Cohort Mentors & Review Panelists are start-up experts, impact investors, and corporate philanthropists who work closely with Cohort Members to guide the development and evaluation of Final Projects.
Carlos Almela is an experienced senior grant-maker at Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, with offices in Madid and Paris.
Fundación Carasso (Spain)
A graduate of Harvard University and University of Southern California, Pedro Mario Burelli is Managing Director of B&V Holdings C.A. Burelli is a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy and appears regularly on CNN and other outlets as an expert on the intersection of Latin American business & politics.
Pedro Mario Burelli
BV Holdings AG (Venezuela)
Pamela Calsow is Cultural Director of the Corporación Adelante Amigos de Panguipulli, where she leads the foundation’s music for social justice initiative, Vivé La Musica.
Corporación de Panguipulli (Chile)
Among the most respected trumpet players of his generation, Franco Carranza is a leading social entrepreneur in Peru, where is the Founding Director of a number of educational initiatives including Semana de la Trompeta Peruana.
Semana de la Trompeta (Peru)
Ruben Carughi bio coming soon.
Venezuelan educator, violinist, and entrepreneur is Founder of Sistema Greenland, the first orchestral program in the country, serving youth and communities in its remote northern frontiers. Maestro Alvarez is also Artistic Director of El Sistema Sweden.
Ron Davis Alvarez
El Sistema Greenland
Jennifer Bradley Heflin is a Senior Manager at Accenture and member of Accenture’s North America Education Leadership Team. Heflin leads Accenture’s K-12 initiatives and research.
Jennifer Bradley Heflin
Accenture PLC (USA)
Bio coming soon.
Director of Leadership Training
League of American Orchestras
Bio coming soon.
General Director – Eurasia
Plexus Holdings Plc (U.K.)
Calida Jones is a graduate Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Hartt School of Connecticut, where she earned a Master’s degree in Performance & Pedagogy. Ms. Jones is Founding Artistic Director of Bravo! Waterbury.
Founding Artistic Director
Bravo! Waterbury (USA)
Lai-Ling Lee is Director of Americas for The Red Cross (Canada) and holds an MBA from McGill and HEC Montréal. Lee has coordinated large-scale emergency assistance and reconstruction following humanitarian disasters across Latin America & The Caribbean.
Lai Ling Lee
Director of Americas
The Red Cross (Canada)
Founding Executive Director of the the Lakes Area Music Festiva, Scott Lykins is an active performer and a graduate of the Arts Leadership Program at Eastman School of Music. Lykins is an alumnus of the Institute for Executive Director Leadership at St. Thomas University.
Founding Executive Director
Lakes Area Music Festival (USA)
Robert Mercuri (MBA, McGill University/HEC Montréal) is an experienced sales team leader in the medical equipment sector. Mecuri is Director of Regional Sales for Medline Industries, in addition to volunteering with a number of community projects in Montreal.
Director of Regional Sales
Medline Industries Inc. (Canada)
Cecile Prieto is a Senior Grantmaker at Fundación Azteca. Prieto is also part of the management team of Esperanza Azteca, Mexico’s largest network of youth orchestras with over 400 socially-motived projects nationwide.
Fundación Azteca (Mexico)
A native of France and the United Kingdom, Fabien Rossini (MBA, McGill University/HEC Montréal) is an experienced team leader and producer in the gaming industry. Mercuri is currently a Director and Head of Business Development at Square Enix Montréal.
Head of Business Development
Cara Sawyer completed graduate studies at DePaul University, and was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Ms. Sawyer is currently Marketing Manager of Absolute Process Instruments.
Absolute Process Instruments (USA)
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
The Asia Foundation
Marina Spindler is President of LATAM Board, and previously was CEO of the Group of Fifty (G5). Spindler holds a master’s in public administration from New York University and a bachelor’s in international affairs from The George Washington University.
Group of 50 (Latin America)
Steven Vetrone is District Operations Manager for Home Depot’s operations in Quebec. Vetrone holds a Bachelor’s from McGill University and an MBA from McGill & HEC Montréal.
Director of Operations
The Home Depot (Canada)
Sara Zanussi, Founding Director of ComMusicAction, holds a postgraduate certificate from New England Conservatory and a B.A. in Music from Luther College. Zanussi was an Abreu Fellow in 2013.
Paulo Zuben—Managing Director of Santa Marcelina Cultura— has an extensive history in cultural management having served as the head of prominent festivals and institutions in Brazil including Campos do Jordao, the Tom Jobim Conservatory & Project GURI.
Santa Marcelina Cultura (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