Meet the Experts

Alberto Gimeno

Alberto Gimeno

In addition to forming part of ESADEs Faculty, Alberto Gimeno is one of the founding partners of Family Business Knowledge (FBK), an applied research company in the field of the family business. FBK develops both management tools for the family business and studies on groups of family businesses. He likewise …

Andres Rico

Andrés Rico

NORTEM is a leading firm in family business and human capital consulting in Colombia. With 16 years of experience in management consulting, innovating and developing management tools and applications Andrés has turned his focus to developing knowledge and big data driven tools in order to predict performance outcomes derived from …

Belen Villalonga

Belén Villalonga

Belén Villalonga is an Associate Professor with Tenure at New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Senior Associate Partner at Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise. Between 2001 and 2012 she was a faculty member at Harvard Business School. Her teaching, research, and consulting activities are focused on family …

Catherine Faherty

Catherine M. Faherty

Catherine Faherty is a Ph.D. research scholar with Dublin City University (DCU). Her research interests are primarily concerned with innovation in multi-generational family firms. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) degree from DCU, where she graduated in 2013. She is a member of the global STEP project from …

Charlie D. Ellis

Charles D. Ellis

Charles “Charley” Ellis founded Greenwich Associates, a strategy consulting firm focusing on financial institutions, in 1972. The firm’s clients include commercial banks, investment banks, securities dealers, investment managers, and insurance companies in the US, Europe and Japan. Charley also holds a doctorate in finance and economics from New York University …

Christine Blondel

Christine Blondel

Christine Blondel is Adjunct Professor of Family Business at INSEAD, a Senior Advisor to KPMG Family Business Centre of Excellence, and the founder of her own consulting practice, FamilyGovernance. She is the lead author of the book “L’entreprise familiale sauvera-t-elle le capitalisme? Portraits” (Editions Autrement, janvier 2008), written with Anne …

Claudia Binz Astrachan

Claudia Binz Astrachan is a Lecturer and Researcher at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland, where she teaches and supervises undergraduates and graduates and runs an annual event for family businesses. Claudia and Joe recently received a research grant from the Institute of Family Business in the …

David C. Bentall

David C. Bentall

David C. Bentall is the founder of Next Step Advisors Inc. For twenty years, Mr. Bentall worked in his family’s real estate and construction businesses. During his years as President and CEO of Dominion Construction, the business doubled in size. David also played a leading role in several landmark projects …

David Harland

David Harland is the Managing Director of FINH. Based in Brisbane, Australia, David and his team are perfectly located to service their many family business clients throughout the Australasian region. With twenty years of experience in the family business sector, David’s knowledge and experience as an independent adviser of privately …

Denise Paré-Julien

Denise Paré-Julien

Denise Paré-Julien is the former President of the Business Families Foundation, a member of CAFE (Canadian Association for Entrepreneurial Families), and a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute (FFI). She is a graduate of UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) and HEC Montréal and was a manager for many years …

Dennis Jaffe

Dennis Jaffe

For 40 years, Dennis has helped families overcome personal and organizational challenges to enable successful and fulfilling transfer of businesses, wealth, values, commitments and legacies across generations. As both an organizational consultant and clinical psychologist, he is one of the architects of the field of family enterprise consulting. He works …

Devin DeCiantis

Devin DeCiantis

Devin DeCiantis specializes in financial, operational, and strategic aspects of family enterprise. He brings a background in corporate strategy, economic analysis and investment management to his work with family businesses, family offices and family foundations. He was raised in Toronto, Canada and holds a Master’s from the Kennedy School at …

Dr. Joseph Astrachan

Dr. Joseph Astrachan

Joe Astrachan is Wells Fargo chair of Family Business, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, and a founder of the internationally accredited Executive MBA for Families in Business at Kennesaw State University. He has been active in the development of the field, having been a founder of several recognized programs including …

Lee Hausner

Dr. Lee Hausner

Dr. Lee Hausner is a senior managing director of First Foundation Advisors. An internationally recognized clinical psychologist and business consultant, she served as the senior psychologist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District for 17 years. An acknowledged expert on psychological issues involving wealth and wealth transfer, she is a …

Firoz Rasul

Firoz Rasul

As part of the Aga Khan Development Network, the University operates as a needs-blind institution in 8 countries (many of them with difficult terrain or large segments of underprivileged populations) on 3 continents. Prior to joining AKU, Mr. Rasul was Chairman and CEO of Ballard Power Systems; VP of Marketing …

Francois de Gaspé Beaubien

Francois de Gaspé Beaubien

Francois de Gaspé Beaubien is the youngest son of the de Gaspé Beaubien family. After the sale of Telemeda, of which he was a co-owner, Francois acquired Zoom Media, an indoor advertising company. He is also Executive Chairman of the Board of Ayuda Media Systems, Chairman of Sava Transmedia, as …

Francois M. de Visscher

François M. de Visscher

François M. de Visscher has been advising business-owning families around the world for over 25 years. In 1990, he founded de Visscher & Co., one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. Prior to that he was a partner at Smith …

Gaia Marchisio

Gaia Marchisio is a tenured Associate Professor of Management at the Coles College of Business, at Kennesaw State University (GA, USA), and a Faculty associate of the internationally acclaimed Cox Family Enterprise Center. Gaia was raised as a 4th generation successor in her family business. This experience helped her understand …

Gonzalo Jimenez

Gonzalo Jiménez

Gonzalo is Partner at PROTEUS, a strategy & governance consulting firm advising leading family business groups in South America. He is FBN-Chile’s Chapter Director and sits on the board of family business groups in Chile and Peru. For ten years he held the Von Appen Chair in Family Business at …

Guido Corbetta

Guido Corbetta

Guido Corbetta is professor of Strategic Management and AIdAF-Alberto Falck Professor of Strategic Management in Family Business at Bocconi University in Milan. He is also Senior Faculty Member of the SDA Bocconi Business School and a member of the editorial committee of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Family Business Review. …

Guillaume Hervé

Guillaume Hervé is the author of Winning at Intrapreneurship: 12 Labors to Overcome Corporate Culture and Achieve Startup Success. Mr. Hervé is an international business executive and serial intrapreneur with an extensive innovation and business growth background who has launched several new business ventures in the form of corporate startups, …

Harry Martin

Harry Martin

Harry Martin is the founder of Family Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm to wealthy families and their businesses. Mr. Martin has served on the Board of a variety of family financial service and manufacturing companies. Mr. Martin has over forty years of varied experience. After practicing as a Wall St …

Howard Stevenson

Howard Stevenson

Howard H. Stevenson is the first Professor emeritus of Sarofim-Rock Baker Foundation, established in 1982 to provide a continuing base for research and teaching in the field of entrepreneurship. He is a former Senior Associate Dean, and the Director of Publishing, and Chair of the Harvard Business Publishing Company board. …

Ivan Lansberg

Ivan Lansberg

Professor Ivan Lansberg grew up in an entrepreneurial family in Venezuela. After receiving B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in the U.S.A., he taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Ivan was a professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Organization and Management; he has …

John Davis

John Davis

Professor Davis teaches leadership in the Owner/President Management program and is the faculty chair of the executive program Families in Business: From Generation to Generation. He has also taught in the Key Executives program and other executive programs at HBS. He is founder and chairman of Cambridge Advisors of Family …

John Ward

John Ward

John Ward teaches and studies strategic management, business leadership and family enterprise continuity.  He is an active researcher, speaker and consultant on Family business, succession, ownership, governance and philanthropy.  Dr. Ward is Clinical Professor of Family Enterprises at Kellogg School of Management (USA). He is an author of leading books …

Joshua Nacht

Joshua Nacht

Joshua Nacht is a steward, scholar, and consultant to family-enterprise systems. He is a married-in, third generation family owner and Board member of Bird Technologies, a 73-year-old company based in Cleveland, OH. Joshua is also a second-generation owner of Riverwalk Associates, a real-estate development and management company based in Edwards, …

Justin B. Craig

Justin B. Craig

Justin Craig is a Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise and the Co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprise at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research and teaching activities reflect his empathy for the challenges of entrepreneurial leaders charged with stewarding their families and their businesses.

Kathryn McCarthy

Kathryn McCarthy is currently a Consultant to Families and Family Offices. She is a Director of the Rockefeller Trust Company (NY) and serves on its Audit Committee. Kathryn has over 25 years’ experience in advising wealthy families and managing family offices and other entities. She was the founding President of …

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Margaret-Jean Mannix is Chairman of Loram 99 Corporation where her responsibilities tend to the strategic planning of the family office and the family council. With ongoing involvement in her own family business since 1995, she has gained valuable experience managing teams and adapting to cultures around the world when exploring …

Michael Carney

Michael Carney has published extensively on the corporate and organizational strategies of Asia’s family-owned business groups. His research focuses on entrepreneurship and the comparative analysis of business, financial and governance systems and their influence on the development of company capabilities and national competitiveness. Carney is the Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific …

Nan-B and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien

Nan-B and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien

As the founders and funders of the Business Families Foundation (BFF) and co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Nan-B and Philippe devote their time and energy to the advancement of family enterprise. Pioneers in their field, they continue to break new ground supporting global enterprising families, women’s issues, public …

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick is President and Founder of Beehive Holdings, an angel investment firm with a sweet spot for companies addressing challenges and opportunities associated with products and services mostly used by women. Since 2012, Nanon has been an active angel investor and has invested in Allocadia Software, Butterfly …

Patricia Annino

Patricia Annino

Patricia M. Annino chairs Prince Lobel’s Estate Planning and Probate Group. She is a nationally recognized authority on estate planning and taxation, with 20 years of experience serving the estate planning needs of families, individuals, and owners of closely held businesses. Patricia is the author of two widely utilized professional …

Peter Jaskiewicz

Peter Jaskiewicz

Peter Jaskiewicz conducts quantitative and qualitative research on family business and entrepreneurship. His current research interests involve trans-generational entrepreneurship, executive team compensation, nepotism, corporate reputation, and succession planning. His research has been widely published in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Academy of Management Learning …

Peter Vogel

Peter Vogel

Peter, is a serial entrepreneur, entrepreneurship trainer and scholar. Peter is a researcher and the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen. Prior to joining the University of St. Gallen, Peter obtained a PhD from EPFL, a MSc from ETH Zurich and a BSc from …

Philippe III de Gaspé Beaubien

Philippe III de Gaspé Beaubien

The eldest son in the family, Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien III is the founder of Redline Communications Inc.,and IGNIS Innovation Inc. He completed his Master’s in Education at McGill University before successfully earning an MBA at Harvard University.  After the sale of Telmedia, the family’s business, he founded Telemedia Inc., …

Rania Labaki

Rania Labaki

Professor and researcher on family business, Rania is Associate Professor of Management Sciences at the University of Bordeaux IV. She teaches and conducts research on family business, especially corporate governance, financial policies, family relationships, emotions in decision-making and succession. Her research received several awards by the international family business community. …

Raphael Amit

Raphael “Raffi” Amit

Dr Amit co-founded and leads the Wharton Global Family Alliance, an academic-family business partnership established to enhance the marketplace advantage and the social wealth creation contributions of global families. A prolific and widely cited scholar Professor Amit’s current research and teaching interests center on a range of governance, succession management, …

Rob Nason

Robert Nason

Robert Nason is an Assistant Professor of Management at Concordia University. His research is situated in the intersection of strategy and entrepreneurship. He has examined the family’s influence on entrepreneurial activity ranging from the portfolio activity of business families to the informal institutional influence of family households on economic activity …

Ronald Mannix

Ronald N. Mannix

1973, BCom, UofA; Honorary LLD. Order of Canada, AOE, Founder, Chairman and Shareholder, Coril Holdings Ltd., a diversified third generation family business which is involved in global investments, railroad and energy equipment design, manufacturing and services, real estate ownership, investment and services, and healthcare related activities. Former Director: Bank of …

Stephanie Brun Du Pontet

Stephanie Brun Du Pontet

Stephanie Brun de Pontet, PhD a senior consultant of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., specializes in advising family enterprises facing important transitions. A recognized expert on the topic of succession, Stephanie frequently collaborates with clients on key aspects of this process, such as establishing succession plans, drafting needed policies …

Tania Dussey Casassini

Tania Dussey-Cavassini

Education: lic. iur, IMD Management Programs, Harvard Fellow Professional career: 1991 – 1996 International Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, Federal Department of Justice and Police | 1996 – 2006 Diplomatic Assignments in Paris, Bern, Embassy counsellor in Moscow, Head of the Humanitarian Affairs Unit at the Swiss Permanent Mission to …

Thierry Malleret

Thierry Malleret

Thierry is co-founder and main author of the Monthly Barometer, a succinct predictive analysis exclusively provided to private investors and some of today’s most influential opinion and decision-makers. Thierry founded and headed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum that brings together top opinion and policymakers, CEOs and …