CapImpact Executive Team

Ralph Welborn Ph.D


25 years+ providing business and technology advisory services to both private and public sector organizations globally. CEO of innovation technology platform, leader of IBM’s Strategy & Transformation business, among other global advisory worlds. Published 3 books. Most recent is Topple: The End of Firm-Based Strategy and the Rise of New Explosive Growth Models May, 2018. Ph.D. in Cognitive Science.

Gail Cassell


Past Chairwoman of National Science Foundation, Past President of Multiple Institute of Medicine (IoM) commissions, with a specific focus on MDR-TB, and the use of AI for new methods of clinical diagnostics), Professor of Global Public Health: Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Alabama

Anas Sawaf


A seasoned business executive with over 20 years of experience in the technology sector in multiple international markets. Major focus has been technology strategy & large program leadership around ICT/IoT/M2M/AI. Roles have included Founder, CEO of Citifours – a strategy & technology company focused on technology transfer and advisory, leader of Cisco’s Digital Transformation and Smarter Cities Programs in the Middle East.

Bret Hatfield


Bret has spent most of his career in a professional consulting leadership role providing both internal executive leadership within his consulting companies and, more importantly, external advisory and business transformational services to his clients.



Dylan has significant experience working on Digital Transformation and taking advantage of emerging technologies at the intersection of public and private sectors. His previous roles have included CEO of Metropolitan Health, South Africa's largest insurane company and CIO of an insurance analytics company. He sits on a number of boards in South Africa as well as the co-founder of a couple health-tech startups focused on bioinformatics and diagnostics.



Brian has 25 years technology — mostly at start-up technology companies. He has held a variety of leadership positions ranging from President, CTO, Head of Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Co-Founder of technology companies — including Tesora (open DBaaS) company, OrderMotion (cloud), Optaros (content / analytics), Object Design (object database) as well as senior manager at Coopers & Lybrand. In addition, he was CTO for SwissRe living in Zurich as well as Research Director at MIT Lincoln Labs. He hold a MS in computer science and an MBA.

Ron D'Vari


Ron has over 30 years of experience in alternative asset management, advisory, solutions, large-scale complex products and process design and management. He advises global financial institutions, pension funds, government agencies, regulators, and sovereign wealth funds. Formerly an executive at BlackRock, D’Vari served as the global head of structured finance and member of Investment Strategy Group and several management committees (Fixed Income Business, Alternatives, and New Products Management).

Ron also serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Structured Finance. D’Vari, was previously the chairman of PRMIA Education Committee and is currently advisor to the Chair. Ron D’Vari has previously been on the Board of Boston Security Analyst Society and Advisory Board of American Securitization Forum.

Ron holds a B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and MBA from UCLA and is a CFA charter holder and has FINRA Series 24, 53, 7, and 63 licenses.

Pritesh Jani


Pritesh has been a technology entrepreneur for 20 years. His previous roles have included Managing Director of Technology, IBM in the Middle East, as well as Senior Partner at Accenture for Digital Transformation, Middle East and Europe. Most recently, he is the founder of Jump360, a mobile technology development company as well as working with CapImpact as a technologist and senior business advisor and partner. He lives in London.