Land of Hope is honoured and privileged to work with a great advisory board
Karl became a Christian at the age of 12 after literally being “scared straight” by a gospel tract. While he has served for three decades in the local church as a preacher, teacher, worship leader, youth leader, soccer coach, and giver, it was in 2013, on his way back from opening an orphanage in India, that God put a new call on Karl’s life – a call to teach others what it means to be “Rich Toward God”. Mr. LaPeer is active in his local church, has been a part of the opening of several orphanages in India, and is active in missionary work in Central and South America and Africa.
Karl met his wife, Christine at the age of 18 (on their second day of college) and they have been married for 30 years. They have three children, two of which are adults (Heather, who is currently serving with Youth With a Mission, and Nate, who is a graduate of Hillsong International Leadership College in Australia), and a 10 year old daughter (Elayna).
As a businessman, Karl is a partner in a Detroit-based $1.6 billion private equity firm. In 1995 he and his partners began with $20 million in capital and they have since invested over $1.2 billion in more than 120 small and mid-sized manufacturing, distribution and service companies with operations in North America and throughout the world. He has served (and/or is serving) on dozens of small business boards of directors, helping these businesses succeed in these rapidly changing times. Prior to joining his current firm, Mr. LaPeer was an investment banker with First of Michigan Corporation, and before that, he was with Harrell & Associates, a boutique strategic consulting firm.
Karl started his career with GMFanuc (now Fanuc) Robotics Corporation where he held various engineering, management, and operations roles in both the United States and Europe. His business and personal interests have carried him to over 40 countries on 6 continents. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering (summa cum laude) from Michigan Technological University and graduated with High Distinction from the University of Michigan’s MBA program. He speaks German and is a member of the CFA Institute.
Founder & Former Director of Missions Department at KDEC
Fayez Ishak, is an Egyptian Christian leader who has been in full time ministry for more than 30 years. Through 25 years of mission work, Fayez founded and directed the Missions Department at KD church, Egypt, which sent 45 full-time missionaries to Arabic speaking countries and communities. In addition, he developed and strengthened a Network of local church leaders in 19 countries in the region of Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
This regional network, and wide global connections, allowed Fayez to establish, in 2017, “Jossour: Bridges of Hope”, a missionary endeavor building strategic partnerships in all MENA region, and creating bridges between partners across the globe to send missionaries to the region, and empower local churches.
Vice President, Strategy & Change Management, Scotiabank
Ramy has a great passion for praise and worship, besides leading praise at church on Sundays, he runs the Sunday school program together with his wife. They are blessed with 3 daughters who take up most of their time away from work and church. He Co-founded RESALA charity & development organization in Egypt. Led the promotion of the organization in various media sources (TV, magazines, etc.). Led teams in CARITAS charity group in Egypt for several years, as well as local church outreaches to poor and needy areas in Upper Egypt.
As Vice President, Strategy and Change Management, Ramy Dimitry is responsible for leading the Strategy and Communications functions for Scotiabank Canada. Since joining in August 2014, he has been focused on building an in house consultancy capability, and advising the bank’s executive team on strategic transformation programs as Scotiabank prepares to meet the opportunities and challenges presented by the changing landscape of the financial services sector.
With global career experience in four continents, progressive career advancement for Ramy began at Alcatel-Lucent Egypt in a pre-sales engineering post with purview throughout the MENA region in 2003 led to his key account manager post in Greece by 2008. While at McKinsey, Ramy advised multiple Fortune 500 companies in North America, Europe and the Middle-East. In his last year at McKinsey Canada, Ramy supported Scotiabank’s executive committee in defining the five year growth aspiration and strategic focus for the bank, and building the strategy and operating model to double the Credit Cards business for Scotiabank.
Ramy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cairo, with post graduate work completed in masters courses. In 2010, while at McKinsey, he enrolled in a mini-MBA program that included modules in accounting, finance, and microeconomics, strategy and operations, with course materials delivered by professors at Harvard, Wharton, and Kellogg’s Schools of business. Ramy is fluent in four languages – English, Arabic, Italian, and French.