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Devin Biogones
Devin Bigoness
Executive Director, Cornell Executive Education
Cornell University College of Business
130 East Seneca Street, Suite 520
Ithaca, NY 14850
Office: (607) 254-3509
E-mail: dbigoness@cornell.edu

As Executive Director for Executive Education at the Johnson School at Cornell University, Devin is responsible for the design, development and strategy for the growth and success of non-degree executive education offerings including both customized and open-enrollment programs.

Prior to joining Johnson in February 2013, he served as a Project Director for Duke Corporate Education based in New York and previously London as part of the organization’s joint venture with the London School of Economics since 2008. Devin facilitated the design and development of customized executive education programs including client relationship management, program design and deliveries, business development, budget creation and implementation, supplier engagement, and overall project leadership. Devin has also served as a classroom facilitator on global programs focused on leadership, brand management and communications.

With Duke CE, Devin worked globally on programs focused on leadership, innovation, marketing, strategy and development for clients including IBM, Google, Norwegian Shipowner’s Association, Honeywell, HSBC, Ingersoll Rand, and The Home Depot. He has worked in more than a dozen countries including the United States, China, Singapore, India, Germany, Norway, France, Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Ecuador and the United Kingdom.

He is particularly interested in the leadership lessons that executives can learn from the sports environment. With this interest, Devin has written numerous “Business Lessons from Sports” articles for Forbes.com and The Globe and Mail newspaper (Canada) with his co-author, Karl Moore from McGill University.

Devin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Communications. Devin lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife, Celia; son, Cullen and daughter, Charlotte. He has dual citizenship between the Republic of Ireland and the United States. Outside of work, he is an avid golfer and traveler.

Erik Michielsen
Erik Michielsen
Regional Director, North America
Cornell Executive Education
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
New York, NY
Mobile: (917) 327 0123
E-mail: emichielsen@cornell.edu

As Regional Director in North America for Cornell Executive Education, Erik is responsible for the design, development and delivery of customized executive education programs in the region. This includes working in the US, Canada and Mexico as well as other strategic international markets on designing and delivering education solutions for clients and also new business development activities. He is based in New York City, linking him to Cornell’s expanding operations and innovation solutions on that campus.

Prior to joining Cornell in October 2015, Erik spent the past six years as Founder and CEO of education startup Capture Your Flag, where he developed virtual mentoring and knowledge-sharing programs for early- to mid-career professionals. Grounded in a six-year longitudinal study of documentary film interviews with rising leaders in various industries, Erik’s work has given him a deep understanding of core themes driving professional growth.

Prior to Capture Your Flag, Erik led global sales and business development for ABI Research, a boutique technology research firm. He started his career consulting at Accenture before joining Excite@Home to work in sales.

Erik earned an MBA from Duke University and a BA from the University of Michigan. He is an advisory board member at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a board member at Kilifi Kids, a Kenya-based non-profit delivering mobile health care services. He loves running marathons, hosting dinner parties for friends, and adventuring near and far with his wife Debbie.

Oto M Alvares
Oto M Alvares
Regional Director, South America
Cornell Executive Education
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
E-mail: oma24@cornell.edu

As Regional Director – South America for Executive Education at the Johnson School at Cornell University, Oto is responsible for the design, development and strategy for the growth and success of non-degree executive education offerings including both customized and open-enrollment programs. This includes designing and delivering new and existing solution offerings, new business development in South America, financial forecasting and formulating strategic plans for the business.

Prior to joining Johnson in January 2014, Oto served as a Business Development Executive Manager for the Euvaldo Lodi Institute at the National Confederation of Industry – CNI/IEL since early 2009. He was responsible for organizing executive education programs in partnership with many business schools around the world –Wharton, Stanford, Duke, INSEAD, McGill, Steinbeis, which included design and development, planning, coordination, and successful execution of national client programs, and serving as a connection between companies, schools, faculty and staff to ensure an unique delivery. He also worked with Harvard, Cambridge - UK and HEC Paris on the Business School for the Industry School project.

Oto has earned the Certificate of Professional Development from The Wharton School; MBA at the University of Central Oklahoma – UCO; Postgraduate in Accounting from Getulio Vargas Foundation - FGV, and Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Brasília - UnB. Oto has taken Executive Education courses with emphasis in leadership, strategy, innovation and management at The Wharton School, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, DUKE CE, INSEAD – France and Singapore, London School of Economics, McGill University, Steinbeis. In Brazil, he has completed the Leaders Formation Program for Industry System by Dom Cabral Foundation, the Leadership Training and Executive Coaching by Dale Carnegie, and the Senior APG by Amana-Key.

Catherine Perkins
Catherine Perkins
Program Manager, Cornell Executive Education
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
130 East Seneca Street; Suite 520
Ithaca, New York 14853
Office: (607) 255-5899
E-mail: cp227@cornell.edu

Mesa R. Mayton
Mesa R. Mayton
Program Manager, Cornell Executive Education
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
130 East Seneca Street; Suite 520
Ithaca, New York 14853
Office: (607) 255-6715
Fax: (607) 255-0018
E-mail: mrm47@cornell.edu

James E. Bender
Administrative Assistant, Program Support
Cornell Executive Education
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
130 East Seneca Street; Suite 520
Ithaca, New York 14853
Office: (607) 254-6208
E-mail: jeb484@cornell.edu