Andrew Davis is Executive Director of the Catalonia America Council. From 2008 until 2017, he served as Head of the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the United States, Canada and Mexico. As Head of Delegation, he coordinated a multi-faceted and cross-departmental promotion of Catalonia’s political, economic, cultural and social interests in North America. He was previously Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Research Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ateneu Barcelonès (one of Barcelona's premier cultural institutions). He has also worked as a consultant on EU-funded projects related to democratization and institution-building, and as a TV and radio political analyst in the Spanish and Catalan media. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham (UK) and a Master's degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Anselm Bossacoma is Director of Business and Innovation of the Catalonia America Council. He is an entrepreneur and deal architect with over 19 years of experience at the intersection of technology, investment, and innovation. He’s had the privilege of advising and mentoring successful entrepreneurs from around the world as Silicon Valley Executive Director for trade and investment relations between Catalonia and California (2005-2018). Since being named acting Trade Commissioner by the Government of Catalonia in 2014, Anselm leveraged this experience to promote bilateral trade relations between Catalonia and the United States until 2017.
He has cultivated networks between both Fortune 500 multinationals and innovative startups across the IT, real estate, biotech, entertainment, fashion, food & beverage, specialty manufacturing, and public relations industries.
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George Ganey is an attorney in Washington, DC. He is a passionate advocate for his clients, and has significant experience advising individuals and businesses on a wide array of immigration matters. George is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Federal Bar Association.
George earned his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where he was an Articles Editor of the International Law Review, and his B.A. at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. George is licensed to practice law by the State of California.
Katrina Drabeck is a corporate responsibility manager at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), where she advises a portfolio of corporate clients on their social responsibility initiatives both domestically and internationally. She provides support and strategic guidance on grantmaking and employee engagement programs to help her clients achieve their philanthropic goals.
Prior to SVCF, Katrina worked in both the non-profit and government sectors in Los Angeles. She earned a B.A. in Political Science at the University of San Diego.
James Stranko is a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he helps clients become more resilient against digitally-driven threats and address challenges during crises. Before McKinsey, James previously served as an advisor and consultant to a number of foundations including the Clinton Foundation, Gates Foundation and Ashoka on strategic communications, partnership and programming topics.
James earned his M.A. in International Economics at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and his B.A. in Political Science at the Columbia University in the City of New York.
Mercedes Paratje is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, where she advises a global clientele of ultra-high net worth families and select institutions on their investment portfolios. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2002, Mercedes served as the global head of Investment Advisory at Barclays Bank.
Mercedes earned an undergraduate degree in telecommunications engineering from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona and holds an MBA in finance and a M.A. in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Enrique Roig is Director in the Citizen Security Practice Area at Creative Associates. In this role, he oversees Creative portfolio program that focus on at-risk youth and also looking at gang prevention and Countering Violent Extremism. His work currently focuses on programs in Central America–El Salvador and Honduras; the Caribbean–Guyana, St. Kitts and St. Lucia; and in MENA–Tunisia.
He has 24 years of experience in democratization and governance, conflict prevention and resolution, and humanitarian assistance in Europe, Africa, and Latin America. He earned an MA in International Relations at American University and a BA in Political Science at Westmont College.
Marc Corsi is an innovative and multiple-award-winning marketing professional in the advertising and public relations arena.
Over the years, Marc has developed strategic and tactical working relationships with a Who’s Who list of politicians, corporations, clients and philanthropy organizations. He has worked with all verticals and a wide spectrum of industries and professions.
He has served on board positions at Silicon Valley start-ups and advised major players in the political arena. His relationships with all verticals include the uniqueness of Advertising organizations, entertainment, political arena with Senators, Governors, Attorney Generals, Congressman, Assemblymen and Mayors etc. and have allowed him to assist in some of the most important initiatives in California and for the United States.