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Viscount Jock Encombe, Chair
Jock Encombe has been the Chairman of Mercy Corps Scotland (European Headquarters) since 2008 and a board member since 2006. He is an ex-officio member of the Mercy Corps US board. His work with Mercy Corps has taken him to Afghanistan, South Sudan, West Bank /Gaza and Indonesia. Jock is an independent leadership and organisational consultant and psychologist. He was formerly founder and Director of YSC Scotland and a Director of YSC Ltd — the UK’s premier firm of business psychologists. He has worked closely with many of the UK’s most successful organisations and leaders and has extensive international consulting experience, covering a range of industries including financial services, FMCG, fashion retail, utilities and life sciences. Before joining YSC in 1999 he was for 10 years an adult psychotherapist and supervisor, based at Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospitals in London. He has also worked in strategy consultancy, television production and magazine publishing. Jock has four children, lives in Edinburgh and enjoys reading, fishing and tennis.

Adrienne Airlie
Adrienne Airlie is Senior Partner in Martin Aitken & Co, an independent firm of Chartered Accountants in Glasgow. The firm has vast experience within the family business and SME market. Adrienne specializes in charities, having assisted OSCR and Scottish Government in the drafting of legislation for charities within Scotland. She is Scottish Convenor of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE), and a Member of the ICAS Charities Committee. She is a Board Member of the Scottish Family Business Association (SFBA) and an ICAS Council Member. Adrienne trained with Thornton Baker in Glasgow. On qualifying as a CA she moved to Deloitte's, working in West and Central Africa for nearly 3 years. Thereafter followed a period out-with accountancy when she managed her own catering and retail businesses. She returned to the profession in 1992 having sold these businesses. This experience has been of great value to her in her current role. Adrienne is married to Campbell and they have 4 children.

Nick Blazquez
Nick Blazquez is President of Diageo Africa and Managing Director since 2004. Previously he led Diageo’s businesses in Asia and held various other senior positions in the UK. He leads the Diageo Water of Life initiative that aims to bring clean and safe drinking water to 1 million people in Africa each year. Over the last three years this project has brought water to 3 million people, through direct intervention or through partnering with Water Aid, AMREF and others. Nick is Chairman of the Private Investors for Africa, a group of Chief Executives of multinational organisations with a presence in Africa. The PIA actively engages the Bretton Woods institutions and the European Commission, to support the economic and social development of Africa. Nick was educated at the University of Aberdeen and went on to lecture and research at Bristol University after receiving his Ph.D. He is married to Alison and has three children. He currently lives near London. He loves the outdoors and is a keen sailor.

Roberto Bocca
Roberto Bocca is Senior Director, Head of Energy Industries of the World Economic Forum since 2009. Previously he was a BP group leader in Downstream and Alternative Energy for 14 years. As Director of the Emerging Consumer Markets for BP Alternative Energy, between September 2004 and January 2009 Roberto led the development of the business that provides access to cleaner, safer and affordable energy solutions to a large number of emerging consumers across the developing world. Starting in India, Roberto and his team have pioneered innovative solutions (alternative energies), collaborative business models and products that enabled BP to serve the “emerging consumers” profitably and sustainably. The business has also developed its operations in Vietnam, China, Indonesia and South Africa. Before joining BP, Roberto worked in Italy for Telecom Italia and Finconsumo in Finance. Roberto is an Italian National. He graduated in 1993 from the Turin University of Business and Economics. He is a qualified ski instructor, runs marathons and enjoys playing the piano.

Michael Gregory
Michael Gregory was a career Naval Officer, mostly in submarines, and retired nine years ago as manager of the Royal Navy in Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland. During his service he had international experience in SE Asia, Australia, Hawaii, USA and NATO which culminated as Naval and Defence Attaché in the UK Embassy in Washington DC. He has since been CEO of two companies serving the engineering and energy sectors.

Paul Dudley Hart
As Mercy Corps’ Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships and Alliances, Paul Dudley Hart brings over 25 years of senior management experience and a highly successful track record in organisational leadership. As part of Mercy Corps’ senior management team, Paul focuses on funding diversification, strategic alliances and other new agency initiatives nationally and internationally. Paul has served as Mercy Corps’ Chief of Party in Iraq, and managed the merger of Mercy Corps with the Conflict Management Group of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Paul joined Mercy Corps after a successful private consulting practice for private sector and non-profit clients providing organisational development, social responsibility, and strategic planning services. Previous to this, he served as President of The Brown Schools (TBS) Education Services Group, the largest provider of education, therapeutic and family support services for children with extraordinary needs in the United States. He also served as CEO of Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, headquartered in Portland Oregon, with operations throughout the West Coast.

Neal L. Keny-Guyer
Neal Keny-Guyer is CEO of Mercy Corps and a social entrepreneur committed to creating a more just and peaceful world. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Religion from Duke University, an M.A. in Public and Private Management from Yale University, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Portland State University, Oregon. Keny-Guyer joined Mercy Corps in 1994 as Chief Executive Officer. Under his aegis, Mercy Corps has emerged as a leading international humanitarian and development organisation with ongoing operations in nearly 40 countries, 3,700 staff, and an annual operating budget of £185 million. He has forged new directions at Mercy Corps, most notably implementing global mergers and strategic alliances, placing human rights, civil society and social entrepreneurship at the forefront of Mercy Corps’ humanitarian mission, and building an organisational reputation for ground-breaking, innovative programming in the world’s toughest environments. Neal Keny-Guyer serves on the boards of Imagine Nations and the Nike Foundation Advisory Group. In addition, he is actively involved with the Yale School of Management (SOM). He serves on its Board of Advisors and is the Alumni Fellow to the Yale Corporation, and also serves on the Yale President’s Council on International Affairs Advisory Board. Neal Keny-Guyer lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Alissa, and their three children.

Malini Mehra
Malini Mehra is an award-winning civil society leader and non-profit founder who has played a prominent role in global social movements for 30 years. Crossing the line from activist to policymaker, adviser and entrepreneur, she has worked at the highest levels of government, multilateral agencies, business and NGOs worldwide. She now advises some of the world’s largest companies on leadership on climate change, sustainability and human rights.

Tom Murray, Company Secretary
Tom Murray is Chairman at Gillespie Macandrew LLP in Edinburgh. His special interests are charities & NGOs, trusts & tax. He is one of the few lawyers accredited as a specialist in Charity law by the Law Society of Scotland and serves on its Charity Law committee. He is also chairman of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh, which runs the Edinburgh Assay Office responsible for hallmarking precious metal and was formerly the Chairman of the British Hallmarking Council, the regulatory body responsible for advising the Government on hallmarking issues. As well as his involvement with Mercy Corps, Tom is one of the Scottish Government appointed trustees of the Scottish National War Memorial, the Protector of one of the BIG Lottery’s trusts and also a trustee on a number of other charities. He is also the Company Secretary for Mercy Corps.

Debu Purkayastha
Debu Purkayastha is Principal of New Business Development at Google. His mandate spans EMEA, India & other regions. Formerly Google's Principal of Corporate Development and a key member of the Google team behind the building in East London's Tech City, the first step in Google's commitment to supporting the UK/European start-up community. He sits on the Boards of Fon and Mobile Planet and the Advisory Board of Sadara Ventures. Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre's Corporate Development/M&A team in EMEA, and previously was a Telecoms/Media/Technology M&A Banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in Wall Street, Silicon Valley & London. He has an MBA from London Business School and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Debu spends a fair bit of his personal time working with leading NGOs and governmental institutions in several politically sensitive areas including Palestine, Iraq and Kashmir, focusing on economic development initiatives.