Advisory Group

Mark Bissell

Mark Bissell, MBA ’82

Chairman & CEO, Bissell Homecare, Inc.

Mr. Mark J. Bissell serves as the President of Bissell Homecare, Inc. He also serves as the Executive Officer at Bissell West Coast DC Leasing, LLC. In addition to these senior corporate appointments, he serves as the Chairman of the Board at Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), and as a Director of Business Leaders for Michigan.

Prior to joining Bissell, Mark joined JP Morgan after completing his MBA at Johnson, and then moved to Chase Manhattan in a middle market group. In his banking experience, Mark focused on leveraged buyouts and performed analyses on a wide range of companies. He learned how to create value through acquisitions and divestitures, and he used this knowledge after joining Bissell Inc.

Nell Cady-Krusel

Nell Cady-Kruse, BS '84, MBA '85

President, Cady-Kruse Family Office

Nell Cady-Kruse was most recently a senior global executive at Standard Chartered Bank. She was the Chief Risk Officer, Wholesale Banking in 2011 and 2012, based in Singapore. She retired from financial services in August 2014 and is currently living in Chicago.

Nell has 30 years of banking experience in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Fifteen years was spent with Bankers Trust Company where she started with the Leveraged Buyout Group in New York and worked through various positions in leveraged finance, high yield bonds, private equity, portfolio management and risk.

After a stint as CFO of an Internet company during the dotcom bubble, Nell went on to spend 9 years with Credit Suisse. In 2002 she joined in London and became the Head of Credit Risk Management for Europe, Middle East & Africa. In 2005 Nell became the Chief Risk Officer for the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong. In this role she was responsible for Credit, Market and Operational Risk in Investment Banking, Private Banking, and Asset Management.

Nell is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Chicago. She serves as member of the Cornell Alumni Council, the President’s Council of Cornell Women and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell Advisory Council, where she chaired the Global Committee.

Nell received her MBA from Johnson at Cornell in 1985. She received her B.S. with Honors in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.

Roberto Cañizares, BS '71, MBA '74

Ex-President, MSA International

Roberto Cañizares M. (Rob) retired at the end of 2011 from the position of President, MSA International.  He joined Mine Safety Appliances (MSA, a NYSE traded company) in January 2003 and moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his tenure, MSA rapidly expanded its global presence and now has over 40 operating companies outside the United States, accounting for more than 55% of  the company’s business.   

Before joining MSA, Rob’s career included 27 years at Trane, the air conditioning company of American Standard, where his early career developed in product and marketing management, distribution logistics, sales management, and strategic planning.  Under his leadership, Trane built a half billion dollar business with integrated operations with seven manufacturing plants in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including two in China.  He became Trane’s Senior VP of International Applied Systems in 1997 and moved to the Netherlands as Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Service Group in 1999.

Rob was educated at Cornell University where he earned an undergraduate degree in engineering and applied physics (BS’71) and a master's degree in business administration (MBA’74).  Selected for a scholarship in the Louvain–Cornell exchange program, he also earned a master's degree in applied economics from Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (1973).

Rustom Desai

Rustom Desai, MBA ’95

CEO, Corning India

Rustom Desai is currently Managing Director Corning India and Telecom Operations. In this role, Rustom is tasked with building Corning’s presence in India’s fast growing Telecom sector. He leads the deployment of Corning’s commercial market entry strategy for its Telecom products, and the build of its first-ever fully owned manufacturing facility in India.

Prior to this role, Rustom was responsible for worldwide product line management for Corning’s largest (LCD) business and was based in Taiwan. Rustom joined Corning in 1995 and has held a variety of general management, sales, marketing and M&A roles during this period. In addition to India and Taiwan, Rustom has worked and lived in the United States and China.

Rustom has a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.

Paul Galant

Paul Galant, BS '90

CEO, VeriFone

Paul Galant is Chief Executive Officer of VeriFone and a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining VeriFone, Paul served as the CEO of Citigroup Inc.’s Enterprise Payments business since 2010. In this role, he developed innovative digital payments services for Citi’s institutional and government clients, enabling them to expand into growth markets and helping them to meet their consumers’ current and future needs for secure mobile payments and commerce.  

Before that, from 2009, Paul served as CEO of Citi Cards, heading Citigroup’s North American and International Consumer Credit Cards business during a period of dramatic change in the industry and positioned it for growth.  Citi’s global credit card business is a market leader and provides credit and payments instruments for consumers and institutions in 50 countries across six continents.

Earlier, from 2007, Paul was CEO of Citi Transaction Services, establishing the business as a core growth engine for Citi and expanding it into new product lines and markets serving Citi’s largest institutional and government clients.  Transaction Services, a division of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group, is one of Citi’s publicly reported business lines, offering award winning and industry leading Treasury and Trade Solutions, and Securities and Fund Services capabilities to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and investment advisors in 100+ countries.

Before this, Paul was Global Head of eCommerce and Market Data Strategy for Citi Corporate and Investment Banking.  Paul and his team set strategic direction and executed eCommerce initiatives, set market data strategy, and developed global agreements.

Previous positions before joining Citi were with Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette as Global Head of eCommerce and Head of Financial Engineering within Debt Capital Markets; with both Smith Barney and Credit Suisse heading Financial Engineering Divisions; and as President and Founder of BTP Information Services, Inc.

Paul holds a B.S. from Cornell University where he graduated a Phillip Merrill Scholar.  He has served as Chairman of the NY Federal Reserve Bank Payments Risk Committee, Chairman of The Clearing House Secure Digital Payments LLC, and is an Executive Member on the NY Weill Cornell Medical Center Council.  He was featured in Institutional Investor’s “Online 40” (2010, 2008), Crain’s New York Business as a member of its “40 Under 40” (2006), Global Finance as a member of their “Who’s Who in Treasury and Cash Management” (2006) and by CNBC as a “Young Gun” in its “Five Under 40” profile (2006).

Mario Garnero

Mario Garnero

Chairman, Brasilinvest Group

Mario Garnero is principal shareholder of the Brasilinvest Group. A lawyer by training, he is President of Jurisul – the Interamerican Institute for Juridical Studies on Mercosur, President of Fórum das Américas, and of the United Nations Association-Brazil. After becoming Director of Volkswagen do Brasil in 1979, Garnero chaired the National Automakers Association and subsequently chaired the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI).

As the Chairman of NEC do Brasil in the beginning of the ’90s, Garnero was the pioneer in bringing mobile phone technology to Brazil. Garnero created the Fórum das Américas, Brazil’s pioneer “think-tank” on democracy and regional economic integration, and as a result, was chosen “Person of the Year” by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in the 1980s.

In 1998, following a meeting in New York between Mario Garnero and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the United Nations Association-Brazil was created, of which he became Chairman. In 1979, he held the position of Director for Industrial Relations of Volkswagen do Brasil and was subsequently appointed President of the National Association of Automotive Vehicle Manufacturers (ANFAVEA). Garnero visualized the car empowered by ethanol as the only solution for the ongoing fuel crisis and took the first step for its implementation on a national scale. He is remembered as the father of ethanol cars.

Garnero is the author of several publications, including his most recent book, JK, The Courage of Ambition. He obtained his law degree from the Catholic University of São Paulo.

Paul Kavuma

Paul Kavuma, MBA '93

Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Principal Partners

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst and serves as a member of the Catalyst Investment Committee. Paul has more than 20 years of management consulting, entrepreneurial, investment banking and private equity experience. He was previously a Director and Head of East Africa Private Equity at Actis Capital LLP in London and Nairobi, where he managed a significant and diverse regional investment portfolio. Before Actis, he worked at HSBC Investment Bank in London and Johannesburg where he led several high profile merger and acquisition transactions across Africa.

Previously, he was Founder and CFO of Virtua Café, a hi-tech entertainment and retail business in Miami, and served as a Senior Consultant at PWC in Washington DC, and as Project Officer at the East Africa Development Bank in Kampala.

Paul is an Executive Committee Member of the Young Presidents Organization and a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative East Africa Foundation (member of Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network). He is also a member of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association Frontier Markets Council.  Paul has held directorships for leading financial institutions and property companies across Eastern Africa.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Business at Cornell University.

Felipe Garza Medina

Felipe Garza Medina, MBA ’80

President PTA Business, Alpek (Alfa Group)

Mr. Felipe de Jesus Garza Medina serves as President of PTA Business Division of Alpek SAB de CV. He has held his current post since 2008. He joined Alfa in 1977. In the past, he acted as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Indelpro and Galvacero.

He graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Stanford University, and holds a Masters Degree in Administration from the Cornell University.

Georges Ugeux

Georges Ugeux

Chairman & CEO, Galileo Global Advisors

A lawyer and economist by training, Georges Ugeux has focused his entire 30 year career on the global dimensions of business, government and finance. He has a deep understanding of the cultural dimension of negotiations, networks and partnerships.

Georges began his career in commercial banking at Societe Generale de Banque (now Fortis Bank), where he became the General Manager of the investment banking and trust division. He later served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisitions department, as well as Group Finance Director at Societe Generale de Belgique, a Belgian conglomerate. In 1992, he became President and Managing Director of Kidder, Peabody Europe. He was also a member of the European Corporate Executive Council of General Electric. He was President of the European investment Fund, a public private partnership financing infrastructure and SME projects owned by the European Investment Bank, the European Community and 77 European banks.

For seven years Georges immersed himself in the global equity markets by heading the International Group of the New York Stock Exchange, bringing over 300 non-US companies, valued at $ 2.7 trillion, to the US market. He is a frequent public speaker and educator on global issues (at the College of Europe in Bruges and Harvard Law School).

Georges Ugeux holds a Doctorate in Law and is Licentiate in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain. He chairs and sits on Boards of numerous transatlantic organizations.

Significant Financial Supporters

In addition to our corporate partners, the Emerging Markets Institute would also like to recognize the significant financial support of the following individuals.

Their contributions have enabled us to fund operations, provide grants for faculty, and facilitate programs for students:

(in alphabetical order)

  • Mark Bissell, MBA ’82
  • Nell Cady-Kruse, BS ’84, MBA ’85
  • Rob Canizares, BS ’71, MBA ’74
  • Peter Luerrsen, MBA ’87
  • James Morgan, BS ’60, MBA ‘63
  • Bob Staley BME ’58, MBA ‘59 
  • Al Suter, BME ’58, MBA’59

Additional funds are being sought and contributions are always welcome.  For giving information, please contact Lourdes Casanova, Academic Director at


Damian T. Kearney, MBA '15

“EMI funding enabled me to take an internship in international development consulting in the Philippines. I worked in a rigorous environment, with clients dedicated to assisting victims of disaster relief. ”

- Damian T. Kearney, MBA '15
EMI Fellow