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Coralie Danks
Director, The Silk Initiative

Coralie Danks has more than 20 years of experience in advising and building businesses. She started her career in China in 1995, where she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) at the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, on a multi-year project to help the bank enhance its regulatory oversight of the financial sector. In this role, she helped build a reporting infrastructure and conducted initial audits of China’s leading banks, brokerages and insurance companies.

During her subsequent tenure with PwC in New York, Danks worked on a wide range of strategic and operational engagements for Fortune 500 companies, with a particular focus on building startup e-commerce businesses within larger established companies. She was a founding member of PwC’s online banking group, assisting several financial institutions with building banks from the ground up.

In 2005, Danks joined Goldman Sachs’ legal and compliance division as a vice president and was promoted to oversee internal compliance functions during the 2008 financial crisis.

Danks returned to China in 2011 to become a co-owner of Blue Horizon Hospitality Group, which operated a leading restaurant chain in China and was one of only a handful of Western restaurant chains to succeed in building a brand and substantial business in the country. First, as the group COO, Danks led efforts to build the team, the brand and its operational infrastructure to support rapid growth. As president of the group, she oversaw the profitable growth of the business from 14 to 44 restaurants across 10 cities, with more than 1,700 employees and exit revenues of $75 million. Danks continues to invest in startups in China and is a board member for and adviser to growth companies with substantial businesses there.

Danks received 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. She resides in Munich with her husband and two children.