Our board of trustees has a global footprint in order to ensure a diversity of approach and allow PROWIBO to reach a wider audience. The trustees empower PROWIBO and help the management to run the charity effectively for the good of everyone. The trustees provide oversight and governance ensuring that PROWIBO can achieve our aims and objectives and remain compliant with relevant statutes.
Tessy de Nassau
Tessy holds an MSc in International Studies and Diplomacy. She is a Social Entrepreneur, Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Activist, and Mother. Her commitments to education can be seen in her Foundation: Professors Without Borders, with a goal to bring top-level educators and global experts to the doorsteps of students worldwide.
Tessy further actively promotes a number of issues, including global health and women’s rights. She is an ambassador for UNAIDS (Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls) and is the patron to UNA-UK. In the past, she spent five years in the Luxembourg military, during which she was deployed in Kosovo as a peacekeeper and the only woman of her draft. Moreover, she is a founder and partner of the Global consultancy ‘Finding Butterflies’. Some of her clients’ projects include the new global partnership with the Montessori St. Nicholas Group in the UK and Vodaphone global.
Tessy is also the newly appointed associate at LSEideas at the London School of Economics. Tessy is passionate about pushing her different agendas to benefit the Sustainable Development Goals and has committed her time and energy to further the work of organizations that she believes in. She has received the Woman of the Decade award from the Women Economic Forum in January 2017, the Humanities medal for spreading humanistic ideas worldwide, and the Global Empowerment Award for her work in Africa.
Richard Adams is an artist, technologist, educator and thinker. For the last decade, he has been a consultant enterprise digital architect and manager in digital transformation at companies such the BBC, BSkyB, Aviva Plc, Proximus (Brussels), Microsoft Studios (Xbox), and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Currently, he is the Principal Digital Architect (in Transformation) for the London North Eastern Railway. In his tech roles, he was part of a team pioneering interactive TV in the ’90s, became senior manager in digital agencies across entertainment, games, and marketing.
In education he was a school head of department, and founded a university digital arts department; directly creating four degree programmes. He has taught at the London College of Fashion and Birkbeck College London. Adams held a visiting professorship at the University of Salford and is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Lincoln. He also worked with Marc Lewis to get the School of Communication Arts off the ground, the UK’s most successful new advertising school. Richard is a member of the Society of Authors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a BAFTA member.
Lorna Mae Johnson
Honourable Lorna Mae Johnson (MS in Nursing/Midwifery and Finance) is a native of Jamaica and resides in Beverly Hills California. She is Honorary consul for Jamaica in Los Angeles and the Founder and CFO of the Advanced Family Care Medical Group Inc. A serial entrepreneur and a blockchain enthusiast, Lorna leads Veritaseum’s team in political affairs, philanthropy, business development.
Lorna is also the founder of Compassion for Teen Life, a non-profit organization for women and girls, and an Essayist for the UN Foundation Women and Girls. Lorna currently sponsors twenty girls for their high school education in Malawi. Johnson was recently acknowledged by Investing in Women as one of seven wonder women of the world. To add to her impressive credentials Lorna, was also an appointee of President Obama to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and his National Health Care committee. Lorna really is a force to reckon with as she is also a former international track-and-field athlete who qualified for the Olympics in the 100m dash.
Gabriel Ng is passionate about understanding and increasing the social impact of organisations. He currently is a Social Impact Manager at Big Society Capital, the UK’s impact investing wholesaler. At BSC, he is responsible for impact measurement and management, as well as both investment analysis and ongoing portfolio management. Gabriel moved from Hong Kong to the UK to study law at the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall). After graduating, he practised as a solicitor, working in London and New York for Shearman & Sterling for five years specialising in UK and cross-border corporate tax. His previous clients include Anglo American, Citi, Liberty Global, and Intercontinental Exchange.
In 2016, he decided he wanted a career with social impact at its core, and so began a dual MBA/MPA at New York University. Over the course of the three-year degree, he completed fellowships at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and in Microsoft’s human rights team, as well as consulting projects for Concern Worldwide US and the UN World Food Programme in Malawi. He has also assisted on and published several research papers with the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Finally, he oversaw the inaugural investment of the NYU Impact Investing Fund into Sapient, a Philly-based start-up that reduces greenhouse gas emissions through energy use management.
Dr Joe Giordano MRICS.MCIPR is an entrepreneur who has spent the last 15 years supporting a number of charities through his philanthropic endeavours. His entrepreneurial reach includes property development, investment, branding/marketing, website design, construction, music, real estate advisory and funding. He is currently Chairman and Trustee of SAVSIM, an ambassador of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Santa Maria Foundation in Columbia, helping vulnerable girls through education and music by building schools and orphanages.
Joe also mentors and supports a number of high-level military personnel and the explorer Rosie Stancer. Through this work he has helped establish and support The Girlness Project, a mental health initiative in South West London. Joe sits on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s construction board and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He is a past Director of Torquay United Football Club and in 2011 he accepted the Freedom of the City of London.
Rachel specialises in short-term, intensive programmes focused on communications, essential business and academic skills, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Her belief is that education must be exciting and relevant, and this principle is the bedrock of her curriculum design and facilitation style. Rachel has worked with a variety of institutions and private and corporate clients in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. She obtained a BA with High Distinction in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and an MSc in International Management at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
She spent fifteen years in business, gaining valuable experience in the finance, energy, and non-profit sectors, most notably with Goldman Sachs and the UNHCR, before returning to education. In addition, she has an extensive track record of volunteer work in the UK, Africa, and, most recently, with ProWiBo in India in 2018 and in Thailand in 2019.
Frank K. Floessel got his Master’s Degree in electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and is an alumnus of the Entrepreneurial Master Programm at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At ETH Zurich he co-founded during his study time his first venture ETH Juniors, a student-run Junior Enterprise. After graduating he started his next company, an innovative swiss based recruiting company which he exited in 2015. Since then he has been an active investor and entrepreneur in the field of innovative technologies with a focus on Fintech and Crypto.
Piers Hedley has a background in corporate finance and has been working since 1987 as a consultant for International Ultra High Net-Worth families. He has a very successful track-record offering strategic advice to entrepreneur-owners and has assisted them through large-capital markets transactions. Mr. Hedley also acts as a non-executive ‘chairman’ for a number of private companies owned by clients. In addition, he provides pro-bono services to a range of charitable organizations, including his family’s charitable activities.