Governing Board

J. FuquaJeffry Fuqua, Ph.D.

President of Amick Holding, Inc.

Ph.D.,1972, University of Miami

2008-Present, Board Member and Secretary, Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation

2011-2017, Chairman Consolidated Tomoka Land Co. (NYSE-AMEX CTO)

2010-2015 Board Member, Old Florida National Bank

1977-2010, CEO, Amick Construction, Inc.

1988-1994 and 2001-2010 Chairman, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

2006-2009, Board Member and Chairman, Liberty National Bank

Jeffry Fuqua is a businessman who has been at the head of more than six different companies.

He has been a major supporter and instrumental in the creation of IMSA.

Maxime Kontsevich

Maxime Kontsevich, Ph.D.

AXA Chair of Mathematics
L’Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques

Maxime Kontsevich is a 1998 Fields Medalist, a 2008 Crafoord Prize winner in 2008, and a 2012 recipient of the Fundamental Physics Prize, and an inaugural 2014 recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. He was elected to the National Academy of Science in 2015 as a Foreign Associate. His work draws from modern theoretical physics to make fundamental and revolutionary advances in mathematics. He is Professor of Mathematics at IHES and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of Miami.

J. Mesquita

Jacqueline Godoy Mesquita, Ph.D.

Professor at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Brasilia, Brazil

Jaqueline Godoy Mesquita is a Brazilian mathematician specializing in dynamical systems, analysis and functional differential equations.  Mesquita became an affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences in 2018. In 2019 she was awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO-BAS Award for Women in Sciences. In 2023, she was elected president of the Brazilian Mathematical Society. In the same year, she was awarded the "Science, She Says" by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Gabriela Olmedo-Alvarez

Gabriela Olmedo-Alvarez, Ph.D.

Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato

Senior Executive Liaison for Outreach for the Institute of Mathematical Sciences of the Americas

Gabriela Olmedo-Alvarez is the director of Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato, a high-level research institute in Mexico. She is also PI of the Laboratory for Molecular Biology and Microbial Ecology in the Department of Genetic Engineering. She is the leader of the Taller Ciencia Viva, a group that organizes scientific workshops, with the participation of top scientists, to inspire young people interested in pursuing scientific careers ( She is the current ambassador of Mexico to the American Association for Microbiology, seeking to spread knowledge on current microbiology research.

J. Ross

Julieta Ross, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and CEO at Okee Labs

Julieta Ross is a serial entrepreneur, technology strategist at public companies, corporate governance and growth expert. Julieta is a two-time startup founder with one exit in digital technology. She is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Okee Labs, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup in the United States.

For 20 years, she has worked in C-suite positions for some of the world’s most visible Global financial services companies, technology companies, and academia in Europe, Latin America and the United States including Citi, Banco Santander, Motorola Research, M&T Bank, University of Miami, and Arpro Technologies. Additionally, she has been an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at Universities including Cornell University, University at Buffalo and Florida Atlantic University.

Julieta is an effective leader capable of building and scaling businesses. She has a proven track record leveraging digital technologies to reduce cost, drive customer experiences, improve productivity using AI, Machine Learning (ML) and analytics.

She has successfully implemented market-leading digital platforms, cyber security and information security, operational resiliency and developed high-performing inclusive teams in large organizations. She is a digitization and corporate governance expert, and a technology expert in areas including AI, Cybersecurity, Crypto, Web3, Consumer Platforms and Enterprise Technology. She brings vision for new consumer experiences, relentless customer focus and discipline around execution.

She is an author of books and a regular contributor to publications in areas including technology, digital disruption, diversity and the power of belonging. She holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

She has served on the boards of public, private and non-profit companies including Amalgamated Bank, Santander Consumer Finance, Mastercard Advisory Board, AAA Western and Central New York, Sheltered Harbor, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Row New York.

L. Katzarkov

Ludmil Katzarkov, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Institute of the Mathematical Sciences of the Americas


The Executive Director of IMSA is responsible for overseeing the institute's scientific activities, including serving as a co-principal investigator on grants, managing staff, and postdoctoral researchers, managing the institute's finances, and overseeing the institute's website and public relations. The Executive Director will work closely with the Dean of CAS, the Provost of the University of Miami, and the Overseeing Committee, including the chair of the Mathematics Department, in order to further the goals of IMSA. Additionally, the Executive Director will be responsible for reporting to agencies and foundations and assisting with fundraising efforts.

Leads the efforts of IMSA, coordinates scientific activities, coordinates the connection with the Simons Foundation, leads the efforts for renewal of Simons Foundation support and other fundraising efforts, manages IMSA staff and visitors, and works on increasing the visibility of IMSA and non-American connections. The Executive Director and the Mathematics Department Chairman will work closely with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on fundraising for IMSA. The IMSA Executive Director reports jointly with the Chairman of the Mathematics Department to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Executive Director reports to the Scientific Advisory Committee (a monthly report) and the UM administration.

Two new positions reflect the essentially global nature of IMSA, reporting to the Executive Director.