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    Under Peel's watch, Intelligence Squared has mushroomed from a London-based series to an ambitious operation with events in New York, Hong Kong, Sydney, Athens and Kiev. St. Petersburg-born and Montreal- and London-educated, 38-year-old Peel is a former executive director at Goldman Sachs who speaks four languages and somehow found time to compile a bestselling children's book in 2008, amid her work for the Tate Executive Council, the NSPCC, the British Fashion Council and Moscow's Victoria Foundation.

    Spending her time jetting between London, New York and the family home in Hong Kong, where she lives with her husband and two children, Peel is a truly global CEO. She often takes to worldwide podiums and charity galas in creations by young designers such as Christopher Kane and Peter Pilotto, both of whom she has helped to mentor as head of the BFC Fashion Trust

    “Our job in 90 minutes is to CHALLENGE preconceptions – to engage in CIVILIZED AGGRESSION”

    Hong Kong. We pin her down in London, where she has just returned from a 10k run in Hyde Park (naturally, this is a woman who makes time for exercise). Her apartment overlooks the park and is immaculately furnished with low sofas, white orchids, gray carpets, books and contemporary art, including a stunning Gary Hume and a series of vases from Ai Wei Wei, with whom she has previously collaborated. Long and lithe with poker-straight hair and clad in a well-cut black dress, Peel appears as slick as her achievements suggest. She finishes a phonecall in Russian and cuts to the chase with a concise explanation of the debating phenomenon.

    "We recognize that our job in 90 minutes is to challenge people's

    Dress by Roksanda Ilincic; belt by Chloé; cuffs and ring Yana's own

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