Our Founding Team

InvestCEE was co-founded by Saul Ellison and Chris Ball. Today Ball continues teaching economics at Quinnipiac University where he runs the Central European Institute and leads the Quinnipiac International Economics Research team that conducts the analysis and writes the articles on InvestCEE.  Ellison has stepped back from InvestCEE in order to avoid conflicts of interest, but remains a role model and mentor to the current student team as a Quinnipiac alumnus and co-founder of both the site and team. Our CEE partner is Forsense which developed the original site and continues to host the site today.


Saul Ellison

Co-Founder of InvestCEE, currently not active

Saul Ellison has a B.S. in Finance and minors in economics and political science from Quinnipiac University. He worked as team leader on the InvestCEE project at the Central European Institute. He has worked at various firms including Bloomberg and Ameriprise Financial as a financial analyst, and served as Portfolio Manager of the $2 million Quinnipiac Investment fund. Saul has also worked as a political campaign director of a successful election in Long Island. He currently is a project manager for CEENET based in New York.

See Saul's LinkedIN page for the latest information.

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Chris Ball

Co-Founder & Special Advisor of InvestCEE

Chris Ball, PhD is the co-founder and advisor for InvestCEE. Chris serves as the Honorary Hungarian Consul for Connecticut, the executive director of the Central European Institute and the István Széchenyi Chair in International Economics at Quinnipiac University. He co-founded and  led CEENET (Central and East European Network) which organized cross border trade missions between the US and CEE from 2011 until 2017 when he converted it into is a boutique consulting firm supporting.  In 2018, CEENET launched ArenaCAD USA in which Chris took partial ownership and manages the US operations. CEENET closed for new business to focus on building ArenaCAD USA's business.