Andrea Brentan is non-executive Chairman of FTI Consulting Spain (part of FTI Consulting, the global business advisory firm quoted on the NYSE), and Senior Advisor to Bain Capital Private Equity and to Bain Capital Credit. Between 2009 and 2014, he served as CEO of Endesa, the leading electrical utility in Spain and Latin America, part of the Enel group. Mr. Brentan had previously led Enel’s international expansion in Eastern Europe, Russia, Spain and Latin America as well as in other countries. He is a renowned expert in the management of large international companies in several fields, including energy and utilities, and engineering and contracting. He has a BA (with honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan and an MSc in Applied Science from New York University. He served in numerous boards of directors including the Supervisory Board of Slovenske Electrarne (Chairman), Viesgo (Chairman), Enel North America (Chairman), Enel Latin America (Chairman), Enersis (Deputy Chairman), Enel Green Power and EUFER. He was appointed “Grand’Ufficiale dell’ordine della Stella della Solidarietà” by then Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. He served as Chairman of ANIDA, the Italian association of environment protection companies, and as Deputy Chairman of the Club Español de la Energia.
Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his nonprofit achievements in founding EFE, Mr. Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur and launched businesses in real estate, travel, pharmaceuticals and energy. In 1977, he created the real estate firm Brookhill Group, which enables the commercial redevelopment of distressed real estate. At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin in 2012, Mr. Bruder was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for his work in founding EFE. He is frequently invited to share EFE's best practices at major international conferences and fora, and has addressed audiences at the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum and the United Nations, among others.
Hassan Damluji is Head of Middle East Relations at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he is responsible for strategy and engagement across the 22 countries of the Arab League, as well as Turkey. He is also lead Middle East adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates. Previously, Hassan worked for the consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, where he led large-scale transformations for governments and philanthropy in the Middle East. He co-founded and sits on the Board of the Lives & Livelihoods Fund (LLF), a $2.5 billion fund based in the Islamic Development Bank. He is a lead expert on education, and is actively involved in many educational initiatives in the UK such as the New Schools Network, Free Schools in England, Achievement for All, and One Degree Academy. Hassan holds a double-first class BA from Oxford University and an MA from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Von Clemm Fellowship. He has been named by Arabian Business as one of the 100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40.
Mr. Elfverson has devoted most of his career to the United Nations system, serving in a number of senior positions including that of Director in the Iraq Programme. In cooperation with the World Health Organization he established and managed the MENTOR Foundation, a private initiative working in the field of substance abuse prevention among young people in many countries of the world. He has also served in the Swedish Foreign Service and has held executive positions with the Axel Johnson Group in Sweden, Mexico and Australia, and the Nordic American Banking Corporation in New York. He has been Senior Diplomatic Advisor to the Club of Madrid, DARA, FRIDE and EFE.
Cristina Manzano is editor-in-chief of “esglobal”, the former Spanish edition of Foreign Policy magazine, the leading digital publication on global affairs in Spanish. She is also a regular contributor to other Spanish and international media, such as El Periódico de Cataluña, or Open Democracy. Ms. Manzano writes a blog for The Huffington Post and participates as speaker or lecturer in events and seminars on different topics related to international affairs, with a special focus on Spanish and EU foreign policy, communications, and philanthropy.
Cynthia Muller has 30 years of experience in financial markets, having worked at JP Morgan as vice-president from 1982 to 1997 and Morgan Stanley as managing director of wealth management from 1997 until 2013. She is a London-based investment advisor to foundations, family offices and pension funds based primarily in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece and the Middle East. Since April 2014, she is a partner at Cheyne Capital, London. Since 2015, she is treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of the Tennis Foundation, the UK’s leading tennis charity, and which focuses on supporting disadvantaged children and young people, some with disabilities. She is also member of the Julius Baer Iberia Advisory Board; member of The Investment Committee of The Christian Science Church Endowment, USA; and member of The Investment Committee of a Middle East Family Office. She has a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Mrs. Shawwa inherited a security firm in Jordan and assumed executive responsibility in 1996. In 2004, she was key in the merger of the firm with the multinational G4S. Today, G4S Jordan has over 1,500 employees. Mrs. Shawwa is now a partner and director on the board of G4S Jordan. She is also a board member of the International Women’s Forum in Spain and of the Arab Ladies Diplomatic Association in Madrid. She has been active in several fundraisers for charity and has also volunteered as a teacher at a UNRWA school in Amman Jordan. In 2012, Mrs. Shawwa earned an executive degree from the Owners and Entrepreneurs Management Program from Instituto Empresa business school in Madrid, Spain.
Mr. Olcese is member of the Royal Academy of Economics and Chairman of Fincorp Mediacion (Merchant Bankers). He is also board member of AC Hotels; independent director of Attijariwafa Bank Maroc; and senior advisor of N+1 Investment Bankers, McGraw Hill, world leader financial and industrial restructuring firm Alvarez & Marsal, and leading Spanish satellite and Wi-Fi communications company Eurona. He is also Chairman of Fundación Independiente, the oldest institution in Spain advocating for an open, participative and solidary Spanish civil society. He was awarded the Civil Merit Highest Cross by HRM the King of Spain for his contribution to good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, having published over ten books on these subjects. He has received the Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine del Mèrito by the Republic of Italy, the Commander of the Order of Wissam Al-Alaoui by the Royal Throne of Morocco, and the Commander of the Order of Civil Merit by the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. He received his doctorate, with honours, in Economics and Business from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Mr. Olcese sits on the EFE-Global Board of Directors.
Ambassador D’Archirafi began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1956. In 1957, he served at the Italian embassy in Munich. He became representative of Italy to the European Economic Community (ECC) in 1961. He worked at the Italian embassy in Buenos Aires (1966- 1969), and was Italian ambassador to Spain (1984-1987) and to the Federal Republic of Germany (1987-1989). In 1989, he became general director of Economic Affairs at the government led by Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. In 1991, he became general director of Political Affairs. He served as a member of the European Commission from 1993 to 1995, during which he was commissioner for internal market and services together with Martin Bangemann. Ambassador D’Archirafi was awarded the Robert Schuman medal. He has served as a member of the EuropEFE Board of Directors.
Baroness Mary Goudie is a senior member of the British House of Lords and a global advocate for the rights of women and children. She is involved in promoting gender equity with both the G8 and G20, and chairs the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the UN. She is actively engaged in numerous philanthropic organizations, including through her role as member of the Executive and Board of Directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership. In this role, she has been involved in training community and business leaders and parliamentarians. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, which aims to influence chairmen into bringing more women onto UK corporate boards. She is also a trustee of the US-based El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, whose aims are to foster inter-faith dialogue and to establish common ground and solutions to global challenges affecting mankind. She has served as a member of the EuropEFE Board of Directors.