Zelmira Koch Polk (Trustee) is the managing director of the Hearth Advisors, a global education and healthcare advisory firm specialised in building and turning around businesses. Zelmira is a co-founder of a new British fully immersive, virtual 16+ school, looking to challenge the way online schooling is being delivered and assessed. Prior to the Hearth, Zelmira founded and ran the international division of Chartwell Education Group, consulting group created by the former U.S. Secretary of Education. Zelmira spent the first part of her career working in crisis management and corporate public relations with Dilenschneider Group and M&A banking at Credit Suisse First Boston before focusing on education and health. Zelmira is an IOD Chartered Director and serves on the board of directors of Obrizum Group, an AI-powered adaptive online professional training group, AIDG Genomics, a diagnostics company focused on oncology, hereditary and infectious diseases,Expert Impact,Governor, and vice-chair of board at Beavers School Hounslow, and advisory board of World Innovation Summit (WISE). Zelmira previously served on the board of EdTech X Holdings, the world’s first publicly listed SPAC focused on education, ARFA Röhrenwerke AG, a Swiss steel company, served on international advisory council of the International Crisis Group and Oxford Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarship Trust. Zelmira lives in London and speaks five languages.
Zelmira Koch Polk