The Board, chaired by Hélène Ploix, consists of six non-executive Directors, all of whom are considered to be independent of the Investment Manager. Russell Edey is the Senior Independent Director.
Chairman, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Chairman of the Nomination Committee
Appointed 2 November 2012
Hélène Ploix (French) is a Partner and former chairman of Paris-based private equity firm Pechel Industries. She has had an extensive career in finance and investment in the public and private sectors, both in France (primarily at the French state-owned Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations) and internationally (notably as an Executive Director at the IMF, World Bank and as a Member of the Investments Committee of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund). She is currently a NonExecutive Director of Ferring (Switzerland) and SES-imagotag, Non-Executive Chairman of Sogama Crédit Associatif and was previously at a number of other companies, including Sofina, The Boots Company PLC, BNP Paribas and Publicis. Mrs Ploix was educated at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, the University of California at Berkeley and INSEAD. She is based in France.
Director, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee, Senior Independent Director
Appointed 1 January 2015
Russell Edey (British) spent the majority of his career at NM Rothschild & Sons, where he held a number of positions over his 35 years at the bank, including Head of Corporate Finance and subsequently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman. He is a Non-Executive Director of Blackrock World Mining Trust plc. He previously spent 12 years as Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti in South Africa, and in recent years he has also served as a NonExecutive Director of Old Mutual plc, Associated British Ports plc, FKI plc, and Paris Orleans SA. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and began his career in finance at Anglo American in South Africa. He is based in the UK.
Appointed 31 October 2013
Sujit Banerji (Indian) is an independent advisor on corporate strategy to a number of companies in the finance and finance-related technology sectors globally. In 2009 he completed a 33 year career at Citigroup where he had been a Managing Director since 1996, latterly serving as Head of Strategy and Institutional M&A for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (‘MENA’). His career at Citi covered a number of regional roles including strategy and corporate finance, and relationships with multinational clients across the MENA region. He has also served as the country and region head for Citi in India, and as the head of the corporate business in Thailand. Over the course of his career he has been based in India, Bangladesh and Thailand as well as in Europe, and is currently based in Singapore. He was educated at the University of Poona (Pune) and the University of Bombay (Mumbai).
Appointed 19 July 2017
Katherine Tsang (Canadian) spent 22 years with Standard Chartered Bank, latterly in the role of Chairperson of Greater China, before retiring in 2014. Following her retirement, Ms Tsang founded Max Giant that trades in different markets as well as making direct investments in Asia. Ms Tsang is currently an independent Non Executive Director on the Board of China CITIC Bank International Limited and Budweiser Brewing Company APAC Limited. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for China of the City of London, and is an honorary Board member of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She has previously served as an independent Non-Executive Director of Gap Inc., and Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Limited, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on China, and a member of Sotheby’s Advisory Board. She is based in Hong Kong.
Dr Simon Colson
Appointed 1 July 2019
Dr Simon Colson (British) has over 30 years’ experience in financial markets, working in investment banking, investment management and financial consulting. From 1995-2001 he was Managing Director, Deutsche Bank AG London, in charge of closed-end fund origination and distribution, and in previous roles was responsible for the launch, restructuring and repurposing of a significant number of investment companies. From 2002-2005 he was a non-executive director of The Association of Investment Companies. In 2002 he started his own FCA regulated consulting and distribution business which raised assets for emerging managers across a range of traditional and alternative asset classes (including closed-end funds). In 2017 he relinquished his FCA licence to concentrate on unregulated advisory and non-executive work. He is currently a non-executive director of the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. He is a qualified medical doctor and holds an MBA in Finance & Investment from Cass Business School (University of London). Dr Colson is based in the UK.
Appointed 1 July 2020
Torsten has over 30 years’ experience working for large multi-national companies. He spent two spells at Nestle SA (1991-1997 and 2003-2016). During his second spell he held the positions of Chief Financial Officer Nestle Russia & Eurasia (2007-2011) and Chief Financial Officer Nestle Nespresso SA (2011-2016). He also held the positions of Chief Financial Officer at Lukoil SA (1998-200) and Elca Informatique SA (2000-2003). In 2016 Torsten started his own consultancy business, Baussann Concept SA providing due diligence and portfolio services to European and US based private equity firms. He was a board member of SodaStream International (2016-2018) (NASDAQ:SODA) and is currently a board member of Banque Heritage SA and Natra SA (both of which are unlisted entities). He holds a Masters degree from HEC Lausanne.