Barbara D’Amato is the “quintessential” deal-maker driving business growth for clients in the US and worldwide, with broad experience in all aspects of: Global Transaction Services, Growth Strategies, Capital Funding, Corporate Finance, M&A, Project Development, Global Brand Development, Licensing and Franchising. Repeatedly recognized as a leading expert in US-Cross Border transactions. Focused on sourcing, negotiating and executing on attractive cross-border licensing, franchising and project development opportunities, by leveraging from the power of partnerships, unlocking brand value globally.
Frequent speaker at conferences in most every corner of the world with a focus on the US, Middle East and North Africa, China and Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Unique expertise and status having managed a successful global investment banking firm while managing to be a notable member of philanthropic and humanitarian causes globally, having collaborated with the Office of HH The Crown Prince of Dubai and HRH The Prince of Wales on projects of global significance in London, UK. Invited Member of the International Economic Alliance dedicated to global trade, development, investment, advancing business relations among nations, based in Boston, US. First woman-led water plants project in the Middle East and first bio-genetic seed and animal improvement agribusiness project in Ethiopia and Africa. Speaker and Finance Panelist at the World Economic Forum, one of the most prestigious members-only world leaders’ organizations shaping the world today, comprised of 1,000 of the world’s top corporations, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Forum Participant by private invitation by the Government of Saudi Arabia, at the inaugural Future Investment Initiative by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, one of the largest and most disruptive funds in the world, hosted by HRH Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of KSA, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia representing over $22 Trillion in assets under management. Speaker at ICSC China Retail Summit in Shanghai, China. Panelist at the Asia Pacific CEO Forum in Shanghai, China. Speaker at the Real Estate Conference Asia Pacific ICSC-RECON in Bangkok, Thailand. Invited as Keynote Speaker at Marche International des Professionnels d’Immobilier MIPIM Asia Property Leaders’ Summit in Hong Kong, China. Speaker and Board Advisory Council Member at the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference and Innovation Forum in Dubai, UAE, representing over $1 Trillion in foodservice revenues. Keynote Speaker at the Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association Expo and Awards in Dubai, UAE.
Global contributor with her work published on Thrive Global, a new media publication platform by Arianna Huffington, discussing matters of business well-being, leadership, inspiration and social impact. Awarded cover story as the face of retail on Retail & Leisure International, the world's only retail and leisure magazine. Awarded one of LA Power Players by Angeleno Magazine in Los Angeles, the largest US luxury media company with an audience of over $2.7 Million readers. Honored at the Women in Business Awards by the OC Business Journal, recognizing outstanding professional women with significant contributions to organizations, professions, and community in Southern California.
Speaks multiple languages. Harvard Business School post-graduate degree in Global Strategy and Business Management, becoming alumni alongside some of the world’s most prominent leaders. Lived and worked in United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.