Zelmira Polk

Managing Director, The Hearth Advisors


Zelmira is the managing director of the Hearth Advisors, a global education and healthcare advisory firm specialising in building and turning around businesses. Zelmira is a co-founder of a new international British fully immersive virtual 16+ school, in partnership with Cambridge University, looking to challenge how online schooling is being delivered and assessed. Before the Hearth, Zelmira founded and ran the international division of Chartwell Education Group, a global consulting group established by the former U.S. Secretary of Education. Zelmira spent the first part of her career working in crisis management and corporate public relations with Dilenschneider Group, and M&A banking at Credit Suisse First Boston. Zelmira is an IOD Chartered Director and serves on the board of directors of Obrizum Group, AIDG Genomics, Aspen Institute Britain, Expert Impact, vice-chair of the board at Beavers School Hounslow, and the advisory board of World Innovation Summit (WISE). Zelmira previously served on the board of EdTech X Holdings, the world’s first publicly listed SPAC focused on education; ARFA Röhrenwerke AG, a Swiss steel company; on the international advisory council of the International Crisis Group and Oxford Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarship Trust. Zelmira lives in London and speaks five languages.