Meet The Team
Board of Directors
Alan McCormick is a Partner of Legatum. He has been with the firm for 12 years serving in various capacities with a wide range of management responsibilities, including business development and corporate strategy, with a particular focus on the group’s social investment portfolio. Mr. McCormick serves on the boards of directors of a number of philanthropic organizations including the END Fund and Freedom Fund, and is Chairman of the London-based Legatum Institute, a leading public policy organization. Mr. McCormick was formerly a Vice President of Marketing for JP Morgan. He graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London with a BA in Politics and History.
Director & Secretary
Andrew founded Plenitude Partners to help wealthy families find greater meaning and purpose and flourish over successive generations. His clients include Giving Pledge families from Australia and Africa, multi-generation UAE based families and the Kore Alliance, a global peer network of ultra-high net worth families. Previously, he served as Vice President of Strategy at Legatum, playing a lead role in building Legatum’s philanthropic portfolio including the development and launch of the Luminos Fund. He co-created and facilitated the annual Legacy Roundtable for next generation wealth holders and created and led the annual Legatum Leadership Forum for CEOs within the Group.
Erin Ganju is a Managing Director at Echidna Giving, one of the largest private funders in girls’ education in lower-income countries. Erin joined Echidna Giving from Room to Read, the internationally lauded NGO she co-founded to advance literacy and gender equality. During her tenures as COO and CEO, Room to Read helped over 12 million children in 15 countries pursue a quality education. Erin was instrumental in the design and implementation of the organization’s scalable, replicable model. Erin captured her experiences and insights as co-author of Scaling Global Change: A Social Entrepreneur’s Guide to Surviving the Start-up Phase and Driving Impact. The book is a how-to guide for social entrepreneurs who have a vision to change the world and need a strong organizational foundation to do it, utilizing Room to Read as an organizational case study.
George Kronnisanyon Werner
George Kronnisanyon Werner is an experienced public-sector leader and innovator who has spearheaded successful national and government-wide reform programs across a range of areas including health and education workforce reforms. He served as Liberia’s Minister of Education from 2015 to 2018. As Minister, despite inheriting an education system devastated by years of civil war and the Ebola outbreak, he led bold reforms aimed at overhauling the education system to give all Liberian children access to free, quality education. He also launched the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) initiative, now called LEAP, leveraging the experience of local and international education providers to deliver rapid gains in education quality for Liberia’s children. Since leaving public service in 2018, he has used his first-hand knowledge to assist other African and Asian leaders to implement transformative reform agendas aimed at developing human capital and maximizing demographic dividends for long-term economic growth.
Director & Treasurer
Philip Vassiliou is the Chief Investment Officer and Partner of Legatum, primarily responsible for the oversight of Legatum’s capital markets activities. Prior to joining Legatum’s predecessor, Sovereign Global in 2004, Mr. Vassiliou worked for the Dubai Development Investment Authority (DDIA) promoting foreign direct investment in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Before joining the DDIA, Mr. Vassiliou worked in the Equities & Private Wealth divisions of Goldman Sachs & Co. in both New York and London. Mr. Vassiliou is a graduate of Babson College (Wellesley, MA) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Finance and Economics.