Andre Do Valle is a Principal at IXL Center and leads the IXL Innovation Olympics program- the world’s largest open innovation graduate school challenge. He also leads IXL Center South Florida practice and is the Executive Director of the Global Innovation Management Institute
Andre was also a management consultant team leader at Monitor Group where he led strategy projects in Europe, Middle East, and North and South America with a special focus on innovation and technology. He also founded multiple companies in the technology and media sector and has advised venture capital and private equity investors. Prior to consulting he worked in the finance sector at Lehman Brothers, Banco Itau, and MasterCard.
Andre has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
Prior to joining Babson Global, Professor Kafi served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Finance Program at Hult International Business School in Boston. Additionally he served as Acting Dean of the San Fransisco and Shanghai Campuses. During his tenure at Hult, Professor Kafi was responsible for the accreditation and approval of Masters Programs from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, as well as the recruitment of faculties for new campuses.
Professor Kafi has enjoyed a variety of private business ventures including as founder and board member of Plexus Solutions, a Boston area consulting firm, Vice President of LexCom, Inc., as well as CEO of Matrix Corporation. From 1981 to 1991, he was co-founder and Managing Director of Links International Inc., a global import/export consulting firm ranked number 23 in New England. Professor Kafi has delivered numerous presentations on Economic Development, Foreign Investment, International Trade, Economic Policy and National Strategy, as well as conducted numerous workshops on Project Management. His consulting activities have entailed Cost-Benefit Analyses, Risk Assessments, and Strategic Planning. Concurrently, Professor Kafi has served on the faculty of Babson College since 1979. He has also served on the faculties of Hult International Business School, Brandeis College, Suffolk University, Northeastern University and Boston University.