Distinguished fellows

Roger Barker

Dr. Roger Barker is a consultant specializing in Corporate Governance and Board Effectiveness. Between 2008 and 2016, he was Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards at the Institute of Directors (IoD). In October 2015, he was appointed as a UK representative on the European Economic and Social Committee, the EU consultative body. He is Senior Consultant at the Institute of Directors, Senior Advisor to the Board of the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa) and Chairman of the ecoDa education committee. He is a board member of European Women on Boards ASBL and a visiting lecturer at the Said Business School (University of Oxford), Cass Business School and UCL (London). He has worked as an external adviser on corporate governance for a number of large companies and international organisations, including the EBRD, IFC and the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Barker’s book - Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political Parties: Explaining Corporate Governance Change in Europe – was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. He is also the author of the IoD’s main guide to the role of the board, The Effective Board: Building Individual and Board Success (Kogan Page, 2010). During the first part of his career, Dr. Barker spent 13 years as an investment banker, in London and Zürich, with UBS and Bank Vontobel. He is the holder of a Doctorate on corporate governance from Oxford University, where he was a Lecturer at Merton College, and also has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in economics, finance and political science from the universities of Cambridge, Southampton and Cardiff. 


Dirk Backhous

Prior to joining Al Batha two years ago, Dirk has held senior and executive management positions with Germany based electronics giant Siemens AG (1996 – 2008; incl. Corporate Controller for Africa, Near and Middle East & CIS as well as CFO for Siemens KSA) and KSA Tadawul listed Emaar The Economic City (Group CFO 2008 – 2010).   

Dirk is a Chartered Director and Fellow the British Institute of Directors, a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the British Chartered Management Institute and a Certified Management Accountant and Member of the Australian Institute of Certified Management Accountants.

He holds degrees from Oxford University (Postgraduate Diploma in Financial  Strategy) and Baden Wurttemberg’s State Cooperative University in Mannheim (Diplom-Betriebswirt).


Prof. Victoire de MARGERIE started her career in 1986. She held various Business Development, Plant & Business Unit Management roles at Atochem (fine chemicals), CarnaudMetalbox (packaging) and Péchiney (aluminum) in France, Germany & the USA until 2002. She then became a Professor of Strategic Management at Grenoble School of Management (2003-2011). Since 2012, she is the CEO of Rondol Industrie (small scale machinery) and chairs the Materials Committee of EcoEmballages. She is also a Board Director at Arkéma, Eurazeo, Italcementi and Babcock International. Victoire graduated from HEC Paris and Sciences Po Paris and holds a PhD in Management Science from Université de Paris 2 Panthéon Assas.

Peter H. Dehnen

Peter H. Dehnen is owner and CEO of GermanBoardRoom GmbH, the leading German full service provider for supervisory Board members. Peter Dehnen has over 25 years of experience as International tax and Business lawyer, admitted in Düsseldorf (Germany) and Washington, D.C. He is co-chair of the International Development Subcommittee of the ABA Corporate Governance Committee and a frequent lecturer on German and International corporate governance. Peter Dehnen is Chairman and co-founder of "Vereinigung der Aufsichtsräte in Deutschland e.V. (VARD)”, a German non-profit organization for supervisory board members.

Per Lekvall

Per Lekvall was Executive Director of the Swedish Corporate Governance Board from the introduction of the Code in 2005 until May 2011 and is now a regular member of the same body. Prior to this he was Head Secretary of the Governmental Commission on Business Confidence and its sub-commission The Code Group, which developed the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance. He is also the chairman of the International Committee of the Swedish Academy of Board Directors and a member of the ecoDa Policy Committee. Per Lekvall has extensive experience from a management career in the Swedish forestry group SCA and as an advisor to senior management and boards in major Swedish companies through his consulting practice Boardroom Consulting AB. For about ten years from its start in the mid-1990’s he also served as CEO of the national body of the Swedish Academy of Board Directors. Per Lekvall is a recurrent lecturer at Swedish universities and business schools and has published books and articles on inter alia the role of the board in SME-type companies and corporate governance in Swedish listed companies.

Peter Montagnon

Peter Montagnon has recently joined the Institute of Business Ethics after three years as Senior Investment Adviser at the Financial reporting Council. He has previously spent ten years as Director of Investment Affairs of the Association of British Insurers.  Before that Mr Montagnon was a senior journalist on the Financial Times, including spells as Head of the Lex Column and in charge of coverage of the international capital markets. Mr Montagnon was a member of the European Commission’s Corporate Governance Forum from 2005 to 2011.  He is past Chairman of the Board of the International Corporate Governance Network and is also a visiting Professor in Corporate Governance at the Cass Business School of the City University, London.  He is also a member of the Council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.


Dominic Schofield is a Senior Client Partner in Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann's London office. He is a member of the Board & CEO Services Practice. Mr. Schofield brings to the Firm a decade's worth of executive recruitment experience, having served as a consultant with another major international search firm, focusing on boardroom and industrial appointments prior to his current position. Previously, Mr. Schofield worked for a leading British political party as a senior aide to the then party leader and was also deputy head of research. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schofield spent five years in the board practice of a boutique search firm. Additionally, he once served as an advisor to the Home Secretary (Interior Minister) in the British Government between 1995 and 1997. In the early 1990s, Mr. Schofield lived and worked in Russia where he was a journalist for a number of publications and media outlets. He has also lived in Kazakhstan and the Middle East. Dominic sits on the Board of a sizeable educational charity called Dawliffe Hall Educational Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of leading thought leadership and communications firm, TLG. Mr. Schofield earned Master of Arts degree in Russian and international relations from the University of St Andrews. He is fluent in Russian and has a strong working knowledge of Italian, Spanish, and Arabic.


Paola Schwizer is Full Professor in Financial Markets and Institutions at University of Parma (Italy) and Professor at the Banking and Insurance Department of SDA Bocconi School of Management.

Previously, she has been researcher at Bocconi University from 1994 to 1998 and Associate Professor in other Italian universities from 1998 to 2003.

She has been appointed as the chair of Nedcommunity, the Italian Association of Non Executive and Independent Directors. She is member of the board of directors of Credito Emiliano S.p.A. (listed on Borsa Italiana S.p.A.), of the board of statutory auditors of several financial intermediaries and of the board of directors of Università del Salento (Italy). Since 2007 she is member of Editorial Board of the Journal of Management and Governance. She has extensive experience in training on corporate governance, risk management and internal control systems, in Central Banks, private banks and non-banks listed companies. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD School in Economics and Law, University of Parma (Italy) and of the Faculty Committee of the PhD in Economics and in Management, University of Parma (Italy). She is author or coauthor of several publications on banking strategies and organization, corporate governance, regulation and competition in the financial system.

Ludo Van der Heyden

Professor of Technology and Operations Management. INSEAD Chaired Professor of Corporate Governance & Director of the Corporate Governance Initiative (ICGI).

Ludo Van der Heyden leads the INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative and oversees the research direction, governance programmes and progress.  From 2000-2009, Professor Van der Heyden directed INSEAD’s Advanced Management  Programme.  He was the first holder of the Wendel Chair in the Large Family Firm at INSEAD, which initiated INSEAD’s activities in family business and ultimately led to the creation of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise at INSEAD.

He was co-Dean of INSEAD from 1990-1995 and Director of the INSEAD Zentrum Leipzig. He holds an Engineering Degree in Applied Mathematics from the Université Catholique de Louvain and a Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences from Yale University. Ludo Van der Heyden is a member of the Supervisory Board of NesBic Buyout Fund and of the Advisory Board of Bencis Capital Partners. He is the Chairman of Celpax, and a Director of Calexium, both start-up companies.

Jérôme Wigny

Jérôme Wigny holds a "licence en droit belge" from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve. He became a member of the Luxembourg Bar in 1994 and worked as an assistant with Slaughter and May (London) in 1995. He became a partner of Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen in 2001. He specialises in the field of investment funds, in particular UCITS and alternative investment funds. He is Co-chairman of the Hedge Fund Working Group and a member of various other commissions of the Luxembourg Association of Investment Funds (ALFI). He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, in particular in relation to investment fund-related topics, and is an invited professor at Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Liège (Belgium).


Belgian citizen and Luxembourg resident, Patrick Zurstrassen has worked more than 25 years for "Credit Agricole Indosuez" Group in Belgium, France and Luxembourg. He currently acts as an independent director on the boards and board committees of several companies, listed or non-listed, mainly in the financial sector. His funds mandates belong to groups such as La Baloise, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Le Foyer, Jupiter, Lombard Odier, Natixis, Pioneer [UniCredit group] and European Credit Management [Wells Fargo group]. He participates to the works of several fund management and investment professional bodies, including ALFI, the Association of Luxembourg Fund Industry and FEFSI-EFAMA, the European Fund and Asset Management Association that he both chaired. He has been founding chairman of ILA, the Institute of Luxembourg Directors. He is Chairman of the board of directors of ecoDa, the European Confederation of Directors' Associations in Brussels. He sits on several advisory committees of the "Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier" in Luxembourg. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum. He is an affiliated member of the CFA Institute as well as a member of the Institut Français des Administrateurs, the International Corporate Governance Network, the European Corporate Governance Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors [USA]. Graduated as civil engineer [U. Liège, Belgium], MSc [U.Leeds, UK] and MBA [UCLA, USA], Patrick Zurstrassen has lectured finance at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium for 25 years. He is certified director of ILA from the INSEAD International Directors Program.