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Barbara Judge – Keynote Speaker

Chairman Institute of Directors and UK Pension Protection Fund

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Specialist Subjects

  • Energy Industry
  • Leadership
  • Investment Issues
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Regulation


  • English

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Lady Judge is Chairman of the Institute of Directors and Pension Protection Fund in the UK. She was Chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority from 2004-10. She is a trained commercial lawyer, who has had an unusually broad career as a senior executive, chairman and non-executive director in both the private and public sectors.

Earlier in her career, Lady Judge was appointed by the US President as the youngest-ever Commissioner of their Securities and Exchange Commission and initiated reforms to open the US capital markets to overseas investors and facilitate Americans investing in foreign securities.

She moved to Hong Kong as the first female main board executive director of a merchant bank, Samuel Montagu. She held a series of senior positions in banking in both the US and UK. She was Head of the International Private Banking Group of Bankers Trust and a director of United Asset Management, a US-based fund of asset management companies. She was also the first woman director of News International as well as deputy chairman of Friends Provident, one of Britain’s largest insurers and pension providers. In addition, she was a founder and chairman of Private Equity Investor, a London-listed fund of funds, among others.

Since 2010 Lady Judge has been Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee and Chairman of its Nuclear Safety Task Force. Prior thereto, she served as Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, overseeing the development and sale of its commercial arm, UKAEA, part of a major restructuring of the UK nuclear industry. During this time, she also served on the Board of Directors for the Government’s Energy Group and was a non-executive director of the then Department for Constitutional Affairs.

She is also Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and Juris Doctor with honours from New York University Law School and was a partner in a major US law firm specialising in corporate and financial transactions.

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