A lawyer and economist by training, Georges Ugeux has focused his entire 40 year career on the global dimensions of business, government and finance. He has a deep understanding of the cultural dimension of negotiations, networks and partnerships.

Georges Ugeux is the Chairman & CEO of Galileo Global Advisors LLC, a firm he founded in 2003 to offer CEOs, Boards of Directors and governments independent advice on international business development, restructuring, compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. Galileo’s main focus has been advisory services in Europe and Asia, with a particular expertise in emerging markets like India and China. More recently, a series of assignments led Galileo to deepen its knowledge of climate change initiatives, including ESG investments.

Prior to Galileo, Mr. Ugeux was the Group Executive Vice President, International & Research, at the New York Stock Exchange. He built and managed the Exchange’s International Group and, during his tenure, spearheaded the listing of 308 companies from 43 countries, out of the 470 non-US companies listed on the NYSE with an aggregate value of $2.7 trillion. During that same period, the NYSE’s international trading moved from 40 to 140 million shares per day.

Mr. Ugeux is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law, where he teaches the seminar “International Banking and Finance: the Challenges” and leads a reading group on Brexit. He is a frequent visiting professor at La Sorbonne University Paris I and has guest lectured at the Catholic University of Louvain, from which he holds a Doctorate in Law and is Licentiate in Economics, and the College of Europe in Bruges. He served as a Special Advisor to the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School and currently sits on the Board of Polyfinances, the financial vertical of Montreal-based Polytechnique Technical University. Mr. Ugeux is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Emerging Markets Institute of Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management.

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Mentoring is assisting men and women in the finding of their voice and their path. It stems from experience, empathy and distance.

I have been the beneficiary of the advice of senior men and women throughout my life. Mentoring is a unique relationship in which experienced people give their time to other individuals who are trying to manage the professional and personal challenges as they progress in their lives. While it is not psychological help, mentoring can provide a huge support and often some much needed clarity.

We all experience various phases of transition in our lives. Mentoring is a resource to help facilitate these transitions whether it be career moves, work conflict, relationship crisis, new initiatives or moves outside of home. It is amazing just how helpful it can be to receive candid advice from someone who cares.

I have mentored friends, colleagues and even clients. Intuition, empathy, wisdom and experience are some of the key elements of a successful mentor. These characteristics, combined with the appropriate amount of support and distance, can assist significantly in sorting out short or long term professional and personal challenges. Often, it is simply a matter of having an objective perspective that can lead to major progress.

Mentoring, particularly at this stage of my life and with 45 years of professional advisory experience, feels like a natural fit and is something I am truly passionate about.

Interested in mentoring?