Chairman & CEO
A lawyer and economist by training, Georges Ugeux has focused his entire 30 year career on the global dimensions of business, government and finance. He has a deep understanding of the cultural dimension of negotiations, networks and partnerships.
Georges began his career in commercial banking at Societe Generale de Banque (now Fortis Bank), where he became the General Manager of the investment banking and trust division. He later served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisitions department, as well as Group Finance Director at Societe Generale de Belgique, a Belgian conglomerate. In 1992, he became President and Managing Director of Kidder, Peabody Europe. He was also a member of the European Corporate Executive Council of General Electric. He was President of the European investment Fund, a public private partnership financing infrastructure and SME projects owned by the European Investment Bank, the European Community and 77 European banks.
For seven years Georges immersed himself in the global equity markets by heading the International Group of the New York Stock Exchange, bringing over 300 non-US companies, valued at $ 2.7 trillion, to the US market. He is a frequent public speaker and educator on global issues (at the College of Europe in Bruges and Harvard Law School).
Georges Ugeux holds a Doctorate in Law and is Licentiate in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain. He chairs and sits on Boards of numerous transatlantic organizations.
François Pagès has over 25 years of a strong International Banking experience with postings in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Over the years he has been involved in creating numerous new businesses, reviewing and implementing acquisitions in the financial industry as well as managing teams of financial professionals. He has also frequently advised corporates and investors in their hedging, financial investments and funding strategies.
François started his career in the French diplomatic services in the late 1970’s, stationed in Beijing and Singapore.
François then joined Societe Generale in Paris in the early 1980’s within the Fixed Income department, creating the Interest Rate & Currency Swap trading activity. In 1985 he participated in the creation of SG Securities (Japan), based in Tokyo, supervising the trading room (Fixed Income and Equity trading & Sales.)
After returning to Paris in the late 1980’s, François became Head of the Options Sales & Structuring activities (Fx, IR, Equity). He was then recruited by Credit Lyonnais (in 1991) as Head of the Worldwide Equity Derivative Group, where he was soon made CEO of Credit Lyonnais Securities (Japan.) As CEO, François supervised all Capital Market & Brokerage activities in Japan with a major focus on coverage of the Japanese customer base, and the development of various Japanese product franchises for the group.
In 1999, François became the CEO of Credit Lyonnais Securities (USA) and Head of Capital Markets/Brokerage & Investment Banking from Credit Lyonnais group in the Americas. Upon the merger with Credit Agricole in 2003, he retained the same position for Calyon in the Americas supervising teams based in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil of over 500 Front Office professionals. Beside high level customer relationships, François was intimately involved in the creation of new activities and the acquisitions process of businesses and/or teams.
François has a MBA from ESSEC in France and a degree in Asian languages from Paris University. He is tightly involved in several think-tanks and non-for-profit organizations. Francois is a U.S. FINRA Registered Representative and Principal with Series 7, Series 24 and Series 63 licenses.
At Galileo, Ravi helps international companies in the technology, telecom and hospitality sectors achieve global strategies through mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity financing. Prior to joining Galileo, he was a tech banker at Angevin Group, a boutique M&A firm that specialized in cross-border transactions. He also founded a fiber-to-the-home services business, where he was instrumental in raising U.S. federal government and private equity funding, and building key strategic partnerships.
In his M&A leadership role at Zephyr Communications, an international Voice over IP and managed bandwidth services company, Ravi developed and executed acquisition, partnership and financing strategies that enabled the company to raise significant amount of capital in a challenging market and expand from one country to six in under two years. He gained significant international experience, working in Europe and Asia.
Prior, at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, Ravi executed over $2 billion of capital markets transactions, including bond financing and derivative products for large healthcare and higher education institutions. Early in this career, he was an Information Technology Associate at Praxair, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of industrial gases and systems.
Ravi holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology (Chennai), a M.S. in Industrial Engineering (Operations Research) from State University of New York at Buffalo, and a M.B.A. in Finance from University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He is an avid traveler and enjoys keeping up with global developments, technology trends and sports, including soccer, cricket and basketball. Ravi is a U.S. FINRA Registered Representative and Principal with Series 24, Series 28 and Series 62 licenses.
Rajeshwari is an accomplished corporate strategy professional with deep knowledge and expertise in the emerging markets. She has spent the last five years at Galileo Global Advisors in an entrepreneurial environment, advising small and large corporations on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships, investment opportunities and capital raising. She also works with private equity funds focused on India and China, analyzing their portfolios and assisting in fund raising.
Rajeshwari is highly competent in problem solving, financial analysis, improving margins, providing innovative solutions and creating shareholder value. Some of her key clients include Tata Group, GDF Suez, Godrej Consumer and Jaguar Land Rover. At Galileo, she works closely with the CEO on business development initiatives for the firm, promoting partner relations as well as acquiring and managing key revenue generating clients.
In her earlier avatar, Rajeshwari was a Business Analyst and Project Manager at Bank of America, where she was highly recognized for her leadership qualities. She has a strong quantitative background having a Masters degree in Financial Engineering from Columbia University and a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University.
In her spare time, Rajeshwari teaches and performs with Bollywood Funk NYC, a leading fusion dance institute in New York. She is a U.S. FINRA Registered Representative with a Series 62 and FINRA Series 79 license.
Vicky Liao joined Galileo Global Advisors in January 2010. Having worked in the banking industry in both China and United States, she focuses on Galileo’s cross border M&A and capital raising assignments across Asia with special focus on China related transactions.
Prior to joining Galileo, Vicky worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an Investment Banking Associate. She assisted in executing several M&A, IPO, and financial restructuring transactions in financial services, healthcare and other multiple industries. Following that, she worked with New York Pacific Capital, a boutique Investment Bank based on Wall Street, where she was involved in a series of private placement and public listing transactions for Chinese SMEs.
Prior to coming to United States, Vicky was a financial analyst in Wealth Management Division in China Minsheng Bank, Shanghai branch. Her expertise was in derivative embedded structured products.
Vicky holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, an M.A. in Financial Economics from University of Maine, and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. She is a CFA Charterholder and a U.S. FINRA Registered Representative with Series 62 and Series 79 licenses.
Donglin joined Galileo Global Advisors in November 2010. Prior to Galileo, Donglin worked as Director for Business Development at GEP Capital, a US based financial advisory firm which provides private capital for China-based companies to operate as US public entities.
Prior to GEP Capital, Donglin spent a year in Beijing China in entrepreneurial activities where he was a placement agent to Chang’an Capital, leading Chinese private equity firm and founder to IPG-Infinite Positive Group LLC, a US registered consulting venture which focused on cross-border technology transfer opportunities from Europe and USA to China.
In addition, Donglin worked for the Boeing Company in their Seattle Headquarters as a Commercial Airplanes Sales Associate and was a Summer Research Associate for the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC.
Donglin graduated from University of Redlands (CA) with a BS in Global Business and minors in Economics and Mathematics. He was awarded the Department’s highest distinctions, the Wall Street Journal Award and Senior Scholar in Business Administration Award. In addition, Donglin completed the General Course program at the London School of Economics and studied at Harvard University as a visiting student.
Donglin holds a French Baccalauréat (honor) in science and mathematics and commands fluent English, French, and native Mandarin skills, and is conversant in German.
Blagoy joined Galileo Global Advisors in May 2011. He has experience in private equity advisory as well as cross-border transactions and will support Galileo’s M&A transactional efforts.
Prior to joining Galileo, Blagoy worked at Chiron Partners - an investment banking boutique with offices in New York and Moscow. While at Chiron, he did transaction advisory, valuation and financial modeling work for private equity and corporate clients in the bulk commodities, transportation, forestry, aquaculture and other industries.
Blagoy was also a summer analyst at Deloitte CE’s Financial Advisory Services department in Sofia, Bulgaria. There, he worked on due diligence and transaction support projects in the hospitality, broadcasting, food and manufacturing sectors in Eastern Europe.
Blagoy graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Finance and Corporate Accounting and a minor in Economics. While at Ithaca, he was inducted in numerous honor societies and received the Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership. In his free time, Blagoy enjoys trying different ethnic cuisines as well as watching and playing soccer.
Katarina joined the company in May 2010 as Controller, managing the accounting and treasury departments, and supervising the human resources department and relations with third parties. She oversees the accounting operations of the parent and the subsidiary, their transaction-processing operations, and policies and procedures. She is in charge of reporting and FINRA compliance.
Prior to joining Galileo, Katarina was an independent consultant for seven years, providing accounting services throughout the New York Metropolitan area.
Prior to coming to the United States, Katarina worked full-time as an economist in the Government of Montenegro. She was an advisor to the Health Deputy Minister on economic topics, coordinator with the Ministry of Finance, and a certified public procurement officer. She was a member of the Commission for Restriction of the Use of Tobacco Products, and an active participant in the creation and enforcement of the first health law in Montenegro to ban indoor smoking. She was also tutoring Operational Research to third-year college students.
Katarina holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Economics in Montenegro, and an M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business in New York. She is a CPA candidate.
Katarina commands fluent English, native Montenegrin/Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian and is conversant in Greek.
In her spare time, Katarina enjoys biking, sailing, yoga, Bollywood dancing, and movies.
Government & Media Relations
Alexandra joined Galileo in May 2013. She is in charge of the Academics, Associations, Government and Media relations. She works with Georges Ugeux on the development of Galileo Global Institute.
Prior to Galileo, Alexandra was a TV and Radio journalist. She freelanced for various international Networks such as France televisions, TF1, CNBC Italy and the Agence France-Press. For two years she was the live correspondent for the French TV and radio networks France 24 and Europe 1, reporting live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
She has a BA in History from the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, and a Master in Journalism from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3. She did her second year of Master at the City University of New York, major in Business Journalism and minor in Acting.
She is a multi-skilled performing artist – actress, singer and dancer – and has been training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and at various studios in New York since 2008. She got her certification in Body Dynamics at T. Schreiber studio with Carol Reynolds and teaches one-on-one classes.
Alexandra has both the French and American citizenships; she is fluent in French, English, Martinican Creole and conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. Very beginner in Japanese, she is fascinated by Japan and the Nippon culture.