Dr. Ronald I. Sibert
Dr. Sibert has been a trusted advisor to ALB since the early days, providing industry and African market insight at every step of the way. He currently serves as the Africa Business Development Director at the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), representing GMAC® and the interests of the greater academic community in his role as an ALB advisor. Prior to assuming his current role with GMAC®, he served as Director of Strategic Alliances in which he provided strategic direction to the Council in its relationships with organizations and various stakeholder groups in the U.S. and abroad.
As a former MBA Program director, he led Full-time, Part-time and Executive MBA programmes as well as MBA career services at the University of Delaware. His earlier public policy-related accomplishments at the University culminated in his appointment as chairperson of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens with advisory and oversight responsibility for the State Department of Education. He served for 3 years on the board of directors of the Ph.D. Project, an organization dedicated to increasing diversity among professors in business schools.
His academic achievements include an MBA specializing in Finance and a Ph.D. in Public Policy—both from the University of Delaware.
Dr. Gayle Allard
Dr. Allard has been a supporter of ALB from its infancy, when ALB was just an idea running through the minds of a few B-school students who saw an opportunity to make a difference. Since then, Gayle has provided invaluable connections, advice and encouragement to the ALB team and ALB Fellows.
A professor of economics at IE University in Madrid, Gayle is a native of California and has spent most of her career working in Europe. Her interests range from economics to history and literature, and her research is focused on labor markets and development issues in a world that has been radically changed by the financial crisis. Most recently, Gayle’s attention has turned to Africa, and her current research focuses on development issues there such as science and technology capabilities and internet readiness, among others.
Gayle is very visible in the international media, with articles or interviews published in all of the important international media (New York times, Financial Times, The Economist, Bloomberg, BBC, NPR and many others). Gayle has worked as both a writer and an economic researcher and analyst for prestigious institutions such as JP Morgan and The Economist Intelligence Unit. She travels extensively and is fluent in Spanish, with a good working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese. She resides in Madrid with her husband and five children.
Co-founder and Chairman of Les Concierges, Linda is a seasoned entrepreneur who has built two multimillion-dollar companies as a professional focused on chaos-based service businesses. She built her first global company, Dispatch Management Services, from ground up to $250m with 6,500 employees and 80 call centers around the world, before being the first woman from New Zealand to take a company public on the NASDAQ.
Linda began her career in the management consulting division of Price Waterhouse in 1984. She subsequently joined A.T. Kearney in 1994 as a leader of the Global Financial Institutions Group in San Francisco, becoming a partner in 1998. During her time there, she also took on the role of Global Strategic Sourcing lead and specialized in financial institutions, supply chain management, direct marketing, profit improvement, outsourcing and risk management.
Linda is a founding Director of WOW Investments Ltd., a fund that invests in high-potential and women-based businesses in Western Africa. She serves on multiple corporate and philanthropic Boards including the Red Cross and the Massey University Foundation. She is a member of the World Class New Zealand Programme. Linda has appeared on CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg, and has written articles for several publications.
Linda earned a Bachelor of Business Studies at Massey University in New Zealand and an MBA from the Wharton School. She resides in Mill Valley, California, with her husband and her two children.