Our advisory board

Senior representatives of our partners serve on The Performance Theatre advisory board, providing guidance on our strategic direction and shaping the content of each programme.

Chairman: Rick Haythornthwaite
CHAIRMAN, MASTERCARD AND CHAIRMAN, CENTRICA

TPT chairman Rick is non-executive chairman of Centrica plc, and chairman of MasterCard. He is also chairman of the World Wide Web Foundation and the Southbank Centre. He began his career with BP in 1978 as a geologist.

TPT chairman Rick is non-executive chairman of Centrica plc, and chairman of MasterCard. He is also chairman of the World Wide Web Foundation and the Southbank Centre. He began his career with BP in 1978 as a geologist.

Vice chairman: Yves Daccord
DIRECTOR-GENERAL, INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS

TPT vice chairman Yves is director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2010. A former journalist, TV producer and international relations expert, his career with ICRC has spanned more than two decades.

TPT vice chairman Yves is director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2010. A former journalist, TV producer and international relations expert, his career with ICRC has spanned more than two decades.

Vice chairman: Lois Quam
PRESIDENT AND CEO, PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL

Lois is president and CEO of Pathfinder International, an organisation working on expanding access to sexual and reproductive health services in the developing world. Previously, she was chief operating officer at The Nature Conservancy.

Lois is president and CEO of Pathfinder International, an organisation working on expanding access to sexual and reproductive health services in the developing world. Previously, she was chief operating officer at The Nature Conservancy.

Founder and vice chairman: Dr Osvald Bjelland
FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF XYNTEO

Osvald is founder of The Performance Theatre. He is also chairman and CEO of Xynteo, an advisory firm on a mission to reinvent growth fit for the resource, climate and demographic realities of the 21st century.

Osvald is founder of The Performance Theatre. He is also chairman and CEO of Xynteo, an advisory firm on a mission to reinvent growth fit for the resource, climate and demographic realities of the 21st century.

Pekka Ala-Pietilä
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, HUHTAMAKI OYJ, AND CHAIRMAN OF FINNISH GOVERNMENTAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMME

Pekka is chairman of the board for Huhtamaki Oyj, a global packaging company. Prior to this he spent over 20 years in Nokia senior management, most recently from 1999 through to 2005 as president of Nokia Corporation.

Pekka is chairman of the board for Huhtamaki Oyj, a global packaging company. Prior to this he spent over 20 years in Nokia senior management, most recently from 1999 through to 2005 as president of Nokia Corporation.

Ajay Banga
PRESIDENT AND CEO, MASTERCARD

Ajay is president and CEO of MasterCard, and a member of its board of directors. Prior to joining MasterCard in 2009, he was CEO of Citigroup Asia Pacific. He joined Citygroup in 1996 and held a variety of senior management roles across the globe.

Ajay is president and CEO of MasterCard, and a member of its board of directors. Prior to joining MasterCard in 2009, he was CEO of Citigroup Asia Pacific. He joined Citygroup in 1996 and held a variety of senior management roles across the globe.

Jeremy Bentham
VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL

Jeremy has been in the energy business for more than 30 years, having joined Shell in 1980. Since 2006, he has been responsible for Shell’s Global Business Environment team, best known for the forward-looking ‘Shell Scenarios’.

Jeremy has been in the energy business for more than 30 years, having joined Shell in 1980. Since 2006, he has been responsible for Shell’s Global Business Environment team, best known for the forward-looking ‘Shell Scenarios’.

N Chandrasekaran
CHAIRMAN, TATA SONS

Chandra is chairman of Tata Sons. Previously, he was CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) where he pioneered many key developments, from a new global network delivery model across five continents, to expanding into new markets.

Chandra is chairman of Tata Sons. Previously, he was CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) where he pioneered many key developments, from a new global network delivery model across five continents, to expanding into new markets.

Remi Eriksen
GROUP PRESIDENT AND CEO, DNV GL

Remi became group president and CEO of DNV GL Group in August 2015, bringing deep and wide management experience from the oil, gas, energy and maritime industries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Remi became group president and CEO of DNV GL Group in August 2015, bringing deep and wide management experience from the oil, gas, energy and maritime industries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Jeremy Hillman
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, WORLD BANK

Jeremy is director of corporate communications for the World Bank. Prior to this he was director of external communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and he has also worked at the BBC in a number of senior roles.

Jeremy is director of corporate communications for the World Bank. Prior to this he was director of external communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and he has also worked at the BBC in a number of senior roles.

Merit Janow
DEAN, SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Merit is a globally recognised expert in international trade and investment, with experience in academia, government and business. She is currently chairman of the Nasdaq Exchange LLC and Columbia University’s dean and professor.

Merit is a globally recognised expert in international trade and investment, with experience in academia, government and business. She is currently chairman of the Nasdaq Exchange LLC and Columbia University’s dean and professor.

Jude Kelly CBE
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SOUTHBANK CENTRE IN LONDON

Theatre director and producer Jude is artistic director of the Southbank Centre in London. She has also represented Britain within UNESCO, served on the Cultural Olympiad Board and is behind the Women of the World (WOW) Festival.

Theatre director and producer Jude is artistic director of the Southbank Centre in London. She has also represented Britain within UNESCO, served on the Cultural Olympiad Board and is behind the Women of the World (WOW) Festival.

Veronica Lie
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGY AND SYSTEMS, XYNTEO

Veronica leads communications and strategy for Xyntéo. Her main area of responsibility is the Leadership Vanguard, which brings together world-leading companies in an initiative aiming to build future-fit leadership.

Veronica leads communications and strategy for Xyntéo. Her main area of responsibility is the Leadership Vanguard, which brings together world-leading companies in an initiative aiming to build future-fit leadership.

António Mexia
CEO, EDP

António has been CEO of Energias de Portugal (EDP) since 2006. Prior to joining EDP, he was minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication for Portugal’s  government. He has also held a number of other energy industry positions.

António has been CEO of Energias de Portugal (EDP) since 2006. Prior to joining EDP, he was minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication for Portugal’s  government. He has also held a number of other energy industry positions.

Paul Polman
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, UNILEVER

Paul has been CEO of consumer goods giant Unilever since 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.

Paul has been CEO of consumer goods giant Unilever since 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.

Hans Vestberg
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & PRESIDENT GLOBAL NETWORK & TECHNOLOGY, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Hans is executive vice president & president Global Network & Technology at Verizon Communications, Inc. He is an advocate of the Millennium Development Goals, and for the potential of mobility and broadband to tackle some of the world’s most compelling issues.

Hans is executive vice president & president Global Network & Technology at Verizon Communications, Inc. He is an advocate of the Millennium Development Goals, and for the potential of mobility and broadband to tackle some of the world’s most compelling issues.

H. Cuneyd Zapsu
CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER, CUNEYD ZAPSU DANISMANLIK A.S.

Cuneyd advises several international businesses and the WEF on investment and management matters. He holds leadership positions in various Turkish trade and bilateral associations and is a founder member of PODEM, a private, non-partisan think tank.

Cuneyd advises several international businesses and the WEF on investment and management matters. He holds leadership positions in various Turkish trade and bilateral associations and is a founder member of PODEM, a private, non-partisan think tank.