The Board of Directors of DG International Ratings is composed by high profile, renowned and trusted professionals with proven international expertise in the financial services industry. Please find below the profiles of the members of the Board.
Juan Jose Rodriguez-Navarro
President of the Board of Directors
Mr. Rodriguez-Navarro counts with more than 20 years of experience in financial asset management and private equity investments. Currently holds the following positions: Founder, Board Member and Investment Manager in Global Income SA-SIF (Luxembourg), Founder and Main Shareholder of Trinity Place Fund (SICAV regulated by Maltese MFSA), Board Member of Finen SICAV (Spain), Board Member of Maver21 SICAV (Spain), President of BMI Insurance Brokers (Spain), Board Member and Director of private equity firm GP Capital Partner (Portugal). Mr. Rodriguez-Navarro has a Master in Taxation in Centro de Estudios Financieros (Madrid), a Postgraduate Degree in Finance at Pforzheim Fachochshuele fur Wirtschaft (Pforzheim Germany), a Bachelor Degree in finance at South Bank University (London, UK) and a Master Degree in Business at San Pablo CEU University (Madrid, Spain).
Fernando Costa Freire
Vice-President Board of Directors
Mr. Costa Freire has more than 25 years of experience in public services and investment advisory. Currently holds the following positions: Vice-President of the Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Vice-President of the Clube Naval de Lisboa; Shareholder of Edeluc Investment Consulting, a investments advisory consultancy firm focused on China; Before that, from 2011 to 2017, he was also a shareholder and Board Member of MSF Qatar, a JV construction company between Portuguese and Qatari investors dedicated to developing infrastructure projects; From 2010 to 2014, he was a Non-Executive Board Member of Aman Bank (Libya); From 2002 to 2005, he was a diplomatic advisor for two Portuguese Prime Ministers; and from 1994 to 2002, he worked at the United Nations Security Council in New York, Department of Political Affairs; Mr. Costa Freire has a Post-Graduate degree in Business Management from Universidade Católica of Lisbon, a BA International Relations Keele University, UK and a MA Political Science Durham University, UK.
José María Cantero de Montes-Jovellar
Member of the Board of Directors
Mr. Cantero has more than 25 years of experience in financial asset management and large corporates. Currently, he holds the following positions: Board Member and Member of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee at NH Hotel Group (Madrid), Partner of Iberis Capital. Private Equity management Co., Partner of Holistic Real Estate Investments. Previously, from 2008 to 2015, he was Deputy General Manager for Mutua Madrileña Insurance Company (Spain); from 2003 to 2008, he was Marketing Director for Amena/Orange mobile operator (Spain) ; From 1994 to 2003, he was Associate Director for The Procter&Gamble Company (Spain and Portugal). Mr. Cantero has a Degree in Business Administration and Economics at Universidad Pontifica Comillas ICADE (E-3), Graduated in law at Universidad Pontifica Comillas ICADE (E-3) and most recently was part at the Advanced Management Program at PADE Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE), Madrid.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Mager is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Dagong Europe Credit Rating srl. He is the Chair of Banking and Finance of EBS Business School, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht in Germany. He joined the EBS Business School in 2009. Prior to this he served as an Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He graduated at the Erlangen-Nürnberg University where he also obtained his doctoral degree and habilitation. Being CFA charterholder he manages the program partnership with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and supervises EBS students until the annual CFA Global Investment Research Challenge. Since 2015 he is Head of the FACT Department (Finance, Accounting, Controlling, Taxation). He was significantly involved in various consulting projects at Deutsche Bank, New York, and First National Bank in South Africa. Prof. Mager has an M.A. (Master of Arts) in Chinese Studies. His current research interests are in the areas of insuring occupational pension schemes (in cooperation with Deutsche Bundesbank) and in market micro structure based on high frequency data. Prof. Ferdinand Mager teaches in the Bachelor program (Corporate Finance and Valuation) as well as in the Master program (Financial Modeling). In the field of Executive Education, he regularly gives lectures in cooperation with the Real Estate Management Institute (REMI).
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr Mohamed Shaban is an Independent non-Executive Member of the Board of Directors of Dagong Europe Credit Rating. He has extensive industry and academia experience in the areas of asset management, corporate finance and financial services industry. Dr Shaban is a member of CFA Institute. He is currently Reader (Associate Professor) in Finance at the Sheffield University Management School. He joined Sheffield from the University of Leicester School of Business where he is currently an Honorary Visiting Fellow. Formerly Mohamed worked in several managerial posts in top regional companies in Egypt before joining academia. His last position was the Director of Corporate Finance at TMG Group. Among his major achievements are the feasibility studies of the landmark residential and hotel complexes in Egypt (Four Seasons Hotels in Cairo, Alexandria and Sharm El Sheikh). Dr Shaban is the co-founder and the Vice President of the International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS); and the co-founder of UK Efficiency, Productivity and Innovation Network UKEPIAN. Currently he is the Coordinator of the EURO Working Group on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis. His major research fields are international banking, corporate finance, SME's lending and governance where he published a number of research papers in these areas. Mohamed is consulted as an international expert by Indonesian BPK (Supreme Audit Board) for banking and service sector performance evaluation. Mohamed is currently leading a major research project in the area of SMEs finance in collaboration with researchers from BPK and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI).
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