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Coralie Danks
Director, The Silk Initiative

Coralie Danks has more than 20 years of experience advising and building businesses, with a focus on finance and food.

Danks started her career in banking with PriceWaterhouse (PwC) at the People’s Bank of China (China’s central bank), where she embarked on a multi-year project to help the bank enhance its regulatory oversight of the financial sector. Subsequently, she transferred to PwC’s New York office, where she worked on strategic and operational engagements for Fortune 500 companies, with a particular focus on helping non-bank financial institutions build online banking businesses. Danks then joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in their legal and compliance division and was appointed to oversee internal compliance functions during the 2008 financial crisis.

Danks returned to China to start the next phase of her career in food as a co-owner of Blue Horizon Hospitality Group, one of only a handful of Western restaurant chains to succeed in building a brand and a substantial business in China. As president of the group, Danks oversaw the profitable growth of the business from 14 to 44 restaurants across 10 cities, with more than 1,700 employees. She continues to invest in China and is a board member and adviser to growth companies with substantial businesses in that country. Her focus continues to be on food.

Danks holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and studied Chinese at the Second Foreign Language Institute in Beijing. She has attended graduate programs at New York University, Stanford University and the Sichuan Culinary Institute in Chengdu.