Diane Stewart presently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of PILnet.
Diane is an attorney, a private company investor and advisor, and a fiduciary. She has her own legal consultancy based in London specializing in corporate finance transactions and general counsel services to private US and international companies and to private equity investors. As an investor, she is a venture partner in early-stage UK-based investment group Ascension Ventures and focuses on investing in women founders and socially impactful for-profit ventures. In her earlier career she was a corporate transactional attorney and partner with Coudert Brothers in its San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore offices, and she was Director of Strategic M&A Development for the Norwegian telecom Telenor in Southeast Asia.
Diane serves on the Advisory Councils of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and on the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, both at Stanford University. She co-founded the Stanford Women’s Network UK in 2013 to facilitate the creation of a women’s professional and personal support network, and she remains active as co-president. Her other non-profit board and trustee roles presently include with the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the UK Friends of the Science Museum. Diane received her BA from Stanford University and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and she has a post-graduate Diploma from the University of Oxford SAÏD Business School.