Advisory Board


Jacqueline Grapin

Jacqueline Grapin

Founder and Co-Chair - The European Institute

Jacqueline Grapin is Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of The European Institute, and Publisher of European Affairs, the on-line publication of The European Institute.  More...

Grapin, who was born in Paris, has lived in Washington since 1985. She is an economist and an expert in European integration and transatlantic economic and strategic issues. Grapin holds degrees in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; in business management from HEC, Paris; in law from Paris I; and in strategic studies from the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale. She is the author of several books including La Guerre Civile Mondiale (Prix Vauban), Radioscopie des Etats Unis, Forteresse America and Pacific America and a report entitled Transatlantic Interoperability in the Defense Industries: How the United States and Europe Could Better Cooperate in Coalition Military Operations. Grapin is a Commandeur in the French Legion of Honor.

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Guy Spier

Guy Spier

Managing Partner - Aquamarine Fund

Guy Spier is a Zurich based investor. In June 2007 he made headlines by bidding US$650,100 with Mohnish Pabrai for a charity lunch with Warren Buffett.   More...

Since 1997 he has managed Aquamarine Fund, an investment partnership inspired by, and styled after the original 1950’s Buffett partnerships. Mr. Spier completed his MBA at Harvard Business School, class of 1993, and holds a First Class degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) from Oxford University. Mr. Spier’s book, The Education of a Value Investor has garnered worldwide praise.

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George Molakal

George Molakal

Chief Executive Officer - ALCOR Fund

George Molakal is the CEO of ALCOR Fund, a global investment firm focusing on buyouts, Private, equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, among other services.  More...

ALCOR owns portfolio companies in, cross border M&A, engineering, manufacturing, 3PL and 4PL, imports and exports and the services industry in emerging markets. Molakal has brought about a new perspective to corporate management and strategy through his ‘Cubei’ model of multi company governance, Strategy 360, MBi takeover, global foundation pillars, 12 block business picture framework, and the disruptive model on American Small to Mid-sized Enterprises (SMEs). George is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Oxford University and speaks frequently on leadership, investments and global strategy.

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Alejandro Brito

Alejandro Brito

President - Brito Development Group (BDG), LLP

Alejandro Brito is President of Brito Development Group (BDG), LLP. In the last twenty years, Mr. Brito has overseen the design, construction, development and management of over 1,500 luxury housing units in Puerto Rico.  More...

Currently, BDG is developing three master planned communities in the city of Guaynabo, encompassing 1,000 residential units, 750,000 ft2 of retail, office and entertainment.

Mr. Brito recently finished a two year term as President of the National Home Builders Association, Puerto Rico Chapter and in the Governor’s Advisory Council for the Construction Industry.

As of March 2015, Mr. Brito also co-heads Denny’s Caribbean, the local franchisor for Denny’s Restaurants, with 13 stores and 1,200 employees.

Alejandro graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics and from Columbia University in New York with a Masters in Real Estate Development.

Juan Verde

Juan Verde

CEO, Magnus Capital

Juan Verde Suárez is a business and Spanish social entrepreneur who worked on the political campaigns of Senator Ted Kennedy, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.More...

He also served as International Co-Chair for the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama in 2012. In addition to developing and directing a strategy designed to mobilize millions of American citizens residing outside of the United States, Mr. Verde serves as an advisor to President Obama on international trade, the Hispanic vote as well as sustainability related issues.

As Senior Partner of U.S. consultancy firm Mapa Group, Verde advises governments and corporations on market expansion, strategy and sustainability. He currently serves on a number of corporate and advisory boards including the Government of Lithuania´s International Advisory Committee and the Alumni Board of Directors at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In the corporate world, Mr. Verde serves, or has served, among others, on the board of directors of Abengoa Bioenergy S.A., a global biotech ethanol company; Santander Bank, N.A., a U.S. subsidiary of the Spanish financial institution Grupo Santander.

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Juliana Rotich

Juliana Rotich

Serial Social Entrepreneur, Co-founder Ushahidi Inc,

Juliana is a Technologist, strategic advisor, MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, TED Senior Fellow and currently serves as a member of theWorld Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development. Juliana is Co-founder of BRCK Inc.More...

A hardware company based in Kenya that makes BRCK and other devices. BRCK is a self-powered mobile WiFi router that has on-board battery and storage, a backup generator for the internet. It provides redundant internet connectivity using wireless or ethernet backhaul. BRCK stands for “rugged internet for people and things”, and it takes its name from its sturdy boxy shape.

Juliana is Co-founder of Ushahidi Inc, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. Ushahidi also acts a catalyst in innovation as part of the Making All Voices Count global challenge for development. She is an internationally sought after keynote speaker as well as strategic advisor to the councils of BASF, Microsoft 4Afrika and Waabeh Ltd. She is also a trustee of The iHub in Kenya and Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain.

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