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Van McCormick

Founding Director
International Economic Alliance
+1 617 418 1981
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Mr. McCormick is Founding Director of IEA. Before IEA, he was Director of Investment Symposia and Harvard-Kommersant Program lecturer both at Harvard’s Belfer Center. Before that, he was Principal Lecturer for the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH).

Before Harvard, Mr. McCormick had a notable Business career.  He was involved in start-up and private equity ventures including Qeyton Systems that was sold to Cisco, President of IIHC, an acquisition company backed by First Data (FDC) and Stonington Partners and Managing Director at US Digital. He started at Hubbard Broadcasting’s KOB-TV (NBC) and led new media, ran Cityline Inc., and worked on USSB that merged into DIRECTV. Mr. McCormick served on the Bush/Quayle Presidential Council and the US Department of Commerce committee on high technology in 1992.

Mr. McCormick's other charitable works include member of the Lecture Committee of the Harvard Club of Boston, religious and educational institutions, and he is an advisory board member of the  Hermitage Museum Foundation. He received his BA at the University of New Mexico and an AMP from Harvard Business School.

Lena Sene

Senior Advisor Business/Foreign Relations
International Economic Alliance
+1 617 418 1978




Ms. Sene has served since 2010 as Managing Director of Business/Government Relations for the International Economic Alliance (IEA), a non-profit organization conceived at Harvard to help advance global investment and promote public/private partnerships, by bringing together Heads of State and Fortune 500 CEOs and institutional investors during year-round investment symposia in the US and abroad.

In addition to her charitable work with IEA, Ms. Sene is the President and CEO of DCA- Developing Capital for Africa, an advisory firm that brings professional experience in Africa and around the world in the areas of capital raising and resource mobilization, strategic positioning, development of public/private partnerships, and project management.

Previously, Lena was a Managing Director at Deer Isle Capital LLC in New York, where she was responsible for overall business development and for the firm's Africa investment strategy. While at Deer Isle Capital, Lena was named as one of 2012's Top 100 Most Influential African American Woman in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. Prior to Deer Isle, Lena was at Impact Capital Partners, an international alternative investment advisory firm focused on emerging and frontier markets where she advised USAID on the placement of a $100 million climate change private equity fund mandate to invest in SMEs in frontier markets. While at Impact Capital, Lena was appointed Special Advisor to the United Nations Ambassador of Malawi.

In 2012 Lena was selected by former Prime Minister of Senegal, Idrissa Seck, to serve as his Campaign Manager during the Senegalese presidential elections and manage a team of forty six individuals representing Mr. Seck's political party members and industry experts (sector champions). She was responsible for helping develop and for executing Mr. Seck's campaign strategy, she supervised campaign activities, retained services of various service providers and consultants from Senegal and abroad.

Prior to Impact Capital, Lena was a Banker in the Investment Management division of Lehman Brothers where she was responsible for advising institutional and high net worth clients on a full range of investment strategies in the traditional and alternative assets space. Prior to Lehman, she was a Banker at JPMorgan Private Bank where she worked within a team of six Private Bankers advising more than 200 high net worth families with total assets under management of over $4.5 billion. While at JP Morgan, she was selected as the sole recipient of the annual JPMorgan Rising Star Award for the Annual Women's Bond Club Merit Award in 2003.

In 2006, Lena was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Fellowship, a forty-seven year old non-partisan leadership program, along with 13 other nationally selected Americans. She obtained Top Secret Security Clearance from the FBI. Lena was also selected 1 of 120 global scholar-leaders inducted into the Academy of Achievement Class of 2007.

Lena is a published author on SME investing in Africa, a conference speaker on African investing and was a source for the latest Dalberg April 2011 report on Impact Investing in West Africa. In addition, she participated in the U.S. State Department's Impact Investing Study that is focusing on the mobilization of private capital to generate both financial and social returns in emerging markets. 

Lena has a B.A. in Economics from Bates College, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was selected a Mort Zuckerman Fellow.

Lena was born in the U.S. and was raised in Senegal, Russia and Ukraine. She is fluent in English, French, Russian and Wolof.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of Bates College and was an elected Board Member of the United Nations Association of New York. She is a member of The Economic Club of New York.

Kiril Stephan Alexandrov

Senior Advisor and Co-Founder
International Economic Alliance
+1 617 461 4155 



Mr. Alexandrov was a Co-Founder of the International Economic Alliance and is the Senior Advisor in charge of content. Mr. Alexandrov has been an active advocate for the growth of global entrepreneurship for over a decade and was co-founder of EyeGen (renamed Genigma Corporation), as well as winner of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Alexandrov founded the Boston Book Review, the Big Skinny Corporation, and he co-founded the District of Columbia Arts Center. He has also won the Stanford Global Entrepreneur Challenge. His entrepreneurial expertise was a key element and significantly helped in establishing the International Economic Alliance from its conception at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and its founding roots of Harvard's Russian Investment Symposium. Mr. Alexandrov holds a Masters Degree from Harvard University.



Mabel Jong

Senior Media Liaison for the International Economic Alliance
MJC Communications, LLC
+1617 838 8850
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Ms. Jong is the Senior Media Liaison for the International Economic Alliance.  An award winning broadcast journalist, Ms. Jong is the owner of MJC Communications, LLC, a full service media consulting firm.  

Ms. Jong has over two decades of experience working in business news and network television production in the United States, Asia and most recently Europe, where she wrote and produced a weekly show out of London for CNBC Europe. In addition to her extensive production work, she has worked as an anchor and correspondent for CNBC, NBC News, and ABC News.

Other professional assignments have posted her in different cities throughout the U.S. and overseas in Asia, where she reported stories during a pivotal time in the region's history.

Ms. Jong holds a BA from the University of California Los Angeles and has extended her journalism studies through fellowships awarded by the Knight Foundation.

Peter Muzila

Managing Director of Technology
International Economic Alliance
+1 617 418 1981
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 Mr. Muzila is an Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in for the six states of New England. His unique combination of business success, diplomatic experience and technical knowledge are a great value to IEA and our corporate and country members. 

Mr. Muzila is also a private investor, conducting research and analysis of seed investment opportunities in the high tech field, and then funding promising firms.  His business career started shortly after he finished university studies in 1996 when he co-founded Allaire Corp., a publicly traded high tech company in Newton, MA. In 2001, Allaire merged with Macromedia, Inc. who then merged with Adobe Corporation.  

Mr. Muzila is involved with a number of non-profit organizations.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Czech and Slovak Association in Boston and the Board of Directors of the Friends of Slovakia in Washington, DC. He has a strong interest in Slovak art and organized a number of exhibits in the Boston area.

Peter received his education in Bratislava, Ilmenau and Vienna, obtaining a Master of Engineering in Information Systems from the Slovak Technical University. He did further studies in business information systems, management and marketing at the Economics University in Bratislava and at two Austrian universities, including the University of Vienna.  He and his wife, Alyson, are busy raising their three sons, Lukas, Alexander and Samuel and planning of the healthy arrival of their 4th child. 

Senior Fellows

Bodo Liesenfeld

  • Senior Fellow





Mr. Liesenfeld is a Senior Fellow at IEA. He works closely with the IEA team to engage global CEOs and Heads of State/Ministers to advance economic relations, with a focus in Europe and Latin America.

In addition to his work with IEA, Mr. Liesenfeld runs Liesenfeld International, a family office investment group. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, for nearly 30 years he was the CEO and Chairman of a privately held global transportation and logistics enterprise with offices in over 25 countries.

Mr. Liesenfeld is a Fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, in residence 2009/2010. While living in Boston, he became involved in transatlantic relations by helping form relationships between Massachusetts, Boston, and the City State of Hamburg in the fields of Urban Development and Energy Efficiency.

Mr. Liesenfeld has also been appointed the HamburgAmbassador, representing Hamburg in the Northeast region of the US. In addition to his work, he has also travelled and worked in Latin America for over 40 years, and was recently named President of the German Latin America Association in 2006. As President of the Association, he is a representative of the German business sector towards all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Business School of Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires, as well as a member of the curatorship of the German Association of Christian Entrepreneurs.


Ambassador Folco de Luca Gabrielli

Senior Fellow





Ambassador de Luca Gabrielli is the Executive Chairman of a consultancy firm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he presently resides. He is the former Ambassador of Italy to Singapore and Ambassador of  Italy  to  Malaysia. Mr. de Luca Gabrielli was the head of the MAE’s IT Centre and in early 2001 and second to the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of the International Affairs Service.

During the 90's, Mr. de Luca Gabrielli was appointed both Consul General in Hong Kong and Consul General in Los Angeles. Earlier in his career with Rome's Ministry of Foreign Affaires he was appointed at the United Nations Office in the Directorate General for Political Affairs and later he was in charge of the Office of the Director General for Cultural Affairs. 

Mr. de Luca Gabrielli completed a degree in Law at the University of Milan, a Diploma in High European Studies at the College of Europe in Brugge. He also graduated from ISPI (Institute for International Political Studies) in Milan.

Mr. de Luca Gabrielli joined the Foreign Service in 1974 and began his professional career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) at the Directorate General for Human Resources, moving on to the Office of the Under Secretary of State.

His first posting was in 1978 at the Italian Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in  Geneva , where he dealt first with Human Rights and then with Disarmament. He was then, posted to  Kampala  in 1981 as Deputy Chief of  Mission , and to Teheran in 1983, in charge of the embassy’s economic/trade division.