Photo: with Dr. Edward de Bono, creator of "Lateral Thinking" - at The Nobels Colloquia in Venice, Italy.
Gustavo Raitzin is a Harvard ALI Fellow. He joined Bank Julius Baer in 2005 as Head Latin America, Spain & Portugal. In 2007, he became a member of the Executive Board of Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. His last position before retiring was Head Latin America & Israel, a function he took over in January 2013. He began his career in international banking in 1981 with Citibank N.A. in Buenos Aires, New York and Zurich. In 1990, He then joined Chase Manhattan Private Bank in Geneva as Director Latin America. From 1995 until 1998, he assumed responsibility for the Brazilian market served as Chief Operating Officer for Latin America and Asia-Pacific at Union Bancaire Privée in Geneva. Until 2005, Gustavo Raitzin held several key management positions with ABN Amro, including Head of Private Clients Latin America, Global Head of Products & Sales and Head of Private Banking Switzerland. Gustavo Raitzin graduated in law from Belgrano University, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1989. He completed senior management programs at Insead, France, and IMD, Switzerland.
Kenny Kahn is the CEO at Fat Boy Hair. He is the co-founder of Beauty Level Group and former CEO of Versatile Systems - an entrepreneurial pioneer with front line experience building businesses and re-energizing companies. As the President and Founder of Black Label Advisory, Kenny challenges organizations to think differently. Previously, Kenny served as Chief Strategic Officer for Iverify, an innovative security services company named one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing privately-held companies in the United States. In 1997, Kenny was selected by Muzak’s Chairman and CEO to lead the revitalization of the company’s embattled brand. As Executive Vice President of Sales, Product & Marketing, Kenny grew the company from $80MM in revenue to $250MM in just four years and became the subject of a Harvard Business School case study entitled, “Kenny Kahn at Muzak”. Kenny is past Founder and Chairman of the Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation and has served on the Board of Directors of the Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center.
Steve Sullivan began his career as an Army Ranger and served as a platoon leader, company commander and operations officer. After leaving the military, he entered the business world and spent twenty-one years in a variety of executive positions in corporate America. He is responsible for generating in excess of 1.2 billion in sales growth. He is an internationally recognized authority on Sales, Leadership, and Performance issues. He is the author of seven books. Two of which, Selling At Mach 1 and Leading At Mach 2were business bestsellers. Leading At Mach 2 was a Business Book of the Year Selection. His videos on Selling and Leadership are Vision Award winners. His most recent book Remember This Titan is the acclaimed biography of celebrated coach Bill Yoast. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Florida and a Masters in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Alice Sachova-Kleisli is an international Consultant and Business Leader with over 25 years of experience, incl. 14 years in CEO positions. Currently, Alice works as Partner for Vendbridge AG, a Swiss based consultancy specialized in customer insights, innovation and growth. In 1989 she started with Procter & Gamble in Brand Management, working in Germany, Czech Republic and Switzerland. In 1994 she moved on to The Boston Consulting Group, working in Zurich and London. After 4 years, she became CEO position at Tela AG, a Swiss hygiene paper manufacturer. In 2002 she acquired the advertising agency FAVO in Basel, which she sold 2008 to Scholz & Friends, Germany. During this period she joined a Management-Buy-In with the DE SEDE GROUP, a high end furniture producer, and became CEO of the group. Alice is in various company boards, president of SMG (Schweizer Management Gesellschaft) and executive board member of GfM (Gesellschaft für Marketing).
Alejandro Rossi has 30 years experience of investment banking, corporate business and as an entrepreneur. After having started his career in E. I. Du Pont de Nemours in Argentina, he specialized in M&A while working for over 10 years at J.P. Morgan & Co. in Buenos Aires, New York and Milano. He then returned to New York to join Goldman, Sachs & Co. to head the investment banking effort for Latin American countries. Alex relocated to Argentina to head ING Barings corporate/investment banking and later co-founded Keytech LD, a telecommunications operator, which he sold to AT&T Corp. He remained as President and CEO of AT&T Argentina and his significant success made him President and CEO of AT&T Brazil as well, until he left the company when AT&T decided to sell its Latin American business shortly after. He spends his time as an international consultant between Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, Italy where he advises organizations focused on international growth.
Dudley Lynch, president of Brain Technologies Corporation, is often viewed as the leading popular interpreter of Dr. Clare Graves and his Gravesian conceptual model of how the people work within the worlds of society, culture and technology.
Three of Mr. Lynch's Graves-based titles are available both in English and German. One of these, Strategy of the Dolphin®: Scoring a Win in a Chaotic World (with Paul Kordis), was a Literary Guild alternative selection in the U.S. It ranked as high as the No. 3 bestselling business book in French, the No. 5 bestselling business book in German and was a No. 1 bestseller in German, Swiss and Austrian self-help bookstores. His latest book is "The Mother of All Minds." Newport University of Newport Beach, Calif., awarded Mr. Lynch the title of Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters) in 1994 for his contributions to the fields of personal and business thinking skills development at the university’s St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Philipp Johner is founder and CEO of Manres AG in Zurich, Switzerland. He coaches CEOs of leading companies, is head trainer of large corporate transformations, author ("Freundschaft", 2009 and “Transforming Leaders”, 2010). As a psychologist he is a pioneer in developing and testing numerous instruments and concepts of positive psychology. Within the scope of the university's executive education he received the Best Teacher Award of the School for Entrepreneurs of the University of St. Gallen in 2008 and 2009. He studied psychology, philosophy (University of Zurich) and astrophysics (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and is also a certified psychotherapist. He holds national and international titles in various martial arts: Swiss champion and on 5th place in the world championship in kick boxing. Swiss vice-champion in Taek Won Do
President and CEO of Promostudio, Venice, Italy - a Management Consulting Company established by Giovanni Battista Vescovo in 1987, which now is the Italian Representative for leading international Business Economy personalities in its commitment to provide Customized Consultancy and Executive Management Training. The Company's mission is to introduce the best international Management, Economics and Finance practices and develop innovative ideas, methodologies and management tools to support Operating Enterprises in implementing their own Corporate culture. Promostudio is in touch with many leading speakers of the world of economics, including Nobel Laureates in Economics as a special category other than experts in Economics and Finance, and is unique in numbers and specialties. Another group includes international Management experts at the very top of their fields, such as Marketing, Benchmarking, Business Administration or Strategy.
Lourdihna Bacci Gayoso
Lou Gayoso is a global business woman with several companies in United States, Europe and Brazil. Lou started her career at the financial market, working at one of the biggest Brazilian banks. She also worked as a high-level executive in the Private Banking and Credit Card areas. In 1995, she started her entrepreneurial career and opened several businesses with partners and family members: a consultancy (where she became a specialist in restructuring, internationalization and growth strategy), an oil logistics company, as well as a call-center and a high-end retail-chain. In 2005, Lou started the development of KICS, a global children certification company focused on everything related to the children’s world. Simultaneously she held several board positions in Brazil and U.S. and became a speaker in high-profile events around the world, using her expertise and ability to speak several languages.
Hemanth Rao, MD
Dr Rao was born in Madras (Chennai), India and received his medical degree from Madras University. He completed his post-graduate medicine from the Mt Sinai School of Medicine in NY, his Neurology/Epilepsy/Sleep training from LIJMC (Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY) and his NeuroMuscular fellowship from Washington University in St Louis. Dr Rao is board certified in Neurology and subspecialty board certified in ElectroDiagnostic medicine. He became President and CEO of United Sleep Medicine in 2004 and is also president of The Neurological Institute and Cognos Healthcare. Dr Rao has extensive business experience working with corporations in various stages of development.
Bob Alexander is a senior project manager for Forsythe Solutions Group currently serving as a project executive for a disaster recovery infrastructure upgrade project for a global shipping conglomerate. Bob specializes in helping organizations realize business objectives through project implementations. Highlights of Bob's career include the management of the data processing aspects of the US Air Force's Strategic Air Command's Command Center Upgrade Project and of US Army Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Surveillance Systems supporting the soldiers in the field. Bob has led organizations focused on the advancement of systems from both the hardware infrastructure and software engineering perspectives.