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Nelson M. Fraiman is a professor of professional practice in the Decision, Risk, and Operations Division at Columbia Business School. He is also the faculty director of Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America (ECLA), a program for Latin American entrepreneurs who aim to be successful across borders. His current research centers on entrepreneurship and operational excellence. Fraiman joined the faculty in 1995 after a 17-year career at International Paper Company, where his most recent position was chief technology officer. He teaches operations management and strategy and has conducted executive education programs in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Holland, Israel, Mexico, South Korea, the United States, and Uruguay. Fraiman holds a BS in industrial engineering, an MS, MBA, and PhD from Columbia University.

Research Director

Gabriel Y. Weintraub is an associate professor in the Decision, Risk, and Operations Division at Columbia Business School. His research covers several subjects that lie at the intersection of operations research and microeconomics. He is particularly interested in developing mathematical and computational models for the economic analysis of problems in operations.

Weintraub received the 2002 IFORS Prize for Operations Research in Development, which is given every three years to the best application of operations research in a developing country. His research has been published is such prestigious journals as Operations Research and Econometrica. He teaches operations management and microeconomic and game theoretical modeling. Weintraub earned his MA and PhD from Stanford University.

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Robert M. Amen is currently an executive in residence at Columbia Business School. Formerly he was the CEO and chairman of the board of International Flavors and Fragances (2006-09). In 2006, Amen retired as president, chief operating officer, and director of International Paper after spending 26 years within the firm. He started his career with Gulf & Western before joining Schlumberger, which launched Rob on a career in international business.

A graduate of Columbia Business School and of Boston College, where he studied economics, Amen serves on the board of the UK infrastructure company Balfour Beatty, and is also a member of the board of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund. He is a Knight of Malta and is involved in community service initiatives in New York.

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