Board of Directors
Dr. Hans Black
Dr. Black received a Bachelor of Science from Union College in New York, law training in France and a Doctorate in Medicine from McGill University. He is the founder and CEO of Interinvest, a global money management firm which manages accounts for private and institutional clients who are serviced through offices in Boston and Montreal, and its affiliate offices in Bermuda, London and Zurich. He has been widely quoted, appearing in publications such as Barron's, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, Euromoney and The Wall Street Transcript and appears frequently as a special guest on The Nightly Business Report. Dr. Black serves as chairman of the board of the Quebec-based food company, Les Aliments Soyummi Inc. as well as chairman of the board of the McGill Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the board of Wi2Wi Inc. and serves on the Advisory Council of The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, as well as on the boards of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, la Fondation Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal, The National Arts Centre, Ottawa, and the Washington National Opera.
Dr. Walter von Wartburg
Dr. von Wartburg is a graduate of several well-known universities. He received his legal doctorate and passed his bar exams at the University of Basel and completed legal and economic studies from Princeton University. He received his Master of Laws degree at Harvard Law School and completed the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University. He is currently Partner in private law practice in Basel and is professor on public health policy at the Saint Gall Graduate School of Economics, Business and Public Administration. Dr. von Wartburg has written various books and articles on subjects ranging from drug legislation, social acceptance of gene technology, and issues of management and business administration.
He has held senior management positions within the global pharmaceutical industry, including Roche, Ciba-Geigy and Novartis, for over 20 years, specializing in US/EU regulatory affairs for drug and medical devices. He holds various board memberships in Swiss and US companies.
Dr. von Wartburg is the Founder and President of the Swiss Foundation for the Mentally Handicapped “PRO MENTE SANA”, member of the Bioethics Institute Advisory Committee of the Johns Hopkins University, President of the Basel Opera and Theatre and Co-Chairman of the International Culture Foundation PRO EUOPA.
Mr. Mekouar is the former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States. He participated in the negotiation of the Morocco/United States free trade agreement and the Millennium Challenge Account wherein the United States granted US$697 million for Moroccan development projects. He has previously served as the Ambassador of Morocco to several European countries and other countries throughout the world. He has also served as Chairman of the Council of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which exercises functions dealing with world food and agriculture and related matters including their impact on human health. Ambassador Mekouar obtained his business degree from l'Ecole des Hautes Commerciales of Paris and frequently lectures on the economy and politics in universities and international conferences.
Dr. Robert Gundel
President and CEO
See bio under Management.
Dr. Neil Cashman
Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder
See bio under Management.