Chairman, Cognita Schools and Headbox
BSc Economics 1977
Ralph Kugler is a graduate of the University of Leeds. He received a first class honours degree in Economics and also the 1977 Adam Smith prize, for the highest graduation that year in the Economics faculty. He also founded and chaired an Economics Society during his time at the University.
Ralph is Chair of the International Advisory Board at Leeds University Business School, as well as Board Trustee of a charity helping to improve education for underprivileged children in South Africa
With over 25 years' experience at the highest levels of business globally, Ralph is Chairman of two companies: Cognita Schools, a global leader in independent education and Headbox, an online marketplace which allows you to instantly search, book and pay for creative inspiring offsite spaces all in one place.
Previously, Ralph was a Board Advisor for Mars, Chairman of AFG Media, the leading fancy dress shop company - inventor of the Morphsuit, an Executive Director on the main boards of Unilever PLC and Unilever NV, and Non-Executive Director on the board of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC. At Unilever, he was Global President of the €19 billion home and personal care categories. His prior experience at Unilever includes being President of large regional Unilever businesses (first Latin America, then Europe) and Chairman and CEO of Unilever Thailand and Unilever Malaysia.
In 1999, he was appointed Commander of the Royal Order of the Direkgunaborn, a Thai royal honour. Ralph lives in London.