UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


New International Board of Advisors builds on School’s history of creating new business models


The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has created a new International Board of Advisors (BOA).

The alumni on the new board will advise the dean as the School expands its ongoing work with the global business community.

The board is made up of 23 UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni living in 17 different countries. They will meet virtually two to three times a year. The board met virtually on April 29 and May 12.

James W. Dean Jr., dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler, said that the board will build on the School’s history of creating new models of global education and collaborating with business worldwide.

"These leaders navigate international business issues on a daily basis, and they are uniquely positioned to work with the School as we deepen our ongoing focus on globalization," Dean noted. "In addition to our virtual meetings, I will travel to Europe, India, Asia and Latin America to grow our interaction with these alumni and other leaders of companies in business centers around the world."

Jeff Tucker (MBA ’00) is director of Century Bridge Capital in China and a member of the School’s Alumni Council and BOA. He noted that international alumni are a valuable resource for the School.

"The creation of the BOA allows us to benefit from the local knowledge, resources and perspectives of our alumni around the world and, in turn, dramatically extend the UNC Kenan-Flagler brand for recruiting, placement and development," Tucker said.

Julio Cesar Frem Bestani (MBA ’00) is a member of the new board. Bestani is also CEO of Agrifirma Brazil. He noted that the BOA will allow the school to continue to expand its influence on the world’s business community.

"The International BOA is only one of the features of the dean’s committed strategy to position the school globally, which can only be done successfully by bringing in the impressions and experience from its existing network of proud and thankful alumni around the world," Bestani noted.

The members of the new International Board of Advisors are:

  • Atul Aggarwal, director of Sterling Tools in New Delhi
  • Gagan Bakshi, director of M&A of Interglobe Enterprises in New Delhi
  • Ignasi Vivas Ballabriga, managing director of Europe for American Medical Systems in Breukelen
  • Claudio Barreto, head of planning for Nitro Ltd in Sao Paolo
  • Julio Cesar Frem Bestani, CEO of Agrifirma Brazil in Buenos Aires
  • Charles Blocker Jr., business development director of InVision Hospitality in Thailand and Vietnam
  • C. Anthony Boon, director of project finance with Dolphin Energy, LTD in Abu Dhabi
  • Don-Ho Chien, senior associate of Century Bridge Capital in Beijing
  • Todd Dunivant, head of regional banks/research for Asia/Pacific for HSBC Limited in Hong Kong
  • Cesar Elizondo with the Capital Electronic Exchange in Mexico
  • Mick Hawk, president of Bonton in Prague
  • David Hicks, founder and CEO of SpaceMaker in London
  • Rolf Hoffman, senior vice president of Amgen International in Switzerland
  • Ron Martin, vice president with Asia Pacific Emerson Systems and Solutions in Singapore
  • Toqueer Nawaz, CEO of Trigen Pharma in Karachi
  • Hirotaka Ogawa, general manager of Kimberly-Clark Healthcare in Tokyo
  • Sunil Parikh, associate director of Collabrant Incubators in Mumbai
  • Mark Scullion, associate director with Quintiles in Durham
  • T.J. Singla in India
  • Jeff Tucker, director of Century Bridge Capital in China
  • Luiz Ulrich, country manager of Peru and Bolivia at General Motors in Santiago
  • Laura Voglino, vice president of growth markets at IBM in Shanghai
  • Achim von Klitzing, group vice president and general counsel of DeWAG Management GmbH in Stuttgart