Zelmira Koch Polk is a Founding Partner of The Hearth Advisors.

Zelmira is a 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.


Prior to the Hearth, Zelmira founded and ran the international division of Chartwell Education Group, an education-consulting group created by the former U.S. Secretary of education. Chartwell specialized in working with public and private sector clients to build and restructure education institutions and businesses in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to Chartwell, Zelmira worked for the Dilenschneider Group, a leading crisis management, and corporate public relations firm in New York and Credit Suisse First Boston.


Zelmira is an IOD Chartered Director serves on the board of directors of EdTech X Holdings, the world’s first publicly listed special purpose acquisition company focused on education and education technology, ARFA Röhrenwerke AG, a Swiss steel company, Obrizum, a Cambridge based AI-powered online professional training and accreditation group and Aspen Institute Britain. Zelmira is the board vice-chair at Beavers School, Hounslow (UK), on advisory board of World Innovation Summit (WISE) and has served on the international advisory council of the International Crisis Group and Oxford Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarship and Leadership Trust.


Contact Zelmira Koch Polk at: [email protected]