A committed Advisory Council of business leaders, public administrators, policy experts and experienced 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
Committee Chair

Plenipotentiary for Economic Affairs
Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister
Deputy Chairman & CFO
The Musson Group — Jamaica

Cristina Vollmer de Burelli is Founding Executive Director of V5Initiative, which advises civil society organizations throughout the Americas. Burelli holds an MA from Cambridge University and until 2014 served as Executive Director of Alliance for the Family.

Cristina Vollmer de Burelli
Committee Co-Chair

Founding Executive Director

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

Dean Emeritus
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

Executive VP
Fundación Azteca Mexico
ex-President, Fundación Batuta Colombia

Elizabeth Eder Zóbel de Ayala is co-founder and chairman of Teach for the Philippines, co-founder of Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation, has served as Vice President of Museo Pambata, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Asian Philanthropy. 

Elizabeth Eder Zóbel de Ayala

Co-Founder & Treasurer
Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation
Founding Chairman, Teach For The Philippines

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
Georgetown University

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
UniquePiece Inc.

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
McGill University

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.

Ken MacLeod

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

Principal (Emeritus)
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.

Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg

Strategic Investment Group
Fulbright Lifetime Awardee

A leading scientist at Verizon Labs behind the development of a variety of technologies central to the growth of cellular communication, Dr. Ormazabal is also a life-long supporter of the arts, and is Founding Chairman of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation.

Dr. Gaston Ormazabal

Senior Advisor, Verizon Laboratories
Senior Res. Scientist, Columbia University
President, Hildegard Behrens Foundation

Principal at Cogent Strategies, 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, Cogent Strategies
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.

Nicola Schiess

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.

Suzanne Siskel

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 Baccarelli Institute.

Deborah Wanderley

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