Erick started his career in private banking, working at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He later moved to investment banking as a mergers and acquisition sell-side advisor for AG Edwards & Sons (now Wells Fargo), where he participated in transactions valued at over $1.2 billion. After investment banking, Erick joined Ernst & Young’s London consulting practice, where he advised buy-side private equity clients as they considered acquisition targets. Soon after, he was recruited by the Borealis Group to join as CFO of Latin American operations, leading the creation of multiple business units.
When the time was right, Erick started his entrepreneurial career in the world of financial intermediation as a founder of ComparaMejor.com, which leads the online insurance brokerage market in Colombia. In late 2013 Erick sold another of his tech-companies to the leading competitor in the space and migrated to the buy-side of transactions by founding NeWAY Capital. As Managing Partner of NeWAY, he is passionate about investing in liberty-enhancing opportunities that further human flourishing.
Titus is an entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in law. He is the CEO of Free Private Cities, Ltd., a company that provides traditional state services privately.
Previously, Titus founded several companies, including resources company Deutsche Rohstoff AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: DR0), for which he served as President & CEO until he retired in 2014. In that role, he directed oil & gas, base and precious metals exploration and development projects in Europe, Australia and North America, and founded German oil subsidiary Rhein Petroleum GmbH. He also served as Managing Director of resources company EurAsia Holding AG, and of Forstgarten Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co. KG, a family office that participated in venture capital and private equity activities.
Titus holds a Ph.D. in foreign public law and international law from the University of Heidelberg and a MBA from the University for Economy in Ludwigshafen / University of Lincoln, England. He has written and lectured widely on the topic of private governance and is currently writing a book on the subject.
Jeanne’s professional career began in marketing and this knowledge served as a building block for her future role and passion: investing in “tech” companies. She loves supporting growth and expansion stage companies – guiding teams on “go to market” strategies and helping entrepreneurs achieve top line revenue growth. Jeanne has been “all things technology” from early days in tech and worked for AT&T and Bell Laboratories gaining operating experience in a variety of product roles. That led to being recruited to Olivetti Ventures – a team in New York City where she earned her venture capital “chops” as an investing partner – serving on boards in many Silicon Valley and Boston-based companies. In 1999, she co-founded StarVest Partners and the team raised $400 million over two funds to invest in tech-enabled business services companies. Jeanne and the StarVest team invested in several leading companies in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud-based companies, data aggregation, e-Commerce companies and achieved top tier performance. Some notable team investments include: NetSuite (SaaS financial suite); Transactis (Payment platform); IRON Solutions (The Kelly Bluebook of the farm industry) and iCrossing (search engine optimization).
Jeanne is a fierce advocate where social justice meets economic opportunity. She supports women entrepreneurs seeking capital. She fights for the regulation and legalization of the cannabis industry and is highly active with The Arcview Group, mentoring companies, investing, and keynoting on the investment opportunity. Jeanne serves on the Board of Trustees of Astia, an organization that funds high-growth women-led companies and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the New York Hall of Science – a hands-on museum that introduces STEM learning to kids (and big kids too). Jeanne was honored for her work to promote STEM learning by the Hall and recently was honored as an MVP for the Arcview group for her work coaching and advising entrepreneurs. Jeanne holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. in law from Creighton University.
Michael is a legal and policy consultant who has helped develop special economic zone (SEZ) programs in over a dozen countries. Over the course of his career, clients in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa have relied on his advice to draft laws, establish administrative agencies, introduce investment climate reforms, structure public-private partnerships, and promote socially and environmentally responsible development projects. In addition to serving as director of NeWAY Consulting, he also founded the NGO Refugee Cities to apply his experience with special economic zone programs to expand opportunities for migrants so they can exercise their skills and vocations even while displaced.
Michael’s professional experience ranges from legal and policy consulting to real estate negotiation, and from organizational management to community engagement. Prior to joining NeWAY, Michael was the Managing Director of Locus Economica, a boutique SEZ consulting firm, and was a consultant with the World Bank, Legal Vice Presidency, specializing in urban law and development issues. Before that, he worked for the Public International Law and Policy Group, where he provided legal assistance to the governments of South Sudan, Georgia, and Yemen on a variety of matters.
Michael earned a J.D., summa cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law and an M.A. in International Politics from American University, School of International Service. His publications in legal journals cover the political economy of international trade and investment, comparative local government, “Charter Cities,” U.S. immigration law, and expropriation jurisprudence.
Michael is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a Senior Program Officer of WEPZA, a trade association of SEZ practitioners. He is also an active member of the New York State Bar Association and licensed to practice law in New York.
As the Director of NeWAY Ventures, Nick focuses on identifying top investment prospects, negotiating preferential deal terms, and educating investors to empower smart portfolio-building. Nick began his career developing and applying high-impact management and engineering solutions as a consultant for various clients within the Department of Defense. During that time, he also founded a small life-sciences startup, where he honed skills in product development and strategic direction.
He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with a second major in Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Robotics from Washington University in St. Louis. In his spare time, Nick is an avid sailor and pianist.
As Director of the NeWAY Cities division, César brings a deep understanding of policy and governance systems. He is a key architect of NeWAY’s economic reform model and currently manages a portfolio of projects in multiple countries across North America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
César previously founded and managed Alseus, a company that provided business development services to startups and asset management firms, and led the Spanish Libertarian Party in Madrid.
César is also a private investor with interests spanning multiple industries. He holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and is a licensed UEFA-A football coach.
Mark is Lead Economist at NeWAY. He works on the design and implementation of legal and regulatory systems for new jurisdictions. Prior to NeWAY Mark was completing his PhD in economics from George Mason University. His dissertation, written under Don Boudreaux, focused on the creation of legal systems for new cities to attract investment and boost economic growth. While in graduate school he consulted on several projects creating new jurisdictions.
Mark has written extensively on the development of new jurisdictions. He has been published by the Daily Caller, Fast Company, City A.M., the Freeman, and the PanAM Post. His work has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. He holds a B.S. in math from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Octavio joins NeWAY Cities after working in the financial services industry in Hong Kong and Brazil, where he later joined Grupo SolPanamby as a board member with executive rolls in its real estate, media and agriculture operations.
His interests lie in optimizing jurisdictional systems with discovery mechanisms to expedite the emergence of prosperity, catalyzed through adoption of new technologies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil.
Alexis joins NeWAY as an Operations Manager, having previously worked at Ashoka. Her background consists of all matters operational – finance, HR, legal, systems analysis – and IT project management.
She has been in the D.C. area for nearly four years, having moved from California, where she received her B.A. in a self-designed major incorporating anthropology from the University of the Pacific.
Alexis is originally from Canada and in her free time enjoys hockey and exploring with her dog.
Alexandra is NeWAY’s Executive Assistant.
She holds a degree in advertising and has worked as a brand ambassador and supervisor for brand ambassadors for British American Tobacco.
More recently, determined to make a career online, she joined Upwork to start working as a virtual assistant for different start ups and companies in the United States, Australia, Netherlands, Spain and India.
Shanker is the Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute, where he leads the Economics of Prosperity work which examines how countries can become more productive, and the role free trade—with open, competitive markets—plays in helping people of all incomes increase their prosperity. He is also Chairman of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission, which seeks to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations the UK faces in the wake of the decision to exit the EU.
Previously, Shanker was head of market access at Squire Sanders and Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities project at Babson Global. Currently, he is the CEO of Competere. Shanker has worked with governments and companies around the world on market opening and transition issues, including on the early privatisations of the UK electricity market, the former Soviet Union, the accession of Poland and Hungary to the EU, the transitions in Latin America after the apertura and the WTO accessions of a number of countries, including China and Russia.
In 1997, Shanker founded the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition as a way of promoting the notion of free trade, competitive markets and property rights protection around the world. A cleared advisor to the United States government on trade issues, he is also Non-Government Adviser to the International Competition Network. Shanker has also been a senior trade and economics adviser to a number of political candi- dates including Democratic Governors Lawton Chiles and Buddy McKay of Florida as well as Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He is the author of A General Theory of Trade and Competition: Trade Liberalisation and Competitive Markets (Cameron May Publishing, 2007).
Oliver Porter created and implemented the public-private partnership (PPP) government model for Sandy Springs, GA.—a city of 100,000 people near Atlanta. He has served as the principal advisor for many other new cities and for cities considering the conversion to the PPP model, both in the United States and Japan.
Oliver has authored several books on this subject, including Creating the New City of Sandy Springs, Public/Private Partnerships for Local Government, Public/Private Partnerships for Local Governments in Japan, The Sandy Springs Model, representing the U.S. in a compilation of PPP activities in 25 nations and The Contract Cities, an e-book published by the Universidad Francesco Marroquin in Guatemala. Oliver is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a widely demanded lecturer.
His background includes a career as Vice President of AT&T and previous positions in engineering, long range planning and finance. He holds a MBA from Georgia State University.
Tom represents Gale International as a Senior Strategic Advisor, providing thought leadership and executive guidance on select corporate initiatives. He advocates on behalf of the company on topics relevant to smart, sustainable city-scale development, urban transformation and urban tech.
Previously, Tom served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Gale International, providing strategic oversight for all corporate and project communications programs. Tom also served as the Global Foreign Investment Officer of Songdo IBD, the $35-billion, 1,500 acre smart, sustainable city rising in Incheon, South Korea. Tom’s team was tasked to bring investors and multinational enterprises to the now thriving city of more than 50,000 residents and 1,500 new businesses. Prior to joining Gale International, Tom was a founding partner of a New York City-based, integrated marketing services firm.
Tom has been a guest lecturer on urban transformation at Columbia, Cornell, MIT, NYU and Yale University. Recent media contributions include Bloomberg, the Times of London and Fast Company CoExist. He has been a featured speaker/panelist at the Airport Cities Conference (Qingdao), Cityquest (Saudi Arabia), the New Cities Summit (Montreal) and Greenbuild (Los Angeles).
Professor Tom W. Bell earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1993, then practiced law in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. before serving as a policy director at the Cato Institute.
In 1998, he joined the faculty of Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, where he teaches all of the first-year common law courses and electives in high-tech and intellectual property law.
Bell has published papers on copyright, Internet law, polycentric law, prediction markets, and the Third Amendment (the one about quartering troops). His books include “Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good” (Mercatus, 2014) and “Your Next Government? From the Nation State to Stateless Nations” (Cambridge University Press, in press). Through Archimediate LLC, Bell advises companies developing special economic zones on the design of their legal systems.
Jonathan is Co-Founder & President of Thumbtack, a marketplace for local services. Under his leadership, Thumbtack has built a team of 500+ US and 1000+ global employees, and achieved a marketplace volume of $1B+.
Previously, Jonathan was a White House staffer focused on economic policy. He worked in the West Wing during the financial crisis and created market reports for the President and his economic advisers.
Jonathan studied Ethics, Politics, and Economics at Yale University and currently lives in San Francisco with his partner Katherine Krug (Founder of BetterBack). He loves exploring the world and impactful ideas, and is grateful to be on our pale blue dot.
Mark Frazier is cofounder and president of Openworld, a US-based nonprofit group that specializes in land value appreciation as a means of privately funding public goods. He has worked in 50+ countries over the past three decades on pre-investment studies and policy reforms for free economic zones, information technology parks, and free market initiatives in education. Earlier in his career, he was publisher and managing editor of Reason Magazine.
Mark is a graduate of Harvard University and a former Visiting Fellow of the Lehrman Institute, where he researched transfers of municipal services to civil society organizations.
Joel is an entrepreneur and a legislator. He currently represents District 58 in Madison County, including the cities of Madison and Ridgeland, in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
In 2003, Joel founded the Bomgar Corporation, a software company located in Madison County, Mississippi, to offer a remote support solution that allows support technicians to remotely connect to end-user systems through firewalls from their computer or mobile device. Since the company’s inception, Bomgar Corporation has grown to serve over 10,000 customers in all 50 states and more than 65 countries internationally, including numerous global deployments and enterprise customers listed on the Fortune 1000, Fortune 500, and Global 2000. Bomgar, which was named the #1 provider of enterprise clientless remote support software in 2012 by top analyst firm IDC, has now more than 300 employees worldwide, and regional offices in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Frankfurt, London, Paris, and Singapore.
Previously, Joel completed a 6-year enlistment as a traditional guardsman in the Mississippi Air National Guard, earning the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Joel graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in business administration from Belhaven University.