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Mark Trayling, Chairman

Mark is Director of Aetius Corporation, a marketing firm in Canada and Partner of Zieva Trading LLP, a firm representing specialised firms in niche areas looking to expand into India. His roles in those companies include business strategy, development and relations management. Prior to Zieva, Mark was a Senior Consultant in the Advisory Services department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dubai (UAE) involved in strategy formulation, mergers & acquisitions, raising finance and business plans. Mark is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Chartered Marketer (Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK) and has published articles in the Journal of Banking & Financial Services, inFINSIA and Gulf Marketing Review. He has an an MBA from Columbia University in New York a Masters degree in Business Law from Monash University in Australia and Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Economics from the University of London (UCL).

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Peter Novak, President

Peter is a creator, with a passion for developing innovative services and new markets. He is currently heading business development at Nobel, a diaspora focused telecom. During 15 years at Nobel, he has held a variety of leadership roles in business development, sales and marketing. Prior to Nobel, Peter founded and directed the Worldwide Phonecard Database, the standard phone card collector community portal. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is an advisor to various organizations and Trustee at Harlem’s Global Community Charter School.

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Zuzana Hylova, Director

Zuzana is the co-founder of hireMBA, a consultancy dedicated to career coaching and executive search that matches talented MBAs with employers. For almost two decades Zuzana has been advising senior management on how to grow and sustain their human capital, and counseling talented people on how to pursue their dream careers. Prior to hireMBA she headed the HR department of Dubizzle (the biggest on-line start-upin Dubai), managed talent acquisition and development tasks at the International Data Corporation (IDC CEMA) and was an executive search consultant. Zuzana holds a Bachelor of Administration in Economics and an MBA degree in HR Management from the University of Economics and Management in Prague, Czech Republic.

Advisors

Elaine Pofeldt, media advisor

Trippe Fried, Consultant Legal advisor

Olga Romain, Associate Director Standard & Poor’s Rating Services Advisor at-large

Professor Daniel Ames, Columbia Business School Academic advisor – Negotiations competition round

Matthew Quint, Director of Columbia Business School’s Center, Global Brand Leadership Academic advisor – Sales and marketing Competition Round

Heather Grabin, Director AichG
Public Relations advisor

Lonnie Kussin, Assistant Dean of Advising at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business
Business Development Manager