Ken is passionate about helping others feel connected and at peace with God, themselves, and their neighbours in a society that often excludes spirituality from the working world. Through teachings and books, he reveals how to find purpose in a volatile, uncertain and anxious world.
Ken is Chairman Emeritus of Alpha International, which promotes Alpha – an introduction to the Christian faith attended by over 2 million people in the UK and 27 million worldwide – and is Dean of Leadership College London.
Passionate about creating connections in a divided world, he is Chairman of The Reconciling Leaders Network for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Head of The Anglican Communion. He is also chairman of Worship Central, a movement promoting worship events and courses worldwide.
Ken has been in investment banking for 40 years, serving as chairman of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for UBS Investment Bank and vice chairman of the group’s investment banking business globally. He became chairman of Lazard International, during which time he worked in mergers and acquisitions, advising global corporations on their international strategies. Ken has been involved in many rainmaker deals, including the sale of Harrods to the Qatari royal family in 2010. In 2016, he was named one of the top deal advisers in Europe over the past 20 years. He is currently co-chairman of Alvarium Investments, a global multi-family investment company.
Ken was Chairman of the Tick Tock Club appeal on behalf of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital; a member of the Advisory Council of the London Symphony Orchestra; and a Trustee of the UK arm of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
Ken grew up in South Africa and studied Law and Philosophy in Johannesburg, where he was a student activist championing academic freedom and the fight against racial segregation.
Ken received a Masters of Law degree and a certificate in theology from the University of Cambridge. Ken is also the Emeritus Professor of Commerce at Gresham College in the City of London.
He currently lives in London with his wife, Dr. Fiona Costa, a classical musician and research fellow at the University of Roehampton. They have four adult children and two grandchildren.