WHO WE ARE

Board of Directors, Intelligence Squared Group

Yana Peel 

Yana Peel is CEO of the Serpentine Galleries, London, one of the most recognised organisations in the global contemporary art, design and architecture worlds. Prior to this she ran Intelligence Squared Group, the leading forum for live debate. Having co-founded Outset Contemporary Art Fund in 2003 as a hub for creative funding solutions for cultural projects, Peel maintains advisory positions across the arts that include: Tate, British Fashion Council, V-A-C Foundation Moscow, Lincoln Center and Asia Art Archive. At ParaSite Art Space and Intelligence Squared, she serves as board co-chair.

Peel is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a regular contributor to the Davos Annual Meeting and DLD, particularly on topics at the intersection of technology and visual art. Her two children provide inspiration for her best-selling book series, Art for Baby, which benefits the National Society for the Protection against Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Most recently, she was named by the South China Morning Post as one of “10 Outstanding Women for this Year”, selected by Debrett’s as one of “Hong Kong’s 100 People of Greatest Influence” and featured in the Evening Standard Progress 1000.

Peel was born in St Petersburg, Russia, attended McGill University, completed her post-graduate studies in Economics at LSE, and started her career at Goldman Sachs.

Amelie von Wedel

Before setting up Wedel Art Advisory in 2006, Amelie von Wedel was responsible for the education and exhibition programme at The Red Mansion Foundation. As a former Bertelsman executive and art historian, Amelie advises corporate and private clients on collecting, philanthropy, the implementation of foundations and educational outreach programmes. She has lectured and co-published books on contemporary art, as well as curating exhibitions for foundations, The Arts Club in London and private museums. Amelie serves as a director of Give A Future Foundation with the goal of mitigating the effects of poverty through education and economic development. She is a member of the American Council on Germany and in 2009 she co-founded Intelligence Squared Asia with Yana Peel. In 2012 Amelie became Executive Director of Intelligence Squared Group.

David Legg 

David is Executive General Manager for strategy, business development and government relations for the international division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Prior to that he was Managing Director, Europe and Asia for GLG, an international research firm and formerly at McKinsey and Company. David holds a BA from the University of Lethbridge in Canada, a law degree from Oxford University and a PhD from Yale University. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and is active with several boards and charities that promote educational opportunity. David is Co-Chair of Intelligence Squared Group.

Managing Director

Sara Sjölund

Sara SjölundSara Sjölund is the Managing Director of Intelligence Squared’s global headquarters in the UK. Sara started her career as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, before spending a number of years working in the music industry at EMI. Originally from Sweden, Sara began her university studies in China at the Beijing Language and Culture University before moving to the US where she received degrees in Political Science and Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

Editorial Team

Hannah Kaye Executive Producer

Hannah has been part of the team producing live events for Intelligence Squared in London since 2006. Before joining Intelligence Squared, Hannah worked in the art world, researching and coordinating exhibitions in Europe. She read Classics at the University of Oxford.

Robert Collins Producer

Robert joined the Intelligence Squared team in 2014. Before that, he was the Deputy Literary Editor at The Sunday Times, where he founded and hosted the Sunday Times Literary Salon. He has chaired innumerable events at the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Oxford Literary Festival, and has written on books and arts for the FT, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer and the Spectator. He was named the PPC Journalist of the Year 2014. Robert read Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

Jeremy O’Grady Co-founder and Adviser

Jeremy is the founding Editor and now Editor-in-Chief of The Week, which has been a runaway success in the intelligent information market.The secret of Jeremy’s success has been to recognise that, in the face of information overload, the most valuable work is to be done through sifting, selecting and, most importantly, framing the issues of the day. The Week has grown every year since inception and now has a total worldwide subscription base of 665,000.

Team

Daniel Ben-Chorin Assistant Producer

Eleanor Head Business Development & Production Manager

Laura La Frenais Operations Manager

Mark Roberts Publishing Manager