Strategy & Operations
Los Angeles, CA
Amira is driven by her intellectual curiosity and is passionate about not just helping clients solve problems but creating transformational results that last.
She founded Global Perspectives following a long tenure with Booz & Company, inspired by the idea that a client needs more than just an answer to succeed in a rapidly changing business environment. They need a consultant who will look beyond accepted practices and methodologies, who will partner with her clients to deliver lasting expertise and organizational change.
Amira has worked across the globe, from North America to the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe for a wealth of clients including Ministers of Tourism, Heads of State, a First Lady, as well as Fortune 50 companies. She has extensive expertise in strategy and turnarounds for clients in the Tourism & Leisure sectors (hospitality; health & wellness; retail & entertainment), as well as the consumer goods sector (CPG). In the course of her experience, Amira has successfully served large corporations, SMEs, start-ups, and governments.
Amira is also an experienced operator, having served as Director of Corporate Development at Orascom Construction Industries and senior Finance Group Manager at Proctor & Gamble.
In addition to management, Amira is passionate about teaching. She regularly coaches an immersive business boot-camp on strategy and financial analysis.
Amira also founded a micro-finance NGO for single mothers in Egypt, and serves as an advocate and subject-mater expert for Demeter, an organization that supports entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Bi-lingual in Arabic & English, Amira holds a double-major BA in Economics and International Relations, magna cum laude, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Masters Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell.
Experiential Leadership Development
Jen has spent the last 18 years engaged in experiential leadership development. As a longtime sea captain, she spent many years entrenched in both the struggles and opportunities of leadership and performance under extreme pressure; leading her crews in challenging and occasionally life-threatening conditions aboard vessels at sea. Taking the lessons learned in some of the world’s most difficult environments, Jen works to transfer that learning into practical and clear programmatic elements that foster the development of authentic leaders.
Working across a broad range of industries including technology, biotech & pharmaceuticals, energy, consumer products and education, Jen specializes in designing unique programs that cut to the core of operational problems and roadblocks and help clients clarify and achieve their goals on both the personal and professional levels in very real, often raw and truly authentic ways. With Global Perspectives, Jen will focus on risk-management projects, taking leadership outside their comfort zone to deal with real-life risk to enable behavioral change.
Jen is also a licensed USCG captain, Wilderness First Responder, certified mindfulness trainer and yoga teacher. She is currently serving on the board of directors for Ocean Classroom.
Jen holds a BA from Hampshire College.
Corporate Finance & Operations
Huntington Beach, CA
Jo is all about delivering tangible results to the bottom line! Her hands-on approach to management combined with 24 years of experience in corporate finance allow her to dig deep and drive financial excellence.
Jo began her career as an investment banker before focusing on M&A and strategic development. Building on her core expertise in M&A, due diligence, and transaction execution, Jo has held a number of C-level positions in media, entertainment, and merchandising companies in the U.S. and Europe. Most recently, she was the CEO of e-commerce merchandiser DFTBA.com, and prior to that was COO/CFO of Bandmerch, a licensing and merchandising company servicing the music industry.
Jo has extensive experience working with private equity companies and investors, as well as developing business plans and complex financial models for both start-ups and established enterprises.
Jo is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K., and is conversational in both French and Tagalog. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Hospitality Sales & Marketing
Juan has over 15 years experience in operations, sales and marketing in hospitality with a focus on the Food & Beverage Industry. He has worked at such notable venues as Paul Bocuse's Brasserie de L’Est in Lyons, Beau-Rivage Palace in Geneva, as well as the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, and organized promotional events for Diageo and Bacardi.
Juan founded ZeGo, a Food & Beverage consulting practice and has served a wide variety of clients, including international off-trade companies like Bacardi, Selfridges' pop-up restaurant with Chef Pierre Koffmann in London and Casina Valadier, an historical luxury restaurant and venue in Rome.
Fluent in five languages (Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese and English), Juan holds a DEC from College Ahuntsic in Montreal, Canada.
Strategy & Operations
Karim is driven by his professional purpose to help “build blocks for economic growth” through is own investing, consulting and business coaching activities. He believes that prosperity in emerging markets can only be achieved with a foundation of strong and professionally run private enterprises.
Karim is an Entrepreneur and founder of three companies currently operating in the Middle East (Tabibi, Kompass Education, and Catalyst). He is also a Business Coach and the representative of Gazelle International Coaches in Egypt.
Prior to that, Karim's 18 year work experience includes working in Private Equity (Citadel Capital), Management Consulting (Booz Allen Hamilton), as well as consumer goods (Procter & Gamble).
A dual citizen of both Germany and Egyptian, Karim is fluent in English, German, and Arabic and can operate in French. Karim holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo, and an MBA from INSEAD.
International Marketing & Digital Innovation
London, UK / Rome, Italy
Livia is passionate about articulating visions and converting them into achievable roadmaps. As an international marketing communications expert who founded the firm GetOut, Livia repeatedly demonstrates strong leadership and charisma and a proven ability to influence others at all levels of an organization. She advises a number of brands seeking to attract international consumers or international expansion.
She has gained industry recognition in her work with challenging blue chip brands from the banking to retail sector in multiple countries, including a Clio Award, an IMA Award and a number of LIA Awards. Her clients include Barclays Global Investments, Barclaycard, Harvey Nichols, Fiat Group Auto, Ferrari, NetJets, L’Oreal, Philips, Johnson & Johnson, De Beers, Louis Vuitton and others. She led her own startup in the eCommerce/collaborative consumption and social enterprise space.
Bi-lingual in Italian and English, Livia has a BS in Communication from Perugia University, Italy and an MA in Marketing Communication and Media from Monash University in Australia.
Los Angeles, CA
Mark is a CPA with a broad range of experience in the areas of technical accounting and finance.
He is one of the few experts in the field with extensive knowledge of, and experience with, the new revenue recognition requirements that were jointly issued by the FASB and IASB. He advises companies on the complex requirements of revenue accounting and provides guidance on structuring transactions to avoid negative financial implications.
His background includes serving as vice president within American Express’s Global Accounting Policy & Advisory Group, and as owner of an independent consulting firm in London where he filled a variety of interim management roles. Previously, he worked in transactional advisory services at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Europe and the U.S., and also worked at KPMG. Mark has expertise in both U.S. GAAP and IFRS.
Mark holds a BA and Masters of Accountancy from Samford University.
Media & Entertainment
Miami, FL / Los Angeles, CA
Nelson is a prominent specialist in digital media, innovation and entrepreneurship with an emphasis on the media, entertainment and sports industries. He is a Harvard-published author and is cited in numerous business media, including CNN, NPR, Knowledge@Wharton, and Forbes, amongst others.
Nelson is the Executive Director of the Entertainment & Media Management Institute and has served as adjunct faculty and Founder/Managing Director of digital-media think tanks at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, and Founder/Director and faculty member of USA module for the Berlin School of Creative Leadership in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Nelson was also recently named a global digital media thought leader by CLSA Ltd, Asia's leading and longest running independent brokerage and investment group.
Today, Nelson teaches numerous executive education and leadership programs, specializing in design thinking and agile management. He serves as a Senior Advisor to angel and venture-capital investors in more than US$150m of venture-backed, digital media and entertainment enterprises. Nelson has also served as Managing Partner of Crayon Venture Partners and as Special Assistant to the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Prior to this, he has enjoyed a successful career as Founder and EVP of Microtime Media and PolyMedia Communications and before then, as Latin American merchant banker with the Hong Kong Shanghai Corporation.
Bi-lingual in Spanish & English, Nelson holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MFA in digital media and film & television from UCLA, and a BSM from Tulane University.
Dr. PAUL KIRKITELOS
Entrepreneurship & Business Development
Paul is inspired by helping others to help themselves, believing that a collaborative approach to leadership empowers others to face challenges and emerge victorious.
Paul brings a wealth of experience to tackling client problems. He served as the Chairman & CEO of Doral Energy, the COO of Nutragenetics where he worked alongside a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, as well as the Founder & COO of Rabbitt Capital Management. Additionally, Paul is a former management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he advised large corporations on strategic and financial considerations.
Off the job, Paul is an instructor/coach for Fullbridge Program's "Mini-MBA Bootcamps" in various locations in the United States, Europe & the Middle East. He also pursues his passion as a yoga instructor and triathlete.
Paul holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Physics from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, as well as an M.SC. & Ph.D. in Astrophysics & Nonlinear Dynamics from the University of Virginia.
Sesha is passionate about using a combination of rigorous analytics and creative thinking to solve seemingly intractable problems and transform customer experiences.
Sesha was previously a Case Team Lead at L.E.K. Consulting, where she led teams in strategy formulation and commercial due diligences across a range of industries including retail, hospitality, consumer goods (CPG), industrials, health care services and pharmaceuticals. Her engagements covered commercialization, market entry, customer & competitor research and analysis, sales & marketing strategy, customer segmentation, and brand positioning. Prior to her tenure at L.E.K., Sesha was a management consultant at the Courtyard Group in New York, where she helped clients create sustainable improvements through change management and information system strategic planning.
Sesha holds a BA in Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University, an MPA in health policy and management from New York University, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Drew is inspired by complex problems involving people and thrives on tackling multi-facet issues and seeks innovative, out-of-the-box solutions. He hopes that by confronting customer service, organizational, recruitment and strategy challenges, he can help to increase efficiency, add value, and make the workspace enjoyable for both clients and employees.
His international background in the restaurant and entertainment industries has helped him develop exceptional customer service, communication and training skills. Committed to finding solutions for the projects he takes on, Drew is a dedicated and passionate professional who enjoys working across cultural boundaries with other enthusiastic professionals.
Drew is a student at Colorado College.