David has twenty years’ experience in the healthcare construction industry with a background in construction project management. He has acquired expertise and know-how across a broad range of capacities from subcontractor roles for specialist building technology packages to Client Representative on behalf of multi-national stakeholders. As a result, David has developed a unique insight into the construction value chain from the minutiae of the job site and the strategic needs of stakeholders to the overarching global trends within the sector.
David was a Project Director with Siemens in their Building Technologies sector. His specific expertise is in Information Communication Technologies and Software Systems Integration.
Projects include the 1,200 bed Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in the UK, and the US$7. 9 billion Sidra Medical & Research Centre (acting as the Client Representative for Qatar Foundation/Qatar Petroleum). As Client Representative, David was leading a consortium responsible for delivering a US$200 million technology package.
David has a solid reputation for developing exceptional client and partner relationships ensuring stakeholder cooperation and timely delivery of large-scale, high profile commercial construction projects.
Maha has twenty-five years’ experience as a corporate lawyer in private practice and in-house roles specialising in cross-border commercial and financial transactions. Following ten years in private practice with Norton Rose Fulbright in their Washington DC, Hong Kong and London offices, Maha moved in-house as Chief Legal Officer for a Norwegian Multi-National Oil & Gas company.
Maha then moved to the Middle East as Chief Legal Officer & Executive Committee Member for a large publicly-listed holding company in Qatar, where she oversaw a number of high value real estate acquisitions including an entire New York City block and its attached hotel for US$700 million.
Maha has established a solid reputation leading complex international corporate and commercial deals across multiple jurisdictions, and her work has been commended in leading industry publications.
Tugba is an entrepreneurial business leader with an exceptional track record in stakeholder value creation via building and growing disruptive businesses. She has accompanied several high potential early stage start-ups through exceptional growth.
Tugba often works as a strategic operating partner, accelerating business development by focusing on helping to build the necessary infrastructure for organisations getting them investment ready. As such, she has successfully assisted shareholders and owners-managers in creating superior capital returns in various settings. She has led fundraising, financial management, operations and the delivery of strategic plans most recently in Founder, CFO and COO roles.
Tugba’s previous roles include co-founding and growing fashion businesses from zero to $300m in turnover; reorganising a fashion advertising group, providing an exit to shareholders with over 30% IRR; building the initial European infrastructure of a Hong Kong listed company, which later grew to over $1bn in turnover.
Tugba thrives in fluid and dynamic work environments, having lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the USA, and currently serves on two other Boards.
Paul is Director of Cybersecurity & Technology Risk at one of the world’s biggest fund management companies. When hired, Paul was tasked with creating a dedicated security team capable of protecting the personal data of the company’s shareholders and associates, its intellectual property and its business services from the growing threat of cybercrime. Paul now leads a team of 130 staff, and by combining artificial intelligence with big-data analytics, automation and machine learning, he has built a world-class technology and cybersecurity capability.
Previously, and on completion of his M.Sc., Paul was hired by Bankers Trust in 1987 where he led the development of Eurobonds futures and options trading systems. He then joined Mercury Asset Management (MAM) in 1990. He was quickly promoted to IT Director and over the course of the next 11 years drove the strategy and delivery of technology platforms across the investment, trading, back-office, sales and marketing functions. When Merrill Lynch acquired MAM in 1997 Paul played a major role in the merging of the IT departments. In 2001 he left Merrill Lynch to join UBS in Zurich where he had global responsibility for supporting all the share-save and options schemes offered by UBS to its 70,000 employees, associate to board member.
A former British Army Officer, Gerhard has twenty years’ experience in the aid and development sector – managing large scale humanitarian mine clearance projects in post-conflict countries. Working with ‘The HALO Trust’ Gerhard had wide ranging responsibilities for strategic planning, host-government and donor relations with financial oversight and operational deployment of up to 2,000 staff.
Major donors and institutions which Gerhard has particular experience with include: The United Nations (various offices), The European Union (various offices), and the Governments’ of the United States (DoS, DoD), United Kingdom (FCO, DFID), Japan (MOFA), Norway (MOFA), and Switzerland (SFDFA) although he says that other lesser known, and small donors, often make the critical difference.
Being integral with the safety of demining operations, Gerhard has also been involved with the medical aspects of his programmes including: the design, procurement and export/import of ambulances, procurement of medical trauma & first aid equipment, training of medical personnel, and the evaluation of casualty evacuation facilities.
Prior to his experience in the aid and development sector, Gerhard served five years as a British Army Officer.
Ashley Prime is a former British diplomat and Managing Director of Navigator (UK). Ashley worked at the Foreign Office until 2014, and until 2019, headed the London office of Navigator, Canada’s premier crisis management and reputation rebuild company. He also ran a project for No.10 during David Cameron’s Premiership bringing Chinese UHNW investment to the UK.
Until 2013 Ashley was Consul in Toronto, with overall responsibility for UK’s trade with Canada as well as being part of the initial discussions between the EU and Canada’s Trade Agreement, CETA. Whilst with the Foreign Office, he headed up the US team over 9/11, Tiananmen Square in 1989 and in Haiti during the coup in 1985. Ashley opened the British Consulate in Guangzhou, serving as the first Consul there in over 50 years. He also served in Bonn, Kingston, Beijing, Rome (twice) and Milan. Ashley studied Chinese at SOAS, London and speaks French, German, Italian and Mandarin.
Ashley is currently a Director of Intelligent Mobile, Fintech company Karma, a Trustee of the antibullying charity, Roots of Empathy as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Royal Geographical Society.
Ashley is a regular TV and Radio contributor on UK Politics on CBC, CTV Canada. He grew up in London, Paris and Munich, and his interests include the history of London, travelling, skiing, music and public speaking. Ashley can invariably be found every other Saturday at Chelsea with his family when there is no lockdown.