Leadership & Board

Our leaders represent the best attributes of the private and public sectors. We get things done. And we take risks that get results. Across functions, our global leaders have deep expertise in international education, business and finance. Our board is comprised of CEOs of major companies, leaders of industries, and regional influencers. These people push us, keep our eye on the prize, and help us achieve our bold goals. Their vision empowers us to provide millions of children in low-income communities with the lifelong gift of education.


Board of Directors

John Ridding, Board Chair

John Ridding is the chief executive officer of the Financial Times and FT.com. He was formerly editor and publisher of the Financial Times, Asia, as well as chairman of Pearson in Asia. John led the launch of the Asia edition of the FT in 2003. It won the award for the best newspaper from the Society of Publishers in Asia in its launch year and received top awards for business reporting, scoops and newspaper design at the same ceremony in 2006. He graduated from Oxford University with a first-class honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Yusuf Alireza

Yusuf Alireza is the CEO and Co-CIO, ARP Global Capital Limited.  Formerly CEO of Noble Group, Yusuf is also a retired management committee member, partner, and co-president of non-Japan Asia at the Goldman Sachs Group. Yusuf holds a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Andrew Balls

Andrew Balls is PIMCO's Chief Investment Officer for Global Fixed Income. Based in London, he oversees PIMCO’s European, Asia-Pacific, emerging markets and global investment teams. He manages global portfolios and is a member of PIMCO’s investment committee. Before joining PIMCO in 2006 he was an economics correspondent and columnist for the Financial Times in London, New York and Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor's degree from Oxford, a master's degree from Harvard and was a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford.

Mary Byron

Mary Byron is retired from Goldman Sachs, most recently as the global head of corporate technology including Finance, Risk, Operations and Human Resources at Goldman Sachs. She served on the Technology Division Executive, Operating and Risk Committees. Prior to this role, Mary was based in Tokyo as CIO for Asia Pacific businesses and co-chair of the Asia Pacific Diversity Committee. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1989 and has held various roles within technology, including managing the firm’s global networks and computing infrastructure. Mary was named managing director in 1999 and partner in 2006. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Auburn Theological Seminary. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1986.

Dr. Luis Crouch

Dr. Luis Crouch is the Senior Economist of RTI’s International Development Group and is a recognized international leader in providing high-level advice to governments involved in complex educational systems change. In this role, Luis leads work in key strategic areas, addressing important challenges in global health and youth issues, and in particular, measurement and finance issues regarding these two sectors. Prior to this, Luis was Coordinator for the Global Good Practice group with the Global Partnership for Education. Luis has worked on all aspects of policy analysis research and implementation, from field surveys to quantitative and qualitative analysis to policy dialogue presentations. Luis has experience in many countries in the developing world. In particular, he was a high-level technical advisor to the governments of South Africa in the period after the end of apartheid and Egypt during the current drive to decentralization. Luis received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jerry del Missier

Jerry del Missier is former COO of Barclays Bank Plc and former Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking. Before joining Barclays in 1997, Jerry was the Senior Managing Director of Derivative Products at Bankers Trust, responsible for European Business. Jerry is a former Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and has served on the Boards of the Global Financial Markets Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, and the Markets Management Group of the International Institute of Finance. He served on the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Queen's School of Business. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario.

Carl Huttenlocher

Carl Huttenlocher is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer for Myriad Asset Management. Myriad is a multi strategy hedge fund investing across equities and fixed income with a focus on the Asia Pacific region and the global technology sector. Prior to founding Myriad in 2011, Carl was a Managing Director of Highbridge Capital Management, Senior Portfolio Manager for the Highbridge Asia Opportunities Fund and a member of the Global Investment Committee for Highbridge Capital Corporation. Before joining Highbridge in 2002, Carl worked at Citadel Investment Group and Long Term Capital Management. He also founded Intelligent Markets—a venture capital-backed financial software company—and served as chief executive officer from 1999 to 2001. Carl earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Carl is married to Tami Lippit. They live in Hong Kong and have four children.

Scott Kapnick

Scott Kapnick is Chief Executive Officer of HPS Investment Partners, LLC ("HPS") which he founded in 2007. HPS is a leading global investment platform with a focus on non-investment grade credit and has over $38bn of assets under management. HPS has approximately 100 investment professionals and over 200 employees globally, and is headquartered in New York with ten offices worldwide. HPS was originally formed as a unit of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC, a subsidiary of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. In March 2016, the principals of HPS acquired the firm from J.P. Morgan, which retained Highbridge and the hedge fund strategies. From 2013-2016, Mr. Kapnick also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Highbridge Capital Management, and currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman and Senior Advisor. Before founding HPS, Mr. Kapnick was a Management Committee Member, Partner, and Co-Head of Global Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, positions he held from 2001 to 2006. He also served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs International from 2005 to 2006 and spent 12 out of his 21 years at the firm in Europe (London and Frankfurt). Mr. Kapnick was named Partner in 1994. Mr. Kapnick is a graduate of Williams College and holds a combined JD/MBA from the University of Chicago. He also studied at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Mr. Kapnick is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Room to Read and Aileron Therapeutics, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Naples Botanical Garden.

Dr. Elizabeth M. King

Elizabeth is currently Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Commissioner of 3ie, Technical Adviser to the RISE Project of Oxford University, and co-Editor of Comparative Education Review. She was Director of Education from 2009 and Acting Vice President for Human Development in 2014 before retiring from the World Bank, Washington, DC, in September 2014. In these positions, she was the World Bank's senior spokesperson and professional head for global policy and strategic issues related to education and human development. She has published on topics such as household investments in human capital and the link between these investments and poverty and economic development; gender issues in development; education finance, and the impact of decentralization reforms. She has worked on countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, and the Philippines, among others, contributing to public expenditure reviews, country economic assessments, policy analyses of the human development sectors, and impact evaluations of policies and programs. Ms. King has a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and a Masters and BA (Economics) degrees from the University of the Philippines.

John Lindfors

John Lindfors is the Managing Partner of DST Investment Management, the investment adviser of DST Global funds. Over the last several years, DST Global has invested in companies such as Facebook, Alibaba, JD.com, Didi, AirBnB, Spotify, Xiaomi, WhatsApp, etc. and currently has more than $10 billion of assets under management. John joined DST in 2010 and has been based in Hong Kong since 2011. Prior to joining DST, John was the Partner in charge of the European Technology and Media Investment Banking department for Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 and worked in London and New York during his 17 years at the firm. John earned a M.Sc. (Econ.) from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki in 1993.

Dr. Geetha Murali

Dr. Geetha Murali is the Chief Executive Officer of Room to Read. As Chief Executive Officer, Geetha oversees Room to Read’s global operations, which include programmatic work in 15 low-income countries, a global network of investors and volunteer chapters, and a worldwide staff of more than 1,600 employees. In her most recent role as Chief Development and Communications Officer, Geetha oversaw Room to Read’s global resource development department with staff across nine locations. In that role, she was responsible for global fundraising, marketing, public relations, and communications, while working directly with the organization’s largest investors. Under her leadership, Room to Read embarked on several key initiatives, including the development of major institutional and cause-marketing partnerships, as well as the launch of legacy giving and multi-currency crowdfunding programs. Dr. Murali was instrumental in helping Room to Read scale its impact by building innovative public and private partnerships.

Geetha has nearly 20 years of diverse experience across the corporate and non-profit sectors. This includes working as a statistician for multinational companies and with large-scale technology programs such as the Digital Equalizer Program (American India Foundation) and Adobe Youth Voices (Adobe Systems Incorporated). Geetha received her master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s and doctorate degrees in South Asian Politics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Frank van Veenendaal

Mr. Frank van Veenendaal retired from Salesforce in 2015 after almost 14 years with the company in multiple leadership roles including Vice Chairman, President of Worldwide Sales and Services, President of Worldwide Sales and Chief Sales Officer, President of North American Operations and Global Corporate Sales, President of Worldwide Corporate Sales and Services and Senior Vice President of North America Sales at Salesforce.com. He was instrumental in growing Salesforce from $5M to $5B+. Mr. van Veenendaal has over 30 years of technology sales and executive management experience. Previously Mr. van Veenendaal held various sales and sales management positions for companies such as Actuate, Interleaf, Integrated Solutions, Pyramid, and Harris Corporation. Mr. van Veenendaal also serves on the board of directors of Coupa, NewVoiceMedia and Vlocity.

Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by a billion people across the globe to access information, share video, and shape culture. An early champion of online video who was instrumental in Google's 2006 acquisition of YouTube, Susan now oversees YouTube's content and business operations, engineering, and product development. Prior to joining YouTube in February 2014, Susan was Senior Vice President of Advertising & Commerce at Google, where she oversaw the design and engineering of AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. She joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and led the initial development of several key consumer products including Google Images and Google Books. In 2002, Susan began working on Google’s advertising products and over the next 12 years she led teams that helped define the vision and direction of Google’s monetization platforms. Before joining Google, Susan worked at Intel, Bain & Company, and a number of start-ups. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in economics from UC Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA.

John Wood

John Wood is the founder of Room to Read. He started Room to Read after a fast-paced and distinguished career with Microsoft from 1991 to 1999, during which he served as director of business development for the Greater China region and as director of marketing for the Asia-Pacific region. John continues to bring Room to Read a vision for a scalable solution to developing global educational problems with an intense focus on results and an ability to attract a world-class group of employees, volunteers, and funders. Today, John focuses full-time on long-term strategy, capital acquisition, public speaking, and media opportunities for the organization. John holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, and has four honorary doctorates including from McGill University and the University of San Francisco. He also serves on the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative and New Story. John is a frequent lecturer at Harvard Business School and at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy.

 

Emeritus Board

Hilary Valentine: Chair

Hilary is a board member of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and a member of Part the Cloud whose mission is to fund Alzheimer’s research with the highest probability of slowing, stopping or ultimately curing Alzheimer’s disease. Hilary serves on the Board of Directors of the Valentine Family Foundation and the Canary Foundation. She also serves on the Emeritus Board of Breast Cancer Connections. Her primary focus has been to evangelize the Room to Read mission in front of high net-worth donors in the technology world. The Valentine Family Foundation provided the initial multi-year seed funding for Room to Read's Girls' Education program. Hilary served on the Room to Read Board of Directors from 2003 to 2012 and was Co-Chair of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008 and was Chair of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010. Hilary graduated with a BS in Psychology from St. Lawrence University.

Christopher S. Beer

Christopher Beer is the managing member of Ironmark Law Group, PLLC, a firm providing strategic business and intellectual property services to individuals, companies and other lawyers both in the U.S. and worldwide. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington and master’s degree from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Chris served on the Room to Read Board of Directors from 2004 to 2013.

Craig Bruya

Craig Bruya is retired from Microsoft Corporation, most recently as chief financial officer of Microsoft Business Solutions. During a three-year sabbatical, he taught accounting and management classes to M.B.A. students at Seattle University and the University of Washington. Prior to this, he spent 12 years at Microsoft in executive finance positions primarily in Microsoft International as well as nine years with the audit division of Arthur Andersen & Company in Seattle, Brussels, Belgium and Athens, Greece.

Erin Ganju

Erin Ganju is a Co-founder, former CEO, and former COO of Room to Read. From the early start-up days, Erin was instrumental in the design and implementation of the organization’s scalable, replicable model for improving the quality of education around the world. In 2009, Erin became Chief Executive Officer of Room to Read. As CEO, Erin oversaw Room to Read’s global operations across 15 countries; a technical assistance unit called Room to Read Accelerator; fundraising teams in North America, Europe, Australia and the Asia Pacific region; and a worldwide staff of more than 1,500 employees. Erin has been selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs for 2014 and in 2012 was one of Fast Company’s Extraordinary Women. Before founding Room to Read, Erin worked at Unilever, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and a couple of technology start-ups. She has spent extensive time working and living in Asia, where she saw firsthand the need to enhance developing countries’ educational systems. Erin holds a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Peter T. Grauer

Peter T. Grauer is Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial media company. He has been a member of the Bloomberg Board since October 1996 and was named Chairman of the Board in March 2001 succeeding Michael R. Bloomberg. Mr. Grauer joined Bloomberg full time in his executive capacities in March 2002. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1992 to 2000 when DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston and then Managing Director and Senior Partner of CSFB Private Equity until March 2002. Mr. Grauer serves as lead director of Davita, Inc., as well as the Boards of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Inner City Scholarship Fund in New York City, Rockefeller University and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, Program for Management Development.

Tim Koogle

Tim Koogle is a private venture capitalist, entrepreneur and business leader, and philanthropist. He has had a long career in starting and growing businesses of scale. From 1995 to 2001 he served as Yahoo! founding Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Currently, Tim is on the board of a number of private early stage companies in which he is a venture capital investor. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of Thomas Weisel Partners, a publicly held investment bank; is the founder and CEO of Serendipity Land Holdings; chairman of the board of Method Home Products, Inc.; and managing director of the Koogle Foundation, a nonprofit foundation focused on the education of underprivileged and high risk young people in the United States, Asia, and Latin America. Tim holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and an MS and EngrD in engineering from Stanford University.

Alastair Mactaggart

Alastair Mactaggart is President of Emerald Fund Inc., a San Francisco residential real estate developer. Since 1998 Emerald has developed in excess of US$2 billion of real estate, including over 1,500 units of new housing, and 1,900 units of condominium conversions. Alastair serves on the board of Sutter West Bay Hospitals, which includes San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center. Alastair received a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in San Francisco, CA. Alastair served on Room to Read’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009.

Kim Anstatt Morton 

Kim Anstatt Morton worked almost a decade on Wall Street as an equity research analyst at UBS and Hambrecht and Quist in New York City. She later joined Montgomery Securities in San Francisco where she covered emerging growth and big cap biotech companies. Kim is passionate about literacy, education and the arts. She enthusiastically serves on the advisory board of 10x10, a global movement for girls' education through a film and social action campaign (and a partner of Room to Read). She is a member of San Francisco’s Edgewood Arts Advisory Board, has trained as a docent for middle school children with SFMOMA, and is active on their Artist’s Circle Donor Development Committee. Kim has worked with the Department of Health and Human Services in San Francisco with abused and neglected children and has tutored a special literacy program for sixth through eighth grade students struggling with reading at Francisco Middle School in San Francisco. Kim received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and fine art and graduate painting degrees at the San Francisco Art Institute. Kim travels extensively in the developing world and lives in San Francisco with her husband Ian and son Baker.

Dr. Fernando Reimers

Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fernando was a senior education specialist at the World Bank. He has extensive experience in the area of international development assistance with the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other development organizations. Fernando is best known for his theory of informed dialogue, an approach to bridge scientific research and education policy through the mapping and mobilization of social networks. Fernando is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a fellow of the International Academy of Education, a member of the Advisory Board of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education. Fernando earned doctoral and master’s degrees in education from Harvard University and obtained a Licenciatura en Psicologia at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by Emerson College for his work advancing global education.

Muneer A. Satter

Muneer Satter manages Satter Investment Management (SIM), a Chicago-based private investment firm, and the Satter Foundation, a private family foundation. SIM has significant investments in several life sciences and medical technology companies. Muneer retired in 2012 after sixteen years as a partner at Goldman Sachs in the Merchant Banking Division. As Global Head of Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Group, Muneer raised and managed more than $30 billion of investments. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and he is on the Board of the Nature Conservancy where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee. Muneer received a B.A. from Northwestern University, and a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Muneer served on the Room to Read Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010 and was Co-Chair from 2005 to 2008.

Mark Bedingham

Mark is President and CEO, Singapore Myanmar Investco Ltd, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange focused on investing and in managing businesses in Myanmar. He has held this position since 2015 and is responsible for the Group’s corporate plans, policies and business development as well as the general management of the Group's operations. Mark also serves as Chairman of the Board, Ce La Vi; Advisor and Consultant, Access Myanmar Distribution Co Ltd, Myanmar; Non-Executive Director of the Scotch Malt Whisky (Holdings) Limited; and Advisor and Director of the Board, Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts Holding.

From 1995 to 2014 Mark was Regional Managing Director, Moet Hennessy Asia Pacific. He joined Moet Hennessy following 8 years as President of Jardine Wines and Spirits (Now known as Moet Hennesy Diageo Japan). Mark began his career in 1977 as a member of the "cadre" of Jardine Matheson. Mark graduated with a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Forest Sciences from the School of Biological Sciences of Oxford University.

Isabelle and Antoine Decitre

Antoine is the Co-Founder and Director of Velcan (ALVEL FP), a listed investment holding company, operating as an independent power producer in emerging countries and managing a global portfolio of financial assets. Antoine led the IPO in 2005 and the subsequent fund raising totalling Eur 150 million between 2005 and 2007.

Antoine started his career at Price Waterhouse in 1993. Prior to founding Velcan, he cofounded one of the first technology incubators in Paris and was the co-founder or first investor in 23 IT startups between 1999 and 2002. These were successfully sold to the likes of IBM Corp and Cisco.

Isabelle is the Founder and CEO of ID Capital, a venture capital investment & advisory company headquartered in Singapore. The company focuses on supporting startups which are bringing sustainable technology solutions to address the challenge of the food value chain, like the latent of shortage of sustainable proteins, water- and input-saving technologies for agriculture, or crop biocontrol. Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board since its inception, the Future Food Asia platform operated by ID Capital has rapidly gained traction across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to moving to Asia in 2012 Isabelle has worked for 20 years in the luxury industry (for Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Dunhill, Boucheron), in various executive positions and lastly as the CMO for Hennessy (LVMH Group).

Antoine and Isabelle are both trained engineers and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1993. Isabelle holds a degree in Chinese language and civilization.

They live with their three children in Singapore.

Antony Ng and Koh Toh Tzu

Antony Ng is the co-founder and CEO of D’Crypt Pte Ltd. Prior to this, Antony was a Distinguished member of Technical Staff at DSO National Laboratories, where he was also the winner of 1998’s Defence Technology Prize. He was also an Adjunct Lecturer at NUS, where he helped to start the Computational Science Programme in the Faculty of Science.

Antony obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991.

Antony is active in promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the local business community. He was an alumnus of the BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation’s Europe-Asia Young Leaders Forum and was a speaker at the 13th Principal’s Forum, a closed-door session for all school principals in Singapore. Away from work, Antony currently serves on the management committee of a shelter for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Married for 27 years to Koh Toh Tzu, he’s the proud father of Ruth and Anne.

With a librarian and Chinese scholar for a father and a secondary school principal for a mother, Koh Toh Tzu hails from a family heavily steeped in Singapore education. A graduate of the Singapore school system, she blends a traditionally Chinese upbringing with her 1st Class Honours in Computer Science from Queens University in Ontario Canada in 1986. Initially a Software Engineer at the Institute of System Science, NUS, she moved into corporate management in 1991, rising through various appointments to be the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of J.M. Sassoon, a large local stockbroker in Singapore.

The person behind some of the earliest Internet stock trading systems in Singapore, Toh Tzu was featured in SmartInvestor magazine as one of the select group of women to succeed in a predominantly male enclave. Toh Tzu is now a full time homemaker, wife and mother.

Helman and Ria Sitohang

Helman Sitohang has been the Chief Executive Officer for Credit Suisse Asia Pacific since 2014. In 2015, he was appointed to the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG. He is the first Indonesian to sit on the Executive Board of a global bank.

Under his leadership, Credit Suisse has won among the most prestigious house, country and deal awards in Asia Pacific including, most recently Best Investment Bank by Global Capital, Asia's Best Bank for Wealth Management and Asia's Best Bank for Financing in Euromoney’s Awards for Excellence, and was ranked as having Asia’s top Equity Sales and Trading house in a poll by Institutional Investor. Credit Suisse was also named House of the Year by AsiaRisk and Best Private Bank by Asian Private Banker in 2016. In 2015, Mr. Sitohang was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by FinanceAsia. In 2009, Mr. Sitohang was named as an inaugural member of Finance Asia's "Club" of the 50 most influential people in Asia's financial markets.

Mr. Sitohang joined Credit Suisse in 1998 from Bankers Trust, where he worked in the derivatives group. Upon joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Sitohang worked as part of the Indonesian coverage team and rose to become head of the team. He continued to take on additional responsibilities across Southeast Asia, until in 2009 he became the Co-Head of the Investment Banking Department (the corporate advisory business, covering M&A and Capital Markets) for Asia Pacific. In 2012 he was appointed as Head of the Investment Bank in Asia Pacific, responsible for all Credit Suisse’s Fixed Income, Equity and Investment Banking Department activities across the region.

Ria A. Sitohang is the co-founder of Ars86care Foundation, a highly acclaimed charity based in Indonesia, whose vision and mission is to promote and create high quality child friendly living spaces in order to achieve a better quality of life for children and build public awareness on the importance of child friendly living spaces. She is a highly committed and active philanthropist and has been instrumental in driving a strong culture of giving and volunteering for Indonesian causes. In 2017, Room to Read honored Helman and Ria with the Friends of Global Literacy Award, after they launched the Room to Read Accelerator program, which harnessed the skills and resources of foundations, corporations and individuals to support and kick-start a two-year project aimed at setting up school libraries and publishing children's books in Bahasa. The initiative was undertaken in cooperation with five local NGOs and two private sector publishers. As a result, 24 libraries have been established across 3 districts and 15 book titles published. The innovative Accelerator model of enhancing the skillbase of incumbent NGOs has now been rolled out by Room to Read across eight countries to date, benefiting over 1.5 million children, with more than 720,000 books have been distributed to approximately 9,600 project sites. In 2014, Ria Sitohang was named by Tatler Indonesia as one of just seven “Heroes of Philanthropy” for her work in education.

Michael and Lynne Taylor

Michael is a Managing Director for HarbourVest Partners, a global private equity firm. He joined HarbourVest in 1998 after several years with Morgan Stanley's technology investment banking division. Michael is an experienced private equity investor with a focus on partnership investing. In 2014, Michael relocated from Boston to Tokyo to complement HarbourVest's local Asia offices and act as a member of the global leadership team. Michael is the senior partner in Asia and has served on various Firm committees including, Executive, Investment (Asia), Audit and Compensation Committees. Michael served as a Lieutenant Commander with the United States Navy, as a Naval Aviator and still maintains his commercial pilot ratings. He received a BS (with distinction) from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.

Lynne received her BA from Mount Holyoke college in 1989 where she focused on history and language studies. She worked in publishing at Condé Nast publications, including GQ Magazine and book publishing at Random House. Lynne was Director of Communications at a private school in New York City and with the move to Boston, she worked on strategic planning and public relations in the technology sector. Lynne spends her time consulting with several organizations which have included, Year-Up and Women Working for the Oceans, The New England Aquarium. She is passionate about her charity work and spends her time helping charities based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Working with children is very important to Lynne. Lynne and Michael have four boys of their own and live in Singapore.

Justin Teo

Justin Teo is Head of Corporate Finance and Strategy at TCIL, a Hong Kong listed corporation operating in eleven countries across Asia, spanning automotive retail and distribution, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, real estate and hospitality. Justin manages corporate strategy and business planning, mergers and acquisitions, fund raising and strategic partnerships. He is concurrently Managing Director and executive board member of TC Zero, a transportation and logistics joint venture with Japan listed Zero Co Ltd. Justin also serves as a Management Committee member of the Motor Image Group. Prior to TCIL, Justin held investment and corporate finance roles at Magnetar Capital, Ardmore Park Capital and UBS in New York, Singapore and Tokyo. Justin is a member of the UBS 20/20 Impact Circle and was involved in microfinance and social enterprise projects in Africa and South East Asia. Justin holds a bachelor degree in economics from Cornell University.


Yusuf Alireza and Dina Khreino-Alireza

Yusuf Alireza is the CEO and Co-CIO, ARP Global Capital Limited.  Previously, he served as CEO of Noble Group and Co-President of Asia (excluding Japan) for Goldman Sachs and a member of that firm’s Global Management Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in New York and moved to London in 1997, where his last position was head of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2008 Yusuf moved to Hong Kong to lead Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific securities division. He also serves on Room to Read’s Global Board of Directors. Yusuf has a joint undergraduate and graduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He and his wife, Dina Khreino-Alireza, relocated to Dubai in 2017 and have 3 children.

Dina Khreino-Alireza received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from L'Universite Americaine de Paris, and completed her post-graduate studies at the University of London, where she obtained a master’s degree in Middle Eastern politics. She has worked as a researcher and writer of International Law and Politics and has been published in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and the Herald Tribune. She is the founder and chief executive officer of INVU Media, a post production company specializing in family motion picture entertainment. She lives with her husband and three young children in Dubai.

Damien and Rebecca Brosnan

Damien Brosnan is Portfolio Manager at Maven Investment Partners. Previously he was Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets at UBS Asia. Before joining UBS in 2012 as Head of Equity Syndicate & Equity-linked Origination for Asia, he worked for Morgan Stanley in New York. A Physics graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brosnan is a keen runner. In 2015, he ran the New York marathon to raise money for Room to Read. He and his wife, Rebecca Brosnan, live in Hong Kong.

Rebecca Brosnan is currently the COO at Mother’s Choice. Until February 2016, Rebecca served as Managing Director at HKEx in variety of roles including Head of Product Development, responsible for the design of new products to be listed on HKFE, and Head of Asia Commodities, responsible for growing LME’s business in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to these roles, Rebecca was responsible for corporate strategy and business development running the deal team which successfully acquire the London Metals Exchange, the world’s leading industrial metals trading venue. While at HKEx, Rebecca founded and co-chaired the Women’s Exchange at Hong Kong Exchange. Prior to joining HKEx in 2010, Rebecca worked in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch in HK from 2005 to 2008 and served as a Legal Assistant at Skadden, Arps in both the Washington, D.C. and HK offices. In 2016, China Daily and the Asia News Network awarded Rebecca the “Asian Women’s Leadership Award”. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity College, and master’s degree in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

John and Camilla Lindfors

John Lindfors is the Managing Partner of DST Investment Management, the investment adviser of DST Global. DST was founded by Yuri Milner to back exceptional category-leading internet companies led by visionary founders. Over the last several years, DST has invested more than $5 billion in companies such as Facebook, Alibaba, JD.com, Xiaomi, AirBnB, Spotify, Lending Club, Flipkart, etc. Prior to joining DST in 2010, John was the Partner in charge of the European Technology and Media Investment Banking department for Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 and worked in London and New York during his 17 years at the firm. John earned a M.Sc. (Econ.) from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki in 1993.

Camilla Lindfors received a M.Sc. (Econ.) from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki in 1993 and worked for the leading global paper company UPM Kymmene following her graduation. She received diplomas from the Inchbald School of Design in London in 1998 and the New York School of Interior Design in 1999 after which she launched a successful interior design business taking on projects in different parts of the world.

John and Camilla reside in Hong Kong with their three children.

Carl Huttenlocher and Tamiko M. Lippit

Carl Huttenlocher is managing partner and chief investment officer for Myriad Asset Management. Prior to founding Myriad in 2011, Carl was managing director of Highbridge Capital Management, senior portfolio manager for the Highbridge Asia Opportunities Fund and a member of the Global Investment Committee for Highbridge Capital Corporation. Before joining Highbridge in 2002, Carl was the portfolio manager for Asian Convertibles and Equity Derivatives at Long Term Capital Management. Carl began his career at Citadel Investment Group where he traded European and Latin American Convertible Bonds. He also founded Intelligent Markets—a venture capital-backed financial software company—and served as chief executive officer from 1999 to 2001. Carl earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tamiko M. Lippit received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in history and literature from Harvard College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She has practiced law at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, LLP in New York City and at Venture Law Group in Menlo Park, California, where she advised start-up companies on a broad array of legal issues. She currently lives in Hong Kong with her family.

Chris and Valeria Mancini

Chris is the CEO of Savills Asia Pacific, excluding Greater China. He assumed this role in 2016. Prior to that, Chris was CEO of North East Asia, as well as the Representative Director and CEO of both Korea and Japan. He is responsible for the implementation of the organization‘s strategic objectives and works closely with other Savills offices across the world. He remains actively involved in Investment Sales, Asset Management and Client Relations with the firm’s multinational client base, both in Japan and in the broader Asia Pacific region.

Chris has been with Savills since its inception in Japan in 2004. He established the Savills Japan Investment and Valuation Division. Chris has been the CEO of Savills Japan since 2007 and has more than doubled the firm’s annual revenue during that time. In 2012, Chris became director of Savills Asset Advisory, a wholly-owned Asset Management subsidiary of Savills. Prior to Savills, he worked with GMAC Commercial Mortgage Japan, RTKL Associates, and Takenaka Corporation. He has spent his entire professional life in Japan and has almost 20 years of experience working with real estate in various roles in the architecture, construction, real estate investment and asset management industries.

Kimberley Stafford and Ryan Korinke

Ms. Stafford is a managing director and head of PIMCO Asia-Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is responsible for setting strategic direction for the region and leading a team of PIMCO professionals to deliver investment solutions and service to Asia-Pacific clients. Ms. Stafford is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee. She joined PIMCO in 2000 and has held several positions, including global head of consultant relations, head of U.S. institutional sales and alternatives marketing teams and global head of human resources and talent management. Prior to these roles, Ms. Stafford was a member of PIMCO's executive office, contributing to firmwide strategic, financial and operational initiatives; head of global sustainability initiatives, overseeing the firm's environmental, social and governance efforts; an account manager in the consultant relations group; and an analyst in PIMCO's trade compliance group. She has 18 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Redlands.

Mr. Korinke is an executive vice president in the Hong Kong office and head of hedge fund and quantitative strategies. In this role, he leads a team of product strategists covering discretionary and systematic absolute return-oriented strategies. He previously served as an account manager with institutional client servicing responsibility and as the product manager for the Total Return and Unconstrained Bond strategies. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2005, Mr. Korinke was with The Concord Group, a real estate investment advisory firm. He has 17 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

Dieter Turowski and Laura Howard

Dieter Turowski is co-head of the Asia Pacific investment banking division and member of Asia Pacific Executive Committee of Morgan Stanley since early 2013, based in Hong Kong. Prior to his current role, Dieter was co-head of the global natural resources group within investment banking division, which includes energy, metals & mining, chemicals, cement and forest products. For most of his career, Dieter was in the merger and acquisitions department, including a period as head of European mergers and acquisitions, based in London. Dieter joined Morgan Stanley in 1988 and has worked in Toronto, New York, London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong. Dieter graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering and has an M.B.A. from Harvard University where he was both a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Fellow. Dieter is a Canadian and British citizen. He and his wife, Laura Howard, live in Hong Kong and have two children.

Laura Howard is a senior advisor within the Asia Pacific investment banking division at Morgan Stanley. Prior to this she was the co-head of the European healthcare group at Morgan Stanley based in London where she worked from 1997 to 2013. Laura also worked in the mergers & acquisitions department at Goldman Sachs in New York from 1990 to 1992 and The MAC Group / Gemini Consulting in both New York and London from 1992 to 1997. Laura received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in economics from Haverford College where she currently serves on the International Council. Laura is also a member of the Board of Chelsea & Westminster Healthcare Trust. Laura lives in Hong Kong with her husband Dieter Turowski and twin boys.


Steve and Carrie Bellotti

Steve Bellotti has worked in leadership roles in markets for 23 years. He has worked across all asset classes—managing bonds, foreign exchange, rates, credit, equities, derivatives, sales and trading—for Merrill Lynch in nine successive managing director positions over 13 years. He has built a number of large, complex capital markets operations for global banks, including Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort in London, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. Steve’s most recent role is as managing director for global markets at ANZ Bank based in Sydney.

Carrie Hayes Bellotti completed her bachelor’s degree in business and French at Skidmore College in New York. She has worked in the fashion industry in New York and Los Angeles and sold real estate in Aspen and Vail, Colorado. She founded O2 Aspen, a yoga and pilates studio, retail store and day spa in 2002 and maintains sole ownership today. She has two children and moved to Sydney in 2009 with her family after living in London for five years.

Mike and Annie Cannon-Brookes

Mike Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Atlassian, an award-winning enterprise software company. Sydney-based Atlassian currently has over 20,000 customers globally, including industry-leaders such as Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, Oracle, Proctor & Gamble, Exxon, BMW and NASA. Mike has received international recognition for his work, and was named “Australian IT Professional of the Year” in 2004 and “Australian Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2006. He was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009 and is currently a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Brett and Zahra Godfrey

Brett Godfrey is a non-executive director on the boards of WestJet, Green Cross Australia, Auckland Airport and Tourism Australia. In 2010, Brett stepped down from the position of chief executive officer for Australia's second largest air carrier, Virgin Blue Airlines Group, a position he had held since launching the company in August 2000. Prior to establishing Virgin Blue, Brett worked for 12 years in aviation and finance, which included appointments as chief financial officer of Virgin Express in Brussels and finance positions for London-based Virgin Atlantic. Brett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for his service to Tourism and Aviation, was recognized as the “Australian Chief Executive of the Year” by the Institute Of Customer Service and an “Outstanding Chartered Accountant in Business” by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Zahra Godfrey was raised in Calgary and earned her degree in law from Queen’s University in Ontario. She was admitted to the Bar in 1988 and worked for the Ontario Human Rights Commission before moving to Australia with her husband, Brett. She has worked with a number of charities in addition to raising the couple’s two sons.

Charles and Alison Gorman

Charles and Alison Gorman live in Sydney with their two teenage sons Samuel and Will. Charles Gorman is the head of the Financial Markets Business at Investec Australia, having joined the firm in late 2013. He has spent the last 20 years in various senior Banking roles. Charles was previously Managing Director and Co-Head of FICC Sales at Goldman Sachs Australia, where he had primary responsibility for the Foreign Exchange, Futures and Institutional Rates business. Prior to joining GS in 2003 he was Head of Foreign Exchange Sales for Credit Suisse in Australia. He began his career at the Australian Wheat Board in Melbourne.

Alison Gorman teaches creative writing to primary and secondary students at the Kuringai Arts centre and volunteers at the Sydney story factory. She completed a masters of creative writing at the University of Sydney and her poetry has been published in a number of Australian literary journals. Alison completed her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology at La Trobe university in Melbourne and worked in brain injury rehabilitation for 12 years.

John and Nicolle Keith

Nicolle and John Keith started supporting and working with Room to Read in 2005 while living in Hong Kong. On moving back to Australia in 2007, they helped in its establishment locally, Nicolle as treasurer and John co-chairing the inaugural Sydney Chapter. Both are keenly committed to education, particularly in the face of gender and economic imbalance.

John is a senior banker and managing director at BNP Paribas. He chairs Atomo Diagnostics, an award winning Australian company, and is a director of the Ascham Foundation. BA Hons., MAppFin, EMBA.

David Torrible and Donna Yip

David Torrible and Donna Yip are currently living in Sydney, Australia with their four young boys. David relocated to Sydney in 2012 following a 19 year career in Asian investment banking. He has lived in Hong Kong, Indonesia and New York, but always followed Asian Equity markets. He is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs and was responsible for their Asian Equity sales team up until his departure from Hong Kong in 2012. David is a citizen of Canada, the UK, and Hong Kong. He graduated from Queen's university with a BA (Hons) in History in 1993. David is currently a member of the Janchor Partners Management Board.

Donna is Australian and a chartered accountant by background, but has held jobs in marketing, adventure travel and media. She graduated from Sydney University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Economics. She is currently studying to design and build furniture.


Gaurav Dalmia

Gaurav Dalmia is the Chairman of Dalmia Group Holdings, a holding company for business and financial assets. It invests in private equity, real estate, public markets, structured debt and fixed income.

He is an early investor in and a Board member of True North (formerly India Value Fund), a leading Indian private equity fund, which manages approximately $3.5billion. He is also the founder and Chairman of Landmark Holdings, a real estate investment firm, which has invested in more than 40 housing projects. He co founded GTI, a long term investment vehicle for India focused investments.

He is a Board member of Brookings India. He was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000. Gaurav Dalmia received an MBA with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from Columbia Business School.

Vivek Rai Gupta

Vivek is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GenNext Ventures, a Reliance Industries sponsored global venture fund. Previously he was with A.T. Kearney in the US for nearly twenty years, including a three year stint in India where he built and grew the India Unit.

A chemical engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, India, & University of Oklahoma, and a business graduate from Columbia University, New York, Vivek is an avid runner, traveller and sports enthusiast. He has participated in the Mumbai marathon on several occasions to raise funds for various charities. He currently resides in Mumbai, India.

Khozem Merchant

Khozem has more than three decades’ experience in the media and business sectors as a journalist with the Financial Times and management with Pearson. He launched and leads Brunswick’s India practice, specialising in Indian macro and public affairs. Most recently, Khozem served as President, Pearson India and was instrumental in shaping and rolling out Pearson’s education services strategy across the country. Prior to this, he was for two decades a journalist with the Financial Times, including six years as the FT’s Mumbai correspondent, before taking on a management role as director  of businesses  development. 

Nandini Piramal

Nandini Piramal is Executive Director of Piramal Enterprises Limited, leading the Over-The-Counter (OTC) business of the company. She heads the Human Resources function at Piramal Group and the Quality & Risk functions at Piramal Enterprises.

Under Nandini's leadership, the OTC business is one of the fastest growing Indian OTC companies and all its brands are either No.1 or No.2 in their respective categories. She is leading a five-year transformation agenda across the Piramal Group for top talent identification and development process across levels. She has been instrumental in setting up the Risk Function with Jaideep Sen (Chief Risk Officer).

In 2014, World Economic Forum recognised Nandini as a 'Young Global Leader.'

Nandini is passionately involved with Piramal Foundation (the philanthropic arm of the Piramal Group), Piramal Foundation Education Leadership programs, Piramal Sarvajal and Piramal Swasthya. She graduated with BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University, followed by an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Ben and Asami Ferguson

Ben is co-head of Asia Pacific Equities Distribution. Ben joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 as a financial analyst in Tokyo. He was named managing director in 2005 and partner in 2008. He earned a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from Pepperdine University in 1998 and graduated from Sophia University's Japanese Language Institute in 1995.
Asami started her career as a model for global brands like Adidas and Uniqlo while attending Senzoku University. She spent 6 years with Miss Universe Japan (MUJ) to recruit, develop and manage finalists in addition to working in public relations and event planning. After leaving MUJ, Asami worked with a number of brands including Red Bull's F1 team in public relations and event planning in Japan. Later she worked with Valentino as a brand consultant. Asami has leveraged her event planning background to work with charities like the Pink Ball/Run for the Cure in Tokyo and Special Olympics Japan. Asami loves sport and is an avid tennis player, wake-boarder, swimmer and snowboarder.

Eric and Ayako Golden

Eric Golden is a Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group Japan focused on real estate private equity in Japan and Asia. Prior to joining Fortress in 2008, Mr. Golden worked at Credit Suisse / Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette for nine years investing in real estate in the US, Japan, and China. Eric graduated from Brown University in 1999 with a B.A. in Mathematical Economics. Ayako Golden owns and runs Beaute Absolue in Tokyo and previously worked at Animal Refugee Kansai. Ayako graduated from Mejiro University. Ayako is also very involved in her children’s school programs and taking care of Eric’s and Ayako’s son and daughter.

Tomoya and Yuri Masanao

Yuri Masanao received an MA in linguistics from University of London (SOAS) and has worked as an interpreter for executives around the world. Inspired by an international social entrepreneur who she helped as an interpreter, Yuri decided to devote herself to humanitarian aid activities which she had been dreaming about since her school days in The International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. She is engaged with philanthropic activities of the Italian Royal House of Savoy and is bestowed a Dame from the order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus. Yuri also holds a BA majored in comparative culture from Sophia University and was associated with Nomura Securities. She currently lives in Tokyo and Southern California. She plays Jazz piano and performs with her band.

Tomoya Masanao is a managing director in the Tokyo office and co-head of Asia-Pacific portfolio management of PIMCO. He co-oversees the portfolio management teams in the region and manages clients’ assets. He is also a core member of the PIMCO's Asia-Pacific Portfolio Committee. His interests in philanthropic activities grew as he traveled in the emerging Asia. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2001 in the Newport Beach office in California, Tomoya was an executive director and senior portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in London. He was also with The Sumitomo Bank in Osaka, Tokyo and London. He holds an MBA from Boston University, and a master's degree and an undergraduate degree, both in engineering, from Osaka University.

Theo and Susan Seltzer

Theo and Susan Seltzer have called Tokyo home for the last 17 years. Theo is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where his practice focuses on real estate and finance, including the representation of U.S., Japanese, and other global institutional investors in the acquisition, financing and disposition of real estate, including cross-border equity and debt financing, fund formations, distressed loan portfolios, joint ventures and development projects.  Theo and Susan have been supporters Room to Read in various capacities from the early days of Room to Read Japan,  such as, working with the Morrison & Foerster team  in the establishment of Room to Read’s legal entity in Japan, and assisting with fundraising and its annual galas.  Theo and Susan have two sons who attend the American School in Japan, where Susan serves on the Parent Teacher Association and Board of Trustees. Theo has a B.A. from Columbia College, and J.D. and LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  Susan has a B.A. in journalism and has written for various publications in New York. 

Fred Towfigh

Fred Towfigh is an advisory director to the Goldman Sachs Group, a retired partner and former president of Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte. Fred joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 holding various roles in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. Fred headed the Asia Pacific Prime Brokerage, Futures and Electronic Trading businesses before assuming responsibility for firm’s Equities and FICC franchise in Southeast Asia until his retirement in 2017. Fred earned a BA from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from Georgetown University.


Samantha Barry

Samantha Barry is the editor-in-chief of Glamour. She oversees content development, production and consumer experiences for Glamour's digital, social, video and print platforms.

She joins Glamour from CNN Worldwide, where she served as executive producer for social and emerging media. Under Barry’s leadership at CNN, the network became the most followed and fanned news organization in the world. She led her team and the organization at large with compelling work for social audiences on an array of platforms including Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Line, Kik and other emerging media. While at CNN, Barry spearheaded CNN’s 2016 Election coverage across social platforms, which received the first ever Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in social media and a Webby Award recognizing the same 2016 campaign work.

Barry joined CNN from BBC World News in London, where she served as a social media producer and journalist, focusing on using social media as a tool for both news gathering and audience building.
Previously, Barry worked as reporter and producer for RTE and Newstalk in Ireland. She spent time in Papua New Guinea with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has worked as a social media and technology trainer for the U.S. State Department, the United States Institute of Peace and Internews.

Born in Ireland, Barry has worked in more than 25 countries, reporting and training other journalists in broadcasting, technology and social media. Barry graduated from Dublin City University with a Masters in Journalism. She is a 2016 fellow of Columbia University School’s Sulzberger executive program and is a guest lecturer at Yale.

Mary Byron

Mary Byron is global head of technology for the Federation at Goldman Sachs. She serves on the Technology Division Executive, Operating and Risk Committees. Prior to this role, Mary was based in Tokyo as head of technology for Asia Pacific and co-chair of the Asia Pacific Diversity Committee. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1989 and has held various roles within technology, including managing the firm’s global networks and computing infrastructure. Mary was named managing director in 1999 and partner in 2006. She serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for Inwood House and the Board of Directors for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1986.

Richard and Sabine Chalmers

Richard is a citizen of the US and UK and Sabine is a citizen of the US with German and Indian origin. They have been married for 25 years and have one 18-year-old daughter, Natasha. They have lived in London, Miami, Stamford, Brussels, and New York and believe strongly in the power of education to transform lives, which was their main inspiration for becoming friends of Room to Read.

Richard received a degree in Business Studies from the University of Edinburgh before training to become a lawyer with Berwin Leighton in London. He practiced family and litigation law in England, Florida and Connecticut before dedicating himself wholly to raising Natasha and volunteering for various causes. He has served on parents' associations at Natasha's schools in Brussels and New York, coached rugby at the International School of Brussels for three years, and served as President of the United Nations International School Athletics Association. Richard also chairs the board of the apartment building where the family lives in New York. On a personal level, he enjoys sports, travel and photography.

Sabine was recently appointed General Counsel of BT Group Plc. Prior to this appointment, she served as Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and the leading global brewer. In addition to her more than a decade at Anheuser-Busch InBev, she served in a number of leadership positions, including General Counsel of the Latin American and U.S. Businesses at Diageo plc, the world’s largest producer of spirits. Sabine also worked in private practice at the law firm of Lovell White Durrant and was a lecturer at University College, London. She holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and is qualified to practice in England and New York State. She also serves on the boards of the Royal National Theatre London and Coty, Inc., one of the world's largest consumer beauty companies.

Richard and Sabine are members of both Room to Read’s New York and UK Regional Development Boards.

Sara Eisen and Matthew Levine

Sara Eisen joined CNBC in December 2013 as a correspondent focusing on the global consumer. She is co-anchor of the 10AM ET hour of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" (M-F, 9AM-11AM ET), broadcast from Post 9 at the New York Stock Exchange. In January 2016, Eisen was named co-anchor of CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange" (M-F, 5AM-6AM ET), which broadcasts from CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Previously, Eisen was co-anchor of "Bloomberg Surveillance" as well as a correspondent for Bloomberg Television, where she covered global macroeconomics, policy and business. During that time, she covered the European debt crisis, the tsunami aftermath and Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan. Prior to Bloomberg Television, she hosted the Bloomberg Radio program, "On the Economy." She is the editor of "Currencies After the Crash: The Uncertain Future of the Global Paper-Based Currency System" published by McGraw-Hill in Jan. 2013. Eisen holds a master's degree in broadcast journalism with a concentration in business reporting from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Matthew Levine is the Head of U.S. Programming at Bloomberg Television, where he directs the network's editorial priorities. He has led numerous coverage initiatives, including Bloomberg's 2016 election night coverage, and acted as executive producer on a variety of special programs and documentaries. Previously, he served as Bloomberg Television's U.S.-based managing editor among other roles.

Before Bloomberg, Levine was senior editor at CNBC in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. During that time, he was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award for producing "Investing in America," a town hall with President Barack Obama. He was also acknowledged with a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for the network's coverage of General Motors' public stock offering. 

Levine graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in economics and political science. He holds a master's degree in international relations from the University of Sussex.

Peter T. Grauer

Peter T. Grauer is chairman of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial media company. He has been a member of the Bloomberg board since October 1996 and was named chairman of the board in March 2001, succeeding Michael R. Bloomberg. Peter joined Bloomberg full time in his executive capacities in March 2002. Prior to this, he was a managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1992 to 2000, when the company was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston, and then managing director and senior partner of Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity until March 2002. Peter serves as lead director of Davita, Inc., as well as on the boards of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Inner City Scholarship Fund in New York City, Rockefeller University and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

Sonny Kalsi

Sonny Kalsi is a Founder of GreenOak Real Estate, an independent, partner-owned real estate principal investing and advisory firm. Formed in 2010, GreenOak Real Estate is a highly focused global platform with an experienced and cohesive senior team that possesses a long and successful track record. The firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Tokyo and Seoul. Sonny was previously the Global Co-Head of Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing business and President of the MSREF funds until early 2009. At its peak, that platform had approximately $100 billion of AUM in 33 countries. Sonny was recently named by PERE as one of the 100 most influential people in private real estate from the past decade. He is a graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Business Administration and has been a member of the Georgetown’s Board of Regents. He also serves on the board of several organizations including: The Spence School, Teaching Matters, The Starfish Foundation, Room to Read and the Asia Society. Sonny is married and resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

Scott Kapnick

Scott Kapnick is Chief Executive Officer of HPS Investment Partners, LLC ("HPS") which he founded in 2007. HPS is a leading global investment platform with a focus on non-investment grade credit and has over $37bn of assets under management. HPS has approximately 100 investment professionals and over 200 employees globally, and is headquartered in New York with ten offices worldwide. HPS was originally formed as a unit of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC, a subsidiary of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. In March 2016, the principals of HPS acquired the firm from J.P. Morgan, which retained Highbridge and the hedge fund strategies. From 2013-2016, Mr. Kapnick also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Highbridge Capital Management, and currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman and Senior Advisor. Before founding HPS, Mr. Kapnick was a Management Committee Member, Partner, and Co-Head of Global Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, positions he held from 2001 to 2006. He also served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs International from 2005 to 2006 and spent 12 out of his 21 years at the firm in Europe (London and Frankfurt). Mr. Kapnick was named Partner in 1994. Mr. Kapnick is a graduate of Williams College and holds a combined JD/MBA from the University of Chicago. He also studied at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Mr. Kapnick is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Room to Read and Aileron Therapeutics, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Naples Botanical Garden.

Jaideep Khanna

Mr. Khanna is the President and co-founder of Artha Capital. He has successfully managed multibillion-dollar institutional portfolios for over 23 years at Artha Capital and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Khanna generously funds and supports several businesses and organizations in the US and India that are dedicated to educational initiatives focused on the underprivileged, the environment, and other socially responsible causes. He serves as an active board member for Pratham USA, Ashoka University India, and the Center for the Advanced Studies of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Khanna received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BA from Muskingum College.​

Caryn Leventhal

Caryn Leventhal is a Director on Citi's FX Sales Desk within Citi Global Markets. Caryn specializes in FX derivative solutions, developing relationships with the firm's largest institutional clients. In 2013 Caryn launched 'Citi’s e for education' a groundbreaking corporate social responsibility program linked to volumes executed on Citi's electronic trading platform. Over the last 3 years the initiative has donated over $12MM to global education non-profits. Outside of Room to Read, Caryn serves on the NY Junior Board of EMpower. Caryn holds a BA in Economics from Brown University.

Art Mbanefo

Art Mbanefo is Head of Financial Resource Management for Barclays International. He is a member of the Barclays International Executive Committee and the Barclays International Risk Committee. During his time with Barclays, Art has held a number of other leadership roles in the Markets business, including Head of Markets in the Americas, Chief Operating Officer, Interim Head of Equities and Credit Products and Head of Structured and Financing Products. He also held the position of Head of Markets for EMEAPAC between July 2016 and June 2017, relocating to London. Art joined Barclays in 2009 from the buy-side where he served as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer at two alternative investment firms, managing capital allocation and risk across multi-product and multi-entity balance sheets. Previously, Art served in a number of leadership roles at Credit Suisse after starting his banking career as a derivatives trader at JP Morgan. Art is also a member of the Provost’s Board of Villanova University in Pennsylvania, USA.

Marc Seidner

Marc Seidner, CFA, is CIO, nontraditional strategies, a managing director, and head of portfolio management in the New York office of PIMCO. He is also a generalist portfolio manager and a member of the Investment Committee. He rejoined PIMCO in November 2014 after serving as head of fixed income at GMO LLC, and previously he was a PIMCO managing director, generalist portfolio manager, and a member of the Investment Committee until January 2014. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2009, he was a managing director and domestic fixed income portfolio manager at Harvard Management Company. Previously, Marc was director of active core strategies at Standish Mellon Asset Management and a senior portfolio manager at Fidelity Management and Research. He serves on several boards, including the Boston College Board of Regents and the Trustees of Donations to the Protestant Episcopal Church in addition to the Room to Read, New York, Regional Development Board. Marc has 30 years of investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Boston College.


Jürgen Bauer

Jürgen is an Entrepreneur who brings with him more than 25 years of management consultant and business leadership experience, largely with multinational life science corporations on business transformation programs. Having spent 13 years as a partner at consulting firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM, he co-founded in 2005 and built Lodestone Management Consultants, an international consulting firm in 18 countries. After selling Lodestone to Infosys in 2012, he acted as Managing Partner of Infosys Lodestone and CEO of Infosys Consulting until 2016. Since leaving Infosys Consulting, Jürgen has joined the board of directors of a number of healthcare and IT growth companies. In 2017, he founded and now chairs Tenthpin Management Consultants, a global management consulting firm with deep expertise in the life sciences sector and is a Co-Founder of Turos Capital AG in Zürich. He received a master’s degree in Engineering and Management from the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Jürgen and his wife Henriette live in Zürich and have 2 teenage daughters. The family are passionate skiers, love sports, traveling and reading.

Patricia Horgan

Patricia became an avid and engaged supporter of Room to Read in 2011 and in 2016 became Chairperson of the Development Board Switzerland. During her 38-year banking career Patricia headed large business units for major financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, UBS, and Deutsche Bank. After retiring from Credit Suisse at the end of 2016 Patricia has concentrated on supporting Room to Read as well as serving on the advisory boards of two other non-profit institutions. In 2018 Patricia joined the board of Goldman Sachs Bank AG as a non-executive director. A native of New Jersey, she holds both US and Swiss citizenship and has lived in Zurich for more than 30 years.

Sarah and Aydin Kurt-Elli

Born and raised in the UK, Sarah carried out her medical training in Edinburgh. She went on to work as a General Practitioner in the rural Scottish Borders in addition to her latter role as a GP Appraiser. She served as Chair of the Parent Council at the local primary school for several years. Sarah moved to Switzerland at the beginning of 2014 with her husband and three children. She has a keen interest in music and reading as well as a love of the great outdoors.

Having originally trained as a medical doctor in Edinburgh, Aydin's career took a turn towards technology when he founded his first Internet services business during university. This grew organically until acquisition by European PE fund Bridgepoint which resulted in an accelerated buy and build journey in the UK Internet and Datacentres market. Aydin has experience on a number of startup, midmarket and charitable boards across Europe, Middle East and the US.

When time permits, Aydin is an early music fanatic, an avid skier, and loves flying both Flexwing microlights and fixed wing aero planes. Bookish by nature, supporting Room to Read is a natural fit for his owlish passions.

David Mote

David has worked as a senior IT leader in the financial services sector for more than 30 years, for companies like Fidelity, UBS and Credit Suisse. During the1990s he was a founding partner in a company that provided software for these and other global investment management companies. For the last couple of years, David has been working in London as a Director for Fiserv, a large US Fintech firm. David was born in Ottawa, Canada but lives in the UK with his wife Bernice - they have two grown-up children.

Maria Vigil and Marco Pagliara

Marco is an Italian national currently serving as General Manager for Goldman Sachs AG in Switzerland. He holds a degree in Economics from Bocconi University and an MBA from Columbia University. Maria is of dual American and Nicaraguan nationalities. She holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Columbia University. They have lived in Zürich for seven years and are eager to share their passion and commitment to children’s literacy with Room to Read.

Laura and Robert Schmoll

Laura and Robert are Swiss and US nationals who have lived in the Geneva area for thirty years. Robert is Citigroup’s Head of Institutional Markets and Securities Services for Switzerland, splitting his time between Zurich and Geneva. Laura brings a valuable track record of involvement in various fundraising events in the Geneva area. Both are graduates of Bowdoin College, with Laura holding a BS degree in Economics and Robert holding a dual BSc degree in Economics and French Literature.

Tina Wüstemann

Tina advises Swiss and foreign private clients, family offices and executives regarding complex estate, succession and wealth planning matters as well as concerning the administration of international estates. She further represents private clients in contentious estate and trust disputes, advises charitable foundations and is active as board member of several charities. She publishes frequently and lectures regularly in Switzerland and abroad.

Tina graduated at the University in Zurich (1990 lic. iur.) and New York (1998 LL.M.). She is admitted to the Zurich Bar since 1994 and passed the New York Bar Exam in 1998. Since 2004 she is partner at Bär & Karrer and heads the private client team.

Tina is married with two children and lives in Zurich. Her family is very sportive, loves traveling and enjoys spending time with the wider family and friends.


Richard and Sabine Chalmers

Richard is a citizen of the US and UK and Sabine is a citizen of the US with German and Indian origin. They have been married for 25 years and have one 18-year-old daughter, Natasha. They have lived in London, Miami, Stamford, Brussels, and New York and believe strongly in the power of education to transform lives, which was their main inspiration for becoming friends of Room to Read.

Richard received a degree in Business Studies from the University of Edinburgh before training to become a lawyer with Berwin Leighton in London. He practiced family and litigation law in England, Florida and Connecticut before dedicating himself wholly to raising Natasha and volunteering for various causes. He has served on parents' associations at Natasha's schools in Brussels and New York, coached rugby at the International School of Brussels for three years, and served as President of the United Nations International School Athletics Association. Richard also chairs the board of the apartment building where the family lives in New York. On a personal level, he enjoys sports, travel and photography.

Sabine was recently appointed General Counsel of BT Group Plc. Prior to this appointment, she served as Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and the leading global brewer. In addition to her more than a decade at Anheuser-Busch InBev, she served in a number of leadership positions, including General Counsel of the Latin American and U.S. Businesses at Diageo plc, the world’s largest producer of spirits. Sabine also worked in private practice at the law firm of Lovell White Durrant and was a lecturer at University College, London. She holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and is qualified to practice in England and New York State. She also serves on the boards of the Royal National Theatre London and Coty, Inc., one of the world's largest consumer beauty companies.

Richard and Sabine are members of both Room to Read’s New York and UK Regional Development Boards.

Marisa Drew

Marisa Drew is a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, based in London, and is currently co-head of the Global Markets Solutions Group and of the Leveraged Finance Origination and Restructuring Group. Marisa joined Credit Suisse in 2003 and has been in the investment banking business for over 20 years. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Marisa was a managing director at Merrill Lynch and worked with private equity firm The Trump Group. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, both with distinction. Marisa serves on the advisory board of NESsT, a social enterprise focused on Central and Eastern Europe, and is a member of the European High Yield Association, the Guild of International Bankers and Pi Capital, a private investing club.

Jerry del Missier

Jerry del Missier is former COO of Barclays Bank Plc and former Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking. Before joining Barclays in 1997, Jerry was the Senior Managing Director of Derivative Products at Bankers Trust, responsible for European Business. Jerry is a former Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and has served on the Boards of the Global Financial Markets Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, and the Markets Management Group of the International Institute of Finance. He served on the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Queen's School of Business. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario.

Elio and Maria Leoni-Sceti

Elio is Italian and Maria is American and they have been married for 25 years, moved internationally 7 times and have 4 children - aged 13 to 24 – each born in a different country. They are firm believers in the power of education, and are friends of Room to Read from its early days.

Elio is the former CEO of Iglo Group (2013-2015) and previously of EMI (2008-2010). He is an independent Board Director at ABInBev and an early stage investor in media & technology. Elio is Chairman of LSG Holdings, an investment, advisory and corporate finance boutique in London and a counsellor at One Young World. He spent his earlier career in Proctor & Gamble and then Reckitt Benckiser, where he served his last roles as Exec Vice President and Global Head of Category & Innovation until 2006 and then as Head of Europe.

Maria received her BA in Economics from Wake Forest University and her Master in International Management from Thunderbird. She speaks 4 languages and her first job was in Rome with Saatchi and Saatchi. While in Paris, Maria founded Global Access, a language school for corporate management, based on phone-conversation learning. After several years focusing on her family's growth and progress - and actively serving on committees in various schools and charities - Maria recently founded True Gem Properties, a high-end refurbishments and interior design boutique in London.

Art Mbanefo

Art Mbanefo is Head of Financial Resource Management for Barclays International. He is a member of the Barclays International Executive Committee and the Barclays International Risk Committee. During his time with Barclays, Art has held a number of other leadership roles in the Markets business, including Head of Markets in the Americas, Chief Operating Officer, Interim Head of Equities and Credit Products and Head of Structured and Financing Products. He also held the position of Head of Markets for EMEAPAC between July 2016 and June 2017, relocating to London. Art joined Barclays in 2009 from the buy-side where he served as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer at two alternative investment firms, managing capital allocation and risk across multi-product and multi-entity balance sheets. Previously, Art served in a number of leadership roles at Credit Suisse after starting his banking career as a derivatives trader at JP Morgan. Art is also a member of the Provost’s Board of Villanova University in Pennsylvania, USA.

John Ridding

John Ridding is the CEO of the Financial Times Group. He was appointed to the role in 2006, having been with the company for 20 years in both editorial and executive positions. Previously, John served as editor and publisher of the Financial Times Asia and chairman of Pearson in Asia. He led the launch of the Asia edition of the Financial Times in 2003 and led the development of the paper’s Chinese-language website. In his Pearson role, John established a series of collaborative ventures between group companies, including a series of business publications, and launched a series of financial journalism training courses. He joined the Financial Times in 1987 and earned a degree in philosophy, politics and economics, with first class honors, from Oxford University.

Stuart and Joanna Riley

Stuart Riley is a founding Partner and Portfolio Manager at Rokos Capital Management, which was launched in September of 2015. Prior to this, he spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs in the Securities Division, most recently as Partner and Co-Head of Asia Macro Trading for the last three years in Hong Kong, where he was also a member of the Asia Pacific Risk Committee. Before moving to Hong Kong, Stuart was a Partner and co-head of European Interest Rates Product Trading in London. Stuart holds an MSc (1st Class Honours) in Physics from Imperial College London. He is also a keen tennis player and has played for both the Queen's Club in London and the LRC in Hong Kong.

Joanna began her career at Accenture in New York in 1997 and then joined Goldman Sachs, where she worked until 2008. At Goldman Sachs in New York, Joanna worked in the eCommerce business with a focus on marketing the firm's electronic trading platforms. In London, she held both business management and marketing roles within the Securities division. Joanna received an A.B. in History from Princeton University, where she was also a member of the Women's Rowing team.

Joanna and Stuart recently relocated from Hong Kong back to London with their three young boys.

Erica Wax and Andrew Balls

Erica Wax has a wide range of experience in politics, the private sector and non-profit organizations. She worked in international development and trade policy in Washington DC, as a Director at Fontheim International, an international trade consulting firm. She was a vice president in the Global Markets and Investment Banking group at Merrill Lynch in New York and London. She has worked on numerous political campaigns over the last 20 years. Erica was the co-founder of a New York-based non-profit organization called Girls Career Workshop, which targets at-risk high school girls. Erica has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Politics from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Andrew Balls is chief investment officer for global fixed income at PIMCO. He is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Executive Committee and manages a range of global portfolios. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, Andrew spent eight years at the Financial Times as an economics correspondent and columnist in London, New York and Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor's degree from Oxford, a master's degree from Harvard, and was a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford.

Randy Work

Randy Work is a managing director of Kitano Capital LLC, a privately-owned financial management company. He also sits on the board of several start-up companies. Previously, Randy worked for 12 years with Lone Star Funds, a global private equity investment fund, helping to establish and manage the fund's investment activities in Japan. Randy earned his bachelor’s degree in international economics and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.


James Arnett, Capco

James Arnett is a Partner in the UK office, with a focus on complex business and technology transformations. He specializes in mobilizing and leading large change and regulatory remediation programs, and also leads a major global client account. James is a lateral thinker, dynamic and entrepreneurial program director with an extensive track record of business transformation (particularly back office) and change delivery across capital markets and banking. James is passionate about the development of BPO, ITO and utility style models and the benefits they can deliver to organizations. Prior to joining Capco, James worked for technology consultancies IBM and EDS, where he managed large scale transformation, bank migration, core banking replacement and delivering optimization through offshore delivery centers in Asia and Africa. James also worked at Capita, where he ran four large BPO deals, and previously designed and delivered internet banking start-ups.

Alex Belous, Education Portfolio Manager, The Cisco Foundation

Alex began his career as a first grade teacher. He then served as the Internet Technology Manager for the Arizona Department of Education. Joining Cisco in 1998, Alex served as one of the founders of the Cisco Network Academy. After 6 years he became the Educational Specialist within the Cisco Corporate Affairs group. Presently as the Cisco Foundation and Cisco Public Benefit Investments Education Portfolio Manager, he is responsible for grants with Cisco NGO partners that have helped millions of students and teachers. He also serves as co-chair of the STEM taskforce. Alex holds a BA Early Childhood Education and two Masters in Elementary Education/Reading Instruction and Counseling Psychology.

Dustin Frazier, Independent Consultant

Dustin Frazier is an IT consultant focused on helping small- and medium-sized nonprofit organizations create usable, affordable, and sustainable information systems to maximize their long-term growth and impact. He has been heavily involved in Room to Read’s efforts for more than 10 years, as a volunteer, webmaster, chapter leader, donor, and staff member. From 2007 to 2010, Dustin served as the organization’s first IT Director and helped build a team of professionals tasked with modernizing and managing Room to Read’s global IT infrastructure. Dustin has also consulted for Global Citizen Year, Philanthropix, and other Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

Daniel Freeman, Chief Commercial Officer, Netlify

Daniel has an extensive career as a GoToMarket Executive and Advisor for leading enterprise software and infrastructure companies.  Currently, he is the Chief Commercial Officer of Netlify, an upstart internet infrastructure company funded by Andreesen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins.  In the past, he has held Product, Marketing and Sales leadership roles at leading companies, Atlassian, Cloudflare, Sumo Logic and Symantec.  As an advisor, he has helped a wide range of companies including BrowserStack, Podium and Upguard.  To start his career, Daniel held various Product Management roles for both Cobalt Networks and Brightmail.  He holds a BA from Claremont Mckenna College (CMC) and a Masters in International Business from ESCP-EAP in Paris.

Matthew Glotzbach, CEO, Quizlet

Matthew is the CEO of Quizlet, a global education technology company whose mission is to harness the world’s knowledge to allow anyone to unlock their learning potential. He has over 20 years of experience in consumer and enterprise technology, product strategy, product management, marketing and sales. Prior to joining Quizlet, Matthew was the vice president of product management at YouTube, responsible for YouTube's Subscription and Music business and a member of the YouTube executive leadership team. He formerly lead the global Creator product and technology direction and served as the Managing Director of YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa where he was responsible for the strategy, development and management of YouTube’s business and product direction. In 2007 he launched Google Apps, Google's cloud computing suite for business. Matthew holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Maggie Johnson, VP, Education and University Programs, Google

Maggie Johnson is Vice President of Education and University Programs for Google. She manages all technical training, content development, and information management programs for Google engineers and operations staff, as well as Google’s K12 educational programs in STEM and computer science. She also manages the University Relations area, building research partnerships with faculty and labs globally; and Google's strategic initiatives in online teaching and learning. Prior to Google, Maggie was teaching faculty and Director of Educational Affairs in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Andrea Leszek, VP, Technology Services, salesforce.com

Andrea is responsible for salesforce.com’s internal engineering enablement and engagement initiatives. This includes innovation programs, patent program, engineering training, employee recognition, technology marketing, and agile coaching. She also manages salesforce.com’s product documentation and customer communications. She is one of the founding members of salesforce.com’s Women in Technology network, and leads programs to attract and develop technical women. She has spoken at industry conferences about integrated user assistance and agile development. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ambarish Malpani, VP of Engineering, Edmodo

Ambarish Malpani has over 20 years in software development and management. He was the CTO and VP Engineering at Cenzic, Inc. and co-founded ValiCert in 1996, which he helped take public in July 2000. Ambarish also has a wide range of experience in the software engineering and development area - from creating standards in IETF, to creating the first Windows version of Apache. Ambarsh has a M.S. in Computer Science from U.C.S.B. and a B.Tech in Computer Science from I.I.T. Bombay

Vibhu Mittal, CEO, Edmodo

Vibhu serves as the current CEO of Edmodo, a K-12 education resource network for teachers, students and parents. He came to Edmodo through the acquisition of Root-1, a mobile educational platform startup. Prior to Root-1, he worked in research at Google where he worked on a variety of products including Google Scholar and Google Translate. He was also responsible for helping set up the Google engineering offices in India. He has also worked at Xerox PARC, CMU/LTI, Pitt/LRDC, USC/ISI, Ohio State University and TIFR, Bombay.

Brett Robson, IT Workplace Engineering Manager, Atlassian

Brett Robson is the IT Workplace Engineering manager at Atlassian where he is responsible for office infrastructure and services. Brett has over fifteen years experiencing working across corporate and not-for-profit organizations, with a focus on IT infrastructure, service delivery and strategy. Prior to his time at Atlassian Brett spent time as the CIO for Relationships Australia as well as over ten years at Cochlear Ltd, holding senior positions in infrastructure management and architecture.

Tim Wood, Senior Program Manager, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tim specializes in applying information technology to address the problems of poverty and health in developing countries. After 12 years at Microsoft working on software development, Tim joined the Grameen Foundation’s Technology Center in 2002 where he pioneered replication of the Grameen Village Phone program, launching sustainable initiatives in Uganda and Rwanda and co-authoring the Village Phone Replication Manual. Tim went on to implement mobile money pilot programs for microfinance institutions in the Philippines and Kenya and spent four years as the Director of Mobile Health Innovation at Grameen Foundation, creating the MOTECH platform to deliver multiple mobile-service initiatives at scale in India and Africa. Tim joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013 and is working across a wide range of information technology initiatives.