Louis D. Lo Praeste | Founder

Louis D. LoPraeste is a global thought leader and a former corporate strategist with over twenty years of advising senior executives. He has extensive experience in emerging markets, communications, investment analysis, financial markets, and geopolitics. His insightful start-up work in parsing global-macro economic and social analytics delivered innovative research vetted by DARPA, Lockheed Martin's ATL lab, several noted think tanks and academic institutions. 

Over the past five years, he has also authored four books on entrepreneurial enterprise, human consciousness, economics and political economy as well as numerous articles and essays of note. He is acknowledged by his peers as a spirited contrarian prepared to argue both sides of the issue equally well. He has two new works forthcoming in 2017 with Snow Creek Press. 

Educated in Boston and in London at Northeastern University and The University of London, he currently serves as Sr. Advisor for Global Security at Provence Capital and writes for The FT Group of Companies. In 2015, LinkedIn named him a "Top Voice" for Management and Culture. He is a contributor to Special Forces Journal and The Huffington Post as well as the author of a recent novel about a veteran returning home from Afghanistan, Capernaum, which was released this July.

Please read more of his work on bigthinker.com, and you can also purchase Capernaum on Amazon, http://amzn.to/2a8LPEZ. 




Senior Partners

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs is Managing Partner, Executive Creative Director of True North, a transmedia company focused on cross-platform storytelling, native content, and documentary film. He is also a founding partner of 8315 Media, a digital consultancy that is developing innovative software solutions for the mobile market. He is a veteran of the startup and agency worlds, having successfully launched and sold a startup in the entertainment space with Jimmy Iovine and has held executive positions with McCann WorldGroup, Digitas and ergonomic. His work has been recognized by all the major domestic and international award shows and he is an executive board member of the National Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. His clients include American Express, MasterCard, Chrysler, General Motors, Intel, Nikon, Verizon, Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, ABC, HBO, Cisco, UbiSoft and the US Army among others.


Russell Volckmann

Russell Volckmann is the grandson of US Special Forces founder, Retd Brigadier- General Volckmann. Russell’s innate and proven strategic acumen may be found in empowered not-for-profits, education, plus small, medium, and global enterprises. With over 20+ years of experience, he has a diverse portfolio spanning Europe, North America, and Asia that includes Bishop’s College School, University of California, E*Trade, Millward Brown, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, FCB, Landor Associates, Emirates Airlines, Air Canada, McDonald’s, Pacific Business Group on Health, Rainforest Action Network, CNN, L’ORÉAL Paris Japan, AT&T Japan, Tetra Pak, Ziff-Davis, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Shipley Energy, Palm, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, KM Disney, Inc., and many more.