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Board of Directors


Anthony Welters currently is Executive Chairman of the BlackIvy Group, LLC.  He most recently was Senior Adviser to the Office of the CEO of UnitedHealth Group, which serves more than 100 million people worldwide through its health and well-being companies.  BlackIvy Group builds and grows infrastructure businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa, where his globalization of entrepreneurship in these countries creates employment for individuals and creates new market opportunities for the region.  Mr. Welters and his wife Beatrice are recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, in recognition of their long-standing commitment to philanthropy.


John Sexton, Chief Executive and director

John Sexton is President Emeritus of New York University, having served as NYU’s president from 2001 through 2015.  During his tenure as president, NYU increased its global presence to 13 campuses on six continents, and was the first U.S. university in 15 years to both send the greatest number of students abroad and attract the greatest number of international students.  In 2012, NYU was the U.S. university most searched for by international students through the College Board.  Also during Dr. Sexton's time as president, NYU was the first major U.S. research university to create degree-granting, liberal arts universities in the Middle East and China.


Martin L. Edelman, director

Martin L. Edelman is of counsel at Paul Hastings LLP, an international law firm. Mr. Edelman has more than 40 years of experience and concentrates his practice on large complex international real estate (including the hospitality sector), and corporate mergers and acquisitions transactions. Mr. Edelman has done extensive work in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, the Middle East and Latin America, and was selected by the National Law Journal as one of the 34 most influential lawyers in the United States. Mr. Edelman is active as a consultant on urban economic development and Middle East political relationships, serves on the boards of several companies and organizations, and is a partner in several philanthropies. Mr. Edelman has been recognized for his work with the United States Military and military families by being awarded the Department of the Army Public Service Award. Mr. Edelman graduated from Princeton University in 1963 and Columbia Law School in 1966.


Wilfred Stevenson, director

The Lord Stevenson of Balmacara joined the U.K. House of Lords in July 2010, and is Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport; Intellectual Property and Higher Education; and a Whip.  Prior to being appointed to the House of Lords, Wilf Stevenson spent eighteen months as a special adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, working in the Policy Unit of 10 Downing Street; and before that nearly 11 years as the Director of the Smith Institute, an independent think tank. Before establishing the Smith Institute, Lord Stevenson was Director of the British Film Institute (1987-97), joining the BFI from what is now Edinburgh Napier University.


Rima Al Mokarrab, director

Rima Al Mokarrab is Executive Director of Strategic Affairs at the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, a government agency mandated to provide strategic policy advice to the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.  Ms. Al Mokarrab chairs the Board of Tamkeen LLC, a company that delivers projects enriching Abu Dhabi’s social, cultural, and educational landscape. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University. Ms. Al Mokarrab is co-chair of the annual Abu Dhabi Ideas Forum, having co-founded the partnership between Abu Dhabi and the Aspen Institute. She previously served on the Board of the UAE Space Agency.


Advisory Board



Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007 and as a Member of Parliament in his home county of Fife, Scotland, from 1983 to 2015. He is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and is a passionate advocate for the rights of children. He believes every girl and boy deserves the opportunity of a future through schooling. Mr Brown has also been appointed Chair of the new Global Commission on Financing Global Education and serves as New York University’s inaugural Distinguished Global Leader in Residence.