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Until his retirement in 2009, Sir David was chair of Pearson, Inc, and chairman of the Financial Times Newspaper Group. David is also a non-executive director of The Economist, the Vitec Group, plc and The Windmill Partnership. His not-for-profit roles include chairmanships of Common Purpose International, Crisis, Sadler's Wells and the International Youth Foundation. From 1995-2002, David served as chair of the Millennium Bridge Trust, which was responsible for conceiving the first new bridge across the Thames in the centre of London for 100 years. Educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania, David began his career as a journalist and editor with the Financial Times, serving as Washington correspondent and managing editor, and launching the international edition of the FT. David is currently serving as an Assessor on the Leveson Inquiry, established by the UK Prime Minister to look into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.
Richard Caplan is professor of international relations in the department of politics and International relations at the University of Oxford. He has been editor of World Policy Journal, a specialist advisor to the select committee on foreign affairs in the UK's House of Commons, a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and New York director of IWPR. He has also served as a consultant to the United Nations and to various governments, and as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fragile States. He has been a visiting professor at the European University Institute (EUI), SciencesPo, Princeton University, and the University of Konstanz. He is the author and editor of several books, including Europe's New Nationalism: States and Minorities in Conflict (Oxford University Press), Europe and the Recognition of New States in Yugoslavia (Cambridge University Press),International Governance of War-torn Territories: Rule and Reconstruction (Oxford University Press), Exit Strategies and State Building (Oxford University Press), and The Measure of Peace (forthcoming).
Will is the Group Finance Director and a main board director of Drax Group plc, a leading independent electricity company in the U.K. and one of the world’s largest generators of renewable power. Will is also a director of Qardio, Inc. an innovative creator of wireless health products, and serves on the board and as chairman of the Finance Committee of the Groton School, a leading independent school in the U.S. Prior to joining Drax, Will had been the CFO of CSR plc, a global semiconductor company and previously CFO of Easynet, a pan-European Internet Service Provider. Educated at Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Will began his career in investment banking first with Citibank and then with J.P. Morgan, working in Latin America and in the Telecom, Media and Technology sectors.
Simon is a senior investment banking executive with extensive general management, project finance, venture capital and real estate expertise. He has worked in various senior banking and corporate roles, creating and managing businesses across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. He is a long-standing senior consultant at Value Retail, PLC, the global luxury retail outlet, and also serves as chair of Rivercourt Homes, Ltd, a residential property management firm. He has previously held long-standing positions as regional managing director for real estate finance at Royal Bank of Scotland, global banking and markets division, and assistant director at N.M. Rothschild & Sons, Ltd.
Michael Immordino is a top lawyer with significant experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. His practice is based in London and Milan. He is frequently called upon to work with companies and investment banks, especially in connection with complex, international M&A and securities transactions. Michael is an innovative lawyer with an ability to lead pioneering work on behalf of his clients who has worked on many "first time" deals in international markets and in the M&A space for Italian companies.
Dean of The Media School, Bournemouth University, Stephen has spent most of his working career as a foreign correspondent, covering Europe, the Middle East and the United States for Reuters and completing his career at the news agency as global Head of News. A member of the advisory board of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, he is also deputy chair of the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund.
Christina is an award-winning journalist and currently Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Times. After graduating from Oxford, she reported on the mujaheddin war against Soviet forces in Afghanistan and went on to cover wars from Iraq to the Siachen Glacier, interviewed dictators like General Pinochet and heroes like Nelson Mandela. In 2006, she narrowly escaped with her life when the Taleban ambushed British troops in Helmand, and in 2007 she was on Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto's bus when it was bombed. As well as the Sunday Times, Christina’s work has appeared in the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph, New York Times, New Statesman, Spectator and Time magazine. She has also written many books including The Africa House; House of Stone (on Zimbabwe), Waiting For Allah – Pakistan's Struggle for Democracy; The Sewing Circles of Herat, My Afghan Years, and Small Wars Permitting: Dispatches from Foreign Lands.
Professor of international law, formerly at Sarajevo University and recently head of the Legal Reform Unit in the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina under Lord Ashdown. Currently a visiting professor in the department of war studies at King’s College, London, and a member of IWPR’s board of trustees.
Christian is an international digital media executive with extensive experience launching global media brands and creating partnerships and joint ventures. Currently assisting the launch of a new technology venture, Christian recently served as Vice President for Business Development at Getty Images, where he was responsible for the company’s content sourcing partnerships and development of the company’s international business. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Metro International, launching the Metro title in many markets across Russia, Latin America and Asia. Christian is chair of the Rwanda Creative Hub, an IWPR initiative to incubate local creative and media ventures.
IWPR in the News
‘Thanks to the internet, journalists can now sit in a tent near the front line and talk to colleagues half a world away’
By Gillian Tett