Advisory Board

Please click on a member of the Stanhope Capital team on the right to review their professional background.


Lord Browne of Madingley

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Lord Browne was formerly Group Chief Executive of BP and is currently Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings LLC.He became President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2006, and was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in that year. In 1998, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and in 2001 named by the House of Lords Appointments Commission as one of the “people’s peers” taking the title Baron Browne of Madingley and becoming a crossbencher in the House of Lords.

Lord Browne was appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery on 1 August 2007 and Chair of the Trustees in January 2009. Lord Browne chaired an independent review into university tuition fees which reported in October 2010. In June 2010 he was appointed as the Government’s Lead Non-Executive Director, charged with recruiting business leaders to reform departmental boards.


Sir Martin Sorrell

Member of the Advisory Board

Sir Martin Sorrell is Chief Executive of WPP. In 1975 he joined Saatchi and Saatchi and was group Finance Director from 1977 until 1984. In 1985, he privately invested in Wire Plastic Products, a British wire shopping basket manufacturer, and joined it full-time as Chief Executive in 1986. Since then, he has turned WPP into one of the world’s largest companies in the global advertising market, owning agencies such as J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy and Mather, Young & Rubicam and Grey. The firm also owns the largest media buying group in the world, Group M.

Sir Martin Sorrell holds a BA from Christ’s College, Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Stephen Lash

Member of the Advisory Board

Stephen S. Lash is Chairman Emeritus of Christie’s Americas and Vice Chairman of Christie’s American Advisory Board.

He has been with Christie’s since 1976 when he was one of the original team of eight responsible for launching the venerable auction house’s first galleries in the United States on Park Avenue in New York City. Prior to joining Christie’s, Mr. Lash was a Vice President at S.G. Warburg & Co. Mr. Lash currently serves on the boards of the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Landmarks Conservancy (of which he was Chairman for several years), the Park Avenue Armory, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where he is on the Board of Overseers. He was a mayoral appointee to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and served as Trustee at the Preservation League of New York State. Mr Lash serves as co-chairman of the American Friends of the Israel Museum, and is also Acting President and Trustee of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Mr. Lash received a B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. from Columbia.


M. Shafik Gabr

Member of the Advisory Board

M. Shafik Gabr, Chairman and Managing Director of the Artoc Group for Investment & Development, is a renowned leader in international business, one of the world’s premier collectors of Orientalist art, and an accomplished philanthropist.Mr Gabr is the Chairman and a founding member of Egypt’s International Economic Forum, member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on Yale University President’s Council on International Activities. Mr Gabr is also a Global Leadership Council Member of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Jackson Institute Council and also serves on the Advisory Boards of MIT’s Center for International Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Zurich Financial Services, one of the world’s leading insurance companies.

Mr Gabr was previously the Chairman of COMESA (Common Market for East and South Africa) Business Council and a member of the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris). Furthermore, Mr Gabr was a founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt in 1982, serving as its first Egyptian President from 1995 until 1997.

Mr Gabr holds a BA in Economics and Management from the American University in Cairo and an MA in Economics from the University of London.

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Pedro Aspe

Member of the Advisory Board

Pedro Aspe, born in Mexico City in 1950, obtained his B.A. in Economics from ITAM (1974) and, supported by the Fulbright and CONACYT scholarships, got his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT (1978) in the United States.

Dr. Aspe developed his professional career during the last four decades in the academic, in the Federal Government and in the domestic and foreign private sectors.

In the Mexican academic sector he was Dean of the Department of Economics (1978) and founder of the master’s program in Economics at ITAM (1980), where he has been a Professor in the decades that followed.

In the Mexican public sector, Pedro was founder of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI, 1983) then being appointed as Deputy-Secretary and then as Secretary of the Budget (1987), to finally be named Secretary of the Treasury of Mexico from 1988 to 1994. During those years he participated in the first structural reforms of modern Mexico: the entry of Mexico into the GATT, the budgetary equilibrium, the privatization of enterprises, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and finally the obtainment of independence of the Mexican Central Bank (1994).

In the private sector Dr. Aspe was founder of Protego, one of the first Mexican investment banks (1996), company that a decade later was combined with Evercore Partners by doing an IPO in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Dr. Aspe was named Co-Chairman of Evercore Partners, company with operations in New York, London and Mexico City (2006). During those years, Dr. Aspe created several Mexican companies, being Chairman and founder of Volaris, a low cost airline, since 2005 and up until its IPO in the New York Stock Exchange in 2013. In February, 2017 Dr. Aspe retired from Evercore Partners. Dr. Aspe currently participates as Chairman of Insignia Capital and is a member of the Investment Committee of Glisco Partners, a Mexican private equity manager. Dr. Aspe participates in nonprofit organizations such as ITAM’s EPIC-LAB and the Beristain Scholarships, the Board of Universidad Centro, PRONATURA, the Scholarships FUNED and the Patronato de las Vizcainas and the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City. He is also Co-Chair of the Canada-Mexico Leadership Group and is a Founding Member of the North American Forum and is a member of the Board of the Carnegie Foundation in New York City and of the Fundación Libertad of Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Dr Jacques Attali

Member of the Advisory Board

Jacques Attali was the Special Adviser to French President François Mitterrand for 10 years. He was also the founder and first chief executive of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Dr. Attali currently heads A&A, an international consulting and venture capital firm specialized in new technologies.

In addition, he founded 3 International Institutions: Action contre la faim, Eureka, and Positive Planet. He is the author of seventy books translated into more than twenty languages, with over eight million copies sold all over the world and has a weekly column in the French magazine l’Express.

Jacques, who is a graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, has been designated as one of the three most influential intellectuals in France and one of the 100 most influential worldwide. On April 2011, he was honored with the Corporate Citizenship award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.