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International Advisory Board

Anne-Claire Pache (France)

Anne-Claire Pache is Professor in Social Innovation at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France and Associate Dean for Strategy and Sustainability. She served as ESSEC Dean for Academic Programs between 2014 and 2017. She is the chair holder of ESSEC's Chair in Philanthropy. She graduated from ESSEC Business School in 1994, holds a Master in Public Administration (2001) from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from INSEAD (2010).

Her research interests lie at the intersection of organizational theory and social innovation, with a particular emphasis on pluralistic environments, hybrid organizations, and scaling-up processes in organizations. She has conducted qualitative studies in the field of social enterprises, corporate philanthropy and private foundations. She has authored several books and articles in the top scientific journals in Management and received several international research awards.

Before embarking on an academic career, Anne-Claire Pache was a social innovator, co-founder of Unis-Cité, a French nonprofit organization that pioneered youth civil service in France. She is still on the board of Unis-Cité today, as well as of an Impact Investment Fund.

Chitra Stern (Singapore and United Kingdom)

Chitra Stern is the recipient of the Deloitte Institute “Accomplished Entrepreneur Award” at the London Business School, “Person of the Year” Award by the international Family Travel Association and the “Family Traveler Award” for special contribution to the Family Travel Market. She is an Electronic Engineer, Chartered Accountant and MBA (London Business School). Between 2017 and 2019, Chitra was on the Committee of Portugal IN, a special task force created by the Portuguese Prime Minister’s office to further enhance Foreign Direct Investment into Portugal (www.portugalin.gov.pt). She is also the incoming President of the Entrepreneurs Organization (www.eonetwork.org) in Portugal.

Owner and founding board member of Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts (www.martinhal.com) , Chitra is a passionate entrepreneur and real-estate & hotel developer, working alongside her business-partner and husband, Roman, on their projects in Portugal. They developed the Martinhal Resort in Sagres in the Algarve from scratch and have successfully expanded the “Martinhal” brand across 3 other properties in the best and most prestigious locations in Portugal – with one more branded hotel residence (www.martinhalresidences.com) coming up in Lisbon. They are also working on commercial real-estate projects and an Education Hub project in Lisbon, between the Park of Nations and the airport. The school, United Lisbon International School opened in September 2020 (www.unitedlisbon.school). The school forms part of a wider Edu Hub (www.eduhublisbon.com) – with innovators, tech companies and an academy that all have something to contribute to education. The school will be a K-12 International School with an American-based Curriculum and IB diploma.

Christoph Birkholz (Germany)

Dr. Christoph Birkholz is a serial entrepreneur and social innovator based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is co-founder and managing director of Impact Hub Zürich, the largest Hub in a global network of over 100 Impact Hubs. He also founded and directs Kickstart Accelerator, one of the world’s leading programs to accelerate partnerships between deep tech startups, corporates, universities and cities. Christoph is a co-founder of yova-investing.com to mainstream impact investing. He initiated several spinoffs and initiatives in the Impact Hub network, such as Viaduct Ventures and the Global Impact Hub Fellowship.

Christoph received a PhD in impact investing from University of St.Gallen, and teaches entrepreneurship, innovation and intrapreneurship at University of St.Gallen, Business School Lausanne and AdSchool Zürich. He is an alumnus of Witten/Herdecke University and INSEAD, as well as the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Sandbox Network and one of the 100 Digital Shapers of Switzerland. Christoph serves on the board of Panter AG, an international technology and engineering company.

Domitília M. dos Santos (United States of America)

Domitília M. dos Santos é uma cidadã portuguesa residente em Nova Iorque. Vem várias vezes por ano a Portugal, onde mantém casa. Sendo especialista em mercados financeiros norte-americanos e internacionais, trabalha desde 1983 em Wall Street, onde dirige “The Dos Santos Group,” uma equipa especializada em consultoria e gestão de ativos financeiros.Tem desempenhado funções docentes em Nova Iorque e em Lisboa (Universidade Católica Portuguesa). Tem ligação a várias instituições, sendo membro, entre outras, do CDP-Conselho da Diáspora Portuguesa (Lisboa), do Social Advisory Board do IMM-Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (Lisboa), do Aspen Institute (Washington, DC), do Economic Club of New York. Mantém um permanente cuidado com a sua atividade física, tendo já completado 264 maratonas em 41 países e em todos os Estados dos EUA.

Luís Amaral (Poland) 

Luís Amaral holds a degree in Business Administration from CATÓLICA-LISBON and has over 30 years of management experience, gained in various international industries. 
Luís commenced his professional career as a trainee at Unilever Portugal, where he worked for over 5 years. In 1989, Luís joined Nissan Portugal as a Marketing Director and in 1994 he became a Board Member, responsible for Sales, Marketing and Logistics.
In 1995, Luís went to Poland as the CEO of Jerónimo Martins Poland, developing the company until 1999, when it reached a turnover of over 1 billion EUR. He was then, promoted to the position of a Member of Jerónimo Martins Holding Executive Committee in Lisbon.
In July 2000, Luís Amaral moved to South America where, as a Partner in the Antfactory Investment Fund, he activated his funds on the markets of Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
In 2003, Luís lead the MBO of Eurocash from Jerónimo Martins and in 2005 Eurocash entered the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Eurocash started to take over various companies such as a 75% stake in Kolporter FMCG and a 51% stake in Inmedio in 2014, a 44% stake in Frisco.pl in 2015, a 50% stake in Firma Rogala, a 50% in FHC-2, 100% of shares of Polska Dystrybucja Alkoholi in 2016, EKO Holding S.A. in 2017 and Mila S.A. in 2018. These takeovers allowed Eurocash to become a market leader of FMCG wholesale distribution and the 6th biggest retailer in Poland, with over 15 000 stores and approximately 22 500 employees.

María del Carmen Gil Marín (Spain)

María del Carmen Gil Marín serves as the Executive Director and Member of the Executive Team of Novabase SGPS, S.A. She is COO Value Portfolio Business, Chief Investors Officer & Chief Cybersecurity Officer of the Company. Prior to this, she worked in companies like Novabase Capital S.C.R, The Boston Consulting Group, Lehman Brothers and SISTENA, S.A. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Pontificia de Comillas (I.C.A.I.) and MBA from INSEAD.

In addition to her multiple Board experience, Maria is committed to collaborate to enhance value and excellence through authentic leadership. She has strong expertise in Digital Technology, Cybersecurity, M&A, Venture Capital, Financial Supervision, Corporate Governance, Capital Markets Relations and multi-sectorial Strategic Analysis.

Paulo Cartucho Pereira (United Kingdom and Portugal)

Paulo Cartucho Pereira is a Partner in Perella Weinberg Partners’ Advisory business.
Paulo Pereira has more than 30 years of investment banking experience, assisting companies on a wide range of strategic matters, and has advised on transactions totaling over $600 billion, including numerous M&A, privatization and capital raising transactions across various sectors and geographies.
Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners at the time of the Firm’s inception, Mr. Pereira was at Morgan Stanley from 1987 to 2006, where he most recently served as a Managing Director and Head of European and Asian M&A, Chairman of European Media and Communications Investment Banking and as Investment Banking Conflict Management Officer for Europe.
Paulo C. Pereira earned an MBA from INSEAD and an Economics degree from CATÓLICA-LISBON.

Pedro Pina (United Kingdom)

Pedro Pina is a Portuguese-born marketer who has lived and worked outside of Portugal throughout his 20+ years career. Pedro joined Google in 2013 as Global Client Partner for Google’s Global Client and Agency Solutions Team, overseeing Google’s deep engagement with some of the biggest advertisers around the world and their respective media/creative agencies.
Prior to joining Google, Pedro was EVP and Global Brands Director at McCann Worldgroup, responsible for Global Brand Strategy and Marketing Communications for several of McCann’s most iconic brand clients, including Coca-Cola, MasterCard and Unilever. Some of his previous roles include: CEO of Clix (Sonae/France Telecom’s ISP in Portugal), Marketing Director of PepsiCo Restaurants (later renamed Yum brands) in São Paulo and Miami, where he was responsible for the Pizza Hut brand for Latin America, and 6 years at P&G in London and Lisbon, working as an European Brand Manager for various health and beauty care brands. Pedro has a Business Administration degree from CATÓLICA-LISBON, and an MBA degree from INSEAD, Paris.
Pedro is also a Board Member of Serralves - a Contemporary Art Museum and Foundation in Oporto.

Rita de Sousa Coutinho (Brazil, China, Portugal)

Undergraduate in Management and Business Administration from Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 1997, Alumnus from Insead MBA (2001) and from Harvard Business School: Advanced Management Program (AMP182, 2012) and Women on Boards, Succeeding as a Corporate Director (2016). 

Rita started her career as a management trainee at Jerónimo Martins Group in Portugal, and developed her international career leading retail operations in Brazil and China. In Portugal, she was Marketing and Commercial Director, as well as New Businesses Development Director for Pingo Doce. She moved to Brazil twice with Jeronimo Martins, in 1999 and in 2011, the last to identify business opportunities in the South America region. In Brazil, from 2012 to 2014, she was CEO of Neighborhood/Convenience Business Division for Casino/Pão de Açúcar, restructuring and expanding operations from 60 to 270 stores in that period. In 2015 she decided to become an entrepreneur, creating and developing the largest bakery retail chain in the Brazilian market in partnership with Private Equity Funds. In the last 2 years Rita has worked for Walmart China, based in Shenzhen, supporting Sam´s Club CEO and leading strategic projects, mostly in the areas of digital and sustainability. Recently, she left China and has been advising consumer goods companies and acting as Board Member. Rita is a member of the World Portuguese Network since 2018.

Sérgio Rebelo (United States and Portugal)

Sergio Rebelo is the MUFG Bank Distinguished Professor of International Finance at the Kellogg School of Management, where he has served as Chair of the Finance Department. Professor Rebelo does research on macroeconomics and international finance. He has studied the causes of business cycles, the impact of economic policy on economic growth, and the sources of exchange rate fluctuations. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the Sloan Foundation, and the Olin Foundation.

He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Center for Economic Policy Research. He has been a member of the editorial board of various academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Journal of Economic Growth. He has won numerous teaching awards at the Kellogg School of Management, including the Executive Masters Program Outstanding Professor Award and the Professor of the Year Award. Professor Rebelo has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the European Central Bank, the McKinsey Global Institute, the Global Markets Institute at Goldman Sachs, and other organizations. He received his undergraduate in Economics from CATÓLICA-LISBON and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester.

Steven Serneels (Belgium)

Steven is Board member and chair of EVPA – European Venture Philanthropy Association and also chairs EVPA’s Corporate Initiative. He has been working over 20 years with both executive teams of corporates to reshape their strategies towards an inclusive business, and social entreprises, to create impact at scale.

In 2011, he joined Ashoka Global, Washington, as strategic advisor. In this capacity, he focused on how citizen sector organizations (and social entrepreneurs in particular) and corporations can work together successfully in creating social impact at scale in a commercially viable setting. Since then, he has been working together with many social entreprises, investing in some of them.

Having worked with both social and business actors, his focus today is on the sweet spot where doing business and doing good are coming together. Steven is also an investor and member of the Investment Committee of SI², a for profit social impact fund, providing growth capital to European for profit social enterprises.

He is chairman of Kampani, a social impact investment fund to unlock the potential of entrepreneurial farming in the South, and board member of the Impact Investment Institute in UK. Furthermore, he is board member of the Impact Investment Institute in UK and co-founder and chair of Iristick, an industrial smart glasses company blending Tech for Business with Tech for Good. He is the (co-)author of papers and books on various topics dealing with the role of business in society.

Teresa Barreira (Canada)

Teresa Barreira is a transformational leader and innovator. Currently, she is the Chief Marketing Officer at Publicis Sapient. Barreira’s creative thinking coupled with her 25 years of global B2B marketing expertise has enabled her to break the mold of traditional marketing in Technology and Service companies. A dynamic and fast-paced changemaker, Barreira has reinvigorated the Publicis Sapient brand, repositioning the company to drive profitable growth and become a leader in digital business transformation. She created an agile operating model to focus on speed, data, and innovation and built a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural global team, to foster diversity and inclusion. Most recently Teresa created and launched a new immersive platform, the first of its kind, shifting content creation from linear engagement to an interactive experience. Under her leadership, marketing influenced revenue has more than tripled.

Teresa was formerly CMO for Deloitte Consulting LLP where she helped drive over $8 billion in revenue. Teresa has held numerous leadership positions with technology companies including IBM and Accenture and startup software organizations such as Lotus.

Barreira is known for her passion to innovate and think differently, she embraces the unknown and operates with fearlessness. Recently named one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in IT Services of 2020 by the IT Services Report, and a 2019 recipient of the Silver Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year, Teresa makes the complex simple and converts challenges into opportunities. A proud Hispanic and a native of Portugal, now Canadian, she’s lived and worked in the US, Canada, and Europe, and spent most of her career leading teams through transformation, launching new companies, brands or lines of business, and cultivating a culture of experimentation and learning. Teresa has authored several articles and been the subject of many interviews on marketing, digital transformation, brand experience, and diversity & inclusion.

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