Patrick J. McGinnis is a New York-based angel, venture capital, and private equity investor who has focused his professional activities on the emerging markets for the past ten years. He is currently the Managing Partner of Dirigo Advisors (www.dirigoadvisors.com) and is also a co-founder of Real Influence (www.realinfluence.com). Originally from Sanford, Maine, his personal and professional travels have taken him to over 50 countries. He has lived in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Prague, and São Paulo. Personal travels have taken him to locales as diverse as Azerbaijan, Paraguay, Bhutan, Siberia, and Uganda. Professionally, he has made investments in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Turkey, China, and Pakistan, where he sits on the board of a public company. He is a Trustee of the New York Youth Symphony (www.nyys.org). Patrick is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.