Mojgan Skelton is an international business consultant with expertise in trade issues and the Middle East. More than 20 years experience working globally.
She has been chief executive officer of her own New York-based global consultancy, (Mojgan Skelton Consulting LLC), since 2005. Her firm focuses on advising U.S. companies on export compliance, trade financing, export licensing and other trade-related regulatory matters in the Middle East. Her Collaboration with investment firms has been involved in business development, and marketing in a number of areas within the Financial Services Industry, Private Banking, Private Client Services, Hedge Funds, Execution Services, Prime Brokerage, Asset Management, and Private Equity.
Most recently, she has raised $15 million for a private investment firm on Wall Street and long short/market neutral family of hedge funds. Also, Successfully raised institutional capital for a variety of alternative investment strategy vehicles including Venture capital, Medical foundation, Entertainment startups, fixed income and others.
Also, successfully raised $5 million capital for Freshwater Global Alpha Fund, which is a diversified portfolio of inexpensive investments in security price movements, designed to perform in both up, and down markets. Combining proprietary analytics and fundamental research to construct a portfolio of inexpensive investments in security priced movements. Offsetting long and short positions and neutralizing unwanted risk characteristics to capture model edge.
In addition to her business roles, Skelton devotes substantial time to a variety of non-profit organizations where she leverages her fundraising expertise and business contacts for philanthropic purposes. She is executive advisory board member of the World Policy Institute; chairman of the international relations and foreign policy committee at the Harvard Club; and a member of the National Arts Club, the Arab Bankers Association of North America, and Elevate (Goldman Sachs Women Club).
Skelton’s background encompasses two decades of work on three continents in a variety of international businesses. She has advised the senior management of manufacturers and high-volume exporters in industries ranging from high-tech to commodities, and is extremely well versed in how to create business opportunities in diverse cultures. She has structured trade and investment transactions for clients in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, England, France, Germany and elsewhere. Her consultative advice, whether working with small- and medium-sized enterprises or multi-billion-dollar transnational corporations, is guided by a clear understanding of the changing patterns of trade and industrial organization that have accompanied globalization.
Her accomplishments include the establishment of two multi-million-dollar agreements to manufacture technology under license for the UAE, Kuwait and other governmental organizations in the Middle East. She also put together a deal to import approximately $10 million worth of agricultural machinery into the UAE and Iran. Additionally, she worked with Chanel, the French fashion house, to create a marketing plan for the Middle East, using her contacts and knowledge of doing business in the region.
Skelton began her career in the early-1990s as an investment banker with CardTech Ltd. (a subsidiary of Barclays Bank) in London. She subsequently became the Director of marketing for the National Iranian Oil Co. in London. While there, Skelton worked with the firm’s senior management and with the Minister of Oil to successfully negotiate several technical international trade transactions, including sales of crude oil and barter deals with European oil companies such as British Petroleum, Nimir Petroleum and Shell UK.
In the late-1990s, Skelton worked as a business consultant at DuPuy International, a manufacturer of orthopedic implants, in Leeds, U.K. When Johnson & Johnson acquired DuPuy in 1998, she worked closely with senior management at J&J on the integration, acting as the principal liaison between the U.K. and international sales teams and combing through the firm’s international contracts. Her efforts there produced more than $1.5 million in cost savings through the identification of goods transfer pricing discrepancies.
Skelton holds a master’s degree in business administration from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and foreign policy from University of London. She is fluent in Farsi and English, and conversant in Arabic. She currently resides in New York City.