About Us
GNI International is a DC Limited Liability Company, minority and woman owned certified.

GNI TEAM


Giadha A. DeCarcer
President & CEO
gdecarcer@gni-intl.com

Ms. DeCarcer has over 15 years of experience in business management and strategic business development with an emphasis on emerging markets.  Ms. DeCarcer is the founder of GNI International, a strategic business consulting firm focusing on PPP opportunities and contract brokering between US-based firms and high-growth markets across Latin America, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa.   

Before founding GNI International, Ms. DeCarcer worked as senior consultant in the Defense, Technology, and Telecommunications sectors providing premier defense firms such as Lockheed Martin and EDS with strategic business guidance.  Ms. DeCarcer also worked in investment banking for JPMorganChase in Manhattan and London, and ran Florida-based First Federal Transportation as its Chief Executive Officer.  

Ms. DeCarcer is a strong supporter of entrepreneurship as a conduit to new job creation and innovation.  She recently founded the Women Entrepreneurship Reinforcement (WeR) program in support of women entrepreneurs nationwide, and is the Executive Director of the Grassroots Innovation Network, a non-profit organization focused on validating and funding college students’ business ideas globally.

Ms. DeCarcer received a B.A. in International Relations and Trade from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Security from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.  She has traveled to, and worked in, over 25 countries and speaks five languages fluently.

PARTNERS


Kabeer Minhas
Partner
kminhas@globetap.com

Mr. Kabeer Minhas is managing partner at GlobeTap, a DC-based consulting firm partnered with GNI International to facilitate institutional funding to US firms looking to expand onto high growth emerging markets.  Mr. Minhas brings forth a wide ranging international network in Government, Finance, and Industry to provide strategic guidance to firms targeting developing markets and cross border partnerships.

Mr. Minhas earned his MBA in Finance from the Kogod School of Business, at American University, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.  He currently serves as advisory board member to the Global Alliance of Indian Biomedical Professionals and the Maryland India Business Roundtable.  Mr. Minhas also serves on the board of two start-up technology companies based in Maryland and Louisiana.  Mr. Minhas has lived in the United State, India, and Jordan.  He is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Arabic.



ADVISORY BOARD

Cal Simmons

Cal Simmons is a highly successful business executive, venture capitalist, long time angel investor, and business author. He is co-founder and manager of the Dinner Club, eMedia Club, and Washington Dinner Club, early stage venture funds that leverage the capital, expertise, and relationships of angel investors to identify, invest and grow promising young technology companies. Cal Simmons has recently become Chairman of Five Star Alliance, an online travel agency promoting luxury hotels worldwide. Also, recently, Cal co-founded and served as managing partner of ASAP Ventures. Previously, he founded Cal Simmons Travel, which he grew to become one of the top 100 agencies in the country. In l997, after 22 years as its President, he sold the agency to publicly traded Navigant, the 2nd largest travel company in America.

In 2001, Cal co-authored with John May the highly acclaimed early stage investment book, Every Business Needs an Angel (Random House/Crown Business.)

Cal has extensive experience in the world of private equity, both managing funds and as an angel investor. He has personally invested in some 30 early stage companies, serving on the board at numerous privately held companies. He is a current member and past Chairman of the Washingtonarea chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). A nationally ranked tennis player and active supporter of area charities, he and his wife, Sally, reside in AlexandriaVA with their son and two daughters.


Cal was recently appointed by Mark Warner, the Governor of Virginia, to serve a six year term as a member of the State Tourism Commission.



Mark Cohen

For twenty-two years, Mark was an internationally recognized civil trial lawyer, founder and managing partner of a national litigation boutique firm. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney (Civil Division) and earned two Department of Justice awards in recognition of his meritorious service. After serving as the youngest partner in one of the nation’s first national law firms, he founded and was the managing partner of Mark A. Cohen & Associates, P.A., a highly successful litigation firm. Mark personally represented more than 50 of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as 5 foreign sovereign nations. He tried 57 major civil cases during his career and was lead counsel in 12 class action lawsuits.

Mark was appointed Receiver of a large, international aviation parts business. He ran the company, personally oversaw litigation around the world, and repatriated more than $50MM of assets. He also served as outside general counsel to 3 insurance companies and as national supervising counsel to several other major corporations.

Since leaving the active practice of law, Mark has sat on several corporate Boards and has spent the past 18 months creating QUALITAS.

He is active in a number of civic and philanthropic interests, serving on the Board of The Washington Ballet and The Corcoran College of Art and Design, as Trustee of a charitable Foundation he helped to create, and as a Founder of Mt. Sinai Hospital, Miami BeachFlorida.


Mark is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, the institution’s first Rhodes Scholar Nominee. He earned 3 postgraduate degrees fromOxford University as well as a J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut.



Sonny Choudhury


Mr. Sonny Choudhury, President and CEO of Fedsolutions, founded the company in January 2003 and has since maintained aggressive growth. In addition to cementing successful relationship in the Federal and Commercial space, Mr. Choudhury has completes FedSolutions GSA Schedule and gained 8a certification with the Small Business Administration.


Mr. Choudhury has an extensive background in the Information Technology industry. He started his career as a Systems Analyst at TechnologyNet, a position he was offered after completing an internship during his final semester at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, where he received his BS in Information Science.

Mr. Choudhury has over ten years of experience in the Information Systems, Telecommunications and broadcasting industries with more than 12 years specializing in Network Administration.


Mr. Choudhury is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and was recently awarded the SMARTCEO by the SMARTCEO MAGAZINE in January of 2007. Mr. Choudhury also serves on the Executive Biz board and completed Executive education from Dartmouth University at the Tuck School of Business.









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