Louise Holden is an experienced and innovative leader in technology and payments who creates future business models and inclusive smart technology for partners in the humanitarian, development and government sectors. She designs commercially sustainable partnerships and digital solutions to meet national and multinational partner goals including private sector organisations, Cities, National and Local Governments, UN, IGOs, NGOs, Humanitarian Actors, and Foundations. Louise is currently with Mastercard and her previous career includes American Express and Barclays. She has worked and lived abroad extensively across Africa, Europe and Australia. She is on the Leadership Circle of ARISE, ActionAid, a Governor, FRSA and is passionate about equality. She co-chairs a UK Gender Network and mentors a number of younger executives. Louise’s other interests includes beekeeping, art, competitive squash, property development and her 2 children.
Dermot Ahern is a former Irish Member of Parliament and Government Minister and was a key figure for more than 20 years in the Irish peace process, including in negotiations for the Good Friday Agreement and the St Andrews Agreement. He also has extensive experience at the EU Council level, including as a key negotiator and signatory to the Constitutional and Lisbon Treaties. In 2005, he was appointed by the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to be a Special Envoy on the issue of UN Reform.
Ambassador Antonio José Ardila is Colombian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Mr Ardila is a graduate from Harvard College and MBA from University of Miami. He has been a businessman for more than 37 years.
Until recently Mr Ardila was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Colombia's largest non-alcoholic beverage company, Postobon, owned by the Organización Ardila Lülle (OAL). He was also member of the Board of Directors of Peldar S.A, Colombia´s largest glass container manufacturer, and Central Cervecera de Colombia (CCC) a joint venture in the brewing industry with CCU of Chile and Heineken. He was Chairman of the Board of other companies, such as Club Atletico Nacional, one of Colombia´s professional football teams, and Chairman of other non-profit foundations.
Mr Ardila is founding member of the Georgetown University’s Latin American Board, a Latin American programme created to promote entrepreneurial leadership.
On 4 March 2019, Mr Ardila was appointed by the President of the Republic of Colombia, H.E. Iván Duque Márquez, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.