The SA Proudly Announces the Class Day 2010 Keynote Speaker: Sir Ronald Cohen, Co-Founder and Former Chairman of Apax Partners and Chairman of The Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures
Sir Ronald Cohen is a founder of the private-equity industry in Europe and one of the world’s leading private-equity investors. He was the founding partner and former chairman of Apax Partners, which emerged as one of the world’s preeminent VC and private equity investment groups and now advises and manages funds of more than $35 billion.
Sir Ronald is currently a Director of Social Finance and Chairman of the Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures, which seek to provide private-sector, commercial solutions to problems of social deprivation in Britain and to conflict in the Middle East. A graduate of Oxford University and Harvard Business School, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in the United Kingdom and Italy. In 1972, along with two former business school colleagues, he founded Apax Partners and led it to become Europe’s largest private equity firm and one of the largest private equity funds in the world.
Sir Ronald was a founder director and past chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association. He is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and sits on the Board of Dean’s Advisers at Harvard Business School. He is a recipient of the HBS Alumni Achievement Award.
Sir Ronald was president of the Oxford Union, is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College and was a recipient of the Henry Fellowship to Harvard Business School.
In 2007 Sir Ronald published “The Second Bounce of the Ball: Turning Risk into Opportunity” about entrepreneurship.
Jamie Chang and Todd Orenstein serve on the SA Senate as the Class Day Committee Co-Chairs.