Advisors - Silicon Valley
Senior Vice President, US Market Access Center
Chris Burry will co-lead the progam and have share overall responsibility for delivery. Mr. Burry has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry and as a serial entrepreneur. Mr. Burry is a co-founder and CEO of the US Market Access Center(“USMAC”). At USMAC, he has worked trained, coached and mentored over 1,000 early-stagecompanies from more than twenty-five (25) countries.
He is an active angel investor with Wharton Business Angels. Mr. Burry is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Perfect Dashboard (Poland), ToorPia (Japan) and Venue Booker(UK).
In 1999, he co-founded Avanade (a Joint Venture between Accenture and Microsoft). During his tenyears at Avanade, Mr. Burry was a member of the Global Leadership Team and served in a variety of leadership roles including, Chief Information Officer, and Global Practice Director for Infrastructure Collaboration and Security. At the time of his departure in 2009, the company had reached almost USD 1Bin revenue. Today, Avanade is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture with revenue of almost USD 4Band a workforce of over 30,000 people worldwide.
Prior to founding Avanade, Mr. Burry was an executive at Andersen Consulting. His clients included companies in the technology, healthcare, education and energy sectors.
During his tenure at Andersen Consulting and Avanade (see below), he led over 30 global projects with teams of up to 300 consultants.
In addition to his role as co-CEO of the USMAC, Chris is an Industry Fellowat UC Berkeley.
Richard Allen Horning
Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
Richard Allan Horning practices law at Reed Smith in Palo Alto, California. He specializes in counseling high technology and e-commerce companies in all stages of development, from start-up to Fortune 50, with particular emphasis on funding transactions, intellectual property protection, licensing, contract and antitrust issues. He also has substantial experience in representing high technology companies in litigation and arbitration matters, in both international and domestic venues.
Mr. Horning is Past President of the International Technology Law Association [f/k/a Computer Law Association], and formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California. He serves on the Advisory Board’s of BNA Electronic Information & Policy Law Reporter, Center for Intellectual Property [Gothenburg, Sweden] and the International Institute of Innovation Journalism [Stanford]. He is a frequent speaker at industry and legal conferences, and has authored numerous articles on Internet law, arbitration and technology law. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the International Who’s Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers, and as a Northern California “IP Super Lawyer”. He served as a member of the ICC Task Force on IT in Arbitration, ICC Working Party on International Small Claims Arbitration, Judge Pro Tem of the San Francisco Superior Court, Discovery Referee in high technology cases in the Santa Clara and Contra Costa Superior Courts, and has been involved in over 60 domestic and international high technology arbitrations.
Global Growth Marketing Manager, Mobile Apps at Google
I have an undergraduate degree in IT and an MBA in Marketing, and I’ve worked with Google for the last 6 years in varying roles such as strategy, sales and product marketing. I currently lead marketing initiatives for Google Maps globally. Along with my core role, I’ve been deeply involved in Google’s non-profit initiatives in Ghana and India. In late 2014, I spent 6 weeks consulting with a tech entrepreneurship incubator in Accra, Ghana and giving digital literacy training to students at the Ghana Institute of Fashion Technology. I’m also an angel investor and advisor in a Fin-Tech startup in India focused on microsavings for the bottom of the pyramid. I was also an entrepreneur before I started at Google, and have successfully exited from my engineering business in India manufacturing circuit breakers for consumer appliances and currently own a restaurant in Pune.
For the last year, I’ve been involved in Avasant Foundation’s entrepreneurship and digital literacy projects in Africa and the Caribbean. I’ve contributed in a large way to the digital literacy curriculum that is being taught to over 1200 underprivileged youth in these regions.
Advisors - Puerto Rico
Alberto Bacó Bagué
Founder and General Director, Partnership for Modern Puerto Rico
Bacó Bagué is the Founder and General Director of the Partnership for Modern Puerto Rico, a forum that promotes authentic connections among passionate leaders and influencers. PMPR works through co-investment, macro project promotion, deep dive thought processes, and high-level networking tobecome a catalyst for change and lead Puerto Rico into the future.
Bacó Bagué is an attorney, CPA, and entrepreneur. During his career, he has distinguished himself as an active supporter of the development of the venture capital and private equity industry in Puerto Rico and has held senior management positions in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, Bacó Bagué has held positions as Executive Vice President, President and Chairman of the Board of the Economic Development Bank and the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico. For four years, he directed the economic development strategy and execution as a cabinet level Secretary. Prior to his appointment, Bacó Bagué held several leadership positions within the private sector, including CEO of Marvel and Bohío International, and Board seats with W Holdings and Assurant P.R., among others. He has held several positions within international accounting and law firms, and currently directs ABB Capital LLC, which specializes in strategies for growth, governance and turnarounds.
Bacó Bagué graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico. He is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Partner, Advent Morro Ventures
Allison Kern is a Partner at Morro Ventures, a $20 million early-stage venture capital fund and the newest fund sponsored by long-standing Puerto Rican private equity firm Advent-Morro Equity Partners. Morro Ventures is an Act 185 fund, investing in early-stage technology companies across Latin America and leveraging Puerto Rico’s unique geopolitical position to promote companies’ cross-border growth particularly between Latin America and the U.S.
Allison joined the Advent-Morro familyin March 2017 from StarVest Partners, a $250 million expansion-stage venture capital fund based in New York. At StarVest Partners, she was the sole support to the three partners and led deal sourcing and due diligence for the fund. Prior to StarVest, Allisonwas an investment analyst reporting to the CIO of a $5 billion emerging markets hedge fund within the Carlyle Group. At Carlyle, she analyzed emerging market stocks based on macro trends and industry disruptions. Allisonbegan her career in London working across equities, debt, mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”), and restructuring to progress the Royal Bank of Scotland’s strategic plan to dispose of assets in its government-mandated “bad bank” and promote the future operations of the firm. Allisongraduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Advisors - Middle East
Dr. John Austin
Headmaster, King’s Academy
Dr. John Austin was named headmaster of King’s Academy in 2010, succeeding Founding Headmaster Dr. Eric Widmer and bringing with him over 25 years of experience as a teacher and residential school administrator.
Dr. Austin graduated from Williams College in 1987, where he majored in English and played on the varsity soccer team, spending his junior year at Exeter College Oxford to study literature and political economy. He received a Master’s degree in English literature from Middlebury College in 1991 and a Master of Philosophy and PhD in English and comparative literature from Columbia University in 2000.
Dr. Austin’s career began at St. Andrew’s School, a leading US boarding school in Delaware, where he was a teacher, advisor, coach and dorm parent. He went on to serve as class advisor, department chair, dean of students and academic dean. His scholarly interests include 19th century American literature and the Anglo-American literary market, and he has written extensively on the literature of the American Renaissance. He has also written about a range of educational issues for Independent School magazine and presented at the National Association of Independent Schools and at the Association of Boarding Schools. Dr. Austin also teaches Honors English at King’s.