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SSX Board of Global Advisors

The Startup Stock Exchange is supported by a Board of Global Advisors representing various business sectors and a diversity of work terrains. Each SSX Advisor brings local market knowledge and experience to the SSX Community

Our advisors function like ambassadors in their region. Using their private network and social media, they promote SSX within their community and attract new investors and companies to SSX. If you would like to be considered for the position of SSX Advisor we are currently seeking experts from these fields: Education, Health Care, and Real Estate. For more details click here.


Central and South America and Caribbean (LATAM)


Esteban Brenes

Professor, INCAE Business School
San Jose, Costa Rica

Dr. Brenes is currently a Full Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Agro industry, at INCAE Business School and former Dean for Faculty and MBA Programs. He is also a researcher at the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development of INCAE. In addition to academic work, Dr. Brenes is a consultant in business strategy, company valuations, new venture development, and food policy in Latin America.  Additionally, he has served as Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Agriculture for the Government of Costa Rica.



Alan Colmenares

Colombia Director, The Founder Institute
Bogota, Colombia

Alan Comenares is the Colombian Director of the The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, with a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and help founders build enduring technology companies.



Lorenzo Lara Carrero

Managing Partner, Negocios Digitales

Mr. Lara is an entrepreneur, mentor, consultant and researcher dedicated to the development of technology based business projects that take advantage of international talent networks. President and founding partner of, a firm dedicated to venture capital investment in technology based business projects, supplying strategic capital that is a combination of knowledge assets plus financial assets suited to the development phase of each business.



Emily Hersh

Managing Partner and COO, DCDB Group
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Emily holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Political Economy from Tulane University and a Master’s degree in International Economics from American University. She has worked as a project consultant and research associate for Exoventure Associates and Native American Capital. In this capacity, Emily structured public/private joint ventures that incorporated New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) and Tribal Economic Development Bonds (TEDBS) into private project financing structures. Emily is fluent in English and Spanish, and excels in both team leadership and in the ability to dissect and present complex projects in a concise and clear manner.



Roger Conrado

GVC Partners

Roger is the President and CEO of GVC Partners, a consulting company which assists investors in establishing their operations in Nicaragua and other Central American countries. Roger is also a lecturer and professor at several universities across Nicaragua teaching in graduate and undergraduate business and finance programs.  Additionally, he has served as the legal advisor of ProNicaragua,  a government agency which promotes local investments.




Ruz Chishty

CEO, SeedAvenue
London, United Kingdom

Ruz Chishty is the CEO of SeedAvenue, crowd funding for entrepreneurs and Crowdfundrs, the world's first crowd funding comparison site with real time analytics. A global entrepreneur and mentor specializing on sales and channel strategies for startups, he is currently a mentor at New Entrepreneur Foundation in London and a strong advocate for the startup community. Having lived and worked around the world for some of the world largest technology vendors, Ruz has a law degree, masters and an MBA from IE in Madrid.



James Digby

Co-Founder, Rockstart Accelerator
Copenhagen, Denmark

James Digby is co-founder of Rockstart Accelerator & Startup Weekend NL / UK and also one of the founding EU Facilitators for Startup Weekend. James has over a decade of entrepreneurial experience working with a number of startups in product development and branding.



Dr. Ian Goodyer

London, United Kingdom

Dr. Goodyer is a consultant specializing in the commercialization of new ideas. He has experience in business planning and funding for high growth companies including management of assets. He helps people and organizations develop new products to the point where they can be manufactured and sold. He has advised over 150 businesses and helps companies obtain full value from their intellectual property and other intangible assets.



Hannah Vera Van Drunen

Co-Founder, Open Thinking on Sustainable Economies
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hannah Vera van Drunen  is a networker and business connector. She is an organizer of (tech) startup events such as The Next Web Conference, Kings of Code, Lean Startup Machine and StartupWeekend. Hannah Vera is actively involved in the Amsterdam startup community and also mentors startups at Startupbootcamp, an Amsterdam based accelerator. She is the co-founder of Open Thinking on Sustainable Economies (OTSE), a platform which inspires young people globally to start their own businesses in the world's most challenging areas. will be launched in the second part of  2013.



Diogo Alves

Managing Director, Pricepanda
Portugal and Malaysia

Diogo Alves is Managing Director of Pricepanda, the largest price comparison site in Asia. He has worked as an international strategy consultant in the telecom, media, and internet sectors. Addtionally, Diogo has work experience in banking and conflict management. He has studied and worked in 7 countries.


Asia and Oceania


Adriana Gascoigne

Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech

Adriana Gascoigne is the founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a non-profit organization, which she launched in February 2007. Previously, Adriana worked as the Vice President of Marketing at SecondMarket, the global marketplace for illiquid assets. Prior to joining SecondMarket, Adriana worked at a variety of technology start-ups spearheading marketing, communications and analytics. She worked at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide as the Vice President of 360 Digital Influence and at Edelman as the Vice President of the Digital Group.



Online Platform and Research Company

YourStory is India's leading comprehensive online platform for entrepreneurs, dedicated to promoting the startup ecosystem. Founded in October 2008, has a rich experience with producing global level content, organizing startup events and churning out cutting edge reports focused on entrepreneurship in India.



ABC Social Ventures


ABC Social Ventures (Manila) is a gathering of twelve (12) leaders and change makers from various disciplines - engineering and information technology, commerce, non-profit, development management, consulting, law and regulation, medicine, communications and public relations, finance, and private equity.  ABCSV's SSX advisory is led by Dr. Ramon A. Pedrosa, DCL (Business, Law, and NGOs), Engr. Hermenegildo R. Estrella, Jr. (Electrical Engineering, Management Systems), George M. Balagtas, APR (Public Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Crisis Management), and Atty. Lyman A. Manzanares (General Counsel, Regulatory Management, Government Relations and Communications). 




Jan Karel Kleijn

East African Investment Consultancy Ltd.

Jan Karel Kleijn is co- founder of East African Investment Consultancy based out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is a seasoned internet entrepreneur, having established  or kickstarted various Dutch or EMEA based companies such as FirePond, Result, Xing, Netlog, ACE 3.0, and Food & Friends. He's currently mentor for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam.



Colin Shepherd

Capital Markets
Southern Africa

Colin S. Shepherd is a Director of Prime Asset Management. He has substantial experience as a specialist in capital and debt structuring methods and securitization of assets and commodities. He has advised on IPO’s in the resource and energy sectors and is an active equities, fixed income and derivatives trader. Over 20 years, he has established several enterprises across various commercial sectors including capital markets, advertising, publishing, media and entertainment. Colin is Fellow of the South African Institute of Financial Markets and a University of Wales MBA (Law) Candidate.



Rasool Verjee

The Resultancy Group
East Africa

Rasool Verjee is founder of The Resultancy Group, which works with the Kenyan government to bring international film production to the country through the establishing tax rebates and other incentives.  He is a Kenyan of Indian origin, born in Uganda, educated in the UK and holds degrees in Law from Cambridge University. He is a serial entrepreneur with a depth of experience in telecommunications, technology, and marketing and promotion.



Kennedy Mohochi

KCA University - Institute for Capacity Development

Kennedy is the General Manager of the KCA University - Institute for Capacity Development (ICAD); the third largest private university in East Africa. ICAD is the consulting and training arm of KCA and for the last 12 years have developed, deployed and fronted management consulting and training solutions in the East African region. ICAD partners with Governments (Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia), Aid Agencies (UNICEF, UN etc), Private Companies, Parastatals and Funding Partners (World Bank) to champion change interventions in Corporate Governance, Public Financial Management, and Leadership.


North America


Willa Qian

Partner, Qian & Nemecek LLP
San Francisco, USA

Willa Qian is a partner with Qian & Nemecek LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in general corporate transactions, securities law, employment law, and corporate and securities litigation. Qian & Nemecek LLP's clients include both domestic and foreign corporations, small businesses, private equity firms, startups, and corporate board members and officers. Ms. Qian's practice is focused on international corporate finance, venture capital, fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets. She is also an expert in crisis management.



Yan Ohayon

Capital Market Expert
Montreal, Canada

Yan Ohayon is the founder of a stealth-mode startup in the education sector. He also serves as a strategic advisor to startups in Montreal and beyond. Previously, as a pioneer in the field of high volume algorithmic trading, he consulted with capital market firms in the implementation of different automated trading strategies and assisted them with automating their risk processes. His expertise was recognized when he was invited to present at TedX.



Gian Perroni

American iGaming Solutions
Vancouver, Canada

Gian Perroni has been working in the international gaming industry since 1997, active in every area of online operations. Gian has been involved in the successful start-up, management and sale of several gaming companies, and is well respected and sought after speaker and writer in that industry. He has worked with both online operators and brick and mortar operations.


Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


Ritesh Tilani

United Arab Emirates

Ritesh Tilani is founder of  CareZone, a location-based mobile platform which helps socially-conscious smartphone users shop smarter and earn rewards, while also making a difference by directly benefiting their favorite causes. Ritesh is also a Co-Founder and Partner at EXA Partners, a group of cross-border business development experts, which focus on incubation of in-house ventures in the TMT space. Prior to co-founding EXA Partners, Ritesh was with Nokia Corporation, where he served as Head of Strategy for the MENA region.

Before Nokia, Ritesh spent 5 years with Deloitte Consulting in New York and Bain & Company in Singapore, focusing mainly on market entry strategy, new business development and due diligence cases for various industries, including leisure, hospitality, logistics and TMT (technology, media and telecommunications). Ritesh holds a B.Sc. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from INSEAD.



Kapil Bhatia


Kapil Bhatia is in the digital banking industry in Qatar. He has been working in the financial services industry for over 10 years. He is the founder of a tech/social blog focused on Middle East called He is also an established columnist writing on online business and technology for various publications. 


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