An Advisory Council of business leaders, public administrators, policy experts and top educators works to ensure an effective, efficient and responsibly managed Program.
Amb. Nigel Clarke earned a PhD in Mathematics from Oxford Univ. as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Clarke is Dep. Chairman of The Musson Group, CEO of Facey Commodity, Senior Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, and chairs Jamaica’s National Youth Orchestra.
Ambassador Nigel Clarke, PhD
Plenipotentiary for Economic Affairs
Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister
Deputy Chairman & CFO
The Musson Group — Jamaica
Cristina Vollmer de Burelli, graduate of Le Sorbonne (Université de Paris), is Managing Partner & Co-Owner at Ron Santa Teresa, one of the world’s most celebrated rum producers. An active supporter of NGOs, Vollmer is Founding Exec. Director of Alliance for the Family.
Cristina Vollmer de Burelli
Ron Santa Teresa C.A.
Founder, Alliance for the Family
Debbi Brock is co-author of The Social Entrepreneurship Toolkit, recognized by Skoll Foundation as a leading resource to the field. Dr. Brock has taught at Oxford University, developing its Social Entrepreneurship course, and teaches at Byngum School of Business.
Dr. Debbi D. Brock
Byrum School of Business
‘The Social Ent. Resource Handbook’
Faculty, Oxford University
Mark Churchill is Dean Emeritus of Preparatory Studies at The New England Conservatory. Dr. Churchill is Founding Chairman of El Sistema USA, Co-Founder of YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Co-Founder of The Boston Youth Philharmonic, among other institutions.
Dr. Mark Churchill
The New England Conservatory
Founder, el Sistema USA
Vice President at Grupo Bolivar—a Central American financial services conglomerate—Fernando Cortes is Founding President of Fundación Bolivar Davivienda, Colombia’s leading private foundation. Cortes earned an MBA at the Thunderbird School of Business.
Fernando Cortes McAllister
Fundación Bolivar Davivienda
Vice President, Grupo Bolivar (Colombia)
Juan Antonio Cuellar is a leading Colombian academic & social entrepreneur. Dr. Cuellar has been CEO of Fundación Batuta and Dean of Graduate Studies in Music at Universidad Javeriana. He is co-founder of Filarmonica Joven de Colombia and Exec. VP at Fundación Azteca Mexico.
Dr. Juan Antonio Cuellar
Fundación Azteca Mexico
Former President, Fundación Batuta
Ricardo Ernst is Professor of Operations and former Deputy Dean of McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Dr. Ernst earned an MBA from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, and an MA & Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ricardo Ernst
Chair of Global Studies
McDonough School of Business
Hyeun Seok Kim is Founding Creative Director of UniquePiece Inc., a global curator of art and photography exhibitions and installations based in Seoul, Korea.
Hyun Seok Kim
Founding Creative Director
A widely published researcher and leading educator in the field of music for social justice, Dr. Lisa Lorenzino is Faculty Dean of Education at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.
Dr. Lisa Lorenzino
Chair of Education
Schulich School of Music
Ken MacLeod is the founder and president of KMA Consultants. Formerly an elected representative in the government of New Brunswick (Canada), Prof. MacLeod Chairs the Youth Orchestra of New Brunswick and is founder of Sistema NB.
KMA Consulting Canada
Chairman, NBYO & Sistema NB
Principal Emeritus Violin at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, MaryAnn Mumm is a sought-after educator and development expert. On Faculty at The Claremont Colleges, Prof. Mumm has supported the development of social music programs across five continents.
Mary Ann Mumm
The Metropolitan Opera (New York)
Faculty, The Claremont Colleges
A graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School, Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg is a recipient of the Fulbright Association Lifetime Achievement Award, has served on the Boards of Fortune 500 companies McGraw Hill & General Mills, and is Founding Chairman of Strategic Investment Group.
Strategic Investment Group
Fulbright Lifetime Awardee
A leading scientist, Dr. Gaston Ormazabal developed in the 1990s and 2000s a number of technologies central to the growth of cellular communication. Dr. Ormazabal is a life-long supporter of the arts, and Founding Chairman of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation.
Dr. Gaston Ormazabal
President, Hildegard Behrens Foundation
Principal at The Pedestal Group, Javier Sancho has served in Brussels & New York at the United Nations, in Washington as Spain’s Ambassador to the OAS, and as Chief of Staff at the Spanish Foreign Ministry in Madrid. Amb. Sancho is recipient of France’s Legion d’Honneur.
Ambassador Javier Sancho
Principal, The Podesta Group
U.N., Special Advisor on Latin America
Diplomat-in-Residence, American University
Nicola Schiess has founded Chilean cultural corporations including Teatro del Lago, Colegio Kopernikus, & PLADES. Schiess is Director at Empresas Transoceanicas, a real-estate, agricultural, and shipping conglomerat, and was named Chile’s ‘Female Impact Investor’ for 2015.
Director & Managing Partner
Empresas Transoceanica (Chile)
Founding President, Teatro del Lago
Suzanne Siskel is Executive Vice President and COO of The Asia Foundation. Previously Siskel worked at Ford Foundation in various leadership positions. A Phi Beta Kappa scholar, Siskel received a bachelor’s from Harvard University and master’s from Johns Hopkins.
Executive Vice President & COO
The Asia Foundation
Phi Beta Kappa Scholar
As cellist in the “President’s Own” Marine Band, Carrie Bean is a lifelong educator committed to social inclusion through music. Bean holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Indiana University.
Carrie Bean Stute
The President’s Own
United States Marine Band
Brazilian violinist Deborah Wanderley is founder of YOURS, Chicago’s first El Sistema program. Ms. Wanderley is founder of NEOJIBÁ Trancoso,, a member of OSESP (Brazil’s top professional orchestra), and teaches at the Tom Jobim School and Bacarelli Institute.
Instituto Baccarelli Sao Paulo
Member, O.S.E.S.P. Brazil
“The Global Leaders Program prepared me to make my community a better place with music. I had the chance to learn from influential musicians and entrepreneurs, from their struggles and from their successes.”
Zubaida Azezi, Violin, Canada (2014 Cohort)
Founder, Silk Road Youth Orchestra