Giadha A. DeCarcer
President & CEO
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.
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 most recently assisted a Jordanian telecom operator expand its market share by securing a $29.5M OPIC loan. Mr. Minhas has and continues to lead US Governor delegations abroad to help develop business ties between US and foreign markets.
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.
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,
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,
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.