Our Team

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Carson R. Cole

Founder, Chief Investment Officer, and Chairman of the Board

Carson Cole, 53, founded NUKU Inc. in June 2011. He has over 25 years financial management and research experience, focused on the study and practical management of investments. Mr. Cole served as an investment portfolio manager, head of research at two different firms, and was the founder of DebtTraders Inc., a global institution that specialized in high yield and distressed asset trading, with offices in New York, Chicago, London and Hong Kong.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cole has been an avid user and advocate of technology to facilitate the investment process. In 2005, he began to develop the concept behind NUKU. His vision was to simplify the investment process for investors, but this hinged on the development of radical improvements in technology to individually process an investor's goals. As ‘cloud computing’ was introduced and has matured in the last four years, the ability to launch a service like NUKU became possible, and Mr. Cole began development in 2008. By 2010, developmental showed significant promise, encouraging Mr. Cole to continue the work and to commercialize the NUKU service in June 2011.

Mr. Cole served as the Head of Asian Fixed-Income and High Yield Research at Bankers Trust in Hong Kong from 1996 to 1999 and at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) in Singapore from 1994 to 1996. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Cole was a portfolio manager at Froley, Revy Investments in Los Angeles, and from 1989 to 1991, he was an analyst and portfolio manager at Colombia Savings & Loan, Beverly Hills, CA. Mr. Cole’s focus over the years has been identifying and valuing securities with high risk-adjusted returns. Mr. Cole graduated from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire in 1989.

Gina Ferro

Senior Operations Officer

Gina Ferro,46, has extensive experience in finance and business administration through her various roles in the financial industry. In 2011-2013, she served as a Director in Amadelphous AO Limited, an Entrepreneur’s Cooperative, wherein various professionals from different disciplines share expertise and resources to revitalize, develop and possibly finance potential businesses in green friendly industries. As part of Amadelphous, she served as Director at EcoQuest, a company which produces a 90% biodegradable nappy. She assisted in the Business Development by bridging distribution channels overseas, capital raising and reviewing and improving the companies’ costs and operational systems. She also served as Director in ICC (International Cocoa Company, Inc.), wherein she co-wrote the business plan, assisted in the capital raising by finding various financial overseas grants and specific local loans to farmer’s cooperatives for the initial phase of the plan. The plan begins with aggregating various indigenous farmer’s cooperatives in the Philippines which in turn will service the large demand of cocoa beans in the Asia Pacific region. The company secured guaranteed markets for the cocoa beans the farmers will produce for at least the next 10 years.

In 2010, she served as Manager at the Financial Shared Services company, Deutsche Knowledge Services, where she was responsible for business analysis and operational improvements in interest rates derivatives for the Tokyo market. In 2007-2009, she served as Vice President of Administration & Operations at Atherstone Capital (HK) Ltd and in 2000-2005, she served as Vice President & Operations Officer of the Settlements division of Debttraders Ltd. Gina has also worked with a number of commercial Asian banks including Dao Heng Bank, RCBC International Finance Limited and the Philippine Commercial International Bank. Gina holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Finance in addition to a number of specialist and practising certificates from the Hong Kong Securities Institute.