Gabo Arora is a specialist in international affairs with over 12 years of experience in programming and policy related to development, human rights, education, post-conflict and emergency relief, with a strong focus on partnerships and coordinating multi-stakeholder projects. He has worked and lived in the USA, Italy, Colombia, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, India and most recently was based in Haiti, as Deputy Coordinator for UNICEF, assisting in reconstruction efforts after the January 12th earthquake. He is currently a Senior Advisor for Policy and Outreach for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Advocacy Group for the Millennium Development Goals. Fluent in numerous Indian and Romance Languages, he also holds honors degrees in Philosophy, Economics and International Relations from New York University, Johns Hopkins University and The Bologna Center in Italy.
JALOUL AYED received his first piano at the age of 12, launching a lifetime of passion for music and the piano that has never dimmed. Now a composer recognized by the French Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM), his music is rooted in classical tradition, but seasoned with New Age influences. The first Ayed work presented to the public was his concerto for piano and orchestra, Touches of Life, which received its’ world premiere in May 2004 by the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra. Public performances of the symphony for piano and orchestra,Mogador, soon followed in Skhihrat and Casablanca in 2005, the National Theatre of Rabat in June 2007, and the Municipal Theatre of Tunis in May 2008. In 2009, his symphony Hannibal Barca was premiered in Casablanca and in January of 2012 was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in commemoration of the Tunisian Revolution. Mr. Ayed was the Minister of Finance of Tunisia just following the revolution. Outside of classical music, Mr. Ayed joined Citibank in 1980 where he spent 18 years. During his career with Citibank, he held various country management positions in the emerging countries of North Africa and the Middle East, and as Senior Banker with the Capital Markets Group at Citicorp International plc in London (1996-1998). In 1998 Mr. Ayed joined the BMCE Group as Head of the Investment Banking Division. He is the founder of BMCE Capital, the investment banking arm of BMCE, a leading investment bank in Morocco and in the region. He recently published a book entitled “Les Route des Jasmins” laying out a vision for the future of Tunisia.
Veronica Bulgari currently oversees special projects for Bulgari after having held managerial positions with the company’s jewelry and fragrance division since 1991. She is a graduate of Duke University where she earned her BA in Art History and Political Science and she received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1990. She served on the Trinity Board of Visitors at Duke University from 2002 to 2008 and is now on the board of the Piano Outreach of New York, an organization providing music scholarships. She also serves on the board of the American Foundation for the Courtauld Institute of Art. Ms. Bulgari is active with the Carnegie hall Notables which promotes classical music to younger audiences through the Weill Music Institute. Most recently, she has been a founder of the Washington Square Park Conservancy, a non profit organization with the mission of preserving and enhancing Washington Square Park in New York City. She is a collector of photography and contemporary art and has been involved in sponsoring several exhibits including Piranesi as Designer at the Cooper Hewitt and Luigi Ghirri at the Aperture Foundation. In the last 4 years, she has rekindled her love for piano playing and is currently studying with Sofya Melikian.
Radhi Meddeb (58) graduated as an Engineer from the “Ecole” Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines (Paris) in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He started his career at Gafsa Phosphates Company (1977-1982) then at Tunisian Saudi Investment and Development Company (1982-1987). He is the founder (1987) and the Chief Executive Officer of COMETE Group, Including COMETE Engineering, COMETE International, COMETE Real Estate, COMETE Engineering Libya branch and COMETE Engineering Algeria, active in the fields of engineering, consulting and real estate mainly in the Maghreb and African sub-Saharan countries. He is also the founder of Arab Leasing International Finance and Algerian Saudi Leasing, and acted as General Manager for both between 1987 and 2006. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the private equity fund Altermed Capital (VIVERIS group). He is also a Board member of BTK bank in Tunisia on behalf of BPCE (France) and member of its Permanent Audit Committee. He acted as a member of the Higher Statistics Council in Tunisia and as a board member of the Tunisian Central Bank. He is a member of the MENA Advisory Board with World Bank. He is the Chairman of the board of the Mediterranean Economic Prospective Institute (IPEMED), Paris, whose objective is to bring the two shores of the Mediterranean closer, via economy. He set up in 2011, ADS, an NGO aiming to identify and further help to implement a more inclusive economic and social program in Tunisia, giving to all Tunisians the opportunity to be active actors. This approach is focusing on Tunisia’s main values: modernity, openness, performance and solidarity.
David Rosensweig is a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s Asia corporate finance practice. He is based in Singapore where he works primarily with multinational technology and telecom companies in the region. Previously he focused on providing financing for technology companies, as a growth equity investor at Doughty Hanson and as a banker for technology companies at Goldman Sachs. He has traveled to over 50 countries and worked in at least 15 of them in Europe and Asia, a set of experience he draws upon in helping Kimball think through and plan a global tour. He brings the perspective of creating and operating a business across many countries and an appreciation for the detailed mechanics necessary to execute successfully. He is a passionate supporter of Kimball’s mission to revive salon culture around the world and in 2009 he and Kimball co-founded Cocktails and Counterpoints, a house concert series in New York featured by The Economist. A native of Washington DC, David attended the University of Pennsylvania where he studied engineering and history of technology. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. He enjoys elaborate searches for homes with a grand piano in tropical countries, eating (and cooking) great food, snorkeling and wildlife-watching.
Lisa Wang is a Programs and ETF trader at Deutsche Bank with a deep passion for the arts. She studied piano at the pre-college division of Juilliard and performed as the guest soloist with the Highlands Symphony Orchestra and Binghamton Community Orchestra. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Binghamton University, and an MBA from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Prior to business school, she was a research analyst at Gleacher Fund Advisors. She holds CPA and CFA designations. In her spare time, she enjoys hosting fundraising/musical events, mentoring high school students, volunteering at nursing homes, and traveling. Lisa is also an avid foodie and enjoys exploring restaurants.