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Board of Advisors

Daniel Flanagan

Board Member

Daniel V. Flanagan, Jr. is a Washington DC based advisor to infrastructure investment ventures in the United States and abroad. He established his Washington DC public policy advisory firm, The Flanagan Consulting Group Inc., in 1981 specializing in regulatory reform and industry restructuring initiatives both in the United States and overseas. He served as Director of the National Center for Innovations in Public Finance, latter the Keston Infrastructure Institute, located at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1999 through March 2004 while consulting to various infrastructure investment projects and funds. He also was appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives as Chairman of the 1993 Infrastructure Investment Commission. Mr. Flanagan is a 1965 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, BS Engineering, with five years of naval service including two Viet Nam assignments (Bronze Star recipient). He was a founding Board member of the US Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington, DC and serves as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and Senior Fellow for Infrastructure Investment Studies at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington DC.

Duncan Sinclair

Board Member

Duncan has been with Deloitte for the last 24 years working on client and DTTL projects on five continents, including spending several years working in Havana, Cuba. Duncan has served as the lead client service professional and advisory partner on a number of Deloitte’s audit and advisory clients, including large complex public companies, privately owned businesses and crown corporations and governments. Duncan has also spent the last four years serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte Canada, including chairing the succession planning committee and serving on other board committees including governance, quality and risk and finance.

Ed Schafer

Board Member

Ed Schafer is one of very few leaders with extensive experience and proven performance in both business and government.  He has led a multi-national consumer products business and several entrepreneurial start-up companies.  In the public sector, he has been elected Governor of North Dakota twice and served as United States Secretary of Agriculture. As Secretary of Agriculture, Ed oversaw a $95 billion operating budget and over 107,000 employees.  He restructured and reshaped 29 agencies to modernize the focus of $285 billion in program delivery and built a new process for implementing the 2008 Farm Bill.  Ed also initiated the Secretary’s Fight Hunger Initiative, directed the United States’ response to the World Food Crisis, and helped direct international trade negotiations on behalf of the federal government. Ed additionally served as interim President of the University of North Dakota in 2016.  He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in business, earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of Denver, and has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees.  

Elliott Donnelley II

Board Member

Elliott Donnelley II is a founding general partner of the White Sand Investor Group, LP, an investment partnership of the Chicago based RR Donnelley family. As an investor of both his personal and family’s assets, Mr. Donnelley has increasingly focused on the nexus between investment for financial return and investment for social and environmental impact.  Outside of his work in investments, Mr. Donnelley serves as Chairman Emeritus and past Co-Chairman of the Philanthropy Workshop West, a leading program in donor education focusing on strategic philanthropy and impact investing; he serves as a member of the board of directors of the LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation, Synergos, the World Affairs Council of Northern California and as Executive Vice Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the China Philanthropy Forum; Mr. Donnelley is also a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle and the Toniic Global Impact Investor. Mr. Donnelley has appeared as a featured speaker at numerous conferences including most recently the Bo Ao Forum on Hainan Island, the Credit Suisse Philanthropist Forum in Singapore and the UBS Art of Philanthropy Conference in Beijing.  Mr. Donnelley is a graduate of Yale University and lived and worked in China from 1989 to 1991; he now spends most of his time between Silicon Valley, Europe and Beijing where, in addition to making investments through his family’s investment partnership, he is passionate about promoting and supporting best models and practices in philanthropy and impact investing.

Joe Lonsdale

Board Member

Joe Lonsdale is a Partner at Formation 8, a fund which invests in top Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and connects them with Asian conglomerates to drive innovation at a global scale. Joe co-founded Palantir Technologies, a multi-billion dollar software company which develops mission-critical analysis systems used by government and financial organizations around the world. He is also the founder of Addepar, a leader in private wealth management technology. Previously, he worked with the financial arm of PayPal while still a student, and then joined as an early executive at Clarium Capital, and was a key player in growing Clarium into a $5-billion AUM global macro hedge fund. On the side, Joe is Chairman of both ONEHOPE Inc, a charity-focused wine brand with partners such as the Mondavi family. Joe earned a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2003 and has a variety of philanthropic pursuits, including the board of cacs.org.

Mei Ye

Board Member

Mei Ye is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company and a former Senior Expert and consultant with the firm. Mei has advised clients in a range of industries including financial services, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and government/regulators, helping to transform local companies into global leaders and develop policy recommendations. She also advises McKinsey’s Chairman on infrastructure-related initiatives including policy suggestions to China’s Premiere on smart infrastructure planning and technology, transport and mobility, energy efficiency, and smart water and waste management. Mei is an expert in corporate governance, and serves on the corporate boards of Shenwan Hongyuan Group in China (CIC’s portfolio company), and Bekaert in Belgium. In addition, Mei has a passion for education and philanthropy. She is a founding council member of Future China Society, Shifangyuan Foundation for Elderly Hospice and Mind Care, and a member of the course review board for the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University. Mei has an MPA in international economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in laws from Fudan University in China.

Paul Rosenstiel

Board Member

Paul Rosenstiel is a board member of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the second largest public pension system in the US. He serves as vice-chair of the CalSTRS Investment Committee and chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Mr. Rosenstiel was a public finance investment banker for nearly three decades, most recently as a Managing Director at Stifel.  Before that, he was the managing partner for 15 years of the San Francisco office of De La Rosa & Co. As an investment banker, he assisted state and local governments in financing infrastructure through the issuance of municipal bonds. His clients included the State of California and many of its local governments, water agencies, transportation agencies and other providers of infrastructure. From 2001-14, he was a board member of the Bond Dealers of America and chaired its Municipal Bond Committee. From 2007-2009, Mr. Rosenstiel served as Deputy State Treasurer of California. His responsibilities included overseeing the issuance of all of the State’s debt and representing Treasurer Bill Lockyer on the board of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank. He played a key role in the creation of the California Transportation Financing Authority. Mr. Rosenstiel has also long been involved in California fiscal and budgetary issues. He chairs the board of the California Budget and Policy Center, is a member of the Statewide Leadership Council of the Public Policy Institute of California and was Policy Director for Steve Westly’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign. He received his MBA from Stanford.

Peter Pereira Gray

Board Member
Peter is a Managing Partner in the Investment Division of the Wellcome Trust and is a member of the full Investment Committee. Peter joined the Wellcome Trust in January 2001 as Head of Property Investment, having previously worked for Prudential UK for 12 years, latterly as a director in the property portfolio management division. He is also the chairman of the UK farming & land management business, FarmCare Ltd, as well as Premier Marinas Ltd, the leading UK marina, boatyard and storage company. Peter is a Main Board Director of iQ, the UK student housing joint venture with Goldman Sachs; one of the largest purpose built student housing providers in the UK. He is a Life Member and past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, a past founding and advisory board member and member of the Management Board of INREV. Additionally, Peter is a member of both the Bank of England Commercial and Residential Property Forums, and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Peter is an honorary vice president of The Cambridge University Land Society, a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Advisory Board member and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development.

Rodrigo Xavier

Board Member

Rodrigo has an extensive 25 year experience in the Brazilian financial sector, having held senior positions at industry leading companies. He has served as CEO and Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Brazil. Previously, he was a  Founding Partner and member of the Executive Committee of Vinci Partners, a leading alternative asset manager in Brazil. He joined Banco Pactual in 1983, where he became a senior partner and executive committee member. He later served as CEO of UBS Pactual.
In 2018 he became a fellow at Stanford’s Distinguished Career Institute (DCI) and has ever since become an adviser in the topics of digital transformation, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. He sits in the board of a few philanthropic and not for profit organizations mostly focused in the development of his home country Brazil.
Rodrigo has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), post-graduate studies in International Economics from Tohoku and Fukushima Universities in Japan and a master’s degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), USA.