Sergio Fernández de Cordova
Sergio Fernández de Córdova is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist working at the intersection of media and leveraging public-private partnerships for social impact. In 2011, he co-founded Infrastructure Media Group Holdings (IMGH, imgh.com), a holding company focused on global infrastructure, energy, commodities and public-private partnerships; and Innovators Fund (innovatorsfund.com), a collaborative-based seeding platform investing in global disruptive civic-focused technology ventures. In 2012 he co-founded, as Chairman, PVBLIC Foundation (pvblic.org), which focuses on repurposing and donating millions of dollars’ worth of unused media space to non-profits each year.
Sergio co-founded Fuel Outdoor Holdings (fueloutdoor.com) in 2003, growing the company to over 4,000 outdoor advertising locations in nine markets nationwide, making it one of the top 3 largest, privately owned companies in the industry. He sold the company to Och-Ziff, a global institutional asset management firm with over $31 billion in capital, and exited in 2011. Och-Ziff successfully sold the company to Van Wagner Communications in November of 2012.
Sergio is more than just a sharp businessman; he is one of the youngest initiators of public-private partnerships to drive business and social change. Launching from much of his work at Fuel, Sergio single-handedly forged a variety of private-public partnerships with political and business leaders in cities such as Miami, Chicago, New York and Dallas. As a reflection of his progressive understanding of business and a burgeoning global economy, he is an active investor or advisor in multiple start-ups and emerging market expansions focused on multilateral groups, media and technology.
In 2012, Dell Inc. named Sergio one of its #Inspired 100 leading global influencers in entrepreneurship, who use technology to empower and inspire others.
The New York Enterprise Report nominated Sergio for several awards: Sales and Marketing in 2006, Leadership in 2007, Mergers and Acquisitions in 2008, Green Business in 2009, Sales & Marketing for the Bergen Newspaper group in 2010, and taking home the Social Responsibility Program of 2010 award for Fuel Outdoor. In 2007, Sergio was nominated as New York’s Best Up and Coming CEO by the NYC Executive Council; in 2008, as New York’s Best Up and Coming Executive; and in 2009, Sergio was Member of the Year – Entrepreneurs Organization – NY.
In 2009, Sergio represented the Entrepreneur Organization (EO) at the G8 Young Business Summit in Italy and again represented EO Global at the YES – European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs Annual Summit, speaking to European Commission members. In 2010, he served as one of five delegates from the US to attend the G20 in Toronto. He was later chosen to serve in a delegation for the Past Presidents of Latin America and attended the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival and the Biennial Gathering of the Americas. In November, he was a speaker at the Economic Forum of the Americas, the Forum for Global Cities, speaking on business development in emerging countries.
Today, Sergio is Co-Chairman of the World Energy Forum's Next Generation Energy Leaders; a Emeritus Board Member of the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, a delegate for the US Department of State's Global Entrepreneurship Program; Chairman of the G8 Young Summit; a member of the Council of Underserved Communities for the US Small Business Administration; National Co-Chairman for Technology for Obama, T4O; Co-Chairman of the Young Leaders Board for the Global Center for Development and Democracy, a group made up of past Presidents of Latin America; and sits on DELL’s EIR Board of Advisors, advising Dell on ways to reengage with the next generation of business leaders.
Sergio has been featured in Crain’s New York Business, Inc. Magazine, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wired, The New York Daily News, Newsweek, Bisnow, GQ, AdWeek and New York Enterprise Report (NYER). He also speaks publicly at numerous events each year, including the Bloomberg Empowered Entrepreneur Summit, Green Business Summit, NYER’s ‘Turning Your Network into Net Worth’, Womensphere’s Global Summit, and Toronto’s Forum for Global Cities.
Sergio began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 12 by starting a newspaper with his mother in Edgewater NJ.
A graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology, Sergio also completed the MIT Enterprise Forum/Inc./Young Entrepreneurs Organization’s The Birthing of Giants® executive program, an annual program for 60 hand-picked worldwide business leaders under the age of 40.
He lives in New York City.