Board Effectiveness - Short talk - Board documentation

Seeing the wood for the trees … how to navigate infobesity

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Nici has had a long career at Fidelity International, starting in 1993, and has held various positions in both the UK and Luxembourg.  In 2001 she moved from the UK, where she had provided company secretarial support to Fidelity’s UK investment trusts, to Luxembourg to head up the company secretarial team.  In 2005 she became responsible for establishing the Office of the Conducting Officers for Fidelity’s self-managed SICAVs and returned to heading up the Luxembourg company secretarial team in 2013.  Today her prime responsibilities are the management and strategic operations of Fidelity’s company secretarial team for Continental Europe.


Karen currently holds a portfolio of director roles in corporate and nonprofit entities. Her focus is on social and business transformation with emphasis on inclusiveness, diversity and sustainable development.  She is Chair of the ILA Board Organisation and  Effectiveness Committee and a member of the Board Composition Committee. She is involved in awareness and advocacy initiatives on human rights matters with Time for Equality asbl.  She is a curling enthusiast and is building the sport in Luxembourg but is also active at the World Curling Federation to review the structure and governance.  Karen is also the Luxembourg Honorary Consul for Canada and representative for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Karen developed and honed her business and leadership skills as a professional and partner, with over 30 years of experience, at the global public accounting firm, EY. She has worked across geographies; Canada, Europe, Middle East, India and across service offerings and functional areas of the firm. She led a multidisciplinary team which consulted international groups on financial and tax matters on corporate cross-border transactions.  In her role of a global talent leader she has overseen and driven the adaptation and growth of global programs on Learning, Mobility and Coaching, and led the change management for a global business transformation project.

Karen is a Canadian Certified Professional Accountant and Luxembourg Reviseur d’ Entreprises, holds a Bachelor of Management degree and is a graduate of the Insead International Directors Program (IDP-C 2014).

GRAVE Anne-Catherine

Anne Catherine is the Chair of the ILA Company Secretary and Governance Officer Committee. Anne Catherine was the Partner in charge of Corporate Secretarial Services in Deloitte in Luxembourg. She has over 20 years' experience in Private Equity and Real Estate sectors.

Anne Catherine gained her extensive experience as part of the Management/Executive Committees of Arendt Services  in Luxembourg, as well as in her position as Executive Director of Bedell (becomes Ocorian), a Luxembourg Trust & Fund business of a Jersey Group. In both positions, she served as board members of various regulated and non-regulated clients’ entities. Anne Catherine’s area of activities included the compliance, corporate, internal control and risk management functions. She started her career as tax advisor in Ernst & Young  in Luxembourg and New York, before transitioning into a Senior Tax Lawyer position at a Luxembourg Law Firm, Arendt.

Anne Catherine holds Master degrees in Economics and in International & European law, a Post-graduate diplomas in Political Sciences as well as in International Business Law. She is also qualified as a Certified International Control Specialist and has a qualification in risk management. She was a Chartered Accountant in Luxembourg and a qualified attorney in France and Luxembourg.

Anne Catherine is fluent in French and English.


Sarah started her professional career as a lawyer and soon after moved to the public sector where she worked for 7 years in the ministry of Justice as a legal advisor (2003-2009) and for 4 years in the ministry of Finance (2009-2014) as chief of staff of the Minister of Finance.

In 2014 she changed back to the private sector where she worked as a Head of Strategy at BIL (Banque internationale à Luxembourg, from 2014-2017) and most recently as a Chief Compliance Officer at the Banque de Luxembourg (2017-2020).

In July 2020 Sarah decided to become a professional independent director. She served on the boards of BIL, the CSSF (financial regulator in Luxembourg, also as a chair), the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Today she is on the board of the International School of Luxembourg and on the advisory board to the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg.

LERE Mathilde

While working in the voluntary sector, public administrations and multinationals, in Europe, America and Oceania, Mathilde Leré came to be familiar with the pyramid system, the slow dance of the files to be signed, the juggling of time zones and armies of people ccing each other from N-3 to N+2.

For two years now, she has worked for IMS - Inspiring More Sustainability - the leading network of Luxembourg companies committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR). In charge of the ESF Info Flow Savvy project, she supports member organizations to identify factors of infobesity, this bombardment of information affecting all professionals at different scales, and to research "reducers" to preserve the human factor by finding time for value-added tasks, critical elements of professional satisfaction.