Esther Micskey

MBA, HR Certificate, Certified Trainer
Director and Founder (Austrian)

Esther holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from the University of Applied Business Administration in Vienna, Austria and an Advanced Certificate in Strategic HR Management from the ILR School at Cornell University.

She has over ten years of experience in marketing, HR and training/development. Esther gained her professional experience in the field of Corporate Training for several multinational organizations and as a Marketing Manager in the pharmaceutical sector.

Esther has been instrumental in developing Presidio’s professional training processes. She leads Presidio’s consultant-based activities, from building the group of consultants with whom Presidio works, to ensuring their projects are successful and rewarding.

Terry Rainback

Senior Corporate Advisor

Terry is an experienced corporate finance executive with a broad base of experience and impressive achievements in senior management. Following 15 years in the City working in the field of domestic and international corporate finance, he joined EMC in 2003 to provide his background and experience in corporate finance and corporate management to private clients. Some of Terry’s major achievements have been at the cutting edge of corporate activity and strategic development, including business planning, M&A, the raising of investment capital/development funding, succession planning and management development. EMC and Terry service clients in the UK and internationally from its London and regional offices.

Kareem Abughazaleh

Senior Corporate Advisor

A​n entrepreneur and angel investor with experience​ in the development ​​industry. Kareem has an MBA from London Business School and a BSc in finance from Georgetown​ University​. He ​is the CEO of Foodie Brands and Managing Partner of Mina Ventures, ​a family office with ongoing investments in early-mid stage companies since 2004. ​He has invested in companies based in the USA, Canada, Brazil, and UAE across sectors including Food Production & Retail, Healthcare Technology, Alternative Energy & Sustainability, Telecom​ Infrastructure​, Live/Recorded Entertainment, and E-commerce.

Lonny Simonian

Senior Technical Advisor

Lonny Simonian has over 25 years of professional experience in the electrical design and construction industry and has worked on several multibillion USD federally funded domestic projects, as well as numerous public and privately funded projects around the world. This has including extensive experience in project & construction management, project controls and administration, and design and construction engineering on several US government advanced technology projects. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), and an Advanced Project Management Certificate from Stanford. Professor Simonian is also a Professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) and graduate course instructor in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly.

Professor Simonian is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California and a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional. Professor Simonian’s previous experience includes positions as an Engineering Group Supervisor at Bechtel National and Senior Project Manager for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Professor Simonian was a past recipient of a NSF/DOE fellowship, conducting Smart Grid research at UC Berkeley Lab on Energy Information System Dashboard Integrating Wireless Sensing Devices with Wired Metering and Controls. He is the principal or corresponding author of over three dozen peer-reviewed papers.

Professor Simonian is currently conducting research for ELECTRI International, the research foundation for the National Electrical Contractors Association, on Quality in Construction – Improving productivity and reducing rework by establishing a Built-in Quality (BIQ) program, and recently completed work on another ELECTRI grant Applications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Electric Utility Construction. Professor Simonian previously completed a co-funded ELECTRI and National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) grant on Electrical Distribution and Construction – Developing an Agile Supply Chain Partnership. Prior research includes a grant from the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) on a Guide to Applying Reliability Based Decision Making to Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (ITM) Frequency for Fire Protection Systems and Equipment and a report for the National Institute of Standards and Technology via the FPRF on Smart Grids and NFPA Electrical Safety Codes and Standards.

Jourdan Alexander-Younis

Director, Senior Advisor – (American)

Jourdan has over 20 years of sustainable project development experience and has been investing in early-stage venture for more than ten years. Prior to Presidio, Jourdan was Senior Advisor at Alpin Innovation Labs (Masdar City) — a strategic sustainablity/innovation consultancy for the built environment with more than $500 Billion in projects under advice. Alpin was, among others, elected as the Best Places to Work and a signatory of the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Jourdan is originally from San Francisco, California and has lived, worked, and studied across the globe including: London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Paris, and Vienna. His advisory clients include organizations such as multiple sovereign wealth funds, royal family offices, federal ministries, Citi, HSBC, Deloitte, Nike, Akamai Technologies, Salesforce, Mars, and Bloomberg.

At Presidio, he is focused on bridging cultures and investments to ensure optimal outcomes for clients, founders, and stakeholders.
In addition to his role at Presidio, Jourdan works with early-stage EMEA venture funds and technology companies both as board member and as strategic advisor. His experience includes cross-border M&A at Alpin and in partnerships. Furthermore, Jourdan has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for 20 years as a volunteer, speaker, and advisor.

Jourdan earned his Bachelor of Science from the California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) college of Architecture, where he was a pioneer in sustainable development. He subsequently earned his MBA from London Business School. In addition to continuing education at MIT in the field of Artificial Intelligence, he is a graduate of INSEAD’s International Directors Program with a focus on Corporate Governance.

Jourdan has spoken at or contributed to Columbia University, The UNDP, The Economist, and TEDx.