ADVISORY BOARD

Dylan Taylor is Global President of Colliers International, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the World. In this capacity he has responsibility for over 18,000 employees in 68 countries and revenues in excess of US$2B. In addition, according to the BBC, Scientific American and CBS, Dylan is the leading expert on private space investment. A founding partner of the Space Angels Network, Dylan speaks regularly on matters regarding the future of the space industry and the space economy. Dylan is a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a Delphi Fellow of Big Think and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an engineering degree (Tau Beta Pi) with honors.

Olivia Leland is the founder and executive director of the Collaborative for Scaling Social Impact, an effort which seeks to drive systems-level impact by creating a new model of collaborative philanthropy. For this new initiative she is drawing on her experience as the founding executive director of the Giving Pledge, an effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by encouraging philanthropy globally. Previously, she led a cross-foundation strategy effort at the Gates Foundation to plan for growth and how to most effectively deploy significant additional resources. She also served as associate director for financial and private sector development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (primarily in Morocco, Benin and Mali), as an independent consultant focusing on microfinance and private sector development, and as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group focusing on branding, market research and venture philanthropy. Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She sits on the Board of the Full Frame Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to break cycles of poverty and violence through systems change, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. She holds dual US/French nationality and lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and their three small children.

Yan Yanovskiy has more than 20 years of experience in investment banking and private equity. Founder and Managing Partner of a leading multifamily office in Eastern Europe – First Nation Societe Bancaire. Co-founder and Board Member of Bioenergy Corporation. Co-founder of World One Partners (W1). Member of Expert Council of Russian Agency for Strategic Initiatives. Young Global Leaders Community of the World Economic Forum, founding curator of WEF Global Shapers Community. Member of the Management Board, Hospice Charity Foundation “Vera”. Co-founder of “Friends” Foundation. Country Chair, Global Dignity.

Candice Beaumont is Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer who runs L Investments, a single family office with a vast portfolio of public and private equity. She oversees all capital allocation decisions for the internal fund of funds as well as the direct investment portfolio. The direct investment portfolio has had a focus on commodities and alternative energy. She is also a strategic advisor to Genoil Inc, (www.Genoil.ca) an emerging heavy oil technology and portfolio company of L Investments that announced moving forward on a joint venture with His Highness Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, the eldest son of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, President of the United Arab Emirates, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Candice is as an Advisory Board member of the Family Office Association, a global membership organization exclusive to single family offices and families of significant wealth. Ms. Beaumont has been a speaker at numerous family office and investment conferences globally and is a NYU Stern Family Office Council member serving on the Steering Committee. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Yale University School of Management College of Family Offices, as well as the Princeton University Council of Family Offices and Endowments. Candice was a member of the Board of Directors of I2BF Venture Fund II, a DFSA regulated clean tech venture capital firm with offices in Dubai, New York, London and Moscow, as well as an Advisory Board member of The Luxury Fund. Ms. Beaumont remains committed to community and philanthropic causes and serves on the Board of Directors of Most Valuable Kids of Greater New York Inc., a charity that helps reward and inspire underprivileged children by getting them access to sports events. She is also a member of Athletes for Hope, a charity that helps athletes make a difference off the field with charitable endeavors, and has spent her time on the tennis court helping less fortunate children. Candice is also a Board Member of Care for Kenya a charity that helps strengthen the socioeconomic conditions in Kenya by creating opportunities for women of all ages to become entrepreneurs – working toward a sustainable model that will support generations to come. Candice is also passionate about gender parity and is a Steering Committee member for A Call to Action for Gender Equality: Achieving ‘Planet 50-50’ by 2030 conference in support of United Nations Women and the Women’s Foundation for Gender Equality as well as serving as Chairperson for the Women Directors Institute that seeks to increase participation of women on corporate and charitable boards. Candice Beaumont has well over a decade of experience in the investment business. She started her career in Corporate Finance at Merrill Lynch. Ms. Beaumont worked as an investment banker at Lazard Frères for several years, executing over $20 billion of merger and acquisition advisory assignments. She left Lazard to work as a private equity principal at Argonaut Capital, where she was responsible for all aspects of new investment execution for the firm and its portfolio companies. Ms. Candice Beaumont attended Rice University, and obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Miami, graduating first in her class with a major of International Finance & Marketing. Candice was Captain of the Miami Varsity Tennis team earning Academic All American honors and is also a former world ranked professional tennis player. She completed Global Leadership & Public Policy for the 21st Century at Harvard Kennedy School in 2015. Candice was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.

Dr. Andres Simon Gonzalez-Silen is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Venemergencia, a conglomerate dedicated to provide healthcare services in Venezuela. Established in 2004, the Grupo Venemergencia employs 200 Venezuelans. It is composed of five companies and one non-profit organization. The companies focus on emergency medical services; homecare; clinical laboratory; occupational health; and technology for telemedicine and mobile health. The non-profit organization educates paramedics in association with the Universidad Simon Bolivar (USB) and establishes emergency medical brigades in shantytowns, as a means for developing a sustainable model of emergency care for vulnerable communities. Dr. Gonzalez-Silen holds an M.D. degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), an M.B.A. from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), and a certificate in occupational health from the Universidad J. A. Páez. He has also experienced other educational systems. In high school, he studied for the A-Levels exams for two years at Epsom College, Great Britain. During medical school, he gained accreditations as a Paramedic in courses sponsored by the American Heart Association, American College of Surgeons, and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. Lastly, he attended an entrepreneurship short-program at Babson College in the US. His achievements have been recognized by his induction into the prestigious Forum of “Young Global Leaders-YGL” and “ Global Shapers” from the World Economic Forum, were he was invited to attend the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland-2015, he is a member of “Young Presidents Organisation-YPO”, a “Millennium Leader 50-ML50” from the Group of Fifty (G50), “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” from Venezuela Sin Limites and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, an was included into the “Hall of Fame for IESA Entrepreneurs”.

Abdiel Santiago has over 20 years of financial experience in the financial sector, including equity investment research, investment banking, restructuring, and financial regulation. Santiago is currently the Secretariat (CEO / CIO) of the Fondo de Ahorro de Panamá (Sovereign Wealth Fund of Panama), where he provides executive leadership to the Fund’s Board of Directors, and management of the nation’s ~$1.4bn investment vehicle for intergenerational wealth-creation. Prior to his current role, he was an equity investment research executive at Morgan Stanley in New York covering the energy sector ($70 bn in market cap.) and worked in teams that consistently ranked No. 1 in equity research. Santiago served as a financial analyst at the US Securities & Exchange Commission overseeing financial/regulatory matters at broker-dealers and asset managers and served in the US Air Force.
Santiago is currently a Board Leadership Fellow with The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Washington, D.C. He received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.

Sheikha

Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani was appointed Managing Director of Business Development at the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority in September 2017. Previously, she held the roles of Vice President of Strategic Alliances, CEO Office and Associate Director of Economic Affairs for the MENA region.

Prior to joining the QFC, Alanoud served as the Qatar Country Director for Silatech, a Qatar-based social initiative that connects young people to employment opportunities across the Arab region. She has also held other positions working with various UN agencies and international organisations specialising in issues covering economic development, focusing on education, private sector development, and youth employment. She has authored numerous reports on the subject matters.

Alanoud has been a board member of a number of organizations, including Vice Chair for the Bedaya Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Guidance, Tomouh, How Women Work, i2Co School of Transformative Leadership, Qatar-UK Alumni Board – British Council, and Future Foreign Policy in the UK. She is currently a Global Ambassador for Qatar for Women Entrepreneurship Day, Qatar Chair for Global Dignity, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.

A recipient of Honours and Awards including Young Arab Achiever in 2011, and His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Education Excellence Awards in 2008 and 2012.

She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Oxford University and holds an Executive Education from the Qatar Leadership Centre Rising Leaders’ Programme.

Simon Smiles is Chief Investment Officer – UHNW for UBS. In this capacity, he and his team formulate investment strategy, themes and trades for UBS’s Ultra High Net Worth clients. He is UBS’s youngest Group Managing Director and is also responsible for derivatives, hedge fund, private markets, sustainable, and short term trading investment strategies, leads UBS WM’s impact investing efforts, contributes to the wider UBS WM House View, hosts the monthly UBS Investor Forum, and sits on UBS’s Global Investment Committee. Prior to moving to Zurich, Smiles worked for UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong as Head of Asian Thematic Research. Before this, he ran UBS’s media and internet equity research team in Australia, and taught economics and finance at the University of Sydney and UTS. Simon is a WEF Young Global Leader, IIF Future Leader, UBS Opinion Leader, and member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle, has appeared regularly in financial media including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Reuters TV, Barron’s, WSJ, Forbes, and has participated in and moderated panels at a wide variety of international conferences. He received a PhD in economics from the Australian National University and first class honors in both economics and finance from the University of Sydney.

Vikas Pota is Chairman, Varkey Foundation, a family foundation seeking to improve global teacher capacity and promote universal access to quality education. As its founding Chief Executive Officer, spearheaded the training of over 25,000 teachers and has pioneered an innovative technology platform to reach marginalized girls in sub-Saharan Africa as well as addressing the refugee crisis using this same platform; has designed a leadership programme for school directors in Argentina; convenes the Global Education & Skills Forum; and organizes the Global Teacher Prize, which seeks to celebrate the achievement of classroom teachers and uplift the status of the profession. Visiting Practitioner in Education, Harvard University; Honorary Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education; Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science & Policy, Cambridge University; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for work in education. Recipient, Honorary Doctorate (2016); listed by London’s Evening Standard newspaper on the Progress 1000 list of most influential Londoners (2016).

Enric Sala is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life and quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 22 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of 5.8 million square km. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the Board: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; Global Fishing Watch; the National Aquarium. Advises international organizations and governments. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Recipient of many honours, including: 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award; 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award; 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy.