Who We Are
Board of Directors, Intelligence Squared Group
Yana Peel is CEO of Intelligence Squared Group, the world’s leading forum for live debate. Having co-founded Outset Contemporary Art Fund as a cultural foundation in 2003, Yana maintains board and advisory positions across the arts that include: Tate Executive Council, British Fashion Council, V&A, V-A-C Foundation Moscow, Para/Site Art Space and Asia Art Archive. Most recently, she authored the third in her series of best-selling children’s books to benefit the NSPCC (Art for Baby), was selected as the recipient of the Mont Blanc Award for Arts Patronage and became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Yana was born in St Petersburg, Russia. She 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 headed 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 published books on contemporary art, as well as curating numerous 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, the International Council of the Museum Berggruen and in 2009 she co-founded Intelligence Squared Asia with Yana Peel. In 2012 Amelie became Executive Director of Intelligence Squared Group.
David is the Managing Director of Europe and Asia for Gerson Lehrman Group, an international financial research consultancy. Previously, he was at McKinsey & Company in Toronto and London. David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Lethbridge in Canada, a law degree from Oxford University and a PhD from Yale University. He is involved with educational charities like Civitas, The Harvey Fellows Program, the Rivendell Institute at Yale and the Pan-Asia Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, where he serves as Finance Chair.
Sara 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.
John Gordon Co-founder and Advisor
For 25 years John was the Chief Executive of Xtreme Information – a global media intelligence company valued at over £20m and recently sold to Ebiquity PLC. He is also a director of Contagious which he launched four years ago. With annual revenues of over £2m it is the leading monitor of and consultant on innovative non-traditional advertising.
Jeremy O’Grady Co-founder and Advisor
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.
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.
Kit Cockburn Marketing and Press
Laura La Frenais Director of Operations
Mark Roberts Technology and Syndication
Caroline Wells Production Manager
Kit Withnail Technical Production Manager