Our Board

ROBERT DEVEREUX

Executive Chairman of The Conduit board, Robert was one of the founding partners of The Virgin Group and served as Chair of the
entertainment division throughout the 80’s and early 90’s.

He subsequently Chaired Soho House, Frieze Events, The New Forest Company, Save The Rhino International and The Portobello Trust. He has been a board member of numerous organisations in the fields of art and education including CENTEC, NKCT, The South Bank Centre, The Tate’s African Acquisition Committee, Westside School and Holland Park School.

He is currently a trustee of Workplace Foundation, The ICA and The Cambridge Conservation Initiative and in 2011 he founded the African Arts Trust.

AMEE CHANDE

Amee is a consumer and technology executive who has held executive roles at blue chip companies such as Alibaba, Walmart and Staples. She was trained in strategy and began her career with McKinsey.

Today, she is a Senior Advisor at BCG, a Non-Executive Director of BBA plc, and on the digital advisory board of British Petroleum, alongside her volunteer work with the Kensington Chelsea Foundation and the World Association, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Amee is passionate about driving innovation and change within organisations, and brings a wealth of commercial and international experience relevant to her Non-Executive Director role at The Conduit.

AMEE CHANDE

Amee is a consumer and technology executive who has held executive roles at blue chip companies such as Alibaba, Walmart and Staples. She was trained in strategy and began her career with McKinsey.

Today, she is a Senior Advisor at BCG, a Non-Executive Director of BBA plc, and on the digital advisory board of British Petroleum, alongside her volunteer work with the Kensington Chelsea Foundation and the World Association, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Amee is passionate about driving innovation and change within organisations, and brings a wealth of commercial and international experience relevant to her Non-Executive Director role at The Conduit.

ROWAN FINNEGAN

Co-Founder of The Conduit, Rowan oversees the building and business development. A founder of Regenerative Investment, a US-based sustainability-focused impact fund, Rowan was an early adopter of mission related and impact investing. His focus in both investment and philanthropy includes purpose driven companies and cradle to cradle initiatives spanning sustainable energy, infrastructure and food systems, alongside gender lens
investment, the arts, and community building. Rowan led the development of a family office, working on multi-generational family businesses, philanthropy, and investment practices.

Rowan received Le Grande Diplôme in cuisine and pâtisserie from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, working at Le Bristol when it earned its third Michelin star. He later returned to education to broaden his understanding of sustainability and studied Economics and Sustainable Development at Columbia University in NYC with a focus on poverty and inequality in high income countries.

NICHOLAS HAMILTON

Co-Founder of The Conduit, Chair of finance committee and fundraising, Nick is a managing partner of Laurasia Capital Management, a Singapore-based investment firm focused on investments in real estate, infrastructure and special situations which have a social impact.

Previously, Nick was the Asia Pacific CEO of Standard Bank Group and prior to that held the same position at UniCredit Bank. Nick was also a founding partner of CapAsia the largest infrastructure fund in SE Asia.

After 25 years in investment banking and asset management focused mainly in Asia and Africa, he began to focus more on for-profit investments that had positive social outcomes, such as the Latitude Hotels group in east sub Saharan Africa which has a focus on providing first class hospitality, high quality local employment, and women’s empowerment.

NICHOLAS HAMILTON

Co-Founder of The Conduit, Chair of finance committee and fundraising, Nick is a managing partner of Laurasia Capital Management, a Singapore-based investment firm focused on investments in real estate, infrastructure and special situations which have a social impact.

Previously, Nick was the Asia Pacific CEO of Standard Bank Group and prior to that held the same position at UniCredit Bank. Nick was also a founding partner of CapAsia the largest infrastructure fund in SE Asia.

After 25 years in investment banking and asset management focused mainly in Asia and Africa, he began to focus more on for-profit investments that had positive social outcomes, such as the Latitude Hotels group in east sub Saharan Africa which has a focus on providing first class hospitality, high quality local employment, and women’s empowerment.

MARTIN JOHANSSON

Martin is a London based Swedish investment professional. As a Director of Jamma International, a UK registered family charity primarily involved with philanthropic and investment impact activities throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, he holds an Investor Representative and Non-Executive Director role on The Conduit board.

Martin has worked within investment banking and private equity since 2007. He began his career at Golub Capital in New York, and most recently worked within mergers & acquisitions at Lazard before moving to AGC Equity Partners where he served as a Vice President within the private equity investment team. In his current position, which he has held since 2016, Martin co-manages investments at Greenpoint Capital.

Martin has a master’s degree from the Stockholm School of Economics where he focused on development economics and the impact of institutions on economic growth.

EREM KASSIM LAKHA

Erem is a Non-Executive Director on the board of The Conduit. A global Managing Director with over 20 years of international
experience in hands-on business growth, private equity and corporate strategy, she currently works as the Global Head of Client & Object Intelligence at Christie’s and previously as Global Managing Director of Impressionist & Modern Art.

Erem focuses on operationalizing strategic change and turning around companies by delivering tangible commercial impact, inspiring teams and influencing CEO’s.

Her background in strategy from Bain & Company, in private equity from Montagu Private Equity and Spirit Group/TPG/Blackstone, expertise in raising funds, global connections and passion for equal opportunities, immigration and inspiring youth culture makes her an invaluable asset to our board.

EREM KASSIM LAKHA

Erem is a Non-Executive Director on the board of The Conduit. A global Managing Director with over 20 years of international
experience in hands-on business growth, private equity and corporate strategy, she currently works as the Global Head of Client & Object Intelligence at Christie’s and previously as Global Managing Director of Impressionist & Modern Art.

Erem focuses on operationalizing strategic change and turning around companies by delivering tangible commercial impact, inspiring teams and influencing CEO’s.

Her background in strategy from Bain & Company, in private equity from Montagu Private Equity and Spirit Group/TPG/Blackstone, expertise in raising funds, global connections and passion for equal opportunities, immigration and inspiring youth culture makes her an invaluable asset to our board.

RAHUL MUNJAL

Rahul is an Investor Representative and Non-Executive Director for The Conduit board. He is the third-generation scion of one of India’s leading industrial houses, Hero Group, the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the world. Rahul’s avant-garde entrepreneurial spirit combined with his passion for environment has led him to establish Hero Future Energies (HFE) in 2012, of which he is the chairman and managing director. HFE is a wind and solar energy integrated power producer (IPP) and is one of the biggest success stories in renewable energy in India. With offices in London and Singapore, HFE is on its way to expanding globally and becoming an MNC.

Rahul is presently Co-chair of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII’s) National Council on solar energy. He also actively invests in hospitality, new economy, technology start-ups and clean tech. Rahul is an active trustee on Raman Kant Munjal foundation which is working for causes of women empowerment, education and rural upliftment and is a founder circle member at the British Asian trust.

MARK SAINSBURY

Co-founder of the award-winning Zetter Group of hotels, restaurants and cocktail lounges, Mark Sainsbury has spent 25 years working in hospitality; setting up Moro restaurant, Bistro Bruno Loubet and Grain Store amongst other restaurants, bars and hotels.

Mark co-founded the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), a not-for-profit membership organisation advising and accrediting food businesses towards greater sustainability. He is Trustee for the Ashden Awards for sustainable energy, the Climate Change Collaboration and both the Linbury and Mark Leonard Charitable Trusts.

Mark is a valued member of The Conduit board as a non-Executive Director, Investor Representative and Industry Expert.

MARK SAINSBURY

Co-founder of the award-winning Zetter Group of hotels, restaurants and cocktail lounges, Mark Sainsbury has spent 25 years working in hospitality; setting up Moro restaurant, Bistro Bruno Loubet and Grain Store amongst other restaurants, bars and hotels.

Mark co-founded the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), a not-for-profit membership organisation advising and accrediting food businesses towards greater sustainability. He is Trustee for the Ashden Awards for sustainable energy, the Climate Change Collaboration and both the Linbury and Mark Leonard Charitable Trusts.

Mark is a valued member of The Conduit board as a non-Executive Director, Investor Representative and Industry Expert.

ALKESH TANDON

Alkesh Tandon is the Founder and Executive Director of DoIT Smart Hospitality that has been conceptualised with the objective of redefining the hospitality industry globally by creating ‘new-age’ concepts starting with The A. Spread over 40,000 sq ft. in midtown Mumbai, The A is India’s first private members’ club designed to foster collaboration amongst today’s dynamic leaders and influencers through its vibrant social spaces.

Alkesh has over 12 years of experience in real estate, interior design and hospitality across leading gateway cities including London, Dubai and Mumbai.

As part of the international expansion of DoIT Smart Hospitality, he recently led the strategic investment in The Conduit where he will work with the team on business development and overall international expansion of The Conduit brand. Alkesh has joined the board of the Conduit HoldCo as the Founding Investor and also represents DoIT on the board of the Conduit London as a Non-Executive Director.

EKO ZHENG YIN

Eko is a Non-Executive Director and Investor Representative on the board of The Conduit.

She is a partner at Generation Investment Management, and a trustee of Generation Foundation. Generation Investment, established in 2004, is a global pioneer and leader for sustainability investing.

Eko started her investment career at Morgan Stanley in equity research based out of Hong Kong, and subsequently with Capital Group, a leading US investment management firm.

EKO ZHENG YIN

Eko is a Non-Executive Director and Investor Representative on the board of The Conduit.

She is a partner at Generation Investment Management, and a trustee of Generation Foundation. Generation Investment, established in 2004, is a global pioneer and leader for sustainability investing.

Eko started her investment career at Morgan Stanley in equity research based out of Hong Kong, and subsequently with Capital Group, a leading US investment management firm.

LOLA YOUNG (O.B.E)

Lola is a Non-Executive Director on The Conduit board. After an extensive acting career, Lola went on to become professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, a writer, broadcaster and cultural critic. Lola subsequently became Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority before being appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2004. She founded and Co-Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights and has previously served on several Select Committees, most recently on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

As Chair of the Young Review: Improving Outcomes for Young Black and/or Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System, and Agenda: the Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk, she has addressed racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system and the vulnerability of traumatised women and girls respectively. Lola is currently working on legislation to eliminate modern forms of slavery in supply chains, with a focus on fashion, sport and public bodies. Baroness Young holds several honorary doctorates and has been made Honorary Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham University. She has sat on the Boards of several national cultural organisations including the Royal National Theatre, the Southbank Theatre and Historic England. Lola was Chair of the 2017 Man Booker Prize, and has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London, a major cultural and educational project in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

PAUL VAN ZYL

Co-Founder of The Conduit and Chief Creative Officer, Paul is a winner of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social
Entrepreneurship and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

He served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international human rights organisation based in New York City.

Paul is also co-founder of Maiyet, a modern, ethical luxury fashion brand that celebrates and cultivates traditional design and culture by partnering with global artisans.

PAUL VAN ZYL

Co-Founder of The Conduit and Chief Creative Officer, Paul is a winner of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social
Entrepreneurship and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

He served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international human rights organisation based in New York City.

Paul is also co-founder of Maiyet, a modern, ethical luxury fashion brand that celebrates and cultivates traditional design and culture by partnering with global artisans.