Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2020 Global Education Network (GEN) Scholarships


We are pleased to announce the 2019 winners of the FFI GEN scholarships and to thank the generous sponsors of these five awards for leading the way in ensuring that professionals in the field receive the outstanding interdisciplinary education that FFI has become known for globally.

Crystal, The Private Group of Alliant Scholarship

The scholarship is for next-gen family business members who would like to formalize their learning on the family enterprise.

2020 Recipient

Brandon Addison serves as a social entrepreneur and leadership/strategy consultant with Core Ventures based in Denver, Co. He holds over 10 years of experience consulting and advising corporations, boards, executive leaders, and family businesses in a variety of organizations. Armed with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Georgia, Brandon’s innate leadership and curiosity have led him to the field of Family Enterprise Professionals.

Crystal, The Private Group of Alliant is one of the world’s leading strategic risk and insurance advisors.

de Visscher & Co. Scholarship

In 2010, to celebrate its 20th year as a company devoted to advising family enterprises, de Visscher & Co. established a GEN scholarship for next generation consultants and advisors in the field.

2020 Recipient

Catalina Arango works at Lansberg Gersick & Associates as a junior associate, supporting families in the design and implementation of plans to ensure the continuity of their businesses throughout generational transitions. Catalina holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Family Advisory in Non-Clinical Environments, and has just earned her International MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. She feels FFI is the next step to continue growing on the passionate field of family business and is hoping to build interesting and constructive conversations with classmates and professors.

de Visscher & Co. is an independent financial adviser to business owning families and closely held businesses worldwide.

Waesche Family Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for those in need of financial support to take the next step in their professional development within the field of family enterprise. Preference is given to applicants who research and aid in the understanding of the inescapable influence of money on the family enterprise.

2020 Recipient

Tsitsi Mutendi is a well-versed, award winning business woman with over 12 years experience, building her own successful businesses. Tsitsi is recognised globally for her business acumen and world class delivery. She is currently committed to working with African Family Businesses transition from generation wealth to generation legacies.

D. Randolph Waesche, FFI Fellow, is president and CEO of Resource Management, LLC, a Louisiana Registered Investment Advisory firm. Randy and his firm are long-time sponsors of the Family Business Review and the FBR Best Reviewer Award in addition to his family’s generous support of this scholarship.

AlTouq Group Scholarship

The annual scholarship aims to support family business practitioners or Next-Gen family members, committed to the field of family enterprise.

2020 Recipient

Kevin Au, PhD, CFBA/CFWA co-founded the CUHK Centre for Entrepreneurship and serves as the current Director. He is also Director of the Centre for Family Business. His research interests are international management, entrepreneurship, family business, and social network. Besides research and consulting, he serves as a director for the Hong Kong Business Angel Network Ltd. (HKBAN) and International Study of Entrepreneurship Education Outcomes (ISSEO), and he co-leads the FFI chapter of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The AlTouq Group is a Saudi Arabian Family Office established in the 1970’s as an investment vehicle for the AlTouq family. It has grown into a sophisticated local and international investor with a global revenue generating asset base.

Fitzpatrick & Francis Family Business Continuity Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship, for those who wish to pursue an FFI GEN Advanced Certificate, was established in 2013 to further its mission of ensuring that family businesses receive the best possible advice as they plan to successfully transfer ownership and leadership of their enterprise from one generation to the next.

2020 Recipient

Navneet Bhatnagar, PhD, CFBA is Senior Researcher at the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise, Indian School of Business, in Hyderabad, India. He specializes in management science research, specifically in family business research. His nearly two decades of experience comprise business management, education, research, and advising. He was the 2018 recipient of the de Visscher & Co. Scholarship, and he is the author of several précis of Family Business Review articles for FFI Practitioner.

Fitzpatrick & Francis Family Business Continuity Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support for the training and education of family business advisors either through grants directly to individuals or to institutions that provide education and training to individuals.

Past Recipients

Go here to see a complete list of past GEN scholarship winners.

Sponsor a Scholarship

Interested in sponsoring a GEN scholarship? Please contact Susan Gabert for details on creating a named GEN scholarship.

The GEN Program

To learn more about the FFI GEN program, go here.