Aspen Institute Zelmira

Zelmira Koch Polk

Zelmira Koch Polk (Trustee) is a senior business executive with extensive experience building and turning around businesses internationally. She has worked in finance, crisis communications and management consulting with specialization in the education and healthcare sectors. She has particular skills entering new geographic markets and adapting businesses to regulatory and cultural demands. Zelmira is a Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors and serves on the board of directors of EdTech X Holdings, the world’s first publicly listed special purpose acquisition company focused on education and education technology, ARFA Röhrenwerke AG, a Swiss steel company, CambioScience, a Cambridge based AI powered online professional training and accreditation group, advisory board of WISE Innovator and vice-chair governor of Beavers School, Hounslow (UK). Prior to the Hearth, Zelmira founded and ran the international division of Chartwell Education Group, an education-consulting group created by the former U.S. Secretary of Education. Zelmira has served on the international advisory council of the International Crisis Group, vice-president and board member of the One Bright World Foundation and advisory board of Oxford Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarship and Leadership Trust.