Strategic Board

Mr. John Bender

Chairman of Matthew Bender & Co. Holdings.

John Bender serves as Chairman of Matthew Bender & Co. Holdings, an investment office associated with one of the founding families of an Anglo-Dutch publishing concern. Amongst his responsibilities is the coordination of activities in the Far East, with a particular focus on China. He is also on the advisory board of a hedge fund specialising in systematically traded strategies in addition to being a board director of a privately-owned agribusiness company. Between 1988 and 2001, Mr. Bender specialised in Asian equity markets at Morgan Stanley, Barings and HSBC with the benefit of having spent much of his life in Hong Kong.

He has served as adviser to The Prince of Wales's charities office since 2004 and as councillor of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea between 1990 and 1994. Between 1993 and 2005, Mr. Bender acted as Chairman of the Dragon Club, an Asian public policy think tank. After his education at Eton and Harvard, he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Law in London. Mr. Bender is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners in addition to being an investment professional. He speaks English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish.