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Here you will find a wealth of knowledge from writers who understand the unique dynamics of
family-owned businesses. Browse our directory to find the perfect author for your business
needs, or simply explore the wide range of perspectives and insights available.
Advisor and Head of Governance Practice
Claudia witnessed the devastating consequences of troubled family dynamics after her
grandparents death, leading to the sale of the family enterprise. She has also seen
family business from the other side, with her father being a successful non-family
CEO of 25 years at bio-familia, a family enterprise in rural Switzerland.
She then earned a Marketing traineeship at the largest Swiss bank UBS and also
Ph.D. in family business institute at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany.
Claudia has been leading the Family and Business Program at Lucerne School of
since 2014, and continues to provide research-based and peer-oriented learning
opportunities for family-owned companies in Switzerland even after her move to the
United States in 2013. In 2019, she joined Andrew Keyt as the Head of the Governance
Practice at Keyt Consulting – a role that she continues to hold at Generation6. In
capacity, Claudia worked extensively with the boards of some of the largest private
family companies in the United States.
Claudia’s research and practice are informed and shaped by her understanding of the
of family cohesion, effective communication and conflict management, and family and
business governance that align with the values, culture, and objectives of the
She has received awards for her research from scholarly and business organizations
alike. Claudia is a board member of the International Family Enterprise Research
and a former family business chair at the European Academy of Management. She is a
visiting scholar at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany, and an affiliated
at Jönköping University (CeFEO) in Sweden.
Author Senior Research Fellow at Banyan Global Family Business Advisors
For over 40 years, Denis Jaffe has been one of the leading architects of the field
of family enterprise consulting. He is a clinical psychologist and an organizational
consultant and helps multi-generational families to develop governance practices
that build the capability of next generation leadership.
Dennis helps large, global families manage personal and organizational issues that
lead to successful and fulfilling transfer of businesses, wealth, values,
commitments and legacies between generations.
He is a family business fellow at the Cornell Johnson College of Business, and is
also cited by Family Wealth Report for special commendation as an individual thought
leader. He has served on the board of Family Firm Institute. Dennis was awarded with
the Richard Beckhard and International Awards. In 2007 he was Thinker in Residence
for S. Australia, helping the region design a strategic plan for the future of their
entrepreneurial and family businesses.
Family Advisor | Business Strategist | Non-Exec Director | Thought Leader | Technology
A successful family advisor, business strategist, entrepreneur, and thought leader with a
proven track record of achievement in driving innovation and growth for entrepreneurial
endeavours and not-for-profit organisations.
David’s experience includes founding and
building multiple businesses from the ground up, and expanding and leading operations
new markets. He is recognised by colleagues as a creative problem-solver and strategist
expertise in coming up with ideas and creating new ways of improving business, strategy,
operations, and results.
As a business and family advisor, he provides clients with expert business advice on
intergenerational business and wealth transition, advancing entrepreneurial efforts,
setting up good governance, improving financial and operational results, and strategic
direction. He is also a seasoned program leader with an aptitude for providing
governance in corporate and philanthropic pursuits with a strong focus on culturally
He is also the author of the book Transition, and the Founder and Chairman of Billing
Bureau, one of the leading Australian Telecommunications Recurring Billing Software
companies. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today
and most recently has been speaking for high net worth groups in Macao, Singapore and
David is an adjunct professor of Swinburne University, has completed a Masters of
Entrepreneurship and used his knowledge to expand several successful businesses in the
Information Technology and Telecommunications industries. He currently mentors and
advises family businesses, CEOs, and top-level entrepreneurs on how to successfully
systemize their businesses so that they can increase revenue, scale, and even exit their
business. He also launched his own Family Office. David lives in Melbourne, Australia
with his wife and five children.
Co-founder Banyan Global, Visiting Lecturer at Harvard Business School, HBR author and
Dr. Josh Baron is a co-founder and Partner at Banyan Global. For over a decade, he has
worked closely with families who own assets together, such as operating companies, family
foundations, and family offices.
He helps these families to define their purpose as owners and to establish the
structures, strategies, and skills they need to accomplish their goals. Prior to Banyan,
he worked at Bain & Company and The Bridgespan Group. Baron taught family business
courses at Columbia Business School in the MBA, EMBA, and Executive Education programs.
He is now a Visiting Lecturer in Executive Education at Harvard Business School where he
teaches about how to build a family business that lasts, how to manage conflict in a
family enterprise, and how family ownership can create a competitive advantage. He
publishes and speaks frequently on subjects concerning family enterprises and is the
co-author of the Harvard Business Review Family Business Handbook.
A regular contributor to HBR.org, including Why the 21st Century Will Belong to Family
Businesses, Why Family Businesses Need to Find the Right Level of Conflict, and Every
Business Owner Should Define What Success Looks Like, he is graduate of the University
of Pennsylvania, the University of Cambridge, and Columbia University. Josh is also the
author of Great Power Peace and American Primacy: The Origins
Director of EDHEC Family Business Centre| Associate Professor of Finance & Family Business|
Advisor| Editor|Board Member
Rania Labaki is Director of the EDHEC Family Business Centre and Associate Professor of
Management at EDHEC Business School, where she teaches and conducts research at the
intersection of the fields of finance, entrepreneurship and family businesses.
Rania is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Family Enterprise
Research Academy (IFERA), a member of the Scientific Council of FBN France, and a member
of the Advisory Board of Women in Family Business (WIFB).
She is the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneurship Research Journal and a member of the
editorial boards of the main academic journals dedicated to family businesses. She has
published extensively in academic and professional books and journals on family
businesses, including the expert sections of Droit & Patrimoine magazine and Les Echos
She holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the University of Bordeaux and has received
several international awards in recognition of her contribution in the field of family
businesses including the prestigious Barbara Hollander Award in 2020. Her current
interests focus on the role of family and emotional dynamics in financial, social and
philanthropic, intra/entrepreneurial, and family business succession decisions.
Fellow at The Family Firm Institute - FFI
Patricia M. Annino has been educating, inspiring and empowering women on wealth and legacy
for over 30 years.
She educates and empowers women to value themselves and their contributions in order to
accomplish great things in the world- and in so doing protect themselves, those they
love and the organizations they care about.
Patricia M. Annino is a partner in Rimon’s Trust and Estates Group. A nationally
recognized authority on estate planning and taxation, Ms. Annino has more than 30 years
of experience serving the diverse needs of families, individuals, and owners of
Ms. Annino’s practice includes all aspects of private client work, including estate
planning; will and trust planning; incapacity planning; prenuptial and postnuptial
agreements; estate litigation; advising executors, trustees and beneficiaries and
administration of estates and trusts.
A Boston native, Patricia is a graduate of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred
Heart, Smith College, Suffolk University School of Law and the Boston University School
of Law, Graduate Tax Program.
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