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Dr. George Mentz, JD, MBA, AMC, CWM
is a licensed attorney and holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree (Latin JD) and an MBA in tax and financial services. Mentz is a bestselling author of several revolutionary books. Formerly, Mentz was a Senior Wealth Manager at a major Wall Street Firm. Prof. Mentz is the author of 20 books and has been featured or quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Hindu National, El Norte Latin America, Reuters, the Financial Times, The China Daily, & The Arab Times. Dr. Mentz, as a professor, has taught over 250 graduate and undergraduate, law and business courses at accredited programs, has won several awards for teaching excellence, and has earned various financial licenses, registrations and certifications from regulatory authorities. Prof. Mentz has established financial standards centers in over a dozen Countries around the world including USA, Latin America, Singapore, Bahamas, Arabia, EU, India, Africa, Asia, and The Bahamas. Prof. Mentz presently serves on the Advisory Board of the ACCE Association of Chartered Economists, The Indian Institute of Financial Management, The China Wealth Management Council, the Arab Leagues/Arab Academy of Financial and Banking Sciences Standard Board, and the LatinoAmericano Capitulo for Finance Executives, and has served as an advisor to the Global Finance Forum in Switzerland. His books addressing law, tax, management, operations, and compliance, include Wealth Management – A Treatise and Guide for the Wealthy, Investment Management Strategy and Policy, Trust and Estates Management and Regulation, Fundamentals of US Economics and Markets Basics on Investing, Financial Markets and Financial Planning, Project Management – Executive Summary for the Financial Industry, Anti Money Laundering Laws and Regulation, and Financial Planning Treatise Fundamentals. Mentz has consulted directly with agencies and departments the US Government, China Government, Brazil Government, UAE, and the United Nations to raise standards in the world of management and finance. Mentz is a chartered and accredited management consultant.
Prof Mentz is the Wealth Management and Investment Management graduate law school faculty Coordinator for Wealth and Investment Management Specialization, Professional Designations for the Diamond Graduate Law Program in finance and international tax with the Thomas Jefferson School of Law http://llmprogram.tjsl.edu.
James Lavorgna, JD, LLM, CWM, CFP
is the President & CEO of Forsyth Wealth Management, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser and Business Services International, Inc., an international tax and wealth management advisory company. Business Services International, Inc. also provides wealth management instructional courses for the American Academy of Financial Management and the Royal Society of Fellows. Starting in the financial services industry in 1976, Mr. Lavorgna has provided extensive financial and estate planning services to professional athletes, high net worth individuals and business owners. He also works with non-profit organizations and clients that have an interest in charitable giving, family wealth planning, and asset protection. Mr. Lavorgna was an adjunct professor for investments and financial planning at Sussex County Community College during the 1980’s and currently teaches accounting, computerized accounting and business law, a course he developed for the Patrick Henry Community College distance-learning program. He was a thesis promoter and teaches international tax credits as an adjunct professor for St. Thomas University School of Law Masters of Laws Graduate International Taxation program. He now teaches as an adjunct professor for the Diamond Graduate International Tax Program at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He is also a Certified Instructor for the American Academy of Financial Management and currently teaches the Chartered Wealth Manager and Chartered Trust and Estate Planner designation courses. Mr. Lavorgna has been a financial planning radio talk-show guest, an international public speaker (recently speaking in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Barbados), has been quoted in trade publications, and has independently published numerous articles. He has written the Anguilla Chapter for the Offshore Financial Centers Database for Richmond Publishing, London and is currently completing a book on financial planning and investing called Educated Investing. He also writes articles for ProducersWeb.com, a web magazine for professional financial advisors with a membership of over three hundred thousand. He is listed in the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals 2001-2002 edition and has been listed in the 2005-2006 “Guide to America’s Best Financial Planners” published by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.
Dr. Robert Munro
is the author of twenty-three published books including the five-volume Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture And International Financial Crimes and the three-volume Cybercrime And Security. A tenured law librarian at University of Florida College of Law, Dr. Munro is the Co-Director of the Center for International Financial Crimes Studies and a Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research for North America of CIDOEC at Jesus College, Cambridge University. His expertise is concentrated on International Financial Crimes, Organized Crime and Intelligence Analysis and he has addressed audiences at Cambridge University, the University of Florida, the University of London, the CIA and the U.S. State Department. He has also created, organized and chaired over 20 conferences on these topics in Miami, Aruba, Curacao, the Bahamas, Washington, D.C., New York City and San Francisco. He is a Barrister and an Attorney at Law.
Phillips G. Gay, Jr.
annually provides the AML training for 30 of the 50 state banking associations, as well as speaking at several national and regional banking association events. Moreover, he trains bank associations on bank security. He was a Senior Vice President at the Commercial Bank of Florida, in Miami, and President of the Compliance Advisory Service in Coral Springs. Before this, he managed the Compliance/Community Reinvestment Act programs for the Bank of North America, and for First Union Corporation. He is a founding partner and senior advisor of the Paragon Compliance Group. Phil attended the University of Alabama and Florida State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Management and Business Administration. He is a High Honors graduate of the School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin and National Graduate Compliance School and has served on their faculties. He holds the designations of Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager, Certified Risk Professional, and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
Dr. Knut Olsen
Head of Global Tax & Legal for a Nordin based multinational corporation with responsibility for 80 countries of operation, overseeing over 100 subsidiaries. He was formerly a tax and VAT inspector in Norway, has 25 years experience within taxation. For 4 years he was a lecturer at the Directorate of Taxes for County Tax Inspectors, where he had the sole responsibility for the tax syllabus for the 2nd year students. He was also lecturing at the Norwegian School of Management, Ostfold Regional College and Oslo Advanced College. He is engaged as an international tax course supervisor by PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he gives lectures for the tax lawyers. His Ph.D. subject is within international petroleum taxation / tax treaties. He fulfilled a LLM and a certificate in international taxation at St. Thomas University, Miami in 2003. He is also authorized as a legal services provider, equivalent to a chartered tax advisor, and as an authorized account. Furthermore, he has Special Subject Examination in Tax Law and 3 years of examination of law.
Rob Bloink Esq.
started his career as a litigator for the IRS. In his governmental capacity, Mr. Bloink became recognized as an expert in the taxation of financial structured products. Mr. Bloink’s core competencies led to his involvement in prosecuting some of the biggest corporate tax shelters in the history or our country. Since leaving government service, Mr. Bloink has long been in constant demand as an advisor to America’s wealthiest families, private equity groups, hedge funds, and banking institutions.
Richard Duke Esq.
has four times been elected by his peers to list of "Top 100 Attorneys" in the U.S., Worth magazine, December 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He received his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law, Walter H. Diamond and Dorothy B. Diamond Graduate Law Program in International Tax and Financial Services, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (formerly teaching at the Diamond & Diamond Program at St. Thomas University School of Law, International Taxation (LL.M.) Program, Miami, Florida (2000-2007)); Professor of Law at Aristotle University College of Law, Carlsbad, California; and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (International Tax and Asset Protection Planning) (1983-1999). Member and Distinguished Fellow of The Royal Society of Fellows (RSOF); Member: International Tax Planning Association; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); International Bar Association (Section on Business Law; Committee on Taxes); Inter-American Bar Association; Tax Section of the American Bar Association; Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association (Committee on Asset Protection Planning); International Law and Practice Section of the American Bar Association (Committees on International Taxation and International Property, Estate & Trust Law, International Private Client Group); The Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Tax Section, and International Law Section); Alabama State Bar (Tax Section). Co-author updating the six-volume set of books titled International Trust Laws and Analysis, Kluwer Law International; Author: Chapters, Tax Compliance and Reporting For Offshore Trusts and Uses of Foreign Life Insurance in International Estate Planning, Asset Protection Strategies: Planning with Domestic and Offshore Entities (The American Bar Association); contributing editor to Offshore Investment magazine, authoring the monthly feature "Dubai Digest"; Use of Trusts by U. S. Citizens in International Tax Planning, Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions, Kluwer Law International; and co-author of Controlled Foreign Corporation Guide; author of the U.S. chapter for Global E-Business Law and Taxation (in the process of being published by Oxford University Press); co-author Legal Ways to Save Taxes, Offshore Tax Strategies, and Offshore Tax Boot Camp Manual, Second Edition, Research Press, Inc. (Prairie Village, Kansas); and co-author of U.S. Tax Reporting Guide for Foreign Trusts, which is being published by Research Press, Inc. (Prairie Village, Kansas).
Dr. G. L. Salis Esq.
is currently Principal Income Tax Analyst (International) at Vertex, Inc., which is one of the largest international tax software companies in the world. He is also Adjunct Professor of Economics at Webster University's MBA program, in Florida. Prior to his position at Vertex, he was engaged as international tax and economic advisor and consultant to various firms such as the St. Abbeys Group, (UK), The Quantum Group, LLC, JurisConsults International Group, LLC, The Scottish Rite Foundation, Inc., to name a few. From 1996 - 2005, he served as the Program Director for the Legal Studies Department at Keiser University, having designed and revised the Department's curricula several times during his tenure. He also served as Dean of academic Affairs of the Lakeland Campus of Keiser University from 1999 until 2002. He has taught Economics, Law, Business and International Trade related courses at several colleges in the US and abroad at the graduate and undergraduate level, and he is frequently a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities in the US, UK, and Europe. He is the author of two books on international law and policy, as well as numerous articles related to international economic law, taxation, global investments, trade, and compliance for various professional journals and trade magazines. A frequent speaker in the international conference circuit in the areas of international trade, tax and economic law, Dr. Salis was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award twice at Franklin Pierce College, in New Hampshire, with other nominations later at New England College, Rollins College, and at Keiser University, Florida. He is a Distinguished Fellow in the Royal Society of Fellows, an international society of lawyers, bankers, and investment, compliance and tax professionals from around the globe and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM), where he is a member of its Board of Standards. From 2003- 2005, he also served as Director of the Global Wealth Commission for the AAFM. Dr. Salis earned his Ph.D. in International & Comparative Law & Economic Policy, from The Union Institute & University, a Master of Laws in International Taxation from St. Thomas University School of Law, in Miami and a Post- Graduate Diploma in European & International Tax Law, from Robert Kennedy College's Graduate School of Law, in Zurich, Switzerland. He received his law degree with Honours, from the Honours Law programme at the University of Wolverhampton Law School in England, the Specialist Diploma in European Union Law from Holborn College London and Oxford University (UODLE). In 1988, he obtained a Master of Arts in Legal and Ethical Studies, from The University of Baltimore. He earned Bachelors degrees in Economics and Political Science (dual major) with Honors, from The University of the State of New York, Albany, and another in Philosophy and Humanities from Barry University, in Miami Shores. He is active in the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, and the American Society of International Law, among other international organizations.
Internet Law Expert
George Mentz is the Founder of the Institute of Certified E-Commerce Consultants in the late 1990s. The CEC Institute is the first vendor neutral e-Business Management Certification in the USA. Since 1998, Mentz has been teaching e-Business Technologies, E-Markeing, Internet Marketing, e-Business and Media Law. Mentz's articles on internet marketing and recruiting have been published in the top three college admissions journals. Mentz was formerly a member of the advisory board of the World E-Commerce Forum and the Global Finance Forum in Switzerland. The CEC ™ Certification is available to graduates of the law school courses in e-business. Mentz also created the Project Management certification programs and books for e-Business Managers. In his book, E-Business MBA Guide for CEOs, he stresses legal entity issues, intellectual property, trademark, and copyright law. Mentz has led major federal litigation in the area of internet law. On the international level with regard to prosecuting offenders Mentz has also engaged in successful federal lawsuits asserting jurisdiction and venue over foreign offenders, dealt with offshore offenders on issues of copyrights, trademarks, consumer protection, domain disputes, disputes over social media accounts and more.
Financial Analyst Training Specialist and IFRS
Dr. Joel M. DiCicco, Ph.D., AFA®, CPA, PFS, CFF, CHE, CWM®
Dr. DiCicco has more than 25 years of practitioner experience in the areas of finance, taxation and accounting. While he gained much of his expertise in the valuation, tax treatment and structure of sophisticated financial instruments from his tenure with the IRS Financial Products Specialists division, his history includes work for the National Futures Association, Republic National Bank, and Security Pacific Merchant Bank. Currently, Dr. DiCicco is an adjunct Professor for Florida Atlantic University’s Executive MBA program and the Managing Partner at the DiCicco Financial Products Institute, LLC, providing training in all areas of finance, accounting, and economics. Additionally, he conducts certification programs for the American Academy of Financial Management, as well preparation courses for both the Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Analyst exams. Dr. DiCicco was twice invited to speak before Senate Finance Committee staffers on hedge funds and other emerging financial products issues. He was the Lead Instructor for all levels of the IRS Financial Products and International Taxation courses and taught numerous seminars for the IRS on topics such as Embedded Options, International Accounting, and Hedge Funds. In addition, he spoke in a variety of venues on a myriad of financial topics, including monetizations, financial synthetics, hedge funds, and fair value accounting, just to name a few. Dr. DiCicco earned his PhD in Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in public budgeting and finance and special emphasis on tax policy and structured financial products. He also holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Manhattan College and a Master of Science in Taxation from Florida International University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the states of New York and Florida. In addition, Dr. DiCicco is a Personal Financial Specialist and Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Lastly, Dr. DiCicco is a member of the American Academy of Financial Management and holds the Certified Chartered Economist and Chartered Wealth Management certifications.
Dr. Tefera Tibebu Beyene, CWM®, Ch.E.
has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of management, accounting, finance, and taxation. He has Corporate, Government, and Oversees experience. Most of his tax accounting; tax treatment and structure of sophisticated financial instruments experience gained from his tenure with the State of Illinois Department of Revenue and with the IRS Financial Products Specialists division. Dr. Beyene is an adjunct Professor for many universities and teaches accounting, finance, and economics courses. Dr. Beyene is a President & founder of International Finance Training Institute LLC www.iftiti.net , providing training in all areas of finance, accounting, and economics. Additionally, he works with www.diciccofpi.com & conducts training programs and administrates examination for American Academy of Financial Management www.aafm.us. Dr. Beyene is named by AAFM as a chief nominator for Ethiopia. Dr. Beyene earned his PhD in Applied Management & Decision Sciences concentration in Accounting from Walden University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with double concentration in Accounting & Finance from Dominican University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois. Dr. Beyene is a fellow and member of the American Academy of Financial Management ® (AAFM) and holds the Certified Chartered Economist and Chartered Wealth Management certifications. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); American Accounting Association (AAA); and the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) and holds the Credit Business Associate certification.
Dorcas Wanaina – FAAPM, SPHRI, CHRA, CHRBP, B/Ed , MBA, Phd. Candidate HR
Dorcas has over 15 years’ of People Management, HR strategy formulation and implementation, employee training & development and change management experience in the International Development sector. She has worked for various International not-for profit organizations providing HR leadership in multiple countries in Africa, Asia and recently Latin America. She has provided HR guidance and advisory services to senior leadership at President and Vice President Level.
Education & Professional Qualifications:
» Certified CHRA & CHRBP by American Academy of Project Management 2015 to date for Africa program
» Trained Trainer on Communication & Collaboration – Dispute Management Centre, USA, 2013
» Trained Trainer – Effective Delegation, Dispute Management Centre, 2013
» Certified HRMP/ SPHRi by Human Resources Certification Institute( HCI), USA 2012
» MBA – Kenyatta University, 2010-2011, Post graduate Diploma in HR – IPMK, 2000
» B Ed. Arts – University of Nairobi, Linguistics & Literature, 1999
» Governing Council Member – Institute of HR Management, Kenya - http://www.ihrm.or.ke/national
» Full Member – KIM- Kenya Institute of Management
» Member – West Africa HR Professionals; Member – Africa HR Professionals
» Advisory Council Member - American Academy of Project Management
» Member, Advisory Council – InsideNGO Member – Devex
Other Recent Engagements:
» Chief Trainer CHRA – Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana 2015 - 2016
» IHRM Technical Taskforce for the Implementation of the HR Act – July 2014
» IHRM interim Governing Council Member - http://www.ihrm.or.ke/national
Risk, Compliance and Anti-Fraud Trainer
Patrick Gitau - CERG, CFIA, CFE, CIA, GRCP, CRISC, CRA, MBA
Patrick is a celebrated Risk and Compliance trainer currently facilitating training for many organization including International Organization, universities, and Professional associations.
He offers 20 Years of professional experience. In his career he has worked as Head of IT- Risk Management at Equity Bank, Risk Associate Director at Financial Services Limited, PwC Risk Assurance practices Senior Manager and is owner Agilent Strategy & Risk Services Africa.
Since 1997, Patrick has held various local, multinational roles in Risk, Fraud Management and Revenue Assurance in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Benin Republic, Malawi and Afghanistan.
Aside from being an MBA-Finance with Merit where Thesis was on use of Derivatives in managing risk Banking, Patrick holds multiple professional qualifications main one being Certified in Enterprise Risk Governance- CERG, Certified in Forensic and Investigative Audit-CFIA, Certified Fraud Examiner-CFE, Certified Internal Auditor –CIA, Certified Governance Risk & Compliance Professional –GRCP and Certified in Risk and IT controls-CRISC. He holds Diploma’s in Legal studies, Project Management, IT Systems & Applications, and Business administration.
Capacity Building Background
He is also a Facilitator/trainer for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners-ACFE, Kenya Institute of Management-KIM, Institute of Certified Public Accountant-ICPAK, and KCA University Institute of Capacity Development. His passion for capacity development and focus on professional collaboration has led him to a number of leadership roles including being;
• First Secretary of Kenya Chapter of Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP),
• Was instrumental in creating Anti-Fraud fighting capacity as a co-founding ACFE Kenya Chapter and the chapter first Training Director,
• Current East Africa Chair of Association of Forensic & Investigative Auditors-AFIA and
• Current Country Director –Enterprise Risk Management Academy –ERMA
Marketing , Digital Marketing Trainer
An award winning speaker and trainer, Michael Leander has shared his insight with professionals in over 40 countries on 6 continents. He has inspired and educated professionals representing over 10.000 businesses in the past seven years.
Michael Leander experience includes consulting with global brands such as Philips, L’Oreal, Maersk, Bang & Olufsen, IKEA, IBM, GE and Grundfos. He has trained marketing and branding professionals at successful organizations such as Nestlé, Unilever, Americana Group, Samsung and AkzoNobel – just to name a few.
He is a frequent guest lecturer at leading business schools on four continents including University of New York, WeSchool India, University of Lund and others. Past course attendees have described Michael Leander’s marketing knowledge as encyclopedic, his delivery style as hugely engaging, his ideas as highly valuable and his personable style as refreshing.
He is one of only a few people who only rarely accepts new endorsements on LinkedIn. Mr. Leander has been recognized by multiple organizations and associations related to marketing and communication. He is a Knight of the DMAI, India, an honorary member of APPM, Portugal and is the past Chairman of FIMAC – a European committee for interactive marketing. With his extensive international experience, few are better suited to understand local market conditions and quickly relate to the dynamics of local or regional market conditions.
A highly innovative marketer, Michael Leander has designed multiple methodologies that help marketers better understand how to structure, execute and measure marketing initiatives. Many of these, including the ABOA, the AIDLIRA and the FURDIC model, are being used by companies all over the world.
His practical background as CMO and CEO of public and private companies combined with years of consulting and agency experience enables Mr. Leander to quickly grasp a business or marketing problem and provide realistic solutions on the fly. A globetrotter traveling nearly 200 days each year, Michael Leander hails from Denmark. He is married to Viktoria with whom he has three children.
Personal Executive Assistants and Administrative Assistants Trainer
Anel Martin CAP-OM, CPEA
Anel Martin has experience both as a presenter and facilitator. She has had the privilege of working with audiences up to 300 in size from 24 different countries. She has had the opportunity to speak on the same stage as professional speakers and some of the best PA speakers in the world. Most recently sharing the stage at Exec Sec Live 2015 in London with Lauren Jiloty (Assistant to Bill Gates), Ann Hiatt (Assistant to Eric Schmidt), Zelda La Grange (former Assistant to Nelson Mandela), Laura Shwartz, Lisa Olsen, Vicki Sokol Evans and Kem Foley.
She travels to at least two countries a year while learning and sharing with other assistants from all over the world. She has a passion for assistants and the profession and feels that she can make a real difference by not only passing onskills but changing how office professionals look at themselves and their chosen profession.
Currently rated as one of the world’s best PA trainers by Executive Secretary Magazine. She was South African PA of the Year 2011/12 and was a finalist in the National Office Professional of the Year in 2009/10 and Finalist in the Pitman's Super Achiever PA of the Year 2013.
Anel is a past President of PAFSA, was the Head of the Academy of Excellence Committee of PAFSA 2011/12 and was a member of the IYOTSA 2014 team (International Year of the Secretary and Administrative Assistant) a highly successful global initiative.
*List as Approved By George Mentz and Dean. Byrnes. GAFM has legal agreement with Diamond LLM Law Program to promote the programs. All Names listed herein are Distinguished Professors (Hons) also recognized by the IBS Global Academy. Some professors are not affiliated nor members of the academy but are available to work for executive training or custom programs for in house education. Courses are offered by the law school as a private label offering.
Mark Reeson - Specialist Profile - Professional Best Practice
Founder of “Rolf Hartung – Talent Management Consulting” and is certified as “NLP Master and Trainer DVNLP” & ”Coach DVNLP”. Among others he holds a certification as “Project Manager” from the George Washington University, Washington USA. Based on his professional career he provides training in IT, Consulting, Project Management, Presentation Techniques, Sales and Partner Sales Management Subjects. In addition to this, Rolf certified other instructors and drove a Coach the Coach Program. One of his special features lies within here – his background as Application Engineer and Consultant strengthened his self-confidence in knowing how to design effective training programs for users across multiple responsibility levels and cultures. An additional USP is his long lasting experience in providing training in and making use of Neuro Linguistic Programming, to create and deliver Leadership & Communication Trainings and working close with HR.
Dr. Cornel Collins, MBA, MPM ®, IWWP, FAAPM, CIPM®, CAC
Dr Zulk Shamsuddin