Board Members

Pestalozzi World is a family of nonprofit organisations supporting children with extraordinary potential who live in poverty. The Pestalozzi World family is coordinated by the UK and includes Pestalozzi Charities in the USA, Switzerland, Ireland, Zambia, India and Nepal.

Kenneth Greatbatch

Board Chair, Pestalozzi World UK

As Chief Financial Officer of two public companies and of private equity owned international businesses and Chief Executive of an Australasian group Ken has spent the last twenty-five years of his career restructuring and expanding businesses around the World.

Ken was the “architect and visionary” behind the acquisition, restructuring, expansion and subsequent $2bn flotation on the London Stock Exchange of AZ Electronic Materials SA.

Most recently he was Chief Executive of GEMS, a UAE headquartered private education group, with 100,000 pupils and forty schools in the Gulf, and an adviser to Private Equity owned companies in Germany and the U.K.

 He is a Chartered Accountant and Trustee of The Greatbatch Family Trust.

Patric Klees

Board Member, Pestalozzi World UK

Patric is a global investor, entrepreneur and Founder of Propulsion Equity AG. He seeks to inspire entrepreneurial leaders to exceed their expectations about what is possible-empowering them with creative solutions, ambitious stewardship, and access to resources to transform their businesses and create superior value.

Patric channels his skills and interests into Board Member positions at two social enterprises Pestalozzi World have invested in which aim to broaden our delivery of high quality education in Africa.

Patric joined the Board as an Advisor in 2020

Anthony Dub

Board Member, Pestalozzi World UK

Anthony Dub is Chairman of Indigo Capital, a financial advisory firm based in New York. 

Before forming Indigo Capital in 1997, he was an officer of Credit Suisse First Boston, where he served for 26 years, having led the Asset Finance, Mortgage Finance, Capital Markets, and Investment Banking practices. 

Indigo Capital has invested in over 20 startups including BlueMatrix, Capital IQ, Lucid, and Morning Consult.  

He was a member of the Board of Directors of Range Resources (NYSE:  RRC) from 1995 to 2020 and served on the Audit and Compensation Committees. 

Tony received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1971

Simon Wakely

Board Member, Pestalozzi World UK

After twenty years of developing international markets for gemstones, Simon was appointed Director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award World Fellowship in 1991, recruiting major donors to support the expansion of the Award programme for young people around the world.

In 1999 he was involved in setting up a new charity, Friends of Africa, to help young people in East and West Africa learn employable skills and develop sustainable livelihoods. 

In 2007 he joined Pestalozzi World Children’s Trust as Executive Officer, retiring in 2013 to become an Advisory Director then in 2017 a Trustee.  

Elizabeth Beim

Board Member, Pestalozzi World UK

Elizabeth served as the Development and Public Affairs Officer for Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation and was Senior Director on Cultural Affairs at the Americas Society. She earned her degree at Hollins College before her graduate studies at the London School of Economics. 

Gerard Silverlock

Board Member, Pestalozzi World UK

Gerard was Headmaster of King’s College Junior School, Wimbledon, from September 2006 until his retirement in August 2021.  He read history at the universities of London and Bristol and holds a PhD from King’s College London War Studies Department.  Gerard taught A Level history at Millfield School and was Head of Department at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire before becoming a prep school headmaster.
He served on the finance committees of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and the Independent Schools’ Council and was Vice-Chairman of the IAPS.

François von Hurter

Board Member, Pestalozzi World UK

Francois has been a trustee of POCT for more than twenty years.
He is co-founder and publisher of Bitter Lemon Press, an independent publishing house.
His first career was in investment banking where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions and worked in NY, London and Riyadh.
A Swiss national, he resides with his family in London.

Caroline Doggart

Board Member, Pestalozzi World UK

Educated at Girton College, Cambridge and Imperial College London, Caroline began her career at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

In 1970, she wrote “Tax Havens and their Uses”. The publication went on to become the Economist Group’s bestselling publication, with 11 editions until 2005.

Caroline has worked as a senior development economist for the World Bank in Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, Ecuador, Botswana, Haiti, the Maldive Islands and Paraguay.

She has contributed to The Financial Times, The Independent and The Economist, is a Board Member of the Maria Montessori Training Organisation and a founder of the ICEA (International Consulting Economists’ Association).


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