Manuel Schiappa Pietra is a global executive and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of successful management experience in companies based in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. He has a proven track record in building and running companies, from “startups” to well-established private and public organizations. He has consistently demonstrated an ability to build and lead successful teams and businesses in the international arena.

As President and CEO of FreeBalance, Manuel leads global growth strategies focused on advancing the company’s objectives and promoting revenue, profitability and growth. Manuel has transformed the firm into a customer-centric and socially responsible company increasing its footprint to 25 countries worldwide. He is responsible for ensuring that the FreeBalance fulfills its mission to help governments across the world leverage robust financial management technology to accelerate country growth.

Manuel Schiappa Pietra is a recipient of the Next Generation Executive of the Year Award sponsored by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) and in 2009 he led the company to win the prestigious Canada Export Achievement Award. FreeBalance was also recently recognized by CFI.co as We’re pleased to have been recognized by CFI.co with an international award for having one of the world’s most innovative solutions for management in the public sector.

As the Chairman of the Advisory Board at WOHASU®, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of happiness as a life choice, a human right and an enabler of human development and social innovation, Manuel was recently awarded with the “Key of the City of Miami” by the Miami Mayor and the members of the Miami City Commission.

Manuel has held executive positions on the boards of several international companies and actively participated in the venture capital space. He has participated in several successful IPO’s in North America, Europe and South Africa.