Leadership Legends

Event Info

Wed 21 Nov, 2012 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Central London - Details will be shared with registered attendees
Cost: GBP20 for those registering before 27th Oct



Genius Incubator Ltd Presents

Leadership Legends 

on 21st November, we present to you 

Tales of three leaders who dared to dream

Susan Payne CEO Emvest, Marisa Drew Co-Heads Global Markets Credit Suisse

& Sarah Curran, Founder & CEO My Wardrobe  

Leaders who chose the road less travelled,

navigated the adventure with courage, grit and gumption,

and have made themselves a place with panache.

It is legends such as these that awaken our sprit of achievement

and fuel our ambition

Be there, be inspired !

Register now at http://leadershiplegends.eventbrite.com

Early bird ticket available for GBP20 until 27th Oct


Cass Business School (TBC)

Details will be shared with those who register

Date: 21st November

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm 

The women dared to dream

Susan Payne


    Susan is the CEO of EmVest, which was previously part of Emergent Asset Management, where Susan was CEO and she spun out Emvest when she exited the investment group. Payne last year sold her stake in EAM, an emerging markets private equity investment company she founded in 1997, to buyout its Africa-focused EmVest platform. The buyout also included the Emergent African Land Fund.

Susan has worked in the emerging markets on both the sell and buy side for over 20 years. After having been called to the Bar in Canada in 1985, Susan joined JP Morgan in 1986, where she was Head of Emerging Markets Sales, Europe. In 1993, Susan joined Goldman Sachs International as an Executive Director and Head of Emerging Markets Debt Sales and Trading, Europe. In 1997, Susan founded Emergent Asset Management Limited, an award–winning, alternative investment firm based in the UK, where Susan managed EM portfolios, as well as focusing on developing the firm’s Real Assets division in Africa through Emergent's "Pro Alia Management" and EmVest Asset Management and Agri Corp. EmVest currently manages an agri fund involving growing, processing and distributing various commodities across 5 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

EmVest's head office is based in Pretoria, South Africa. In 2006 Susan was awarded a Shell UK Women of the Future Award. Susan is on the Board of MyC4, a microfinance business focused on ending poverty in Africa, and is a Patron of the Africa-focused charity Medical Aid Films. She is also Head of the UK Chapter of 85 Broads, the largest professional women’s network in the world. 

Marisa Drew


Marisa Drew is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, based in London.

She is Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group and Co-Head of Leveraged Finance Origination and Restructuring. Ms. Drew is a member of the Investment Banking Department Management Committee and the GMSG Global Operating Committee.

Ms. Drew has been in the investment banking business for over twenty five years. Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston in 2003, Ms. Drew was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch for eleven years. Ms. Drew also previously worked for private equity firm, the Trump Group and Kidder Peabody.

Ms. Drew is the founder of the Competitors’ Diversity Forum and is a member of the C200, an organization comprised of the top women in business globally. Ms. Drew has been recognized by Financial News in its “100 Most Influential Women in Finance” list in every year from its inception in 2007 through 2010. She was recognized with the annual award for Achievement in Finance from the WIBF in 2008 and the Wharton Distinguished Alumni Award in October 2009. Ms Drew is on the advisory boards of Women in Banking (WiBF) and the charities, Room-to-Read and the Chello Foundation.

Ms. Drew received a B.A. in Finance and Marketing with distinction from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School.

Sarah Curran

Sarah Curran is the founder and CEO of online clothing retail empire My-wardrobe.com.  

My-wardrobe.com is a fast-growing online fashion retailer. Specialising in “accessible luxury” designer brands for men and women, my-wardrobe offers a unique range of current-season fashion from the likes of Polo Ralph Lauren, Anya Hindmarch, Mulberry, D&G, 3.1 Phillip Lim and By Malene Birger. With an experienced buying team, class-leading customer service, and innovations such as click-to-buy video content and the award-winning “my-tv”, my-wardrobe has become one of the UK’s most talked-about online shopping destinations.

My Wardrobe has received a GBP6m funding from Balderton Capital. 

Sales have nearly doubled every year since Curran launched My-wardrobe just over five years ago and the company is now stepping up expansion abroad. While the British high street struggles in the face of the economic downturn, My-wardrobe saw 68% sales growth in the first half of this year. Sales doubled in the 12 months to May after Curran introduced more upmarket brands such as Missoni and Phillip Lim. More than 900,000 shoppers visit the site each month to view collections from 180 designers, spending an average of £260.Curran points to 100 per cent sales growth year on year as testament to the "massive global potential" of the brand and a coveted Drapers Best Customer Experience award in 2010 shows that investment in back-end technology is paying off.


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