Diane Stewart is an attorney, a private company investor and advisor, and a fiduciary for a variety of organizations. As a legal professional, she serves as co-chair of PILnet--an NGO with a global network of public interest and private sector lawyers committed to the public good, and has her own legal consultancy based in London. As an investor, she’s a venture partner in early-stage VC Ascension Ventures and is passionate about investing in women founders. In her earlier career she was a corporate finance attorney and partner with Coudert Brothers in its San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore offices, and was Director of Strategic M&A Development for the Norwegian telecom Telenor in Southeast Asia.
Diane co-founded the Stanford Women’s Network UK in 2013 to facilitate the creation of a professional and personal support network among UK-based Stanford alumnae and affiliates. She has also served on the advisory council of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for several years.
Diane received her Bachelors from Stanford University, her JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and has a post-graduate Diploma from the University of Oxford SAÏD Business School.