John Woodard has spent over 25 years in the private equity industry in positions spanning Credit Suisse First Boston, Wesray Capital Corporation, The Blackstone Group and Vestar Capital Corporation, where he led the Industrial practice, served on the investment committee and spent three years in Japan running Asian operations.
John has served on various boards including Duff & Phelps, International AirParts, Hampshire Chemical, American Axle, Argo-Tech and Colorado Open Lands.
John earned his BA in Economics, with honours, from Williams College.
Donald Brydon CBE serves as Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group and the Sage Group. He has a wealth of experience gained on the boards of a number of listed companies across a wide range of sectors, as well as significant knowledge and understanding of the finance industry, gained from his time as Chairman and Chief Executive of both BZW Investment Management Ltd and AXA Investment Managers SA and acting as CEO, BZW.
Donald has also held the position of Chairman at Smiths Group plc, the London Metal Exchange, Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, Amersham plc, AXA Investment Managers SA, Royal Mail Group plc and The London Institute of Banking & Finance (formerly ifs School of Finance) and is a former Director of Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust plc, Allied Domecq plc, AXA UK plc and Scottish Power plc.
Donald is also the Chairman of the charity Chance to Shine, Chairman of the Science Museum Foundation and also a Trustee Board Member of the Foundation for Science and Technology. Donald holds a BSc in Mathematical Science from the University of Edinburgh.
Michael Sofaer is the founder and principal of Sofaer Capital Inc. (“SCI”) following its inception in 1986. SCI was the first Asian-orientated hedge fund with offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong.
Michael began his investment career as a securities analyst with the Schroder Group in London before establishing the research department for Schroder Investment Management in Hong Kong, where he also managed two unit trusts. He founded First Pacific Fund Management in Hong Kong in 1983, where he pioneered hedged investing in Asia.
Michael has served on a number of company boards internationally and is an active investor in both private and public companies. Michael has significant philanthropic interests focused on education, and holds a BA degree in Economics & Political Science from McGill University, Montreal.