter & Gamble, and Cincinnati Bell. At Boral he spent five years as a General Manager running a series of businesses including asset leasing, manufacturing, contracting and construction. At Cincinnati Bell he helped to create Zoomtown.com the first major ADSL network in the United States in partnership with CISCO.

Maile Carnegie is Google's Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand; prior to this she was Managing Director of Procter & Gamble Australia/New Zealand. Maile joined P&G in 1992 and worked in the Australia/New Zealand marketing team until 1999. She worked as a Marketing/Commercial Director in P&G's Cincinnati head office between 1999 and 2006 where she ran a number of billion dollar North American and Global businesses. More recently Maile was based in Singapore where she ran P&G's largest developing market beauty care business and was General Manager for Asia Strategy, Marketing & Design. she holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is on the advisory board of the University of Technology, Sydney.

Brett and Zahra Godfrey

Brett Godfrey is a non-executive director on the boards of WestJet, Green Cross Australia, Auckland Airport and Tourism Australia. In 2010, Brett stepped down from the position of chief executive officer for Australia's second largest air carrier, Virgin Blue Airlines Group, a position he had held since launching the company in August 2000. Prior to establishing Virgin Blue, Brett worked for 12 years in aviation and finance, which included appointments as chief financial officer of Virgin Express in Brussels and finance positions for London-based Virgin Atlantic. Brett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for his service to Tourism and Aviation, was recognized as the “Australian Chief Executive of the Year” by the Institute Of Customer Service and an “Outstanding Chartered Accountant in Business” by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Zahra Godfrey was raised in Calgary and earned her degree in law from Queen’s University in Ontario. She was admitted to the Bar in 1988 and worked for the Ontario Human Rights Commission before moving to Australia with her husband, Brett. She has worked with a number of charities in addition to raising the couple’s two sons.

Charles and Alison Gorman

Charles and Alison Gorman live in Sydney with their two teenage sons Samuel and Will. Charles Gorman is the head of the Financial Markets Business at Investec Australia, having joined the firm in late 2013. He has spent the last 20 years in various senior Banking roles. Charles was previously Managing Director and Co-Head of FICC Sales at Goldman Sachs Australia, where he had primary responsibility for the Foreign Exchange, Futures and Institutional Rates business. Prior to joining GS in 2003 he was Head of Foreign Exchange Sales for Credit Suisse in Australia. He began his career at the Australian Wheat Board in Melbourne.

Alison Gorman teaches creative writing to primary and secondary students at the Kuringai Arts centre and volunteers at the Sydney story factory. She completed a masters of creative writing at the University of Sydney and her poetry has been published in a number of Australian literary journals. Alison completed her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology at La Trobe university in Melbourne and worked in brain injury rehabilitation for 12 years.

Andrew and Emma Gray

Andrew Gray is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Talent2 HRMS, and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Value Capital Partners. He also serves as Non-Executive Director of TIG and V8 Supercars, and Hit100. Prior to Value Capital, he worked in private equity for over 15 years as Managing Director of Archer Capital in Australia, and as a Partner at Francisco Partners in San Francisco, and Co-Founder and COO of Abilizer Solutions. Andrew has a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering from Sydney University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Emma Gray has worked as an executive in the retail sector with Woolworths Ltd (Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Loyalty and Data Officer) and Rebel Sports. Prior to this she was a Partner with Bain & Company, and has worked across the US, Europe and Australia. Emma has a Bachelor of Business and Languages from Dublin City University, Ireland, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. They have two daughters and are passionate about girls education as a way to create social change in emerging markets.

John and Nicole Keith

Nicole and John Keith started supporting and working with Room to Read in 2005 while living in Hong Kong. On moving back to Australia in 2007, they helped in its establishment locally, Nicolle as treasurer and John co-chairing the inaugural Sydney Chapter. Both are keenly committed to education, particularly in the face of gender and economic imbalance.

John is a senior banker and managing director at BNP Paribas. He chairs Atomo Diagnostics, an award winning Australian company, and is a director of the Ascham Foundation. BA Hons., MAppFin, EMBA.

Eddie Sheehy and Carolyn Bett

Eddie Sheehy has been CEO of Nuix since 2006, where he has overseen the commercialization of the company’s software and the global expansion of its business—from two developers in a small Sydney office to almost 400 people around the world. Leading public-sector and commercial organizations across more than 60 countries now turn to Nuix when they have complex business and data challenges involving investigation, cybersecurity, intelligence, insider threats, litigation, regulation, privacy, and more. Before joining Nuix, Eddie held research and entrepreneurial roles in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Cork, Ireland.

Carolyn Betts has over 20 years’ experience driving marketing, communications, innovation and change strategies across technology, corporate and government sectors. Her diverse experience includes executive positions at ABC Radio, Boral, Telstra and Alcatel, as well as serving as a speechwriter and media advisor for two federal cabinet ministers. Carolyn has been working with Eddie to build Nuix since 2007 and is responsible for the company’s global marketing strategy and operations as well as internal and external communications. Carolyn has a Bachelor of Business Communications from the Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Change Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

David Torrible and Donna Yip

David Torrible and Donna Yip are currently living in Sydney, Australia with their four young boys. David relocated to Sydney in 2012 following a 19 year career in Asian investment banking. He has lived in Hong Kong, Indonesia and New York, but always followed Asian Equity markets. He is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs and was responsible for their Asian Equity sales team up until his departure from Hong Kong in 2012. David is a citizen of Canada, the UK, and Hong Kong. He graduated from Queen's university with a BA (Hons) in History in 1993. David is currently a member of the Janchor Partners Management Board.

Donna is Australian and a chartered accountant by background, but has held jobs in marketing, adventure travel and media. She graduated from Sydney University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Economics. She is currently studying to design and build furniture.

Cynthia Whelan

Cynthia Whelan is the Group Executive for Telstra International and new Businesses. Prior to joining Telstra in August 2013, Cynthia worked for over 20 years in investment banking, most recently as Chief Executive for Barclays in Australia/New Zealand. Cynthia graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Japenese studies. She also holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and completed the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program in 2013.


Mary Byron

Mary Byron is global head of technology for the Federation at Goldman Sachs. She serves on the Technology Division Executive, Operating and Risk Committees. Prior to this role, Mary was based in Tokyo as head of technology for Asia Pacific and co-chair of the Asia Pacific Diversity Committee. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1989 and has held various roles within technology, including managing the firm’s global networks and computing infrastructure. Mary was named managing director in 1999 and partner in 2006. She serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for Inwood House and the Board of Directors for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1986.

Peter T. Grauer

Peter T. Grauer is chairman of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial media company. He has been a member of the Bloomberg board since October 1996 and was named chairman of the board in March 2001, succeeding Michael R. Bloomberg. Peter joined Bloomberg full time in his executive capacities in March 2002. Prior to this, he was a managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1992 to 2000, when the company was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston, and then managing director and senior partner of Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity until March 2002. Peter serves as lead director of Davita, Inc., as well as on the boards of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Inner City Scholarship Fund in New York City, Rockefeller University and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

Scott Kapnick

Scott Kapnick is a managing partner and member of the board of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC, and chief executive officer of Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC. Highbridge Capital Management is a global leading alternative investment and asset management organization. Scott is a retired management committee member, partner, and co-head of Global Investment Banking at the Goldman Sachs Group. Before returning to the United States in 2006, he was also co-chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs International. Scott is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, chairman of the Churchill Archives Centre Campaign Board, managing director of the Metropolitan Opera and serves on the board of directors of the Naples Botanical Garden. Scott received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College. He holds a combined J.D. and master’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Jaideep Khanna

Jaideep Khanna is managing partner and co-founder of Artha Capital, an Emerging Market Fund based in Stamford, Connecticut. Jaideep earned his degree in accounting and economics, with a minor in computer science, from Muskingum College in 1985. He managed significant pools of funds at Morgan Stanley Asset Management in New York and London, including The Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Africa Fund, before starting his own hedge fund in 2002.

Stephen King

Stephen King is the founder and chief investment officer of C12 Global Management US LLC and is responsible for all of the firm's investment management activities. Stephen was formerly a managing director of Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays, based in New York. In that role he managed a proprietary trading group specializing in structured and corporate credit, and other fixed income strategies. Stephen joined Barclays Capital in 2005, prior to which he held various positions at Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from King’s College London and an MBA from London Business School.

Caryn Leventhal

Caryn Leventhal is a Director on Citi's FX Sales Desk within Citi Global Markets. Caryn specializes in FX derivative solutions, developing relationships with the firm's largest institutional clients. In 2013 Caryn launched 'Citi’s e for education' a groundbreaking corporate social responsibility program linked to volumes executed on Citi's electronic trading platform. Over the last 3 years the initiative has donated over $12MM to global education non-profits. Outside of Room to Read, Caryn serves on the NY Junior Board of EMpower. Caryn holds a BA in Economics from Brown University.

John and Dudley Macfarlane

John and Dudley have supported Room to Read since first meeting John Wood in 2006. John is Managing Partner of Arrochar Management LLC. Previously, he worked at Tudor Investment Corporation for 14 years, where he served as COO and Vice Chairman, and at Salomon Brothers Inc. for 18 years, where he served as Managing Director and Treasurer. Outside of Room to Read, John's philanthropic interests include higher education, conservation, cancer research and the US Olympic Foundation.

Dudley Macfarlane is an active equestrian. She serves on the board of Hollins University and the advisory board of Honors Carolina at the University of North Carolina. Dudley and John have three sons.

Aaron Nieman

Aaron Nieman was a managing director and head of Asian Investing for Sigma Capital Management, a division of S.A.C. Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Sigma in May 2009, Aaron was a partner at The Blackstone Group and chief investment officer of Blackstone A.M.N. Advisors, responsible for event-driven hedge fund investments in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Blackstone, Aaron was a managing director at Canvas Capital Management, L.P. and worked for Lehman Brothers in Tokyo and New York. He received an M.B.A. with high honors in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina in 1990.

Graves and Colleen Tompkins

Graves Tompkins leads General Atlantic’s global capital partnering effort. At the firm since 2007, Graves has worked in the Business Services, Healthcare and Financial Services sectors. Graves currently serves on the board of Oak Hill Advisors and he previously managed the firm’s investment in Emdeon. Prior to joining GA, Graves worked in the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he focused on principal investments across a broad range of sectors, and at McKinsey & Company. Graves is the founding co-chair of the Alumni Council at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and he serves on the New York boards of Room to Read, Summer Search and the Harvard Business School Club. Graves is a David Rockefeller Fellow through the NYC Partnership, he is actively involved with the Family Business Community at the World Economic Forum, and he is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Graves graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. from Princeton University. He also received an M.B.A. with high honors from Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Colleen Tompkins consults with non-profit education and social service organizations on public policy and legal matters. She also serves on the board of directors for The Foundling, Blue Engine and the Dodge YMCA in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to working with non-profit organizations, she practiced law as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County with a focus on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Colleen also taught fourth grade in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Compton through Teach for America. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley, has a J.D. from Georgetown Law Center, and a M.P.P. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Eric and Shauna Varvel

Eric Varvel has been the chief executive officer of Investment Banking for Credit Suisse since September 2009 and a member of the Executive Board since 2008. Prior to his current function, he served as chief executive officer of Credit Suisse—Europe, the Middle East and Africa, co-head of the Global Investment Banking department and head of the Global Markets Solutions Group. Previously, Eric spent 15 years in the Asia Pacific region in a variety of senior roles, based in Tokyo, Jakarta and Singapore. Before joining Credit Suisse in 1990, he worked as an analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York and Tokyo. Eric serves on the board of the Qatar Exchange. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Brigham Young University.

Shauna Varvel has been involved with Room to Read for several years and is currently co-leader of our Greenwich Chapter. She and Eric have been married for more than 20 years and have five children.


Jürgen Bauer

Jürgen is a Board Member and Investor in the IT and Life Sciences sector, and a management advisor to global corporations. He has been in Management Consulting for multinational clients in the areas of business transformation, systems integration and IT strategy for more than 20 years. After university he joined PwC in 1992 where he worked in Germany, the USA and Switzerland. As a Partner at PwC and IBM he had global client and practice responsibilities. He was Co-founder and Managing Partner of Lodestone Management Consultants in 2005. After the acquisition by Infosys he became Managing Partner, CEO and Board Member of Infosys Consulting. He received a master’s degree in Engineering and Management from the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Jürgen and his wife Henriette live in Zürich and have 2 daughters. The family are passionate skiers, love sports, traveling and reading.

Patricia Horgan

Patricia has been an avid and engaged supporter of Room to Read since 2011. During her 38 year banking career Patricia has headed large business units for various financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, UBS, and Deutsche Bank. She recently retired from Credit Suisse AG where her most recent role was Head of One Bank Collaboration, reporting to the Group CEO. She holds both US and Swiss citizenship, and has lived in Zurich for the past 30 years.

Martin Keller

Martin was most recently CEO of Credit Swiss Asset Management for the Europe and Middle East region and also the founder and Chairman of Aventicum Capital, an Asset Management Joint Venture between Credit Suisse and the State of Qatar. Previously in his career he held the position of Global Head of Hedge Fund Investments at Deutsche Bank and was also a pioneer in the Prime Brokerage and Securities Lending industry. Martin was the (co-) founder of Switzerland’s first Securities Lending & Borrowing business as well as UBS’s Global Prime Brokerage business.

Martin is married with four children and has a passion for sports in general. He has an active involvement in Grasshoppers Club Zurich where he served as Vice Chairman and President of the Grasshoppers Owners Club.

Sarah and Aydin Kurt-Elli

Born and raised in the UK, Sarah carried out her medical training in Edinburgh. She went on to work as a General Practitioner in the rural Scottish Borders in addition to her latter role as a GP Appraiser. She served as Chair of the Parent Council at the local primary school for several years. Sarah moved to Switzerland at the beginning of 2014 with her husband and three children. She has a keen interest in music and reading as well as a love of the great outdoors.

Having originally trained as a medical doctor in Edinburgh, Aydin's career took a turn towards technology when he founded his first Internet services business during university.  This grew organically until acquisition by European PE fund Bridgepoint which resulted in an accelerated buy and build journey in the UK Internet and Datacentres market. Aydin has experience on a number of startup, midmarket and charitable boards across Europe, Middle East and the US.

When time permits, Aydin is an early music fanatic, an avid skier, and loves flying both Flexwing microlights and fixed wing aero planes. Bookish by nature, supporting Room to Read is a natural fit for his owlish passions.

Francis Marsland

Francis is an English legal counsel and a senior life science executive, with extensive experience in legal, P&L, general management, HR, international corporate transactions, business development and corporate affairs. Based in Zurich since 2004, Francis provides strategic and transactional advice and consultancy on legal, organizational, and management issues to companies and individuals, primarily in the Life Sciences industry, on a project basis, through interim or extended executive assignments, as a mentor and/or as a non-executive. Francis’ parents were both school teachers and he understands the transformative power of education. Francis, and his wife and 2 sons, have been involved with Room to Read in Switzerland since 2011.

David Mote

David has worked as a senior IT leader in the financial services sector for more than 30 years, for companies like Fidelity, UBS and Credit Suisse. During the1990s he was a founding partner in a company that provided software for these and other global investment management companies.  For the last couple of years, David has been working as a freelance management consultant, most recently at an independent Swiss cloud provider. David was born in Ottawa, Canada but lives in the UK with his wife Bernice - they have two children. In the winter David can be found skiing in the Valais and in the summer playing shortstop for Tonbridge Baseball Club in England.


Marisa Drew

Marisa Drew is a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, based in London, and is currently co-head of the Global Markets Solutions Group and of the Leveraged Finance Origination and Restructuring Group. Marisa joined Credit Suisse in 2003 and has been in the investment banking business for over 20 years. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Marisa was a managing director at Merrill Lynch and worked with private equity firm The Trump Group. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, both with distinction. Marisa serves on the advisory board of NESsT, a social enterprise focused on Central and Eastern Europe, and is a member of the European High Yield Association, the Guild of International Bankers and Pi Capital, a private investing club.

Doug Henderson

Doug Henderson serves as portfolio manager and partner for Oak Hill Advisors—Europe, directing the firm’s investments in European companies. He has 28 years of experience in the industry, 11 of which have been in Europe. Prior to joining the firm, he was chairman of the European Credit Finance Group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs & Co., with oversight of the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa loan, high yield, restructuring, structured finance and real estate finance businesses. Additionally, Doug was a member of the bank’s Firmwide Capital and Asian Capital Committees and served on the board of Goldman Sachs International Bank. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 and was named partner in 2004. Doug earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the university’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Jerry del Missier

Jerry del Missier is former COO of Barclays Bank Plc and former Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking. Before joining Barclays in 1997, Jerry was the Senior Managing Director of Derivative Products at Bankers Trust, responsible for European Business. Jerry is a former Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and has served on the Boards of the Global Financial Markets Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, and the Markets Management Group of the International Institute of Finance. He served on the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Queen's School of Business. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario.

Benedicte and Patrick de Nonneville

Benedicte runs a small business buying, refurbishing and renting out ski properties in the Alps. She is a graduate of EDHEC business school. After working for Ernst & Young in Paris, she moved to London in 1999 for roles in corporate finance for Dell Computer and Diageo. She is a GIA licensed gemologist, and a Patron of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Patrick is a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs, where he co-heads Interest Rates Products Trading in Europe. He is a graduate of Ecole polytechnique. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he held trading positions at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank. He serves on the Council of Our Lady of Victories Parish in Kensington.

Benedicte and Patrick, both active licensed pilots, have three children who also are keen supporters of Room To Read.

John Ridding

John Ridding is chief executive of the Financial Times newspaper and FT.com. He was appointed to the role in 2006, having been with the company for 20 years in both editorial and executive positions. Previously, John served as editor and publisher of the Financial Times Asia and chairman of Pearson in Asia. He led the launch of the Asia edition of the Financial Times in 2003 and led the development of the paper’s Chinese-language website. In his Pearson role, John established a series of collaborative ventures between group companies, including a series of business publications, and launched a series of financial journalism training courses. He joined the Financial Times in 1987 and earned a degree in philosophy, politics and economics, with first class honors, from Oxford University.

Stuart and Joanna Riley

Stuart Riley is a founding Partner and Portfolio Manager at Rokos Capital Management, which was launched in September of 2015. Prior to this, he spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs in the Securities Division, most recently as Partner and Co-Head of Asia Macro Trading for the last three years in Hong Kong, where he was also a member of the Asia Pacific Risk Committee. Before moving to Hong Kong, Stuart was a Partner and co-head of European Interest Rates Product Trading in London. Stuart holds an MSc (1st Class Honours) in Physics from Imperial College London. He is also a keen tennis player and has played for both the Queen's Club in London and the LRC in Hong Kong.

Joanna began her career at Accenture in New York in 1997 and then joined Goldman Sachs, where she worked until 2008. At Goldman Sachs in New York, Joanna worked in the eCommerce business with a focus on marketing the firm's electronic trading platforms. In London, she held both business management and marketing roles within the Securities division. Joanna received an A.B. in History from Princeton University, where she was also a member of the Women's Rowing team.

Joanna and Stuart recently relocated from Hong Kong back to London with their three young boys.

Elio and Maria Leoni-Sceti

Elio is Italian and Maria is American and they have been married for 25 years, moved internationally 7 times and have 4 children - aged 13 to 24 – each born in a different country. They are firm believers in the power of education, and are friends of Room to Read from its early days.

Elio is the former CEO of Iglo Group (2013-2015) and previously of EMI (2008-2010). He is an independent Board Director at ABInBev and an early stage investor in media & technology. Elio is Chairman of LSG Holdings, an investment, advisory and corporate finance boutique in London and a counsellor at One Young World. He spent his earlier carrier in Proctor & Gamble and then Reckitt Benckiser, where he served his last roles as Exec Vice President and Global Head of Category & Innovation until 2006 and then as Head of Europe.

Maria received her BA in Economics from Wake Forest University and her Master in International Management from Thunderbird. She speaks 4 languages and her first job was in Rome with Saatchi and Saatchi. While in Paris, Maria founded Global Access, a language school for corporate management, based on phone-conversation learning. After several years focusing on her family's growth and progress - and actively serving on committees in various schools and charities - Maria recently founded True Gem Properties, a high-end refurbishments and interior design boutique in London.

Erica Wax and Andrew Balls

Erica Wax has a wide range of experience in politics, the private sector and non-profit organizations. She worked in international development and trade policy in Washington DC, as a Director at Fontheim International, an international trade consulting firm. She was a vice president in the Global Markets and Investment Banking group at Merrill Lynch in New York and London. She has worked on numerous political campaigns over the last 20 years. Erica was the co-founder of a New York-based non-profit organization called Girls Career Workshop, which targets at-risk high school girls. Erica has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Politics from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Andrew Balls is chief investment officer for global fixed income at PIMCO. He is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Executive Committee and manages a range of global portfolios. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, Andrew spent eight years at the Financial Times as an economics correspondent and columnist in London, New York and Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor's degree from Oxford, a master's degree from Harvard, and was a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford.

Randy Work

Randy Work is a managing director of Kitano Capital LLC, a privately-owned financial management company. He also sits on the board of several start-up companies. Previously, Randy worked for 12 years with Lone Star Funds, a global private equity investment fund, helping to establish and manage the fund's investment activities in Japan. Randy earned his bachelor’s degree in international economics and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Dustin Frazier, Independent Consultant

Dustin Frazier is an IT consultant focused on helping small- and medium-sized nonprofit organizations create usable, affordable, and sustainable information systems to maximize their long-term growth and impact. He has been heavily involved in Room to Read’s efforts for more than 10 years, as a volunteer, webmaster, chapter leader, donor, and staff member. From 2007 to 2010, Dustin served as the organization’s first IT Director and helped build a team of professionals tasked with modernizing and managing Room to Read’s global IT infrastructure. Dustin has also consulted for Global Citizen Year, Philanthropix, and other Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

Matthew Glotzbach, CEO, Quizlet

Matthew is the CEO of Quizlet, a global education technology company whose mission is to harness the world’s knowledge to allow anyone to unlock their learning potential. He has over 20 years of experience in consumer and enterprise technology, product strategy, product management, marketing and sales. Prior to joining Quizlet, Matthew was the vice president of product management at YouTube, responsible for YouTube's Subscription and Music business and a member of the YouTube executive leadership team. He formerly lead the global Creator product and technology direction and served as the Managing Director of YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa where he was responsible for the strategy, development and management of YouTube’s business and product direction. In 2007 he launched Google Apps, Google's cloud computing suite for business. Matthew holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Andrea Leszek, VP, Technology Services, salesforce.com

Andrea is responsible for salesforce.com’s internal engineering enablement and engagement initiatives. This includes innovation programs, patent program, engineering training, employee recognition, technology marketing, and agile coaching. She also manages salesforce.com’s product documentation and customer communications. She is one of the founding members of salesforce.com’s Women in Technology network, and leads programs to attract and develop technical women. She has spoken at industry conferences about integrated user assistance and agile development. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ambarish Malpani, VP of Engineering, Edmodo

Ambarish Malpani has over 20 years in software development and management. He was the CTO and VP Engineering at Cenzic, Inc. and co-founded ValiCert in 1996, which he helped take public in July 2000. Ambarish also has a wide range of experience in the software engineering and development area - from creating standards in IETF, to creating the first Windows version of Apache. Ambarsh has a M.S. in Computer Science from U.C.S.B. and a B.Tech in Computer Science from I.I.T. Bombay

Vibhu Mittal, CEO, Edmodo

Vibhu serves as the current CEO of Edmodo, a K-12 education resource network for teachers, students and parents. He came to Edmodo through the acquisition of Root-1, a mobile educational platform startup. Prior to Root-1, he worked in research at Google where he worked on a variety of products including Google Scholar and Google Translate. He was also responsible for helping set up the Google engineering offices in India. He has also worked at Xerox PARC, CMU/LTI, Pitt/LRDC, USC/ISI, Ohio State University and TIFR, Bombay.

Tim Wood, Senior Program Manager, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tim specializes in applying information technology to address the problems of poverty and health in developing countries. After 12 years at Microsoft working on software development, Tim joined the Grameen Foundation’s Technology Center in 2002 where he pioneered replication of the Grameen Village Phone program, launching sustainable initiatives in Uganda and Rwanda and co-authoring the Village Phone Replication Manual. Tim went on to implement mobile money pilot programs for microfinance institutions in the Philippines and Kenya and spent four years as the Director of Mobile Health Innovation at Grameen Foundation, creating the MOTECH platform to deliver multiple mobile-service initiatives at scale in India and Africa. Tim joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013 and is working across a wide range of information technology initiatives.

James Arnett, Capco

James Arnett is a Partner in the UK office, with a focus on complex business and technology transformations. He specializes in mobilizing and leading large change and regulatory remediation programs, and also leads a major global client account. James is a lateral thinker, dynamic and entrepreneurial program director with an extensive track record of business transformation (particularly back office) and change delivery across capital markets and banking. James is passionate about the development of BPO, ITO and utility style models and the benefits they can deliver to organizations. Prior to joining Capco, James worked for technology consultancies IBM and EDS, where he managed large scale transformation, bank migration, core banking replacement and delivering optimization through offshore delivery centers in Asia and Africa. James also worked at Capita, where he ran four large BPO deals, and previously designed and delivered internet banking start-ups.

Alex Belous, Education Portfolio Manager, The Cisco Foundation

Alex began his career as a first grade teacher. He then served as the Internet Technology Manager for the Arizona Department of Education. Joining Cisco in 1998, Alex served as one of the founders of the Cisco Network Academy. After 6 years he became the Educational Specialist within the Cisco Corporate Affairs group. Presently as the Cisco Foundation and Cisco Public Benefit Investments Education Portfolio Manager, he is responsible for grants with Cisco NGO partners that have helped millions of students and teachers. He also serves as co-chair of the STEM taskforce. Alex holds a BA Early Childhood Education and two Masters in Elementary Education/Reading Instruction and Counseling Psychology.

Brett Robson, IT Workplace Engineering Manager, Atlassian

Brett Robson is the IT Workplace Engineering manager at Atlassian where he is responsible for office infrastructure and services. Brett has over fifteen years experiencing working across corporate and not-for-profit organizations, with a focus on IT infrastructure, service delivery and strategy. Prior to his time at Atlassian Brett spent time as the CIO for Relationships Australia as well as over ten years at Cochlear Ltd, holding senior positions in infrastructure management and architecture.