Founding Chairman of Trustees
Anthony Julius is a British solicitor, advocate and academic. He is Deputy Chairman of the London law firm, Mishcon de Reya and holds the Chair in Law and the Arts in the Faculty of Law at University College London.
Julius was co-founder and first chairman, and then Vice President, of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, and continues to serve as a Trustee on several charitable and non-profit organisations, including English PEN, the founding centre of a worldwide writers’ association.
Julius represented Deborah Lipstadt, successfully defending her against a libel suit brought against her by Holocaust denier, David Irving. A feature film about the case, Denial, was released in 2016 with Julius played by Andrew Scott.
He is a noted author who has written extensively on law, literature, art and culture. He is currently writing his fifth book, on censorship of the arts in liberal democracies; it is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
Julius has been chairman of the board of The Jewish Chronicle, Chairman of the London Consortium and a visiting professor at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Svetlana Dragayeva is CEO of the London-based feeltech company Fountain Digital Labs and creator of the BAFTA-winning app Virry and Virry Virtual Reality series.
She was named one of London's most influential people of 2016 in Tech, in the Evening Standard.
Svetlana spent ten years in film production and then went on to focus her digital knowledge in the education and emotional wellness sectors. She has degrees in cognitive linguistics, politics, cultural studies, narratology, and also taught film at OSU. She is currently finishing her PhD at University College London.
Over the past seventeen years, Susanne Marian has been involved in the production, development and funding of feature films for the international market. She has worked with numerous directors including Shirin Neshat, Gaspar Noé, Ulrich Seidl, Michelangelo Frammartino, Roy Andersson, Jessica Hausner, and Carlos Reygadas. Her collaboration with Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s epic art and film project DAU began in 2005, where she is currently executive producer of the project’s Berlin launch.
Simon Shvarts has been a leading technology advisor to a number of international startups in financial technology, automotive industries and entertainment sectors.
Prior to this, Simon held significant positions in engineering leadership on behalf of several Silicon Valley entities, lending his expertise in managing large scale enterprise software projects.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics form St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.