Board of Advisors
Elaine is a world-renowned International Advisor and is a founding partner of Global Strategic Advise Services with vast experience in the world of emerging markets and change management. She spent many years as a Senior Consultant with Russell Reynolds Associates, Heidrick & Struggles, as well as Korn Ferry International. She also served as Vice President and Managing Director of Media and News Services for Nielsen International, and Vice President of International Client Sales and Services for Nielsen Europe. In addition, Elaine held several senior positions in Latin America and Europe with the Dun & Bradstreet International – Credit Services Division. Currently, Ms. Arozarena sits on the Board of Directors of the Sabores Autenticos de Mexico Foundation as well as the Asociacion de Restaurantes Mexicanos. In addition, she is an Advisory Board member of Violy & Co. Past Board of Directors positions include Software AG, Hatton Investments, Sabertia Capital Partners, and EYELOCK. Elaine sits on the Board of Trustees of Sweet Briar College.Ms. Arozarena is fluent in Spanish French, Italian, Portuguese and English. She earned both a BA in International Affairs and a BS in Environmental Studies from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, USA. In addition, Elaine holds a Diploma from Institut des Sciences Politiques and from Universite de Paris VII in Paris, France.
Founder and Managing Director at Atkinson Capital since June 2005. Mr. Atkinson is Managing Partner of Ripplewood Holdings, LLC. Previously, he served as Managing Partner of RHJ Industrials Partners, LP from May 2000 to May 2005. From 1984 to 1990, he served as Limited Partner at The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Mr. Atkinson served as the Chairman of Goldman Sachs (International) from December 1990 to May 1999. He first joined Goldman Sachs in 1972 in Corporate Finance. He served as a Director of Foster Wheeler AG (alternate name Foster Wheeler Ltd) from 1995 to October 30, 2011, and its Lead Independent Director until October 30, 2011. Mr. Atkinson earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966.
Chief Executive Officer of Global Express Argentina, S.A., a premier custom brokerage, freight forwarding and logistics enterprise in Argentina. Under his guidance, the firm has grown fivefold and currently ranks as one of the top custom brokerage, freight forwarding and logistics operations in Latin America. He is responsible for the firm having developed a worldwide network of agents. The firm focuses on importing industrial equipment, raw materials, and oil supplies, as well as medical technology. As a one-stop shop, Global Express Argentina provides tailor-made logistical solutions to its customers, thereby addressing the specific business units’ needs throughout the supply chain. Examples of same include cargo transportation by sea and air, customs services throughout the country, land transport, storage, distribution, and insurance services with frontline companies, amongst others. The firm has invested heavily and is currently a leader in high-tech infrastructure. Hernan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Universidad de Belgrano and is a Licensed Customs Broker. He is married with three children and resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
A serial entrepreneur, founder and COO of Leaf (acquired by NYSE: HPY), and founder and co-CEO of Kushki. His portfolio companies lie primarily in Fintech, renewable energy, and the Internet of Things. Sebastián holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, a BSc in Mathematics, and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a General Partner in the venture capital firm alpha4 ventures.
Eduardo is an investor, with portfolio companies in Silicon Valley, Southern California, and Europe. He is the former President & CEO of Walmart USA and Vice- Chairman of Walmart Stores, Inc. Prior to his tenure at Walmart, he was the President & CEO of Honeywell Transportation and Power Systems Worldwide, and before that, CEO of Nabisco Asia Pacific Region. Eduardo holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a General Partner in the venture capital firm alpha4 ventures.
Dr. Sergio Costa is Lecturer and Director of Online Learning for the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Dr. Costa holds a Ph.D. in political science from Boston University and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska. He teaches courses in social behavioral health and policy. His publications, research expertise and interests include the intersectionality of health public policy, health and education, and social and political determinants of health. Dr. Costa specializes in program building with online modalities and designing support and services for students in digital learning environments. From 2000-2009, he worked for Pearson Education overseeing the operations of a nationwide tutoring service for students using Pearson premium products. From 2010- 2014, Dr. Costa was Director of Distance Learning at the University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Public Health in Omaha, Nebraska where he launched the online program for the Master of Public Health degree and certificate in public health
Managing Director of DMS Governance – the world’s largest private company governance firm, and is one of the firm’s Governance practice leaders, providing guidance and independent oversight to boards of directors in a variety of industries. Prior to joining DMS, John was a Managing Director of Alkeon Capital, a large New York-based investment advisor. His responsibilities included fundamental investment research across industry sectors; global compliance and regulatory management; operations; risk management; and marketing. John previously worked with KPMG Consulting, where he was part of the firm’s global leadership for the Finance and Hedge Fund consulting groups. While at KPMG, he provided operational and strategic advisory services across a variety of industries, including financial services, capital markets, derivatives risk and pricing, commodities (physical and derivatives, technology, e-commerce, and retailers.
John began his career as Vice President and Head of Strategy with the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he helped transition the floor to electronic trading. He also led the effort to develop the first Middle East energy derivatives exchange, in partnership with the Dubai Government. John’s story was the focus of the NY Times Best- Selling book Rigged, the True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil by author Ben Mezrich. Summit Entertainment acquired the screen rights to Rigged and the book has been optioned for film adaptation. More recently, he was featured in “The Startup of You” by Reid Hoffman.
A cum laude graduate of Williams College, John received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and he also studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford University. He has lectured at INSEAD University and is a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan Business School where he publishes notes with the MIT Media Lab.
A corporate securities attorney by trade, Mr. Diez de Medina runs a Global Macro Multi-Family Office for Latin American High Net-Worth Families, out of Montevideo, Uruguay. Mr. Diez de Medina is a former Private Banker with Coutts & Co, Union Bancaire Privee and Espirito Santo Bank. A former Uruguayan Ambassador to the United States, he is also an award-winning book writer on the subject of Uruguayan electoral history. Mr. Diez de Medina is currently a visiting Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Montevideo.
Mr. Marco Franco is a Senior Financial Markets Executive, currently employed as Treasurer by Banco Davivienda, one of Colombia’s oldest and most respected banks. Mr. Franco is the former Financial Manager for Seguros Bolivar, Colombia’s top Insurance Company. Mr. Franco is currently a member of the Board of Directors for some of Colombia’s most important financial institutions, including, the Central Counterparty Risk Chamber, the Chamber of Compensation of Foreign Currencies, and Deceval (Central Securities Depository). In addition, Mr. Franco is also active as a Board member for the Cartagena International Classical Music Festival. Mr. Franco holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from INALDE, a Certification in Managerial Economics from Scuola Superiore Enrico Mattei and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree from Universidad Industrial de Santander.
Stan has served as Managing Director and Chief HR Officer for Fortress Investment Group, while Fortress grew from 550 to 1,100 employees and $26 billion to $56 billion in AUM. Stan has also served as Director of HR, Facilities, and Administration for King Street Capital, a primarily distressed debt- and credit-focused hedge fund with approximately $22 billion in AUM. Prior to Fortress and King Street, Stan was Global Head of HR for Amaranth, a global multi-strategy hedge fund.
Blair is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is an experienced first chair trial lawyer who focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, antitrust, and other commercial litigation matters, both at the trial court and appellate levels.
Mr. Jacobs’ experience, which also includes advising clients on portfolio development, licensing strategies and other intellectual property protection, extends across a wide spectrum of technical areas, including computer hardware and software, semiconductors, fiber optic telecommunication systems, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, mobile handsets, SMS technology, transmitters and receivers, robotics, photolithography, and product design.
Blair is recognized as one of the top patent trial lawyers in the nation. For several years, various publications have ranked him at the top echelons of his practice for patent litigation, ITC work, and appellate prowess at the Federal Circuit. Mr. Jacobs’ success as a top-echelon patent litigator, ITC practitioner and appellate advocate have been recognized by several leading lawyer ranking guides.
Mr. Jacobs frequently lectures and writes on various topics, including trial tactics and trial advocacy, patent litigation strategies, strategies concerning allegations of trade secret misappropriation, appellate advocacy, and issues associated with electronic discovery.
Blair clerked for the Honorable Walter E. Hoffman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He attended the University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1990 (University of Richmond Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor, National Moot Court Team and Wake Forest University, B.A., 1987. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Former Chief of Staff to the Honorable Lenin Moreno, President of the Republic of Ecuador. Chairman of four distinct Ecuadorian companies providing a variety of services ranging from, Water Treatment and Information Technology to customer Interaction and energy efficient solutions. Eduardo’s past experience includes serving as Vice Minister of Foreign Trade for the Ecuadorian Government, President of Bismark International as well as Vice President of Otecel SA. Dr. Jurado Bejar holds a Doctor in Business Administration degree from ADEN Business School, an MBA with honors from INCAE, a BA in Marketing and Information Systems from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Guayaquil. Dr. Jurado Bejar’s Doctoral Thesis was focused on the interaction between collaborative social networks and their direct and proportional impact on the creation of the social currency in the digital economy. Currently, Dr. Jurado Bejar leads the first Innovation Media Lab in Ecuador.
Larry is a Co-President at Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company, responsible for the executive management and leadership that drives the operation and success of Frenkel Benefits. Larry has over 28 years of experience in the employee benefits industry. Larry has played a significant role in the exponential growth that Frenkel Benefits has achieved along with the firm’s leadership position in the industry.
At Frenkel, Larry is actively involved with employers in designing, implementing and overseeing strategic program design and cost containment strategies such as alternative funding mechanisms, consumer-driven health plans, and wellness among others. He also works with international benefit plans helping to design strategies to maximize efficiencies such as global pooling arrangements, consolidation of local plans, and utilizing international based plans.
He regularly attends the broker advisory board meetings and panels of major carriers and is involved with The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB) in promoting the important role of the benefit advisor in today’s marketplace.
Larry graduated from the State University of NY at Oneonta where he earned degrees in history and political science. He is still actively engaged in the university; Larry established the Kirshner Family Scholarship in 2017 for first-generation college students and has been recognized as an Alumni of Distinction.
Furthering his commitment to youth organizations, Larry is involved in Success Ready, a New York-based non-profit that provides college and career preparation and attire to in-need students as well as Harrison Youth Lacrosse and Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse organizations.
Michael is a partner at Latham & Watkins, an elite law firm. Mike works in the Litigation & Trial Department of the New York office; he is also a member of the Antitrust and Complex Commercial Litigation Practices. Mr. Lacovara focuses his practice on antitrust, securities and complex commercial disputes, and has represented clients across a range of industries, including global enterprises in the financial services, technology, and resource sectors. Mr. Lacovara has extensive experience in the strategic planning and prosecution or defense of multi-jurisdictional and multi-forum litigation and has served as national and global coordinating counsel for numerous strategic litigations. Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Lacovara was founding CEO and President of a securities trading and investment banking firm that was a portfolio company of private equity firm Warburg Pincus. Mr. Lacovara also served as CEO of a Nasdaq-listed financial services company, leading both its public capital raising and completing multiple acquisitions; and as a partner, general counsel and Co-COO of a full-service investment bank focused on financial services companies. Michael holds a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, a Masters in Philosophy degree from The University of Cambridge and a BA summa cum laude from The University of Pennsylvania.
Lynn served as Head of HR Americas for ICAP’s voice and electronic businesses and then as Global HR Head for ICAP’s voice broking business. ICAP remains the world’s largest interdealer broker After the acquisition of ICAP’s voice business by Tullett Prebon, Lynn returned to America’s role for the combined entity. Lynn began her career in Human Resources at Schieffelin & Somerset. From there, she moved to Financial Services with positions at Sakura Bank and Daiwa Securities, amongst others. She is a trusted advisor and strategic leader with proven success in creating initiatives that harmonize corporate strategy, human capital, and innovation to drive results. Lynn resides in NYC.
Steve Lockton is a major shareholder of Lockton Companies, LLC, the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker, with annual revenues of roughly 1.6B. The Company’s singular focus on its core clients and competencies helped Lockton earn the J.D. Power ranking as the highest performing broker in both its 2016 and 2017 Large Commercial Insurance study. Lockton’s focus includes, but is not limited to, Risk Management, Employee Benefits, as well as Retirement Services; expertise ranges from Aerospace & Defense to the Waste Management industries. In addition, Steve is an elected member of its Board of Directors. His responsibilities include, without limitation, all major strategic and financial decisions for the holding company. Additionally, as Executive Vice President for Lockton Companies, LLC, Steve is responsible for financial decisions associated with the Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix offices, as well as the procurement and development of new clients, all while servicing a portfolio of existing customers. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Finance from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Executive Board for Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College in addition to being on the Board of Trustees of the Denver Academy. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Council for UMB Bank, in Colorado. Steve is active in a wide range of Civic Activities, including the American Heart Association, as well as Co-Chairing the 2019 Heart Ball. He currently resides in Denver.
David is the Chief Operating Officer, Americas Broking for ICAP, a leading wholesale broker and provider of information services in the global financial services industry. Prior to his promotion to the COO role, he was the Co-General Counsel, Americas and Global Legal Head of IP at ICAP. Previously, David was the Chief Operating Officer, East at Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., a premier international high-end residential real estate brokerage firm. Prior to his promotion to the COO role, he was the General Counsel at Sotheby’s. David began his career as a corporate and securities attorney at Lord, Day & Lord, Barrett Smith, one of New York City’s oldest corporate law firms. David graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Mathematics from Rutgers University.
Nancy Newman serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Viacom Inc., a global entertainment and media conglomerate ranking 221 on the Fortune 500, overseeing MTV, VH1, and LOGO, a network targeting the LGBTQ community. As a member of the divisional executive team, Ms. Newman leads all HR-directed practices throughout the organization. In a previous role as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff to the divisional president of MTV Networks, VH1, CMT and LOGO, she acted as a senior strategic partner to that president on all business and organizational decisions involving a $2 billion enterprise. Earlier in her career, Ms. Newman worked as Vice President of Management Development and Training at Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank). Nancy is a member of Viacom’s Executive Global Inclusion Advisory Board. She was named Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother Media and is Executive Champion of the employee resource groups HERE, Women@Viacom, and Parenthood, which she co-founded. Ms. Newman holds an M.A. in organizational psychology from Columbia University and a B.A. in psychology with a minor in business from Trinity University.
Isabel Noboa de Loor
Founder of well-known Ecuadorian enterprises such as FANN, Luis Noboa Naranjo Foundation, Semillas de Amor Foundation, as well as, The Nobis Foundation, Isabel is a well-known name in the who’s who Ecuadorian financial system. With degrees and certificates conferred upon her by, The University of London, Catholic University of Guayaquil, Mary Mount University, and Harvard University.
Isabel currently serves as President of The Nobis Consortium, an Ecuadorian holding company encompassing a number of subsidiaries in different lines of business. Isabel’s past positions include having acted as President of INCAE’s Ecuadorian Chapter, as well as having been Minister of State, and, Chairperson, of the Ecuadorian National Competitiveness Council. Among her numerous awards, Isabel has been granted the “Knight of the National Order of Merit” and “Grand Knight of the National Order of Merit,” conferred to her by the Ecuadorian Government in 1994, and 2000, respectively. In addition, Isabel holds the “Dra. Matilde Hidalgo de Procel” award, bestowed upon her in 2012, by the National Assembly of Ecuador.
Ms. Noboa de Loor was recognized by “America Economía Magazine”, Chilean newspaper “El Mercurio”, and Colombia’s “El Tiempo” newspaper, as one of the “Top Entrepreneurs in Latin America”. Vistazo Magazine and The Organization of Ibero-American Reporters, named Isabel, the “Most Respected and Innovative Ecuadorian Business Person.”A similar designation was extended to Ms. Noboa, by The National Survey of the Top 500 Ecuadorian Businessmen. The National Survey of Advance Consultora and Vistazo Magazine awarded Isabel in 2013, 2014, and 2015, the highly coveted “Most Reputable Ecuadorean Business Leader” designation. Isabel resides in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Pavlos Protopapas received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn he served as the associate director of the National Scalable Cluster Project (NSCP), one of the initial attempts at large-scale distributed computing on a grid-like model. An active collaborator and mentor in the astrostatistics research community, Protopapas holds a research appointment at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and also served as senior scientist/project leader for the Time Series Center, a project launched by the Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing. His research interests lie in planetary transits, the outer solar system, photometric variability, microlensing; in computer science, he is interested in large databases and data mining in astronomy, with emphasis on feature extraction, anomaly detection, and similarity searches in time series. At IACS he teaches and advises students as a Lecturer in Computational Science. Together with ELhimios Kaxiras, he created Applied Math 207, an IACS core course in stochastic optimization methods popular with students across the social science, science and engineering disciplines.
Kevin is the President of USI for the Southwest region. He is responsible for running the entire business, including, without limitation, M&A, marketing, finance, and operations. He has been recognized as a major catalyst in growing USI’s Southwest practice from 25 million to over 160 million.
Prior roles included running the Standard Insurance Company’s Houston Office and being sales Vice President while at USI. Kevin is active in a number of volunteering organizations, including Santa’s Elves, a non-profit, which he helped co-found. The latter assists families struggling with medical needs, post-traumatic stress disorders and community projects. Kevin lives in Houston, Texas with his four children and wife Cherie.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Houston.
Robert Toohey served as the Chief People Officer for Oath, the $8b Verizon Communications, Inc. subsidiary responsible for leading global HR strategy and operations for 14,000 employees in 12 countries. Currently Bob serves as Chairman of the Board for Atlantic Health and is a board member for TalentSky, DocuSign, Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration, and Villanova University’s School of Business Center for Global Leadership. Robert graduated from Northeastern University in 1990.
Dan is the managing partner of Chicago Growth Consultants LLC, a firm that provides advisory services on growth, sales effectiveness, and new product/services launch. Prior to running his own boutique consultancy, Dan was the Founder of GrowthPlay, LLC, an integrated sales effectiveness services business that grew rapidly from start-up in 2014 to be ranked #22 on the 2017 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies, and achieved the #1 overall ranking in the Business Products and Services category. In Dan’s 25 years as a serial entrepreneur, he has built three prior private equity-backed companies from start-up to considerable scale, including Parson Group, his first startup that landed #1 on the coveted Inc. 500 list. He started his career at General Electric, hired into their sales training program upon graduation from college, spending 8 years at GE in 4 different US cities. He is the author of Second Stage Entrepreneurship, Ten Proven Strategies to Drive Aggressive Growth (Macmillan/Palgrave, 2013). For the past two years, Dan was an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has a BS and an MBA from Marquette University. He has been widely published in periodicals such as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc. Magazine and Top Sales World, among many others. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.