We value the advice of those who have seen us grow right from our inception. We love hearing from those who have followed us along the way. We are constantly drawing from their guidance and insight to enrich our operations. This is how we strive to leave the world a better place for everyone, by connecting. This is why our advisory board is the keystone of BLI.
Sir Anthony Ritossa is Chairman of the Ritossa Family Office. Ritossa Olive Oil and Family Office represents the distillation of six hundred years of history—of a grove, a family and a region. The gnarled roots of the Ritossa groves have persevered through war and natural disasters, through changes of climate and country, and under the rule of warrior princes, wealthy merchant kings and modern despots. The Family Office is known for their contrarian & thematic investments which have included the US Subprime Crisis, the European Sovereign Debt & Banking Crisis, and various strategic PE, RE & block-chain allocations.
Sir Anthony has over 30 years of international financial markets and investment experience. Prior to his family office role, Sir Anthony was recognized for his distinguished Wall Street career in New York, having held senior executive positions at Nomura, Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Bankers Trust (acquired by Deutsche Bank). Sir Anthony is a frequent speaker at various International Investment Conferences and sits on a number of advisory boards.
The Ritossa Family Office is host of The Global Family Office Investment Summits. The Summit Series has made global headlines as the world’s largest and most exclusive gathering of private wealth of all time, with 600+ Elite Family Offices, Prominent Business Owners, Sheikhs, Royal Families, Private Investment Companies, Sovereign Wealth Funds & industry professionals from around the globe in attendance. More than $4.5 trillion in family wealth.
Secretary to the Board
Karen MacLean is the co-founder of The Green Free School in Denmark. The GFS is an innovative primary school which focuses on preparing children for creating and living in a sustainable society. Moreover, the school develops a pedagogy of sustainability.
Surprisingly enough, the school is three and a half years old, and 130 students from kindergarten to eighth grade have enrolled. The GFS attaches equal importance to arts and crafts, social and emotional learning, and traditional academic disciplines.
The students spend a lot of their time in the school gardens and on field trips. Usually, the learning activities are organized in interdisciplinary projects. They take their point of departure in empirical experiences rather than in standard classroom learning.
Caffrey is a Norwegian jurist with experience in corporate law, start-ups, public welfare, real estate and, management.
Caffrey is currently a legal manager in The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration. He has previously held positions as legal advisor at The Norwegian Tax Administration, The Norwegian Institute of Public Accountants, and The Norwegian Association of Authorized Accountants.
Caffrey was Secretary General of the Progress Party Youth. Moreover, he has been a Special Advisor to Member of Parliament Jorund Henning Rytman (Progress Party). The Progress Party is one of Norway’s two ruling political parties. He is a long-standing member of the board of The Norwegian Entrepreneurs Association.
James completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School.
He currently practices medicine in Arkansas. He enjoys traveling and spending time with family. He has been investing in the African market and providing advice and strategic direction to BLI.
Donnie is an ICT4D, gender, youth empowerment and rural development specialist. He actively engages in promoting and supporting the use of ICTs to address issues of sustainable development in Uganda. His passion is technology, but also mentoring. He mentors and empowers young people, with a special focus on marginalized communities. As a result, he launched DONEEK CONSULT.
Donnie also worked and served as IT specialist the ICT Development and integration officer, Digital Opportunity Trust Uganda and the National Information Technology Authority. Moreover, he provided technical support for the Electoral Commission. He was a consultant for Technology Solutions Africa Limited, Youth Equality center, YALI (Kampala Chapter), and DOT Kenya and Makerere University. He is a member of the Internet Society Uganda Chapter and the International Librarians Network peer mentoring program.
Donnie holds a B.S. in Library and Information Science, and a diploma in mobile app development from the Shaw Academy.