Advisory Board


Cyrus Ardalan

Non-Executive Director and Chairman Citigroup Global Markets Ltd. Former Vice Chairman and Head of Public Policy of Barclays Capital, while previously appointed as Head of Investment Banking, Russia, the Middle East and Africa Global Head of Fixed Income Marketing at Paribas.


Willem Buiter

Willem Buiter is an independent economic consultant and speaker. He is currently a Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations. He was Global Chief Economist at Citigroup from 2010 to 2018 and a Special Economic Advisor at Citigroup from 2018 to 2019. Previously, he was Chief Economist and Special Counsellor to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and an original member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. He was the Juan T. Trippe Professor of International Economics at Yale University and has also held professorships at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He is the author of 78 refereed articles in professional journals and seven books. 

Cinnamon Dornsife

Cinnamon Dornsife, is currently Senior Advisor of the International Development Program and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (JHU/SAIS). 

At SAIS, Professor Dornsife teaches courses on the international financial institutions and social entrepreneurship.At the FPI, her research focuses on global governance and livable cities. She is former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank.   She leads the social entrepreneurship leadership activities at SAIS, including serving as Faculty Director for the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Fund. Dornsife has served in many high profile roles, including US Ambassador and US Executive Director at the Asian Development Bank. She spent more than a decade serving the Asia Foundation in several senior positions at headquarters, heading the Washington, D.C. office and in the field office in Indonesia. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Abt Associates and Board of Advisors,United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and Global Economic Governance Initiative at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University.Dornsife holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematic from Emory University and an M.A. in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Francis Fukuyama

Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies-FSI, Stanford University. Head of the leadership academy for development and the rule of law (LAD)


Carl Muñana

Impact Investor, Former CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

Mr. Muñana has dedicated most of his professional life to international investment banking, social impact investing and development finance. Most recently he served as the General Manager and CEO of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the multilateral private sector investment banking affiliate of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.

In his early career Carl rose to Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co. where his responsibilities included being Head of Investment Banking for Mexico, Global Head of the Commitments Office and Senior Risk Officer for Latin America. He capped his 17 years at Morgan by designing an innovative social investment strategy for the firm.

His second career focused on the challenges and innovations in the fields of social and development finance. This included acting as an investor, strategy consultant, and board member to companies, foundations and academia primarily in Europe, the United States and Latin America.

He has helped establish and served on several international corporate and not-for-profit boards, including Voxiva Inc., the Microvest Funds and the Spanish affiliate of Ashoka. As a co-founder of the Beeck Center he was deeply involved in the design of its objectives and strategy.

Carl earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Between degrees he served in the United States Peace Corps as a volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.


Sir Christopher Pissarides

Sir Christopher Antoniou Pissarides FBA is a British-Cypriot economist. He is the School Professor of Economics & Political Science and Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, and Professor of European Studies at the University of Cyprus. Nobel Prize Laureate in 2010 on his work in Labor Economics. 

He is the School Professor of Economics & Political Science and Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. His research interests focus on several topics of macroeconomics, notably labor, economic growth, and economic policy. In 2010, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics, jointly with Peter A. Diamond and Dale Mortensen, for his contributions to the theory of search frictions and macroeconomics.


Emmanuel Tsesmelis

Professor Emmanuel Tsesmelis Senior Physicist, Directorate Office, CERN Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, University of Oxford Emmanuel Tsesmelis is an experimental particle physicist with a career spanning scientific research, academic teaching, science communication, international relations and management at CERN and at several universities. 

He is a Senior Physicist in CERN’s Directorate Office and a Visiting Professor in Particle and Accelerator Physics at the University of Oxford. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and a supernumerary member of Jesus College, Oxford. He is fluent in English, French, German and Greek. He undertook his studies in Athens, Melbourne and Dortmund. He completed his Ph.D. studies in experimental particle physics at the University of Dortmund, where he worked on the search for the charged Higgs boson at experiments at CERN. From 1993 to 1998, he worked on neutrino experiments at CERN searching for quantum mechanical oscillations of one flavour of neutrino to another. In 1998 he joined the CMS Collaboration at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the two experiments that in 2012 announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, and for the period 2005-2008 he was Head of the LHC Experimental Areas. As a result of his research, he has co-authored a large number of scientific papers in refereed journals together with international collaborators. Emmanuel Tsesmelis heads the CERN Directorate Office, which plays a key advisory and support role for the Director-General and Senior Management, providing a source of policy and strategy counsel. As of 2004, he has also been providing strategic advice to CERN Directors-General on international relations of the Organization. In this capacity, he has been responsible for bringing into collaboration with CERN scientists from countries that are in the process of developing their particle physics communities. He also lectures in physics and organizes public engagement events in science, technology and innovation, most notably related to CERN’s Non-Member State Summer Student Programme and High School Teacher Programme and also in relation to the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition in London.


Ruth Richardson

New Zealand’s Finance Minister from 1990 to 1993. Made her name by driving New Zealand’s reform agenda forward and laying the basis for the subsequent turnaround of the country’s growth and employment performance.

Education and attributes:
Honours degree in law (LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 1972
Admitted to the Bar in NZ as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1972.
An Honorary Doctorate conferred by the University of Canterbury in 2012 for services to finance and business.
A Honorary Doctorate conferred by Universidad Francisco Marroquin in 2016 for the global promotion of high quality public policy reforms
I am a person global in outlook, ambitious for change for countries, companies and individuals to better realise their potential, curious of thought and dedicated to innovation.
I am an activist by nature , healthy, fit and physically active engaging in a wide range of sports, exercise and travel adventures.

Work history:
1972-75 Department of Justice, Law Reform Division
1975 -80 Federated Farmers of NZ, Legal Adviser
1981-94 Member of Parliament, Selwyn Electorate
1990-93 Minister of Finance
1994 – established Ruth Richardson [NZ] Limited as my business vehicle
1994 to the present – world-wide strategic and economic policy advice plus an extensive range of corporate governance responsibilities
1994 published my book entitled “Making a Difference” (Shoal Bay Press)


Public office experience:
New Zealand’s reforming Minister of Finance 1990 – 1993
Member of the NZ Parliament, Selwyn Electorate 1981 – 1994

Banking experience:
Member of the Finance and Expenditure Committee responsible for the passage of the Reserve Bank Act 1989 through Parliament
As Minister of Finance signed the Policy Targets Agreement with the Reserve Bank Governor on taking office in 1990
Served as a Director on the Board of the Reserve Bank from 1999 – 2004

Coaching experience:
Promotion of high quality public policy:
Extensive world-wide consultancy to sovereign states, international institutions and global business organisations on economic and public policy reforms
Promotion of career development for young people:
Mentoring many young people from many countries to make well informed education and work choices
Promotion of women:
Member of NZ Global Women, an organisation dedicated to advance women into positions of responsibility in business, management, public affairs and governance.
A lifetime of advocacy for women to take their place as political, business and society leaders.


Michalis Sarris

Michael Sarris economist and politician with a doctorate in economics at Wayne State University.

Retired from World Bank as Department Director and served as Cyprus Finance Minister under. His wide range of expertise includes developmental policy issues, structural adjustments and the cultivation of economic policy dialogue.


Susan Wachter

Finance Professor, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania


Peter Zemsky

​Deputy Dean and Professor of Strategy at INSEAD. His research focuses on the sustainability of competitive advantage, time-based competition, the choice of generalist versus focused strategies, and the determinants of resource rents. He received his doctorate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1995.