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Duane Gafoor

Strategy & Corporate Development

About Duane Gafoor

Duane Gafoor’s career has taken him around the world and back – literally. A current Chicago native, Duane received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto, his Master of Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, and his Master of Science in Global Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and HKUST Business School, a journey that took from New York to Hong Kong and Beijing.

As a Corporate Development Executive and entrepreneur in finance, Duane started Bell Road Capital and currently serves as the Managing Director of Growth and Private Equity. In this role, Duane advises business owners, investment management funds, and entrepreneurs on growth opportunities, helping assist people on private equity investments, commercial partnerships, and marketing materials.

His Story

One of Duane’s passions – and has been since the early stages of his career, is soaking up the knowledge of the self-made business moguls he encounters throughout his day to day. “I’m not claiming to be some sort of leadership guru,” says Duane with a smile, “but the importance of leadership culture is absolutely vital. When I was starting out, my boss would have me take the C-suite Execs around the city, after spending about 2-3 hours in a car with them – getting all of the tips and tricks I could from them, I knew people needed to hear this information.”

Fast forward about 10 years later, and Duane’s passion for sharing the wisdom of the greats has become more exciting to him than ever. Be sure to follow this blog as Duane shares interviews, tips and tricks on best practices in leadership in finance, business, and entrepreneurship.

Duane Gafoor a Member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Mentor of the Cherie Blair Foundation U.K., Mentoring Women in Business Programme – South Africa, and in his free time he is an Advanced Open Water Diver, having plunged into the depths with a dive of 158 feet (48 meters).