Speakers & Moderators


Caroline Linsen Abdon

Founder and CEO, Private in Public, Sweden

Caroline Abdon is the founder and CEO of Private in Public, a company started in 2009 to develop and produce creative and environmentally conscious disposable products for the health, beauty and hygiene market. Caroline has a BFA from Parsons School of Design and is 2nd generation and Board Member of Abdon Mills.


Rolf Abdon

Chief Executive of Abdon Mills (Helsingborg, Sweden) & Chairman of the Board of Grain Millers, Inc. (Minneapolis, USA)

Rolf grew up in Sweden and graduated 1967 at University of Lund as LlB (Juris Kandidat) and MSc (Civilekonom). He received his MBA from INSEAD in 1970. He worked in corporate banking until he in 1976 co-founded Abdon Mills, which is active in grain processing in the Nordic countries. In 1986, he co-founded Grain Millers, Inc. in the US, which now is a leading US speciality grain milling company.


Thomas Ahlström

Managing Director for the Ahlström family’s holding company, Finland

Thomas was born in Helsinki 18th june 1958 and graduated with a Master’s degree from the Helsinki Swedish School of Economics and and Business Administration in 1982. After a few years with a finance company in Helsinki, he moved to London to take up a position with Scandinavian Bank plc. In 1993 he relocated to Finland in order to start up the bank’s operations in Helsinki and served with the bank until 2007. From there on he headed his own asset management and private equity advisory business, until being appointed managing director for the Ahlström family’s holding company where he serves today.


H. E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair

CEO of Mashreq Group and the Chairman of Al Ghurair Investment LLC, UAE

H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair is the CEO of Mashreq Group and the Chairman of Al Ghurair Investment LLC, one of the biggest and most successful business groups in the United Arab Emirates & the Middle East. H.E. Abdul Aziz held various dignitary positions, which had its impact both regionally and internationally. His unprecedented experience makes him one of the most well-known personalities, both locally and regionally.

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Federica Angelantoni

Managing Director of Archimede Solar Energy, Italy

Since 2007 Federica is the Managing Director of ARCHIMEDE SOLAR ENERGY the youngest of the ANGELANTONI Companies dealing in renewable energies and leader in the production of solar receiver tubes for thermodynamic power plants. She is member of the Board of Directors of some companies in the Group. President of scientific committee of “EchoGreen”, Italian association for sustainable territory growth and of “Post” Umbria Technology Museum.

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Gianluigi Angelantoni

CEO of Angelantoni Industrie and Archimede Solar Energy Chairman

Gianluigi Angelantoni, born in Todi (Perugia) on May 20th, 1944, is married and has one daughter, Federica. He is actually CEO of Angelantoni Industrie and Archimede Solar Energy Chairman. Angelantoni Group is involved (ATT brand) in producing environmental test chambers, space simulators for satellites, electrodynamics shakers, automotive test benches and crash test systems and also works (ALS brand) in hospitals and biomedical field supplying laboratory freezers and controlled contamination equipment and clean rooms.


Joe Astrachan

Wachovia Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business, Executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center, USA

Joe Astrachan is Wachovia Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center, and a founder of the internationally accredited Executive MBA for Families in Business at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In addition he is Distinguished Research Chair of Family Business at Loyola University Chicago’s Business School.


Arun Bharat Ram

Chairman of SRF Limited, India

Mr. Bharat Ram was President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) during 2000-2001 and has continued to play an important role as Chair of various council of CII. He is the Indian Co-Chairman of the Indo German Consultative Group (IGCG) which consists of eminent citizens from both the countries. Mr. Bharat Ram is actively involved in social development activities.

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Rosana Camargo de Arruda Botelho

Member of the board of Participações Morro Vermelho S.A., Brazil

Rosana has been very involved in the most relevant matters of the Group and participated in the development of the Group’s growth strategy, including international expansion. She is one of the controlling shareholders and Member of the Board of Participações Morro Vermelho, the controlling holding company of Camargo Corrêa Group, one of the largest private business conglomerates in Brazil.


Renata de Camargo Nascimento

Member of the Board of Participações Morro Vermelho S/A, Brazil

Renata de Camargo Nascimento is a shareholder and a member of the Board of Participações Morro Vermelho S/A, which is the controlling holding company of Camargo Corrêa Group, one of the largest private business conglomerates in Brazil. She holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the Mackenzie University in Brazil. Motivated by serving the cause of social development, Renata has been an active member of several non profit organizations since 1975.


Philip A. Clemens

Chairman and CEO of The Clemens Family Corporation, USA

Mr. Clemens has spent his entire working career with the family business. He began working in the legacy business, Hatfield Quality Meats, on a part time basis while going to school. He began his full-time career in 1967 while attending Peirce College. His career has allowed him to work in all areas of the business. He began on the clean-up crew and worked his way to be the CEO of the Company.


Guido Corbetta

Professor of Strategic management in family business at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy

Raised in a family where parents and uncles owned businesses ranging from retail to fasteners, Guido Corbetta graduated from Bocconi University (B.A. and PhD) and studied abroad in Japan, Jouy-en-Josas (France), Chicago (U.S.A.). Guido Corbetta has been working on family business since 1988, as researcher and consultant of more than 110 companies and serves on the board of some listed and unlisted family companies in Italy.

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Décio da Silva

Chairman of the Board of Directors WEG Group, Brazil

Mr. Silva holds the position Chairman of the Board of Directors of the listed family firm WEG Group and descendant of one of the three founders. He is additionally member of multiple Board of Directors in listed firms and institutions. From 1989 to 2007, he led the WEG Group as Chief Executive Officer. During this time, he transformed WEG into a Brazilian multinational corporation with the founding of six factories abroad and 25 sales offices on the five continents.


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.


Carla Duprat

Director for Social Investment at Participações Morro Vermelho, Brazil

Carla joined the Group in 2006 as Director for Social Investment at Participações Morro Vermelho and since 2007 is also Chief Sustainability Officer, with the responsability of designing and implementing the sustainability corporate strategy. Committed to sustainable development Carla has helped promote sustainability across the business units.


Peter Englisch

Partner, Global Family Business Leader, Ernst & Young GmbH, Germany

From 2002 until 2010 Peter was Partner in charge of the Ruhr region offices of Ernst & Young GmbH. He also leads and coordinates activities for Family Business at Ernst & Young Germany since 2004 and was appointed as Lead Partner for Strategic Growth Markets and Family Business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2010. He was appointed as Global Leader for Family Business in 2011.

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Antonio Ermírio de Moraes Neto

Co-Founder and Partner at Vox Capital, Brazil

Antonio is a Co-Founder and Partner at Vox Capital, Brazil’s first Impact Investing company, which channels investments and technical assistance to innovative companies with solutions that generate disproportionate social impact to low-income communities throughout Brazil. Antonio helped found the organization in 2009, and since then Vox Capital has become a reference in Latin America Impact Investing market.


Elena Fumagalli Romario

B.Sc. (2011) and M.Sc. (2014) in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, and Double Degree in Environmental Engineering at University of São Paulo (2013), Italy

As an intern in the R&D Lab of MAPEI (2009), Elena Fumagalli Romario worked on the implementation of a mathematical model that described how different coatings behave under the effect of driving rain. She participated in a Collaborative Field Course organized by Harvard and the University of São Paulo on “The Global Challenges of Energy Production in the Coming Decades” (2013).


Aldo Fumagalli Romario

Chairman and Managing Director of SOL Group, Italy

Aldo Fumagalli Romario, 55, Italian. After obtaining a Degree in Chemical Engineering, full marks with honours, at Politecnico di Milano, he served as Officer of Alpini troops; he was appointed Specially-trained Company Cadet, 1st of the Course, Company Vice-Commander. Today, he is also Deputy Chairman of CREVAL Group (Credito Valtellinese bank), and Independent Director in the Board of Buzzi Unicem spa.

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Eliane Garcia Melgaço

Algar’s Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability, Brazil

Responsible for creating Instituto Algar de Responsabilidade Social (Algar Institute for Social Responsibility). Currently Algar’s Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability, member and secretary of Algar’s Board of Directors and president of the committees on Audit and Risk, Human Talent and Corporate Governance. Founder of the Brazilian chapter of the Family Business Network.


Eduardo Gentil

Partner at Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise, USA

In the last five years, Gentil has led numerous advisory projects with business families in Brazil, supporting families in designing their governance structures, shareholder agreements, financial policies, implementation of Board of Directors and succession plans. He also serves as a facilitator of family meetings at Harvard Business School’s Families in Business Program.


Pankaj Ghemawat

Anselmo Rubiralta, Professor of Global Strategy, Spain

Ghemawat is a specialist on globalization and strategy and emerging markets as well as having done foundational work on sustainable competitive advantage, competitive dynamics and strategic investment. His latest book World 3.0 (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011) should, according to The Economist, “Be read by anyone who wants to understand the most important economic development of our time.”

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Claudia Gómez

Executive Director of FBN Colombia

Claudia Gómez is a lawyer from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá Colombia and a graduate of Harvard Extension School’s CSS program. Before joining the Family Business Network as Executive Director of the Colombia Chapter, she gained experience in finance and the flower business. She has been with the FBN since 2006 where she is responsible for the Colombia chapter’s growth and development.

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Mónica María Gómez Jaramillo

Family Shareholder and Board Member, Productos Familia SA, Colombia

Monica is an entrepreneur and founder of the following partner companies in Colombia: World Wide Colombia Havas SA; Media Partner Colombia SA; Hilti Colombia SA; Ezgo SA; Pasta Fresca Asti SA; Hotel Stay for the SAS Mantilla; Investment Gómez Chica. Monica is also currently a board member and partner of various companies.

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Birgit Heraeus

Business developer in Africa for Herrenknecht AG, Germany

Birgit Heraeus works at Herrenknecht AG, the world leading manufacturer of mechanized tunnel boring equipment. She is responsible for business development in Africa. After developing a marketing and sales strategy backed by the CEO, she now leads the roll-out of the strategy in five African countries selected earlier. Currently, she focuses on market research to identify potential projects and stakeholders in the area of water supply/ sewage, hydropower and pipeline construction as well as relationship building. She holds a Bachelor of Science from WHU- Otto Beisheim School of Management and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Jürgen Heraeus

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heraeus Holding GmbH, Germany

Dr. Jürgen Heraeus was born in 1936 in Hanau, Germany. Dr. Heraeus studied business administration at the University of Munich, earning his PhD in 1963. He lived in the USA for nearly two years and worked for a variety of Heraeus subsidiaries before his appointment to the Board of Management of W. C. Heraeus GmbH in 1970. He subsequently became Chief Executive Officer of Heraeus Holding GmbH. Since 2000 he has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heraeus Holding GmbH and Chairman of the Shareholders Committee. Dr. Jürgen Heraeus is married and as the father of five daughters, he is particularly interested in educational policy.


Julia Hieber

Consultant and former Director of the INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, France

Julia Hieber is currently a consultant and former Director of the INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, an academic platform actively supported by families in business with the vision of globally promoting the sustainability of family businesses and empowering their members through education, experience and knowledge exchange.


Sara Margaret Hughes

Director and Partner - FourC Bilingual Academy and Member of Board of Directors - Lwart Group, Brazil

Born in California, Sara has spent much of her life in other countries working and studying. She has been involved in community leadership projects and entrepreneurship, since she was 12 years old. During her MBA she met Carlos Renato and after graduation, married and moved to Brazil to help with his family company. At the Lwart Group, Sara began with business improvement projects and exports. Later she became the director responsible for structuring the shared service center for the group and the director of the new start-up for waterproofing and building materials, Lwart Quimica.


Gonzalo Jiménez 

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.


Annelie Karlsson

Executive Director of FBN Sweden

Dr. Annelie Karlsson has broad and extensive international experience both as an educator and as a facilitator or advisor to international, multi-generational and complex owner families regarding owner strategies, corporate and family governance and succession. She is a founder and the Executive Director of Family Business Network (FBN) Sweden. She has been involved with FBN since 1993, serving in various positions eg in the executive committee of FBN International and now serving on the board of the Family Business International Foundation.


Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez

Professor of Family Business and co-director of the Global Family Business Center at IMD in Switzerland

Professor of Family Business and co-director of the Global Family Business Center at IMD in Switzerland, Denise has worked extensively with very large family businesses in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America for 20 years and is used to deal with complex governance and wealth situations. Denise has received several awards for her research work and is the author and co-author of several books on the topic of family business.


Albert Koay

Global IT Senior General Manager, KLKB Plantations group, Malaysia

Albert Koay was born into a poor family and at the age of seven years old was selling packet food by paddling the road. In high school, he discovered a passion for programming. Being too poor he had to forego university education after securing a place both locally and in NZ. He was offered by NCR to work as a programming apprentice, where he was promoted to be a system analyst after having developed systems.


Eduardo Renato Kunst

Executive Chairman of Empresas Artecola, Brazil

Eduardo holds an MBA with post-graduate in Marketing and has taken international management programs to help constantly professionalize the business whilst retaining its family origins. In addition to directing the Artecola Companies, Eduardo sits on the State Council for Science, Innovation and Technology of the State of Rio Grande do Sul and the Council of ABIQUIM-the Brazilian chemical industry Association.

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Simone Kunst

Part of the Family Business Council, Empresas Artecola, Brazil

imone Cristine Kunst integrates the family business Council, which brings together 29 Artecola shareholders. Graduated in business administration with specialization in international business, served on the Corporation by 7 years initially with activities in the area of External Market. Later, migrated to the area of Marketing, responding by internal marketing and Institutional Marketing.


Rania Labaki

Associate Professor of Management Sciences at the University of Bordeaux IV, France

Professor and researcher on family business, Academic expert of FBN-I NxG Committee, Rania is Associate Professor of Management Sciences at the University of Bordeaux IV. She teaches and conducts research on family business, especially corporate governance, financial policies, family relationships, emotions in decision-making and succession. Her research received several awards by the international family business community.


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.


Benoît Leleux

Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, IMD, Switzerland

Dr Leleux is the Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he was also director of the MBA program and director of Research and Development. He was previously Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD and Associate Professor and Zubillaga Chair in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Wellesley, MA (USA).

Thierry Lombard

Managing Partner, Lombard Odier & Cie, Switzerland

A graduate in economics from the University of Geneva, Thierry Lombard joined Lombard Odier & Cie in 1972 and became a Managing Partner in 1982. After assuming many important responsibilities within the Group, he was Senior Partner from 1995 to 2008. Today he is involved in developing the thematic investment strategy as well as new skills and products within Lombard Odier Investment Managers.


Verónica Maldonado

Executive Director of the GEM (Grupo Economico Maldonado) Family Office, Venezuela

Veronica has over 10 years of experience in the family office and family business arena since becoming the Execuctive Director of GEM (Grupo Economico Maldonado) Family office, which has offices in Caracas and Miami. Prior to that she worked in non-family companies based in Tokyo and Connecticut.


Samuel Maldonado Degwitz

GEM (Grupo Económico Maldonado), Venezuela

amuel is a 4th generation member of the Grupo Económico Maldonado (GEM) from Venezuela. He has a BA in Psychology and a BS in Business Administration. He is an active member of the GEM Family Council. He is also the President of FBN’s NxG International Committee. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Family Entrepreneurship at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen Germany.


Lautaro Manríquez Callejas

Shareholder, El Bronce, Chile

Lautaro Manriquez, MBA – Industrial & Systems Engineer, has successfully led several mining companies as CEO, including his own family’s company rescue. He has been a speaker in several family business conferences presenting his experience in subjects such as “leadership in turbulent times”, “leading a mining company with a large family shareholder group”.

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João Carlos Martins


João Carlos Martins is one of Bach´s greatest interpreters of all time. He recorded all of his works for keyboard. During the ‘60s, after a sensational debut at the age of twenty at Carnegie Hall, he played with almost all of the major orchestras around America and Europe. Unfortunately, during the ‘70s after a severe arm injury he retired for a few years. But in 1978 he resumed his career with an historic sold-out come back recital at Carnegie Hall playing The Well Tempered Klavier.


Joaquim Pedro Monteiro de Carvalho Collor de Mello

Managing director of Astor Group, Brazil

Mr. Mello received a B.S. in Foreign Affairs, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was COO and CEO of a family-owned media conglomerate in Brazil, where he performed a successful turnaround of the group’s companies. He later worked at Venture Capital Company with focus in clean technology as a VP for new investments.


Paolo Morosetti

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.


Tomas Nacht

Freelancer in Outdoor Experiential Education, Brazil

I focused on outdoor education and wilderness expedition, and became an Outward Bound Brasil instructor in 2003. Since then I’ve been working in Outdoor Experiential Education, mainly focused on work teams. I’m a “freelancer”, and work for a few different consultancy companies in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, one contract at a time. It keeps me busy, keeps the income flow active.


Francisca Nacht

Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, Brazil

Francisca is the eldest 3rd generation member of the Nacht family, and has never been operationally involved in the family business, Mills. Born and raised in Brazil, Francisca travelled in 1989 for a couple of years in Europe. The experience was obviously good as she has been living there ever since, having built her new home base in Copenhagen, Denmark – with frequent trips to Rio de Janeiro.


Cristian Nacht

President of the Board of Mills, Brazil

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of Rumanian father and German mother, Cristian was educated in Argentina and England, and graduated from Cambridge University (England) with an engineering degree in 1964. From 1969 to 1998 Cristian went from engineering to management, and ended as President and CEO, all at Mills do Brasil. Cristian left the executive functions at Mills in 1998, continuing as President of the Board until today.


Antonia Nacht

Degree in Pedagogy, MBA and Masters in Administration, Brazil

Antonia lives in Rio de Janeiro, belongs to the 3rd generation of the Nacht Family, and hasn’t been involved in the operational side of Mills. Until Antonia was 28 years old she was a professional ballet dancer, and as from then became responsible for the backstage of cultural projects. She remained in the field for nine years. In 2011 Antonia decided to focus on the dynamics of structuring the family governance and succession planning.


Pedro Nacht

Degree in structural engineering, Brazil

Pedro does not wish to get professionally involved with the company at this time, preferring to ”make a name for himself” outside of the company first. Due to this and the associated responsibilities, Pedro has difficulty participating in many of the knowledge-building activities the rest of the family attends.


Alessandra Nishimura

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.

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Mayor Eduardo Paes

Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mayor Eduardo Paes was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1969. A Law School graduate from PUC-Rio, he began his public career at the early age of 23 when, in 1993, he was nominated as deputy mayor of the Jacarépaguá and Barra Subprefecture. In 1996, aged 25, he was elected City Council Member. He was elected Congressman on 1998. In January 2009, Paes took office as Mayor of Rio, and in October 2012, was reelected.


Petrônio Pinheiro Filho

President of the holding Juma and member of the Group Simões board, Brazil

Since of young age, he was happy to amble inside the rubber, pasta and biscuit or soft-drink factory, and was welcomed by employees, managers and owners alike. While studying in Rio, he was also a trainee at the Coca-Cola plant and offices headquarters. Upon his return to Manaus, he started his career at Grupo Simões, working his way up in various departments.

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Jörg Ritter

Global Co-Leader of Family Business Advisory, Egon Zehnder International, Germany

Dr. Jörg Ritter is global Co-Leader of Family Business Advisory at Egon Zehnder International. He advises medium-sized firms and large corporations, with a particular focus on family-owned companies, providing support in evaluating and filling positions in executive and supervisory boards. Dr Ritter has worked in executive consulting since 1994, and coordinated the Global Industry Practice for over ten years.

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Regina Helena Scripilliti Velloso

Shareholder and Board Member of the Votorantim Institute and the Votorantim Group Family Board, Brazil

Votorantim is a Brazilian family-owned corporation operating in over 20 countries in cement, mining, metallurgy, steelworks, pulp, orange juice concentrate, and own generation of electric power. She is Voluntary Chairwoman of the Disabled Child Support Association (AACD). She is also Vice President of Helipark Taxi Aéreo e Manutenção Aeronáutica Ltda.


Caroline Seow

Executive Director FBN Asia, Singapore

At FBN Asia, she is a passionate advocate of ‘Shared Value’ – Building trust between sectors, encouraging cross-pollination of ideas and catalyzing for-profit and non-profit partnerships. Caroline believes that Family Businesses are uniquely positioned to be transformative agents in driving the sustainability agenda – their long term vision, willingness & ability to align their values & practices with the greater community allow them to meet present day challenges while projecting for generations to come.


Renato de Paula Simões

President of the holding Sipasa (Simões family) and president of the Group Simoes board, Brazil

He holds a degree in BA at the Federal University of Amazonas. He started working in his fathers’ businesses at the age of 15, starting as an office-boy, and then executing varied bureaucratic functions. In 2004, after long hard work and counting with the participation of members of the Simões, Pinheiro and Pacifico Familes, he was elected as President of the Council of Administration of Grupo Simoes.

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Vanessa Simões

President of the Family Council, Group Simoes, Brazil

In 2004, after extensive work with the participation of members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations of the Simões, Pinheiro and Pacífico families, Vanessa was invited to integrate the Family Council, founded after the occasion. As Counselor, she participated in the implementation of the foundation of the Family Council. In 2008 she received the new challenge of presiding the Family Council.


Marina Sirotsky

Sirotsky Family Council Coordinator, Brazil

Marina has a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Psychology from PUCRS and received the Top Student Award of her Class. Marina earned her MBA in Management and Strategy from IE Business School in Madrid. Marina has also attended executive programs at Columbia University and Harvard Business School. Recently appointed as the Sirotsky Family Council Coordinator, she is focusing on education and development of 3rd and 4th Generations family members.


Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer

CEO of Grupo RBS, Brazil

Melzer has a bachelor of business administration degree and an MBA obtained at Harvard University (USA). Under his administration sits a wide range of multimedia ventures comprising of newspapers, radio and TV stations in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, plus a digital business holding and an executive education unit which operates within the entire country of Brazil.


Christian Spremberg

Family Business Advisory Practice Leader for South America and Industrial Practice Leader in Egon Zehnder, Brazil

Mr. Spremberg has been involved with governance issues, CEO-succession and management issues, advising family-owned and industrial companies, among other, accumulating more than 15 years of experience advising companies in transition.


Albert Jan Thomassen

Executive Director of FBN Netherlands (FBNed)

Albert Jan Thomassen is the Executive Director of FBN Netherlands (FBNed). He is a specialist on governance and succession issues of enterprising families. Albert Jan regularly moderates and facilitates workshops, education programmes and family meetings. Next to his work for FBNed he is also a moderator for the recently launched New Leaders Circle by FBN’s Next Generation Committee as well as member of the management committee of European Family Businessess.


Claudia Tondo

President of the American Chamber of Commerce Corporate Governance Committee, Brazil

Family Business and Business Family Consultant (since 1993); Brazilian FBN Chapter founder group member; Consultant FBN-Brazil Counsel Member; psychologist (UFRGS); family therapist. Doctoral Degree in Family Business Leadership (PUCRS-HEC-Montreal). Founder of Tondo Consultoria.


Frederick Chavalit Tsao

Chairman of IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group, Singapore

Mr Tsao joined the family business in 1977 and took over the helm of the IMC Group of Companies in 1995, to form IMC Pan Asia Alliance. Under his leadership, the company expanded from a traditional shipping company to one that is focused on integrated industrial supply chains and a group that is diversified from maritime interests to encompass real estate, investments and community development.


Belén Villalonga

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.


Ana Lucia Villela

Board of Itaúsa’s holding, Instituto Itaú Cultural, Instituto Akatu, Instituto Conectas and Instituto Brincante, Brazil

Ana Lucia became a shareholder of Group Itaúsa when she was eight years old after losing her parents in a plane accident. At the age of twenty one she began participating in the board of Itau bank. She studied Education and Business, with specialization in Third Sector Management (FGV) and obtained a masters degree in Educational Psychology (PUC-SP). In 1994, she and her brother began a social project in a slum at the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Instituto Alana.


Matt Yaun

Chief Administrative Officer at Cox Industries, USA

Matt Yaun grew up in Greensboro, NC, as the oldest of three boys. Matt attended Davidson College on an Air Force Scholarship and in 1990, entered the Air Force. He first trained as a navigator in California before moving to New Jersey to fly the C-141. There he specialized in airdropping equipment and personnel. Matt began working at Cox Industries, Inc. in 2006, in sales and marketing.