WOHASU, Advisory Board Member
Manuel S. 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 “start ups” 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 FreeBalance fulfills its mission to help governments across the world leverage robust financial management technology to accelerate country growth. A recipient of the Next Generation Executive of the Year Award sponsored by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI), Manuel led the company to win the prestigious 2009 Canada Export Achievement Award. 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.