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Ralph is founder and Managing Director of GH Venture Partners LLC, (GHVP), a New York private merchant bank formed in 1998. Before joining GHVP, Ralph worked as a consultant to corporate management with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and with Strategic Planning Associates (Mercer Consulting acquiree). Ralph was formerly a Fellow with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the SALT II treaty hearings. He also served on the staff of Congressman James W. Symington of St. Louis, Missouri and Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts.
Marlene brings diverse and extensive experience in the field of finance, media and marketing. For 17 years she served as chief of staff to Walter Cronkite, assisting him in all areas of his media, business and personal affairs, and organising a spectacular memorial service at Lincoln Center gathering three presidents and an all-star cast. Previously she served as a vice president for marketing at Bear Sterns. Currently she is serving as associate producer at Colonial Pictures on two documentaries on Cronkite.
Until his retirement in 2009, 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.
Anthony is the founder of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. He was editor of the highly regarded magazine War Report from 1991-98 and was commended for the “Best Online Journalism Service” in the 1999 NetMedia journalism awards, for IWPR's reporting on the Kosovo crisis. He has worked with the UK's Department for International Development assessing media programs in post-communist countries. He has received a MacArthur Foundation NGO research fellowship to study media and conflict at King’s College, London. He has worked as an editor and writer for Harper's, The Nation, The American Lawyer and HarperCollins, and contributed to The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and numerous other publications. He comments regularly on conflict and media issues for the BBC, CNN and other media, and has been heavily involved in IWPR’s extensive media reform programming in Rwanda. Anthony serves as Chair of Governors of Wroxham School, a leading creative-learning state primary and a widely recognised National Teaching School based in Hertfordshire, UK.
Chris is the Director of Global Policy Development at Soros Fund Management and a member of the Governing Board at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He previously served as Chief Risk Officer of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. He writes regularly for El Diario / La Prensa, and has served as a professor of economics at Boston College, having received a Ph.D. in Economics and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford, and Official Fellow, Linacre College. A former editor of the World Policy Journal, he recently served as a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and is the author of A New Trusteeship?: The International Administration of War-torn Territories.
Lorne Craner is a founder of Redstone Global, a political risk firm focused on the potential of current non-elites in frontier markets. He is also co-director of the Transatlantic Renewal Project, an organisation dedicated to strengthening US-Central European relations. Craner was twice president of the International Republican Institute. For his accomplishments as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour in the George W Bush administration, Secretary Colin Powell presented Craner with the Distinguished Service Award. A graduate of Georgetown University (MA) and Reed College (BA), Craner is also the President of American Councils for International Education and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.
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.
Gillian Tett is US managing editor of the Financial Times, and a weekly columnist. In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Her other honors include a SABEW Award for best feature article (2012), Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) by the British Press Awards. Her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards (2009). She has also reported for the FT from Tokyo, Russia and Brussels.
George is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he writes about foreign affairs, American politics, and books. He is the author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and two works of non-fiction, The Village of Waiting and Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is the editor of a new two-volume edition of Orwell’s essays. His first play, “Betrayed,” based on a New Yorker article, won the Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding Off Broadway play in 2008. A collection of his essays, Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade, will be published in November 2009.
Ramsey works at Goldman Sachs where he and his team advise a select number of entrepreneurs, private equity partners, families and institutions on all aspects of asset and wealth management. Prior to joining Goldman, Ramsey worked as founder/CEO of two companies in the Technology & Media (TMT) industry. Ramsey received his BA with honours from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is co-author of Profit Plan Decisions, a case study published by and taught at Harvard Business School.
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