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SCI2 Incubator Manager

 

WILLIAM J. FONTANA


Bill Fontana is the Incubator Manager of Pace University's SCI2, a commercialization incubator designed to provide early-stage companies with funding and commercialization expertise. Prior to joining SCI2, Mr. Fontana had more than 20 years of financial services experience in both the US and internationally. Ten years were spent as a troubleshooter and business development specialist for CitiGroup. Mr. Fontana lived and worked in Athens , London , Bangkok and Jakarta . He has been Division Head of Citibank Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe and most recently Southeast Asia . While living in London , Mr. Fontana was responsible for establishing de-novo branches in Hungary , the Czech Republic and Poland . Subsequently he relocated to Bangkok where he was responsible for business development in Southeast Asia . In 1995 he established the Citibank branch in Hanoi . In 2001 Mr. Fontana was asked to assume responsibility as Executive Vice President of Thai Farmers Bank, the second largest bank in Thailand with assets of $15 B and 12,000 employees. Mr. Fontana has been a frequent guest speaker for the Economist Forum and Business Week forum in Southeast Asia .

 

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