2022 FFI Global Conference logo
Academic host: MIT Sloan Logo
Biographies
Ruth Aguilera is a full professor at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. She received her PhD in Sociology at Harvard University. Ruth’s research interests lie at the intersection of strategic organization and global strategy, specializing in international corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and internationalization.

Stacy Allred, CFBA, CFWA, leads First Republic’s Family Engagement & Governance. She has dedicated her career to walking alongside families to effectively navigate the complexity and promise of wealth. Grounded in the facilitation of family meetings, her practice ranges from the practical application of family governance and decision-making to creating a learning family.

Hanna Almlöf is a company law scholar who studies small- and medium-sized companies that are owner-managed or family-owned. She studies ownership dynamics, shareholders’ agreements, corporate governance mechanisms, and enterprise foundations.

Richa Arora brings over 20 years of global experience to KPMG’s Family Office team. She works with multi-generational families, family enterprises, and family office leaders and specializes in Family Enterprise Advisory. Richa is an accredited Family Enterprise Advisor and is on the FFI Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Bagger is an independent advisor to family businesses globally and a second-generation member of her family business. She serves on the board of a sixth/seventh generation UK based family business as well as her own family business. She is the former director general of the Institute for Family Business in the UK.

Frank (Francesco) Barbera, PhD, is an associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. The recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Reviewer for Family Business Review, he researches a wide range of economic issues applied to family business and entrepreneurship.

Massimo Baù, FFI Fellow, is senior associate professor in family business and ownership at Jönköping International Business School. He is a member of the Board of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) and is on the Academic Advisory Board of the Board Impact Forum, the Nordic chapter of the Climate Governance Initiative.

Elizabeth Beck Reynolds, PhD, serves as Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development at the National Economic Council (NEC). Reynolds was a principal research scientist and executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center, as well as a lecturer in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). Her research examines systems of innovation, regional economic development, and industrial competitiveness.

Cristina Bettinelli is associate professor of management at the University of Bergamo. She received her PhD in marketing for business strategies, completing part of her graduate studies at Harvard University, and she and holds the Harvard Higher Education Teaching Certificate. Her research interests concern the family firm’s behavioral aspects.

Debbie Bing is president of CFAR, a consulting and coaching firm with decades of experience advising family enterprises. She helps create leadership, strategic, and continuity plans that bridge family, business, and owner interests. Debbie is FFI Board Chair, an FFI Fellow, and holds the advanced certificate in Family Business Advising.

Juliana Binhote is a next-generation member and a Doctoral Student at the University of Louisville.

Isabel C. Botero, PhD, is a faculty member at the University of Louisville and an advisor at Generation6 Family Enterprise Advisors. An FFI Fellow, she holds an Advanced Certificate in Family Wealth Advising and is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor.

Louisa Brunner, PhD, FFI Fellow, is a leadership consultant, coach, family business researcher, and advisor in Milan, Italy. For Bocconi University, she is a career coach for undergraduates and interviews candidates for the School of Management MBA and Executive MBA programs. She has longstanding international experience in systemic-psychodynamic group relations.

Andrew Bryson is with Family Business Network as international head of business transformation. Andrew leads the organization’s sustainability and digitalization initiatives. Previously, Andrew worked at Saatchi & Saatchi in both the US and Asia where, as director of transformation, he led the agency’s transformation and purpose initiatives.

Jeremy Cheng is the founder of GEN+ Family Business Advisory & Research and a doctoral researcher at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. FFI Fellow, recipient of 2021 Barbara Hollander Award, and co-recipient of the 2086 Society’s 2020 Applied Research grant, he serves as the founding chair of the FFI Asian Circle study group and a faculty member for GEN 501. He is also a member of the Global Survey/Case Committee of the STEP Project Global Consortium.

Diana Clark, JD, MA, is chief of clinical operations at O’Connor Professional Group. She is a renowned family recovery advocate in the field of addiction and mental health treatment and has been aiding families during times of turmoil for over 20 years.

JOHN A. DAVIS, DBA, FFI Fellow, is the founder and chairman of Cambridge Family Enterprise Group. Professor Davis leads the family enterprise suite of programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the recipient of the FFI 2016 Richard Beckhard Practice Award and co-recipient of the FFI 2015 Best Unpublished Research Paper Award. He is the chair of the program committee for this year’s conference.

Alexis Du Roy de Blicquy is the CEO of The Family Business Network (FBN), the world’s leading network bringing together over 4,000 business owning families—17,000 individual members including 6,400 Next-Generation members—in 32 chapters covering 65 countries. Prior to FBN, Alexis held senior positions, including at Lhoist, Verlinvest, Armonea and IFC.

Arnaud de Coninck heads the Global Partnership Program at Trusted Family, the leading governance platform and mobile app for Family Businesses and Family Offices, with over 5000 Directors, Board Members, and Shareholders. Arnaud is a next generation member of the Solvay family business.

Alfredo De Massis is a professor of entrepreneurship and family business at the University of Bolzano and serves as an advisor to family enterprises and policy makers. He covers editorial positions and has published in various leading journals. He serves on the boards of public and private organizations internationally.

Nancy Drozdow is a founder and principal of CFAR, leading its strategy and family enterprise practices. She is a founding member of FFI, was on its inaugural board, and is an FFI Fellow. She is known for her expertise as a coach and thinking partner to the owner-leaders of family organizations.

Mary Duke combines deep understanding of generational dynamics with extensive legal, business and family office experience to help families improve their collaboration and decision-making. An FFI Fellow and internationally recognized advisor, she integrates coaching, mediation, and family systems theory in her work crafting learning and governance systems with families around the world.

Kimberly Eddleston is the Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. She is a family business fellow at Cornell University’s Smith Family Business Initiative and is widely published in the field of entrepreneurship. Kim is the founding editor of FamilyBusiness.org and has various levels of involvement with several of her family’s businesses.

Neus Feliu, PhD, FFI Fellow, has developed an expertise in corporate and family business governance specializing in large Latin American and European Family Businesses. Her consultative work focuses on governance of family businesses, offices and foundations; shareholder and ownership agreements; leadership and shareholder development; and the integration of philanthropy in the family enterprise. She is on the program committee for this year’s conference.

Andy Gersick studies the evolution and function of social behavior, cognition, and communication. His experimental and theoretical publications investigate the evolved strategies and flexible behavior of songbirds, carnivores, zebras, and humans, with an emphasis on ways that individuals share, manipulate, and interpret information within both competitive and cooperative processes.

Kelin Gersick is a lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and co-founder of Lansberg, Gersick & Associates. Kelin is the lead author of Generation to Generation: Life cycles of the family businessGenerations of Giving: Leadership and continuity in family foundations, and many articles, cases, and columns.

Vern Glaser is the director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise and associate professor at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on understanding how organizations use analytics, arguments, and analogies to change routines and to create new capabilities.

Ana Gonzalez is assistant professor of management at Grand Valley State University. She holds a PhD in management from Tulane University, an MSc in economics and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. Her research interests include entrepreneurship and governance in family businesses.

Kajsa Haag, CFBA, CFWA, is an assistant professor in business administration at Jönköping International Business School. Her work is focused on family business research and education. Her research interests are family business development over generations, ownership dynamics, family dynamics, and enterprise foundations.

Foo Mee Har is the CEO of the WMI, Asia’s Centre of Excellence for wealth and asset management education and research with over 18,000 enrollments annually. WMI helms the Global-Asia Family Office Circle, a platform that fosters a trusted environment to build family office capabilities and community.

Megan Helzner is a senior manager at CFAR where she brings curiosity and a people-centered approach to her work with family businesses. She is particularly interested in the dynamics surrounding leadership or generational transitions. She leverages her experience in philanthropy, including family philanthropy, to enhance her work with families.

Katelyn Husereau is a senior manager at CFAR, specializing in next generation engagement and development. Before CFAR, Katelyn was assistant director of the Center for Family Business at Northeastern University. She is a member of FFI’s Global 9 study group and completed the GEN program in Family Business Advising (CFBA).

JASON JAY is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. He teaches executive and masters-level courses on strategy, innovation, and leadership for sustainable business. Dr. Jay also works as a facilitator for companies, organizations, and business families, supporting high quality conversation and shared commitment to ambitious sustainability goals.

ANDREW KEYT is founder and CEO of Generation6, helping enterprising families successfully strengthen and sustain their businesses across generations. Andrew served as the Clinical Professor in Family Business and Executive Director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center for over 20 years. In addition, he led the Family Business Network – United States (FBN-USA), the leading network for business-owning families worldwide, as President and member of the board between 1998 and 2020. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Family Firm Institute Interdisciplinary Award, he is also a published author, presenter and contributor of more than 100 articles in trade journal publications. Andrews’s book, Myths and Mortals: Family Business Leadership and Succession Planning, leverages groundbreaking research to guide new family business leaders on how to establish credibility and run their operations their way.

Camille Korschun is a PhD candidate in entrepreneurship at Stockholm School of Economics. Her research focuses on families making an impact through starting, investing in and advising social ventures. Previously, Camille served as Senior Associate Director at Columbia Business School’s Global Family Enterprise Program. Camille earned her CFBA in 2021.

Keng-Fun Loh advises business families and companies in Asia, Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East on communication and planning. She is Lecturer in Family Enterprise at INSEAD, Co-Academic Director of the YPO INSEAD Global Family Enterprise Program and co-author of A Family Business on the Moon: 24 activities to plan your family and business future (2018). She is also founder of Family and Business Learning, the platform for the world’s first 360° online assessment tools for business families to address their unique challenges, accelerate their learning, and function more effectively. She holds the Family Firm Institute (FFI) Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising and is Chair of the FFI Asian Circle study group.

THOMAS W. MALONE, PhD, is the Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. At MIT, he is also a professor of information technology and a professor of work and organizational studies. He was the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding codirectors of the MIT Initiative on Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.

Jon Martinez (PhD) is the Director of the Families in Business Center at ESE Business School, University of los Andes in Santiago, Chile. He has been visiting professor in a number of well-known schools and universities around the world. Dr. Martinez has published several books and articles in recognized journals.

Robert Mayer is a fourth-generation entrepreneur. He owned and operated multiple companies before shifting to consulting and independent contracting. His interests in computer programming, new technologies, numbers, and learning led him into the world of cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies and the metaverse. He has since received multiple Certificates related to them.

Natalie McVeigh is director for the Center for Family Business Excellence at EisnerAmper. In addition to her work with clients and teaching, she is the chair of FFI’s Global 9 Virtual Study Group and is a member of FFI’s Board of Directors.

Anneleen Michiels, PhD, is Associate Professor of Finance and Family Business at Hasselt University, Belgium. Her research includes executive compensation, financing decisions and professionalization of family businesses. She served as the Chair of the Family Business SIG at the EURAM and was co-author of the first FFI 2086 Society applied research project.

Sara Miller-Paul is a consultant at CFAR and is the coaching practice manager, where she oversees the work of more than forty coaches with experience in the family business sector. Sara enjoys helping families and their business foster change and find creative solutions that position them and their firms for success.

RYAN MORHARD is director of policy and partnerships at Ginkgo Bioworks. Ginkgo’s platform enables biotechnology applications across diverse markets, from food and agriculture to industrial chemicals to pharmaceuticals. Before joining Ginkgo Bioworks, Ryan led the World Economic Forum’s work on global health security and biological risks. Prior to that, he served as branch chief for international partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before that, Ryan was a legal analyst and associate at the Center for Health Security.

Mattias Nordqvist, Ph.D. is a Professor of Business Administration with a focus on Family Enterprise at Stockholm School of Economics. Mattias’ research interests include entrepreneurship, strategic renewal and governance in closely-held, private companies and family businesses. He focuses on new ventures and established companies. Mattias is a 2016 FFI Fellow.

Eliza Orleans is a manager at CFAR with nearly 10 years of experience working with mission-driven organizations and family businesses. Eliza draws her expertise in management, strategic planning, education, and operations. She values applying an interdisciplinary lens in order to address complex family dynamic and organizational challenges and generate results.

Ben Persofsky is executive director of the Brown Brothers Harriman Center for Family Business, which counsels business-owning families on issues at the intersection of owners’ businesses, families, and wealth. He partners with advisors across disciplines to challenge historical approaches and improve long-term outcomes for business owners and their families.

Daphnie Pierre is a Manager at CFAR with over 10 years of experience working with mission-driven organizations and family businesses. Her recent work has focused on succession planning, governance, and culture change. With an appreciation of the human nature of change, Daphnie works in close harness with her clients.

Jon Quinn joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in May 2014 and is based in the Chicago office. He works with individual, family, institutional, and corporate donors across the Midwest, around the country, and around the world.

JULIE SHAH, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and leads the Interactive Robotics Group of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Her group draws on expertise in artificial intelligence, human factors, and systems engineering to develop interactive robots that emulate the qualities of effective human team members to improve the efficiency of human-robot teamwork.

Sanjay Sharma is dean of the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont. Previously dean of John Molson School of Business, Montreal, and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability. Sanjay’s pioneering research has led to 9 books and over 100 articles. He serves on several national and international boards. He was also senior manager with multinational family firms for 16 years.

Maria Sinanis is a senior advisor and partner at Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise, an international advisory firm serving family enterprises. She is a fellow at Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise, an education and research institute dedicated to the significant issues family enterprises face.

Jennifer Sloan is a PhD student at the University of Alberta. She looks at how knowledge becomes constructed within organizations, using ethnographic approaches in family firm contexts. Her current projects investigate how firms make strategic decisions and how data are selected, categorized, and changed over time.

Doris Sommavilla is a Director within the UK Family Office Division. She has wide experience with UHNWIs and business families, both as a 3rd generation entrepreneur and as an advisor on governance and succession matters. Having inherited her own family business, Doris is passionate about helping Next Gens facing similar challenges.

Kazuyoshi Takei an FFI Fellow, joined his family’s 100-year-old company as the fourth-generation president. In 2003, he built WellSpring, where he and his partner June advise business families and firms in Japan. He is a founding member of The Family Business Advisors Association Japan (FBAA). He authored “Why Family Businesses Fail in Three Generations?”

Rodrigo Valadao is a PhD Candidate in strategy, entrepreneurship, and management at the University of Alberta. Rodrigo uses data science techniques to investigate data science—a phenomenon that has revolutionized traditional ways of doing business.

Dianne H.B. Welsh, FFI Fellow, is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and the founder of the entrepreneurship programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research includes 115 refereed journal articles. She is the recipient of the 2019 FFI Barbara Hollander Award.

Dr. Erik Wetter is Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Stockholm School of Economics. From 2009-2017 he was advising and leading SSE Business Lab, the school´s startup incubator that to date has helped launch more than 220 startups that have raised over USD 2.9 billion in investment funding.

Caleb White is a principal at CFAR specializing in the strategic, governance and operational issues in family enterprises. He draws on experience in privately-held and public companies and as a former G6 family CEO of Ensign-Bickford Industries. Caleb is attuned to high stakes shareholder issues and complex multi-generational family business dynamics.

LaTanya White, PhD, is an inclusive scholar-practitioner working at the intersection of racial equity and entrepreneurship education. Her research on Dynastic Wealth™ argues for the redesign of entrepreneurship education curricula through a lens of racial equity.

Marta Widz, PhD, is a director, Family Office Research at WMI, Asia’s Centre of Excellence for wealth and asset management education and research with over 18,000 enrolments annually. WMI helms the Global-Asia Family Office Circle, a platform that fosters a trusted environment to build family office capabilities and community.

Carol Wittmeyer serves as a visiting associate professor and the interim dean of the School of Business at St. John Fisher College, where she has led the Family Business Initiative. Carol is a Smith Family Business Fellow at Cornell University and faculty member for Loyola University Chicago’s Family Business Center.