Recognized Leaders and Visionaries
Dr. Gutiérrez is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of V2 Global, while also serving as President of the Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo. Before joining V2 Global as a board member, he was Corporate President of Corporación Multi-Inversiones (CMI) for over 33 years, Director of Banco de Occidente and Vice President of Banco Reformador. Dr. Gutiérrez was also CEO and presenter of the well-established television program known as Libre Encuentro and is now a director of the television program, Razón de Estado.
In 2012, Dr. Gutiérrez founded the Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo which aims to amplify free society ideals by addressing economic and political issues throughout Central America. As President, he successfully leads a talented team of individuals to provide relief and create civic initiatives for countries in Central America.
Dr. Gutiérrez has received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of International Management and Finance, as well as a Summa Cum Laude Doctorate in Sociology and Political Science from the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain.
Furthermore, Dr. Gutiérrez is a member of the Latin American Board of Georgetown University, member of the Dean’s Counsil of Harvard Kennedy School and Trustee of the Freedom House, member of the Advisory Council of the International Foundation for Freedom, member of the Atlantic Institute of Government in Madrid, Founder and Trustee of the School of Government in Guatemala and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Francisco Marroquin University.
In 2012, Poder Awards from Revista Poder, recognized Dr. Gutiérrez with the prize “Endowment for Democracy”.
In 2014, His Majesty Felipe VI King of Spain honored him with the Decoration “Orden al Mérito Civil en Grado de Encomienda”.
According to Estrategia y Negocios, Dr. Gutiérrez was selected among the top ten most admired businessmen in Central America. In July of 2020, he was featured in Forbes Central America where he discussed his thoughts to integrate Central America economically.
George is a member of V2 Global’s Board of Advisors where he directs domestic and international projects and operations. George has 30 years of federal and local law enforcement experience, culminating in the role of Assistant Director of International Operations of the FBI and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Miami office. At V2 Global, George provides operational oversight and advice for all aspects of national and international businesses involving business intelligence, counterterrorism, crisis management, financial institutions, multinational corporations, money laundering and security.
As the Assistant Director of the International Operation Division of the FBI, George directed FBI global operations by leading the FBI’s Legal Attaché Program, which maintains locations in 90 countries around the world. As Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Miami office, the FBI’s fourth largest field office, George was responsible for overseeing FBI Miami’s counterterrorism, criminal, Cyber, and counterintelligence programs while simultaneously providing leadership to the office’s 900 plus employees. As one of the FBI’s four offices with extraterritorial responsibility, he was also instrumental in ensuring the FBI’s mission to protect the American people extended overseas, specifically in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Notably, George was selected as the team leader and interrogator for the FBI team responsible for the interrogation of Saddam Hussein. This marked the first time in FBI history that the FBI interrogated a significant head of state in his own home country. During this time, George spent seven months leading the interrogation of Saddam Hussein and other key figures within the former Iraqi regime. George is also an FBI certified Intelligence Officer and is widely recognized as a subject matter expert in Counterterrorism and the Middle East.
George holds a Master's Degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Security Studies, with a concentration in International Terrorism. He also holds a Master's Certificate in Arab Studies and is fluent in Arabic. George is a top world ranked MMA and Jujitsu competitor.
Ambassador Robert S. Gelbard
Robert Gelbard is a former United States Ambassador to Bolivia and the Republic of Indonesia. He served as the Special Representative of the President for implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords in the Balkans. Prior to his diplomatic appointments, Ambassador Gelbard served as the Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
Bryan S. Ware
Bryan Ware was the Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure and Resilience Policy.
He is a pioneer in the development and application of analytic methods and tools for enterprise risk management, high consequence/low probability events, critical infrastructure protection, and risk-based resource allocation. Ware was the CEO of Haystax Technologies, a cybersecurity and risk management analysis firm and was co-founder and CEO of Digital Sandbox Inc., a predictive analytics company that was acquired by Haystax.
Kelly Johnstone is a Senior Consultant and member of the Advisory Board of V2 Global after a renowned career in law enforcement and corporate security. Kelly’s expertise is prominent in V2’s corporate risk mitigation practice. Prior to joining V2 Global as a consultant and Advisory Board member, she was the Chief Security Officer for The Coca-Cola Company and a special agent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Customs Service, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Kelly joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2000 after seventeen years of law enforcement and security experience in the government sector and was elected as a company vice president in May 2015 with responsibility for strategic security, information assurance and global asset protection operations. She was responsible for ensuring safe and secure operations for The Coca-Cola Company’s more than 100,000 employees operating in more than 200 countries across the company’s six operating segments: (i) Europe, Middle East and Africa, (ii) Latin America, (iii) North America, (iv) Asia Pacific, (v) Bottling Investments Group and (vi) Corporate. In addition, she oversaw information assurance which included cyber threat intelligence, computer forensics, eDiscovery and cyber investigations.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Kelly was a special agent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, where she was one of the first twenty agents hired into the newly established agency. Kelly was also a special agent for the former U.S. Customs Service, Office of Enforcement (now known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Her responsibilities included managing and conducting criminal investigations, dignitary protection, anti-terrorism and foreign counterintelligence initiatives and operations.
Kelly is a graduate of the University of Florida and the Harvard Business School, General Management Program. She currently also serves on the boards of the International Security Foundation, the Domestic Security Partnership, the International Security Management Association, the Overseas Security Advisory Council and serves on RAND Corporations’ Advisory Council for the Center for Global Risk and Security. Kelly was voted one of 2017’s Most Influential People in Security.
Shaquille O’Neal is a four-time NBA champion and Hall of Fame inductee. His career with the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers spanned nearly two decades. Mr. O’Neil is a prominent sports analyst, successful entrepreneur and sworn law enforcement officer.
Philip Levine is an accomplished businessman who launched Onboard Media and conceived a port marketing program for the cruise industry. Currently CEO of Royal Media Partners, he maintains a diverse portfolio of investments in startups, businesses and real estate. Levine served as Mayor of Miami Beach for two terms.