Leo A. Giacometto, Founder and CEO of GAGE International, has an extensive background in military, political, private and public sector service with a wide-range of applicable experience in the areas of consulting, advising, founding, strategically building, operating and managing private sector companies. Mr. Giacometto has previously served in all branches of the U. S. Government – the Judiciary, Legislative, and Executive branches. He has overseen large government agencies and directed the operations of Congressional and Gubernatorial offices in both an official and political capacity. He served as a County Magistrate, was elected twice to the Montana State Legislature, and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a United States Marshal. Mr. Giacometto has also held Cabinet positions for two Governors; serving as Montana’s Director of Agriculture and a member of the Northwest Power Planning Council and as a Chief of Staff to a United States Senator.
Mr. Giacometto currently serves as one of Mongolia’s Honorary Consuls to the United States and was a Co-founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia. He also Co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of GN Beverages, the exclusive Pepsi bottling and distribution franchise in Mongolia and is a Member of the Board of Directors of Gemnet, a Eurasian telecommunications company that provides 96% of the internet for Mongolia and is based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Additionally, Mr. Giacometto sits on the Board of Advisors of Silk Way Group, a multinational aviation services company based in Baku, Azerbaijan and is a Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors for AVC Global, AVC Global a mobile cloud computing platform that transforms the current fragmented commodity supply chains into the agricultural value chain by providing finance, training and new market access, while achieving more profit and opportunity for all stakeholders.
Mr. Giacometto is a Senior Advisor to G2 Analytics, a an advanced data technology consulting firm that enables audience engagement for any live or recorded content and allow audiences of any size to actively participate in Focus Group in the CloudTM events through any web-enabled device. He also serves as the Director of International Government Relations for E2i Strategy Group, a Defense, Security, Manufacturing and Logistics company that assists select clients within the intelligence, defense and commercial sectors procure the materials & services they need to support their missions around the globe. Mr. Giacometto is a Senior Advisor to the Amsterdam Group Public Relations company, which was established to strike a delicate balance between contemporary world-wide-web branding and cutting-edge, next generation social media engagement with the established and highly accredited practice of media relations and traditional thought leadership promotion.
Mr. Giacometto is a former Director of the Tri-State Farmers and Ranchers Cooperative in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, served as the Vice President of Government Affairs of Morrison Knudsen, and as an Executive for Washington Group International both some of the largest international engineering and construction companies in the world.
Mr. Giacometto served 23 years in the United States Army and Reserves, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was stationed in Panama as a member of U.S. Army’s equivalent to a SWAT Team and later served in the State Department’s Counterterrorism Section, where he was deployed around the world. He is a graduate of the United States Army Military Police Academy and is an honor graduate of the Montana Military Academy.
AJ Rehberg, President, has extensive expertise in business development, strategic planning and start-ups. He has a keen understanding of US Politics, National Defense Policy, East Asian Security, International Trade, International Finance and U.S. Legislative Procedures. As a youth, Mr. Rehberg participated in the United States Senate Page program and has served at multiple national political conventions and has vast experience in fundraising, public relations, and event coordination. Mr. Rehberg previously worked for the US Chamber of Commerce’s west coast grassroots operation working on political campaigns.
Mr. Rehberg was also was involved in numerous business ventures in Southeast Asia. While living in Kathmandu, Nepal, he served as the COO for Namaste Mall, a Nepalese based e-commerce company focused on developing sustainable and fair trade practices in Nepal. While living abroad, Mr. Rehberg developed an extensive knowledge of USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation and US Trade Development Agency projects and served as an advisor to an India-based knowledge process outsourcing company in Mumbai, India.
At GAGE, Mr. Rehberg has assisted several emerging technology companies navigate government regulations and enter into the federal marketplace. These technologies have been deployed in the following sectors: military health, emergency preparedness, homeland security, bioterrorism surveillance, state and local law enforcement. In addition to serving as the President of Gage International, Mr. Rehberg is the President of Gage Mongolia, where he overseas GAGE’s various business interests in Mongolia which include Pepsi Mongolia, the Mongolia Fund, Mongolia Meats, and GemNet, a Eurasian telecommunications company that currently provide 96% of the internet connectivity to Mongolia. He also overseas Gage’s international operations, including Silk Way Group, a multinational aviation services company based in Baku, Azerbaijan and the Amsterdam Group Public Relations company, an advanced social media engagement firm focused on media relations and traditional thought leadership promotion.
Mr. Rehberg is also the President and Co-founder of G2 Analytics, an advanced data technology consulting firm that enables audience engagement for any live or recorded content and allow audiences of any size to actively participate in Focus Group in the CloudTM events through any web-enabled device.
He is a graduate of Seattle University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies.
Hamza Sadji, Business Development and Investment Advisor, is an international business professional with an advanced understanding of corporate finance, financial markets, investment analysis and international trade. A native of Morocco, Mr. Sadji studied international business at the Skema Business School in Nice, France before completing his Master’s Degree at North Carolina State University. Mr. Sadji’s involvement in international business began at a very young age when he began helping his family business negotiate contracts and conduct business with English speaking clients and partners.
Prior to joining GAGE, Mr. Sadji worked in the Trade Finance and Correspondent Banking Division of Chaabi Bank, Morocco’s largest private financial institution, where he spearheaded an effort to expand Chaabi Bank’s presence in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result of his efforts, Chaabi Bank acquired majority ownership of Atlantic Bank Group’s financial institutions in 11 sub-Saharan African countries through the formation of the holding company Atlantic Financial Group.
As a result of his multicultural background, Mr. Sadji is fluent in English, Arabic, and French and possesses a deep understanding of the cultural and economic environments in Africa, Europe, and the United States. His experience and expertise are valuable assets for both GAGE’s international and domestic clients.
Aurelia Skipwith, Of Counsel & Senior Advisor, has a broad range of experience consulting on a wide variety of issues related to international agriculture and economic development projects. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and holds a Master’s Degree in Molecular Genetics from Purdue University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Howard University. Ms. Skipwith’ s previous experience includes serving as a consultant to the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) and assisting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on issues related to intellectual property rights and regulatory compliance.
Prior to her work with the U.S. Government, she held various positions at Monsanto where she began her career as a lab technician in the Regulatory Sciences Department and was quickly elevated to a leadership position where she managed a team of scientists responsible for bringing new agricultural products to the commercial market. Prior to leaving Monsanto to attend law school, Ms. Skipwith was promoted to the Corporate Affairs Department where she managed international development projects in Africa, responsible for developing external partnerships with NGOs operating in Africa, and managing a multi-million scholarship program for Ph.D. scientists.
Following her work at Monsanto, Ms. Skipwith worked in the Legal and Regulatory Department of Alltech, a privately held and family-owned business among the top ten animal nutrition and health companies in the world. The company’s mission is to improve the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural methodologies, nutrition and scientific innovation.
Currently, Ms. Skipwith is a Co-founder and and serves as General Counsel for AVC Global, a mobile cloud computing platform that transforms the current fragmented commodity supply chains into the agricultural value chain by providing finance, training and new market access, while achieving more profit and opportunity for all stakeholders.