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  • Hani Farsi

    Hani Farsi was born in Saudi Arabia and moved to the United States when he was 15 to attend South Kent School in Connecticut. After graduating he went onto study for his Bachelor and Master’s degree in International Studies at The American University in Washington DC. He moved to London in 1993 where he started the office of the Farsi family, organising the investments and holdings of the family and acting as a platform to explore further opportunities. During the mid 1990’s he created a hospitality company that grew to include various well known London restaurants including Cecconi’s and the internationally known Soho House chain of members’ clubs.

    The Arts have always been a passion of Hani Farsi which has led to his involvement in the areas of theatre and motion pictures. Between 1993 and 2000, he dedicated himself to the Donmar Warehouse Theatre Company in London by becoming a member of its Board of Trustees, under the direction of Sam Mendes, who created such noted productions as The Blue Room starring Nicole Kidman.

    In 2007 he established Corniche Group which is active in IT, Media and Film, Energy and Mineral Resources. In the summer of 2008, Corniche took a significant stake in Le Pacte, a French distribution company. Hani is Executive Producer on Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains, which was in the Official Selection at The Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and was very well received.  His next film will be The Reluctant Fundamentalist by acclaimed director Mira Nair.

  • Josh Hanfling

    Josh was raised in Washington DC. He attended South Kent School in Connecticut and Babson College outside of Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Entrepreneurial Studies. He moved to Denver, Colorado in 1993 where he founded a number of businesses, ran for public office and served on numerous charitable boards. He was the CEO of the MSFF from its inception until April 2013 and now serves as a trustee. After spending 2012 in London to focus on the MSFF and expand its presence there, he moved back to Denver where he started Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs.

    Hanfling founded his first business, a wood recycling company, while in college and has built or revitalized a number of companies since that time. He maintains a hands-on philosophy of community involvement and is active in Denver with a number of not for profits, political organizations and committees such as The Denver Health Foundation, The Denver Justice Council and the Friends of the Denver Fire Department. Previously he has served on The Denver Hospice, National Jewish Health, The American Transplant Foundation, We Don’t Waste, Bard Center for Entrepreneurship and Crimestoppers boards. Hanfling’s work in the community led him to be voted as one of the “40 under 40” in the Denver Business Journal and as one of Denver’s "50 Movers & Shakers” by the Colorado Statesman. He was named one of Denver’s Top Philanthropists by Colorado Company Magazine and a Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce "Champion". He was appointed the Honorary Consul in Colorado to the Kingdom of Morocco in 2010.

  • David Puttnam

    David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscar's, 25 Bafta's and the Palme D'Or at Cannes. From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006.

    He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the 'creative and communications' industries. In 1998 he founded the National Teaching Awards, which he chaired until 2008, also serving as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council from 2000 to 2002. From July 2002 to July 2009 he was president of UNICEF UK, playing a key role in promoting UNICEF’s key advocacy and awareness objectives.

    David is the present Chancellor of the Open University, following ten years as Chancellor of The University of Sunderland. He is President of the Film Distributors’ Association, Chairman of The Sage Gateshead, Deputy Chairman of Channel Four, Deputy Chairman of Profero and a trustee of the Eden Project.

    He was founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and for ten years chaired the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television. He has also served as a trustee of the Tate Gallery and the Science Museum.

    In 2007 he served as Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill, having performed the same role on the 2002 Communications Bill. He has also been Chairman of two Hansard Society Commission Reports on the relationship between Parliament and the Public; he serves as Senior Non-Executive Director on two public companies.

    David was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1985, becoming an Officer in 1992, and a Commander in 2006. He has been the recipient of more than 40 honorary degrees from Universities in the UK and overseas.

  • Vincent Chevance

    Vincent Chevance was born in Paris. He studied law at ASSAS and attended the Sorbonne for post graduate studies. He then moved to New York, where he studied law at Fordham University and became a member of the New York Bar. He worked in derivatives law and structuring while at Paribas in New York City. In 1999, he moved to London to start the European commodity derivatives team for BNP Paribas and in 2003, he was asked to co-head the Global Commodity Derivatives team for ABN Amro. He joined Corniche as Managing Director in 2007. He is also the founder of The Archeology and Development Foundation in 2007.

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