Senior Vice President, Research & Strategic Planning
As Senior Vice President, Dr. Donath is responsible for providing up-to-date data and information on Miami-Dade County to allow companies to make informed decisions on locating or expanding in Miami-Dade County. He also works on One Community One Goal, the strategic plan for the community to ensure Miami continues to grow in a sustainable manner.
Prior to the Beacon Council, Donath was Business Development Coordinator at the City of North Miami. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at Barry University, teaching International Business in the MBA program and Adjunct Professor at Johnson & Wales University, teaching Research & Inquiry in the MBA program. He also taught at Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and St. Thomas University.
Jaap is Board Member and Past Chairman of the North Dade Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also was Vice-Chair of the Northeast Dade Municipal Advisory Committee. Other civic involvement includes the 21st Century School Bond Advisory Committee (a $1.2 billion bond), Life Sciences South Florida and eMerge Americas Conference.
Awards & Recognition
Awards and recognitions include the Member of the Year of the North Dade Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has published and lectured internationally. He has been interviewed by national, regional and local media, including Time magazine, Bloomberg News, Florida Trend, and the Miami Herald. Donath has been a speaker at national and international economic development and business conferences.
Dr. Donath, a native of the Netherlands, received a Ph.D. and M.A in International Relations and International Business from the University of Miami and a B.A. in Education for History and Dutch Language from Windesheim University in the Netherlands. He is fluent in English, Dutch, and German languages.
Director, Research & Strategic Planning
As Director of Research and Strategic Planning, Ines Mato leverages data with the purpose of attracting new businesses to Miami-Dade County and supporting existing ones. Ines also leads comparative analysis focused on economic indicators across U.S. metros.
Prior to joining the Beacon Council, Mato was a Senior Management Consultant for Resilience at Miami Beach, where she led data-driven projects and helped develop the City’s Strategic Plan. Previously, Mato worked for City of Miami as a Strategic Planning and Performance Analyst. In that role, she worked on updating the city’s plan, measuring performance and developing trainings.
Ines serves as an advisor to International Resilience Labs, a company dedicated to advancing resiliency. In the past, she served as the Vice-President and Programming Director of the Hispanic Public Relations Association. She also participated from the mentorship program led by Big Brothers, Big Sisters, where she mentored disadvantaged students in Miami.
Ines, a received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from University of Florida. She is trained in data analytics, facilitation and process improvement techniques.