At twenty-five years old Augie K Fabela II went to the Soviet Union in 1991 and co-founded VEON Ltd. Against all odds, he succeeded. In 1996 he did an IPO, becoming the youngest chairman on the NYSE. VEON has become the world’s seventh largest mobile communications company, serving 235 million customers (more than AT&T and Verizon. VEON was started with 13 employees and at its peak grew into a global company with more than 60,000 employees and a market cap of $45 billion on the NYSE.
Mr. Fabela earned a BA and MA in International Relations and Policy Studies from Stanford University. In 2010, he went to the Police Academy and became a police officer for the Cook County Sheriff’s Dept, Chicago, the 2nd largest county in the US. His passion, training and results landed him with assignments in special operation command roles: Helicopter Unit, SWAT, Fugitive Warrants and Specialized Task Forces; with ranks from Cadet, Officer, Special Assistant, SWAT Operator, Commander and Chief.
Mr. Fabela is CEO of FastForward.ai, a Silicon Valley social media channel start-up, author of DECIDE, Tactical Crisis Decision Making: A Framework for Law Enforcement. He is also a World Economic Forum agenda contributor.
Mr. Fabela provides additional support in both capital and as a business advisor.