The YBI network team is primarily based in London and exists to promote and support the work of YBI members around the world. We aim to do this in three key areas:

  1. Global knowledge and expertise – developing and sharing best practice on the most effective ways to support young entrepreneurs, through toolkits, regional workshops and policy reports.
  2. International resources and platforms – working collectively to raise awareness of the importance of supporting young entrepreneurs, through initiatives such as the Clinton Global Initiative, G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance and Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  3. Leading-edge technology – collaborating to build a leading-edge technology platform on Salesforce, which is slashing members’ operational costs.

Management team

Andrew Devenport: Chief Executive Officer
Maarten Rooney: Finance Director / Chief Operating Officer
Andrew Fiddaman: Executive Director
Helen Osborne: Research, Strategy and Performance
Sarah McMillan: Director, Network Expansion
Dianne Cornes: Director, Network Expansion
Steve Metcalfe: Communications Director
Mary Mills-Brown: Director, Administration & HR
Rohati Chapman: Director of Partnership Programmes

Board of trustees

Chair: Sir Malcolm Williamson

Sir Malcolm worked for Barclays Bank PLC from 1957 to 1985. He was then appointed a member of the Post Office Board and Managing Director of Girobank plc. In 1989, he joined Standard Chartered PLC and became Group Chief Executive. In 1998, he moved to San Francisco, USA, as President and CEO of Visa International until 2004.

Sir Malcolm’s current non-executive roles are Chairman of Friends Life Group plc, Invicta Card Services Ltd and the Cass Business School Strategy and Development Board.

He was previously Chairman of Signet Jewelers Ltd, National Australia Group Europe Ltd / Clydesdale Bank PLC and a Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Ltd. He has also previously served as Chairman of CDC Group, Deputy Chairman of Resolution, Chairman of Britannic Group and was a non-executive director of JP Morgan Cazenove Holdings, G4S and the National Grid Group. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees for the International Business Leaders Forum.

Chief Executive Officer: Andrew Devenport

Andrew is Chief Executive of Youth Business International and leads the global network’s efforts to help more young entrepreneurs start up in business. He is an expert on youth entrepreneurship around the world and works closely with YBI members on issues such as resourcing, operations and governance.

He focuses particularly on the strategic development of the global network and initiating and managing complex multi-stakeholder relationships across the world. Prior to joining YBI, Andrew spent 18 years in investment banking, most recently as a managing director at Goldman Sachs.

Lawrence Dickinson 

Lawrence is the Company Secretary of Barclays. He joined the bank from University in 1979 and undertook a variety of branch, regional and head office roles before becoming a branch manager.  He then moved to Group Strategy and Planning where he was responsible for the development and implementation of economic capital, the basis for the Group’s performance measurement system.
Lawrence was appointed Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Executive Officer in 1998.  Following a short spell as Global Chief Operating Officer in the Private Bank, Lawrence was appointed Company Secretary in September, 2002.

John Downie

John Downie is Managing Director – Resources EALA in Accenture’s London office.  He specialises in strategy and organisational development, as well as M&A and large scale transformation.

He has served clients throughout Europe, Asia and North America. John holds a Bachelors degree in Applied Science from Swinburne University in Melbourne and a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School. He is married with two children.

Frances Le Grys

Frances is a corporate partner at the international law firm Hogan Lovells.  She has experience of a wide range of M&A activities, including acquisitions and shareholder arrangements and alliances for listed and unlisted clients.

Her particular focus is in the retail, media, communications and technology sectors. She regularly works on major cross border and multi-jurisdictional matters, and, having spent several years living and working in Tokyo, works closely with a number of major Japanese companies.

Adam Lury

Adam co-founded and ran HHCL – the advertising agency voted Agency of the Decade in 1999. He now runs a management consultancy practice that works with CEOs. He is a nonexecutive director of Impower consulting, a trustee of One World Action, and mentors small businesses in the south west of England. He has also published four novels.

Andrew Neden

Andrew advises numerous clients in the financial sector, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions, with extensive experience in both public and private transactions, mergers and cross border acquisitions and joint ventures.

He also has significant experience of diverse global and local economies, with work in Asia, Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Liz Padmore

Liz Padmore is an independent consultant, international advisor, mentor and Board Director. She was previously a strategy partner and Global Director of Policy & Corporate Affairs at Accenture, and currently works with the Oxford Business School.

While global head of Accenture’s strategic think tank she led studies into issues such as entrepreneurship, innovation, corporate reputation, trust, leadership and the role of business as a force for sustainable economic and social development.

Fadi Sarkis

Fadi is a Senior Partner at Sarkis & Associates, one of largest well integrated law firms in Syria. He joined the firm in 1996 and is a key figure in both domestic and cross-border issues. He is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees to Syrian YBI member organisation BIDAYA.

In the area of development, Fadi has acquired vast experience as a legal expert and consultant for EU, World Bank and UN development projects in Syria and abroad.

Victor Sedov

Since its inception in 2002, Victor Sedov has been the President and the Executive Director of the U.S. Russia Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE). CFE is a catalyst organisation advancing the role and scope of entrepreneurship in Russia.  CFE is funded by the U.S.-Russia Foundation.

Victor serves on the Board of Directors of the Russian Microfinance Centre as the Chairman. In 2008 he was elected to the President of the largest Russian business association OPORA and to the BOD of Junior Achievement Russia. Victor helped establish the Russian Association of Entrepreneurship Education and currently serves on its Board.

Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne

Sriyan is the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Textured Jersey Lanka Plc, which is one of the Top 50 Business Entities in Sri Lanka.  Sriyan has previously served as the Country Manager of Microsoft for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, which encompassed Maldives and Nepal as well.

Sriyan possesses a First Class in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree , and is a Fellow Member of CIMA and a CGMA. He has won several Professional and Academic awards, including being adjudged the “Business Manager of the Year2005” by CIMA Sri Lanka.

Sriyan has been an international speaker, and servers on numerous Advisory Groups, Committees, Boards, and in several Social organizations. He commenced his career at Nestles, and moved into Telecommunication prior to these appointments.

David Stewart-Patterson

David Stewart-Patterson is Vice President, Public Policy, for Canada’s foremost independent and not-for-profit applied research organization, The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC).  With close to 200 employees, CBoC is non-partisan and funded exclusively by the fees it charges for services to public and private sector clients. CBoC is affiliated with but independent from The Conference Board, Inc. of New York.

David is responsible for 15 research centres and executive networks that address issues ranging from national security and Canada’s North to health care, energy, environment and innovation.


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