Oxford Foundry Director joins Fast Company’s Impact Council

Ana Bakshi has joined the Fast company's Impact Council

Ana Bakshi, Director of the Oxford Foundry, has joined the Fast Company’s new Impact Council - an invitation-only collective of CEOs, Founders, innovative leaders and the most creative people in business.

Set up as Fast Company prepares to enter its 25th year, this new initiative aims to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

The Council brings together 200 diverse business and cultural leaders - and people who don’t normally travel in the same circles - for meaningful conversations to shape the future, effect change and create innovative, robust businesses that have a positive impact. 

The Impact Council is a body of the most inventive founders, energetic CEOs, designers and artists, and visionaries—coming together to share knowledge, ideas, and perspectives on business, society, innovation, and design.” Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief, Fast Company 


Ana Bakshi said, “It’s an honour to be asked to join such a powerful global network. Now more than ever we need to urgently come up with new collaborations and new ways of thinking and acting to address the challenges we face as a society.

Higher Education has a central role to play, and it’s vital that institutions like Oxford are part of business and cultural exchanges. There are 2.4 million students studying at universities in the UK, and it’s our duty to instil the right skills and resilience in our future leaders. We are accountable for giving students the right foundation values and finding new ways to evolve support to give students the best possible chance of success.

At the Foundry we’re building resources and networks of opportunity that bring together industry, academia and students across different disciplines to tackle challenges. The Council is truly diverse, and diversity of thought and diversity of people is what leads to the most successful innovation and what we need to instil in our future workforce. We’re building a new generation of ventures that think of social and environmental concerns from day one, not just profits.”

Members of the Impact Council include:

Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal, Melanie Whelan, Founder of Soul Cycle, Zander Lurie, CEO of SurveyMonkey, Andrew Morse, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CNN Digital Worldwide, CNN, Gretchen Saegh-Fleming, Chief Marketing Officer, L’Oreal USA, Omer Ismail, Partner at Goldman Sachs, Howie Liu, Co-founder & CEO, Airtable, Jen Wong, COO of Reddit, Heidi O’Neill, President, Nike Direct, and Howard W. Buffett, Adjunct Associate Professor and Research Scholar, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Impact Council members are featured in a special November 2019 issue of Fast Company’s magazine on New Capitalism.

At the recent first meeting in New York, the Council were joined by actress, producer, and founder of Henry Rose, Michelle Pfeiffer; filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail DisneyJim Coulter, Co-CEO and founding partner of TPG; Caterina Fake, a serial entrepreneur and host of the Should This Exist? podcast; NYU professor and author Scott Galloway; and former Apple designer Imran Chaudhri, Co-founder of Humane.

The Impact Council is sponsored by McKinsey & Company and SAP. For more details and a full list of Impact Council members go to https://www.fcimpactcouncil.com/