PARTNER AND CONSULTANT AT HÖFT – BERNHOEFT & TEIXEIRA
Renata is a partner and consultant in Höft – Bernhoeft & Teixeira, founded in 1975 to support families in businesses in perpetuating their values and wealth. She consults in the areas of succession and continuity, shareholder education, life and career planning for heirs, family protocols and governance for family business.
Renata has an Executive MBA from Business School São Paulo and University of Toronto. She has done extensive graduate work in family therapy and holds an undergraduate degree in Hotel Business Administration. Renata was guest lecturer at the ESPM and FGV São Paulo business administration graduate programs and an intern at IESE – Universidad de Navarra with Prof. Miguel Angel Gallo in 2000. Renata has been member of FBN since 1996 and is a founding board member of the FBN Brazilian chapter.
Alexis du Roy de Blicquy
CEO, THE FAMILY BUSINESS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL
Alexis is CEO of The Family Business Network International (FBN), a global network run by family businesses, for family businesses, with the aim of strengthening success over generations. With 25 years of existence and more than 2.700 families around 60 countries, FBN helps family businesses grow, succeed and prosper through the exchange of best practices and new ideas.
Alexis has worked for various family businesses in senior positions, including Group Lhoist, Verlinvest and Armonea, the leading elderly care group in Belgium. He was also Senior Investment Officer at International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in the Treasury, Infrastructure, and Small Business Departments. Since 2007, he is Chairman of the Board of ToolBox, non-profit organization aiming at supporting and improving the management structures of associations by offering pro bono professional consultancy.
A Belgian citizen, Alexis holds a Master in Management Science from Solvay Business School and is an INSEAD IEP Graduate.
CHAIR PROFESSOR OF STRATEGY, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE & FAMILY BUSINESS – DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE OF ENTERPRISING FAMILIES AT UNIVERSIDAD DEL DESARROLLO, CHILE
Previously, he held for 10 years the Von Appen Chair in Family Business at Adolfo Ibáñez University. Gonzalo is Partner at PROTEUS, a strategy & governance consulting firm advising leading family business groups in South America. He is also the Chapter Director of FBN-Chile and sits in the board of family business groups in Chile and Peru.
Gonzalo received master’s degrees from France´s Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, and Universidad de Chile. He also was a Luksic-Rockefeller scholar at Harvard University; and he is completing a doctorate at University of Liverpool (UK). He holds the unmatched record of having been selected 10 times best professor by MBA students.
He has authored and edited several books on corporate strategy and family business. His research contributions have been acknowledged in the Strategic Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Family Business Review, and Families in Business. And he is a Guest Co-Editor of Corporate Governance. An International Review´s special issue about global family business governance.
He is a frequent speaker at Family Business conferences and his widely cited by the Latin American business press.
Lee Oi Kum
MEDICAL DOCTOR, MALAYSIA
Dr. Lee Oi Kum graduated from the University of Singapore as a medical doctor and practiced for several years before joining the family plantations holding company as a director.
Oi Kum is an advocate of barter as an alternative payment system and is a board director of the International Reciprocal Trade Association, a watch dog and self regulation body for the global barter industry based in Washington USA. She dedicates a great deal of her time and resources to various projects concerning the social impact of philanthropy. She is a grandmother on the domestic front.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GEM (GRUPO ECONOMICO MALDONADO) FAMILY OFFICE, VENEZUELA
Verónica Maldonado has been the Executive Director of the GEM (Grupo Economico Maldonado) Family Office since 2002, and the president of the foundation, La Compañia Humana, which supports education and environmental awareness. The Maldonado Group is a Venezuelan family business active in various industries and investments globally.
Verónica has written articles, completed various family business management programs (including the Family Business Program of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IESA) in Caracas) and has extensive experience in corporate structuring in the US, Japan and Venezuela. She is on advisory boards and is a frequent speaker at family business conferences around the world. Verónica graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, United States.
PROFESSOR OF THE STRATEGIC AND ENTREPRENEURIAL MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT AT SDA BOCCONI SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE EXECUTIVE MBA PROGRAM, ITALY
Paolo is a professor of the Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management Department at SDA Bocconi School of Management and the Director of the Executive MBA Program. Paolo teaches courses in different executive and masters programs and developed the elective on family business for non‐family managers for the EMBA.
His topics of special interest are corporate strategy, strategic and governance in family business. Paolo sits on the Board of a two generation family business, and chairs the Board of a seventeenth generation family business specialised in the textile industry. Since 2005 he has served as an advisor about family business supporting succession planning.
Paolo is a member of the Management Committee of the Family Business Network International (FBN‐I), and of the European Family Businesses Association. Paolo graduated from Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy.
MEMBER OF JACTO HOLDING COUNCIL, BRAZIL
Alessandra Nishimura has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from PUC São Paulo, with specialization in Human Resources Strategic Management at FIA. Alessandra lived in Seattle, WA to improve her English skills.
After graduation she worked for four years in a print shop where she became partner of the business. She also worked organizing events such as international congresses, summer camp, weddings, and dance & art conferences in Brazil. For two years she worked for Laham Consultoria, a consulting company specializing in financial management.
Today she dedicates most of her time to her family business. She has been the coordinator of the 3rd Generation Council of Jacto Group for 8 years. She is also a member of Jacto Holding Council. Alessandra works as a volunteer for the Family Business Network coordinating the next generation and is a member of the Board.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT AND FINANCE (WITH TENURE) AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY’S STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, USA
Belén Villalonga is an Associate Professor of Management and Finance (with Tenure) at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Between 2001 and 2012 she was on the faculty at Harvard Business School.
Professor Villalonga’s teaching, research, and consulting activities are focused on family enterprise governance, strategy, and finance. She has developed and taught family business courses or programs for graduate and undergraduate students at both universities as well as for executives and business families, to whom she also serves as a consultant. Her award-‐winning research has been published in top academic journals, has been cited over 800 times in academic publications, and has been featured in the leading international business media outlets.
She also serves as an independent director on the boards of two family-‐controlled public companies, Acciona and Grifols. She received her Ph.D. in Management and M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is fluent in Spanish, English, and French, and conversant in Italian and Portuguese.