The Palico Board of Advisors is an essential, and strengthening, component of the Palico organization. The Board of Advisors contributes expert advice, ideas, and diverse opinions that enrich Palico’s perspectives and analyses.

The Board of Advisors represents a diverse range of achievements and is a testimony to the global ambition of the Palico online marketplace. Six prominent figures are members of Palico’s Board of Advisors.


Soud Ba’alawy has over 20 years of experience in banking and investments and was most recently the Executive Chairman of Dubai Group, the diversified financial services company of Dubai Holding. Earlier, Mr. Ba’alawy was Vice President of Citibank’s Gulf Treasury in Dubai, CIO of Dubai Internet City and Vice President of The Executive Office (of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai).


An American citizen, Roel Campos served as Commissioner at the US Securities and Exchange Commission between 2002-07 and is now partner with Washington D.C. law firm Cooley Godward Kronish. Mr. Campos was named to President-elect Barack Obama’s economic advisory board and is a current member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent and non-partisan 501(c)(3) research organization dedicated to improving the regulation of US capital markets.


Christophe Florin heads emerging markets fund investments for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s private equity business. He was formerly Member of the Executive Board, COO, and head of Asian operations at AXA Private Equity. Mr. Florin participated in the creation and development of AXA Private Equity’s Asian operations. Earlier, Mr. Florin created and co-managed AXA Private Equity’s secondary and fund-of-fund team. He holds an MBA from Laval University and an MSc from Institut d’Etudes Politiques.


Professor Gultekin serves on the faculty of the Finance department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was the Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, and Chief Advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Turgut Özal. He’s served as Chief Advisor to the Minister of Privatization in Poland and advised the governments of Indonesia, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, and the Russian Federation. He holds a Ph.D. from the Wharton School.


An American & British citizen, Lady Barbara Judge is chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. She is co-chairman of the UK/US Task Force for Corporate Governance and a member of the Asia Task Force. She is a Public Member of the Intl Ethics Standards Board for Accountants and a Board member of the Royal Academy of Art and the US Council on Foreign Relations. She was appointed as the youngest ever Commissioner at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.


Sheryl Schwartz is Managing Director at Caspian Private Equity, leading investments in primary and secondary funds. Earlier, Ms. Schwartz was Senior Managing Director at Perseus, investing in private equity. Before that, she headed TIAA-CREF’s alternative investment team. She serves on the Board of the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity, Inc. (WAVE), a non-profit organization committed to the development and advancement of women in private equity and venture capital.