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Raul A Deju


Raul A Deju, a native of Cuba who migrated to the United States in his early teens, is the founding director emeritus and a supporter of the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership (IEL) at John F. Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently a senior partner at Brightstar Capital Partners, a New York–based private equity partnership, and CEO of Deju Management Advisors Inc., an advisory and consulting services firm. He has served in executive positions at the top corporate level (CEO, COO, or Division President) at multiple companies, including International Technology Corporation (now Chicago Bridge & Iron), URS Inc. (now AECOM), Waste Management (both domestically and internationally), Isadra Inc., Headwaters, and Energy Solutions. Dr. Deju has served as an adviser to a prior Secretary of Commerce and a prior US EPA Administrator. He is the author of six other books and over two hundred peer-reviewed articles. His first book, Regional Hydrology Fundamentals, was published in hardback by a major publisher in London and New York when he was twenty-five years old. He was named one of the top twenty-five Latinos in the San Francisco area and received commendations for his Latino philanthropy as well as numerous other recognitions. Dr. Deju has been involved in over $5 billion of equity capital being monetized through various liquidity options.