Stuart joined Ethos in 1998 and became CEO in 2014. As chief executive, he has overall responsibility for the Firm’s strategic, operating and investment activities.
His direct and oversight experience in numerous portfolio companies has given Stuart broad experience across multiple industries and all aspects of the investment value chain. Furthermore, additional roles have included responsibility for the Technology Fund investment programme, leading the firm’s investment processes, and talent management functions. Prior to joining Ethos, Stuart spent two years at JP Morgan Chase Bank NA.
Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a member of SAICA.
Peter Schechter is the Atlantic Council’s senior vice president for strategic initiatives, and the first director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Founded in October 2013, the Latin America center seeks to promote the political, economic, and social transformations in the region. Under Schechter’s tenure, the center has held more than one hundred events in a dozen cities; produced more than two hundred external publications; formalized more than thirty partnerships with universities, NGOs, media networks, and public- and private-sector leaders; and hosted Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, as well as numerous mayors, governors, and ministers from the region. Schechter has more than twenty years of communications and political experience, and is a sought-out voice on Latin American political issues.
Kristalina Georgieva is the Chief Executive Officer for the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association). Georgieva’s role is to build support across the international community to help mobilize resources for poor and middle-income countries and develop more effective solutions for the poor at the scale required.
Previously, Georgieva, a Bulgarian national, helped shape the agenda of the European Union, first as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, managing one of the world’s largest humanitarian aid budgets, and later as Vice President for Budget and Human Resources, in charge of the European Union’s €161 billion (US $175bn) budget and 33,000 staff around the world.
Before joining the European Commission, Georgieva held multiple positions at the World Bank, including, most recently, Vice President and Corporate Secretary (2008-2010), and from 2007 to 2008, Director for Sustainable Development in charge of 60 percent of the World Bank’s policy and lending operations
Juan Carlos Felix is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Carlyle South America Buyout group focused on private equity investment opportunities in South America. He is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Felix was a partner at McKinsey & Company working with management consulting with focus on financial institutions. Prior to that, Mr. Felix pursued various entrepreneurial ventures in South America in the media industry. Mr. Felix received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He received an economics degree from the PUCE University in Quito, Ecuador.
Richard Haass is in his fourteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to issues of foreign policy and international relations. He has served as the senior Middle East advisor to President George H.W. Bush and as a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell. He was also U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and the U.S. envoy to both the Cyprus and Northern Ireland peace talks. A recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Tipperary International Peace Award, Dr. Haass is also the author or editor of thirteen books on U.S. foreign policy and one book on management. His latest book is A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, published in 2017 by Penguin Press. A Rhodes scholar, he holds the Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University. He was born in Brooklyn and lives in New York.
John Holton is a partner in the investment management practice of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Mr. Holton’s practice is concentrated on advising on U.S. regulation of investment managers, and launching and restructuring private equity funds, hedge funds and real estate partnerships. He is an expert on the international application of SEC and CFTC regulations and advises numerous non-U.S. asset managers on compliance with these rules. Mr. Holton is a global leader in emerging markets funds and has advised clients with numerous funds targeting Asian, African, South American and Middle Eastern markets. He has particular experience with Indian private equity fund launches. Mr. Holton also handles a wide range of other business, financing and commercial work for both U.S. and non-U.S. clients. He has assisted several non-U.S. asset managers on the setup of their U.S. operations.
As the Founder of MontaRosa, Kelvin Thompson has set out to develop a firm that is a catalyst to redefining the search industry. Disillusioned by the global generalist search ethic of simple fulfillment, his mission within MontaRosa is to work with organizations at an inflection point where the injection of the right human capital delivers long-term value and growth. Today he works with many of the world’s largest financial and technology institutions where innovation and creative solutions matter more than filling a job. He leads a tightly integrated and stealth team of people based in Europe, North America and Asia.
Prior to founding MontaRosa, Kelvin was a senior partner for over eight years with the international executive search firm, Heidrick & Struggles. During his tenure there he was the global managing partner for the Private Equity, Venture Capital & Alternative Financing Practice. He also held several leadership positions, including global head of the CIO/CTO Practice, chief innovation leader, chief strategy & development officer and chief marketing officer. Prior to that, Kelvin worked for Norman Broadbent International, where he was president of U.S. operations and chairman of its global New Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice.
Having worked as a leadership consultant on nearly every continent across the globe, Kelvin is a regular speaker and panel leader at international conferences and seminars on such topics such as human capital, global growth and innovation, and hiring of new thinkers. He has helped grow client companies by leading them through provocative and innovative strategizing exercises.
He has more than 20 years of experience working for clients in Europe, the United States and Asia. He has also held non-executive roles and served as an advisory member for both U.S. and European firms.
Kelvin holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from London University.
AUBREY HRUBY is a Partner at Baylis Emerging Markets fund, Co-Founder of the Africa Expert Network (AXN) and an advisor to investors and Fortune 500 companies doing business in Africa. She designs market entry strategies, sources opportunities and facilitates transactions. Aubrey leads CEO-level delegations to Africa and has worked in more than 25 African markets. As a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, she speaks regularly on African business issues. She has interviewed with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Radio, CNBC, CCTV, Africa24, and VoiceAmerica Business. She writes regularly for the Financial Times and Newsweek. Aubrey is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Leader at the Milken Institute and the co-author of award-winning The Next Africa (Macmillan, 2015). She earned a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Georgetown University.
Josh Lerner is the Head of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit and the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School. He graduated from Yale College with a special divisional major that combined physics with the history of technology. He worked for several years on issues concerning technological innovation and public policy at the Brookings Institution, for a public-private task force in Chicago, and on Capitol Hill. He then earned a Ph.D. from Harvard’s Economics Department.
Much of his research focuses on venture capital and private equity organizations. (This research is collected in three books, The Venture Capital Cycle, The Money of Invention, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams.) He also examines policies on innovation and how they impact firm strategies. (That research is discussed in the books Innovation and Its Discontents, The Comingled Code, and The Architecture of Innovation.) He co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program and serves as co-editor of their publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy. He founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a nonprofit devoted to encouraging access to data and research about venture capital and private equity, and has been a frequent leader of and participant in the World Economic Forum projects and events.
In the 1993-1994 academic year, he introduced an elective course for second-year MBAs. Over the past two decades, “Venture Capital and Private Equity” has consistently been one of the largest elective courses at Harvard Business School. (The course materials are collected in Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Casebook, now in its fifth edition, and the textbook Venture Capital, Private Equity, and the Financing of Entrepreneurship.) He also established and teaches doctoral courses on entrepreneurship, teaches in the Owners-Presidents-Managers Program, and leads executive courses on private equity.
Among other recognitions, he is the winner of the Swedish government’s Global Entrepreneurship Research Award. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people in private equity by Private Equity International magazine and one of the ten most influential academics in the institutional investing world by Asset International’s Chief Investment Officer magazine.
As head of IDG Neil is responsible for Actis global fundraising and investor relations activities. He is a member of both the Executive Committee and the Valuation and Exit Committee. Prior to joining Actis in 2013, Neil worked in Sydney as a Founding Director of the boutique Private Equity advisory firm, Minerva Capital Advisors Ltd (2009-2013). Previously, he was an Executive Director and Head of Global Debt & Equity Capital Markets and Head of Funds Management at Alco Finance (Sydney, 2007-2008). Neil also brings experience from his time as Global Head of the Sales, Products & Client Services division with Citigroup Alternative Investments (New York, 2004-2007). He holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and a First Class Honours in Industrial Chemistry from The University of New South Wales.