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.