Leadership, Productivity and Collaboration Expert
Albert Zbily is the founding president of the International Federation of Corporate Football (FIFCO), the world-governing body of the sport of corporate football (soccer). Putting working adults onto a soccer Field and encouraging a sound work-life balance is a life-long passion that Albert has embraced for over 10 years. Albert has successfully expanded the federation to 60 countries and to 2.5 million amateur players.Albert is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of progressive experience in International Business and Development.
He is a former economic advisor to the US State Department on Canada/US relations and was a bureau chief for the province of Quebec for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Albert started his career at the World Bank and was a resident advisor for USAID in Morocco before accepting a position with the Canadian Department of Finance managing Canada’s Financial relationship with the Inter-American Development Bank. As an entrepreneur – Albert has worked in various business ventures for over 10 years and has successfully brought a private sports management company to dominate the Canadian landscape. In March 2019 – Albert pitched at the popular CBC Show “Dragon’s Den” in front of some the most ruthless dragon’s.
Albert is a part-time lecturer at McGill University in International Business and Entrepreneurship.Over the years, Albert has worked in various industries from International Development in Africa to working with the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society. Albert has successfully used his skills of macro economics – growth theory to the business world in both the public and private sectors. Albert is well travelled and well versed in cultural subtilties in business negotiations. Having developed and built an international sporting association from the ground up – he has built a strong understanding on how culture inFluences negotiation. Albert has visited Iran, Yemen and Lebanon at times where risk was higher than expected, but through his approach has developed links and built bridges.
Mr. Zbily has taught at McGill University for over 15 years and in the private sector guiding senior executives on how to navigate the international business market – how to source – how to negotiate and how to build relations for future business. Albert has a strong understanding of the geo-political issues than can affect business deals and foresee avoidable traps in negotiation. Mr. Zbily holds a Master in International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University, where we was a research fellow on the NAFTA trading area. He equally holds a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Albert has also spent study tours in Italy and in France. He is a Fluent speaker in French, English and Italian.
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