Strengthening Growth Ecosystems in Emerging Markets
Bizcorps is a strategy advisory firm specializing in high-potential, growth-oriented businesses in emerging markets. We help these enterprises unlock their full potential, reinvigorate their models and scale up by using graduates from top-ranked, global MBAs to build a competitive position, identify performance gaps and execute tailored, sustainable projects.
We will empower high-potential businesses in emerging markets to undertake transformational change, accelerate growth and stimulate the local economy.
I. Place client needs and interests ahead of our own – always.
II. Provide best-in-class services built on trusting relationships
to create sustainable improvements in our clients’ businesses.
III. Create positive economic impacts in the communities where we work.
IV. Foster a work environment that continuously advances the personal
and professional development of our people.
BizCorps is a U.S.-based nonprofit founded by Rob Mosbacher Jr., former CEO and President of the U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Mosbacher saw the need for a firm that could pair strategy advisory services with top, international talent to make a mark on the medium-sized, growth-oriented businesses that are the backbone of emerging markets. With operations in Washington D.C., Bogota and Bucaramanga, BizCorps has helped more than 34 companies.
FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN
Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr., has deep experience in private industry and in economic development. He is currently the Chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company (MEC), an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Houston, Texas. From 1986 to 2005, he was President and CEO of MEC until being sworn in as the ninth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in October 2005.
COUNTRY MANAGER, COLOMBIA
Aurelio Forero Tascón has forged a successful career as a project manager and entrepreneur in both large corporations as well as in the startup environment. He began his career in project finance at BBVA’s investment banking division. He later worked at the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce as head of the office of Electronic Services.
DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS
Board of Directors
President and CEO, Laurel Strategies
Alan H. Fleischmann is President and CEO of the global strategic communications firm Laurel Strategies, a strategic communications firm that advises CEOs and leaders across the globe. Previously, Mr. Fleischmann served as Principal and member of the managing board of the geopolitical consulting firm Albright Stonebridge Group. He has also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of PSB Associates. Mr. Fleischmann was a Staff Director of the U.S. Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Co-Founder & Vice President of the trade investment firm LATCORP, and served as a Senior Associate of J.P. Morgan Chase (formerly Chase Manhattan Bank).
Peter B. Kellner
Co-Founder, Endeavor Global
Peter Kellner, who co-founded Endeavor in 1997, is Founder and Managing Partner of Richmond Global, a venture capital firm targeting early stage investments in the U.S. and Europe, and growth stage investments in emerging markets. Mr. Kellner is a board member of Rubicon Global, Inc. and on the non-profit boards of Endeavor Global, Endeavor Jordan, Endeavor Miami, and Endeavor Louisville, Ashoka Youth Venture and BizCorps. He is a Trustee of the Allen-Stevenson School in New York, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP). In 2009, he was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Principal, Jennifer Potter & Associates
Jennifer Potter is the most recent past President as well as founding CEO of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD), a non-profit organization that drives poverty reduction by catalyzing business growth and investment in the developing world. She continues to serve on IGD’s Leadership Council, which is co-chaired by General Colin Powell and Secretary Madeleine Albright, and as an advisor to the IGD Emerging Leaders Fellowship program, which connects rising African business leaders to IGD’s CEO network. During her tenure with IGD, she served as a principal of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), and as a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
President and CEO, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Bruce McNamer is the President and CEO of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Bruce has broad experience in public, private and philanthropic sectors. From 2013-2014, he was the Head of Global Philanthropy and CEO of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Prior to JP Morgan, he served as the President and CEO of TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization that works with people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. Bruce grew the organization’s annual revenues from $15 million to $75 million and drove its expansion to operations in 30 countries in Africa, Latin America and India. Before that, Bruce was a senior executive/founder in technology start-ups, an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Colombian Advisory Committee
Miguel Silva is the founder of Galileo 6, a strategic communications, crisis and political communications firm. He is a communications expert, journalist and political consultant with broad experience in Latin America. He was Of Counsel to FTI Consulting´s strategic communications practice in Latin America Mr after his company, Gravitas, was acquired in 2007. He was also Counsellor at Large for Latin America for Weber Shandwick Worldwide, the largest strategic communications firm in the world, and founded Shepardson Stern & Kaminsky´s international practice.
Mr. Silva is a member of the board of several non for profit organizations: Best Buddies, Tejido Humano, Cosme y Damián, Fundación Cardioinfantil, among others. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Los Andes.
Carlos Enrique Cavelier Lozano
CEO, La Alquería
Carlos Enrique Cavelier is president of Alquería, one of Colombia’s largest dairy producers, and Banco de Alimentos de Bogotá. He has previously served as secretary general of Colombia’s ministry of justice, a representative in the national legislature, and senior advisor to the minister of agriculture. He has been a columnist for La Prensa, and has published articles in El Tiempo, El País and Semana, as well as three books.
Carlos Urrutia Valenzuela
Carlos Urrutia-Valenzuela is Senior Partner at Brigard & Urrutia, Colombia’s oldest and one of the largest and most prestigious law firms. In 1975, Mr. Urrutia was appointed Secretary General of the Governorship of the State of Cundinamarca, and subsequently Secretary of Finance. In 1977, Mr. Urrutia joined to Brigard & Urrutia, and made Partner at the firm in 1981. Mr. Urrutia served as the firm’s Managing Partner between 2000 and 2012, when we has named Ambassador of Colombia to the United States of America by president Juan Manuel Santos. In November 2014, he returned to Brigard & Urrutia as Senior Partner. In May 2014 Latin Lawyer recognized him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pedro Miguel Navas
Máster en Ingeniería Industrial y MBA de la Universidad de Cornell. Antiguo Presidente del Consejo Corporativo de la Organización Corona y hoy miembro del Consejo, de la Junta Directiva de Corona Industrial SAS y de Sodimac Home-Center, Vicepresidente de la Junta Directiva de Ospinas y Cia., Presidente de la Junta Directiva de Colvalor (Sociedad de Ospinas y Cia. el Fondo Blackstone y el fondo Pegasus) y miembro del Directorio Corporativo del Grupo Vilaseca de Ecuador. Co-fundador y presidente del Comité Académico de la Fundación Colfuturo. Miembro del Consejo Superior de la Universidad de los Andes, de la Junta Directiva de University of the Andes Foundation en New York y del Consejo Directivo de la Fundación para el Desarrollo de Bogotá Región, Probogotá.
Fernando Cortes McAllister
Executive Director, Fundación Bolívar Davivienda
Fernando Cortés is currently Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility of Sociedades Bolívar and CEO of the Fundación Bolívar Davivienda. He has worked in various industry sectors, which include: Graphic Arts, Food, Consumer Products, Flowers, Construction, Financial Services and the Social Sector. His experience has focused on managing and developing economic and social projects, always taking into account the generation of value to all related parties and with the expectation of leaving a mark for the improvement of communities and the environment.