GFLEC Board of Advisors

Diana Crossan
Chair, Board of Advisors
Former Retirement Commissioner

New Zealand
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Rushia Brown
Founder and President
Women's Professional Basketball
Alumnae (WPBA)
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George Daly
Professor and Dean Emeritus
Georgetown University
New York University
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Elsa Fornero
Chair of Economics
University of Turin
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Harry Smorenberg
CEO
Smorenberg Corporate Consultancy
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John R. Woerner
President - Insurance &
Annuities and Chief Strategy Officer

Ameriprise Financial
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Nicoletta Zappatini
Partner and
Managing Director

StormHarbour Securities
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About the Board of Advisors

 

Diana Crossan
Chair, Board of Advisors
Former Retirement Commissioner, New Zealand

Diana Crossan has had a very varied career. In recent years she has had expert roles in several significant financial education projects including work for the Ministry of Finance in Russia and with PISA at the OECD. Diana is the Chair of the Financial Education Centre at Massey University in New Zealand and of a start up annuity company; Retirement Income Group.

She started her career as a probation officer. She held several senior roles in the public service including the head of the Equal Employment Opportunities. She was in the set up team for Contact Energy. For a short time, she was GM Hydro at Clyde and Roxburgh dams. Diana has been the Chief Executive of Wellington Free Ambulance since February 2013.

Diana worked in the senior management team of a large financial services company, AMP in both New Zealand and the UK. Diana was New Zealand’s Retirement Commissioner for 10 years; with roles to lift the financial literacy of New Zealanders and to provide advice to the Government regarding New Zealand’s retirement income policies.

Diana has several roles in the not for profit sector working with refugees and disadvantaged girls and women.

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Rushia Brown

Founder/President, Women’s Professional Basketball Alumnae (WPBA)

As a Lady Paladin at Furman University, Rushia pursued her education and competed on the basketball court, attaining every accolade available including Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, multiple MVPs, Southern Conference Player of the Year, Edna Hartness Athlete of the Year and eventually having her jersey hang from the rafters as #34 was retired, never to be worn again. Rushia’s collegiate years lead to a 10 year professional career overseas, which spanned 5 countries; Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Korea and 7 years in the WNBA; 6 years in Cleveland and 1 year in Charlotte.

Brown is currently working to make a difference in the lives of girls and women through the sport of basketball. Rushia is the Founder/President of the Women's Professional Basketball Alumnae (WPBA), the only organization structured to assist women who have played professionally in the WNBA or in Europe as they transition into mainstream society. We are committed to providing support and resources for:

  • Career Transition
  • Higher Education
  • Philanthropic Engagement
  • Spiritual & Psychologial Well-Being

Rushia is also the Co-founder of Young Black Entrepreneur, the Magazine, (YBE) an educational platform for those with entrepreneurial aspirations.

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George Daly
Professor and Dean Emeritus, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
and the Stern School of Business at New York University

George Daly is Professor and Dean Emeritus at both the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and the Stern School of Business at New York University. He has also served in government posts including in the Executive Office of the President and the Securities and Exchange Commission. An economist, he studies the form of contracts used within organizations with a particular interest in professional sports leagues and has served as a consultant for the National Football League. He serves on the boards of a number of non-profit and for-profit enterprises. He received is A.B. from Miami University (Ohio) and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.

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Elsa Fornero
Chair of Economics, University of Turin

Elsa Fornero holds the Chair of Economics at the University of Turin, as well as academic positions as Scientific Coordinator at CeRP (the Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, which she founded in 1999), Honorary Senior Fellow of the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Vice-President of Share-Eric (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe), Research Fellow at Netspar, and Policy Fellow at the IZA Institute for the Study of Labour. She is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Observatoire de l'Epargne Européenne, the Advisory Group of the New Pact for Europe and the Research Committee of the OECD International Network on Financial Education.

From 16 November 2011 to 28 April 2013, she served as Minister of Labour, Social Policies and Equal Opportunities in Italy’s “technocratic” government. Fornero is also the author of many publications on public and private pension systems, pension reforms, population ageing, household saving, retirement choices and life insurance.

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Harry Smorenberg
CEO, Smorenberg Corporate Consultancy

Harry is a financial services marketing and positioning strategist. He currently serves as the CEO of Smorenberg Corporate Consultancy and previously worked at Banque Paribas, ABN AMRO and was a director at two leading strategic consultants.

He is a leading contributor to innovation in both the retail and corporate payments and transaction space. He has also been actively involved in developing solutions in financial planning, international pensions and 'social innovations'. His strength is in catalyzing institutions into developing vision and strategies, and in identifying and implementing client-centric solutions.

He is a columnist and guest speaker, sits on several advisory boards and regularly publishes in leading international media.

Other functions:

  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Europe China Institute - Nyenrode Business University
  • Member of the Board of Advisors of NIBUD (National Institute for Family Finance Information)
  • Adjunct Professor at Joint Innovation Center for Social Management of Urban and Rural Communities in Hubei Province - Zhongnan University in Wuhan, China
  • Member of the Council of Scholars and member of the International Advisory Board for the Center for Retirement Initiatives, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington, USA
  • Member of the Global Expert Committee of World Economic Forum’s Retirement Investment Systems Reform Project 2017
  • International Expert at CAFF50 (China Ageing Finance Forum): China’s national ‘think-tank’ on financial wellbeing, pensions and all ageing related issues. www.CAFF50.net
  • Founder & Chairman of the EuropeanPaymentSummit - Brussels (www.europeanpaymentsummit.com) and GlobalPaymentSummit - Singapore (www.globalpaymentsummit.com). Both part of Transactives
  • Founder of the WorldPensionSummit - The Hague (www.worldpensionsummit.com) and WorldPensionSummit Africa Special - Abuja, Nigeria; Member of the global advisory board of P&I - New York, USA
  • Member of the International Board of Advisors of the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) / George Washington School of Business – Washington, USA
  • Founder and Chairman of "New Normal in Working" (the impact of longevity)
  • Board member and CFO of the "Drie Dolfijnen" foundation (charity fund)

 

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John R. Woerner
President, Insurance & Annuities and Chief Strategy Officer, Ameriprise Financial

John Woerner is President - Insurance & Annuities and Chief Strategy Officer for Ameriprise Financial, responsible for leading the company’s RiverSource Insurance and Annuities businesses as well as its strategic and business development initiatives.

Within insurance and annuities, Woerner oversees a comprehensive lineup of product solutions that help clients more confidently achieve their goals by growing their assets, generating retirement income and protecting their wealth. As chief strategy officer, he leads the development and implementation of strategic programs designed to grow the business and increase market share for the company.

Prior to joining Ameriprise in 2005, Woerner was with McKinsey and Company, where he was a leader of its North American Asset Management, Brokerage and Wealth Management practice. Woerner was at McKinsey for 10 years and was elected partner in 2000. While at McKinsey, he developed strategies to help a broad range of leading financial services firms overcome challenges and pursue opportunities in the market. He was successful in helping clients enter new markets, build capabilities, accelerate growth and improve performance. He began his career at Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst.

Woerner holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master's of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Council of Life Insurers.

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Nicoletta Zappatini
Partner and Managing Director, StormHarbour Securities

Nicoletta Zappatini is Partner and Managing Director at StormHarbour Securities in London. She joined the American investment bank in 2013 and is responsible for Italy and runs the Origination for Real Estate and Special Situations in EMEA.

From 2006 until February 2013 she was Head of Origination Fixed Income, Securitisation and Project Bonds in Italy at Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.

She held several roles in Corporate Finance and Securitisation at Citigroup Global Markets in London between 1998 and 2006. Her career started as a Credit Analyst in 1987 at Citibank in Milan.

During her career she raised more than Euro 15 billion of financings for projects in Europe and in Emerging Markets and received several awards for the ground-breaking completion of transactions in new asset classes or countries.

She is part of the Advisory Board of the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Centre at George Washington University School of Business in Washington and of the Cross-Border Ready Women’s Network in Brussels.

She is a member of the Italian Angels for Growth, the largest network of Business Angels in Italy and Crowdcube, the most important equity crowd-funding platform in Europe.

In July 2014 she finalised the program for women accessing boards in listed companies arranged by ValoreD e General Electric in Italy.

She is an honours graduate at L.Bocconi University in Milan and did attend the post-graduate International Finance course at Citicorp/New York University in 1988.

She is fluent in English and French and is Italian mother-tongue.

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