Penny Richards

Aspen Initiative, UK

Managing Director

Penny Richards is the Managing Director of the Aspen Initiative in the UK. She has an exceptional track record of delivering change and meaningful results for international organisations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the BBC. She spent many years working in foreign news at the BBC, finally as their Asia Bureaux Editor, responsible for the news coverage of half the world’s population. She has also been the COO for The Elders, a group of independent former world leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter, working together for peace and human rights. Most recently she was the Executive Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, the wine industry’s only international global education and membership organisation.