Ramin Khadem, formerly chief financial officer and executive board member of Inmarsat, Ltd., has served on for-profit and charitable company boards and consults and lectures on business and financial topics.
At Inmarsat, he was involved in a range of commercial matters including maintaining relationships with shareholders and acting as liaison with key signatories including the United States, China, Russia, and India on interface and access to the global satellite system and on major procurement issues. As chief financial officer, he was instrumental in the privatization of Inmarsat in 1999 from an international organization, leading to its listing as a public company and the subsequent restructuring and sale of the company to private equity firms Apax Partners and Permira in 2003. During his 25 years at Inmarsat, he played an active role in all major commercial, procurement, and financial decisions leading to the listing of the company on the London Stock Exchange.
From 2007 to 2015, he acted as an independent non-executive director of the publicly-listed company SOHO China Ltd and as Chairman of its Audit Committee. SOHO China is the premier developer of office buildings in Beijing and Shanghai and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
From 2003 through 2011, he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France, where he continues to serve as a board member. He played a key role in taking the ISU program to China in 2007 and its successful implementation in close coordination with governmental, commercial, and educational entities in China. Since 2007, he has occasionally taught second year MBA classes on “Valuation and Value Creation in Business” at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Fudan University in Shanghai.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and subsequently obtained his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics from McGill University in Canada. He also received specialized training in econometrics at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as at MIT and the Executive Management Forum at Harvard Business School.
Chairman of Oxford Metrica, a strategic advisory firm. He previously served two terms as Dean of Templeton College, Oxford, where he worked closely with Sir John Templeton for more than 10 years and was responsible for the college’s overall strategy and direction. Prior to taking up his post at Oxford, Dr. Knight was Vize-director at the Schweizerische Nationalbank (SNB), the Swiss Central Bank, where his role included providing policy advice on international financial matters. He retains significant links with central banks around the world. He joined the SNB from a chair in the International Management Institute (now IMD) of the University of Geneva. In 2000, with the support and encouragement of Sir John, Dr. Knight ventured into the entrepreneurial world with the launch of Oxford Metrica, which now has clients on every continent and has established a leadership position in corporate reputation and in international listings advice. Dr. Knight previously served as a member of the John Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors. He has published extensively in finance and business policy.
Heinrich Liechtenstein specializes in entrepreneurial finance and the management of family (business) and lectures in the M.B.A. and Executive Programs. He holds a Ph.D. in managerial science and applied economics from The Economics School of Vienna, Austria, an M.B.A. from the IESE Business School, and a B.Sc. in business economics from the University of Graz. He is co-author on several publications on private equity; his ongoing research in this field focuses on operational value creation in private equity. He is leading several research studies on global families by researching and sharing best practices of globally influential family enterprises. As a consultant, he collaborated with leading families and financial institutions and serves on several family boards. Prior to his academic career, he was engaged in Liechtenstein Global Trust (LGT). He also advised families within the Boston Consulting Group and established and sold two successful businesses.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a master’s degree in fine arts and a bachelor’s degree in history. She obtained her teaching certification through Catawba College and taught both history and English in Salisbury, North Carolina as well as Guilford Technical College. For 10 years, Ms. Lloyd ran her own florist and decorative accessories store in Salisbury, North Carolina. She has three children and four grandchildren and has been an active volunteer in her local community.
Born in Winchester, Tennessee, Ms. Lloyd is the granddaughter of Vella Handly Templeton, Sir John Templeton’s mother, and a Member of the John Templeton Foundation. She currently serves as a member of the Foundation’s Strategic Planning Sub-Committee, chairing the International Grants Working Group, and has served on the Member Committee since its inception.
Co-founder and executive director of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, an international educational and public policy organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Mauren graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a degree in economics and international relations. In his role as executive director of the Acton Institute, Mr. Mauren has traveled the world, lecturing and consulting in dozens of countries. He is widely recognized as a leader in nonprofit management, and consults regularly on best practices in management, measurement, and fundraising in the not for profit sector and serves on numerous boards, including the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Donors Capital Fund, the Excel Charter Academy School, and Grand River Preparatory Academy. Mr. Mauren is also active in a number of community organizations, including CEO Roundtable, The Economics Club of Grand Rapids, The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, and St. Thomas the Apostle Church. He is an Honorary Member of the Foundation as the executive director of the Acton Institute.
Dr. McLeish did a first degree in physics and a Ph.D. (1987) in polymer physics at Cambridge University. A lectureship at Sheffield University in complex fluid physics was followed by chairs at Leeds University from 1993 and at Durham University from 2008. He has since won several awards both in Europe (Weissenberg Medal) and the USA (Bingham Medal) for his work on molecular rheology of polymers, and ran a large collaborative and multidisciplinary research program in this field from 1999-2009 co-funded by EPSRC and industry. Dr. McLeish has published over 180 scientific papers and reviews, and is in addition regularly involved in science-communication with the public, including lectures, broadcasting and workshops on science and faith. In 2014, OUP published his book, Faith and Wisdom in Science, where he explores historical, sociological, and theological approaches that contribute to a long cultural narrative for science. Dr. McLeish has been a Reader in the Anglican Church since 1993, in the dioceses of Ripon and York. From 2008-2014 he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham University. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He served as Vice-President of Science and Innovation in the Institute of Physics 2012-2015, and is currently chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee.
Mary Ann Meyers served for more than a decade as Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught the history of religion in America. Dr. Meyers had previously taught at Haverford College, and she subsequently served as President of The Annenberg Foundation.
A magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Dr. Meyers earned a Ph.D. in American civilization at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Art, Education, and African-American Culture: Albert Barnes and the Science of Philanthropy (2004) and A New World Jerusalem: The Swedenborgian Experience in Community Construction (1983), and the co-author of Religion in American Life (1987), Coping With Serious Illness (1977), and Death in America (1975).
A graduate of Whitworth University and the University of Iowa, and a Hope College (Michigan) Professor of Psychology. As a communicator of psychological science, Dr. Myers has authored seventeen books, including textbooks for introductory and social psychology, and articles in four dozen magazines. His scientific writings have appeared in three dozen academic periodicals, including Science, the American Scientist, and Psychological Science. His research and writings have been recognized by the Gordon Allport Prize, by an “honored scientist” award from the Federation of Associations in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences, by the Award for Distinguished Service on Behalf of Personality-Social Psychology, and by three honorary doctorates. In recognition of his efforts to transform the way America provides listening assistance for people with hearing loss, he has received awards from the American Academy of Audiology, the Hearing Loss Association of America, and the hearing industry. Dr. Myers serves on the Board of Whitworth University is a Trustee of the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the Templeton Foundation, Inc.
Elected member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the Royal Society. Dr. Priest has served as vice president of the United Kingdom’s Royal Astronomical Society and president of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Solar Activity. He was awarded the James Arthur Prize (Harvard), the Hale Prize (American Astronomical Society), the Rosseland Lectureship (Oslo University), the Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and the Payne-Gaposchkin medal and prize of the United Kingdom’s Institute of Physics. He has served on numerous national and international committees in astronomy, solar physics, and applied mathematics, and currently serves on the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Doctrine Committee and the Scottish Presbyterian Church’s Society, Religion, and Technology Committee.
Dr. Priest studied mathematics at Nottingham University and received his doctorate from Leeds University. His research includes constructing mathematical models for the subtle and complex ways in which magnetic fields interact with plasmas in the atmosphere of the sun and in more exotic cosmic objects. He occasionally speaks on science and creativity, examining the relationships, tensions, and interactions between science and religion. Dr. Priest is the author of over 450 peer-reviewed research publications and has written or edited 18 books, including Solar Magnetohydrodynamics (1982) and Magnetic Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications (with T.G. Forbes, 2000).
A graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in English literature and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in social work with a concentration on international social welfare policy. After working for several years as a social work therapist, school social worker, and program officer for after-school programs, Ms. Simpson returned to school for a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in environmental studies with a certificate in land preservation while working as an environmental education instructor. She currently helps to run two businesses with her husband Scott, Shadow Ridge Farm and Forge Hill Farm and Nursery. The latter is a new enterprise that has the dual mission to serve the community by providing local, fresh food as a CSA with an attached vocational program for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. Ms. Simpson is a current Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation and the Templeton World Charity Foundation and a Steering Committee member of the Templeton Religion Trust. Ms. Simpson is grateful to also serve on a number of other related Templeton organization committees, including as co-chair of the Member Committee. She also volunteers in the Force of Nature program with Natural Lands Trust and is on the board of a Philadelphia youth development non-profit, Artwell. Ms. Simpson is an Honorary Member of the John Templeton Foundation.
A graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor of science degree and Sewanee: The University of the South with an M.A.T. in Mathematics. Ms. Templeton also passed her examinations to become a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Templeton was a successful entrepreneur and business owner, and upon retiring from the private sector became a middle school teacher. In 1987, Ms. Templeton formalized and continues to manage the first Laws of Life Essay Contest for elementary and high school students in Franklin County, TN. Since then, the model she developed has been replicated in numerous Laws of Life Essay Contests administered locally across the world. Ms. Templeton’s passion for animal rescues and character development in children has led to the development of programs through the Animal Harbor, an animal shelter based in Winchester, TN, that seek to combine the interaction of children with animals as a means to teach character development in young people. Ms. Templeton currently serves on the Audit Committees for the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton World Charity Foundation and is a Member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. Ms. Templeton has served as an officer of Unity I, LLC since inception and in this capacity assists with the management of the Templeton Library located in Sewanee, TN.
President of the Zimmerman Family Foundation, President of Z-Financial and Management, President of Z-Classics, a collector car company, and President of Z-Farm with land holdings in Wyoming and Kansas. Dr. Zimmerman is a retired professor of physiology and microbiology and author of several articles on the physiology of hibernation. He served for 14 years in the Wyoming State Legislature, and is active in the securities business. He also served as Wyoming Employee Resource Capital & Service (WERCS), Chairman and CEO from 1990 to 2009. He is a Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Foundation, Inc., and serves on the Executive Committees for each, respectively. He is also an Honorary Member of the John Templeton Foundation and the chair of its Finance Committee.