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Sir Ronald Cohen

Chair, Advisory Board

Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Portland Trust and Chair of the Bridges Ventures Advisory Board. He is also a director of Social Finance UK and Social Finance USA. He chaired the Social Investment Taskforce (2000 – 2010) and Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007) and is currently advising the UK Government on the establishment of The Big Society Bank.

He was a co-founder and chairman of Apax Partners. Founded in 1972, Apax Partners is now one of the world’s leading private equity investment groups.

He was a founder director and chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association. He was also a founder and former Vice-Chairman of EASDAQ and former director of NASDAQ Europe.

He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union and is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Board of Dean’s Advisers at Harvard Business School, a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University and a member of the University of Oxford Investment Committee. He is also a Trustee of the British Museum.

In 2007, Sir Ronald published: “The Second Bounce of the Ball – Turning Risk into Opportunity”.