Paul Rosen is among a handful of the seminal pioneers of the global legalized cannabis industry, and one of its most active entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors. Paul Rosen was a co-founder of PharmaCan Capital Corp (NASDAQ: CRON; TSX: CRON), and served as its first CEO and President for four years. Under Paul’s leadership, PharmaCan / Cronos Group acquired ownership interests in a number of the initial cannabis licenses awarded in Canada, and was the 3rd cannabis company to go public in Canada.
Paul sat on the Board and chaired the audit committee of iAnthus Capital Holdings (CSE:IAN), a multi state operator of cannabis assets in the United States. Paul is co-founder and CEO of Pantry (@pantryfoodco), a cannabis focused start up in the functional food market, and the Managing Director of BreakWater Venture Capital. He has invested and/or advised over 150 companies in the global cannabis industry including Avicanna Inc. (TSE:AVCN), Tokyo Smoke (NYSE: CGC), CB2 Insights (CSE.CBII), 1933 Industries (CSE:TGIF) and Lift & Co. (TSX.V:LIFT).
Paul has enjoyed a distinguished speaking and media career. He has appeared on/in Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, Fox Business, BBC Business, Nasdaq TV, Yahoo Finance, The Economist, The Street, Barrons, National Public Radio and Cheddar TV. Paul is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He received a B.A. in Economics from Western University in 1985 and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1988.
Philip A. Valvardi
Phil Valvardi has spent most of his career leading innovative businesses within the highly regulated financial services industry and more recently in the highly regulated cannabis industry. Most recently, Phil was the CEO of Highroad Consulting Group, a leading cannabis consulting firm. Prior to that, Phil served as CFO at GlobeOne, a financial technology company developing a mobile financial platform. Phil also served as CEO of Maverick Network Solutions and presided over its acquisition by Fiserv. Phil was also President of the MAC Network, one of the largest debit networks in the U.S., which was sold to Concord EFS/First Data for approximately $900 million. Early is his career he held executive positions in the payments and financial divisions of CoreStates Financial Corp., now part of Wells Fargo Bank.
Phil sits on the board of Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University. Phil earned his BA at Saint Joseph’s University, and his MBA at Drexel University.
A true pioneer of the U.S. cannabis industry, Greta Carter was instrumental in the birth of the U.S. recreational cannabis industry. Greta began her cannabis career as a prominent activist for intelligent cannabis regulation in Washington, the first state to legalize recreational cannabis. Greta founded the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics, Washington’s oldest cannabis trade organization, and the industry authority that the State of Washington turned to for feedback and advice when drafting its recreational cannabis use regulations. She was also personally instrumental in the drafting of the City of Seattle’s medical cannabis ordinance, and in the drafting of Washington’s outdoor cultivation regulations.
When it comes to building business empires in the cannabis industry, there are few hands in the world more experienced than those of Greta Carter. Greta also directly built and managed multiple groundbreaking cannabis businesses, including as the founder of Highroad Consulting Group. Under Greta’s leadership, her teams have won dozens of state cannabis licenses.
Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Greta founded and ran a multi-million-dollar real estate business in Florida. She began her professional management career in the highly regulated world of banking, ultimately serving as Vice President of Citibank.
Partner / Director of Client Relations
Ryan Fingerhut, a former practicing attorney, has devoted himself full time to the cannabis industry since 2014. Ryan focuses on cannabis consulting, licensing and compliance. Ryan and his team boast a 99% track record in license applications, with over 100 state and local cannabis licenses won in multiple states. He also boasts a perfect track record in relation to compliance with cannabis regulations. Ryan participated directly in the management of several cannabis businesses before entering the cannabis consulting business.
Partner / Director of Licensing and Compliance
Simone focuses on cannabis licensing and compliance and has extensive experience in understanding and deciphering complex cannabis regulations. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Simone worked in Washington, D.C. as an intern for Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36). During her time on the Hill, she worked on legislation, and researched policy on renewable energy, healthcare, and tribal relations.
A renowned figure in the global cannabis industry, Steve has spent more than four decades on the front lines of the cannabis reform movement. Steve sold the first gram of legal cannabis to an adult in California, marking the end of prohibition and the birth of legalized cannabis in the U.S. His most notable business achievements include co-founding Harborside – one of the first six dispensaries licensed in the United States – now a publicly-traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange; Steep Hill Laboratory, the first cannabis analytics company; and Arcview Group, the first dedicated cannabis investment network.
Andrew DeAngelo is a visionary leader with a proven track record of enacting systemic social change and developing best practices for the cannabis industry. During his 13-year tenure at Harborside, Andrew has pioneered legal cannabis business processes and provided groundbreaking political engagement and thought leadership to the cannabis community. Andrew led the design and development of gold-standard cannabis retail by innovating many “firsts” for the industry. These include: introducing CBD medicines to heal severely epileptic children as documented in Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars, implementing the first lab-testing program in cannabis dispensing, implementing child-resistant packaging for edibles, standardizing inventory tracking, initiating senior outreach, and successfully working to prevent the federal government from seizing Harborside in forfeiture actions against the company in 2012. Andrew is also a founding Board of Directors member of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA), the premier cannabis industry trade association in California, where he served from 2013 to 2020 building the organization from zero to 500 member companies.
Advisor on Government Relations
Adam Spiker is a seminal pioneer of the U.S. legalized cannabis industry. He is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Southern California Coalition, the largest cannabis trade organization in world’s largest cannabis market – Southern California. He is also a Principal of Spiker Rendon Consulting, a third-generation lobbying firm. Adam personally brings more than 15 years of government relations experience in the context of assisting in the implementation of responsible cannabis policies at the municipal, state, and federal levels. He has personally obtained over 100 cannabis licenses for his clients. He is considered by many to be the top cannabis lobbyist in the U.S.
Most recently, Adam played a leading role in the passage of Proposition M in the City of Los Angeles. Proposition M is the world’s most comprehensive cannabis legalization regulatory framework. It provides the City of Los Angeles with mechanisms to fairly license, regulate, and tax legalized cannabis, while also creating a landmark social equity program that has become a model for other cities throughout the nation.
Prior to joining Southern California Coalition and Spiker Rendon Consulting, Adam served as a founding partner at Access Capital, helping businesses across the country secure funding and financial services; and as a financier at Cabrera Capital Markets, delivering asset management, investment banking, and institutional brokerage services worldwide to financial institutions, public and private pensions, unions, governments, foundations and endowments, and sovereign wealth funds.
Advisor on Recruiting
David Belsky is a 15-year recruiting industry veteran, and the founder and CEO of FlowerHire, a pioneering cannabis executive talent firm. David spent the majority of his career scaling a $250 million recruiting agency for the tech industry, before shifting to the legalized cannabis industry. Since then, FlowerHire has grown to become the leading cannabis talent advisory firm, seeding industry leaders into the companies that actively shape the cannabis industry. To date, FlowerHire has made over 300 placements across 10 states.
Dave graduated from Cornell University and with a degree in industrial relations.
Sibusiso Xaba, CFA
CEO, Global Go Africa
Sibusiso Xaba has extensive experience with financial matters across Africa. He specializes in capital markets, deal structuring, syndication, venture capital fundraising, hedging solutions and portfolio management. Sibusiso has worked with African governments, sovereign wealth funds, central banks, pension funds, insurers and asset managers. He has closed transactions worth over $5 billion. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Prior to Global Go Africa, Sibusiso worked as a banker at Goldman Sachs and Investec in London for over 8 years.
Sibusiso holds a Business Science Degree from the University of Cape Town. He is an Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Fellow.
Strategic Advisor, Global Go Africa
Derik Coetzer is an experienced business executive, investor, and entrepreneur.
Derik is the Co-Founder and former CEO of an energy solutions business, Energy Partners, which he grew to over 600 employees, and which now has an estimated value of $100 million.
He has previously worked as a banker at Bain & Co and Deutsche Bank, amongst other world-renowned professional services firms.
He completed his masters at Cambridge University.
CEO, Global Go Brazil
Viviane Sedola uses her considerable social and political influence in Brazil to work with key national media outlets and build relationships with political liaisons to reduce friction and bureaucracy with local regulators relating to cannabis. Last year, she was the only Latin American woman to be prestigiously named one of the “50 Most Influential Women” by High Times Magazine. She is the Founder and CEO of Dr. Cannabis, one of the leading digital marketplaces focused on making legal medical cannabis treatment more accessible and generating data insights from a collaborative community of doctors and patients in Latin America.
CEO, Global Go Colombia
Mario Pinzon, along with his sister Laura Pinzon, helps run SIACOMEX, a family-owned leading logistics company of some 25 years based in Bogotá, Colombia. Their clientele includes Fortune companies like Chevron, H&M and Louis Vuitton. Mario founded the SIACOMEX Cannabis Division in 2019, and occupies the position of Chief Strategic Officer, seeking to advance cannabis logistics and its ancillary international opportunities across the Colombia border. The clientele of SIACOMEX Cannabis Division includes most of the major Colombian companies in the legalized cannabis industry. SIACOMEX is the first company in Colombia to trade legal cannabis across borders. In doing so, SIACOMEX helped the Colombian cannabis industry craft the supply chain for the exportation of legalized cannabis from Colombia.
Juan David Rojas
CFO, Global Go Colombia
After working at the Colombian Development Bank (Bancoldex) in the Investment in Private Equity Fund, Juan has held the position of Financial Manager in several companies in different sectors, designing and executing different investment and fundraising processes. Subsequently, Juan has more than 8 years of experience in Business Valuation, Financial Consulting, and Raising of Investment Capital. He is currently the co-founder and General Manager of Cannadrop, a Cannabis company in the Cundinamarca region, Colombia.
Additionally, for the last 5 years he has worked as a Professor and Mentor at the Entrepreneurship Center of the Universidad del Rosario, his alma mater, where he studied International Business Administration, being awarded different recognitions for his high performance. He received a Master in Corporate Finance at Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración (CESA).
Chief Legal Advisor, Global Go Colombia
Nicolas Rozo has more than 18 years in commercial law and corporate governance, serving, both, the private and public sector in Colombia. His experience in the Oil and Gas industry includes the design and adopted ethics and compliance programs in three companies, where he became the expert in anti-bribery and money laundering.
He began his career in the cannabis industry in 2016 when the first law on medical cannabis was issue by the Colombian government. Prior founding his boutique law firm, Nicolas worked as general counsel at Clever Leaves. Nicolas has a degree in Law (2001) from the University of Los Andes (Colombia), and degree in International Business Law and Foreign Investment (2005) from the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom).
CEO, Global Go Cyprus
Andria is a lawyer admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association, as well as the Law Society of England & Wales in the United Kingdom. She currently serves as Managing Partner in the Cyprus office of Athos Group, a multi-disciplinary family office headquartered in Switzerland, with key locations throughout Europe, specializing in wealth management and multi-jurisdictional asset protection. Andria is well-versed in providing hemp and medicinal cannabis advisory and consultancy services. She brings to her consultancy practice a wealth of experience and knowledge gained while serving institutional and private clients in regard to a variety of subject matter, including: corporate and commercial law; tax planning and wealth management structures; and management and corporate trust services for all types of cross-border corporate vehicles, structured finance vehicles, and corporate holding structures.
Andria serves as Founder and the first-elected President of the Cyprus Cannabis Association, a collective of businesses and individuals working to build a responsible, top quality and transparent legal cannabis industry in Cyprus.
CEO, Global Go Mexico
Gerardo Agraz is a strategic business consultant and investor. He has led several ventures across sectors and stages, with a passion for companies reinventing huge industries like healthcare, T&T technologies, biotechnology and education. Agraz has more than 15 years of business development and government affairs experience in Mexico, making him an ideal advisor to business owners in a highly regulated industry like cannabis.
Gerardo holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from the IPADE. He also holds several Executive Business Programs certifications in Innovation to Business Strategy and Capital Venture from Stanford University and Wharton University, respectively. In 2018, Gerardo launched FAR foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s and other mental diseases.
Luis Miguel Lopez
Executive VP, Global Go Mexico
Luis Miguel possesses a unique and unparalleled track record as an entrepreneur, government executive, and business consultant in Mexico. Over the last decade, Luis Miguel has successfully advised several government entities, as well as large global companies securing massive business transactions within the oil and gas sector, and agriculture and food industries, for the Latin American as well as Asian markets. Luis has been instrumental in designing Global Go Mexico’s portfolio from its inception to its consolidation.
Luis serves as President of CANNAINVEST, a business summit that explicitly promotes social responsibility while promoting investment for the cannabis industry.
Luis Miguel holds a Bachelor in International Relations from the Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, Mexico, and the Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France, with post-graduate studies in Public Policy from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; Diploma in Program Evaluation and Public Administration Projects by the ITESM; and in European Regional Development for the Socrates Scholarship program of the European Union at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, and l’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, France, and the Executive Program “Strategy Beyond Markets” at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Corporate & Legal Affairs Director, Global Go Mexico
Gerardo has more than 20 years of experience with M&A, finance and corporate matters in a variety of regulatory sectors within Mexico. He possesses detailed knowledge of public administration and regulations; design, development and execution of legal, lobbying and communication strategies; as well as high-level political negotiation.
Prior to Global Go Mexico, Gerardo practiced in the energy, infrastructure and regulatory departments of large Mexican and American law firms. Then he founded Serrano Galicia Abogados, a Mexican law firm representing local and foreign clients in energy, infrastructure, public-private partnership, government procurement, regulatory, healthcare, and M&A matters.
Gerardo received his JD from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico Law School in 2002.
Senior Advisor, Global Go Mexico
Julio Sanchez possesses over 20 years of experience in regulatory agencies in the Mexican Government. Prior to Global Go Mexico, Julio served as the Executive Director of the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (“COFEPRIS”). During his time at COFEPRIS, he coordinated and directed several strategies focused on the improvement of access to quality medicines in the public and private markets. While at COFEPRIS, he was appointed as Vice President of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) from 2017-2018.
Julio currently presides over the international nonprofit academic organization Aló ProScience, a Latin American Association of Regulatory Affairs Professionals focused on promoting Good Regulatory Practices and Regulatory Policy in the region while training and educating regulatory professionals.
Julio holds a law degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho in Puebla and studied a master’s degree in Economic Development from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.
Chief Financial Officer, Global Go Mexico
Jonathan Kirschner has been a financial advisor to different industry sectors in Mexico, including as to construction, real state and pharmaceuticals, among others, for the past 10 years.
Jonathan has a bachelor’s degree in financial administration and project management, certified in investment strategies, from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Tom Zuber is a Founder of Global Go, and a Founder and the Managing Partner of Zuber Lawler, which represents clients around the globe in languages covering 90% of the world’s population. At Zuber Lawler, Tom is the relationship partner for some 10 Fortune 500 clients of the firm, as well as funds and government entities. He has advised some of the most iconic companies in the world on their intellectual property disputes, deals and global portfolios. He has also represented leading cannabis companies for over 12 years. He is at the cutting edge of cannabis patent and trademark law. As examples among many, he has managed teams that have applied innovative strategies to obtain meaningful federal trademark protection for cannabis brands in the U.S., and the 2nd-ever-issued U.S. plant patent for a cannabis strain.
Tom’s experience representing both Fortune clients and cannabis clients allows him a unique perspective from which to advise large non-cannabis companies as to the launch of cannabis and hemp products and services. His international experience aids Global Go clients in growing their value across sovereign borders throughout the world. Few if any attorneys or consultants in the world are as well positioned to counsel cannabis companies on building the value of their cannabis-related brands and technologies.
Tom earned a J.D. degree Columbia Law School, a masters in public policy degree from Harvard University, and a biomedical engineering degree from Rutgers University, where he graduated with highest honors.
Josh Lawler is a Founder of Global Go and a Partner of Zuber Lawler. At Zuber Lawler, Josh handles M&A, finance and corporate matters for private equity groups, and public and private companies, both domestically and internationally. He has also represented leading cannabis companies for over 12 years. Josh has extensive experience with complex financing and M&A deals in the cannabis space. He personally closed half a billion dollars in cannabis deals in 2019 (as well as many deals outside of the cannabis industry). He also counsels clients on post-acquisition and post-merger integration.
Josh is also one of the world’s leading blockchain attorneys, representing some of the industry’s leading companies. His work with both leading cannabis companies and leading blockchain companies positions him perhaps uniquely well to advise as to the intersection of plant and blockchain technologies.
Josh is a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, and earned his B.S. and B.A. from Duke University.