Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Kevin McGovern is the Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital, a single-family office. Through McGovern Capital and its affiliates, he has co-founded over twenty-five (25) companies, six of which have become world/category leaders, and he has been lead negotiator/principal in over fifteen (15) global joint ventures. McGovern Capital serves as an investment, strategy and licensing participant and advisor to global businesses. McGovern regularly speaks at business, academic and family office conferences in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.
McGovern was a founder of SoBe Beverages, the fastest growing beverage company ever in the US (sold to Pepsi), and McGovern Capital was one of three owners of KX Industries, L.P., the largest manufacturer and worldwide source of carbon water purification filters, having invented and supplied PUR to P&G, the first end-of-tap filter to Brita, and the first refrigerator water filter to Electrolux. He also created the program, supervised and negotiated all licensing of Tristrata’s alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) patents, which technology was incorporated in approximately 40% of all global skin care products, and is/was sold in approximately 80 countries. Mr. McGovern has spent well over the last decade working to provide clean drinking water to people with the worst water contamination issues (including bacteria, viruses, arsenic and lead). He serves/served on many public and private boards including The Sports Authority (Exec. Committee – NYSE, during its growth to the largest sporting goods company in the world).
McGovern Capital is also currently involved in several consumer technologies including several innovative food and beverage companies; unique skincare technologies for women of color; interests in several teams/organizations in e-Sports. It is a principal in a leading drug company obtaining the first FDA approved drug for plaque removal in the human body; and also participates in various impact/environmental opportunities such as clean/filtered water, plastics-to-fuel, and carbon underground agricultural products.
Mr. McGovern is also known for his nanotechnology involvement, serving as co-chairman of Angstrom Publishing LLC, which together with Forbes publishes a global monthly Nanotechnology newsletter currently entitled The Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report. He is a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian (the world’s largest research and museum institution) and is a Trustee Emeritus and a Presidential Councilor (highest honor to alumnus) of Cornell University (having served as the Co-Chairman of the Technology Transfer Committee and Co-Chairman of the Sports Task Force). He was recently appointed to the Cornell University- wide Committee on Research and Innovation. He also teaches a course on “Global Innovation and Commercialization” at the Cornell graduate business school and is/has been a guest lecturer at various academic institutions, including Cornell NY Tech, Stanford (business lecturer and executive programs), MIT, ESCP Europe, NTU in Singapore, and KAUST in Saudi Arabia. He also served as Chairman of Entrepreneurship@Cornell for over seven years. The McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in Life Sciences at Cornell University was recently acclaimed as one of the Top 10 Venture Development Centers in North America. In addition, he established the McGovern Fields at Cornell.
Mr. McGovern served on the Board of the US Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai and was appointed (only foreigner) to the Expo’s Post-Development Committee. He is also Vice Chairman of the Silver Shield Foundation, providing assistance to families of policemen and firemen who die in the line of duty in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. He serves on the Board of Point Hope providing global assistance to orphans. Mr. McGovern is a member of the Advisory Council to Consumer Reports, an independent, non-profit member organization and magazine that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace.
Mr. McGovern has received numerous awards including the Cornell "Entrepreneur of the Year", St. John's University School of Law’s "Distinguished Alumni Award" and The East West Institute's "Global Game Changer Award". In addition, he received the Pioneer Award from the United Nation’s International Council for Caring Communities, the Luce Foundation honored him as its 2015 Humanitarian of the Year, and he received the 2016 Gold Medal Award from the American Irish Historical Society.
16:00 - 17:00
FPI Pillar Session 5 – Family Offices Roundtable Discussion
What does the Future Hold?
Direct Investments and Co-Investments
Social Impact Investments