Alex J. Krem, Interim Chairman, has been actively involved with the special needs community since 1957 when his father (Alex A Krem, a pioneer in mainstreaming) began to organize camping and outdoor recreation programs for the developmentally disabled. The junior Alex was one of the first two counselors and later served as its Chairman of the Board before leaving the US for New Zealand in 1987. He has been back on the board since 2008 as Treasurer, member of the Finance Committee and the Personnel Committee. He is active at both board and program level.
Alex is also an investment banker, lawyer and serial entrepreneur. He is founder and managing director of Admiralty International, and is investment manager for First Global Venture Capital AG of Germany. He has more than 35 years’ legal, banking, investment and financial experience in over 70 countries. He holds BA (social psychology and small group dynamics with high honors), MBA (finance), and JD (finance and real estate) degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He also studied industrial psychology at the Ph.D. level at the University of Minnesota and has taught law and business at the University of California (Berkeley), University of the Pacific (Stockton, California) and Auckland University, and philosophy at the International Academy of Interfaith Studies in Mexico. He has lectured worldwide and consults regularly for the National Science Foundation (where he has served on the Committee of Visitors), the National Academy of Sciences, the US Congress, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, numerous national and local governments, public and private clients. Alex’s knowledge of finance and management contribute daily to the economic health of our organization.