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.

Craig Lyons

Craig has an investment banking background with 25 years’ experience and through his company CUB Investments is engaged in conceptualising, developing, acquiring and building businesses with specific focus on originating, promoting, sponsoring and leading traditional private equity, real estate and development capital throughout Africa.

Craig worked for Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank (Investment Banking) for five years prior to co-founding Mvelaphanda Strategic Investments where he was responsible for building and managing its investment portfolio of property, financial services, infrastructure, technology, telecommunications, engineering, healthcare and engineering assets and investments.  As CEO he built Mvelaphanda into one of the leading BEE investment houses in South Africa with assets in excess of R26 billion.

Shortly after the merger with Rebserve he left Mvelaphanda to pursue building and acquiring a range of businesses (predominantly with operational management), while still advising Mvelaphanda on strategic issues and overseeing various portfolio companies. He currently sits on a number of Boards as a director providing independent analysis, leadership and managerial skills, injection of creative energy, financial acumen, strategic guidance and access to a broad network of relationships.