Risk Cooperative operates in a dynamic environment, led by a team of serial innovators adept in controlled risk-taking. This entrepreneurial spirit informs our management philosophy and company culture.
Dante A. Disparte
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dante Disparte is the founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative, a strategy, risk and capital management firm focused on mid-market opportunities, market expansion and innovation on a global scale. He is the co-author of the book “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making”.
Prior to forming Risk Cooperative, Mr. Disparte served as the managing director of Clements Worldwide, a leading insurance brokerage with customers in more than 170 countries. Mr. Disparte is a specialist in strategy and risk reduction through the design and delivery of comprehensive risk solutions of worldwide scope. He is credited with designing the world’s first card-based life insurance program for the United Nations, a plan that has placed more than a half billion USD of risk with the markets in more than 150 countries. This innovation was heralded as one of the top product innovations of 2011 by the MENA Insurance Review. Mr. Disparte serves as the vice-chair of the board of the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., and on Harvard Business School’s global alumni board. He is the founder and chair of the Business Council for American Security and a board member with the American Security Project. He also serves as member of the Bretton Woods II Council with New America.
He was formerly the managing director of Land Rover’s operations in 32 Sub Saharan African markets and held numerous general management roles in Denmark, where he developed applied skills in social entrepreneurship. Mr. Disparte is credited with developing a humanitarian fleet management solution that is proven to reduce the economic, environmental and social impact of humanitarian operations. This body of work is profiled in a business case published by INSEAD’s Social Innovation Centre. He served on the board of directors of Kjaer Group A/S, one of the top 10 workplaces in Europe and the top workplace in Denmark. He is conversant in 6 languages and has published numerous articles on the subject of risk, strategy and business effectiveness. A graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development, Mr. Disparte holds a degree in international and intercultural studies from Goucher College and a MSc. in risk management from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Chief Strategy Officer and Founding Member
Andres Franzetti is the chief strategy officer and a founding member of Risk Cooperative.
Prior to forming Risk Cooperative, Mr. Franzetti served as an engagement manager for Clements Worldwide, a leading risk management firm and insurance brokerage serving customers in more than 170 countries. In this role, he formulated and led the strategy and execution of the firm’s strategic partnerships and initiatives across multiple industries including automotive, associations, corporations, financial services, humanitarian agencies, and mobility services.
As a dual-licensed insurance broker and Certified Risk Manager, Mr. Franzetti specializes in helping multi-national organizations identify, analyze, mitigate and monetize risks through insurance solutions and risk management consulting.
With extensive experience in program design and innovation, Mr. Franzetti has worked closely with the United Nations, Fortune 500 firms and other international organizations in conducting market analysis, risk assessments, consultative evaluations and developing strategies for their global operations. Sample engagements include spearheading the development of an innovative automotive insurance program for Volvo’s diplomatic and military vehicle sales division, designed to deliver comprehensive insurance protection at the point of sale. Mr. Franzetti also served as a co-creator of the first card-based life insurance program for the UN. To help implement and scale the plan, he has visited key UN compounds around the world, placing nearly a billion dollars of risk in more than 150 global markets. He is also credited with the development of several innovative relocation insurance solutions, including the first ever temporary housing insurance program. This plan provides global protection for guests and firms utilizing temporary living accommodations, creating a new market and industry-leading solution.
Mr. Franzetti has spent more than 10 years in the financial services and business process consulting space. During this time he excelled in business development and long term value creation across a range of industries.
Mr. Franzetti is fluent in Spanish, conversant in Italian and holds a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder in journalism, advertising and marketing.
Chief Operating Officer and Founding Member
Noah Skillin is the chief operating officer and a founding member of Risk Cooperative.
Prior to forming Risk Cooperative, Mr. Skillin served as the global product manager for Clements Worldwide, a leading risk management firm and insurance brokerage. In this role, he had overall responsibility for product launch and development activities across international insurance product lines serving customers in more than 170 countries.
Mr. Skillin is an expert in product and project management delivering large-scale solutions and implementation strategies for organizations operating around the world. He recently played an instrumental role in the design and delivery of a comprehensive outsourced risk management solution for large humanitarian agencies. This body of work is published and was presented at the 2014 Fleet Forum annual conference in Budapest and identified as a best-practice in risk management.
Mr. Skillin is an experienced risk management practitioner holding the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations. Additionally, he is a dual-licensed insurance broker. A published author on the subject of risk management and mitigation, he has an in-depth understanding of international and U.S. insurance, rules and regulations, and ethical practices.
In the early stage of his career, Mr. Skillin worked in the specialized executive compensation and benefits market where he worked with high net worth individuals and executives to invest in deferred compensation plans.
Mr. Skillin is an alumnus of James Madison University, where he received a degree in business administration.
Partner and Chief Revenue Officer
Les Williams is a partner and chief revenue officer of Risk Cooperative.
Prior to joining Risk Cooperative, Mr. Williams served as the vice president of sales, leading the development of a sales strategy for SweatCred.com, a health & wellness rewards organization serving companies in the Metro DC area. Mr. Williams has had a progressively responsible career leading business development and other functions at blue chip firms such as, Ford Motor Company, IBM, JLL, among others. Most recently, Mr. Williams led the public pension growth strategy at investor relations firm, Landon Butler & Company and spearheaded the acquisition of key accounts at LiveSafe.
He is an alumnus of the University of Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. While at UVA, Les was a Peer Advisor to younger engineering students in the Office of African American Affairs for three years. Les Co-founded Brother United Celebrating Knowledge and Success (B.U.C.K.S.), a community service organization focused on straightening the relationship between the UVA and Charlottesville communities. He is a member of the Raven Society as well as The I.M.P. Society. At Graduation, Les was one of two students given the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for outstanding contributions to Student Life during his tenure at UVA. He is actively involved in the Harvard Business School community as an alumni leader and in MBA admissions for applicants.
Les currently serves on the President’s Council of the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC and recently served a three-year term as a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Managing Director, Risk Solutions
Daniel Wagner is the managing director of risk solutions for Risk Cooperative and co-author of the new book “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making”.
Prior to joining Risk Cooperative, Mr. Wagner was the CEO of Country Risk Solutions, a Connecticut-based cross-border risk advisory firm.
He was previously the Senior Vice President of Country Risk at GE Energy Financial Services where he was part of a team investing billions of dollars annually into global energy projects. He was responsible for advising senior management on a variety of country risk-related issues, strategic planning, and portfolio management. Daniel created a Center of Excellence for country risk analysis in GE and led a team that produced a comprehensive automated country risk rating methodology.
He began his career at AIG in New York and subsequently spent five years as Guarantee Officer for the Asia Region at the World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) in Washington, D.C. During that time he was responsible for underwriting political risk insurance (PRI) for projects in a dozen Asian countries. After then serving as Regional Manager for Political Risks for Southeast Asia and Greater China for AIG in Singapore, Daniel moved to Manila, Philippines where he was Guarantee and Risk Management Advisor, Political Risk Guarantee Specialist, and Senior Guarantees and Syndications Specialist for the ADB’s Office of Co-financing Operations. Over the course of his career Daniel has also held senior positions in the PRI brokerage business in London, Dallas and Houston.
Daniel is the author of two other books – Managing Country Risk and Political Risk Insurance Guide – and more than 500 articles on risk management and current affairs. He holds master’s degrees in International Relations from the University of Chicago and in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Richmond College in London.