Board | Members

Ramin Arani (A’92)

Member

Ramin Arani is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm.  He manages Fidelity Puritan Fund.  Mr. Arani joined Fidelity’s equity research group in 1992 covering defense electronics companies.  He subsequently followed real estate investment trusts through 1996.  From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Arani covered the pharmaceutical sector and managed Fidelity Select Health Care Portfolio and Fidelity Advisor Health Care Fund.  

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Robert Bendetson (A’73)

Member

Robert “Bobby” Bendetson is President of The Cabot House, a high-end furniture retailer with stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, and Florida. Cabot House has been a family owned business for four generations, founded by Bobby’s great grandfather in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1912. His father, Norris Bendetson A41, greatly expanded the business and changed its name from the Boston Furniture Company to Cabot House. 

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Jeffrey Blum

Finance Chair

Jeffrey Blum is CEO of Sierra International, a data science, intelligence and venture investment firm. Jeff is a highly talented business leader, with expertise guiding organizations to achieving maximum value. Prior to Sierra International, Mr. Blum was Managing Partner of Sierra Vista Group, an international technology and advisory consulting company. Jeff has over twenty-five years of management and advisory experience, both domestic and international, with proven results in assisting companies through next stage growth opportunities as well as underperforming situations.

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David Cuttino

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David D. Cuttino served as Dean of Admissions, Enrollment and External Affairs at Tufts University. He was responsible for undergraduate admissions, financial aid policy, and the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership. He initiated the Tufts Institute for Leadership and International Perspective and a number of scholar programs. He also was Interim Dean of the College of Special Studies. Prior to coming to Tufts, he was Associate Dean of Admissions at Georgetown University where he chaired the committees directing admission to the School of Foreign Service and the School of Business Administration.

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David Dapice

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Professor Dapice joined the Tufts faculty in 1973 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1980. He has specialized in development economics, especially in Southeast Asia. He has taken leave at the World Bank (as a Brookings Policy Fellow in 1976-77), the Rockefeller Foundation (1980-81), and the Harvard Institute for International Development (1990-91) where he is now a Faculty Associate engaged in half-time research, supported by foundation grants. He received tenure in 1980 and has served as Chair of the Economics Department. His recent professional activities have centered on researching and assisting with the economic reforms in Vietnam. He has contributed to several books on that topic and teaches at the Fulbright School in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Edward DeMore

Member

Edward L. DeMore is the CEO and a founder of the Boston Digital Bridge Foundation (BDBF); a privately funded 501 © (3) corporation founded with technology company executives and government leaders.  In collaboration with Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston, the Foundation conceived and manages the nationally renowned Technology Goes Home program, a technology education initiative that provides computer training and computers to low-income families in order to help them bridge the digital divide. 

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Eric Del Monaco

Member

Eric oversees all marketing, structuring, trading, syndication, and distribution activities for fixed income; and market risk activities for commodity products within the Americas platform. He works closely with senior management to devise and execute a client-centric strategy, ensuring that we maintain a diversified product mix, and reinforcing the ‘New Dimension’ plan across the Firm’s fixed income and commodity products portfolio.

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Jared Goldberg (EPIIC’90, A’91, AP21)

Member

Since graduating Tufts in 1991, Jared (EPIIC’90, A’91, AP21) has had several careers which have taken him to Hong Kong, Milan, Zug, Miami and currently Aspen. From 1998-2009 he traded base metals for Glencore , from 1992-1998 established distribution throughout Asia for US manufacturers with Dorian Drake International and for the past ten years has developed residential real estate projects in Miami and established his own macro fund. With his wife Michelle, they have four children, the eldest, Zac, is attending Tufts and an EPIIC 19 alum.

Jaafar Hillawi

Member

Jaafar Hillawi is a Senior Vice President and the Middle East/North Africa Regional Executive for URS Corporation.  His responsibilities include overseeing business development and operational activities of the URS’s Energy & Construction and the Infrastructure & Environment divisions.  Jaafar has more than thirty five years project management, business development and engineering experience in the design, construction and start up of petroleum refineries, gas processing and infrastructure facilities.   

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Maria Figueroa Kupcu (A’93)

Chair

Maria Figueroa Kupcu is a Partner and the Head of the New York office of Brunswick Group, a global advisory firm specializing in critical issues communications. Since joining the firm in 2007, she has counseled corporate and nonprofit leadership teams on engagement strategies during times of significant transition or crisis.

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Kevin Luke

Member

Kevin Luke is currently a Managing Director at Hudson Advisors, a global asset management firm. For the past 8 years, he has run all financing efforts for the North American Real Estate division. Prior to that, he was in a similar role at the Shorenstein Company, and he began his real estate career at Jones Lang LaSalle and The RREEF funds. Kevin has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA (Class of 1993, Economics) from Tufts University, where he participated in planning the 1993 EPIIC Symposium, Changes in the Global Economy. He resides in New York City.

Javier Macaya

Member

Javier Macaya is Spanish citizen with a twenty five-year investment banking career in New York City where he has resided since 1991. Javier currently is a private equity investor and a Director and advisor to Companies in Spain and Latin America.

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Bruce Male (A’77)

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Bruce Male is President and Co-Founder of American International Bakeries, Srl (AIB) based in Parma, Italy. AIBis Italy's first producer of bagels and is a premier supplier of American style muffins. He is the former Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of TravCorps Corporation of Malden, Massachusetts, the innovator of traveling nurses and allied health personnel in the U.S. He also a member of the Tufts Board of Trustees and Arts and Science Advisor. Mr. Male Is also on the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  He graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Chemistry and Biology.

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William Meserve (A’62; AP’91; GP’92; JP’95; AP’02)

Member

Bill Meserve is a retired partner from the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, where he served for a time as head of the firm’s litigation group. Prior to that he worked as a staff counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce. Bill served for eighteen years as a Trustee of Tufts and is now a Trustee Emeritus.

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