Zelmira Polk

Managing Director, The Hearth Advisors


Zelmira Polk is a senior business executive with extensive experience building and turning around businesses internationally. She has worked in finance, crisis communications and management consulting with specialization in the education and healthcare sectors. She has particular skills entering new geographic markets and adapting businesses to regulatory and cultural demands. Zelmira is a certified Dip Non-Executive Director from the Institute of Directors and serves on the board of EdTech X Holdings, the world’s first publicly listed special purpose acquisition company focused on education, training and education technology.

Zelmira is a founding partner of the Hearth Education Advisors, a global education advisory firm specialized in setting up education institutions and businesses internationally. Prior to the Hearth, Zelmira ran the international division of Chartwell Education Group, a leading American consulting group established by the former U.S. Secretary of education. Zelmira started her career in financeworking at Credit Suisse First Boston and Dilenschneider Group, a leading crisis management and communication firm in New York