Michael Wilkerson is Founder and Managing Partner of Ancêtre Group, a merchant-banking firm focused on private equity investment and financial advisory services. Ancêtre Group invests as principal and on behalf of third-parties, and provides advice to shareholders, management teams and boards on a variety of financial and strategic matters including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital policy and valuation. Previously, Mr. Wilkerson served as Co-Head of the Global Consumer, Food & Retail Group and as Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Lazard Frères & Co., one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms. Mr. Wilkerson was also Managing Director in the Financial Institutions M&A Group at Citigroup Global Markets. Mr. Wilkerson was named as one of the "40 under 40" in investment banking and private equity by Dealmaker magazine. Mr. Wilkerson previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Geneva School of Manhattan, and was a Corporate Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Wilkerson holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a M.A. from Yale University and a B.S. summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University.