Imperial College London

The Business School's Advisory Board is comprised of high-level outside representatives of business. 

Sir Andrew Witty (Chair), President of United Health Group and CEO of Optum

Andrew has been Chair of the Business School's Advisory Board since 2020. Previous to holding the roles of President of United Health Group and CEO of leading US healthcare provider Optum, he was CEO of GlaxoSmithKline from 2008 to 2017.

In 2020, he was appointed to co-lead the WHO’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts and joined the expert advisory group for the UK Government’s Vaccine Task Force.

Zein Abdalla, Former President, PepsiCo

Zein was the President of PepsiCo Inc, a leading global food, snack and beverage company, from 2012 through to his retirement in 2014. Prior to that he served as the CEO of PepsiCo Europe. 

He has also held a number of senior management positions with the Mars Group and his executive experience with large scale global companies has given him expertise in corporate management, general management, in developed and emerging markets, supply chain, procurement, global brand management, and innovation and global strategy.

Bronwyn Curtis, Chairman, JP Morgan AIT

Bronwyn is a financial economist who has held senior executive positions in financial and media organisations. In addition to her position at JP Morgan AIT, Bronwyn is also a Non Executive Director at Scottish American Investment Trust, a Director at Mercator Media and a Governor of the London School of Economics.

She was previously Head of Global Research for HSBC, a partner in Arch Financial Products where she also served as Chief Economist and Head of European Broadcast at Bloomberg LP. 

Natasha Foong, co-founder of IncuVest

Natasha is co-founder of IncuVest, a technology investment platform. She is an experienced startup investor with personal investments in software and consumer internet businesses. 

Natasha began her career at the Singapore Economic Development Board where she became Head of the Venture Capital Group and Vice President of EDB Investments. She was co-founder of Valuair and she also spent several years as a business consultant in various industries including retail, hospitality, healthcare and education.

Faisal Galaria, CEO of Blippar

Faisal is CEO at Blippar, a leading technology company specialising in Augmented Reality and one of the UK's first tech unicorns.

From 2016 to 2019, he was the Chief Strategy & Investment Officer of Gocompare Group, where he helped lead the listing on the London Stock Exchange in November 2016 and oversaw several successful acquisitions. Faisal has held senior roles at a number of leading global digital businesses including Spotify, Kayak.com and Skype.

Joanne Linder, Owner, SmartPitch

Joanne is the co-chair of Imperial College Business School Alumni Advisory Board and is an active member of the alumni community.

Joanne started her career at BAE Systems and had a largely blue chip career until her MBA, including at Granada and ABN AMRO. She set up her first business when she graduated, having specialised in entrepreneurship, and was a pioneer in personalised web content during the dot-com boom.

Mary Meaney, Senior Partner, McKinsey

Mary leads McKinsey’s Organisation practice in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; she was previously the Global People Leader and Global Learning Leader for McKinsey’s Organisation practice and led the research on transformational change. 

Mary is a co-founder of the McKinsey Women’s Initiative, which aims to promote women leaders in business. She regularly participates in McKinsey research evaluating the progress of women in leadership in the corporate world, and recommending means of fostering it.

Sara Murray OBE, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Buddi

Sara is a serial technology entrepreneur. She founded and runs Buddi, the Queen’s Award-winning wearable-as-a-service company, which operates in health and criminal justice markets, delivering to government customers on five continents.

Sara also founded Ninah Consulting, which she sold to French Communications Group, and is now a multibillion-pound UK listed business.

Cindy Rose OBE, President of Microsoft Western Europe

Cindy became President of Microsoft Western Europe in 2020, having previously served as CEO of Microsoft UK. Before Microsoft, Cindy led Vodafone’s Consumer division, managing the expansion of their retail store estate from 350 stores to over 500 stores. Before Vodafone, she was Executive Director of Digital Entertainment at Virgin Media.

Previously, Cindy worked at the Walt Disney Company in a variety of roles including General Counsel for Disney EMEA and Senior Vice President & Managing Director of the Disney Interactive Media Group.

Michael Shepherd, Managing Director, Growth Point Technology Partners

Mike co-founded Growth Point Technology Partners. He is a software engineer and entrepreneur, who is based in Silicon Valley and now advises technology companies with investments and exits. 

Before co-founding GrowthPoint Technology Partners, Mike was a principal at SVB Alliant conducting software mergers and acquisitions transactions. Prior to joining Alliant, he was Managing Director of the Nextera Interactive division of Nextera through to its IPO. 

Rolf Stahel, Chairman, Chesyl Pharma

Rolf registered Chesyl Pharma, which offers consultancy services to portfolio companies, in 2003 and became its chairman. He is also non-executive Chairman of Connexios Life Sciences, Ergomed and Midatech Pharma.

Previously, he was CEO of Shire Pharmaceuticals Group and has held senior roles at Wellcome. As Regional Director at Wellcome, Rolf was responsible for 18 Pacific Rim countries.