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Patricia Jane Scotland

Baroness Scotland of Asthal
Former Attorney General

From June 2007 until May 2010, Dominica-born Patricia Scotland was the attorney general for England and Wales, the country's most senior law officer. Scotland, appointed by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, also served as advocate general for Northern Ireland. The Labour Party member was previously minister of state for crime reduction. In 2009 and 2010, as attorney general, she was embroiled in a scandal for employing an illegal immigrant and fined £5,000, or $7,821. Scotland is now in private practice.

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Tidjane Thiam


Group Chief Executive
Prudential PLC

In 2009 Tidjane Thiam became the first black CEO of one of the United Kingdom's largest companies. Prudential has 25 million customers worldwide and assets worth £309 billion ($483 billion). Thiam, who was born in Côte d'Ivoire, had been CEO for Europe at international insurance firm Aviva. Before that, he was a partner at McKinsey & Co. Thiam recently had to defend Prudential's failed attempt to purchase AIG's Asian unit. He is a member of London's Council of the Overseas Development Institute.

Dr. Mo Ibrahim


Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

In 1998, when Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim — a Sudan-born British citizen — founded Celtel International, there were 2 million cell phones in Africa. By 2005, when he sold the company for $3.4 billion, the continent had more than 100 million mobiles. Now Ibrahim wants to help elect African leaders who follow the rule of law. His foundation, which supports "good governance and great leadership," ranks Africa's governments by those standards.

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Damon Buffini


Partner, Permira

Damon Buffini is a partner at Permira, one of Europe's largest private equity companies. He joined the firm in 1992 and stepped down as its chairman in 2010 to return to deal making. Among its assets, Permira owns Italian fashion house Valentino and its subsidiary, Hugo Boss. Buffini, who was born in England, earned a law degree at the University of Cambridge and an M.B.A. at Harvard University. Permira says it has made more than 190 investments and earned £16 billion ($24.9 million) since 1985.

Ken Olisa


Chair, Restoration Partners

Ken Olisa has worked in technology for more than 30 years. Most of that time, he was a senior executive at either IBM or Wang Labs. From 1992 to 2006 he led Interregnum PLC, a technology merchant bank, then left to found another, Restoration Partners. The noted philanthropist, born in the U.K. to a Nigerian father and English mother, is a graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and sits on the Thomson Reuters board. Last year he was named non-executive director of the year for his 14 years as chair of a London charity for the homeless.

Trevor Faure


Global General Counsel
Ernst & Young

Not many lawyers have their work taught at Harvard Law. One who does is Trevor Faure, the top lawyer at Ernst & Young, which has 144,000 employees and revenue of $21 billion. The class studies how Faure, while he was Tyco International's European general counsel, devised and implemented a way to reduce the use of 282 outside law firms to just one. He's also half of a power couple: His wife, Sharifah Faure, leads the business and legal team at MTV Networks International.

Claire Ighodaro


Independent Director

Nigerian-born Claire Ighodaro can do it all. The executive sits on the boards of Lloyd's of London and the British Council as well as the Lending Standards Board. In 2008 she received a Commander of the British Empire for her services to business. The former president of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, she was the first black — and first female — leader of the accounting regulatory body, which has worldwide reach. She has also held a variety of senior executive positions with British Telecom.

Vivian Hunt


Director, McKinsey & Co.

Vivian Hunt, who has dual British-American citizenship, is a director at global management-consulting firm McKinsey & Co. Hunt heads the firm's U.K. pharmaceutical and medical-products practice and its European commercial practice. She has specialized in health systems for 17 years in the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. Hunt, who has an M.B.A. from Harvard University, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.

John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu


Archbishop of York

Originally from Uganda, Archbishop Sentamu was appointed archbishop of York in 2005, bishop for Birmingham in 2002 and bishop for Stepney in 1996. He is also primate of England and metropolitan, and a member of the House of Lords and a privy councillor. Sentamu, a graduate of Uganda's Makerere University, read theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and earned a master's degree and a doctorate. Follow him on Twitter.

Tsega Gebreyes


Managing Partner, Satya Capital

Ethiopian Tsega Gebreyes is a founding partner of Satya Capital. The private investment bank, owned by Mo Ibrahim, invests in Africa's financial services, energy and natural resources. The average investment is at least $20 million. Before joining Satya, Gebreyes worked at Celtel International and Citibank. At Celtel she led the merger-and-acquisition process that culminated in the sale of the company for $3.4 billion. She has an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

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