Board

MARIANNE SYED – Positive Planet UK Executive Director

Marianne Syed is a French qualified lawyer. After working in various international law firms in Paris and Rome, she has now taken on the position of Executive Director, Positive Planet UK. She also lectures at the Sorbonne University and speaks French, English and Italian fluently. She also is the founder of The Odyssey Project, which promotes positive initiatives of entrepreneurship amongst refugees in Europe.

LORD MICHAEL JAY – Chairman

Independent member of the House of Lords since 2006, which followed a career in the British diplomatic service, including serving as Ambassador in Paris and Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign Office in London.

POONAM KUMAR – Trustee

Founder of the Centre for Business and Strategic Affairs to carry on research based advocacy in India and internationally, she brings over four decades of world wide experience working both with the private and public sector organizations in diverse sectors.

ALI MALEK, QC – Trustee

Leading barrister in England and Wales specialising in all aspects of Commercial Law, he is a former Head of Chambers at 3 Verulam Buildings, a bencher of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, a Recorder of the Crown Court and a former Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association.

RAJAA MEKOUAR – Trustee

Head of the Equity Syndicate for existing and new investments at Kharis Capital, she founded Maera Capital, an advisory boutique, dedicated to private investors and entrepreneurs with a focus on consumer and agribusiness sectors. She brings 20 years’ private equity investment and advisory experience across Europe and Emerging markets.

ERIC ROUDIL – Trustee

Development and Operations Director at Positive Planet, he is the former Corporate Vice President of Capgemini Consulting.

ISABELLE SANTENAC – Trustee

Managing partner at Ernst & Young, leading the audit business of financial institutions in Europe, and former global COO of the Audit business

MATTEO STEFANEL – Trustee

Managing Partner at Apis Partners in London, he has a successful track-record in Private Equity and Investment Banking, spanning 2 decades and focusing specifically on Growth Markets and Financial Services.

DAVID SYED – Trustee

Managing Partner for Strategy at Orrick, London, his practice focuses on coordinating large diverse teams or consortiums on finance and corporate transactions.