The two most recent additions to Gold Mercury’s international advisory board are: Father Luis de Lezama, Founder of the Lezama Foundation, and Carmen Posadas, Award-winning Uraguay-Spanish author. Both are experts in the field of Global Culture.
Father Luis de Lezama, Founder of the Lezama Foundation and expert in Global Culture.
Father Luis de Lezama is a Basque Catholic priest, and president of Grupo Lezama: one of the world’s most successful high-end restaurant chains, with 20 in Spain plus two other restaurants in Washington, DC, and Seattle. The now legendary Lezama restaurants attract many loyal and prominent clients. Grupo Lezama served meals to the late Pope John Paul II.Lezama has been a journalist, a writer, restorer, businessman and a practical priest. He now practises in the Parish of Santa Maria Blanca in Montecarmelo, Madrid. The Lezama FOUNDATION runs a general school in his parish, with 1,600 students aged one to 16 and have introduced a revolutionary education system (EBI) developed with Microsoft to advance the way children learn for the future.
Carmen Posadas, Award-winning Uraguay-Spanish author and expert in Global Culture.
Carmen Posadas was born in Montevideo (Uruguay), in 1953. She has published more than 15 books for children, stories and essays, and has contributed to a number of scripts for TV & movies. In 1996 she published her first novel, CINCO MOSCAS AZULES (The Last Resort) which was one of the most surprising and successful books of the year. Her second novel, PEQUEÑAS INFAMIAS (Little Indiscretions), won the 1998 Planeta Prize. She is also the author of LA BELLA OTERO (now turned intro a movie), EL BUEN SIRIVIENTE and JUEGOS DE NIÑOS (2006). Her work has been translated into 23 languages so far and in 2003, Newsweek Magazine pointed her out as one of the most outstanding writers of her generation.
Professor Roger Zetter, Emeritus Professor of Refugee Studies and Former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University and expert in Global Peace and Security.
Throughout his career Zetter’s research and teaching has centred around the institutional and policy dimensions of forced migration, the impact of humanitarian assistance on refugees and asylum seekers and shelter and settlement policies. Roger Zetter has written over 30 peer reviewed papers, 20 book chapters and 10 major research reports. He also served as Editor of the 2012 ‘World Disasters Report’ for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRD). During the course of his career he has been a consultant to many international and intergovernmental organisations.
Baroness Susan Greenfield, Scientist and Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University and expert in Global Health.
Baroness Susan Greenfield is a scientist, writer and broadcaster who specialises in the physiology of the brain. During her career she has conducted extensive research into the impact of technologies on the mind, how the brain generates consciousness and different approaches to neurodegenerative diseases. She is also renowned for her written works, having published a number of scientific books covering topics such as: future society, personal identity, neuroscience and neurobiology. Today she continues to contribute to the scientific field acting as a Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University, whilst also leading a multi- disciplinary research team in exploring novel mechanisms linked to neurodegenerative diseases.
Roza Otunbayeva, Former President of Kyrgyzstan and expert in International Law and Humanitarian Affairs.
Roza Otunbayeva is the former President of Kyrgyzstan. In 2010 Otunbayeva was a key leader of the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan which resulted in the removal of President Akayev. She was then selected by opposition leaders to lead the Kyrgyz interim government and served as president until December 2011 when her term ended.
Peter Waine, Founding Director of Hanson Green and expert in Global Economic and Social Policy.
Peter Waine is the Founding Director of Hanson Green, a specialist search firm which dominates the UK non-executive recruitment market. As Founding Director of Hanson Green, he plays a key role in setting the agenda of how prominent UK businesses are run. Peter Waine is an accomplished author, having co-authored the management book ‘The Independent Board Director’, as well as ‘Takeover’, an acclaimed business novel and ‘The Board Game,’ which has become somewhat of a bible for directors. Waine was formerly a visiting Professor at Warwick and Cass business schools and is also currently National Chairman at CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England.)
Francisco Luzón López of Former General Manager of Banco Santander and expert in Global Economic and Social Policy.
Francisco Luzón López graduated with a degree in Economics and Business Studies from the University of Bilbao before embarking on a highly successful business career. He served as Director at Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A until January 2012, having joined the company in 1996. He was appointed as a Director of the Bank in 1997 and was then re-elected by the general meetings of shareholders in 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2007.
Dr William Haseltine, PhD., Founder of Human Genome Sciences and expert in Global Science.
Dr William Haseltine PhD is an American biologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is renowned for his ground breaking work on cancer, HIV/AIDS and genomics. He acts as President of The Haseltine Foundation for Science and the Arts, which aims to foster a relationship between science and the arts. He is involved in Public and International Policy, advising several governments, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Dr Haseltine also founded the Journal of AIDS Research and Retrovirology and The Journal of Regenerative Medicine. His extensive achievements in research have led to him receiving numerous awards and honours throughout his career.