John J. Studzinski CBE is Vice Chairman and a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone where he holds special responsibility for a number of sovereign and institutional relationships, as well as ultra-high-net-worth families. Mr. Studzinski joined Blackstone in 2006 as Global Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, which he ran for nearly a decade. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he also has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He joined Morgan Stanley in New York in 1980 and since then has spent much of his career in London, where he served as Head of European Investment Banking and Deputy Chairman of Morgan Stanley International before moving to HSBC in 2003 as a member of the Group Management Board and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division. In 2007 Mr. Studzinski was voted Banker of the Year by The Bank of England. Mr. Studzinski received the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy, and the Prince of Wales Ambassador Award for his work with the homeless. He is Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a UK-based charitable foundation that nurtures the careers of outstanding young artists, developing their talents and giving them access to influential mentors and valuable networks. He is Vice Chair of Human Rights Watch and is actively involved with various initiatives and organizations to address the issue of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Mr. Studzinski serves on the US boards of The J. Paul Getty Trust, Signature Theatre and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies; and in the UK, American Patrons of Tate. He is also a member of The Atlantic Council, The Council on Foreign Relations and The Peterson Institute. Mr. Studzinski holds the Papal honors of Knight of the Order of St. Gregory and Knight Commander of Saint Sylvester and in 2004 was awarded the Beacon Prize for Philanthropy. In 2008, the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List named him Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Arts and Charity.