Sir Tony Baldry is a UK citizen and the former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office overseeing the West Indies, South Asia, Africa and North America on behalf of the UK government. He was knighted in 2012 and appointed to the HM Privy Council in 2014, and became a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in January 2015. Sir Tony was a member of the UK House of Commons for 32 years and was a Minister for 8 years. He held several Ministerial posts, including Minister of State Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of Energy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of the Environment, and a Minister in the UK Foreign Office. During his Ministerial career, he led several UK Trade Missions across the world. Sir Tony is also the head of a commercial set of Barristers’ Chambers in London, including serving as an Honorary member of the 48 Group for his work with China. He was awarded the Robert Schumann Silver Medal for contributions to European Politics. Following his retirement from the Parliament in 2015, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Sir Tony was “the finest example of an MP” and that his “wise counsel” would be missed. Sir Tony has a Master of Arts Degree in International Development and a Bachelor of Law Degree, both from the University of Sussex. He was a visiting Parliamentary Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford 1998-1999 and continues to be a guest member of the College.
Mr. Vinay Ganga is a UK citizen and a seasoned corporate and finance lawyer with dual qualifications as a barrister and a solicitor based in the U.K. He is currently the partner heading global business and finance at the London office of Zhong Lun Law Firm, a large China-based law firm with 2,000 lawyers worldwide. Mr. Ganga has more than 25 years of experience in active law practice, investment banking and private equity. He started his legal career at major law firms of Mayer Brown and Jones Day. Mr. Ganga later went on to serve as a partner at premier international firms like Cadwalader, ReedSmith and Stephenson Harwood. Mr. Ganga has represented major multi-national corporations, financial institutions and investment funds on a wide array of transactions across the world. He has extensive government, institutional, and investor relations spanning five continents. Mr. Ganga was a Felix Scholar of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at the University of Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law.
Mr. Prabhakar Kaza is a U.K. citizen and the former CEO of the London branch of the State Bank of India, India’s largest bank and a Fortune Global 500 company with US$500 billion in assets. Mr. Kaza’s banking experience spans more than forty years as a senior commercial banking executive. Mr. Kaza was also HSBC Bank’s senior Relationship Director based in London. Mr. Kaza holds a mater’s degree in Physics from Osmania University in India and a second master’s degree in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in India. He also has a diploma in Systems Management and a CAIIB professional certificate for bankers in India. He is the former President of UK Telugu Association (2010-12) and has been the President of Indian Forum on British Media since 2015. He was awarded Lord Aldington Banking Research Fellow in 1986.
Ms. Sharon Brantley is the Honorable First Lady of the nation of Nevis, St. Kitts & Nevis. She is also the founder and manager of 17˚North Realtors, a leading real estate development and marketing firm headquartered in Nevis. Ms. Brantley is the former manager of First Fidelity Trust Ltd, an investment and trust services company serving an international clientele. Prior to that, she was a Trust Officer at Nevis Trust Limited which engaged in trust and company formation services. While living in the United Kingdom, Ms. Brantley was a Development Officer for the University of Oxford. Ms. Brantley holds an MBA from the University of Miami.
Mr. Charles Shearer, CFA, CIPM is a U.S. citizen and an accomplished professional investment manager with 30 years of global portfolio experience successfully advising a global clientele while leading several powerful investment teams. Mr. Shearer is the Bank’s Chief Investment Officer in charge of managing the Bank’s entire investment portfolios. Under his leadership, Mr. Shearer and his team’s conservative, values-based investing approach has maintained a stellar record of investment gains. Mr. Shearer speaks several languages. He graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He also holds an MBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Shearer is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) issued by the CFA Institute