Program Committee

Grant Gordon

Director, IFB Reasearch Foundation, UK

Grant Gordon is the director general and a co-founder of the Institute for Family Business (UK), an independent not-for-profit association promoting the success and sustainability of family firms. The IFB is celebrating it’s10th anniversary in 2011.

He is a non-executive director of Laurent-Perrier SA, the leading family controlled champagne house. He served as a board member at his family’s firm, independent distillers William Grant & Sons Ltd (WG&S) for 16 years and currently serves as a member of the WG&S Family Council.

Grant is also chairman of the Thames Community Foundation, a charity serving local needs in seven boroughs of south-west London. He is a member of the Advisory Councils of IFERA (International Family Enterprise Research Academy) and Impetus Trust. He co-authored Family Wars published in over ten languages.


Åsa Björnberg

Senior Expert, McKinsey, UK

Åsa Björnberg’s research focuses on leadership, interpersonal relationships and culture in organisations, with special emphasis on family businesses. Her research on family firms has featured in The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Management Today and on BBC radio. She is widely published in the family business field, and is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Family Business Strategy.

Åsa is originally from Sweden, where she trained as a business psychologist. She teaches at London Business School and London School of Economics, and runs the Next Generation Leadership for the Institute for Family Business (UK).


Yuelin T Yang

Managing Director, IMC Corp Limited Singapore

Yuelin T. Yang is Director of IMC Investments and, concurrently, Managing Director of Strategic Projects and General Counsel of IMC Corp Ltd.  He represents IMC on the board of its joint ventures with Chevron and GATX.

Previously he was a member of the Office of the Chairman Stan Shih and Associate General Counsel at Acer Computers in San Jose, California and Taipei, Taiwan.  He started his career practising law in Silicon Valley at the Cooley Godward and Brobeck Phleger law firms. He is on Family Office Exchange’s Global Council, the Family Business Advisory Committees of Family Firm Institute and Insead, respectively, and the FBN Editorial Board of Campden FB. He is also a member of The Asian Corporate Governance Association (Hong Kong) and The Pacific Pension Institute (San Francisco). Mr. Yang received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1983 and a JD from Stanford Law School in 1986.


Thilo Wersborg

Managing Director, Precitec Group, Germany

Before joining the management board of Precitec, Thilo has worked for an internet start-up company in Silicon Valley and for an international consulting firm (Mc Kinsey) in Frankfurt, Germany.

He holds a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Doctor in Human Biology from the University of Munich. Precitec has gained an international reputation for being an expert in providing complex system solutions for laser material processing and for optical measuring technology. Thilo is a member of the board of FBN International representing the Next Generation.


Philip Aminoff

Former President, European Family Businesses, Finland

Philip Aminoff is Chairman of the Board, Electrosonic Group Oy Ab. He graduated from Hanken in 1986 with a M. Sc. (Econ.) and he also holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

Besides his position as working Chairman of the Board of Electrosonic Philip Aminoff is member of the board in Veho Group, Helvar Merca and Paulig as well as member of the administrative board of the Tapiola insurance company. Philip is also Chairman of the European Family Businesses (GEEF) and Finland’s representative in the EU’s Enterprise Policy Group.


Alex Scott

Executive Chairman, Sandaire, UK

Alex founded Sand Aire in 1996, having led the sale of Provincial Insurance and Exeter Bank in 1994. He leads the client relationship team and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the business.

Alex is a non-executive director of his family’s investment holding company and several private companies. He is also the Founder Chairman of Directors of the Institute for Family Business (UK) and former director of the Family Firm Institute Inc.


Bryony Walker

NxG Representative, UK

Bryony is part of the fourth generation of the Walker family, owners of Walkers Shortbread founded in 1898. Today the third and fourth generations carry forward the tradition of baking the finest shortbreads, biscuits cakes and oatcakes.

Now working at Innocent in a National Account Manager role, Bryony takes a keen interest in the family business and hopes to work for Walkers in the future alongside her family members.


Dr Panikkos Poutziouris

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship & Family Business, CIIM Business School, Cyprus

Panikkos is the Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at the Cyprus International Institute of Management and Visiting Associate Professor for family business initiatives at Manchester Business School.

He lectures, researches, publishes and consults internationally on entrepreneurial management, strategic financial developments for families in business; governance for trans-generational succession for small-medium and large sized family firms, governments, financial institutions in the UK, Cyprus , Greece, MENA, Balkans etc.