Dr. Raissa Frenkel is a writer, academic, corporate executive and philanthropist living in Jacksonville, Florida. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Forum Capital Group, a global private equity firm, and Executive Director of the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation, a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to creating a generational legacy of giving.
Born in Kazan, Russia in 1961, Dr. Frenkel attended the Kazan Finance Institute, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree and a Ph.D in Economics. After graduating, Dr. Frenkel began teaching Economics at the University.
In 1991, Dr. Frenkel and her husband Dr. Lazar Finker moved to the United States. They settled in Florida, where Dr. Frenkel became an active member of her local community.
In 1994, Dr. Frenkel leveraged her expertise in finance and international relations and co-founded a global energy company that by 2000 was the third-largest private natural gas company in the world by output. Dr. Frenkel served as CEO of United States operations until 2012, when she and her husband sold their equity in the business and subsequently started Forum Capital Group, a private equity firm with an emphasis on the real estate and seafood industries.
Lifelong advocates of philanthropy and charitable giving, Dr. Frenkel and Dr. Finker founded the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation in 2013 as a way to give back to the international community though donations to causes such as medical research, education, religious development and children’s welfare.
A prolific blogger, Dr. Frenkel writes on topics relating to leadership, business management and sustainability. Read her latest here.