Our Advisory Board

Learn more about our Advisory Board below:

Miguel Palacios

Miguel Palacios is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business School. His academic work focuses on the intersection of human capital and asset-pricing. In particular, he studies the size and riskiness of human capital, and measuring the effect it has on the riskiness of firms. Miguel also works on alternative instruments for financing education. On this subject he published Investing in Human Capital (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and co-founded Lumni Inc.

Lumni, which is a practical implementation of the ideas presented in his book, has financed more than 9,000 students in Chile, Colombia, México, Perú and the United States. Miguel believes in education: he holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration — finance — and an M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.B.A. from the Darden Business School, University of Virginia, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

Johannes Frankenfeld

Johannes Frankenfeld is Co-owner and Managing Director of Brain Capital whose goal is to enable all prospective students to avail of higher education regardless of their personal financial background. Johannes holds an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s of Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

Tonio DeSorrento

Tonio is CEO of Vemo Education, where he focuses on income-based product development and policy issues. Tonio is passionate about the challenge of alignment in higher education and has contributed to the development of ISAs in the United States since 2007. Before Vemo, he held legal roles at SoFi and Pave, and practiced law at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Tonio holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he is also an adjunct professor of law, and a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy.

Peter Mombaur

Peter Mombaur is a Co-Founder of African Leadership Academy and Terra Education. He spent 15 years working across Africa before joining Terra Education full-time in 2016. Peter was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Duesseldorf before transferring to Johannesburg. He later co-founded and co-ran Tana Africa Capital; now a leading Africa-focused investment company. Peter holds a Master’s degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aachen, an honors degree in Law from the University of Hagen, and a degree in Economics from the University of Bayreuth.

Matthew S. Tierney

Matt has been involved in emerging markets for over twenty years in both advisory and investment roles. He joined Development Capital, an affiliate of DCP, in 2002 to manage the firm’s private investments and was co-founder and general partner of Aperture Venture Partners, an early stage investor in healthcare. In 2008, he transitioned to head Development Capital’s investment efforts in emerging markets. He focused on public and private equity investments across markets but devoted significant attention to investments in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Development Capital, he worked in a variety of professional services capacities. At Credit Suisse First Boston, Matt worked in the Global Corporate Finance group on merger and acquisition, equity and debt transactions in the technology, industrial and consumer goods industries. Many of these transactions took place in Latin America. As a founding TechnoServe Fellow, he assisted early stage companies in Latin America and Africa with market analyses, financial management and organizational structures and instituted a methodology to measure organizational impact. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Trinity School, TechnoServe’s Global Advisory Council and is a member of the African Leadership Network. He served as a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Board of The BCS Group, a Kenyan based ICT company. Matt received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his M.B.A from Columbia Business School.