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.

Deborah L. Wince-Smith


Deborah L. Wince-Smith is the president & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, a coalition of CEOs, university presidents, labor leaders and national laboratory directors, committed to driving U.S. competitiveness. 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 and Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Reagan White House.

Ms. Wince-Smith is also the president of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, whose creation she led. She is a member of Japan’s Science & Technology in Society Forum Council and of the Commission on the Theft of Intellectual Property, co-chaired by Mr. Craig Barrett, former chairman of Intel Corporation, and Admiral Dennis Blair, former U.S. director of national intelligence. She serves on Purdue University’s Strategic Research Advisory Council and on the board of the American College in Greece, the oldest American-accredited college in Europe and the largest private college in Greece.

Ms. Wince-Smith has served as the vice-chair and chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness. She was previously a member of the Smithsonian National Board and the Naval Academy Foundation Board.

Ms. Wince-Smith earned a degree in classical archaeology and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College. She earned her master’s degree from King’s College, Cambridge University, and received an honorary doctorate in humanities from Michigan State University, an honorary doctorate in public administration from the University of Toledo, an honorary doctorate of law honoris causa from the Queens University Belfast, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters honoris causa from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.



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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


Chad Evans is the Executive Vice President at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. As Council EVP overseeing all programs and initiatives, Chad develops and manages the Council’s complete policy agenda and workstream, including: creating the Exploring Innovation Frontiers Initiative with the National Science Foundation and the American Energy & Manufacturing CompetitivenessPartnership with the U.S. Department of Energy; helping to launch the National Engineering Forum to elevate attention to the roles engineers and the engineering enterprise  play in driving long-term prosperity; building and shepherding the Council’s Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative (TLSI), engaging more than 50 Fortune 500 chief technology officers; and helming CEO-level innovation dialogues with key global partners across Latin America, Europe and Asia.

In particular, Chad has developed and executed a series of global innovation summits: with the EU and Japan in 2005, and more deeply with Brazil over the past decade. In addition to leading the development to date of 3 US-Brazil Innovation Summits, Chad has co-created 15 US-Brazil Innovation Learning Labs and manages the US-Brazil Bi-National Innovation Platform. He has also co-chaired the President Obama and President Roussef U.S.-Brazil Innovation Working Group. Chad holds an MS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, an Honors concentration in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown’s Landegger Program, and a BA in International Affairs from Emory University. He is a member of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Advisory Board; an ARCS Foundation National Science and Engineering Advisory Council member; a US German Marshall Fund Fellow; treasurer for the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils; a member of the Board of the India Council on Competitiveness; a steering committee member of the South Big Data Hub; and a past member of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Industry Advisory Council and 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.





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