Angela Aidala | Asst. Professor, Columbia University
Dr. Angela Aidala is a faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her primary interest is the intersection of economic, social, and cultural influences regarding health and illness among disadvantaged populations in urban settings. Dr. Aidala also directs the Multiple Diagnoses Initiative which works with housing providers to better understand the reciprocal relationship between housing and health care among persons living with HIV/AIDS. Angela A. Aidala received a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.
Lenore Cooney | Chairman, Cooney/Waters Group
Lenore Cooney is a Chairman and co-founder of Cooney/Waters Group and has spent more than 35 years in the practice of public relations and public affairs in the areas of health and science at the national, state, and international levels. She has directed crisis management programs around issues including animal research, biotechnology and food product safety and U.S. vaccine supply. Her product marketing work has encompassed nutrition policy issues and scientific support for food product healthfulness, cancer therapeutics and vaccines, infectious diseases, neurology, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, and women’s health.
Kevin Davis | President, ThyoGen Group
Kevin Davis is President of ThyoGen Group, a pharmaceutical company that has developed innovative, intracellular, molecular level therapies and compounds for the eradication of disease. Prior to joining ThyoGen, Mr. Davis was CIO of MineInvest Resources and Managing Director of Avira Energy, Inc. Mr. Davis began his career as a lawyer with Debevoise & Plimpton specializing in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, investment companies and venture capital. He led the group that purchased the Triton Coal Company and transformed it into the 6th largest coal company in the United States. Triton was later sold to Arch Coal. Mr. Davis also led the buy-outs of numerous other companies including the purchase of Duke Energy’s Hydrocarbon business, AIG’s Power Plant subsidiary, and Enron’s power plant manufacturing business. Mr. Davis has extensive experience with leveraged buyouts, venture capital, and technology start-ups. Mr. Davis has served on the boards of numerous for-profit and philanthropic entities, including, but not limited to, the boards of The Glutathione Corporation, Princeton Technology Partners, Molecular Defenses, Harlem Day Charter School, and Sheltering Arms Children’s Services. He also served as Co-Chair of the United States Chamber of Commerce Northern Iraq Task Force. Mr. Davis is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
David Drake | Chairman, LDJ Capital
David Drake is the Chairman of LDJ Capital the founder of The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series (“TSL”) which educates startups in the areas of capital formation and access. Mr. Drake is also the founder of and an Executive Committee board member at CfPA – a national and global trade association with the leading global crowd funding platforms as members. He is also a founding board member of the CFIRA, the leadership group heading up US crowd funding for equity developments. Mr. Drake’s sits on the advisory board of several non-profit organizations. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry and Marketing from the American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University.
Gregory Martin | Partner, Ernst & Young
Gregory Martin is a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s US Professional Practice Group with consultative responsibilities on derivatives and hedging accounting. Gregory has 20+ years of global financial product markets experience in the banking, broker/dealer, and insurance industries. Prior to Ernst & Young, Gregory held leadership roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and holds an MBA in Finance from the Columbia Business School.
Lena Mass-Cresnik | Head of Innovation, BlackRock, Strategic Product Management
Dr. Lena Mass-Cresnik is the Head of Innovation globally within Strategic Product Management at BlackRock, where she drives the acceleration of innovative, cross-functional product commercialization to meet clients’ investment objectives. Dr. Mass-Cresnik sits on the World Economic Forum’s Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services Working Group and has a patent pending with the USPTO. Prior to joining BlackRock, Dr. Mass-Cresnik worked at Goldman Sachs in the Global Investment Research division conducting equity research. Her multidisciplinary background spans over ten years of experience in the US and UK working in financial services, strategy and innovation consulting, start-up advisory, technology implementation, emerging markets research, health IT, and academic research and teaching. Dr. Mass-Cresnik earned her DPhil (PhD) from Oxford University in Innovation & Technology Management focused on complex systems and networks, MS from Harvard University, and BA from Wellesley College.
Chris Nicholson | Senior Portfolio Strategist, Iron Harbor Capital Management
Chris Nicholson, CFA, is the Senior Portfolio Strategist at Iron Harbor Capital Management. Before completing his M.B.A. in Europe and China, Chris was a Corporate Development Director at a medical device company. Earlier in his career, Chris was a Business Development and Investments executive at a technology-focused holding company. Chris is a guest lecturer at Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University for global business/China. He also collaborates with Paulson Institute as a visiting professor. Chris’s topics include: Korean economic history, Northeast Asia development comparison, culture and business. He additionally serves as a mentor/advisor on business/career strategy, networking, and negotiation. Chris conducted research in international economics and insurance risk at Harvard Business School while completing graduate Economics coursework. Prior to that, Chris was a strategy consultant at Fletcher Spaght, a spinoff of the Boston Consulting Group. Chris holds an A.B. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from Central European University.
David Panton | Chairman, PCH Holding Group
David Panton has 15 years of investment banking and private equity experience and has sourced, structured and/or invested in over 20 transactions with a total enterprise value of over $1.5 billion. In 1998, he co-founded and was managing partner of the Caribbean Investment Fund, a $50 million private equity firm in Kingston, Jamaica. In 2004, he became a vice president of Mellon Ventures, the $1.4 billion private equity firm arm of Mellon Financial. In 2007, he co-founded and was a partner of Navigation Capital Partners, a $320 million private equity firm in Atlanta, where he remains a shareholder. He has served as chairman, director, or observer for over 17 companies with revenues of between $5 million and $250 million, including Brown Trucking (transportation), Brightwell Payments (financial services), Brand Bank (community banking), SecureWorks (internet security), and Exeter Finance (specialty finance). He received a D.Phil. in management studies from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was elected President of the Harvard Law Review, and an A.B. in public policy from Princeton University. Born and raised in Jamaica, where he served as a Senator in the Upper House of Parliament, Panton currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Paul Scialla | CEO, Delos Living
Paul is the Founder and CEO at Delos Living. He spent 18 years on Wall Street, most recently the last 10 years as a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he ran the U.S. Interest Rates Cash Trading businesses, including Government Bond Trading and Agency Mortgage Trading. Prior to joining Goldman, Paul spent 6 years at Morgan Stanley as the Head of Mortgage Bond trading. In addition to his roles on Wall Street, Paul’s interest in both altruistic capitalism and in sustainability led him to found Delos,the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chopra Foundation and also a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation. Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in Finance, and he currently resides in New York City.
Peter Williams | Founder/Executi
ve Director, ARCHIVE Global
Peter is an architect and social entrepreneur who prioritizes the link between housing and health as an important means for improving the lives of the world’s poor. For over 10 years, he has worked on building projects on 5 continents and has taught at universities around the world. Peter holds two Masters degrees in African Studies and Architecture respectively from the University of Oxford and Columbia University, a summa cum laude degree from the City University of New York and a diploma from the University of Technology in Jamaica. Peter has received numerous awards for research including the Kinne Fellowship from Columbia University, which led him to form ARCHIVE. He has also been a visiting researcher at the UNAIDS Secretariat in South Africa and has worked for the World Bank. In 2009, Peter was named among the 22 best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green and in 2011 he was recognized as one of London’s ’40 under 40 International Development Leaders’ by Devex. In the same year, Utne Reader also named him among the ’25 visionaries who are changing the world’. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a member of the American Public Health Association and lectures widely on architecture, public health and international development.
Peter Figueroa | Chief of Epidemiology & HIV/AIDS, The National HIV/STI Program in Jamaica
Dr. Peter Figueroa, M.D. Ph. D., is Chief of Epidemiology and HIV/AIDS at The National HIV/STI program in Jamaica. Dr. Figueroa is committed to making HIV/AIDS care and treatment available in the public sector, while also paying close attention to HIV/AIDS prevention activities. Because of Dr. Figueroa’s dedication, HIV prevalence in Jamaica is among the lowest in the Caribbean region and stands as a great success in the face of predictions that called for the Jamaican and the eastern Caribbean HIV/AIDS epidemic to spiral.
Michael Mutter | Senior Architectural and Urban Planning Adviser, DFID
With over 30 years of experience in design, architecture and urban planning, Michael Mutter has worked with communities implementing urban development and regeneration in demanding developing country environments. As a Senior Architectural and Urban Planning Adviser with the DFID, he has provided guidance to the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department resulting in the central DFID strategy for meeting the challenge of poverty in urban areas and the development of “The Inclusive City” philosophy. Mutter is also a senior advisor with United Nations HABITAT.
Kenneth Yeang | Director, T.R. Hamzah & Yeang
Dr. Kenneth Yeang, Ph. D., has over 30 years of experience in ecological building and passive low-energy design. He is the Director of Llewlleyn Davies Yeang (UK) and principal at T.R. Hamzah & Yeang, an international architecture and planning firm headquartered in Malaysia. Yeang is credited with achieving high levels of success in Asia with cutting-edge, environmentally responsive skyscrapers such as Menara Mesiniaga building. Dr. Yeang holds a PhD in ecological design from Cambridge University.