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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.

Elizabeth Zucker

Elizabeth Zucker (YPO Saint Louis Gateway)

  • Title: YPO Chairman
  • Region: Mid-America U.S.
  • Committee: Chairman, Strategy Committee Chair, Compensation and HR Committee
  • Business: Interior Investments of St. Louis LLC

Elizabeth Zucker is the 2019-2020 YPO Chairman, the organization’s highest elected officer. As a member of YPO Saint Louis Gateway, she becomes the 68th YPO Chairman on 1 July 2019.

Elizabeth joined YPO Saint Louis Gateway (formerly YPO Lewis & Clark) in 2007. She quickly became involved with the chapter, holding more than seven chapter officer roles over the years. In 2014, she joined the Central U.S. Regional Executive Committee and served from 2013-2015 as the Regional Integration Officer. From 2015-2016 she served as the Central U.S. Regional Chair.

In July 2016, Elizabeth became a member of the YPO Board of Directors. Throughout her tenure, she served on the YPO Membership Committee, Governance and Succession Committee, Chapters and Regions Committee, Compensation and HR Committee and as YPO Council Chair.

Elizabeth is Managing Partner at Interior Investments of St. Louis, LLC, an Illinois Limited Liability Company, and a subsidiary of I3 Group, Inc.

In July 2004, I3 Group acquired Workplace Resource, a struggling USD5 million furniture dealership in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Through a hub and spoke business model and Elizabeth’s leadership, Interior Investments of St. Louis, LLC, has grown to a USD40 million dealership.

From its inception, the company has achieved tremendous annual growth, is virtually debt-free, and has solidified itself as the second largest Herman Miller dealer and one of the most sophisticated and fastest growing contract furniture distributorships in the United States.

A native of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, USA, Elizabeth attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science. She also serves on the board of directors of Arch Grants in St. Louis.

Pascal Gerken

Pascal Gerken (YPO Gold Brussels)

  • Title: Past Chairman
  • Region: Europe
  • Committee: Governance and Succession Committee Chair, Strategy Committee, Compensation & HR Committee Chair
  • Business: Gerken SA E-carbon

Pascal Gerken served as the 2018-2019 YPO Chairman and is currently the Chair of the Governance and Succession Committee and the Compensation and HR Committee.

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, Pascal has actively supported the expansion of YPO throughout the world, founding the YPO Myanmar, YPO Alcatraz and YPO Euro Star Chapters.

Outside of YPO, Pascal is CEO of Gerken Group, a leading engineering company in carbon and graphite technology. The group is composed of 11 companies located in Asia, Europe and the United States, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and is now part of Wabtec corporation.

He is also Co-Founder of GRAGER SA, a real estate group with assets in Berlin, Germany, and Brussels as well as Founder of Oceanfront Invest Myanmar, a hospitality company dedicated to building high end sustainable resorts in emerging markets, based in Yangon, Myanmar.


Gareth Ackerman

Gareth Ackerman

  • Region: Africa
  • Chapter: YPO Cape Town Gold
  • Committee: Flagship Events Committee, Strategy Committee
  • Business: Pick ‘n Pay Stores Ltd
Debby Carreau

Debby Carreau

  • Region: Canada
  • Chapter: YPO British Columbia
  • Committee: Global Conduct Committee
  • Business: Elevation Group
Ya Ping Chang

Ya Ping Chang

  • Region: Latin America
  • Chapter: YPO Metropolitan São Paulo, YPO São Paulo, YPO São Paulo Interior Integrated
  • Committee: Global Conduct Committee Vice Chair, Compensation and HR Committee
  • Business: BS&C
Cynthia Cleveland

Cynthia Cleveland

  • Region: Pacific US
  • Chapter: YPO Gold Santa Monica Bay
  • Committee: Family Council Chair, Networks Committee Vice Chair
  • Business: BroadThink
Rafi Demirjian

Rafi Demirjian

  • Region: Middle East/North Africa
  • Chapter: YPO Lebanon, YPO Levant, YPO MENA One
  • Committee: Membership Council Vice Chair, Governance and Succession Committee
  • Business: Demirjia Global (Offshore) S.A.L.
Tassos Economou

Anastasios Economou

  • Region: Europe
  • Chapter: YPO Zen Pacific Regional, YPO Greater Europe
  • Committee: Membership Council Chair, Strategy Committee, Finance Committee, Chapters and Regions Committee Co-Vice Chair
  • Business: iGroup
Jaime Grego-Mayor

Jaime Grego-Mayor

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

Bassel Hamwi

  • Region: Middle East/North Africa
  • Chapter: YPO Dubai, YPO Angeleno Gold
  • Committee: Finance Committee Vice Chair
  • Business: AMC IFC MENA Fund
Patrick Imbardelli

Patrick Imbardelli

  • Region: Australia/New Zealand
  • Chapter: YPO Oceana, YPO Gold Greater Sydney
  • Committee: Flagship Events Committee Chair, Compensation and HR Committee
  • Business: Next Story Group
Joel Montminy

Joel Montminy

  • Region: Pacific U.S.
  • Chapter: YPO Pacific One, YPO Alcatraz
  • Committee: Networks Committee Chair, Governance and Succession Committee
  • Business: CREO | Montminy & Co.
Farid Naib

Farid Naib

  • Region: Northeastern U.S.
  • Chapter: YPO Gold Philadelphia
  • Committee: Chapters and Regions Committee Chair, YPO Gold Council Chair, Finance Committee, Compensation and HR Committee
  • Business: Professional Trading Solutions, Inc.
Hasit Patel

Hasit Patel

  • Region: Africa
  • Chapter: YPO Nairobi, YPO Africa Great Lakes
  • Committee: Learning Committee Chair
  • Business: ASL Ltd
Amit Patodia

Amit Patodia

  • Region: South Asia
  • Chapter: YPO Gujarat
  • Committee: Finance Committee
  • Business: Patodia Eurotex Group
Emery Rubagenga

Emery Rubagenga

  • Region: Africa
  • Chapter: YPO Africa Great Lakes
  • Committee: Global Conduct Committee
  • Business: ROKA Rwanda
Patrick Siewert

Patrick Siewert

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

Thayer Smith

  • Region: Southeast U.S. & Caribbean
  • Chapter: YPO Florida
  • Committee: YPO Council Chair, Chapters and Regions Committee Co-Vice Chair
  • Business: Bayshore Capital Holdings Group, LLC
Renzi Stone

Renzi Stone

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

Justin Taylor

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Chapter: YPO Singapore
  • Committee: YPO Board Vice Chair, Governance and Succession Committee
  • Business: Solaris