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.
James Burrell II | Principal Attorney, Burrell Law P.C.
James’s interest in using design to ameliorate living standards can be traced back to James’s childhood interest in architecture through taking courses at Syracuse University’s summer college architecture program as a high school student. Although life events steered James to his current profession as an attorney, the appreciation of the “form follows function” principle remains in his core. James is active in other charitable causes which range from improving social impact through sports to utilizing novel learning techniques in the fight against cognitive deterioration. Before the practice of law, James’s work experience included sell-side trading, equity market making, and institutional sales of private placements. James is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and holds LL.M and J.D. degrees from New York Law School and B.S. from Penn State 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.
Evelyn Furia | Senior Brand Manager, GSK Consumer Healthcare
Evelyn has 7+ years of experience in Brand Management at GSK Consumer Healthcare working across a wide portfolio of consumer products. Prior to working for GSK, Evelyn spent 9 years in sales & marketing in the non-profit sector. Evelyn was the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations at the National Wildlife Federation. Evelyn also worked at KaBOOM! where she formed partnerships to help communities to build safe places to play. Evelyn’s interest in housing design and the impact on health and community began as an undergraduate studying the built environment in Washington, D.C. Evelyn holds a B.A in American Studies from George Washington University and an M.B.A from Georgetown 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.
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.
Avery Seavey | Principal, Dalton Management Company
Avery is currently a principal in Dalton Management Company, a real estate management company that manages approximately 2,000 apartments in twelve buildings in the New York City area. He is also a principal in The Seavey Organization, which is the parent of a series of entities that serve as the general partner or managing member of the aforesaid properties as well as The Blue Sea Organization, a New York City based company that develops affordable housing in the New York City area. Averyattended Yale, LSE (MSc), and NYU School of Law (JD).
Peter Williams | Founder, 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.
Jason Cone | Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières USA
Jason Cone is the Executive Director for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States. He has an extensive background in crisis management, advocacy, and communications. He assumed leadership of MSF-USA following 11 years with the organization, the last six-and-a-half as communications director.
In his current role, among other issues, he has lead the organization’s engagement with the US government in the wake of the bombing of an MSF hospital in Afghanistan and during the global refugee crisis, as well as spearheaded campaigns to increase access to vaccines against pneumonia, a leading killer of children under five. As Communications Director, he oversaw emergency and advocacy communications campaigns on issues ranging from the West African Ebola outbreak and Haiti earthquake and cholera epidemic, to global childhood malnutrition and HIV/AIDS.
In 2016, Jason was recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the top young non-profit leaders in the US in the publication’s “40 Under 40” list. That same year, PR Week listed him among the Top 50 “Health Influencers” and on its “Power List.” He was nominated for a “News & Documentary” Emmy as executive producer of “Starved for Attention,” an eight-part documentary series on child malnutrition, in 2012.
Latanya Mapp Frett | Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Global
Latanya Mapp Frett is the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global. She has quadrupled the size of the program in four years to become one of the most innovative and sustainable global health organizations in the field.
Ms. Frett previously worked for 8 years as a human rights officer for UNICEF and 10 years with USAID. Ms. Frett served as a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and continues to fight for the human rights of women. She began her career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and has received many honors and awards, including two Esteemed Meritorious Honor Awards and the highest honor in civil service, the Superior Honor Award. Ms. Frett was honored with the Colin Powell Fellowship by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Oxfam America and CHANGE and is an Adjunct Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Frett is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and author of four U.N. human rights reports and manuals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics, master’s in public policy, and JD from the University of Maryland.
Elizabeth Garland | Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Dept. of Pediatrics, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Elizabeth Garland, MD, MS is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Environmental Medicine and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is the Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in the Department of Environmental Medicine and the Director of the Mount Sinai General Preventive Medicine Residency. She holds leadership roles in the Mount Sinai Graduate Program in Public Health and in the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Garland has worked in the East Harlem community since 1981, focusing on pediatric health disparities; especially asthma, immunizations and obesity. She recently published a study in the South Bronx demonstrating that moving to Green affordable housing significantly improves asthma symptoms and decreases urgent health care utilization. This led to multiple partnerships on evaluating active design strategies in affordable housing to improve health and wellbeing, and is a leader of research on the built environment. She directs the NYC site of a 7 year multi-city prospective study on green affordable housing and health as well as pilot projects in the South Bronx and Brooklyn. In 2015, Dr. Garland won the Steven Hooker Award for outstanding physical activity research in national award recognition of her research on active design in affordable housing.
Mahmoud Mohieldin | Senior Vice President, World Bank
Dr. Mohieldin is a Senior Vice President at the World Bank Group, responsible for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations and Partnerships. Before joining the World Bank Group, Dr. Mohieldin held numerous senior positions in the Government of Egypt, including Minister of Investment from 2004 until 2010. He also served on several Boards of Directors, including the Central Bank of Egypt, as well as in the banking and the corporate sectors. Dr. Mohieldin was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Dr. Mohieldin is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Cairo University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Durham University, UAEU, and Nile University, and is member of the Advisory Board of the Durham Business School. Dr. Mohieldin has also held leading positions in national and regional research centers and think tanks. He has authored numerous publications and articles in the fields of international finance, growth, banking, financial development, and economic planning. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warwick; an M.Sc. in Economic and Social Policy Analysis from the University of York; and a B.Sc. in Economics, first in the order of merit, from Cairo University.
Stella Safo | Senior Medical Director of Clinical Transformation at Population Health Mount Sinai Health Partners, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Stella A. Safo, MD, MPH Senior Medical Director of Clinical Transformation, Population Health Mount Sinai Health Partners Assistant Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Stella Safo is an HIV primary care physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. She serves as the Senior Medical Director of Clinical Transformation of Mount Sinai’s population health management group, the Mount Sinai Health Partners. In this role, Dr. Safo oversees various improvement and transformation activities in primary care redesign. Dr. Safo received her medical education from Harvard Medical School and a masters degree in public health with a focus on global health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed a residency in Primary Care/Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Safo resides in Harlem New York where she is active in various community health initiatives. She hails from West Africa and continues global healthcare improvement projects in Ghana around the areas of primary care redesign.
Giselle Sebag | Global Public Sector Consultant, Bloomberg Associates
Giselle Sebag, MPH, LEED AP is an impact-driven healthy and sustainable cities development specialist who has been working globally at the intersection of urbanism and public health for over a decade.
She is currently a Public Sector Consultant at Bloomberg Associates, where she advises cities in developing evidence-based urban planning and public health solutions with the aim of improving the lives of the greatest number of citizens. Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Giselle was the Vice President of Programs at the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she oversaw the development and launch of innovative programs such as Fitwel and served as the Head of the Built Environment commitments portfolio at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) where she advised multidisciplinary members in strategic planning, design, partnership building and evaluation of their ‘Commitments to Action’ (CTAs).
Other experiences include work with UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS), Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and more. Giselle holds an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, joint MSc degrees in International Cooperation and Urban Development and undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Government.
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.