Dr. Leonard S. Polonsky is executive chairman of Hansard Global, PLC, an international financial services company. Dr. Polonsky received his BA degree at age eighteen, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University. Following military service in 1945–46, he pursued graduate studies at Lincoln College, Oxford, and in Paris at the Sorbonne, where he received his doctorate, with distinction, in Lettres in 1952. He taught languages in Heidelberg for several years before embarking on his business career, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Dr. Polonsky founded the Liberty Life Assurance Company in London in 1970, and Hansard Global, PLC, is its successor. Dr. Polonsky has been involved in a broad range of charitable activities over many years, with a focus on education and the arts. He is a trustee of the Polonsky Foundation in London, which supports charitable activity in the UK, Israel, and the U.S. He is also a trustee of the Polonsky Brothers Foundation in the U.S.