Luis Almagro Lemes was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States on March 18, 2015, with the unanimous support of 33 of 34 member states, and one abstention. Upon taking leadership of the OAS, he announced that one of the central themes of his mandate will be “more rights for more people,” and that he would work to bring the Organization closer to the new realities in the Hemisphere and contribute to ensuring more democracy, security and prosperity for all.
A career diplomat, Almagro was Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to March 1, 2015, and has extensive regional and international experience. In addition, he was elected Senator in the national elections in Uruguay in October 2014.
His time at the head of Uruguayan diplomacy was characterized by activism in defense of human and civil rights at the regional and global level, the insertion of Uruguay into non-traditional markets, the diversification of these markets, and the strengthening of the image of Uruguay as a democratic, fair, tolerant, and diverse society, with ever increasing rights for more Uruguayans.
As Foreign Minister for President José Mujíca, he defined several emblematic initiatives that put the small South American country on the global map, from receiving former prisoners from Guantanamo, to welcoming dozens of Syrian families who had been victims of the country´s conflict, to building support in the United Nations so that, beginning in 2016, Uruguay will become part of the Security Council.
Moreover, Uruguay has maintained its presence in Haiti to ensure the continuity of the process of reconstruction in the country following the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Knowledgeable about the new regional alignments, Almagro was an active participant in the consolidation of UNASUR and CELAC and as member of the special UNASUR delegation to Venezuela in 2014 he was recognized as an advocate of dialogue between the government and the opposition to stop the violence at that moment.
As a consensus builder in the region and at the same time a driver of new initiatives, during his term at the head of the country´s diplomacy, he achieved the long-desired entry of citrus products into the United States, a key market for the sector, while moving forward with bilateral cooperation programs in areas of scientific-technical innovation.
For its part, Uruguay developed specific programs of cooperation for development with Bolivia, Paraguay, and several African nations in the context of the vision of international solidarity that characterized the term of the former Foreign Minister.
The candidate for Secretary General of the OAS was also Ambassador to China for five years, after occupying senior diplomatic posts in the Foreign Ministry of his country, and in the Embassies of Uruguay in Germany and Iran.
In 2014 Foreign Policy magazine named him a Leading Global Thinker, one of ten decision-makers in the region granted this international distinction.
Almagro, a lawyer by profession, is married and has seven children. In addition to Spanish, he speaks English and French.
As Assistant Director of Broward County’s Port Everglades, David Anderton provides oversight and direction for the development and implementation for the seaport’s short- and long-range strategic plans including facilities planning, capital improvements programming and implementation of the 5-Year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) totaling more than $700 million, economic impact analysis, grants writing and administration, and coordination on federal and state legislative efforts.
Port Everglades, a 2,190-acre deepwater port in South Florida, is one of the world’s busiest cruise ports and a national leader in containerized cargo shipping. Mr. Anderton began at the Port in 2002 with the Seaport Engineering & Construction Division, assisting with the development of the 5-Year CIP and supporting the Division with technical planning assistance on tasks pertaining to project implementation.
Prior to his Port Everglades positions, Mr. Anderton held senior positions with the consulting firms Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan (now Atkins Global), Craig A. Smith & Associates, and the City of West Palm Beach. He was also a legislative assistant and campaign coordinator for former Florida Attorney General Robert A. Butterworth. These positions provided a vast array of experience in transportation and land use planning, residential and commercial development as well as the legislative process.
Mr. Anderton holds a bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and History from Florida State University and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University. He currently serves on the Florida Freight Advisory Committee, which works in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation as an advisor to the Department’s multimodal freight planning. He is registered with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) through the American Planning Association and is certified as a Professional Port Manager (PPM) through the American Association of Port Authorities. Mr. Anderton is also a graduate of Leadership Florida Class of 34.
As the co-founder and chief executive officer of BTC Inc, David Bailey is an industry leader and evangelist for the “hyper-bitcoinized” future. Since 2013, BTC Inc has grown to offer critical intelligence, brand-building expertise and technical incubation specialized for the Bitcoin ecosystem, as well as industry-leading projects like Bitcoin Magazine, Carrot and the Bitcoin 2021 (now Bitcoin 2022) conference.
Bailey sits on the board of advisors for the University of Alabama; was managing partner at 402 Digital Partners, one of the earliest Bitcoin funds; is currently general partner of UTXO Management; and is an active angel investor in the Bitcoin ecosystem.
Laurence Batlle is Chairwoman of the RATP Dev Executive Board, and has sat on the RATP Group Executive Board since 1st January 2017. She joined RATP Dev in 2007 as CFO, and since then has played a major role in defining its strategy and supervising its international growth. She became a member of the Executive Board in 2011, and was in charge of its Americas-Africa and Sightseeing Business Units from 2014 to 2016. She was also an independent Board member of Elior Group from 2014 to 2017.
Laurence Batlle has a proven executive management track record: prior to joining RATP Dev, she spent 14 years driving sales growth in major consulting firms, first for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then as VP Global Finance Support at Atos Origin for two years.
She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Institut Commercial de Nancy, and is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.
A "Genetically Wired Entrepreneur", Bernstein has helped fund and successfully launch businesses in Packaged Goods, Trading Cards, Digital Content, Sports, TV, Supplements, Building Blocks, & New Tech. His most recent investment in AviSight, a leading drone based Industrial Inspection company, was so intriguing, he accepted the role of CEO and is ushering in a generational paradigm shift in the industry for Oil, Gas, & Power companies worldwide.
Additionally, Bernstein leads the team at NFThree, LLC, the world’s leading private labeler of advanced Goggle-Free AR and VR technology. They apply that tech to everything from NFTs to branded in store experiences.
As a 35+ year veteran of the sports marketing and packaged goods industries, Mr. Bernstein has been called an “Evolutionary Force Multiplier” in business and is widely respected for his creative problem solving and positive results. Bernstein’s early work includes positions with Grey Advertising, Procter & Gamble, Upper Deck, and Major League Soccer before starting his own sports agency.
As founder of Access Group of Miami, LLC, he has represented some of the greatest athletes of all-time including Barry Bonds, Barry Sanders & Emmitt Smith. Bernstein was responsible for creating groundbreaking programs such as Smith’s Run With History™ which is now the standard deal in NFL for milestone marketing. He also helped orchestrate Barry Bonds’ departure from the MLBPA licensing group, making him the first baseball player to successfully operate outside of their auspices.
Most notably, Bernstein co-created The Million Dollar Arm™ (Click Here To See The Real Million Dollar Arm Story) contest in India, which yielded the first 2 Indian men to ever sign pro sports contracts in the US. J.B.’s story was the subject of a Disney motion picture, released worldwide on May 16, 2014. The film starred Jon Hamm as Bernstein.
J.B. serves as the chair of the Las Vegas Tiger 21 group, the premier peer membership organization for high-net-worth wealth creators and preservers, helping them navigate the challenges and opportunities that success creates. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Iqoniq and several other sports startups.
Mr. Bernstein graduated the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has also achieved graduate degrees from USC and LSE. Bernstein currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter.
James (“Jim”) Bullard is the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In that role, he is a participant on the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which meets regularly to set the direction of U.S. monetary policy. He also oversees the Federal Reserve’s Eighth District, including activities at the St. Louis headquarters and its branches in Little Rock, Ark., Louisville, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn.
A noted economist and policymaker, Bullard makes Fed transparency and dialogue a priority on the international and national stage as well as on Main Street. He serves on the board of directors of Concordance Academy of Leadership, and he is a past board chair of the United Way U.S.A. Bullard is co-editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, a member of the editorial advisory board of the National Institute Economic Review and a member of the Central Bank Research Association’s senior council. He is an honorary professor of economics at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also sits on the advisory council of the economics department and the advisory board of the Center for Dynamic Economics. A native of Forest Lake, Minn., Bullard received his doctorate in economics from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Ralph Cutié is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. He oversees operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation (GA) airports in the Miami area, which together generate $31.9 billion in business revenue and support more than 275,000 direct and indirect jobs. MIA leads the way, handling more than 46 million passengers and more than two million tons of cargo annually, placing it among America’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports.
Previously, Mr. Cutié served as Assistant Director for Facilities Management and Engineering, overseeing the largest and most diverse division within the Aviation Department, comprised of more than 440 employees, an annual operating budget of nearly $123 million and a reserve maintenance budget of $30 million.
Mr. Cutié is a 30-year County veteran with more than 32 years’ experience in the fields of project control, critical path method (CPM) scheduling, project management, construction contracting and construction claims administration. He began his County career in 1990 with the Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) Department as a Cost and Scheduling Specialist, later advancing to Manager of MDT’s Engineering Cost and Scheduling Section, and ultimately, to Chief of MDT’s Project Control Division. Mr. Cutié worked extensively in various capacities on numerous MDT projects of significance, including the $248 million Metromover Extension Project, the $88 million Metrorail Extension to the Palmetto Expressway and the $106 million Busway Extension to Florida City. In 2006, Mr. Cutié transitioned to the Office of Capital Improvements (OCI), where he served as the Manager of Project Scheduling and Compliance for the County’s $2.9 billion Building Better Communities – General Obligation Bond (BBC-GOB) Program, and where he also managed the County’s successful Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP), Miscellaneous Construction Contract (MCC) and Construction Manager (CM) Training programs. In 2011, subsequent to OCI’s consolidation into the newly-established Internal Services Department (ISD), Mr. Cutié served as Manager of Project Scheduling and Compliance in ISD’s Design and Construction Services Division, where he was involved in numerous large ISD projects while continuing to manage the County’s ESP, MCC and CM Training programs. Also, during his tenure at OCI and ISD, Mr. Cutié collaborated with the County Attorney’s Office and the County’s various capital departments to develop the Standard Construction Contract, which was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in November 2012 as the standard for all non-MCC construction projects countywide. Mr. Cutié has also served as the County’s corporate representative during the resolution of various construction claims and as a hearing officer for numerous construction disputes.
Mr. Cutié obtained his degree in construction management from Florida International University in 1989. He possesses numerous certificates in scheduling, project management design-build and claims administration from the National Transit Institute and served as an instructor in the County’s Construction Manager Training Program - specifically in the areas of project scheduling, project documentation and construction claims and disputes.
He is married with three children and lives in southwest Miami-Dade.
Jaret L. Davis is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig, P.A. and a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee. He oversees approximately 170 attorneys and 200 business staff based in the firm’s founding office in Miami, Florida USA and focuses his corporate and securities practice on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and large financings. For over a decade, Jaret has led the efforts of the Miami office and played a key role in the firm’s global efforts to be a dominant player in the information technology and life sciences/biotech industries. Notable representations in the IT space include him serving as lead shareholder of the team that represented Medina Capital in its $3 billion joint venture with global private equity fund BC Partners, which consisted of the acquisition of a portfolio of 57 data centers across the globe and suite of cybersecurity and data analytics companies. In addition, he served as lead shareholder of the 40+ attorney legal team representing Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed provider of IT infrastructure, in connection with its acquisition for $2 billion by Verizon Communications, Inc. At closing, the Terremark-Verizon transaction ranked as the largest pairing of a telco and a colocation provider and the largest transaction in the cloud computing space, and as Verizon’s largest acquisition since its acquisition of MCI in 2005. Jaret’s notable representations in the life sciences/healthcare space include him serving as lead shareholder of the team that represented Exactech, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed producer of orthopedic solutions, in connection with its $737 million acquisition by global private equity fund, TPG Capital. Jaret currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, one of the largest health systems in the State of Florida and a thought leader at leveraging digital health solutions and serves as a co-founder and General Counsel of the eMerge Americas global technology conference. He recently served as Chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the Official Economic Development Partnership for Miami-Dade County in which capacity he led Miami’s efforts in bidding to obtain Amazon’s HQ2 headquarters resulting in Miami being one of the finalists in the process.
Antonio Delgado Fornaguera is passionate about creating and providing educational opportunities that change lives. As the Vice President of Innovation and Technology Partnerships and formerly the Dean of Engineering, Technology and Design at Miami Dade College (MDC), one of the largest and most diverse higher education institutions in the United States, he has focused on realizing MDC’s ethos as an equalizer of opportunity. At MDC, he has developed strategic partnerships and cutting-edge programs to harness the immense potential of MDC students and the community at large through exposure to emerging technologies, ensuring MDC’s role at the frontier of innovation and solutions to our society’s most pressing challenges.
Antonio has fostered strong connections with key industry partners such as Amazon, Tesla, IBM, Microsoft, SoftBank and Google; and launched the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, the Cloud Computing Center and the Electric Vehicle Training Center at MDC. He has helped secure more than $15 million in prestigious grants and other external resources, including grants from the National Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, Mozilla and Google.org.
Since the onset of his professional career as a researcher in electronic engineering, Antonio has accumulated over 15 years of ascending experience in technology program management and consulting across the United States, Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean, including country manager at one of Latin America’s leading technology companies. He began his tenure at MDC as Program Manager and Lead Instructor for the McKinsey Social Initiative, and subsequently became Program Manager of Technology Programs for The Idea Center. Antonio currently serves on the STEM Advisory Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Advisory Board of South Florida Tech Hub, the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s Technology Committee and the AWS Educate Cloud Associate Degree Executive Committee.
He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana (CUJAE) in Havana, Cuba, and a Master of Science in Computer Networks from the University of Westminster in London, UK.
As President of VMware, Sumit Dhawan leads the company’s go-to-market functions including WW Sales, Strategic Corporate Alliances, Customer Experience and Success (CXS), Global Industries, Marketing, and Communications. With over 25 years of experience in the tech industry, Sumit is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of building and running market-leading businesses. He is a strong advocate for delivering an exceptional experience to customers and partners, and for supporting diverse teams, inclusive cultures and equitable environments that encourage the best in everyone.
Sumit previously served as VMware’s Chief Customer Experience Officer, managing global teams responsible for professional services, technical support and customer success. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of Instart, a startup delivering innovations in web application performance and security services.
Before leading Instart, Sumit served as the general manager of VMware’s End-User Computing business, establishing the company’s leadership in mobile and unified endpoint management and desktop virtualization. He has also held a number of executive roles at Citrix spanning the engineering, product development, marketing, and general management functions.
Sumit holds an MBA from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and a BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Arnold Donald is President & Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the world’s largest travel and leisure company. Their nine cruise brands -- Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn, AIDA, Costa, Cunard, P&O UK, and P&O Australia are based throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Carnival Corporation & PLC is included in both the S&P500 and the FTSE 100 indices and trades on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges.
Mr. Donald has been President & CEO of Carnival Corporation since 2013 and served on the board for 13 years before that. He also serves on the board of Bank of America Corporation. In April 2021 Mr. Donald was appointed Chair of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
Mr. Donald spent more than twenty years at Monsanto Company as Corporate Senior Vice-President, and President of the Consumer and Nutrition sector and President of the Agricultural sector. After leaving Monsanto, Mr. Donald was Chairman of Merisant Company whose products included the leading global sweetener brands Equal and Canderel.
Prior to Carnival, Mr. Donald was President and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies, and the President and CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Donald received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St Louis, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Donald has served or is currently on the boards of Tulane University in New Orleans, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and Washington University in St. Louis, The Greater New Orleans Foundation and St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare, Crown Holdings Inc. among others.
João Doria is the current Governor of the State of São Paulo, elected in November 2018. He was previously the Mayor of the City of São Paulo (2017/2018). A business executive, journalist and advertising professional, Doria founded GRUPO DORIA and LIDE – Group of Business Leaders.
Between 2008 and 2012, João Doria figured in ISTOÉ Magazine’s list of 100 most influential personalities in Brazil. In 2014, he was elected as one of the 100 leaders with best reputation in Brazil, in a research conducted by Merco, an European company, and published in Brazil by exame.com. In May 2017, Doria was conferred the award of “Person of the Year” in New York, United States, by the Brazilian American Chamber.
During his mandate as Mayor in the City of São Paulo, João Doria innovated as a public administrator. He forfeited his wages and donated it to institutional charities. With a focus on combatting bureaucracy and corruption, he promoted the digitalization of administrative processes and conducted a large cut on expenditures in order to bolster the efficiency of the city’s public administration. He digitalized the municipal administration and launched an unprecedented public-private partnerships program in the Capital of the State of São Paulo.
In the State of São Paulo, his mandate maintains the same tripod that guided his actions as Mayor: decentralization, efficiency and transparency. In three months as Governor, Doria continues to donate his wages and focalized advances in health, education, public security, popular housing and social assistance. He announced the hiring of new professors and police officers to strengthen the police force. He transferred 22 leaders of the largest criminal faction in the country to federal prisons and invested in the prevention of violence against women. The successful “Corujão da Saúde” program was expanded towards other municipalities in the State of São Paulo.
A liberal, João Doria developed a bold program of concessions and privatizations for his government in the State of São Paulo. The program encompasses 221 areas of public-private partnerships, amongst which, highways, railroads, waterways, ports, airports, ferry services, forest parks and the zoological garden.
As the president Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN), Mark is responsible for the strategy, growth, business execution, and operations for the Company’s Mobility Solutions Business Unit. Parsons is headquartered in Centreville, Va., operates around the world in 26 countries, and support supports the defense, intelligence and infrastructure markets.
Mark joined Parsons in 1990 as a Transportation Engineer. In his 30-year career with Parsons he has held a series of progressive leadership roles within the critical infrastructure industry. He has managed several complex multi-million-dollar fee projects, including a $1.25 billion construction project involving a wide range of disciplines and subconsultants.
Most recently, Mark served as Executive Vice President of the Mobility Solutions Business Unit, where he was responsible for profit & loss, strategy, growth, project delivery, talent management and operations for the North American and Middle East Bridge, Road & Highway, Tunnel, Water/Wastewater, and Industrial markets. Additionally, Mark successfully oversaw the integration of the both the Middle East and Industrial Units into the Mobility Solutions business unit, expanding talent and margin growth while meeting or exceeding business plan metrics and reducing voluntary staff turnover.
Mark holds an M.S. in Transportation from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois. In 2003, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University.
In July 2017, Becky Frankiewicz joined ManpowerGroup as the President of ManpowerGroup North America. She brings high energy and passion, coupled with strong P&L experience from a large and complex global business.
Prior to ManpowerGroup, she led one of PepsiCo’s largest subsidiaries, Quaker Foods North America. In that role she was responsible for the $2.6B business, leading all functions, sales and manufacturing. Under her leadership, Quaker Foods delivered impressive growth as she led the transformation of that brand to be known as America’s ‘best start to everyday’. She was also named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in the industry, anticipating and adapting to fast changing consumer demands.
Prior to her success leading Quaker Foods, Becky held a variety of senior leadership roles at PepsiCo across the portfolio of brands. Her experience in these roles, which included leading Innovation, Finance, Strategy, Sales and Marketing across the PepsiCo portfolio, positions her well to lead ManpowerGroup’s strong and connected brands - - Manpower, Experis, Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solutions. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Becky worked in strategic consulting with Deloitte and Andersen Consulting. She began her career at Procter and Gamble. She is a passionate team builder and people developer. Becky has a great educational track record, attaining top marks at the University of Texas, where she earned an MBA in finance, and a BA in Marketing.
Becky is dedicated to her family, health and helping others succeed. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and three daughters Parker, Payton and Piper. She starts each day with a morning workout and just completed her first marathon.
As part of the firm’s audit & assurance team, Frank provides audit, business consulting, SEC compliance and advisory services to organizations in a wide range of industries including financial institutions (community banks, international banks, and investment funds), FinTech, manufacturing, technology, and telecommunications.
He oversees the assurance practice for the financial institutions and banking industry Frank is highly experienced in the rigorous regulatory and compliance standards applied to the industry and works with both domestic and international organizations. He has experience in performing audits and advisory services to institutions ranging in size from billion-dollar multi-nationals to de novo (start-up) institutions.
Frank works with clients to accomplish financial and operational objectives through initial and secondary public offerings, capital formation, and mergers and acquisitions. He is skilled in first-time thorough audit engagements and in providing audit and business advisory services to public and privately held companies.
Neil A. Greene has earned a reputation as a creative and innovative executive in financial services, entertainment and event production. As President & CEO of JABOY Productions LLC, he oversees and is involved in every aspect of projects that are produced by JABOY.
Greene’s career began in the financial services industry more than 30 years ago working on Wall Street.
Neil has a diverse background in the financial services industry and is credited with building a unique sales conference platform to bring best in class presenters together with financial advisors, RIAs and family offices from around the world.
He takes a strategic, yet personal approach when producing events doing his best to align the audience with the most appropriate presenters. In 2018 Neil launched the ELITE Global Leaders Conference series created exclusively for independent registered investment advisors and family offices. More recently, JABOY Productions has developed a complete line-up of opportunities to empower sponsors to build relationships.
Greene is an active member of the Investment Program Association (IPA), The Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA) and The IMN Non-Traded REIT and Alternative Investment Symposium.
Neil graduated from Richard Stockton State College with a degree in finance and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and two children.
Bill Harris has run or started eleven financial technology and cybersecurity companies, including as CEO of Intuit, CEO of PayPal and CEO of Personal Capital. His new venture is Nirvana Technology, a digital credit card being built by a top-flight team in Miami.
As the Miami Tunnels’ Chief Executive Officer Chris Hodgkins is in charge of the operations, maintenance, finance, public affairs and outreach for the $1 billion Miami Tunnel. The design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) contract that represents 35 years of infrastructure innovation building a tunnel to connect the Port of Miami to I 95 is the first Public Private Partnership (P3) in South Florida.
As the CEO He has been recognized for his energetic work with local communities, vendors and labor unions for his initiation of "OPERATION 305", a program to aggressively pursue people and businesses from the Miami Dade area for inclusion on the Port of Miami Tunnel Project. Over 80% of all jobs and over $400 million dollars have been targeted to those in the 305 area code (Miami-Dade County). The on time and under budget tunnel construction was completed 6 days ahead of schedule and $90 million under budget.
Since the opening of the Tunnel over 80% of all truck traffic has been eliminated in downtown Miami.
Operational excellence and innovation is always the goal for the Tunnel. In October of this past year, Chris and the Tunnel team won the National “Best Operations” award from the P3 Hub at the North American Conference. Chris helped forge the foundation for Meridiam’s ESG program through his outreach and inclusion on the POMT project.
Prior to working with the Miami Tunnel, Chris helped create and operate three of the nation’s top Public Private Partnerships. Most recently Chris served as the Vice President and Business Development Leader for AECOM, during this time he helped establish the teams to successfully win two of the largest Design /Build and P3 water projects in South Florida.
Chris has over 30 years of experience in municipal infrastructure and public sector development. His goal has been to always promote opportunity, diversity and cooperation on all aspects of public construction. Chris has been recognized by the P3 industry for his demand of operational excellence and continuous improvement. Most recently Chris served as Chair of the Miami Dade County P3 Task Force.
Frank Holder is an expert in risk management, national security, corporate investigations, operational risk, and crisis management with a proven track record of exemplary leadership in key roles for global consulting firms.
As Chief Operating Officer of J.S. Held, Frank’s responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day operational processes, ensuring an unparalleled client and employee experience, and employing strategies that guide the organization towards long-term success.
Prior to joining J.S. Held, Frank was the Managing Director and Chair of Global Investigations at Berkeley Research Group. In this role, Frank led a team of professionals throughout the world running large-scale internal fraud and public corruption investigations, litigation support, political risk, and business intelligence matters. He founded two professional services firms, both acquired by publicly traded companies in 1998 and 2007, respectively. He held senior executive leadership positions at both of those firms. Prior to that he was a Special Agent in the Air Force OSI.
Frank earned his BS from the United States Air Force Academy, his MA in International Relations and his PhD in Political Science from Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires. He is a prolific public speaker, and in addition to writing for professional journals has published two books: A Constructed Typology of the Deviant Market Illicit Drug (1997) and Integrity in Business: Developing Ethical Behavior Across Cultures and Jurisdiction (2013).
Dale V.C. Holness is a 17-year elected Democrat and public servant who served as a City of Lauderhill Commissioner from 2004 to 2010, Broward County District 9 Commissioner since 2010, including time served as the Broward County Vice-Mayor in 2019, and Broward County Mayor in 2020. Holness has been a Real Estate Broker and business owner for the last 30 years. He attended Plantation High School, and after graduating in 1975, went on to Broward Community College.
Holness demonstrated his affinity for politics at an early age serving as a student government freshman senator in college. He has a record of invaluable support to the Democratic Party at the local, state, and national levels. He started serving in the Democratic Party by volunteering to assist with campaigns, first with Jesse Jackson's presidential bid in 1984. Since then, his office has supported the campaigns of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama. To this day, Holness’ real estate office operates in service of the community.
Holness has focused his policies on business and economic development, health care, education, immigration, and social development throughout his political career.
Among his notable achievements, Holness is the architect of Florida's International Trade & Cultural Expo (FITCE), which hosted over 2,000 attendees, including former international presidents, international business leaders, and local, state, and federal trade agencies. He has organized trade missions to India, Nigeria, Colombia, Jamaica, Israel, St. Eustatius, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Panama and Ghana to prove that if the United States utilized its greatest asset: the diversity of its population, it would experience greater prosperity and economic growth. Through his leadership, Broward County received a U.S. Presidential Award for its efforts to support local businesses' export to the rest of the world.
Holness led the effort to build 120 new and affordable single-family homes in the Broward Municipality Services District to increase homeownership access. He also sponsored an additional Homestead Exemption authorization up to $50,000 for residents 65 and older to lower the property tax for many low-income seniors. In collaboration with OIC of South Florida and Florida Rights Restoration, he secured at least $500,000 of annual funding to create a Broward County Workforce Investment Program. Holness has successfully championed increased contracting opportunities for small, minority, and women-owned businesses.
Holness, in collaboration with local NGOs, bar associations, and elected officials, also initiated the monthly Lauderhill Mall Citizenship Drives, which has assisted nearly 5,000 individuals in becoming citizens since 2010 for free.
As Chairman of the Broward Black Elected Officials, Holness devised and implemented the county's first Broward Black Action Plan for community-led solutions toward greater outcomes and opportunities across the areas of economic development, employment, criminal justice, education, housing, transportation, and health within Broward County's Black communities. He has also helped raise millions of dollars as Co-Chair of the United Negro College Fund's Annual Fundraising Luncheon.
As the 2020 Mayor of Broward County, Holness guided the county through the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the murder of George Floyd, he sponsored county ordinances focused on establishing greater equity and prosperity through a Racial Equity Taskforce, Police & Criminal Justice Review Board, and Crown Act. In 2021, he staunchly fought alongside leaders and supporters of the Haitian American community for TPS redesignation and supported Haiti having free and fair elections and also championed the Community ID initiative.
Named Legacy Magazine’s Public Official of the Year and by South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration 2017 Elected Official of the Year, his political record is well documented in his many years of public service. Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness’ other efforts include but are not limited to:
• Led the effort for a $20 million economic development package and community improvement programs for Central Broward District 9 and proposed and got adopted that the Broward County's long-term strategic plan include the goal to make Broward County the international trade center to the world for the state of Florida. When he arrived at Broward County the percentage for CBE participation was at 10 ¼%. Because of his leadership, it has now reached 39%. This is in part because of a creation of a mentor/protégé program, breaking large contracts into small components, active recruitment of small, minority and women-owned businesses, and removing restrictions that limits participation of small, minority and women-owned businesses in contracting opportunities. Participation is at a higher level than ever before! Mayor Holness’ colleagues on the Commission have credited him for his leadership regarding the increase of small, minority and women-owned businesses in contracting opportunities with the County.
• Instrumental in passing the Broward County Surtax, a 30-year, one cent surtax for transportation. He also ensured that there is a 30% participation goal for certified County Business Enterprise (CBE) firms for all eligible projects funded by the surtax. This could potentially mean millions of dollars annually and billions of dollars over the 30-year duration of this innovative initiative for local contractors.
• Sponsored the ordinance for the expansion of Broward County’s Adult Civil Citation Program.
• Sponsored the resolution for the expansion of Broward County's current Living Wage Ordinance.
• As a Lauderhill Commissioner, Holness started the Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce, which currently has over 300 members and he also established The Lauderhill Business Incubator.
• Required $2.5 million to be allocated towards park improvements in District 9 allowing for residents to have clean recreation and public open spaces for their families.
• Sponsored Ban the Box ordinance, a law that refrains any person from being questioned about a prior criminal record or authorization for a background check until they are among a pool of potential finalists for a particular job within Broward County government.
• Signed $2.6 billion expansion for the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, $3.2 billion Port Everglades Seaport expansion and $1,750,000 million for the Convention Center and Hotel expansion.
• Hosts a monthly Economic Development and Job Creation Council meeting that assists small, minority and women-owned businesses with successfully navigating the process of entrepreneurship.
• Instrumental in renaming the North Wing of the Broward County courthouse to Judge Thomas J. "T.J." Reddick Jr., the first black elected circuit court judge in the state.
Commissioner Holness supports capitalizing on Broward County’s geographic uniqueness as the Gateway to the Americas and maximizing our assets in Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. His focus will always remain on improving the economy, getting people back to work, increasing opportunities for home ownership and helping those who are going through hard times.
He has been relentless, aggressive and strategic in his plan that economic prosperity must include all the people of Broward County. His mission statement and goal as Mayor was to: Make Broward County a better place for all who live here by empowering our community, strengthening our households and businesses, creating policies that afford access to opportunities and by unifying everyone across racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. We monitor and hold our government accountable. His 2050 Plan focused on the theme: Broward 2050: One Community Moving Forward Together with Prosperity for All. The Plan focused on: Economic/Employment, Housing and Homelessness, Education, Criminal Justice, Health, Environment and Transportation.
He is also active in many local and international civic organizations including but not limited to Broward County Children’s Services Board; Haitian American Leadership Organization, Member; HIV Planning Council; Broward League of Cities; Lauderhill Regional Chamber, Founding
Member; Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization; Caribbean Democratic Club; Broward Housing Council, Member; Broward Democratic Black Caucus; and NAACP Life Member.
His awards include but are not limited to: The Reverend Samuel Delevoe Award of Excellence, Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from US Department of Commerce - Minority Business Development Agency, Community Advocate Award from Harmony Development Center, Mosaic Group Vanguard Award for Leadership, Global Trade Chamber of Commerce’s Global Trade Ambassador of the Year, Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc., "Answering the Call Award,” The PR Annual Shining Star Award from the PR Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Broward County, Community Service Award from the Rev. Samuel J. Delevoe Civic Association at the 2015 Black History Celebration, Legacy Magazine Public Official of the Year, T.J. Reddick Bar Association Community Service Award, Opportunities Industrial Center (OIC) of South Florida Champion of Change Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter Men of Distinction, Excellence, and Leadership Award, Haitian American Democratic Club Ally Award, Community Service Award - Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, and many more.
Holness is running as a candidate for U.S. Congressional District FL-20 to extend the legacy of his decades-long friend and mentor, Congressman Alcee Hastings, who endorsed him as his successor before he died from pancreatic cancer on April 6, 2021.
Steven K. Hudson is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, senior executive, and investor with extensive experience in leading new business initiatives and achieving growth objectives with some of the world’s leading finance companies. He has a distinguished track record across several business sectors with extensive expertise in the global financial and capital markets.
Mr. Hudson is Chief Executive Officer of ECN Capital Corp. (TSX: ECN), a leading provider of prime credit portfolios to more than 90 US financial institutions. With managed and advised assets of US$32 billion, ECN Capital originates, manages, and advises on prime credit assets offering unsecured and secured consumer portfolio solutions as well as credit card portfolios.
Previously, Mr. Hudson served for five years as the Chief Executive Officer of Element Financial Corporation. Under Mr. Hudson’s leadership, Element’s assets increased from just over $400 million to more than $24 billion, establishing it as North America’s largest independent equipment finance company and as one of the largest fleet management companies in the world.
Mr. Hudson is an active community leader and philanthropist, including serving as a significant donor to St. Michael’s Centre for Urban Health Solutions as well as being named a World Fellow by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
He has served as a board member on numerous organizations, including CHC Helicopter Corporation, First International Asset Management, Altamira Investment Services and AGRA.
Mr. Hudson has a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University. In recognition of his achievements, he received his Fellowship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000.
An entrepreneur, investor and incubator of successful businesses, Mr. Hudson has a distinguished track record across several business sectors, with deep expertise in financial and capital markets. He is the founder and principal of Cameron Capital, a private investment firm established more than 20 years ago. In 1984 Mr. Hudson founded Newcourt Credit Group. Under his leadership as CEO, Newcourt grew to become a worldwide leader in equipment and asset finance with owned and managed assets exceeding $36 billion prior to its sale to CIT Group in 1999.
Mr. Hudson has been an active director on numerous boards of both public and private corporations and an active community leader and philanthropist.
Mr. Hudson graduated from York University in 1981 with an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree and received his Fellowship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000. In 1996, Mr. Hudson received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Barbara Humpton is President and CEO of Siemens Corporation, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market. Siemens USA employs approximately 40,000 people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico and generated $17 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2020. She views the true purpose of technology as expanding what’s humanly possible. She’s also passionate about diversity, STEM education and what she calls a worklife blend that honors her priorities both at Siemens and as a grandmother.
Most recently, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens’ products and services for federal government agencies and departments. In this role, Humpton also served as an officer/director member of the board of directors of SGT.
Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.
Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Barbara is Chairman of the Siemens Corporation Board, the Siemens Foundation and of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). She serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region, Triumph Group, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband David.
Mehdi Kadiri is a Managing Partner and Head of North America at Henley & Partners. Mehdi is a financial executive with over 15 years of experience building relationships and developing solutions for financial institutions, corporations, and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. He has a robust expertise in wealth management, corporate banking, institutional investment, and risk management, along with a strong track record of building strategic partnerships with global asset managers, private banking firms, and family offices. Mehdi is regularly invited as a panelist and guest speaker at international private wealth conferences to speak on residence- and citizenship-by-investment planning. He holds an MBA in finance from the New York Institute of Technology and a bachelor of commerce in marketing from HEC Montréal.
Alex started as Managing Director with NYA in 2010, after nine years as a Royal Marine Officer.
Since GardaWorld acquired NYA in 2018, Alex has been responsible for the strategic development and growth of the Crisis Management business unit for Crisis24.
He oversees the delivery of all crisis management prevention and response services within the business, and manages the strategic relationships with our special risk insurance partners.
Lori Kerr joined FinDev Canada as its Chief Executive Officer in June 2021. A Canadian national, she is a widely experienced development specialist with more than two decades of leadership in international development, with a specialization in sustainable infrastructure, climate change, and private investment in emerging markets.
Prior to that, she was a Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist at the Global Infrastructure Facility at the World Bank, where she was responsible for corporate strategy, knowledge, partnerships, and international engagement.
Ms. Kerr served as Senior Director at Climate Finance Advisors, developing low carbon, climate-resilient investment strategies and blended finance solutions to mobilize private capital in developing countries. She spent 18 years at the Inter American Development Bank Group serving in management roles where she spearheaded strategic initiatives to support the expansion and development impact of private sector activities.
Ms. Kerr is also an Adjunct Professor of international project finance and investment at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kuryla began his career with Miami-Dade County in the Parks and Recreation Department in 1987. He moved to the County’s Finance Department in 1993 as an administrative officer, where he managed a grants program funded by tourist tax dollars. After approximately a year and a half in the Finance Department, Mr. Kuryla took the position of Section Head at the County’s Public Works Department’s Road, Bridge and Canal Maintenance Division.
In 1996, Mr. Kuryla was promoted to work in the County Manager’s Office as an Assistant Administrator. He was promoted again in May 1998 to the Port of Miami as Assistant to the Port Director, where he oversaw the Department’s local, state and federal legislative agenda. From February 2001 through February 2007 Mr. Kuryla held the positions of Assistant Port Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Assistant Port Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Promotions.
In 2007, Mr. Kuryla was promoted to Assistant Port Director for Maritime Services. In this capacity, he served as co-lead negotiator for the Port on all long term agreements executed with cruise and cargo customers as well as oversaw Port operations, facilities management, berthing, and property management, in addition to the customer service, business development, public information and media relations. In 2009, Mr. Kuryla was promoted to Deputy Port Director. In this capacity, he was responsible for directly overseeing the Port’s five assistant port directors. In May 2013, Mr. Kuryla was promoted to Seaport Director Designee.
On April 1, 2014 Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez appointed Mr. Kuryla to the position of Director of Port Miami, where he oversees operations and capital development for the largest cruise port in the world. In 2019, 6.8 million passengers passed through PortMiami's terminals and berthed 2,246 cargo and cruise vessels. PortMiami generates more than 334,500 jobs and has an economic impact of 43 billion.
Mr. Kuryla holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Florida International University. In 2010, Mr. Kuryla obtained his Professional Port Manager PPM® degree from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).
Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 20 years. Lang is the host of Bloomberg Markets for BNN Bloomberg, a global program airing daily from Toronto and New York. Previously, Lang was CBC’s senior business correspondent, reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program airing on CBC News Network. For five years before that Lang hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, with Kevin O’Leary. And prior to that the pair co-hosted SqueezePlay, on BNN, for 6 years.
Lang studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, before becoming a journalist. Her first job in journalism was for the Globe and Mail, and subsequently Lang joined the Financial Post newspaper, where she became the paper’s New York correspondent. In New York she made the leap to television, where she first was part of the team that launched BNN and before long wound up at CNN as a reporter and anchor. Lang is also a best-selling author. “The Power of Why,” (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. “The Beauty of Discomfort” (HarperCollins, April 2017) examines how difficult change can be, and set out strategies for how to achieve it.
José Luis Manzano is an Argentine businessman with a deep understanding of Latin American public policy and global emerging markets. He possesses significant experience in the investment, media, energy and distress industries. He speaks frequently across the world on these issues.
Dr. Manzano founded the international firm Integra Capital, a private equity and merchant banking firm. Integra also provides services such as mergers and acquisitions, financial structuring, IPOs, due diligence procedures, debt and company restructuring, among others.
Dr. Manzano and his family are relevant shareholders of Phoenix Global Resources, a company engaged in the exploration and production of oil with activity in Argentina. PGR is listed on the London Stock Exchange, AIM Market, and the Stock Exchange of Buenos Aires, produces 10.000 barrels of oil per day and has more than 60 million barrels of proven reserves and 300 million barrels of unconventional resources. Dr Manzano is also a relevant investor in Interoil, an exploration and production company listed in Oslo stock exchange that produces 1600bopd in Colombia.
Dr. Manzano is the major shareholder of Integra Oil & Gas, an oil production company that produces 4000 bopd in Venezuela. He is also a major shareholder in Integra Gas Distribution in partnership with Mercuria Energy Trading. Integra Gas Distribution is a significant shareholder of Metrogas, the gas distribution company of Buenos Aires serving more than 10 million people. He is also a relevant shareholder of Edemsa, the distribution electricity company of the province of Mendoza, HIDROELECTRICA AMEGHINO, a hidroplant producing 60 megas and Altus, a winery producer of premium wines in Argentina.
In relation to the media industry, Dr. Manzano is a major shareholder of Grupo America, the second by size argentine media group he co-founded in 1996. The group owns TV stations, news channels, radios and newspapers, including America Tv, the national leader on live television, La Capital, the oldest newspaper of the country and El Cronista Comercial, the more prestigious business and finance newspaper of Argentina.
Prior to his business career, Mr. Manzano was active in the Peronist party where he was Secretary General. He served as majority leader in the lower house of Argentina’s National Congress from 1983 to 1991 and was appointed as Homeland Security Minister under President Carlos Menem.
Dr. Manzano is a relevant donor to several educational organizations and charities. Dr. Manzano is the President of Universidad de Congreso, where he is actively involved in academics and research activities. He has developed activities with the climate change organization of Novel Awards Al Gore and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is also active with the UK Argentinean Chamber of Commerce and the Cámara de Comercio Argentino Norteamericana. He is a sponsor of the Chinese House of Culture in Buenos Aires and was a member of the B20, the business group in support of the G20 Argentine presidency. Dr Manzano is a regular participant of the activities of the Council of The Americas and the Americas Society and is a member of the Energy Steering Committee of the Institute of The Americas.
Mr. Manzano received his Medical Doctorate and his Post Degree specialization in Occupational Health from the National University of Cuyo. He has been a Visiting Scholar at both Georgetown University and the University of California at San Diego. He has received an International Business Certificate and an International Finance Certificate from Georgetown University. He has received a diploma in leadership from Oxford University and lectured at prestigious universities in Argentina, Japan, Europe and the United States.
Alison Mass is Chairman of the Investment Banking Division (IBD) and is an advisor to corporate and private equity clients globally. She is a member of the Management Committee and IBD Executive Committee. Ms. Mass is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs’ $500 million commitment to invest in companies and investment managers with diverse leadership.
Previously, she was Global Head of the Financial and Strategic Investors Group (FSIG) in IBD, responsible for relationships with private equity and multi-national clients. Before that, Ms. Mass was Co-Head of FSIG in the Americas from 2003 to 2015. She joined Goldman Sachs as a partner in 2001.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mass worked at Merrill Lynch from 1990 to 2001 and held several senior management positions in the securities and investment banking areas. Earlier in her career, she worked at Drexel Burnham.
Ms. Mass serves as a member of the Stern Board of Overseers of New York University Stern School of Business.
Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson, an IBM Fellow, serves as IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer Emeritus. Completing his PhD. in Physics in 1980 he joined IBM Research, inventing Silicon:Germanium technology, then founding and leading IBM’s highly successful Analog and Mixed Signal business. Allying with Harris Semiconductor, he and his team enabled the pervasive deployment of WiFi. He went on to take many executive roles, leading global semiconductor development, strategic alliances for the Systems and Technology Group, transforming IBM’s Academy of Technology, managing global University Relations, and culminating in his role from 2010 as IBM’s first Chief Innovation Officer. His teams in that role led the client facing definition and execution of corporate-wide technical and business strategic initiatives spanning all aspects of IBM’s business portfolio. He is a prolific speaker to private, public, and government audiences around the globe, representing IBM in the press, on television and across social media. His focus is on innovation and the implementation of resultant technologies to serve client’s and society’s needs, with the overarching goal of improving the state of the world.
Dr. Meyerson devotes a significant fraction of his time to public service, extensively engaged in driving innovation in governance as well as business innovation around the globe. As examples, he has recently keynoted Government Summits in Dubai and Singapore focused on the digital transformation of government services and the implementation of AI to facilitate this. He similarly served Governor Rauner on the Smarter Illinois Committee supporting efforts to drive the digital transformation of government services. He has long supported Singapore through his service on boards advising technical entities such as I2R, the Land and Livability council serving the needs of an ever aging population, and was recently appointed for a three year term on the International Advisory Panel on Urban Solutions & Sustainability. He chaired the 2015 and 2016 Meta-Council on Emerging Technology for the World Economic Forum(WEF) in Davos. In collaboration with the Editor in Chief of Scientific American and Nature, Dr. Meyerson continues driving the creation of an annual report identifying The Top 10 Emerging Technologies as a joint endeavor with the WEF, which is now published annually by Scientific American. In roles beyond the scope of his IBM work he founded and runs an Innovation focused consultancy, 4IRAdvisors.
Dr. Meyerson has received numerous industry and global honors, being appointed the sole IBM Fellow in 1992, IBM’s highest honor. Dr. Meyerson is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. Awards for combined business and technical achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award from SEMI, the 2011 Pake Prize of the American Physical Society, appointment as the 2014 Turing Lecturer at the Royal Institute of London, and many others. More recently Dr. Meyerson was honored in 2015 with the Medal for Public Service by the government of Singapore for his decades of volunteer service and significant positive impact. In an ongoing focus on innovation, Dr. Meyerson serves on the Board of Directors of the STS Forum, Japan’s premier forum for advanced Technologies and their impact on Society.
Gustavo Montezano has a master’s degree in Economics from the School of Economics and Finance (Ibmec/RJ – 2007) and bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering (IME/RJ – 2003). Montezano was Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ECTP (BTG Commodities), based in London, and was previously the managing partner of BTG Pactual, responsible for the corporate and structured credit division in São Paulo. He started his career as a Private Equity Analyst at Opportunity in Rio de Janeiro. He held the position of Deputy Special Secretary for Privatization, Divestment and Markets of the Ministry of Economy. He is currently the President of Brazilian Development Bank – BNDES.
George Moore has served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Cengage Group since 2013. In this role, he leads Cengage Group’s global technology division, driving innovation throughout the company and creating its vision for education technology. George has played an instrumental role in Cengage Group’s expansion from a legacy book publisher into an education and technology company built for learners. George’s experience spans industries ranging from healthcare to education, with the common thread of driving business reinvention and transformation.
In 2019, George was recognized by the Boston CIO Leadership Associate as Boston CIO of the Year Global ORBIE® Award.
Prior to joining Cengage Group, he served as CTO of Elsevier Health Science, where he transformed the world’s leading medical publishing company into a medical information company. During his tenure, he played a central role in developing ClinicalKey, one of the most innovative and successful product introductions in the healthcare information industry. Earlier in his career, George served as the Senior Vice President of Product Development for Thomson Reuters Healthcare, as Vice President of Product Development at Liquent, and held roles at commercial software companies. He is a co-founder and board member of ARTiFACTS, and actively mentors emerging technology businesses and entrepreneurs. George serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Northern New England and the IMS Global Learning Consortium. He studied Business Administration and Management at Northeastern University. George is based out of Boston, Massachusetts.
Leena Nair is the first female, first Asian and youngest ever CHRO of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE).
Under her leadership Unilever has achieved a 50/50 gender balance across global leadership, led the design and implementation of progressive new working practices and models. She has continued to lead a pioneering agenda, playing an instrumental role in launching Unilever’s new social commitments, including a commitment to pay living wage across its whole supply chain.
Leena bears overall responsibility for the 150,000-strong human capital of Unilever, which operates across multiple regulatory and labour environments spread over 190 countries. Her expertise has driven continued growth for Unilever leading to the 50 billion euro business it is today.
Leena began her Unilever career in Hindustan Unilever, where she became the first woman in the Management Committee in 90 years, heading HR. She was also appointed the first woman on the Unilever South Asia Leadership team and was responsible for Unilever’s growth in five markets with a business size of around 6 billion Euros.
She has continued to redefine how big business can contribute to the environment and society and has a reputation for putting the people at the heart of the business, driving growth and taking risks to create better business and a better society.
Recognised by HRH Queen Elizabeth II as one of the accomplished Indian Business Leaders in the UK, Leena is a trustee for the Leverhulme Trust. Her purpose is to “ignite the human spark for a better business and better world”.
Bill O’Hern is senior vice president and chief security officer of AT&T. He provides vision and leadership to a skilled and innovative cybersecurity team across 15 countries and 37 states. Together they protect AT&T’s global network and its operations including WarnerMedia.
Bill focuses his organization on several key areas: real-time protection, security function virtualization, next-generation platforms, identity and access management, enterprise technology, engineering and operations, policy, compliance, employee education and vulnerability management. He also supervises security architecture for 5G and for emerging services in IoT, entertainment and advertising.
Bill joined AT&T in 1996. His career has been concentrated on building better systems for networking and information security. His vision is a data-driven, intelligent network with embedded, virtualized security functions including effortless authentication and threat analytics.
Bill holds a BA in economics from the State University of New York and multiple patents in technology and security. He was named Information Security Executive of the Year by ISE North America.
Levi Oliveira took over as Secretary in January 2021. Levi Oliveira has a degree in Computer Science and a graduate degree in Planning and Urban Mobility. He joined CMTC-SPTrans by public selection in 1991, where he made a career in the area of planning and operational programming of the public transport system. He worked at São Paulo Transporte SPTrans as planning manager, planning director and was president of the company until December 2020, when he was appointed municipal secretary of Mobility and Transport in the city of São Paulo.
Christina Pappas, vice president of the Keyes Family of Companies in Miami, is the 2021 president-elect of Florida Realtors®, the state’s largest professional trade association with about 200,000 members. “We are a powerful voice for Florida Realtors, and advocacy will continue to be one of our most important services to members,” she said.
In 2021, Florida will continue to see strong demand from U.S. and international buyers, said Pappas, who is active in residential brokerage. “People from around the world have seen they can work virtually from anywhere,” she said. “Our state’s great quality of life and low taxes make this an ideal destination, and our state is poised for continued growth in real estate.”
A leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Pappas is a board member of the Miami Association of Realtors and was president of its Young Professionals Network Leadership Board as well as president of its Residential Board. She has been a leader in the Women’s Council of Realtors, serving as education, membership and events co-chair. Pappas is also a director of Florida Realtors, a member of various state committees and forums, and previously served as a liaison for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). In the community, she is a Cornell Alumni Admissions ambassador, serves on the executive committee for the United Way Young Leaders and is the former Young President’s/World President’s Organization Next Generation Liaison for Miami. She also is a heavy hitter, raising funds for Dolphins Challenge Cancer.
As president-elect of the state association, Pappas will focus on providing Florida’s Realtors with professional information, education and advocacy programs to help them deliver the highest level of service to their clients and communities. “Video technology is one of the keys to serving sellers and buyers effectively in today’s world, and we help our members stay connected as their customers,” she said.
Pappas added that Florida Realtors is dedicated to supporting the state’s housing market and protecting private property rights. “Our members are leaders in their communities, changing people’s lives for the better every day,” she said.
Breaking through barriers and making history, Madeline Pumariega is the first female president to lead Miami Dade College (MDC), the institution she attended decades earlier as a student-athlete. Her passion for innovation in higher education was born out of her own experiences, first as student and then as a longtime administrator at MDC.
President Pumariega prioritizes working with business partners to identify the skills needed in key industries and tailoring higher education programs to match those needs. Her transformative approach accelerates the ability of graduates to enter the workforce immediately upon the completion of their coursework.
Prior to becoming MDC’s President, Pumariega was appointed the first female and Hispanic chancellor of the Florida College System (FCS). In that role, she designed and implemented strategies to keep college accessible and affordable for Floridians especially in high-demand job fields. During President Pumariega’s tenure, several of the FCS’s 28 colleges––which serve 800,000 students––rose in the rankings of US News & World Report as well as other national measures. Florida was also named number one in higher education by US News Report.
In 2019, she became the executive vice president and provost of Tallahassee Community College, where her innovative approaches advanced the College’s three core divisions: academic affairs, student affairs and workforce development. President Pumariega helped lead the school during the unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pivoted the college’s infrastructure to support virtual classroom instruction and student-teacher interaction. She also serves as Affiliate Professor of Leadership at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
She also previously served as president of Take Stock in Children, a statewide non-profit focused on breaking the cycle of poverty by helping students complete their high school education and advance into post-secondary education and careers. President Pumariega has a passion for ensuring that students have a path toward upward economic mobility through educational opportunities.
President Pumariega's love for academics and service excellence began as a student at Miami Dade College. This led into her 20 years of service at the College in positions of ascending responsibility, culminating in her role as Wolfson Campus President. She views her new role as MDC’s president as the opportunity of a lifetime, because it presents her with the greatest ability to serve students who were just like her –– looking for a chance to realize their dreams and succeed in the community they love and call home, Miami.
M.Sc. (Econ. & Tech.) Tuomas Riski is the CEO of Norsepower Oy Ltd, which is a Finnish clean tech and engineering company pioneering modern auxiliary wind propulsion for the global maritime industry.
Norsepower was founded in late 2012 with a mission to reduce the environmental impact of shipping by providing efficient, easy to use, and reliable auxiliary wind propulsion for ships through its Rotor Sail Solution technology.
Norsepower's vision is to set the standard in bringing sails back to ocean transportation and empower shipping towards reaching the goal of zero carbon emissions. Norsepower's Rotor Sail Solution is a proven, low-maintenance, easy to use, and reliable fuel saving technology, supporting the decarbonisation of the shipping industry.
Matthew Salloway is an international business executive, venture capitalist and investor. He serves as the CEO of GSI Ventures, a top 50 Global Family Office, with a focus on venture capital and cross-border business development for portfolio company market expansion to the MENA region.
Mr. Salloway is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SIP Global Partners, an international performance venture fund investing in global technology companies. SIP Global Partners is anchored by a top five telecommunications company and has offices in New York and Tokyo.
Mr. Salloway is also a successful film producer with some of his credits including: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker; The Ides of March, starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling; Worth, starring Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, and The War with Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro.
Mr. Salloway holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Anthony Scaramucci is the Founder and Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital. He is the author of four books: The Little Book of Hedge Funds, Goodbye Gordon Gekko, Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole (a 2016 Wall Street Journal best seller), and Trump: The Blue-Collar President.
Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Scaramucci co-founded investment partnership Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman, LLC in 2001. Earlier, he was a vice president in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co.
In 2016, Scaramucci was ranked #85 in Worth Magazine’s Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. In 2011, he received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year – New York” Award in the Financial Services category. Anthony is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, a board member of both The Brain Tumor Foundation and Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and a Trustee of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He was a member of the New York City Financial Services Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2012.
In November 2016, he was named to President-Elect Trump’s 16-person Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee. In June 2017, he was named the Chief Strategy Officer of the EXIM Bank. He served as the White House Communications Director for a period in July 2017.
Scaramucci, a native of Long Island, New York, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Neil Schwam is a founding partner of L1 Digital AG – a premier Zurich-based investment firm concentrating exclusively on digital asset investments globally. A primary focus of L1 Digital’s is on companies, technologies and protocols disrupting financial market infrastructure and services.
Neil has been involved in the technology and asset management industries for over 25 years, having served in senior Risk, Operational and Technology roles with asset managers, media firms, family offices and hedge funds in the US, Europe and Latin America.
As Florida’s Secretary of Commerce and the President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), Jamal Allen Sowell leads EFI, the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. He assumed his role at the outset of Governor Ron DeSantis’s administration. With his team, Sowell works closely with economic development partners and private sector businesses across the state to strengthen and diversify Florida’s economy. Sowell sets the course for an organization that spans the entire state and commands a strong international presence, as EFI strategically negotiates Florida’s partnerships in international commerce.
Mani Sundaram is Executive Vice President and CIO, leading Akamai’s Global Services (Customer Success, Professional Services, Support Services), Information Technology, and Information Security organizations, based at the company’s global headquarters, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sundaram joined Akamai in 2007 as an architect in Professional Services, consulting with large media businesses. He was instrumental in creating a new services and support paradigm leveraged by Akamai customers to manage the largest online events in the world. He also assimilated Akamai’s services teams around the world into a single, global organization. With the integration of Prolexic security services into Akamai’s global services organization, he helped to establish Akamai as a leading security provider.
Prior to Akamai, he worked in various roles in engineering, marketing and client services at Virtify Inc. and Stratus Technologies.
Sundaram earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University, a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from BITS Pilani, in India, and completed the Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University Extension School.
Frank van der Post joined Cogeco in November 2019 as President of Atlantic Broadband. Frank worked at KPN, a Dutch multi-service telecommunications operator with more than seven million customers in the residential and enterprise markets, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer and was a member of the firm’s Management Board from 2015 to 2018.
Before joining the telecom company, Mr. van der Post spent several years in the airline and hospitality industries, having held senior leadership roles for top organizations across the world including British Airways, where he was Managing Director and Executive Board Member, InterContinental Hotels Group, where he worked for over 20 years and rose to the position of Vice President Operations, Eastern US and the Caribbean, and Jumeirah Group in Dubai where he was Chief Operating Officer.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a Master of Science degree in Hotel Administration from the F.I.U. School of Hospitality Management in Miami Florida.
Hans Vestberg is chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon Communications, a leading provider of wireless, fiber-optic and global Internet networks and services. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in August 2018 and the role of Chairman in March 2019, Mr. Vestberg served as Verizon’s chief technology officer and president of Global Networks from 2017, with responsibility for further developing the architecture for Verizon’s fiber-centric networks. At Verizon, he has focused on transforming the businesses 2.0 customer-centric strategy, leading the company to be first in the world to deploy 5G home and mobile technology, delivering seamless experiences for customers over network assets consisting of the country’s leading 4G LTE network, the nation’s biggest residential fiber network, a global internet backbone and undersea cable network carrying much of the world’s internet traffic, and fiber assets in 45 of the top 50 markets in the U.S.
Before joining Verizon in April 2017, Vestberg served for six years as president and CEO of Ericsson, a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Sweden that provides 35 percent of the world’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network infrastructures.
For more than a decade after joining Ericsson in 1991, he gained broad international experience with leadership positions on four continents. He was instrumental in developing Ericsson’s industry-leading services organization, which grew three-fold during his five years of management. In 2007 he became Ericsson’s chief financial officer, and he was named CEO in 2009. As CEO, he led more than 115,000 employees as the company transformed from a focus on hardware to software and services.
Corporate and charitable leadership
Vestberg was a founding member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he led climate-change and digital-health initiatives. He is past chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee and a current member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, where he helped author the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He is a board member of the UN Foundation, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, and Childhood US (part of the Queen of Sweden’s World Childhood Foundation). Vestberg is a leading voice at technology and global economic conferences including the Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, Brilliant Minds, and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
Personal and educational background
Born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, Hans earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is married with two children and is fluent in Swedish, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He and his family live in New Jersey.
George is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neuberger Berman, a private, independent employee-owned investment manager founded in 1939. The firm manages $304 billion of equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for global institutions, advisors and individuals. With offices in 22 countries, Neuberger Berman has been named by Pensions & Investments as a Best Place to Work in Money Management, finishing first or second each of the last five years.
Prior to Neuberger Berman re-emerging as an independent firm in 2009, George was Global Head of the Investment Management Division at Neuberger Berman's former corporate parent, Lehman Brothers. Previously, George spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a partner and a member of the firm’s Partnership Committee. George’s additional Board Service includes: Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Partnership for New York City and Grace Church School. George earned a BA, BS and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom Wilson is the chair, president and chief executive officer of The Allstate Corporation (CEO since 2007 and chair since 2008).
He has led the company through the Global Financial Crisis, increased severe weather due to climate change and is now implementing an innovative transformative growth strategy. The US Chamber of Commerce enhanced sustainability by clarifying its purpose, embracing bipartisanship, creating the Chamber Forward Fund and implementing a successful leadership succession with his guidance as chair of the board and now as chair of the US Chamber Foundation.
Mr. Wilson is also a public advocate, including in the New York Times and Washington Post, for a broad role for businesses, including providing living wages and improving diversity and equity. He has served on the boards of corporations and non-profits, including The State Street Corporation, The Federal Reserve Board - Chicago, Rush Medical Center, chair of the Financial Services Roundtable, P33 and Get In Chicago.
Jane Wooldridge is an award-winning travel, business and arts multimedia journalist and veteran of the Miami Herald.
In 2021, Jane was named to the newly created role of Senior Director for Journalism Sustainability and Partnerships. In this community-focused role, she works with civic, arts and business organizations and foundations to create strategic partnerships supporting public service journalism amid a fast-fluctuating media landscape.
Prior to her current role, she has served as the Miami Herald’s Business Editor, responsible for business and arts coverage in print, online, multimedia and live events. Her teams have won multiple journalism awards, including Best in Business in the SABEW awards and the Esserman-Knight Award for service.
Previously she was the Miami Herald’s Travel Editor, winning top honors as both an editor and individual Journalist of the Year in the prestigious Lowell Thomas Awards. Between personal and business travel, she has visited more than 100 countries and contributed to national magazines and books. She is the Immediate Past President of the Society of American Travel Writers.
A popular speaker, she has addressed and moderated sessions for civic organizations and Fortune 500 companies.