Family Office Forum, New York 2019 Edition
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Last year's Speakers:
Adam Rockefeller Growald
Rockefeller Family Fund
Adam is an (ad)venture capitalist who invest in companies that support social and ecological balance and harmonious alignment............
He is also an advisor to individuals and companies, a speaker and writer on evolutionary philanthropy and contemporary spirituality, and has been studying philosophy and world wisdom traditions both in and out of the academic system for over a decade.
Since receiving his BA in Philosophy at Princeton, his study and teaching have been focused around synthesizing the core insights of wisdom traditions, addressing a deep curiosity about the workings of the universe and our relationship to it - in other words: “Who are we, and what is possible?”
Adam believes that by expanding our understanding of these fundamental questions, we can generate a more fulfilling experience for ourselves and a deeper connection to the people and world around us.
Adam currently serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Family Fund, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and is an advisor to Thankful, Lifestyles Magazine, and 8 Billion Dreams. Having working in the past as a consultant at Bain and Lippincott, he now applies philosophical insight to his board, advisory, and investment work to create paradigm-shifting innovations in business strategy, organizational culture, and interpersonal relationships. Adam lives in New York, and travels often to inspire his imagination and feeling of awe at the world in which we live.
Grandson of tobacco magnate RJ Reynolds (Camels, Winstons) and Anti-Tobacco Activist
Patrick Reynolds is a grandson of the tobacco company founder, R.J. Reynolds, makers of Camel and Winston, but the family’s brands killed his father and eldest brother..............
Mr. Reynolds spoke out publicly in Congress in 1986 against the industry his family helped build, and in 2003, US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop commented, "Patrick Reynolds is one of the nation's most influential advocates of a smokefree America. His testimony is invaluable to our society." In 2016, Mr. Reynolds received the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama and the White House. In June the San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial he wrote applauding San Francisco's banning the sale of vaping products.
Over the years Patrick Reynolds has campaigned in the US and internationally for workplace smoking bans, tobacco tax increases and for educating youth about smoking and e-cigarettes. An impassioned speaker at universities and to children, Mr. Reynolds begins his talks with the sad memory of his father dying from smoking when he was a boy, and then tells his very personal story of crossing over to the other side.
At the Family Office Forum, Patrick will discuss the best investment he thinks anyone can make: “Spending time with people you love. You won't remember another million dollars made, or another deal closed, but you will remember time spent with your children, family and friends.” His talk moves audiences, and his is one you will want to hear. He'll discuss the dos and don'ts of bringing up children in a wealthy family. That is something he knows about: Patrick's bestselling book The Gilded Leaf is a critically acclaimed biography telling the story of three generations of his colorful family and fortune.
Patrick’s Foundation for a Tobaccofree World is now seeking major gifts to send him on an international speaking tour of nations with high rates of smoking. He wishes to speak in the Middle East, China and other nations, with press invited in every city, to help create public awareness of tobacco and e-cigarettes. He would also meet with government leaders and Ministers of Health to discuss four government policies which have effectively reduced smoking rates in the nations which have implemented them.
Mr. Reynolds is also seeking to build an endowment for his Foundation, and would welcome inquiries from those interested in supporting his work. Contact him by email at patrick@Tobaccofree.org or on his mobile, +1-310-880-1111. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 8 year old son.
Tim Draper founded Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds..............
The firms’ investments include Baidu, Focus Media, YeePay, KongZhong, Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, SolarCity, Coinbase, Ledger, Robinhood, Athenahealth, Box, TwitchTV, SpaceX, Cruise Automation, Carta, Planet, PTC and many others.
He is a leading spokesperson for Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies, having won the Bitcoin US Marshall’s auction in 2014, investing in over 50 crypto companies, and having led investments in Coinbase, Ledger, Tezos, and Bancor, among others.
He created viral marketing, a marketing method for exponentially spreading an electronic service from customer to customer, instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype and other applications, particularly effective for mail and communications applications. Arguably, social media, crowdsourcing and growth hacking are all outgrowths of viral marketing.
He is regularly featured on all major networks as a proponent for entrepreneurship, innovative governance, free markets and Bitcoin, and has received various awards and honors including the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s “Entrepreneur of the World,” and is listed as one of the top 100 most powerful people in finance by Worth Magazine, the top 20 most influential people in Crypto by CryptoWeekly, #1 most networked VC by AlwaysOn, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #48 most influential Harvard Alum.
In promoting entrepreneurship, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school based in San Mateo, Ca to help extraordinary people accomplish their life missions. The school created entrepreneurs that built 350 companies including crypto leaders, QTUM, Spacecash, DataWallet and Credo. He started Innovate Your State, a non-profit dedicated to crowdsource innovation in government, and BizWorld, a non-profit that teaches young children how business and entrepreneurship work.
He served on the California State Board of Education, and led a movement for Local Choice in schools culminating in becoming proponent for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers. He also led a statewide initiative to create competitive governance with Six Californias, followed by an initiative for Three Californias.
Tim Draper received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University with a major in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has two honorary doctorates from The International University and Trinity College of Dublin.
Tech Entrepreneur Investor, CEO
Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education nonprofit Code.org.............
Born in Tehran, Iran, Hadi grew up during the Iran-Iraq war. His school did not offer computer science classes, so he taught himself to code at home on a Commodore 64. After immigrating to the United States, he spent his summers working as a software engineer to help pay his way through high school and college. Upon graduating from Harvard University with a Masters degree in computer science, Hadi pursued a career in technology starting at Microsoft where he rose into the executive ranks. He founded two startups – the first was a huge success and the second a dismal failure – and he now invests and advises other technology startups.
In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit Code.org, which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. Code.org has established computer science classes reaching 25% of US students, created the most broadly used curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Codemovement that has reached over 100 million students spanning every country in the world.
Hadi has served as an early advisor or investor at many tech startups including Facebook, Dropbox, airbnb, and Uber. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Axon and Convoy.
Sharon Vosmek has transformed Astia during her tenure as CEO since 2007, having previously served as COO from 2004. Under Ms. Vosmek’s leadership, Astia is now the pre-eminent organization working to ensure the success of high-growth startups founded and led by women..............
Ms. Vosmek has led Astia's growth from 20 individuals in Silicon Valley to the global community of more than 5,000 investors, entrepreneurs, family offices, industry leaders and individuals that it is today. Ms Vosmek was one of the founding managers and members of Astia Angels, the global investment group launched in 2013 to invest directly into women-led high-growth companies.
Ms. Vosmek is well-regarded around the globe for her opinions, research and commentary on the importance of women leaders as integral to innovation and high-performing entrepreneurial companies.
Dr. Karl “Charly” Kleissner
Dr. Charly Kleissner is an impact investor. He believes that the deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet.............
And he argues that Modern Portfolio Theory has to be re-conceptualized to seamlessly integrate positive impact into a Total Portfolio Theory. He sees impact investing not as an intellectual exercise, but as an expression of who he really is.
Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation (www.klfelicitasfoundation.org), and Social-Impact International (www.social-impact.org), which help social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their impact. KL Felicitas Foundation recently demonstrated, that impact investors can construct a 100% Impact Portfolio and achieve competitive financial returns in all asset classes while making a tremendous impact.
Dr. Kleissner co-founded Toniic (www.toniic.com), and the ‘100%IMPACT Network’, global networks for impact investors. Dr. Kleissner serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Hub Company (www.the-hub.net), and as Board Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee of ImpactAssets (www.impactassets.org).
Founder & CEO
Mr. Elliot is currently the Founder and CEO of iMedGO,Inc. an emergency medical apps software company. Prior to iMedGo he was the Founder and Chairman of Migo Software, Inc. a mobility software company..............
Mr. Elliot has more than 30 year’s operations’ experience with such corporate giants as IBM, Intel and Apple Computer. He served as the Senior Vice President of Apple Computer responsible for all corporate operations, plus overall corporate business planning, reporting directly to Steve Jobs, Chairman of the Board, CEO, and co-founder of Apple. During his 6 year tenure at Apple sales grew from $150 million to more than $3 billion.
After graduating from college, Mr. Elliot joined IBM as a programmer working on the airline reservation system and moved into management in several key projects in the Disk drive development business, and the development of the ATM system and eventually managed the company’s 16,000-employee software division as the Director of the IBM Santa Teresa software Laboratory. In 1980 he joined Intel as site Director of the California operations. He also worked with Gordon Moore, chairman of Intel, in the creation of the Intel Foundation.
In addition to his vast technology background, Elliot has extensive experience in both the entertainment and healthcare industries. While at Apple he created Apple TV an internal employee TV communication system. He served as the chief executive officer of San Francisco Studios, where he produced the 1990 Academy Award nominated documentary, “Berkeley in the Sixties,” and the NBC television series, “Midnight Caller.” Mr. Elliot has written two books about his experience at Apple and working for Steve Jobs. “The Steve Jobs Way”, a worldwide best seller with 2 million copies sold in 40 countries and 50 languages and “Leading Apple with Steve Jobs”
Mr. Elliot holds degrees from San Jose State University and The University of California at Berkeley.
Executive Chairman of board of directors
Chris Larsen is Executive Chairman of Ripple’s board of directors and former CEO and co-founder of Ripple.............
Prior to Ripple, Chris cofounded and served as CEO of Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace, and E-LOAN, a publicly traded online lender. During his tenure at E-LOAN, he pioneered the open access to credit scores movement by making E-LOAN the first company to show consumers their FICO scores.
Ethernom and spChips
Ethernom develops a biometric blockchain smart card targeting disruptive payment and ID applications using blockchain...............
spChips is developing energy harvesting chips that enable power independent IOT sensor networks which don’t require battery replacement or recharging.
Orang is a serial entrepreneur that cofounded several advanced technology companies that were acquired by Nantworks led by Dr. Patrick Soon Shiong and where Orang served as CTO for several years. These companies that are now part of Nantworks include Tensorcom which has developed a 60 GHZ wifi AD chip capable of multiple gigabit/sec data transfer, Nantmobile which has developed an advanced augmented reality platform, and Nantvision which develops advanced computer vision solutions with applications for the visually impaired.
Prior to Nantworks Orang cofounded Eyematic Interfaces part of which (Nevenvision) was acquired by Google in 2006. Eyematic launched one of the first multi-media messaging applications on Verizon networks in 2002, and also developed one of the world’s most accurate facial recognition solutions.
Prior to Eyematic Orang led the advanced project development efforts of Lear Astronics Corporation (LAC) for over a decade. His teams innovated in the areas of autonomous navigation for Unmanned Systems, Integrated GPS/ Inertial Navigation Systems and Advanced Sensors.
Orang and his team have been awarded multiple small innovative business research grants (SBIR) from various NIH agencies, DARPA, US Navy and Department of Transportation. Orang has been awarded numerous patents for technology innovations ranging from semiconductors to computer vision applications and payments. His products have won multiple awards various conferences including CTIA and SiGGRAPH and been recognized by the FCC. Orang attended UCLA studying Physics from 1982-1985 dropping out to pursue R&D opportunities offered to him at Lear Astronics.
Steve heads investment teams in Silicon Valley and China for Shell Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”)..............
He Co-Chairs the Investment Committee and sits on the boards of several Shell Ventures portfolio companies in the US and Asia.
With major offices in Europe, the USA, and China, Shell Ventures invests in startups and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that are in the early stage of their maturity (starting at series A) or are starting to scale and grow their business (series C+). We make minority investments in companies to find and develop leading technology and disruptive business models in areas of strategic interest to Shell’s businesses.
Shell Venture’s investment focus includes oil and gas; the renewable energy power value chain (including solar, wind, connected energy and storage); new fuels for transport (such as hydrogen and biofuels); connected mobility and freight; and IT/digital innovations where relevant to energy. We look for technologies and business models that have a material impact on our cost base or create opportunities for future business growth in our New Energies, Lubricants, Retail or Trading businesses.
Noor Sweid has experience in scaling and exiting businesses with a long track record of operating high-growth businesses, as well as identifying and realizing high return investments in emerging markets. .............
She has been named in the Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list three times and has been profiled on the covers of Forbes Middle East, Entrepreneur Middle East, and Arabian Business magazines. Noor serves on several boards, holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, and is a Global Finance Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Global Ventures is a Middle East and Africa focused venture capital firm. Founded by entrepreneur-turned-investor, Noor Sweid, Global Ventures benefits from the investment region’s record-high digital penetration rates, its burgeoning young population and Noor’s network in, and access to, the global tech community.
Hugo is the founder and CEO of Spiral Therapeutics, a San Francisco-based pharmaceutical company developing first-in-class products to address hearing loss and other inner ear disorders.............
Between 2012 and early 2018, Hugo was an executive and served on the Board of Luqa Pharmaceuticals, a China-based and China-focused specialty pharmaceutical company.
Hugo also serves on the Board of Salvat, a privately-held Spanish pharmaceutical company, he is a 4th generation member of the family business.
Hugo is a Spanish national and resides in San Francisco, CA.
Explorer, humanist, cultivator of inclusive microfinance, health, water resources and supporter of technology to build UN SDG aligned impact communities................
Ongoing active projects include building sustainable infrastructure for forest funds, ocean technology, inclusive health technology, renewable energy, eco-housing, blockchain, fintech, IOT and microfinance. An active impact investor member of Toniic.com. Innovative in sustainability and involved in the curation on the investing summit: www.decarbonized.org
Structured actions to inspire aligned investments into deep decarbonization technologies and growing alliances for active forest funds and CO2 capture technology partnerships.
Catalyst to expand banking the unbanked and lowering everyone’s costs/fees with a biometric smart ID/crypto wallet and « peer to peer » unique secure system of payments -Www.ethernom.com is all on a super chip card with an extended Extopay fintech dynamic global system. Fiona aspires to impact positive change together.
Director of Sustainability Operations
Michael Beutler joined Kering as the Director of Sustainability Operations in September 2011. Prior to Kering, Michael served 6 years at SAP in Senior Management positions including his last role as Global Director of Sustainability and Strategy for 3 years..............
He has worked at international corporations DHL, PWC and Ford over the last 20 years.
During his tenure at Kering, Michael has been integral to operationalizing Kering’s comprehensive sustainability strategy. He oversees and manages a team to implement cross-cutting innovative approaches to help manage and reduce the environmental impacts from Kering’s brands. This includes being responsible for implementing the brand’s individual Environmental Profit & Loss Accounts (EP&L) which is then consolidated as a Group EP&L annually, and as a core part of the EP&L methodology development which was open-sourced in May of 2015. His team has been instrumental in embedding sustainability across all of the Group's brands and making it a key part of their business activities, as well as for being recognized by external rating agencies and publications for Kering’s sustainability programme excellence.
Shen Tong is the founder and managing partner of FoodFutureCo. He has been a serial entrepreneur since the 1990s, co-founding B&B Media, and founding VFinity among other ventures..............
He also served as venture partner of SOSV, a global multi-stage venture capital fund, after acting as general partner. His thesis of cultivating tasty, sustainable, healthy, accessible, and affordable food and agriculture businesses comes to life in his work with social entrepreneurs, building financially sustainable and impactful businesses.
Shen is a long time social activist beginning with his student protest days at Tiananmen in 1989. He was actively involved in the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement, and continues to advocate for other human rights movements and social justice causes.
IOME Family Office
Ida Beerhalter is heading IOME, a private investment partnership of women principals from the Gulf with its head office in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Additionally she currently serves as member of the Board of Trustees of Astia, USA..............
a unique not-for-profit organization build on a community of over 3000 experts dedicated to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth, as member of the board of Trustees of First Light Trust, United Kingdom, a grass-roots, community-based charity which assists the 'hard to reach' veterans by providing physical, emotional and psychological aid, as Investment Partner at MedXperts, a Germany-based investment and consulting firm with the focus in the HealthTech and Life Sciences Sectors, as Investment Advisor at Bellwald Partner GmbH, Switzerland, the investment arm of a multi family office, as Strategic Advisor to Impact Investment Partners LLP, United Kingdom, specialized in investing in critical service sectors in emerging markets, as Advisor to Yunus Social Business GmbH, Germany, dedicated to setting up and investing in non-dividend companies created to solve sustainably social or environmental problems, as Member of the advisory board of Social Business Earth, Switzerland, dedicated to raise the awareness on Social Business and to create new social businesses that will benefit the poor and the disadvantaged in countries around the globe, as Advisor to Omnia Strategy LLP, United Kingdom & USA, a worldwide strategic 360° liaison agency for companies and investors, as Consultant to Shanghai Biomedical Enterprise LLC, Hong Kong, as Director Corporate Affairs at Cardionovum GmbH, Germany, specialized in Drug-Eluting technologies and biodegradable vascular scaffolds, and as Advisor to MedPrivee, Germany, which she co-founded in 2011.
Ida is registered acquisition coach at High-Tech-Gruender-Fonds, Germany, which is managing two +250 mio € seed fonds and which has helped to start up more than 300 companies since 2005 in Germany, and serves as juror and coach at the European Venture Contest, which identifies each year the most promising European companies from the LifeSciences, ITC and CleanTech sector out of more than 700 companies.
Prior to her current roles she served as Investment Partner at Bellwald Partner GmbH, as Head of Business Development at NonWoTecc Medical GmbH, as Vice President Business Development at mNEMOSCIENCE GmbH, and as Director Business Development, Sales Manager and, Training and Education Manager at the KRAUTH group. Before joining the KRAUTH group, Ida served as European Marketing Manager at Medtronic Inc., and as Marketing Manager at both AVE GmbH and Cordis GmbH, the latter of which is where she started her career.
Evergreen Capital Management
Lisa Johnson is the CEO of Evergreen Capital Management, where she manages the financial and legal affairs for a wealthy family--overseeing accounting, taxes, banking, investments, estate planning, legal affairs, insurance, aviation, a private foundation, personal staff and lifestyle activities..............
She has worked in the family office industry for over 20 years.
Prior to Evergreen, Lisa spent 10 years at Blue Spruce Capital, building a single family office for an energy billionaire—growing the office to over 25 employees. In addition, she helped finance the growth of the operating businesses and assisted in the execution of a 10-figure liquidity event. Lisa and her staff handled the books and tax returns for over 50 legal entities, trusts and a private foundation. She helped manage numerous homes, jets, yachts, vehicles and aviation and household employees around the country. Before Evergreen, Lisa spent 10 years helping run 2 multi-family offices.
Earlier in her career, Lisa worked in corporate finance for Citibank in the US and Europe, and for Goldman Sachs in New York City. Before business school, she spent 4 years with GE Capital and GE Venture Capital at corporate headquarters in Stamford and Fairfield, CT. She graduated from GE’s Financial Management Program. Lisa earned her MBA from Stanford Business School and her BA in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from Cornell University. She also spent a semester abroad at The London School of Economics.
Lisa has served on several corporate and nonprofit boards. She is co-founder and previous co-chair of Denver’s Family Office Roundtable (FORT) Group, an active local group of over 50 family office managers and principals in the front range. She is an advisory board member, speaker and/or attendee at numerous national family office conferences. Lisa currently resides in Boulder with her husband and 2 teenage children.
Kim Starkey Jonker
Kim Starkey Jonker brings 25 years of expertise in equipping philanthropists, nonprofit leaders and board members to achieve more impact.............
She is president and CEO of King Philanthropies, a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), and co-author, with Bill Meehan, of Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector (Stanford University Press, 2018).
At King Philanthropies, Kim directs the organization’s ambitious initiatives to alleviate extreme poverty by magnifying the impact of high-performing leaders and organizations. As a lecturer at Stanford GSB, Kim teaches the popular course “Social Ventures Practicum,” in which students develop plans for establishing new ventures with a social mission. Her and Meehan’s book, Engine of Impact, distills extensive research into what drives excellence in the social sector, providing actionable guidance for donors, nonprofit leaders and board members to maximize their personal impact.
Kim’s work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), McKinsey Quarterly, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Stanford Business. She served as a visiting practitioner at the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and has advised a wide range of philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Previously, Kim advised business leaders as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
In 2012, William founded a private society for traditional and impact investors called Syneidesis..............
Each member brings a unique sector expertise or regional network, thereby adding to our circle of bold movers.
Before founding Syneidesis, William worked on Wall Street for an events company. As Sales Director, he oversaw a team of 70 associates who produced 22 B2B summits a year.
Prior to NYC, William lived in Ithaca, NY collaborating with Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award winning vérité filmmaker Slawomir Grunberg on the production of several documentary films.
William met his wife, Ekaterina, while on exchange in St. Petersburg, Russia and returned to Ithaca, where she completed her JD at Cornell Law in 2004.
William has a BA from Cornell (1996) and speaks fluent Russian and German. He and Ekaterina have 2 young boys Alexander and Mason.
Lonnie is the Chief Executive Officer of Wilkinson Corporation currently building one of the top multi-family owner/operator companies in the country growing by 3,000 to 5,000 apartment units per year.............
Starting in 2004 as the company’s president, he was in charge of day-to-day operations building the management team and overseeing its strategic direction and growth. Lonnie also supervised the acquisition of Good Neighbor Care Centers, LLC, becoming its chairman of the board and then CEO assuming responsibility for shaping its path and expansion and growing that subsidiary from about 200 employees in 2004 to over 2000 employees in 52 locations across the country by 2007.
Lonnie’s professional passion is developing effective leaders who build organizations that have a lasting, multigenerational positive impact on society. And for the last 20 years he has been the co-founder/chairman of two leadership development firms that have provided individualized coaching and training to thousands of executives around the world.
In addition to helping the Wilkinson family office grow Wilkinson Corporation as its primary family business enterprise, Lonnie has been establishing his own multi-generational family office. And the next generation of both families continue to do own businesses and invest together in a way that continues to build strong relationships and harmony within and between the families.
Lonnie has been married for 34 years to his childhood sweetheart and best friend, Shelley. Their four adult children and their spouses each own successful businesses which are bringing positive value to society. As a family, they enjoy hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, snow skiing, water sports, farming, and creating and performing music together. They live in a lodge on Snoqualmie Pass, Washington where they enjoy hosting retreats and coaching others on leadership, health, entrepreneurship and family legacy.
Veritage Family Office (Canada)
For more than twenty years, Francesco Lombardo has been a family business advisor and facilitator who has worked with some of the world’s most successful and affluent families to foster a culture of Safe Space..............
Through his extensive work with these families, Lombardo has identified a universal connection between people’s relationship with money (Money Motto™) and the impact this has on their relationships, family, business, and legacy.
Francesco is the founder of Veritage whose mission is to serve business families by promoting the culture of Safe Space, and supporting clients in their development of a living Family Wealth Constitution (FWC). Intended to support governance in action, a FWC holds individual family members, their relationships with each other, and the relationship they each have with their wealth, all accountable to a set of guiding principles established by the family for the family.
Safe Space: Governance in Action is his fifth book in which he brings a new perspective to the identification and management of behavioural risk through the development of Safe Space and how emotional and psychological safety is critical to maintaining healthy family dynamics through the often difficult and inevitable processes of succession planning and wealth transition.
Lombardo is also the co-creator and one of the leading facilitators of the recently developed Scone Project, an annual, invitation-only, experiential and interactive next-generation leadership development program for business families hosted at Scone Palace in Perth, Scotland during the month of May, now in its second year.
Francesco is a much sought-after international speaker who has made presentations for the Milken Institute, Campden Wealth Conferences, Institutional Investor, Tiger21, various YPO/WPO chapters, and The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, among others. Television coverage of his work has included appearances on shows like Money Talks, The Morning Show and Sky News.
Passionate and engaging, Francesco is a leading global expert on the emotional impact money and wealth has on relationships within family businesses and family office operations. He is committed to assisting families find, create, and maintain Safe Space by developing new models for cultural governance, which contribute to the stability, continuity, and sustainability of the family business enterprise, its wealth, and its legacy.
Blue Planet Foundation
Henk Rogers is one of the world’s leading advocates and activists for reducing, and eventually eliminating, humankind’s dependence on fossil fuel..............
Henk is the founder, visionary and chairman of the board at Blue Planet Foundation, whose mission is to lead Hawaii’s transition to clean energy. His tireless efforts helped pave the way for Hawaii to enact a policy that calls for electric utilities throughout the state to rely on 100% renewable energy by 2045.
Henk is also the founder and chief executive officer of Blue Planet Energy, one of the leading providers of energy storage systems (i.e., batteries) that power homes, businesses and utility grids. The company’s innovative technology is advancing the state of the art for the safety, reliability and energy output of battery systems.
Henk is also the founder and president of Blue Planet Research, a private research laboratory that has designed and built off-grid renewable energy infrastructures, Blue Ion energy storage systems, HI-SEAS Mars/Moon habitats and hydrogen production systems.
Henk currently serves as a board member of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI).Henk is perhaps best known to mainstream video game enthusiasts as the founder and chief executive officer of Blue Planet Software, which owns the worldwide rights to the Tetris franchise. Tetris is one of the most popular video games in history, with more than 35 million units sold for the Nintendo Game Boy alone.
Prior to focusing his considerable talents and resources on environmental protection, Henk was a pioneer in Japan’s fledgling computer game industry in the 1980s. He led the development of Japan’s first-ever role playing game (RPG), Black Onyx, and he is known in Japan as “the father of RPG.”
Raised in Holland until age 11, Rogers spent his teen years in New York City. He went on to study computer science at the University of Hawaii. He currently resides in Hawaii with his wife, and they spend as much time as possible with their beautiful children and grandchildren.
Paul has over 20 years’ experience of advising on the formation and running of offshore structures, including family office establishment as well as non- traditional trust and company structures................
Paul also works with large organisations in the fields of trust and company administration, fund management, unit linked insurance and insurance management as well as tax structuring and planning. He provides solutions that make everyone feel like they have got their way, without compromising the integrity of the outcome and believes that getting to know the people behind the structure ensures a long lasting relationship as it builds trust and confidence.
Dr. Roni(t) Meshie Mai Lami
Dr. Roni(t) Meshie Mai Lami is an internationally renowned expert on the psychology of money, success and relationships..............
Dr. Lami works with families in business and affluent individuals and families across generations. Over the years she has worked with clients from different parts of the world, focusing on finding solutions to non-fiscal aspects of wealth. Dr. Lami facilitates, educates, advises and coaches clients, helping them to develop a deeper understanding of their mind-set and the impact emotions have on matters relating to wealth, relationships, parenting, family history, planning and other processes.
Dr. Lami is widely recognized as one of the most insightful voices on personal and professional development. Her clients regard her as having profound insight and wisdom that is beyond textbook knowledge: she is intuitively gifted at understanding people and their inner workings. For over 18 years she has been helping individuals, couples and families resolve challenges created by their financial status and better understand their relationship with money and wealth. In her work, Dr. Lami guides her clients to understand themselves better, find solutions to their challenges and inspires them to take action.
Her clients call her a “Heart and Mind Alchemist” because of her ability to perceive beyond what is on the surface. Dr. Lami sees her clients’ greatness and empowers them to create positive, long-term change. Unlocking inner dynamics, Dr. Lami provides her clients with insights, tools and techniques to help them break through limitations and overcome obstacles that stand in the way of accomplishing their goals.
Philanthropist / Entrepreneur
The Harrington family’s journey in the for-profit and philanthropic healthcare sectors began in 1990, when Ron and his wife, Nancy, purchased Edgepark Surgical.............
At the time, Edgepark had $2 million in revenues, 34 employees, and 30 days remaining before it declared bankruptcy.
Under the family’s leadership, the company became a family business that included not only Ron, Nancy, and their children, Ron Jr. and Jill, but also had their grandchildren and family dogs as part of the product catalog. The transformation the family worked on resulted in 20 consecutive years of double digit sales increases and 20 consecutive years of double digit profit growth. By the time the Harringtons sold their controlling shares of the company, Edgepark had become the largest mail-order provider of specialty medical supplies in the US, with eight national distribution centers and 1,200 employees. In 2013, Cardinal Health acquired Edgepark (now, AssuraMed) for more than $2 billion.
Over the years, the Harrington family developed a passion for supporting entrepreneurial solutions for unmet needs in healthcare−they became leaders in healthcare philanthropy and impact investing. In 2008, the family committed $22.6 million to establish the University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, among the largest gifts to an American cardiovascular institute.
In 2012, the Harringtons followed up with a catalytic gift of $50 million to establish The Harrington Project for Discovery and Development, an initiative to create a new, national drug development pipeline. Centered at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, the $350 million transformative discovery and development platform aligns non-profit and for-profit organizations (the Harrington Discovery Institute and BioMotiv) to provide top physicians and scientists with the resources they need to turn their breakthrough discoveries into medicines. Ron is actively involved with the Harrington Discovery Institute, which has created a pipeline of more than a hundred drugs in development, and he chairs BioMotiv, which connects promising medical research to investors and pharmaceutical companies.
The Harringtons have especially committed themselves to supporting healthcare, through the Harrington Project; student scholarship, in particular through the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, where Ron is a director; and the performing arts, as Ron serves as a director of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York.
Aspen Peak Advisors
Courtney Clark founded Aspen Peak Advisors after having worked in corporate finance specializing in the global emerging growth space for over 12 years. ..............
In 2010, with Aspen Peak Advisors, she began sourcing and due-diligencing Alternative Assets for Single and Multi Family Offices, Endowments, and Foundations. She broadly reviews portfolio diversifying strategies such as Real Estate, Hedge Funds, Venture and Private Equity, in both fund and direct investment structures.
Prior to forming Aspen Peak, as analyst at the boutique investment firm TerraNova Capital Partners she sourced issuers, both private and public, for investment banking services; with a primary focus on traditional and alternative energy and technology. Subsequently, as one of two Managing Directors in the Public Capital Markets Group she provided hands-on service and structuring through all stages of capital raising as well as after-market support.
She holds a BA degree (History) from Georgetown University and an MBA degree (Finance) from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.
She sits on the board of an international privately held Cannabis Company and has been researching the space for material and institutional investment opportunities since 2014.
Courtney lives between Aspen and New York. She is a mentor in the public school system and a hospice volunteer in her community. Annually she volunteers in Central America providing English language opportunities to both children and adults. An avid athlete, she enjoys telemark skiing, surfing, salsa dancing, and cycling.
Founder and CEO
Green Sands Equity
Reema Khan is founder and CEO of Green Sands Equity, a boutique private equity and late stage venture firm headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Singapore, Dubai, and Frankfurt.............
Clients of the firm include: family offices globally, governments, corporations. and sovereign wealth funds. With a diverse professional history alongside having lived across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the North America, Reema has cultivated a refined global perspective for business. Reema’s appreciation for socio political nuance in finding the gap between innovation and application is a core strength. She began her career with Merrill Lynch, then joined Pfizer, and Goldman Sachs. She founded Phyze LLC, a real estate holding company, and Fundeca, a media investment PE fund. She was also a Managing Partner at Capinvest, the Middle East investment advisory arm of United Overseas Bank of Singapore.
Core areas of focus are decentralized trust, mobility, human genome, fintech, and insurance industry. Reema’s recent tech investments have included Lyft, Pillpack, Spotify, Didi, Space X, N3N, and Coin Base.
"In today's global marketplace, international capital mobility and social cooperation are vital for true progress and sustained profitability."
Global Solutions Summit
Global Solutions Summit (GSS) is dedicated to financing the large-scale deployment in emerging markets of commercially viable, financially-sustainable development solutions for potable water, renewable energy, ICT, health care, housing, sustainable agriculture and food processing..............
GSS 2018 convened at the United Nations in New York City on June 4, 2018 under the theme of “From Lab to the Last Mile: Technology Deployment Business Models for the SDGs.” GSS 2018 is the third in a series beginning with the Inaugural Summit at the US State Department in April 2014 and a Second Summit at the Clinton Presidential Library in December 2016.
Prior to founding the Global Solutions Summit, he worked for more than 23 years in various positions at the World Bank and served for more than six years as the World Bank’s Science and Technology Program Coordinator and head of the World Bank’s Science, Technology and Innovation Global Expert Team. He has extensive on-the-ground experience leading science, technology, and innovation capacity building programs and projects in Africa, Asia, and various countries in the Former Soviet Union. He organized two World Bank Global Forums on Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity Building for Sustainable Development (one in 2007 and another in 2009).
In March 2017, UN Secretary General António Guterres appointed him to a three-year term on the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The main objective of the Technology Bank, which was formally established by the UN General Assembly in December 2016, is to help LDCs identify and deploy the technology they need to (i) foster inclusive sustainable growth and (ii) achieve the SDGs.
Dr. Vivienne Ming
Frequently featured for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and the New York Times, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author.............
She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. Dr. Ming launched Socos Labs to combine her varied work with that of other creative experts and expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout our communities.
Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunited orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones.
Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business. For relaxation, she is a wife and mother of two.
Director of Impact Investing
Lily S. Trager is an Executive Director and the Director of Investing with Impact for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management..............
For over a decade, she has dedicated her career to sustainable and impacting investing. Lily joined the Firm in 2014; previously, from 2007 until 2014, Lily worked for Veris Wealth Partners in New York, a Registered Investment Advisory focused exclusively on serving clients with interest in sustainable and impact investing, most recently as Head of Research. Lily began her career at Cambridge Associates, where she worked on teams overseeing $3.9 billion in nonprofit, high-net-worth and foundation investment portfolios.
Lily was named to the 2018 class of MAKERS @ Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a recognition that celebrates women who are ground breakers, advocates, and innovators in their given field.
Lily earned a M.B.A in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School and her B.A. in Anthropology from Bates College. She also co-founded Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE), a professional networking group in New York City with chapters in Boston, DC, San Francisco, Toronto and London.
Melanie Schnoll Begun
Head of Philanthropy Management
Melanie Schnoll Begun is the co-founder and head of Morgan Stanley Philanthropy Management, a philanthropic consulting business and nonprofit accelerator launched in 2000, with offices in New York City and San Francisco.............
She has been at the forefront of innovation and impact in the philanthropic sector during its greatest historical expansions.
Melanie spearheads the philanthropic advisory services for the firms’ wealthiest and most influential clients, foundations, nonprofits and family offices advising organizations pursuing social change across the country and around the globe. Her work includes domestic and international grant making and research, strategic planning, advocacy campaigns, evaluating impact, board governance and development, structuring major and planned gifts, coordinating donor collaboratives, fundraising and project management services.
Under her leadership, Philanthropy Management co-developed and published several significant bodies of work including: Mission Align 360, an implementation roadmap to help nonprofits align human, financial and philanthropic capital with their organizations mission; Perspectives in Philanthropy, a semi-annual journal highlighting philanthropic innovations, strategy and engagement; IF…Stories of Philanthropy, a coffee table book collection of personal philanthropists narratives; and Exemplary Board Leadership, a 10-module toolkit on board governance and fundraising.
Melanie is an entrepreneur. She has guided Philanthropy Management from a small startup to a business advising on several billion dollars of philanthropic resources annually. Her latest project, scheduled to be launched at the end of 2018, is a novel Healthcare Accelerator Philanthropic Fund working to accelerate the pace of getting drug discoveries from laboratory to medicine cabinet. Melanie launched Morgan Stanley GIFT in December 2000, the firm’s global donor advised fund, which has received close to $4 billion in contributions and made in excess of $1.5 billion in grants. In 2012, she launched Foundation Management Services, a philanthropic advisory and administrative platform for corporate and private foundations. She is also responsible for the firm’s Nonprofit and Endowment Consulting Services and Nonprofit Professional and Board Placement Services.
Melanie is a convenor. She has facilitated hundreds of intimate and large conferences, salons and donor circles, around the globe. Commencing in June 2016, in partnership with the Social Impact Exchange, her team co-hosted The Exchange, a signature annual conference in NYC on scaling social good through philanthropy and impact investing. Throughout her career she has organized conferences of like-minded philanthropists and investors on pressing issues including accelerating healthcare discoveries, creating a cancer-free economy, defining and applying Jewish values, ending Alzheimer’s, food insecurity in America, sanitation, the water crisis, and the diabetes epidemic, resulting in several billion dollars of philanthropic capital moving into philanthropy and impact investments.
Melanie is a thought leader. She has received numerous awards and honors including being named a 2017 “MAKER”, a project dedicated to identifying women of accomplishment across multiple fields, March 2017; the “Phenomenal Woman of Power” Award from the Metropolitan College of New York, March 2015; named a “Role Model not Runway Model” by fashion designer Carrie Hammer during New York City Fashion Week Show, September 2015; “Humanitarian of the Year” Award by the Rotary Club of Verrazano, May 2014 and the “Perseverance Award” by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, June 2013. A frequent speaker, Melanie has been a guest lecturer at universities across the U.S. As a widely-recognized expert in philanthropy, her ideas and views are featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, Dow Jones Asset Management, Bloomberg, Investment News, Financial Times, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has been interviewed on Good Morning America, CNBC Closing Bell, CBS News and Nonprofit Radio, among many others.
Melanie is a tireless advocate. She is the president of Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust, the firm’s international donor advised fund, vice president and grant making chair of Inwood Charities Fund, trustee of the Metropolitan College of New York, and trustee of several supporting organizations including the People’s Portfolio, SHAUN Foundation for Girls, and the Harrington Discovery Institute. Melanie is the former board president of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and former treasurer of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Melanie holds a B.A. from Binghamton University and a JD from Quinnipiac University. Prior to moving to the financial services industry she was a practicing estate tax attorney in NYC. She lives in Tribeca, NYC with her husband and two boys and has a passion for golf, marathons and triathlons, which she competes in to raise awareness and funding to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Chad Bolick is an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Philanthropy Management group................
Based in San Francisco, Chad is responsible for providing customized philanthropic advisory services to private wealth management individuals, families, and family offices, as well as nonprofit, foundation, and institutional clients. Chad brings 15 years of experience in management consulting, international development, corporate philanthropy, and nonprofit fundraising to the team.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Chad served as director of global partnerships at FSG, a boutique consulting firm co-founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, where he advised large foundation and nonprofit clients. Prior to FSG, Chad served as director of impact and innovation for the Tides Foundation and as director of partnerships at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). Chad started his career in Asia where we lived for 5+ years, first with the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam and later with The Asia Foundation.
Chad received his B.A. in International Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was also a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in 2014.
A frequent speaker on philanthropy, international development, and impact investing, Chad has presented at the Skoll World Forum (Oxford, UK), CSR Asia Annual Summit (Hong Kong), Shared Value Leadership Summit (New York), and Asia IIX Impact Forum (Singapore), as well as locally in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Chad is an active board member of REMAKE, a global nonprofit focused on sustainable consumption, as well as an advisor to Fast Forward, a San Francisco-based incubator focused on nonprofit technology startups.
Al Midas International Group
Ron Chandiramani is the founder, sole owner, and Group President of Al Midas International Group.............
a diversified group across many sectors and geographies, with sophistication in innovative cutting-edge strategies in structuring, implementing and investing in all types of funds and asset classes, prominently in Real Estate and Technology Projects, in a subtly created well balanced portfolio.
As a distinguished member of The Greenwich Roundtable, an innovator driven by technological breakthroughs, Ron has forty-five years experience in many fields of business and as an entrepreneur, he pioneered and set up businesses internationally since 1973 which he manages with a direct hands-on involvement. As a seasoned investor he continues to expand his interests in prominent sectors. Ron is a highly sought after Speaker, Moderator, and Chair on Global Conferences, across several continents.
Ron takes a keen interest in learning and product development, and created turnkey industrial, commercial, residential and hospitality developments. Ron entered the global shipping arena, starting as a shipping company which grew and had several ships and tankers in charter to complement shipments of commodities such as timber, cement, steel, aluminum, light & heavy industrial vehicles, machinery, fertilizer, building materials, oil, oil derivatives & additives, among which liquefied natural gases, supplied on exclusive contracts to governments for periods in excess of ten years.
Applying innovative concepts, Ron acquired and created “trophy assets” globally, with several unique & innovative concepts such as launching and marketing international real estate like The World of ResidenSea, acquiring the former home of the Sultan of Brunei in Hampstead, London – U.K., which he fully converted and added several floors to it. Ron runs his family office with investments across many sectors, including IT, IoT, Logistics, and has lately ventured into investing in Blockchain technology. Al Midas International Group invested their own funds and as official Distributor of Man Group Plc, the third-largest hedge fund by assets under management, investors were offered to invest in various Capital Guaranteed Funds, with the safety of not only guaranteed capital but also the possibility of solid returns.
As a seasoned Aviator, Ron learnt the value of time whereby each second counts. Living a well-balanced family oriented life, this is simplified by applying a timeless truth:
“We cannot add ‘Years’ to our Life - we can add ‘Life’ to our Years”
Family Office Practice Leader
With over 18 years of industry experience, Kate focuses on ultra-high net worth personal insurance — specifically, family office clients..............
She has an established track record working with family offices and is responsible for collaborating with agents and brokers to develop strategic opportunities that meet the unique needs of their family office clients.
Based in the Chubb Personal Risk Services office in Chicago, Kate brings in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry and family office environment. Using her experience working with families, Kate advises agents and brokers, family offices and centers of influence about the special risks faced by ultra-high net worth families and how Chubb Personal Risk Services can better serve their needs.
Kate most recently worked as the AVP, for Strategic Business Development – Family Office with ACE Private Risk Services. Prior to that, she was the national family office practice leader at Fireman’s Fund Personal Insurance and held leadership roles at Hub International Insurance Brokers, Insurance Design Center, LLC, Family Office Exchange, LLC (FOX), and Bernstein Investment Research and Management. Kate is a licensed Property and Casualty broker in Illinois and holds a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences from the University of Kansas. Kate serves on the Advisory Board of the Council for Insuring Private Clients & High Net-worth Individuals and is a faculty member for the National Alliance –CPRM designation.
Mr. Amyx is an internationally recognized thought leader, venture capitalist, speaker and author on exponential technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. . .............
He has appeared on TV, New York Times, TIME, Forbes, TechCrunch, TEDx, CIO, Washington Post, WIRED, Forrester, G20, European Commission, United Nations/ITU, Pew Research Center, Environmental Defense Fund and other major media. He is the author of Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success, which has been endorsed by Tony Robbins, Forbes, Singularity University, Tribeca Film Festival and other influencers.
Mr. Amyx received the Cloud & DevOps World Award for Most Innovative and was voted as a top 10 Global Speaker by Speaking.com (2016) and The Sweeney Agency (2018). He is an IBM IoT Futurist, Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow, Singularity University/ Smart City Accelerator Mentor and National Sloan Fellow/ Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He was also voted most influential leader in Smart Cities, IoT and exponential technologies by Inc. Magazine, Internet of Things Institute, HP Enterprise, and numerous institutions. In addition, Mr. Amyx has been nominated to the World Economic Forum as a committee member for the Future of the Internet.
Scott’s feature Wiley book Strive is available for order. Find out how doing the things most uncomfortable leads to success. Pioneering thought leader Scott Amyx shows anyone striving to succeed, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are, that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but doing the things uncomfortable he calls “strive”.
Drawing on his own powerful story of an impoverished immigrant frequently told that he would mount to nothing, Amyx, now a celebrated venture capitalist and futurist, describes his meteoric rise from obscurity to prominence, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not intellect, opportunities or even network but pursuing personal change that’s uncomfortable. In this book, Scott takes readers into his defining life moments and stories from some of the most unlikely individuals who persevered through change to become outrageously successful. He also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in high performance.
Finally, he shares what he’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from corporate CEOs, unicorn startup entrepreneurs to global policy leaders. Strive shows how you can shape your life and your career, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of delightful surprise.
Since 2015, Jochen Huengerle has worked as an independent investor and active advisor for Xeitgeist Entertainment Group.............
He is responsible for strategic media and entertainment financing for Xeitgeist.
He recently played a crucial role advising Xeitgeist UAE to address the company's long-term financing needs. He works personally with Mark Montgomery and Jomon Thomas, the founders of the company. In this capacity, he jointly developed with Mark and Jomon a unique business model for the production of Xeitgeist's database movie library.
Jochen has career banking experience within the fields of asset and wealth management. He started his banking career in 2001 with a large-scale German bank. Between 2003 – 2008 he was a portfolio manager, responsible for a number of institutional investor client relationships. In 2008 he became a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Association (CAIA). In 2009 he moved into wealth management covering Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and family offices. As part of this move he relocated from Germany to an international German bank in Luxemburg. Five years later he relocated within this bank to its branch office in Singapore. Since 2016 he has worked for a major Asian bank headquartered in Singapore.
Ron L. Lavelle, CPA
Family Office Partner
Ron is the partner in charge of Seiler’s Family Office practice, a team of over 50 professional who provide a range of strategic financial services to more than 65 of the Bay Area’s most affluent and successful entrepreneurs and multi-generational families..............
He has overseen the practice’s rapid growth in the past several years, resulting in quadrupling the size of the practice, expanding its service offerings and developing a highly scalable service delivery model.
Ron has over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, having started his career at Ernst & Young and moving on to senior finance roles at companies in a range of industries, including professional sports, green technology, food and beverage and education.
As the head of the Family Office practice, he oversees all functions related to delivering exceptional service to the firm’s clients. He holds expertise in the following disciplines:
Complex income tax, estate, gift and financial planning for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and multi-generational families
Tax planning for closely-held corporations and partnerships
Family-owned business governance
Multi-generational, ultra-high-net-worth family dynamics and governance
Internal controls and design and implementation for family offices and private companies
Acquisition, development and disposition of real estate holdings
Luxury asset management, such as aircraft and artwork
Household employee management matters
CFO, Pacheco Company
Division President, Career Education Corporation
VP of Finance, CytoSport, Inc.
Tax Consultant, Ernst & Young
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance, University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business
Certified Public Accountant, California
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
California State Society of Certified Public Accountants
Board Member, Guardian Gym
Former Board Member, Volunteers of America (fka Foster a Dream)
Ethical Markets Media
Hazel Henderson D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, is founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC (USA and Brazil), a Certified B Corporation............
She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, and author of award-winning Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. She created the Ethical Markets TV series in global distribution at www.films.com, the EthicMark® Awards, the Green Transition Scoreboard® and co-created Ethical Biomimicry Finance®.
Her editorials are syndicated globally by Inter Press Service, and her book reviews appear on SeekingAlpha.com. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, as well as journals in Japan, Venezuela, China, France and Australia.
Since becoming a full-time media executive in 2004, Hazel has stepped down from many of her board memberships, including Calvert Social Investment Fund (1982-2005), the Social Investment Forum and the Social Venture Network. She has been Regent's Lecturer at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Horace Albright Chair in Conservation at the University of California-Berkeley, and advised the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Foundation from 1974 to 1980.
Valerie Wong Fountain, CFA
Valerie Wong Fountain is Head of Morgan Stanley’s Signature Access Platform, which includes responsibility for Single Family Office Advisory and Lifestyle Advisory..............
She personally leads the Single Family Office Advisory team, which provides consultative and administrative services to clients who maintain, or are considering establishing, single family offices. Valerie also oversees Lifestyle Advisory, which delivers an extensive range of specialized resources to address the unique needs and aspirations of ultra high net worth families.
Prior to her current role, Valerie served as Co-Head of Private Capital Markets, a dedicated platform within the Global Capital Markets division of the Institutional Securities Group that is focused on raising capital for corporations in private market transactions. Valerie partnered closely with the Investment Banking Division to advise companies across multiple sectors on all matters related to their private funding goals. She also managed the private syndicate, connecting institutional pools of capital with high-quality issuers on a global basis.
Earlier in her Morgan Stanley career, Valerie served as Chief of Staff to James Gorman, Morgan Stanley’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She was responsible for managing the Office of the Chairman and CEO and broader Firm management staff; liaising with senior executives, coverage officers, and clients on behalf of the Chairman and CEO; and driving key strategic projects and initiatives. She began her career in the Institutional Equity Division, where she traded a range of Delta One products including Exchange-Traded Products, Index and Custom Basket Total Return Equity Swaps, Futures, and Program Baskets.
Valerie serves on the First Tee of Metropolitan New York Board of Directors and the Penn Golf Alumni Board. She is a leader of Morgan Stanley-related community affairs and philanthropic efforts. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Firm’s Multicultural Client Strategy Team. She recently completed a two-year term as Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Leader for the Council on Foreign Relations.
Valerie earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude and as a University and Joseph Wharton Scholar. She was also a Division I athlete, competing as a three-year letterwinner on the Women’s Varsity Golf Team. In 2014, she was recognized as one of the top 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business by the Asian American Business Development Center and was awarded Most Influential APIA New Yorker by the National Association of Asian American Professionals New York. Valerie also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
New Maple Holdings
Ms. Adams education background is in agricultural economics and policy..............
She received both her BSc in Global Resource Systems as well as her MSc in an agricultural economics discipline from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She worked for about ten years as an independent consultant in areas of climate policy and commercial farm planning with different clients inclusive of Agriculture Canada, international Ministries of Agriculture & Development as well as municipal governments, primarily in British Columbia, Canada.
Ms. Adams worked to help list many of the first public cannabis companies in Canada, starting in 2014. She later would launch Canada's first public university course on cannabis, enrolling over 400 students within the first two semesters of operation. From there she worked at a Health Canada accredited laboratory network where she helped provide business planning services and guidance on submissions to over 150 submissions, with a 100% track record of success.
Working as the CEO of New Maple Holdings, Ms. Adams is spearheading the creation of a Global Cannabis Project, legal at the federal border of the USA, to be a unique international entity like the industry has never seen before. www.newmaple.ca
Matthew C. Le Merle
Fifth Era / Keiretsu Capital
Matthew Le Merle is co-founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Era and of Keiretsu Capital - the most active early stage venture investors backing more than 175 companies a year...............
Matthew is an expert on corporate growth, innovation and business transformations having advised leading companies including Amazon, Cisco, eBay, Google, HP, Microsoft, PayPal and many others on growth and innovation-related issues. In the blockchain and crypto domains, Matthew is General Partner of the Keiretsu Capital Blockchain Fund of Funds and an advisor at BitBull Capital and Bitwise. He also provides advisory services through his team at Fifth Era Blockchain and is an advisor at ACX, Atlas Money, Hadron, Liquineq, and ReadyUp
Earlier in his career, Matthew spent 21 years as a strategy, operations and corporate finance advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs, boards and executive teams with McKinsey & Company, and as a practice leader with A.T. Kearney and Monitor Group where he led both firms’ West Coast practices and at Booz & Company. He was also a corporate executive at Gap Inc. where he was SVP strategy and corporate development and SVP global marketing.
Matthew is an adjunct professor at Singularity University, bestselling author and keynote speaker. He received a B.A. (Double First) and Master’s from Christ Church, Oxford, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was born in London, UK, and is now a dual US/UK citizen and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and London, UK with his wife, Alison Davis, and their five children.
Asia Capital Advisor, Ltd
Catherine serves as Managing Director at Asia Capital Advisor, Ltd., a single family office, for the past 12 years..............
In this capacity she has participated in transactions from various roles, limited partner, principal and advisor with venture capital, private equity, mergers & acquisitions and long short hedge funds including: Projects of Energy Investments Corp (Panama), Sands China, Ltd. (Macau), Frontier Resource Group (then privately held, now listed on SEHK), Starr International Co. Inc. (Asia), Dragon Capital Group (Vietnam), Vision Investment Management (Hong Kong) in strategic developments and Equinox Group (Nigeria).
She has served as a member and observer on various boards of portfolio interests, and has been seconded time to time to various organizations in special situations: She was Special Advisor to the Chairman of Equinox Group, a Nigerian based resource and real estate corporation on in bound investment projects; Special Advisor to the CEO of Sands China, Ltd., Special Advisor to the Deputy CEO of UC Rusal during their dual listing on the Securities Exchange of Hong Kong and NYSE-Euronext Paris Exchange, and Autorité des Marchés Financiers building out their compliance and institutional investor and retail programs; and Executive Advisor to the Chairman at Prudential Corporation Asia she advised on the proposed acquisition of $1.3Bn AIG Global Investments Asia Real Estate Fund portfolio.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in political science with minor in biochemistry, and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center with election to The Tax Lawyer as Associate Editor. Catherine is admitted to the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, First Department, and U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York and the State Bar of California.
Wieselhuber Capital Partners
Daniel Emmrich studied mathematics, economy, finance and accounting in Munich, Germany and Sydney, Australia..............
He is an experienced business consultant in the field of restructuring and finance. Furthermore Daniel has one year of working experiences in a mid-cap family business in Colombia. After finishing the work in Colombia Daniel was travelling by himself for one year through whole Latin America to gain cultural and personal experiences. The main focus of the consultancy are mid-cap family businesses all over Europe. During the last four years Daniel was intensively consulting international NGOs in terms of reorganization and professionalization. During one of these projects Daniel spend overall around 6 months in Ethiopia – especially in the rural areas – and was building up a professional network in the NGO and development aid sector. For this reason he was travelling for example to the refugee camp of Zataari in Jordan.
Due to the experiences Daniel is frequently speaking at different types of events worldwide for NGOs, Impact investors and family offices about new ways of “development aid”. In this context Daniel is frequently participating and speaking at conferences of the World Bank Group with focus on development in Africa. In his opinion development aid can only work sustainably if, in addition to NGOs and governmental support, social enterprises and private investors also assume financial and substantive responsibility.
Furthermore Daniel published different articles in Germany about the challenges NGOs are facing in the 21st century. Besides the consultancy Daniel represents a NextGen member of Wieselhuber Capital Partners – a national family office in Germany focused on Start-Up companies in all branches.
Investor | Humanitarian Founder
FullCycle Energy Fund
Ibrahim AlHusseini is a highly-regarded investor and humanitarian who founded FullCycle Energy LP..............
A fund that finances global power plants that can turn municipal waste into clean fuel that will bring power to millions in need in the developing world. To date, AlHusseini has raised half a billion dollars in capital for impact. In addition to FullCycle Energy, AlHusseini concurrently manages his family office, The Husseini Group LLC, which invests in growth companies that embrace social enhancement and ecological sustainability.
AlHusseini speaks worldwide about impact investing and the solution economy, and has presented at the United Nations, the Vatican, the Social Good Summit, INSEAD and more. This year, AlHusseini plans to launch a token offering with the mission of funding waste-to-energy plants to help power a carbon-neutral future. www.ibrahimalhusseini.com
CEO, Managing Partner
Patrick is the CEO and a Managing Partner of Iconiq, a premier digital asset manager and global, decentralized venture capital group headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany...............
Prior to that was a member of the Deutsche Börse Venture Capital team, DB1 Ventures, where he developed a strong passion for blockchain technology and alternative financing methods. He has over a decade of financial industry experience, including as an associate at Graham Partners, a Philadelphia-based private equity group, and PwC as an auditor of private equity, hedge and mutual funds in the asset management assurance services practice.
Patrick was a co-founder and the CFO of Voltaic Coatings, a Delaware-based BioTech company, and holds an MBA degree, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of Delaware.
The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change..............
She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, and a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30.
Haben was born and raised in Oakland, California. Growing up, Haben witnessed advocates using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to increase opportunities. Impressed by the success of these advocates, Haben felt inspired to join them. Back then, and even now, she encounters many barriers because of attitudes that trivialize access for people with disabilities.
Haben earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2013, and that same year she became a member of the California Bar. She now travels the world consulting and public speaking. Haben combines her knowledge of law, sociology, and technology to teach clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Her insights help to expand our thinking, creating lasting, positive change among people and communities.
People with disabilities represent the largest minority group, numbering 1.3 billion worldwide. Reaching a group of this scale creates value for everyone. Organizations that prioritize accessibility benefit by gaining access to a much larger user base, improving the experience for both disabled and non-disabled users, and facilitating further innovation.
Haben is a talented storyteller who helps people frame difference as an asset. She resisted society’s low expectations, choosing to create her own pioneering story. Haben is writing a memoir that will be published by Hachette in 2019.
Haben has been featured extensively in media around the world, including the BBC, Financial Times, NBC, Forbes, NPR, and many more. You can find her articles and videos, including a TEDx talk, on her website habengirma.com
Eva T. Zlotnicka
Eva T. Zlotnicka is a Vice President of ValueAct Capital. Ms. Zlotnicka is a director of Unifi, Inc.. .............
Prior to joining ValueAct Capital in February 2018, Ms. Zlotnicka was an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) equity research analyst for nearly seven years. Most recently, Ms. Zlotnicka was US lead for the Sustainability Research team at Morgan Stanley, and held a similar role at UBS before that. Prior to becoming an ESG equity research analyst, she spent five years at Morgan Stanley primarily focused on fixed income and derivatives. Ms. Zlotnicka also co-founded Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE), a global professional community.
She has two B.S.c. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, including one from the Wharton School, and an M.B.A. and a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University.
Senior Managing Director
Golden Eagle Partner
David Traylor is Senior Managing Director at Golden Eagle Partners, a firm he founded in 2012 to advise life science companies... .............
After advising on various transactions in the life science sector, he took an interest in the cannabis sector and joined Surna, Inc. (OTC:SRNA) as Chief Business Officer in 2014. After close to a year stint at Surna, David re-founded Golden Eagle Partners to provide his knowledge to companies across the cannabis sector.
Before Golden Eagle Partners, David led the Life Science group at Headwaters MB, a leading boutique investment bank. Before Headwaters, David served as a Senior Vice President at Caris & Company where he was focused on biopharmaceuticals. He also previously worked at Pacific Growth Equities, which later became Wedbush. During his banking tenures he has advised private and public biotechnology and medical device companies in various transactions including IPOs, public offerings, private offerings, mergers and acquisitions totaling over $500 million in value.
Before investment banking, David spent fifteen years in diverse operational roles in biotechnology companies, from research and development to business development, manufacturing, program management and senior management.
David began his career in biotechnology, with a position in bioprocess manufacturing at Synergen (acquired by Amgen), and then moved into R&D and process development positions at Somatogen, a company pursuing a recombinant blood substitute. After Somatogen (acquired by Baxter), he led the management of programs and development initiatives at Affymetrix (acquired by Thermo Fisher), the leading innovator in microarray technology. David began his business development career at Deltagen then moved over the lead the U.S. operations for atugen AG (acquired by Silence Therapeutics), a Berlin-based functional genomics company. At Bioseek (acquired by Asterand), David led the business development efforts for one of the first systems biology companies.
David received B.A. degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and an M.B.A. from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is also the inventor on three issued U.S. patents.
David holds the Series 7, 63 and 66 securities licenses..
Juan Jose Estrada Toledo
JJ is the co-founder and managing director of E10, a family office based in Guatemala City focused on hands-on early stage investments that address emerging markets energy challenges. .............
For the past 4 years has served as Kingo Energy CFO, being responsible for managing the financials needs and risks of the company including financial planning, record keeping, reporting and fundraising.
He has extensive experience conceiving new business strategies, structuring capital-raising transactions and also has been an active promoter and developer of the local entrepreneurship ecosystem in Guatemala helping promote conscientious business practices that provide economic value together with a strong contribution to the social, environmental and cultural ecosystem.
JJ holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Texas Christian University (Texas, USA) with a Masters in Finance from EADA (Barcelona, Spain). He is also an active artist and cultural promoter having founded one of the top Latin American photography schools and festivals, along with having participated in several local and international exhibits.
Dan Hoogterp is the co-founding partner of Hatcher+, one of the most active early-stage investors, worldwide...............
Dan has been developing AI and machine-learning-based systems for financial technology companies for over 20 years, and is one of the most accomplished data scientists working in venture capital.
Optimus Prime Family Office
David A. Pieper is running with Optimus Prime GmbH a German SFO with a family background in the Machine Building Industry.............
Furthermore he is a German real estate expert for many UHNWI in Optimus’ network.
Founder & Digital Librarian
A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge.............
He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest digital libraries in the world, serving over one million patrons each day. With 170 staff members in the United States, Canada, England, and China and digitization centers at the Library of Congress, Princeton University, University of Toronto, and Boston Public Library, the Internet Archive works with more than 600 library and university partners to create a free digital library, accessible to all.
Since founding the Internet Archive in 1996, Kahle continues to guide all aspects of the organization including policy, strategic direction, and the development of new technologies. He is a prolific writer, speaker, and advocate for ways we can create technology that reflects our deepest values: privacy, security, and accessibility. Under Kahle’s leadership, the Internet Archive launched the Wayback Machine, the only public archive of the web, and archive.org remains one of the 300 most popular websites in the world.
Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. He is an Internet pioneer, creating the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) in 1989. With The Wall Street Journal as its first customer, the company helped revolutionize the electronic publishing market. Kahle eventually sold the company to America Online. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, with technology that helps catalog the web, selling it to Amazon in 1999.
Sea Forward Charitable Fund
Laura Francis is the Director of Sea Forward Charitable Fund which supports efforts to create a healthy, sustainable ocean and environment.............
Areas of focus include ocean science, technology and education, environmental sustainability, multicultural engagement, clean energy and climate solutions. Laura has 30 years of experience in developing innovative marine education and international management capacity building programs to increase ocean literacy and inspire effective ocean management and stewardship. She works on a variety of projects including professional development for science teachers, distance learning programs and developing tools and products that engage audiences in positive actions to curb ocean acidification and climate change.
Laura is a Toniic member, has served on the organizing committee for the Sustainable Ocean Alliance Ocean Solutions Gala, and is a Board Member for the Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara, California. She is currently working on developing the Center for Ocean Advancement in Science and Technology (COAST), a new ocean solutions innovation hub on the campus of University of California Santa Barbara. COAST will provide a hands-on collaboration space for diverse stakeholders to work together to develop new technological tools, data visualization and analysis, that will all enhance ocean management and decision-making.
Laura enjoys being a passionate advocate for finding new and creative ways to take care of our watery planet.
Klaus Klaas Loenhart
terrain: integral designs & terrain.cloud
Klaus Klaas Loenhart is an impact eco-visionary, founder of terrain: integral designs and terrain.cloud and Professor at ia&l Landlab TU Graz, Austria. .............
As a multidisciplinarian, he and his teams are developing nature-inspired decarbonization and climate strategies as well as impact-focused design solutions for reconnecting urban society with our living environment through innovation.
Klaus considers urban agglomerations to be a living biome. His systemic and passionate mission for an integral and eco-based societal practice was established during his multidisciplinary studies at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Current research projects, including those conducted by his studio terrain: integral designs, involve the publicly funded programs ‘Living Supersystems’ and ‘Micro Climates for Macro Change’ that aim for transformative co-creation between ecological agents and human endeavors to inform the fields of human health, biodiversity, and social urban practices in times of changing climates. Here, smart technology, data science, design, and natural systems meet to partner within our living environments.
As proof of the concept ‘imagining cities that grow air,’ he and his team implemented the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 EXPO World Fair in Milan—a natural/techno-logical hybrid, whose ecological and atmospheric performance takes center stage—and were recently awarded the UNESCO City of Design Award – Grand Award.
Michael is a technology entrepreneur, motivated for climate actions, aligned with ocean and organic soil nutrient research and the ongoing development of vital formulas..............
Oceaneos is a non-profit marine research organization engaged in the scientific research and development of nutrient enrichment technology; a method that increases wild fish populations in the oceans that have been harmed by climate change. Oceaneos' research could lead to a disruptive new approach to marine ecosystem restoration with global implications for food-security.
Alexis Celeste Bunten, PhD
Bioneers Indigeneity Program
Alexis Celeste Bunten, PhD(Aleut/Yup’ik), is an award-winning researcher, writer, media-maker, and curriculum developer..............
She currently manages the Indigeneity Program for the Bioneers Cultural Heritage Institute where she brings traditional ecological knowledge to the public conversation through events and media.
After receiving a BA at Dartmouth College, Alexis returned to Alaska to work with Alaska Native organizations. Subsequently, she earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at UCLA, followed by appointments at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and invited visiting scholar posts at University of Paris-Sorbonne, and University of Victoria, Wellington.
Dr. Bunten served as the Project Ethnographer for the Canadian SSHRC Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) project where she consulted on community-based participatory research projects, and as a Senior Researcher at the MacArthur award-winning FrameWorks Institute, where she led research and educational toolkits on climate-change interpretation for nature centers, museums, zoos and aquariums across the US in partnership with NSF and NOAA. She has received numerous awards from the US National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, the Native American Film and Television Awards, and the International Emmy Awards, among others. In addition to being an accomplished climate change science communicator, Alexis is also widely recognized as a global expert in Indigenous tourism. Her first book, 2015’s “So, how long have you been Native?” Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide” won the Alaska Library Association Award and was nominated for the prestigious Margaret Mead Award. The follow up anthology, “Indigenous Tourism Movements,” was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2018.
Alexis lives in Monterey, California with her partner, their 4-year old daughter, 4 dogs, a cat, and a fish. When she's not playing outside, she spends her time analyzing raw DNA files to reveal deep ancestries, and crafting heritage and Indigenous tour itineraries.
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