Experts & Advisors
Stephen Anton Komlosy
Former Senior Partner City & Westminster Corporate Finance LLP
Stephen Komlosy is a member of MENSA, and an Ambassador For Peace (Universal Peace Federation). He is co-founder/former Chairman and CEO of TomCo Energy PLC, which he floated on AIM in 2011. He has over 50 years’ experience in business as a proprietor and has been a director and founder of a number of Public Companies operating in the UK and the US, including AIM listed PSG Solutions Plc now Security Research Group Plc. Stephen was instrumental in the flotation of PremiSys Plc, the Laurie March Group Ltd and Avatar Systems Inc, which provides IT to oil companies and floated on NASDAQ, USA. During his career Stephen has been a director of a number of other publicly quoted companies, including co-founder of Laurence Parnes Organisation Ltd (LPO), Pavilion Leisure Plc and co-founder of Branon Plc, a supplier to North Sea Oil Companies and the Ministry of Defense and where he was the director in charge of the launch of Cavendish Petroleum Inc, an Ohio, US gas producer. Additionally, since 1964, Stephen has built up three private property companies, two of which have been amalgamated with public companies. He was Founder Member of the Patron’s (HRH Prince Michael of Kent) Enterprise Club for GENESIS INITIATIVE. Stephen also owned UK theatres through LPO with four of them in London and has sponsored and helped financed the building of five healthcare clinics and a school in three African countries, Nigeria, Cameroon and Lesotho through Support For Africa. He was presented with the Star Foundation Award for services to the community and was recently awarded "Senior Fellow and Fellow of The Entrepreneurial Circle of the Order of Saint Hadrian of Canterbury". He is married with six children, nine grand-children and one great grand child. http://www.komlosy.com/
HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia
Princess Katarina was born in London the daughter of HRH Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia and HRH Princess Margarita of Baden. Her father Prince Tomislav was the second son of the King Alexander I of Yugoslavia who married Maria, the daughter of King Ferdinand I of Romania. He was the younger brother of the last King of Yugoslavia, Peter II who was forced into exile from his country during the Second World War. Maria’s maternal grandfather was Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Princess Katarina’s mother, Princess Margarita was a niece of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and first cousin to HRH the Prince of Wales. She was the daughter of Berthold, Margrave of Baden and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, the sister of HRH Prince Phillip. Margarita's paternal grandmother was Princess Marie Louise of Hanover and Cumberland, a great great granddaughter of George III of the United Kingdom.
Her maternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg was the mother of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and whose grandmother was Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse, the second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Therefore, Katarina is related to the British Royal Family from both her father and her mother’s side of the family. Princess Katarina is The President of The Guild of Travel and Tourism, and is actively involved in supporting many charitable causes. Princess Katarina is a member of two Royal Dynastys. She is a member of the British Royal Family and The Serbian Royal Family. http://www.princessofyugoslavia.org/
Dr Patti Boulaye OBE
Visiting Teaching Fellow Middlesex University Business School Faculty of Professional & Social Sciences
Patti Boulaye (BIPADA Founder) has over 30 years experience as a public figure internationally and as a certified Etiquette Professional with personal detailed experience of international Royal and High level Protocol. A recognized international Public Speaker, she has spoken in both Houses of Parliament. She recently received the "British Community Honours Award" and was made the "Senior Fellow of the Order of Saint Hadrian of Canterbury" and received "Freedom of The City of London" in 2014. She was a Founder Member of the Patron’s (HRH Prince Michael of Kent) Enterprise Club for GENESIS INITIATIVE the facilitator organisation for the All Party Parliamentary Group for the promotion of Small & Medium Business, Promotion of Enterprise. Patti was on the Creative Committee of Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002 at Buckingham Palace. She was also a Patron of Women into Business. She is an "Ambassador for Peace" for the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Patron of the Eastside Educational Trust; Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP), and a Governor of British American Drama Academy (BADA) affiliated with Oxford and Yale Universities. Her detailed International Protocol experiences include working in Japan, Jordan as guest of HRH Prince Hassan, Spain, Germany, USA, Nigeria, and France. Patti organised and Produced high level Shows and concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall overseeing Logistics and People management. She was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art – for the promotion of Art and General Human Skills; President/founder of her own charity, Support for Africa – building a school with HRH Prince Harry's charity & Five Health Care Clinics in Africa. She has Management and Communication skills and is on the Advisory Board of the Iman Worldwide Foundation which promotes dialogue, challenging extremism and bringing about change. Patti is an award winning International Star, Singing for Royal families including HM The Queen, The Aga Khan, HRH Princess Margaret, HRH Prince Charles, HRH Princess Diana, Dukes and Duchesses. She had been invited to 10 Downing Street under Edward Heath, Sir John Major, Baroness Thatcher, Tony Bair and Gordon Brown. She grew up in a large family in Nigeria, lives in the UK and is married with two children and a grandson. www.pattiboulaye.com TTGOG
Harvey Thomas CBE
(PR Director for Margaret Thatcher during her years as Prime Minister)
Harvey Thomas is an International Public Relations and Presentation Consultant, specialising in Corporate and Personal Communications, Customer Relations and Event Management. He gives one-to-one Coaching and Training to CEOs and Senior Corporate Officers, Diplomats and Political Leaders, in many Countries. He is also widely known as a Conference Producer, Moderator and Keynote Speaker - and is a regular Broadcaster on BBC, SKY TV and other International Radio and Television Channels. Harvey was Press and Public Relations Director for Margaret Thatcher throughout her years as Prime Minister of the UK and has worked internationally with many other Business and Government Leaders on Communication Strategy, Media Relationships and Personal Presentation. Mr Thomas has spent more than 20 years organising and producing major International Conferences in all six continents. Harvey is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Chartered Institute of Journalists. He was given the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) Award by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990.
Sam M. Ikoku is a 1979 Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Lagos and 1981 graduate of Business Administration from the University of North London. His continuing education has included the Haggai Institute, Oxford Advanced Management Programme, and the Aspen Institute. With over 30 years of experience in the corporate world in Nigeria, he is the Chief Executive of PAYSTAR Limited, a transaction oriented Financial Services Marketing company. As a Motivational Speaker his work with organizations and audiences of all sizes covers Personal Development, Motivation, Sales, Flawless Execution, Operational Excellence, Effective Time Management, Building High-Impact Teams, and Empowered Leadership. In the early 90s he published paradigm-changing magazines like ENDEAVOUR and CORPORATE WOMAN that focused on inspiring and recognizing entrepreneurs, executives, and investors. He speaks on TV and at Seminars and Conference as well as at annual corporate events where his ability to inspire and motivate the workforce is soughtafter. He is an internationally renowned public speaker and currently motivates millions of Nigerians every Saturday on “OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE” and every Monday Morning on “FULLY CHARGED” both NTA Network programmes. Regularly sought after for his opinion on myriad issues by NTA Network News, and Current Affairs programmes, his published audiotapes and books are sold worldwide. Sam Ikoku also has interests in Telecommunications as Chief Executive of Proper Communications Limited, which operates a calling card in the United States and owns a broadband wireless network in Nigeria. He is married with six children and is presently domiciled in Nigeria. http://weeklyimpact.com.ng/
Sam M. Ikoku
CEO Nakachi Consulting Ltd
Dr Margaret Ebigwei-Ibru B.Sc (Hons) M.Sc M.Phil
(Laureat De La Faculte Des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et Biologiques) Paris.
Dr Margaret Ebigwei-Ibru studied at Federal School of Science Onikan Lagos, and thereafter graduated from University of Ife, Ibadan Branch after which she attended Universite De La Sorbonne Paris, Universite Renes Descartes De Paris, Universite De Paris-SUD Centre D’Etudes Phermaceutiqus De Chatenay Malabry France. Within seven years, Margaret had acquired B.Sc Pharmacy (Hons), a Diploma in French Language, M.Sc Pharmadynamics & Biological Essay of Drugs and Medicaments, M. Phil. Pharmacodynamics, a Doctorate degree in Pharmacokinetic (Cerebral Ischemia), she is a Laureat De La Faculte Des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et Biologiques, M.Sc in Dermo-Pharmacy, at Centre D’Etude Pharmaceutique Chatenay Malabry, France. An entrepreneur par excellence, a woman of honour, a former non executive director of Nigeria Bank of Commerce and Industry. She is a member of the board of trustees of the prestigious Association of Private Educators of Nigeria. She founded S.T.&T. Regency International Schools that accommodate children from 3 months to 18 years. She is the originator of both Issyma Pharmacy and Issyma Children Foundation which has educated hundreds of children and young people on scholarship, which she personally sponsors. She has three children and a grandson. http://www.sttregencyschools.com/
Chris Poole CBE
(Advisor on Royal and Diplomatic Protocol, Baroness Thatcher & Sir John Major's Governments)
Chris Poole was honoured with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by H.M. The Queen in 1997. Chris spent nearly 40 years as a professional organizer with the Conservative Party, starting as a constituency agent and rising to Secretary and Director of the whole Party organisation. This experience taught him not only how to plan and prepare every event in detail, also how to motivate and get the best out of people. Chris believes in attention to detail which can make or break diplomacy, and which will gain more response and respect from people. Chris says; “…the experiences you gain throughout your life, shapes and prepares you for what comes next.” His past and vast experience has been the perfect background for his role as a Toastmaster. He has worked closely with many people including ex-British Prime Ministers The Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher and The Rt Hon Sir John Major as the head of Royal and Diplomatic Protocol. Chris Poole has been a Trainer in Public Speaking and for a number of years he has lectured on “Planning and Organization” in Britain and abroad. He has organised many conferences for over 12,000 people and has addressed an audience of over 100,000 in Bulgaria.
Dr Doirean Wilson
(Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University)
Doirean is a qualified educator and HR Senior Lecturer employed in the department of `Leadership, Work and Organisations (LWO), at Middlesex University Business School London. She has a Doctorate in Professional Practice (D.Prof), a master’s degree in HRM (MA HRM), a postgraduate certificate in Management Studies (CMS), and a post cetificate in Further Education (Cert Ed FE). She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (FCIPD) and Fellow of the European SPES Institute. She led a masters degree workbased learning HRM programme and several other management development programmes for managers and professional practitioners employed across different service departments at LB of Islington council and in the `Children and Young Peoples` department at LB Borough of Barnet council. Doirean has successfully secured ESF and SME funding and is reputed to be the first BME woman in the UK to lead the university’s Executive MBA programme. She runs successful business consulting modules in the UK, Hong Kong and Dubai and a popular Equality Diversity & Inclusion module. Doirean is diversity advisor to Winmark's HR Directors Network. Winmark is an exclusive invitation only Network of corporate leaders of blue chip companies such as PwC, E&Y, Rolls Royce, Bank of England, BBC and Cable & Wireless. She has published works in her research areas of expertise, such as cultural diversity, cross-cultural teams, gender disparity and leadership and management. Her former roles include Journalism, TV Presenting and Projects management. Doirean is also an artist and former lyricist for Cougar Records. Doirean is also Editor in Chief for INCLUSIVITY IN PRACTICE www.inclusivityinpractice.com, the international definitive guide created for leaders and diversity professional practitioners’ operating in today’s globally diverse work environment. She has recently become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the `Academy of Management (AOM) `Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee` and she is also Editor-in Chief-for Inclusivity in Prac- tice.
The Lord Cotter (Baron Cotter) of Congresbury
Lord Brian Cotter is a politician in the United Kingdom as Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Weston-Super-Mare. He served in the Britist Army. He studied Business Studies in London, he ran his own manufacturing company, Plasticable Ltd in Alton, which is now run as a co-operative. In 1997, he was elected as the first Liberal Democrats Member of Parliament for Weston-Super-Mare. Throughout his time in Parliament he served as Small Business Spokesman for the Liberal Democrats. In April 2006, he was created a life peer to join the Liberal Democrat ranks in the House of Lords as Baron Cotter of Congresbury in the County of Somerset. Before the coalition government, he led the liberal democrats on Small Business issues and vocational education specifically apprenticeships. Lord Cotter is married with children.
Lindsey Parslow MD Mayfair Quarters
Lindsey came up with the idea for Mayfair Quarters (formerly Hedge Fund Net) whilst working in the London Mayfair-based offices of two large American Hedge Funds. Having project managed the set-up of these offices, she became aware of the huge divide between the discounts, rates and benefits available to large corporates and what is available to smaller organizations such as Hedge Funds. This seemed wrong to her! By bringing together the combined purchasing power of a small number of funds, Lindsey used her negotiating skills to achieve high-level corporate discounts with a range of international hotels including this hotel. The service was very well received in the industry and the idea quickly took off. Today, several hundred funds and small businesses in many other sectors also benefit from discounts that now extend to airlines, hotels, ground transport, private aviation, IT, telecoms, computers, stationery, printing, leisure and entertainment. And the service doesn’t end there. In addition, her business provides a unique opportunity for companies to outsource their procurement and also allow their employees, in most instances, to benefit from the discounts and savings for personal use. Rebranding the business as Mayfair Quarters, reflects the broader popularity of its growing client base, whilst retaining a nod to its geographical origins as discount champion of the Mayfair-based London Hedge Fund industry. Also, it is timed to coincide with the launch of a new New York based service, tailored for customers with a US presence. I have to say "Lindsey Parslow is one of the most inspiring women I have met. She has used a gentle, feminine strength to overcome and create an effective business empire. As if that is not tiring enough, she also has five children. She is kind and generous and she pays it forward.
Aret Kapetanovic LLB WSET SFA
(General Manager of Tom Howley)
Events Manager, Staff Training, Writer, Journalist & (Wine & Events Specialist) & Singer/songwriter
Aret helped to establish and was the Communications Director of Devonshire Club in the City of London. She was the Membership Director of The Club at Cafe Royal. She studied at Westminster University in London, graduating in International Trade Law and Corporate Law respectively. She owns an independent wine business, The VinBin. She is also a Good Food and Wine specialist. The VinBin stocks the wines of great exclusive wine producers who do not mass market their wine. They deal with over 500 different wines and spirits, Aret is well equipped to choose the perfect wine for any occasion. She was co-producer of Sun Dance The Show. Aret is an accomplished high profile event organisers and was a Miss World contestant, she has helped produce shows at the Royal Albert Hall, The Hackney Empire and other London venues. She organised gospel choirs for Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. She is an active supporter of UK and African charities. Aret is an accomplished song-writer writing for Will Young amonst others. She has acted in films and written film sound tracks. She also teaches Skakespeare to students and she is a featured journalist in various magazines and company websites. Aret was a British National Swimmer winning over 100 medals and 20 trophies. She was Junior British Backstroke Champion.
Sally Dunsmore (Advisor)
Co-Founder & CEO, The Woodstock and The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festivals
Sally Dunsmore is the Co-Founder/CEO of The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, which is staged every September in the historic town of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace. This is a festival of 50 events sponsored by The Independent newspapers. Sally is also Co-founder/Director and Chief Executive of The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival which has been staged every spring at Christ Church College, Oxford; with over 300 events, which involves some of Britain’s most eminent authors and notable international writers. Since 1994, Sally has been a director of Conference Oxford at The University of Oxford, which set up the Marketing Office for Conference Oxford, a consortium of the Colleges and Departments of Oxford University, to market and promote the conference and meeting/special events facilities of its members to national and international clients; building up the annual turnover from £8 million to £27 million. In 1995, Sally founded Oxford Events, which she set up to promote art events in Oxford. Before that, from 1985 to 1990 she was the Publicity Manager at Phaidon Press.
Richard is a famous Royal Specialist & Commentator & PR expert, Editor of ‘International Who Is Who’
Richard Fitzwilliams is a Royal commentator and film critic, and has given over 400 television interviews and numerous radio broadcasts. He is a British public relations consultant and specialises in promoting high end exhibitions at the Mall Galleries. He was Editor of The International Who’s Who and lectures on the UK Honours system and the British Who’s Who. As a publisher, he was Assistant Editor of 'Africa South of the Sahara' (Europa Pliblications), Editor of Europa's ‘International Who’s Who’. He is a regular contributor on Royal matters to CNN,BBC NEWS Channel, BBC Breakfast TV, LBC, CTV News, Sky News, and occasionally to Al-Jazeera, ITV News and BBC. He was the live commentator for CNN on several Royal weddings, funerals, state visits, and other major events.
Mandy El Balawi
(The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace)
Mandy is a specialist in the Medieval and Renaissance, South East Asia and English Histor. She works as an expert Tour Guide at Buckingham Palace's Queens Gallery and the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museums. Mandy has had a varied career and was trained at the world famous Royal Ballet School London after which she joined the Northern Ballet Company dancing major roles in Gt. Britain. She worked as an actress following her training at the Actors Studio in Los Angeles where she also taught Ballet and Deportment. Mandy is studying for a degree in Humanities and lives in London with her two children.