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As peer leaders, board members are also active in their businesses, communities and families. These members have deep experience in almost every aspect of the organization’s activity, including chapter leadership, forum, events, education and networks.

Pascal Gerken

Pascal Gerken (YPO Brussels, YPO Yangon)

  • Title: YPO Chairman
  • Region: Europe, Southeast Asia
  • Committee: Chairman, Strategy Committee Chair, Compensation & HR Committee
  • Business: Gerken SA E-carbon

Pascal Gerken is the 2018-2019 YPO Chairman, the organization’s highest elected office. As a member of YPO Brussels and YPO Yangon, he became the 67th YPO Chairman on 1 July 2018.

He joined YPO in 2006 and has served in multiple roles across the organization, including chapter chair of YPO Brussels, regional chair of Europe and Chair of the Membership Council. In addition, Gerken has actively championed and supported the expansion of YPO throughout the world, founding the YPO Myanmar, YPO Alcatraz and YPO Euro Star Chapters.

Outside of YPO, he is CEO of Gerken Group, a leading company in carbon and graphite technology, Co-Founder of GRAGER SA, a real estate group with assets in Berlin, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium, as well as Founder of Coral Green Myanmar, a hospitality company dedicated to building sustainable resorts in emerging markets.

Gerken attended the Institut Supérieur Européen du Tourisme in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He then joined the academy of cavalry military officer in Bourg-Leopold in the Belgian province of Limburg and spent two years as a Lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Lanciers before he was called back into the family business.

J. Randall Waterfield

J. Randall Waterfield (YPO New York City, YPO Alcatraz, YPO Greater Germany, YPO Americas Gateway)

  • Title: Past Chairman
  • Region: Pacific U.S., Europe, Northeastern U.S.
  • Committee: Governance and Succession Committee Chair, Compensation and HR Committee Chair, Strategy Committee
  • Business: Waterfield Group

J. Randall “Randy” Waterfield served as the 2017-2018 YPO Chairman and is currently Chair of the Governance and Succession Committee and of the Compensation and HR Committee.

Waterfield is Chairman of Waterfield Group, a diversified financial services holding company that traces its origins to 1928. While originally founded as a mortgage and insurance company, Waterfield Group has since diversified into technology, real estate, and asset management. Waterfield holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, is a member of Mensa, and a graduate of Harvard University.

He currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Asure Software (Nasdaq: ASUR), SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTX), Red Oak Partners, and WTI Holdings.


Gareth Ackerman

Gareth Ackerman

  • Region: Africa
  • Chapter: YPO Cape Town Gold
  • Committee: YNG/YNG+ Task Force Chair, Flagship Events Committee
  • Business: Pick ‘n Pay Stores Ltd
Sofyan Almoayed

Sofyan Almoayed

  • Region: Middle East/North Africa
  • Chapter: YPO Khaleej, YPO Bahrain
  • Committee: Networks Committee Chair
  • Business: Khalid Almoayed & Sons W.W.L.
Ya Ping Chang

Ya Ping Chang

  • Region: Latin America
  • Chapter: YPO Metropolitan São Paulo, YPO São Paulo, YPO São Paulo Interior
  • Committee: Global Conduct Committee
  • Business: BS&C
Rafi Demirjian

Rafi Demirjian

  • Region: Middle East/North Africa
  • Chapter: YPO Lebanon
  • Committee: Global Conduct Committee, Membership Council, YPO Council
  • Business: Demirjia Global (Offshore) S.A.L.
Tassos Economou

Anastasios Economou

  • Region: Europe
  • Chapter: YPO Greater Germany, YPO Euro Star, YPO Germany – Switzerland, Austria Regional
  • Committee: Membership Council Chair, Chapters and Regions Committee, Strategy Committee
  • Business: iGroup
Jaime Grego-Mayor

Jaime Grego-Mayor

  • Region: Europe
  • Chapter: YPO Barcelona Gold
  • Committee: Forum Committee Chair, Governance and Succession Committee, Compensation & HR Committee
  • Business: Advisory Board Architects Europe
Bassel Hamwi

Bassel Hamwi

  • Region: Middle East/North Africa
  • Chapter: YPO Dubai, YPO MENA Gold, YPO Levant
  • Committee: Champion Development Task Force Chair, Global Conduct Committee
  • Business: AMC IFC MENA Fund
Marvin Hung

Marvin Hung

  • Region: North Asia
  • Chapter: YPO Beijing, YPO Greater China, YPO Hong Kong, YPO Pacific Rim
  • Committee: Finance Committee
  • Business: Hop Hing Group Holdings Limited
Michael Mohr

Michael Mohr

  • Region: Pacific U.S., Central U.S.
  • Chapter: YPO Angeleno Gold, YPO Heartland Gold
  • Committee: YPO Board Vice Chair, Strategy Committee
  • Business: Ice Mobility
Joel Montminy

Joel Montminy

  • Region: Pacific U.S.
  • Chapter: YPO Hollywood, YPO Alcatraz, YPO Pacific One
  • Committee: Family Council Chair, Networks Committee Vice Chair
  • Business: CREO | Montminy & Co.
Farid Naib

Farid Naib

  • Region: Northeastern U.S.
  • Chapter: YPO Gold Philadelphia
  • Committee: YPO Gold Council Chair, Governance and Succession Committee, Chapters and Regions Committee
  • Business: Professional Trading Solutions, Inc.
Amit Patodia

Amit Patodia

  • Region: South Asia
  • Chapter: YPO Gujarat
  • Committee: Finance Committee
  • Business: Patodia Eurotex Group
Shabir Randeree

Shabir Randeree

  • Region: Europe
  • Chapter: YPO Gold London
  • Committee: Flagship Events Committee Chair, Governance and Succession Committee, Hubs Strategic Implementation Team Chair
  • Business: DCD London & Mutual Plc
Patrick Siewert

Patrick Siewert

  • Region: North Asia
  • Chapter: YPO Gold Hong Kong
  • Committee: Finance Committee Chair, Compensation & HR Committee
  • Business: The Carlyle Group
Thayer Smith

Thayer Smith

  • Region: Southeast U.S. & Caribbean
  • Chapter: YPO Florida
  • Committee: Mentoring Task Force Chair, Finance Committee
  • Business: Bayshore Capital Holdings Group, LLC
Renzi Stone

Renzi Stone

  • Region: Western U.S.
  • Chapter: YPO Oklahoma City, YPO Wild West
  • Committee: Global Conduct Committee Chair, Strategy Committee
  • Business: Saxum
Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Chapter: YPO Singapore
  • Committee: Learning Committee Chair, Officer Training Strategic Implementation Team Chair
  • Business: Solaris
Elizabeth Zucker

Elizabeth Zucker

  • Region: Mid-America U.S.
  • Chapter: YPO St. Louis Gateway, YPO Mid-America
  • Committee: Chapters and Regions Committee Chair, YPO Council Chair, Governance and Succession Committee, Compensation and HR Committee
  • Business: Interior Investments of St. Louis LLC