School Board and Global Leadership Council

Leaders from business and government who provide advice, on-going deep connections to organisations, and serve as role models for our community.

School Board


The School Board is a working board, overseeing the work of the school and approving major strategic decisions.

Members include:

  • external figures from the business and alumni communities
  • a representative of the Benefactor
  • senior University and School managers
  • representatives from the three academic areas

The Board meets a minimum of four times a year. It is supported by sub-committees and has delegated responsibility for the School’s day-to-day business to these bodies.

External members

  • Mr Paul Polman (Chair of the Board)
  • Dr Vivienne Cox (Vice Chair of the Board)
  • Mr Sam Laidlaw (Chair of the Global Leadership Council)
  • Mr Wafic Saïd (Benefactor)
  • Ms Rasha Khawaja (Benefactor's Representative)
  • Ms Wendy Becker (Co-opted Member)
  • Mr Jason Bell (Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council)

University and divisional representative

  • Mrs Gill Aitken CB (Registrar)
  • Professor Sarah Whatmore (Head of the Social Sciences Division)

Officers of the School

  • Professor Peter Tufano (Dean)
  • Ms Sara Beck (COO)
  • Dr Andrew White (Associate Dean of Executive Education and Corporate Relations)

Global Leadership Council


The Global Leadership Council has broader representation and serves as a sounding board for the School.

We are grateful for their engagement in the life of the School.

Chair: Sam Laidlaw, Chairman, Neptune Energy; former CEO, Centrica

  • Bill Ackman, CEO, Pershing Square Capital
  • Angela Ahrendts, Chair of the Board, Save the Children International; former CEO Burberry & SVP of Retail and Online Stores Apple
  • Mohamed Amersi, CEO, Emergent Telecom Ventures
  • Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ignia Partners
  • Vindi Banga, Partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; former Chairman, Hindustan Unilever Ltd
  • Wendy Becker, Chair of the Board, Logitech; former Chief Executive, Jack Wills
  • Vivienne Cox, Chairman Supervisory Board, Vallourec; former Executive Vice-President of BP Gas, Power and Renewables business
  • Sergio Ermotti, Chairman of Swiss Re; former Group Chief Executive Officer, UBS
  • Moya Greene, Non-Executive Director, Easyjet; former Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mail
  • Vivian Hunt, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
  • Jamal bin Huwaireb, Cultural Advisor to the Government of Dubai and Managing Director, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation
  • Yvonne Ike, Managing Director and Head of Sub Saharan Africa (Ex-RSA) Bank of America
  • Tina Ju, Founding and Managing Partner, KPCB China and TDF Capital
  • Robert Kapito, President, BlackRock
  • Rasha Khawaja, Founder and CEO, Toucan Ventures Ltd
  • Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Louis Dreyfus Holdings
  • Scott Malkin, Founder and Chairman, Value Retail
  • John Manzoni, Non-Executive Director Diageo; former Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office and Chief Executive, Civil Service
  • Hiro Mizuno, United Nations Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments; former Chief Investment Officer of the Japan Government Pension Investment Fund
  • Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen
  • Paul Polman, Founder and CEO, Imagine; former CEO of Unilever
  • Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
  • Khaled Said, Managing Partner, Capital Generation Partners LLP
  • Wafic Saïd, Saïd Holdings
  • Geoff Skingsley, Chairman, L’Oréal UK and Ireland
  • Howard Stringer, Non-Executive Chairman, Atrium TV; former Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation
  • Ning Tang, Founder and CEO, CreditEase
  • Shriti Vadera, Chair of the Board, Prudential
  • Michael Warren, Managing Principal and CEO, Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Miles Young, Warden, New College, University of Oxford; former Chairman and CEO, Ogilvy and Mather
  • Laura Cha, Chairman of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearings Ltd