Board members

If you are interested in joining the Board, please email at University of Leicester, in the first instance.

Dr Lukas M Stahl

Dr Lukas M Stahl LL.M. MBA (LLM in European Management and Employment Law, 1997

President of the Board

Lukas is an Austrian-American attorney admitted to the State Bar of California, the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.

He is also licensed as a corporate and investment adviser pursuant to Austrian and European Law. Dr Stahl studied law, economics and business administration in Austria, Italy, the UK and the US and graduated with Master of Laws degrees from the University of Leicester in European Management and Employment Law and from the University at Buffalo Law School, SUNY, in U.S. Law.

He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a post-graduate Certificate in Taxation from the Fordham Graduate School of Business. For his work Capital 2.0 – Capital Formation and Legal Risk in a New Global Economic Order. From FIAT to EXIT he was awarded a PhD in Law from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom.

During the past 30 years he personally led, financed, managed, grew, sold or advised Emerging Growth Companies. Since 2004 Lukas lives full-time in the United States where prior to founding his own law firm, Stahl Law, he helped build the European Practice of a leading securities law firm in Los Angeles and New York.

As Stahl Law Corporation’s Managing Attorney he continues to focus on expanding and financing European Emerging Growth companies in the United States.

Pamela Mattera

Pamela Mattera (Museum Studies MA, 2007)

Treasurer of the Board

Pamela is currently the Director of Membership and Annual Fund at the Brooklyn Museum. For over a decade, Pamela has focused on creating community through museum membership programs.

She has dedicated the majority of her career to nontraditional museums and to museums addressing social justice issues, and has spent time at institutions including the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and the New Museum. Pamela holds a BA in history from Boston College and an MA in museum studies from the University of Leicester.

She was a member of the NextGen 2019 cohort at the Museum Leadership Institute, and proudly serves as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums and as the treasurer for the American Friends of the University of Leicester.

Marty Lampner

Martin Lampner (Master of Business Administration, 2003)

Secretary of the Board

Now retired Mr. Lampner served as the President and CEO Chimes International LTD, a multinational Non-governmental Organization (NGO), serving people with disabilities. He held a variety of other positions at Chimes.

Before assuming the Presidency of the organization he had served at various times as the CTO, CFO, and Executive Vice President of Operations. He joined Chimes in 1989 and retired in 2017. Prior to joining Chimes, he worked as Child Welfare Worker and also worked with refugees helping them with resettlement issues.

Today Mr. Lampner, as a volunteer, is active in community environmental advocacy and also volunteers at the Indian River Life Saving Museum conducting tours and providing other services for visitors.

In addition to Leicester’s USA alumni association he also serves on the boards of two other not-for-profit organizations. In his free time Marty enjoys playing folk music or sailing with friends.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Utica/Rome in Human Services and an MBA from Leicester University, awarded in 2003. He is also a licensed CPA.

Octavia Goredema MBE

Octavia Goredema MBE, FRSA (Politics and Economic and Social History BA, 2000)

Octavia is award-winning career coach and writer.

At Twenty Ten Agency, Octavia and her team provide career coaching to senior-level professionals across the United States. Octavia was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in recognition of her work.

Octavia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, where she leads the Gender Equity Thematic Network, and she is an Ambassador of the Pankhurst Center in Manchester.

Octavia is currently writing her first book to help under-represented women earn what they deserve.


Debbie Stahl MBA (Master of Business Administration, 2014)

Debbie is a Canadian-American banker and executive who for many years prior to moving to the United States of America has been a national Vice President for private label retail financing with a Top 3 bank.

After being transferred to the United States and being promoted to national Vice President for the United States she continued in the same position until she changed sides to work as a C-level executive, board director and consultant for family offices, consumer and retail clients expanding their business in the United States in industries such as banking, telecom, real estate and business development.

Debbie has studied business at Concordia University in Montreal and graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Leicester.

Douglas Urquhart

Douglas Urquhart (Law LLB, 1985)

Douglas is a corporate attorney who has been practicing in New York since 1992. He has been a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, a global law firm headquartered in New York City, since 2000 and is currently head of that firm’s U.S.

Banking & Finance practice. He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, International Financial Law Review and Legal 500, among others, and is the co-author of chapters in various banking law and restructuring/insolvency publications.

Mr. Urquhart has an active pro bono practice, and was on the Board of Directors of Accion East, one of the largest providers of microfinance in the United States, for 10 years.

He is currently pro bono general counsel to Red Hook Initiative, a community-based youth empowerment organization based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Mr. Urquhart graduated from the University of Leicester with an LLB (Hons) in 1985.

He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Catherine Wigdor

Catherine Wigdor née Johnson (History and Politics BA, 1993)

Catherine attended the University of Leicester from 1990-1993 receiving a First Class Degree in History and Politics.

She then attended Oxford University receiving an MPhil in Politics in 1995. At Oxford she met her husband, Douglas Wigdor, and moved with him to New York. Whilst living in New York she studied for her JD at Touro Law School graduating valedictorian of her class.

Catherine then went on to briefly practice law at Davis, Polk and Wardwell, leaving after a couple of years to raise her children. Catherine is currently Vice President of Venture House, a non-profit in Queens, NY, that supports adults living with severe mental illness.

Catherine is also Vice President of the Women’s Club of Forest Hills where she lives with her husband and two sons.

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