Zelmira Kock Polk

Zelmira Koch Polk serves as Director at AID Genomics. Zelmira is a Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors with extensive experience building and scaling businesses internationally. She has worked in finance, crisis communications and management consulting with specialization in the education and healthcare sectors.

Zelmira is the Founder and Managing Director of the Hearth Advisors, an education and healthcare advisory group. She also serves on the board of directors of: Obrizum Group, an AI-powered adaptive online professional training group; Expert Impact, an organization supporting and mentoring social entrepreneurs to scale businesses; the Aspen Institute Britain; and on the advisory board and selection panel of World Innovation Summit (WISE). Zelmira recently stepped down from the board of EdTech X Holdings, the world’s first publicly listed SPAC focused on education and ARFA Röhrenwerke AG, a Swiss steel company.

Prior to the Hearth, Zelmira founded and ran the international division of Chartwell Education Group, an education-consulting group created by the former U.S. Secretary of Education. Zelmira worked for the Dilenschneider Group, a leading crisis management, and corporate public relations firm in New York and Credit Suisse First Boston London in M&A division. Zelmira has served on the international advisory council of the International Crisis Group and advisory board of Oxford Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarship and Leadership Trust.