BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The IBDE's principal management body is the Board of Directors. The Role of the Board is to manage the organisation, decide our policy, and to oversee our strategic objectives, ensuring the delivery of our work programmes.

Rudi Guraziu

Executive Chairman

IBDE is headed by Rudi who has extensive experience in the worlds of business and diplomacy. Rudi is responsible for overall strategy development, fundraising and relationship with key stakeholders. He is also in charge of IBDE’s delivery of programmes and services, team management, administration and financial issues. He is supported by the IBDE's Management and Advisory Boards made up of senior business leaders, policymakers, ambassadors, and experts from relevant fieldsRead Rudi's full biography here

Anna Anthony

Non-Executive Director

Anna is Managing Partner of EMEIA Financial Services Tax at Ernst & Young (EY) based in London. She has worked as an International Tax Advisor, focused on the financial services sector for over 15 years, including active involvement in tax policy consultations. She is also the EMEIA partner sponsor for Corporate Sustainability and EY’s Financial Services Non-Executive Director Program. She is involved in a number of the company’s key talent initiatives, including acting as a mentor to current and future partners, particularly in relation to progressing the Diversity and Inclusiveness agenda. She has also worked with initiatives such as TheCityUK's Next Generation Vision, a campaign by the industry lobby group to engage the next generation of financial services professionals in the debate about the future of the City.

Lesley Batchelor OBE

Non-Executive Director

Lesley is a champion of UK exporters, with a powerful track record in enhancing the performance of hundreds of businesses. Lesley is Director General of the Institute of Export (IOE), an education foundation providing qualifications and support for business for over 8 years. She is active on the APPG Advisory Panel on Trade & Investment, the APP Manufacturing Group and has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Government support for SMEs. Lesley is often a leading light in thought leadership issues connected with international trade and has forged influential partnerships with many national and international associations. Lesley is a graduate of the Institute of Export qualifications and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has invaluable expertise in intellectual property, global licensing and marketing. Lesley was awarded an OBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List and recently judged to be the CBI Real Business First Woman in Business Services and CEO of the Year from the Congress of Trade Associations for 2015.

Nick Collier

Non-Executive Director; Chairman of Diplomatic Engagement

Nick is the Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters. He moved from Morgan Stanley, where he had been Head of EMEA Government Relations since June 2007. Nick previously held roles as the Head of Regulatory Policy at the International Capital Market Association, as the Director of International Risk, Compliance and Government Affairs at Instinet, and as the European head of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association. He started his career in the Bank of England, including a spell as the UK financial attaché to the EU. He holds a MSC in Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics and a BA from Oxford.

Sir Thomas Harris KBE CMG

Non-Executive Director; Chairman of Nominations Committee

Sir Thomas is former British diplomat who served as leader of the UK's export promotion agency, British Ambassador to Korea and Director-General for Trade and Investment in the USA. He was a Vice Chairman, Asia, at Standard Chartered Bank from 2004-2014 and a non-executive director of TheCityUK. Sir Thomas was also a trustee at UK-India Business Council and Asia House. He is currently chairman of the European Services Forum, a Brussels-based organisation promoting liberalisation of trade in services.

Alan Houmann

Non-Executive Director; Chairman of Policy Committee

Alan is the Managing Director and Head of Citi’s Government Affairs for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is a member of Citi’s EMEA Operating Committee (OpCo) and is based in London. Alan participates actively in the public policy arena, having served on the Board of TheCityUK. He chairs TheCityUK’s EU Reform and UK Referendum Group, and is a member of the executive board of its International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG). Alan also serves on the British Bankers Association’s External Affairs Committee, and chairs its EU policy group. He joined Citi in 2007, from the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS, which has since been re-established as the EBA, the European Banking Authority). Prior to serving on CEBS, he worked on international banking policy and supervisory cooperation at the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA). He has also served in the European Commission, in the directorate for economic and financial affairs, and in the team leading the introduction of the euro. Alan has been a member of the secretariat of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee (EFC, the committee preparing finance ministry and central bank discussions). He spent a year with the European Banking Federation (EBF), on secondment from HM Treasury (the UK ministry of finance), where his started his career as an economist. Alan holds masters degrees in international studies and philosophy, from the University of St. Andrews, and in economics from the University of London.

Alfred Kovaci

Non-Executive Director

Alfred is Head of Strategic Partnerships at Business Integration Partners (Bip), where he initiates, develops and manages high level strategic and commercial relationships with private and public sector organisations. Before joining Bip, Alfred served as IBDE’s Deputy Chief Executive and PR Director. He was one of the main supporters of IBDE’s international programme on responsible banking and finance. Prior to that he worked in Westminster Parliament as well as in a number of non-governmental organizations. Alfred is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD). He has a special interest in global corporate governance & strategy as well as international affairs related to geopolitics, finance, economics, policy and energy, and participates regularly in various panels and roundtables at international conferences and summits. Alfred was educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University College London (UCL) and Harvard University where he undertook postgraduate executive courses in Global Corporate Governance and Strategy.

Michael McKee

Non-Executive Director

Michael McKee is Partner and Head of the European Financial Services Regulatory practice at DLA Piper. The financial services group services clients across the full spectrum of financial services. The financial services practice deals with both contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues. Michael has over 29  years' experience in the financial services sector having practised at major international law firms in London and with several years of in-house experience at Citigroup where he provided legal advice to the trading floor and other parts of the business. Michael also has wide-ranging experience of banking and investment banking issues having worked for some years as Executive Director at the British Bankers Association where he led the negotiation of major European Directives such as the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and the Market Abuse Directive on behalf of the banking industry in the UK. Michael also has a deep understanding of payments law and led the implementation of PSD across more than 20 countries for  a major UK bank. His deep understanding of financial services law and regulation includes a wide range of contacts within the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority and contacts with regulators across Europe and elsewhere.

Paul Sizeland CMG

Non-Executive Director; Chairman of Finance and Audit Committee

Paul was Director of Economic Development at the City of London Corporation from 2008 - 2015 after joining as Assistant Director for City, European and International Affairs two years previously. This followed a distinguished career with the FCO. Paul joined the FCO in 1980 after working in sales for a pharmaceuticals company, and a spell as a teacher in South India. Paul is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, City University, focusing on promoting social investment and charity finance. He is also an advisor to Accenture's Financial Services team, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the charity Prisoners Abroad, and a Teach First coach. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2006.

Lola Emetulu

Company Secretary

Lola is the founder of Joldak Corporate Services Limited, a leading advisory firm specialising in corporate governance, legal and company secretarial matters for boards, committees and secretariat functions. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Lola has over twenty years of industry experience gained at organisations including Linklaters, Vodafone Group and Reckitt Benckiser. Before founding Joldak Lola was the Group Company Secretary of Indivior PLC during its structural separation and demerger from the Reckitt Benckiser Group.  During this period she was the in-house counsel leading the reorganisation of the global legal structure, managed external advisors and advised the company and its new board in preparation for the subsequent stock marketing listing.