International Companies Backed by American Degrees

It is interesting to see today how many international finance groups have members with degrees from the United States. While they don’t have bases here and they don’t work in the US, they have come to the States to enhance their learning curve and to develop their skills. One such company is the Element Capital Advisors Ltd (ELEMENT) investment advisory firm, founded by Francisco D’Agostino. They have offices in Panama City, Panama and in Caracas, Venezuela. They offer investment advisory services to their clients through investment products.

Francisco D’Agostino, the Founder of Element Capital, is a Boston College graduate. He graduated with a BS in Economics and Finance. He began his career as Finance VP of Dayco Holding Corp., his family’s real estate investment company and rose to be the founder of Element Capital.

Element Capital’s Vice President and Director, Daniel Diquez, also has a degree from the States. He graduated from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela in 1991 with a law degree. He also has a Master’s Degree in Compared Jurisprudence at the New York University, School of Law from New York.

Alfredo I. Vargas, the Director of Element Capital, also has a degree from the United States. He graduated with honors from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas Venezuela with a Law Degree. He then obtained his Master’s Degree in Corporate Law from New York University’s School of Law where he is a Vanderbilt and Vogelstein Scholar. Furthermore, he has an Advance Professional Certificate in Law and Business from the Stern School of Business at NYU.

These are but a few examples of the leaders at Element Capital that hold degrees from the United States.


James Cannon

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