Our Team


Charles O. Holliday


Chad was appointed Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc in May 2015, having previously served as a Non-executive Director since September 2010. He was Chief Executive Officer of DuPont from 1998 to 2009, and Chairman from 1999 to 2009. He joined DuPont in 1970 after receiving a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee and held various manufacturing and business assignments, including a six-year,Tokyo-based posting as President of DuPont Asia/Pacific. He has previously served as Chairman of Bank of America Corporation, The Business Council, Catalyst, the National Academy of Engineering, the Society of Chemical Industry – American Section and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and is a founding member of the International Business Council.  He is Chair of the Administrative board of SE4ALL and is a Director of CH2M and HCA Holdings, Inc.




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Deborah L. Wince-Smith


The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan leadership coalition of CEO’s, University Presidents, Labor Union Leaders, and National Laboratory Directors, all committed to developing policy solutions and national initiatives to drive future productivity growth, prosperity for all Americans, and the global success of American business. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, as the first Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush, and as the Assistant Director for International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Reagan Administration. She served as a Senate confirmed member of the Oversight Board of the Internal Revenue Service in the Administrations of President George W. Bush and President Barack H.  Obama.


Ms. Wince-Smith is also the President and Founder of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC). She previously served on the Smithsonian National Board, the Secretary of State’s Committee on International Economic Policy, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and, the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory. She served as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness and as a Public Director of NASDAQ-OMX. 


Ms. Wince-Smith currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) and UNICEF. She is also a Commissioner on the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, and as a member of the Council of Japan’s Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum. As an expert in technology commercialization, Ms. Wince-Smith serves on the Board of Directors of Aerolase, Inc. and Q-Net Security, Inc., and she serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of the American College of Greece. 


Ms. Wince-Smith graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and earned a Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology from King’s College, Cambridge University. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Michigan State University, the University of Toledo, the Queens University Belfast, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the University of South Carolina.

Roberto dos Reis Alvarez

Executive Director

A recognized expert in international development and innovation, Dr. Roberto dos Reis Alvarez is the Executive Director of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), a global network of more than 30 organizations around the world devoted to accelerating global competitiveness and prosperity. He is also a research scholar at Arizona State University (ASU).

Dr. Alvarez is the co-creator of the GFFC’s Competitiveness Decoder™ (decoder.thegfcc.org), a first-of-its-kind, data-based tool to visualize the key drivers of national competitiveness.

Prior to joining the GFCC and ASU, Dr. Alvarez was the Senior Manager of the Analysis and Strategic Projects Unit with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) – an organization that he joined in 2005 and where he held several other positions.

During his time at ABDI, Dr. Alvarez coordinated ABDI’s bilateral innovation initiatives with the United States, Sweden and Germany, as well as economic integration initiatives with Africa and Latin America. He co-developed the C-Suite U.S. Brazil Innovation Summits and Innovation Learning Laboratory series, designed to spark business and research partnerships between the western hemisphere’s two largest economies.

Dr. Alvarez has worked as a management and operations consultant for manufacturing and logistics and has co-founded three tech companies. He has taught graduate courses at various Brazilian universities and appeared in the media in Brazil and abroad (including in India, Sweden, Uruguay, the United States, and Venezuela).

He currently sits on the boards of Global Urban Development, a global network of thought leaders concerned with world’s urban problems. He is an active angel investor and a former columnist for Startupi, Brazil’s leading media vehicle on startups and technology.

Dr. Alvarez was trained in Quality Control and Productivity Technique at the Japan Productivity Center and in exponential technologies and entrepreneurship at the NASA AMES-based Singularity University. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.


Chad Evans


As Council on Competitiveness Executive Vice-president overseeing all programs and initiatives, Chad Evans develops and manages the Council's policy agenda and workstream, including: development of the Council's flagship "National Commission on Innovation & Competitiveness Frontiers;" creating both the "Building University-Industry-Lab Dialogue for Advanced Computing" effort and the "Exploring Innovation Frontiers Initiative" with the National Science Foundation; forming the "American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership" with the U.S. Department of Energy; and, helping to shape and launch the "National Engineering Forum."

In addition, Chad has built and shepherded over the past decade the Council's "Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative," engaging Fortune 500 chief technology officers, university vice presidents of research, and national laboratory deputy directors to make the policy and business cases for America's innovation-enabling investments in talent, technology and infrastructure.

He has also helmed C-suite innovation summits, dialogues and immersions across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Has focused, in particular in Brazil and Australia - having created 4 U.S.-Brazil Innovation Summits and 20+ innovation learning laboratories across both nations; and having launched the first-ever U.S.-Australia CTO Dialogue series.

Chad holds an M.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, with an Honors concentration in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown's Landegger Program. He has a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from Emory University.

He is Secretary to the Board of the Council on Competitiveness; Treasurer to the Board of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils; a member of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Advisory Board; an ARCS Foundation National Science and Engineering Advisory Council member; a U.S. German Marshall Fund Fellow; and a past member of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Industry Advisory Council and the World Economic Forum Advisory Board on Russian Competitiveness.

Vanessa Puerta

Head of Operations

Head of Operations at The GFCC, Vanessa Puerta brings her 20 years of experience in corporate communication, corporate affairs, customer service and ethics & compliance in multinational companies. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration, a post-graduation degree in Communications & Marketing at FIA/USP, with an extension in Marketing at IAE Pierre Mendes in France, and a M.Sc. degree in Communication Sciences at Faculdade Cásper Líbero. In her experience in multinational companies, VP worked managing local project teams to communicate with global teams, acting as an integrator, aligning expectations and setting communication protocols. Additionally, Vanessa is part of the board of directors of SIETAR Brazil – Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research – and currently volunteers at Missao Paz, helping to prepare immigrants and refugees for job interviews.