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.

TPT Chairman: Rick Haythornthwaite
CHAIRMAN, MASTERCARD + CHAIRMAN, CENTRICA

Rick Haythornthwaite is non-executive Chairman of Centrica, 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.

Rick Haythornthwaite is non-executive Chairman of Centrica, 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 Vice Chairman: Yves Daccord
DIRECTOR-GENERAL, INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS

Yves Daccord 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.

Yves Daccord 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: Lois Quam
PRESIDENT & CEO, PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL

Lois Quam 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 Quam 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.

TPT Founder & Vice Chairman: Dr Osvald Bjelland
CHAIRMAN & CEO, XYNTEO

Osvald Bjelland founded The Performance Theatre in 2000. He is also chairman and CEO of Xynteo, a platform for galvanising leaders and catalysing ideas – and fusing them into new projects, for new growth.

Osvald Bjelland founded The Performance Theatre in 2000. He is also chairman and CEO of Xynteo, a platform for galvanising leaders and catalysing ideas – and fusing them into new projects, for new growth.

Pekka Ala-Pietilä
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, HUHTAMAKI OYJ

Pekka Ala-Pietilä 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 Ala-Pietilä 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 & CEO, MASTERCARD

Ajay Banja 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 Banja 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 Bentham 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 Bentham 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

Natarajan Chandrasekaran – ‘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.

Natarajan Chandrasekaran – ‘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 & CEO, DNV GL

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

Remi Eriksen became Group President and CEO of DNV GL Group in 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 GROUP

Jeremy Hillman 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 Hillman 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 Janow is a globally recognised expert in international trade and investment, with experience in academia, government and business. She is Columbia University’s Dean and Professor, and formerly Chairman of the Nasdaq Exchange LLC.

Merit Janow is a globally recognised expert in international trade and investment, with experience in academia, government and business. She is Columbia University’s Dean and Professor, and formerly Chairman of the Nasdaq Exchange LLC.

Jude Kelly CBE
FOUNDER, WOW – WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL

Theatre director and producer Jude Kelly 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 Kelly 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 Lie leads strategy and business development for Xynteo, and sits on the management team. She plays a key role in designing and launching new initiatives, from the Leadership Vanguard to Exchange/Norway. She also leads a leadership and culture programme for DB Schenker.

Veronica Lie leads strategy and business development for Xynteo, and sits on the management team. She plays a key role in designing and launching new initiatives, from the Leadership Vanguard to Exchange/Norway. She also leads a leadership and culture programme for DB Schenker.

António Mexia
CEO, EDP – ENERGIAS DE PORTUGAL, SA

António Mexia 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 Mexia 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
CEO, UNILEVER

Paul Polman 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 Polman 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
CEO, VERIZON

Hans Vestberg is CEO of Verizon since June 2018, having previously been its Executive Vice President, and President for Global Network & Technology. He is an advocate of the Millennium Development Goals, and for the potential of mobility and broadband to tackle major global issues.

Hans Vestberg is CEO of Verizon since June 2018, having previously been its Executive Vice President, and President for Global Network & Technology. He is an advocate of the Millennium Development Goals, and for the potential of mobility and broadband to tackle major global issues.

H Cuneyd Zapsu
CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER, CUNEYD ZAPSU DANISMANLIK AS

Cuneyd Zapsu advises global businesses and World Economic Forum on investment and management. 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 Zapsu advises global businesses and World Economic Forum on investment and management. He holds leadership positions in various Turkish trade and bilateral associations, and is a founder member of PODEM, a private, non-partisan think-tank.

Maurizio Vecchione
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL GOOD & RESEARCH

Maurizio Vecchione oversees the integrated efforts of the Global Good Fund, the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, and the Institute for Disease Modeling. He is an editorial advisory board member for IEEE Spectrum magazine.

Maurizio Vecchione oversees the integrated efforts of the Global Good Fund, the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, and the Institute for Disease Modeling. He is an editorial advisory board member for IEEE Spectrum magazine.