Meet the Board


Pascale Nicolet Smith - Biography

Pascale is an international business leader and President of Agora Management LP, a privately held holding company with operations in Management Consulting, Real Estate, and Technology. 
Her management consulting firm Agora Partners, LP spans over 20 years of advisory work in strategic growth and operational improvement around the globe with companies ranging from $50 Billion in revenue to start-ups and individuals.  She is currently building a real estate brokerage firm, and a fluids processing company, Flow Technology Systems, LLC.
Prior to her independent career, Pascale was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Switzerland, France, and the U.S.; then headed the Strategy group for the largest division of Compaq Computers with global responsibilities focusing on growth in Asia.  Before her MBA, Pascale was an executive producer for documentaries at Ekis Reportages an independent production firm in Switzerland, for which she presented at the Cannes Festival.
Pascale holds an MBA from the Wharton School, and B.A.’s in Economics and Art from Drew University.  She is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Switzerland with a South African heritage, and is fluent in French, Spanish, English, and Portuguese.  She loves the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her family.







Renju Jose Kuruvila, CFA - - Biography

Renju Jose Kuruvila is President of M/D Totco, a division of NOV (NYSE: NOV), a leading independent provider of technology to the energy industry with operations in more than 60 countries. Prior to his current role, Renju spent a decade undertaking mergers and acquisitions for NOV and was involved in 100+ transactions around the world. He was most recently Vice President, NOV Ventures where he held global responsibility over joint ventures, alliances and investments in early stage technologies. Renju joined NOV in 2002 in Houston, Texas as a Strategic Analyst and has been in various roles in the Middle East, Europe, and South America during his career.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a CFA Charterholder. Prior to moving to the United States for his education, Renju managed his family’s natural rubber plantation business in India. 
Renju currently sits on the Boards of NOV’s joint venture with Schlumberger called IntelliServ and with Saudi Aramco, called ARM. Since 2017 he has been a member of the Board of the Houston Area Parkinson Society.





General Counsel 

Paul Pryzant - - Biography

Paul Pryzant is a partner in the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which has more than 900 lawyers across 16 offices, and provides transactional, litigation and advisory legal services to clients worldwide.
For over 35 years, Paul has represented clients in a variety of mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and other corporate transactions.  Paul works with entrepreneurs who want to sell or merge their companies.  He also regularly works with strategic buyers, and private equity funds and their portfolio companies, which are acquiring software and other high-tech companies that help his clients obtain new cutting-edge technologies, and add new products and services.
Paul helps sellers successfully and efficiently sell their company, and minimize their potential liabilities to the buyer.  He translates the complexities of the M&A process into plain English that sellers can understand, so they can make the right decisions for their company.

Buyers face challenges working with entrepreneurs selling their company, especially when the seller is new to the M&A process and may not be adequately represented by experienced M&A counsel.  Paul’s objective is to help the buyers he represents quickly build trust with the target company and their counsel, and help guide the transaction to closing quickly and efficiently.









Claudia Jaramillo - - Biography
Ms. Claudia Jaramillo serves as Corporate Officer and Vice President Treasurer of Schlumberger, a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest oilfield services company with revenue in over 120 countries.
During her more than 20 years with Schlumberger, Claudia has held a variety of leadership and senior finance positions in the Americas, Europe and Asia. In her current position, she is responsible for the company’s global liquidity, investments portfolio and debt capital transactions in the U.S. and European markets. She also manages the relations with the credit rating agencies, global bank group and insurers.
Prior to her current position, Claudia served as the Company’s North America Controller, a division of 16 product lines and $16 billion in annual revenues, where she oversaw an organization of over 300 employees responsible for the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting, and led successful large-scale cost optimization and transformation initiatives. She was also the Global Controller of Drilling & Measurements in Houston and the Northern Asia Region Controller, in Beijing, where she led the finance organizations of all segments operating in China and Japan.
Before working in the oil and gas services industry, Claudia held various technical and commercial positions, managing telecom and photovoltaic energy projects and introducing smart-card technologies in different markets.
Claudia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for Generation U.S.A. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. 







Community Outreach
Elizabeth Adeoye -- Biography
Elizabeth Kurian Adeoye has served as a management consultant, PE investor, independent consultant, and BD executive over 20 years, with a sector focus in Life Sciences, Financial Services, & B2B SaaS / Services.   She began her career in strategy consulting at both PwC and BCG, transitioning to direct/ LBO investing at Ares Capital (formerly ACAS) after Wharton.  Later, she served as SVP of an Internal consulting group at Citi after which she began her consulting practice—Eade & Company, LLC.  Most recently, she worked as an executive at Business Talent Group, a disruptor of the traditional consulting model, helping scale the business over +5 years.
Elizabeth was a Joseph Wharton Fellowship recipient, and in addition to her MBA from Wharton, she holds a BA in Economics from Duke University.



Andrew Clark --  Biography

Andrew Clark is a founder and principal with The Castell Group, LLC an investment and advisory firm assisting companies in the technology business.  He has a 35 year career spanning many facets of technology and energy businesses.  On a daily basis he interacts with some of Houston’s top entrepreneurs assisting them with their businesses while identifying the best of breed in which to invest.
Andrew is a prior president and chairman of the Houston Angel Network (named top angel group by Angel Capital Association five years running).  He is the founding managing director of the Texas Halo Fund and was founding managing director of the SURGE accelerator.  He has invested in numerous companies spanning industries from consumer products, software, Internet-based, and energy tech to life sciences.
His corporate career covers stints at Reliant Energy (now NRG), Compaq Computer (now Hewlett Packard), and Coopers & Lybrand (now IBM and Pricewaterhouse Coopers).  He began his private equity investment experience at Compaq where he served as board observer on a deal co-funded with the premier Sevin Rosen Funds.
He has served as a guest lecturer on numerous occasions at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, The Bauer School at the University of Houston, and the Tulane Graduate School of Business.
He is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.  He was both a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a University Scholar at Penn.


Scholarship Foundation
Sonali Damle --  Biography

Sonali is an international business leader with experience in building and leading new business ventures and high-growth global service organizations. Sonali currently heads global operations for the Bain Innovation Exchange (BIE) which is Bain and Co’s innovation engine, The BIE connects startups; accelerators; venture capitalists and corporates to unleash game changing ideas to build the future today. She considers herself as a serial entre/intrapreneur with this being the 2nd business she is helping build at Bain.
Prior to this she spearheaded the global centers of expertize model and build the Bain Capability Network (BCN). In this capacity as the head of BCN, she grew the business from an idea to a ~500 person team serving clients across industrial and functional areas; incubating new AI based tools and accelerating the pace and cost to serve consulting client needs
Prior to Wharton, Sonali, founded her 1st startup in New York in early 2000’s focused on geospatial mapping of survey and aerial photography data to inform construction at major infrastructure hubs such as ports. She has since been an advisory board member on various early stage ventures.
Outside of work she has a keen interest in social impact and mentorship. She enjoys exploring new places with her spouse and 2 kids  -  curious about history and cultures (art; music and food); fascinated by people with diverse worldviews and always game to adventure sports from scuba to skydiving.











Ivy League Outreach

Bob Merz --  Biography

Bob is currently an independent consultant in Houston, Texas.  He is a results-oriented finance leader with proven ability to partner with senior leaders, lead high performing teams and drive business improvement.  He has strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. 

In February 2017, Bob was CFO at Houston Airport System, where he was responsible for all financial activities for the Houston Airport System, including FP&A, Strategy, Treasury, Account and Internal Audit.  Prior to this, he was Senior Management Consultant-Finance at Seabury Group (now part of Accenture) in 2011.  His career also includes stints as SVP Financial Planning & Analysis - AIG’s North American Life and A&H Insurance businesses in 2007, and VP Pricing & Risk Management at SIRVA in 2006. Prior to this period, Bob was with United Airlines for 12 years in various positions.

From 2001-2003 Bob was an RC_ARINC board member and Audit Committee member for this $600mm provider of transport communications and systems engineering solutions for aviation, airports and governments (now owned by Rockwell Collins).

Bob has an MBA from The Wharton School, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Michigan.  He is a National Merit Finalist, Regents’ Scholar, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Alpha Pi Mu honorary, and Michigan Math Competition honoree.






















Speaker Luncheons

Camilo Munoz --  Biography

Camilo Muñoz has more than 20 years of executive-level and start-up experience in the language localization, investment banking and real estate industries. He is the founder of Translation Source, a language service company offering solutions in more than 100 languages; he is also the co-founder and current chairman of the board of Spanish ASAP, a single language vendor in the localization industry; the founder and chairman of the board of Ocania Investments, a real estate investment company; and the co-founder and chairman of the board of Concrete ASAP, a manufacturer of precast concrete products in southeast Texas.
Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Camilo worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers in New York. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute (University of Pennsylvania) and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida.
Camilo is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at St. John's School in Houston and has served as the President of the Association of Language Companies. He speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

 Ivy League Outreach

Michael V. Nguyen -- Biography

Michael Nguyen has more than 30 years of working experience in international investment, strategic planning, M&A, operation, sales and marketing, and general management. He has lived and worked in several countries in Asia, Latin America and Europe. He held various positions with Electronic Data System, Hewlett-Packard, Sweet Associates (venture capital/real estate), Viking Graham (investment bank), and Graham Packaging Company (GPC), a plastic packaging company with 90 plants worldwide.  From 2000 to 2007, he was a Corporate Vice President and Country Manager for GPC in Mexico, responsible for the growth of the Business Unit from a start-up to more than 1,000 employees who operated five manufacturing plants throughout Mexico, and with annual revenues in exceed of US$150 million.
Since 2007, Michael has managed consulting practices serving clients in the U.S. and Asia from offices based in Houston, Texas and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  His team has been focusing on investment and business development activities involved cross-border projects in a number of industries including energy, aviation, healthcare, real estate, logistics, manufacturing, and strategic sourcing. 
Michael earned a B.S. degree from Elizabethtown College, and an MBA degree in Finance and Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He speaks English, Vietnamese and Spanish.




Community Outreach

Bill Stevenson -- Biography

Bill Stevenson is Principal and Consultant of HK Stevenson, Inc. Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the Wharton Club of Houston, and is a veteran management, marketing and technology consultant. 

He holds degrees from both Wharton and UCLA’s Anderson School, in management, marketing and finance, including an MBA.  He has been a member of the Rice Alliance for many years, where he continues to be a Judge with the Rice Business Plan Competition.  With Citicorp, Bill managed a $12 billion portfolio targeting money center banks and middle market corporations.  With Compaq, he led two teams focusing on new marketing programs and channel development, and co-chaired another to address early major account strategy.   Bill left Compaq to co-chair a start-up targeting a $500 million electronic communications market niche to improve information flow, and then founded his consulting business.  Bill is actively involved in church and community affairs. 



Fred Wolgel


Fred Wolgel - Biography

Fred Wolgel is Vice President and General Counsel of Texas United Corporation, a privately held, family-owned company whose predecessor company was founded in 1928.  Its operating company affiliates include Texas Brine Company, LLC (, the leading independent brine producer-supplier in U.S., and United Salt Corporation (, the fourth largest full-service salt company in the U.S.   Together, the various companies operate in five states and employ over 500 people.  
Fred has over thirty years’ experience in energy, salt, telecommunications and water industries.  Prior to joining Texas United, he liquidated the assets of the Enron bankruptcy estate.  Fred also served as a senior vice president, corporate development, for a company that provided outsourced water and wastewater operations services throughout North America.  Fred also served in a variety of positions with the Williams Companies, a leading energy and telecommunications company.  He began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Energy and then at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.  Fred holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. 



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