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
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dante Disparte is the chairman and CEO of Risk Cooperative an innovative strategy, risk advisory and insurance brokerage based in Washington, D.C. He is the co-author of the book “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making” and was recently selected as one of the 40 leaders under 40 by the Washington Business Journal and among the top 100 most influential leaders in D.C., in the inaugural Powermeter 100 list.
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. Mr. Disparte serves as the chair of the board of the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., and is a former member of 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 and on the board of trustees of Gamma Iota Sigma, the preeminent organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, and sustaining student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science as professions.
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.
Andres Franzetti, Co-Founder
President & Chief Operating Officer
Andres Franzetti is the president and chief operating officer of Risk Cooperative, leading the firms strategy, partnerships and product innovations.
Prior to forming Risk Cooperative, Mr. Franzetti led the channel strategy and program development for a leading global risk management and insurance brokerage firm. In this role, he formulated the strategy and execution of the firm’s partnership development and distribution initiatives across all product segments. 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.
With extensive experience in risk advisory, program design and innovation, Mr. Franzetti has worked closely with the United Nations, Fortune 500 firms and international organizations across all industries to conduct market analysis, risk assessments, consultative evaluations and de-risking of operations.
He is a recognized thought leader in the risk and cybersecurity domain, and Forbes contributor. 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 is fluent in Spanish, conversant in Italian and holds a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder in journalism, advertising and marketing.
Noah Skillin, Co-Founder
Chief Risk Officer
Noah Skillin is the chief risk officer of Risk Cooperative.
Prior to forming Risk Cooperative, Mr. Skillin served as the global product manager for 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 and holds an MSc. in risk management from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
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 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.