In the pursuit of a new relationship between people, planet and profit, the covid-19 pandemic and its economic consequences have powerfully demonstrated that delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can not be achieved without better quality public leadership and citizenship.

Lyceum is a dedicated leadership and public policy advisory firm. We advise and support public leaders - from government, business, philanthropy and social sectors - on the upgrading of national public leadership systems, the design of nation-building programs and the incubation of social impact investment initiatives.

Through our work advising and supporting public leaders, business executives and civil society organisations around the world for over 25 years, we know that transitioning economies and societies is perilously difficult. Vision is easy. Real progress is hard.


The key to success lies in harnessing the combined power of robust public leadership systems, innovative circular economy solutions and scaleable impact capital.

That's our mission at Lyceum.


Our Services


Leadership System Advisory

We provide strategic counsel to leaders in government on vision, strategy and governance challenges and advise them on upgrading the centre of government systems and capabilities on which they depend.

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Strategy & Public
Policy Consulting

We develop timely, actionable insights and practical solutions to complex public policy issues for decision makers in government and business across a range of socio-economic, sustainability and governance challenges.

SDG Impact Collaboratory

We bring together subject matter experts, social innovators and impact investors to identify, propose, co-design and scale innovative solutions to SDG challenges that drive shared value creation.

Leadership Development Programs

We work with strategic partners, including donors and philanthropists, to design and deliver leadership development programs for inspiring the next generation of public leaders and equipping them with the  adaptive leadership skills to succeed.

Our Team

Global, multidisciplinary and multicultural leadership experience


Tony Goldner

Co-Founder | Chief Executive Officer

With a multi-disciplinary career spanning diplomacy, investment banking and strategy consulting, Tony advises a wide range of clients at the intersection of government, business and finance.

Tony has extensive experience providing discreet counsel to Heads of Government, Heads of State and their advisory teams on strategic policy challenges and national reform agendas to drive prosperity and security. He also advises national leaders on upgrading the Centre of Government decision support systems on which they rely and architects and incubates social impact ventures designed to accelerate progress in achieving SDG outcomes.  

Tony frequently works with top-tier strategy consulting firms and is a Senior Consultant with the Global Governance practice at the World Bank. He is a former partner at Monitor Deloitte where he was a senior member of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional leadership team and supervising talent/HR partner for the regional strategy practice. At Monitor Group he led the firm's centre of government advisory practice globally and was a founding member of Monitor's National Economic Development & Security Practice.

Earlier in his career Tony worked in corporate finance with Deutsche Bank AG and was an Australian diplomat and foreign policy analyst focused on the East Asia and Indian Ocean economic and trade integration issues.

Tony graduated with distinction as one of ten Littauer Fellows from the Master of Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also has a first class honours degree in economics from the University of Sydney, a second masters degree in diplomacy and statecraft from Monash University and is a graduate of the Sustainable Finance Executive Education Program at Cambridge University.


Giovanna Alvarez-Negretti

Co-Founder | Director

Giovanna is an experienced leader and executive of not-for-profit organisations with experience spanning the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Giovanna has also served as an advisor to national leaders on issues of civic engagement and developed and convened numerous public leadership training programs around the world, particularly for under-served communities, including women, minorities and indigenous groups.

Giovanna is currently the Executive Director of the Online Progressive Engagement Network (OPEN) and was previously the Middle East Regional Director for the American Friends Services Committee, a Nobel prize wining peace-building organisation. Earlier in her career she founded and led Oiste, a Boston based advocacy organisation focused on Latino political rights and engagement, for over a decade. She created and led the Institute for Diversity in Civil Leadership (IDCL) program in Boston MA. and has also delivered civic leadership trainings programs for a number of European universities and international organisations.

Giovanna is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College. She is an Eisenhower Fellow and is the recipient of numerous leadership awards in the United States including the John F. Kennedy Award.


Michael Wenban

Senior Adviser

With more than 30 years of multi-disciplinary practice and senior management experience, Michael provides independent and objective counsel to senior decision-makers across the private, public, and non-profit sectors on their toughest choices.

Among his portfolio of work, Michael has advised the highest levels of leadership in government and international organizations on strategy, policy and center of government reform challenges. 

Previously, Michael was a partner at Deloitte Canada, where he was a leader in Monitor Deloitte’s social finance, innovation and enterprise strategy practice. Before Monitor Deloitte, Michael was a Senior Partner at Monitor Group, where his leadership responsibilities and activities included serving as a Member of the global Board of Directors, Chair of the global Partnership Committee and President of The Monitor Institute.

Michael began his career in international capital markets in London and New York as a lawyer with the international firm Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer and worked in industry with the global conglomerate Trafalgar House.

Michael has a joint first class honours undergraduate degree in History and Law from the University of Cambridge and Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto (Faculty of Law) and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Business School) and is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.


Ydir Vissers

Senior Adviser

Ydir is a former Partner at the Monitor Group, including leadership roles as managing partner for the Middle East between 2008 and 2011 and the managing partner for the global government and economic development practice from 2011 to 2013. In that capacity, Ydir served cabinet-level ministers and  executives from global multinational corporates on a range of strategic public policy challenges at the intersection of business and government including national economic development strategy, strategic investment facilitation and sustainability.

Since leaving Monitor in 2013, Ydir has continued to serve as a corporate strategy and business development adviser to global businesses expanding into emerging markets. Ydir’s areas of expertise range from corporate strategy and market entry strategy, to economic development and the development of new geopolitical bilateral relations for Governments.

Prior to his consulting career, Ydir worked in derivative trading and risk assessment with RaboBank and for the Dutch Ministry of Defence on political and military risk analysis for Dutch peacekeeping missions.

Ydir is a graduate from the Eindhoven University of Technology with a Masters degrees in Industrial Engineering and Physics. He subsequently received a post-graduate degree in International Relations from Instituut Clingendael, as well as various Executive Program certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Robert Beschel

Senior Adviser

Bob is a former senior official at the World Bank Group and recognised as a leading global expert on public sector governance and institutional reform challenges. 

As Global Lead of the World Bank's Center-of-Government practice, Bob expanded the Bank’s engagement on center-of-government capacity and performance issues to more than 40 countries across five continents. This included work with president's and prime minister’s offices, cabinet offices and other institutions at the apex of government on issues of 'joined up' policy coordination, performance monitoring and SDG implementation. 

Bob has particularly deep experience in the Middle East, having led the Middle East Governance practice at the World Bank and served as Director of Policy at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kuwait while on leave from the Bank.  Earlier in his career, Bob worked on poverty reduction challenges in South Asia and anti-corruption capability programs at both the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Bob holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He is the author of numerous reports and books, including most recently Public Sector Reform in the Middle East and North Africa with Tarik Yousef published by Brookings in 2020.


Logan Stanton

Senior Adviser

Logan works at the intersection of business and government, building cross-sector dialogue and partnerships, advising on complex public policy risks and growth market opportunities with a particular focus on global food, energy and water security challenges.

For seven years, Logan served as Head of North America for the World Economic Forum, managing the engagement of businesses and governments and their senior executives from across North America in a range of WEF platforms and strategic initiatives.

Logan began his career with the US Army as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division. He commanded an Air Assault Infantry Company along the DMZ in the Republic of Korea and later served with the elite 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Logan is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and holds a Master in Global Leadership from the World Economic Forum. He received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Utah. 


María de Lourdes Ortiz Rodríguez

Senior Associate

Lourdes is a leadership and capacity building specialist focused on revitalizing public education systems through the professional development of teachers and by empowering the leadership skills of education sector leaders across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Lourdes is the Director of Revitalizing Puerto Rico at the Flamboyan Foundation based in Washington DC and Puerto Rico where she leads efforts to drive and support Flamboyan’s strategic philanthropic investments and initiatives in the Puerto Rican public school system.  

Internationally, Lourdes facilitates adaptive leadership training programs, including for international business schools and not for profit organisations focused on civic engagement.

Lourdes has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s
degree in Non-Profit Management.

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Víctor Pérez García

Senior Associate

Víctor is an international affairs and political strategy specialist, with experience in strategy consulting, non-profit management, political mediation, group facilitation and leadership trainings.

Over the past decade, Víctor has worked in think tanks and political consultancies based in Europe, North America, and East Asia, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, NYU Shanghai or the IESE Center for Globalization and Strategy.

Víctor was the National Coordinator of the Spanish affiliate of the It Gets Better Project, a global non-profit LGBTQ rights organization, and he is the Managing Director for Education Initiatives at the Humanity Lab Foundation, a global development non-profit organization.

Víctor co-facilitates civil dialogue and mediation processes with political groups in South Asia and had led political dialogue initiatives in Catalonia. He has also developed and convened public leadership group trainings with members of social movements worldwide.

Víctor holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a double degree in Economics and Business Management and Administration from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.


Mariam El-Maghrabi


Mariam works at the intersection of applied economic research, governance and sustainable development and has played a key role in fostering a number of collaborative initiatives between the Washington DC and Geneva global development communities.

As a principal researcher on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the World Bank Group, Mariam has specialised in applied research on country-specific economic growth and related governance challenges.

She has supported the design of country-level reform agendas aligned to the SDGs, co-authored and contributed to a number of econometric reports published by the World Bank and supported the delivery of leadership and capability building programs for a range of government organisations, including national statistical agencies. Mariam also represented the World Bank in several inter-agency working committees on data and development-related initiatives.

Mariam is a graduate in Applied Economics from George Washington University, and a dual-degree in Economics and International Relations at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.