Chief Executive Officer
Alexandra Scott is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of International Business Forum and IBF Conferences, Inc. established in 1989.
Alexandra is recognized as one of the leading organizers of specialized business conferences worldwide, and has been involved in the development of over 300 conferences. These specialized conferences have been focused on asset allocation, investment management, innovation, venture capital, private equity investing and global marketing.
As CEO, Alexandra oversees International Business Forum, a business intelligence group that presents conferences and forums on technology innovation in market sectors, such as clean technology, healthcare, life sciences, global marketing and network/internet technologies. IBF conferences are attended by private equity investors, venture capitalists, innovation & technology officers, CEOs, CFOs, corporate new business development executives/innovation partnering professionals and institutional investors.
Prior to founding IBF with private equity capital, Alexandra was the Executive Vice President of the Institute for International Research. She is highly regarded and recognized by industry peers and received the prestigious NYC Medal of Honor for Service. She is active in her community as a mentor to entrepreneurs. She attended Adelphi University with honors.
To relax in her spare time, Alexandra can be found ballroom dancing or playing the piano.
Chief Strategy Officer
Craig Simak is the Chief Strategy Officer for IBF
Craig started his career at IBF in 1998 as a Conference Producer, following five years as a credit analyst with Chase. After 13 years with the company Craig was promoted to the C-Suite, where he strategizes on maximizing the growth and direction of IBF along with the important role of team recruitment, overseeing sales, marketing and the deployment of new conferences and services. He maintains responsibility for researching and identifying business market trends for the development of new conferences and other content channels. Craig’s latest focus is on digital publishing. He is recognized as a strategic thinker and well-respected by his colleagues and peers.
Craig received his undergraduate degree in Communications from Adelphi University, but opted for a real-world higher education in business. In his spare time, Craig can usually be found in the gym or out staying active, and for fun goes to see live local bands.
Chief Financial Officer
Henry Fiorillo is the Chief Financial Officer at IBF Conferences. As Chief Financial Officer, Henry is the senior manager responsible for overseeing the financial activities of IBF Conferences.
Henry is responsible for financial planning, monitoring cash flow, analyzing IBF’s financial strengths and weaknesses and tailoring suggestions for improvement. Henry is also responsible for overseeing the accounting and finance departments as well as finalizing IBF’s financial reports.
Henry's career spans 25 years of diverse executive positions, such as Board Director, President, COO, CFO and General Management in a number of diverse industries. These roles have given him the experience to lead businesses from inception to maturity. Henry’s strategy is to develop a team environment at IBF Conferences, and to engage and encourage all team members while creating a culture where members have the ability to experience success.
Henry has earned a Baccalaureate degree in Accounting and an MBA in Management and Leadership from the Townsend School of Business at Dowling College.
Chief Operating Officer
Joanne Carrillo is the Chief Operating Officer at IBF Conferences, joining the company in 2004.
As COO, Joanne is responsible for many important aspects of running the business. She manages all personnel issues, handles the bookkeeping, manages all IT efforts, and supports IBF’s marketing team along with managing the Registration and Marketing software. She is the day-to-day resource for supervising and handling all short-term and routine management activities. She oversees all communications and maintains the team environment and atmosphere at IBF. Working very closely with the rest of the senior management team, Joanne is a critical executive in ensuring the organization is operating smoothly and successfully.
Balancing these responsibilities is an easy task for Joanne. Prior to joining IBF Conferences, Joanne, a Licensed Property & Casualty Broker, held various management and staff training positions at GEICO Insurance and Perot Systems/Robert Plan Insurance.
Joanne holds her degree in Business Administration. To further her education, she studied Accounting at LIU – CW Post.
In her spare time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband, their son and the family dog. Joanne attends boot camp three times a week, and loves it! When she can find additional time to relax, she enjoys reading, entertaining and cooking for family and friends.
Danielle Pappas is Executive Producer at IBF Conferences, officially joining the company in January 2011, after a successful internship in 2005. Danielle started her career at IBF Conferences in the marketing department, where she was responsible for spearheading strategic marketing partnerships. Within a few months, she was asked to assist in conference production before moving into her current role.
As Executive Producer, Danielle is responsible for marketing research, program planning and implementation including agenda construction and recruitment of speakers, strategic relationship building and management of on-site logistics. Danielle produces conferences focused on healthcare and innovation, including IBF’s MedTech Investing Conference, Consumer Health and Wellness Innovation Summit and MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum.
Prior to joining IBF Conferences, Danielle was a critical team member at Sperry Federal Credit Union, co-managing all marketing channels including campaign development, interactive marketing, community events, and most notably, assisting in the launch of the credit union’s Electronic Marketing Department.
Danielle earned her BA in Business Communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz and has supplemented that degree by receiving a Marketing Certificate from the prestigious American Management Association (AMA).
In her spare time, Danielle enjoys entertaining and cooking for her family and friends, especially during the football season. She is a diehard NY Giants fan! When football season is over, she enjoys traveling, and has her sights set on visiting Spain and Greece one day soon.
Marketing Team Leader
Welcomed to IBF Conferences in 2011 as a Marketing Intern, Karin Englund quickly took on a vital role within the marketing team. Joining her innate passion for technology and her proven expertise in discovering the latest market trends, she came on board full-time as Marketing Research Analyst just a few months later.
Given her diverse array of skills, Karin currently leads two major aspects of the company’s operations, which include the research and relationship development initiatives for all conferences, and the analysis of list performance and strategizing of new direction to align with marketplace demand. Paralleling these responsibilities with a variety of daily efforts, Karin also assists with the design and development of all marketing campaigns, conference websites and social media outlets.
Karin graduated summa cum laude from Pace University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Advertising and Promotion. An avid life-long learner, Karin continues to build upon her skillset through strategic research and attending cutting-edge seminars.
In her spare time, Karin enjoys traveling and exploring her new neighborhood in Brooklyn, where she visits many local hangouts that boast a diversity of culture and ethnic foods.
Jackie Wengrod joined the IBF team in 2014 as a Marketing Associate. Graduating with a degree in marketing, Jackie has a great understanding for what is needed in her new role.
As a Marketing Associate, Jackie is responsible for market research and analysis, as well as compiling and organizing strategy lists to direct the marketing team. She also assists with maintaining the conference websites and mobile applications, as well as lending a hand with social media efforts.
Prior to working at IBF, Jackie was a practicing Real Estate Agent in New York City. Although she enjoyed the industry, her love for marketing brought her back to the field with invigorated goals for professional growth.
In her spare time, Jackie loves discovering new restaurants in NYC, spending time with her family and friends, and reading books from the library.
Junior Web & Graphic Designer
Evan is a multidisciplinary digital creative, not just limited to the computer. He grew up in an art oriented family, his mother was an art teacher and his father an architect. He is highly influenced by all forms of Art and Design. His relationship with graphic design is constantly changing as he becomes more proficient in various programs. Evan craves order, loves all things art and design, and seeks harmony, not only at work, but in life as well.Email: Evan@ibfconferences.com
A multifaceted team member, Mario began as a freelance event videographer, but quickly became centrifugal to all things media here at IBF. Graciously taking on all tasks assigned, IBF noticed his diverse skillset and brought him on as a team member in 2014. As Visual Designer, Mario is responsible for all aspects of graphic design including, event logos, materials and signage for both print and digital use. Mario also travels to each event to film live coverage, relying on years of expertise in cinematography for post-event video production.In his free time Mario enjoys photography, going to the gym and exploring new local dining experiences. Email: Mario@ibfconferences.com