- Top 100 People in Finance
- by The Top 100 Magazine
- Top 10 Most Influential Friends of Africa
- by For Business in Africa Magazine
- 100 Global Women of Excellence
- by Sovereign Magazine
- 10 Most Influential Business Leaders of 2021
- by Exeleon Magazine
- 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award
- by Powerhouse Global Magazine
As CEO of Phoenix Global LLC, Larisa Miller leads with the perspective, knowledge and understanding of global business, derived from her many years of experience working with complex economies and emerging markets across the globe. Having done business in 25+ countries, Larisa is a passionate advocate for global business, recognizing that all businesses must look to the global marketplace for growth, longevity, and sustainability. Committed to helping governments and businesses with foreign direct investment, capital development and business development and risk management Larisa leverages her high-level network around the world to bridge opportunity between the developed and emerging nations.
Having grown up on a farm in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, Larisa Miller began her career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture, first with the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission, and later working as assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Larisa worked for Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge, with a focus on public policy.
Larisa spent several years working as personal advisor and head of business development and investment for members of the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with focus on investment in sustainable development, technology, energy, and agriculture. Additionally, Larisa served as head of the Royal Family’s large non-profit foundation, which focused on providing opportunity, education, and sustainable impact for youth in refugee camps. Through her work with this UAE-based foundation, Larisa spent considerable time working with women and youth in refugee camps in Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, and Africa.
Larisa is a founding partner of STP Capital Partners, currently developing a large-scale technology park and film studio in North Macedonia. Larisa also serves as president of Keystone Farm Future, livestock management company, vertically integrating and localizing the beef industry in the USA.
Passionate about entrepreneurs, Larisa works with start-ups and founders across the globe to create businesses, promote business expansion, facilitate investment, and lead the way forward in a collaborative economy. With a priority on youth and young professionals, Larisa mentors, coaches and motivates youth as they architect and navigate their professional and personal career paths.
Larisa is an award-winning international keynote speaker, addressing audiences around the world on subjects such as entrepreneurship and the start-up mindset, business development and transformation, multi-sector investment, the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as motivating and empowering youth and women globally.
Larisa sits on several international boards, most notably:
- Board of Trustees, People to People International (Worldwide Organization headquartered in USA)
- President, Business and Professional Women International, Miami Chapter (Miami, Florida, USA)
- Board of Directors, Association of Businesswomen in Commerce & Industry (New Delhi, India) www.abwci.org
- Board of Directors, The Bridge Eco-Village (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) http://www.thebridgehbg.com/
- Board of Directors, Dafe Oweh Family Fund for Africa (DOFFA) http://www.doffa.org/
- Board of Directors, SensX Africa (London, England)
- Advisor, Ansari Group Ltd. (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
- Board of Directors, Kazakh-Slovenian Business Council (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
- Board of Directors, Geneva Global Initiative (Geneva, Switzerland)
- Board of Directors for Union of Business Ladies (Tbilisi, Georgia) www.ubl.ge
- Board of Advisors, Legacy of Lions (USA)
- Chairman, Read the Past – Write the Future (Jordan/United States)
Mohammed Al Muhairi
Vice President of Transportation, Infrastructure and Capital Projects
Mohammed Al Muhairi oversees the strategic consulting of transportation, infrastructure and capital projects with governments, municipalities and companies on 5 continents. Having 20+ years managing the transportation, parking and municipal services of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed also serves as CEO of the Department of Transport and Municipal Affairs in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Mohammed is a prolific entrepreneur owning various businesses from automotive restoration to restaurant and hospitality. Mohammed’s restaurant HEAT (Healthy Eats and Treats) has expanded to 5 locations across the UAE.
Mohammed serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Global Chamber of Business Leaders.
Vice President, Urban Development & Community Impact
Garry Gilliam entered the NFL in 2014 as an Offensive Tackle, after being signed by the Seattle Seahawks, where he played until 2017. After his three years with the Seahawks, where he scored one of the greatest touchdowns in playoff history, Gilliam signed with the San Francisco 49ers, where he played until 2020. A graduate of Penn State University, Gilliam triple majored, graduating with degrees in Business Development, Advertising and Psychology.
A man of action, Gilliam is using his experience, knowledge, and commitment to the revitalization of our urban centers to transform underserved communities in the USA and Africa, into epicenters of housing, agriculture, education & skills-building, entrepreneurial incubators, and recreation, known as The Bridge Eco-Villages, to strengthen our inner-city communities into vibrant catalysts for growth, stability, and prosperity in our urban centers.
Gilliam in also chairman of Empower at the Bridge Foundation, a non-profit with the mission of providing specialized opportunities and improved quality of life for marginalized, underprivileged, and underserved individuals and families suffering from systemic oppression. Gilliam achieves these goals by providing access to education, converting food deserts into food oases, creating awareness of disparities, providing community support and accessible housing options while beautifying our community and promoting self-sufficiency.
Garry is a published author and highly esteemed global public speaker. His book, Gill.I.Am. is due to be released in early 2023.
Vice President, Marketing, Branding & Content Development
John Gilmore is an accomplished business executive and former NFL athlete with a powerful reputation as a leader, innovator, humanitarian, and team player.
After a successful 10-year career in the NFL, John became Principal Partner at Encore Select, LLC., a manufacturer of sports apparel for major retailers and hot market sporting events.
Presently, John serves as the Founder and President of Brandthumb, a boutique marketing agency focused on building brands and developing innovative strategies to achieve outstanding results. Brandthumb connects clients to a robust network of marketing experts, business professionals, and influencers to drive brand recognition and loyalty.
John began his football career at The Pennsylvania State University, where he received a full athletic scholarship and graduated as a four-year Football Letterman. During his senior year, John was selected as team Captain and awarded the Hall Foundation Award, which honored him as the Nittany Lion’s Outstanding Senior.
Since 2017, John has been the live pregame analyst for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ radio network. He excels for this role, which includes researching weekly opponents, analyzing game film, and conducting interviews.
Recognized for his strong sense of social responsibility, John has received several awards including the NAACP Community Impact Award in 2010, and the Penn State Alumni Achievement award in 2012. John continually strives towards giving back to his community. He currently serves on the board of directors for Family Resources, a Florida-based nonprofit that provides crisis counseling, shelter, and a safe respite for runaway and homeless teens.
One of John’s crowning achievements is his involvement in the creation and launch of the communication platform, AppreSHEation. AppreSHEation is purpose-driven intellectual property that was developed to influence the mindset of men. John believes that in order to change culture, we must first change our mentality. The logo AppreSHEation stands for respect, equality and – more than that, since gratitude for women. Appreciation, a commonly used term, has been repurposed as AppreSHEation, has the potential to redefine how women are treated around the world.
Vice President, Sustainable Development & ESG
Faisal Sajwani is a distinguished Emirati businessman, board member and strategic advisor who is renowned for driving organizations to new heights and creating sustainable growth. He has the experience of undertaking projects and transforming them into successful businesses.
Sajwani carried experience in a variety of fields, including Real Estate, Banking & Finance, Technology, Human Resources, and Sustainability. He has been part of numerous community engagement activities such as mental health awareness, conducting workshops and speaking at top global universities. Moreover, Sajwani is a member of the advisory board at Sustainability Action Society, which aims to tackle environmental and social issues along with promoting actionable measures towards environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
In addition, Faisal Sajwani received a lifetime achievement award from His Highness Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi for his notable achievements. He has been interviewed by top global media outlets, such as Forbes, Sama Dubai TV, Al Khaleej, Corporate Investment Times, and many more. Sajwani is the author of renowned articles and master classes, including “The Power of the Mind: The Key to Success” and “The Concept of Success”.
Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Relations
Camille Trott serves as a Strategic Partner and Lead Consultant at Phoenix Global.
Camille is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Austin Communications, LLC. She is an accomplished professional with over 25 years of experience in business development, communications, executive coaching, corporate training, and public speaking.
Camille spent the majority of her career working alongside some of the nation’s most notable business executives and philanthropists, Fortune 500 companies, sports and entertainment executives, and global organizations. She has successfully provided oversight and management for senior leaders in business, civic, and philanthropic areas, including a former President of the United States of America.
Prior to launching Austin Communications, Camille progressed in her career with the parent company, whose portfolio includes The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, PGA Tour Superstore, Atlanta Falcons Football Club, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta United, and Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.
As a trusted advisor and consultant, Camille has extensive knowledge in strategic planning, creating a values-based culture, and developing a business’s greatest assets – its associates. She is also the Bermuda delegate for the Global Chamber of Business Leaders.
Vice President of Blockchain Integration & Cryptocurrency
Sebastian has traveled, lived and worked in over 60 countries during the last 20 years, working for hundreds of major global companies, such as BMW, Allianz, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and the international royal class as a subject matter expert in finance, banking, business and blockchain.
Sebastian has worked with Royal Families, heads-of-state and business leaders, advising them on blockchain strategy, architecting and implementing the blockchain strategies for governments on 4 continents.
Sebastian speaks around the world to audiences about Bitcoin, the Blockchain and the impact of crypto currency on global economies and personal finance. Sebastian is co-founder and partner of the B.I.G. Blockchain Initiative Group LLC which is based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which helps setting up Blockchain and Digital Ledger Technologies infrastructures in cities and countries around the world.
Sebastian calls the Blockchain technology “ the third path “ that will disrupt our current system and change the world entirely.
He strongly believes that Bitcoin, crypto currency and blockchain technologies will touch, change and improve the life of every nation, government and individual on this earth, having a particularly positive impact on the developing economies.
Vice President of Market Development
LaVar Arrington is one of the most celebrated and hardest hitting linebackers in the history of the National Football League. A two-time All-American at Penn State University under legendary coach Joe Paterno, LaVar was the second overall pick in the 2000 National Football League (NFL) draft, and the #1 pick of the Washington Redskins, where he earned three Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections during his tenure. In 2006, he departed his beloved Redskins and signed with the New York Giants where he played for one season.
After the NFL, LaVar moved to the media world in television, radio, and print. His impressive sports intellect and personality made LaVar a natural on-air sports personality. As a celebrated broadcaster, LaVar is a co-host of Fox Sports Radio’s podcast “Up on Game”, which he co-hosts with football legends, Plaxico Burress and TJ Houzmandzadeh.
As a man committed to service and youth, Mr. Arrington co-founded Complete Athlete, a program to help develop athletes, physically, but mentally and emotionally, helping youth gain the skills and refine the attributes needed to navigate life’s hurdles on the roadway to success. A serial entrepreneur, LaVar is a prolific businessman focusing on business development for professional athletes; media production and content creation; and the integration of exclusive product brands into his portfolio.
As an advocate for sports safety, LaVar is a frequent advocate and guest speaker on Capitol Hill for player rights and safety.
Senior Director of Brand Management
Ricardo Dickerson is the Vice President of Innovation and Business Development. Ricardo oversees the strategies, products and brand management of the fine and sustainable food and beverage products represented in the portfolio of Phoenix Global Purveyors, LLC.
As a Division-1 football player for University of Maryland, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, Ricardo went on to a professional NFL career as a linebacker playing for the Oakland Raiders and the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe. Since leaving the NFL, Ricardo has prioritized the discovery and development of untapped youth talent across the globe. Ricardo has scouted and placed numerous athletes from Africa and Europe in private high schools in the United States, mentoring and coaching them onwards to a path to college and professional sports careers. Ricardo was second in charge of the Under Armour Official Skills and Training Platform that was created to strategically cast a net over youth talent around the country and ultimately collect the data associated with those prospects.
Ricardo co-founded the A11 Stars Bowl with NFL-great LaVar Arrington, featuring 8th-grade talent from around the country, building their skills and developing the traits necessary to be a top-performing athlete.
As CEO of Continental Consulting, Ricardo manages and serves professional athletes in the NBA and NFL to develop their careers, manage their opportunities and prepare them for their next step after sports. Ricardo is also a partner in Warrior Woke, and co-owner of Five, LLC. Additionally, Ricardo serves as Senior Advisor for the USA to the Global Chamber of Business Leaders.
Ricardo is a director of the Len-D A Hand Foundation, founded by NBA player, Alex Len of the Toronto Raptors. Len-D A Hand gives back to youth-in-need by providing movie nights, free bikes, helmets, haircuts and other gestures of impact to provide hope to youth.