FMG's International Panel of Experts (IPE) comprises a range of distinguished professionals with deep expertise in varying domains. Members of the IPE advise FMG on its firm strategy but are also available to contribute to our Advisory, Consulting and Training (ACT) services.

Max Everest-Phillips

Chairman of the International Panel of Experts (IPE)

Expertise: Public Sector Excellence
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Max Everest-Phillips sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team on projects relating to the public sector. He is also Chairman of the IPE.

Max was the Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore between 2013 and 2018. He had previously served as Director of the Governance Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. From 2010 to 2013, Max led work on the Commonwealth policy mandates in Public Sector Development for 54-member countries.

He started his career in the British Diplomatic Service, serving in Helsinki, Tokyo and Washington, and was Senior Governance Adviser in the UK's Department for International Development.

Max has 40 years of experience in international affairs where his areas of expertise include policy analysis, government, change management, public policy and strategic communications.

Max holds a 1st Class honours degree from Oxford University, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc from Johns Hopkins. He has written extensively on international development and history - his most recent book is 'The Passionate Bureaucrat: Lessons for the 21st Century from 4,500 Years of Public Service Reform'.

Dr. Ben Mazzotta

Independent Consultant
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Expertise: Social Impact Analysis & Developmental Economics

Dr. Benjamin Mazzotta sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team on projects relating to Social Impact Analysis, Business Strategy and International Development.

Dr. Mazzotta has expertise in social impact metrics, international development, and business strategy. Trained as a political scientist, he has conducted diverse research in academia, in business, and for the public sector. He holds dual certificates in data science for the R and Python languages, and a certificate in complex systems analysis from the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Mazzotta is a Fellow of the United States-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP). He serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies (IGMS), and is a member of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA) New England Chapter.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Mazzotta has worked with three early-stage startups in the social impact space. He is the founder of Beta4Dev LLC, a firm that provides custom dashboards on social impact for nonprofits and mission-driven corporations. He was on the founding team for Positivio, a pioneering digital media brand for news that you can do something about. He was the research director for a leading nonprofit, ImpactMatters, that conducts audits of nonprofits’ reported social impact data. He currently advises a network of independent businesses that certify the social impact data reported by nonprofits to GuideStar.

Dr. Mazzotta has conducted impact evaluations of international development programs, primarily in Africa. He has evaluated food security programs, interfaith peacebuilding, and export promotion. Early in his career, he served as Peace Corps Volunteer on behalf of the United States government, assigned to environmental education for the Ministry of Education in Senegal.

Prof. Paul M. Vaaler

John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business, University of Minnesota

Expertise: Corporate Strategy
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Professor Paul M. Vaaler sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team on projects relating to Business Strategy and Law.

Professor Vaaler was appointed the inaugural holder of the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law and Business in 2014; the appointment is made jointly by the Law School and the University’s Carlson School of Management. Prior to teaching at the University of Minnesota, he was on the faculty of the College of Business (and affiliated with the College of Law) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Professor Vaaler holds an affiliated faculty appointment at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, where he was the Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor of Business and Development in 2012.

Professor Vaaler’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of business, law and politics. His research encompasses the long-term performance stability of and competition (antitrust) policy implications for firms in the United States; business, legal and political strategies foreign individuals and firms use to manage investment risks in developing countries; and how democratization changes the attractiveness of developing and developed countries for lending and investment.

Professor Vaaler earned his B.A. in history from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and his M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. While studying for his J.D. at Harvard Law School, Professor Vaaler clerked at the Freehill Hollingdale & Page law firm in Sydney, Australia, at the Minnesota attorney general’s office in St. Paul, and at the Faegre & Benson law firm (now Faegre Baker Daniels) in Minneapolis. He then practiced at Faegre & Benson prior to returning to graduate school for his Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Minnesota.

Mark Smedley

Chief Strategy Officer, Innovation Future Ventures

Expertise: Financial Technology

Mark Smedley sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team on projects relating to Financial Technology and Digital Innovation.

Mark is the Chief Strategy Officer at Innovation Future Ventures, a company dedicated to business model, finance, and technology innovation to help financial institutions, FinTechs and corporations digitize and scale their businesses.

Mark is a solutions-focused Senior Executive, with more than 25 years of success across the Banking, Financial Services, FinTech, Information Technology, and Wealth Management sectors. He was previously the Global Vice President for the Financial Services Industry Solutions Group at Oracle and was based in Singapore in 2018. In his prior role he managed a global Finance and Risk solution sales team based in the US.

Mark’s areas of expertise include digital transformation, open banking, financial management and operations, business development, big data, and cloud. Mark created Oracle’s first open banking and FinTech innovation initiative, and oversaw ecosystem development and expansion for Oracle’s FinTech Scale Up program. Mark began his career at Deloitte & Touche in Washington DC, and has held senior positions in the FDIC’s Office of the Chairman, and in a number of US banks.

He is a CPA and is active in AICPA and CIMA and in the global FinTech community.

Julian Hynd

Financial Services Expert
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Expertise: Financial Services & Corporate Strategy

Mr Julian Hynd sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team projects relating to Financial Services and Corporate Strategy.

Most recently Julian was Chief Deposits Officer (combined COO and CMO) at Volkswagen Financial Services and Ford Credit Europe, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of new online Retail Deposits Banks from scratch, including - Regulatory Business Plan; Target Operating Model; Outsourcing relationships; Operations; Call Centre; Marketing, Digital channel strategy, etc.

Prior to that Julian worked for the UK Government in sourcing retail debt as part of government funding, which included assisting other countries with Retail Debt Management programmes. And finally Julian was Head of Corporate Strategy for Siemens across the 16 countries that make up the Souther African Development Community Africa, which required tailored strategies on a country-by-country basis.

Julian’s areas of expertise include retail financial services, corporate strategy, outsourcing, marketing, change and transformation.

Julian earned his MBA, majoring in Finance and Marketing from De Montfort University.

Max Everest-Phillips sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team on projects relating to the public sector. He is also Chairman of the IPE.

Max was the Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore between 2013 and 2018. He had previously served as Director of the Governance Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. From 2010 to 2013, Max led work on the Commonwealth policy mandates in Public Sector Development for 54-member countries.

He started his career in the British Diplomatic Service, serving in Helsinki, Tokyo and Washington, and was Senior Governance Adviser in the UK's Department for International Development.

Max has 40 years of experience in international affairs where his areas of expertise include policy analysis, government, change management, public policy and strategic communications.

Max holds a 1st Class honours degree from Oxford University, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc from Johns Hopkins. He has written extensively on international development and history - his most recent book is 'The Passionate Bureaucrat: Lessons for the 21st Century from 4,500 Years of Public Service Reform'.

Dr. Benjamin Mazzotta sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team on projects relating to Social Impact Analysis, Business Strategy and International Development.

Dr. Mazzotta has expertise in social impact metrics, international development, and business strategy. Trained as a political scientist, he has conducted diverse research in academia, in business, and for the public sector. He holds dual certificates in data science for the R and Python languages, and a certificate in complex systems analysis from the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Mazzotta is a Fellow of the United States-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP). He serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies (IGMS), and is a member of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA) New England Chapter.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Mazzotta has worked with three early-stage startups in the social impact space. He is the founder of Beta4Dev LLC, a firm that provides custom dashboards on social impact for nonprofits and mission-driven corporations. He was on the founding team for Positivio, a pioneering digital media brand for news that you can do something about. He was the research director for a leading nonprofit, ImpactMatters, that conducts audits of nonprofits’ reported social impact data. He currently advises a network of independent businesses that certify the social impact data reported by nonprofits to GuideStar.

Dr. Mazzotta has conducted impact evaluations of international development programs, primarily in Africa. He has evaluated food security programs, interfaith peacebuilding, and export promotion. Early in his career, he served as Peace Corps Volunteer on behalf of the United States government, assigned to environmental education for the Ministry of Education in Senegal.

Professor Paul M. Vaaler sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team on projects relating to Business Strategy and Law.

Professor Vaaler was appointed the inaugural holder of the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law and Business in 2014; the appointment is made jointly by the Law School and the University’s Carlson School of Management. Prior to teaching at the University of Minnesota, he was on the faculty of the College of Business (and affiliated with the College of Law) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Professor Vaaler holds an affiliated faculty appointment at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, where he was the Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor of Business and Development in 2012.

Professor Vaaler’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of business, law and politics. His research encompasses the long-term performance stability of and competition (antitrust) policy implications for firms in the United States; business, legal and political strategies foreign individuals and firms use to manage investment risks in developing countries; and how democratization changes the attractiveness of developing and developed countries for lending and investment.

Professor Vaaler earned his B.A. in history from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and his M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. While studying for his J.D. at Harvard Law School, Professor Vaaler clerked at the Freehill Hollingdale & Page law firm in Sydney, Australia, at the Minnesota attorney general’s office in St. Paul, and at the Faegre & Benson law firm (now Faegre Baker Daniels) in Minneapolis. He then practiced at Faegre & Benson prior to returning to graduate school for his Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Minnesota.

Mark Smedley sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team on projects relating to Financial Technology and Digital Innovation.

Mark is the Chief Strategy Officer at Innovation Future Ventures, a company dedicated to business model, finance, and technology innovation to help financial institutions, FinTechs and corporations digitize and scale their businesses.

Mark is a solutions-focused Senior Executive, with more than 25 years of success across the Banking, Financial Services, FinTech, Information Technology, and Wealth Management sectors. He was previously the Global Vice President for the Financial Services Industry Solutions Group at Oracle and was based in Singapore in 2018. In his prior role he managed a global Finance and Risk solution sales team based in the US.

Mark’s areas of expertise include digital transformation, open banking, financial management and operations, business development, big data, and cloud. Mark created Oracle’s first open banking and FinTech innovation initiative, and oversaw ecosystem development and expansion for Oracle’s FinTech Scale Up program. Mark began his career at Deloitte & Touche in Washington DC, and has held senior positions in the FDIC’s Office of the Chairman, and in a number of US banks.

He is a CPA and is active in AICPA and CIMA and in the global FinTech community.

Mr Julian Hynd sits on the Future-Moves Group’s International Panel of Experts (IPE) where he advises the FMG team projects relating to Financial Services and Corporate Strategy.

Most recently Julian was Chief Deposits Officer (combined COO and CMO) at Volkswagen Financial Services and Ford Credit Europe, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of new online Retail Deposits Banks from scratch, including - Regulatory Business Plan; Target Operating Model; Outsourcing relationships; Operations; Call Centre; Marketing, Digital channel strategy, etc.

Prior to that Julian worked for the UK Government in sourcing retail debt as part of government funding, which included assisting other countries with Retail Debt Management programmes. And finally Julian was Head of Corporate Strategy for Siemens across the 16 countries that make up the Souther African Development Community Africa, which required tailored strategies on a country-by-country basis.

Julian’s areas of expertise include retail financial services, corporate strategy, outsourcing, marketing, change and transformation.

Julian earned his MBA, majoring in Finance and Marketing from De Montfort University.