Jim Ameduri, Chairman of the Board (US)
Jim is the CEO of Alizé Ventures. His broad background and extensive experience in leading and building companies, understanding the ebb and flow of capital markets, and investing globally adds value to the companies of which he is a part.
Prior to establishing his own firm in 1992, Jim worked at Dean Witter Reynolds and First Interstate Bank, NA. Since 1992, he has built and managed a succession of operating businesses globally, and has structured business transactions for partner and affiliates’ capital totaling over US $10 billion. His restructure work has often focused on operations and capital efficiency, and managing turbulent periods of company growth, acquisition or decline.
Jim earned a BS in Finance from Youngstown State University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an Eagle Scout. Jim is a Director of the Arizona State University Foundation Investment Committee (US $700 million), a Director of the Arizona Community Foundation Investment Committee (US $800 million), and a mentor and judge for the Columbia University Masters in Technology Management program. He and his wife of 27 years live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and have three children.
Warren Te Brugge, Director (US)
Warren brings to Capax World more than 25 years of experience in the private, public and government sectors in more than 40 countries. His charitable efforts have been focused in poor, rural villages, working primarily with mothers and children in struggling communities. Warren enjoys bringing communities together to identify needs, develop and implement plans of action, and create opportunities for everyone through education, social enterprise and support.
In 1998, Warren founded the international consulting firm Manzimvula Ventures, Inc., through which he led corporations to enter global markets and improve operating results in the manufacturing, distribution, technology, and healthcare sectors. Warren helped client corporations increase their focus on sustainability and corporate responsibility in order to achieve social and environmental success while still addressing core operating issues to further improve financial performance. He has built and led cross-cultural teams, fostering development of thriving, international operations, and has united organizational cultures for a multitude of client organizations. Warren pioneered the ‘Integrative Strategy Approach’ that engages entire organizations, helping leaders, teams and individuals to move from silos to unity, from intent to action, and from purpose to productivity.
Before establishing his own firm, Warren worked for several Canadian, South African and transnational corporations, including USANA Canada, Nextra Technologies, Compugen Group, Wellington Trust, Sbarro, and Comprifix/Emseal. He studied Commerce, Economics and Finance at the University of South Africa. Warren is a Six Sigma blackbelt, and enjoys hiking, photography, horses, scuba diving and bungee jumping. Warren is married with three children, and lives in Minnesota.
Huy Sambo, Director, Capax World Cambodia
Sambo brings to Capax World a broad business, consulting, entrepreneurial and agricultural background. His entrepreneurial spirit was evident at a young age, when as a school boy in Takeo province he worked as a tractor and truck driver to earn money for his family. He has extensive experience in agricultural production, supply chain, management and export. After high school, Sambo was offered a four-year scholarship to Maharishi Vedic University in Prey Veng province, where he earned a degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Accounting.
In addition to being a Director of Capax World Cambodia Organization and overseeing Capax’s agriculture initiatives, including the Tonle Chum Model Farm and the Glorious Families Program, Sambo serves on the boards of several businesses and social enterprises. He was a founder and CEO of the Quality Career Institute of Cambodia, and is a member of the Cambodia Investor Club (CIC), Cooperative Empire Group, Partners for World Peace (PWP), and Conversations with Foreigners.
Om Seng Bora, Cambodia Advisor
Bora, a native Cambodian, utilizes his extensive business and leadership background to help individuals and communities throughout Cambodia, through education, entrepreneurship training, financial literacy and life skills training, and other Capax World programs. In his leadership and training roles, Bora shares his heart for the poor and commitment to social responsibility with the next generation of leaders.
In 2004, Bora became the youngest CEO in the history of VisionFund Cambodia, one of the leading microfinance institutions in Cambodia, with more than 600 staff, total assets of nearly US $27 million, and branch offices throughout Cambodia. Prior to joining VisionFund, he served as a board member of Cambodia Microfinance Association, an internal audit manager for World Vision Cambodia, and an auditor for Ernst & Young. After leaving VisionFund Cambodia in 2009, Bora successfully founded and led a number of private and social institutions, including Aplus Consulting, CEO and Entrepreneur Development Center of Aplus School for Professionals, Cambodia Microfinance Institute, Help Our Homeland Association, and the Cambodia Trainer Association. He has consulted with microfinance institutions, private companies, and NGOs, and trained more than 10,000 people, including entrepreneurs, CEOs, managers, employees, civil servants and students.
Bora was born in the Kampong Thom province of Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime, in 1977, the oldest of eight children in a poor family. He has dedicated his life to sharing with his fellow countrymen how they, like he, can escape a life of chronic poverty, and substitute a mindset of leadership and sustainability in its place. Bora holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management with an accounting specialization, as well as a workplace assessor certification from Melbourne University. Bora and his family live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In addition to public speaking engagements, he has been interviewed in television and radio broadcasts, newspapers and business magazines for his insights into youth and life leadership empowerment, and organizational and entrepreneurship development.
Kendall Baldwin, Secretary/Treasurer (US)
Kendall has spent the past 30 years working across the fields of science, technology, media, energy, and investment banking. In the 1980s, she ran a cell biology research laboratory at Arizona State University, and co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She later worked in print journalism, as an award-winning health and science reporter at Tribune Newspapers. Since 1992, she has been a partner with Alizé Ventures, working in global business development. In 2011, Kendall helped found Capax World, where she enjoys working with international teams to design and implement sustainable solutions to poverty and malnutrition, using a holistic approach that incorporates agriculture and financial/business skills with other key development areas, including education, clean water/sanitation, housing, healthcare and energy.
Kendall graduated Summa Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa from Arizona State University, and also holds an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Outside the office, Kendall enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and studying ways to make the world a better place.