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Advisory Board

We have invited an expert panel to contribute towards shaping the agenda on the day to ensure it is so compelling that the brightest minds in the business will spend a day exchanging investment ideas, networking and sharing best practices.

Eileen Burbidge


Passion Capital

Richard Gnodde

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Goldman Sachs International

Richard is co-chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs International and co-head of the Investment Banking Division (IBD). He has been a member of the Management Committee since 2003. Richard also serves on the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee and co-chairs the European Management Committee. He served on the firm’s Partnership Committee from 1999 to 2004.

Richard joined Goldman Sachs in London in 1987 and helped build the firm’s European mergers and acquisitions franchise, eventually leading the investment banking effort in the United Kingdom.

He was appointed co-head of IBD in Japan in 1997. Richard became president of Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte. and co-head of Investment Banking in Asia in 1999 before moving to Hong Kong that same year to become president of Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC. He played a leading role in expanding the firm’s overall Asian footprint, including securing access to China’s securities markets.

In 2005, Richard returned to London as vice chairman and became co-chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs International in 2006. He assumed his role as co-head of IBD in 2011. Richard was named managing director in 1996 and partner in 1998.

Richard serves as a trustee of the University of Cape Town Trust and The Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is also a member of the Corporate Advisory Group of the Tate.

Richard earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town and a master’s degree from Cambridge University.

Helena Morrissey CBE

CEO, Newton

Chair, The Investment Association (IA) and Founder 30% Club

Helena joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. Newton manages over £50bn for pension funds, charities and through funds available to individuals.

In June 2014 Helena was appointed Chair of The IA, the UK’s industry trade body whose members manage £5trn. Recently, Helena was appointed by the Chancellor to the UK’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board.

In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative aimed at achieving 30% women on UK corporate boards.

Helena has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2013 and 2014 she was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance globally by Bloomberg Markets. She was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career with Schroders in New York.

Niklas Zennstrom

CEO and Founding Partner


Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He is an experienced entrepreneur, previously co-founding and managing globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid.

In 2006 Niklas created Atomico to help entrepreneurs primarily outside Silicon Valley to scale their businesses domestically and globally. It has so far invested in more than 50 companies on four continents, and Niklas works closely with a number of leaders of portfolio companies so that they benefit from his own experience as an entrepreneur.

Before starting Atomico, Niklas co-founded Skype, where he held the position of CEO from its inception until September 2007. In 2005, Skype was sold to eBay Inc for $3.1bn, the largest European venture capital exit to date. Subsequent to this, Skype was bought back by a consortium that included Niklas, and was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion cash in 2011.

In 2006, Niklas was recognised by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People, and he has received numerous awards for entrepreneurship including being voted Entrepreneur of the Year in the European Business Leaders Awards (2006), the KTH Great Prize from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (2009), the Oxford Internet Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), H.M. The King’s Medal (2013), and the Gold Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (2013).

In 2007, he co-founded Zennström Philanthropies, where he is actively involved in combating climate change, improving the state of the Baltic Sea and encouraging social entrepreneurship. Niklas is also a keen yachtsman, and has won three Mini Maxi World Championships and one TP52 World Championship with his yacht racing team Rán.

Niklas holds dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science from Uppsala University in Sweden, and he spent his final year at the University of Michigan.

Hernan Cristerna

Managing Director, Co-Head of Global M&A

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Hernan Cristerna is a managing director and Co-Head Global Mergers & Acquisitions at J.P. Morgan. He has more than 20 years of investment banking experience.

Based in London, Hernan has been an integral part of J.P. Morgan’s banking franchise since joining the firm from Schroders in 1996. In his current role, he leads a team of bankers around the world focusing on all aspects of M&A advisory across sectors.

Prior to becoming global co-head of M&A, he was head of M&A for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Originally from Madrid, Hernan started his career at J.P. Morgan as head of Consumer, Healthcare and Retail investment banking in the EMEA region and was responsible for building the firm’s consumer and retail business. He also ran the firm’s Global Consumer Products M&A business.

Hernan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.

He speaks fluent Spanish and English, as well as French.

Vittorio Grilli

Chairman of the Corporate and Investment Bank, EMEA

J.P. Morgan

Vittorio Grilli is Chairman of the Corporate & Investment Bank, EMEA at J.P. Morgan and serves as a senior advisor on macroeconomic issues, global market developments and European policy actions.

Vittorio has spent a long career in European economics and public service. He was an assistant professor at Yale University from 1986 to 1990 and Woolwich Professor of Financial Economics at the University of London’s Birkbeck College from 1990 to 1994.

He has held multiple positions with the Italian Treasury over the past two decades, most recently as Italian Minister of Economy and Finances from July 2012 to April 2013, where he helped to guide the Republic through one of its most challenging economic times in the past century.

In the 1990s, he played a pivotal role during Italy’s wave of privatizations and also has served as an advisor to major international and domestic firms. Vittorio has been a distinguished leader in global markets, serving on the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee from March 2009 to January 2012, ultimately as Chairman of the committee.

Vittorio holds a Masters degree in economics from Bocconi University and a doctorate in economics from the University of Rochester.

Sir Martin Sorrell

Group Chief Executive