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Patrick Smulders

Patrick Smulders

Co-founder & Trustee

Patrick Smulders is co-founder and trustee of the Horizon Foundation. He is a private equity investor and is currently Managing Partner of Bregal Freshstream Capital. Previously, he was Managing Director at TowerBrook, Senior Managing Director at Soros Private Equity and founding Partner and Managing Director at Doughty Hanson.

He earned his A.B. from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Patrick also serves as a governor of Rugby school and as  a trustee  of the Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation. He is married with two sons.

Kirkland Newman Smulders

Kirkland Newman Smulders

Co-founder & Trustee

Kirkland Newman Smulders is co-founder and trustee of the Horizon Foundation. Kirkland is a writer and philanthropist focussed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as on mental health. She founded and manages the mental health not for profit MindHealth360

She has a first class degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University, an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has worked for Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Ogilvy & Mather in New York, for the Prince’s Trust in London and was co-chair and trustee for Lessons with Love, a charity which supported refugee communities in Bethlehem.

Catherine Roe

Catherine Roe

Trustee

Catherine Roe has 25 years’ experience of creating, developing and leading foundations and advising philanthropists and not-for-profits, many of which have been Middle East focused.
Previously, she was a British diplomat,
 specialising in multilateral negotiation. Catherine is the Director of CMR Consult Ltd where she has worked with a range of foundations, philanthropists and not-for-profits in fields as diverse as education, child development, arts and culture, social cohesion, disability and refugees. She is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Oxford University’s Said Business School and a trustee of the Said Foundation and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She has a Masters in History from Oxford University, an MBA from London Business School and a Masters in Middle East Studies from SOAS. 

Maury Shenk

Maury Shenk

Trustee

Maury Shenk is managing director of Lily Innovation Advisors. He is an experienced lawyer and investor, with expertise in information and communications technology, digital media and green technology. Maury is also advisor to global law firm Steptoe, general counsel of private equity firm Spring Capital Asia, director of education company PeopleCert, and an investor in UK start-ups that address business problems with artificial and machine intelligence.

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