The Performance Theatre Foundation is a non-profit organisation initiated in 2000. Our goal is to inspire the leadership required to reinvent growth. We need a new growth model that works with rather than against nature; benefits the many rather than a small elite; and delivers value over the long term as well as the short.

What we do

The foundation pursues its goal through one annual initiative – The Performance Theatre.

Each year, the theatre brings together a select group of CEOs with world-class thinkers and leaders, drawn from across disciplines, philosophies, industries and geographies.

Participants are assembled in a stimulating setting of global historical weight and are challenged to deploy their collective experience, knowledge and values to take on the biggest questions of the day – not shying away from taboo or difficulty. The agenda is forward-looking, encouraging participants to preempt challenges to global business by adopting a longer-term perspective.

We use the theatre as a model. Because, throughout history, theatres have played host to the biggest debates of the day. And at the theatre, both the actors and the audience create a unique, shared experience.

Our advisory board

Our partner members make up The Performance Theatre Foundation advisory board, which provides strategic guidance on the direction and content of the theatre’s annual programme.

  • Chairman Rick Haythornthwaite, chairman, Mastercard and chairman, Centrica
  • Vice chairman Yves Daccord, director-general, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Vice chairman Lois Quam, president and CEO, Pathfinder International
  • Founder and vice chairman Dr Osvald M Bjelland, also chairman of Xynteo
  • Pekka Ala-Pietilä, chairman of the board, Huhtamaki Oyj, and chairman of Finnish Governmental Artificial Intelligence Programme
  • Ajay Banga, president and CEO, Mastercard
  • Jeremy Bentham, vice president, Global Business Environment, Royal Dutch Shell
  • N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons
  • Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at -large, Fortune magazine
  • Shi Dinghuan, counsellor, the State Council, People’s Republic of China
  • Remi Eriksen, group president and CEO, DNV GL
  • Jeremy Hillman, director, corporate communications, World Bank
  • Merit E. Janow, dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Jude Kelly CBE, artistic director, Southbank Centre in London
  • Veronica Lie, Executive vice president, strategy and systems, Xynteo
  • António Mexia, CEO, EDP
  • Paul Polman, Chief Executive, Unilever
  • Hans Vestberg, executive vice president & president Global Network & Technology, Verizon Communications, Inc.
  • H. Cuneyd Zapsu, chairman and founder, Cuneyd Zapsu Danismanlik A.S