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
Dante Disparte is an entrepreneur, business leader and global risk expert. He is the chairman of Risk Cooperative, a strategic risk advisory and insurance brokerage based in Washington, D.C.
Dante has been named to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council, where he is a member of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation subcommittee. He serves on the board of the American Security Project, where he founded and chairs the Business Council. He is also a member of the Bretton Woods II Council and a senior fellow at New America where he works on technology and digital state initiatives.
He is a frequent speaker and commentator on business and political issues shaping the world. From entrepreneurship, where he was invited by the White House to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, to risk, economic competitiveness and security issues, Dante’s wide-ranging views are regularly featured in leading media and publications, such as Harvard Business Review, BBC, Forbes and International Policy Digest, among others. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, where he chaired the D.C. alumni association and was a former member of the global alumni board. Dante holds an MSc. in Risk Management from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in International and Intercultural Studies from Goucher College. He is fluent in 6 languages and has conducted business all over the world. He is the co-author “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making” (Macmillan, 2016) and was recognized as one of the 40 leaders under 40 by the Washington Business Journal and in the inaugural Powermeter 100 list.
Andres Franzetti, Co-Founder
Chief Executive Officer
Andres Franzetti is the Chief Executive Officer of Risk Cooperative, a coverholder at Lloyd’s and a specialized strategy, risk and insurance advisory firm. In this role, he leads the firm’s overall operations and strategy execution.
As a dual-licensed insurance broker and Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Mr. Franzetti specializes in helping multi-national organizations address complex risks to increase their overall resiliency and mitigate downside exposures. Considered an industry leader in program development and innovation, he has worked closely with such organizations like the United Nations, Volvo and other Fortune 500 firms as well as leading academic institutions in managing and mitigating enterprise risks.
Mr. Franzetti has experience across the full risk spectrum and works actively with organizations to address a myriad of risks, ranging from the de-risking of capital flows and overseas investments, to helping organizations build robust risk management and mitigation frameworks. Additionally, Andres has extensive expertise in program development, including the design and launch of a cyber warranty program for leading cyber-security firms and Microsoft partners. He is a recognized thought leader in the risk and cybersecurity domain, frequent speaker and published author on all matters of risk management. He also serves as an adjunct fellow for the American Security Project, a think-tank started by former secretaries John Kerry and Chuck Hagel.
Mr. Franzetti has spent more than 10 years in the financial services and advisory space. He is fluent in Spanish, conversant in Italian and holds a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder in journalism, advertising and marketing.
Les Williams, Co-Founder
Chief Revenue Officer
Les Williams is 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 is a licensed insurance broker and a Certified Risk Manager (CRM). He 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.