Chief Executive Officer
Sophie is the Editorial Director of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. She served as Director of Global Thought Leadership and External Affairs for PwC for seven years. In this role Sophie developed a new strategy for the firm’s thought leadership activities. She also led the PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey, managed the firm’s strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum and orchestrated PwC’s annual presence at Davos. Sophie served as Interim Communications Director for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In past roles, Sophie was the Publisher of European Business Forum and a management consultant at Coopers & Lybrand.
Sophie co-founded Kite Global Advisors in 2012 with Larry Yu.
Sophie is from Brussels and, for the last 25 years, has lived in London with her husband and two children. She loves to entertain her friends and, in her spare time, climbs mountains on foot, on crampons or on skis.
Global Head of Content
Deepali is a seasoned content strategist who helps clients communicate research-driven insights on pressing global issues at the intersection of business strategy, corporate responsibility and public policy. She was a senior research fellow at PwC for nearly a decade, contributing to the firm’s perspectives on macroeconomic trends and business issues. Deepali is an award-winning journalist whose articles appeared on MSNBC.com and Business Standard (India’s leading business daily). She continues to write for independent outlets covering international affairs and has a regular column on Forbes.com about sustainable development in Asia.
Deepali’s passion for storytelling on issues that matter has led her to conduct writing workshops with elementary and middle-school students across Brooklyn and the Bronx. Deepali lives with her husband and son in their small New York City apartment with sweeping views of the Hudson River.
Partnership Director of KiKLab (a joint initiative of KOIS Invest and Kite Global Advisors)
Ruth leads Kite’s work on social impact partnerships (KiKLab). She is fundamentally committed to enabling positive societal impact through sustainable business models. Ruth was formerly a Partner with PwC, based in China, specialising in cross-border M&A and leading the Sustainability and Climate Change practice. Her broad international experience includes establishing new businesses and multi-partner collaborations, leading social enterprises and consulting to NGOs. Ruth is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Masters in Poverty Reduction, and is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow. She holds several non-executive roles in the social enterprise sector.
Ruth lives in London where she can be found creating something experimental in the kitchen, on her yoga mat, or with her nose in a book. Past adventures include cycling the length of Africa and finishing the Marathon des Sables.
Rachel Riccardella is a writer and editor who helps clients engage with audiences through content. She likes to bring a “big picture” lens to every client interaction – from global project launches to niche industry blogs – drawing on a range of experiences with corporate and nonprofit organizations. Previously, she worked as corporate responsibility reporting manager for State Street Corporation, a Fortune 500 financial services firm, where she published the company’s verified sustainability report and spearheaded its first successful ranking on several international sustainability indices. Additionally, Rachel managed all communications for the company’s charitable foundation and wrote executive speeches for community-facing engagements.
After earning degrees from two local universities, Rachel began her career in Boston and served on the board of the Boston Dance Alliance, a nonprofit organization supporting dance and dancers in the community. Rachel lives just outside the city with her husband and two daughters, who both love to dance.
Andrew is a writer, editor and communications strategist with extensive editorial experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. He has a passion for crafting written content with the right words for the right audience, and he develops message frameworks and comprehensive communications plans that give impact to insights. Previously, Andrew held strategic roles in the European communications function of global logistics leader UPS. He represented the company as a media spokesperson and managed proactive programmes for external and employee audiences. Andrew has written on economics, international relations, and sustainability for Roubini Global Economics, the French-American Foundation and the website of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Andrew holds a dual master’s in French Studies and Journalism from New York University, where he produced award-winning reporting on French politics and student activism. Originally from the United States, Andrew lives in London with his wife.
Grace’s responsibilities include content development, research, report-writing and event support. Previously, she was a science and environment correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore’s largest daily newspaper, and a freelance journalist and editor focusing on the intersection of science, policy and business in Asia. Her interests include environmental sustainability, behavioral economics and the role of technology in society.
Grace is from Singapore and lives in Boston with her husband and son. In her spare time, she reads catholically, tinkers with new recipes and enjoys mildly challenging endurance sports.
Julian’s responsibilities include the synthesis and execution of research at Kite, contributing to report-writing and content development. He holds a Master of Science in Business Management and Politics and a Master of Research from the University of Glasgow. He specialises in uncovering novel methods of research enquiry. Previously, Julian has worked in research and support roles at companies such as CNBC and Google, and as a research associate at the University of Glasgow. Julian has published on issues regarding NGO strategy, and business and human rights governance.
Julian is from Scotland and currently lives in London. In his free time, Julian is a passionate drummer and music fan who can be found at gigs across London.
Ela is a researcher, writer and communicator. Having recently graduated from Oxford University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, she is now applying her skills to a business environment with a range of entry points, from research and content development, to event support and project management. Ela is passionate about bringing content to life through novel insights and media, from her academic investigations into the literature of modern Cuba, to analyses of business reactions to a world in disruption. Having tried her hat in advertising and research roles, Ela is excited to a apply her editorial mindset to business communications and strategy more specifically.
Born and bred in London, Ela is a hispanophile at heart and can be found cooking up a Catalan feast, theatre hopping or generally making the most of what the city has to offer.
Gemma manages the day-to-day running of the business as well as managing the operations of client engagements. Gemma qualified as an accountant at Coopers & Lybrand and has since worked for Marks & Spencer Plc and McKinsey & Company, where she had responsibly for recruiting and building the Corporate Finance Team in Europe.
Gemma is the treasurer of a committee that organises a teenage ball raising around £30,000 per year for the NSPCC and is also on a committee for the London Children’s Ballet which is a performance company that changes lives through dance by introducing new audiences to ballet. Gemma lives in London with her husband and three children and enjoys travelling, preferably to somewhere warm, keeping fit and socialising with friends
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